March News

March News
Posted on 04/09/2018

Good-bye March, Hello April – March Highlights

The month of March has come and gone.  Unfortunately it seems that winter is still with us for a few more days.   As winter washes away and spring “floods” in, it is advisable that your child(ren) have an extra pair of socks and pants tucked into their tote bags.

Our School Book Fair was wonderful.  Thank you to Mme Poirier and parent volunteers for helping make it such a success.

The Primary Winter Play day unfortunately was cancelled due to NO SNOW.

WOW WEJ!  For February Kindness Month students brought in non-perishable food items for donations to the Food Cupboard.  Congratulations to Mr. Jackson’s class for bringing in the most items.  Mme Winters’ class was second and Mme Bloom’s class was third.  WEJ also raised $1,200.00 for Toonie Tuesday!  This money will be greatly appreciated by OCDSB students who are supported by the Education Foundation of Ottawa.

WEJ’s top chess players competed against the best of the best from across the City of Ottawa in the OCDSB Elementary School Chess Tournament.  At the primary level, our Primary Team dominated round-robin play to take first place overall out of 5 schools!! The players brought the Primary Trophy back to WEJ for a fourth straight year!  Thirty-two teams competed at the junior level.  WEJ’s Team A advanced to the playoffs after winning ALL of their games in round-robin play and finished first in their pool.  Our Junior Team B also finished first in their pool and advanced to the playoffs!  Team A ended up winning the Junior Tournament taking home the first place trophy for a second year in a rom.  Team B narrowly missed playing in the bronze medal game.  Honourable mention goes out to our Junior Team C for finishing third in their pool.

Congratulations to our Junior MFI Art Oratoire competitors.  Angela Z was the grade 5 winner with honourable mention to Jayden N, Syeba B, Lara G, Juliann Z and Emily Y.  Amna R, is our Grade 6 winner, with honourable mention to Veloan B, Gaby M, Cindy L, Diana Z and Advey N.   Amna represented WEJ at the Regional competition at the end of March.  As the winner of that competition, Amna moves on to represent the OCDSB in Toronto.

Students have participated in a myriad of activities throughout the month which included:  Junior Intramurals (pinball, basketball); Primary Drawing Club; Primary Puzzle Club, Finger Knitting club; Recess Guitar Club, and Chess club.

The Grade 4 and 5 students had a wonderful outing to the Sugar Bush in Papineauville.  They enjoyed seeing how the syrup is gathered and cooked, along with a scrumptious meal.  The Grade 1 students enjoyed a similar experience at Fulton’s Sugar Bush.

Grade 1-6 Math Wizards answer weekly problems posted on the bulletin boards.

Peer tutoring has resumed; older junior students assisting younger students. 

Students enjoyed hot, delicious movie-style popcorn in March.  Money raised is used to support the music programs and technology.

A heartfelt thank you to those junior lunch helpers that assisted our kindergarten and primary students during the winter session from January to March. 

The Boys and Girls Junior Volleyball teams attended their respective tournaments at Stonecrest.  The players displayed excellent teamwork and spirit.

Other recipients:

The two Junior - Intermediate Winter Activity Days at Mount Pakenham were an unqualified success. I would like to thank all the staff who participated in these events, whether at the site or here at school. Your enthusiastic support ensured th

Many classes have enjoyed the many interesting and fun experiments by Scientists in the School.  More experiments are coming.

The Grade 3 students are participating in the Swim to Survive program.  Each grade 3 class goes for 3 swimming sessions during the winter and spring.

Students have enjoyed the opportunity to “Look and Discuss Pictures” brought from the Art Gallery.

Class Organization:  Planning for individual classroom’s compliment of children for the 2018-2019 school year is underway.  The task is challenging as all staff strive to place every child in an optimum learning environment.  As this school year has progressed, the teachers have worked closely with each student ascertaining their learning abilities.  As a cautionary note, teachers have been instructed not to accept requests for a specific placement.  However, if there are extenuating circumstances that you as a parent feel are relevant, please inform the Principal in writing prior to May 11, 2018.


Please keep the following upcoming events in mind:

Wednesday, May 3 – Parents who have a student who will be attending Earl of March Intermediate School for Grade 7 are invited to an Information Evening at the Earl of March (7:00 – 9:00). Check EOM website for further details.

Thursday, May 4 – Kindergarten Information Evening in the Library at 6:00 p.m.

A Message for Families of  Merivale High School , Colonel By High School, and all families with students currently in grades 5,6,7 and 8 who may be interested in the IB Program:

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is planning to introduce a new International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Merivale High School beginning in the Fall of 2019. This would be the second IB program in the district; there is currently an IB program at Colonel By Secondary School.

The OCDSB will have to make some decisions related to the opening of a second IB program site. Prior to making any decisions, we wanted to get your feedback on the possible changes.  Specifically, we want to know your thoughts about three things:

1.    The proposed attendance boundaries for the IB Program – these determine which IB site a student could attend based on their residence;

2.    Semestering versus non-semestering at Merivale High School – Merivale is currently a semestered school for grades 9 through 12 while Colonel By is non-semestered; and

3.    School start time at Merivale High School – Merivale HS currently starts at 8:10 a.m. for grades 9-12.  Most schools offering district programs have a later start time.

The district has prepared some background information on each of these issues, and you can find this information on our website.    

Marilyn Burans





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