School Info

School Info

Communication between Home and School

"Positive communication between home and school will help your child to be successful and happy at school."

1) Meet the Staff in September

You will be invited to the Meet the Teacher BBQ to be held in the middle of September.

2) Parent /Student/Teacher Conferences

You and your child are invited to come to the school to discuss your child's progress for a formal interview at the beginning of December and to our student portfolio sharing day at the end of March.

3) Report Cards

You will receive two formal reports a year, and one progress report in November.

4) School Newsletter

The principal sends home the school newsletter at the beginning of each month.

5) Classroom Newsletter

Classroom teachers are encouraged to send home regular classroom newsletters outlining classroom programming and special events.

6) Student Agendas

Each student from grades 1 to 6 is expected to use the daily agenda to record homework, messages to parents, upcoming events, P.D. days, special activity days, etc.

7) Permission Forms

Permission forms are sent home to be signed for any class trip, or sports events so that you will be aware in advance that we are taking the children out of the school environment.

8) Meetings with Teachers

Parents are welcome to request a meeting with the teacher at any time throughout the school year. We appreciate opportunities to work together for the benefit of your child.

9) Phone Calls 826-2550

Please feel free to telephone the school with your questions, concerns or compliments. We will have the teacher return your call. The answering service is on 24 hours a day, so leave your message at your convenience and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

10) Visits to the Classroom

Parents are welcome to visit the classroom by appointment. Please phone the teacher to set up a convenient time and please sign in at the office.

11) Discussion with the Principal

The principal is the advocate for each child in the school and always has time to meet with students or parents as her priority. If you have a concern within the classroom setting, please ensure that you have discussed this with the teacher before bringing the matter to the principal so that you are aware of the child's and the teacher's perspective. Your meeting with the principal may be more effective if you phone ahead of time so that she can arrange her schedule to give you the time and attention you deserve.

Procedures for a Safe and Caring School


Secretarial office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, the principal and teachers are in the school beyond these hours preparing for the next day, evaluating student work, having planning meetings with other staff and so on.


It is very important that students arrive at school on time. The first few minutes of class are important organizational times. Students who arrive late miss the opportunity to become organized for the day and to hear important announcements. Students who are late are required to report in to the office to sign in, so that the attendance record can be corrected.


Student attendance is checked twice a day, 8:20 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. Parents are asked to contact the school if a child is going to be absent or late. You may inform the teacher in writing in advance or call the school. When using the answering service to report an absence please leave the following information: your name, son/daughter’s name and teacher's name, absence for full day; a.m. only or p.m. only. If we do not receive a call or

note, and your child is not here, we will phone home/work to confirm that your child is safe and accounted for.


If you wish to have your child leave the school during the day, send a note to the teacher indicating the reason for leaving as well as the time. Parents are asked to pick up their child from the main office and sign him/her out in our "Early Leaving Book". Students who arrive late, or who return to school following an appointment, must report to the office upon arrival at school. When it is necessary for a child to be sent home during the day because of illness or for any other reason, you will be contacted to help us arrange a safe dismissal procedure.


Please inform the school office of any changes in home, business, caregiver or emergency contact telephone numbers for your child. Let us know of any other changes in pertinent information, e.g. custody, health. It is essential that we have accurate, up-to-date information in case of an unexpected emergency.


Whenever you wish to alter your child's regular lunch routine or regular dismissal routine, e.g. a child who normally takes the bus is to be picked up by a parent after school, please send a note to the homeroom teacher informing her of the change.


Parents and visitors are warmly welcomed to Osgoode Public School.

To help ensure the security of students and also to respect the business of learning in all classes, all visitors must stop at the school office where they are asked to sign our visitor’s book and to get a visitor's identification tag to wear while in the school. The office staff is happy to assist with inquiries. When parents come to the school to pick up their children, we would appreciate it if they could wait until after the dismissal bell rings to proceed to the classroom area.


Volunteers are very welcome at Osgoode P.S. Parents help with classroom activities, reading programmes, class trips, the library, supervising sports outings, organizing extra-curricular activities, doing head checks, delivering hot lunches, and so on. Community members who are not parents are asked to obtain a criminal reference check before working with children.


Children who are ill should remain at home until fully recovered. Children who are sick are not able to function well at school, may infect other children in their classes and will recuperate more quickly in the comfort of their own home. All children are sent outside for recess periods and the teacher supervision takes place outdoors.


If your family goes on vacation during regular school days, your child misses valuable instruction time. Teachers cannot provide you with the exact material to be covered during your child's absence. However, a list of suggestions may be provided if requested.


Children are supervised by teachers in the classroom for the lunch period. We encourage students to bring a healthy lunch with a variety of items from the 4 Food Groups. Children need nutritious foods to do well in school. The students are encouraged to bring their lunch in "environmentally friendly" containers and to avoid the use of throw-away packaging. Milk can be pre-ordered at the beginning of each school term at a reasonable price. For safety reasons, a change in your child's regular lunch routine on any given day should be sent to the teacher in writing. Thanks to parent volunteers, there is a hot lunch program giving parents the opportunity to order a special lunch for their child. Orders are usually placed on a per term basis, although hot lunch days are usually once a week. Under no circumstances are lunch students allowed to leave school property at noon unless a note from the parent is brought to the office.


Help to make Osgoode P.S. an “allergy smart” school by creating a peanut/nut free environment. Please do not bring nuts or nut products to school if your child has a classmate with a life-threatening allergy. Help your child to carefully screen all lunch foods and snacks brought to school for peanut/nut content. This means reading the labels of items such as cookies, granola bars, muffins, cereals, etc. to ensure that they have not been prepared with peanuts, peanut butter or peanut oil and do not contain traces of peanuts/nuts in them. It is the “hidden” ingredients that are of concern. When sending snacks in on special occasions, please be very careful not to use any peanut/nut products and please send along a list of ingredients.

Cross Contamination

Cross contamination occurs when residue of nuts or nut oil is transferred from a kitchen counter, a knife, a plate, or from unwashed hands etc. We can all help to reduce the chance of cross contamination by hand washing after breakfast and by carefully packaging lunches away from areas in the kitchen where nuts, peanut oil and peanut butter have been used. Brushing the teeth and rinsing the mouth after a breakfast including nut products will be a big help too. Cross contamination can also take place at school in areas that all students access such as the computer lab or library. A trace of nut butter or nut oil left on a desk, a book, a counter or a computer could be life threatening to the “peanut/nut anaphylactic” child. This is why it is important to reduce the risk to these students.


Outdoor play is an important part of a child's school day providing opportunities for exercise, fresh air and socialization. Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather to ensure their comfort during the recess periods. During inclement weather, the students are supervised indoors. For cold weather days, we will be following the new Canadian Standard set by Environment Canada. Students will be kept indoors if the temperature or the wind chill index is minus 25 degrees or colder. On other days, the yard duty teachers use careful judgement and request the office to ring the bell early if it is too cold to remain outside. Children will enjoy the recess if they are dressed warmly in layered clothing with hats, mittens, neck-warmer or face mask.

For sunny summer days, we teach our students the “Slip, slap, slop” routine. Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, and slop on some sunscreen. This allows children to enjoy warm weather in a protected fashion. Our school yard also provides shaded areas.


It is primarily the parent's responsibility to administer medication. We encourage parents to try to arrange the timing of medication doses so that they can all be given at home. When it is necessary to give medication at school, the parent must submit a permission form complete with the parent's and the DOCTOR's signature along with clear instructions regarding the time frame and dosage. A log is kept of prescribed medication given to students.


Students who use inhalers (puffers) must submit a permission form completed and signed by the DOCTOR and parent. Parents may choose to have the inhaler kept at the office, at the teacher's desk, depending on the age of the child and the ease of access required.


The Health Department ensures that all students who attend school are properly immunized. Sometimes authorized inoculation programmes are carried out in schools. Parents are advised and have the option to sign consent forms. Dental Screening is carried out by the Region of Ottawa Carleton Health Department. They provide a visual dental inspection for selected grades using a tongue depressor and non-latex gloves. Dental Screening approved by the Health Unit is carried out without permission forms but children identified as having urgent dental needs will bring home a yellow form indicating the dental findings. All children should visit their dentist regularly for dental checkups.

Personal information recorded in the course of these assessments is collected under the authority of section 5 of the Health protection and Promotion Act, RSO 1990 ch. 7 and will be used for the purpose of dental assessment, treatment and oral hygiene instruction and for statistical purposes. Questions concerning the collection and use of this information should be directed to the Dental Administrator at 495 Richmond Road, Ottawa, telephone 724-4199 ext. 3511

A Public Health Nurse is assigned to this school. She/he does not make regular scheduled visits, but is available upon request. Messages may be left for the nurse at the school office or by contacting the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Health Unit at 722-2242. The nurse’s role extends beyond the school to include family consultations to help with any health problem, which may arise.


Head lice is not an infectious disease and is considered a nuisance rather than a threat. However, recognizing that we would all appreciate keeping our children free of nits and lice, the school does arrange for volunteers or a health service to do head checks of each student in the first week of school, and if possible after holiday breaks. Students who have evidence of nits or lice, are referred home for treatment. Parents are asked to provide the treatment and pick out the nits to ensure that the child returns to school nit free. Everyone's patience and understanding has helped to keep the school free from the spread of head lice.


Children who are eligible for transportation will be transported by school bus beginning on the first day of school except for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students who are not transported, for safety reasons, until the second day. Students who fall within the walking zone, but would like to apply for a bus seat under the "Empty Seat" Policy, may submit an application and will be considered for busing beginning after September 30th. Taking the bus is a privilege; students are expected to behave properly and to respect the bus safety rules and the authority of the driver. Discipline concerns are directed from the driver to the principal, who will counsel the student and contact the parents. A consequence may be the loss of bus privileges. Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will NOT be dropped at home unless there is an adult to meet them at the bus stop. Route arrangements must be pre-planned and be consistent. Students are not permitted to take a different bus home with a classmate for social visits. 


• Students must remain seated until ready to leave the bus.

• Students may not leave their seats while the bus is in motion.

• Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus.

• Books and parcels must be kept on the pupil's lap or under the seat.

• Aisles must be kept clear at all times.

• Pupils should not talk to the driver while the bus is in motion, except in the case of an emergency. Any actions, which would distract or disturb the driver, must be avoided. Therefore, there must be no loud talking or yelling on the bus.

• Nothing may be thrown inside the bus or out of the bus windows.

• Windows may be opened with the permission of the driver. Hands, feet, arms and head must be kept inside the bus at all times.

• Directions and instructions of the school bus driver must be obeyed promptly; drivers are authorized to direct a student to sit in a specific seat.


On stormy days busses may be cancelled, but the school is still open. 

Please be advised that the buses are cancelled for the entire day. If they do not run in the morning, they do not run at the end of the day either. Therefore, if you choose to drive your child to school, it will also be necessary for you to come to pick the child up at 2:45. Bus cancellations are announced on many radio stations contacted by the School Board.

 CBC 91.5 FM BOB FM 93.9 THE BEAR 106

 Magic 100 at 100.3 FM Country 101.5 FM

 Energy 1200 AM Oldies 1310 AM

If conditions are very severe, please keep in mind that some staff who live in outlying areas are also not able to make it in to the school in the

morning. Students will be grouped to ensure proper supervision.


Should a storm arise during the day, and in the judgement of the bus company students should be transported home early, the radio stations will be notified and will broadcast pertinent information. The bus students will be sent home on the buses if our emergency telephone network is able to reach you by telephone to confirm that someone will be there to receive them. If we cannot reach you or your caregiver, your child will be kept safely at school until you can pick him/her up. Please recognize that timelines are tight in these situations and we must have current telephone numbers where you can be reached.

Bus transportation arrangements do not affect our students who walk. Students who are not bussed will be kept at school until regular dismissal unless you come to the office early to sign them out or we have talked with you on the telephone to know that someone is home to receive them.

Should there be an EMERGENCY occurring during the day that requires EVACUATION, we will walk the children to the Osgoode Community Centre until transportation can be arranged and parents notified. In this circumstance, if any students were to be dismissed early (e.g. students who are bused or who have special needs) it would only be after communication with you. These procedures are always being examined to ensure student safety.


Please help to keep our students safe by keeping in mind our safety procedures:

Please do not park in the bus loading zones. Please refrain from using the staff parking lot. We are concerned that students are not safe walking through a busy parking lot. Students should be dropped off and picked up to and from the playground area, and not through the parking lot. The teachers who are on duty to supervise the children will be on site in the playground area.


Parking is limited, as we all know. A nearby side street is often an alternative. For dismissal on bad weather days, the situation is worse and extra traffic along with poor weather visibility can create difficulties and a potential safety hazard for children. To ensure the safety of all our students please do not enter the bus-loading zone or stop near crosswalks. 


When weather is appropriate, children in Grades 1 to 6 may ride bicycles to school. Bicycles are to be parked and locked in the bicycle racks. The school cannot be responsible for theft or damage to bicycles. For safety reasons children are to walk their bicycles when they enter and leave the playground.


It is important to understand that the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board does not carry accident insurance for students. Parents, who wish to have insurance coverage, may subscribe to a Student Accident Insurance Program. You should have received information the first day of school. If not, call Reliable Life Insurance Co. at 1-800-463-5437.


Students are expected to wear acceptable school attire, reflecting community standards and parental guidance. It is expected that students dress in a way that contributes to a positive academic learning environment and not wear t-shirts with coarse language or inappropriate slogans, depiction of violence or advertising for beer or cigarettes. Please do not wear halter tops or shirts that expose bare midriffs. Each child should wear a pair of indoor shoes with non-marking soles. Sun hats should also be worn on sunny days for outside play. We ask that children remove hats in the school.


During this season children often wear jackets and sweaters with drawstrings at the neck opening, scarves, and mittens attached by strings. This type of clothing can be dangerous, especially around the play structure. Please be alert to this danger and remind your children of the danger. It is recommended that these strings be removed from children's clothing. It is vital that students dress appropriately in cold weather. Long jeans, for instance, seem to soak up water leaving the child sitting in wet clothes in class. Snow pants, boots, hats, mittens and scarves help keep children warm and dry during outside play.


A Lost and Found Box is kept in the school. Children should check for lost clothing, footwear or other articles. Lost valuables such as watches, wallets, rings will be kept in the office. Toward the end of each term, all items in the lost and found box will be put on display for students to claim. Articles still unclaimed will be sent to a charity at the end of each term. In order to make recovery of lost items more certain, parents are asked to see that all of a student's belongings are clearly labelled. 


Valuable items such as Walkman’s, mp3 players or toys and money must be left at home. The school can take no responsibility for the loss of personal items. Children are not to bring these treasures to school.


Homework provides an opportunity for students to complete assignments and practice skills. Encouraging your child to read daily is a wonderful way to enhance learning. However, homework should take only a small part of a child's after school time. We recognize that students have outside interests, hobbies, sports and music lessons and need 'down time' just to relax and play. A guideline for a suitable amount of homework time is 10 minutes per grade. A grade one student takes 10 minutes or so to read a storybook at home or study their spelling words. A grade 6 student may spend up to an hour completing work, researching a topic, or preparing for a presentation. Parents are encouraged to monitor the time spent on homework and to communicate with the school to keep a healthy balance. We will all work together to help students plan and organize their time to work consistently towards assignment deadlines to avoid last minute homework 'marathons'.


The Special Education support is staffed by Special Education teachers who help regular classroom teachers design programs for students, especially those with learning differences. When a teacher or parent identifies a need concerning a student, it is the resource teacher who will test and then, together with the classroom teacher, develop appropriate teaching techniques and subject matter that will address the need. If it is felt that the student's needs would be best met with the on-going support of the Resource Team, your child's classroom teacher will phone to discuss this with you and get your input. With this shared approach to the teaching of exceptional children we believe that we are better able to help the child to feel secure in his/her learning environment. If you have any concerns about your child's progress, please talk to your child's teacher.


The school has for each child an OSR, which contains documents such as report cards, standardized test results, cumulative hours of French instruction, etc. Parents may consult this record on request. This can be arranged with a call to the office to set an appointment with the Principal.


We hope to encourage a life-long use and enjoyment of books. Students may borrow books during regular library periods. If children forget to return books they are asked not to take new ones until the previous ones are returned. If you would like to assist in the Library please be in touch with our part-time Library Technician. Money raised in book fairs sponsored by the Library helps buy new resources for the Library.


Students have Physical Education classes in the gym. Sometimes classes will be held outdoors. Students should dress appropriately for physical activity.

Physical Education is an integral part of the school program. Students will be excused from Physical Education class only for reasons of health and only with a note from parents. Children, who have been away ill, must be well enough to resume recess play before they return to school even if some short-term modification of their gym program is necessary. 

During the year we will also use the Community Centre for skating for 4 weeks as part of the Physical Education program. Note that the “Community Walks” Permission Form also includes walking to the arena for skating.


Throughout the year students from all grade levels will have opportunities to participate in field trips as an educational learning experience. You will be informed in advance and will be asked to sign a permission form. To help fund these excursions, you may be asked to contribute a fee according to busing/admission costs. School Council is generous in support of bus costs for two bus trips per class per year.


There are a variety of activities offered during the year provided to enhance students’ overall development. Children have an opportunity to learn new skills and grow in social ways too. We ask for your encouragement of your child’s initial participation and continuing commitment to the activity. Teachers devote their lunch hour time to plan, organize and supervise these programs. Examples include cross-country running, choir, chess, drama and dance, gymnastics, arts and crafts, skipping, softball, endurance challenges, strength competitions, the great Canadian challenge, and so on.


Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. They start their children's formal education process by preparing them for the first day of school, and continue it by supporting their children through direct and indirect involvement in the education process.

School councils were created to enhance student's learning through the cooperative efforts of parents, staff members and our community at large. Parents form the majority on this provincially mandated advisory group. Rounding out the council are the principal, and representatives from the teaching staff. Our School Council is also a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Association of School Councils (OCASC) which keeps us regularly informed of matters of interest and importance to school councils. The work of our council is comprehensive. Some areas that we focus on are monthly council newsletters, a hot lunch and milk program, as well as funding for buses for trips, playground items, guest speakers and learning materials to support the classrooms. Fundraising is an ongoing function of the Council, and Osgoode Public School enjoys a rich tradition of successful events.

The Osgoode Public School Council meets once a month at 7:30 p.m. in the school's library. All meetings are open and everyone is invited. We encourage parents to come out to our meetings, to get involved and participate or just to learn firsthand what is going on behind the scenes at your child's school.


The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) was established by the Board of Education in accordance with the Education Act (Sec.182). This advisory committee is made up of trustees and representatives of local parent associations who work to further the interests and wellbeing of exceptional children. The committee's mandate is to "make recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment and development of special education programs and services in respect of exceptional pupils of the Board". This committee meets regularly once a month during the school year. For details of time and location watch for the Board's weekly meetings ad every week in the Citizen. For further information about SEAC contact the school or call 721-1820.


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