School Council Update - March 13, 2017

Dear RPPS Families,

Here's a brief update from the RPPS School Council for you.

March Council Meeting:

The March School Council meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21 as our regular 2nd Tuesday of the Month date would have occurred during March break. Additionally, we will start the meeting a bit earlier at 6:30pm in order to accommodate those that wish to attend the all All Candidate's Meeting (regarding the Ottawa-Vanier Federal by-election) scheduled for 7:30PM in the Queen Juliana Hall at RPPS.

Dance-a-thon:

This year, School Council handed over much of the responsibility of running the Dance-a-thon to the RPPS Fair Club and they did an amazing job. Over $7,000 was raised and this amount will be split between the Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation & The Education Foundation of Ottawa. We thank the Fair Club for taking the lead of this event and congratulate them on its success.

Book Fair:

Planning for Book Fair 2017 (Nov 3-5) continues as those tens of thousands of books don't arrive all at once. We would love to sign up more volunteers for this most important fundraiser of the year. If you can help in any way, please email Christina Leadlay, our Book Fair Volunteer Coordinator, at christina@leadlay.com.

Spring Events:

Council will be organizing several events for the spring as well. Expect to hear more about Authors' Workshops, Grandparents' Reading Day and the great School BBQ. And new this year, we are planning a school trip to the Ottawa Children's Festival!

Parent Resource Lending Library:

A couple of years ago, School Council established a Parent Resource Lending Library with funding from an Ontario Parents Reaching Out Grant. Helene Duquette, the RPPS Librarian, would love to help you borrow a book. Please email her at helene.duquette@ocdsb.ca for more information.

Have a great break!

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School Council Update - February 8, 2017

Dear RPPS Families,

It has been a busy start to 2017 for School Council. Please take a moment to read through the following updates.

Elementary School Program Framework (ESPF):

In response to the 1.5 classes per program target in the proposed ESPF, at our December meeting, RPPS School Council approved a motion supporting continued dual track programs (both English and EFI) at RPPS. Additionally, at the January meeting, RPPS School Council approved sending a delegation to the January 24th, OCDSB Committee of the Whole meeting to directly voice support for continued dual track programming at RPPS. In response to all the feedback provided to the OCDSB, including much feedback from the RPPS community, many changes were made to the proposed ESPF including the removal of the specific 1.5 classes per program target. Wording was still included indicating student numbers would be a factor in determining program viability; however, that number may be different for different schools. If you are interested in the final policy, it can be found at the following link: http://www.ocdsb.ca/ab-ocdsb/p-n-p/Policies%20and%20Procedures/P%20139%20CUR%20Program%20Delivery%20Structures%20at%20Elementary%20Schools.pdf

Dance-A-Thon:

Don't forget to send your Dance-A-Thon pledges in by this Friday, February 10th. The 4th Annual RPPS Dance-A-Thon is brought to you by the RPPS Fair Club and School Council and will be held, Tuesday, February 14th. Proceeds will be donated to the Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation & The Education Foundation of Ottawa.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed:

The 2017 edition of the Rockcliffe Park Book Fair will be November 3-5. As this is early in the next school year, much of the planning is occurring right now and we could really use your help in making this amazing event happen for our school community. If you can lend a hand, please email us at info@rockcliffeparkpsbookfair.com and let us know.

February & March Council Meetings:

The February Council meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, February 13 to accommodate those with Valentine's Day plans on the 14th. The meeting will still be held in the School Library at 7:00 PM. The March meeting will also be rescheduled as the regular date falls during March break. We will let you know the final date when it has been decided. Agendas and Minutes can be found at this link: https://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/2016-2017-meeting-documentation/

We thank you for your time and look forward to seeing you at a Council meeting or event in the near future.

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Parent Resource Lending Library and Subsidy Policy: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

Elementary School Program Framework & RPPS

Dear RPPS Families,

I wanted to update you on the discussion we had at the most recent Council meeting regarding the proposed Elementary School Program Framework (ESPF).

Several parents of students in the English program attended and expressed concern regarding the possibility of the English Program being eliminated at RPPS if the ESPF, with it's program enrolment targets, is adopted. I was able to pass on information I have received from the School Board indicating that if the ESPF is adopted, at some point, elimination of the RPPS English Program is a real possibility given our current English Program enrolment numbers.

At the end of our discussion, Council approved a motion that "recognizes Council’s support for a continued dual track program at RPPS". We intend to express this support to School Board staff and Trustees prior to the January 31, 2017 vote on the ESPF.

Information on the ESPF can be found at this link: http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/as/Elementary%20School%20Program%20Framework/Pages/default.aspx

While the ESPF survey is now closed, individuals may still email comments directly to ElementaryProgramFrameworkConsultation@ocdsb.ca by December 21st. You may also send your comments to our School Board Trustee Chris Ellis at chris.ellis@ocdsb.ca.

Please feel free to contact me at my email below if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Imbaw Storer

Chair, RPPS School Council

lingbawan@gmail.com

RPPS School Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 13 @ 7PM in the library

Dear RPPS Families,

Please join us for the last School Council meeting before the holiday break. The meeting will be held Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00PM in the library. The agenda is available at this link: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/2016-2017-meeting-documentation/

We will be discussing the proposed Elementary School Program Framework at the meeting. As mentioned in the Council update sent to you last week, this framework, if adopted, could greatly affect programs at RPPS. Framework information and the related feedback survey, which is open until December 13th, are available at the following links:

http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/as/Elementary%20School%20Program%20Framework/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESPF_Consultation

We encourage you to learn about the framework, participate in the survey, and then come to the Council meeting and share your thoughts with us.

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Rockcliffe Park Book Fair: http://rockcliffeparkbookfair.com/
Parent Resource Lending Library and Subsidy Policy: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

School Council Update - December 2, 2016

Dear RPPS Families,

Please take a moment to read through our latest update.

Elementary School Program Framework Consultation:

You were sent an email from the school last week asking you to review the proposed framework and participate in a related survey. Please note that this framework could greatly affect RPPS in the future. The framework "aims to provide for at least one-and-a-half classes per grade, per program". Currently, RPPS does not meet this standard in the English Program. At this time, it is not known how or when the framework might affect the English Program at RPPS. It is possible the English Program could be eliminated at RPPS. As well, the framework proposes to consolidate schools into K-8 and 7-12 schools. How this would affect the grade 7/8 options for RPPS graduates is also unknown. Please let the OCDSB know your thoughts on the proposal by completing the survey, available until December 13, at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESPF_Consultation

Book Fair:

The 55th Rockcliffe Park Book Fair at RPPS was another great success and Council would like to recognize and thank outgoing Book Fair Chair Joni Hamlin, outgoing Volunteer Coordinator Inge Vander Horst, the Book Fair Committee and all the volunteers that make the event happen. It cannot be emphasized enough how important Book Fair is to helping Council do what we do for the school. Please consider contributing to the effort by volunteering some time. Planning for Book Fair 2017 starts early so if you can help send an email to info@rockcliffeparkpsbookfair.com and let Book Fair know.

Kindergarten Yard Opening:

Quite a few of you turned out November 4 for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new kindergarten yard. We thank City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum and School Board Trustee Chris Ellis for joining us. It was a lovely fall day that was perfect for playing in a playground. We also must thank the JK and SK students that participated in the ceremony and then showed all the adults around!

December Council Meeting:

The next RPPS School Council meeting will be December 13 at 7:00 PM in the RPPS Library. Please join us to hear about what's happening at the school. Discussing the proposed Elementary School Program Framework will be one of the first items on the agenda.

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Parent Resource Lending Library and Subsidy Policy: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

School Council Update - October 31, 2016

Dear RPPS Families,

Here is the latest update from your RPPS School Council.

Rockcliffe Park Book Fair: Coming this Friday - Sunday, November 4, 5 & 6, it's our own Rockcliffe Park Book Fair held in the Queen Juliana Hall (big gym). Brought to you by our amazing Book Fair Committee, don't miss the biggest event of the school year. Used books (tens of thousands), games, puzzles, LPs and more! Hot food, baked goods and a craft corner for the kids. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbours. For more information visit http://rockcliffeparkbookfair.com/.

Eastern Secondary Review: On Monday, October 24, close to 30 people from our school community met with OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis and Superintendent Pino Buffone to discuss the Eastern Secondary Review and related issues. We thank both Trustee Ellis and Superintendent Buffone for making themselves available and we thank those of you that were able to join us for your participation. For those that are interested, there are still ways to contribute to the discussion:

1) Eastern Secondary Review Public Meeting - November 1, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Rideau HS

Please note that there is an Open House from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on both dates which will include displays and exhibits and staff will be available for questions. The formal part of the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

2) You can also sign up for and participate in the Star Phase of the ThoughtExchange: https://tsr017.thoughtexchange.ca/ocdsb/TS/app/signup?to=5653b3280eb74b8eb85f129054bbf6d5

Kindergarten Yard Opening Ceremony: On November 14 @ 11:15 AM, we will be holding a short ceremony to formally open the new Kindergarten Yard and thank those that supported its creation. Additional details to follow.

School Council Newsletter: Did you know that the district issues a weekly school council newsletter filled with information and events. If you are interested in subscribing to the newsletter follow this link: http://www.ocdsb.ca/par/sc/info-n-updates/Pages/default.aspx

Next Council Meeting: Tuesday, November 8 @ 7:00 PM in the library.

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OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis Meeting Tonight 7pm

Dear RPPS Families,

One final reminder that tonight OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis will be holding a meeting at RPPS to discuss the Eastern Secondary Review. Superintendent Pino Buffone will also be present. The meeting will be held in the school library at 7PM. More information is available at this link: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/meetings/ocdsb-trustee-chris-ellis-rpps

As this is a topic of concern to not only current RPPS families, the meeting is open to the greater community.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your thoughts with both a School Board Trustee and a senior staff member.

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Parent Resource Lending Library and Subsidy Policy: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

School Council Update - October 21, 2016

Dear RPPS Families,

Please take a moment to read through this brief update from your RPPS School Council.

Important Reminder: OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis will be at RPPS on Monday, October 24 at 7PM to discuss the Eastern Secondary Review. Superintendent Pino Buffone of district staff will be in attendance as well. The meeting will be held in the library. More details can be found at the following link: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/meetings/ocdsb-trustee-chris-ellis-rpps

Budget & Annual Report: At the October meeting, School Council approved the Budget for the 2016/17 school year and the Annual Report for the 2015/16 year. Both of these documents can be found on the SchoolCouncil page of the website (right sidebar): http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/school-council/

Subsidy Policy: Created last year and funded again by Council this year, a subsidy policy is in place to promote equal access to fee-based special programs and extra-curricular activities at RPPS. Please do not hesitate to talk to Principal Shari Brodie or your child's teacher if you have questions about this policy. More information on the policy can be found on our Parent Resources page: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

Parent Resource Lending Library: Also created last year, through this library RPPS parents are able to check out books from the RPPS library that cover a wide range of challenges that a child might face. Information on the Parent Resource Lending Library and how to check out books is also available on the Parent Resources page: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

Next Council Meeting November 8, 2016: Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!

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OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis at RPPS, Oct. 24@7pm

Dear RPPS Families,

Please take a moment to read this important message as it relates to an opportunity for you to provide input into the future schooling of your children.

OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis will be at RPPS on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM in the school library and he would like to hear from you. Trustee Ellis represents OCDSB Zone 6 which includes Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh and Lindenlea. The focus of the discussion will be the Eastern Secondary Review in which OCDSB staff proposes to close Rideau HS and direct students from the Rideau HS area to Gloucester HS.

Visit this link for more information on the review: http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/as/Multi-Year%20Student%20Learning%20and%20Pupil%20Accommodation%20Planning/eastern/Pages/default.aspx

Trustee Ellis has made his position clear in that he does not wish to see Rideau HS close and he would like to see if there is a means to keep it open. Here is Trustee Ellis' statement from his website:

"Rideau HS Should Remain Open
I've been asked what my position on the recommendation to close Rideau HS is.
I believe that it is in the best interest of students and the community to keep Rideau HS open and will do my best to make that case.
Failing to keep Rideau HS open I do not believe that sending all the Rideau area students to Gloucester HS is the best solution. I will be making the case that at least some of the students be redirected to Lisgar HS"


At this time none of the neighbourhoods that feed into RPPS are involved in the review as they fall into the Lisgar Collegiate Institute catchment, however it is not known if our area could be brought into this review or would be part of future reviews.

RPPS School Council believes that our parents should have as much opportunity to provide input into the education of our children as possible and we thank Trustee Ellis for meeting with us. Please attend if you wish to have your voice heard and as this affects both past and future students of RPPS please let your neighbours know about the event as well.

We will continue to inform our school community about these important issues. Here is Trustee Ellis' contact information if you wish to contact him directly with questions or concerns:
phone - 613.818.7350
email - chris.ellis@ocdsb.ca
website - http://www.schoolzone6.org/

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School Council Meeting, Oct. 11th 7pm

Dear RPPS Parents/Guardians,

Please join us for the first regular monthly Council meeting of the school year next Tuesday, October 11 at 7PM in the school library. At this meeting we will discuss and approve a Council budget for the year among other items.

You can find agendas and minutes for the Council meetings at this link: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/2016-2017-meeting-documentation/

We also wanted to let you know that the following parents/guardians have been elected to serve on the Council for the 2016-17 school year:

Chair - Imbaw Storer
Vice Chair - Candace Amis
Past Chair - Caroline Matt
Treasurer - Nicole White
Secretary - Kristi Squires
Volunteer Coordinator - Jane Hooker
Book Fair Chair - Joni Hamlin
OCASC Rep - David Mackie

Members at Large:
Linda Lee
Hacene Oukacine
Eric Grenon
Laura Charlton
Roxan Clark

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Council at any time by emailing the Chair at the email address below.

The RPPS School Council
Questions, comments or concerns? Would you like to get involved? Email Imbaw Storer (Chair) at lingbawan@gmail.com.
For more about School Council: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/school-council/
Rockcliffe Park Book Fair: http://rockcliffeparkbookfair.com/
Parent Resource Library: http://www.rockcliffeparkps.com/parent-resources/

Reminder School Council elections tonight 7:00pm

Dear RPPS Parents/Guardians,

I wanted to send you one final reminder that tonight is the night of School Council Elections. They will be held in the School Library at 7:00PM.

In addition to the positive impact you will have on the lives of all the RPPS children, joining School Council is one of the best ways to learn about your own child's education. Also, for all the parents/guardians that are new to RPPS, getting involved is a great way to immediately start meeting other families.

So don't miss this opportunity and stop by the school library tonight (child care will be provided for school aged children).

Sincerely,

Imbaw Storer
Chair, RPPS School Council
lingbawan@gmail.com
613-581-5785

RPPS News - Ordering Milk, Pizza and Hot Lunches

Dear RPPS Families,

Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year! Your RPPS School Council is already hard at work to contribute to your child's experience here at RPPS (and make your life easier!). Please read the following information on the School Directory, Milk and Pizza programs, Mazzola lunches and School Council elections carefully. Deadlines to order are coming up fast!

The RPPS School Directory
Every year, the RPPS School Council publishes a student directory booklet so you can get in touch with other families in the school. It's great for birthday parties, Valentine's Day, and play dates! It also includes important dates in the upcoming school year and other useful information.To be included in the Directory and to pre-order your copy ($5), please visit our RPPS School Council website at rockcliffeparkps.com/directory. Your information must be submitted by Friday, September 16. For more information, please email caroline@lectern.ca.

Milk and Pizza
Once again the RPPS School Council will be offering a Milk and Pizza Programs. Milk is offered Monday through Friday or Friday only to go along with the Pizza Program, which delivers pizza every Friday except for PD days/holidays, for those weeks the pizza will be on Thursday. The first session starts October 3. To order for this session please visit rockcliffeparkps.com/shop by Wednesday, September 28 and place your orders there. If you have any questions, please email doireann@rogers.com.


NEW! Mazzola Lunches twice a week
Starting Monday, September 19, Mazzola Lunches will deliver delicious and nutritious lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays (see info sheet attached). For more information on menus and to place your orders go to mazzola.ca. Please note that this program is administered by Mazzola directly and we cannot track who orders what and when. We strongly encourage you to place your orders online. Paper forms can go missing and then children get sad. First orders are due Wednesday, September 14.

RPPS School Council Executive Elections
At the center of connection between students and the administration is the RPPS School Council Executive. Every parent is a member of this school council by virtue of having a child in the school. The School Council Executive is an elected body with a membership of 15 parent volunteers. This year’s council executive will be elected on Tuesday, September 27th.

You are invited to attend this meeting, at 7pm in the RPPS Library (childcare will be provided). If you are interested in joining the RPPS School Council Executive you are invited to submit a nomination form and stand for election. This is not a very formal process and you can submit your nomination form at the meeting.

To learn more about Council and print a nomination form visit our website rockcliffeparkps.com/school-council1/ .