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Monday, June 12th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It’s getting close to year end and we are celebrating with one more fun field trip experience! Primary, Junior and Intermediate classes are invited to attend a professional soccer game, played by the Fury FC, at TD Place for the low cost of 7$ and a free bus ride there and back. Students are very excited for the opportunity and are looking forward to watching Ottawa’s team win!

This is a ‘school day game’ which means that many schools from Ottawa will be attending with students of all grades. Concession stands will be open for business as the regular community population is also invited to purchase tickets to the game. Since the focus of this field trip is physical education and healthy living we ask that you do not send your child with extra money for concession stand food and/or drinks. Students will be bringing their lunches with them to eat while watching the game so you can include special treats and sweets.

Thank you for your co-operation,


Julie Bourdages


Wednesday, April 26th

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of our Health Curriculum, both grade 8 classes have been receiving free workshops from Caitlyne Brewer.  She works for Hopewell as a Prevention and Outreach Coordination.  Just lask week the students asked her questions about the serie.  Today's workshop was about Self-Esteem, Self-Love and Resilience. We spoke about negative and positive self talk and how it has an impact on how we feel about ourselves.  Please visit the "In class work-Sante-Chapter 5". https://sites.google.com/a/ocdsb.ca/mme-bourdages/home/in-class-work/sante-8e/chapitre-5-la-sante-mentale

You may or may not already know about this information we received from the school board, earlier this week. I have copied part of the letter we received for you.

"It has recently come to our attention that Netflix has released a series, 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel that depicts events leading to death by suicide of a young fictional character.  We recognize that there are many things that students are exposed to through popular media, but thought we should draw this to your attention given the subject matter.


While the series may not pose risks for most students, we believe it has potential for harm for students who may be struggling with a mental health problem, and/or suicidal ideation.  This series includes graphic content related to suicide, glamorization of suicidal behaviour, and negative portrayals of helpers (including guidance counselors) which may prevent youth from seeking help." 

Here is a short read which could help you understand why this serie could be an issue for some teens.


It might be helful if you use this to start a conversation with your child on mental health and the very serious consequences associated with them.  Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Have a nice week.

Mme Bourdages

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As some of you may have already seen, the EMCP Orientation Information has now been added to the EMCP site:   https://www.emcp-pmce.ca/info.php


Orientation sessions will be held the weekend preceding the EMCP week (May 1-5, 2017). University of Ottawa bound students will attend one of six orientation sessions scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, April 29, 2017 and Carleton University bound students will attend one of two sessions scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, 2017.  It is important that students attend their orientation session, but if they are not able to do so, each institution has provided instructions, for where and when the students should meet on the morning of Monday, May 1st.


Christine McRae

Intermediate Student Success Teacher

Please note

Students who are not signed up for these mini enrichements should be at school as it is a regular school week.  A special schedule, with enrichement activities, will be put in place by the teachers.  

Tuesday, April 4th

Please note that there will be a presentation (grades 6 to 8) on Internet Safety, by Paul Davis, in the gym.


March 6th, 2017

Information to Parents/Guardians


Dear Parents or Guardians,

In a follow up to the information provided last week to parents and guardians of students in grades 7-12 regarding a growing concern about drug overdoses, the school board is providing all parents with some further information. 

I know that you may have more questions about drug use and the current opioid use in the city. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has been working with Rideauwood Addictions and Family Counselling, Ottawa Public Health, and Ottawa Police Services to organize parent evenings at several of our school locations.  We know that the more information you have, the better equipped you are to parent.

The sessions will be held on:

Wednesday, March 8 - Earl of March Secondary School 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 9 - Glebe Collegiate Institute 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22 - Longfields Davidson Heights SS 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 - Gloucester High School 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

These presentations will focus on opioids and opioid overdose, followed by a marketplace of community resources. Parents will also have an opportunity to speak directly to Public Health nurses, Rideauwood counsellors and Ottawa Police.

2 weeks ago, we had a person, her name is Heather, from Rideauwood to do a presentation to the grade 8s on addiction.

Information on the Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Below you will find an outline of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum which directly pertains to education around this issue by grade. I thought you may find it useful in your discussions with your children about drug use and abuse.  In addition to the work we are doing to support understanding through our curricula, we are engaging our student senate to promote peer-to-peer projects in our schools as we know student voice is a compelling one in influencing youth behaviour.  

Education is one critical strategy that can help prevent substance abuse. Parents, guardians, educators, and society in general all have key roles to play in educating students about substance use, misuse, and abuse.

Alcohol and tobacco are the drugs most readily available to Ontario students, and smoking is the primary cause of preventable illnesses, disabilities, and premature deaths in Canada. The learning expectations related to substance use and abuse respond to these facts by focusing on an understanding of the effects of drugs – prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, illicit drugs, tobacco, and alcohol – and the consequences of their use. This knowledge is integrated with the development of a variety of living skills that help students make and maintain healthy choices. 

This strand of the curriculum also addresses addictions and related behaviours that can lead to addictions or compulsive behaviour, such as online gambling or excessive screen time. It includes discussion of the relationship between substance use and abuse and mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Students are made aware of support systems that can help them find healthy, substance-free alternatives for coping with stressful situations.  

Visit this website for the complete Health Curriculum: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health1to8.pdf


Mme Bourdages

Dear parents, 

I am very happy to be teaching your children this year and I think we will have a good time learning about a ton of different things.

On this site you will find most of the things we do in class, including videos and handouts.  You will also find the due dates for assignments in the calendar as well as expectations and Rubrics in the Assignment tab.  Take a look often as we will update it as we go.  Some links will no longer be active and they will be replaced, or deleted, as we go.  

Homework:  The one thing you can always have your child do is watch television in French.  Ideally, I would like them to watch things which are a little challenging to increase their vocabulary and take them outside their comfort zone.  You can check the Useful Links tab on this website for ideas. TV5 Monde has a section with interactive activities that students can do on their own.  It is perfect for students who find listening to French difficult or want to reach a higher level in that skill.


Things coming up or in progress:

-French: Reading a novel of our choice.  

iPads:  If you have an iPad you can download LaPresse which is a French newspaper from Montreal.  They have very interesting articles as well as special sections on currents affairs.  It is a good way to read in French in a very interactive way and it is FREE!

QSP Fundraiser: You will find French Magazines on pages 44 and 45 of QSP.  It is always a good idea to subscribe to a magazine in order to have varied French texts to read at home.  I have a classroom subscritpion to Curium which is the older kids' Les Debrouillard. Great science magazine. (see information below)