Elementary students will get report cards (sort of) after all

(Letter to parents from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.)

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I would like to provide you with an update regarding report cards, Letters of Promotion, and the sharing of mark information for elementary students.

Last week, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board advised parents that for Term 2 of the 2014-2015 school year, the school district will be issuing:
– Report cards to students in grades 8 on June 25, 2015; and
– A Letter of Promotion to students in JK to grade 7 on June 23, 2015.

I am pleased to advise you that, in addition, parents of students in JK to grade 7 will be mailed “Information about Term 2 Marks” by August 31, 2015. The mark information is not a report card, but it will be personalized with the student’s marks by subject and strand, and will be based on the information submitted by the teacher.

Please note that the Letter of Promotion will be the official document for students in JK to grade 7 and will be filed in the Ontario Student Record.

These changes to report card practice are a result of the legal job action currently underway by teachers in Ontario. This week, we were reminded by parents and students that the report card including the marks, learning skills and teacher comments are valued. While we cannot generate report cards for all students in JK to grade 7, we heard very clearly that limited mark information was better than none. As a result, we made a commitment to share mark information with parents and students.

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher prior to the end of the school year.

More detailed information and a series of questions and answers are posted on the District website at http://www.ocdsb.ca. You can send any questions to chat@ocdsb.ca or to director@ocdsb.ca.

Thank you for your understanding.


Jennifer Adams
Director of Education
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board


Strong pitching and hitting leads to big Montreal tourney win for Axemen

(Back row left: Assistant Coach Mike Roy, Coach Ben Wilson, Assistant Coach Mark Beaudoin, Assistant Coach James Hernandez. Middle row from left: Aidan Wilson, Matthew Roy, Ben Phillips, Owen Riedel, James Jenkins, Ethan Jelley, Peyton Hernandez, Ethan Beaudoin, Johnny Bonnar. First row from left: Anton Mashchenski, Ryan Dexter and Bat Boy Declan Dexter. Missing: Alex Kelk.)

The Stittsville Axemen continued the 2015 season with a visit to Montreal for the Titan’s Invitational on the weekend of June 12-14. After an unsuccessful, rained out first tournament in Mississauga the players were ready to really get the season started. Continue reading


Deadline is Monday for the Young Artist of the Month Contest

(Above: Drawing by Abi C., a Grade 3 student at St.Stephen in Stittsville.)

CALLING ALL STITTSVILLE ARTISTS!  If you’re 14 years of age or younger, we want to invite you to enter our Young Artist of the Month contest.  This month’s theme is “SUMMER”, and the winner will get their creation professionally framed by Walkerworks Picture Framing at the corner of Stittsville Main & Beverly.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Have your parents scan or take a photo of a piece of art that you’ve recently created.  It should be a drawing or a painting.  (Minimum size 1200 pixels wide, and maximum file size 5MB please!)
  2. Email it to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca before Monday, June 22, 2015.  Be sure to include the name of the artist (first and last name), the medium (drawing, painting, pastel, etc.), what school you go to and what grade you’re in.
  3. The art will be judged by StittsvilleCentral.ca staff based on creativity, use of colour, technique and a link to the theme.
  4. One entry per artist please!
  5. We’ll showcase some of the artwork leading up to the deadline, and then announce the winner by June 29.  The winner will have their artwork professionally framed. Frame selection and design will be at the discretion of Walkerworks Picture Framing.

GOOD LUCK! If you have any questions please email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


MPP Jack Maclaren not that enthused about public high school in Stittsville

Jack Maclaren, quoted today in the Ottawa Citizen in an article about the results of the public high school survey:

MacLaren said Thursday that he doesn’t oppose a new school but perhaps “wasn’t as enthused” about the idea as they would have liked him to be.

“My kids went 10 or 11 miles to school. They’re talking about six miles,” said MacLaren. “I didn’t think my kids went through any great hardship. There was nothing we could do about the distance. They have six miles and they just think that’s absolutely unbearable. I guess I grew up in a community where we didn’t feel that way.”


City invites public input on booking of arenas and sports fields

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

Residents of Ottawa are invited to an open house on Tuesday, June 23 at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Road, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the City’s facility allocation policy in relation to the use of arenas, sports fields and ball diamonds.

The City is presently reviewing its existing policy to examine how facility space is booked. The goal of this review is to ensure the policy and practices are equitable to existing and new user groups. Consultations with existing organizations that purchase time on City sports fields and arena ice pads were held earlier in June.

The City is now interested in hearing from users of these facilities not directly involved in the booking process, new groups not yet using City facilities, community associations and members of the general public with an interest in the use of recreation facilities.

Currently, more than 1,200 groups use the City’s 45 indoor ice pads, 550 sports fields and 350 ball diamonds for activities that include hockey, figure skating, ringette, football, soccer, Ultimate, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball, slo-pitch and T-ball.

For a listing of City of Ottawa recreation facilities, visit ottawa.ca.


COMMENT: “Environmental Centre” is just lipstick on a landfill

On Tuesday night at the public meeting on the proposed Site Plan Control for the proposed West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC) landfill on Carp Road there was considerable discussion about the lack of information on waste diversion facilities.

For the past five years Waste Management has promoted the WCEC as an entirely new approach to managing waste with a primary focus on waste diversion. The banner image on the front page of the WCEC website shows the vision of large waste processing facilities along Carp road and some people at the meeting wanted to know why these facilities were not on the Site Plan drawings.

In the description of these processing facilities Waste Management describes a “Material Recycling Facility” that will house the latest technology to sort and process paper, glass, plastics, metals and electronics that can be processed into products. The facility will help divert thousands of tonnes of material from disposal, reducing the need for new resources to create products. For five years the WCEC website has illustrated the Recycling Facility with a photograph of a modern multi-line processing process.

The West Carleton Environmental Centre will focus on waste diversion, diverting as much waste as possible away from disposal to reuse and recycling for purposes.  It will also include additional lands set aside for community recreational purposes and wildlife habitat as well as a state-of-the-art, environmentally engineered landfill for the disposal of residual waste while generating clean renewable energy.

(quote from the Waste Management web site)

What the audience heard at the meeting was very disappointing. Waste Management will not be building the new recycling facility, but rather they will use the existing waste transfer station at the back of the site to collect whatever source separated material they may receive and compact it for transfer to other facilities.  Recycling will only represent a tiny fraction of the operation at the landfill.

There’s a stark disconnect between what has been promised for the past five years during the Environmental Assessment and what was presented at the Site Plan Control meeting.

It is obvious from the site plan that the focus of the WCEC will be the landfill disposal of waste rather than recovery and diversion of valuable materials from the waste stream.

(Harold Moore is a member of  The Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) coalition, a grassroots organization founded by local residents to oppose the expansion of the Carp Road Landfill.)


Vandals wreck turtle enclosure at local park

Vandals wrecked the turtle enclosure at Stitt Street Park today, but neighbours believe the eggs were left unharmed.

Earlier this month, Karla Torres and her family saw a snapping turtle laying her eggs in the sand.   They built a protective enclosure around the next and posted a sign in an effort to help the eggs survive until months later when they’ll hatch. Continue reading


SIU closes investigation into Stittsville collision

(Press release from the Ontario SIU.)

Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) review of an incident that occurred in Ottawa earlier this month, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation.

The SIU review determined that at approximately 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, an officer was responding to a call with his emergency lights and siren activated. At the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Huntmar Drive, the officer’s cruiser was involved in a collision with another vehicle. The officer and the 52-year-old woman driver from the other vehicle were transported for treatment to the Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus. Due to the fact that medical reports revealed there was no evidence of serious injury in this case, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.


Pointe of Grace Dance Company celebrates another successful season

(Above: Pointe of Grace Directors Carly Sherwin (left) and Amanda Leroux (right) present Tysen Lefebvre with a cheque for $13,000. Pointe of Grace Dance Company’s competitive team raised the funds for Tysen’s Mission to a Million for Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario at their third annual Spring Dance 4 Wishes Showcase, which was held at Sacred Heart High School in March. The donation is enough to grant at least one wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition or illness. Dancers from the studio’s Junior competitive team were honoured to be asked to dance at the Make-A-Wish gala this year.)

Pointe of Grace Dance Company recently celebrated its successful season with an end-of-year banquet for the studio’s competitive team. The banquet was held on Saturday, June 13 at Saunders Farm in Munster. The evening kicked off with a cheque presentation to Tysen Lefebvre’s Mission to a Million for Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.  A number of special awards were presented to dancers. Continue reading


How a food blog evolved into a ready-to-eat meal service

(Above: Philip Munk and Alana Thomson. Photo by Barry Gray.)

What began as a personal online cookbook has turned into Stittsville’s new healthy meal prep service, Healthy Balance.

Alana Thomson was a personal trainer before she started focusing more on nutrition. Thomson created a food blog that soon received a large following begging her to provide them with more recipes and healthy creations. When she connected with her business partner Philip Munk, a professional chef and an amateur athlete, Healthy Balance was created. Continue reading


City of Ottawa outdoor pools open as of June 13


The City of Ottawa’s outdoor pools will be open for the season as of June 13.   There are no public outdoor pool within Stittsville, but there are several nearby including:

  • Beaverbrook Pool (2 Beaverbrook Lane)
  • Glen Cairn Pool (50 Castlefrank Road)
  • Katimavik Pool (64 Chimo Drive)


Splash pads are now open and will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through to September. Please contact 311 to report a splash pad that is not working.

Lifeguards will be on duty at Ottawa’s supervised beaches every day beginning June 20 until August 16, from noon to 7 p.m. Refer to ottawa.ca for beach locations, descriptions, amenities and recreational programs offered.

Ottawa Public Health monitors recreational water quality seven days a week at the City of Ottawa’s supervised beaches. Daily water quality results will be available at ottawa.ca, via Twitter at @ottawahealth or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 13219. If high levels of bacteria are found, a no-swim advisory is issued and tweeted (@ottawahealth). Site signage and flags at each beach will also indicate whether a no-swim advisory is in effect.


No report cards for public students JK-grade 7

(Letter to parents from the OCDSB’s Director of Education.)

Dear Parent/Guardian: I am writing with an important update on the final report card which is usually issued at the end of the school year. I know how important the report card is to parents and to students—it is a reflection of the work done throughout the year, and the marks, learning skills and teacher comments are valued. Continue reading