Welcome to the Steve Maclean Public School webpage
We hope all our SMPS families had a safe and enjoyable summer. We are looking forward to another amazing school year. Our school office is now open.
First Day of School for Grades 1-8 is Tuesday September 8th
This year we are hoping to make it easier for our students and families to find their teachers on the first day so we will be posting class lists on Friday September 4th at 6:00pm.
Lists will be posted on the classroom windows facing the basketball court in our side yard, nearest to the staff parking lot. You are welcome to come to the school and view these lists anytime over the Labour Day weekend.
Students will be able to find their teachers on the first day of school between 8:45-9:00am in the following locations:
Grade 1: Please meet your teachers in the fenced in senior kindergarten yard at the back of the school.
Grade 2/3: Please meet your teachers in the gym.
Grade 4/5: Please look for your teacher's name on a portable door and meet them there.
Grade 6: Please meet at the side basketball court.
Grade 7/8: Please meet in Spratt Park at the goal post closest to the school/fence.
**We ask that families respect our community partners and not park in the shopping plaza parking lot at the corner of Canyon Walk & Spratt.**
School Tour: New families to SMPS are invited attend a guided tour of the school Thursday September 3rd at 10am. Please meet in our lobby. We look forward to meeting you!
School Fees and School Supplies: click here for a list of recommended school supplies and voluntary fees. Please bring in these requested supplies and voluntary school fee as soon as possible during the first week. THANK YOU!
Walking School Bus 2015-2016: Now Accepting Registrations **New Route** along Canyon Walk! Are you considering having your child walk to school but worried about your child's safety. We recommend the "Walking School Bus." Give yourself piece of mind by registering your child up for the Walking School Bus. This is a program operated by OSTA (the bus people) and the Ottawa Safety Council to promote healthy transportation to schools everyday. A trained and paid adult supervisor walks the "route" each morning with a group of students along a specific route with predetermined student pick-up points and times ensuring the students arrive safely and on-time to school. Just as a school bus would do but instead of a bus there is a "professional walker". To view the route and stops click on the New Route link located above.
Click here to register for the Walking School Bus.
2015-2016 Day 1-5 Cycle Calendar for SMPS: Click Here
Important Information Update:
Synervoice Updates for May
Congratulations to "Be The Change" Grade 6 Students and Staff!!!!
We are proud to announce that Mr.M.Tremblay's, Madame N. Martyn's and Mr. G. White's grade 6 classes won a National Student Innovation Award for their Entrepreneurial Adventure project: "Be The Change."
Representatives from the Learning Partnership and BMO presented the award to our students this morning at a ceremony at the National Gallery. Ten awards were presentedat ceremonies across Canada. Steve MacLean's "Be The Change" raised $24,000 to build two classrooms onto an existing school in Haiti. Our school won their award in the "Enterprising Spirit" category. CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing honour!
Great story in the Ottawa Community News about the fundraising efforts by our grade 6 French immersion classes. Check out the story.
Class requests for 2015-2016? Please take note of the section from the Principal's Comments in the February newsletter that deals with this.
In case you missed the synrevoice email and/or call on March 27th...click here for latest SMPS news and updates
An important newsletter went home today about "Street Safety." Click here for newsletter.
Information on "Street Proofing Your Child." click here
There has been lots of talk about the new Health Curriculum. Please see OCSDB Director Adams webpage about this. http://www.ocdsb.ca/AB-OCDSB/
OSTA Bell Times flyer: no change for 2015-2016
On January 29th, representatives from our two public high schools presented to parents about their schools and the merits of remaining in the public system. This was their presentation.
WITS: We are letting kids know that when they have difficult social situations and/or bullying, they can: Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out and Seek help. Parents might want to use the same language at home to help their kids. Check out the parent flyer.
OCDSB Boundary Reviews for SMPS: more information about the proposed changes. http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/as/Pages/Elementary-Alternative-Boundary-Expansion.aspx
Day 1-5 Schedule: Click here
Procedures for Extended Day Program : click here
**Walking School Bus is Just Around the Corner! This is a new pilot project to help kids get to school safely. This involves a group of students walking to school together along a specific route with planned stops and a regular schedule. The best part is that the group of children will be walking to school under adult supervision by an individual that has been hired by the Ottawa Safety Council! There is a limited number of spots so register soon. The registration process involves TWO steps. Step 1: register online (see link) Step 2: print the registration, sign it and submit it to the school office. This pilot project will run from September 29th to December 19th. Go to www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/resources/safe-routes for more info, including route map and registration forms. Don't miss this opportunity! It's a safe, convenient, healthy and fun way for your child to travel to school with their friends!
French Help: Click here for two OCDSB recommended websites for French help.
"Best Practices for Parents at SMPS": A list of best practices for parents has been developed to help new and returning parents/ care-givers know how we do things here at Steve MacLean PS.
SMPS Code of Conduct: as found in your child's agenda