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Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”

Students

Our students show leadership and citizenship in a variety of ways. Every year they participate in the Terry Fox Relays and raise funds for cancer research. Our students also show leadership in sports, environmental initiatives, and the arts. As well, we recognize student leadership by incorporating their suggestions into our planning. In addition to informal recognition on a regular basis, we also acknowledge their efforts through our Gotcha! announcements, monthly community of character workshops, bulletin boards, newsletter articles, and end-of-year awards ceremonies. The list of student end of the year awards include:

  • Joyce Olson Citizenship Award
  • Academic Honor Roll
  • Athletic Award
  • Principal Leadership Award

Staff

Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications and are dedicated to providing a quality education to all children at our school. Many staff hold additional qualifications in the areas of Special Education, English as a Second Language, Computers and Educational Administration. They have enthusiastically participated in numerous board and school professional development activities in the areas of literacy and numeracy. They also keep up to date with changes to the Ontario Curriculum by attending training sessions. Staff leadership is valued at our school and as a team; we support each other and encourage new initiatives that benefit our students and our community. Our custodial and office staff are vital members of our team ensuring that our school runs smoothly, safely and efficiently. We are supported centrally by a psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, a social worker and a literacy/numeracy, and technology coach.

Parents/Guardians/Volunteers

Parents and community volunteers are an integral part of our daily life at Viscount Alexander. We have trained volunteers from ONFE who assist in the delivery of our program. Through the participation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa we provide mentoring opportunities. The Kiwanis Club provides funding to purchase bicycles for all our students who didn’t have one. The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre provides funding for our Munchy Monday and Fruity Friday healthy snacks. Our partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters provides support for students in leadership, sport and social interactions. Our parents regularly volunteer countless hours to reading with children, helping in the classrooms and library, chopping fresh fruit and vegetables, and assisting on field trips. We very much value all of their support and the expertise they share with us.

Our School Council actively raises funds to enrich learning at our school. Over the years, they have provided music enrichment programs, scientists in schools program, paid for cultural presentations, purchased playground equipment, revitalized our library and provided treats for students at special events. Most recently School Council was provided with a grant to create a Parent Resource Library and Information Center that would provide parent with information such as parenting advice, health & nutrition, education, support for English Language Learners. As well as, social topics such as single parenting, porce, stress management & behavior, and bullying. The goal of the project is to create a welcoming environment for parents as partners in their child's education, highlights the school as an important resource for the parents in the community, and provides parents with knowledge, skills, and tools they need to support student learning at home and at school. As invaluable partners, we thank all our volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge them through school newsletters and our annual volunteer appreciation assembly and tea held in the spring.

Community

We are pleased to receive financial support for our breakfast and snack programs through OCRI and from our School Council. The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre contributes by funding our healthy snacks. The Kiwanis Club provides funding for hats and mitts along with bicycles for some of our students. The Education Foundation donates invaluable support for our students in need. Our annual bike rodeo has many organizations and individuals helping to make this event a great success. A special thanks to the Public Safety Council, Sandy Hill Community Health Center, Cycle Salvations, and Kunstadt Sports, Seven Star, and Green Communities for supporting our efforts every year. The school also receives donations of gently used bikes from our families in the community and these bikes are donated back into the community to children in need. This initiative supports our healthy living and our environmental philosophy. It is a great example of our community partnerships, and their awesome impact on student safety and learning!

We greatly appreciate this community support. We recognize our community partners through our school announcements, school newsletters, school web site, principal’s report to school council, and thank you cards.

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