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Corkstown Pool Parking Lot – A great option for student drop-off and pick-up!

With the colder temperatures we expect more students will arrive or be picked up at school by vehicle.  Lakeview School Council is encouraging parents to use the Corkstown Pool parking lot to park your vehicle and walk your child up to school. Not only will this alleviate traffic in front of the school, in the lot and on nearby residential streets, but you gain precious minutes to walk & talk with your child!  We want to have the pool’s lot plowed during the winter, but we must demonstrate to the City that it is being used.  We will monitor activity in the lot over the next few weeks.  We would appreciate your cooperation!

No more milk bag collection at Lakeview

Council has decided to discontinue collection of milk bags at the school. Unfortunately all of the locations that used to accept our milk bags for producing plastic mats have stopped collecting them. We do know that the Metro grocery store in Bells Corners collects a variety of plastic bags for recycling. We encourage you to consider bringing your milk bags and other plastic bags to this location or look for other sources to recycle your plastics and keep our landfills clean. Thank you and please share this with other Lakeview families who may not receive these email updates.

Helmet Discount Weekend is June 6-7

It’s time to Gear up and Ride! On June 6th – 7th take advantage of Ottawa Public Health’s Helmet Discount Weekend by visiting one of over 17 sporting good stores across Ottawa. Visit the store nearest you and be sure to tell them you are there for your helmet discount. Don’t miss out! Visit Parenting in Ottawa and Être parent à Ottawa for a full list of participating stores.

Reminder: March 7 EQAO Parent Forum

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is inviting parents and educators to a free parent forum in downtown Ottawa on Sat. March 7 from 9:00-2:00. The forum is composed of two sessions. The first session will deliver information about EQAO’s province-wide assessment program (i.e. an overview of EQAO elementary (Gr. 3 & 6) and secondary assessments (Gr. 9), the process for developing and scoring the assessments and an explanation about how the results from these assessments contribute to student learning in Ontario’s schools).

In the 2nd session, guest speaker – educator and author Dr. Lynda Colgan discusses the differences that parents can make in their child’s mathematics education. She will provide parents with effective strategies and resources to use as they carry out their important job as members of the math teaching team.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Southway Hotel, 2431 Bank Street, Ottawa, K1V 8R9
Continental Breakfast : 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
First Session: 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Second Session: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Parents and educators wishing to attend are asked to register at ParentForum@eqao.com. Please provide the following information when registering: first and last name, board of education, school, and e-mail address. The deadline for registration is February 20, 2015.

This graphic displays results on Lakeview PS student attitudes from the 2013-14 Grade 3 EQAO.

Pie graphs showing Lakeview grade 3 students' attitudes 2013-2014

Queen’s Park Seeks Input on Lower Speed Limits Across Ontario

Ontario’s Transportation Minister has announced consultation on several options for changes to Ontario’s default speed for built-up areas, including a reduction of the default speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h.

Local and international research continues to affirm that the safety of all road users is improved when vehicle speed is reduced below 50km/h. The World Health Organization summarizes the relationship between speed and road safety, emphasizing the relationship between the speed of an impact, and the fatality risk for a pedestrian struck by a car. More recently, the Chief Coroner for Ontario in its Pedestrian Death Review, recommended that speed limits be reduced to 30km/h in residential neighbourhoods, and to 40km/h on other streets. Toronto Public Health’s Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto acknowledges the success other cities have found in reducing vehicle speeds, as a way to make active transportation safer throughout Toronto.

The Province will consult with municipalities on the proposal this spring. To provide your input, complete the Ministry of Transportation’s online survey by February 27, 2015.

Jennifer McGowan
School Travel Advisor
Smart Commute, Planning & Policy

Webinar: Lessons from the 2014 Report Card on Children’s Physical Activity

In May 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada (AHKC) released the 2014 Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth at the Global Summit on the same theme. For the first time, this Report Card reveals how Canada stacks up against 14 other countries. This comparison highlighted the fact that while Canada has well-developed physical activity infrastructure and programs, our children still score poorly in overall physical activity levels, active transportation and sedentary behaviour.

On December 4, 2014 the Heart and Stroke Foundation will host a webinar to discuss the key results from the Report Card and the Global Summit while focusing in on Active Transportation. Jacky Kennedy from Green Communities Canada will discuss how Active Transportation interventions have great potential to increase overall physical activity levels among kids and the ways in which Canada can improve our grade based on success stories from other countries.

Jennifer McGowan from Metrolinx will bring the discussion back to Ontario and the GTA. She will share the Strategy Roadmap for the Implementation of Province-Wide Coordination on Active and Safe Sustainable Transportation that Metrolinx created in collaboration with stakeholders and encourage everyone to find a way to support the movement for movement.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Opening of the Bayshore Community Oven – Nov.27 at 12 noon

Click here to view the invitation postcard for the grand opening of the Community Oven in Bayshore Park – owned and operated by the Bayshore Park Community Garden & Oven organization.

Please mark Thursday, November 27, noon, on your calenders to enjoy the oven operation, goodies and hot drinks and firetruck visit. Come and taste flatbreads fresh out of Ottawa’s 1st outdoor oven! Everyone welcome.

If you wish to receive the oven news specifically and/or wish to volunteer, please respond to the address in the postcard (bayshorecommunityoven@gmail.com). There will be training provided for oven operators in the next two weeks, and the dates will be sent to everyone interested. Anyone can receive the training and become an operator.

Lakeview’s School Travel Planning (STP) Project

On Nov. 13, Council & school administration took part in a ‘walkabout’ around our school area with key people from the City of Ottawa, OCDSB, Board Trustee, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority, Councillor Taylor’s office, and our partner, Green Communities.  The walkabout targeted the hot spots/issues that may create unsafe conditions around the school for students who walk/bike/are driven or bus to school.  We were very happy to see strong engagement and interest in addressing many of these issues that parents helped identify when completing the STP survey in September.  Some actions have already occurred, e.g., our new crossing guard, and, new neon ‘school zone’ crossing signs on Corkstown in both directions.  We will post the STP ‘action plan’ developed for Lakeview on our website in the coming weeks.  Please take a look and provide any feedback. 

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