Nov 16, 2014

This Week is Anti-Bullying Week

Ontario has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and a positive learning environment. During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Forms of bullying include:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumors about them
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cell phones, email, text messaging and social networking sites

A copy of the OCDSB Anti-Bullying Awareness brochure can be found at the following link:


Links

Ministry of Education: Safe Schools

PrevNet

Bullying Awareness

Nov 8, 2014

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Please join us on Tuesday, November 11th for our Remembrance Day ceremony. Students will be called down to the gym at 10:45. All members of the community are welcome to join us.

Nov 5, 2014

Boundary Revisions

Just a reminder that the OCDSB's series of consultation meetings regarding minor boundary revisions continues.  Two meetings remain:

1) Wednesday, November 5 - Trillium ES, 1515 Varennes Blvd., 7 pm

2) Monday, November 10 - A.Y. Jackson SS, 150 Abbeyhill Dr., 7 pm

Further information (including the information packages) is available on our website:

Nov 4, 2014

Hosting International Students

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has been welcoming international students into its schools as part of its successful International Student Program for close to 15 years. Greenbank just said goodbye to a student visiting from Columbia on October 31st!

During their stay in Ottawa, international students live with local families, developing friendships that last for years. Students and host families alike have benefited from the experience.

So more families can investigate this opportunity, the Canada Homestay Network (CHN) will be hosting information sessions this fall at schools across the region:
  • Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Nov 18, 7PM
  • Bell High School Nov 19, 7PM
  • Gloucester High School Nov 20, 7PM
  • D.A. Moodie School, Nov 25, 7PM
  • W. Erskine Johnston School, Nov 26, 7PM
  • Sawmill Creek School, Nov 27, 7PM

Among the subjects discussed will be the support offered to both hosts and students, including pre-arrival orientations, ongoing access to a professional Relationship Manager, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a generous host stipend to offset expenses.

Please note that colleagues, neighbours, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend!
To register your intention to attend, or to obtain more information on the sessions or on our program, please contact Theresa at CHN at 613-686-6764 x 2094 or email legate@canadahomestaynetwork.ca.


Oct 29, 2014

Spirit Week

Greenbank is having its first Spirit Week next week! Here's the breakdown:

Monday: Pyjama Day, because who wants to get out of their pyjama on a Monday?!?
Tuesday: Twin Day! Find your twin and dress the same.
Wednesday: Show your Greenbank pride by wearing your Gator Gear!
Thursday: Crazy Hair / Crazy Hat Day - self-explanatory!
Friday: Show your appreciation for our country by wearing red and white for our Canadian Pride Day!

We hope to see your spirit come out for during our first GMS Spirit Week!

Oct 24, 2014

Remembrance Day Display Case

In preparation for Remembrance Day, Mrs. Kane is putting together a display case with war era memorabilia. If you have any memorabilia that you are willing to share with the school community please send it to her by Thursday, October 30. Please note that while the display case will be locked at all times, the school is a busy place and we cannot guarantee the security of items loaned to the school. Inquiries regarding the security of loaned items should be directed to the principal. Mrs. Kane will return all items following Remembrance Day. Thank you!

Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services

Greenbank Middle School is pleased to announce our partnership with Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services. Heather Gallant is a counsellor connected with our school. If your family or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, however that may look, Rideauwood is there to support. Heather can be reached by email at hgallant@rideauwood.org or by phone at (613) 724-4881. For more information, please contact the principal or vice-principal at school.