January 2019


Dear Parents/Guardians,


It’s hard to believe the end of January is almost here and we’re well into the New Year. We hope you and your families enjoyed a restful and happy Winter Break.


At Clifford Bowey, we have a tradition of welcoming Santa to our school the week before the Winter Break and this year was no exception. Santa brought smiles to many students and shared his good cheer with all of us. We had lots of fun at our annual holiday concert which featured many student and staff performances. It was lovely to see the smiles of students, family members, and staff in the audience.


With all this cold weather, we’d like to remind you that keeping track of snow pants, hats, scarves and mittens for over 100 students can be challenging. Thank you for helping us by making sure that items are labelled with your child’s name.


And did you know …. that because of increased risks related to ice and snow, and to ensure student safety during the winter months, our playground equipment is not in use. We look forward to warmer days ahead and the reopening of our playground equipment in April.


Christine and Amanda


School Learning Plan

This year our School Learning Plan is focusing on self-regulation. Self-regulation is what helps adults control their own behaviour. It has two important parts – the ability to control our impulses and stop doing something, and the capacity to do something even if we do not want to do it.

Teaching teams are working closely with our Speech Language Pathologists on how to help our students improve their self-regulation

Parent/Guardian Workshop on Self-regulation

On Thursday, February 28th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Clifford Bowey, our two Speech Language Pathologists will hold a workshop on self-regulation. Please save the date.


Illness Policy

A reminder that if your child shows signs of illness while at school, it’s our policy that you receive a phone call from our office. Should it be necessary for your child to leave school, you’ll be asked to come to the school to pick up him or her. Since your child is likely not comfortable when ill, and in order to reduce the risk of others becoming ill, we ask that you co-operate with our policy. Please make sure your contact information is up to date with our office and that a plan is in place should you be asked to pick up your child from school.




January 2019


1300 Kitchener Ave.

Ottawa, Ontario

K1V 6W2


Phone: 613-737-4401

Fax: 613-737-7548


Principal: Christine Kessler

Vice Principal: Amanda Pruner


Office Administrator: Jean Neidy

Office Assistant: Sandra McPhee


Chief Custodian: Jeff Brouse


Superintendent of Instruction:

Nadia Towaij


Area Trustee for Zone 11: Mark Fisher




Dates to Remember


February 4th – Swim-A-Thon Week

February 5th – Winter Fun Day

February 11th – Spirit Week

February 14th – Report Cards and Term 2 IEPs sent home

February 15th – Professional Activity Day (no school for students)

February 18th – Family Day Holiday (no school for students)


School Council Meeting


Tuesday, February 5 , 2019

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the school’s Staff Room

All parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. It’s a great way to connect with other parents/guardians and to learn more about our school community


School Council

Most Clifford Bowey families are on the school council e-mail list.  Are you?

To sign up e-mail Francoise Slaunwhite, Communications Officer, at [email protected]


Here’s what you’ll  get ….

Information about the following:

  • Upcoming school council meetings
  • School events including concerts and parent information nights
  • Articles about Clifford Bowey Public School
  • School board and community initiatives that affect our school


Our next School Council Meeting is on Tuesday, February 5th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in the school’s staff room.  We hope you can join us.


School Council News

Citizens Advocacy Group is hosting a series of full day workshops.  The next one is ODSP/DSO Services with an emphasis on navigating the system.


All the information and registration for ODSP/DSO can be found at:







Community News

From time to time the school is asked to distribute

information about activities in the community that may be of interest to some parents/students; for example, camps, sports groups, etc.  This information is provided for your consideration only and should not be viewed as an endorsement of any particular organization or activity by the school or its staff.


Ottawa Public Health Immunization

A reminder to parents/guardians that you are required to report all immunizations done at the doctor’s office to Ottawa Public Health (OPH) – that way their records are up to date.


Any time your child gets a vaccination, or booster shot, you need to update their information by contacting OPH in one of the following ways:


Phone:  613-580-6744 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4pm)

Fax:  613-580-9660

Online reporting to OPH on their website

Mail:  Immunization Program, 100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, K2G 6J8 (mail code 26-44)


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