Welcome to the Carleton Heights Public School Website - The home of the CHPS Cougars!

Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews - this week!

A reminder that Friday, November 20th is a Professional Activity Day, no school for students. This is the date scheduled for parent teacher interviews. Under the terms of the central agreement, teacher-parent interviews remain at the discretion of the teacher and will be initiated if the teacher has a concern about a student’s progress. If your child’s teacher feels that an interview would be required, he or she will contact you directly to arrange a time on either the evening of Thursday, November 19th or on the morning of Friday, November 20th.
As always, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they have any questions or concerns about their child’s progress. Teachers remain committed to ongoing communication with individual parents/guardians regarding student progress and development.

Our School Council community needs your help! Our school council is seeking a Treasurer for the school year. As well, we need volunteers each Friday 10:20 - 11:20 a.m. to delivery pizza/subs to classrooms. PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING.
You are all invited to our next School Council meeting on Thursday November 27th at 5:45 p.m. in the school library.


Reminder for students and parents

Ottawa Public Health will be holding immunization clinics at the school on Wednesday Nov 25, 2015. These vaccines are publicly-funded, and available at no cost to you.Today, your child received the vaccine consent form(s) from Ottawa Public Health. Your child needs to return the signed consent form(s) at the school immunization clinic in order to receive the vaccines.

All students in grade 7, and students born in the year 2003, have received consent forms for hepatitis B and meningococcal disease vaccines.

All female students in grade 8, and female born in the year 2002, have received a consent form for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

You are encouraged to talk with your child about the vaccines; and ideally both you and your child should sign the consent form.

On the day of the school clinic, remind your child to:

• Eat a good breakfast.
• Bring an extra juice or a snack to school.
• Wear short sleeves or a loose shirt so that his or her upper arm is exposed easily, without undressing.
• Bring the signed consent forms with them to the school clinic

Students who miss a clinic will be able to receive the vaccine at the next school clinic.

If you have any questions, please call the Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 and ask to speak to a public health nurse


New from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

French Instruction in Kindergarten and Early French Immersion
The final report on French instruction in kindergarten and Early French Immersion will be discussed by Committee of the Whole on November 17th and a final recommendation is expected to be approved by the Board on November 24th. The staff report provides a detailed explanation of the changes and an analysis of the consultation feedback, along with the final recommendations.

Parent Conference - Save the Date - January 16, 2016
The OCDSB is planning a conference for parents on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The conference is an initiative of our Parent Involvement Committee and is a learning opportunity for parents. There will be a keynote speaker and a series of workshop presentations related to student learning and well-being. If there is something you have always wanted to know more about, let us know and we'll see if it can be the subject of a workshop. Send your ideas to chat@ocdsb.ca.


Our school community had a wonderful gathering to reflect on Remembrance Day. Thanks to the guidance and leadership from Ms. Naufal and the student leadership team for making it all happen.

Holly,  Charlize, Holly,  Summer, Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham and Chris.
Holly, Charlize, Holly, Summer, Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham and Chris. 


What has been happening at CHPS?

Friday Oct 16th was filled with excitement as if was our Fun Food Friday complimented by Movie Night at Carleton Heights.

Cardboard challenge was brilliantly executed by the students, and our showcases are alive with thoughtful cardboard replicas of guitars, buildings and many beautifully structured items.

Intermediate band is up and running and our halls are filled with squeaks, laughter and fine tuning! Our own music teacher Laura Smith delighted the intermediate students with her fiddle playing.

Fall cleaning of extra balls at your home? Please feel free to drop off gently used soccer balls, tennis balls, basketballs or volleyballs for outdoor recess fun. Skipping ropes would also be appreciated.

A few staffing changes - please join me in welcoming Devon Salmon who is filling in for Heather Berry-Smith and a special welcome to Barbara Johnston-Lafelice who is our acting Principal while Pauline McKenna is absent due to foot surgery. Pauline is expected to return in November.

Congratulations to the Junior Cross Country team coached by Ann Maloney. Well done, with great rainy day results and a first by Nate in grade two!  Also the Intermediate team was small but mighty, coached by Chris Dunn.  Yet another first place by David.  The Cougars, are strategic, fast and proud runners.
Our Junior team                                                                                      


Speaker Series - Concussion Management, Recognizing Signs & Symptoms
Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m.
Nepean High School auditorium, 574 Broadview Avenue

Join us on October 29th to learn more about the diagnosis, treatment and management of concussions in young people. We are pleased that Gordon and Kathleen Stringer, parents of the late Rowan Stringer, will join us to share Rowan's story and talk about the development of Rowan's Law. Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, Dr. Kristian Goulet, Nurse Coordinator Gail Macartney and OCDSB staff will do a panel presentation to discuss how to prevent concussions and to recognize, treat and monitor the progress of recovery. The OCDSB's new procedure for concussions management is now being implemented in schools.


Fun Food Friday form is coming home with your child on Monday. It must be returned to the school office by Thursday October 8th. Or access the form here

Monday October 5th is WORLD TEACHER DAY - promoted by the United Nations for teachers all over the world.

“Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies” is the World Teachers' Day slogan for 2015.

The day is to recognize and improve awareness of the vital role teachers make to the education and development of so many children. We are so grateful for the teachers at Carleton Heights and the many contributions they make to the lives of our students and community.


Two Important Public Consultations: from our District office

French Instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Early French Immersion

The OCDSB is considering changes to the delivery of French language instruction in the kindergarten program that will enhance learning opportunities, provide equity of access and opportunity and support both the English with Core French and French Immersion programs.

These changes include:
- Moving to a 50/50 English and French delivery model in JK and SK;
- Adding English as a subject fro 60 minutes per day in grade 1 Early French Immersion classes; and
- Changing math instruction from French to English in grades 1, 2 and 3.
- see the ocdsb.ca webste for a video with further information

We want your feedback on the proposed changes. Your feedback is essential to ensure these changes meet the needs of our parents and students. Feedback may be provided at one of the scheduled public meetings, at any of our advisory committee meetings or by email to chat@ocdsb.ca or by completing our survey.

Public Consultation Meetings:
October 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - Sir Guy Carleton - 55 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean
October 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. - W.O. Mitchell E.S. - 80 Steeple Chase Drive, Kanata
October 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. - Fallingbrook Community E.S. - 679 Deancourt Crescent, Orleans

The School as a Community Hub

The OCDSB supports the use of our schools and facilities as Community Hubs. Partnering with community organizations and service providers can enhance student learning and well-being, and can also introduce students to more opportunities which support their development as engaged citizens.

To formalize and embed the role of schools as community hubs, the District is in the process of developing a policy which will provide direction for the future.

We value your input. Please take some time to review the draft policy on our website and submit any feedback/input by email to communityhubs@ocdsb.ca by October 28, 2015. Our goal is to have the new policy in place before the end the year.

Labour Negotiations

This week the OSSTF announced strike sanctions beginning Monday October 5th. These sanctions affect educational support workers. The OCDSB has 5 OSSTF bargaining units which represent elementary and secondary educational support workers.

This includes:
educational support professionals such as school office administrators and office assistants, guidance services assistants and staff in central departments;
custodial and maintenance staff;
psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists;
educational assistants and early childhood educators;
Language Instructors for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors and childcare staff.

Since the announcement of the sanctions, the district met with union representatives to seek clarification about the anticipated impact of sanctions in our schools and administrative buildings. This is legal strike action and the union has directed employees to withdraw certain services. However the union has also indicated that student safety remains a priority and members will be advised of this.

The sanctions may affect the following school functions:

Entry to school buildings

- The sanctions direct staff not to use controlled entry systems. To ensure students and parents can access schools on Monday morning, the front doors will be unlocked rather than using the buzzer system.

Calling students to the office

- The sanctions direct staff not to call students to the office during the school day. A parent coming to pick up a child during the school day should allow for extra time as Principals are managing a number of responsibilities and may not be immediately available.

School Websites and Newsletters - The sanctions direct staff not to assist with school websites or newsletters. We will continue to use Synrevoice regularly. Parents are encouraged to ensure the school has an up-to-date email address.

School or Special Events in schools - The sanctions direct staff not to provide set up/tear down of community functions outside of the regular school day. This may affect some planned events. Further clarification is being sought.

At this time, we are continuing to work with our unions to better understand how the sanctions will be implemented. We know that student safety is a top priority for every one of our employees. Our staff will continue with student supervision, safe arrivals and the monitoring of visitors to the school. We ask for your continued support and patience as we work through this legal strike action.

We will continue to keep our school communities up-to-date via our website and social media channels.



Our students and staff had a great time at our Terry Fox run this morning. The sun was shinning, so off came the coats and sweaters.


Just a reminder that we will be having our first school council meeting tomorrow - Tuesday September 29th at 5:45 p.m. in the school library. We welcome all parents to join us!

Good Monday morning! We will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run this Thursday October 1st. We are asking each student to consider contributing a Toonie for Terry to the Cancer Society. Please see the attached letter for all the details.

Here is a recent communication from our Director of Education for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board regarding labour relations update.

We have had a great week at Carleton Heights. We have been lucky to have wonderful sunshine all week. Our students were able to practice their three fire drills for the fall. The students and staff did a great job in getting out of the school quickly. Students have been learning about the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run. Our school will be participating in the run on Thursday October 1st. Each student is ask to contribute a Toonie for Terry for the Cancer Society. The students celebrated the International Day of Peace with a school assembly hosted by Mr. Dunn. Mr. Dunn also introduced the first character education trait that we will be focusing on this month - RESPECT. Enjoy the photos.





Please consider attending one of these great presentations for parents and community members hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board speaker series.


We are having a great day at Carleton Heights...here is a quick glimpse of some of our learning....

What does Dot Day mean?



Carleton Heights Public School Council

Carleton Heights is lucky to have a dedicated group of parents involved in our school council and…..we need more parents.


Please consider joining our School Council

•    Be involved with your child’s education

•    Help create an inviting school environment

•    Have input on school decisions

•    Be informed of current school activities

•    Be familiar with school board policies and procedures

•    Consult with teachers/principal to gain an understand of curriculum

•    Help raise and allocate fundraising funds


School Council meets 5 times through the school year - September 29th, November 26th, January 21st, March 24th and May 19th at 5:45p.m.


The first meeting is Tuesday September 29th at 5:45 p.m. in the CHPS library.


We will conduct our Annual General Election at this meeting, electing/appointing our officers and volunteer positions for the upcoming school year.

Positions needed;


Chair - Cathy Wilkie - with thanks Cathy will be returning as Chair

Vice-Chair - needed

Treasurer - needed

Secretary - needed

Communications -

Fun Food Coordinator - Stephanie Littlejohn

Volunteer Coordinator -

Ottawa –Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) Representative

Other positions:

Community Representative -

Council Members -


I urge you to consider becoming involved with our School Council. It is a great opportunity to come together and discuss current and future issues which will impact our school community.We also have a lot of fun! Please submit the following form to the school office if you would like to become a voting member of the School Council.


Please know all parents are always welcome to attend any of our meetings throughout the school year. See you on September 29th!




Students and Staff are celebrating International Dot Day on - Monday September 14th

Celebrate Creativity,
Courage & Collaboration!

Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. We hope you will join the growing global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place. Each student has been making their own dot and writing a pledge on how they will make their mark at CHPS this school year. Come on by and take a look at our dots and 'making a mark'.

Students and staff are encouraged to wear dots on Monday to school! 







Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

On behalf of the Carleton Heights staff, we extend a warm welcome to both new and returning students and their parents/guardians in our school community. We are very much looking forward to the year ahead and to working with you and our students as we celebrate achievements in all curriculum areas. We hope you all enjoyed the fantastic summer weather and created some great memories with your family and friends.

I am thrilled to be joining the Carleton Heights community as your Principal. We are welcoming some great teachers to our team this year and I know they are all looking forward to greeting your children and getting routines in place for a successful and fulfilled school year.

We value your contribution to your child’s education and encourage you to be involved in your child’s school life. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering or if you have questions or concerns rather than waiting for parent/teacher interviews. It is advisable to deal with issues as they arise. We encourage parents to monitor homework and use the planner as a communication tool.

Please continue to check with our school website http://www.carletonheightsps.ocdsb.ca and our twitter account Carleton_HeightsPS for all updates, news and announcements. Together we can make this best school year ever for your child!

My thanks are extended to Karen – our chief custodian and her team for working so hard throughout the summer to prepare our school. As well, our office staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators and teachers have recently spent long hours working to gather resources, prepare materials and create the best learning environment for all the students. We are all ready to go!

Routines for Tuesday morning - first day of school - at 8:55a.m. all students will gather at the back of the school to meet their teacher. If your child has not yet registered, please report directly to the office. Buses will leave the school at 3:35 p.m. to commence their route home.

If it RAINS, we will have all students grade 1 to 5/6 meet in the gym and students in 6/7 and 7/8 will meet in the intermediate halls. Lets hope the sunshine continues! :)

Transportation - please consult the OSTA website at http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca for all inquires about bus pick up and drop off times.

I am looking forward to working and learning with you all!


Pauline McKenna, Principal


International Languages Program is coming to Carleton Heights

Do you want your Child to learn a language?

International Languages Program offers children an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than English or French and to develop an appreciation for diversity and intercultural understanding. These academic classes are available, regardless of their heritage, free of charge*, to elementary school-age children (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8), who are Ontario residents primarily from the Ottawa-Carleton area. Most classes run on Saturday mornings for 34 weeks. (Unless otherwise indicated, class times are 9:30-12:00pm.)

On-site registration starts on September 12, 2015

* A non-refundable materials and consumable fee of $10.00 will accompany each registration.

OCDSB offers 40 different languages!!

For more information on the locations and languages we offer, please visit:


 International Languages Program




Congratulations to our CHPS students and the entire school community.  Our first ever Kiwanis / CHPS Read-a-thon raised $4,872.50!  This is fantastic and meant the today we were able to present a cheque to the Canadian Red Cross - Nepal Relief for $1218.12!  Bravo CHPS!!


Grade 1's in Ms. Kelly-Rubinoff's class get ready to send 'Rudy' their Painted Lady butterfly free after watching it grow through the stages of metamorphosis.  


Read-a-thon Update

Please note that Kiwanis Read-a-thon pledge envelopes are due on Monday, May 25th!  All student MUST reurn their envelope. 

Please click HERE to read Dr. Jennifer Adams, Director of Education for the OCDSB's letter to the OCDSB community with an update on ElementrayTeacher's labour relations.  

CHPS In the News

School Learning Plans

Twice per year, every school across the Province of Ontario identifies one or more areas of the Mathematics or Language Arts (English and French) curriculum that will be the focus of their School Learning Plan (SLP). The staff gives additional emphasis to this specifically targeted area and provides direct instruction to the students for a 4-6 week period.  This instruction may be ‘cross-curricular’ but has been carefully selected by each staff team based on a particular need within the student population.  Students are first 'pre-assessed' in this area of focus and then these results are used to guide the instruction. As the 4-6 week period draws to a close, teachers re-assess the students in a 'summative' assessment to measure each student's commence rate growth. The CHPS faculty met last week and have identified three specific goals for our students.  Please make sure to ask your son or daughter about the class goal.  If you have any questions about the goal, or about your child's progress, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher. 

Primary (Kindergarten – Grade 3) Goal:

If we model, practice, and use the Carleton Heights PS Writing Continuum to help students grow as writers, then they will be better able to clearly express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas successfully in their writing.

Junior (Grade 4-6) Goal:

If we promote active listening by explicitly teaching appropriate listening behaviour, then our students will demonstrate an understanding of oral texts and/or explanations, and be able to clearly and appropriately express their feelings, thoughts and ideas orally and/or in writing.

Intermediate (Grade 7-8) Goal:

In reading, if we explicitly teach strategies for summarizing text such as, but not limited to, highlighting, using graphic organizers, taking notes and identifying the main idea, pertinent details, and the author’s conclusion, then our students will improve their summaries of grade-level fiction and non-fiction texts.


Message from Our Director Regarding the Possibility of Potential Strike Action in our Secondary Schools

You may have recently received a 'Synervoice' phone call from the OCDSB's Director of Education, Dr. Jennifer Adams.  Please click HERE to view a copy of Dr. Adam's message.  To read the latest update on labour relations, CLICK HERE

 Fun Food Friday – Spring Orders

This is just a reminder that Fun Food Friday Order Forms are due to be returned to the office by tomorrow.  If you have not yet seen the spring order form, please ask your child to double check their school bag as they were sent home on March 13th.  However, if the form still cannot be found, please click HERE to download a copy. 

Indoor Line-up Name the Bonhomme Contest

A warm welcome is extended to our new "Bonhomie Brothers" who will stand on guard outside of the school on indoor line mornings.  These plastic figures were named by our Student Leadership Team after they reviews over a hundred names from our Name the Bonhomme Contest!

Grade 4-8 French Immersion at Carleton Heights PS

Our school is the home of one of the OCDSB’s top rated French Immersion Programs.  Please consider registering your child for the 2015-2016 school year

Shirley Seward (Chair of the OCDSB) cuts the ribbon at CHPS's official Grand Re-opening










The CHPS Girls Volleyball Team Chomps Down on their Silver Medals

The CHPS Boys Volleybal Team Warms up Before a Quarter Final Game


    Carleton Heights in the fall

...Archived News