News This Week


Week of October 19th News Update

We have now been back at school for a month.  It’s amazing to see how well our students have done with the new routines.  They are experts!  

We also really appreciate the effort that parents and caregivers are taking to keep the front sidewalk and bus and school transportation van loading zones clear of all traffic before and after school.  We know that it’s not very convenient to avoid the school parking lot and park somewhere else in the neighbourhood.  It makes a big difference!

Halloween at Orleans Wood - Friday, October 30th

Like many things this school year, Halloween will be a bit different at Orleans Wood.  Our traditional parade in the community with family members in attendance will not be possible.  Instead, staff members have already begun to plan other new activities that meet the standards of our current world while creating a fun environment and lasting memories for our students.

Ways to help us keep Halloween at Orleans Wood COVID-safe:

  • Students should come to school wearing their costumes

  • Keep costumes simple and be sure that they can be taken on and off independently. For example, the one piece jumpsuit-style costumes are very challenging for students to remove when going to the washroom, especially for our youngest students.

  • Instead of wearing a costume, wear orange and/or black if a costume is “too much for school” or if your family does not dress in costumes for Halloween

  • Incorporate daily use face masks into costume designs

  • Leave extra costume accessories at home.  For example, items that need to be held in a hand or worn on heads can create extra, unnecessary touch points.

  • Do not send in class treats or goody bags for classmates.  The gesture is appreciated, but these items from home are not permitted at school.

Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or need some clarification.

Canadian Islamic History Month

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2016 proclaimed the month of October in each year as Islamic Heritage Month. Canadian Islamic History Month has been officially recognized federally since 2007. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board recognizes Islamic Heritage Month each year.

Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all citizens to learn about the history and culture of Ontarians of Muslim heritage who have made an impact in our communities across the province as well as to appreciate the significant contributions made by the Islamic community. This celebration of Muslim history, culture and religion will be a time for all of us to reflect, celebrate and learn about these contributions together. 


Elections and First Council Meeting

The first OWSAC meeting of the 2020/2021 school year was held virtually using Google Meet on Thursday, October 15th and was well attended.  A new Council was elected as follows:

Co-Chairs - Marnie Khokhar & Ashley Mouland

Treasurer – Jennifer Johnson

Secretary – Kristin Sellers

Members at Large:

Tristy Mallette

Fawad Khokhar

Candace Marzano

Rebecca VanDyk

Jessica McIntyre

All parents are welcome at our next meeting on Thursday, November 19th at 7pm using the following link:  Please join us as we start planning our fundraising and community building activities for this year.

Community Corner

Orleans Outstanding Youth Awards

Do you know someone in your community under the age of 18 whose talents and abilities set them apart during the past year?  If so, why not consider nominating them for the Orléans Outstanding Youth Awards.  Nominees must be 17 years old or younger as of Sept. 1, 2020 and reside within the City of Ottawa east of St. Laurent Blvd.  Nominees will be judged on their accomplishments between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020.  Please click here to learn more.

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