Feb. 20th Updates

posted Feb 20, 2019, 10:21 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Head lice are common in school-aged children, but anyone can get them. These small insects can crawl from person to person by direct head to head contact and most commonly cause itching.  Parents should check their children’s hair weekly for head lice. Look for nits (eggs) of head lice. Nits look like dandruff, but they cannot be shaken or flicked off the hair. They are found on the hair very close to the scalp. If you see lice or nits, notify the school and treat your child. Ottawa Public Health recommends that the first of the two required treatments be done before your child returns to school.  Daily nit/lice removal is important between treatments. Teach your child to protect himself or herself from getting head lice:

  • Avoid sharing combs, brushes, hair accessories or helmets.  

  • Tie back long hair in a braid or ponytail.

  • Keep hats, mittens, and scarves in the sleeve of your child’s coat.

For more information on the prevention and treatment of head lice, call the Ottawa Public Health information line at 613-580-6744 or visit ottawa.ca/health.


Reminder that Pizza Day is Friday, February 22nd for those that have already ordered.


We were so happy to see so many volunteers at the recent Valentine Dance, Winter Walk and tubing trip. Just a reminder that there is a new procedure for volunteers in the school. We are once again sharing this information. If you wish to take part in field trips, work with students directly or be a member of council, you must get a  Level 3 Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check. This includes parents and other volunteers who will be:

● Taking part in field trips

● Working with students in schools

● Parent council members

● Volunteering at events where they may be in isolation with students even for a brief period of time (helping in classrooms, distributing food, etc.).

If you think you might like to be volunteering for any activity during the school year, you will be required to visit https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Police-Record-Checks.asp to apply for your reference check. There are two options for completing a vulnerable sector check:

1. In person – Details can be found here https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/In-Person-Police-Record-Checks.asp

2. Online – Details can be found here https://olbc.ottawapolice.ca/

Please call the office if you wish a letter that will waive the fee associated with the reference check. The fee waived will apply to a reference check that is not a same day request reference check. If you choose a same day reference check, you will be required to pay for this. When making your request, please select a mailed copy as it will be embossed with an official seal. Once complete, please bring your reference check for the vulnerable sector to the Main Office. We will make a copy and place it on file to enable you to volunteer in the school. Thank you for considering volunteering in the school. Volunteers are a valued part of our school community and enrich the experience of school for all of our students.



Jammin' Juniors (ages 4-8) and Volleyball (ages 9-14) email registration is now open! Programs begin the week of March 18th, 2019. Schedule for each area is below. Jammin' Juniors for ages 4-8 offers a variety of gym games that focus on skill development, active play, teamwork, and having fun! Games we play include: British Bulldog, Octopus, Owl's Egg, Soccer-baseball, Pin-ball and Dodge-ball games. Volleyball for ages 9-14 will include: bumping, volleying, and serving techniques, positioning and team play, and a tournament. The Jammin' Juniors / Volleyball program is once per week for 7 weeks.

Fees: All new 2019 families must pay the $20 GRDO membership fee plus the $15 fee per child for the current program. Families who have already paid the 2019 GRDO membership are only required to pay $15 fee per child for the current program. Payment: Only cash or cheques are accepted. Please have your payment by cash or cheque ready for our staff on the first day of the program.

********** HOW TO REGISTER **********

To register, please email info@grdo.ca with:

1) Child(ren's) first and last name(s) and age(s)

2) Name of the area/location (see schedule below)

3) By registering for our program(s), you are consenting to our program and member waiver available at www.grdo.ca

Parent's name and phone number:

4) If you would like to donate to GRDO to help more kids participate in sports, please provide an amount. Each $10 = 1 child.


Area: Cyrville

Program starts Monday March 18th, 2019 . 5:00pm-6:00pm for ages 4-8 and 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel school located at 675 Gardenvale Road.

Area: Carson Grove

Program starts Monday March 18th, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Carson Grove Elementary school located at 1401 Matheson Road.

Area: Beacon Hill

Program starts Tuesday March 19th, 2019

5:30pm-6:30pm for ages 4-8 and 6:30pm-7:30pm for ages 9-14

Location: St. Brother Andre school located at 1923 Elmridge Drive.

Area: Orleans

Program starts Wednesday March 20th, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: St. Matthew High School located at 6550 Bilberry Drive.

Area: Pineview

Program starts Thursday March 21st, 2019 . 4:15pm-5:15pm for ages 4-8 and 5:15pm-6:15pm for ages 9-14.

Location: John Paul ll school located at 1500 Beaverpond Drive.

Area: Blackburn

Program starts Thursday March 21st, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Good Shepherd school located at 101 Bearbrook Road.

Area: Blossom Park

Program starts Friday March 22nd, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Sawmill Creek elementary school located at 3400 D'Aoust Avenue.


E: info@grdo.ca | P: 613-203-7554 | F: Facebook.com/myGRDO | W: www.grdo.ca