Upcoming Dates

Crazy Hair/Hat Spirit Day
Friday, November 27

School Council Movie Night - Shaun the Sheep
(admission is by donation - suggested donation $3 per person or $10 per family)
Friday, November 27 @ 6:30 pm

Pizza Day
Tuesday, December 1

Pizza Day
Tuesday, December 8

Pizza Day
Tuesday, December 15

Winter break
December 19 - January 3





    Hilson Avenue PS Update

    Funky Head Day is Friday, November 27.

    Students can sport crazy hair, a favourite hat, a funky accessory!  Your choice!


    On Wednesday, November 18, our students promised to be a buddy, not a bully!  Here is a picture of a garland of our names strung on pink ribbon to mark Bully Prevention Week in Ontario.



    Mrs. Dolan's class is working on place value.  How much is your name worth?


    Ms. Jamieson's class has been learning about the origin of their names.

    On Tuesday, November 17, we were so lucky to have students from Nepean High School come to Hilson to present two plays--'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Madagascar.'  These plays were written, directed, prepared and performed by students!  Our students were in awe of the talent and effort of the the actors and 'behind the scenes' crew.  



    Dear Parents:

    I wanted to share information with you regarding progress reports and parent teacher interviews.  Under the terms of the central agreement for elementary teachers, the timing of the fall progress report was delayed.  At the OCDSB, elementary progress reports will be issued for all students in grades 1 through 8 on December 10, 2015. These reports will cover the regular fall reporting period, from the first day of school to October 30, 2015. The reports will include information about progress and teacher comments.

    A reminder that Friday, November 20 is a Professional Activity Day.  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 19 between 4:00 pm and 7:00pm or on the morning of Friday, November 20 between 8:00 am and 11:00am.

    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.

    Although job action has ended for elementary teachers, we continue to have sanctions in place for our educational support workers.  This does have an impact on school operations and we appreciate your ongoing support as we work through those issues.

    I want to assure you that our key priority remains working to ensure students have a successful school year. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.


    Kindest regards,

    Lisa Clayton






    November 6 is Moustache Day!!

    Thank you School Council

    for a successful Book Fair and Potluck Book Fest!  


    A BIG congratulations goes out to both the boys' and the girls' competitive soccer teams who represented Hilson with great energy and sportsmanship at the tournaments on October 19th.    We are very proud of all our players!  The girls were very excited when they won the championship!!



    Congratulation to our Cross Country Team on a wonderful showing at the Regional Meet on October 16th.
    The effort and determination students put forth during practices each week certainly paid off.  All students can be very proud of their accomplishments!
    If you are planning to sign your child out from school, please send a note in your child's agenda or call in advance, where possible, so that Mrs. Farrell or  I can visit your child’s classroom and have him or her ready at the designated pick up time.  If you arrive to pick up your child and haven’t had the opportunity to provide advance notice, we will do our best to have him or her ready, but please anticipate that there may be some wait time.
    ***Does your child ride in a van to get to school?  Please remember to contact the van company if your son or daughter is not coming to school. ***
     Hello Hilson Avenue PS Families,

    We have had a wonderful first two weeks together. Students have quickly adjusted to their new classrooms  and schedules.  Although our annual "meet the staff" night is currently struck work for our elementary teachers, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns. 

    There are many ways for you to be involved in your child's education at Hilson Avenue PS.  The support you provide to your child in completing homework and daily practice of reading or mathematics is incredibly valuable.  Establishing routines around homework time, engaging in discussions around what he or she is learning, and checking agendas are great starting points. Please communicate  to your child’s teacher if you are finding homework overwhelming.

    If you are looking for other opportunities to become more involved, I encourage you to consider attending School Council meetings, either as a member of the executive, or simply to have a voice in the discussion around our priorities.  School Council elections will be held just prior to our first meeting on September 29th at 7 pm in the library.  For more information on School Councils in general, please visit: 

    Click here for nomination forms. Our School Council is primarily a consultative body, providing input into decisions around school priorities and events as well as providing much appreciated ‘extras’ through fundraising efforts.  Our Council works hard to plan fun events that not only raise a few dollars but bring our community together too!  Our meetings are generally 2 hours in duration.

    If you are available to help out at the school during the day, please contact us.  We always appreciate help with running clubs and activities throughout the year, as well as helping in classrooms and our library.

    If you are a parent of a kindergarten student who rides a school bus, please know that they must be met at the bus stop by an adult.  Please watch the note tote for an important memo.

    Finally, as you are aware, the labour disruption continues and there is now some news regarding  the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's next phase of "work to rule".  Please visit http://www.ocdsb.ca/med/Labour_Relations/elementary/Pages/default.aspx  for further information.  

    Please know that both Mrs. Farrell and I are committed to doing all that we can to ensure that this is a wonderful year for all of our students.



    Lisa Clayton


    School supplies list for September 2015 is here.

    The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) has a NEW policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody 
    arrangement and having two homes.  Both homes must be within the attendance boundary and eligible for transportation.  A formal application process requires 
    that both parents and/or guardians sign the application and schedule.  Weekly or bi-weekly access schedules may be limited to ensure student safety.  Other 
    safety and operational risks will be assessed prior to approval or denial of each application.  
    The deadline for applications to ensure transportation as of the first day of school in September 2015 is JUNE 1, 2015.  All other requests will be processed 
    after September 15 2015.  
    All documents (application, transportation schedule calendar, FAQ, policy and procedure)  are posted online  at:


    Middle French Immersion Registration

    Middle French Immersion registration Week is ongoing

    Registration is easy!

    If you reside in our MFI catchment area (OCDSB School Locator website) and would like your child to attend Middle French Immersion, please  fill out a registration form and drop it by the school office. If your child already attends an OCDSB school,  ask the office staff to send the registration form via our internal mail. 
    For more information about French as a second language programs in the OCDSB, click here


    Kindergarten Registration

    Click here for more information regarding kindergarten in the OCDSB 

    Hilson Kindergarten registration is open now and is ongoing.

    **Online registration is now available - click below to register online. 


    Parents choosing the on-line format will be asked to complete the form, print a copy and bring it along to the school during registration week, along with the other necessary documents (proof of address, birth certificate, health card, immunization record)


    Assessment is an important part of our learning at Hilson.  Instruction, assessment and evaluation in today’s classrooms support multiple learning goals. Students need to learn more than facts – they must acquire 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
    The OCDSB has created a fantastic guide for parents which offers clear, meaningful information about assessment, evaluation and reporting.  Please click on the link below to learn more about assessment and evaluation in the OCDSB.  This guide will also 
    provide you with tips on how to communicate with your child and their teachers and
    answers some of the most common questions you may have regarding your child’s education. 


    Are you looking for an easy way to introduce more read aloud stories to your children at home?  The Ottawa Public Library has many stories available online that your children can listen to and read along with a narrator.  There are French titles and translations available as well.  Check it out at...

    French Immersion Homework Help!

     FSL Homework Toolbox/ Trousse pour devoirs 


    This is an FSL resource for parents and students in Ontario created by the Rainbow District School Board in partnership with the Ministry of Education. This resource includes a number of supports including 

    audio files in English and French

    · video clips demonstrating instructional strategies

    · reference guide for specific topics

    · list of French language learning websites

    · general tips for learning French


    Voilà Learning Homework Help-Online Homework Help In French 


    This is an online homework help support in French K-12 created in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. Ontario certified teachers are available to provide online support from 4-8 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for OCDSB students. Parents/Guardians/Students access the support by calling the toll-free number: 1 (866) 900 0658.

    The OCDSB has purchased a license to pilot the use of the online homework help program for the remainder of the school year. 


    Note: Although these sites target French Immersion, the content of the sites would also be supportive for Core French 


    Hilson Avenue's GREENING Project! 

Hilson Avenue students, staff and parents are involved in a major effort to green our school yard! 
Please click for more information on this great initiative!
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Please click on the COMMUNITY INFORMATION link on the left for opportunities for students!