Upcoming Dates

Kindergarten Registration Period: Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29, 2016 (and ongoing)

Elementary Student Transfer Application Period: Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 19

2016 Secondary Student Transfer Application Period: Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 19,

2015 Middle French Immersion Registration Period: Tuesday, February 16 to Monday, February 22, 2016 

PD Day (no school for students)
Friday, February 12

Family Day (no school)
Monday, February 15
March Break (no school)
March 14-18

PD Day (no school for students)
Friday April 15

Victoria Day (no school)
Monday May 23

Final day of school

Thursday, June 30




    Hilson Avenue PS Updates  


    Ottawa Student Transportation Authority
    Check for school transportation delays and cancellations here:



    SURVEY: School year calendar for 2016-2017


    The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board ad hoc School Year Calendar Consultative Committee is comprised of parent representatives, students, administrators, various employee groups and union representatives. The committee has begun the process of planning the school year calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.


    There are many factors to consider in establishing each school year calendar. School boards are required to prepare, adopt, and submit to the Ministry of Education on or before May 1st of each year (or March 1st for a modified calendar), the school year calendar to be followed in the next school year. This includes start and end dates, professional development days and school breaks. 


    As the committee prepares to make recommendations for the next school year, we are seeking your feedback on the options available for next year's Winter Break 2016-2017. Your feedback will be shared with the committee as they make their recommendations. 


    The options being considered are: 

    OPTION 1: 
    - Last day of school Friday, 16 December 2016
    - No school from 17 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
    - Students returning to school Monday, 2 January 2017

    OPTION 2:
    - Last day of school Friday, 23 December 2016
    - No school from 24 December 2016 – 8 January 2017
    - Students returning to school on Monday, 9 January 2017




    Please share your thoughts via the survey link below:



     Notice about Ottawa Public Health:

    The Ottawa-Carleton  District School Board is  sending the following from Ottawa Public Health to ensure as many parents as possible  are made aware of this important message.  Please contact them at 613-580-6744 if you have questions or concerns. 


    Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reviewing the immunization records of 150,000 students attending elementary and secondary schools in Ottawa to make sure the information is up-to-date. Updates on immunizations are crucial information to protect the health of students during an infectious disease outbreak, such as measles.

    Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), students attending school in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine diseases or have a valid exemption. In the months ahead, OPH will be sending letters to parents if their child’s records are not up-to-date. A suspension from school may be issued if a student’s record remains incomplete.


    A suspension from school may be issued if a student’s record remains incomplete. Written notices from Ottawa Public Health for Ottawa-Carleton District School Board students are now being mailed to parents.

    To avoid school suspensions
    , parents who receive a letter requesting immunization information can contact OPH by phone at 
    613-580-6744 or submit immunization information online, by fax (613-580-9660), by mail or by the ImmunizeCA app. 
    Parents can visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more details about how to submit their child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health. Suspension letters for OCDSB students will be sent home starting in January 2016.

    If you receive a letter from Ottawa Public Health, your cooperation and support to respond quickly is very much appreciated. Your efforts will help protect not only your child but will help ensure all our children are better protected against infectious diseases.



    You will find this information in multiple languages on our website here


    ***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!