News from Viscount Alexander School

Michael Barnes

Nellie comes to Viscount

Claire and her therapy dog Nellie now visit Viscount School once a week to read with certain students as part of the R.E.A.D program (Reading Education Assistance Dog). Some children struggle to read aloud for a whole range of reasons. The R.E.A.D. program provides a positive environment that encourages the student in the supportive company of the dog and Claire to help make reading more of a pleasure. To learn more about Ottawa Therapy Dogs visit their website at

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Viscount students and teachers presented a lovely Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10. The gymnasium was full of an appreciative audience of parents and students. Every class contributed through song, words, music and drama to recognizing those who served this country. Canterbury High School student, Evan Kerr, played “Last Post.” Thank you to everyone who contributed to this memorable ceremony.

Lots going on at school

Many programs are currently underway.

Yoga is being provided for Grades 4/5/6 courtesy of GoodLife4Kids. And there are the drama and ukulele clubs that attract young actors and musicians. Bordenball practices have just started for junior boys and girls.

Fruity Fridays and Munchie Mondays are available once again courtesy of Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.

Finally, the Korean Embassy is sponsoring Tae Kwon Do classes on Friday mornings for our Grade 5/6 classes.

Class field trips

Field trips are an essential part of learning about the wonderful natural resources surrounding Ottawa. Grades 1 and 2 were fortunate to visit Mer Bleue Bog on October 18, while the Early French Immersion classes visited the Gatineau Park on October 20. On October 18 our Kindergarten classes visited the Proulx Farm in Cumberland. The fourth generation of the Proulx family runs the farm and will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2020!

Grade 5 and 6 classes attended the WE Day event at Canadian Tire Centre on November 15. They heard from a wide range of inspiring and motivational speakers, talented artists and musicians and others who in their own way have excelled to help make a better Canada and World. They included, Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Silken Laumann former four-time Olympian; and the Kenyan Boys Choir.

Welcome Shade arrives at Viscount

Shade sails are finally up in the kindergarten play yard. These large pieces of durable fabric have been installed recently to provide shade for our kinder classes next year. This playground faces south and the sails will provide some welcome shade.

Learn more about Viscount

To learn more about our Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 school, please phone the office at 613-239-2213 and arrange a visit.