The 68th school year begins
Viscount Alexander Public School has 181 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Our goal is to provide a memorable and enriching education experience for these young people. All together with our teachers, support staff, custodians, visiting professional staff, volunteers, parents and school council Viscount works to provide the educational cornerstone so students can progress and participate in school and their community. Viscount Alexander has been serving Sandy Hill since September 24, 1951.
Changes in the Viscount team
The entire school community welcomes Paul McAnany as our new Principal! Paul was formerly Vice Principal at Earl of March and will be focussing on building relationships, improving instruction, updating the facilities, and cultivating equity and a sense of belonging. We also welcome Taylor Mattan, as part time Educational Assistant. Amal Dela will be our breakfast monitor and Wejdan Kadhem is our new lunch monitor. We are saying goodbye and thank you to Kyle Wastle and Megna Joshi.
The Welcome Games were a great success as multi-grade groups of students travelled about the schoolyard learning a variety of recess games. The grade 5/6 classes took the lead to move the groups from game to game. Our staff taught the rules and provided demonstrations of each game. Mrs. Bruin deserves a special thank you for organizing this fun filled afternoon of games.
Meet the staff night
After the evening began with food furnished by the School Council, the staff invited parents and guardians to visit classrooms and tour the school. Then, our new Principal welcomed parents in the gym and Parent School Council members were introduced to the assembly.
Walking School Bus
The Walking School Bus is running again in Strathcona Heights. The program encourages and enables students to walk to school with an adult “driver” in charge. Fresh air and a little exercise is a good way to start the school day. Sylvie is continuing as driver, helped by Grade 6 junior leaders and adult volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a walking school bus volunteer, or taking the walking school bus, please register at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/wsb.
After school programs
Viscount offers an Extended Day Program or EDP. The Sandy Hill Community Centre provides French and English after-school programs as well. These enjoyable programs provide a range of activities for our students at the end of the school day.
Healthy snacks for all
Thanks to the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC), all Viscount Students are offered healthy snacks twice a week. Over 14,000 nutritious snacks will be prepared this school year by our volunteers. Veggie Monday and Fruity Friday feature platters of ready to eat snacks that are delivered to the classrooms. Let the fun begin. This program has been running for over a decade now! Thank you SHCHC.
Learn more about Viscount
To learn more please call the school office at (613) 239-2213.
With notes from Cristine Elrick