BCPS May/June 2021 Newsletter

BCPS May/June 2021 Newsletter
Posted on 05/31/2021

May 28, 2021


Dear Parent(s),


Hope you are all well during this stay at home order.  I am very proud of the students for adjusting and engaging in virtual learning.  Student well-being and advocacy is at the forefront of our educator goals and we understand the resiliency that our students are demonstrating.  Our parents and staff have taken the time to collaborate and support the continuation of many routines, which has allowed BCPS students to achieve our learning goals. 


At this point we are unsure of the plan to return to school, but when that is announced, we will be in communication with all our Bells Corners families.


Here are a few updates:


The Progress Pride Flag:

The Progress Pride Flag  will be flying at BCPS.  The Progress Pride Flag features black and brown stripes to represent people of colour, and baby blue, pink and white to include the trans flag in its design.  June is recognized internationally as Pride Month to honour the struggles and celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ cultures, identities and communities.  By flying the OCDSB Pride Flag, OCDSB is reaffirming its values and commitment to creating and sustaining a culture of caring where 2SLGBTQ+ students, families and staff matter and are welcome, seen and represented at OCDSB. 


OSTA Updates: Transportation Information

OSTA staff are currently working to prepare for a number of transportation scenarios for September 2021.  Parents, please ensure the following information is accurate:


  • Address changes, home or daycare, entered/removed at the school as soon as the information is received

  • Transportation to two homes for students in joint custody arrangement confirmed

  • Opting out of transportation

  • Requests for Accessible transportation/special apparatus, as soon as possible

  • Students transferring between Virtual school and In-Person Attendance as soon as possible



June 1: New/changed applications and schedules for transportation to two homes

June 30: Renewals of transportation to two homes


Black Student and Family Advocate (SFA), Centre for Resilience & Social Development (CRSD)

About the Program:

Funded under the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (BYAP) Student and Family Advocates Initiative (SFA), the SFA will design, develop and deliver the highly-targeted, community-based and culturally relevant advocacy supports, tailored to the needs of Black students and families in Ottawa.  The aim is to provide a collaborative approach to student and family advocacy by empowering Black parents and students through civic engagement and cultural brokering. This will be achieved through advocacy, support and referrals, mentorship, knowledge-building for parents and students and culturally specific relationship building.


For further information: http://thecrsd.org/  or Contact information:Sabrina Teklab, Student and Family Advocate. C: 613.406-2833 or E-mail: [email protected]

Grade 6 Graduation

Our grade 6 educators are working on a virtual graduation ceremony that will be published on June 22nd.  More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Summer School Registrations:

In July 2021, Continuing Education will offer academic programs for grade 6, 7 and 8 students that address specific student needs. To be able to register for the programs listed below, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 must be recommended by their school for these programs. If you have not been contacted and would like to register for summer school, please let your child’s grade 6 teacher know your wishes.  Please see below for additional information about each program.
Summer School Grades 6, 7 & 8  

Upcoming Dates:

June 1 : Parent Council

June 4: PD Day/ No School 

June 22: Grade 6 Virtual Graduation (times will be forwarded)

June 23: BCPS End of Year [email protected] 10:00am (link posted to the website)

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