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Bells Corners

Our School

Bells Corners Public School is on a large property and is next to a public park. The school is enriched by its diverse socio-economic and multicultural student population. Bells Corners Public School strives to provide each learner with an education of the highest quality in a positive environment, with caring, dedicated and effective staff. Students, teachers, parents and members of the community are all involved in establishing and maintaining a positive learning environment. Every child is given the opportunity to maximize their learning potential and develop into responsible, compassionate and confident contributors to society. We have a large number of volunteers who support our students, including many retired teachers who continue to return and volunteer their services.

Bells Corners PS. has three large kindergarten rooms, a smaller classroom dedicated to the teaching of music, and two Core French classrooms which provide rich learning opportunities for students. We recently acquired a mobile computer lab and IPads so that students are able to work on these devices in their classrooms. We have a gym with a large stage.

 

Our Students

Bells Corners Public School has an enrolment of 322 students from the Bells Corners, Crystal Beach and Lakeview communities. The school serves children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. In Grade 4, our students have the option of joining the Middle French Immersion stream or of remaining in the English program. Many students from Bayshore P.S. join us in grade 4 for the Middle French Immersion program. Bells Corners PS offers a Full Day Kindergarten program and is in its second year of offering the Extended Day Program. Students come from diverse backgrounds and represent over 30 different countries of origin and speak as many as 18 different languages.

Our Staff

The team at Bells Corners P.S. includes the principal, 22 teachers, 4 educational assistants, 4 Early Childhood Educators, a 0.5 librarian, 1.5 office staff, one chief custodian and two evening custodians. The teachers, office and support staff all work together as a dedicated team, and are committed to supporting student learning and enhancing the lives of every one of our students. Our Staff have varied and rich backgrounds in literacy, math, music, art, special education, physical education, media, technology and drama.

Our Community

Bells Corners has a long history of voluntarism by parents in the school. Parents often volunteer over 3800 hours during the school year. Our School Council has numerous specific roles but all members who attend regularly have a vote. Council members meet monthly to discuss issues and to advise the principal. The School Council is dedicated to strengthening educational opportunities and partnerships within the community. The Council runs many important activities for children, including a milk program and a pizza lunch. They also host Barbecues and run family oriented fun nights, including a fall family dance held in October, movie nights and a June event with many activities for children.
BCPS works with local businesses and has received support from Tim Horton’s, Loblaws, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, The Ottawa 67’s, Fuel for Kids, Metro, the Minto Group, Canadian Tire, Price Chopper, Hakim Optical, Lenscrafters, Scotiabank, Lynwood Park Lodge Retirement Residence and our community library.

Mission Statement

Bells Corners Public School students participate in meaningful and challenging learning in a caring and supportive environment.

Facilities and Resources

  • A well maintained building
  • A library/resource centre with 18,000 + books
  • A very good collection of Orff instruments
  • An excellent collection of teaching resources
  • Computer technology in every room
  • A mobile computer lab
  • A gymnasium with a stage
  • A large playground extended by the neighbourhood park
  • Two play structures
  • Two tetherball courts
  • Several giant sand areas
  • A grove of trees
  • An independent daycare
  • Extended Day program

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

English Program with Core French
Middle French Immersion (grade 4 and grade 5)
Full Day Kindergarten
We provide support for the language development of our students with English as a Second Language Programming and for exceptional students through our Learning Support Programs. We also have two Language Learning Disability classes.

Classroom Organization


3 Kindergarten classes
12 Homeroom classes from grade 1 to grade 5
2 Language Learning Disability classes (LLD)

Special Education and ESL Programs


Special Education Support from our Learning Support and Resource Teachers
English as a Second Language Support
Two Language Learning Disability Classes

Clubs and Activities


House league and interscholastic sports include: volleyball, basketball, bordenball, cross-country, soccer, Q-tip ball, track and field
Clubs: Eco Explorers, Junior Choir (grade 3,4,5), which also presents a concert annually, Running Club, Skipping Club
Student Mentors: Bus buddies, Lunch monitors, Reading buddies, Amigos
Meet You in the School Program
School skating rink
Scientists in the School
Roots of Empathy
Tutors in the Classroom
Healthy Snacks Program
Primary and Junior Musical opportunities
Fund-raisers for charitable organizations
School wide creative events (Arts Fest/ Creative Classrooms/Medieval Day)
Regular assemblies and spirit days
Regular pizza and spirit days
Cultural Presentations
Wide variety of field trips
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