Greely Elementary School's newsletters are published on the last day of every month. All newsletters are in PDF format.  

• February 2016 

• January 2016 

• December 2015 

• November 2015 

• October 2015 

• September 2015 

• June 2015 






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School Fees


Each year we request a voluntary school fee of $20.00 from students in

grades 1—6. This amount covers the school agenda which each child has

received; your child is already using the agenda to develop good work

habits and a sense of personal responsibility. The remainder of the

fee will go toward school expenses that enhance the curriculum (e.g.,

replenishing science kits for hands-on learning, music/art/drama

resources, and those extras that augment basic supplies provided by

the school). A flat fee of $50.00 is requested from families who have

three or more children at Greely.


The OCDSB policy is that all students are entitled to participate in

school activities and access resources regardless of personal

financial barriers. As such, school supplies, school fees, and class

fees are voluntary. There are some fees for non-essential

supplies/services. For additional information please check the OCDSB

website at under District News. If you require assistance

with respect to fees or school supplies, please contact the school



Healthy, Active Schools


Our school, along with 57 other Ottawa schools, has partnered with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) in the Healthy Active Schools Program. Healthy Active Schools (HAS) is designed to promote healthy, active living, create healthy school environments and ultimately prevent diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. The goal of HAS is to enable children to make healthy choices about food and physical activity on a daily basis. Each school forms a health committee with representation from school staff and students, parents, community members and a public health nurse. The committee is responsible for visioning, planning and implementing strategies regarding healthy eating and physical activity in our school. This year's HAS committee includes the principal, Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Deborah Byrne our public health nurse. To find out more about this and other programs contact the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Health Unit  at (613) 722 - 2242 or visit


Nutritional Snacks and Lunches


Every fall parents are faced with the challenge of packing appealing and tasty lunches and snacks that meet the nutritional needs of their child. Healthy food and beverages are important for your child's development and learning abilities.


Hints for Preparing Healthy Lunches and Snacks

Involve your child in choosing and preparing the foods they will bring to school. Children are more likely to eat the foods they choose.


Follow the new Canada's Food Guide which recommends that children aged 4 - 13 eat:

5 - 6 servings of fruits and vegetables

4 - 6 servings of grain products

2 - 4 servings of dairy and alternates

1 - 2 servings of meat and alternates daily.


Add something to drink such as milk or soy beverage, water, 100% pure fruit  or vegetable juice. Beware of the added sugar in drinks, cocktails and beverages.

Include nutritious desserts such as milk pudding, lowfat yogurt or fruit pieces.

Be creative by cutting fruits, vegetables and sandwiches into small fun sized shapes.

Choose foods that are easy to eat and not too messy. Provide a napkin in the lunch bag.

Use an ice pack to keep cold foods that should be kept cold such as sandwiches, cut vegetables and milk products.


Store hot foods in a thermos.


Clean lunch bags, containers, utensils and reusable water bottles everyday







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