May 2010 #9 www.broadviewparents.org
Broadview School Newsletter
590 Broadview Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K2A 2L8 (613) 728-1721
Trustee - Jennifer McKenzie
Dates to remember ..................................................................................................................................................................... 2
School Council News ................................................................................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.3
Music News ................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Miscellaneous .............................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Student Page .............................................................................................................................................................................. 6
From the Principal’s Desk
You will notice that our newsletter is much shorter this month. In an effort to save paper, we have made the decision to send
home only a one-page newsletter. The rest of the newsletter will be posted on the School Council website:
www.broadviewparents.org and the school website: www.broadviewps.ocdsb.ca. We have also decided to send the newsletter
home to the only and youngest child in the family.
Broadview Public School has been a hub of activity since our last newsletter and will continue to be for the last 5 weeks of
Education Week was celebrated during the week of May 4th to May 8th. The week included a number of Artist in Residence
presentations, Open House, and our Broadview Choir performing at the Tulip Festival, just to name a few. The week following
Education Week was highlighted by our Annual Book Bonanza. A huge thank you to Trish Smith and her team for raising a
record amount of money through this sale. Please see a more detailed review on page 5.
The next few weeks will be busy with EQAO for grades 3 and 6 students, track and field meets for junior and intermediate
students, primary and junior play days, the grade 8 band trip and preparations for the grade 8 Leaving Ceremony on June 24th.
The process for staffing for September is on-going. The June newsletter will include a finalized list of our staff for September.
School Council News
This is a very busy time of year at Broadview Public School: track & field; soccer tournaments; field trips; graduation; report
cards; the band trip and other band concerts and competitions; choir concerts; and the talent show. Thank you to the staff and
parent volunteers who support all these opportunities for our children. A special thank you to the enthusiastic volunteers who
made the Book Bonanza and the Family BBQ a success. We made over $12,000 in profit for the yard fund and other council
You all know that Broadview sends each student home with a terrific “Day 1” package on the first day of school. This September,
your School Council will supplement this with a package on the Council and volunteer activities at the school. One thing you will
find in this package is the “job description” for class parents; one or two people per class who welcome new families to our
school and help council and staff to communicate with parents. This has worked really well at other schools and we are looking
forward to trying it at Broadview.
If you have not already browsed Broadview’s parent web site, now is the time to do so. We regularly update the front page and
Upcoming Events, the Chair’s Forum and other hot topics, and of course council agendas and minutes. There is a link to our
very active music site and we will work to further integrate these sites over the next year. So check us out at
www.broadviewparents.org and sign up to receive digests through the Email Subscriptions button on the left of the home page.
We will have a number of school council positions open next year. I will list these, along with brief job descriptions, on our web
site in the next week or so. The two most important openings we have are for a Treasurer and a Dance-a-thon coordinator. The
Treasurer keeps track of the money raised and spent by Council. The Dance-a-thon is our biggest annual fundraiser. Please
speak with me if you are interested.
There are quite a few families who committed over 100 volunteer hours to Broadview Public this year. As we look ahead to
2010-2011, please think about how your family can contribute 10 or more hours to the enrichment of your children’s educational
experience at Broadview.
Trevor Jones, Chair – Broadview School Council
Dates to remember
Wednesday, May 26th – Junior Sports Day
Monday, May 31st to Friday, June 11th – Grade 3 and 6 EQAO
Thursday, June 3rd – Gr. 6 Instrument Trial Evening – 7:00
Friday, June 11th – Junior Track Meet
Tuesday, June 22nd – Primary Talent Show
Wednesday, June 23rd – Report Cards go home
Thursday, June 24th – Grade 8 Leaving Ceremony – 9:00 am at Nepean High School
Friday, June 25th – Last day of class
Monday, June 28th – P .D. Day
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Grade 8 Concert Band Wins …….at MusicFest Nationals!!!
Congratulations to the Grade 8 Concert Band, under the direction of Mrs. Jacobson, on their magnificent performance at the
national level of MusicFest Canada. After earning a “gold” standing at both the 2009 and 2010 regional levels of MusicFest, the
band was invited to participate at the national level. This is an extreme honour and speaks to the dedication and musicianship of
band members and their director, Mrs. Jacobson. In addition to performing their prepared pieces, the Concert Band competed in
a challenging sight-reading competition; renowned adjudicators from across Canada gave the band wonderful feedback.
Spring into Concert Season…
Our annual Spring Concert, on May 20, was a huge success; Grade 7 and 8 Concert Bands and Jazz Bands, along with
several woodwind ensembles, played to a packed house! Grade 7 Concert and Jazz Bands, under the direction of Ms. Bricker
and Mrs. Jacobson, impressed everyone with their musical and expressive performance – who would believe the concert band
began rehearsing last November and the jazz band in March! Members of the Grade 8 Concert and Jazz Bands, directed by Mr.
Jacobson, played with flair and style, setting a great example for their Grade 7 colleagues.
The Grade 7 Concert Band will have a repeat performance, at “Music in the Park,” taking place on Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.
at Dovercourt. There will be performances from a variety of musical groups, along with food and fun for the whole family. Come
on out and support the band!
Broadview musicians attend the OCDSB June Band Clinic
Congratulations to eight of our Grade 7 band members, who have been chosen to participate in an enrichment day, on June 4,
along with musicians from 13 other schools. These students have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the band
program and will spend a day working with top musicians in Ottawa, with a culminating concert at the end of the day. Our best
wishes go out to Reza Fakhraei, Sam Winter, Stephanie Fung, Katya Berezovskaaia, Alyssa Labelle, Ben Hansson, Johnson
Chen and Anubhav Srivastava!
Instrument Testing Evening for Grade 6 students – Mark it on your calendar!
Grade 6 students have now received information on the instrumental music program offered in grade 7. It is extremely important
to attend our Instrument Testing Evening, on Thursday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. Students and parents will hear an overview of
the music program; students will then try out the instruments that are available for next year and will hand their application forms
with their instrument choices. A balance of instruments needs to be maintained; it is extremely important to attend this
meeting and to hand in your application forms, to indicate the instrument(s) that you would like to choose.
Bravo to Grade 8 All-Star Band
Several of our grade 8 musicians successfully auditioned for the 2009/2010 OCDSB All-Star Band. This band was made up of
some of the top musicians in our school board; the band members rehearsed several times a week for 2 months, under the
direction of music educators and other professional musicians. Their work culminated in a fantastic concert, held on May 2 at
Brookfield High School. Congratulations to our all-star musicians: Raghav Srikanth, Kingsong Chen, Sarah Zhang, Lynn Mate,
Yifei Li, Lief Ramsaran and Benjamin Cheng.
(Mrs.) Ginger Jacobson and (Ms.) Leslie Bricker
Intermediate Music Teachers
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Dress Code – As the weather gets warmer, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students of the
Broadview Dress Code which is outlined in the Student Agenda. In particular please note the following:
Articles of clothing are not to convey messages about drugs, alcohol, violence, discrimination or sexual innuendoes, not imply
threats or have negative slogans.
Midriff baring tops, halter tops, tube tops, low cut and backless tops, and those with spaghetti straps are not appropriate for
junior and intermediate students.
Tops or pants which permit the midriff and undergarments to be visible are not allowed.
Shorts and skirts should be mid-thigh as an appropriate length.
We would ask parents to review these guidelines with their children.
Cell Phones - We understand that cell phones are a means for parents to keep in touch with their children. However, during the
school day (8:50 to 3:40) we ask that cell phones remain out of sight. Students who need to call parents during the day are
welcome to use the office phone, with their teacher’s permission. Students should not be using cell phones to take pictures,
send text messages, or make phone calls. Students who do not comply with this rule will have their cell phones confiscated.
Ipods/Electronics -We discourage students from bringing expensive electronic devices to school (mp3 players, ipods, hand-
held games, etc.). If students do choose to bring these items to school, they should remain out of sight inside the school, unless
otherwise stated by their teacher. The school cannot be held responsible for loss or theft of these items.
Broadview Bears Do care…
Update on a few initiatives from our students!
In the last year, we have seen quite a few fundraising activities at Broadview; from traditional bake sales to the annual Book
Bonanza, Broadview has raised lots of money for itself. But by far the most interesting fundraisers are the selfless ones held to
aide other people. However, what impresses me the most is that students initiated and were the driving force in a few of these
On Tuesday January 12th 2010 an earthquake that measured 7 on the Richter scale shook the tiny island of Haiti. Within Haiti,
an estimated 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and 1,000,000 were made homeless. Overall, about three million
people were affected by the quake, people from Haiti, from around the world, even here at Broadview!
Student council member Lexa Michaelides felt the significance of the situation and the dire needs of the Haitian
people. Working with classmate Brooklynn Seatter, a campaign was put together over night; posters were made, students were
informed; announcements were prepared and collection buckets were getting painted. Thanks to the generosity of Broadview
students and their families, Broadview Public School made a contribution of over $3,000 to the Canadian Red Cross dedicated
to the Haiti Relief Fund. The federal government matched our donation and we can say that we contributed over $6,000 to help
those in desperate need of clean water, good food, and shelter.
Good Job Broadview Bears!
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A Book Bonanza Wrap-up
21,750 books, 1,600 CDs/DVDs, 1,000 boxes, 50 tables, 25 volunteers, 5 winners and $10,000 raised for our new Yard
Thanks to everyone who donated, picked up, counted, sorted, hauled, setup, and sold. Thanks to the teachers and students who
participated, the office staff who answered all the questions, the principals who kept coming back for more books, and the
custodians who helped clean it all up!
Congratulations to Ms. Cowan's class, Mrs. Chartrand's class, Ms. Lennox' class, Mme Sorenson's class and Mme Laurin's
class for winning the top five spots in the Amazing Book Bonanza Race!
And thanks to you for buying books!
Trish Smith, Kathryn McLean, and Emma Hancock Book Bonanza organizers
The Book Bonanza needs you next year!
Do you love books? Are you a great organizer? Would you be interested in running the Book Bonanza next year? Please
contact Trish Smith at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
The family dance in April was a HUGE success! A ton of people, young and old, came out to dance the night away. A big thank
you to all the volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly, from the student volunteers who made posters and
announcements, parent volunteers who helped organize and run the dance and the custodial staff who were a tremendous help
in setting up and cleaning up our event. We couldn't do it without such a great group of people. Congratulations to ISABELLA
GAUDET who won the Louis Garneau bike that was donated from Bushtukah - our local outdoor store that continually supports
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The OCDSB Grade 8 All Star Band Gala
On Sunday, May 2nd 2010, the best musicians from the OCDSB performed at Brookfield High School as part of the 2010
OCDSB All Star Bands Concert. Included were some musicians from Broadview: Sarah Zhang, Lynn Mate, Kingsong Chen,
Raghav Srikanth, Lief Ramsaran, Yifei Li and Benjamin Cheng who performed in the Grade 8 All Star Band to a packed
Getting there wasn’t so easy. The musicians had to go through a rigorous audition process by playing scales, a prepared piece
and a sight-reading piece so music teachers could finally pick the 68 students. With two practices a week, it took a month of
instruction from Nepean’s acclaimed Mr. J.F. Fauteux before the band was ready for the spotlight.
At the end, came performance night, with everyone nervous. The Grade 8 All Star Band achieved an awe-inspiring rendition of
many songs including: “Michael Jackson: Through the Ages” to commemorate the King of Pop.
Special thanks to Mrs. Jacobson for helping the Broadview students audition successfully for such a wonderful
To see a portion of the performance and others, please go to http://www.youtube.com/broadviewmusic
Last week the Broadview choir did a singing performance at the tulip festival. After the tulip festival we had a picnic under a
shady tree in the park. The choir had a cotton candy treat as well. We also looked at the tulips. The colours of the tulips were:
purple, pink, red, yellow and orange.
We sang six of our favorite Broadview choir songs. They were: Partons la mere belle, Logdrivers Walz, donkey riding, Four
strong winds, I’see the buye and J’entens le Moulin. It was the most fun time of our lives!
Thank you for the people who have come to our performance.
Daeva, Olivia and Abby
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A big congratulations to Carolyn Harris for winning second prize in this year's Polar Expressions short story contest!
Several other students from Broadview were short listed in this competition and will be published in the Over the Moon and
Surfacing poetry anthologies and the Desert Dreams and The Traveller short story anthologies.
Congratulations to Samuel Lee, Carolyn Harris, Reza Fakhraei, Jurressa Liu, Adam Wang, Dian Yu, Anubhav Srivastava
and Christina Moica who represented Broadview at this year's Carleton-Ottawa Mathematics Olympics held on Saturday,
April 17th at St. Matthew High School in Orleans. While also showing great spirit, the two teams made up of four students each,
placed 9th and 14th in a very competitive pool of 35 teams. Great job!
Mr. Eric Walters’ visit to our school last month was phenomenal and was enjoyed by all. There was a blend of his experiences in
Africa and some of his young friends’ too, mixed in with a little bit of humour. He has based many of his books on tragic events
occurring around the world. The passion he puts into his books is outstanding and so are his ideas and opinions. We are all
grateful to this truly inspiring presentation. Thank you Mr. Walters for coming and sharing your thoughts!!!
Anubhav Srivastava & Reza Fakhraei
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