January 4

Welcome Back January 5th!

Dear Parents,

We look forward to welcoming the students back (virtually) tomorrow! Below you will find brief instructions, expectations and a schedule for the following 3 days. We appreciate that this will be a difficult time for many and we hope to make it as painless and enjoyable for everyone as possible. Please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns and we will do our best to find a solution in a timely manner. We are all in this together!


General Studies:

For the following 3 days, you will not need to print any materials for your child. Your child will be working on a digital platform or will be using lined paper to complete all general studies activities this week. Please make sure that your child has a notebook or loose-leaf paper, pencil and eraser available at the beginning of each day. Please also refer to the rule picture below for some hopeful tips that will set your child up for success. My slides can be found on the page ‘Ms. Whitteker’s Daily Slides’ on the blog each day or through the linked schedule document.

Jewish Studies:

Weekly I will post the link for the weekly slides on the OJCS weekly slides and on the blog. On my first slide there is a link for the google meet. On the second slide I’m going to add all the required printings of the specific week and also all the activities that we did so everyone can check that they submitted all the required work of the week.

Schedule for January 5th-7th (this is a working document and may have changes throughout the week)



November 1

Congratulations to our new Class Rep!

On Friday, we listened to speeches and voted for our class representative. Great job to everyone who was brave enough to put themselves out there and talk about the changes they’d like to see at the OJCS.

Congratulations to Noa A- the grade 5 class rep!

Another congratulations to Tobey, who will be our back up class rep!

September 20

Happy Monday!

Hello Grade 5’s and families!

Though our time together has been short, it has definitely been sweet! In our time together, the grade 5’s have been working hard, following our rules and procedures and building a strong community. We start our week with a community circle, which allows students a safe space to share roses, thorns and buds. The grade 5’s have been mature and accepting and even offer their classmates some ways to deal with their thorns. I’ve been really impressed with the positive attitudes and genuine kindness of this group!

I am in the process of updating the blog with our schedule, routines and procedures. Parents/guardians, if you would like to speak with me about your child before parent teacher interviews- I am taking until October to get to know your children better. In early October, I am happy to schedule discussions.

I am very excited about the year ahead with your children and families!

Ms. W

May 31

Grade 4 & 5 Family Night In

You are invited to Family Night In taking place on June 15th, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. 
The evening will feature guest speaker, Ari Rubenstein, who will share his experiences being deployed to various countries around the world for catastrophes (hurricanes, COVID-19, etc.).
We will also have a talent show, where students, on their own or with their families, can share their amazing hidden talents!  You may see talents from OJCS staff as well, tune in to see! Bonus…anyone who participates in the talent show gets an extra entry into the raffle!
SIGN UP HERE for the Talent Show.
This year, we will be raising money for ‘Kids in Camp’. Please consider making a donation here.
Please RSVP to m.dobbin@theojcs.ca by June 7th.  
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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March 4

Jesse Miller Recap

On Monday, March 1st,  Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality came to speak to our students and parents.

I was lucky enough to participate in all three sessions, and it was incredible to hear how he adjusted the message to fit the age and stage of the group he was speaking to. I want to share my big take-aways, but don’t even know where to start!

There was an overarching theme throughout all three sessions…


We will never go back to a time when technology didn’t exist, so rather than fight it, we need to accept that it’s here and learn how to live with it. When speaking with the parents, Jesse shared a story from when he was a boy in grade 5, taking the bus from his elementary school in Westmount, QC, to McGill University where his parents worked. His parents helped prepare him for this responsibility by equiping him with the tools he would need in case of an emergency….a quarter in case he needed to use a payphone, a plan for what to do if someone unkind spoke to him, who the safe people were to speak to along the way if he needed help…

The online world may be new, but it doesn’t need to be that different. We need to teach our children how to navigate it safely. We need to equip them with the tools and skills to help lead a balanced life. We need to help them understand what is appropriate and what is not…and why!

  • Using your computer during class a really fortunate tool to have. Chatting isn’t appropriate because you may miss out on important information, or it can take time away from using your class time appropriately when the teacher is available to help you. Closing tabs or telling your friends you can’t talk is a life skill that will help you BALANCE your responsibilities.
  • Playing games and chatting with people online is fun and can help you build relationships, but if it gets inappropriate, there are people you can speak to, without punishment, who can help you. Choosing to be an upstander is a life skill that will help you BALANCE your relationships.
  • Sharing some information about yourself online can have value. Documenting your learning is clearly something we value at OJCS. Protecting our identity is also something we value. Being respectful is definteily something we value, both on and offline. Who you choose to be online is important – what are you telling the world about who you are as a person? Teaching our children how to safely share and behave online is a life skill that will help them BALANCE their reputation.
  • Just as we set rules and boundaries for when screens can be used and HOW they should be used in school, rules and boundaries can be set in the home as well. If you’re going to allow children to be online, make sure they are “participating with the screen, not isolating with the screen.”
  • And finally, we should meet our children where they are. Their interests may not be ours, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn. Jesse gave the analogy of the “hockey mom.” Some mothers (and fathers) never played a game of hockey, or even watched a game of hockey before their child started playing. After going to game after game, many of those same parents are now experts, yelling from the stands as soon as any player is off-side. If your child loves Fortnite or Minecraft…play with them! Learn what it’s all about, see what interests them about it, and learn the rules so that it can become something you share together, not something you don’t undestand and can’t relate to.

If you were part of any of Jesse’s sessions, what were your big take-aways? I’d love to hear your comments and feedback 🙂

February 22

Parent Evening Event – Safely Navigating the Online World

Even before COVID-19, we’ve been living in a world where social media plays a large role in the way we communicate – for our children too! With lockdowns, school closures, and the need to physically distance, many of us have increased the amount of time we spend online, as a family and as individuals. With this has also come concerns around the amount of screen time for our children, and how to best support them as they navigate an increasingly online world. Jesse Mille of Mediated Reality, is a national social media awareness expert, and he will be holding a parent information evening on Monday, March 1st at 7:30 pm to address parental fears and minimize stress around screen time, discuss perceptions around technology addiction, and answer all your questions. 

This is a workshop that shouldn’t be missed! Mr. Miller will also be speaking to our students (4-8) during the day on March 1st, so the evening is encouraged for parents only. 

Please register here for this incredible event, or click the link in the flyer below. 

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