School News January 22

School News January 22nd
Posted on 02/08/2024

Monday, January 22, 2024

Good afternoon, 

We hope this message finds you well. It has been a busy couple of weeks at Crystal Bay. Students took their learning to the community with visits to the Museum of Science and Technology, Landsdowne Park, and various work experience shopping. The swim program resumed last week. The Lotus Centre musicians hosted workshops at Crystal Bay and some students will be attending an NAC performance today.

We invite you to try the activities that best work with your child for January’s Core Word of the Month: 


A Secure School may be called in response to emergencies or developing hazards in the hallways. During these times, students continue with activities and learning in secured areas. We use this response procedure periodically in support of medical emergencies and student regulation needs. If you have any question or concerns please contact Kathryn Ferguson.


Over the past month, staff had the opportunity to work with Itinerant Teacher of Blind/Low Vision Anne McGorrian and Stephanie Naismith to engage in a a deafblind simulation. A simulation experience is intended to provide innate insight into the experience of students for whom limited access to their fundamental distance senses severely impacts their abilities to: access information, communicate, participate, and feel motivated. This experience helps in our efforts to make the curriculum accessible, and the quality of life well supported - for all students whose special education needs are highly complex.  

A reminder of Grad Fundraising event January 31st -2 hot dogs (Halal or regular) and a juice box for $5. Accepting orders through SchoolCash Online and via homeroom teachers. Flyers were sent home last week.  

Note that Friday, January 26th is a PA Day, there is no school for students. 

School Council News


The next School Council meeting is Tuesday, February  12th, 2023 at 6:30 pm. All welcome to join via emailed link.

On January 16th, Learning Support Consultant Stephanie King and School Psychologist Dr. Jessica Shulman joined the council meeting to share information about post 21 transition planning. The OCDSB will again be hosting a Transition Fair February 27th. More info to follow. Resharing this helpful resource Transition Planning: A Guide for Families/Caregivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities/ASD

Fundraising for Crystal Bay:

Mabels Labels Team code: BWTTVY and  -search for Crystal Bay’s name.

No Fun Fundraiser -make a donation using Schoolcashonline.


News from your Trustee Suzanne Nash


November 15, 2023, marked one-year since being sworn-in as OCDSB Trustee, representing Zone 4 Bay and Kitchissippi. To date, I have been to all of the Zone’s 16 schools at least twice. Each time learning a little more through conversations with staff, students and families on what is going right and what needs to be improved. On November 16 I went to the Woodroffe Avenue PS book sale and met with student volunteers who are currently students at Woodroffe HS. I asked each what they liked best about their high school--unequivocally they told me it was the teachers. On December 11, I met with D. Roy Kennedy Parent Council who were ‘all hands on deck’ preparing for the return of the Winter Celebration Night after a few years hiatus due to the pandemic. A member-at-large of the parent council is the remarkable Jayne Gauthier, Director of Whitehaven Kindergarten School Age Centre at D. Roy Kennedy. For more than 40 years Jayne has worked tirelessly to ensure that families have access to quality and affordable care. On December 15, Superintendent Prince Duah and I were very lucky to get tickets to attend the Elmdate Winter Performance. On December

20 and 21, I mingled with students, staff and families at Fisher Park/Summit Alternative School to learn about the Chocolate Factory and Stock Market projects. Both are cross curricular activities where students work in teams and create their business model. The Chocolate factory exposed students to the science behind viscosity and tempering their own chocolate, making 3D printing molds, etc. The Stock Market, where students create a brokerage firm and then buy and sell stocks, has taken place at Summit for decades. The month-long activity culminates in a one-day event where students respond to news headline items and figure out how best to spend their money. The day itself could not be held without the support of some 23 parents helping staff to run the day. In an effort to ensure the safety of kids as they walk to and from school, I continue to serve as a relief crossing guard which has taken me to cross-walks serving Devonshire, Connaught, Elmdale, Hilson, Broadview, Nepean and Woodroffe Avenue schools. To the Devonshire school community, as you are aware, the safety concerns as a result of the construction of the building at 1040 Somerset Street W continue.

Claridge has not been very responsive to concerns raised from parents, the School Council, the Principal of Devonshire and the Superintendent of Instruction, the Hintonburg Community Association and myself. Councillor Leiper has worked hard on this and called an emergency meeting in June. Their office is the go between for issues but this is not working very well. On January 11, Cheryl Parrot (Hintonburg Community Association) and I are meeting with Yasir Naqvi, MP for Ottawa Centre to speak about the safety concerns. Timely updates on addressing the construction situation are provided by Principal White in the school newsletter. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out at [email protected] Take care.


Community Partners

Around the Campfire Winter Sessions are now open. Kanata Recreation Centre; Hintonburg Community Centre. Contact [email protected][email protected] or [email protected] for details.

Service Coordination Support January e-newsletter here.

Autism Ontario January Provincial Newsletter here.

Families Matter Cooperative The Family Scoop January edition is attachedThe Family Scoop January .


January 25: Mahāyāna New Year

January 26: PA Day -no school for students

January 31: Hot Dog Lunch

February 7: Laylat al-Mi‘rāj

February 10: Lunar New Year

February 13: Shrove Tuesday

February 14: Fun Day -Wear Pink, Red or White / Valentine’s Day/ Ash Wednesday/ Vasanta Panchami


Some photos to share:

~Kathryn and Kati


Kathryn Ferguson


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Kati Mackie

Vice Principal

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