Manor Park School is making a difference: Phoebe Rose

A message from Manor Park School via the parent council blog:

Manor Park teachers, staff and students are working together to help make a difference for a Manor Park school family experiencing one of the worst situations that a family can face: the serious illness of a child.  Jenny Doull and Jonathan Hoffman have a 2 and a half year old daughter named Phoebe who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 9 weeks old. Phoebe’s sister attends Manor Park School.

Manor Park School has started a fundraising campaign to help Phoebe and her family. Events include an evening family performance by children’s entertainer Monkey Rock on January 24 starting at 6pm ($10 minimum donation), an indoor garage sale on Saturday, February 2 at Manor Park school, and a school-wide bingo game.  Other successful and fun activities that have already raised funds were a Pyjama Day and Fitness Thursday. Please check your child’s agenda for weekly events and to learn how you can help out.

Please pass the word forward about how Manor Park is making a difference. If you or anyone you know wants to help make a difference, too, the school is taking contributions: cash or cheque donations may be dropped off to the school office, or you can contact school principal Shari Brodie at 613-746-8131.

To learn more about Phoebe Rose, please read Phoebe’s mom’s blog or read the recently written articles in the Ottawa Citizen and Metro newspapers.

Manor Park School staff would like to thank the parent community for their generosity and support. Together we can all “make a difference”!

Dance-a-thon Fundraiser

Manor Park’s 2nd Annual Dance-A-Thon will take place on Friday, February 8, 2013.

Dust off your disco shoes and get ready to bust a move! The Manor Park Home & School Association is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Dance-A-Thon on Friday, February 8th, 2013. This is a major fundraiser supporting the school’s Healthy Active School initiative, and a great opportunity to showcase our school spirit!

All students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate. In addition to collecting donations, each student will be dancing between 30 to 50 minutes with their classmates. There will be disco balls, great music and prizes to be won! Information and pledge kits have been sent home and are due back on February 1.

Let’s dance!!


Events at Manor Park School

Please take note of the following dates and check your child’s agenda/emails from your child’s teacher for more information:

January 24 – Monkey Rock night

February 6– Reports go home

February 1st – Dance-a-thon forms must be returned to school.

February 2 – indoor garage sale

February 8 February 14th – Dance a-thon

February 11- 14 – School spirit week

February 15 – PD Day – no school

February 18 – Family day /PA day – no school

March 11-15- March Break


Training to be a volunteer at Manor Park

The school board has scheduled two more volunteer information sessions – the first on Thursday January 31st, and the second on Tuesday March 5th. Both of these information sessions will take place from 7:00 – 8:15pm at Confederation High School, 1645 Woodroffe Ave (entrance off the parking lot in the back). 

Why should you consider attending one of these sessions?   Teachers are continuing with “work to rule” procedures that include not organizing extracurricular activities such as clubs or sports teams (ie. volleyball, basketball & track and field). There may be opportunities for parent volunteers to help run some of these activities. When there is no teacher representative to help run an extracurricular activity, volunteers must undergo a mandatory volunteer screening procedure. The school board has simplified the process, which includes: submitting an application form (see attachment), providing a valid police record check for the vulnerable sector, and attending a volunteer training/information session. This procedure is in place to ensure the safety of the students and to outline the volunteer’s responsibilities.

Fulfilling these requirements does not take a lot of time, but there are few volunteer training sessions planned. Therefore, if you are considering helping with an extracurricular activity anytime during this school year (eg. to help coach a sports team, help run a club, etc.), you may wish to attend one of the above information sessions.

For more information about the volunteer screening procedure, please contact our school’s volunteer liaison at the school board, Pat Kulka ( For more information about volunteer opportunities at Manor Park School, please contact Prinicipal Shari Brodie.


The OCDSB policies and procedures for people who want to volunteer at school are available below. Please click on the links below for details and forms.

Volunteering OCDSB

New Policy



Update on teachers’s labour issue

The following is a message from Manor Park school principal, Shari Brodie:

January 9th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Elementary Teachers Union (ETFO) has announced that they will hold a one-day protest across Ontario on Friday, January 11, 2013. In the interest of student safety, all OCDSB elementary schools (JK-8) will be closed on January 11th. Parents should make alternate childcare arrangements as students cannot attend school on that day. Elementary school bus service will be cancelled for that day.
All extended day programs operated by the OCDSB will be open on January 11th for students already registered in the program. Parents should contact their program coordinator to confirm operation.

Please find attached a fact sheet with more information. Any new information will be communicated through the district website at and through the media.

We apologize to parents, students and community partners for this disruption in service and the limited notice for this closure. We appreciate your assistance in making alternate childcare arrangements and your ongoing patience as we continue to work through this labour disruption. All schools will be open on Monday, January 14, 2013.

Shari Brodie