Bondar Update (October 23, 2020)

Bondar Update (October 23, 2020)
Posted on 10/23/2020

Dear Bondarians,

It was great to reconnect with families in our Virtual Meet the Staff Google Meets held this week.  Thank you to all of our families for parking in the community and walking to the school for safe drop off and pick up.  As the weather starts to change please remember to follow all traffic signs and rules as we would like to ensure the safety of our school community.  

Halloween:  We know that Halloween will look different in Ottawa this year, but we will still welcome ladybugs, superheroes, witches and monsters in OCDSB schools next week. 

We have consulted with Ottawa Public Health and wanted to share some of the guidelines OCDSB schools will be following in celebrating Halloween this year.

Costumes: For families who celebrate Halloween, children are welcome to wear simple costumes to school. Please keep in mind that they will need to wear the costume all day and will not be able to change clothes. With the fall weather upon us, families will need to ensure that outdoor clothing fits over the costume.

Costume enhancements: costume makeup, costume props, costume masks or accessories will not be permitted.

Masks: Students will continue to follow health guidelines for wearing a cloth mask, which are mandatory for grades 4 to 12 students and strongly recommended for kindergarten to grade 3 students. Costume masks will not be allowed.

Current health and safety policies will remain in place. Please note that schools will not be holding Halloween dances, in person assemblies or costume parades and the sharing of treats or candy at school will not be allowed this year. 

Ottawa Public Health has more information for families about how to celebrate Halloween safely this year on their website.

School Council Meeting: Our first school council meeting and executive position elections for the 2020/21 school year is scheduled for October 27 , from 7-8:30pm. This will be a virtual meeting, held via Google Meet. Pre-registration is required. We will close registration on October 26 at midnight.

To register for this meeting, please send an email to to be added to the invitation list.  A link to the meeting will be sent out to all confirmed attendees in advance of the meeting date.   

If you would like to participate as a voting member of Council please provide your information in the registration email.  If you are interested in serving as an Officer of Council (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary) or even just thinking about it, please declare this within your email, and which role. This includes any returning council members. Please include your name, address, child’s name and child’s teacher’s name.

As we approach the six-week mark we would like to express our continued gratefulness for the flexibility of our Bondar students and families and staff in adapting to the new safety procedures.  Please continue to check our school calendar at

Stay safe and be well, 

Deb Woods & Jeff Griesbach 

Principal & Vice Principal

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