Principal's Message

Welcome to Elmdale Public School! My name is Nadine Saikaley and I am proud to be the new principal of this energetic and caring school community. We are a K-6 Early French Immersion Centre located in an established residential neighborhood in Ottawa on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin people.  We recognize their enduring presence on this land and acknowledge the numerous contributions and teachings of Indigenous people. 


Elmdale PS has served families in the community since it was built in 1928. We currently have approximately 570 students enrolled.  Joining me at Elmdale are approximately 50 caring and dedicated teachers, education assistants, Early Childhood Educators, office staff and custodial staff, who are committed to help your child achieve their full potential, in a safe and nurturing environment. We also value the partnership that we have with the Mothercraft staff. Mothercraft is the licensed third party Extended Day Program provider.


At Elmdale, we believe that every child belongs!  Our dynamic and caring staff is committed to continue their work on Equity and Diversity and strives to empower our students, inspire excellence and build caring leaders. We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming environment to all our families at Elmdale. 


Elmdale has a long tradition of active parent and guardian involvement. We look forward to renewed opportunities for our community members to enrich the learning environment by volunteering in classrooms, on School Council committees, in fundraising events and supporting extra curricular activities. Students enjoy the many sports, music and clubs that are offered throughout the school year. We are proud of our students' academic achievements and continue to strive to improve the quality of our instruction through our school improvement initiatives.


I work closely with our vice-principal, Mark Keeping and all staff to serve our students and their families. 


We will keep you informed about what is happening at our school through our weekly email, and encourage you to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns.

Be sure to follow Elmdale’s new Twitter account @ElmdaleOCDSB and on Instagram @ElmdaleOCDSB. You can also visit regularly for school updates.


We look forward to working with you all, and making the 2022/2023 school year an awesome one!

Nadine Saikaley

[email protected]


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