Our School

Elmdale PS

We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Our School

Elmdale Public School was built in 1928 and is nestled in an established residential neighbourhood. It derives its name from the abundant and attractive tree growth once prevalent on the school grounds. The original school structure was expanded in 1948 and again in 1972 to provide extra classrooms, a gymnasium and library. Recent upgrades have included new windows, improvements to the playground, refurbished library and computer lab, painting of stairwells, a new boiler and brick work on 3 exterior walls. Throughout its history, Elmdale has enjoyed a stable population and today has a number of second and third generation families enrolled in the school. Past achievements and present success are due to the efforts of students, staff, parents and the community working collaboratively to create a safe environment that supports and inspires learning and a sense of community.

Our Students

Elmdale Public School is currently home to 506 students, all enrolled in the Early French Immersion program. Students represent several countries and languages spoken include English, French, Chinese, Thai, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic. Graduating students from Elmdale Public School, usually go to Fisher Park/Summit Alternative Public School

Our Staff

Elmdale Public School has a talented and caring staff of 40 members, whose specialties include English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Special Education, Reading and Music. The staff includes a mix of seasoned and new professionals who all work together on a variety of committees to promote student achievement and enhance school life. The educational team is led by a full time principal and half-time vice-principal. The non-teaching staff includes a full-time educational assistant, a part-time library technician, a chief custodian and 3 evening custodians. a full-time office administrator and a part-time office assistant.

Our Community

Elmdale benefits greatly from the energy and dedication of an active School Council and enthusiastic volunteers who collectively log thousands of hours annually. In addition, graduates, retired staff and community volunteers work with staff to support student learning and enhance programs. Elmdale houses a Mothercraft kindergarten and school-aged program in the building. On occasion, we make use of the wider community facilities such as the outdoor skating rink at Fisher Park or nearby Hampton Park. Various community organizations make use of our facility after hours.

“Our neighbourhood isn’t known by the name of a street or a shopping district. It’s known by the name of its school – a school that is the heart and soul of our community.”

Mission Statement

Elmdale embraces the Ottawa Carleton District School Board mission of “Educating for success-inspiring learning and building citizenship.”

Facilities and Resources

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Elmdale is a dual track school offering programsthe Early French Immersion (SK-6).The Early French Immersion program offers 300 minutes a week of English instruction and 300 minutes of Math instruction (in English) in grades 2 to 6. In addition, “booster” programs are periodically available to selected students to address a specific skill gap. Assistive technology and computer software is increasingly being used to support student learning in the classroom.

Classroom Organization

Currently, Elmdale Public School has5 bilingual kindergarten classes. Grom Grade 1-6, we have 17 classes. Instruction is delivered to bothsingle grade and combined classes according to grade level expectations.

Special Education and ESL Programs

Students with special needs (including gifted) are generally supported in the class by the regular teacher and depending on the needs, by an educational assistant or the learning support teacher. Educational assessments, monitoring and instructional support for teachers are offered by our full-time Learning Support Teacher.

Clubs and Activities

  • Primary Choir
  • Interscholastic soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country and track and field
  • Kids Marathon participation
  • Outdoor skating at Fisher Park
  • Music Monday Celebration and year end Talent Show
  • Art and Literacy Café showcasing student Art and Writing
  • Annual Bookfest
  • Fun Fair
  • Fundraising for charitable organizations
  • ‘recycling elves’
  • Character Club
  • Craft Club led by parent volunteers
  • Reading clubs
  • Clubs and activities vary according to seasons, interest and availability of the space.
  • They are advertised on the PA system and usually also included on the Family Website.

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