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About our website

Then and Now

Over the last decade our old website adhered to the HTML 4 specification in an effort to make sure that every browser could access our content. Times have changed and we really wanted our new website to take advantage of all the features of modern web browsers. Our new site adheres to the HTML5 specification and takes advantage of CSS3 and Javascript, as well as the jQuery framework. This allows for new ways to present information and also lets our content work well on tablets and cellphones.

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Which Browser?

Our new website should work on many different browsers without any difficulty. Some browsers such as Internet Explorer present some unique challenges, but we have done our best to address them. Because our whole school board has "Gone Google" we will ensure that all of the features of our website work with the Google Chrome browser, as we are also using this browser for a number of our Cloud based applications at school.

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

It is very important to us to make sure that all of our content is accessible by all of our users. We have made every effort to ensure that our website is AODA compliant Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

We have used two validation tools to check the integrity of our website:

Web Accessibility Checker
WAVE - Web accessibility evaluation tool

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Multilingual Support

Using the latest translation tools available, we have tried to make our content accessible in many different languages. These tools are not perfect, but is our intention to include as many different users as we can.

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From the Principal

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Dear Parents,

Happy Spring??!

In Athletic news, the Senior Boys’ Basketball team finished their season on March 24th at the District’s regional tournament. The boys played well as a team losing in the semi-finals to Glen Cairn PS. Congratulations to the Senior Girls’ team for bringing home the silver medal from the Regional tournament yesterday. The girls dominated in the round robin and semi-final, losing out narrowly to a talented Huntley Centennial in the final. Well done, girls! Thank you to Coach Mullins for her dedication to these two teams and to Mrs. Kwindt and Mr. Halkai for their ongoing assistance.

Today, we enjoyed delicious chicken vegetable soup as part of the Cooking with Class lunch program. Thank you to our friends in Terrade Centre for their hard work and ongoing dedication to this entrepreneurial adventure. As well, as proud members of Eco Schools, we celebrated Earth Hour today from 1:25 pm to 2:25 pm. We turned off our lights and shut down our computers, and participated in a variety of other activities.

We have also started a new Knit and Stitch Club. Students are invited to meet Mrs. Graham on Day 2s at second recess to work on their knitting skills.

Next week, on April 1st, twenty of our students will be participating in the WE DAY celebrations at Canadian Tire Centre. Thank you to Ms. Shipley for providing this opportunity to members of our Free the Children Club.

Just a reminder that next week is a four day week for students and staff as Friday is Good Friday. Our regular email communication will be sent home on Thursday. The following Monday (April 6) is also a holiday, so classes will resume on Tuesday, April 7th.

Finally, please see the attachment for our March newsletter for additional information.

Have a great weekend.

Robyn

robyn.darragh@ocdsb.ca

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Parent Information Evening

Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
in the GMS Gymnasium

Parents of incoming students are invited to join us to tour the school and learn what life as a GMS Greyhound is all about. Students will have the opportunity to visit and tour the school in June.

Our students want to tell you about our school:

NEW CLUB: Knit and Stitch

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Join us every Day 2, 12:05, library with Mrs. Graham.....learn to knit!

Bullying Prevention Event

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There is an upcoming Bullying Prevention Event for Parents taking place on March 30th.

Participants will be able to visit community information booths, and hear from experts from CHEO, Ottawa U, Ottawa Police Service, and the four local public school boards.

It is a free event and registration is not required.

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Art at GMS

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Students in 8C we're learning how to create works of art in the style of Picasso.

Literacy/Numeracy Community Program

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The Literacy/Numeracy Program provides students in grades 7 to 12 with a supervised opportunity to complete, review, practice and organize their work in order to help them achieve greater success at school. It can also assist students in moving toward provincial standards in Mathematics and Language Arts.

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WE Day

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On April 1st, twenty of our students will be participating in the WE DAY celebrations at Canadian Tire Centre. Thank you to Ms. Shipley for providing this opportunity to members of our Free the Children Club.

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Caribou Contest

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Caribou contest #5: April 1, 12:45-2:15

The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a world wide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year. Each of these days, five contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English and French.

The Caribou Cup is the series of all Caribou Contests in one year. Each student's ranking in the Caribou Cup is determined by their performance in their best five of six contests through the school year.

Community of Character

Character Development is a responsibility shared between home, school and community. Students need to be exposed to good character and have the importance of it reinforced by everyone around them.