Can you help us move some books to clear the stage?

A call out for Volunteers to help transport boxes of books to drop off locations!

Following the great success of our Annual Book Sale, the organizer had a guaranteed pick up of all leftover books. However, a few days after the sale it became apparent that the agreement had fallen through. Now there are close to 100 boxes of books left on the school stage in the gymnasium and we need everyone’s help to move them out before the Arts in the Park showcase in December.

We are asking every family of the school to consider picking up a box or 2 every day/every week and delivering to various locations within the city. Whether you drive in the am to drop children off, pick up at night from Aladin child care or walk to school with a wagon, hopefully, we can count on you! It’s as simple as walking in, explaining what you are getting at the Office and grabbing what you can off the stage in the gym.
Please note that we cannot drop off more than 2-3 boxes at a time so if you happen to be driving all over the city, think about dropping off to different locations to help spread the wealth instead of all of us heading to the nearby locations. Here are some addresses of organizations who accept used books:

Value Village
1824 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7Y6
1221 Cyrville Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7S8
4345 Strandherd Dr, Ottawa, ON K2J 6E5
1651 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 3K2
4220 Innes Rd Unit 3, Orléans, ON K4A 5E6

St Vincent de Paul Stores
1620 Merivale Rd. Nepean, K2G 3K3
1273 Wellington Street, West Ottawa K1Y 3A6

Salvation Army Thrift Stores
2659 Alta Vista Dr Ottawa, ON K1V 7T5
2339 Ogilvie Rd Ottawa, ON K1J 8M6
1010 Belfast Rd Ottawa, ON K1G 4A2
1616 Merivale Rd Ottawa, ON K2G 3K3
1490 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON K2B 6S1
333 Montreal Rd Ottawa, ON K1L 6B4

Yes, my child had lice! Here’s what I learned.

Before we start, let’s review some fun facts about lice, according to RTE:

  • Nits, the eggs, take seven to 11 days to mature and hatch.
  • Lice are genetically programmed to look for new heads or hosts all the time.
  • During their 30-day lifespan, the female louse lays between 5 and 10 nits each day, so the issue can easily escalate to hundreds, and even thousands.

Itchy yet?

The first time a note came home from school about lice, I checked my daughter’s hair immediately (well, after I stopped scratching my head). Checked it again the next morning. And again that night and thought…

Until it was.

I noticed she was scratching her head but didn’t see anything, a few days later still my mom turns to me and says “I’m sorry to break it to you, but she has lice.”

I reached out to friends who had recently dealt with lice for some tips. Here’s what I found out:

  1. Lice can be hard to spot. I really had been checking my daughter’s hair for nearly a week, but only when it was dry. I have since learned, it is much easier to spot when the hair is wet (apparently it slows them down) and combed with a fine-tooth comb. If you see letters coming home from the school regarding a breakout, make this part of your routine every time your child washes their hair.
  2. The treatment from the pharmacy is not a one-time-fix-all. I went to the pharmacy as soon as we realized what was going on and bought an over-the-counter treatment. Reading the instructions carefully I learned it only kills the bugs already hatched, not all those tiny eggs they’ve laid on your child’s hair. The treatment I used suggested two treatments seven days apart (we’ll talk natural treatments below) On every day in between, I removed more eggs and lice by carefully wet combing her hair with a lice comb (this is the one I used). It’s gross, and time-consuming, but necessary. I still found more on day seven, treated again, and wet combed every day for another week until the problem was gone.
  3. You need to comb and pick, and comb and pick. I know. I already said that. But it’s the only real way to really get rid of the eggs. It can be a difficult process if your child, like mine, thinks combing her hair is a method of torture. I got past that with bribes, I won’t lie. Also, I combed with conditioner in her hair which made it an easier process.
  4. Treatment means dealing with more than your child’s head. You are going to want to throw all their hats, sheets, clothes etc. into the wash. If there are items in their bed that you don’t want to launder, bag ‘em up for a few days; lice can’t survive beyond 48 hours without a supply of fresh blood. (We bagged up all stuffies that weren’t needed and washed everything else with hot water every time we found nits or lice on her head) Don’t forget to sterilize brushes and combs as well!
  5. There are services in the city to help you manage the problem. This is handy if you take a while to spot the lice and it spreads to all members of the family. A quick google search will result in a number of companies that can help. (see one parent’s experience below)
  6. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are a lot of products out there that hold the promise of lice prevention. I can’t say whether they work or not. Obviously, you can ask your child not to share hats with friends or avoid head-to-head contact. A few things that have been said to help: tying your child’s hair up in braids if it is long, adding certain essential oils in their shampoo.
  7. Once a week, take a peek. I found that line on the Lice Squad website and I love it. It’s true, the best way to avoid a bigger issue is to do a proper check once a week to try and catch them early!
  8. Don’t forget to clean the comb. Licefree.com suggests either wiping the comb on paper towel, soaking it in hot water (my preference) or running it through a cycle of your dishwasher.

If you don’t want to go the chemical route, there are a number of natural techniques online. Here are a few I found:

The smother technique. My friend says she coated her daughter’s hair and scalp in olive oil. I swear she told me she left it on overnight, which sounds messy to me. Healthline.com explains how to do it, and says some experts say this doesn’t kill the lice, but merely slows them making them easier to get with the comb (which is again, the key to getting rid of the bugs).

The essential oil route. The HeadLice Center says lavender oil can help treat and repel lice. The site suggests mixing lavender oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut, and applying it to the hair and scalp. I did this for my two-year-old son, complete with shower cap cover since you have to leave it on for a while. But I also did the methodical combing of his hair to ensure there were no lice or nits. Once you get rid of the lice you can add lavender oil to your shampoo to repel the bugs. Other parents suggest Tea Tree works the same way, and swear by adding a few drops to their shampoo.

Comb. Comb. Comb. Every treatment option I have ready about has stressed the fact that the only way to ensure you get both the lice and the nits is through combing. Invest in a good comb you can sterilize easily (the one that came with the treatment I bought melted in hot water) and have patience. Here is the comb recommended by a number of PPPS parents: the terminator comb. Another mom recommends the Robicomb. I bought this set with a few different options.

 

IT’S NOT WORKING! WHAT DO I DO?

If you find your treatment isn’t working you can turn to the specialists for help.

Here’s one mom’s experience with a lice service in the city:

I used Lice Squad for five of us. Four girls heads with thick, longish hair, plus one boy equaled a nightmare for me. Of course, I couldn’t check myself and my husband who has a buzz cut (so he didn’t have to worry about checking his hair) wouldn’t go near lice-infested hair so he was useless. Hence, I decided to go to Lice Squad and they did 5 of us all at once. Thankfully, I was lice free (I guess my kids don’t hug me enough) but the rest had them. Some only had 2 eggs whereas one daughter had 800 – I guess she was ground zero and one of her besties had it the week before I later found out so that’s how it was transmitted at school. I won’t lie, Lice Squad is extremely expensive when you have five people getting treatments but the stuff they use is guaranteed and they spent hours combing through our hair putting every single egg, nit, and louse on a paper towel and counting them. Now that’s service! You also have to go back for a secondary check as part of their service and they do it all over again to make sure the head is clear.

 

Buy a gift card, raise money for Pleasant Park

By now you should have found a package in your child’s backpack with details of our new fundraiser (links to the forms below if you need a new copy).

How does it work?

When you and your friends and family purchase gift cards through this program, a portion of the sale will come back to Pleasant Park Public School.

Simply look through the list and select gift cards you need for holiday gift-giving or stores you use regularly. Ask friends and family to let you know if they need gift cards and mark those down as well.

Once you have all your orders, collect the money (cash and cheque are accepted – but cheques are easiest to manage) and send in your order form and payment with your child by November 30. The gift cards will be sent home in your child’s backpack on December 14.

Why can’t I order online?

We know, it seems strange to do this the old-fashioned way with pen and paper and cash and cheques. However, if we used the online ordering system, we would get a smaller return from the purchases. As this is a fundraiser, we wanted to maximize the funds coming back to the school.

What if I don’t want my child to be responsible for the cash and the cards?

Order forms and payments can be dropped off to the office until November 30th. If you don’t want your child to carry the cards home at the end of the day, let us know and we will arrange a pick-up time on December 14.

Where will the money go?

As you are hopefully aware, the Pleasant Park Parent Council raises money throughout the year to fund a long list of things for the school. From buses for field trips to readers for classrooms, equipment for the gym, and special resources to enrich the school experience. Most recently a large portion of money raised went toward new furniture and equipment for the library.

For a detailed update on the Council’s finances, please join us at our next Parent Council meeting this Wednesday, November 21.

Here are the forms:

Fundsript cover letter

Order form & List of gift cards

Fall Movie Night – November 16

Come join us on Friday November 16th for our first fun filled Movie Night of the year!!

Bring your blankets and pillows and cozy down to watch family favourites Ferdinand the Bull and Paddington 2.

Movies start at 6:30pm, though we invite you to come at 5:45pm for a hot dog dinner before we dim the lights.

Popcorn, drinks and all sorts of goodies will be available at the concession stand throughout the evening. We look forward to seeing you there!!

When: Friday, November 16, 2018

Time: Doors open at 5:45pm, BOTH movies start at 6:30pm

Where: PPPS Gym

Movie Tickets: $3/person, tickets sold at door

Hotdog Dinner: $4/person

Refreshments: sold separately (while supplies last)

Ferdinand & Paddington 2

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for supporting another successful book sale!

A message from Diane Lagace, organizer of the Used Book Sale:

THANK YOU for making our booksale sale and first chess tournament another great success.

We achieved our main goal to promote reading, and watching the children discover new books has no price tag!

We can also be proud that from the sale of used books we recycled many great books and raised $2166.30, so Pleasant Park School and Hawthorne School each raised $1,083.15.   

Once again we are very fortunate and thankful for the hard work of Margaret-Anne our librarian who ran voluntarily the Fesitval du livre sale in the library. The sales from this were ~$1800, which provides us with $900 worth of new French books for our library collection.

We also made $517.40 as a result of the delicious treats made by many volunteer bakers and chili made by the Thompson and Govenlock family.

So in the end this event raised for Pleasant Park School ~$2,400.00!

The chess tournament was run in collaboration with Chess’n Math was also a big success with 19 players.  We had many winners including: Max Sutherland, Caitlin Irwin, Daniel Weinstein, Domenic Avanesov, Brian Melachenko, Charlie Mortimer, Oliver Last, Joanna Feggans, Roan and Isaac Tatham.  Thanks to all our players!

Big thanks also to:

  • All the people that attended the event and bought books;
  • The many families that donated books at the school drop off, the best books always come from these private collections;
  • The drivers (Karen, Graham, Liz), that helped me picked up the generous donations of books from Kanata United Church and Steve Maclean Public School;
  • The many families that distributed the flyers around their neighborhood;
  • The parents (especially the many new faces this year) that sorted and lifted all our books during the week of the sale – just to sort that pile takes about 80 hours;
  • An efficient group of parent volunteers that set-up the book sale on Thursday – moving and getting all those books from a portable to the gym and on tables is a huge job;
  • The Allo family for cooking the hot dogs and serving lunch;
  • The Pleasant Park custodians for all they did to help us;
  • Principle Thibeault for all the support and helping with planning and attending this event;
  • Mary Gean and all the teachers that brought their classes through on Friday and collected books for their classrooms;
  • Starbucks at the Trainyards for the donation of the coffee, and Sue for picking up the coffee;
  • Many high school volunteers, few parents and grandparents that hung in there to do the painful, but fast effort at the end to get the gym empty by 4pm;
  • Our cashiers, as well as Angela our treasurer, who counted and organized credit card sales;

This event requires many hands to make it happen and there is no way it could happen without a main core of about 30 volunteers!

We hoped you enjoyed this community school event!

 

 

Updating our Principal Profile

Our Principal Profile must be updated every year and submitted to the School Board. Deadline for submissions is: October 29.

The goal of the profile is to provide feedback on the qualities, skills, attitudes, and training/education for the Board and administration to consider in the selection of school principals. You can read our current profile here.

Please send your comments or changes to the Council Co-Chairs: https://pleasantpark.ca/contact-cochairs/

Book sale, Bake sale, Chess tournament – October 26 & 27!

The Pleasant Park and Hawthorne Schools Used Book Sale is back!

Promote Reading by Buying Used Books at Low Prices

Support Getting New Books for our Library and Classes by Purchasing at the Festival du livre Scholastic Sale

       Treat Yourself at the Bake Sale

Sign-Up for Our First CHESS Tournament (Sat. 11-2pm, $5)

Join Us for Chili / Hotdog Lunch (Sat. 11:30-1:30)

Gather any BOOKS that you want to donate and bring them to the school: Books can be dropped off at Pleasant Park School (day or night 6:30-8:30) Oct. 15th till Oct 25th. We will need gently used books of all kinds, for all ages (toddler to adult, especially children and youth) and in any language especially in FRENCH.  Please no textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines.

Sign Up your children for CHESS:  Sign up any children (JK-Grade 6) that know what checkmate is and enjoy chess to play in a friendly non-rated tournament run by the Chess’n Math Association that will happen at Pleasant Park School Sat Oct. 27th from 11am-2pm. Sign up in advance at https://goo.gl/forms/Cz4OkIDkvjuTlTmE3 and pay $5 entry fee/player at the event.       

Volunteer to help us: There are jobs of all sorts that need a helping hand. We also welcome any high-school students who need volunteer hours.  Sign up to WALK around your street and distribute flyers, BAKE for the bake sale, SORT books, SUPERVISE the chess games, SETUP, SELL or CLEANUP after the sale at http://signup.com/go/AozpdJN or email dlagac@me.com or call Pleasant Park School at 613-733-5253.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy

Friday October 26th 5PM – 8PM and  

Saturday October 27th 9AM – 2:30PM