Last day of school – from Carolyn Kropp

On this last day of school, on behalf of the Executive, we would like to thank all of the parents who have helped out over the course of this year for any and all Parent Council events. Thank you to those who attended our monthly meetings. Parent Council doesn’t work without a strong parent base and PPPS is very lucky to have great parents who volunteer countless times.

A big thank you to those parent volunteers who are leaving the Pleasant Park Family – especially Crystal Orlik, BBQ & Multicultural Night Coordinator and past Movie night and Games Night Coordinator extraordinaire!   Sarah Pipe – Coordinator of the Yearbook. You will be missed!

Posting pics of the Parent Council trees that started off our year and ended the year.
We made it! Enjoy your summers! See you in September!



And Matthew took some photos of the teachers waving to students leaving on the school buses for the last time this school year.




BBQ & Cake Auction 2018 photos

Big thanks to Crystal Orlik, Colleen Shanahan and the vast posse of volunteers.  There are too many to keep track of but here are some of them from our volunteer signup:

Allison Merz, Anna Krieg, Annie Paquette, Aresky Estrada, Athena Bleeker, Becca Mann, Brandy Murdock, Brendan Hickey, Carolyn Kropp, Catherine Hughes, Cecilia Lee, Charlene Dunn, Charlie Levine, Chris Donald, Damay Gagnon, Dawn Miller, Diane Lagace, Emily Kadantseva, Francoise Denize, Izabela Uscinowicz Valdivia, Jennifer Christie, Jennifer Wintle, Julie Mitchell, Kathleen Russell, Kristy Shortall-Cain, Laura Thompson, Liz Kacew, Ly Ha, Lynea, Mary Gean Giammaria, Mary Raths, Megan Murray, Melissa Faulkner, Melissa Ledgerwood, Michelle Turner, Mila Kiwan, Miranda Layton, Noah, Pina Arecchi, Rick Wirthlin, Ruth Richardson, Sarah Estabrooks, Seline HF, Shelley Henderson, Shelley Rennie-Bryden, Sophie Foster, Stacey Kaazan, Stephanie Simonelli, Sue Govenlock, Wendy Overend, Will Humphries

Click on any photo to see larger version.

Book Fair Thank You

From Diane Lagace

A HUGE thank you for helping to make our book fair a success last month.  DRUM…ROLL….

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

We can also be proud that from the sale of used books we raised $2472.50.  Half of these sales go to Hawthorne School Parent Council and we appreciate their help to organize this event.

Also a huge thanks to Margaret-Anne our librarian and everyone who purchased items at the Fesitval du livre sale that she had setup and ran voluntarily.   Collectively, the sale ended up earning $750 worth of new books for the library collection with selections from the materials for sale with input from staff, students and parents.  Since some parents were asking, also a good time to clarify that the Scholastic sales that come home from classroom, any earning go back into the classroom books, whereas this event and the English Scholastic sale in the spring help to add new books into our library.

We also made $140 from chili sale with thanks to Crystal, Melissa, and the Thompson family for organizing and cooking.

The bake sale also made $285 as a result of the delicious treats made by our volunteer bakers.

So in the end this event raised $1,671.25.  

If you have not heard recently we just approved to spend $10,000 of PP Parent Council funds to begin the much needed renovation of our library, so this money will be put to good use.

This event really does take many hands, and I am sure I will miss some so sorry but a shout out with big THANKS 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.  Any books we had left went to good hands including the Ottawa Hospital, St Vincent de Paul, and Roberta Bondar school for their sales;
    • The many families that distributed the flyers around their neighborhood;
    • Drivers (Carolynn and Liz), that helped me pick up the generous donations of books from Steve Maclean Public School after their sale;
    • Matthew and Jennifer who help me with notifications and our press releases
    • The parents (especially the many new faces this year) that sorted and lifted all our books during the week and nights the week prior to the sale – just to sort that pile takes surprisingly about 75 hours;
    • An efficient group of volunteers lead by Karen that set-up the book sale on Thursday in a record 2hrs; clearly I am not needed;)
    • The teachers and our council teacher reps Kathleen and Mary Gean, who organized and encouraged teachers to bring their classes through on Friday and collected books for their classrooms – this benefitted many students;
    • Starbucks at the Train yards for the donation of the coffee, which Amy picked up for us;
    • Many high school volunteers and few parents that hung in there to do the painful but really fast effort at the end to get the gym empty by 3pm;
    • Our cashiers, as well as Rick our treasurer, who counted and organized credit card sales;
    • The Pleasant Park custodians, with Tharshan in the lead, for all they did to help us;
    • Principle Thibeault for all the support and helping with planning and attending this event;


  • To the main core of ~25 volunteers that made this happen – huge thanks – could not have done it without you


I hoped you enjoyed this community school event and as always welcome any feedback.

Diane Lagace


Pleasant Park Fall Movie Night

When: Friday, November 3, 2017

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

Where: PPPS Gym

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

Refreshments: sold separately (while supplies last)

Captain Underpants & The Emoji Movie

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Hot Dog Dinner Also Being Served Before the Movie!

Time: 5:45pm

Cost: $4/person

All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Used Books, Bake sale, chilli lunch, New French books…

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-10-40-00-pm12th Annual Pleasant Park and Hawthorne Book Sale


Pleasant Park School Gymnasium
Pleasant Park School Library

Friday October 27th: 5pm – 8pm
Saturday October 28th: 9am – 1:30pm

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 (in the Library)

Treat Yourself at the Bake Sale Table

Join Us for Chili Lunch (Saturday 11-1:30$4 PP, $15Family)

Do you have too many books?  Donate to our sale.

Consider donating to our book sale. Books will be collected at Pleasant Park School Oct. 23rd till Oct 27th (8am-4pm front door or 6:30-8:30pm by gym door). 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.


Jump Rope For Heart – Thank You!

Jump rope for heart was such a success last Thursday – we couldn’t have done it without you!


The 25 parent volunteers that were generous with their time to manage the jump rope for heart stations and be timers for the Track and Field tryouts. What tremendous enthusiasm even in that record HEAT!;

Members of parent council for slicing and bagging 450 pieces of watermelon that were donated in part by Loblaws at Elmvale Mall, with support from Parent Council funds;

For sending donations with the students – this year we raised $850.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation! If you forgot and wanted to make a donation, our school site remains open for donations.

HUGE AND SPECIAL thank you to all the teachers and staff that make this happen –  especially Mila, Maureen, Phil and Sean who worked closely and tirelessly to organize this event this year!

Pleasant Park Jump Rope for Heart 2017

This high energy event is coming up on Thursday, May 18th outside on the school yards, with a rain date of Monday, May 22nd.  

The whole school from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Six will be involved from 8:45-10:30 and everyone needs to be ready to be active outside.  

The format will be a bit different this year.  From 8:45AM – 10:15AM:

The kindergartens (JK,SK) will be doing rotations at skipping stations like the last few years where they will do a variety of active activities using skipping ropes as coordinated by Mme. Mila. To make this event successful we will need parent volunteers to help us. Sign up will be with the teachers and all volunteer will meet in the gym at 8:30AM the day of the event. Remember you do not need to know how to skip to do this;)  

The Primary students (Grades 1-3) will have a big joint skip off that is being run by Mr. Phil. This will be on the paved yard and will involve getting your heart rate going umping for 1hr – lets see what you can do!  

The Junior students (Grades 4-6) will be participating in the Track and Field tryouts, for a spot on this year’s Track and Field team. The events will be on the school’s back fields with Mr. Sepulis.  Parent volunteers will be needed to help officiate and time at the events. Please contact Mr. Sepulis at if you are interested.

At around 10:15 – EVERYONE will end the event with some watermelon treats (prepared by parent council) and the kids will watch our annual teacher skip off to end our morning before recess!  Who will win this year?  Parents welcome to come to watch, this is usually great to see.  

The goal for this event is to highlight the importance of getting and staying fit at every age.  Supporting kids’ health for more than 30 years, the Heart & Stroke Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research.  If you wish to help us support the mission of Heart and Stroke you can:

1) Helping your child register/fundraise by clicking here which gives you access to the Heart and Stroke fundraising site, where you can also hit the donate tab and select our school if you do not wish to register your child online but would like to donate to this worthy event and get a tax receipt.

2) Send your child with a few dollars on the day of the event (no tax receipts available) that we will donate to the schools fundraising page to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Last year we collected $1150 the day of the event;) This year we are aiming for $1500!!!

We look forward to everyone participating in this fun and HEART RATE RAISING event!

⛸️ Skating at Pleasant Park

This winter saw the highest participation of classes skating at Playfair Rink for their Physical Education class.

img_20170221_124132The school has some loaner skates and hockey helmets but the popularity of the program meant it was difficult to have the proper equipment for all students that needed skates or a helmet.    Parent Council recently funded the purchase of some new hockey helmets and replacement laces.  Hockey helmets must be used as they are multi impact and approved for use whereas skateboard/bicycle type helmets are single impact and not approved by Ontario Phys. Ed. Guidelines (OPHEA).


4 boxes of Pleasant Park loaner skates – before and after sharpening

Many of the loaner skates were in need of sharpening and Parent Council had all the loaner pairs sharpened this past weekend.  Many thanks to Canadian Tire at Bank and Heron for giving us a great price on our bulk sharpening order.