Family Science Night: 65+ families, 85+ students and lots of science

Matthew Inniss and Purnima Sundar would like to thank all the families that came out to Family Science Night.  Special thanks to the volunteers that helped everything run smoothly – ticket takers Margaret Embleton, Julie Mitchell and Khrysta Pilkington; Carolyn Kropp who sourced and arranged all the snacks and filled in wherever needed; Garry Baker for arranging for extra tables and booking the gym; Aladin Daycare for vacating the gym early for set up; Principal Cousineau for helping with the planning.  Special mention to Lydia Kropp and Claire Kropp, two graduates of Pleasant Park, who not only helped with ticket taking but were assistants for the entire evening in the primary science sessions.

Scientists In School is no stranger to Pleasant Park – year after year they come in to run science programs that tie into the curriculum.  On our Family Science Night they orchestrated four different sessions to encourage our children and families in science.  We hope that families will find time to try some of the other experiments from the take away sheets provided at each session by Scientists In School.

If you missed Family Science Night or want even more family science led by Scientists In School, you can look into the their program with Lee Valley Tools.  The sessions are for different ages and are twice as long as ours on Family Science Night.  The next sessions are January 30th and March 16th.  There is a fee to participate and you can see the details on the Lee Valley Ottawa Seminar page.

Feedback from the exit surveys will be compiled but if you have additional feedback, you can email Matthew.

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St-Albert Cheese Fundraiser

At A Glance

  • Anyone – parents, staff, family, neighbours, colleagues, friends – can place an order.
  • Order online if possible – paper order forms are being sent home with students.
  • Deadline for ordering is Tuesday March 28th.
  • Orders can be picked up from Pleasant Park School library on Monday December 12th from 3pm to 6pm.

Order Cheese Online


Pleasant Park Parent Council invites you to enjoy award-winning, local cheeses from the St-Albert Cheese Cooperative! The proceeds from this fundraising initiative will be used to help offset the cost of field trips, levelled readers, new technology, tournaments and special activities.

cheese2The St-Albert Cheese Cooperative is one of the oldest cooperatives in Canada. Located less than 100 km from Ottawa, this distinguished producer prides itself on the exceptional quality of its products which have been extremely popular for over 120 years. Read more

Scholastic Festival Du Livre

Drum roll – we have the final numbers from the Scholastic Festival Du Livre Sale that was part of the bookfair at the school on Oct 30th.  We sold just over $1500 worth of new French books and more then 40 families made generous donations of new French books to their childrens’ classrooms.

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2016 Used Book Sale Success – Thank You

Parent Council warmly thanks Diane Lagace for spearheading another successful book sale.  Diane’s message of thanks to students, parents, Pleasant Park staff, community members and sponsors is below.

From Diane Lagace

A HUGE thank you for helping to make our book fair a success last Saturday.  

Thank you to:

  • The many families that donated books at the school drop off;
  • The many families that distributed the flyers around their neighbourhood;
  • Drivers (Karen and Joann), that picked up the generous donations of books
  • Kanata United Church for their donations of over 150 boxes of books to our sale – their sale of 30,000+ books is on Feb 23-25th 2017 for our book worms;
  • Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association for donating young reader books to our sale this year, since they are currently full of books and not taking any donations;
  • Jennifer Gallant who did our press releases including on CTV ottawa morning show: see Let’s Get Reading clip online; great job  – watch for picture in local paper also taken at the sale coming soon;
  • The parents and grandmother (Brenda) 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 100 hours;
  • Loblaws (Manager Paul Boyer, Elmvale Store) for donating some nice looking pumpkins;
  • Starbucks at the Elmvale Plaza for the donation of coffee for the day;
  • The teachers who came in Friday night and Saturday morning prior to the sale and collected books for their classrooms – this benefits many students;
  • An efficient group of volunteers that set-up the book sale on Friday night by 9:30pm 😄 and then some of the same, and some new volunteers, that did the painful but really fast effort at the end to get the gym empty by 3pm;
  • Drivers: Sabrah, Amy, Erica, Carolyn to drop off all the books to various sources by 4pm 😄
  • Our bakers  – the baking sale table had an excellent assortment and friendly volunteer sales staff – it made ~$400.00
  • The Pleasant Park custodians, with Garry in the lead and Jonathan on duty, for all they did to help us;
  • Volunteers Mothers that came with their older sons that are PP alumni to help us out;
  • Our chili cook / pumpkin organizer, Crystal, who treated us to a delicious lunch and generated more profits;
  • Principle Cousineau for supporting and helping with planning for this event;
  • Our cashiers, as well as Rick who keeps our finances and ability to use credit cards in order;
  • Hawthorne School and their Parent Council for helping us at the event;
  • To all the people that attended the event and bought books – we sold many books to new hands – it is pleasure to promote reading;
  • To the main core of 15 volunteers that made this happen – huge thanks – could not have done it without you – Karen thank you for being a 2nd set of hands;
  • This event is not about raising money – but we can be proud that overall we raised $2709– of which $1000 (½ profit from used book sale) goes to Hawthorne School Parent Council and the rest is used at Pleasant Park to support field trips requests and special projects which benefit your children;
  • I hoped you enjoyed this community school event and welcome any feedback.

Diane Lagace

Please note- hope I did not forget anyone to thank – it really does take a village to make the book sale happen!


Saturday October 29th. Used Books, Starbucks Coffee, Bake sale, chilli lunch, pumpkins

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-10-40-00-pm11th Annual Pleasant Park and Hawthorne Book Sale


Pleasant Park School Gymnasium

Saturday October 29th

9AM – 2PM

Used books for all ages at low prices

New French Books (Festivals du Livre – Scholastic)

Bake sale table – Yummy!

Enjoy a free Starbucks coffee

Get Your Halloween Pumpkin

Join us for a Chili Lunch (4$ per person, 15$ per family)

Used Prices Are Low

50 cents children’s softcovers

$1 children’s hardcovers

$1 youth/teen books

$1 adult paperbacks

$2 adult hardcovers

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. 24th 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.

2016 BBQ

Multicultural Dinner

Thanks to Crystal and her posse of volunteers for organizing another delicious Multicultural Dinner on May 6th.  There was a wide array of dishes from all corners of the globe.

Our on stage entertainment that evening was Highland dancing – including some performers either current or graduated Pleasant Park students.  Thanks to Gillian MacDonald for bringing her highly skilled troupe, the MacDonald Dancers.




I am scared and sad …and don’t even know why

A reminder that this event is THURSDAY May 19th.

Please register now if you have not already done so.

See you there!!!!


image00Pleasant Park Parent Council invites you to an evening with Dr. Ian Manion, who will provide insights into how to help our children who may be struggling with anxiety and depression.

Pleasant Park welcomes any interested parents or community members to attend – please register so we can plan for your comfort and childcare needs.

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Cycling Safety Blitz near our school

Councillor Jean Cloutier has organized a Cycling Safety Blitz for Pleasant Park Road on Wednesday April 20th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

Emergency Services, Pathway Patrol, and Safer Roads Ottawa will be on hand to ensure you have all the required cycling safety gear:  they will have lights, bells, and other giveaways on hand (while supplies last).  The blitz team is encouraging people to ride their bikes that day and stop by for a chat.  Look for the team which will be at the northwest corner of Pleasant Park Road and Lynda Lane.

Another event of interest is Helmet Weekend (May 14/15) when participating retailers will be offering Ottawa residents a discount on new helmet purchases.

Also if you know an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to the encouragement of cycling in 2015, consider nominating them, by April 22nd, for the Bruce Timmermans Cycling Award.