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.

 

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/

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