Welcome from Lady Evelyn’s New Principal

These kids are happy to be under the shade of the new gazebo at Lady Evelyn Alternative School. L-R: Noemi, 4, Aaliyah, 5, Stella 6, James, 6, Isaac, 7, Elliot, 7, Vivi, 8, and Nate, 3. Photo by: Meredith Newberry

These kids are happy to be under the shade of the new gazebo at Lady Evelyn Alternative School. L-R: Noemi, 4, Aaliyah, 5, Stella 6, James, 6, Isaac, 7, Elliot, 7, Vivi, 8, and Nate, 3. Photo by: Meredith Newberry

By Brian Begbie
Brian Begbie is the new Principal of Lady Evelyn Alternative School. He joined the team in June 2017.

This fall marks the school’s 128th year of operation, and on September 5th our 150-plus students returned from their summer break to enjoy a brand new play yard. Adding to the existing modern play structure and basketball hoops is a decorative shade gazebo, a field of permanent synthetic grass, a levelled yard that increases the area of play, newly planted trees and decorative iron fencing. We would like to thank the OCDSB for helping create such an appealing place for our children to play.

As we begin the year, our students, staff and parents help us develop some goals for the year. We know that Mindfulness and Resiliency will be embedded in our “Wellness” plan. In our first assembly of the year, our inspirational message to students was that “you can do anything.”

As many of you know, Lady Evelyn is a unique school in the heart of the city. It is one of four elementary schools in the OCDSB that follows the Alternative education philosophy. Our Seven Tenets set our school apart.

An emphasis on cooperation and teamwork; not competition.

A commitment to innovative teaching and learning through a shared responsibility among staff, students, and parents.
A balance between student-directed and teacher-directed learning.
Multi-aged classes to allow students to learn from each other and the teacher.
Integrated curriculum to stress the interrelation of all learning and subjects.
A family and community-centered environment where parents are essential for the partnership between the home and school.
An ongoing assessment that includes student self-evaluations and student-led conferences.

Located in the heart of the vibrant Old Ottawa East community, Lady Evelyn Alternative School has deep historical roots. The school has a proud history of serving families that stretches back to 1889 when a one room schoolhouse was located on the same site. Throughout the years, the school has transformed to suit the times. In the 1980s the school was designated an Alternative Program Site, and in 1994 a brand new building was constructed with input from staff and parents.

Lady Evelyn Alternative services a very large area of Ottawa from Sandy Hill to Preston Street and the remainder of the downtown inside the Rideau River. If you are a family in our area you can register your children at our school. There are no special requirements to attend our program, and everyone is welcome. Our small size and student centered approach ensures that staff get to know the students very well and are very active participants in their joy of learning and growing.

As the new and very proud Principal of Lady Evelyn, I welcome you to visit with us at any time for a tour. Our doors are always open. Stop by and see our new yard.

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