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Cambridge Street School is a warm and nurturing community school that promotes the academic, physical, social, and emotional development of all students. It is a welcoming and supportive environment that invites the involvement of parents, volunteers, student teachers, co-op students, and the community.

 
The original red brick Cambridge Street Community Public School was built in 1898 and its first students entered in September 1899. It was enlarged in 1908 and demolished in 1973 to make way for the present new school. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary of offering excellence in education to its students in 1998-1999. Cambridge School’s history and composition parallel the demographic changes experienced by the city of Ottawa over the last century.


The Cambridge Street Community School staff is committed to providing a safe, productive learning environment where individual differences are valued and respected, where students are expected to do their best, and where parents and volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to support the learning process.
Our Students

Cambridge has 145 students from junior kindergarten to grade 6. Although many of our students were born in Canada, this K-6 school serves a predominantly multicultural population of students and families originally from locations such as China, Vietnam, Myanmar, South Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and South America. Grade six students leaving Cambridge Street School for middle school attend Glashan Public School or Fisher Park for grades 7 and 8.
Our Staff

Cambridge Street Community School has a knowledgeable, dedicated, and caring staff who work diligently to provide the students with the very best learning environment possible. Staff members are lifelong learners, committed to their own professional development and to the study and collaborative discussion of new and better ways of addressing student needs. They are a strong team who work together, sharing their many skills and talents to enrich the lives of our students, the community and one another.
Our Community

The Cambridge Street Community School Council is comprised of parents, teachers, non-teaching staff, a Multicultural Liaison Officer from the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services
Organization, and community members. Cambridge Street Community School has a close relationship with Carleton University, Ottawa Reads, OCRI, Kiwanis, Bytown Rotary, Somerset West Community Health Centre, Dalhousie Community Centre, Plant Pool Recreation Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Plouffe Park, YM/YWCA, McNabb Community Centre and First Avenue Public School.
Our school houses many programs including:
OCDSB Extended Day Program
Parenting and Family Literacy Centre (Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Parent Resource Centre
Y Kids Club (7:15 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa (Mon.-Thurs. 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. and Fridays 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.)
International Languages Program every Saturday and during the month of July
Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile on Friday afternoons

Mission Statement

Cambridge Street Community Public School staff is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and productive learning environment where individual differences are valued and respected, where students are expected to do their best and where parents and community volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to support the learning process as students grow and become contributing members of the Global Community of the 21st Century.


Facilities and Resources

• Library: collection of 8000 books, videos, kits
• Elevator
• Computer technology in every classroom
• Gymnasium
• Body break room
• Kindergarten yard with new play structure
• Soccer field / baseball diamond / outdoor volleyball net & poles
• Primary/Junior play structure
• Outdoor classroom
Programs and Services

‚ÄčAcademic Programs

Cambridge Street Community P.S. offers a Full Day Bilingual Kindergarten Program, an English Program with Core French (40 min./day) for students in grades 1 to 6 and two system classes: a GLP class (General Learning Program) and a Junior Language Disability Class.
 
Classroom Organization

Cambridge is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 school and is organized as follows:
JK/SK Full Day Bilingual Kindergarten
Grade 1/2
Grade 3/4
Grade 5/6
General Learning Program (GLP)
Junior Language Learning Disability Class (LLD)

Special Education and ESL Programs

Learning Support Teacher (LST)
Learning Resource Teacher (LRT)
Special Education - General Learning Program System Class (GLP)
Special Education - Junior Language Learning Disability Class (LLD)
English as a Second Language support (ESL)
Support is provided in consultation with student, staff and parents.

Clubs and Activities

Dance
Library
Homework club
Breakfast Program
Cross country running
Soccer
Volleyball
Basketball
Track and field
 
Students also enjoy:
 
Skating at McNabb Arena
Swim to Survive, and other swimming opportunities
Sledding
Terry Fox Run
Spring/Fall Clean the Capital initiative
Assemblies, performances, and talent show
Annual multicultural potluck supper
Kiwanis read-a-thon
Choir
Drama
Visiting artists and performers
Tutoring program


Safe Schools Initiatives

Our goal is to develop and maintain a safe school environment for all our students. We actively teach students the skills required to care for each other, make good decisions and appropriate choices in the school, on the school yard, and on school buses. Throughout the year, our students are recognized publicly for demonstrating the OCDSB Community of Character traits which include: acceptance, appreciation, cooperation, empathy, fairness, integrity, optimism, perseverance, respect and responsibility. Students are provided with academic and co-curricular opportunities to practice these values and to develop positive social skills. The Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) assists in establishing closer ties with our families and the various community groups. Our Code of Conduct builds upon standards set by our school Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Other Safe School Initiatives include:
·         Safe Arrival Program
·         Fenced yards separate from parking areas
·         Fenced yard for Kindergarten students
·         Sign-in/Sign-out protocol for all visitors and students
·         First Aid trained staff members
·         Fire Drill and Lockdown practices
·         Safety and emergency procedures
·         A progressive discipline approach
·         Ottawa Safety Council Crossing Guard
·         Access to a school psychologist, social worker, speech & language pathologist and occupational therapist
·         Access to a School Resource Officer (SRO)
·         WITS program, and safe school teams


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