Back to School News ~August 21st, 2015:

Welcome back everyone!! We will be in the school Monday, August 24-Wednesday, August 26th to take any new registrations.  We will also be in on Monday, August 31, September 2-4th for registration purposes.

New families to our school are reminded that we order school supplies for all grades for a $35 fee.  It makes it easier for families and staff when all students have the same supplies.

Please find some information about our school at this link for a parent handbook:  ROBERT OGILVIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL . We have ordered these as calendars (one/family).

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the school on the days listed above.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer.


The Grinch December, 2013

Check out the two large Grinches in our hallways.  Students have an opportunity to earn hearts this month to display on the Grinches for demonstrating citizenship or acts of kindness.

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!

Now, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason.

It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.

But I think that the most likely reason of all

May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

And the more the Grinch thought of what Christmas would bring,

The more the Grinch thought…..

“I must stop this whole thing!

Why, for year after year, I’ve put up with it now.

I must stop this Christmas from coming….but how?”

I MEAN ….. in what way?

I am the Grinch who stole Christmas away

And I’m not sorry, not in a single way!

My Christmas spirit has just disappeared

It won’t come back, even if I see Santa’s white beard!

Until all those children Robert Ogilvie School

Can cover me with hearts,

NOW, that would be COOL!


June Newsletter 2013

Wednesday, June 12th, 20123

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Time is passing at an incredible speed right now and it seems like a long time since a newsletter went out.  It is extremely busy at the school this time of year.  I must apologize for not getting you this newsletter earlier ~ many things this week to touch base on.  Students have enjoyed Doig Days, leadership activities, Inga Lake trips,  “Seussical the Musical”, community planting, track and field, Baseball BC workshops and swimming in the past few weeks.  There are still a wide variety of field trips coming our way!

Track and Field:  Thank you to Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Dressler for coaching our students at the track meet this year.  The team did very well and enjoyed the day.

Fun Day:  Friday, June 21st will be our annual fun day.  Students need to come to school prepared to spend the day outside in the sunshine doing a variety of activities.  The morning events will include centers such as: ball throw, races, high jump, long jump, and obstacle course races. The afternoon will include free play activity and students will choose from a variety of stations.  We will conclude the day with some tug of war events followed at 2:00 p.m. with the second annual water gun fight – A.K.A. as a dangerous, wet and wild activity.  Students who wish to participate will need to bring their water guns and they should be marked with the student names.  It is also recommended that students bring a towel, sunscreen, hat and possibly and extra t-shirt.  Once wet, students will be staying outside.  Parents and guardians are also welcome to participate in our water gun fight.  We hope you can attend for part of this rip-roaring day!

Permission Slips:  Just a reminder that there is a lot of permission slips coming home at this time. We have tried to streamline them by stapling many forms together.  Please remember to send them back as quickly as possible as it makes keeping track of them a little easier.  The teachers have many fun activities planned for the end of the year.  We hope that the students will enjoy these trips J

School Fees: The School Board has approved our school fees for the 2013-2014 year as well as the School Calendar for 2013-2014. Our bell schedule will remain the same, which will allow for a two-week spring break.  Please see the school fee table along with the revised bell schedule below.

Grade Level Supplies Cultural Fee Busing Fee
Kindergarten $35 $10.00 $10.00
Grade 1-3 $35 $10.00 $10.00
Grade 4-6 $35 $10.00 $10.00
Wireless Writing Rental Charge for Grade 6 As per board direction ($67.00)
Other Agenda:  All classes ordering agenda will pay a $10.00 agenda fee (some primary classes and all intermediate classes) Camp Cameron or Camp Sagitawa: $40.00 to offset costs for trips *$20.00/sports team requiring buses*Up to $5.00 for class field trips

Our costs/fees will remain that same as last year.  Students who bring their own supplies will be required to pay cultural fees, bussing fees and agenda fee (if applicable).

2013-2014 Bell Schedule:

8:25   Supervision begins                    12:10  Lunch (students come in to eat)

8:40   Warning Bell                             12:30  Warning Bell

8:45   Classes Begin                            12:35  Classes begin

10:15  Recess                                     2:41   Dismissal

10:30 Warning Bell (5 minutes)         2:56   Playground supervision ends

10:35  Classes Resume                                 *students heading home**

11:50  Bell for going outside time*


RCMP Bike Safety: We are very fortunate to be able to have the RCMP bike patrol at our school in June to conduct safety training for students in our primary department.  Permission slips will be coming home soon.  Students will need to bring their bike and helmet to school to participate in this opportunity.

Flower Gardens:  We would like to send out some special recognition to a variety of people/businesses for their assistance with our flower gardens this year.  The FSJ Hospital Foundation allowed our staff to go to the old hospital flowerbeds and dig out some of the perennials for transplanting in to our front flowerbeds.   We also received a $100 gift card from Walmart and a $50 gift card from the Real Canadian Wholesale. Many parents and community members also sent us annuals and perennials for our beds.  Thank you to all parents and staff for helping with our flower gardens and vegetable gardens. A total of eight classes participated in planting at the school.  We also had a number of classes assist in planting the community vegetable garden (Miss Prontack) and the city flowerbeds at Centennial Park (Mrs. Forster, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. DeGroot, and Mr. Flury/Mrs. Bulmer).  Thank you for all your efforts to beautify our community.

Special Guest:  On Tuesday, June 4th, our school was blessed with a visit of former teachers Ms. Isobell Barnwell and Mrs. Margaret Little.  Both of these ladies taught at Robert Ogilvie in 1967-1968.  Isobell stayed for only one year and returned to her home in England.  She came back to Canada this June with her family and travelled all the way to Fort St. John so that she could show her family where her career started.  We had a wonderful day reminiscing with her about how the school and the community have both changed.  It was truly a memorable day for the staff and students. We are very thankful that Mrs. Little was able to join us for the day as well.  Mrs. Little taught for many years in our school and still lives in the area.  Thank you everyone for making this a great day.

I have included a calendar for the remainder of June.  There may be changes that come up due to weather changes.  There are only a few more weeks of school prior to summer vacation.  We look forward to seeing you at our fun days, field trips, assemblies and final assembly.


Mrs. Kathy Scheck – Principal

Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School


Week Ahead June 17-28thth, 2013

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School







FSJ Library visits school





RCMP bike rodeo

8:45-11:50 (Primary)



Third Term Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.


Fun Day


Student library books due in


All class sets of library books are due in to the library



Grade 6 grad BBQ and dance @ 6:00 p.m.

26 27

Year End Assembly and Final Term Awards @ 10:35 a.m.


Dismissal @ 11:50


Last Day for Teaching Staff


Teachers available until 3:00 p.m. for interviews




$1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Grant

As part of my ministry update on March 24, I let you know about the new $1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Grant for B.C. resident children born on or after January 1, 2007.

The Ministry of Education is asking if school districts can help inform families about the grant. To that end, four posters for each elementary school in the province are currently being mailed to school administrators.  An example of the posters is are attached, and it has also been translated into

If possible, please encourage schools to display the posters. In addition, the information below can be cut and pasted into school newsletters.

BC Training and Education Savings Grant

The Province of British Columbia recently announce a new $1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Grant for B.C. resident children born on or after January 1, 2007. To access the grant, families must open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) before eligible child’s seventh birthday (or by February 28, 2014 for children born in January or February 2007). No matching or additional financial contributions are needed to access the $1,200 savings grant.  If families already have an RESP set up, no further action is required at this time.

For more information on how to open an RESP please visit and for more information on the BCTESG visit


May Newsletter 2013

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May has finally arrived and Mother Nature has some nice weather planned for us this week.  We have a busy month ahead of us and some great news and deadlines.  Please find this information in our newsletter.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt:  Thank you to all participants who completed the Earth Day scavenger hunt.  We had 20% of our student population participate along with 2 parents.  This is a great effort to show our community that we care about making a difference to the environment.  The top class for participation was Grade 4/5 taught by Mr. Flury and Mrs. Bulmer.  Thank you to the Environmental Club and Mrs. MacDonald for assisting with this activity and for their efforts to make our school a “greener” place.  Students participated in making pledges for Earth Day.  Check out these pledges on the bulletin board by the computer lab. Water bottle Wednesday counts will continue in May.

Books Are Something to Tweet About: Our school wide reading contest will be completed on May 11th.  Please have students complete the forms and return to school by May 14th.  Students have an opportunity to earn 600 house points for their team.   Thank you for parents and staff who are encouraging participation in this contest.

Scholastic Book Fair:  Thank you to Mrs. Bulmer for hosting our second Scholastic Book Fair this year.  Students and parents are able to purchase books until Thursday after school.  All proceeds from the book fair are used to provide materials for the library.  Thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair.

Robert Ogilvie Pre-School:  Yes, you heard it correctly!  There will be a preschool program starting in September 2013 at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School.  The program will run three days a week from 12:30 – 3:15 pm and will cost $160/month.  Families who qualify for childcare subsidy will not have to pay.  We have room for 10 preschool children born in 2009 or 2010 who are living in the Robert Ogilvie catchment area.  For more information, please talk with Pam or Lana at Strong Start or call Jaimelia Turner at 250-794-7336.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our school and will be stationed in the Strong Start room.

Kindergarten 2013-2014:  We are currently accepting registrations for kindergarten students for 2013-2014.  Please make sure to register as soon as possible to assist us in planning a number of activities for our newest students.  The first event for these students and their families is the “Welcome to Kindergarten” session being held on Thursday, June 6th.  Children who are registered for kindergarten will receive an invitation shortly in the mail.

P.A.C. News:  The  “Annual Robert Ogilvie Garage Sale” will be held on Friday May 10th from 3p.m.-7p.m. and on Saturday May 11th from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the gym at Robert Ogilvie. We will be taking donations all week.  Drop off items:  just call 785-8195 and you can arrange to drop off your items. Have donations picked up? Email and we can arrange to pick up your donations from your home. We will also be accepting bottles and cans. They will be taken to the bottle depot and the money received will go towards the “New Playground” project. All the money that is made from the garage sale will go towards the “New Playground” project. Now that Spring is finally here, some spring cleaning might turn up some donations! If you are interested in helping with the garage sale (any amount of time is appreciated) just email us at:   Thank you for your support!

Renovations:  Our school has been undergoing some renovations this year.  We would like to thank the maintenance department and the technology department of the School District for the wonderful work they are doing at the school to make our building better.

Sports Teams:  Thank you to Mrs. McCracken and Mrs. Anderson for helping to coach the badminton team this year.  A total of 30 students were able to participate in the district tournament last week.  Your expertise and time commitment to this sport are truly appreciated.  We will begin training students for the district track and field event shortly.  If you are able to assist in this sport, please contact Mr. Peterson.

2013-2014:  In order to assist our staff with planning divisions and supplies for next year, we would ask that all families complete the form at the end of this newsletter and return it as soon as possible. Thank you for your assistance in this item.

School Speech Contest: Thank you to Mr. Flury for organizing this annual event this year.  The speech contest will be held on May 17th with our chosen representatives going to the district speech contest on May 24th.  Parents are welcome to come and listen to our students on Friday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m.

S.P.C.A. Club:  We have a new student club happening at our school.  The S.P.C.A. Club meets on Friday after schools.  All students are welcome to attend.

Destination Conservation:  Many of our students have been attending Destination Conservation with other schools over the last two years.  The final meeting for this series of workshops will be held on May 15th.  Students have worked very hard this year to learn about water conservation.  Thank you to Mrs. Gauthier and Mrs. MacDonald for sponsoring our students in these workshops.

Dr. Kearney Middle School Open House:  Our grade 6 students and their families are invited to Dr. Kearny Middle School for an open house on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m.  This is an opportunity for our grade 6 students to participate in activities to welcome them to a new school and to meet the staff and some students.  Please keep this date open if you would like to see or participate in this open house.

With spring well on its way, we would also like to suggest that students continue to bring extra clothes in case they fall in water of mud during the breaks.  This saves time on making phone calls home and interrupting parents to bring a change of clothes for their child should they get wet or muddy at recess or lunch. We would like to also thank parents and guardians for taking off their outside shoes and boots in the mudrooms.  This is helping keep the dirt, mud and water out of the hallways. It also ensures students have dry feet at they walk down the hall after breaks (when they don’t have shoes on).

Have a wonderful week!


Mrs. Kathy Scheck  – Principal                         Mr. Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary



Calendar of Events

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

May 2013







6 7 8 9District Band concert (evening performance) 10School ClosedSchool Planning Day
 13Assembly @ 9:00 .M.  14 15 16 17SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST @ 9:00 a.m.
20Victoria DaySchool Closed 21 22 23 24DISTRICT SPEECH CONTEST
27Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.  28Doig Days  GRADE 4 STUDENTS 29OPEN HOUSE “DKMS” for grade 6 students 30 31



Family Name: ____________________________


Children: ________________________________


My children will attend Robert Ogilvie in September 2013: _______(yes or no)

My children will not attend Robert Ogilvie in September 2013: ______ (yes or no)

I would like to purchase school supplies from the school in September: ____(yes or no)

I would like to purchase an agenda for my child in September: ______(yes or no)

April 2013 Newsletter

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to spring weather!  It is nice to see the extended sunshine and warmer temperatures finally arrive!  With the spring weather, we are seeing an increase in wet children at the office and lots of mud being tracked in to the school.  It may be a good idea for primary students to bring an extra change of clothes in their backpack just in case of an accident.  The ice is slippery underneath the puddles and many students are slipping, falling and getting soaked.  We would like to remind all visitors to the school to please take off your outdoor shoes/boots and place them on a boot rack to ensure that our hallways remain dry and mud free.  Adults who wish to keep their boots are asked to put on the blue booties over their outside shoes to assist us in keeping the hallways clean and safe. Thank you for your cooperation.

Science Fair:  Thank you to Mrs. DeGroot for planning the school science fair and taking ten of our students to the Regional Science Fair held last week.  This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to participate at the regional level with students from Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson.  We would like to congratulate all of our students for their wonderful projects and for how well they did. Gold medals were presented to Jayden Forster and Joshua Anderson, silver medals to Luke Zwaryck, Jayden Bueckert, Rebekah Anderson, Andrew Pearson, Jordyn Forster and Kelsey Davis, and bronze medals to Lillianna Green and Ashtyn Palmer.  Joshua Anderson was also the recipient of the BC Hydro Power Smart Award of $100.00 for creatively demonstrating conservation of energy.  Congratulations to all of our Science Fair Award winners!

Earth Day: Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd.  We would like to challenge students and families to participate in the district “Earth Day Scavenger Hunt”.  The link to this can be found (for those who have computer access) at:  This challenge has gone out to all schools in our district and we encourage individual students and families to participate.  All challenges returned will earn house team points for the students along with 100 points for the parents.  Thank you for the Environmental Club for their presentation on recycling and Earth Day at the assembly today and to Mr. Bell for coming to discuss N.E.A.T. with us.  There will be representatives from N.E.A.T. in the school this week to discuss recycling with the students.

Something To Tweet About”:  Robert Ogilvie Elementary will be hosting a reading contest for the months of April and May to coincide with the “Canadian Children’s Book Week” celebrated nationally May 4th–11th.  All students are encouraged to participate in this contest.  Reading contest sheets were sent out on April 4th.  If parents would like to participate, extra forms are available at the office.  We encourage all Robert Ogilvie families to “Read and “Tweet”.      

Registrations 2013-2014:  We are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for 2013-2014.  Please remember that registrations are needed as soon as possible to assist us in planning for staffing next year.  We would also appreciate knowing if your family is planning to move out of town or within town and as such not be attending our school next year.  Families currently on variances will need to put in variance requests as per board policy.  If you need a variance form or a copy of the board policy, please contact the office at your earliest convenience.

One Day Without Shoes:  Ms. Prontack’s class would like to promote Tuesday, April 16th as “One Day Without Shoes”.  You can find out more about this day at:  This event is to help build awareness of how many children in the world go without shoes and what the ramifications of being “shoeless” are.  Student may participate by wearing socks at school on Tuesday for inside time and proper footwear for recess and lunch.

Ready, Set, Learn:  On Saturday, May 4th from 6:00-7:00 p.m., parents with 3 and 4 year olds are invited to come to a special event called Ready, Set, Learn.  This is a one-hour session for parents and their pre-school children to come to our school to learn about opportunities for your children to learn before coming to school.   Our staff will be on site to lead your children through different parts of the school day such as: gym, library, craft time and stories.  This is an open session to any parents in Fort St. John so bring along a friend.  Please pre-register by calling the school so we can plan for the number accordingly.  The session will begin in the kindergarten room and families can enter the school through the front door or kindergarten door.

We would like to remind all families that students waiting for rides after school need to stay in the designated areas for pick up. There are many students who are waiting for rides that are wandering around inside the school, going in to many classrooms.  For safety reasons, we ask that all students either wait in the mudroom or on the playground to ensure proper supervision.


Mrs. Kathy Scheck                Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson                  Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary




February 2013 Newsletter

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are now officially at the halfway mark of the school year and have gained 1.5 hours of daylight since December 21st.  It is amazing how that extra sunlight brightens up our day.  This week is looking particularly nasty as far as the weather goes.  It might be an idea to pack an extra sweater for students in case the school is chilly.  Please find in this newsletter, information about upcoming events at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School and in the district.

Variety Children’s Charity:  The Variety Children’s Charity is currently raising funds for the Vancouver Children’s Hospital by selling collector pins.  Our school is one of many selling these collector pins at our office.  The pins have a theme of “Monsters Inc.” and can be purchased at the office for $3.00.  The pins will sell quickly.  Please support this worthy fundraiser and purchase your pin today!

Pink Shirt Day Campaign:  Pink Shirt Day will be held nationally on Wednesday, February 27th.  Students and staff will be encouraged to participate in this day wearing pink shirts, hats, jewelry, etc.  T-shirts are now available at the office at a cost of $7.00.  You can stop by the office to purchase these t-shirts or fill in the order at the bottom of the newsletter.  We will have a few adult sizes as well if you wish to purchase an adult t-shirt.  We are able to order    t-shirts at this price until January 31st if we sell out.  To learn more about Pink Shirt Day, please check out: .

LEGO Night:  Thank you to Mrs. Bulmer for planning and supervising a very successful LEGO night last Friday evening.  The students who attended had a wonderful time.  Thank you to the P.A.C. for providing prizes for this event.

Back Parking Lot:  Traffic issues are getting worse in the back school parking lot.  Parents dropping off their children are entering the exit only and creating traffic issues.  Please remember the posted speed limit as many students are running through the parking lot, possibly not paying attention and with the time of year it makes it even harder to see people.  Please make sure to back in to the stalls.  Students are reminded not to go behind parked vehicles or climb on the snow hills, as this is hazardous.

Strong Start Calendars:  Please find the Strong Start calendars for our district for February at: . This link provides lots of information for families with children 0-5 years old.  Daddy and Me Gym night will be held on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Robert Ogilvie.  This is a great opportunity for young children to spend some quality time with their daddy.  Please contact the Strong Start co-coordinators for further information.

E.R.A.S.E. Website:  The Ministry of Education has begun a website regarding bullying, which can be found at:  This site is a very valuable tool for students, staff and parents.   It includes videos and definitions that can be shared with children and used to facilitate conversations both at home and at school.   Please take a few moments to check out the information on line.

Families R.O.C.K.: The Sixth Annual Parent conference “Families R.O.C.K.” will be held on Saturday, March 9th.  Registration packages and information about speakers and sessions can be found on line at:  Registering early is recommended, as then you will have a better selection of sessions to attend.

Kindergarten Registrations:  Families with children who will be five years old prior to December 31st, 2013, are able to register their child for kindergarten.  Registrations are now open.  Please feel free to come and register at your earliest convenience.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. For your convenience, registrations can be printed from our website: .

Dates To Remember:

Friday, February 1st, 2013                            School Closed – Professional Development Day

Monday, February 11th, 2013                      School Closed – B.C. Family Day

Friday, March 1st, 2013                                School Closed – Non Instructional Day



Mrs. Kathy Scheck – Principal

Mr. Karl Peterson – Vice Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary




Please return this part of the newsletter:


Student: ___________________       Classroom: _______________________


I would like to order a Pink Day Shirt t-shirt for $7.00(funds included) __________

Please circle size:  youth:  small   medium       large       extra-large


I would like to order a Paul Hann CD for $10.00 (funds included)          ___________


Please enter my name for the newsletter draw to be held on February 4th, 2013. _____



Robert Ogilvie Monthly Calendar of Events

February 2013







  1Pro D DaySchool closed
4Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.  5 6Booster Juice 7 8 
 11B.C. Family DaySchool Closed 12Miss Yates’ classswim lessons1:00-1:45 p.m.


13“Daddy and Me” nightPizza Day


Miss Yates’ class

swim lessons

1:00-1:45 p.m.


Flying Bob Theatre @ 1:30

(Cultural event)

14Miss Yates’ classswim lessons1:00-1:45 p.m. 15
18Assembly @ 9:00 p.m. 19Miss Yates’ classSwim lessons1:00-1:45 p.m. 20Subway DayMiss Yates’ class

Swim lessons

1:00-1:45 p.m.

21Miss Yates’ classSwim lessons1:00-1:45 p.m.


22Last day forInterims 

PAC “TACO in a bag” lunch


Science Fair Day

25Magic with a Message (Cultural Event) @ 1:15 p.m. 26Mr. Flury/Mrs. Bulmer’s classSwim lessons



PAC meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

27Booster JuicePink Shirt Day


Mr. Flury/

Mrs. Bulmer’s class

Swim lessons


28Mr. Flury/Mrs. Bulmer’s classSwim lessons


March 1stSchool ClosedNID Day