Our School

Greely ES

We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

Greely Elementary is a JK--grade 6 school in the rural community of Greely, Ontario. Built in 1972, Greely Elementary School was redesigned and renovated in 2003 to create a bright and welcoming learning environment. The school celebrated its Fortieth Anniversary in May, 2013 with an assembly that included original teachers, a collection of artifacts, a roof-top picture, and the commissioning of a work of art that incorporated the thumb-prints of all our students.

Most of the children are bussed from our large rural area and recently-built housing developments. Although most of our students come from English-speaking backgrounds, the student population is becoming more perse. We have a very supportive community with extensive parent involvement. We are proud of our warm and caring atmosphere.

Our Students

Greely has an enrolment of 215 active and enthusiastic learners.Our children particularly enjoy our very large three-acre playground. We believe that we have some of the most eager, friendly and positive children in the District. Following grade 6, our students attend Metcalfe Public School for the grade 7 and 8 English program. Their regular high school program is provided at Osgoode Township High School in Metcalfe.

Our Staff

Staff members include 15 highly-qualified teachers who demonstrate a wide variety of skills, interests, and talents. In addition we have other very dedicated staff members including 3 full-time and 1 part-time Educational Assistants, 4 Early Childhood Educators, a part-time library technician, 3 part-time lunch monitors, an amazing office administrator, a part-time office assistant, and 2 custodial staff. We also have an excellent team of OCDSB support professionals who work with our children. At Greely we value the inpidual needs of all our students. All staff at Greely are excellent role models. As caring and dedicated professionals our staff endeavours to be current and innovative in education. As lifelong learners, staff actively participate in Professional Development, setting a positive example for our students. We have a strong Mentoring Program and welcome teachers in training from various universities.

Our Community

Greely is a very supportive and positive community with a blend of farms and families who have chosen a rural lifestyle. The Greely Elementary School Council parents are very active fundraisers and provide support for acquiring technology resources such as SMART® boards, music and drama productions, extra-curricular materials, library books (e.g., Forest of Reading) and playground equipment; they also subsidize a field trip for each class. GESC sponsors healthy hot lunches and special events such as the “Holiday Fling” at the end of November. As well, we are fortunate to have the support of parents as volunteers for field trips, sporting events, and in the classrooms. Community volunteers also provide support for classrooms and on field trips. At Greely we believe this positive community involvement makes a great difference to our children. Daily communication via the student agendas is encouraged. In addition we often host student teachers, students from various college programs and students who are part of the high school Cooperative Education Program.

Mission Statement

We at Greely Elementary School strive towards personal academic achievement, enabling students to become lifelong learners with a sense of self-worth, responsibility for learning and an attitude of caring and respect for others within a safe environment.

Facilities and Resources

Our school is a sparkling, clean, well-equipped school, air conditioned throughout. We have a large gym with a stage. A three-acre lot with upgraded play equipment is a great asset for outdoor play and activities. Creative pavement games are available, with fresh new activities added in October, 2012. A new, colourful, and creative play structure with a fitness component was completed in the fall of 2007. We have a safe, enclosed kindergarten play area; installation of a new kindergarten play structure was completed in October, 2011. We are in close proximity to Greely Community Center and the Public Library. We have an up-to-date computer lab with digital cameras and scanners available for projects. Seven of our classrooms are equipped with SMART® Boards. Our Literacy and Numeracy Resource Rooms were established and are maintained by teachers to enhance all our programs. A bright, accessible school library has an abundance of resources for students and teachers.

  • Two Counselling/Assessment rooms are available for school visitors.
  • The school is wheelchair accessible.
  • Greely Elementary School is offering the Extended Day Program for before- and after-school care under the supervision of two Early Childhood Educators and one Early Learning Assistant, to provide a seamless day for our students.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Greely Elementary offers a junior kindergarten to grade 6 English program focussing on Balanced Literacy across the curriculum and a Balanced Mathematics model that incorporates: A Variety of Instructional Approaches; Teaching Through Problem Solving; Purposeful Practice; Basic Facts and Operational Skills. We have a Balanced Day timetable providing longer uninterrupted blocks for learning as well as regular nutrition and exercise breaks for the children. We believe in a differentiated and inclusive program to meet the needs of all our students.

Children in JK/SK receive 20 minutes of Core French daily while grades 1-6 receive 40 minutes. Gifted programming is available through an integrated model. Our Special Education Team welcomes our students identified with special needs, assisting each child through an inclusive model. Computer technology is integrated into the curriculum. Seven SMART® Board interactive whiteboards are in use in our school, enhancing the learning environment. Daily Physical Activity (D.P.A.) is also part of each day at Greely. Visiting our school library is a weekly activity for each class.

Classroom Organization

Greely Elementary has ten homeroom classes. Our Learning Support Teacher (LST) liaises with teachers to monitor needs and services for our students. Both our LST and Learning Resource Teacher (LRT) co-teach in several classes to support the needs of our students. An experienced music teacher provides bi-weekly music classes to each homeroom.

We piloted the Early Learning Program full-day kindergarten, which is now in its fourth year in the province of Ontario. Our all-day Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes are bustling classrooms, each staffed by a teacher and an Early Childhood Educator. An experienced music teacher provides bi-weekly music classes to each homeroom.

Special Education and ESL Programs

Learning Support Teacher (LST)--Our LST consults with teachers, monitors and tests students and provides in-class support where needed.

Learning Resource Teacher (LRT)--Our LRT co-teaches in several classrooms to meet the needs of our students.

We have 3 full-time and 1 part-time educational assistants who provide classroom and schoolyard support based on the needs of our students. At Greely we have a team approach with all our staff, services from the OCDSB and the community supporting our students. An itinerant teacher of English as a Second Language visits our school on a regular basis to assess the needs of our English learners.

Clubs and Activities

  • A flexible repertoire of clubs depending on staff and student availability, need and interest (e.g., yoga club, We Club, greeting card club, chess club, euchre club, Random Acts of Kindness club, Irish Dancing club, etc.)
  • Sports (cross-country running, soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, softball)
  • Public Speaking
  • Choir; Recorder Club
  • Grade 6 Outdoor Education Program
  • Intra-mural sports program at recesses to support healthy active living and character-building
  • Scientists in the Schools
  • A variety of guests from the community providing music, drama, curriculum, or character programs

Safe Schools Initiatives

  • A Safe Schools Team meets regularly to address needs within the school
  • Emphasis on Community of Character embedded in academics and school life
  • Code Of Behaviour follows Ministry and OCDSB protocols
  • Walkie-talkies in use when students are outside during recess or D.P.A.
  • Monthly themes and award assemblies to promote a Community of Character
  • Recess Rentals program to provide students with a rich variety of equipment to use productively during recess. This year we introduced a “Schlockey Board” to our recess repertoire to provide active and collegial play opportunities.
  • Problem-solving sheets keeping track of behaviours to enhance decision-making and communication with home
  • Anti-bullying initiatives and Internet Safety presentations coordinated by our School Resource Officer (Ottawa Police Services)
  • Logs (safe arrival, sign-in, medication)
  • Anaphylactic children’s pictures are posted; all staff trained on use of Epi-pens
  • Regular communication with bus drivers and follow-up to monitor bus safety
  • Bus and fire safety presentations for students each year
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