Our School

Carson Grove ES

We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Our School

Carson Grove Elementary School is located in the east end of Ottawa, north of Ogilvie Road. Our school is the hub of the Carson Grove area. Established in 1973, this school serves students from the Cyrville, Pineview and Donald Street/Cummings neighbourhoods for the past 40 years. The majority of our students are bussed to school. Carson Grove is an open, welcoming community which celebrates diversity and learning. Together we inspire continuous learning.

Our Students

Carson Grove has approximately 300 students this year. We have a diverse multicultural community that represents approximately 40 countries. The majority of our students attend Henry Munro Middle School for grade 6, and later, many attend Gloucester High School.

Our Staff

There are 22 teachers. Our staff members represent various countries and speak several languages. Many teachers have additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Physical Education, Computers in Education, French as a Second Language, Reading and Visual Arts. Some staff members also hold a Masters degree in Education. To enrich student experiences, many staff members draw on special interests, skills, or hobbies. We are able to provide a variety of activities for our students. There are many clubs such as: reading, choir, art, knitting, games, chess, photography, reading, robotics, ukulele, recorder, drumming and a variety of intramural and extracurricular sports including: soccer, basketball, cross-country, volleyball, ice skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing.

Our Community

The parents and guardians of our students at Carson Grove represent a cultural mosaic of countries around the world. They bring a wide range of experiences, skills and cultures into our school community. Parents and guardians represent our school within the community by promoting tolerance and inclusiveness. Funds raised provide for a variety of field trips, art performances, anti-bullying presentations, opportunities for our students to participate in sports teams and annual cultural events. Almost a decade ago, the School Council initiated an annual Family Feast, a multicultural potluck to bring families, staff and community members together to celebrate our diversity and shared experiences. The popularity of this event continues to grow each year.

Our School Council is composed of a dedicated group of parents and community representatives who work tirelessly to support our students and families. School Council Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in our Library. School Council welcomes parents and guardians throughout the year.

Mission Statement

Our school is open concept which fosters community spirit.

Facilities and Resources

Carson Grove is a large open-concept school with 4 small mezzanine offices and a gym. Our library is located in the centre of the school and houses the computer lab. The Kindergarten play yard has been expanded to better serve the all-day kindergarten program. There is a city park adjacent to our school. We have the benefit of using the city ice skating rink in the winter. The baseball diamond, basketball court and climber are used during the spring and fall months. There is a hill located at the rear of the school which is used for tobogganing in the winter.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

We provide English programs with daily Core French instruction. Core French is taught for 20 minutes daily to our Junior and Senior kindergarten students and 40 minutes daily to students in grades 1 through 5. The AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) program has been implemented as our Core French program.

Classroom Organization

Carson Grove offers full-day junior and senior kindergarten to Grade 5 programs. There are twelve homeroom classes. The classes are organized as:

  • Three full day KG classes
  • Two grade 1 classes
  • One grade 2 classes
  • Two grade 3 classes
  • Two grade 4 classes
  • Two grade 5 classes

Special Education and ESL Programs

At Carson Grove there is a complement of the following support staff. There are 2.75 Learning Resource Teachers, 2.50 English as a Second Language Teachers as well as 1.0 Learning Support Teacher. All support staff provide in-class assistance to students in their homeroom classes. Every homeroom class has been allocated additional resource teachers to assist students during the Literacy period. Many homerooms have additional support during other subject areas. The Empowered Reading Program is also being continued this year. Many of our students benefit from the use of Intellitools, a form of Assistive Technology.

Clubs and Activities

  • Skating in our community park. (CSA-approved helmets are required)
  • Cross Country Running Team
  • Track and Field Team
  • Junior Basketball Teams
  • Junior Volleyball Teams
  • Soccer Teams
  • Milk Monitors to assist with school milk program
  • Partnership with Ottawa Reads and Encon
  • Roots of Empathy Program
  • Robotics Club
  • Photography Club
  • Choir
  • Presentation Club
  • Art Club
  • Knitting club
  • Games Club
  • Chess Club
  • Forest of Reading (Silver Birch and Blue Spruce)
  • FRIENDS Program
  • Anti-bullying Program
  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre Programs (EORC)
  • Ukulele Club
  • Recorder Club
  • Drumming Club
  • Tea with Principal (Manners)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tobogganing
  • Green Team
  • Garden Club
  • Book Fairs
  • Read-a-thon
  • Awards Assemblies
  • Writers Festival
  • Knickerbocker
  • Big Sisters and Big Brothers
  • Breakfast Program

Safe Schools Initiatives

School Code of Behaviour

The Carson Grove Code of Behaviour is outlined in the student agenda. The school Code of Behaviour is a Progressive Behaviour Model. The intent of the model is to promote positive student behaviour. Resolution of conflict is achieved through the Restorative Practice model in a non-punitive fashion. The goal at Carson Grove is to promote the following qualities in students; respect, responsibility, relationships and recognition. Students are expected to follow established rules and take responsibility for their own actions. We also have a team that collaborates regularly on the school improvement plan for student behaviour. One element of this plan is the ‘Tell Them from Me’, (TTFM) survey which directs the programming for supervision and support of students.

This year we have implemented an anti-bullying program to include an on-line reporting system for students, parents and staff members. This is a program that assists us in tracking and programming for student success. As a result, the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre has partnered with Carson Grove to provide programming. It also identifies areas where additional supervision and support are required for our students.

This year new clubs and programs have been created and developed based on student interest in order to provide positive options for student creativity and safety.

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