Don’t PASS OVER this Passover Post!

The building has been full of celebrations this week! Each class has been (or will be) participating in Model Seders in preparation for Pesach next week!

JK and SK did their seder together in the Makerspace.

Grade 4 did their model seder with completely personalized hagadot! They made them online and printed them!

Grade 3 told the story of Pesach through a skit, song, and dance!


What are your favourite Pesach seder traditions?

Spread Kindness

Our Junior Knesset has been working very hard with Mrs. Bennett to spread kindness around the halls of OJCS! Check out this amazing bulletin board they created!

Nice things at OJCS this year

We, the Junior Knesset, spotted a bunch of nice things going on in the school! Here are some positive things going around the school…


During the cold winter days, there have been so many people working together and collaborating to make forts with each other. Earlier this year, Grade Four started a fort and let anybody join. Everyone has been so kind during recess! Grade four has been playing cops and robbers together and helping each other hide from the cops. They have been very collaborative when it was their turn to be cops or robbers. Some  Grade Threes have been playing soccer together and so have some Grade Four and Fivers.



In class, there are so many people working together and giving each other ideas. Everyone is being so motivating to each other and this helps boost their learning. During innovation day, groups have been really collaborative and getting their work done! When people were making their project for J.O.I.N, there were so many inclusive people. Groups had kids, teachers and faculty share what they want adults in our community to understand more about inclusion. We would like to say congrats to everyone who participated in J.O.I.N! 



Clubs have made a welcome comeback at OJCS. After a two-year break due to Covid restrictions, the school is alive with clubs this year. Students are busy having fun during recess and lunches. Mr. C. is running a terrific intramural program for Grades 4-8. 

This year the students have stepped up to lead many different clubs. Here are some of the clubs at OJCS: Magic Club, Environmental Club, Drama Club, Dance Club, Literacy Lunch, Fashion Club, Sports Club, Drawing Club, Games Club, Detective Club, Rubik’s Cube Club, Chess Club, Pokemon Club, Debate Club, Self-care Club, Origami Club, Arts and Crafts Clubs, Self-care Club. The student leaders have been amazing, and the students are loving all the clubs.



The Jr. Knesset spread kindness throughout the school. They made special happy face messages for classmates to find in their desks. For Teacher Appreciation week the Jr. Knesset delivered special goody bags and thank you cards to all the teachers.


And now, a news report from the Junior Knesset: 


Throwback Thursday!

So let’s talk Ruach week, it was AMAZING!

But to be honest my favorite day was “80s Day” 

and our OJCS staff understood the assignment of 80s Day. let’s take a look at some of their Spectacular outfits!

And this is the closure of another amazing Ruach week!

Thank you so much to all the teachers who participated.

Have a good day!

Shabbat Newsletter

Hi everyone! Welcome to a new series of posts called the Shabbat Newsletter! Noa Aptowitzer, our Knesset’s Jewish Life Representative has created a wonderful Shabbat Newsletter with activities and information for you to enjoy!

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Comment below and let us know what you’d love to see in next week’s newsletter!

Ruach Week is Coming!

Grades 7 & 8 Basketball

Hello Student Life! This is your vice president Shylee, writing to you guys about the basketball games and practices grades 7 and 8 have been having. 

Mr.Ray and Mr.Cinanni have been helping grades 7-8 get ready for the basketball season we will be participating in. They have both taught us many skills in basketball and helped the OJCS team improve tremendously. In practice we focus on many drills and skills to help us be greater basketball players, and if we are lucky we get to play a game at the end.

As the year has started, the grade 7 and 8s will be going to games in different schools. The girls had their first game already, and we won! It was such a fun experience, getting to play against teams that are challenging, the team building, and the feeling after you finish the games. It was all such a fun experience and I am so excited to continue the season.

If you aren’t in grade 7 and 8, get ready to try out because the basketball season will be a super fun and exciting experience!

A Day In The Life of an OJCS Student

Written by Sasha Peters

As a student at OJCS, I sometimes wonder what it’s like to see a day in a life as a different student. I can’t do that, so I figured I’ll let all the readers of the OJCS student life blog, get a bit of insight into the day of a life as an OJCS student! 

“DING DONG” the school bell rings at 8:30 AM. I’m tired, but excited to see my friends. I have 15 minutes to get settled in before my first class starts, English. Miss Mender, my English teacher, told us that we were reading a short story today entitled “Lamb to the slaughter”. It looks like it was going to be a long day. 

After that, I had math with Mr. Ray, Judaics with Morah Corinne and finally prayers with Dr. Mitzmacher. But most importantly snacks, because it’s always a great time to socialize with my class. 

After a 20 minute break I went down to the maker space for science with Mr. Ray again. I love the maker space because it’s such a great learning space for creative ideas. After a good time learning about cells, I went back upstairs for Jewish studies with Mr. Wash. He always makes the class super enjoyable with his great jokes! Finally, I went to the gym with Mr. C. I love his class so much because they’re creative and always know how to make us have a great time! 

Then we had lunch. A nice long break so that we can get our heads out of the books. After I ate my lunch, I went down to basketball practice in the gym with Mr. C again. We did some fun drills so that we can improve! I can’t wait for the tournament!! 

For the last three classes of the day, I had French and social studies with Madame Wanda who always makes our class a blast, and Hebrew with Morah Ruthie who loves to teach our awesome class!

Finally, it was time to pack up. I had a great day with all my awesome teachers and friends. Now, you don’t have to wonder what it’s like to be an OJCS student!…by the way it’s pretty awesome! 

Introducing the Senior Knesset Executive

I am thrilled to introduce our Senior Knesset Executive!

Class representatives are being chosen this week and our first Knesset meeting will be on November 9th!

Re-Launching Student Life

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Before I jump into all of the exciting student life updates,
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! My name is Lianna Krantzberg (more popularly known as Morah Lianna here at school) and I am the Student Life Lead at OJCS this year. When I am not thinking about ways to enhance Student Life, I can be found teaching the amazing students in Grade 3. With my 10+ years of experience as a Staff and Assistant Director at Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa, I am very excited to bring all of the RUACH and ENERGY into Student Life at OJCS!

Speaking of ruach and energy, I am so excited about all of the student life buzz in the hallways of our school. Over the past couple of weeks we have re-launched some of our favourite OJCS activities like, Reading Buddies, Recess Clubs, and tomorrow we will have our first in-person Rosh Chodesh assembly since pre-covid!



OJCS students, please take a moment to comment on this blog post and tell me what YOU are most excited for this year! Parents, I encourage you to leave a comment as well and let me know what sort of student life updates you’d like to see on this blog.

Reminders & What’s Coming Up:

-Make sure to subscribe to this blog so you can stay up to date on all things Student Life!

-If you have not yet signed your child(ren) up for recess clubs, please do! Complete this Google Form by Thursday, October 27!

-Our Knesset Executive election is coming up this week! Keep your eyes peeled for a post introducing our Executive Team for 2022-2023!

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