Our School

Bridlewood Elementary School

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 Students

Bridlewood Community Elementary School (BCES) has an enrollment of 337 students. Our diverse student population represents many countries and cultures.

When our students complete grade 6, they go to Glen Cairn P.S., and then on toA.Y. Jackson SS, Bell HS for the gifted program, or Canterbury HS for the arts program. In addition, some students may attend programs at Sir Guy Carleton SS.

Our Staff

BCES has 43 staff members: 28 teachers, 5 educational assistants, 3 early childhood educators, 3 custodians, 2 office administrators, 1 Library Technician, 1 Vice Principal and 1 Principal. Our staff members bring a rich variety of expertise and talents to our students. Staff members have a variety of backgrounds in music, art, physical education, science, drama, and computer education.

Staff members actively pursue professional development through attendance at networks, workshops, conferences and courses. Many staff members contribute to activities within the community on a personal level.

Primary and Junior teachers meet to create, support and review school initiatives. During these sessions, staff members are involved in professional learning, planning, and the organization of cross-graded learning activities. This collaborative effort allows us to better meet the needs of our students. Staff members offer a milk/juice program for students and coordinate environmental activities under the Board’s Earth Care initiative. Our entire staff works together as a team to create the most positive learning environment possible for our students.

Our Community

BCES is located in south Kanata. We serve the communities of Bridlewood,Emerald Meadows and Monahan's Landing. Adjacent to the school is a community rink, sports area and park. The City of Ottawa operates a variety of adult programs as well as an “After 3” program at the Bridlewood Community Centre which is part of our building. Every night of the week the school is busy with bookings for use by scouts, guides, gymnastics and adult sports groups.

Volunteers are welcome in the school. Last year dozens of parents participated in school activities: helping students with reading, organizing fund-raising events, accompanying students on field trips and working in the library. Parents and volunteers coordinate Pizza Days, Subway lunches and other special events.

The BCES School Council is an active and supportive volunteer group including parents/guardians, community representatives, and staff members dedicated to strengthening educational opportunities and partnerships with the community through cooperation and collaboration all to the benefit of our students.

 The Children’s Village at Bridlewood is licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and operates in accordance to the Day Nursery’s Act. A kindergarten and school age program is offered to students in Bridlewood and the surrounding area. School-age children are provided with care before and after school.

Facilities and Resources

BCES is wheel chair accessible and houses:

  • A library/resource centre
  • Computer technology in every room; a
  • A computer lab;
  • Two computers-on-wheels labs (iPads and laptops)
  • A large double gym with change rooms;
  • 3 play structures (JK & SK/Primary/Junior);
  • A baseball field, rink and a soccer field;
  • The Children’s Village of Ottawa-Carleton Day Care Program;

There is a successful partnership with the City of Ottawa for use of the building and property outside of school hours.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • 2 Year Kinder Bilingual Kindergarten Program
  • Regular English with Core French (Gr.1- 6)
  • Early French Immersion (Gr. 1 - 6)
  • Middle French Immersion (Gr.4- 6)
  • Special education resource teachers provide educational assessment andsubsequent individualized programs for children with special needs
  • A system Behavior Intervention Program (BIP) class
  • A system Primary Special Needs (PSN) class

Classroom Organization

BCES is a JK to grade 6 school with the following classes:

  • 4 Kindergarten classes
  • 4 Regular English classes
  • 6 Early French Immersion classes
  • 2 Middle French Immersion classes (Gr. 4, 5, 6)
  • 1 Behavior Intervention Program class (BIP)
  • 1 Primary Special Needs Program class (PSN)
  • Remedial support and educational assessments with Special Education Resource Teachers

Clubs and Activities

The staff at Bridlewood CES offer a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities that enhance school life for our students:

  • Spirit Days
  • Chess Club
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Talent Show
  • Me-to-We Club
  • Colouring Club
  • Improv Club
  • Free the Children Club
  • Right to Play Club
  • Intramural and intra-school sports: cross-country, basketball,soccer, bordenball, track and field, volleyball

Safe Schools Initiatives

We are proud of the students, teachers and parents at Bridlewood Community Elementary School. In keeping with the OCDSB policies and procedures surrounding Safe and Caring Schools, our expectations for student behaviour will contribute to their success through the development of positive attitudes toward learning and interactions with others. Students have a right to learn in an environment which is stimulating yet safe and free from disruptions which interfere with learning. Our Code of Behavior builds upon standards set by our school board Community of Character Wheeland the Ontario Ministry of Education. Students are expected to respect others, make sound decisions and to take positive actions to create and maintain a cooperative and caring learning environment. A progressive discipline approach to classroom management is applied by all staff.

Please Click on this  School Climate Report  link for information about Student Outcomes and School Climate.

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