Our 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 School

Our students are at the heart of all that we do in our school.

Their ideal school would have strong teaching and curriculum, with kind, understanding, inclusive people and plenty of extra-curricular activities.

Our school staff is committed to:

  • high standards for student learning;
  • an inclusive, welcoming learning environment for all of our students, staff and parents;
  • an emphasis on the use of oral language in the classrooms and in as many situations as possible;
  • a focus on critical thinking and creative thinking;
  • a school improvement plan based authentic, current issues in health, science and social studies;
  • a strong instrumental music program;
  • modeling and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle through various athletic programs;
  • ongoing professional learning for staff to ensure student success;
  • students helping others through service learning and charitable donation opportunities;
  • parents as partners in the education of their children;
  • effective partnerships with parent volunteers and community agencies;
  • clear, regular and open communication with the home.

We are especially proud of the student leadership which continues to emerge and develop in the school through Spirit Committee, K-Crew, Bears Den and many more opportunities. 

We currently have 330 students in grades 4 -8. All staff, students and parents show a great sense of community and mutual respect as we all share the space in the school.

The school is located in Kanata. Our school serves a culturally diverse population with many of our students speaking one of about 40 different languages, other than English and French. We also welcome international students from time to time in our school.

Our Students

We are especially proud of the student leadership which continues to emerge and develop in the school through Spirit Committee, K-Crew, Bears Den and many more opportunities.

Our school serves a culturally diverse population and many of our families speak languages other than English. We also welcome international students from time to time in our school

Our Staff

The teaching staff at Katimavik E.S. is a combination of experienced teachers and teachers who have recently joined the profession. At present there are about 40 staff members in the school, including a full- time Learning Support Teacher, a full-time Learning Resource Teacher, a half-time Library Technician, one full-time Office Administrator, one half- time Office Assistant, a Chief Custodian, an Evening Custodian, a Principal and a half-time Vice-Principal.

Teachers continue to learn as part of our professional learning community in the school, and pursue varied learning opportunities outside of the school

Our Community

Katimavik E.S. is located in the residential community of Kanata, which has a population of approximately 90,000. The community is family oriented with many parks, playgrounds, and much green space. Many of our students live within walking distance of the school but some of our students are bused.

Mission Statement

At Katimavik E.S. we believe in the OCDSB mission statement: Educating for Success: Inspiring Learning and Building Citizenship.

Facilities and Resources

Katimavik is comprised of three indoor sections - a primary section, a central section, and an intermediate section. The school features a gymnasium with a stage, an instrumental music room, a large library with a computer lab and a literacy room to serve both students’ and teachers’ needs. Our school yard includes a soccer field, a baseball diamond, and an outdoor rink in the winter. The school yard adjoins City of Ottawa parkland and pathways, as well as a City of Ottawa outdoor swimming pool.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

We currently have 330 students in grades 4-8. We offer an English Program, Early French Immersion, General Learning Program, and a Junior and Intermediate Learning Disabilities Specialized Program.  All staff, students and parents show a great sense of community and mutual respect as we all share the space in the school.

Classroom Organization

At Katimavik we follow a balanced day schedule in order to maximize instructional time and respect the body’s and brain’s need for regular recreation and nutrition. We have the following classes this year:

English Program

3 Classes from Grades 4-6

2 Classes in Grades 7 and 8

Early French Immersion

6 Classes from Grades 3 -6

Early/Middle French Immersion

8 Classes in Grades 7 and 8

General Learning Program

1 Junior class

Special Education and ESL Programs

  • The Learning Support Teacher (LST) is responsible for:
  • identifying pupils’ needs through the use of a wide range of diagnostic tools;
  • consulting and supporting classroom teachers in the delivery of differentiated programs for identified students;
  • monitoring the progress of identified students

The Learning Resource Teacher (LRT) works directly with students in their classrooms, based on student need, using the integrated model of delivery in the classroom and in small group settings as appropriate. This teacher works directly with about 24 students from Grades 4 – 8, collaborating with their teachers to develop programs.

We have an ESL (English as Second Language) itinerant teacher this year to help us better serve the English Language Learners in our school. She visits the school for half a day once a week.

We are also supported by a school board Psychologist a Social Worker and a Speech and Language Pathologist, all of whom are at the school for a half day each week. We can request Occupational Therapists as needed.

Clubs and Activities

Throughout the year students are also encouraged to participate in the Grade 7 Concert Band, Grade 8 Concert Band, the Intermediate Stage Band, CLIK (Changing Lives in Kenya), Art Club, Spelling Bee, Robotics, Talent Show, Science Fair, Student Council and Spirit Days. Students may choose to belong to a variety of clubs. Students can also participate in the annual Forest of Reading Program (Silver Birch and Red Maple), which is generously supported by School Council.

Organized sport activities at the school may include: track and field & touch football, basketball, 5 Km Run for Fun, winter activity days (skiing, skating), badminton, softball, cross-country running, soccer, volleyball, and bordenball.

Safe Schools Initiatives

The physical, emotional and social safety of our students is foremost in our minds. We have put many routines in place to ensure the safety of the students while they are with us and have planned and practice emergency procedures on a regular basis. The OCDSB “Community of Character” initiative is integrated in the curriculum and also includes cultural awareness and student recognition programs. We are working on maintaining a sense of belonging and community in our school though regular curriculum-based Learning Buddies activities as well.

This year we are pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre to provide a school-wide bullying awareness program for our students. We need our students to be able to accurately identify bullying and to have skills to step in and stop it when they see it.

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