Welcome Back To A New School Year

Welcome to all new and returning students and parents at Octagon Pond Elementary. Our first day back to school will be Wednesday, Sept 4. Our doors open at 08:30 am and instruction begins at 8:50 am for Grades 1 to 6. Our Kindergarten students will begin at 10:45 am. School dismisses for all students at 2:50 pm. Buses will be running for grades 1 to 6 on the first day (Updated routes will be added to the website once we receive them from the District). Our Kindergarten students will begin on the bus Monday, Sept 9. There will be no cafeteria service at the school until the end of the month so students will need to bring a lunch from home until that time.

New Proposed Development

Please see message from our School Council below:

Dear parents/guardians of Octagon Pond Elementary,

It has come to our attention that the town has received an application for a restaurant with a drive-thru to be located at the corner of Sgt Donald Lucas Drive and Topsail Road. As a school council, we have major concerns about this proposal:

  • Traffic coming into and out of the school zone is already congested, especially at key times of the day - this would certainly increase traffic and cause further congestion.

  • Increased traffic leads to major safety issues for our children walking to school.

If you have concerns about this proposal, we urge you to contact the town before Friday, June 28, 2019. Comments should be sent to Cynthia Hulan at 782-3802 or planningnotices@paradise.ca.

Thank you,

Octagon Pond Elementary School Council


Dino Mite Book Fair!

Our book fair is fast approaching! The staff and students at OPE are very excited for this event!! If you are looking for more info on the book fair please CLICK HERE to view the memo that was sent home with students.

All classes have been given their viewing and buying dates and times. Teachers will have emailed these times out to their students families. It is especially important to know when your child is buying from the fair so that they can be sure to have their money for that day. If you are unsure when your child's class buying date & time is please email your child's teacher.

Please note that the classroom viewing and buying times are for students only.

We are hosting a Family Event during the same time as Parent/Guardian - Teacher Meetings on Thursday, March 21st and will run from 1:00pm - 7:00pm. During this event Students and their Family members are invited to browse our book fair together! Come join the fun!

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Parent-Teacher Interviews + OPTIS

Parents and Guardians will be able to register with OPTIS beginning on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 9:00am and will close on Thursday, March 21th, 2018 at 12:00 noon.  The link below will be activated at that time.

If for any reason you need help with instructions, press the Help button in the top right corner of the OPTIS login screen.



When you click OPTIS (above) the screen below should appear.

Pink Shirt Day!

On Wednesday, February 27th, Octagon Pond Elementary will be participating in the nationwide annual Pink Shirt Day. We would like to see all students and staff wearing a pink t-shirt to show that OPE supports anti-bullying initiatives by encouraging kindness, celebrating diversity, and respect for self and others.

OPE will be selling pink t-shirts with “Choose Kindness” on the front to encourage all staff and students to participate. The cost of the pink shirt is $10. “In the Box Media-Promotions” is donating $1 from each shirt back to the school for anti-bullying initiatives.  If you wish to order, please complete the form sent home with your child and return it to your child’s teacher on or before Thursday, January 31st with payment.

If you need another copy of the form, please click HERE.


***Christmas Concert Postponed!***

Please note!

Tonight, Wednesday, December 12th’s presentation of “Christmas on Candy Cane Lane” is postponed due to weather.

But, the show must go on! It is rescheduled for Monday, December 17th at 7:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience!

This includes the following classes:

Ms. Tilley’s Grade 1

Ms Collier’s Grade 2

Ms. Kendall’s Grade 2

Ms. Chaulk’s Grade 2

Mme Pike’s Grade 3

Ms. John’s Grade 3


OPE Grades 1-3 Students Present: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane!

Our Grades 1-3 students will be performing in our Christmas concert, Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, on Wednesday and Thursday, December 12-13, 2018. Below is the listing of classes for each night.

Wednesday, December 12:                 Thursday, December 13:

Gr. 1 Tilley                                                  Gr. 1 Greening

Gr. 2 Chaulk                                               Gr. 1 Barnes

Gr. 2 Kendall                                              Gr. 1 Squires

Gr. 2 Collier                                                Gr. 3 Davis

Gr. 2 Pike                                                    Gr. 3 Humby                    

Gr. 3 Johns

Three tickets will be available for each child. The concert will be presented in our school gymnasium. The price of each ticket is $5.00 and these can be purchased through the main office beginning Monday, November 26th. If you have more than one child performing in the Christmas concert and you have to attend both nights you will only be expected to purchase tickets once.

For memo regarding costumes and tickets, please click HERE!

Christmas and Beyond at Octagon Pond!

It’s that time of year again! Octagon Pond Elementary’s third annual craft fairChristmas and Beyond at Octagon Pondwill be taking place on Saturday, November 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

Admission is $3 for adults (children 12 years and under are free). All monies raised will go towards literacy resources for our school.  There will be a canteen service and the Ziggy Peelgood’s truck will be here as well. The school is seeking donations for the canteen; anyone who would like to donate items for the canteen (box of chips, bars,  water, etc.) is kindly asked to drop them to the office on or before Wednesday, November 21st. The “Christmas and Beyond at Octagon Pond” is a community event - everyone is welcome, so please help spread the word!

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Vokey at jennifervokeytobin@nlesd.ca.

We look forward to seeing you all at the fair!

School Development Surveys

School Development Surveys:

Last year, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development launched new annual school development surveys to replace previous school development and school climate surveys. Surveys will be completed by parents/guardians, students and staff. The results of these surveys will help our school better understand the perceptions of our entire school community. The survey data will help our school to identify strengths and areas for growth as we engage in school development. The survey is anonymous, which means that we cannot connect your survey responses to you. We are asking our families to please make an effort to complete these surveys by Friday, June 1st. The survey link will be emailed to you and will also be accessible through our website. We appreciate your support.

Please see link below for more information:


Garden Grant!


Octagon Pond Elementary has recently been awarded a $500 grant from Nutrients for Life.  With this money we will be creating a garden for our students.  This initiative will enable us to create a hands on approach to gardening within our school community. It will help further our students understanding about the environmental and agricultural practices of growing your own food and the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Thank you to Ms. Billard and Ms. Vokey for their work in securing this grant for our school.  If you have an interest in helping out with this gardening endeavour, please contact them at beverlybillard@nlesd.ca or jennifervokeytobin@nlesd.ca.