***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.



Thank you to all staff and students who participated in this Canadian wide movement. Our hearts are with all those affected by this terrible tragedy. 

OPTIS Available for Interview Scheduling

Parents and Guardians will be able to register with OPTIS beginning on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:00am and will close on Tuesday, March 20th, 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.

Click HERE for OPTIS



Happy New Year to you all and we would like to welcome you back to our second KinderStart session on Friday, February 9 at 9:30-11:30. Below is a break down on what is happening that day:

Parents will go to the kindergarten classrooms at 9:15. Your child will be in the same room as session #1. We will have the names of students posted on the door of each classroom as a reminder. Students will have sessions on bringing the outdoors in and healthy living.

Once your child is settled in their classroom, you can make your way to the library where you will receive presentations on the following topics:

 Play and Exploration

Early Literacy and Numeracy

Building Early Literacy skills

It is our intention that these presentations will be a hands-on experience. We ask parents to be ready to explore and to use your imagination with the planned activities. Of course, because we will be together for approximately two hours we will be breaking to have a bite to eat. The school will be providing coffee, tea and snacks. We are asking parents if they want to contribute to our "mug up" feel free to bring in a dish of your choice to share with all our parents attending KinderStart. If you do choose to bring something to the school please be aware of our allergies ( all fish and shellfish food products, all nut products, peanuts including peanut butter and all peanut butter products, kiwi, latex and eggs).

There will be NO classes for Kindergarten on this day!




Remembrance Day Assembly & Library Dedication

On Thursday, November 9th, Octagon Pond Elementary had the opportunity to not only remember those who fought for us, but to dedicate our Library Learning Commons to a brave, truly honourable man, Sgt. Donald Lucas, who lost his life bravely fighting for our Country overseas in April of 2017. We were fortunate enough to have many special guests attend including the Lucas family, Their Honours Lieutenant Governor Frank Fagan and wife Patricia Fagan, Minister Kirby and NLESD Director Tony Stack, just to name a few. Thank you so much for making this day so special to our school community and for helping us honour Sgt. Donald Lucas. 

Congratulations to all of our students who received this years Junior Peacekeeping Award, presented by the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans of NL's President, Gary Best.  One student from each class was selected on criteria of kindness, respect and demonstrating the act of doing whats right. 

Official opening and dedication of the Sgt. Donald Lucas Commons. Opening remarks were given by NLESD Director, Tony Stack. Our OPE Grade 5 Choir performed beautiful entertainment, directed by Ms. Hinchy. Thank you to all who attended.