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Ympäristö ystävällinen välipala/ Waste-free snack program

OSKUn ympäristö ystävällinen välipala

Me haluamme kantaa kortemme kekoon ympäristön puolesta. Pyydämme teitä miettimään tätä kun pakkaatte Oskun välipalan lastenne kanssa.

Suosimme pakkaamaan eväät astioihin jotka ovat uudelleen käytettävissä. Alla joitakin esimerkkejä auttamaan Oskun välipalan pakkaamisessa:

  • Ei enää erillisiä juomia. Ei pillimehuja. Pakkaa lapsellesi mukaan uudelleen käytettävä vesipullo. Pullon voi täyttää koululla tarvittaessa.
  • Muoviin pakattujen juusto “tikkujen” sijaan osta iso pala juustoa ja lohko se paloiksi tai siivuiksi.
  • Omena lohkot ja viinirypäleet ovat parempi vaihtoehto erikseen pakattujen omena soseiden ja hedelmä kuppien sijaan.
  • Siis periaatteessa vältä ylimääräisiä pakkaus materiaaleja.
  • Tuo välipala uudelleen käytettävässä kassissa. Kassi palautetaan sinulle astioitten kera koulupäivän lopussa.

Kiitos avusta!

OSKU waste-free snack program

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rot.
We want to do our part for our environment and make reducing waste a priority!
Our wonderful students and parents are educated and smart; we are all committed to reducing the amount of trash we generate.

The Finnish School waste-free snack program favors the use of reusable food containers and reducing waste where possible. Here are some guiding principles that will help you as you and your child prepare for your turn providing the OSKU snack:

  • No drinks are required. Please no more juice boxes or prepackaged drink pouches for snack time. Each child can bring a reusable drink container, e.g. water bottle. It can be refilled with water during the school day as needed.
  • Buy bulk, cut & pack snack in reusable containers. For example, instead of buying individually packaged cheese strings, buy a larger cheese block and cut to strips.
  • Please avoid snacks that are packaged in single use plastics or require disposable utensils. Apples or some grapes are preferable to individually packaged apple sauce. Wholesome cookies are preferable to individually packaged granola bars.
  • Use a reusable bag for bringing the snack to school, it will be returned to you along with the leftovers.

Although we will not be able to eliminate waste completely, it is easy to reduce it!

Kirje Raija-opelta/ Letter from Raija

Tervehdys OSKUlta!
🇫🇮 OSKU alkaa jälleen ensi lauantaina 7.9.2019 kello 9.30 ilmoittautumisella Hopewellin koulun aulassa.
OSKUn ensimmäinen varsinainen koulupäivä on seuraavalla viikolla 14.9.2019 9.30-12.00

Muistattehan ottaa mukaanne tarvittavat asiakirjat ilmoittautumiseen: passin lapsesi iän todistamiseksi, päiväkoulun kevättodistuksen tai viimeisen todistuksen ja $10.00 ilmoittautumismaksun OCDSBn koululautakunnalle.

Ontarion ulkopuolella asuvien oppilaiden osallistumismaksu on $180/oppilas.

Samoin kuin viime vuosina OSKU korvaa Ontarion ulkopuolella asuvien oppilaiden osallistumismaksun  kuittia vastaan.

Lisätietoa ilmoittatumisesta.

OSKU tarjoaa oppilaille välipalan ensimmäisenä koulupäivänä 14.9.2019.
Voisitteko ilmoittaa minulle jos lapsellanne on ruoka-allergioita!!!

Välipalavuorolista jaetaan myöhemmin.

OSKUn jäsenmaksu on $25/vuosi/perhe  tai $40/kaksi vuotta/perhe. Jäsenmaksutuloilla tuetaan OSKUn toimintaa.
Toivon, että lapsenne tulee  OSKUun!
Odotan  OSKUn 2019-2020 kouluvuoden alkamista innolla.
Nähdään pian,


Greetings from OSKU!

🇫🇮 Another OSKU school year is fast approaching. OSKU registration starts at Hopewell Avenue P.S. on September 7th at 9:30am.

First OSKU school day is on the following Saturday the 14th of September at 9.30-12.

Please don’t forget to bring all required documents for the registration: passport for your child’s proof of age, day school’s spring or last report card and the $10.00 registration fee, for the OCDSB school board, $180/per out-of-province student.

As in the past years OSKU will re-emburse out of province students’ fee with a registration receipt.
For more information about registration.

OSKU will provide a snack on the first day of school the 14th of September.

Can you please let me know if your child has any dietary restrictions!!!

The snack-turn-schedule will be distributed later.

The membership fee for OSKU is $ 25 / year / family or $ 40 / two years / family.  Membership fees support OSKU’s activities.
I hope your child is returning to OSKU!
I’m really looking forward to OSKU 2019-2020 school year starting.
See you soon,

OSKU alkaa pian/ OSKU is starting soon

Registration for this school year is coming up soon on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

**Please note that this year the first day is only for registering, there is no school that day. So you can come to the school and register in the office between 9:30am and 12n. You can bring your child if you wish to, and meet the teacher Raija. But again there is no class for students that day.

First day of class is Saturday, September 14 at 9:30am. Please try to bring your child on time as we leave to go upstairs to our classroom promptly at 9:30am. If you are late please stop by the office and they will direct you on what to do, whether they escort your child or if the child is old enough to walk themselves. Walking up to the classroom yourself without reporting first in the office is not advisable.

For registration please do not forget to bring the $10 cash. Registrations are handled in the main office.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children to OSKU for a fun filled school year.

For more information about registration and the program visit the OCSDB website.

Hyvää kesää/ Happy summer!! Kesä loma!

Osku year came to an end at our year end potluck on June 8th. We had record enrollments this year with so many students. We will miss our friends who are returning to Finland or moving to other cities. We will also miss our teacher’s Maria and Anna. Next year there will be only one teacher and one group of students. We need over 22 students to warrant another classroom and another teacher. This will not likely happen next year. Maria and Anna will remain as supply teachers as needed.

Have a great summer break everyone!!

Anna, Maria and Raija- Osku Teachers


Osku students ready for summer

The Canadian Nordic Society Midsummer Celebration

You have been invited to the Midsummer (Juhannus) Celebration by Canadian Nordic Society. It is held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 6PM. There is no charge. Please bring your favorite beverages for yourself and a salad or a dessert to share.
There will be accordian music and opportunities to sing.
CNS members Hanne Sjøborg and Henry Storgaard are inviting Nordic folk to their home in Cantley to celebrate Sankthans / Juhannus / Midsommar on Sunday, June 23. Trygve Ringereide is already putting together a fun music program and Henry is starting to pile up the wood for a traditional bonfire. There will be lots of great Nordic food and with any luck, no rain this year! Either way, it is sure to be a great time! 

Celebrate Midsummer/ Juhannus with CFF

An invitation from the Canadian Friends of Finland to all Nordics:

A midsummer celebration is common to all Nordic countries. The Canadian Friends of Finland Ottawa invites all those who share this tradition to join us for our annual festivities.   We will host a barbeque feast at historic and picturesque Billings Estate, “under the tent” on the grounds.  Reservations and a good time are a must!  
In addition to the food and good company, we will have some entertainment and activities.  The Ottawa Finnish Singers will perform.  You can learn and partake in the Finnish game of lkky (prepare by reading rules below!).
The all-you-can-eat barbeque will again be catered by The Butchery, Ottawa’s purveyor of fine meats.  Menu will include the following:
  • beef, turkey or veggie burgers
  • European-style sausages (homemade by The Butchery)
  • selection of salads
  • assorted condiments
  • dessert (cake with strawberries) and coffee
  • non-alcoholic drinks
A selection of beer and wine will also be available.  Please don’t forget to order beer/wine tickets with your meal if you care to imbibe ($4 per ticket or 3 for $10).

Make your reservations by June 18th to receive dinner tickets at the price of $35!  You may register up until the 20th of June or purchase tickets at the door, but the price per ticket will then be $40.  Book and pay early and save!  We need to let our caterer know the expected numbers. We hope to see you there and look forward to a Nordic celebration of the summer solstice!

Day:       Friday, June 21st
Time:      6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Place:    Billings Estate (under the tent)
                 2100 Cabot Street
                 Ottawa, Ontario
Tickets:  $35  ($40 if purchased after June 18th or at the door) children 12 and under free
Note:  those who purchase tickets online will speed their way through check-in!
Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.  If you represent a Nordic organization, share it with your members!

Welcome all to the OSKU Annual General Meeting

OSKU Annual General Meeting Invitation 2019 OSKU Vuosikokouskutsu 2019

Date: Thursday May 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Ikea restaurant, 2685 Iris St, Ottawa, ON K2C 3S4


  1. Election of the Chairman and the Secretary of the AGM
  2. Approval of agenda
  3. Ottawa Finnish Language School Board report
  4. OSKU annual financial report
  5. OSKU children’s school report
  6. OSKU adult school report
  7. OSKU membership fee 2019 – 2020
  8. Election of the Officers of the Board 2019 – 2020
    •   President
    •   Vice President
    •   Secretary
    •   Treasurer
    •   Community Representative
    •   Parent’s Representative
    •   Board Member(s)
  9. OSKU Teacher(s) for 2019-2020
  10. OSKU Web Master, Facebook for 2019-2020
  11. OSKU logo renewal campaign status
  12. Other business
  13. Adjournment

Open to everyone. Please join us if you are interested in seeing what we do. All positions are open to anyone to apply.

Oskun vappujuhla

First of May Celebration!

When: Saturday April 27, 2018, 10a.m. – Noon
Where: At the Hopewell Avenue Public School, 17 Hopewell Ave. Follow the signs, the event will be held in the basement.

All OSKU members and friends are welcome to join us for Vappu celebrations at the school on Saturday morning! We will have plenty of munkki’s and sima (and coffee of course) and the Osku children will perform. You will also get to participate in singing.

There is no cover charge for attending the party, but cash donations at the coffee table will be greatly appreciated.

If you have one, don’t forget to wear your high school graduation hat!

Come Celebrate Vappu with us!

Kevään Suomenkielisiä tapahtumia

Tiedoksenne Suomenkielisiä tapahtumia Ottawassa:

Lauantaina 23.3 Canadian Film Institute esittaa elokuvan Keppihevosten vallankumous – Hobbyhorse Revolution klo 16.30 alkaen, paikkana Ottawa Art Gallery. Lisatietoja:

Lauantaina 30.3 klo 16 alkaen leffa-ilta! Ohjelmistossa Tuntematon Sotilas, 2017 versio Leffa kestää noin kolme tuntia. Ota mukaan viltti tai retkituoli ja pienta syötavää. Talon puolesta tarjolla on kahvia, teetä, limpparia ja popcornia. Osoite on 12-2615 Lancaster Rd (Koneen toimisto). Pihalla on yleensa hyvin parkkipaikkoja.

Sunnuntaina 14.4 klo 15 suomenkielinen jumalanpalvelus St. Peter’s kirkolla 400 Sparks Street.