Below are some reminders from the Office……
Tips For School Success
- Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences: Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Keep in mind that parents or guardians can request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff any time during the school year.
- Visit the School and School Board Website: Knowing the physical layout of the school building and grounds can help you connect with your child when you talk about the school day. Many teachers maintain their own websites that detail homework assignments, test dates, and classroom events and trips.
- Support Homework Expectations: Homework reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.
- Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn: A nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school. Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night.
- Teach Organizational Skills: When kids are organized, they can stay focused instead of spending time hunting things down and getting sidetracked.
- Teach Study and Review Skills: Introducing your child to study skills now will pay off with good learning habits throughout life.
- Get Involved: Whether kids are just starting kindergarten or entering their last year of elementary school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way for parents to show they’re interested in their kids’ education.
- Take Attendance Seriously: Sick kids should stay home from school if they have a fever, are nauseated, vomiting, or have diarrhea. Otherwise, it’s important that kids arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with classwork and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.
- Make Time to Talk About School: It’s usually easy to talk with elementary students about what’s going on in class and the latest news at school. Be sure to ask questions that go beyond “yes” or “no” answers. Besides during family meals, good times to talk include car trips, walking the dog, preparing meals, or standing in line at a store.
These early years of schooling are an important time for parents to be informed and supportive about their child’s education and to set the stage for children to develop and grow as young learners
Parking and Drop Off Zone
The following procedures apply to everyone and it is our expectation they will be followed.
- There is no parking in our lot for student drop off or pick up (8:30-9:00 & 2:45- 3:30 pm). Arriving early and idling your car in the lot, using up spaces for staff and guests is taking advantage of our procedures. If need be we will call the city to have tickets issued.
• If you park on the street, you do so at your own risk. The city has been out to issue tickets from time to time.
• Parking is available for parents at all other times or if you have a scheduled appointment at the school throughout the day.
• There is no parking at the front of our school at any time or by the Kindergarten area as it is a fire zone. You may be ticketed.
- Speed must be reduced when pulling into and out of our lot
- There is no parking in our designated handicapped spots as per city bylaw unless you have a pass posted in your vehicle. It is shocking that these spaces would be used by those who do not need the support.
“Kiss n Drop”
• There is no parking in our “Kiss n Drop” at any time!
• Vehicles must pull all the way to the far end of the “Kiss n Drop” for consistent and safe traffic flow
• If you have a young one, you may get out to open the door for your child, but please do so quickly so as not to hold up others waiting behind you. Don’t store backpacks in the trunk as it takes extra time to get them out. Have the kids hold them.
• You may not park in the “Kiss n Drop” and then walk your child to the yard or door
• Students can safely walk onto the schoolyard once they exit your vehicle
• Vehicles should not pull around other vehicles dropping off at the “Kiss n Drop” but wait until that car pulls out
Parents, students and staff all have a right to receive affirmation for what they are doing and the right to know when concerns arise. Communication must recognize the dignity of all those involved. At our school, all people deserve respect, dignity, fair treatment and inclusion. The W.C.D.S.B. has put the following procedures in place:
• Speak to the individual (classroom teacher first)
• Issue resolved (if unresolved go to step 2)
• Speak to the Principal (If you have not spoken to the classroom teacher, the Principal will ask you to do so)
• The Principal will involve the individual in the discussions
• The Principal may request, at any time in the process, that you put your concerns in writing
• The Principal may involve, at any time in the process, others who may be helpful in resolving the concern; support staff from the school board, employee group representatives, the local parish, community agencies
• You may contact the School Board at any time. The School Board will direct you to follow the process outlined above. At our school, we teach students that we solve problems with words. We also ask that when you need to talk with school staff you call or e-mail to set up an appointment in advance. Our days are busy with supporting kids and other pre-booked meetings. It may not be possible to meet with school staff if you show up without an appointment.
Operational Notes from the Office…
Student Illnesses: We do not have the facilities to accommodate children who are ill. Whenever a child is ill, we will request that someone come to pick the child up. We require an emergency contact number for every student.
Leaving Early During the Day: If you wish to withdraw your child during the course of a day, please come to the office to make your request or send a note to the classroom teacher. Before your child can leave, you are asked to come to the main office and sign the “Parent Sign out Book”. Your son/daughter will then be called from class to meet you at the office
Peanut Free School: There are many new products on the market including “WOW BUTTER”. According to this specific product’s promotional materials, the product “looks, smells, and tastes just like peanut butter”. While the good intentions behind the development of such products certainly cannot be argued, allowing students to bring the product into a school where we have students with known allergies to peanuts and peanut butter is problematic and could have potentially devastating consequences. Right now, all staff knows immediately what to do if a student arrives at school with a peanut butter sandwich. Precautions to protect our allergic students are immediately taken. Our policy on anaphylaxis is clear. However, should a food product that looks, smells and tastes like real peanut butter (but isn’t peanut butter) be permitted, it places all staff and volunteers in a position of having to decide definitively if the product is – or isn’t – real peanut butter. We are not qualified food experts and are in no position to make such decisions – particularly where exposure to real peanut butter can literally cause a child’s death.
Therefore, all peanut butter substitutes will be treated the same as real peanut butter and are NOT allowed at school. Our school remains a peanut-free school. We thank you for your support and understanding.