Home of the Rapids
Thank you for adjusting to our new routines this year for pick-up and drop-off of JK/SK students at the northwest corner of the school building. We recognize that this is working well now but would like to make one minor change for inclement weather days.
On inclement weather days (i.e. when it is raining at 8:45 AM or at 3:20 PM) we will place a sign in the window near the northwest corner exit of the building inviting only parents and caregivers of JK/SK students to drop off or pick up their child at the classroom door at the back of the school. The sign will simply read: “JK/SK parents: please pick-up/drop off your child at the classroom door due to inclement weather.”
This sign and procedure will also be used in the winter season when the temperatures dip below acceptable levels for students to remain outdoors (- 25 degrees Celsius).
Thank you for adjusting with us as we continue to work at making our school yard as safe and secure as possible for our students.JK/SK
Meet the Teacher will take place this Thursday September 25, 2014. Pizza will be available from 4:30 to 6:00 and classrooms will be open for you to visit from 5:00 to 6:00. Join us after for a free night of family BINGO in the gym.
WOW! What a great day! The students had a great time learning about farming in the past and future. We’d like to send a great big THANK YOU out to the School Council for funding a large portion of this trip for our students as well as all those families that support our fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in our school may be nominated to serve as a parent representative on School Council for the current school year. There are 15 parent representative positions available. These 15 parents will be voting members on School Council. All parents and guardians, voting members or not, are welcome to join us the first Tuesday of the month [except December and March (no meeting) and January 13] at 6:30 in the library.
If necessary, School Council Elections will be held on September 30 right after a Candidate Forum at 6:00 in the library.
If you are interested in being a voting member of the School Council, please download the Nomination Form below and send it into the office prior to 4:00 pm on September 29, 2014
Our mascot made his debut this week. He visited students in the yard and in the classrooms. He was asking for help in choosing a name. He asked each class to submit one name to the office so he could pick three names he liked the best. After that it’s up to the students. They will be voting on their favourite name this week. Don’t forgot to visit our mascot during the Terry Fox Run and Meet the Teacher night.
We all gathered together on Friday to welcome everybody back, introduce our new staff, talk about the changes in the school/yard and remind everyone of some of the rules in school like not bringing items with peanuts or nuts to school among other things.
Back in June we sent home and posted information about some of the changes we were expecting to be completed over the summer. Included in that information was the new drop off and pick up procedures. We had planned to start these on the first day of school however the fence had not been completed. I’m hoping it has been completed over the weekend. Either way we will be implementing the changes to our drop off and pick up procedures as of Monday. I’ve included the information we sent home in June below. It also includes a map to help explain the changes. If you have any questions please drop in and see us.
I’d like to thank everyone for helping us keep our students safe this afternoon. We received a severe weather warning at 3:15 this afternoon. We placed the school in a Shelter in Place until the worst of the storm passed. Unfortunately, it was well past the end of our day before we could release the students to go home. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. As always the safety of our students is our priority.
You can find more information on our emergency procedures under the Safe School tab above.
Welcome back to school!
We are looking forward to welcoming back all of our students on Tuesday morning. As they arrive at school they’ll notice that we have posted grades 1 to 8 around the outside of the school building. The names of the teachers teaching those grades are also posted. There will be a staff member or volunteer in a reflective vest at each grade sign to help direct students to where their class is gathering. There will also be a number of other staff and volunteers in the yard to assist you. Kindergarten students will go directly to the kindergarten area. Staff and volunteers will assign each student a colour when they enter the kindergarten yard. The kindergarten door that has the same colour is your child’s class.
If it is raining on Tuesday morning Grade’ 1 to 3 will gather in the gym, Grade 4 to 8 will go to last year’s classroom, kindergarten students will go to the kindergarten doors and new students will gather in the front foyer.
Please see the link below for more detailed information and a map of the yard.
Just a little update…
Our indoor renovations look great! We renovated four kindergarten classrooms to accommodate our Full Day Kindergarten program and relocated our Autism Spectrum Disorder program to another classroom. The library was redesigned to help accommodate our new classroom. We also renovated a workroom to create a music room for our students to use. We are very excite to be able to dedicate this space to support The Arts in our school.
Unfortunately not everything that we expected to be done over the summer was completed. Our kindergarten play area was not started over the summer but I’m told it will be started sooner then later. The play areas will be revised until the play yard is completed. The fence providing the safety barrier between the parking lot and school yard was started and is expected to be completed within the week.
New for September 2014
New entry and exit procedures for students entering the yard as well as the school building.
New Safe Welcome procedures that have been implemented at all SCDSB schools.
New Video Surveillance at the school
Please see the links below for more detailed information.
We are looking forward to a great year! As always if you need anything or have any questions please drop in or give us a call.
Wednesday August 27, 7:00 at Bear Creek Secondary School
Parent involvement in the learning process of schools is the number one factor for student success. As schools look towards using social media to improve learning, many parents may be fearful of what this means. Social media provides an opportunity for parents to have meaningful engagement in the learning of their children. This can greatly change the conversations not only at school, but also at home.
This talk provides peace of mind to parents, while also engaging you to consider the unique opportunity you have to participate in your children’s learning.