PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS School's Mission ..................................................................... 1 Principal's Message…………………………………….. 2 School Philosophy & Rules…………………………………….. 3 School Staff 2006-2007……………………………………......... 4 Student Services…………………………………………………. 6 School Division Administration……………………………….. 6 Organization of Lorette Schools……………………………….. 7 Definition of Programs………………………………………….. 7 Reporting System………………………………………………... 8 Complaints……………………………………………………….. 8 Damage to School Property…………………………………….. 9 Storm Days (winter)…………………………………………….. 10 Homework Policy………………………………………………… 10 Administration/Inservice Days………………………………… 10 School Hours……………………………………………………… 11 Expectations for Student Behaviour………………………….. 11 Smoking Policy…………………………………………………… 12 Drugs and Alcohol……………………………………………….. 12 Students Leaving School Grounds……………………………. 12 Students Having Lunch at School…………………………….. 13 Student Absenteeism and Tardiness…………………………. 13 Halls and Student Movement…………………………………. 13 Gum Chewing…………………………………………………….. 13 Dress Code………………………………………………………… 13 Use of Telephone………………………………………………… 14 Electronic games, toys, collectibles etc……………………….. 14 Bikes, scooters, roller blades, skateboards………………….. 14 Bus Transportation……………………………………………… 14 Illness……………………………………………………………… 15 Emergency Procedures – Accidents…………………………… 15 Communication between Home and School…………………. 16 Student Transfers……………………………………………….. 16 Volunteers………………………………………………………… 17 Out-of-School Education (School Outings)…………………... 17 Lost and Found…………………………………………………... 17 Programs……………………………………………... 18 Physical education/Health Education……………………… 18 Guidance Counsellor……………………………………………. 20 Resource…………………………………………………………… 22 Music ……………………………………………………………… 22 Band……………………………………………………………….. 22 Classroom Assignments………………………………………… 22 APPENDICES Volunteer Application…………………………………………… 1 List of School Closures………………………………………….. 2 Seine River School Division Safety Rules and Instructions 3 for Student Passengers and their Parents…………………... Six-Day Cycle ……………………………………………………. 4 -1- INTRODUCTION This handbook has been prepared to outline the rules, regulations and general procedures of our school. Both parents and students are urged to familiarize themselves with the routines, expectations and opportunities at École Lorette Immersion. A good understanding of these will better enable students to accept their responsibilities at the beginning of a New Year. ÉCOLE LORETTE IMMERSION MISSION STATEMENT In cooperation with the school community, our mission at École Lorette Immersion is to provide a quality education in a safe, nurturing, learning environment which recognizes diversity while promoting academic excellence and bilingualism. Students will become life-long learners and respectful, responsible citizens. École Lorette Immersion certified 1998-2- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE Bienvenue à l’ École Lorette Immersion Our school’s staff is pleased to welcome you to École Lorette Immersion. We look forward to working with you, the parents, as well as our school community at large. We believe it is important to respect our students as unique individuals and to offer a rich and safe environment, which will enable them to grow and reach their full potential. Within the context of daily assignments, we feel it is important for our students to develop strong bilingual and literacy skills as well as competencies in many areas such as communication, problem solving, relationships and technology. We need to teach our students how to set goals, plan, reflect and self-assess to become independent learners. We want to promote activities, which will enable students to be involved in their school community in order to strengthen their leadership skills. We want our school to be a community of life long learners. The intention of this handbook is to communicate information about our school and our programs. We hope that it will assist you in preparing for a most successful school year in 2006-2007. On behalf of the staff at École Lorette Immersion, we wish you and your children much success and enjoyment in the year to come. Please feel free to contact the school should you have any questions or concerns. Christelle Waldie Principal -3- ELI’s Slogan Committed to Excellence Commis à l’Excellence Striving for Learning Apprendre pour La vie United in Immersion Unis en Immersion May 2003 Philosophy & Rules Our school philosophy provides the guiding principles for all that happens at our school. We believe that: 1. We must strive for the intellectual and moral development of each child. We must help each child master the fundamental skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, with emphasis on communication skills. Equally important is the need to assist each child in developing social skills - learning to live and share with others. 2. Our programs must be flexible so that they can meet the child's own needs, aptitudes and interests. We must be frank with parents when we detect students with special needs and difficulties. 3. We must create a positive school climate (relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere) that makes students want to come to school and facilitates their learning. 4. We must set high expectations for our students in the belief that students will strive to live up to those expectations. Great discoveries and achievements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. Alexander Graham Bell -4- Staffing 2006-2007 M Guylaine Kostal 1 Gwen Polak 2 Yvonne Zawislak 3 Martyne Laliberté 4 Michelle deRocquigny 5 Robert Marcoux 6 Carmelle Lafrénière 7 Lindsay Huchinson 8 Stéphanie laroche P.E. Ida Yachison ________________________________________________________________ Resource Louise Hingley Music (K-6) and Band Peter Van Ginkel Counselling Lynn Davidson-Young Principal Christelle Waldie -5- Non-Teaching Personnel Secretary Lauren Kranendonk Library Technician Danielle Manaigre Caretaker Kathleen Plett Maintenance Jean Rocan Educational Assistants Nicole Gesell and Karen Rivard & Lunch Supervisor -6- Student Services - Seine River School Division Deputy Assistant Superintendent - Special Education - Helga Berger Clinicians - Psychologist – - Speech Pathologists - Gisele Charr - Occupational Therapist - Cory Hildebrandt - Social Worker Clinician - Laura Nault - Early years Behaviour Worker- Garry Thompson Seine River School Division - Administration Chairperson of the Board Wendy Bloomfield Local Trustees Randy Engel Lloyd Schultz Superintendent Roy Seidler Assistant Superintendent Debra Radi Secretary-Treasurer Paul Ilchena Operations Ross Groll Transportation Wayne Pearen -7- Organization of Schools in Lorette There are presently four separate schools operating in Lorette. Each school has its own principal and student body. There is, however, coordination between the three schools in the Seine River School Division in some areas. For example, the three schools make every attempt to close on the same day for administration, inservice, and oral reporting days. This minimizes the number of days the buses must run. The four schools are: École Lorette Immersion (878-4233) which offers a K to 8 Immersion program. Principal – Christelle Waldie Dawson Trail English (878-2929) which offers a K to 8 English program. Principal – Pam Rudy Vice-Principal – Jocelyn McPike Lorette Collegiate (878-2887) which offers a Grade 9 to 12 English program and a Grade 9 to 12 Immersion program. Principal – Robert Bouchard Vice-Principal – Pam Rudy École Lagimodière (878-3621) which offers a K to 8 Français program. Principal – Yvette Mallet Dawson Trail School, École Lorette Immersion and Collège Lorette Collegiate are part of the Seine River School Division. École Lagimodière belongs to La Division Scolaire Franco Manitobaine. Definition of the French Immersion Program In the French Immersion Program: French is used as the language of instruction, except for English Language Arts French is used as the language of internal administration and communication in English is used to communicate with parents Extra curricular activities take place in either language The climate is favorable to the development of the French language -8- Reporting System Three written reports on each student’s progress will be prepared for parents during the course of the year. On two occasions all parents will be scheduled to speak to the teachers about the progress of the children. Reporting Schedule 2006 – 2007 (3:30-5:30 & 6:00-8:00 or 9:00-11:30) November 20 - written reports sent home November 22pm - parent/teacher interviews November 23 am - parent/teacher interviews March 19 - written reports sent home March 22 pm- portfolio conferences March 23 am- portfolio conferences June 28- final written report sent home These three occasions represent the minimum number of times that teachers communicate with parents about student progress. Teachers often contact parents in person or by phone to discuss student progress during the year. Parents are invited to call or meet with teachers in person at any time the need arises. Complaints about School Personnel In the interest of handling all complaints fairly and expeditiously, the following guidelines are recommended: 1. The individual or group raising a complaint shall be advised of the proper channeling for complaints. The Division administration, Board of Trustees or committee of the Board will not consider or act upon complaints until the complaints have been explored at the appropriate level as outlined below. Except in situations, which are governed by legislation (e.g. Child & Family Services Act), the complainant will be advised to first contact the person most directly involved. Complaints against a teacher or an administrator should proceed according to the following steps: The Complainant first meets with the persons against whom he/she is complaining. If satisfaction is not obtained at that level, the complainant should meet with the person in question along with the immediate supervisor, in an attempt to resolve the issue.-9- Complainant meets with: a. Person against whom complaint is made. b. Person against whom complaint is made and immediate supervisor. c. Person against whom complaint is made, immediate supervisor, employer. 2. When complaints are made to the Division administration or to the Board about teachers or school administrators, they must be made in writing and must be signed by the person or persons lodging the complaint with a copy to the individual named. Written complaint about teachers or administrators shall utilize the following procedures; a. When a written complaint about a teacher or administrator is received, the individual named shall be notified and shall be given an opportunity for explanation and written response. b. At any point in the complaint process, the individual named shall have the right to have a representative present. c. The immediate supervisor shall be notified of the written complaint. d. The Board of Trustees will hear personnel matters in-camera. e. The Board and administrators shall treat all information received as confidential. 3. Individual trustees who receive complaints should follow the above guidelines. 4. School Advisory Committees shall be informed of school board policies dealing with complaints. When a group wishes to address the Board, on any matter, they should notify the Board in writing prior to the Board meeting. They must include a statement of the nature of their business. If the purpose is to make a complaint against a teacher or a school, the Superintendent shall advise them of the procedure to be followed in respect to complaints. Damage to School Property Pupils shall be held responsible for damage to school property resulting from willfullness or neglect on the part of the pupil. Such responsibility may involve restitution for all damages. All textbooks handed out by the school are stamped with the school division stamp and their condition is recorded at the beginning of the year. Textbooks are evaluated again at the end of the year to determine if they have been abused. Students who lose or abuse their books will be held financially responsible. The principal will determine the amount owing.-10- Storm Days The decision to close schools in the morning will be taken by the Superintendent in consultation with the Transportation Supervisor. The decision will normally be reached before 7:00 a.m. and the announcements will be made on the following stations: C.K.S.B. (1050) in French, and C.K.R.C. (630), C.K.Y. (58), and C.J.O.B. (680), and C.B.C. (990) in English. It will also be posted on the school division’s web site. If the storm builds up during school hours, schools shall normally not be closed before 3:30 p.m. Parents who are concerned by road conditions may come and pick up their children at school during school hours. If at the end of the school day buses are unable to return students home, then students will either be kept at school or directed for shelter to the homes of people designated by the parents or approved by the principal. Homework Policy The amount of homework depends on several factors: such as how fast a student completes his work in class, the teacher's expectations, and the needs of each individual student. All students are expected to do homework everyday as it teaches them how to be responsible and organized. Administration/Inservice Days All school divisions in Manitoba permit their schools to close ten days per year for student evaluation (marking tests, and/or preparing written reports and meetings with parents) and inservice (teacher training) purposes. Each school in our division has a professional development committee that determines, with the principal, a professional development plan for the year. This plan is later submitted to the superintendent for his approval. A list of school closure dates for the fall and spring terms is located at the back of this handbook (appendix #2). -11- School Hours A typical day is: 8:35 Entry 8:45 Opening Exercises/Announcements 10:15-10:30 Recess (Grades K-6) 11:45-12:05 Lunch 12:05-12:40 Recess 1:55-2:10 Recess 3:10 Dismissal N.B. Morning Arrival Time – 8:30 supervision begins Students are allowed to enter at 8:35 a.m. Students living in town should not arrive at school before this time. Students who are bussed to school will be allowed to come in earlier during periods of inclement weather. EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT BEHAVIOUR At École Lorette Immersion we believe that… everyone wants to be safe and happy. everyone deserves to be treated with unconditional positive regard. everyone should behave respectfully and courteously so that learning can occur. all students, parents, and staff need to have ownership in a discipline plan. an orderly and warm environment is conducive to learning. Expectations for appropriate student behaviour: Students are expected to treat each other and staff members with respect and courtesy. Students are expected to follow school rules, cooperate in school, on the playground, and on the way to and from school. Students are expected to respect school property and the property of others. Students are expected to behave appropriately in school so as not to interfere with the learning rights of others. Classroom teachers will also share with families their classroom discipline plans. Contact is made throughout the year regarding your child’s deportment. Parental support is one of the critical elements in creating an excellent learning environment.-12- Smoking Policy The Seine River School Division is a "Smoke Free" school division. As a result, smoking is not permitted in the school building or on the school grounds. This applies to staff and students. Drugs and Alcohol Students attending school or school-related activities under the influence of drugs or alcohol shall be suspended. The parents will be contacted and asked to pick up the student. The school administration will recommend that the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba be contacted. On a second offense the student will be suspended and may not be readmitted until he/she enrolls in a program at the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba. The school administration may recommend to the School Board that the student be expelled. Students caught in possession of drugs or alcohol on school property or at school-related activities will be suspended. The police will be contacted, then the parents. One of the requirements for readmission will be that the student enroll in a program at the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba. On a second offense the same procedure will apply and the school administration may recommend to the School Board that the student be expelled. Students Leaving School Grounds Except for those who live in town and go home for lunch, students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the day. Only when it is an absolute necessity should students bring notes from parents asking that we allow a student to leave the school grounds. -13- Students Having Lunch at School Students who are bussed to school have their lunch in their classroom. Non-transported students are to have lunch at home. This helps to keep the noon hour lunch supervision more manageable for the supervisors. The division has allocated 3 supervisors for our school. Lunch Hour - Lunch will be in the classrooms between 11:45 and 12:05 or between. They should not leave their homerooms, except to go to the washroom. At the end of that time students should go outside or to the gymnasium. Student Absenteeism and Tardiness All absences must be justified via note or telephone call from parents. Truancy (skipping out) will not be tolerated. Parents will be notified immediately. Tardiness - Students who report to any class late will be sent to the office for a late slip. After the third offence, parents will be notified. Halls and Student Movement Students will proceed down the halls in a quiet and orderly fashion. They should NEVER run in the halls. This practice can result in serious injury to you or to someone else. Students who must meet parents or siblings may wait at the front door. Gum Chewing & Sunflower Seeds Students are asked not to bring chewing gum and/or sun flower seeds to school as it is not allowed in the building or on the grounds. Dress Code Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Parents are requested to ensure that they assist their son/daughter in exercising good judgment in selecting appropriate attire for school. Clothing should be modest and in good taste and should not include, for example, such inappropriate attire as short skirts, shorts without legs, muscle shirts, half shirts, tank tops, and cut-offs. No spaghetti straps or beachwear. Shoes should be worn at all times (inside and outside). Students should bring socks to wear in their runners for physical education classes. Flip flops are unsafe for playing outside as they do not protect the students’ feet appropriately. Clothing promoting alcohol, drugs, sexual innuendo, etc. will NOT be permitted. Hats, caps, and other headgear of a non-religious nature are not to be worn in school. Outer clothing should not be worn in classrooms.-14- Use of Telephone Students are allowed to use the telephone only in case of an emergency. If a teacher gives a student permission to use the telephone, the teacher will direct him/her to the office telephone with a written note of permission. We will not normally allow students to receive phone calls at school. Rather, the secretary will take a message and relay it to the student. Electronic Games, Toys, Collectibles etc. Students should not bring roller blades, roller shoes (heelies), electronic games, toys or collectibles such as hockey cards to school. Invariably some of these are used in class, disappear or become the object of a dispute over ownership. Bikes, scooters, roller blades, skateboards Students are allowed to use bikes, scooters, roller blades, skateboards as a mode of transportation to and from school. Use of above-mentioned items are forbidden during school hours. Transportation of Students 1. All students having a home address at a distance greater than 1.6 kilometers from his/her designated school are eligible for transportation to the designated school. 2. Transportation is provided at no fee for K-4 pupils within zones established by the school division at approximately 0.8 kilometers from the student’s home address to the designated school. 3. All bus routes are to be established yearly under the assumption that all students eligible under clause(s) 1 and/or 2 will be attending their designated school. As intended by motion 195/96, the school attended by a given student in June 1996 is considered to be that student’s designated school until/unless the student leaves/has left for another school. Transportation requests for students exercising Choice of School within the division and/or for child care arrangements will be accommodated at no fee and on a first- come-first-served basis when space is available on an existing bus route. Students accommodated under this clause are at risk of being bumped should their seat be required at a later date for additional students eligible under clauses 1 and/or 2. Bumping will occur in reverse order to the approvals.-15- 4. All students exercising Choice of Schools outside of the Division will be assessed an annual fee of $400.00 for transportation when available on existing routes. This fee is payable before September 1 and is non-refundable after September 30. Students accommodated under this clause are at risk of being bumped should their seat be required at a later date for additional students eligible under clauses 1 and/or 2. Bumping will occur in reverse order to the approvals. When bumped, a pro-rated refund will apply. 6. Students transported for Programs not offered locally are not assessed a transportation fee although the Division reserves the right to designate the school to which transportation privileges may apply. 7. Students exercising Choice of Schools to the Division will be transported at no fee if space is available and when it is possible to accommodate them with minor alterations to existing routes. 8. Transportation is provided only on days that schools are open in the Seine River School Division. 9. Personalized transportation plans shall be developed for special needs students requiring special consideration. 10. The Division reserves the right to give special consideration to the transportation of individual students in exceptional circumstances. N.B. See Appendix #3 "Rules for School Bus Riders" BUS EVACUATION EXERCISES - Twice a year ALL students participate in bus evacuation exercises. These exercises show students how to evacuate a bus in the event of an accident. Illness If both parents are working and can't be reached and a child becomes ill, the school will notify the person designated on the child's registration form. If this information has changed, please notify the school. Students who are not well enough to go outside at recess should be kept at home. Students who are well enough to walk to school or to wait outside for a school bus are also well enough to go out for a 15 minute recess. Emergency Procedures - Accidents Any child who receives a minor scrape will be attended to by our staff. Should a child receive a more serious injury, the following procedure is followed: a. Parents or guardians will be telephoned. If possible, they will transport the child to see the family doctor or to the hospital. b. Should no one be available for us to contact, we will transport the child to the nearest medical centre. -16- Communication Between Home and School - There are currently five ways in which we have regular correspondence with you, the parents: a. written memos and a monthly calendar of events. b. messages written by students or teachers in the students’ agendas c. written student progress reports - 3 times a year. d. parent/teacher interviews - twice a year. e. annual general information and grade/subject level information meetings. As well, teachers frequently make telephone calls to parents with questions or information. Finally, we would like to encourage parents to visit us or call by phone any time they have concerns. N.B. Please notify us of any changes that take place i.e. phone numbers, (home or work), babysitting arrangements, transportation etc. Of special importance to us are any changes in your child's health. It is critical for us to know about allergies, respiratory illnesses or any other special condition which may affect your child during the school day. Be assured that this information will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Student Transfers Between Language Programs Students should normally be encouraged and assisted to continue in the same language program in which they were originally enrolled. Parents should be advised that once a student leaves a language program it is not viable to expect he/she can return; in the case of a student leaving the French Immersion Program, he/she would not normally be allowed to return. All students wishing to transfer from one language program to another must request permission and receive approval from the School Principal prior to enrolling in the program. Only under exceptional circumstances will transfer requests be considered during the school year. Discussions regarding requests for transfers to take effect at the beginning of a school year should begin no later than the spring reporting period. Parents will be requested to follow the steps listed below: 1. Discuss/consult with the classroom teacher(s) 2. Discuss/consult with the appropriate members of the school's support team (resource teacher, guidance counsellor etc.) 3. Discuss with the principal(s) of the school(s) involved. -17- Volunteers There has always been a strong commitment by École Lorette Immersion parents to serve our school in various volunteer capacities. We invite you to be a volunteer worker at our school. There is a Volunteer form in this handbook. Out-of-School Education - School Outings The objectives for Out-of-School Education are: a. To develop the whole child, not just academically but physically, morally and socially. b. To provide a direct academic learning experience in place of or together with a vicarious one. c. To provide a relevant learning means to an educational end, a practical experience with occupations, industry, government, culture and the environment. d. To appreciate and better understand the wonders of nature and man. e. To expose the child to a variety of learning situations and opportunities in the community in an effort to create an awareness and a long lasting appreciation. f. To expose and to enhance the child's culture, his heritage, his background and to encourage him to live his culture. g. To expose the student to a variety of other cultures - multi-culturalism. h. To gain life-long recreational skills. By School Board Policy, École Lorette Immersion is allowed 1 outing per group of students per year. You will be notified in writing before each field trip takes place. Lost and Found A bin is located at the main entrance of the school for this purpose. Articles that are found should be deposited there. If you have lost an item, check the bin to see if it is there. Remember what they say about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. Mark all your material and items clearly and take good care of your belongings. -18- Programs École Lorette Immersion is fortunate in being able to provide several programs for all students. A. LIBRARY- The library has one library technician. Book selection is run by the technician and supervised by the classroom teacher once per cycle. Students in grades 5 to 8 use the library twice per cycle. There are also daily research periods. B. PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION OUTLINE The new kindergarten to senior 4 Physical Education/Health Education curriculums builds on a foundation that unites the two subject areas of physical education and health education. This combined curriculum has a health-oriented Physical Education curriculum model and a wellness-oriented Health Education curriculum model. The aim of the curriculum is to provide students with planned and balanced programming to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for physically active and healthy lifestyles. There are five interrelated General Learning Outcomes (GLO’s) that serve as the foundation of the new Physical Education/Health Education curriculum. 1. Movement The student will demonstrate competency in selected movement skills, and knowledge of movement development and physical activities with respect to different types of learning experiences, environments, and cultures. 2. Fitness Management The student will demonstrate the ability to develop and follow a personal fitness plan for lifelong physical activity and well-being. 3. Safety The student will demonstrate safe and responsible behaviours to manage risks and prevent injuries in physical activity participation and in daily living. -19- 4. Personal and Social Management The student will demonstrate the ability to develop self-understanding, to make health- enhancing decisions, to work cooperatively and fairly with others, and to build positive relationships with others. 5. Healthy Lifestyle Practices The student will demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions for healthy living related to personal health practices, active living, healthy nutritional practices, substance use and abuse, and human sexuality. Time Allocation Grades 1 to 8 receive 150 minutes of physical education and 48 minutes of health education per six-day cycle. Kindergarten receives 60 minutes of physical education and 20 minutes of health education per 6 day cycle. Delivery Model Grades K – 8 will be taught some of the outcomes in the gym with Mme. Yachison while the other outcomes will be taught in the classroom by the classroom teacher. There will sometimes be integration among other subject areas. Assessment and Reporting Marks will include information that indicates academic progress and achievement related to the student learning outcomes. - Early Years – Physical Education and Health Education will be reported separately. - Middle Years – Physical Education and Health Education will be reported together as one mark. The weighing of the mark will be 25% for the health related content and 75% for the physical education related content. -20- Extracurricular Sports Extracurricular sports will be offered to our grades 4-8 students. The extracurricular program includes competition with other schools in our school division. The sports offered are the following: Softball 1 day divisional tournament end of September Cross-country running Timeline Gr. 4-8 2 divisional meets1 in late September 1 in late October Volleyball Gr. 7 & 8 league games followed by a Sept. – Dec. Divisional weekend tournament Gr. 6 1 day divisional tournament Nov. Basketball Gr. 7 & 8 league games followed by a Dec. – March Divisional weekend tournament Gr. 6 1 day divisional tournament March Badminton Gr. 7 & 8 1 day divisional tournament March – April Track & Field Gr. 7 & 8 1 day divisional meet April – May Gr. 5 & 6 1 day divisional meet April – May C. Guidance - Our guidance counselors are available to assist all students. Should you as a parent have any concerns, feel free to contact them. Role of Guidance Counselor What is the function of the Counselor? - The school person who is an advocate for all children, a resource person for teachers, a liaison with outside agencies, a counselor, a coordinator and a consultant. – How does a child see the Counselor? - teacher referral, - parent referral, - administrative referral, - special services referral, A child may see the Counselor for: - peer issues, - family issues, - behaviour, - personal growth (i.e. self-concept, coping, anger management, self- expression), - separation/loss, - personal safety, - career development, - health, - school progress. Where does the child see the Counselor? Visits may occur: - in the Counselor’s office, - in the classroom, - in the hall, - on the playground. The Counselor will: - see children individually, - see children in groups, - see children in their classrooms, - conduct classroom guidance activities, - gain understanding through classroom observation, - help in meeting student needs by consulting with and being a resource person to teachers, - use a variety of testing instruments, - use the community as a resource, - be available to teachers for personal and professional concerns. -22- D. Resource - A Consultative/Collaborative resource program is available for all students at École Lorette Immersion. Referrals for assistance from the resource teacher must come from a classroom teacher in consultation with the parent or student, following approval by the administration. The resource teacher acts as a resource and support to the classroom teacher in programming for referred students. Questions regarding Speech and Language assessment/assistance or Special Needs assistance should be referred to the classroom teacher or the Resource teacher. E. Music - All children from K-6 receive 2 periods (30 minutes) of music instruction with a specialist per 6-day cycle. Students in Kindergarten to grade 3 learn musical concepts through singing, dancing and playing various classroom instruments such as xylophones, metalophones, glockenspiel and percussion instruments. Students in grades 4 to 6 learn musical concepts by playing the recorder and also by playing Orff instruments in the classroom. Students who sign up for Choir or Clubs will have the opportunity to perform at assemblies and special celebrations. F. Choir _ Students in grades 3 to 6 can sign up for Choir which is offered during the morning recess on Day 2 from 10:30 till 11:00. G. Recorder Club _ Students in grades 5 and 6 can sign up for the Recorder Club. This gives them the opportunity to perform more advanced Ensemble pieces using soprano, alto, tenor or bass recorders. H. Orff Club _ Students in grades 4 to 6 can sign up for this club. They will have the opportunity to practice and perform pieces which combine the recorder and Orff instruments. I. Band – All students in grade 7 and grade 8 students will attend Band classes at Dawson Trail School. Instrument selection will take place at the end of grade 6 with the support of clinicians and the band teacher. Students should rent their instrument during the summer in order to be ready to start band classes on the first day of school in the fall. Students are expected to keep their instrument in good playing condition. All students are requested to attend band concerts throughout the school year as their performance is part of the overall evaluation process. Appendix 1 VOLUNTEER APPLICATION We will be involved in a variety of projects during this school year and would appreciate your help. Please take time to fill out the form below and have your child return it to the school as soon as possible. Name: ____________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________ Phone #: ______________________ 1. I am willing to help in the following areas: ____ colouring & cutting ____ dancing ____ special events (hot dog day, etc.) ____ arts and crafts ____ sewing ____ cooking ____ carpentry ____ field trips ____ drama ____ _________________ ____ music ____ _________________ 2. I would enjoy: ____ working with individual students ____ making games ____ working with small groups ____ typing ____ duplicating worksheets ____ grading papers ____ preparing learning centers ____ _________________ ____ performing other clerical tasks 3. I have the following special interest, talent, hobby, or occupation I would be willing to share with the class: __________________________________________________________________ 4. The best time for me to help in the class is on: ____Monday ____Tuesday ____Wednesday ____Thursday ____Friday at __________ o’clockAppendix 2 LIST OF SCHOOL CLOSURES 2006-2007 École Lorette Immersion Monday, September 5 Administration Day Friday, September 22 Inservice Day Monday, October 9 Thanksgiving Day Friday, November 10 Inservice Day Thursday, November 22 Parent-teacher Conferences Friday, November 23 SAG Friday December 22 –Monday CHRISTMAS BREAK January 8, 2007 (back to school) Friday, February 23 Inservice Day Friday, March 23 Portfolio conferences March 26– April 2 SPRING BREAK Friday, April 6 Good Friday Friday, April 13 Inservice Day Friday, May 21 Victoria Day Friday, May 18 Inservice Day Friday, June 29 Administration Day Appendix 3 SEINE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 14 SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENT PASSENGERS AND THEIR PARENTS AT ALL TIMES Exercise care, caution, good manners, and consideration for other people. ARRIVING AT THE PICK-UP POINT: 1. Be on time. Leave your home in good time so that you will arrive at the pick-up point before the school bus. 2. If you have to walk along the road to reach the bus stop, walk on the left side facing oncoming traffic. 3. Walk on the shoulder of the road where possible, and not on the travelled portion. 4. If other students are waiting at the bus stop, get in line without pushing or jostling and stay off the road. BOARDING THE BUS: 1. Line up in single file with younger children in the front so they can board first. 2. Wait until the driver comes to a complete stop before attempting to get on board. 3. Board the bus quickly but without crowding or pushing. 4. Never run on the bus as the steps may be slippery, especially in the winter time. Place your foot squarely on the step, not on the edge. Use the handrail. 5. If you are carrying books and parcels, be particularly careful as it is more difficult to see the steps and to hold the handrail. 6. Go directly to your seat and sit straight, well to the back of the seat. CONDUCT ON THE BUS: 1. Remain seated throughout the trip and leave your seat only when the bus has reached its destination and comes to a complete stop. 2. Keep your books and parcels on your lap or put them under the seat. Keep the aisle clear. 3. Do not talk to the driver except in case of an emergency. 4. Avoid anything which might disturb the driver or interfere with the driving task. Refrain from loud or boisterous talking or yelling. Leave your transistor radio turned off, unless you are using headphones. 5. Do not open windows without the driver's permission. 6. Never stick your hands, arms, head, or feet out of the window. 7. Do not throw anything inside the bus or out of the window. You might injure a pedestrian or force a motorist to make a dangerous maneuver. 8. Do not touch the emergency door or exits, 2-way radio, or any part of the bus equipment.ii. 9. The bus is not a cafeteria nor a place to discard refuse. If you are hungry, eat at home or at school. 10. Obey the directions and instructions of the school bus driver promptly; remember, your cooperation will ensure your own safety. 11. If school safety patrols are on duty on your bus, obey their instructions. They are there to help the driver. GETTING OFF THE BUS: 1. Remain seated until the bus has reached its destination and comes to a complete stop. 2. Do not rush when leaving the bus. CROSSING THE HIGHWAY: 1. If you have to cross a highway, street or road, walk along the edge of the road until you are about ten feet IN FRONT of the bus where the bus driver can see you. Then look left and right and proceed into the roadway where you are protected by the stopped bus until you are level with the left front fender of the bus. Remain in this position until you are certain that ALL traffic has stopped. When the driver signals that it is safe, check again and proceed across the road. 2. Continue to look left and right as you cross. At an intersection, look in all directions. 3. Cross at right angles, never diagonally. 4. Walk smartly across the road. DO NOT RUN. 5. NEVER cross the road BEHIND the school bus. N.B. The Highway Traffic Act requires that all traffic must stop when approaching from the front or overtaking from the rear a school bus that is stopped with signal lights flashing on the front and rear. Traffic is to remain stopped until the signal lights are no longer flashing. The only exception to the rule is where a highway is divided into separate roadways by a physical barrier. In that case, traffic approaching the bus from the front is not required to stop. CARRY-ON ITEMS: Manitoba Regulation 256-90: (Being a regulation under the Public Schools Act respecting school buses) Section 4K "No school bus, while transporting pupils, shall be used to carry any animal, firearm, explosive, flammable liquid, or anything of a dangerous or objectionable nature, or any article likely to endanger the safety of the passengers."iii. Section 16J "No driver of a school bus shall operate a school bus in which the aisle, entrance door or emergency door is obstructed in any manner." In accordance with Policy 4.22(b): 1. Centre aisle of buses must be clear of people, articles and debris at all times. 2. (a) Items being carried on by students are limited to small articles that can easily and safety be carried on the lap. (An article wider than the pupil's lap or extending above the shoulders is not considered a small article.) (b) Skates will be allowed only when blades are enclosed in proper skate guards and carried on the pupil's lap. (c) Hockey sticks, ringette sticks, curling brooms, skis, toboggans, etc. will not be allowed. (d) Musical instruments, Science projects, etc. will be allowed only if they meet the criteria stipulated in item 2 a. (Any musical instrument larger than specified has to be cleared by the Transportation Supervisor.) (e) However, in the case of musical instruments, the following are: Eligible Non-Eligible Flute, Clarinet, Alto Clarinet Bari-Sax, French horn, Trumpet, Alto Sax, Baritone, Tuba, Tenor Sax Trombone, Bass Clarinet Guitar UNSATISFACTORY BUS CONDUCT: In order to ensure students' safety on school buses, the School Board will not tolerate unsatisfactory bus conduct. Issues determined to be of a minor nature will result in: one (1) warning for the first report followed by immediate school bus suspensions for subsequent reports. Suspensions will range from 1-3 days to the balance of the school year (minimum of 6 calendar months). Combined minor and serious offences will be considered when determining the duration of suspensions. For reports of littering, students may also be required to clean the bus but will not be exempt of any suspensions. iv. For reports of property damage, students will be required to pay restitution and will not be exempt of any suspensions. Parents will be responsible to transport students deprived of bus transportation privileges. Travel expenses will be incurred by the parents. SCHOOL BUS EVACUATION DRILLS: Manitoba Regulation 256/90: (Being a regulation under the Public Schools Act respecting school buses) “The school board shall ensure that at least twice in each school year each pupil is instructed in safe school bus riding practices and participates in emergency school bus evacuation drills which shall be conducted at least once during the Fall term and at least once during the Spring term of each school year.” Procedures: 1. Children will be instructed in school bus passenger safety and procedures prior to participation in evacuation drills. 2. Drills will be held at the beginning of each school term. All children will be given an opportunity to participate. 3. Drills will be held in restricted off street areas and not on bus routes. 4. All types of emergency evacuations will be practiced with emphasis on those utilizing the rear emergency door. 5. The orderly departure of students from buses on regular routes at school is an important practice for emergency drills. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1. No smoking will be allowed on the bus by the driver or the students. A schedule will be drawn up for the pick-up of the students. Except for the reasons or circumstances beyond his control, the driver should run the bus on schedule and should not vary more than two minutes from one day to the next. Drivers should not wait for students who are not at the pick-up location on time. The bus must remain on schedule. Bus drivers are to wait a minimum of seven minutes and a maximum of ten minutes when loading students at the school before leaving unless the driver is certain that his load is complete. The bus should also be in position at the school at least ten minutes before school is out. (Does not apply to multi run school bus routes).v. ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS: Only the Transportation Supervisor assigns students to school buses. SEAT ASSIGNMENT: The school bus driver has authority to revise and reassign seating at any time, e it on a temporary or permanent basis. NEW DROP-OFF POINT: A driver may drop off a student assigned to his/her route at a different location if he/she gets a written notice signed by the parent and the principal. A copy of this letter must be provided to the regular school bus driver. UNAUTHORIZED TRANSPORTATION: No bus driver shall transport unauthorized persons on the school bus at any time. Unauthorized persons - persons unauthorized by the Transportation Supervisor, all persons excluding assigned students or teachers, parents, administration for the purpose of school related activities/divisional business. REASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS: Only the Transportation Supervisor may, at his/her discretion, reassign transported students to another bus. SCHOOL CLOSURE: In accordance with Policy 3.27: A decision to cancel classes is arrived at by the Superintendent in consultation with the Transportation Supervisor. The decision will normally be reached before 7:00 a.m. and announcements will be made on the following radio stations: French Station: C.K.S.B. (1050) English Stations: C.B.C. (990) C.J.O.B..(680) C.F.R.Y. (920) C.K.R.C..(630) C.H.S.M. (1250) C.K.Y. (580)vi. If a storm builds up during school hours, schools shall not normally be closed before 3:30 p.m. We prefer not to return children home during normal school hours because in many cases there will be no one at home to look after them. In the case of children depending on our regular bus transportation, if at the end of the school day buses are unable to return these students home, they will be kept at school or sent to the homes of people designated by the parents. Should parents be concerned that road conditions in their locality are deteriorating, they may come and pick up their children before 3:30 p.m. INCLEMENT WEATHER: During periods when the danger of frost-bite exists (when the loss of body heat is between 1,700 and 2,300 watts per square meter) students should be monitored carefully to ensure that they are dressed properly before going out to minimize the likelihood that frost-bite will occur. When the loss of body heat exceeds 2,300 watts per square meter (exposed skin freezes in less than one minute) extreme caution must be employed. IN THE EVENT DANGER OF FROST-BITE EXISTS WE ADVISE PARENTS TO ENSURE TRANSPORTED STUDENTS ARE DRESSED PROPERLY IN ORDER TO ARRIVE AT THE PICK-UP POINT SAFELY. REMEMBER THAT UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES THE SCHOOL BUS MAY NOT ARRIVE ON TIME OR MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES IN TRANSIT.
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