Cell Phone Usage in our School by eddie5690


									                                                                                                      From the Admin Team/Un message de la direction
                           January 25, 2008

                    le 25 janvier, 2008
                                                                                                      Cell Phone Usage in our School
                                                                                                      I want to clarify with parents many of the issues teachers and staff have been dealing with
                                                                                                      regarding student cell phone use in school. Currently students, mostly in the senior grades,
                                                                                                      have brought cell phones to school and have been told to turn them off during instructional
                                                                                                      times. While this has worked for some, the bulk of our students who bring cell phones to
                                                                                                      school, either forget, or choose to forget to turn them off. This has lead to students’ text
                                                                                                      messaging, calling and sending messages or photos to each other during instructional times.
                                                                                                      While parents my feel the need to have instant access to their child, all schools in Saskatoon
                                                                                                      Public are currently using the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system which provides a
                                                                                                      phone in every room in our school. To reach your child in a crisis, simply phone the main
                                                                                                      office (683-7470) and your call can be directed to your child’s room. We ask you to respect
                                                                                                      our limited learning time with your child and help us protect that time so that teaching and
                                                                                                      learning can take place uninterrupted. You are most welcome to leave a message for your
                                           École Victoria School

                                                                                                      child at the office that can be returned at the next recess or lunch break.
                                                                                                      With that in mind, cell phones that are brought to school shall be kept in lockers, and
                                                                                                      turned off. Students who carry a cell phone on their person shall have it taken by a staff
                                                                                                      member until the end of that day. If a student continues to carry a cell phone on their
                                                                                                      person, it will be removed for an extended period to be returned to a parent.

                                                                                                      We hope you can help us protect our teaching and learning environment and urge your child to
                                                                                                      make the most of the time at school to support their own learning.
                                                                                                      Thanks so much.

                                                                   Growing Children for the Future!
                                                                       Les enfants de l’avenir!

                                                                                                             REMINDER TO RECEIVE THIS ONLINE (VIA E-MAIL)

                                                                                                                                        CODE OF CONDUCT
                                                                                                      Again this year we will be recognizing students who contribute to the positive atmosphere at
                                                                                                      École Victoria School. The past few months we have been recognizing
                                                                                                      "Peacekeepers". These are students who try and step in in a positive way to diffuse conflict
                                                                                                      amongst the student population. They are students who model self-control, respect for others
                                                                                                      and leadership. We recognize worthy recipients at a Thursday morning assembly and give
                                                                                                      them a "GOOD CITIZEN" yellow bracelet as recognition for their contributions.
                                                                                                                      Code of Conduct Recipients:
                                                                                                                      Cavan M., Kahiwyn N., Lincoln R., Anna M., Jacob S., Alex B., Anwyn D., Sarah R.,
                                                                                                                      Tatiana W., Madison B., Madison P., Tanner N., Madison F.

                                                                                                                               DATES TO REMEMBER 
                                                                                                      January 28th   NO SCHOOL  ‐ PD/Planning 

                                                                                                      January 30th   Kindergarten information night ‐ 7:00 p.m. in the LRC 
                                                                                                      February 4th    School Community Council Meeting 6:30 LRC ‐ Roles and Responsibilities 
                                                                                                      March 3rd       Bullying presentation by Cathy Coutu and Sandra Gorsalitz. 
                                                                                                                      All parents welcome  6:30 in LRC 
                               Bahr’s Grade 3/4 involved in Red Cross

                              Every 30 seconds a child dies from Malaria. Malaria is a parasitic disease that
                              attacks a person’s blood supply. Malaria kills more people than AIDS, TB or any
                              other disease. Bahr’s 3/4 class is to be involved in Red Cross. We will be trying
                              to raise money to buy nets for prevention of Malaria. $7.00 will buy one net for
                              one or more children that lasts for 5 years. If you are interested in giving a
                              donation please let Mrs. Bahr know and it will be added to our efforts. For more
 information check out the website at www.malariabites.net

   Clothing Depot - Mrs. Saccucci                                            Kindergarten Information Night
                                                                                   January 30 at 7:00 p.m.
            The clothing depot will be open on                                     in our LRC. Please call
            school Mondays from 3:30-4:30.                                          the office at 683-7470
            See you there!                                                          for more information.

                  Grade 2—6 Skipping Club
                  The Grades 2-6 Skipping Club began their season on January 9th at 12:10. Over 80
                  enthusiastic students joined us at that time to learn to skip or improve their skipping
                  repertoire. All students in grades 2 to 6 are invited to join us for the next 5 Wednesdays if
                  they are interested in skipping long or short rope. Students will have a choice to perform at
                  an assembly at the end of the 6 weeks. If students do not normally have lunch at school
                  they may bring it on Wednesdays while Skipping Club is running.

         Board announces retirement of Director of Education
A new era begins at Saskatoon Public Schools at the conclusion of this school year.
On January 8th, Dr. Jim Jutras, Director of Education, informed Mr. Ray Morrison, Chairperson of
the Board of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools, of his intention to retire from his duties as
Director effective July 31, 2008. A search for a new Director begins immediately.
“Dr. Jutras has provided exceptional leadership over the past four years,” said Ray Morrison.
“Saskatoon Public Schools has become a national leader in literacy under his stewardship and our
school division has won multiple provincial and national awards for its truly innovative
programming. Jim epitomizes what true leadership is all about. He has expanded our school
division’s partnerships with the community and made Saskatoon Public Schools the partner of choice.
The new director will have very big shoes to fill.”
Jim Jutras was appointed to the position of Director of Education in August, 2004. Under his tenure the Board of
Education for Saskatoon Public Schools focused on the strategic learning priorities of early learning & literacy, facilities
for learning, and most recently, collegiate renewal.
Dr. Jutras began his career with Saskatoon Public Schools in 1973. He has served in a wide variety of positions
including teacher, educational consultant, vice principal, principal, coordinator of curriculum and instruction,
superintendent of schools and deputy director.

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  Kindergarten Registration/                                                  We Welcome Your Child/
  Inscription à la maternelle                                                 Bienvenue à votre enfant
  Kindergarten registration has begun for the 2008-09                         Kindergarten is a special time and
  school year. Children who will be five years old by                         place in the life of a young child.
  January 31 of 2009, can start Kindergarten in                               We’re proud of what we have to
  September 2008. We invite you to bring your child to                        offer. Come and see what we are
  visit our Kindergarten classes, tour our school and                         all about at our Kindergarten
  meet our staff.                                                                                                     olds are taking over
                                                                              Information Night on January 5 year world... one day! the
                                                                              30 at 7:00 p.m. in our LRC.
                                                                              Please call the office at 683-7470 for more

T.L. TALK/un mot de la biblio                                                                              Reminder to
Over the years I have read MANY children’s picture books and                                                 Update
here are some of my favorites!                                                                               Personal
☺     Zinnia and Dot – Lisa Campbell Erns                                                                  Information
☺     The Napping House – Audrey Wood
☺     The Day the Babies Crawled Away - Peggy Rathmann
                                                                                          As we begin a new year, we'd like to
☺     Snowballs – Lois Ehlert
                                                                                        remind all families to please ensure we
☺     One Duck Stuck – Phllis Root                                                         have their most recent personal
☺     Moo Who? – Margie Palatini                                                       information on file at the school. If you
☺     Five Little Monkeys With Nothing To Do - Eileen Christelow                       have changed your address, any of your
☺     The Wind Blew – Pat Hutchins                                                     telephone numbers, or your emergency
☺     Slithery Jake – Rose Mary Provencher                                            contact information, please give our office
☺     Sheep Trick or Treat – Nancy Shaw                                                  a call with the updated information.
☺     My Lucky Day – Keiko Kasza
☺     Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes                                                                     Thank you!
                                                            Read a book with your

               Canadian Parents for French – Saskatchewan
Will be once again offering a French Level 2 course for parents of children who are learning French as a
second language. Level 2 is designed for parents who have completed a Level 1 French program or for
anyone who is interested in developing conversational French. The course will be offered at the following
times and location:
When?                        Tuesday evenings February 5, 12, 26, and March 4, 11, 2008
Where?                       St. Matthew School, 1508 Arlington Avenue
What time?                   7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost?                        Instruction fee   $40 (each participant)
                             Materials:        $40 (required – one set per family)
                             Total:            $80 plus membership
Registration deadline is Thursday, January 31st, 2008.
Watch for our registration forms on the CPF-SK website at www.cpfsask.com
under Resources & Opportunities for Parents

J A N U A R Y 2 5 , 20 0 8                                                                                                          Page 3
February School Community                                      March School Community
Council Meeting                                                Council Meeting
On Monday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. a DVD about school          On Monday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a
community councils will be shown at the School Community       presentation about bullying at the School Community
Council meeting in the library. The School Community           Council meeting in the library. Mark this date on your
Council is a new structure to promote involvement of           calendar and come out to hear from parents who attended a
parents, guardians and the community in the schools.           conference held in Saskatoon recently on bullying.
Meetings are held monthly, usually on the first Monday of
each month and are open to the public. Babysitting is
provided at no charge. Please come out to the February 4th
meeting to learn about School Community Councils.

Saskatoon Cubs Baseball Camp - Ages 9 to 17
                             Sundays – February 24 – May 4, 2008 (excluding March 23)

                             The Saskatoon Cubs Midget AAA Team will be hosting a baseball camp for players to
                             warm-up their skills for the upcoming baseball season. Instructors include:
                             Todd Plaxton – Coach Team Canada ’99-‘06/Canadian Coach of the Year ‘04
                             Paul McTavish – Former Yellow Jacket player/ College Scholarship Jamestown
                             Dustin Emberley – Drafted by Baltimore Orioles/ College Scholarship Louisiana
                             Justin Hoffman – Canada Summer Games Athlete/Yellow Jacket Defensive MVP
                             Age Groups:
                             9 – 11 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
                             12 – 14 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
                             15 – 17 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Saskatoon Field House – Centre Courts Cost: $125.00
To Register: Contact Claudia Dean 374-9484 or e-mail c.dean@sasktel.net, to ensure that a spot is reserved for your
player. Spaces are limited per age group. Bring attached registration form to first work-out, along with cheque payable to
Saskatoon Cubs.

Home and School                          Saskatoon Lions                             Saskatoon Water
Association                              Band                                        Polo
The Home and School holds               Saskatoon Lions Band will sponsor 5         Have you tried this exciting
monthly meetings at 6 p.m. in           students for the remainder of this          Olympic sport? It offers
the library, just before the            year’s marching program and US tour         competitive or recreational sport,
                                        (June 27-July 13). Students must            develops swimming skills, and is
School Community Council
                                        have at least 2 years of music on their     fun. Try it out for free on Jan 12th
meeting. Our aim is to conduct          instrument, be a first time student of      or Jan 26th, 12:30pm at Harry
our business in about half an           the Lion’s Band and be between              Bailey Pool. See http://
hour. Everyone is welcome to            ages-17. They must attend weekly            waterpolosaskatoon.com for
attend!                                 Sunday afternoon rehearsals and             details.
                                        once a month weekend clinics. For
                                        more information, please call 683-
                                        0888- leave your name and phone
                                        number or e mail

                                                                                    Community Information and Registration

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