RIDEAU PARK SCHOOL
Edmonton Public Schools
STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK AND DAILY ORGANIZER 2006-2007
Welcome to Rideau Park School. We are a caring community working together to instill in children the desire to pursue
excellence in all facets of their education. In a meaningful and secure environment, students are encouraged to develop
independent learning skills, accept their personal and social responsibilities, and value individual differences.
Students in grades one through six will be bringing this organizer home on a daily basis. This book serves three
Rideau Park School Handbook
- An overview of school procedures
- Record of assignments, due dates, and tests
- Goals for learning and reflections
- Parents‟ signatures and comments indicate an awareness of school happenings
- Teachers informing parents and parents informing teachers
SUPERINTENDENT: Mr. Lyall Thomson
PRINCIPAL: Ms Robin Preece
ADDRESS: 10605 - 42 Avenue
PHONE: 1-780-437-0010 FAX: 1-780-430-9898
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.rideaupark.epsb.ca
This daily organizer belongs to:
Postal Code:____________________________________ Telephone:______________________________
Teacher:___________________________________________ Ext.________________ Room:__________
RIDEAU PARK SCHOOL
A Wise Choice
At Rideau Park School, we are a caring community working together to instill in children the desire to
pursue excellence in all facets of their education. Through the joint effort of home and school and in a
meaningful and secure environment, students are encouraged to accept their personal and social
responsibilities, develop independent learning skills, and value individual differences. We serve families
from the Rideau Park neighborhood and those enrolled in the German Bilingual Programme.
To meet the needs of our students and to provide opportunities for learning in an English and
English-German Bilingual setting, Rideau Park staff will:
- provide its students with opportunities to effectively use verbal, written, artistic, and technological
skills to give, receive, and process information
- develop in students the importance of being responsible citizens who have a global and multicultural
perspective, and take initiative for the quality of life for themselves and others
- enhance the development of positive relationships and help students understand and appreciate the use
of interpersonal skills necessary to maintain and be responsible for their health and well-being
- develop skilled and knowledgeable learners, who can apply the strategies of inquiry and decision
making to resolve issues of personal and public concern
- maintain an environment that will adapt to the changing world through collaboration, cooperation and
participation of students, parents, staff, and community members
- meet or exceed expectations and standards established by Alberta Education and Edmonton Public
At Rideau Park, students will demonstrate growth in their reading comprehension, with an emphasis on
Balance Literacy and a variety of literacy sources. Measurement of this growth will be through
performance-based school assessments, HLATS (Higher Level of Achievement Tests) Reading, and PAT
( Provincial Achievement Tests) Reading. Assessment for Learning strategies will be further developed
during our best practices work which will focus on questioning, inferring and determining importance.
Expectations regarding time spent on homework:
As students progress from Kindergarten through Grade 6, their independence, attention-span, and personal accountability
for learning must increase in response to broadening curriculum expectations. The amount of time students can reasonably
be expected to spend on homework will increase as students move from one grade to the next. Because students possess
differing working styles, their ability to manage the time required to complete a given assignment will vary.
Reasonable homework expectations must, however, also acknowledge students‟ need for recreation, extra-curricular
activities, and time for family activities.
At Rideau Park, the following times are considered reasonable homework expectations (all subject areas combined) for
students without special programming needs:
Kindergarten - no specific amount
Grade 1 - 10 minutes per school day
Grade 2 - 15 minutes per school day
Grade 3 - 20 - 30 minutes per school day
Grade 4 - 30 minutes per school day
Grade 5 - 40 minutes per school day
Grade 6 - 50 minutes per school day
specify purpose of assignment and clear expectations to students and/or parents
provide details of the task
provide due date(s) giving maximum advance notice to assist students/parents in time-management
encourage desired parent involvement
establish consequences for non-completion
provide estimated amount of time expected to be spent on the assignment
facilitate communication of expectations and feedback through use of a class homework board and/or daily
monitor completion and quality of performance
ensure that assignments are marked and provide timely feedback regarding quality of performance
use daily organizer to record homework assignments and expectations
show daily organizer to parents each day
assume increasing personal responsibility for the completion of assignments
obtain teacher assistance when assignments are not understood
ensure that all necessary materials and resources are taken home
obtain appropriate parental assistance to ensure completion of assignments
return completed assignments to school promptly
inform teacher of circumstances that may interfere with timely completion of assignments
demonstrate a supportive, positive attitude towards children‟s homework assignments
communicate satisfaction and appreciation for students‟ efforts and successes
provide an appropriate working environment that promotes concentration
establish a family routine that includes homework as a valued activity
assist students to develop appropriate time-management strategies
provide feedback or seek clarification from teacher if difficulties or problems become apparent
inform teacher of circumstances that may interfere with timely completion of assignments
maintain regular home/school communication strategies, e.g., daily organizer, telephone calls and newsletters
RIDEAU PARK POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR PLAN parents, administrators, or Consulting Services
may be used for support at any time.
We, as educators, are dedicated to providing the best Minor Infractions:
learning and living environment for the students Minor occurrences will be handled by the classroom
entrusted to our care. To live is to make choices. Part of teachers. The classroom teacher will keep parents
the responsibility of an educator is to teach children to informed of student behaviour.
make choices and accept the resulting consequences. We
believe that children learn best how to make proper Repetition (three times) of similar minor occurrences
choices when they have definite guidelines and MAY be considered as a major infraction. Records of
boundaries for their behaviour, and when they have been minor infractions will be removed annually.
made aware that every choice of action has a
consequence – good or bad. Only by making choices for Major Infractions: (Parents will be notified)
themselves and accepting responsibility for these choices physical abuse
can children learn and grow to be accountable adults. defiance of authority
Rideau Park behaviour policy is based on these beliefs. lying
1. Students will behave with consideration for all disrespectful or abusive language (swearing)
people and respect the authority of all adults. continuous disruptive behavior
Respecting individual differences willful damage to property
Refraining from physical or verbal harassment bringing or using weapons including toy weapons
Respecting others‟ rights and property throwing objects not part of a recognized game
2. Students will take responsibility for themselves as (snowballs)
members of a learning community. leaving the school grounds without permission
Learning and helping to maintain school and theft
classroom routines Consequences for major infractions MAY include school
Completing assignments on time service, in-school suspensions and out-of-school
Coming to school with the proper attitude and suspensions.
necessary materials for learning
* Attending school regularly and on time In-School Suspension (one-half to one full day at the
Dressing in an appropriate manner discretion of the staff and principal) for the first
3. Students will respect their environment: classroom, occurrence. Student will remain in the office classroom,
washrooms, school buildings, and school grounds. under the supervision of the principal and office staff and
Keeping the classrooms and outside area free of will be expected to complete their work. Students will be
litter held responsible for class work missed. Work must be
Helping to keep the building and outside competed and returned the next day to the classroom
property free of disfiguring marks and damage teacher. Acting out or failing to respect the office
Maintaining desks, school texts, and library classroom rules will result in an additional day of in-
books in good condition school suspension.
GENERAL SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS Students MAY be placed on out-of-school suspension
A. Respect the rights and feelings of others three major infractions occur
B. Respect personal and school property a student‟s presence is deemed to be disruptive or
C. Follow classroom and school expectations threatens to disrupt order and functioning of school
a student‟s presence is deemed to be a danger to
CONSEQUENCES others or property
When students do not follow these behavioural Out-of-School Suspension: Staff, principal, and
guidelines, steps may be taken as follows: parent/guardians must be involved in this process
The problem will be discussed with the student according to the Student Conduct and Behavior Policy.
and appropriate behaviour and possible
Among approaches to resolving discipline problems,
consequences will be identified
suspensions are formal disciplinary actions for dealing
If the problem persists, it will be reviewed with with extremely disruptive student behavior. Suspensions
the student and appropriate consequences should be used rarely and with due deliberation. They
applied involve short term exclusion of a student from class, from
Depending on the nature, severity, or frequency riding the school bus, or from school for up to a
of the offence, other resources such as teachers, maximum of five school days.
Expulsion from School: Principal‟s recommendation to
the Board of Trustees.
SCHOOL HOURS OF
Kindergarten to Grade 6
Phone: 437-0010 Fax: 430-9898
Assemble: 8:30 am
Begin: 8:35 am E-Mail: email@example.com
Recess: 10:05 am to 10:20 am
Dismissal 11:22 am Website: www.rideaupark.epsb.ca
* * * LUNCH BREAK * * *
AFTERNOON CLASSES Principal 304
Kindergarten to Grade 6 Administrative Assistant 301
Assemble: 12:18 pm Front Office Secretary 0
Begin: 12:23 pm Library 309
Recess: 2:05 pm to 2:20 pm Music 209
Dismissal: 3:20 pm Custodian 311
On THURSDAY afternoon, ALL students will be
dismissed at 2:15 pm. There will be no afternoon recess.
COMMUNICATION AT YOUR
You can leave messages for any staff member in his/her
“voice mail” box. If you cannot speak to a teacher
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2006 - 2007 directly, your call can be put into voice mail for the staff
member to access when he/she is available and then
(* Indicates no school) returned as soon as possible. This feature is available 24
hours a day.
First Day of School Septmber 5
Terry Fox Walk September 15 Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child‟s
* Thanksgiving October 9 teacher to discuss concerns, issues, and problems.
St. Nikolaus Day December 6 However, teachers will not be available to take calls
* Christmas Recess Dec.23 - Jan. 8 during class hours.
* Family Day February 19
* Teachers Convention March 1 & 2
* Spring Recess March 24 –April 1
We require a phone call letting us know when your child
* Good Friday April 6
will be absent or late. If no one is available to answer the
* Easter Monday April 9
call, leave a voice mail or a message with the office staff.
* Victoria Day May 21
Calls will be made to parents if a child is absent and it is
* Day In Lieu May 22
not called in.
Last Day of Instruction June 28
SCHOOL COUNCIL meetings will be on the second LATES
Tuesday of the month Children late for school are to come in the front door and
report in at the office. A late slip will be provided.
particular student needs. These can be requested by
either teachers or parents.
Portfolios are maintained for all students to demonstrate
growth and achievement over time. These collections
GOING ON HOLIDAYS contain writing samples and self portraits done each year.
DURING SCHOOL TIME This portfolio becomes a permanent record of a student‟s
growth and learning.
Parents who choose to take their children out of school
and go on a holiday or trip are choosing to home educate Daily organizers are used by students in grades one to
their children for that period of time. six. They are intended to assist students with time
management and personal organization as well as to
Home education imparts responsibility on the parent to serve as a vital communication link between the school
provide programming that meets the Alberta Education and home.
It is our experience that parents have a variety of We remain committed to the health and safety in all
expectations of teachers in these situations. We would student aspects. All students are introduced to fire safety
appreciate advance notice in writing so that teachers can and proper evacuation procedures.
communicate with children and parents about what will
take place in the classroom and what the child will be ILLNESS/INJURY PROCEDURES
missing. Teachers are not expected to provide handouts If a student becomes ill or injured while at school, the
or lessons in advance during periods of absence for following procedure will be followed:
vacation. Upon their return, students are responsible for a parent (guardian) will be contacted to come and
completing all assignments in a timely manner at home. pick up the child
an emergency contact identified by the parent
Evaluations may show „absent during this unit‟ on our (guardian) will be contacted if the need arises
report card or if parents are able to have their children if a parent (guardian) cannot be reached, the student
demonstrate skills and knowledge appropriate to the will be made as comfortable as possible at school. If
curriculum, the teacher may choose to provide an the injury or illness appears serious, the family
evaluation. doctor will be contacted and his/her advice followed.
If the doctor so advises, the student will be taken to
LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT hospital (by ambulance if necessary). Parents will be
responsible for the cost of the ambulance.
Rideau Park instructional focus is on reading
comprehension and assessment. We are committed to
providing parents and students with clear and accurate
ROLLER BLADES AND SLEDS
information about student progress. Assessment is
All of these are on the school grounds at the owner’s
ongoing and teachers use a variety of strategies to assess
risk. Bicycles must be locked and not ridden during
student learning. Students‟ performance is measured in
school hours. Skateboards, roller blades, and hard sleds
terms of expectations for a given grade level of
are not to be used on school property during school
curriculum. Students are encouraged to take
hours. Crazy carpets may be used by students.
responsibility for their own learning through self-
assessment, peer assessment and goal-setting. They are
Children should be made aware of all the proper bicycle
also involved in playing an active role in communicating
safety rules. It is necessary to wear a bicycle helmet when
growth and achievement to parents through student-led
riding. Our rule is, once you enter the school yard -
Walk’em , Lock’em and Leave’em.
We issue formal progress reports in November, March
and June. Student/parent/teacher conferences are held in Playground supervision is provided by the staff for the
November to provide an opportunity for all parties to fifteen minutes period preceding the morning and
dialogue about students‟ learning goals and afternoon classes, as well as during recess periods. For
safety reasons, we ask that students arrive no earlier
than 8:25 a.m. in the morning and 12:13 p.m. in the
In March student-led conferences give students the
afternoon. Bus arrivals and departures will be
opportunity to demonstrate their growth and celebrate
supervised. Bus schedules are available in the office.
their learning. Individual student / parent / teacher
conferences are scheduled when necessary to address
Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:15 and
12:15 when supervision is provided. If you have any questions about our Emergency Response
Plan or school security alerts, please do not hesitate to
call the school.
AMA STUDENT SAFETY PATROLS
We are very proud of our patroller programme. The REMINDERS
corners around our school get quite busy, especially at
school assembly and dismissal times. Patrollers mark the LUNCH PROGRAMME
corners and are on duty before school and after school. Rideau Park School offers a supervised lunch programme
Students in grade six have the opportunity to take this for all students. The fee for participation in this program
leadership role in the school. It is essential that parents is $16.00 per month per child.
model for our students. Please walk to corners to cross. Cheques should be identified
Jay-walking is illegal. for lunch program and made
payable to Rideau Park School. Occasional users on a
PLAYGROUND SAFETY rules “drop-in” basis are required to bring their $2.00 to the
are posted in each classroom. office.
For personal safety reasons students staying for lunch
INCLEMENT WEATHER MUST NOT LEAVE THE SCHOOL GROUNDS for
During extremely cold or wet weather, students will any reason unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
remain indoors during recess and lunch break.
Upon arrival to school, “Green Dots” The lunch program aides will organize a variety of
Posted on exterior doors indicate students activities for lunch students. It is expected that students
can enter the school early. School will not be will cooperate with staff. In the event of difficulty, lunch
closed unless specific information is shared by radio time privileges may be suspended.
or television announcements.
OPERATION OF SCHOOL UNDER Students may purchase bus passes at the school office.
UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES Please send post-dated cheques made payable to Rideau
Park School in a sealed envelope identified with the
Edmonton Public Schools has enhanced its Emergency student name and home room teacher‟s name. Bus passes
Response Plan to include school security alerts, which MUST be purchased from the office staff on the first
help ensure the safety of students and staff. Security alert or second school day of each month.
drills help to prepare staff and students for actual school
security alerts in which students and staff are protected FEES AND SUPPLIES
inside a locked school. These drills are tailored to Field trip fees are collected at the beginning of the year
respond to specific situations on school property or in the for all in-school and out-of-school field trips. Each class
neighbourhood. Some of these situations might include sets the fee based on the number of field trips and
inclement weather e.g., tornados, chemical spills, gas activities they anticipate for the year. These fees may be
line leaks, downed power lines, threats of violence, and paid totally by mid-September or half in September and
loose animals. half by mid-January. If other arrangements need to be
made, please call Ms. Preece at the school.
If our school population has to evacuate the building due
to unusual circumstances, the children will be taken to PERSONAL PROPERTY AND MONEY
the gymnasium of D.S. MACKENZIE JUNIOR HIGH The school is not responsible for a student‟s personal
SCHOOL, 4020 - 106 STREET, telephone 438-9103. property including electronic toys, music players, and
Regular school dismissal times would be followed. valuables.
Bused students would be picked up at D.S. MacKenzie We request that all school supplies,
and all other students would be dismissed from there. lunch kits, footwear, and outer clothing be marked with
Every effort will be made to contact parents/guardians by the child‟s name prior to sending them to school.
phone, who normally pick up their children from Rideau
Money can easily be misplaced or lost. We ask that CAPITAL HEALTH
children bring money to school in a sealed envelope
identified with the student‟s name, teacher‟s name, and
use of the money.
Students may dress up for Halloween, but costumes
depicting violence or violent characters are not
PARENTS AS PARTNERS Capital Health works together with schools and
community agencies to provide a range of coordinated
WELCOME TO RIDEAU PARK SCHOOL community health and support services for school–age
children and their families. Our common goal is to build
on the health and education potential of students by
providing nursing, rehabilitation, speech and language,
and dental services in schools. If you have any concerns
about your child‟s health, please talk to Community
Health Services, School Health Team at the Twin Brooks
Public Health Centre, phone 413-7664.
RIDEAU PARK SONG
The Rideau Park School Council is one of the many ways
that you can have a voice in your school. Our purpose is
to promote communication and to provide input into the
decision making process at the school. We strive to keep I CAN
you informed on recent developments in our school (written by Joe Fritz)
community and at Edmonton Public Schools.
I can tie my shoes, I can read a book, I can paint a
The school council has a visible presence through social
functions. We are involved in such events as Read–In
Week, Special Lunch Days, Owl News, Green Day, I can blow my nose, I can touch my toes, even
Parking Patrol and coordinating special events. We seek studied ancient Greece,
your involvement and participation to keep the council I‟m a good friend, true to the end, I won‟t let you
proactive. Get to know your council members. Come down,
and meet with us on the second Tuesday of the month or I can catch a ball, I can surf the Net, I can do a
drop your suggestions/concerns in our mail box in the somersault,
school office. I can help you with math, do a little dance,
Try something new, c‟mon take a chance
I promise I won‟t laugh
„Cause I‟m from Rideau Park.
My writing‟s superb, I can print my name, I can skip
I can make my lunch, I can sing this song, and I can
swim (I hope,)
VOLUNTEERS WELCOME! I read to succeed, solve the problem of the week, I
believe I can achieve‟
Rideau Park School supports and encourages all parent / „ I‟m like the Tortoise and the Hare, the Little
guardians, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, Engine that Could
and members of our community to become involved in
I just gotta believe, I‟ll help you and you help me,
the education of our children. Please consider this very
worthwhile and rewarding experience.
Together we can do it, just watch and see,
This problem can be beat, „Cause we‟re from Rideau
They said it couldn‟t be done.
Ha! Just watch me!
If I never ever ever give up, I will succeed!
I C-A-N (clap, clap)
I can! (four times)
I can (spoken)
I don‟t even know the meaning of the word CAN‟T!