HOLLAND ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (T) 860- 4170 (FAX) 860- 4173 Website: www.hres.ednet.ns.ca Email: email@example.com Notice - September 8TH, 2010 Library Volunteers Needed The Library needs help on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are able to donate your time to ensure another successful year in the library please attend a meeting this Thursday at 12:30 or call Mrs. Powell @ 860-4170 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer in the library helps re-shelve books, checks books in and out, assists with displays, book fair, helps children find books and if comfortable, reads to the class. Every year it is the dedication of our volunteers that makes our program so successful. Volunteers are also needed for our School Advisory Council, our Parent Teacher Association and our Fine Arts Committee General Meetings Tuesday, September 14th at 2:30pm at 6:30 pm If you are interested in being part of one or all of these groups or would just like to participate in the discussions, please join us at school on Tuesday, September 14th at either 2:30pm or 6:30 pm. We are in dire need of new volunteers to assist with fundraising, programming and improving student learning and achievement. SOS – Supporting Our Students School Cancellations If at any time you are wondering about school cancellations, please check the Halifax Regional School Board website www.hrsb.ns.ca or call the information line – 902 464-INFO (4636). Emergency Evacuation Site Please be advised that if for some reason Holland Road School had to be evacuated during the school day for an extended period of time, Stock Transportation would be called and students would be bussed to our designated evacuation site which is George P. Vanier School in Fall River. The telephone number for George P. Vanier School is: 860 – 4182. Bus Safety Students are reminded to behave properly when waiting for the bus in the morning. Especially in areas where there are no sidewalks, students should be standing on the side of the road and not running around. Parents are asked to discuss this safety concern with their children. Supervision at the morning bus stops is strongly advised. Thank you! Busses and Parking Area Safety This is a reminder to parents who drop off their children in the morning or pick them up at the end of the school day. Bus drivers are on tight schedules to deliver or pick up children at various schools in our community. Therefore, it is essential that busses not be delayed by cars being parked in front of the school dropping off or picking up students. Best Options are: 1. Children to take the bus if at all possible. 2. Children to be dropped off at the bottom of the hill with the crossing guard (Cindy is off. She had knee surgery on September 1st) or on the North side of the driveway so that they can walk directly up the sidewalk. 3. If absolutely necessary to drop children off at the school, please avoid busses and pull all the way around the loop instead of dropping off children in front of the doors. This will help if a bus happens to arrive at the same time. For everyone’s safety it is crucial that students exit cars on the curb side and that we do not pass busses or other cars while in the loop. Parking and traffic is a historic problem at Holland Road School and until the configuration of the driveway is changed it is necessary that we all be cooperative and patient with the existing situation. The safety of all children depends on your cooperation. Thank you! School Security All visitors to Holland Road School are asked to report to the office before entering the school. At the office all visitors and volunteers will be issued specific badges to make them easily identifiable to staff and students. Thank you for your support! Student and Class Pictures Grades Primary to 3 will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, October 5th. Grades 4 to 6 will have their pictures taken on Wednesday, October 6th. MILK Collection DARTMOUTH ALL-CITY MUSIC PROGRAM 35 Major Street Dartmouth, NS Music opportunities in HRSB http://dacm.hrsb.ns.ca CHOIR 1. Elementary Girls’ Choir: Auditioned choir open to girls in Grades 4-6. Tuesdays 4:00-5:45 p.m. Dartmouth Music Centre 2. Boys’ Choir: Auditioned choir open to boys in Grades 4 and up, unchanged voices. Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. Dartmouth Music Centre 3. HRSB EAST Elementary Voices: Auditioned choir for boys and girls in grades 4-6. Rehearsals are held at O’Connell Drive School. Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. STRINGS 1. Violin and cello lessons are offered to students in Grade 4 or above, acoustic bass lessons for any student in Grade 6 or above and viola to students in Grade 7 with previous string playing experience. Lessons are offered in some schools, as well as at the Dartmouth Music Centre. For more information, please contact Susan Logan at 435-8336 or e-mail email@example.com Bullying hurts: You can help the healing. A Guide for Parents Click on the graphic to download the printed brochure (8 1/2 x 14). Bullying hurts everyone - the victims, the bullies, and the whole community. As a parent, here’s what to watch for, what you can do, and where you can get help. What is bullying? Bullying is intentional, hurtful and repeated behaviour that intimidates, threatens harm, or victimizes another person to make the victim feel weaker. It may be direct and open, or indirect and subtle. If it’s intentional, hurtful and repeated, it’s bullying, whether the act is: physical (such as hitting, shoving, or touching in an unwelcomed way) verbal (such as threatening, harassing, teasing, or insulting) social (such as excluding others from a group, or spreading gossip about them) electronic (such as hurtful text messages, e-mails, or other online abuses, which are sometimes called cyber- bullying). Why is it serious? Bullying is painful and dangerous. It is never acceptable. Research shows that bullying can cause deep harm, and that it can have serious long-term effects.The problem may be more widespread than you think. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one-third of students experience bullying at school, and almost one-third report having bullied someone else. How can I tell if my child is being bullied? Victims often keep their problems a secret. They may feel they should handle it themselves. They may worry about revenge or other students’ disapproval, or they may feel that adults can do little to help them. These are some signs that your child may be the victim of a bully: a change in attitude, eating, or sleeping habits; fear of going to school or attending after-school programs; skipping classes; lowered self-esteem; unexplained sadness or depression; acting out at home; unexplained losses of money or personal items, or things that come home broken without a reason; unexplained bruises, injuries, or damaged clothes; and loss of interest in school, or a drop in achievement. What can I do when my child is the victim? Listen carefully to what your child tells you about the bullying. Be sympathetic and take the problem seriously. Assure your child that it is not his or her fault. Tell your child that she or he will not have to face this alone. Discourage your child from getting revenge. Do not promise to keep it a secret. Anonymous reports are hard to fix. Tell the principal or a staff member. Give your child the following advice: Walk away from the situation. Don’t hit back, don’t talk back, don’t e-mail back. Tell an adult whom you trust – a teacher, the principal, the school bus driver, or the lunchroom supervisor. Talk about it with your family or friends so that you don’t feel alone. Find a friend to be with in the places where you don’t feel safe. (Adapted from Bullying - We Can All Help Stop It: A Guide for Parents of Elementary and Secondary School Students. Ontario Ministry of Education, 2009) What if my child is the bully? Be alert to signs of bullying at home. Think about how your family deals with problems and conflicts. Tell your child that bullying is wrong, and that there are better ways to solve problems, manage feelings, and meet needs. Be a good role model. Practise how to face problems together without hurting others. Talk to your child’s teacher or other staff at the school. They can help. What if my child is a bystander? Coach your child to do the following if he or she is a witness to bullying: Stay calm. Speak up. Get help. Support the victim. Refuse to join in any teasing or gossip. Do not be an audience for the bully. Show respect for all people. What can I expect from the school? School staff will investigate your concerns. An adult your child trusts will support your child and help to solve the problem. The principal or other school staff will meet with you and your child. If more help is needed, the school will involve others, such as a Safe Schools Consultant or the School Administration Supervisor. How is the school board helping to make our schools safer? The Halifax Regional School Board is committed to ensuring that every school is a safe place to learn and succeed. We put this commitment into action through our policies, procedures, staff development, and school supports. For example: The Regional Code of Conduct (Policy B.013) sets the standard for conduct in our schools. It declares that “it is the right of all students and staff to learn, teach, work and interact in a safe, secure and healthy environment, free from any form of violence, intimidation, threat, abuse or mistreatment.” You can read the complete policy, B.013-code-of-conduct.pdf. Safe Schools, a division of the School Administration Department, offers training, resources, and individual support to help students find peaceful solutions to conflict. Find out more at www.hrsb.ns.ca/safeschools. Positive Effective Behaviour Supports (PEBS) is an approach adopted by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and practised in our schools. The PEBS approach involves: defining the standards of behaviour for all students; teaching students how to meet the standards; and supporting students when they need extra help to act responsibly and reach their potential. Your child’s school may also have developed other ways to promote safety and respect. Talk to the teachers or principal to find out more. Other helpful resources To learn more about bullying and what you can do to help the healing, contact your child’s school or check out these resources: Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 www.kidshelpphone.ca Bully Hotline, Halifax Regional Police Phone: 490-7283 Text: 233-SAVE E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Provincial School Code of Conduct www.ednet.ns.ca/index.php?t=sub_pages&cat=494 Safe Schools, Halifax Regional School Board www.hrsb.ns.ca/safeschools Halifax Regional School Board Website – Information for Parents Go to: www.hrsb.ns.ca Click on PARENTS at the top of the page Frequently Asked Questions As a parent, you likely have lots of questions about your child’s education. Everything from how old your child must be to start school, how to enroll in French Immersion, or how to get extra help and support. These and many more questions are answered in FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions.) To learn more, click here. Parent Tool Kit We believe parents are key partners in their children’s education. Parents need the right tools to help support their children and to forge a solid relationship between home and school. For a handy toolkit of policies, publications, calendars, bus schedules, healthy living tips and more click here. Helping Children Succeed at School Parents want to know what’s happening in their children’s classrooms, and take a hands-on approach to education. Parents are a valuable ally in helping their children engage in school by reinforcing good homework practices at home. To learn more about how to help your child develop successful study habits, click here. French as a Second Language Are you interested in learning more about French second language programs in HRSB schools? Our schools offer a wide variety of instruction from core French to early and late immersion. To learn more click here. Safe Schools The HRSB is committed to ensuring all students learn in a safe, supportive environment. Our Safe Schools division works to curb bullying, encourage positive behaviour, and teach conflict resolution. To learn more, click here. EXCEL Child Care The HRSB ’s EXCEL Child Care Program offers care for elementary school children before and after school. EXCEL provides organized, fun programs that give parents peace of mind in the times they can’t be with their children. To learn more click here. School Advisory Councils School Advisory Councils (SAC) provide a vehicle for parents and the community to have an effective voice in the education of their children. The SAC is a legally recognized body that works in an advisory capacity to increase the quality of education being provided by the school. To learn more, click here. Documents Wondering about the latest policies passed by the elected board, looking for a copy of the operating budget, or perhaps the Superintendent’s annual report? We’ve compiled an archive of documents that can help. For a full list, click here.