École Oman Elementary School SEPTEMBER 2008 NEWS Our Mission: École Oman School is committed to purposeful learning in a safe and inclusive environment. Welcome to our School Community! A new school year has begun and we would like to welcome all students and their families back for another school year. We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer! A special welcome to our new kindergarten students and to the families who moved to Swift Current over the summer! We invite you to become involved in the life of our school community. We also welcome new staff members to Oman: Ashley Gorrill, mornings as Student Services Teacher and afternoons teaching math, science and health to grade 4/5; Sara Onerheim, our teacher librarian until December; Bert Gaumond, grade 3/4 Immersion; Debbie Hope, grade 4; Leanne Marchand, Vice Principal and mornings as grade 2/3 Immersion; Greg Siemens, Student Services Teacher; and Rhonda Cruthers and Nanette Estabrooks, Educational Assistants. We are pleased to introduce our 2007-2008 school staff to you: Principal – Peggy Drinkle Vice Principal – Leanne Marchand English Kindergarten – Brenda Neufeld French Immersion Kindergarten – Laura Cornelson Grade 1 / 2 – Char Peters French Immersion Grade 1 – Chantelle Koop Grade 1 – Janelle Keller French Immersion Grade 1 / 2 – Sherri Andrzejewski Grade 2 – Carrie Frase French Immersion Grade 2 / 3 – Leanne Marchand Grade 2 / 3 – Linda Heinrichs-Demorest and Jeremy Rasmussen Grade 3 / 4 – Tony Rolheiser French Immersion Grade 3 / 4 – Bert Gaumond Grade 4 – Deb Hope French Immersion Grade 4/5 – Kim Thomson Grade 4 / 5 – Dona Eidsness-Anderson/Ashley Gorrill Grade 5 – Deb Linklater and Krista Wishlow (intern) Danse/Art Dramatique – Diane Chartrand Learning Assistance Teachers – Greg Seimens, Ashley Gorrill Teacher-Librarian – Sara Onerheim Core French – Jeremy Rasmussen Office Manager – Shelley Rya Youth Worker – Marla Foster Library Technician – Margaret Ann Janzen Education Assistants – Shantel LeBel, Sheila Grainger, Jolene Hornung, Carla Bollinger, Dana McCallum, Deanne Budd, Joanne King, Cecile Beaudoin-Kwan, Nanette Estabrooks, Rhonda Curthers Facility Operators – John Reddekop, Hal Satter Noon Supervisors – Delores Kantrud, Jeanne Myers, Roxanne Stewart, Bev Argotow Morning/Noon Supervisor – Sa Collier The Parent Connection Communication With Parents We want your child to be successful at Oman In an effort to enhance communication School and believe you play a key role. That role and to keep our parents, students, and is to continually show interest in and support for community informed about our your child’s learning. The child who knows that school, we have sent home a Parent his or her family is interested in and supports the Handbook for each family. If you did school program will almost always have fewer problems in school and will enjoy greater not receive a copy please contact Ms. Rya at success. We hope that you attend as may school the office. It is also available on our events as possible and volunteer whenever you website! The handbook contains valuable can! information about school policies and procedures and we would appreciate it if Communication among parents/guardians, you would review these with your students, and teachers is critical for student child/children. We will continue to send success. Please share with your child’s teacher home a copy of our monthly newsletter any information regarding his or her needs that outlining upcoming activities and events to will help us better serve your family. It is our families with the oldest student from each belief that we are working together as partners in the education of your child I hope that together family. Our newsletters will also be posted we can make this school year rewarding and on our school web-site found at: fulfilling. http://schools.chinooksd.ca/oman. Classroom teachers will also be sending Make school important and strengthen the home regular newsletters outlining the home/school connection by: learning that is taking place in their - making sure your child gets to school classrooms and informing parents of any on time special activities. - making sure your child arrives at school well-rested - attending school functions and parent/student/teacher conferences - getting to know your child’s teacher - reading the school and classroom newsletter - spending time at the school as a How to Contact Us: volunteer if time permits - encouraging reading and writing at home École Oman School - talking with your child about what Address: 520 6th Avenue SE he/she has learned in school each day - encouraging your child Swift Current, SK - celebrating your child’s successes S9H 3P6 Our goal is to provide a caring and respectful Telephone:(306) 778- 9275 learning environment. Our hope is that by working together with parents we can instill in FAX: (306) 773–2960 your children a love of learning, a sense of responsibility, and an attitude of respect for all people. PARENT CONNECTION Student Arrival and Dismissal Supervisors are on duty at 8:00 a.m. EVENING each morning, however, we would ask Parents of students in grades 1 to 5 are that your children arrive at school no invited to join us for a Parent earlier than is necessary, preferably Connection Evening on Monday, not more than 15 minutes before September 15. It will be an school begins (8:30) when they are not opportunity for you and other classroom traveling by bus. parents to meet with the teacher to: 1) At lunch period, if they are not eating begin building a working partnership lunch at school, and at 3:05 p.m., with the teacher; 2) learn about children are expected to go directly classrooms beliefs and values; 3) learn home. Supervision is available only until 3:30 p.m. We would ask that how a day unfolds in your child’s children NOT play on the creative classroom; and 4) receive information playground between 3:05 and 4:00 p.m. from the teacher about what your child Students must go home prior to will be learning this year. It will also be returning to play on the creative an opportunity for you to join us in the playground. West Gym for coffee and cookies; and connect with Oman staff, other families and friends. Further information about the evening and an invitation with a scheduled time to meet with your child’s teacher will be EARLY DISMISSAL DATES coming home shortly. Our One Wednesday per kindergarten teachers are planning a month, schools in Kindergarten Parent Connection Swift Current will be Evening which will take place on a dismissing early. different evening in September. This allows for professional development associated with our learning improvement plan. Students Bell Schedule will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m. on the 8:45 Opening following days. Please mark your 10:30 – 10:45 Morning Recess calendars! Reminders will be sent 11:45 – 12:35 Lunch Period 12:35 – 12:50 D.E.A.R. Time home closer to each date: 1:50 – 2:05 Afternoon Recess Sept. 24 Oct. 29 3:05 Dismissal Nov. 26 Dec. 17 Jan. 21 Feb. 25 March 18 Apr. 29 May 27 June 17 Foundations for Learning Foundations for Learning is an initiative of Chinook School Division that responds to the Continuous Improvement Framework outlined by the Provincial Government. It is founded on the idea of improving schools through the development of Professional Learning Communities whose core principals are 1) to ensure that students learn through a 2) culture of collaboration; which is 3) focused on results. During early dismissal days, École Oman teachers are working collaboratively in learning teams toward a common goal of improving the literacy skills of our students. Each of our teams has a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timebound (SMART) Goal and has developed an action plan towards attaining that goal. In addition, Chinook’s Balanced Literacy initiative and the resources provided by the Division are providing us with additional support to ensure that our students receive the teaching they need to succeed and allows them to work at a level that is “just right” for them. As a staff, we are looking forward to sharing more about Balanced Literacy and learn from you how we can support your child’s literacy development at home. Literacy Connection Day Monday, September 29 As part of our literacy focus the three elementary schools in Swift Current are planning to have a Literacy Connection Day. A strong home school connection is vital in building strong literacy skills in NO SCHOOL for students. We will be sending home a schedule inviting you to your child’s Students on Monday, classroom to meet individually with your September 29 – child’s classroom teacher. There will be no regular classes for students on Literacy Connection Sept. 29; however we encourage you to bring your child to the meeting. More Day information will follow later in the month. Lunch Information Student Busing We have approximately 280 students staying Chinook School Division provides at school for lunch each day! Five transportation for students in its care supervisors have been hired to ensure the providing they live outside their school’s lunch hour is monitored and your child is designated “walk zone”. This service will safe. Please refer to the Lunch Period be provided in accordance with rules and Policy outlined in our parent handbook. If procedures stipulated in school board policy. your child will be staying for lunch we The transportation of students is a privilege, would appreciate parents reviewing this not a right. When the Board provides policy with them. Please send a napkin to transportation services, it recognizes that the place on their eating area and plastic utensils Board, the drivers, the parents, and the if necessary. We ask that you do not send students have obligations to ensure the safe items that require heating as the line up and comfortable transportation of students to would be too long. Your cooperation is and from school. Students are responsible appreciated! for their behaviors to and from school and students riding the bus will have the Lunch Policy following responsibilities: Our lunch period is 11:45 – 12:35. Students who live within walking distance of the school are encouraged to 1. Meet the bus on time go home. A break from the school and from school 2. Sit in the correctly assigned seat – feet on routine and a good walk in the fresh air are important. However, if your child is staying at the school for lunch the floor and aisle clear they should be reminded that it is a privilege providing 3. Talk quietly and do not use offensive that they follow our lunch policy and cooperate with the language supervisors. If they are unable to follow the lunch guidelines, following some reminders, then an alternate 4. Listen to and obey instructions given by location will need to be found for them to spend the the driver lunch period or they will be asked to go home for lunch. 5. Disembark only at your designated bus 1. Everyone eats in his/her own designated eating stop area. 2. Speak softly; talk to the people close to you – not 6. Care about bus property and pay for any across the room. vandalism/damage to the bus 3. Students are expected to use respectful language 7. Consume food and drink only with the when speaking to each other. 4. For safety reasons, please walk. permission of the driver 5. Only one person at a time may go to the 8. Do not throw objects out of the bus bathroom. NO notes for alternate bus plans will be 6. Everyone is responsible for cleaning up their own garbage and placing juice containers in the proper accepted by the bus drivers and no “extra” recycle bins. riders will be accepted on buses. 7. After eating, a quiet activity can be done at the student’s desk. In order to maintain the safety of all students 8. Speak to the supervisors politely and riding the bus, the Board has established respectfully. If you are asked to help with procedures for discipline whenever an something, be cooperative. 9. Twenty minutes will be allotted for eating time. infraction of the rules occurs on the bus. Students will be dismissed in an orderly fashion at 12:05 to go outside. At École Oman School we have a large 10. Students eating lunch at school are expected to remain on school grounds. student population who travel to and from 11. The students are expected to listen and follow the school by bus. Supervisors will also assist directions of the noon hour supervisors. the children to safely load the buses to go home in the afternoon. Parents can help by sending a signed note to inform the school on days your child will not ride the bus home. Severe Weather and Student Transportation In the event of severe winter conditions, Swift Current city bus Bikes, Scooters, runs will be cancelled pending consideration of the following Rollerblades, In- factors: Line Skates, and Skateboards Severe wind chill of -45 degrees Students who ride Celsius or greater bikes to school must Adverse road conditions store their bikes in the Limited visibility because of fog bike racks provided or blowing snow and secure them with a When a decision is made to cancel buses it good sturdy lock. will be made by 6:30 a.m. Information will Bikes should be be relayed to the public through local media walked to the bike racks when the students beginning at 7:00 a.m. on all radio stations. ride them to school and walked to the street when they are retrieved at the end of the school day. After school, students should Student Safety not ride their bikes in front of the school; the We have several students who board school buses pick up here. For safety reasons we buses at 3:05 as well as parents who are encourage students riding bikes to wear picking up or dropping off their children at helmets. Scooters are to be walked to the school. The street directly in front of the bike racks and locked with a good sturdy school is quite congested at times. We need lock. They should not be left in the school your help and cooperation in ensuring entrance areas. The school will not be that everyone gets to school and home responsible for lost or damaged bikes or again safely! Please do not encourage scooters. In-line skates/rollerblades must be your children to cross the street anywhere taken off at the school entrance and stored in except at the cross walk. In the past, there the student’s classroom until the end of the have been some incidences of children and school day. Wheels from “roller-shoes” parents attempting to cross the street must be removed while on school property. between loading buses, and it is dangerous! Skateboards are not allowed on school As well, we have several concerns about property unless prior arrangement has been children being unable to see traffic when made with Mrs. Drinkle or Mme. Marchand. they attempt to cross the street even at the This requires a telephone call from the crosswalk because of vehicles parked too parent. Permission may be granted to those close to the crosswalk zone. If you are students if the skateboard is used for picking up or dropping off your children at transportation. Skateboards should be stored school please do not park anywhere along in the student’s classroom and remain there the yellow curb lines in front of the school until the end of the school day. or across the street. And thank you for keeping the bus loading zone clear of cars! *Allergy Information* Administration of Medication We are asking parents/guardians to Schools are often asked to administer remove any nut products from your essential medications to students while the child’s lunches and snacks. We have students are in attendance at school. There students with serious nut allergies. We will are specific regulations in Chinook School be educating our students about not having Division Policy which schools must follow nut products at the school at any time. The about the nature of the medications allowed best way to ensure a safe environment is for and the procedures for their administration: all parents to be dutiful and carefully pack their children’s lunches and snacks free of 1. An “essential medication” is a physician- peanut products. Posters will be around the prescribed medication that must be school as a reminder. Here are some healthy scheduled during regular school hours and is alternatives that are nut free: necessary for the student’s health breadsticks, crackers, pita bread, or well-being. muffins, bagels 2. The principal is to ensure that students raw vegetables and dip; fruit ( fresh requiring medication during school hours or canned) are identified and appropriate information yogurt; pudding has been completed and filed by the parent hard cooked eggs, chicken pieces, or guardian prior to administering cold meats medications. A statement from the child’s cheese and crackers physician supporting the administration of the medication may be required. A release We also have a student who has a severe form must be completed and signed by the allergy to barley products and grapes. We parent. These forms are available at the are asking parents to please speak with their school office. Non-prescribed children about NOT sharing food items with medications are not to be administered by other students. Teachers will also be school division employees. discussing this in their classrooms. 3. The principal in consultation with the Director of Education or designate and In addition, one of our staff members has a school based staff are to determine staff life threatening allergy to fish. We are members responsible for the administration asking for your cooperation in avoiding of the medication. Medications shall not be sending sandwiches etc. that contain fish. administered by request of the pupil alone. Thank you for your help and support as we 4. A secure location must be provided for strive to make our school a safe environment the location of medications and daily for all of all students and staff! medication records will be maintained. Containers of medication must have dispensing instructions on pharmacy- supplied labels. 5. Parents may consider requesting from Scent Free Zone their physician a form of the medication that We have students and staff with can be given less frequently so that the sensitivity to scents used in perfumes, prescription can be given when the child is colognes, and aerosol sprays. We ask at home. However, when prescription for your cooperation in not using these medications are needed at school we request products before visiting our school and not parental support in following these sending them to school with your children. regulations. For any questions or further Thank you! information, please call Mrs. Drinkle or Mme. Marchand. announcements. More information about Attendance The Virtues Project can be found on our If your child is going to be absent, please website. call our secretary before 8:45 a.m. We have an answering machine so that you can leave a message anytime after school hours. If a student is absent without explanation we will contact you to be sure they are safe. School Pictures School Pictures will be taken on 778-9275 TUESDAY, September 23. Please make sure your child wears their widest smile to school on this day! Milk Program We will once again be offering a school MILK PROGRAM Terry Fox Walk thanks to Mme. Andrzejewski, On Sept. 26, École Mlle. Thomson, Mrs. Peters and Mr. Rasmussen. The program will Oman School will once begin shortly. Watch for a note! again participate in the Milk cards can be purchased at the school annual Terry Fox Walk office. The cost is $15.00 for 20 milk (white for Cancer Research. A or chocolate). Please make cheques special Terry Fox payable to ÉCOLE OMAN SCHOOL. assembly will be held in the gym before we leave for our walk. Watch for further details coming home Gifts of Character – Our Virtues soon! As a school community, we will continue to focus on our character virtues and learn about the attitudes, language, and actions that we can do and say each day at school, at home, and in our community, that help Parent Helpers Needed!! shape our character and the character of In order to make our HOT DOG DAYS others. Over the past three years we have successful we need parent focused on several virtues. This year we are volunteers to help us out! If you can acknowledging the seven Core Virtues: help between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 empathy, respect, honesty, tolerance, p.m. on hot dog days please kindness, self control and fairness. We will telephone Ms. Rya at the school. be 1) teaching our students ways they can Our first Hot Dog Day is practice these virtues on a daily basis at OCTOBER 17. The cost is $2.50 for a school and at home; and 2) using the hotdog, drink, and dessert. language of the virtues to celebrate and guide our students. Students, parents, We are very proud of our School and staff are encouraged to write a Library but we need some help “virtue voucher” when they see any of to make it run as smoothly as it the virtues being practiced and post the does. If you are able to help out voucher on our virtue bulletin board. in our Library on weekday These are read as part of our daily afternoons, please contact the school office and leave your name! School Community Council News The School Community Council is a local École Oman School has always governance structure established by the provided emergency breakfasts and provincial government through legislation passed during the 2006/2007 school year. School lunches for those students who Community Councils provide the community periodically miss or forget these with a voice in local education as well as provide important meals. parents and the community an opportunity to work with the school on programs that will However, we also run a regular enhance learning and student well-being. Our breakfast and lunch program which School Community Council is an integral, gives students the opportunity to purposeful, and valued component of our school. We are excited about the areas of opportunity to receive nourishment when home help our school and community work together circumstances prevent them from for the benefit of children. receiving adequate food. By having a breakfast and lunch program in our You can view an informative powerpoint school we can provide meals for these presentation from the May 5/08 Annual Meeting students who regularly require these by going to the school website at http://schools.chinooksd.ca/oman and accessing services. it from the “Misc” tab on the homepage. Since our school is unable to fund such Our 2008/2009 SCC members are: Dona a program, some Swift Current Eidsness-Anderson (Chairperson), Mary Taylor- churches and individuals have already Keefe (Vice Chair), Stacie Noble-Wiebe, Shauna offered to assist. There are also ways Lacher (Secretary), Tanya Bouvier- that your family may help others in Mortensen, Darcy Richards, Debbie Bissonnette, Brandi Roosen (Treasurer), Kevin Regier, Diane need within our school community. Chartrand (teacher rep), and Peggy Drinkle. Families may donate money, pack an extra lunch for a student who needs one, or donate things like brown bags, plastic forks, knives, spoons, napkins, and bowls. If you feel that your family may benefit from this program, or you would like to contribute to its success, please contact Marla Foster, our Our school is an InMotion school! This Youth Worker, at the school means we value the benefits of daily (778 – 9275). Our goal is to have no physical activity and healthy eating. It is student go hungry. important for our students to fully participate in classroom gym classes, be active at recess and participate in intramurals. Our InMotion committee will be developing plans for special activities and events throughout the year. Watch for upcoming information! Reminders: If you haven’t already done so, please return to the school as soon as possible Morning Emergency the following: Bussing Back-Up Plan 1. Student Information Sheet (K-Grade5) It is important to develop and discuss 2. Technology Policy (K-Grade5) with your children a back-up plan 3. HIV/Aids Education Letter (Grade 1-5) should the school bus be delayed in 4. Driver Authorization Form (K-Grade5) the event of inclement/stormy 5. Parent Consent Form (K-Grade 5) weather on its morning route. * What would your child do if his/her bus did not meet its scheduled pick EARLY DISMISSAL up time? * Is there someone at home to assist? FOR SEPTEMBER: * If parents leave for work and no one Wednesday, September 24. is home, does your child(ren) have access to their home to make a Students are dismissed at 2:05 telephone call? If so, who would p.m. Busses run as usual but at they call? this earlier time. * Is there a neighbor home to assist? It is better to be prepared than to experience a potentially dangerous In the Community… situation. Please take a few minutes – think out and arrange your back-up 1) Parenting Study Group – promoting healthy plan and discuss it with your child. parent/child relationships with respectful communication, co-operation, responsibility and encouragement. Based on teachings of Alfred Adler and Rudolph Dreikus. This group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month (Sept. 23). 2) ADD/ADHD Information & Support – this Campbell’s “Labels for group meets the third Tuesday of the month Education” Program (September 9) We will be continuing with The location for both groups is Ashley Park the project thankfully, School and the time is 7 – 9 p.m. Jennifer Anderson has Call 626-3317 for more information (not long distance). volunteered to continue her role with the program! A 3) Family Resource Centre – 773-6160 HUGE thanks to you Offering a variety of activities, programs for Jennifer! So, keep up the super work children and adults, and information nights. Call Oman families, and continue to cut and them for further information or refer to their collect the UPC codes from eligible newsletter online at Campbell’s products. http://familyresourcecentre.pbwiki.com/ One upcoming Information Night is as follows: Monday, Sept 8 – 6:30 – 8pm “Birth Order and Children”. Register by calling the Family Resource Centre @ 773-6160 The TREEHOUSE IAP STUDENT ACCIDENT - a safe place to be yourself! INSURANCE Chinook School Division has arranged to We are excited for the Treehouse to soon begin. provide blanket Student Accident Insurance Here is what the Treehouse is all about: through Industrial Alliance Pacific. This What do we do in the Treehouse: protection covers all the students for the The Treehouse is a place where students share ideas, play games, meet friends and so school day including traveling from their much more. Each month the Treehouse focuses home directly to school and school on a specific topic. These topics can be found in sponsored trips. that month’s newsletter. Some past topics included friendships, self-esteem and bullying. Industrial Alliance Pacific (IAP) does offer Students will learn about these topics and additional insurance coverage that provides participate in an activity. protection to their children 24 hours/12 What can the students expect: months of the year. In this regard, a There are two ways students can VOLUNTARY Accident Insurance become involved in the Treehouse; 1) If a Application is being sent home with each student is in grade 3, 4 or 5 they can sign up for “lunch bunch” on their own, anytime throughout student. If you have questions about this the year. Each “lunch bunch” will meet voluntary insurance being offered, please approximately once a month, depending on the contact their representatives at W.W. Smith number of students. 2) If a student, teacher or Insurance (773-1547) or the IAP office at parent feels a student or family may benefit from 1-800-556-7411. exploring another area or topic they can request a child be seen individually. Parental consent is required in this area. What can parents expect: Parents can expect that their child may want to share the topics discussed during Treehouse time. These discussions can be a great way to further enhance your child’s holistic development. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marla at the school. Be sure to bookmark our school web page! It’s updated daily and Our annual fundraising activity will there’s lots of information there! run October 1! . This year’s http://schools.chinooksd.ca/oman fundraiser is Gift Catalogue sales but with a new company… Lamontagne. The big change will be that it includes the opportunity to purchase Christmas Cards and 2009 Calendars at part of the fundraising! Watch for your catalogue and details coming home!