LARKHALL ACADEMY September Newsletter September 17, 2010 Dear Parent / Caregiver: LARKHALL ACADEMY STAFF 2010-2011 Welcome to a new and exciting year at Larkhall Academy. This year we will be starting our Kindergarten: Christine Ash newly developed school improvement plan. Jackie Pottle Through the school review process, we have Grade 1: Ann Marie Hickey Trina Dawe identified two goals on which to focus for the Grade 2: Marie Cuza coming three to five years: Maureen Healey-Beckett 1. To improve student achievement, and Grade 3: Janet Brown 2. To promote the Larkhall Academy Krista Molloy School Community as a safe, healthy, Melissa Molloy active and socially just learning Grade 4: Linda House environment. Myrna W illiams In particular, we will be focusing on Grade 5: Luanne Langdon Differentiated Instruction strategies, student Paul Harris assessment, parental involvement in school, Tania W hite Grade 6: Gina Keeping student accountability and healthy / active Ashley Pittman living. We look forward to working with you as Laun Shoemaker we strive to achieve these goals. Resource: Kelly Hicks Penney Marnell Included in this newsletter is a lot of important Lisa Power-Holwell information. You may want to tape it to your Sharon Samms fridge or inside a cupboard door to refer to Jody W orthman throughout the school year. As well, I ask that Numeracy/Literacy Ruth Blackmore you read through the “Student Handbook” Guidance: Elizabeth Tulk located at the front of the agenda which we have Library Resource: Luanne Langdon Music / Band Susan Lee provided to your child. Physical Education: Jody W orthman Speech Language: Corinne Burgess If you have any questions or concerns about Student Assistants: Stephanie Connors your child, please feel free to contact your Trudy Howlett child’s teacher or myself. Carl Noseworthy Cathy Philpott Sincerely, Brenda Rodgers Rose Ann W alsh Maint./Custodian: Maurice Victory Ron Parrott Custodian: Keith Bradbury Cleaning Staff: Diane King Principal Secretary Judy Clancy School Lunch Staff: Claude Doyle Vice-Principal: Paul Harris BUS TRANSPORTATION Principal: Ron Parrott Our bus drivers are committed to ensuring the safety of our students while they are traveling DAILY SCHEDULE on the bus. Students who avail of our school bus service have a responsibility to behave in a 8:20 Supervision Begins (students allowed in manner which does not endanger others. school) Please speak with your child periodically to 8:40 First Bell - Homeroom remind him/her of proper behavior on the bus. 8:45 Classes Start It is a privilege to ride the bus and proper 10:15 Recess behavior increases the safety of all students. I 10:30 Classes Resume encourage you to read the “School Bus 11:30 Morning Kindergarten Dismissal Transportation Handbook” located on the 12:00 Lunch Eating Period (Gr. 1 - 6) Eastern School District website 12:25 Recreation Period (Gr. 1 - 6) (http://www.esdnl.ca/about/policies/esd/regulati 12:30 Afternoon Kindergarten Classes Begin ons/E_EEA_EEA.pdf) as it outlines 12:50 Afternoon Bell-Return to class (Gr. 1-6) expectations for student behaviour while 12:55 Classes Resume (Gr. 1 - 6) traveling on the school bus, and the 2:55 Afternoon Dismissal (Kgn. - 6) consequences for misbehaviour. SCHOOL CALENDAR MUSIC Wed., Sept. 8th Classes Begin for All students at Larkhall participate in the Music Grades One to Six Program. Each class has two regularly scheduled Thurs., Sept 9th Classes Begin for Music periods per cycle. As well, Ms. Lee will Kindergarten be introducing a new computer music program to Thurs., Sept. 23rd Curriculum Night students. The Music program benefits children Mon., Oct. 4th School Pictures by allowing them to sing, play particular Mon., Oct. 11th Thanksgiving Day instruments and develop music appreciation. We Holiday are fortunate to have Junior and Senior Choirs. Tues.., Oct. 12th School Closeout As well, this year we will continue to offer a Mon. Nov. 1st School Closeout Band/Instrumental program to Grades Five and Thurs.., Nov. 11th Armistice Day Holiday Six students. Further information on this Wed., Dec. 22nd Last school day before program will be distributed to parents by our Ms. Christmas break Lee. Tues., Jan. 4th Classes Resume Thurs., April 21st Last school day before Easter break RECYCLING PROGRAM Mon.., May 2nd Classes Resume Mon., May 23rd Victoria Day Holiday Larkhall Academy will be continuing with its Thurs., June 23rd Last school day for recycling program again this year. Students are students strongly encouraged to deposit their empty recyclable drink containers daily in classroom and corridor collection bins. We will be SEVEN DAY CYCLE collecting : plastic pop bottles (any size), aluminum pop cans, and tetra paks (any size). Larkhall Academy follows a “Seven Day” Cycle If you wish, you may encourage your child to for classroom scheduling. This method will collect these items at home and bring them to correspond with standard scheduling practices school on Thursdays. We ask that parents rinse in schools of the Eastern School District. Using their containers and, where possible, sort them this method will ensure that students will not before sending them to school as this helps speed miss instruction in any subject at times when up the collection process. Students are also school is closed for scheduled holidays. asked to count their recycling items and write or Instructional days will be lost when school is tape the number on their bag. The start date for closed for any other reason (ie. weather, staff collections is Thursday, September 30th. This professional development days, etc.). The 2010 program has a financial benefit to the school, as - 2011 school year begins with Day One on well as a positive environmental impact. Your Wednesday, September 8th. Day Two is on cooperation in this program can help to make Thursday, September 9th , and so on. our community a cleaner one. TEXTBOOKS/LIBRARY BOOKS PHYSICAL EDUCATION An important aspect of education is teaching The Physical Education program is of great responsibility. Through the year, students are importance to primary and elementary school provided with a variety of resource materials children. It contributes to the physical fitness of and are encouraged to borrow books from the students and increases their knowledge of school and classroom libraries. It is expected sports, the importance of rules and the example that our students will properly care for these of fair play. Students are required to wear items while they are in their possession. sneakers (lace-up or velcro fastened), shorts or sweat pants and a t-shirt to all physical education classes or other gym-related activities. STUDENT ENTRANCES Students are to enter the building through either BUILDING SECURITY of the following three entrances: 1. Doorway at end of corridor next to For security reasons all outside doors at Larkhall Kindergarten classrooms, are locked once classes have begun. The door 2. Main entrance on Larkhall Street adjacent to the office off Vinnicombe Street is 3. Lower entrance on Vinnicombe Street. equipped with a bell to ring in order to gain entrance to our school during the instructional The upper entrance on Vinnicombe Street, by day. Parents who visit the school are required to the office, is to be used by staff, parents and check in at the office. guests to our school. Please note that the school is not open to students until the 8:20 bell rings. Students arriving at school before that time must wait outside as inside supervision is not provided. NUT-FREE / SCENT FREE SCHOOL ABSENTEEISM AND MEDICATION We have students and staff at Larkhall Academy Attendance contributes greatly to a student's with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, fish success in school. However, there are days when and latex. In an effort to keep all students safe a child is not well enough to be in school. It is we are requesting that no nuts, peanut butter required that any day(s) missed by a student be or other foods containing nuts come into the explained in a note from the parent. We must school. Some foods say “May Contain Traces have the reason in writing, a phone call is not of Peanut”. This is as serious and potentially sufficient. In the event of a pre-arranged absence dangerous as if peanuts were present. Please the school should be notified in advance. remember to check all ingredients of food products coming to school to ensure they are Any medication prescribed by a doctor may be safe for everyone. As well, we do not permit the administered at school, if necessary. However, use of balloons or other items made of latex. the medication must be dropped off by the parent directly to the office along with a medication Some students and staff are seriously affected administration permission form, completed by by certain scents and odours. Their reaction to the parent and signed by a doctor. The forms are these scents can be quite severe, even life- valid for only one year, so parents who have threatening, and prevent them from attending completed a form in previous years must school. Please do not allow your child to wear complete one for this year. Medication forms are perfumes or colognes. As well, students are not available at the school office, or on the school permitted to bring hair sprays and other such district website at: scented products to school. http://www.esdnl.ca/about/policies/esd/regulation s/J_JLCD_JLCD.pdf FOOTWEAR Please note that we are not permitted to administer non-prescription drugs (eg. Students will require a change of footwear from Aspirin, Tylenol or cold/flu medication) to their outside shoes. The sneakers purchased for children. Physical Education classes are fine for daily wear inside the school. Please avoid black soled sneakers as they may mark our floors. SMOKE-FREE GROUNDS AND FACILITIES CORRESPONDENCE Visitors, staff and students are reminded that all buildings, grounds and properties under the To conserve our limited resources and protect jurisdiction of the Eastern School District are our environment, notices to parents will smoke-free. This policy applies at all times, even normally only come home with your youngest after school hours. Please respect our smoke-free child attending Larkhall Academy. Student policy and support us in our efforts to create a agendas are also used as a means of safe and healthy environment for everyone. communication between home and school. Please check your child’s school bag and agenda regularly as important information is shared in this manner. SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM SCHOOL COUNCIL By now you should have received and Larkhall Academy has had an active School returned the School Lunch Association (SLA) Council for a number of years. Since its “Registration” form and “Order Envelope”. formation, the School Council has met regularly If you have not sent in these forms, but would and has developed a constitution to help govern like your child enrolled in the program, please its operation. The Council has also been contact the SLA at 754-5323. The program will involved in a variety of school related decisions start on Monday, September 27th . Until the and special events, especially in the areas of lunch program begins, students must bring a school programs, and fundraising. bagged lunch to school. The price per lunch this year will remain at a very reasonable $3.00. The Schools’ Act of Newfoundland and (Where else can you get a nutritious meal, which Labrador requires that a School Council be includes a drink and dessert, for that made up of: three elected parent representatives, price?)Families participating in this program, but two community representatives, two teacher who are unable to pay the full amount, are asked representatives and the school principal. to contribute whatever amount they can. Every Members may serve a maximum term of three little bit counts towards ensuring that this non- years, and may be elected or appointed to a profit organization can continue to provide our further three year term. Within the next few students with healthy, low cost lunches. Last days we will sending home information year there were approximately 30,000 meals regarding the election of new members of the served to our students. The cost of providing School Council. those meals was more than $81,000.00; however, only $33,273.15 was received in payments. I ELECTRONIC DEVICES encourage all parents to contribute regular payments to the lunch program so that we do not It seems that in this age of technological experience such a huge shortfall in funding as advances, we are constantly surrounded by we did last year. Remember, the goal of the electronic devices; whether that be cellular School Lunch Association Program is to ensure phones, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras or that all students are able to have a nutritious PDA’s. While we embrace technology as a tool meal while at school, regardless of a parent’s for teaching and learning, we must also recognize ability to pay the full amount. For parents who the possible negative impacts in a school are able to pay all, or a portion, of the meal cost, environment, specifically in terms of safety, it should not be viewed as a free service. distraction and personal privacy. In light of these concerns, we have developed the following Our lunchroom facility cannot accommodate all policy: students who stay for lunch. As a result, we will once again be having some grade levels eat in Cellular Phones: Students are not permitted to their classrooms. The grade level(s) affected have cellular phones turned on or use cellular will change each month. In order to provide phones while at school, including during the non- for the transfer of hot lunches from the structured times, such as prior to classes starting, downstairs kitchen area to the classrooms, we recess and lunch periods. If students must have a are seeking parent volunteers. These cell phone it must be kept in their locker while volunteers would be needed between 11:45 they are at school. and 12:20 each lunch hour. We are counting MP3 players/iPods/Electronic Games: on your help with the lunch program. Each day Students are not permitted to use these devices we need two adults to assist with the serving of during the time they are in attendance at school. meals. A letter seeking volunteers is being sent These devices must be turned off, earphones home. Please sign-up if you are available for removed and the device placed in a secure one day each week. location (not in the student’s desk, or on the person) upon arrival at school. Digital Cameras: Except during special events, OUTSIDE PLAY that are public by nature, students are not to use digital (or film) cameras while in attendance at On days when the weather is fine, we require school. that all students go outside during recess and/or lunch play periods. It is expected that students We appreciate your support and understanding in will always come to school dressed this matter, as we try to create a better learning appropriately for these occasions. Parents are environment for our students. asked to make arrangements with their child’s classroom teacher if a child is unable to go outside. Generally we assume that if a child is PUBLIC WASHROOM USE well enough to come to school, he/she is able to go outside to play on outside days. Oftentimes, We respectfully request that when parents are going outside in the fresh air for a short period visiting our school, that they not use the student of time will help children who are a little under washrooms. There are individual public the weather feel better. washroom facilities located across the corridor from the primary student washrooms. M.U.N. TEACHER INTERNS Each year the staff at Larkhall Academy works with Memorial University of Newfoundland to provide classroom experience for students in the Faculty of Education. This fall, we are fortunate to have Ms. Robyn McHugh who will be working with Ms. Lee to complete her Music internship program at our school. In addition to the Internship program, we also “Curriculum Night” is scheduled for participate in the professional-year program, In THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd AT that program M.U.N. Education students 7:00 p.m. observe, and participate in, classroom instruction over a ten-day period in the fall and All parents are asked to take this winter. opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and learn about school programs.