The Rideau Report

October-November 2021

And just like that, October is almost over

Bonjour les Rhinos!

We are so lucky to be able to have field trips again! Many classrooms are taking the opportunity to hop on a bus and visit a few farms in the area. I hope they takes lots of pictures for our yearbook.

October 20 - Mme Beauvais and Mme Eastabrook to Gould Lake

October 21 - Mme Morawiec and Mme Meyerman to Fruition Berry Farm

October 25 - Mme Kozo/Mme Coulas and Mme LeBlanc to Wynn Farm

October 27 - Mme Bettas and Mme Matthews to Wynn Farm // Mlle Sveinson/Mme Graham and M. Himada/M. Ohayon to Fruition Berry Farm

October 28 - Mme Kennedy/Mme Sparkes and Mme Conrad/Mme Hunter to Fruition Berry Farm

Halloween -> Because of food allergies and COVID restrictions, it is preferable that we refrain from sending treats in for Halloween. Students will have plenty of opportunities to eat sweets on the week end.

Lost & Found -> Our box is already full of beautiful sweaters and fall jackets. The clothes have been laid out on a table and we will encourage our students to pick up what is theirs. If you wish to come and check it after school hours, there is someone in the office until 4PM every day.

Hands-on behaviour -> Returning to in person learning has been exciting for our students and they are very active at recess, playing together and having fun. That being said, we have noticed that students can be more hands on than we would like and we are seeing some pushing and kicking going on. We continue to remind students that hands are for helping and would appreciate if you could share the same message at home. Consistency is key.

Spirit Days -> A lively school has exciting spirit days. We have scheduled several of them from now until the winter break.

October 29 - Orange and Black Day (no Halloween costumes please)

November 12 - Rideau Colours Day (Green and Yellow) or spirit wear

November 26 - Pajama Day

December 10 - Rideau Colours Day (Green and Yellow) or spirit wear

December 17 - Holiday Celebration Day (Festive shirt, green, red, blue, etc.)

Picture retakes -> They will be on November 17th.

Remembrance Day -> As the staff comes together on November 1 for a PA Day, we will finalize our plans for Remembrance Day. It will most likely be in a virtual format and will be shared with families.

Spirit Wear -> We will be able to order new spirit wear (Rideau logo clothing) from now until November 7. Just click on this link to make your selection and purchase your clothing on line All orders will be delivered to the school during the week of November 29.

Parent Council -> Elections took place last week, we welcomed new members as well as returning ones. We are looking forward to their dynamism and involvement in the school community. One of their first fundraiser is the Indigo Gift Card program, see the picture below.

Parents must continue to screen their children daily to ensure they are not experiencing any COVID symptoms. Here is the link to the government screening tool. Sick children should remain home. Children who develop COVID like symptoms during the day will be isolated until a parent can pick them up.

October is "Socktober", every class is invited to collect brand new socks for families in need in the region. Mme LeBlanc is coordinating the event!

Our next PA Day is November 1.

These were our most recent news, enjoy the colours of fall!

Valerie Arsenault

Acting Principal

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Willow Youth Network

Willow Youth Network, formally known as Indigo Girls Group, is an organization run by young feminists for young feminists. In a non-pandemic world, WYN Kingston educates and engages youth in grades 4-8 in discussions about current topics facing the young generation. Clubs foster a safe space for learning and analysis of topics such as self-care, anti-oppression, mental well-being, women in STEM, and much more. These subjects and methods of delivery promote personal growth, increased self-esteem, and mental and physical well-being.

We recognize that much of the language used in WYN's -- previously known as Indigo Girls Group -- programming and even within our name, is not inclusive to transgender and non-binary people. We are working to become a safer and more inclusive space for everyone who would like to be a part of a feminist-led organization that works to empower marginalized genders.

After exploring alternatives to safely accommodate the current circumstances brought on by Covid-19, we have decided to create virtual weekly modules for girls to complete at their own pace. Each module will focus on a societal theme affecting youth of marginalized genders and will include videos, discussions, and interactive activities.

Modules will be released at under ‘Kingston Branch’ each Friday starting on October 29th, 2021, for 6 weeks.


Kyna Scarlett (she/her)

Community Outreach Coordinator

Willow Youth Network

Kingston Branch