Ross Glen Road Runner Reporter

October 2019 News

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Parking Lot Safety

To ensure we keep the students safe, we ask that parents DO NOT park or drop off students in the staff parking lot. This is becoming a concern for the students' safety. Please work with us to keep all our students safe.

Safety Procedures

Thank you for your cooperation with signing into the school. :)

Any visitors, including parents, in the school must also sign in at the office. This is part of MHPSD's safety procedures to ensure we know who is in the building as your child(ren)'s safety is our number 1 priority. Also, if an emergency situation arises, we can ensure all students, staff, parents, and visitors are accounted for whether we remain in the building or evacuate. When you sign in, we will provide you with a visitor pass so all adults and children know you have signed in and have permission to be in the school.


If you are picking your child up throughout the day, for appointments or if they are sick etc., please check them out at the office. This is part of our safety procedures to ensure we know who is in and out of our building in the event we have a fire drill etc.

Medicine Hat Public School Division Attendance Codes

We all know attendance at school matters. We are trying to work together with families to support children in attending school. Therefore we have expanded our list of attendance codes to ensure the attendance data is accurate.

When you call the school to notify us that your child will be absent we will ask which code applies.


Simple Yet Powerful Things to Do While Reading Aloud

By: Reading Rockets

To get the most out of a shared reading, encourage your child to appreciate the pictures, and also guide their attention to printed words. Doing so may help your child's reading, spelling, and comprehension skills down the road.

Most parents recognize the value of reading to a child. Books are a terrific way to share the joys of reading: interesting words, beautiful illustrations, and the keys to unlocking the mysteries of letters, sounds, and words. Recently, several researchers published work that helps us understand that very simple, small actions during reading can have a big impact on what a child takes away from sharing a book with an adult.

It turns out that young children being read to almost always focus on the illustrations. And when they’re not enjoying the pictures, they are looking up at the adult reader. The child’s eyes almost never look at the print on the page, yet that’s where children can learn the most about letters, sounds, and words. To get the most out of a shared reading, encourage your child to appreciate the pictures, and also guide their attention to printed words. Doing so may help your child’s reading, spelling, and comprehension skills down the road.

To help direct your child’s attention to the print in a book, parents can focus on specific parts of it, including:

The meaning of the print. This includes pointing out specific words within a book and drawing the child’s attention to the print. For example, “Here are the penguin’s words. He says, thank you.”

The organization of the book and print, which includes understanding the way pages are read, the role of the author, and print direction. For example, “I am going to read this page first and then this page over here next.” Or “This is the top of the page. This is where I begin reading.”

The letters, which includes helping your child know that letters come in uppercase and lowercase, and helping your child learn the names of each letter. For example, “This M in the red block is an uppercase letter. See how this uppercase letter is bigger than these lowercase letters?”

The words, which includes helping your child recognize some written words, and the match between spoken words and written words. For example, “Let’s point to each word as I read it. Ready?”

Parents play such an important role in growing a reader. Keeping up with information like this is a great way to make sure you are doing as much as you can to nurture all the right skills in your child.

The research and specific examples described here come from the original research, which can be found here: Piasta, S. B., Justice, L. M., McGinty, A. S., & Kaderavek, J. N. (2012). Increasing young children’s contact with print during shared reading: Longitudinal effects on literacy achievement. Child Development, 83(3), 810–820.


Ross Glen Assessment Policy

Ross Glen's Assessment Policy can be found on the school website, under the "For Families" tab.

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October School Events

Tues. Oct. 8th - Fire Prevention Assembly

Tues. Oct. 8th - School Council Meeting 7-8pm

Thurs. Oct. 10th - Gr. 6 Vaccinations

Mon. Oct. 14th - Thanksgiving - School Closed

Tues. Oct. 15th - Picture Day for KB (Tues/Thurs class) to grade 6 (not 5B)

Wed. Oct. 16th - Picture Day for KA (Mon/Wed class) and 5B

Thurs. Oct. 17th - Papa John's Pizza Night

Thurs. Oct. 24th - Spirit Day

Thurs. Oct. 24th - Halloween Dance 5:30-7:30pm
Fri. Oct. 25th - Staff Development - No School for students

Thurs. Oct. 31st- Halloween activities in the afternoon

Ross Glen School Clothing

If you placed an order for school clothing, you will receive an email from Sports Connection when it is ready for pick up at the store.

If you have difficulties making it to Sports Connection to pick up your order, please email Ms. Mastel at and she can help out if needed.

Fire Prevention Week

Information from:


Teaching your children how to act during fires can help reduce stress, minimize the risk of serious injuries and save lives.

Develop a fire escape plan

Every household should have a fire escape plan that includes:

  • two ways out of every room
  • a safe way to get to the ground from a second floor or higher
  • a meeting place outside your home

Remember to teach your children not to hide when they hear the smoke alarm, but to start the escape plan you have practised. They should also know not to go back inside until a parent or firefighter says it's safe.

Practise your plan

  • Practise your fire escape plan by having fire drills at least twice a year.
  • Be sure your plan includes two ways out of every room and a path that leads to the outside of your home or building.
  • Let your children know when you are holding a drill so they can be prepared.
  • Ensure they understand the sound of the alarm and determine whether they can wake if it goes off.
  • Teach children to crawl to the nearest exit when a room is filled with smoke, or to ‘stop, drop and roll’ if their clothing catches on fire.
  • Include a safe meeting place where everyone should gather once outdoors.

Stop, drop and roll

Fire can spread very quickly, so it is important to teach your children what to do if their clothing catches on fire.

  • Stop, drop and roll.
  • If your child cannot stop, drop and roll, tell them to use a blanket or towel to smother the flames.

Teach your children not to play with matches and lighters

  • Teach children to tell a grown-up when they find matches and lighters.
  • Keep matches, lighters and other smoking materials high on a shelf or in a locked cupboard.
  • Teach children that matches and lighters are not toys, but for adult use.

Have a working smoke alarm

Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the home, including:

  • basement
  • bedrooms
  • outside sleeping areas

Teach your children how to test smoke alarms monthly and to recognize the chirping sound of a low battery.

Teach your children to call 911

Your children should understand what 911 is, when to use this number and how to use your phone to make the emergency call.

Let them know they can call this number if they think they are in danger, a fire has broken out, or if someone is seriously injured. Provide concrete examples of when they would need to call 911 and ensure they do this only when they have reached safety.

Helping kids cope after a fire

Children can feel the stress from a fire and may react in different ways.

  • Take their fears seriously and tell them it is ok to be scared.
  • Explain the events as best you can and acknowledge what is frightening about what happened.
  • Tell your children how you feel about the situation as it makes them feel less alone.
  • Praise them for their bravery and quick thinking, but also teach them ways to improve for their safety (if needed).
  • Maintain familiar routines like meal times and regular bedtime.
  • Continue practising your fire escape plan and make any improvements.
  • Seek professional advice from someone who can help children cope with their emotions.


Download our poster and graphics to share online and in your community to help teach children about fire safety.

Additional information


Parent Council News

The Bazaar and Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, November 2nd. Details will be added to our school website soon.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 8th from 7-8pm in the staff room.

Spirit Day - Thursday, October 24th

Theme is Pajama Day!!!

Lunch is from Papa John's (pizza, dessert and drink)

Halloween Dance

When: Thursday, October 24th

Time: 5:30-7:30

A concession will be available.

Pizza $3/slice

Glowsticks $1 for 5 glowsticks

Drinks $1

Papa John's

Pizza night allows families to order pizza from Papa John’s online using a special code. The code gives the family a 15% discount and also earns a 15% donation for our school. Once we have further instructions and the required code, we will share it with families.

Here are the Papa John’s pizza night dates for the year:

Thursday, October 17

Thursday, November 21

Thursday, December 12

Thursday, January 16

Thursday, February 13

Thursday, March 19

Thursday, April 9

Thursday, May 28

Thursday, June 11

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