The Rideau Report

Mid-September 2022

Getting our grove

Happy Friday Rideau Families!

I apologize for the long message, there is a lot to share!

We will start with some good news: the staffing committee has met at the board this week and we don't have to reorganize the school. Things can stay just as they are. This is wonderful news as changes can always be stressful. Our class numbers are very healthy. Kindergarten classes have around 26-27 students in each. Primary classes are all between 20 and 23 students and our junior classes are around 24-25 students. One of our teachers, Ms. Little who was covering kindergarten planning time, has been offered a full time job at a different school. Her job is being advertised today and will be filled with an occasional teacher in the meantime.

September is the month of perseverance where we learn to work hard and not give up, even when it is challenging. To encourage students and motivate them to persevere and practice their French, we will resume our "billet" system. When students are caught speaking French or demonstrating perseverance, staff give them a billet, which they place in their colour house box. Every week, I will colour a picture of our mascot, Roxanne the Rhino. Which colour house will cover Roxanne the most?

Supervision - There is no supervision on yards until 8:50 in the morning. If you are letting your children play on the field or on the structure, they must be supervised by an adult.

Rideau wear - Parents are always eager to get some Rideau T-Shirts and hoodies for the children. As soon as the link is available and operational, I will share it with families.

Musical - Mr. Davison is putting together a musical this year! More information to come next week about auditions and volunteer opportunities.

Minute of silence - On Monday September 19, at 1:00 pm, we will observe one minute of silence to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in accordance with our board's directive. We recognize that staff, students, and families have different reactions to the death of the Queen and we respect these differences.

Soccer - M. Cameron is taking a soccer team to next week's tournament on Tuesday September 20. Permission form is in School-Day.

Cross-Country - Mme Eastabrook and Mme Frappier are looking after cross-country, which will start on Tuesday September 20 after school.

Terry Fox - Mme Salter is organizing our Terry Fox, which will take place on Wednesday September 21 (Sept. 22-23 as rain dates). All donations can be made online on this site:

PA Day - September 26 is a PA Day, so there is no school for students, but staff have professional development.

Field Trips – Many classes are going to Wynn Farm in October, the permission form will be in School-Day.

Open House - To welcome everyone and let parents visit their children's classroom, we will host an Open House on Wednesday September 28 from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Since we do not have access to our gym yet, there will not be any great gathering. Families are invited to come in through the front door and proceed to visit their children's classroom and meet the educators.

Masking - Although it is not mandatory to mask, students and staff who have been ill should wear a mask for the following 10 days.

Volunteers – we are always happy to have volunteers in the school. You will need to provide a CPIC and complete an oath of confidentiality to come and work with our students. Reach out to your children's teachers if you are interested and have the time to contribute.

Hot lunches – We will start to slowly reintroduce things we had prior to COVID. One of them is Pizza lunches on Tuesdays. This will start on October 4th. We are getting pizza from 241 Pizza. It will consist of 2 large slices of Cheese pizza, individually boxed for $5.00. This product will be available in School-Day next week. Orders must be placed in advanced.

The school start-up has been really positive and we look forward to a great, dynamic year.

Valerie Arsenault


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Receiving communication

Most of the communication from the school will come via Messenger to your email or your phone depending on your preferences. To set up you messenger account, follow these instructions.

Student Insurance

The board does not have insurance coverage for students. Please consult the following letter explaining this.

There is an insurance option for families that you can consult here.

Parent Council

Our first meeting was September 13 and it was nice to see familiar as well as new faces.

Elections for this year's council are on September 22 at 6:30 pm. The council executive consists of a chair and co-chair, a secretary and a treasurer. The council can also include a fundraising chair, a special event coordinator, a breakfast club coordinator and parents at large.

If you are interested for a position or would just like to help from time to time, forward your name to the school and we will forward it to the council.

Yard Supervisors

This year is no different than last, we are looking for yard supervisors! If you have a bit of free time in your schedule and would like to spend it with children, contact M. Derbyshire

Grow Garden

M. Himada is in charge of our garden!

Loving Spoonful’s GROW Project utilizes food and gardens as tools to examine important topics relating to food systems, culture, ecology and climate change. Through in-class and outdoor workshops, students develop important life skills for long-term health and eco-literacy, while building a connection to the world and their place in it. The GROW Project offers educational opportunities for all grade levels and can be a point of engagement and connection with families and their community. GROW also promotes positive wellbeing by supporting students in making healthy eating and lifestyle choices related to their physical and mental health.

Positive wellbeing has been identified by the Ministry of Education as key to the long-term success of students and has been identified as a strategic priority of the Limestone District School Board.

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Piano Lessons

Deborah Schuurmans is offering piano lessons again , starting the second or third week of September.

Lessons will be taught during school hours and recess times .

Email Deb at or call or text 613 532 8983 .

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