The Rideau Report

April 2021

Principal's Message

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." Samuel Johnson.

A long, productive, fun-filled March has come to an end, and we are looking forward to getting outside more in the warm April sunshine. We had a great 'fake March Break' at Rideau, with students showing lots of spirit throughout the week. We ended the week with a virtual concert by Franco-Ontarien singer Roland Bibeau, who live-streamed a show just for Rideau on Friday March 19. It was a great experience for everyone, and a fun way to experience some Franco culture in a COVID-safe way!

April is a very short month, with Easter weekend and the new spring break. This month we will start running Coast-to-Coast (see below), working as a whole school to reach this challenging goal. Our Rideau runners are great at persevering and rising to a challenge, and we know this will be a fun event to track through the spring.

We continue to appreciate student and family support as we work through COVID protocols. Earlier this week we saw three Limestone schools close for a day, and we want Rideau to continue to practice our safe habits to avoid this. Thank you for reinforcing mask protocols with your children, along with hand hygiene and spacing. Our field is still closed after school (except for FCCC use). We know that community use of our field has increased since the snow melted, and we are working with Board, By-law, and police partners to keep our school and yard safe for our students.

We try to make our communications with families as effective as possible. All email communication will be done through School Messenger this year, so please ensure that we have your correct email address on file at school. Our website: also has our newsletters, a school calendar, and other useful information. Twitter is another way to keep up with what's happening at Rideau. Follow us @RideauPS_LDSB . You don't even need a Twitter account to follow us! Just Google @RideauPS_LDSB and you can see our Twitter feed. You can always get in touch with us through email at or by calling the school at 613-546-5901. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do every day!

G. Seiveright, Principal

Ready for anything

Like our families, we are following the news carefully to see what the spring will bring in terms of learning for students. While we hope to continue learning in-person, we are prepared for another shift to online learning if necessary. Given what happened last year at this time, and with the current uncertainty, students will be bringing home their personal belongings over the long weekend. This will include indoor shoes, changes of clothes, and any personal pencil cases or other items they have at school. This is a good opportunity to check sizes of the items, and wash anything that needs washing. We expect to return after the long weekend, at which point we remind parents to send necessary items back to school! Thanks for your support with this.

If we do pivot to online learning, more information will follow about borrowing devices for those families who need to do so.

asymptomatic testing for students

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Students are invited to participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing (no symptoms) for COVID-19 during designated times. Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Walk-ins are not permitted. Parent/guardian consent is required for testing of students under the age of 18. This testing is only for students, staff and bus drivers who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 at a Community Assessment Centre. Learn more and review the schedule for your student's school at . Asymptomatic testing for Rideau students will take place April 7 - 13.

COVID Screening Protocol

Please note that the Ministry and KFLA Public Health changed the School Screener tool on February 19, in order to help prevent the spread of more contagious COVID variants. If your child has any of the symptoms on the screener, a COVID test is recommended and your child must stay home until they receive a negative test result, or an alternative diagnosis from a doctor, or 10 days has passed since symptom onset. All household members must also self-isolate during this period. Please see the Screening Tool below, or online here.

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wear a mask!

Parents and guardians are reminded to wear a mask when picking up or dropping off students. The Park St. and Toronto St. gates can get quite crowded before and after school, and masking by everyone will help to keep us all safe and healthy!

It is a good idea to send 3 or more masks/day with your child(ren). Now that we are wearing masks at recess, they seem to be getting damp more quickly, so it is nice to have a clean dry one to put on after coming in from morning and afternoon recesses. We are impressed with the diligence of our students in always wearing their mask!

Rideau Runs from Coast to Coast!

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This spring the students of Rideau are working together to try to run across the country! It is 7550 km from Saint John's Nfld to Victoria BC, and students are competing the goal 175 m at a time (the length of our track). Classes are tracking their number of laps, and we are charting the whole school's progress on a graph and map in our main hallway. It is a great opportunity to work together to accomplish something incredible, and also to learn a bit about Canada as we travel from coast to coast. Go Rhinos!

World Autism Awareness Day 2021

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This year World Autism Awareness Day falls on Friday, April 2. Because that’s a holiday, LDSB will be celebrating on Tuesday, April 6, the day after the long weekend. We encourage students to 'Light it up Blue for Autism', by wearing blue to show support and help raise awareness.

earth hour at rideau saved 117.14 kWh!

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spring break

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Don't forget that the Ministry of Education moved the March Break back 4 weeks this year. Students will now have 'April Break' from the 12th to 16th of April. We are all looking forward to this well-deserved spring break in what we hope will be the beautiful April sunshine.

School Council News

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Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. We are planning to meet virtually through a Microsoft Teams meeting. A link will be shared with all School Council members and posted on the school website so all interested parents/guardians can join. We are also still looking for a new Indigenous Family Rep for our SAC. If you are an Indigenous parent/guardian of an Indigenous student at Rideau and are interested in getting involved in School Council please let us know at the office.

Our School Council flipgive fundraiser with Indigo is still open for those families that missed it in December. If you would like to take part in this gift card fundraiser, please click on the link: to purchase your gift cards.

Yard supervision

We are often looking for additional supervisors for our yard, to fill in for various recesses, or on a more permanent basis. If you are interested in this paid opportunity for either this spring or next fall, please contact our VP Mme Arsenault at 613-546-5901. All yard supervisors must have a CPIC (Criminal Record Check) on file at the school.

Guitar lessons with Chris Giguère

Chris is a professional musician and experienced guitar teacher as well as a singer-songwriter and performer. Prior to the pandemic, he had been teaching guitar in several Kingston schools for many years, including Rideau Public. Since then, Chris has successfully been teaching continuing students online via Zoom and currently has openings for new students. While online is the only option right now, his hope is to return to in-person teaching as soon as that is permitted.

Please email or phone for more information:

(613) 329-4931

safe arrival

Please remember to report absences through the Safe Arrival Website/App, or by phoning

1-855-257-9349. Even if your child is just going to be late due to an appointment, please report them absent for the day, and we will change it when they arrive. Thanks for your support!

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Upcoming events

  • April 2-5 Easter Weekend
  • April 4 - Passover ends
  • April 6 - Light it up Blue! for Autism
  • April 12 - Ramadan begins
  • April 14 - Vaisakhi (Hindu and Sikh holiday)
  • April 12-16 - April Break
  • April 22 - Earth Day

Check our school calendar on our website for the most current listing of events!