The Rideau Report
"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: https://rideaupublicschool.limestone.on.ca/ 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 email@example.com 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
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
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.
wear a mask!
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!
World Autism Awareness Day 2021
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!
School Council News
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: https://indigofundraising.flipgive.com/f/1392347 to purchase your gift cards.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
- 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!