Southview Synopisis

September 2015

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the entire staff, welcome back to all of our students and families! We look forward to working closely with you to ensure all students have a successful and rewarding year at Southview Public School. Positive partnerships between home and school are key to ensuring student success, therefore, we will communicate regularly with you through newsletters, Twitter, our web site and various classroom communication tools such as agendas, blogs and newsletters. We encourage you to contact your child's teacher or the front office staff at any time should you have questions or concerns.


Our dedicated staff have been hard at work this summer cleaning, setting up classrooms, organizing resources and preparing challenging learning opportunities. We are ready and excited for another school year to begin! A special thank you to our custodial staff, Mrs. McCutcheon, Mr. McLeod, Ms. Topping and our summer students who did a fantastic job during summer clean up. Our school sparkles! As well, a huge thank you to our office coordinators, Mrs. Cuthill and Mrs. Sproule, for keeping us all organized and helping us prepare for the September start up.


On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I received as incoming Principal. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside a tremendous team of educators and support staff that endeavour to provide the students of Southview with a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment every day. I look forward to meeting students and families over the next while and encourage you to introduce yourself and say hello the next time you are in the building.


You will be receiving a lot of important information from the school over the next several days. Please be sure to check your child's backpack as some of the items will require immediate attention. Also, please take some time to read through the first few pages of the student agenda where you will find information about a variety of school procedures such as attendance, school hours, bussing and dress code.


Again, we are thrilled to be back for another exciting year of learning and growing at Southview and we thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Mountenay

Principal

LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS COMING HOME SOON

Data Verification and Freedom of Information - review, update and return

Accident Insurance Application Package - optional, however, please note that Board Policy requires all students who participate in school sponsored extracurricular sporting activities to have accident insurance coverage either through Reliable Insurance Company or another carrier of choice. Proof of insurance must be provided prior to your child's participation in school sponsored events.

Computer Use Agreement - sign and return

School Calendar - keep for your reference

Notice of Threat Assessment - keep for your reference

Excursion Form - sign and return

Athletics Form (Grade 3-8) - sign and return

AGENDAS


Your child will be provided with a Southview P.S. agenda. This is an excellent tool to keep track of assignments, special events and other activities as well as a way to communicate with your child's teacher. We are asking for a voluntary donation of $2.00 per agenda.

ALLERGY ALERT


Please be aware that we have staff and students who have allergies to foods as well as environmental allergies. Some of these allergies are life-threatening. With this in mind, we ask that all staff, students and visitors refrain from sending/bringing items to school that contain or have come in contact with peanuts. As well, all staff, students and visitors are asked to refrain from using scented products.

SAFE WELCOME PROGRAM


As part of the Ontario Government's Safe Welcome Program, all elementary schools have secure access. All doors are locked during the school day when students are inside the building. Parents/Guardians are asked to ring the buzzer in order to gain access to the building and report directly to the main office. Please do not go directly to classrooms. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL SAFETY

The parking lots and bus zones at Southview are very busy in the mornings for drop off and at the end of the day for dismissal! To make it as safe as possible for everyone, please follow these guidelines:



  • Park only in designated spots.
  • Do not drop your child off before 9:00 am as there is no supervision until that time.
  • When children arrive at the school at 9:00 or after they are to join their peers on the yard. The bell rings at 9:15 for students to begin classes.
  • Wait for your child in the front lobby of the school at the end of the day.
  • Dismissal is at 3:35 and students will be dismissed at this time.



Thank you for your assistance!

STUDENT USE OF CELL PHONES & OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students are permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school. As part of our BringIT initiative, students may use these items ONLY WITH PERMISSION FROM A STAFF MEMBER during instructional times and breaks. Students may not use them during outdoor recess times. Students are responsible for any devices they bring to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Throughout the year there will be many opportunities for parents/guardians to volunteer at the school. Parents/Guardians who wish to volunteer at the school or supervise on field trips must have a criminal record check (CPIC) on file as per LDSB policy. CPICs need to be updated every three years. During interim years, volunteers will be required to complete an Offence Declaration. Please contact the front office for more information.