The Rideau Report

September 2019

Principal's Message

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen." Conan O'Brien


Welcome Back! It was great to see so many new and old Rhino families last week, as we welcomed everyone back for another great year at Rideau. Our first day seemed to go very smoothly, and the rest of the week followed suit. It has been a quick transition for students to get back to learning, and our youngest learners seem to be adapting very well to their new lives as students.


The Limestone Elementary Staffing Committee met on Friday last week to review enrollment and school organizations across the District. I am pleased to share that for the second year in a row, our start-up organization has been approved, so we do not need to add or lose a classroom, or move any students around. We can confidently move forward with our Learning Goals for September, completing baseline assessments and continuing our work of learning together.


We are very excited by a few new faces on staff at Rideau this year. Many of you met Mme Gemma Zelmanovits, who is our new VP and Student Support Teacher. She is quickly learning names and getting to know families, and will be a great addition to the team. As well, we welcome Mme LeBlanc, teaching grade 2/3, Mme Natasha, an ECE in kindergarten, Mme Camille, a kindergarten teacher, and Mme Farris, a new EA. We are also lucky to have Mme Coulas back from a year's leave, working in kindergarten with Mme Camille.


Students and staff alike were thrilled to see several facility improvements last week. Our new outdoor classroom is beautiful, and is a highlight of the yard. Thanks to School Council for that amazing investment. We finally got our parking lot paved, which is a relief for everyone who drives through it on a daily basis. As well, we installed great new wall padding in our gym, moved a primary basketball net into the yard, and planted new trees in a variety of spots. We know that learning happens best in engaging learning environments, and we want our school to be one we can all be proud of!


In this newsletter you will find a variety of upcoming events, opportunities, and information to help your year go smoothly. Newsletters will be sent out monthly via School Messenger. This program links to our student database, so as long as we have the correct email address on file for your child, you will continue to receive this newsletter and other messages from the school. Please ensure that we have your correct info on file when Data verification forms come home. 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 the name and you can see our Twitter feed.


We try to make our communications with families as effective as possible. We hope this newsletter, our website, and the Limestone App are all steps in that direction, and we are interested in your feedback. You can always email ridea@limestone.on.ca or call the school at 613-546-5901. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do every day!


G. Seiveright, Principal

Communication with Families

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The School Messenger tool is a way for parents and families to stay connected with Rideau. You can use School Messenger to report absences, and we will use this tool to share newsletters and communicate emergency and other information. You can download the School Messenger app to your Smartphone for free and choose how it is best for us to reach you. Please ensure that your email in School Messenger is the same one on file at the school, in order to receive newsletters and report absences.

Open House

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Our annual Open House this year will be on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5-6 p.m. This is an opportunity to see the school, visit your child's classroom, meet their educators, and see a bit of the work they have begun. We hope to see all our Rideau families there!

School Council News

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Our School Council is an involved, active group of parents, caregivers, and school staff that consult with the principal on a variety of school issues, run events, and support special opportunities for students through a variety of fundraising activities. School Council usually meets once a month, in the evening. We have two opportunities for you to learn more about our School Council in September:


  • Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 - 8:00 Meet & Greet. Meet last year's Council and find out more about the SAC
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 - 8:00 Annual General Meeting. Election of new Council, including executive and all member-at-large positions.


Meetings are in the gym, and child care is available in the gym.

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Bricks 4 Kidz

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We are excited to be partnering with Boys and Girls Club of Kingston this fall to bring a LEGO opportunity to our primary students (gr. 1-3). B&GCK will be coming to Rideau once a week for 6 weeks during afternoon recess and nutrition break to work on LEGO design challenges with up to 30 students. Students will bring home more information this week. There is a fee for this program and it is first-come-first-served, so if you are interested, be sure to send your form and payment back to the school quickly, as it is sure to fill up fast!

Orange Shirt Day

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Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and when we learn more about the history of those schools. It began in 2013 as a result of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. Upon arriving at the St Joseph’s Mission, Phyllis had her shiny new orange shirt taken away. Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation. This year, LDSB will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Monday, September 30th, 2019. We invite all students and our community to join us in wearing an orange shirt to show that 'Every Child Matters'.

Parent Volunteer list

Our School Council maintains a volunteer list that is called upon to help with various special events throughout the year. Signing up for the list does not commit you to volunteer, but is a way for us to send out requests. If you would like to sign up for the volunteer list, please go to https://mailchi.mp/ea3b6b63768c/rideauparentvolunteerlist . Thanks!

New gym padding!

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Piano lessons

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Piano lessons are offered at Rideau during the school day. Students are pulled out of class or recess, usually for half an hour once a week. Deborah Schuurmans is an experienced piano teacher with a Bachelor of Music Degree. She is a qualified suzuki teacher as well as a member of the registered teachers association. Deb is a composer and also plays in 2 bands . Deb presently has a few time slots available for lessons . Contact Deb directly at debschuurmans@gmail.com or text or call at 613 532 8983.

Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Process

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note: it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at http://bit.ly/LDSBthreatassessment .
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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


  • September 10 - First Fire Drill (10:25 a.m.)
  • September 12 - School Council Meet and Greet (6:30)
  • September 18 - School Council AGM (6:30)
  • September 26 - Terry Fox Run
  • September 26 - Open House (5-6 p.m.)
  • September 27 - PA Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!)
  • September 30 - Orange Shirt Day


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

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