The Rideau Report

March 2020

Principal's Message

"Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

It is hard to believe that March is already here, but with longer days, more and more sunshine, and snow melting on the field, we know that spring is right around the corner. March is always a month that brings every type of weather we love in Kingston, so don't forget to send your child with everything they need to stay warm, dry and happy for outdoor activities. It is wonderful to get fresh air and outdoor exercise, but not as much fun if you are cold or wet!

In classrooms our second term work continues. It is amazing to see the progress our children are making towards meeting their learning goals in reading, math, and other subjects. They are persevering when work gets hard, and building important learning skills and work habits for the future.

Thanks to funding from our school council, last month every class had a bullying awareness workshop from BRAVE education. These workshops focused on the difference between bullying and conflict, and gave students language and strategies to use when they are experiencing bullying behaviour. We also ran a parent workshop which taught parents some of the same information, and gave them strategies for talking to and supporting their children. These were very helpful workshops for parents and students, and we are grateful to our School Council for their support.

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

Labour Update

Our labour situation continues to change in Limestone as job action continues by our teacher members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario. We try to keep parents up to date with the most current information through emails, Tweets, and our website, along with the monthly newsletter. The Limestone DSB Website will always contain the most up-to-date information, so families are encouraged to check there regularly for updates. We are hopeful that the parties at the central table are able to reach an agreement soon. We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we respond to these events.

movie night

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Our School Council is excited to be hosting a Movie Night on Friday, March 6! The students voted and have chosen Frozen 2. Admission is $2, pizza and drinks will be available for purchase, and there will once again be free popcorn! Please see the poster below. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
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Grad and Sibling Photos

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Pictures for our Grade 6 graduates along with Sibling Pictures will take place this year on March 11. All grade 6 students will have their photo taken. If you have multiple children at the school and would like them to have a sibling photo taken, please make sure you let their teachers know.

Colibri Fundraiser

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Don't forget that our Colibri reusable lunch bag fundraiser is back by popular demand! Go to to browse and place your order. Orders are due TODAY!, March 2, so don't miss your chance. All orders will be shipped to the school.
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Kindergarten registration

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If your child turns 4 in 2020, they are ready for Kindergarten in September! Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for every family, and we want to make your child's transition to school a happy and smooth one.

Registration for Kindergarten is done online through the board website. You can find out more about kindergarten at Rideau on our website , or phone the school if you have any questions. We have a tour for families who are trying to decide if Rideau is a good choice for them on March 26 at 8:30 a.m., and our Discover Kingdergarten open house for families that have registered on May 20 from 5-6 p.m.

safety reminder

Tri-Board Transportation has reminded us to ask children and parents not to cross MacDonnell St. between buses at the beginning and end of the day. We would kindly ask everyone to cross at the intersections of Dundas or Park St. A student at KCVI was recently struck by a bus pulling out, as the driver could not see the student. Bus drivers have a blind spot directly in front of them, and cars driving on MacDonnell can not see students tucked around the buses. We realize that parking is difficult around the school, and that families are often in a hurry, but we are trying to keep everyone safe, and trust we can count on our community's support.

Attendance on Inclement Weather Days

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In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.

New for 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason including during bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know the whereabouts of every student to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for.


  • Bus cancellation as the reason for absence if your student is bused
  • Inclement weather as the reason for the absence if your student walks but chooses not to attend

If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our new SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact (parents/guardians) by telephone to confirm the absence. If you receive a call regarding your student’s absence, you can enter the reason for the absence (bus cancellation or inclement weather) during that call.

The new SafeArrival system makes it easier for you to report your student’s absence, reduces the time it takes for our school staff to verify student attendance, and responds to unexpected or unplanned student absences. This time savings makes it faster and more efficient to account for all students and their safety.

On inclement weather days, sometimes the daily plan is amended but learning continues as many students can, and do find alternative ways to school (Kingston Transit, family drop off, walking). In schools where there are significant walk-to populations, an inclement weather day doesn’t usually affect the curriculum plan. In others, almost all students might be bused. In these cases, educators make the necessary adjustments to their lesson plans for who is in attendance.

More information is available on the Board website.

We recognize this is a change in practice but one we are making to ensure student safety and well-being. Thank you for your support and understanding.

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Spirit Days

School Council News

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Thank you for your ongoing support of our School Council initiatives. Our School Council meetings for 2020 are all on Wednesdays: Mar. 11, Apr. 8, and May 13, from 6:30 - 8:00 in the staff room. Child care is available in the gym. Hope to see you there!

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 . Thanks!

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

  • March 6 - School Council Movie Night
  • March 11 - Grad/Sibling Photos
  • March 13 - School Colours/SpiritWear Day
  • March 16-20 - March Break
  • March 26 - Kindergarten tour 8:30
  • March 27 - Crazy Hair Day
  • April 3 - PA Day

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