The Rideau Report

October 2022

Fall is here!

Bonjour Rideau Families!

October's theme is humility, which is to know that everyone is a very special person and a gift to our community. Humility is to respect yourself and carry your pride by being gentle, calm and patient with others, qualities we can all work on. We are equal to others, not better. Student Council will display quotes and pictures on the bulletin board across from the lost and found.

Speaking of Student Council, I am happy to share that we have a group of dynamic junior students who will take on leadership initiatives at the school. There are 2 reps from each of the junior class and one from Mme Morawiec's grade 3/4 class. One of the first thing they would like to get going, aside from having more spirit days, is to start composting again. We will start working on it this fall.

With the gym still closed, please be mindful of classes using the field for their physical education class. This means that if you arrive before 3:25 to pick up your child, make sure you wait on the outskirts of the field to let the students use it safely.

Supervision - There is no supervision on yards until 8:50 in the morning. If you are letting your children play on the field or on the structure, they must be supervised by an adult.

Cross-Country - There is no practice on October 6 because of the Sydenham race. The last practice will be October 11, then the season is over.

Thanksgiving - There is no school on Monday October 10.

Rideau wear - We have until October 11 to purchase Rideau spirit wear on this site:

PA Day - October 24 is a PA Day, so there is no school for students, but staff have professional development.

Picture Day - October 25 and 26, I will share which class goes when as soon as we have that information.

Terry Fox - Thank you to everyone who donated to Terry Fox. We reached our goal and M. Derbyshire dressed as the Genie in Aladdin.

Hot lunches – The pizza order for the rest of October, November and December are now on School Day under the product section. They are in alphabetical order, so you might see December before November and October. You do not have to order all at once, you have until the one week before the date to place your order.

Spirit Days - October 7 and 21 Dress in you colour house colours.

Halloween - After a lot of back and forth, we have decided to let families choose if they want to send their child in a costume on Halloween, if they want to wear black and orange or if they prefer not to dress up. There will be a Halloween parade in the school on October 31. Be mindful that if a costume is sent to school, we are not responsible for any item lost, misplaced or broken. We would prefer not to have any tears, so you do what is best for your family.

As always, there is so much more to share! I will stop here for today and will update you with the picture schedule when we have it.

Have a wonderful October and a happy Thanksgiving!

Valerie Arsenault


M. Derbyshire

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SOCKTOBER 2022 at Rideau P.S.

Dear families,

From October 1-31 Rideau Public School will be participating in SOCKTOBER again this year! This amazing initiative, run by Socks Kingston, helps individuals in need put fresh, clean and warm socks on their feet. Did you know that socks are the least donated item and yet one of the most needed ones? Please consider donating a pair of new socks to help stock up the fall collection to ensure all members of our community can have clean, warm socks this fall and winter season. All sizes (mens, womens, teens, childrens) and types of socks (thin, thick, sport, crew, etc.) are welcome. The only condition is that they must be new socks. Second hand/gently used socks will not be accepted.

Last year, Rideau P.S. collected over 2100 pairs of socks! WOW! Please visit the website for more information. Thank you for your kindness and generosity during this heartwarming initiative.

Mme LeBlanc’s grade 1 class will count and tally the socks each day.

Merci beaucoup! ~Mme LeBlanc


LDSB will be offering virtual learning support for students in Grades 1-10 this Fall. Virtual literacy support will be available to students in Grades 1-3 and virtual Homework Help will be offered to Grade 4-10 students. After-school drop-in sessions will be offered through MS Teams to students in specific grades from Monday to Thursday each week until December 2022. The LDSB virtual tutoring and homework help drop-in sessions for Grades 1-10 will begin after school on Tuesday, October 11, and run Monday through Thursday until the December Break. We have enough tutors to run a session every night for each grade grouping (Gr 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-10). The links will soon be available.

In addition, TVO continues to provide curriculum-based, free digital learning resources for all Ontarians this year. This brochure provides an overview of TVO’s Digital Learning Resources (2022). Included in the resources available are:

Mathify Online Math Tutoring for Grades 4-12

· Free 1:1 online math tutoring support with Ontario Certified Teachers. Available Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students/families can sign up, select a tutor and start immediately.

TVO Learn

  • Over 2,100 curriculum-aligned, grade and subject-specific learning activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including for the new Science and Technology curriculum
  • Grade 9 to 12 searchable high school content for over 140 secondary school courses

Parent Council

Our next meeting is Thursday October 20 at 6:30 in the staff room. Babysitting is provided. For people who would prefer to join us remotely, you can use this link Click here to join the meeting on the night of the meeting.

Guitar Lessons with Chris Giguère

Chris is a professional musician and experienced guitar teacher as well as a singer-songwriter and performer.

Private lessons, 30 minutes once a week. In addition to good guitar technique all students will learn musical theory, harmony, and interpretation. The course of study is adapted to the needs of each individual student and is intended to be fun and foster a love of music.

Cost: $26.00 per half-hour lesson

Method of payment: lessons will be billed monthly on the first of each month. Payment is requested to be made before the first lesson of the month. E-transfer is preferred.

Required: each student must have their own acoustic guitar to bring to the lessons and to practice on at home. Parents may also be asked to pay for a method book (around $15)

Where? When? Once registered, the student will leave their regular classroom and come to the music room for their guitar lesson on the same day of the week and at the same time of day each week.

If you are interested, please email me your child’s name and grade level as well as a brief summary of his or her experience on the guitar and with music in general.


Email (preferred):

Telephone: 613 329-4931

Lost and Found

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Results of milk survey

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Receiving communication

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