Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Welcome to a new school year!

Aanii Students & Families:

Welcome to Wikwemikong Pontiac School! We are looking forward to an exciting and successful year with you.This information has been prepared to help you become familiar with Wikwemikong Pontiac School. It contains important information. We believe that knowing what is expected of you helps you do your best. We encourage parent(s)/guardian(s) and students to read this handbook together.


Your time here at Wikwemikong Pontiac School will be a very important part of your life. Our goal is for you to learn, grow, and achieve as much as possible while you are here at Wikwemikong Pontiac School and we will do everything we can to help you succeed. We hope that you will take pride in what you do, work cooperatively with the staff and other students, and always try to do your best. With a commitment to these goals, you will have a very successful school year.


Miigwech,

Wikwemikong Pontiac School Staff

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Our Staff

Teachers:

Grade 4 Dyann Pulkinnen

Grade 4 Dawn Wemigwans

Grade 5 Miranda Assinewai

Grade 5 Howard Ominika

Grade 5 Lisa Bondy

Grade 6 Teresa Peltier

Grade 6 Barb Sheppard

Grade 6

Grade 7 Natalie Parrington

Grade 7 Rachel Lewis

Grade 7

Grade 8 Shauna Leeson

Grade 8 Kristin Clarke

SERT Melanie Knight

SERT

PE Deana Debassige-Wood


Education Assistant:

Adrayn Pangowish

Brenda Animikwan

Cadence Pangowish

Jessica Trudeau

Tanya Osawanimiki

Stacey Dell

Lorraine Shawana

Seven BigMountain

Jacob Fox

Adrianna Osawamick

Rachael Maiangowi

June Pangowish

Gregory Trudeau-Paquet

Elijah Manitowabi

Norma Sprack


Anishnaabemowin Specialist Instructors:

Linda Dokum

Barbara Pitawanakwat

Juanita Pheasant

Jeremiah Peters


Operations & Maintenance:

Chris Cheechoo

Linda Mishibinijima

Ted Recollet

Bruno Recollet

Lloyd Trudeau


Administration:

Principal- Nicole Peltier

Vice-Principal- Alison Biedermann

Secretary- Randy Recollet

Wellness Navigator- Mariah Shawanda

School Year Calendar 2021-2022

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Important Dates:

Labour Day - September 6, 2021

First Day of School - September 7, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30, 2021

Thanksgiving - October 11, 2021

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2021

Christmas Break - December 22, 2021 to January 4, 2022

Family Day - February 21, 2022

Mid-Winter Break - March 14 – 18, 2022

Good Friday - April 15, 2022

Easter Monday - April 18, 2022

Victoria Day - May 23, 2022

National Aboriginal Day - June 21, 2022

Last Day of School for Students - June 30, 2022


Professional Development Days:

September 2 to 3, 2021 – Staff Orientation – PD

January 28, 2022 - Professional Development

June 3, 2022 – Professional Development


Anishinaabe Observation Days:

September 30, 2021 Orange T-shirt Day

March 31, 2022 – National Aboriginal Language day

November 15, 2021 – Rock your Mocs

May 5, 2022 - National day of Awareness - MMIWG

November 20, 2021 – Child Day

June 21, 2022 - National Aboriginal Day

March 22, 2022 – World Water day

Daily Schedule

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Contact Information

It is the responsibility of Parents and/or Guardians to update the school with changes in telephone numbers, address and contact information. It is important to have current contact information in case of school closures and/or emergencies.

Emergency School Closure

If there is a school closure, telephone calls will be made by the school to the parent/guardian to inform of a school closure. NOTE: Children will not be allowed to leave the school until we are able to contact the parent/guardian. The School Closure notice will be given to the Band Office; radio stations 100.7 FM, 94.1 FM; and posted on the Board website https://www.wbe-education.ca/

Morning & After School Program

The Jump Start and After School Programs are open to all working parents and guardians who need childcare before and after school hours. There is a registration process for these programs. These programs require both parents and/or guardians to be working at their workplace (not at home), or in training, during the hours of 7:45 am – 8:30 am and 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Students will not be allowed to leave the school until they are picked up by their parent and/or guardian.

Bus Transportation

While on route, the students are:

  1. To conduct themselves in a safe manner and always respect private property.
  2. To keep their hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and leaving the bus.
  3. Not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion.
  4. To keep books, backpacks, packages and coats and all other objects out of the aisles.
  5. To refrain from allowing anything to protrude from or be thrown out of the windows of the bus.
  6. To keep quiet; loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion can divert the driver’s attention and may result in a serious accident.
  7. To assist in keeping the bus in a safe and sanitary condition at all times.
  8. To treat bus equipment as they would valuable furniture in their own home. Damage to seat, etc., must be paid for by the offender.
  9. To be courteous to fellow students, the bus driver, the monitor and help look after the safety and comfort of younger students.
  10. To be absolutely quiet when the bus approaches the railroad crossing stop In the event that the bus must cross the railroad.
  11. In case of road emergency, to remain on the bus, unless instructed by the bus driver to do otherwise.
  12. To refrain from horseplay, use of profane language, eating and drinking while on the bus.


Notes: Students can only ride the bus of their designated bus route. They are only permitted one destination. If their home address changes, they must inform the Transportation Manager at 705-859-3834. This is the only way a bus route for a student can be changed.


Parents and/or guardians must meet their child at pick-up & drop-off. If there is no parent or guardian present, the student will be brought back to the school.

The Bus Driver/Contractor will inform the Transportation Manager in writing of any serious or constant misconduct by a student. The Principal will take the required disciplinary action and advise the parents in writing accordingly. As a last resort, the Bus Driver/Contractor may order a student from a school bus if such a student is acting in a manner deemed detrimental to the safety and well begin of other students being transported.

Nutrition Program

The Wikwemikong Board of Education provides a Canada Food Guide informed breakfast and lunch to each student every school day. These will be provided at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. Please check the nutrition menus regularly. Parents and guardians are encouraged to pack alternative lunches should your child not want the provided menu items. Parents and guardians are required to pack your son/daughter a snack for the nutrition break at 10:40 am. Dropping off snacks and/or lunches will not be allowed during the day. Please make sure your child has these items upon arrival to school.

Safe & Accepting Schools in WBE

WBE is committed to supporting school environments where all individuals feel safe, accepted, and supported, and where students are provided with equitable access to healthy educational, physical, and social opportunities.


Expectations for our School Communities

All members of our school community must:


  • Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
  • Respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions.
  • Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement.
  • Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others.
  • Take appropriate measures to help those in need.
  • Seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully.
  • Respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority.
  • Respect the needs of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching.


Code of Conduct

At all schools in WBE, we believe relationships are the key to safe and accepting communities. We also know certain behaviours are never acceptable, and it is our commitment to support prevention, intervention, and response to any unacceptable behaviours. WBE- 204- Code of Conduct Policy outlines the conduct expectations for students, staff, and the community.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

The Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School is committed to the development of a positive school climates to ensure environments where students and staff can feel happy, comfortable, welcome, and safe. We work to build capacity on an ongoing basis to help students deal with difficult situations. One of the strategies to assist students in learning how to deal with difficult situations includes helping students to understand the difference between bullying, teasing, and aggression.


Whenever a student feels they are in any type of difficult situation, they should tell an adult in the school, their parent/guardian, or a friend. It is important for the student to tell someone so that school personnel can take steps to assist all individuals involved to repair the harm and restore the relationship.

Promoting Positive Student Behaviour and the Use of Progressive Discipline

The promotion of positive student behaviour is a primary goal of educators. It is the responsibility of all staff to build a supportive learning environment through appropriate interaction between all members of the school community. Employees have a duty to respond to incidents of inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour and report any incident for which suspension or expulsion can be considered using the Incident Reporting Form.

Responses to and/or consequences for behaviour will be dependent on the type of incident, circumstances, frequency, severity and consideration of mitigating factors, and will be responded to through the consistent use of progressive discipline.


Consequences for Behaviour

Consequences will focus on helping students to develop appropriate social skills, self-discipline, and learn to accept responsibility for personal actions. School staff will provide a fair process in establishing the credibility of information. The age and grade level, the previous record of conduct and where the student is in a progressive discipline process will be considered when assessing appropriate disciplinary consequences. The range of consequences may include but is not limited to:

  • Notification of parents/guardians
  • Counselling
  • Loss of privileges
  • Reprimand
  • Restorative circle or restorative action conference
  • Involvement of school or community resources
  • In-school suspension
  • Police contact
  • Suspension

School Yard Expectations

Students are expected to keep the play area clean, put trash in trash cans, return equipment to its proper place, follow staff direction, behave in a way that maintains safety, keep hands, feet and objects to themselves, not leave school property to retrieve equipment without staff permission, and stay in the designated area.

Food and drink should not be taken onto the play area. Ample time to eat and drink is provided during the nutrition break.

Parents and guardians are discouraged from dropping off their child or having their walking child arrive at the school prior to 8:15 am as there is no supervision in the school yard at that time.

Bicycles are to be parked and locked in the designated area at the front of the school. The school is not responsible for stolen bikes.

Medical and Health Management in School

Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School and the WBE is committed to working with parents/guardians, students and staff to develop and maintain a safe and welcome environment for all students and to support students who require assistance with medical or health needs in order to attend school.


Medical Needs

If your child has a medical condition or a prevalent medical condition (diabetes, anaphylaxis, asthma or epilepsy) we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s needs. With your collaboration we will create an appropriate Plan of Care to support your child at school.


Medication

Students may be permitted to take medication at school or at school sponsored activities on a temporary or regular basis when necessary. The school is not permitted to dispense medication without written permission of the parent/guardian and/or physician/nurse practitioner. All medication to be administered by the school is to be brought to school by the parent. All medication will be administered in the office except in emergency situations.


Written instructions of the physician/nurse practitioner are required for all requests to administer prescription medication. Such instructions must include the name of student, name of the medication, dosage, frequency of administration and any special instructions, along with the medication delivered in a clearly labelled pharmacy container or original tamper-proof non-prescription container, which has on it the student’s name, the physician’s or nurse practitioner’s name and phone number, the dosage (quantity and frequency), and any possible side-effects, cautions, and actions to be taken should a side-effect occur. Medication not picked up by the parent within five school days of the medication period or at the end of the school year, whichever occurs first, will be disposed of by the school.


Mental Health

Mental Health can be reflected as a positive state of wellness and the ability to flourish despite adversity. At Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School, we incorporate everyday wellness practices through our Seven Grandfather Teachings and striving for mino bimaadiziwin. Research indicates that supporting the body, mind, spirit, and emotions of an individual increases a sense of well-being, connectedness and resilience, and improves student achievement. Classroom teachers can incorporate our teachings into classroom activities and a whole school approach may be utilized by school communities. When caregivers are worried about early signs of mental health concerns, they can incorporate intervention strategies by working with their teacher or principal. If further intervention or linkages to community resources are needed, the principal and yourself can discuss whether or not a referral to a Student Health Support Services and/or Nadmadwin would be beneficial.

Attendance

School attendance is critical to a student’s academic success. The best choice a student can make for their future is to show up to school every day. School absenteeism from a young age has significant negative consequences that can last a lifetime. Our school has 194 days of instruction for students. Parents can improve school attendance rates by helping their children arrive at school on time every day,, locating sources of school anxiety that may make their children want to skip school and planning ahead to minimize absences. If your child is having difficulty getting to school every day, please contact your school’s principal to work on a solution together.

Parent Council

Wiikwemkoong Pontiac School values parental involvement and welcomes you to join the Parent Council. The Parent Council is an advisory body acting as a forum for our schools. The Parent Council will:

  • Provide ideas and opinions to assist Administration in making decisions regarding the school and its students.
  • Provide advice on actions to be taken.
  • Act as a liaison between the school and the parents.
  • Recruit parent volunteers for school activities.
  • Assist in developing and review the Parent/Student Handbook
  • Community use of school facilities
  • Extra-curricular activities in the schools
  • Methods of reporting to parents and community
  • Respond to school achievement levels

Computers & Technology

Acceptable Use Practices – the following policy is found on the WBE website, Information Technologies polices 211-220. The WBE provides access to computers and other information technologies in order to improve the learning environments for its students and staff. All staff and students are expected to use technology and the WBE’s information resources and networks in accordance with this policy. Information technology users approved by the director or designate(s) with access to information technologies at the schools and Board offices include students, employees, contractors, trustees, school council representatives, and partners/volunteers with approved access. The use of board-owned computers, network and licensed software as well as access to the Internet using board equipment must be in support of learning, instruction, educational research/administrative, school and board leadership, and be consistent with achieving the educational objectives of the WBE.


Unacceptable or inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:

  • activities which may damage equipment;
  • downloading, copying, viewing or transmitting any material which is in violation of any federal or provincial statute or regulation such as: copyrighted material; threatening, obscene, or pornographic material; and hateful, racist or discriminatory material;
  • any breach of security on local and remote sites including use or attempted use of another user's account; unlawful entry or attempted entry into any network system; any attempt to gain unauthorized access to view, alter, copy, share or destroy data; any exposure of confidential information; and the creation and/or willful transmission of computer viruses or virus hoaxes; and
  • activities supporting private business or commercial ventures.

Cell Phones & Personal Devices

To ensure students can focus on learning, personal devices (i.e. cell phones, iPads etc.) will not be allowed in school.