The Rideau Report

February 2019

Principal's Message

"You should set goals beyond your reach, so you always have something to strive for." Ted Turner


It is great to see the days slowly getting longer and we hope that the worst of the frigid temperatures are behind us as January turns to February. We hope that we continue to get some snow through the month for children to play with at recess, but not so much that we have more bus cancellation days!


We had a very busy January, and February is shaping up to be just as full. We had a successful literacy week in January, and in spite of the three inclement weather days during the week, students built a long bookworm in the hall with all the reading they did, added some great captions and book suggestions to our display boards in the front foyer, enjoyed Drop Everything and Read time, and finished the week dressing up as our favourite book characters. Our author visit with Philip Roy had to be rescheduled due to the weather, but we look forward to meeting him on Feb. 5.


We finished the month with a visit from the Queen's Tech and Tinker Trailer. All of our students had the opportunity to participate in a workshop, from coding and robotics to electrical and civil engineering. Students had a great time learning in a hands-on, problem-solving context. Thanks Queen's Engineering Connections for this great opportunity.


This month, intramural activities continue for primary and junior students, Karate Kids starts up, and chess club, enviro-club, science fair, Lego Robotics and Character Animation all continue. The 100th day of school is February 11, and Family Day is February 18. It is busy every day at Rideau, and it is wonderful to see all the smiling, active faces of the students.


Grade 1-6 Report Cards and Kindergarten Communications of Learning will be sent home with all students on February 20. Reports reflect student achievement of Provincial Standards in all academic areas, as well as Learning Skills and Work Habits. The Kindergarten Communication of Learning outlines student growth and next steps for learning in the Four Frames of Learning, as outlined in the Kindergarten Curriculum. Reporting time is a great opportunity to celebrate our students’ successes, and to set goals for the rest of the year. If you have any questions about your child’s Report Card, please contact their teacher.


We continue to work 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.


G. Seiveright, Principal

We loved the visit from the Tech n Tinker Trailer!

Main Office Update

Mme Lilian will be on a leave from February 4 to March 8. During her absence, we welcome Mme Sandra Leishman to Rideau as our Office Administrator. We will also continue to have Mme Teresa Farrell with us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. We look forward to Mme Lilian's return after March Break!

Dental Screening for jk/sk/gr. 2 will be Feb. 11/12

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School Year Calendar 2018-19 Parent Survey

The Limestone District School Board is requesting feedback about the 2018-19 school year calendar and possible options for the 2019-20 school year. It would be appreciated if you would please take a moment to respond to several questions on an on-line survey. If you would like a paper version of the survey, please contact the school and we can send a copy home with your child, or you could come into the school to fill it out. The survey is open for responses until Friday, Feb. 8th. Your input is important to us and we appreciate your time in submitting your feedback and comments. For more information, please visit the LDSB website which also provides a link to the Ministry of Education website.

New Smoke-Free Ontario Guidelines in effect

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Choices at 7

Parents/guardians of grade 6 students considering applying to the Choices at 7 programs offered by Limestone (Challenge, LEAP, ATLAS) should be aware of changes to the application process for these programs. Information about these changes, along with application forms, can be found on the Choices website at: https://www.limestone.on.ca/programming/choices_at_7 .

Safe Arrival

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SafeArrival system now being used

Thank you to everyone who has helped with the roll-out of the SafeArrival Absence Reporting system. We understand that there was some frustration in January, but we believe that most of the problems have been worked out.


The new student absence reporting system lets you use a mobile app, a website, or an interactive toll-free phone number to report an absence in advance. These options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.

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 by telephone to confirm the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, school office staff will follow up.


Reminder: How to report an absence using SafeArrival

There are three ways you can report your student’s absence in advance:

1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store or from School Messenger website or you can select it from within the LDSB mobile app. The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Make sure you use the same email address your child’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system. Select Attendance, then Report an Absence.

2. Use the School Messenger website. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.

3. Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.

Please do not call the school directly to report your student's absence.

This new system will begin on January 14, 2019.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.

Colour House Update

Our school Colour Houses continue to generate excitement and community among our students. All of our students were placed in a Colour House (Red, Pink, Purple, Blue or Yellow) at the start of the year, and we have had two school-wide Colour House activity days so far. Students collect Colour House tickets for Intramurals, other special activities, and for demonstrating character around the school. The Purple Colour House was the first to reach 300 points, so they will be choosing the next school-wide activity, as houses work their way up to our next goal of 750 points!

Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest returns to Queen's

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Winter Weather

January and February are often the coldest, snowiest months of the year. Students are outside for 25 minutes every morning and afternoon, and many classes enjoy outdoor DPA (Daily Physical Activity). We only keep students inside in extreme cold situations, following guidelines set out by KFLA Public Health. It is essential that students are dressed for the weather - including waterproof mittens. Woolen mitts get wet, and can lead to frostbitten fingers. Sending two pairs of mitts is a great idea if you are able, and remember to label everything! Our lost and found overflows every year with expensive but unlabeled clothing.
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Inclement Weather Reminder

February's weather often brings bus cancellation days, and rarely, school closures. Please listen to local radio, or follow us on Twitter (you can also follow Tri Board or Limestone DSB).

If buses are cancelled and schools are open, you may choose to send your child to school, although please remember to pick them up at 3:35! If they are staying home and are normally bused, you don’t need to call the school, but if they are staying home and are not a bused student, please notify us through Safe Arrival. We must account for every student, even on snow days.

Thank you for your co-operation!

Upcoming events


  • February 1 - PA Day
  • Feb. 5 - Author Philip Roy visit
  • Feb. 11 - 100th day of school
  • Feb. 11-12 - jk/sk/gr. 2 Dental Screening
  • Feb. 18 - Family Day
  • Feb. 20 - Report Cards/Communication of Learning sent home
  • Feb. 21 School Council 6:30
  • March 11 - 15 - March Break


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

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