The Rideau Report

November 2018

Principal's Message

The fall has flown by, and I am sure that the snow will arrive before we know it. October was a very busy month, with Cross Country Running, the Boo Bash, the launch of Colour Houses, and lots of great learning happening in every classroom. It is great to see how excited children are when they learn something new, or when something they have been working so hard on finally clicks.


November is gearing up to be just as busy! We recognize Indigenous Education month, including Treaty Week Nov. 5-9. Remembrance Day activities will keep us busy in the lead-up to our ceremony on November 9. Bullying Awareness Week happens Nov. 19-23, including an assembly on Monday, Nov. 19 and Pink Shirt Day on Friday, Nov. 23. Progress Reports and Kindergarten Initial Observations will be sent home on November 15, giving parents a chance to see how children have been progressing thus far.


Our School Council continues to be busy, with Fresh From the Farm deliveries and School Clothing orders happening in November. You can stay involved with School Council by joining us at our next meeting, Wednesday Nov. 14 at 6:30 in the staff room. Child care is available.


We will continue to work to make our communications with families as effective as possible. We hope this new-look 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

Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day ceremony will be held this year on Friday, November 9. We will begin at 10:30 in the gym, with our moment of silence at 11:00. Families are welcome to join us for this important assembly. Students will be given poppy stickers/poppies, and are encouraged to make a small donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy campaign.
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Fundraising Activities

Rideau and our School Council run a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year. Some of these (School Photos, Yearbook) recover costs, others (Poppies, Jump for Heart) raise money for charity, and others (Clothing sales, QSP, Movie nights, etc.) raise funds for our school to use on playground equipment, technology enhancements, speakers/performances, etc. Below is a chart outlining the fundraising activities that we expect will be happening this year. There may be others (i.e., if our Student Action Team runs a charity drive), or fewer (i.e., one instead of two movie nights), but hopefully this will help families plan for the year.
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Pick up Safety

Dismissal is a very busy time of day, particularly on MacDonnell St., where buses, cars and walkers compete for space. We would like to remind parents and students who are not bussers to please not use the MacDonnell St. gate or the junior climber between 3:30 and 3:50, to allow for our buses to safely load. We would also ask walkers and those families heading to cars to please not walk in between buses, but to cross safely at a corner (MacDonnell/Dundas or MacDonnell/Park). It is impossible to see around a parked bus, and cars driving along MacDonnell will not be able to see a child dart out between buses. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!
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Mud Kitchen

We have an amazing new mud kitchen in our kindergarten yard. Thanks to Jason Shepherd, Dave Young and Bill McLeish for donating their time to this project, and to Cat London and the Kinder Committee for coordinating the project.

picture of our volunteers who built the mud kitchen
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Students worked THROUGH RECESS on a problem posted on our new Math Board!

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