The Rideau Report

June 2019

Principal's Message

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." John F. Kennedy

The last newsletter of the year always brings mixed emotions. As we start to wrap up the year, we celebrate our accomplishments, recognize our graduates, and enjoy various end-of-year trips and experiences. We also have to say goodbye to some of our Rideau family, which is never easy.

Mme Marshall has been a Rideau Rhino for 5 years, and is now moving on to become VP at Sydenham Public School. All of Rideau's students, families and staff have been impacted by Mme Marshall's kindness, her dedication to students and families, and her leadership throughout the school. She has made Rideau a better place, and has helped countless children in countless ways. She will be greatly missed by everyone in the Rideau community, and I know she will make Sydenham a wonderful place to learn. We are sad to see her go, but are excited to welcome Mme Gemma Zelmanovits as our new VP in September. Mme Zelmanovits comes to us from Amherstview PS, where she has been VP for the past 3 years. She will be visiting Rideau over the next month to get to know our students, staff, and families.

Mme Botros is retiring after more than 25 years as an educator. Her love of children and her passion have been felt by everyone around her. She has watched a generation grow up, and is now leaving her mark on the next generation. Mme Botros has been a proud Rideau Rhino, and will be missed by students and parents alike. We wish her all the best in her retirement, and hope she will be back to visit often.

While we are sad to see the end of another great year, and to say goodbye to many friends, there are still many exciting trips, activities and opportunities in June for students. Starting with Science Quest this week, all classes will have a hands-on Science experience led by students from Queen's. We are very excited about these workshops. Also this month, our Track and Field team will travel to Caraco Field to compete in the Regional Meet, followed by the District championships for students who advance. Good luck to all competitors - we are proud of your efforts and dedication! There are also many great trips and experiences planned for various classes and grades.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families for another great year at Rideau. The support from families is tremendous, and we really do have a wonderful school community. The achievements of our students would not happen without a great partnership between the home and the school, and we all look forward to another great year together next year!

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 or call the school at 613-546-5901.

G. Seiveright, Principal

Disney's The Lion King Jr. comes to Rideau!

Big picture
In December, our gym will be transformed into the African savannah, as we mount a musical production of Disney's The Lion King Jr. Auditions for students in grades 2-5 will begin this month, under the direction of Mr. Davison and Mme Gazdik. Stay tuned for more details - and if you are interested in helping out in any way, we need you! Hakuna Matata!

Class Building

Building class lists each year is a complex task shared by the team of educators that spends a significant amount of time getting to know your child, discovering their academic, social and emotional needs in the educational setting, both in and out of the classroom. The team considers a wide range of factors including overall number of students in each grade (if a split grade), student learning styles and personalities, number of boys and girls, academic strengths and needs, peer relationships, learning skills and work habits, and social/emotional strengths and needs. Parents may offer input to their child’s educators around their strengths and needs if there is information that may be helpful when considering the best placement for your child for next year. We will take this information under consideration as we strive to build the best learning environments for all learners and create classes that will support the success of all students. We can not promise to grant any specific teacher requests, and know that families will understand that we are working hard to create the best classroom organizations for everyone.

June Reminders

Big picture
Even though the spring has been pretty cool so far, we are sure to get some hot, sunny days in June. Parents are reminded to send a refillable water bottle and a sun hat with students every day. We also strongly discourage sandals or flip flops for outdoor footwear, as these often lead to painful scraped toes and injured feet.

Many parents choose to send sunscreen to school with their children. Please understand that our staff can not possibly apply sunscreen to an entire class before recess, so it is important that children are independent with this skill. The best product for school is a sunscreen 'stick', as the sprays almost always end up in children's eyes, and the creams become a sticky mess everywhere. Applying sunscreen before school in the morning is a good practice, and using a good sunhat can keep most UV off the face.

June Spirit Days

Colour House Activity Block

Big picture
Our last Colour House activity block of the year will be on Wednesday, June 19. Students have been very engaged by these activities, and it is great to see students from all grades and classes playing and working together. Students are encouraged to dress in their House colour on this day.

Biking to school?

Big picture
If you are biking to school in June, remember that it is the law that all children must wear a helmet. Also, be sure to lock up your bike - every year we have unlocked bikes and scooters go missing from our rack!


If you are moving over the summer or have already moved, please ensure that the office has your correct address. If you have moved out of our catchment area, we can help you to find and register at your new school.

Library Books

Big picture
Please remember to return all library books to the school by Friday, June 14. Have a good look around the house for books you think might be lost, and talk to your child's teacher about replacement costs for lost or damaged library books.

School Council News

Big picture
Our School Council is looking for a new Treasurer for next year. John Durst, our longtime treasurer, has one year left at Rideau, and is looking for someone to train for when he leaves. If you have any accounting/bookkeeping experience and are interested in volunteering on the School Council, please let us know at the office, or by contacting SAC chairs Justin Peterson ( or Jen Anderson ( Our last School Council meeting of the year is June 20 at 6:30 in the staff room.
Big picture

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!

Big picture

Upcoming events

  • June 3-5 - Science Quest for all classes
  • June 6 - Grade 6 visit to Vanier; Grade 4 & 4/5 to Water Festival
  • June 7 - Regional Track and Field meet
  • June 12 - District Track and Field meet/LaSalle adult band performance
  • June 13 - Grade 3s to Upper Canada Village; Grade 4 & 4/5 to Blades of Glory; Grade 5 & 6 to RKY
  • June 14 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • June 18 - Milkshake Day
  • June 20 - School Council meeting 6:30
  • June 24 - Grade 2 and 2/3 to Playtrium
  • June 25 - Grade 6 Graduation assembly
  • June 26 - Report Cards home
  • June 27 - year-end assembly; last day of school
  • June 28 - PA Day
  • Sept. 3 - 1st day back!!

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

Big picture