The Rideau Report

October 2019

Principal's Message

"The harder you work for something, the greater you'll feel when you achieve it." Unknown

It is hard to believe that a month has already passed, but a busy September is behind us and a busy fall continues through October.

It was great to see so many families at our Open House last week. Parents and guardians are an important partner in education, and we love to be able to show you all the great things that are underway at Rideau. Already our soccer teams have finished their seasons, and our cross-country teams are gearing up for their races. This month we recognize Orange Shirt Day to support reconciliation efforts. Rehearsals for our school musical, the Lion King Jr., continue on a daily basis. Students in every class are busy learning important reading, math, and writing skills, along side of work habits, self-regulation skills and executive functioning strategies. The energy at the school is great, and we are committed to maintaining that positivity and growth mindset throughout the year.

Last week, we shared that CUPE members in schools across Ontario will begin strike action on Sept. 30. Student safety is our number one priority through this job action, and we are committed to providing safe, engaging learning environments for all our learners during this period. We will communicate updates regularly via School Messenger, and all the latest information will be available on the LDSB website, .

We try to make our communications with families as effective as possible. All email communication will be done through School Messenger this year, so please ensure that we have your correct email address by returning your child's Data Verification Form. Our website: also has our newsletters, a school calendar, and other useful information. Twitter is another way to keep up with what's happening at Rideau. Follow us @RideauPS_LDSB . You don't even need a Twitter account to follow us! Just Google the name and you can see our Twitter feed. We hope this newsletter, our website, and the Limestone App are useful for families, and we are interested in your feedback. You can always email or call the school at 613-546-5901. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do every day!

G. Seiveright, Principal

Communication with Families

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The School Messenger tool is a way for parents and families to stay connected with Rideau. You can use School Messenger to report absences, and we will use this tool to share newsletters and communicate emergency and other information. You can download the School Messenger app to your Smartphone for free and choose how it is best for us to reach you. Please ensure that your email in School Messenger is the same one on file at the school, in order to receive newsletters and report absences.

Safety Week

September 30th to October 4th is Safety Week at RPS. Students will be practicing safety drills such as Fire, Hold and Secure, Lockdown and Anaphylaxis. Staff will prepare students for these drills with age appropriate conversations and follow up after drills to answer questions or concerns that students may have. Students will hear about bike, neighbourhood and cyber safety on morning announcements. We encourage you to use this opportunity to talk to your children about safety issues that are important to your family. Later in October we will also participate in bus safety programming which will include a special assembly and bus evacuation training. Some of our junior students will also attend bus monitor training offered by Triboard. Keep safe everyone! Soyez prudent!

Picture Days!

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Picture Day will be held on Oct. 22 and 23 this year. More information will follow outlining which classes will go on which days.

School Council News

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Our School Council is off to a great start, with a record number of parents/guardians at our Annual General Meeting. Our Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser is underway, and later this month the Boo Bash will return (see below). This is the social event of the season at Rideau - you won't want to miss it! School Council meetings for the rest of this calendar year are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 - 8:00
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 - 8:00
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 - 8:00

Meetings are in the staff room, and child care is available in the gym.

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Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a service run by volunteers from our parent community. Every morning a hot breakfast is prepared and served to whomever needs or wants one. Breakfast Club opens at 8:45 every morning, in the basement across from the FCCC room. Thanks to our volunteers and to the Food Sharing Program for making this service possible. Come and check it out if you haven't had the chance!

Rainbow Risers Club

We are excited to announce that in October, Rideau students will have the opportunity to join the Rainbow Risers Club. This club is a space for students in grades 5 and 6 who would like additional information or want to be an ally for those in the LGBTQ2S+ community. This is in accordance with the Education Act and Human Rights Code. The club is about finding new friends, celebrating all kinds of diversity and developing leadership skills. These clubs have been known to have a clear impact on student achievement, can assist students in having positive relationships, promote acceptance and respect, raise awareness, bullying prevention, and help support students and families. If you have any questions, concerns, would like to join us as participants, or feel you have information you’d like to pass along, please don’t hesitate to contact Mme Zelmanovits at the school.
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Parent Volunteer list

Our School Council maintains a volunteer list that is called upon to help with various special events throughout the year. Signing up for the list does not commit you to volunteer, but is a way for us to send out requests. If you would like to sign up for the volunteer list, please go to . Thanks!

Guitar lessons

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In addition to piano lessons at school, we now have the opportunity to offer guitar lessons to interested students (at a cost). Chris Giguere is a professional musician and experienced guitar teacher, as well as a singer-songwriter and performer, who has taught at other schools in the Kingston area. Private lessons are 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. Each student requires their own guitar. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Chris directly at 613-329-4931 or at .

Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Process

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note: it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at .
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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!

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Upcoming events

  • October 1 - Safety Week Fire Drill
  • October 3 - Safety Week Lockdown Drill
  • October 4 - Safety Week Fire Drill
  • October 4, 11, 18 - Grade 3 Swim to Survive
  • October 7 - Grade 5 Grow Project Farm visit
  • October 9 - School Council meeting
  • October 14 - Thanksgiving
  • October 16 - Cross Country Regional meet
  • October 22 - District Cross Country meet
  • October 24, 25 - Boo Bash
  • November 1 - PA Day

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

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