The Rideau Report

December 2018

Principal's Message

"Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others." Martin Luther King Jr.

At the end of November and throughout December, we are focused on kindness with our students. We have been celebrating student acts of kindness on announcements and on the board outside the office. We are working with our students on treating everyone kindly, in all situations. December is a great month to practice kindness within our community, as we bring out our Giving Tree and encourage students to donate non-perishable food along with hats and mitts to those in need in our community. Showing kindness to others is one of the most critical character traits we can instill in our youth, and we encourage families to talk about your students' kindnesses at school and at home.

December also brings many events, some of which are announced in this newsletter. We are excited about our Movie Night, and our Winter Family Drop-in. Many classes also have trips and special days planned, along with the school-wide spirit days on December 14 (pyjama day) and December 21 (red, green and white day). Our volleyball teams will have their tournaments this month, and our next school-wide Colour House event will be on December 11. In the middle of all this excitement and activity, we continue to work on learning goals and targets with students, building literacy and numeracy skills, along with important work habits and learning skills.

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 or call the school at 613-546-5901.

G. Seiveright, Principal

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Our Kindness Challenge board filled up quickly as students celebrated acts of kindness!

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week last month, we kicked off a kindness challenge at Rideau! Our challenge is designed to promote, recognize and celebrate acts of kindness and generosity, big or small.

Students are recognizing kindness by writing up kind acts that they gave or received on our kindness board. Our newly formed Student Action Team is creating and handing out kindness “mini-cards” to their peers.

Staff are celebrating kindness by “catching students in the act”. Older children are being “written up” and their kind acts are posted on our character tree and read out over the daily announcements. Younger students are being given “brag tag” stickers. These stickers encourage you to “ask me how I showed kindness/gentillesse today”. The purpose of these stickers is to reward kindness and to give students opportunities for repeated praise for their kindness. If your child comes home with a “brag tag” be sure to ask them how they were kind at school today.

In December, we will also be promoting generosity through our Giving Tree and Food Bank donations. If families wish to participate, they can donate warm hats, mitts, socks and scarves to hang on our Giving Tree in the front foyer. We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank. These items will be donated to organizations within our local community. These items will be collected throughout the month of December.

Winter Drop-in!

Our annual Winter family drop-in is happening this year on Tuesday December 18. Please see the invitation below - we hope that you are able to join us!
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The Jingle Bell Run Returns!

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Parent Council Movie Night is coming

Our School Council will be hosting a Movie Night for students and families on Friday, December 14. The students have voted and we will be showing The Incredibles 2, in the gym. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be available. We always look forward to this fun family event, and hope that you can save the date and join us. More details, including start time and pizza pre-order info will follow from School Council.
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Film Screening for parents

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention: Teach Your Child to Be Assertive – Not Aggressive

The week of November 19-23 was Bullying Awareness and Prevention week, which kicked off a number of activities at Rideau including our Kindness Challenge and Pink Shirt Day.

Did you know that if students intervene in a conflict within 10 seconds, most school yard episodes of conflict can be averted? Did you know that research shows that using aggression to deal with aggression usually makes the problem worse?

Teach your child to stand up for him/herself by rehearsing and using “I messages” that promote healthy assertiveness:

“I don’t like it when you____________________________________”

“It makes me feel__________________________________________ »

“I need you to stop.”

If the behaviour doesn’t stop in 10 seconds – encourage your child to go to an adult for help.

For more information and research, visit:

Upcoming events

  • December 7, last block - Jingle Bell Run/Walk
  • December 10, a.m. Junior skating at Memorial Centre
  • December 11, middle block - Colour House assembly and activities (wear your colour!)
  • December 12, Eastabrook/Matthews to Gould Lake
  • December 12, 6:30 p.m. parent screening of Over 18
  • December 13, Gazdik/Dossett to Gould Lake
  • December 14, 6:00 p.m. Movie Night and Pyjama Day Spirit Day
  • December 18, 11:45 - 3:15 p.m. winter performance and drop-in
  • December 19, all day, DancePl3y workshops in the gym
  • December 20, grade 1 classes to Annie! at the Domino
  • December 21, Meyerman/Orgee to Annie! at the Domino
  • December 21, last day of classes and Red, Green and White Day
  • January 7, school resumes

Schools introduce Communicate Broadcast Tool

Our school will use a new broadcasting tool to communicate need-to-know information to families in a timely and efficient way. The “Communicate” system will allow us to share important school information with you via text, email or phone message.

We will use this tool for urgent items like event cancellations or school emergencies. We may also use it for sharing information such as upcoming progress reports, school council meetings or special events.

Registered parents/guardians will receive these messages through contact information collected in our student information system. Parents/guardians may choose how to receive these alerts by text message, email or phone call with the exception of emergency events which will always be communicated via all contact methods on file with the school. If parents/guardians choose to receive text messages, they must opt-in due to potential charges from their cell phone carrier.

It is important that parents/guardians ensure schools have the most up-to-date contact information. If your contact information changes during the school year, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school with the updated information.

Communicate does not replace current school communication tools but enhances the way in which schools will provide information to families. In most cases, information will still be provided on school websites, school newsletters, notices home and social media accounts, where applicable.

Parents/guardians should expect to receive notifications from the system soon

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