The Rideau Report

Mid-November 2022

Mid-month update

Bonjour Rideau Families!


This month is flying by, as most of them are these days it seems.


With the increase in illnesses, I would like to remind families that children must wear a mask for 10 days after they return from an illness. Also, it is highly recommended that people mask when indoor. Even though I am enjoying not wearing a mask, I will now model for staff and students and wear one again.


On the same trend, if you child is not going to take the bus in the morning, because of illness or other, it is nice to let the driver know. We don't want them to worry. If you plan on picking up your child at the end of the day, let the office know before 2:30; it is much easier to track the students down at that time than at 3:15. Finally, when dropping off children in the morning, when you see staff with orange vests, you can leave your child in the yard. You can still engage from the other side of the fence, but from that point on we have a sufficient number of adults to supervise the children.


Thanks to Mme Morawiec, we had a beautiful slideshow for Remembrance Day on Friday. Many students were wearing red and black and I regret not taking more pictures for the yearbook.


On Wednesday, we will hold our first Lock Down drill. This is when students gather in a safe spot in the classroom while the teacher locks the door and pulls down the blinds. Students must remain quiet and wait for someone to unlock the door before they can resume their regular activities. This is a drill we must do twice per year that practices what to do if there is an intruder deemed dangerous in the building. Teachers will explain the process with students, but it would be good for you at home to reassure students that the exterior doors of the school are locked during the day, minimizing the chances for an intruder to come in, and that we are here to keep students safe.


Now onto happy news, we finally have access to the gym starting today. This will be wonderful for classes as it was starting to get cold outside. This is also great news for the volleyball club that can start having practices this week.


Pizza day is back to its regular Tuesday schedule.


The board has launch a new system to report human rights incidents involving students. Please see the poster below.


November 14 - Parent Council Meeting in a hybrid format at 6:30. This is the link to join us online.


November 17 - Pink Shirt day for anti-bullying.


November 18 - Pajama Day. / Report Cards go home.


November 23 - Picture Retake Day


PA Day - November 25 is a PA Day, so there is no school for students, but staff have professional development.


This should take us to December in no time!


Valerie Arsenault

Principal

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Parent Council

Our next meeting is Monday November 14 at 6:30 in the staff room. Babysitting is provided. For people who would prefer to join us remotely, you can use this link Click here to join the meeting on the night of the meeting.

Indigenous Self-identification

Shé:kon, Boozhoo,


This Fall, the LDSB Indigenous Education Team has worked to improve the Indigenous Self-Identification Form and process. With collaboration and feedback from our Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, we have created an online version of the form that will be available on the K-12 Indigenous Education Minds Online page and on the LDSB website. This online form is meant to make the Self-Identification process more accessible for students and families, as well as reduce our use of paper across LDSB.


This online form can be filled out on both a computer and mobile device. Please see the new form linked here.

Composting

We now have sufficient composting containers for each classroom. Students council will distribute them this week.

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