The Rideau Report

November 2020

Principal's Message

"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them ." - Laurence Binyon

November is shaping up to be another busy month at Rideau, with lots of different special events and celebrations. We know that these events look very different this year than in the past, but we are all working together to keep Rideau spirit high and students happy and engaged through the fall.

This week is Treaty Recognition Week, part of Indigenous Education Month. Students will learn that Rideau is on land that was part of the Crawford Purchase, and we will share our Treaty Map of Ontario for all to see. All month, we will include a focus on Indigenous education and culture.

We will also recognize Remembrance Day and Veteran's week in the beginning of the month. While we can't have a large school and community assembly in our gym as we do every year, we will have a virtual assembly on the 11th to recognize this important event. Some of our grade 6 students are busy working on this project to make it a special and memorable Remembrance Day.

The third week in November is Bullying Awareness Week. We will have another virtual assembly to help remind students what to do if they witness or are a part of a bullying incident. We want our students to stand up and say something, to a parent, teacher or other trusted adult, so that we can work together for a safe school climate for everyone.

Also in this newsletter, you will see that Progress Reports, School Clothing sales, and our first Colour House spirit day are all happening this month. In the midst of all that activity we will also continue to work with all students to meet literacy and numeracy learning goals and continue our learning journey together.

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 on file at school. 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 @RideauPS_LDSB and you can see our Twitter feed. You can always get in touch with us through email at or by calling the school at 613-546-5901. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do every day!

G. Seiveright, Principal

Screen your child every day!

On October 1, the Ontario Government released revised screening guidelines for schools. The new guidelines are available through our school and Board websites, and at The new screening protocol has some significant changes, and has resulted in fewer COVID tests and school days missed due to a single minor symptom such as a runny nose. Please review the new screener carefully and continue to screen students every day before school! Thank you for your cooperation.

school clothing

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School clothing is back by popular demand, just in time for the start of the holiday season! We are partnering again with Prime Time Custom, who did our spirit wear last year. You can check out the great selection, including new Gold T-shirts and hoodies, and Rideau Rhinos masks, at . We are encouraging online orders this year to limit the transactions between home and school, but we will also send home paper order forms and collect them at the school if needed. Please let the office know if you need a paper order form.

All clothing orders must be received by Nov. 22 to ensure delivery the week of Dec. 14, so if you are interested don't miss out!

remembrance day

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We will continue to celebrate and recognize Remembrance Day this year, albeit in a safe way that meets COVID protocols. Our assembly will be virtual this year, led by our grade 6 students in Mme Gazdik's class. Unfortunately we can not welcome visitors into our school this year to recognize this important day with us, but we hope that students find our virtual assembly meaningful and engaging. We will still be distributing poppies and poppy stickers to students, supplied by the Royal Canadian Legion. If you would like to make a small donation to the Legion, please send that in with your child.

progress reports

Progress reports for students in grades 1-6 and Initial Observations for kindergarten students will be sent home on November 20. These reports are a way for teachers to communicate how your child is progressing in Learning Skills, Work Habits, curriculum areas and Kindergarten Frames of learning, through the first two months of the year. This is not an achievement report, so does not include marks, but lets you know how your child has adjusted to the return to school, areas of strength, and next steps in learning. Questions about Progress Reports or Initial Observations should be directed to your child's teacher.

Colour Houses

We are happy to be running Colour Houses again this year. Students should be in the same Colour House as last year, and all new students will have been assigned to a Colour House by their teacher. Teachers may assign Colour House points for a variety of activities in the class or school, and we hope to have Colour House activity days when it is safe to do so. Our first Colour House Spirit Day is November 6, when we encourage everyone to wear their colour!

Black Youth in STEM: Free Learning Opportunity

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This virtual club from Queen's is open to Black youth from grades 3-8, residing in the Kingston area. Black Youth in STEM is free of charge, and all materials are supplied. This program is open to students of all achievement levels, with the overall purpose of availing opportunities and increase Black representation in STEM fields/engineering.

Spaces are limited. Here is the link to register:

student census

The Limestone District School Board is committed to equity, inclusion and ensuring everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. To do this important work, we want to learn more about our students – their backgrounds, experiences and needs.

The See Yourself in Limestone Student Census planned for the spring of 2020 had to be postponed due to COVID-19 school closures. Now that we have returned to school, the board has rescheduled this confidential survey for the week of November 23, 2020. The board has made some changes to the original questions to reflect the effect of COVID-19 in our schools and communities.

School boards across the province are asking students to complete this census to identify and eliminate discrimination and bias from schools and classrooms. All information on individual students will remain confidential. Based on public consultations and family and community feedback, the census will now include all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

The census, which will be completed during class time for students in Grades 4 to 12 (for both in-class and virtual learners), will ask students a variety of questions around their identity and demographics. Families of students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be asked to complete a survey for each primary student. Learn more about the census and review some frequently asked questions on the Student Census webpage.

Dress for fall!

This fall, we are taking learning outdoors as much as possible, to increase distancing and to give students and staff a mask break. Please make sure that students are dressed for the weather, including coats, snowpants, hats, mitts and boots as necessary. Light rain will probably not keep us indoors to the extent it has in the past, so raincoats and boots should be ready to go as well, but please leave the umbrellas at home - they just get in the way of fun!

School Council News

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Our next meeting for the fall is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. We are planning to meet virtually through a Microsoft Teams meeting. A link will be shared with all School Council members and posted on the school website. We hope you can join us! School Council is also pleased to offer school clothing once again, and is partnering with Indigo in December for a gift card fundraiser (see below).

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Terry Fox Update

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Thanks to your generosity, Rideau's Terry Fox campaign raised over $2700 for cancer research this year! Thank you students and families for your participation and giving spirit. Because we surpassed our goal of $2500, Rideau has earned a Terry Fox Superhero spirit day on Nov. 27, when we invite students to dress as their favourite superhero. Great job, Rhinos!

Remember a water bottle every day!

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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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spirit days

Upcoming events

  • November is Indigenous Education Month
  • Nov. 2-6 Treaty Recognition Week
  • Nov. 6 - Colour House Spirit Day
  • Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 16-20 Bullying Awareness Day
  • Nov. 19 - Stand Up! Pink Shirt Day
  • Nov. 20 - Progress Reports/Initial Observations sent home
  • Nov. 27 - Terry Fox Superhero Day

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