The Rideau Report
"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: https://rideaupublicschool.limestone.on.ca/ 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 email@example.com 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!
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!
Black Youth in STEM: Free Learning Opportunity
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:
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!
School Council News
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).
Terry Fox Update
Remember a water bottle every day!
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!
- 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!