The Rideau Report
"What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year." Vern McLellan
Welcome back Rhinos and families, to a new year and a new decade! We hope that everyone had a restful break, and is ready to get back into the swing of learning.
January is a great month to refocus on routines and learning goals, as we head towards the end of first term. It is a relatively quiet month in terms of extra-curricular activities, which lets everyone get back to the important business of classroom learning. January is a great time for resolutions and goal-setting, and we will work with all children to set meaningful, achievable goals for the new year.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Lion King in December. It was a truly amazing experience for our students, which I know they will not soon forget. A production like that can not happen without a huge amount of support from staff, families, and the community, and we all appreciate everyone's effort to make it such a special event!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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Attendance on Inclement Weather Days
In past years when school buses have been cancelled due to inclement weather, parents/guardians of bused students were not required to report their absence. Only parents/guardians of walkers who chose not to come to school were to report absences.
New for 2019-2020: All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason including during bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know the whereabouts of every student to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for.
- Bus cancellation as the reason for absence if your student is bused
- Inclement weather as the reason for the absence if your student walks but chooses not to attend
If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our new SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact (parents/guardians) by telephone to confirm the absence. If you receive a call regarding your student’s absence, you can enter the reason for the absence (bus cancellation or inclement weather) during that call.
The new SafeArrival system makes it easier for you to report your student’s absence, reduces the time it takes for our school staff to verify student attendance, and responds to unexpected or unplanned student absences. This time savings makes it faster and more efficient to account for all students and their safety.
On inclement weather days, sometimes the daily plan is amended but learning continues as many students can, and do find alternative ways to school (Kingston Transit, family drop off, walking). In schools where there are significant walk-to populations, an inclement weather day doesn’t usually affect the curriculum plan. In others, almost all students might be bused. In these cases, educators make the necessary adjustment to adjust their lesson plans for who is in attendance.
More information is available on the Board website.
We recognize this is a change in practice but one we are making to ensure student safety and well-being. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Be cold-weather ready!
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School Council News
Thank you for your ongoing support of our School Council initiatives. Our School Council meetings for 2020 are all on Wednesdays: Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, and May 13, from 6:30 - 8:00 in the staff room. Child care is available in the gym. Hope to see you there!
Parent Volunteer list
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!
- January 6 - Welcome Back!
- January 15 - School Council - 6:30
- January 17 - Spirit Wear/School Colours Day
- January 27 - Family Literacy Day
- January 30 - Dress-as-your-favourite-book-character Day
- January 31 - PA Day
Check our school calendar on our website for the most current listing of events!