The Rideau Report

June 2021

Principal's Message

"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice." Bob Marley

Rhino families, we have come to the end of another year. This year was truly unlike any other year we have ever seen, and yet with typical rhino grit, perseverance and fortitude, we made it through with grace and style. Our students, families, and staff came to school in September faced with a new way of being together, faced with cohorting, masking, and distancing - all new concepts. We 'pivoted' twice to remote learning, with some students learning synchronously and some asynchronously. We learned about Google Meets and Google Classrooms, and when we were at school we stayed in our own recess zones, learned to wait until there was only one other person in the bathroom, and remembered to do our COVID screeners every day! And somehow in among all the protocols, practices and pivots, we managed to focus on our learning goals and targets. We learned to read or became better readers. We developed new math skills, and discovered amazing facts about science and social studies. Congratulations to everyone - students, families and staff - on making it through this year. We have supported each other, and have come to the end of another school year together.

As of Monday, May 31, we still don't know if we will be back to in-person learning this year or not. We anxiously await an announcement from the government, and are ready to meet the needs of our students and families either in-person or remotely. We know this is a very difficult, complex decision, and will continue to work with families to make the most of June. Year-end events like grade 6 grad are in planning stages, and we will be able to adapt them to whatever setting we are in.

We know a bit more about our staffing for next year. We wish Mme Vicki all the best in her retirement, and know that you will join us in celebrating the amazing career she has had. Mme Carlone and Mme Price will both be on maternity leave next year, and we look forward to hearing news and seeing lots of pictures from them! Mme Frappier and Mme Lockhart will both be on leave for the first semester, along with me. Mme Arsenault will be filling my position as Principal, and we will learn shortly who our new VP will be. Mme Gazdik will be filling Mme Lockhart's Student Support position for the first term, and we will have long-term occasional teachers filling her position and Mme Frappier's. Mme Eastabrook and Mme LeBlanc will return to Rideau in September, and Mme Reynolds will return in January from her maternity leave. We still have a few pieces of the puzzle to sort out through June, and will share a more complete staff list with families nearer to the end of the month.

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

june is pride month

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june is national indigenous history month

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term two report cards and communications of learning

Teachers are working on completing Term 2 Report Cards and Kindergarten Communications of Learning. They will be considering evidence collected during both "in person" and remote learning. Assessment continues to be based on conversations, observations and products (student work, projects, etc.). Students will be assessed based on grade level expectations, unless they have an IEP with modified expectations.

Attending live lessons and small group sessions and/or completing assigned activities during remote learning will give your child's teacher more complete evidence on which to base marks and comments. As well, some units and strands may only be taught during the remote learning period. These units will be assessed based on the evidence of learning online (e.g. observations, conversations, products). If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or one of us.


Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.

How to book a first dose appointment at Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics

  • To make a vaccination appointment, please use the link below.
  • Youth clinics will be held beginning on June 8 to June 28.
  • Please note you will need to be 12 years of age at the time of the appointment.
  • Appointments are for parents/guardians as well as the youth and the link can accommodate different booking options. For example, youth only (if both parents/guardians are already immunized) or a parent/guardian with multiple eligible youth.

KFL&A Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic | Scheduling and Booking Website (

News from Vanier

For our Grade 6 families moving on to Vanier next year:

Students and Families looking for additional information on the transition to Module Vanier are asked to visit our school website where we have set up a virtual school of the K.S.S./Module Vanier site, as well as provided a personalized guided video tour of Module Vanier at

Vanier will be providing additional updates on this page for families, including what a ‘Day at Vanier’ looks like as well as video presentations from previous years.

Families are also encouraged to reach out to the school at if they have any questions about the transition to grade 7 at Module Vanier. We can’t wait to see you in September!

Rideau Runs from Coast to Coast!

Our journey across the country continues, and is nearly finished. A month ago our Rideau Runners had combined for a total distance of 2800 km, from our start in Saint John's Newfoundland all the way to Kingston. Since then, running at home and reporting their distance to their teachers, our students have run an additional 4200 km, for a total of just over 7000 km!! Way to go Rhinos! That takes us all the way into BC, getting closer every day to Vancouver. We only have 500 km further to go to make it to Victoria, our goal for this project. Based on past weeks, we should get there some time this week or early next week. Amazing perseverance and effort by all those who continue to run during remote learning!

Upcoming Maltby Centre Workshops

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LDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) workshop

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What If My Child is Not Going to Be Participating in Remote Learning on a Given Day?

Please continue to use the Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence if your child is not going to be accessing online learning (either synchronously or asynchronously) over a 24 hour period. Attendance calls will continue to be sent out automatically to those students who have not made contact with their teacher, or participated in any form of learning. This is to help us keep a connection and ensure the well-being of every child. If you do not wish to receive a call, please use the automated Safe Arrival System to create an absence. There are three ways to do this:

1. Toll-free telephone

  • Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.

2. School Messenger App

  • Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

3. SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal
  • Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

Staying Informed

As Covid-19 information unfolds, we encourage families to check the LDSB website, the LDSB Twitter account and School Messenger communicate messages sent directly from Limestone. School specific information will be communicated via our School Messenger emails. Please watch for updates from these reliable sources to get correct information regarding our return to face to face learning or the extension of remote learning.



We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.


Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVID-19.

Limestone DSB Wellness Resources and Supports - local information, including tip sheets/resources and community-based mental health and addiction services

School Council News

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Our School Council has had its last official meeting of the year. We look forward to in-person meetings in the fall, and to being able to do more community events to bring families together! Stay tuned for information about meetings in September.

class placement requests

We are beginning to organize for the upcoming school year. This includes staffing, timetables and new registrations. Our planning also addresses next year’s class placements for students.

The creation of classes is a complex task that takes into account many factors. When determining placements for next year we consider learning and academic needs, behavioural and social needs, gender balance and class size. Our ultimate goal is to create balanced classrooms that maximize the potential for student learning.

We recognize that, in a few individual cases, there may be important reasons why a specific placement is requested. In these cases, please submit a written or emailed request directly to our office indicating the reasons for your request. The request should identify the optimal conditions for your child’s success but should not indicate a specific teacher request. We will do our best to accommodate your child’s needs but cannot guarantee specific placements. All written requests must be received no later than May 21st. We appreciate your support and understanding in this matter.


It is that time of year when we start planning for next year. If you know your child will be moving to a different school and will not be at Rideau for September 2021, please contact the office or your child's teacher to let us know.

spirit days

Upcoming events

  • June 4 - PA Day
  • June 10 - Sports Day
  • June 11 - School Colours/Spirit Wear Day
  • June 18 - School Colours/Spirit Wear Day
  • June 22 - Grade 6 graduation - details TBA
  • June 23 - Report Cards/Kindergarten Communication of Learning sent home
  • June 24 - Last day of school for students; Summer Colours Day
  • June 25 - PA Day

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