The Rideau Report
"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best." Bob Talbert
January seemed to fly by, and we are now halfway through the school year. It is hard to believe how much growth and learning we have seen from all our students, and how they continue to work hard and persevere every day. Our educators continue to work on French and English reading and writing skills, math concepts, and other important subjects, meeting learning goals and setting new, challenging expectations for all our students.
It has been a challenging month in terms of our current labour situation, which looks as though it will continue into February. Our teachers are committed to their students' learning, growth, and success, and work in the classroom continues unaffected by job action. We appreciate families' support as we work through this difficult time together in the best interests of our children.
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
Vanier Grade 6 info night
School Year Calendar Survey
The Limestone District School Board School-Year Calendar Committee is seeking input on options for next year's school calendar. Your feedback will be shared with the Committee, made up of various employee groups, parent representatives, students and community members, as it makes its recommendations.
It is important to note that the late placement of Labour Day (September 7, 2020) will require a start date prior to Labour Day this calendar year. We are seeking input on whether to start the school year on Monday, August 31, 2020 or Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. In either case, the first day will be a Professional Activity (PA) Day for staff. Students would begin the school year the day immediately following the PA Day.
Option 1: PA Day on Monday, August 31, 2020. Students begin school Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Option 2: PA Day on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Students begin school Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.
The Limestone School-Year Calendar is created in partnership with the Hastings & Prince Edward and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic district school boards. All three Boards must agree on the calendar presented to the Ministry of Education for final approval due to shared busing considerations.
The survey closes February 7, 2020.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback is important.
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 adjustments to 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: 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!
- February 10-11 - Dental screening - kindergarten/grade 2
- February 12 - School Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
- February 14 - Red, White and Pink Day
- February 17 - Family Day
- February 24-25 - BRAVE classroom workshops
- February 24 - BRAVE Parent Workshop - 6:30 p.m.
- February 28 - Spirit Wear/School Colours Spirit Day
Check our school calendar on our website for the most current listing of events!