The Rideau Report
"We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." John F. Kennedy
As you can see by the length of this month's newsletter, November is shaping up to be another busy month at Rideau. Students are buzzing around the school, working on projects, participating in clubs, engaging in sports, singing songs from the Musical, and sharing their joy of learning in a hundred different ways.
During November, we recognize three important events. Remembrance Week leads up to our Remembrance Day ceremony next Monday. Families are welcome to join us for our assembly beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. Bullying Awareness week is the third week in November, which includes an assembly on the Monday, Pink Shirt Day on Friday, and other awareness activities through the week. Finally, the month of November is Indigenous Education month. Through announcements, posters, and other classroom activities, we will work towards Reconciliation and increased awareness amongst all students.
Work on Disney's The Lion King Jr. continues daily as we push towards our show dates during the second week of December. Excitement is building, and we will be looking for parent and community help with sets, costumes, and other important aspects of putting on an amazing production. Thank you in advance for all your support of the arts at Rideau!
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 by returning your child's Data Verification Form, if you haven't already done so. 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 the name and you can see our Twitter feed. We are interested in your feedback. You can always email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 613-546-5901. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do every day!
G. Seiveright, Principal
Bullying Awareness Week
Communication with Families
Our Eco Club was excited to share that Boomerang Lunches are back at Rideau! The Boomerang Lunch program focuses on important objectives! We hope to reduce waste and encourage students and their families to review and rethink about the way they prepare and package lunch and snack foods. All pre-packaged waste from your child’s lunches and snacks will be returned home in their lunch bags. This includes any packaging, plastic bags and wrapping.
WHY BOOMERANG LUNCHES?
It’s the right thing to do for our environment! Most lunch waste in our school comes from disposable packaging of single use food items, such as plastic bags, yogurt cups, and juice boxes. It’s estimated that the average school age child using a disposable lunch produces 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year! At Rideau Public School, that translates into nearly 28,140 pounds of waste! Although some of this waste is made of recyclable materials, it is still a huge cost to transport, and process these items. Encouraging the use of re-usable containers will reinforce that children can be part of the solution to our waste problems. As well, municipal recycling programs are more effective than school programs, with more collected and less contamination.
Boomerang lunches also enable parents to see what their children are actually eating during the day. By bringing home the leftovers you will see what’s been eaten or not. Teachers see a huge amount of uneaten food go into the garbage day after day. This is not only wasteful but expensive.
One of the main concerns parents have expressed with the boomerang lunch program is that their child will return home with a messy lunch bag. Theses items can be placed in sealed reusable containers.
We know this program will require families to re-think food preparation and student actions. Our hope is that informative discussions will take place at home and school and habits will change. Packing a waste-free lunch not only helps the environment, it can also result in healthier, more nutritious snack/lunches as many prepackaged foods contain significant amounts of salt, preservatives, sugar and fat. There is also a cost savings as lunches made of prepackaged items cost significantly more than buying larger quantities and serving them in re-usable containers.
Boomerang lunches work!
Thanks for your support with this very important initiative. Merci du club-Eco!
School Council News
School council is excited to announce their new extra-curricular sponsorship program! This program has been created to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to become involved with sports and other programs within Rideau Public, regardless of financial resources. Donations to this initiative would be graciously accepted through the office!
Also, winter is coming and Kinder classes are looking for your gently used clothing and outdoor gear. These donations will be dispersed among Kinder classrooms to ensure that students have extra clothes available to them when needed. Kinders have adorable ways of getting themselves cold and wet this season, so let's help keep them warm! Donations can be dropped off in the box located in the front foyer of the school. Sizes 3T-5T are best suited for this age group! Thank you for helping our Rideau community!
School Council meetings for the rest of this calendar year are as follows:
- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 - 8:00
- Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 - 8:00
Meetings are in the staff room, and child care is available in the gym.
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!
- November 1 - PA Day
- November 6 - School Council 6:30
- November 8 - Spirit Day - Jerseys/Sports Team Day
- November 11 - Remembrance Day Ceremony - 10:30
- November 15 - Spirit Day - School Colours Day
- November 18 - Bullying Awareness Assembly - 9:30
- November 19 - Progress Reports/Kindergarten Initial Observations sent home
- November 20 - Photo Retake Day
- November 22 - Pink Shirt Day
- November 29 - PA Day
Check our school calendar on our website for the most current listing of events!