Waverley Drive Public School September, 2012

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Waverley Drive Public School

September, 2012

Waverley Lions’ Pride Focus for September is “Leadership”

Welcome Back

After a very hot summer I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our families to

Waverley for what I know will be a great year! Hopefully everyone found a way to stay cool and enjoy some memorable family time together this summer. In June we said goodbye to our King

George friends who have returned to their new beautiful school. We wish them all the best in their new building. We are looking forward to meeting our new students and their families.

Our school continues to grow in population and this growth will probably result in a re-organization of our classes in mid September. Staff have been told that their classes and assignment may change due to our population shift. We will inform parents in a newsletter about when the class shifting will occur.

Safe Arrival Program

Your child’s safety while at school is of the utmost importance to us. Please contact the school, before 8:40 a.m., if your child is going to be absent or late. We have a telephone answering service, which allows you to call late at night or early in the morning. The phone number is 519-824-7742,

General Delivery mailbox 100. If your child is absent and you have not contacted the office; we will attempt to contact you first at home, then at work and, if necessary, we will try to contact your emergency contact person. As a last resort, the police will be called. It is for this reason that your home, work, and emergency contact telephone numbers are kept up to date at all times.

Newsletter Inserts

Student Admission and Information, white form: please review and update your child’s information, sign it and return the form to the homeroom teacher . All sections must be completed (where applicable) including an emergency contact name and number.

Nutrition Break, pink form (Gr 7 and 8): Please choose ONE option, sign it and return the form to the homeroom teacher.

Internet and Computer Use, green form (Gr 4 to 8): please review with your child, sign and return the form to the homeroom teacher.

Walking trip, blue form (all Grades): This is a blanket form that allows teachers to take students on walks about Guelph. Please sign and date this form and return it to the homeroom teacher.

Freedom of Information, yellow form (all Grades): please read this information carefully. If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school and return it to the homeroom teacher.

The above forms should be returned by September 10,2012

School Handbook

Please refer to our School Handbook 2012-2013 for our School’s policies, procedures. A handbook will arrive home with your child. Please set aside some time to review this important resource.

Open House

Please join us at our Open House on September 20, 2012 from 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. You can meet your child’s teacher and enjoy visiting with everyone. A schedule for the evening will be sent home prior to the day. Mark this important date on your calendar so that you do not forget to join us on the 20 th

. See you then!!!

Waverley Staff Members

Mr. L. Lacey – Principal

JK/SK Ms. Viggers

Ms. Marques ECE

JK/SK Ms. Peart

Grade 1 Ms. Evans

Grade 1/2 Mrs. Jewison

Grades 4-6 Mr. Smith Special Education Class

Grade 2/3 Mrs. Scheel

Grade 3/4 Ms. Smallacombe

Core French Ms. Esposito, Ms. Ewing, Ms. Zarn

Grade 3/4 Ms. Tangney

Grade 4/5 Ms. Donnelly

Grade 5 Ms. Presant

Grade 6 Mrs. Koop

Grade 7 Ms. Rourke

Grade 7/8 Ms. Bauman

Grade 8

Grade 8

Mrs. T. Topping- Vice- Principal

Grades 7/8 Mr. Alessio Special Education Class

Resource Ms. Weresch, Ms. Perkins

Teacher-Librarian Ms. Bauman

Ms. Stanson

Mrs. Steele

Child & Youth Counsellor Ms. Tina Fontinato-Haid,

Grade 4 Ms. Apgar (Gifted Class)

Educational Assistants Mrs. Beaton

Mrs. Ryan, Ms. Schopp

Custodians Ms. Riley

Office Coordinator Ms. Malyk

Administrative Office Assistant Ms. Peyton

Grade 4/5 Ms. Millar (Gifted Class)

Grade 5/6 Mrs. Nicholson (Gifted Class)

Grade 5

Grade 6

Ms. Drouillard (Gifted Class)

Mr. Walkling (Gifted Class)

Grade 7/8 Mr. Hummel (Gifted Class)

Grade 7 Mr. C. Brown (Gifted Class)

Grade 8 Mr. Meunier (Gifted Class)

Professional Activity Days

Please mark the following days on the calendar; Students do NOT attend on these days:

October 26, 2012

November 23, 2012

January 21,2013

April 22, 2013

June 7, 2013

June 28, 2013

On Professional Activity Days teachers are involved in activities to improve student learning. They will be meeting in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) teams to develop plans, programs and assessments. Part of the day is also for evaluation and reporting of student progress.

Parking Around Our School

Please respect the no parking and no stopping signs posted on the city streets around our school.

Parking enforcement office will be issuing tickets to cars that park illegally. The main school parking lot is out of bounds to parents dropping off students before and after school. Help us keep our students safe. Please ensure you do not block the driveways of our neighbours as you park to pickup students.

Administration of Medication

In order for your child to receive any medication at school you must complete a “Consent for

Administration of Oral Medication” form. All medications must be kept in the school office (including non-prescription items). Please contact the office should you require this form.

Life-Threatening Allergies

Many children have allergies. A few, however, are Life-Threatening. There are several students at

Waverley Dr. School who are severely allergic to peanuts and nut products.

It has been suggested that the best way to provide a safe environment for all students, is to enlist the support of the parents to help make the school as “peanut and nut free as possible”. This means that each child is asked to refrain from bringing snacks or lunches, which contain peanut or nut products.

In our busy daily schedules it is not an easy task to pick and choose the foods that our children bring to school. We realize this request may pose an inconvenience for you when packing your child’s snack and lunch. However, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for your support and understanding of this potentially Life-Threatening allergy.

Knowing that your child has allergies and knowing how to deal with them is our best defense. If your child has a severe allergy to ANYTHING, please inform us. With your help, we will do our best to prevent mishaps and to make sure that all of your students are safe, healthy and able to concentrate on learning.

Message from the Elementary Superintendents of Education

School Organization

School have built class lists based on their tentative organizations. Changes may be necessary at your child(ren)’s school in order that our Board remain compliant with Ministry parameters (see below). Any changes would be implemented by Monday, September 17 at the latest. Principals do not have the option of changing the school organization that is set by the District Staffing

Committee of the Board. If changes affect your child(ren), you will be informed by the school.

Ministry of Education Parameters

Full Day Kindergarten Class Size Average for the Board is 26 students

• 90% of the Board’s primary classes with 20 or fewer students

• 10% of the Board’s primary classes up to a maximum of 23 students

• Grade ¾ classes have a cap of 23 students

• Junior/Intermediate Class Size Average for the Board is 25.4 students to 1 teacher

Lunch at School

It is obvious that a large number of our students have to eat their lunch at school. Where it is possible, it is better for a student to have a break away from the routines of the school and return home or to the home of a caregiver. If your child is to stay for lunch, we require the following considerations: a) b) children who eat lunch at school are required to stay on the school grounds children are accountable for their behaviour during the lunch period, whether inside or out.

Children will be supervised by staff and noon hour supervisors.

Children who regularly eat lunch at school will require a note from their parents, if they wish to leave the school.

Student Accident Insurance

Parents or guardians are responsible for expenses related to student injuries on school premises during school activities. Accidents can and do happen and the costs involved might not be fully covered by Provincial Health Care or employer group insurance plans.

The Upper Grand District School Board is empowered under the Education Act to offer Accident and

Life Insurance for students.

Information will be sent home beginning on September 10 with respect to Student Accident

Insurance offered by the Reliable Life Insurance Company. You should receive the Director's letter, an Acknowledgment to be signed by parents (and returned to school) and a Student Accident

Insurance application form (to be mailed directly to Reliable Life). Reliable Life Insurance Company offers a variety of options, including family rates and multi-year plans, at affordable prices. The cost must be paid by parents or guardian.

Subscription is directly through Reliable Life by mail or on line. Questions should be directed to

Reliable Life at 1-800-463-5437 or www.insuremykids.com

For today's active children, especially those who participate in field trips, co-curricular and other school activities outside the school day, Student Accident Insurance is valuable. You can find

additional information on the Board’s website at www.ugdsb.on.ca.

Student Agendas

Students in Grade 1 to 8 classes will have the opportunity to buy student agendas at a cost of $6.00 each. These agendas will be used as a form of communication between school and families.

Students will also be writing their homework assignments in them. Students should bring the money to their teachers by Friday, September 7th.

Safety on the Playground

Our playground is designed for users ages 12 and under and we do not provide supervision, maintenance and inspections outside of school hours. Board policy determines that the equipment is off limits from November 1 to March 31, and at other times as determined by the school administration. This includes periods of freezing temperatures, when there is freezing rain, if the ground cover is frozen, or if there is a buildup of snow and ice. Rules for students: no pushing; no running around the play structures; no fighting; no eating while on the playground equipment; and no throwing sticks, stones or other objects.

The following are not allowed on the equipment: skipping ropes; ropes; scarves or loose drawstrings on children’s clothing. We have been advised, by our insurance company that children should not wear bicycle helmets on the play structures. In one accident a child wearing a helmet got his head trapped in a piece of equipment and was asphyxiated, and other reports of hanging deaths due to the helmet straps have been noted.

You should also know that event of an injury, students and staff are reminded that the injured person should not be moved, and a supervisor must be notified immediately. We know how much the children enjoy our play structure. We make safety at play our major concern and will be reminding our students on a regular basis about the playground rules.

HPV Vaccination for Grade 8 Girls

All female Grade 8 students in Ontario can decide to receive the free HPV vaccine & Cervical Cancer

Prevention (3 doses given over a 6 month period). The nurses at Wellington Dufferin-Guelph Public

Health give the immunization to your child at school, check your calendar for dates. The consent forms will be sent home mid October.

Pizza/Hotdogs for Lunch

We sell pizza twice per week. The pizza is cheese or pepperoni and the cost is $1.50 per slice.

Students purchase pizza tickets in the “breezeway” door area at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are exchanged for pizza at the table outside of the library at the beginning of lunch. Money raised by pizza sales is used to support student trips, sports and special events. Pizza sales will take place on Tuesdays and

Fridays. The first pizza day will be Tuesday September 11,2012.

Terry Fox Run Attention WAVERLEY LIONS!

This year's Terry Fox Run will be on Wednesday, September 27th!! Last year we raised over

$3000.00 for Cancer Research! Way to go, Lions!! This year our goal is $4000.00. We can do it!!

All Lions should be trying to raise $$ for Terry Fox in the coming weeks and are encouraged to participate in classroom and school activities; a great way to start off the school year with Waverley

Spirit and demonstrate leadership. Your teacher will be giving you your pledge form very soon and you can also encourage people to pledge you on-line @www.terryfoxrun.org. Pledging online is very simple and will go towards our school total. Please do not bring your money in until run day. Come on Waverley Lions, let's get together and fight Cancer and support the Terry Fox Foundation!

THANKS LIONS!

LIONS’ PRIDE: Character Education At Waverley

This year at Waverley marks our third year with the LIONS’ PRIDE program. For those of you who are new families to the school, this character education program involves teaching children about basic human values including responsibility, kindness, generosity, courage, initiative, equality, and respect. Our goal is to develop morally responsible students from junior kindergarten to grade 8.

This is a big endeavour, but one which can be accomplished with a strong home-school connection!

We know that the family is the first and most important influence on a child’s character and at the school; we strive to reinforce the positive character values being taught at home.

According to researchers, parent involvement is the leading indicator of school success. We hope that the school and our families can work together to present a united approach concerning character matters- respect to promote character education, the students at Waverley will focus on a monthly school wide theme, beginning with ‘Leadership’ in September. Our students will take part in lessons, activities and assemblies, which focus on this quality. Take some time to discuss this quality with your child and ask them about the activities taking place at school.

The LIONS’ PRIDE monthly themes are outlined in our school handbook and will be highlighted in our monthly newsletters for rules, responsibility toward homework, honesty in academics, sportsmanship at athletic events-in order to ensure that our students get a clear and consistent message.

Help us be GREEN! Currently you receive a newsletter home with your youngest or only child. If you would like a paper copy of the newsletter for the rest of the year please complete the form below and return to school with your child. Otherwise, congratulations on helping to keep our school in

Silver with our Green Projects and thank you.

To see the newsletter online please visit: www.ugdsb.on.ca/wav

Please send a paper copy of the school newsletter home with my youngest/only child.

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Child’s Name Teachers Name

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