Parent Handbook 2010-2011 Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus Abbott Site 12045—34 Street Edmonton, AB T5W 1Z5 Phone: 780-477-7310 Fax: 780-471-5281 [email protected] R.J. Scott Site 11610-38 Street Edmonton, AB T5W 2H1 Phone: 780-477-2897 Fax: 780-479-3008 [email protected] Giving kids what they Principal: Sandra Stoddard Assistant Principal: Laurie Caines Assistant Principal: Dale Carton Administrative Assistant: Colette Camsusa Administrative Assistant: Angela Tyner need to succeed! Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus abbottrjscott.epsb.ca Abbott Site 12045 - 34 Street Edmonton, AB T5W 1Z5 Phone: 780-477-7310 Fax: 780-471-5281 [email protected] R. J. Scott Site 11610 - 38 Street Edmonton, AB T5W 2H1 Phone: 780-477-2897 Fax: 780-479-3008 [email protected] HOURS OF OPERATION ABBOTT SCHOOL R.J. SCOTT SCHOOL 8:32 First bell for a.m. classes to assemble Classes begin Morning recess Lunch 8:32 First bell for p.m. classes to assemble Classes begin Afternoon recess Classes dismissed 12:30 Early Dismissal on Thursday’s at 2:10 p.m. NOTE: 8:37 10:15 - 10:30 11:40 12:30 12:35 2:05- 2:20 3:10 NOTE: 8:37 10:15 - 10:35 11:50 12:35 2:05- 2:25 3:10 First bell for a.m. classes to assemble Classes begin Morning recess Lunch First bell for p.m. classes to assemble Classes begin Afternoon recess Classes dismissed Early Dismissal on Thursday’s at 2:10 p.m. Welcome to the Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus Dear Parents/Guardians: Our doors have opened after the vacation break and we now look forward to the excitement, challenges and changes that come with a new school year. As you are aware, I am new to Abbott/R. J. Scott Campus this year and I feel very privileged to be a part of your children's educational experience. I believe that through working together, we will be successful in providing a learning environment where your children are encouraged to take risks and to expand their knowledge, skills and attitudes. I believe that Abbott/R. J. Scott Campus is on the right track when it comes to delivering the type of education that will enable our students to be successful. When I was appointed as the new principal, I walked through the doors of each of the schools and sensed a spirit of enthusiasm. I soon realized that the staff is dedicated to ensuring that their programs of instruction respond to different learning needs, interests, ability levels and learning styles. The staff’s high expectations for learning and behavior provide a safe and open environment where children are encouraged to progress as rapidly and fully as they are able. The success of Abbott/R. J. Scott Campus requires a working partnership between staff, students, parents and the community. Our staff believes when parents, students, teachers and agencies view one another as partners in education, a caring community is formed around helping students succeed in school and in later life. I hope that this school handbook provides you with the necessary information that you need about our schools, our programs, our policies and events. For ease of reference, the headings are in alphabetical order. While this is our first communication between home and school - it is not our last. A monthly newsletter and calendar will be sent home during the first week of each month and will highlight our successes, our instructional focus and upcoming special events and dates. On behalf of Abbott/R. J. Scott Campus staff I extend to each and every one of you a welcome to the new school year. Your children are our future. Together we will make a difference! Sincerely, Mrs. Sandra Stoddard, Principal ATTENDANCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Regular attendance is a vital element in the students’ daily routine. It has been shown that students who are in regular attendance at a school have the best chance of realizing their full academic potential. They simply do better in school. The school will make a special effort to encourage the students to be in their classrooms by assembly time, which is 8:32 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., each school day. Please do your part in getting your child off to a good start each morning and noon hour. First day of instruction Meet the Staff BBQ ABSENTEE CHECK PROGRAM Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus provides an absentee check program to ensure the safety of your children. Parents are asked to notify the schools by phoning 780-477-7310 for Abbott students and 780-477-2897 for R.J. Scott students, if your child will not be attending or will be late to school. An answering system at both schools will be available to leave a message for your convenience. It is the responsibility of the home to contact the school office if the student will not be in the classroom at assembly time. It is with your child’s safety in mind that our volunteer parents will attempt to contact the parents/guardians if notification of the absence is not received. The purpose of the absentee check program is to efficiently determine whether a child is supposed to be at school or not. As such, it provides us an early warning in instances where students have left home but have not arrived at school. As you can imagine this takes up a considerable amount of time and causes us to worry. For these reasons, it very important that you make every effort to inform us of absences prior to school starting! ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE CHANGES It is extremely important for the welfare of your child that your phone numbers and addresses are kept up to date. PLEASE INFORM THE SCHOOL OFFICE WHENEVER CHANGES OCCUR! Read In Week Goal Setting Night Picture Day Thanksgiving Day Professional Development Day Remembrance Day Teacher Day in Lieu -No classes Picture Retake Day Goal Setting Night and 1st Progress Report Christmas Break Professional Development Day Family Day Teachers Convention 2nd Report Card and Celebration of Learning Spring Break Good Friday Easter Monday Victoria Day Last Day of instruction Sept 1, 2010 Sept 21, 2010 Sept 23, 2010 Oct 4-8, 2010 Oct 7, 2010 Oct 15, 2010 Oct 11, 2010 Oct 12, 2010 Nov 11, 2010 Nov 12, 2010 Nov 19, 2010 Nov 25, 2010 Dec 18 - Jan 2 Jan 24, 2011 Feb 21, 2011 Mar 3 & 4 Mar 24, 2011 Mar 26-Apr 3 Apr 22, 2011 Apr 25, 2011 May 23, 2011 June 29, 2011 CAMPUS PROGRAMS Full Day Kindergarten: Both Abbott and R.J. Scott schools have full day Kindergarten programs. Reading Recovery Program: Both Abbott and R.J. Scott schools have half time Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders. Strategies Program: Abbott School is a district site for students with learning disabilities. Students must meet academic criteria to participate in this program. The goal for this program is to help students improve academic achievement and develop skills for coping so they may return to a regular classroom setting. We welcome students and their families to Abbott School. BUS PASSES ETS and Yellow School Bus passes are available at the Abbott School office. It is important that all families pay the fee requested as this service comes at a cost to the campus. Second Language Programs: French as a Second Language (FSL) Both Abbott and R.J. Scott Schools have a French as a Second Language program for the grade 4, 5, and 6 students in the mainstream program. Cree Language: Abbott School offers a pull out program for Cree Language programming for Kindergarten to Grade 2. Partners for Kids: Partners for Kids offers an In School Mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In this program, parents and teachers refer students with academic, social or emotional difficulties, and youth and adult volunteers are matched with a child to help develop and improve literacy and social skills, as well as self esteem. The volunteers become “in school” Big Sisters and Big Brothers for the children they work with. It is a very successful program that is very rewarding for all involved! Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus is always looking for more mentors for the PFK Program, so call 780-477-7310 or 780-477-2897 for more information on volunteering with us. Mother Earth & Me Aboriginal Head Start: Mother Earth and Me Aboriginal Head Start leases a classroom at Abbott School. They provide special programs for children 3 1/2 to 5 years of age. Transportation is available to children who qualify and the program is free to low income families. Please call 780-472-1596 for more information. ABC Head Start: ABC Head Start leases a classroom at Abbott School. ABC Head Start is a comprehensive preschool and family support program for families with low income. Their goal is to prepare children for a successful educational experience in partnership with their family and community. Transportation is available to children who qualify and the program is free to low income families. Please call 780-461-5353 for more information. COLD WEATHER It is expected that children will be dressed warmly enough to be outside for 15 minutes of fresh air and exercise when the temperature is above –24 degrees Celsius. When it is colder than –24 degrees Celsius the regular recess period is cancelled and the children are given a short break instead. CELL PHONES/ IPODS/ ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cell phones for safety purposes are permitted however should be used only in emergencies and must remain in students’ backpacks. Due to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act – cell phones may NOT be used for taking photos! IPODs and other electronic devices are permitted in school however should ONLY be used during recess. If they are used at any other times during the day, or if they cause a disturbance at recess, a student may be requested to leave such items at home. The school is not responsible for any broken, lost or stolen items. DISCIPLINE At Abbott/R. J. Scott Campus, we will provide experiences, which will encourage our students to: Make positive choices Accept consequences Deal with problems Care about themselves, others and our school Contribute positively to school in their own way Create an atmosphere which is safe, warm and friendly Be courteous to others Develop and use their common sense in situations in order to become citizens of their communities We firmly believe that all students have a right to learn. Students must learn to understand that they are responsible for their behavior. They must recognize that any behavior that takes away from others’ learning is not acceptable. Any behavior that takes away from the freedom to learn is not responsible behavior. Abbott/ R. J. Scott Campus students are expected to follow rules, which are established for the benefit of all students as well as the community. Our school approach to discipline will: Help the student identify his/her problems Help the student solve the problem he/she has created Leave the student’s dignity in tact We support and reward appropriate behavior through many different ways, some of which are verbal praises, smiles, special privileges, happygrams, special helpers, awards, phone calls home etc. Expectations for Abbott/R. J. Scott Campus 1. Students will show respect for authority and follow rules. 2. Students will show concern and respect for themselves and others. 3. Students will show respect toward personal and school property. 4. Students will take responsibility for their part in the learning process. Failure to meet the expectations for behavior and conduct shall result in some or all of the following responses: problem solving, monitoring or reviewing behavior expectations with student; reprimand; parental involvement; referral to attendance board; temporary removal of privileges; detention of student; temporary exclusion of student from class; in-school suspension; out-of-school suspension; behaviour contract with student; restitution for property damage to an individual or the school; assessment of student to develop appropriate programming. FIELD TRIPS Our classes will participate in a variety of fieldtrips during the year. Trips will be curriculum based and enhance classroom learning. Parents will receive a field trip form requiring signed permission for their child to participate. Students who do not return a signed permission slip will remain at the school. HEAD LICE If your child contracts a case of head lice, they will be sent home immediately to be treated. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that treatment is provided. Contact your public health center if you have any questions. Once treatment has been administered, the student can return to school. HOMEWORK Parents/guardians can assist their children in establishing strong work/study skills by providing a quiet space and a regular time to complete “homework”. Students should be encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes each evening reading or doing schoolwork. This opportunity for enrichment and review encourages children from an early age to develop a sense of life long learning. ILLNESS Normally children who are too ill to go outside for recess are too ill to be at school. This is particularly true in the case of colds. Children coming to school with colds are unable to function well, provide a source of infection for other children and would probably recuperate faster at home. When a student becomes ill, he/she should tell the classroom teacher who will send or take the student to the general office. If the student appears to be seriously ill, an attempt to notify the parent will be made and appropriate steps will be taken. First aide will be give to a student injured on the premises. If the injury requires medical attention, an attempt will be made to notify the parent immediately. It is imperative that the school has on file an Alberta Health Care number and an emergency telephone number of a neighbor or a relative in the event that a parent/guardian is away from home when a child is ill or injured. FOOTWEAR In order to maintain the high standard of cleanliness within the school, we expect students to adhere to the “two shoe policy”. Each student is expected to have one pair of inside shoes and one pair of outside shoes. All students are required to remove outdoor shoes at the entrance. Please label all footwear. LUNCH / DAILY SNACK PROGRAM The Campus is very fortunate to be a part of the Edmonton School Lunch Program. All students registered at Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus are welcome to participate but must complete the registration forms before they can be served. In order to maintain enrolment in this program, parents/guardians must fill out and return the monthly lunch program envelope. Please note that children who stay for the School Lunch Program must stay on school grounds for the entire lunch break. The Campus is also fortunate to receive a grant from the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation to provide a daily nutritious snack to the students. Snacks are served to students at approximately 9:00 a.m. daily. MEDICATIONS PARENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus cannot accomplish its goals in isolation. Accordingly, the school endeavors to cooperate with parents and community agencies and groups having similar concerns. Parent involvement and support can help to make your child’s schooling a positive experience. Our success at Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus is directly related to your support of the school’s programs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time at the school and to become involved in the life of the school. If you can, and are interested, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office. The more you support the school, the better experiences your child will have at Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus. PERSONAL PROPERTY OF STUDENTS Parents are encouraged to dispense any necessary medication at home if at all possible. If medication must be taken during school hours, please make arrangements with the office staff. School Board Policy requires that a form be signed by the doctor and at least one parent indicating the nature and dispensing of required drugs for those students taking medication at school. Forms are available in the school office. Please advise the school of any changes in dosage of regular medication. Medication will not be administered until these forms are completed. Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus is not responsible for the personal property of students. We request that all school supplies, lunch kits, footwear and other clothing be marked with the child’s name prior to sending them to school. PROGRESS REPORTS Progress reports are issued three times during the school year. The first report is issued in November, the second in March and the final report on the last day of school in June. PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL Parent input is essential in the operation of Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus. The Parent Advisory committee meetings provide an opportunity for all parents to: share information, ideas and concerns; advise the school administration in formulating school policies; support the school’s programs through volunteer and special projects. The Abbott/R.J. Scott Campus Council welcomes all parents/guardians and community members interested in quality education for students to become actively involved. Meetings are held on the first school day Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our first Parent Advisory Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Teachers will be contacting parents by telephone or notes between reports to ensure good communication regarding student growth. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact their child’s teacher whenever the need may arise. PROPERTY DAMAGE In circumstances where a student is deemed to be responsible, either whole or in part, for damage or defacement of the building equipment, furnishings or the personal property of others, the student or parents will be asked to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged property. SUPERVISION REPORTING VANDALISM We are requesting support from all residents in reporting any acts of a suspicious nature. If you see individuals: on the roof of the school throwing objects at windows or doors shooting weapons destroying shrubbery or playground equipment lighting fires committing any other suspicious acts Staff playground supervision is provided for the fifteen-minute period preceding the morning and afternoon assembly times as well as at recess. For safety reasons we ask that students arrive no earlier than 8:20 in the morning. SUPPLIES This is the number of Edmonton Public Schools Security. Give them the name of the school, the location and a brief description of what is happening. Students are expected to come prepared for their daily schoolwork. This includes having work completed and having the necessary supplies. This year we were fortunate to have the Sherwood Park Costco donate provide to both Abbott and R. J. Scott Schools backpacks and school supplies. Students from Grades 1-6 must purchase additional supplies that may be required from the lists provided by the schools. Parents are requested to periodically check to make sure their children have all the necessary supplies throughout the year. SAFETY PATROLS VISITORS CALL 780-429-8295 School A.M.A. Patrols are used at both schools and we ask that all adults please co-operate with safety patrollers while crossing the streets. It is important that parents set a good example when it comes to safely crossing busy roads by crossing in the crosswalks and reminding their children about traffic safety precautions and ask them to follow the School Patrol rules. STUDENT SAFETY Parents who bring their children to school are asked to drop them off and pick them up on the street by the main entrance or playground. Please do not use the parking lots as they become very congested and create safety issues for students. For the safety of students and staff, the following policy is in place. The front door only will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. therefore if a student is late or someone wishes to enter the school this can only be done through the front door. All students assemble at their regular doors before entering the school at regular times. Supervisors will let students into the school at these doors. Visitors, whether they are parents, guests, or people on official school business are always welcome, but are asked to please report to the office before proceeding to activities at other locations in the school.