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General Information

Office – open 8:15 am to 3:50 pm

Students

Students arriving late must report to the office.
Students should be making alternate after school arrangements prior to coming to school.
Students should come to the office with injuries or illness.

Parents

Parents are welcome in the school.  However, the office is a busy place and not the best area for parents to gather for discussions.
Parents should check with the school secretary or principal before taking their student out of school.

Visitors

All visitors are requested to report to the general office upon entering the school.  Only registered students may attend classes.

Contacting Teachers

Phone messages may be left during class time for a teacher.  Teachers will be available prior to 8:40 am, between 11:45 and 12:40 pm, and after 2:53 pm.

Telephone

A telephone for students is available across from the general office.  Students may use the phone with permission.  Students are not to use the phone to organize play dates.
Attendance

We believe that regular attendance has a significant impact on a student’s progress and chance for success in school.  Students who miss a large number of school days miss a portion of instruction which cannot be easily recovered.  We believe that good attendance facilitates success in school and in future employment.

Safe Arrival Program  Ph.  250-642-5658

This is a safety progam to help assure both parents and the school that the child has arrived at school safely.  It is organized and run by parent volunteers.  Parents may call the Safe Arrival number to record a message about their child’s absence.  If a child is absent and no call has been received, a volunteer will phone to ascertain the child’s safety.

Newsletters

The school newsletter, Saseenos Scoop, will be disbursed on the first Friday of every month through e-mail.   This newsletter contains general and specific information about what is happening in our school.  Print copies will be available in the office.  The school newsletter will be posted on the school website as well.

Library

We use a bar code system to sign out library books.  Students may have two borrowed books at a time.   If a book has been lost or damaged, a note will be sent to parents for the replacement costs.

Teachers on Call

If your child’s teacher is away, a teacher replacement will be in the class.  The expectation of students is that they treat the teacher with respect, cooperate, and complete assigned work. Students should offer to help with classroom routines.  Remember that everything we do gives people a message about us . . . make a good impression.

Noon Hour Supervision

Our school has three school district paid supervisors for lunch and play time.  Each holds an Occupational First Aid – Level One certificate.  Recess supervision is covered by teachers.

Medication

Prescribed medication may be administered at the school only under specified conditions:  the medication is required while the student is attending school; the parent has signed a release  (HLTH Form 41); a school plan of action is developed and the principal and public health nurse have been notified; all prescribed medication is in original labelled containers and is kept in a secure location. Parents can  contact the school for details.
Non-prescription drugs shall not be purchased nor distributed by the school.  With some medications, it is advisable to inform the teacher so that adverse symptoms can be reported.

Student Illness or Injury

Students who feel ill should report to the office.  Parents/guardians will be contacted.  It is important to keep emergency contact and work phone numbers current.

Field trips

When students go on any school-sponsored activities outside the school, students are viewed as a representative of our school and, for that reason, we expect exemplary behaviour.  All school rules apply.  Written permission is required to participate.  For liability reasons, phone calls from parents or guardians are not adequate consent.

Parents who volunteer to drive students need to complete a Driver’s Agreement Form, which will cover the entire school year.  Please provide a photocopy of your license and valid insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 liability.  Our District policy also states that a criminal record check (CRC) and a Driver’s Abstract also be provided.  Please make sure that the school has the most up to date copies of documents that expire during the year.  Students may not ride in the front seat where airbags could deploy.  The school provides several extra booster seats for parent drivers of primary students.   Unscheduled stops are discouraged, except for emergencies.

Dress code

Saseenos expects all students to dress appropriately for school.   Students should have appropriate gym strip and footwear for physical education (PE) and Daily Physical Activity.  The following are considered inappropriate apparel for classroom wear: hats and head-coverings (except for religious purposes),  very short shorts, or attire that is revealing or distracting to others.  Underwear should not be showing.   Verbal or visual reference to profanity, alcohol, drugs, sex, inappropriate images, or violence should not appear on clothing or other belongings.

A good rule of thumb:  school is a casual setting but more business-like than the beach.  Students who wear inappropriate clothing will be reminded of the dress code and asked to remove a hat or cover up.

Farewell – Grade Five

Grade 5 Farewell is held at the end of June.  The purpose of Farewell is to say good bye.  Remember that the farewell is a casual occasion and not a graduation.

Earthquake – Fire – Lockdown Drills

Earthquake drills take place once or twice during the year.  Each class is instructed in “duck and cover” procedures and the safe evacuation of the school building.

Fire drills take place at six different times during the school year.  Each class will evacuate the building by an approved fire exit route in a quick and orderly manner. They will then remain with their teacher on the playing field until roll call is taken and it is safe for each class to return to their classroom.

A school lockdown is the restriction of movement of students and staff due to a threat of danger within or in relation to the school.  Lockdown drills take place once or twice during the year so that students and staff learn how to respond to serious events. The purpose of lockdowns is to protect as many people as possible inside the school.  Lockdowns can potentially save lives, reduce injuries and assist police and other emergency responders to deal with the situation effectively.

Use of cell phones and electronic devices in schools

Technological devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, I-pods, etc, are part of our lives and it is important that we have guidelines for when their use is appropriate in learning. Schools have issues with these forms of technology as we have had to deal with theft, harassment, and time off task in the classroom.

It is important for our students to understand that when they enter the school door, phones and music devices are shut off and game systems are stored away, signalling the expectation for focus and diligence in school work.

Animals on School grounds

In general, animals are not allowed to be on School District property.  Some exceptions may be allowed, only with the prior approval of the Principal and could include

– pets for show-and-tell or demonstrations

– small pets kept in classes under the supervision and care of the teacher,

– service animals and police dogs under the control of a police officer

Tobacco Free Schools

On September 2, 2007, BC schools became 100% tobacco free.   This means that there is a smoke free environment for students, staff and visitors both in the building and on the school grounds.

Student Support Services

School Based Team

– discusses, recommends, plans for student priorities regarding counselling, academic  and health issues
– consists of Administrator, Literacy support/Integraton teachers, Teacher, and Counsellor
– parents, teachers or other staff can bring a student to the attention of the team

Services available trough the School based team referral are:

– Literacy Support
– School Health Nurse
– School Counsellor
– Speech and Language Pathologist
– ESL Program
– Integration support
– District Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy
– Referrals to other agencies

How can a parent influence his/her child’s success in school?

The evidence is now beyond dispute.  When schools work together with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. In fact, the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is the extent to which that student’s family is able to:

* create a home environment that encourages learning;

* express high (but not unrealistic) expectations  for their children’s achievement and future careers;

* become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.

Here are some ways you can support your child’s learning:

1.  Make sure your child gets the most out of the school day by helping him/her to arrive at school on time, healthy, and well rested.

2.  Parental involvement needs to begin with communication between you and your child’s teacher or administrator by visiting the school, phoning, or writing a note.

3.  Encourage your child to take part in school activities and to take pride in the school community, including the school building and grounds.

4.  To reinforce self-esteem, encourage your child through listening and talking.  Show interest and appreciation for his/her efforts.  Ask specific questions like, “What did you do in science today?”

5.   Get to know your child’s friends.

6. Attend school events such as orientation nights, parent/teacher interviews, special events, and extra-curricular activities.

7.  Help in the classroom, on field trips, and on committees when volunteers are requested.

8. Read your school newsletter and school correspondence.

9.  Read to or with your child regularly from a wide variety of materials.

10. Make sure school work is a priority, ie, before chores, video games or social activities.

11. Encourage your child to talk to teachers if he/she does not understand an assignment.

12. Keep up-to-date on your child’s progress between reporting periods.

13. Be knowledgeable about what your child is learning by using this curriculum summary and other information provided by the school.30