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FIELD TRIPS


There is much to be learned by students' participation in well organized, curriculum based, field trips and excursions. The staff arranges a variety of educational trips each year according to their students' interests and curriculum requirements. Participation in any excursion is a privilege. Students who demonstrate appropriate behaviour and a positive attitude toward school are provided with these opportunities. Written parental consent is required. Costs for excursions vary, but some subsidy is available through School Council.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Pupils are required to participate in the regularly scheduled Physical Education classes and to do so effectively and safely, they must be properly dressed. Shorts, T-shirt, and running shoes (preferable without a black sole) must be worn. Bare feet are acceptable and is in fact, preferable, when using gymnastics equipment. A small gym bag is useful to keep clothing together. These bags remain in class or on coat hooks and are not carried from class to class. It is advisable that clothing items come home regularly for cleaning.


If a child is to be excused from a physical education class,

a note from the parent/guardian or family doctor is required.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY


Parents are requested to see that their children's clothes, boots, gloves, scarves, running shoes, lunch kits, etc. are marked with the child's name. Clothing does get misplaced and many children have identical or similar clothing. If a child has lost or misplaced an article of clothing, there is a good chance it will be in the Lost and Found Box. Children should look in this box regularly. Parents are also encouraged to come to the school and look for lost items. Every year many excellent articles of clothing are left behind. Three times a year, these items are collected and sent to charitable organizations.


Walkman radios, electronic games, disc man players, cell phones, trading cards, and

other expensive toys are not permitted in the school.


Scooters, skateboards, in-line skates, wood or metal bats, hard balls and hockey sticks are to be kept at home.


LUNCH HOUR 

Our school system does not provide cafeteria facilities for elementary school students. Students eat in their classrooms. Students living within a reasonable walking distance should go home for lunch. Students staying for lunch must remain on the school property and adhere to specific regulations.  The authority of the teachers and lunch hour supervisors must be respected at all times.  Failure of students to respect the noon hour regulations will result in this privilege being withdrawn for a specified period of time.

 

We encourage all students to bring a nutritious snack and lunch

in a recyclable container.

 

SCHOOL PHONES

 

To avoid disruption of classroom instruction, students will be allowed to use the school phones in emergency situations only. Parents are requested to convey personal messages to their children prior to the children leaving for school in the morning.

 

FRONT DOORS

 

If students are being dropped off in the morning, we ask all parents to remind their children to walk around the school to the play areas. Students are not to walk through the school to get to the school yard. In the event of rain or inclement weather, students will be allowed entry into the school by the front doors.

 

Students are not to exit the front doors at dismissal.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL AND CLASSROOMS

 

In order to ensure the safety of our children, reduce classroom interruptions,
and better control the flow of traffic in our halls,
ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT IN AT THE OFFICE BEFORE PROCEEDING TO A CLASSROOM.

• If you are picking up your children at dismissal time, we would appreciate it if you would wait
  for them in the front hall area.
• If you must pick up your child during school hours, please come to the office to sign him/her
  out. Our office staff will advise the appropriate teacher of your arrival and your child will then
  meet you in the office.
• We would also ask that if you are returning your child to the school following an appointment,
  please sign them in at the office. They will be give an admit slip and may proceed to class.
• Parent volunteers are also asked to sign in at the office. The office staff will then direct them
  to the appropriate area. Badges identifying guests and volunteers in our school are available
  in the office.

Please note, this procedure applies to all visitors,
including Peel Board support, maintenance, itinerant staff and trades persons.

PARKING LOT SAFETY

 

*Safety must continue to be the number one priority
regarding the use of the parking lot.


It is essential that the following safety measures be observed:
Parents and students walking in the parking lot are required to stay on the central walkway.
• Parents who drive students to school are asked to use the Kiss “N” Ride in a safe manner.
• Parents who pick up their children are asked that when they park on Mississauga Valley Blvd. or   surrounding streets, to do so in a careful, safe manner.
• The Handicap Spaces are only for those who need to use these parking spaces.


Please note there is NO STOPPING on the south side of Mississauga Valley Blvd.
and the area around the crosswalk on the North side.
NO U-TURNS are permitted on Mississauga Valley Blvd
.

 

KISS 'N RIDE PROGRAM

 

Our Kiss ‘n Ride program is located in the parking lot of the school. One lane is designated for vehicle use and the other lane is for Kiss ‘n Ride cars. Parents enter the school driveway, remain in the car, stop when indicated and allow school staff to assist the children getting out of the car and safely to the sidewalk. Remain in the Kiss 'n Ride lane to exit the parking lot.


Do not change lanes after dropping your children off - it is extremely dangerous!


Staff will also monitor traffic flow as parents exit the driveway.


The Kiss ‘n Ride program provides one method of handling a number of students being transported to school during a short period of time and reduces vehicle congestion in front of schools.  Staff will be on duty each day to assist students 15 minutes prior to school entry time.

PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAUTIOUSLY IN OUR PARKING LOT

OBEY ALL SIGNAGE!

 

 

BUS SAFETY

 

Children who ride buses to and from school are expected to do the following:

 
• follow the rules of the bus
• to be seated promptly
• remain seated at all times

It is important for students to help ensure a safe ride for all children.

Children who behave inappropriately on the bus may be suspended from riding the bus

(as determined by the severity of the misbehaviour).

 

 

HEALTH ISSUES AND CONCERNS

 

Concerns About Your Child’s Health:
If your child has a special health problem, please advise your child’s teacher and the office.

Concerns About Food Allergies:
Food allergies do not usually pose a threat to life. There are, however, certain foods that can cause death in some people. Foods that can cause life-threatening reactions are: nut, peanuts, shellfish, eggs, and fish.

At the beginning of each year, your child will be notified if there is a student in the class with a severe food allergy. A letter will also be sent to you asking for your assistance in helping to minimize exposure to foods that cause an allergic reaction in students with severe allergies.

Medication:
Medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, should not be sent to school with students at any time is not normally dispensed at school.

Where medication is required to be dispensed at school, Peel District School Board policy states that any student medication will be hand-delivered to the office by a responsible adult and documentation, including the signature of a physician and full and clear instructions for use, will be completed at the school office. All such medications are secured at the office.

The school requires the signature of the physician before medication can be dispensed. If a child has a headache or a cold and needs Tylenol or Aspirin while at school, it must be dispensed at school by the parent or guardian.

If your child has a severe allergy to certain substances (ie. Insect venom, nuts, nut oils, chocolate, shellfish etc.), please be sure to let the office know immediately. If your child requires an epi-pen, this can be kept at the office and arrangements will be made to have it readily available in the event of an allergic reaction. All staff members are familiar with the administration of an epi-pen.

Preventing The Spread Of Head Lice:
Head lice are flat, gray or brown insects that make their homes in people’s hair. These parasites multiply by laying eggs on hair shafts very close to the scalp, mostly behind the ears and in the nape of the neck, where it is warm. Anyone can get head lice---it is not a matter of cleanliness.

The best way to prevent the spread of lice is to encourage your child to avoid sharing combs, hats, hair barrettes, etc.

Please let us know if you discover your child has head lice so that we can prevent it from spreading. If your child or another student in your child’s class has head lice, a letter will be sent home to you to provide more information on how to prevent the spread of lice.

Your child's head must be checked at the Office before readmission to class.

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