Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 - COCHRANE PUBLIC SCHOOL - District School Board Ontario North East

Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 - COCHRANE PUBLIC SCHOOL - District School Board Ontario North East

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Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 - COCHRANE PUBLIC SCHOOL - District School Board Ontario North East

Office Administration Staff:
Mr. T. Swartz       Principal                   Mrs. V. Dumoulin       Vice-Principal
Ms. F. Mancuso      Vice-Principal              Mrs. D. Charlebois     Secretary
Mrs. M. Farr Attendance Secretary

Support Staff:
Mr. M. Connors                   Head Custodian
Mr. K. Ulvstal                   Maintenance
Mrs. N. Lepage-McMeekin          Educational Assistant
Mrs. J. Benson                   Educational Assistant
Ms. L. Bigalow                   Educational Assistant
Ms. V. Janson                    Educational Assistant
Mrs. R. Dumoulin                 Educational Assistant
Mrs. C. Beauchamp-Levasseur      Educational Assistant
Mrs. R. Latour-Onolack           Educational Assistant
Ms. Alison Lauzon                Education Assistant
TBD                              Educational Assistant
Mrs. Chantal Reinemo             Child and Youth Worker
Mrs. L. Charron                  Designated Early Childhood Educator
Mrs. D. Rukavina-Gignac          Designated Early Childhood Educator

Teaching Staff:
Mrs. M. Desormeau                JK/SK English
Mme. J. Caza                     JK/SK French Immersion
Mme. K. Penney                   JK/SK French Immersion
Mrs. R. Biglow                   Core French & Itinerant Teacher
Mrs. C. Meaden                   Gr. 1 English
Mme. L. Cheff                    Gr. 1 French Immersion
Mrs. T. McLeod                   Gr. 2 English
Mme. M. Girard                   Gr. 2 French Immersion
Ms. R. Goulet-Farmer             Gr. 3 English
Mme. S. Larocque                 Gr. 3 French Immersion
Ms. K. Allen                     Gr. 3 English/Special Education Resource Teacher
Ms. K. Gemmell                   Special Needs Classroom Teacher (Primary)
Ms. T. Shortt                    Special Needs Classroom Teacher (Primary)
Mr. R. Van Clieaf                Gr. 4 English
Mrs. I. Blouin                   Gr. 4/5 French Immersion (A.M.)/ Gr. 7/8 French
                                 Immersion (P.M.)
Mrs. D. Bourgeois                Gr. 7/8 French Immersion (A.M.)/ Gr. 4/5 French
                                 Immersion (P.M.)
Mrs. L. Delaurier                Gr. 5 English
Mrs. L. Belisle                  Gr. 5/6 French Immersion
Mrs. S. Wiseman                  Gr. 6 English
Mrs. S. Girard                   Cree & Itinerant Teacher
Mrs. P. Recoskie                 Core French & Itinerant Teacher
Mr. K. Raby                      Gr. 7 English
Mr. K. Bertrand                  Gr. 8 English
Mr. S. Martin                    J/I Special Needs Classroom Teacher
Ms. C. Cassivi                   Music/Special Education Resource Teacher
Ms. R. Fox                       Itinerant Teacher

                           CONTACT INFORMATION

       Address:     Cochrane Public School
                    2-453 Chalmers Avenue
                    Cochrane, Ontario
                    P0L 1C0

       Telephone:   (705) 272-3246

       Fax:         (705) 272-2713



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   Director of Education                                          Mrs. L. Dye

   Superintendent of Schools (Northern Region)                    Mr. S. Pladzyk

   Trustee                                                        Mr. D. Draves

   Trustee                                                        Mr. H. Archibald

   Contact Information:

   Mailing Address:        P.O. Box 1020, Timmins, ON, P4N 7H7

   Civic Address:          153 Croatia Avenue, Schumacher, ON, P0N 1G0

   Telephone:              (800) 381-7280 or (705) 360-1151

   Fax:                    (705) 268-7100


WEDNESDAY September 5, 2018    -    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

MONDAY October 8, 2018         -    THANKSGIVING DAY



     **MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 2018 – FRIDAY JANUARY 4, 2019
                  CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS


MONDAY February 18, 2019       -    FAMILY DAY

          **MONDAY March 11, 2019 – FRIDAY, March 15, 2019
                         WINTER BREAK


FRIDAY April 19, 2019          -    GOOD FRIDAY

MONDAY April 22, 2019          -    EASTER MONDAY

MONDAY May 20, 2019            -    VICTORIA DAY


THURSDAY June 27, 2019         -    LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

       8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.                  School yard is supervised
       8:50 a.m.                              Bell rings and students enter school
       8:50 -10:30 a.m.                       Instructional Block #1
       10:30 -11:10 a.m.                      Morning Nutrition Break
       11:10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.                Instructional Block #2
       12:50-1:30 p.m.                        Afternoon Nutrition Break
       1:30-3:10 p.m.                         Instructional Block #3
       3:10 p.m.                              School Dismissal
       3:10-3:30 p.m.                         Bus students are picked up

On days when the weather is inclement, pupils are permitted in the school at 8:30 for their
comfort. It is expected, however, that children will come to school properly dressed to withstand
cold or wet weather.

                           STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

We are very committed to a strategy that supports and promotes a safe, inclusive, and accepting
school climate. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to ensure the rights and responsibilities of
all members of the school community. Practices will focus on prevention and will foster dignity
and respect while ensuring the safety of all through firm, fair and progressive strategies designed
to promote both self-respect and respect for others.

Our expectations for student behavior are the following:

Students will:

• Follow the established rules and accept responsibility for their personal actions;
• Demonstrate through acceptable behaviour, respect for self and others, for those in authority
  and for responsible citizenship;
• Fulfill expected academic obligations;
• Come to school punctually each day, prepared and willing to learn;
• Obey the rules of the school, on school buses, and at other sites during school activities;
• Refrain from bringing anything to school that compromises the safety of others;
• Dress appropriately in accordance with the Board’s and the school’s policies;
• Use respectful language, free from profanity;
• Work cooperatively with staff and other students;
• Be honest in their academic work (refrain from plagiarism, cheating, etc.);
• Use free time responsibly;
• Refrain from any bullying, violent, or harassing behaviour;
• Serve as role models.
The following sequential consequences are in place for student behavior:

   1. Students are given a verbal reminder regarding proper behaviour and conduct by the
      classroom teacher.
   2. The teacher will have a one to one conference/discussion with the student regarding their
      behaviour and conduct. Parents and guardians may be contacted.
   3. The student will have a second one to one conference/discussion with the student
      regarding proper behaviour and conduct and be given an alternative work space for a
      short period of time in a “buddy” classroom. Parents and guardians will be contacted.
   4. The teacher will refer the student to the office and participate in a restorative session
      facilitated by the Principal and/or Vice Principals with teacher and parent involvement.

                        NUTRITION BREAK PROCEDURES

Milk Program
Our school sells both white and chocolate milk during both nutrition breaks at a cost of $1.00 for
a 250 ml. carton. Milk Cards are also sold for $10/card.

Northern Fruits and Vegetable Program
This program encourages healthy eating by providing a variety of fruits and vegetables to
students during the day. A different vegetable or fruit is featured each week. A schedule of
fruits and vegetables that will be available each week will be communicated in our monthly

Hot Lunch Program
Families have the option of purchasing hot lunches for their children. Chartwells (the company
that services our cafeteria) will supply a monthly calendar of meals provided. You are welcome
to purchase as many hot lunches as you wish for the month. A note will be sent home monthly
with this information. As well, Grade 4-8 students will have the option to purchase a Zipthru
Reloadable card, which can be loaded online using a debit or visa card, with money for food
purchases at the cafeteria. This will allow parents the ability to monitor purchases and spending.

    Bring only your food and drink (in your lunch bag, a grocery bag, etc). If you need a
       bag, see Mr. Swartz, Mrs. Dumoulin, or Ms. Mancuso in the office. Backpacks are not
    Grade 4-8 students have permission to purchase food in the cafeteria during the first 15
       minutes of the nutrition break.
    Reading, writing, or drawing is permitted after you are finished eating.
    Gr. 7-8 students are allowed the use of personal technology (no videos/pictures)
    No eating/drinking in the hallway before or after cafeteria time.
   One minute maximum per student for the microwave.
       No giving, trading or exchanging food.
       Pick a seat and stay there until your teacher picks you up.
       Open food and beverages cannot leave the cafeteria.
       Clean up after yourself.

    Ask the teacher on duty to go inside for ANY reason.
    Gr. 7-8 students are allowed the use of personal technology (no videos/pictures)
    Use the field for soccer/football games.
    NO rough play (e.g. hitting, tackling, tripping…).
    Do not go out of bounds. The edge of the road where the playground meets the road is
       the boundary. Stay out of the doorways.
    Use appropriate language.
    Food and drink are not allowed outside.
    The picnic tables are for sitting only.
    Walk in and out of the school calmly.

                       HEALTHY SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS

Breakfast Program
Research clearly shows that having breakfast in the morning positively affects learning in
children. Those children who eat a healthy breakfast in the morning are able to focus better on
learning and have less behaviour issues. Our school operates a breakfast program every morning
before school. ALL children are welcome to have a quick bite before the morning bell!

We are a peanut and scent-free school. We have several students with severe allergies and these
items can cause serious and sometimes, life-threatening reactions. We ask parents/guardians to
please NOT send peanut and nut products to school. With your understanding and cooperation,
there has been a notable reduction in allergic reactions. Thank you!

Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Head lice is not a disease or a health issue but a social nuisance that needs to be managed. If lice
or nits (eggs) is detected on a student, every effort will be made to respect the privacy and self-
esteem of the student(s). Information regarding lice prevention and treatment will be provided to
families as needed. Please note that it is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to regularly
check for head lice and inform the school should their child have head lice so that school wide
preventative procedures can be initiated.

Medication for students will be administered at home whenever possible. Parents/guardians are
permitted to administer medications to their child(ren) during the school day but must do so in
such a manner that minimizes disruptions to instructional time. Permission for a pupil to possess
and self-administer a medication is the responsibility of the parent at the discretion of the
Principal. A record of parental permission should be on file. In the event that medication be
administered by school personnel, parent authorization must be given in writing and medication
must be clearly labelled and in a tamper-proof container. A detailed log of administration of
medication will be maintained.

Accidents and Illness during the School Day:
From time to time, accidents and illness will occur during the school day. It is very important
that the school have current medical information on file. We ask that should medical
information change, that the school be notified immediately. We do have staff members trained
in First Aid and C.P.R. Parents and guardians will be notified in cases of serious injury and
illness including those requiring ambulance/hospital care.

                              SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM

In accordance with the Board’s “Safe Arrival Policy”, the safety of our students is our first
priority. When a student is marked absent, the secretary or administrative team will call home to
verify a student's absence or lateness with the parent, guardian or caregiver.

Parents should remember to call in and leave a message when their child(ren) will be absent or
late. This will avoid a phone call from the school first thing in the morning or afternoon. If there
are other siblings present at school, a note from the parent regarding the other child(ren's)
absence is acceptable.

                         ATTENDANCE AND LATE POLICY

Attendance and punctuality at school is critical to a student’s progress. When irregular
attendance is identified by school personnel, intervention at an early stage is most beneficial to
both the student and the school. The following procedures are in place to deal with attendance
and late concerns:
    1. Parents/guardians/caregivers will be contacted by classroom teachers when irregular
        attendance (5 lates or absences without adequate explanations) becomes a concern.
        Should there be no improvement after this initial contact, the teacher will refer the
        student(s) to the school administrative team.
    2. The Principal and/or Vice Principals will then initiate a face to face meeting and/or issue
        a “Letter of Concern” when there are more than 10 lates/absences within a 3 month
        period. If there continues to be no improvement, the case will be referred to the Board
        Attendance Counsellor.
    3. The Board Attendance Counsellor will contact the parent(s) or guardian(s) by several
        means including phone calls, letters and/or home visits. The Attendance Counsellor will
encourage improved attendance through a variety of interventions such as: counselling,
       alternative scheduling, agency referrals etc. This may also include pursuing legal
       avenues through Provincial court.


Contacting the school office: Our secretaries, Mrs. Charlebois and Mrs. Farr, will be pleased to
answer your questions or direct your inquiries at our school number, 706-272-3246. The office
hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. From time to time they will be unable to answer direct calls, so we ask
that you please leave your name, phone number and a brief message so that we can return your
call quickly.

Contacting a Teacher: Calls will not be forwarded to classroom teachers during instructional
times. Please leave a message with the office staff and the teacher will return your call as
quickly as they can.

Monthly Calendars and Newsletters: Our school endeavours to put out a monthly newsletter and
calendar so that you are aware of school happenings and events. We send out the calendar and
newsletter electronically, so please make sure you provide us with a correct email address. If
you would like to receive a paper copy of the calendar, please let us know by calling the
school. As well, some classroom teachers choose to use this type of communication to keep you
apprised of specific classroom happenings and events. You will also find our newsletter and
calendar on the District School Board Ontario North East website at the following address:

Facebook Page: Cochrane Public School also has a Facebook page. It is on this page that we
will post information that arises throughout the month that may not be on our newsletter. Please
“like” our page to get updates on your newsfeed as they happen. Make sure you also check on it
frequently. Please note we will not respond publicly to any comments on this page. Our
Facebook page can be found at this address:

Twitter: Cochrane Public School also has a Twitter account. Please follow us on Twitter at:

Agenda/Calendar App) Your child may have an agenda to help facilitate communication
between home and school or may be using the Calendar App on their iPad to keep track of
assignments and due dates. Please make sure that you check, read and sign (if required) your
child’s agenda or Calendar App.

In accordance with District School Board Ontario North East’s Handheld Electronic
Communication and Listening Devices policy, the following guidelines will be followed at
Cochrane Public School:
    • The use of electronic communication and listening devices may be permitted in class
       under the direction of the teacher (for a specific educational task).
    • The use of all personal electronic communication and listening devices is banned during
       non-instructional time (i.e. nutrition breaks, bus time, etc.) for Grades K-6.
    • The use of cameras is banned everywhere unless the principal grants permission.
    • The use of devices other than cameras is permitted on the buses.

The following consequences will be issued for disobeying the above rules:

1st offense:   The student will be instructed to turn off and put away the device.
2nd offense:   The student will be instructed to turn off and put away the device. A detention
               will be issued. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be contacted.
3rd offense:   The device will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. A detention
               will be issued.
4th offense:   The device will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. A detention
               will be issued and the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be contacted.
5th offense:   The device will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. The student
               will receive a full-day detention. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be contacted.

                                 APPROPRIATE DRESS

District School Board Ontario North East’s policy on Appropriate Dress states that it “recognizes
the need for safe and respectful learning and teaching environments. The Board recognizes its
obligation prescribed by the Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedom. They
recognize that dress will influence the opinion others have of our students, and schools.” Please
note the following expectations for appropriate dress:

     Sleeveless tops may be worn if the strap is at least 5 cm wide and no undergarments are
     Shirts should have a modest neckline and not expose the midriff. A person should be able
      to raise their arms vertically without showing their midriff.
     Shorts or skirts should be fingertip length with the arms at the side.
     Clothing, with offensive messages or alcohol or cigarette advertising, is not allowed.
     No pajamas except for specific theme days.
     Hats may not be worn in school.
 Inside shoes must be worn at all times. Proper full athletic shoes with non-marking soles
      must be worn for physical education. In the older grades, a change of clothes for physical
      education is desirable.


The Education Act states that a Board may provide transportation for pupils enrolled in
schools operated by the Board. Transportation to and from school is provided to students as a
privilege not a right. To maintain this privilege, every student is responsible for his or her
behavior when travelling on school buses. The following are some of the behaviours that are
considered inappropriate and unsafe and may result in a School Bus Incident Report and the loss
of privilege of bus travel:
     fighting
     throwing objects
     yelling or talking loudly
     disobeying the driver’s instruction
     teasing or harassing others (verbally or physically)
     using inappropriate language or gestures
     standing or moving about the bus while it is in motion
     using inappropriate language or gestures
     carrying objects such as hockey sticks or ski equipment
     eating or drinking on the bus
Please take the time to discuss proper and safe behaviour on the bus with your child(ren).

In the event of inclement weather, all bus cancellations and delays will be reported to the local
radio stations as early as possible. As well, parents can access this information on the District
School Board Ontario North East website by clicking on the “Bus Delays” tab in the top, right
hand corner of the web page. Additionally, parents can subscribe to email updates from the
North East Tri-Board Student Transportation, who manages our bus transportation.

If you drive your child to school, please remember that there is no parking in our drop off/pick
up area. If you should need to come into the school, please park in the Visitor Parking Lot. This
is for safety reasons as this area often gets quite congested.

                                PARENT INVOLVEMENT

We welcome parents, guardians and caregivers to our school. Some parents have been
volunteering their time in different ways to help out and we really appreciate their services. We
could use more!! If you would like to assist the school in the following, please let the office
know. Please remember that you will need to provide the school with a Police Background

1) working in the Library
2) assisting pupils on the computer
3) supervising classrooms at lunchtime
4) helping to supervise special events
5) helping small groups of students in math and reading

                                   SCHOOL COUNCIL

If you would like to be more involved in an advisory capacity to the school, the School Council
may interest you! This group meets 4-5 times per year and works to improve the education of
students in our school by ensuring that the community has a voice in goals, priorities and
procedures. If you would like to find out more about School Council, please speak to Mr.
Swartz, Mrs. Dumoulin, or Ms. Mancuso.

                          REPORTING OF ACHIEVEMENT

Our school has four formal reporting periods:

   1. Fall Progress Report (Friday November 16, 2018)
   2. First Term Report Card (Friday February 8, 2019)
   3. Final Report Card (Thursday June 27, 2019)

Although we have these formal reporting periods, we strive to continuously communicate student
progress to parents throughout the year in different ways such as having parent-teacher
conferences, phone calls and informal reports. This information is critical to help students set
goals for learning, help teachers establish plans for teaching, and to assist parents in supporting
learning at home. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact teachers should they have
questions and/or concerns.
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