Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 - COCHRANE PUBLIC SCHOOL - District School Board Ontario North East
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COCHRANE PUBLIC SCHOOL STAFF FOR 2018-2019 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 Website: http://www.dsb1.ca/schools/cochrane/index.php Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cochrane- PublicSchool/768584603168515 “Like” us on Facebook! Twitter: https://twitter.com/CochranePublic
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ONTARIO NORTH EAST INFORMATION 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
IMPORTANT DATES 2018-2019 TUESDAY September 4, 2018 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY WEDNESDAY September 5, 2018 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL MONDAY October 8, 2018 - THANKSGIVING DAY MONDAY October 22, 2018 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY MONDAY November 26, 2018 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY **MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 2018 – FRIDAY JANUARY 4, 2019 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS FRIDAY February 1, 2019 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY MONDAY February 18, 2019 - FAMILY DAY **MONDAY March 11, 2019 – FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 WINTER BREAK MONDAY April 8, 2019 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY FRIDAY April 19, 2019 - GOOD FRIDAY MONDAY April 22, 2019 - EASTER MONDAY MONDAY May 20, 2019 - VICTORIA DAY MONDAY June 10, 2019 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY THURSDAY June 27, 2019 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
BALANCED DAY SCHEDULE 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 newsletters. 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. Cafeteria 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 permitted. 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. Recess 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! Allergies 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: 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. COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL 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: www.dsb1.ca/schools/cochrane/index.php. 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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cochrane-Public- School/768584603168515. Twitter: Cochrane Public School also has a Twitter account. Please follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/CochranePublic 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.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AND LISTENING DEVICES PROTOCOL 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 visible. 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. TRANSPORTATION 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 Check. 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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