AHE Student/Family Handbook

2017-17 AHE Student / Family Handbook

Arrow Heights Elementary Mission Statement:

In a safe, caring and supportive environment, the Arrow Heights Elementary School community encourages all students to strive for personal success in the progression of their social responsibility, intellectual development and emotional growth for life-long learning.

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to a new year at Arrow Heights Elementary! Our school prides itself on being a caring, safe and inclusive place to learn. We look forward to helping all students develop in all aspects of their personal growth.

This Handbook, and agenda is a valuable tool to help you become involved, informed and organized. Parents, please take the time to read through and discuss this section of the agenda with your child(ren). Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to drop in or give us a call (837-6360). Please be sure to check out the school calendar to plan for upcoming events, non-instructional days and holidays.

Mme. R. Tedesco, Principal

SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE

            8:05 a.m.                    Early arrival for students

            8:25 a.m.                     Warning Bell

            8:30 a.m.                      Classes begin for morning

            10:00 a.m.                    Recess Break

            10:20 a.m.                     Classes resume for morning

            11:50 a.m.                     Lunch Begins

            12:05 p.m.                     First bell to go outside

            12:15 p.m.                     Second bell – all students outside

            12:40 p.m.                     Classes begin for afternoon

            2:30 p.m.                        Dismissal

HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

Parents/guardians are welcome to come to the school at anytime, please report to the office upon arrival. If you have any concerns, questions, suggestions, etc please feel free to contact the school. We welcome your input. Here is a list of some of the types of home-school communication occurring at A.H.E.:

  • Informal Reporting: includes regular teacher contact via telephone, email or in person.
  • Newsletters are distributed monthly
  • Report Cards are issued in November, March and June.
  • Family Conferences and/or student-led conferences are held twice a year.
  • Student Agenda: teachers regularly leave and encourage school to/from home notes in the agenda
  • Activities/notices posted the school website.

How Can Parents Support Student Learning?

  • Read and discuss the contents of this agenda with your child.
  • Check and sign your child’s agenda each day. You may also use their agenda as a home-school communication tool.
  • Attend P.A.C. meetings.
  • Come to our assemblies and special events!
  • Contact your child’s teacher immediately if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Choose one or more of the many ways to become involved at AHE.
  • Become familiar with our school’s programs, policies, and operations. If you are not sure, please ask.
  • Support your child with their homework. Contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the homework your child is receiving.
  • Actively support expectations held by the school for the behaviour of your child at school and   during school activities.
  • Read with your child. Read to your child. Read along side your child.

PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Our PAC group is a vital part of our school. As a primary voice of the parents, they meet monthly to discuss issues, ideas or general concerns pertaining to our school. Meetings are usually the first Monday of the month. They also serve as a key support in planning special events like the Christmas Craft Fair, Book Fair, hot lunch days, and funding special initiatives and projects at the school. Arrow Heights PAC aims to assist the learning of our students while encouraging success and pride in our school and community.

All AHE parents/guardians are encouraged to become invoved with our PAC. Remember, you don’t have to be on the executive to come to PAC meetings. All AHE parents and guardians are a part of the PAC. Come out and help us continue to make AHE a great place to be!.

 VOLUNTEERS

Parents, grandparents, retired teachers, and other community members help with a wide range of activities. This wonderful support from our community helps to provide a successful and enriched school experience for our students.

Please let your child’s teacher or the office know if you are able to volunteer in anyway. At Arrow Heights we encourage parents and other community members to become involved in our school.

Please keep in mind that confidentiality is essential. For the safety of our students, completed volunteer and criminal record check forms are required for those parents who work with children away from the near company of staff.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

We are very fortunate to have dedicated staff and volunteers who are able to provide a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year. Some of these include Badminton, Volleyball, Cross Country Running, Basketball, House Games, Science Fair, Spirit Days, Talent Show. Listen to the announcements for times to sign up or join these and other activities throughout the year.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Each year we have a Student Council that will work to provide positive experiences for the school. The Council meets during the year to plan special events such as dances, fundraisers for charity, Spirit Days, and many other exciting activities.

 STUDENT SERVICES

Aboriginal Support

Our district Elementary Aboriginal support worker, provides a range of activities, support, and information for Aborginal and Non-Aboriginal students. She can be contacted through our school. If your child has Aboriginal heritage, be sure to let the office know.

Counseling

Our district counsellor, works with students at our school each week. Should you feel your son or daughter would benefit from counseling support please contact Mr. Hicks or your child’s teacher.

Learning Support

Our Learning Support teacher works with Educational Assistants, specialists, and classroom teachers to develop supports for students as needed.

Speech-Language Services

Our district speech language pathologist will work with students in our school and across our District to assist with speech and language development. Contact the school for more information.

Library

Our librarian and our Library Clerk maintain a wonderful and up-to-date collection of resources, including numerous electronic resources. Books and magazines may be borrowed for up to two weeks. Our library also contains a small parent resource section.

Bussing

Many of our students are transported to and from school via the district bussing service. Students are reminded that this service is a privilege. They are required to behave in a respectful and responsible manner as per our school code of conduct and district expectations to ensure safe transportation for all students.

 LOCKERS

Lockers remain the property of School District 19. Students whose classes are in the intermediate wing are provided a locker as a convenience. Students are responsible for keeping their lockers clean and orderly. Students are encouraged to use a school combination lock. Combinations or spare keys will be kept by the student’s classroom teacher.

RECESS AND LUNCHTIME

We encourage students to be active during recess and lunch and request all students be outside during these times unless organized activities are available. There is staff outside at recess for anyone who needs help and noon hour supervisors during lunch. Students who are able to have lunch at home are encouraged to do so. This break can be very good for many students. For the safety of the student please inform the school if your child will not be at school during lunch. Students who regularly stay at school for lunch will require a note from home to leave the grounds. Students who stay at school are expected to remain in their classes for the first 15 minutes to ensure they sit for a healthy lunch. All students will be required to be outside by the second lunch bell. 

ABSENCE AND LATE ARRIVAL

Please have your family call the school if you are absent or late. We need to know that everyone who left for school arrived safely! Please expect a call from the school if you forget. Students arriving late must report to the office before going to the classroom.

STUDENT SIGN IN AND OUT

Please sign in / out at the office if your child is coming late, returning to school from an appointment or leaves the school during the day due to illness, appointments, etc. The Sign In/Out Book is on the counter in the office.

 ILLNESSES AND ACCIDENTS

Please help keep all children healthy by having your child at home if they are sick. Generally speaking, if he/she is too sick to go outside at recess and/or lunch, then he/she is too sick to be at school.

When an accident or illness occurs at school, first aid will be administered and the parent/caregiver notified. The school district will accept financial responsibility if a staff member needs to call an ambulance. Please ensure the school has an emergency contact in the event you are unavailable or cannot be reached.

 MEDICATION

School employees may only administer medication if a medication request form has been completed by the child’s parent and physician. Forms are available at the school office. If your child has a serious allergy or life threatening illness please inform the principal ASAP.

HOME-STUDY

The purpose of home-study in the Primary Grades is to develop personal responsibility and to reinforce learning outcomes with an emphasis on reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child for 10 to 20 minutes nightly including spending time discussing story meaning, events, and vocabulary. In the event of an absence work may be sent home to ensure students progress with their classmates.

The purpose of homework at the Intermediate level is to review area(s) of difficulty as identified by the teacher for an individual child, work on projects assigned in class, complete work not finished in class, and prepare for tests.

It is our belief that home-study is a shared responsibility between the student, parent and school. We will ensure parents are aware of work to be completed and the due date to be returned to school through the student agenda. We request parents assist their son or daughter through the monitoring of assignments to ensure student’s meet their responsibility of completing the work assigned.

If your child seems to be overwhelmed with homework on a regular basis, please contact their teacher.

 TRAFFIC SAFETY AND PARKING

To assist us in keeping students safe we request that parents do not use the school parking lot to drop off or pick up children. Parking is available on Park Drive beyond the bus zone and crosswalk. Please have your children use the marked crosswalk when crossing Park Drive. We encourage all children and parents to walk or bike to school when possible. If driving your child to school is necessary please:

  • Use the Moose Lodge Parking lot if you need to turn around
  • Help keep our lungs and air clean by turning you vehicle when stopped or parked.

 BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES AND SCOOTERS

Bike racks are provided at the front of the school and all students are encouraged to lock their bikes. Students may only be at the bike racks when they are arriving or leaving with their bicycle.

Students are to carry their skateboards and roller blades inside the school and should be safely stored during the day.

In order to keep our students safe and to reduce damage to our playground environment, bikes, skateboards or roller blades are not to be used on school grounds. Blades may be worn on school grounds when arriving or departing.

DRESS CODE

In keeping with our Code of Conduct, students are expected to dress in a clean, neat and appropriate manner for a school setting. Clothing with offensive words, slogans or pictures is inappropriate for school.

INSIDE SHOES

To help keep our school clean students are expected to change into inside shoes once they enter the building. Gym shoes may be used as inside shoes.

INTERNET ACCESS AT AHE

Every student who accesses the Internet at school must have a signed “Consent, Waiver and Indemnity” form on file in our school. Students may only access sites that are considered educational and/or directly relate to curricular outcomes.

Students who violate this rule or any others specified in the School District agreement form will not be provided school Internet privileges.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT SCHOOL:

Cell phones, MP3/MP4/Game players

The school recognizes the need for parents and their children to remain in close contact for safety reasons. Cell phones do however create a distraction for students during class time and we therefore require students to keep cell phones in their lockers during the school day. Please call the school (837-6360) should there an emergent need to contact your son or daughter.

We encourage students to remain as active as possible during recess and lunch periods and therefore recommend all music/video and personal game players remain at home unless required as part of the student’s educational program.

 OUR SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

Our code of conduct helps guide our school towards achieving the goals described in our mission statement. Students are encouraged to understand their responsibilities as learners and citizens of our school community by consistently practicing the elements of our code of conduct. Our code of conduct applies to all members of our school community in all environments associated with school functions. All participants are guided by our code of conduct while acting as ambassadors of our school.

 STUDENT RECOGNITION

To support our work with students achieving our code of conduct and behaviour expectations students are recognized for their positive efforts through regular in class celebrations, and through our C.A.R.E.S. Card individual recognition program.

 ARROW HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY CODE OF CONDUCT:

Cooperation, Achievement, Respect, Enthusiasm, Safety

*Annual review of our code of conduct occurs with students, parents and staff to encourage the promotion of the expectations in the code of conduct.

*Conduct is consistently monitored to ensure codes reflect current and emerging situations that contribute to school safety.

ENCOURAGING APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOURS

At Arrow Heights we will teach, identify and expect non-discriminatory and positive behaviours. Although our students consistently demonstrate appropriate choices, there are occasions when some may demonstrate behaviours that are deemed inappropriate. Behaviours that require intervention are identified in the following and act as a guideline for students, parents and school staff. It is recognized that each incident may have several contributing factors that must be considered and the child will be given the opportunity for restitution to help resolve the behaviour and learn from his/her mistake(s).

  • Whenever possible and appropriate, consequences for breaches of the code are fair and reasonable and restorative in nature.
  • Age, maturity and special needs of students are considered when determining appropriate action.
  • School officials may have the responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct (e.g. parent, school district officials, police and/or other agencies as per fair notice guidelines).
  • All reasonable steps will be made to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of a code of conduct.

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTIONS

Guidelines

Response

Minor Behaviours

Expectation violations that are disruptive to learning or are without regard to others or the school environment. Behaviours typically are unintentional infractions with no intent to harm and are generally isolated or rare incidences.

Infractions are primarily teaching opportunities which may result in a reminder of school expectations resulting in a correction.

Student restitution/resolution and/or consequences appropriate to the infraction may be imposed as necessary.

Moderate Behaviours

Behaviours that may be chronic, more serious in nature, unsafe, disrespectful or hurtful. Moderate infractions are typically intentional and purposeful and may affect the tone and safety of the school.

Student restitution/resolution and parent/guardian contact. Restorative action and/or consequences appropriate to the infraction may be imposed.

Major Behaviours

Behaviours that are illegal, violate the human rights, well-being and safety of others or have the potential to impact the personal safety of the student.

Parent contact and conference including limits to classroom or school contact as necessary for personal safety and safety of others.   District protocols including district Threat Assessment Protocols will be followed and multi-agency consultation may occur to provide appropriate support for student safety, compliance and success.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENT: FAIR NOTICE 

Our school community is committed to creating and sustaining school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. All reported threats and incidences of violence will be investigated.

The purpose of the threat assessment process is to use the best knowledge, skill and experience available to assess high-risk behaviours so that appropriate interventions can be identified to protect individuals from harm and ensure a climate of safety in schools and the community.

Any student whose behaviour or actions appear to pose a high risk to self-harm or who threatens harm to others will undergo the threat assessment process. This assessment will be extensive in scope and may include the involvement of community partners such as MCFD and the RCMP.

High-risk behaviours include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession of weapons
  • Bomb threats
  • Any threats to kill or injure others or self (threats may be written, verbal, drawn, posted electronically, or made by gesture only and may be direct, indirect, conditional or veiled).

Duty to Report

To keep school communities safe, staff, students, parents, and community members will report all

threat related behaviours to the school principal.

 NON-DISCRIMINATION

At Arrow Heights Elementary School we are committed to providing a CARING environment and as per the Human Rights Code (RSBC 1996) that is based on the equality of persons and is free from discrimination. A person must not imply or present any statement or communication (written, spoken, electronic or drawn) that intends to, or indicates discrimination against a person, group or class of persons, or is likely to expose them to hatred or contempt because of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age. Accommodation service or facility must not be denied without a bona fide and reasonable justification.

BULLYING VS. CONFILICT

Bullying is a persistent pattern of unwelcome or aggressive behaviour that often involves an imbalance of power, and/or the intention to harm or humiliate someone. Conflict on the other hand is generally a disagreement or difference in opinion between peers who typically have equal power in their relationships. It’s usually an inevitable part of a group dynamic.

 ARROW HEIGHTS BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS

To further support our student’s ongoing development of social responsibility our behaviour expectations matrix was developed by students and staff. The matrix contains all elements of our code of conduct as well as specific examples of expected behaviours. We acknowledge that students who know what is expected of them will help our school community to continue to achieve high levels of social responsibility

 CARES matrix 

 

School District #19 (Revelstoke) – Arrow Heights Elementary School