This information may change. As new routines with covid come to my knowledge. Please check back a few times. Anything that is new or changed from my original posting will appear updated in this green color. Thank you for your patience and understanding as everything is ironed out! :D
Our days begin everyday at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. Drop off starts at 830am. Recess and lunch times will vary as we stagger with the rest of the school. Students will eat their snacks inside. They will wash their hands, eat in the class, and wash up again, I will do this around 10am. Recess will be done at a separate time, wash up/sanitize, head outside to play in their zone, wash up/sanitize upon entry. I ask that you pack an extra, healthy item in your child’s daily lunch that they can have during snack time. The mornings can be a little bit long and we often need to refuel to make it through to lunch time, alert and attentive. We have a NUT FREE school, so please keep this in mind when packing your child’s lunch and snack. It is important that snacks and lunches are healthy. It will help with learning. We also talk about making healthy choices during the year with our health curriculum.
It is being encouraged to drive or walk students to school. You must register for busing. See more information on the Connaught website HERE. Students who attend after-school care will go as a group to the meeting place. Please let me know if your child will be walking home with an older sibling or friend. If you plan on picking up your son/daughter after school, we will have a specific door (more information to come). Children that are not picked up by 3:25 will be brought to the After-School Care program to ensure that they are safe as there is no supervision after that time. (More specific details of this will be shared in the Connaught Newsletter.) I make sure that students are ready and prepared to get on the bus, walk home, get to after-school care, or to meet you by the bell dismissal. (Please send a note in the communication folder, or text if your child will be picked up by someone else or going home an alternate way than regularly done so.)
Supply list HERE. Students are asked to bring a backpack to school everyday to carry notes and projects. They will also need a pair of non-marking gym shoes for gym class. I recommend sending a change of clothes in a plastic bag with your child early in the school year because accidents sometimes happen and your child would probably feel more comfortable in his/her own clothes. Please put this change of clothes in a Ziploc bag and keep it in the bottom of their backpack. Please be sure the LABEL all your child’s belongings.
Cool Weather Clothes
Please make sure that your child is adequately dressed for the weather every day. Don’t let him or her slip out the door under-dressed! Recess and lunch play time are very important to kids, and there is nothing more disappointing to children than having to stay in because they aren’t properly dressed for the weather. I recommend sending an extra pair of mitts and toque in the cooler months because kids do lose things! We can keep these extra clothes on your child’s hook in the event that items are lost or misplaced. An extra pair of socks in the spring also comes in handy – we all know how much fun puddles can be! Again, make sure it is all labeled! We often have a random mitt lying around unsure where it belongs.
The majority of our communication will happen through emails, and reminder texts (please subscribe HERE). I am not doing a dossier as written earlier. This may change later in the year. Communication should be email/text/ phone please.
I also send out reminders through an app on my phone, be sure that you have subscribed to that.
I highly suggest doing this ASAP because I send convenient reminders like … “library tomorrow” or “ please remember skates for skating tomorrow” or “field trip, please remember to bring….”
This year work will be posted on google classroom, you can see your child's work there.
There will be a monthly school calendar that will be available online which will explain many of the activities occurring at our school. I will also email a calendar at the beginning of each month which will outline activities that are specific to our classroom. Additionally the calendar on the website will be updated monthly.
Due to Covid restrictions, in class volunteers are not permitted. I will look into a possibility of online volunteering.
We also would like at least one parent to join the parent council, meetings usually occur on the last Wednesday of the month at 630. More than one is welcome to join.
L’Etoile de la Semaine (Star of the Day)
Starting mid September, we will have a “L’Etoile de la Semaine” (Star of the Week). A note will be sent in the dossier the week before to indicate that your child will be one of the stars the following week. The star student will lead many of the activities will be the special helper, and will present Show and Tell.
Show and Tell means the star student will have the opportunity to share something with their classmates. (This will look a little different with Covid restrictions, I am still figuring this out. Generally, this sharing time lasts about 10 minutes. In the past, students have brought toys, stuffed animals and pictures. (Please don’t send anything that is too large or easily broken.) If your child would like to bring a pet, please arrange this with me ahead of time so that I can allot more time and make sure we have no allergies in the room. If we have a very busy day planned, there may be no star at all. Please keep your eyes peeled for the “L’Etoile de la Semaine” note in your child’s dossier.
Also during this time, the student is invited to bring a handful of pictures 8-10 or so, to display and talk about (this may look a little different as I may display this in the google classroom as opposed to in the actual class.)
Treats for birthdays are suspended for now due to covid restrictions.
An adult will be in the class for every lunch, There are no more microwaves in the class, please do not send any heat up or cooking type foods. Our school does have a small canteen.
Library — Exchange of books
I am not sure what this will look like at this point due to covid restrictions.
Your child works and plays hard at school. Please ensure that he/she has ample rest in order to face each new day with energy and enthusiasm!
Please familiarize yourself with these plans so that you are aware of the routines our class will follow on a day to day basis. I am a big believer in positive reinforcement of good behavior. If a student does need to modify his or her behavior, it is important to look at the situation as a learning experience and to always treat the student with dignity. If a student has difficulty in this area on an ongoing basis, I will work together with you, the parents, to establish a plan that we feel will help the student to improve his or her behavior. The following are examples of what I have used in the past, they main change slightly, depending on needs of the class.
- Bucket Fillers
We talk about this as a way to explain feelings and understanding. Video here.
- Les billets
Instead of a coupon system previously used in class, I will be using class Dojo points. Students will earn points when they are on track. They can also pay me their points if they are not making good choices. Students will be able to purchase a variety of things with their points, such as a chance to win a toy, bring a stuffy to school, go without shoes for the day, invite your parents to lunch (virtually), have Mme order you lunch etc.
- The Marble Jar
This is a positive reward system for the class as a whole. Whenever the entire class does an extra-great clean-up, or sits quietly and courteously through a lesson/guest speaker/assembly, they can earn marbles. Once the jar is full, the class will choose a reward. Some possible rewards are a PJ party, a movie, extra outside playtime, free-time, etc.
- Speaking French
I will use some positive reinforcements throughout the year, possibly Dojo points for speaking French.
- Inappropriate Behavior
If an undesirable behavior occurs, the student will receive one warning, with a correction of appropriate behaviour. If the behavior continues, I will ask the student to remove themselves from the situation. If the behavior persists, I will ask the student to stay in with me at recess to discuss his or her behavior (what was inappropriate and what would be a better choice). Depending on the behavior, the student may then be asked to draw a picture of the correct behavior on a sheet of paper. If I need to keep your child in at recess, I will let you know about the situation when he or she is picked up, send a note, or call you at home.
- Not-so-good behavior may warrant a phone call home and/or a trip to the office.
- Great behavior may also warrant a phone call home and/or a trip to the office.
We will arrive rested and ready to learn every day
We will use kind words with others
We will follow directions the first time they are given
We will treat others with kindness and compassion
We will keep our hands, feet and bodies to ourselves
We will use good manners such as “please, s’il vous plait”, “thank you, merci” “Oui Mme, yes” “non mercie, no thank you”.
We will share/partager
We will take turns/ prends les tours
We will apologize/ m’excuse
We will try our best / ferai ton possible
We will have fun /s’amuser bien!
We will do our best to speak French in the class / parler francais.
Our school website is www.connaughtschool.ca. There is interesting information about events happening at our school on this website.
MY website is www.mmemadsen.weebly.com
Hopefully all of this information hasn’t completely overwhelmed you! If you ever have any questions or concerns about these or other matters throughout the year, PLEASE do not hesitate to discuss them with me. Feel free to contact me at the school (403-526-2392), or text through the remind app or by email: email@example.com. I check my email daily. Open communication between home and school is, in my opinion, extremely important. I try to be very approachable, so please do drop in to see me.
I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year with your child!