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Lansdowne Policies

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN IMMERSION CENTRE AND A DUAL TRACK

An immersion centre, like École Lansdowne, is a school where only the French Immersion Program is offered. All school activities, except for those related to English Language Arts, are conducted in French. All in-school communication is in French. The school attempts to create an atmosphere where interaction outside the classroom (student/staff, student/student) can occur in French. Communication between teachers and parents, however is in English as well as report cards, notices, etc.

A dual-track school, like Garden Grove or Stanley Knowles is one in which both a French Immersion program and the regular English Program are offered. Administrative activities, the music program, the physical education program, assemblies are generally conducted in English.

ADMINISTERING MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

If prescribed medications must be administered at school, the following procedures must be followed:


The parent/guardian must bring the container with the prescription and the child's name to the office.


The medication container must have the dispensing instructions noted on it and must have the official label of the druggist.


The time(s) for the administration of the medication must also be given.

 

ASSEMBLIES 

Regular assemblies are held every month. Each grade group is in charge of one assembly per month.  Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend when their child’s classroom is in charge of the assembly.

 

BUS

Eligibility

Bussing is provided for all children in Nursery to Grade 6 inclusively, if the child’s residence is at least 1.6 kilometers from school. If a child is attending a daycare, both the daycare and his/her residence must be at least 1.6 kilometers away from the school to be eligible. Please contact the transportation department if more information is required at (204)789-0442.

Regulations

Passengers on a school bus must adhere to responsibilities/rules which ensure the comfort and safety of all. The driver and the school will enforce the rules. If the students do not behave on the bus, their bus service will be suspended.

All Nursery and Kindergarten students must have an adult wait with him/her for boarding. Should no one be at the stop when the child is returned home, the child will be returned to the school. The parent then will have to come and pick him/her up.

The Bus Rules are:

When on the bus, students must:

- Remain seated

- Speak in a quiet voice

- Refrain from eating

- Refrain from throwing objects

Misbehaviour on the bus results in a warning letter sent home to be signed, discussed and returned.

Please note, that if you require any changes to the bussing arrangements for your child/ren a 10 working day notification is required by the Transportation Department of the Winnipeg School Division.

Students are supervised by École Lansdowne staff on arrival and departure of all school buses.

 

BUS RIDERSHIP

Each year according to the Winnipeg School Division policy, a "Bus Ridership" program is carried out at school. This involves each class going on the bus, discussing safety and emergency procedures and ridership manners. The students also practice exiting by the rear "emergency" door and gathering at a suitable and safe distance from the bus as they would do during an emergency.

 

CALL BACK PROGRAM

The "Callback" is a program operating in our schools and is aimed at ensuring that children arrive at school safely.

Call the school on its callback number, (204) 338-7818, if your child will not be attending classes. Calls can be made between 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you have not called or have not sent a note and your child is not at school, we will be contacting you.

 

CLINICAL SUPPORT SERVICES (C.S.S.)

Each school in the Winnipeg School Division is served by C.S.S. Unit staff. Through the Clinic, services are available in the areas of reading, speech and hearing, social work and psychology. Occupational therapy and physio-therapy are available through the school therapy services. There is a referral process that involves staff, parents and clinicians. 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Every September, each child will be given a code of conduct from the Winnipeg School Division as well as one particular to École Lansdowne.  Since we are a Positive Behaviour Intervention School, we build on the concept of responsibilities and aim to teach restorative practices.

The Code of conduct will be reviewed with the students.

The Code of Conduct should be reviewed at home with your child.

 

EARLY ARRIVAL

School starts at 8:20 a.m., parents should ensure that their children do not arrive at school before 7:50 a.m. as there is no adult supervision prior to that time. At 8 a.m., the students go outside with a supervisor. Students are expected to stay on the playground until the "entrance bell" rings.

 

EARLY DISMISSAL

If parents want their child to be dismissed early, please send a note to the teacher specifying the time and come to the office to sign out your child/ren.

If parents need to change the regular routine of their child after school, please call the school by 10:45 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Otherwise your child will be placed on the bus.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

In the event that the weather is so severe that school will be closed, parents are asked to listen to the radio for this announcement. It will be broadcast on the following stations:

CBC - am/fm CJOB CKY Q94-Fm


FIRE DRILLS

Schools are responsible for having at least ten (10) fire drills each year. Students exit by designated doors and remain outside until an "all clear" signal sounds. For this reason it is extremely important that children wear shoes throughout the school day.

Should there be a real emergency (fire), plans have been made with Collicutt School. Parents would then be contacted for further information and instruction.


HOME INFORMATION

It is of utmost importance for the school to have the proper address, home telephone number, parent’s business telephone number, a friend or relative’s telephone number for each child in case of emergencies (illness, etc.)

Please notify the school of any changes as the situation arises.

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

1) Rationale

We, the staff of École Lansdowne believe that homework is an important, integral part of the learning process.  It helps children learn to become more responsible and organized.  It helps review and further extend lessons taught in class.  It allows parents to become involved in their children's education by monitoring their daily progress while supporting the school program at home.  Homework also creates a partenership between teachers, parents and students. 

2) Examples

The following are examples of the different types of homework that you may expect your child to have:

a) Reading 

- Parents read to children in Kindergarten

- Home reading programs are used in grades 1 - 3

- Reviewing new words

b) Studying 

- Spelling tests, dictées or other tests, reviewing for quizzes

c) Completing assignments 

- Work given in class that has not been finished

d) Projects and research

 - This involves using reference materials, CD-ROMs, our school library as well as the Public Library, newspapers, magazines and television

3) Recommended times

Grade N - 2 - 10-20 minutes

Grade 3 - 4 - 20-30 minutes

Grade 5 - 6 - 30-40 minutes

Grade 7 - 8 - 60-120 minutes

4) Helpful hints

Parent(s) can help their child(ren) become responsible students by:

a) Remaining positive about homework: e.g. Offer encouragement and assistance when required.

b) Deciding upon a regular time for study every day: e.g. 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

c) Providing good conditions to do homework, such as a quiet, (no TV) well lit area with study supplies handy.

d) Encouraging and maintaining the good study habits taught at school: checking "agenda" homework book (grades 4 - 6)

e) Reviewing progress and celebrating improvements, as well as, achievements

5) The school agenda from grades 1 to 8 is an ideal way to communicate. Children write their homework in it everyday. Regularly checking the agenda will keep you aware of homework done or missed.

 

IN-SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION DAYS

The Department of Education allocates 10 days of the school year to be used for in-service and administration over the school year. The use of these days will vary from school to school.

During these days teachers are involved in:

a) Professional activities in the school

b) Parent/teacher interviews

c) School program evaluation

d) Visits to other classrooms to observe alternate teaching methods

e) Attend system wide meetings and workshops

f) Attend curriculum meetings and workshops in order to keep abreast of all new curricula which further enhance their teaching abilities.

LOST AND FOUND

Each year numerous articles find their way to the lost and found bin. To reduce losses we suggest that all students’ articles be labeled, especially all gym wear, outdoor clothing and boots. It is difficult even for adults to identify articles which they have not seen for some time. Since a considerable number of students’ belongings remain in the school it is important that they be identifiable.

 LUNCH PROGRAM

A supervised Lunch School Program for students in Grades 1 - 6 is operated within the school. The Lansdowne School Parent Council offers this program as a service for the students and parents at école Lansdowne at a daily and monthly fee. All students who stay for lunch must pay. 

All students are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner and to take responsibility for leaving their lunch rooms tidy before going outdoors. Only on rainy or very cold days do students remain indoors.

Any unacceptable or uncooperative behaviour can result in the loss of lunch program privileges. A "behavior notice" informing parents of their child’s misbehavior and the possible consequences will be sent home to be signed by the parents and returned. Consequences range from assigning the child to a different lunch room, to a child’s complete removal from the program.

Please note that Grade 1 to 6 students are not allowed to leave the school for lunch, unless accompanied by a parent/adult. Should you wish to take your child out for lunch, please send a note or call and he or she will wait for you in the office.

Lansdowne Lunch Program

Information Sheet

GENERAL

All students staying at school for lunch are required to fill out a registration form (whether they are full-time or casual).

Lunch Program is available for students in grades 1 - 6.

If your child is absent from the lunch program, please inform the lunch program director at (204) 338-7039.

Failure to pay without making prior arrangements will cancel your child’s registration to the lunch program.

Should inappropriate behaviour occur during the lunch program, a discipline report will be sent home for signature by a parent/guardian.

Milk is available, chocolate or white, at 25 cents a day or $5.00 a month. 

FEES

Full time attendance - one child           $20.00 per month

Full time attendance - two children     $20.00 per month

Full time attendance - three children  $10.00 each, per month

Emergency use - per child                            $2.00 per day 

PAYMENT

Cheques should be made payable to Lansdowne Lunch Program.

Post dated cheques are accepted.

Receipts will be provided for all payments by the Lansdowne Lunch Program.

 

NEWSLETTERS

A monthly newsletter and calendar will be sent out on the last teaching day or first day of the month. The purpose of these newsletters is to keep you informed. General information, pertinent dates, school events, field trips etc. will be included. The full version of the newsletter will also be posted on the website.

 

LANSDOWNE PARENT COUNCIL

The goal and purpose of the Lansdowne Parent Council is:

- To provide a means of communication between the home and the school.

- To work on issues which concern the school and the community.

- To involve parents in school activities.

- To involve parents in fundraising activities and other events that are supportive of school programs

The Parent Council is the coordinating body for the Lunch Program and the carnival each year. It funds some school supplies and some cultural activities for the students.

Parents are invited and encouraged to become part of the École Lansdowne Parent Council. The Parent Council meets every 6 to 8 weeks beginning in September.

 

RECESS

There are two fifteen minute recesses during the school day:

AM - 10:00 to 10:15

PM - 1:40 to 1:55

ILLNESS

We expect that when children come to school they are well enough to participate in all activities, including recess. If for any medical reason your child cannot go out for recess, a note from the doctor must be sent to the school notifying us of the health problem.

If a child is temporarily ill, he/she should be kept at home until he/she is well enough to participate in all activities. This is important for reasons of health (infections and viruses do spread!).

If a child is well enough to come to school he/she is well enough to go outside. Serious conditions may keep a child in at recess. A cold or cough is not serious enough. There is no supervision for children who do not go outside.

 

SNACKS

We discourage students from bringing "junk" food to school for snack time. Since nutrition is part of the Health Curriculum, we strongly recommend that you send fresh fruits/vegetables or other nutritious food for snack time.

 

REPORT CARDS

The goal of student assessment is to gather data which evaluate the important elements such as competencies or achievements in subject areas. This data provides valuable information for the teacher, student and parents. Assessment techniques include any of the following procedures:

- Classroom observation

- Teacher-developed tests

- Informal reading inventories

- Writing samples

- Checklists/rating scales

- Program-based assessments

Please call your child’s teacher if you have any questions or want to set up a meeting. A two way communication between the school and the home is essential.

SAFETY PROCEDURES

No one is to leave the school grounds at recess times unless they have permission from their teacher or the supervisors on the playground.

No student shall throw snowballs, stones, etc., because of the danger it presents.

Toys are not to be brought to school.

Toy weapons i.e. guns, knives etc. are strictly prohibited. They will be removed from the child should he/she choose to bring one to school.

 

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to purchase the school accident insurance for their child/ren. Insurance forms are sent home during the first week of school.

 

SCHOOL HOURS

"A Day at École Lansdowne"

8:05 a.m. School patrols go on duty

8:20 a.m. 1st bell - students enter

8:25 a.m. 2nd bell - classes begin

10:00 a.m. Recess begins

10:15 a.m. Recess ends 

11:00 a.m. Nursery & Kindergarten dismissal

11:15 a.m. Classes end for lunch break

LUNCH 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

12:10 p.m. Bell - students enter

1:40 p.m. Recess begins 

1:55 p.m. Recess ends

2:45 p.m. School patrols go on duty

2:55 p.m. School is dismissed - Boarding of school buses

STAFF MEETINGS

Staff meetings usually occur the first Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. No early dismissals are required for these meetings.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

École Lansdowne has a student council representing Grades 5 to 8 students. An executive is elected by general elections among the Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 students. Student representatives are elected from each room. The aim of the student council is to organize and carry out programs to increase school spirit as well as to teach students about representative democracy.

 

VALUABLES

Students are expected not to bring valuables to school. Toys/electronics should be kept a home as well. Students bringing valuables or toys to school do so at their own risk. There is enough material at school to keep the students occupied during the day.

 

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers form an integral part of École Lansdowne. A form is sent out early in the school year asking whether or not you can help at school.

Students enjoy seeing their mom and/or dad as well as grandparents at the school. Parents, on the other hand, have the opportunity of meeting their child’s friends and classmates. Being in school, they have the opportunity of meeting the teachers on a more informal basis. The parents also get a better "feel" for the school.

Please give careful consideration to the form asking for volunteers. If you can help please sign up and we’ll certainly be able to use your assistance.

 

École Lansdowne School Code of Behaviour

A positive school environment does not simply happen; teachers, parents and students need to work hard together to develop this center for learning at École Lansdowne School.

1. Of our students

We expect that they....

Will behave appropriately on school property to and from school and at school activities, so as not to interfere with the learning and rights of other.

Attend school regularly and punctually.

Be prepared for all classes by bringing required materials and completed homework assignments.

Be responsible for any work missed in classes due to absence.

Develop self-discipline and show courtesy for all people in the school and in the community.

Make the most of educational opportunities through active classroom participation and involvement in other school activities, both in and out of class.

Take pride in their work, their appearance and what they have accomplished.

Resolve interpersonal conflicts and difficulties though discussions with the other person or though seeking assistance from school personnel.

Take pride in their school and help foster this feeling in other students.

S​how respect for school property and the personal belongings of others.

2. Of our staff

We expect that they...

Be accessible and responsive to their students’ individual needs (social & academic).

Maintain proper order and discipline in their classrooms and provide explanations for any disciplinary action.

Prepare for class, mark and return assignments promptly.

Establish and maintain a learning environment in the school which is pleasant, orderly, respectful and conducive to learning.

Plan and teach assigned courses.

Evaluate student achievement and explain the evaluation procedures to be used.

Communicate information about student progress, attendance and behaviour to students, parents and administration.

Provide role models in promoting French, in establishing a positive tone in the school and in helping students to develop self-discipline, self-respect and respect of others.

Maintain open communication with the home and the school.

Take the responsibility for continuous professional growth.

Treat students fairly and consistently.

3. Of our parents

We expect that they...

Be role models in the home in order to foster in their child positive values and respect for fellow students, school personnel and property.

Maintain regular communication with their child about school matters.

Ensure their child is dressed appropriately.

Ensure their child attends regularly and punctually, and completes all school assignments.

Attend their school’s events and meetings.

Give positive input and support to the school.

Make themselves available to discuss and develop mutual plan regarding the academic and behavioural concerns.

4. General School Rules

To be able to work and learn, every child and adult has the right to a safe and happy environment. Therefore, certain rules are necessary to help make this happen.

Students must...

1) Attend and be on time.

2) Come well prepared.

3) Complete all assignments.

4) Keep hands and feet to themselves.

5) Respect the right and property of others.

6) Be polite.

7) D​ress appropriately.

 

Computer Acceptable Use Policies

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE/PROCEDURE

Student and Staff Access to On-line Information Resources

Rules and regulations governing the acceptable use of the on-line information resources by students and staff as determined by the Chief Superintendent of the Winnipeg School Division.

1. Acceptable Use of On-Line Information Resources Guidelines

1.1 In the development of local school policies and procedures, the following guidelines on the acceptable use of the on-line information resources shall be incorporated:

(a) All use of school local area networks including access to the Internet must be consistent with the educational mandate of the Winnipeg School Division.

(b) any use of the Internet for commercial purposes, advertising or political lobbying is prohibited.

(c) Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account. The sharing of passwords is prohibited.

(d) All network users shall not seek information on obtaining copies or modified files, data or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.

(e) All communications and information accessible by the Internet shall be assumed to be private property. All copyright issues regarding software information and authorship must be respected. The unauthorized copying or transferring of copyrighted materials may result in a loss of network privileges.

(f) Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users; infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of the computer or computer system is prohibited.

(g) Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks and other anti-social behaviours are prohibited on the network. All users of the school network shall use language appropriate for school situations.

(h) The access or downloading of inappropriate materials, text files or files dangerous to the integrity of the local area network is prohibited.

(i) Schools are encouraged to produce or publish web pages to share students’ accomplishments, school goals, objectives and relevant school information. The development, expansion, revision to a school’s web site must be authorized by the school principal.

(j) No student addresses, phone numbers or individual photographs linked to student names may be published under any circumstances.

1.2 Any violation of these regulations will be considered grounds for disciplinary action, loss of computer 4lab privileges, and/or appropriate legal action.

Application for the Use of the On-line Information Resources

in the Winnipeg School Division

 

 

School: __________________________________

Grade: _________________

 

User’s Full Name:

 ________________________________________________________

(please print)

Home Address:

 __________________________________________________________

Home Phone: ___________________________

 

I understand and will abide by the regulations for the use of networked computers and the Internet. I further understand any violation of the regulations is unethical and may constitute a criminal offence. Should I commit any violation my access privileges may be revoked, and disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.

 

Student Signature: _________________________

 

Date: __________________

 
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