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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The following are examples of the different types of homework that you may expect your child to have:
- Parents read to children in Kindergarten
- Home reading programs are used in grades 1 - 3
- Reviewing new words
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
There are two fifteen minute recesses during the school day:
AM - 10:00 to 10:15
PM - 1:40 to 1:55
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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