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Useful Information

Agendas

It is important that the school agendas be used as a communication tool between the school and the parents.  The agenda also provides a means of organizing learning for each child.  Each student will receive an agenda which is included in the consumable fee. The cost of replacing a lost agenda is $8.09 + tax.

Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades, Heelies, Toys & Dogs

Only students from grades 3 to 6 are permitted to ride bicycles to school and all bikers must wear a helmet to be eligible.  Bicycles must be walked on school property.  The responsibility for the child’s bicycle is that of the child and not of the school.  Bike racks are provided for convenience, and it is recommended that bikes be locked in these racks for security reasons. Skateboards, rollerblades and heelies are not permitted.

Toys are not permitted at school since children attempt to trade and sometimes take one another’s items resulting in conflicts.

Also, please do not walk your dogs on school property at any time.  Not only may they inadvertently leave a “mess”, they also scare some children.
 

Bus Transportation

As a parent you play a key role in influencing your child with respect to safety and acceptable behaviour when riding the school bus.  Reinforcement of safety rules at home by you is invaluable.  Please ensure that your child is aware of the following bus rules:

•    Students must display orderly behaviour at the bus stop.
•    Students must respect the authority of the bus driver. 
•    Students must remain seated on the bus.
•    Students must not shout, swear or be rude (respect for all at all times).
•    Students must not eat on the bus.
•    Students must allow 10 feet of clearance when walking in front of a stopped bus
•    Students must look both ways and at the driver before crossing the street

Bus infractions occur infrequently.  A first and second offense calls for a reprimand by the principal.  Subsequent offenses may result in suspension from the bus.  Communication between the school and drivers occurs consistently.  Notifications of all offenses are sent home for parent information, signature and follow up.  

If it is necessary for your child to be picked up or delivered to a location other than your home address, please advise us immediately since this will affect the bus route.  We can only make this arrangement if the address is the same every day throughout the school year.  There is a fee of $150 per year for this service, payable to the Lester B. Pearson School Board.  

Bus passes issued by the school board indicate that your child is entitled to busing privileges.  Special bus passes are given only for emergency purposes, not for social activities.

All bus students are expected to travel home from school by bus unless the class teacher is advised, in writing, of the details of a change in routine. 
A student without a note in the agenda will automatically be put on his/her bus.

The telephone number for Transportation Services at the 
Lester B. Pearson School Board is 514-422-3001

 

Communication

Open communication is important for all members of our Mount Pleasant School community.  We all need the opportunity to give and receive clear messages.  We appreciate the keen interest you show in your child's progress and we wish to show you our commitment as well.  The opportunity for instant communication may not always be available and we really appreciate your cooperation in not seeking "instant conferences" especially when the teachers are scheduled to be working in planned classroom or school activities.  We do, however, want to talk with you and we include a few ways, which may help in having your questions answered or concerns addressed:

•    Use your child's agenda for communications, questions, clarification, and feedback; 
•    Send your child's teacher a note requesting a meeting; 
•    Phone the school office and request an appointment for a meeting; 
•    Arrange a joint interview for you, your child, and your child's teacher; 
•    Have joint discussions with your child's teacher and the school principal.  


It is usually best to contact your child's teacher first.
Communication between parent and teacher
is a vital element in the education of the child.

Planning the appropriate time for this communication is a critical element in its success.

Please make an appointment.
Teachers cannot be interrupted as they begin or end the day, or when they are teaching during school hours.


Thank you for understanding.
 

Dress Code

All children are expected to dress in a clean and neat fashion. 

Please guide your child to exercise discretion regarding appropriate school dress. Inappropriate t-shirts, short-shorts, ripped jeans or other torn or revealing clothing as well as excessive make-up or hair colour would be considered unacceptable for school wear. Also note that clothing or accessories that display inappropriate messages are not acceptable.

The dress code for physical education classes is shorts, t-shirts (worn under regular clothing) and running shoes with a “non-marking” sole.  These gym shoes should be left at school and may be your child's "indoor shoes" at Mount Pleasant.

Running shoes, sandals, or other shoes or boots worn outside are not acceptable classroom wear.  Inside footwear is required at all times for reasons of health, safety and school cleanliness.  Your child's gym shoes may easily serve as indoor shoes or you may choose to provide different shoes for indoor use.  It is easiest to store indoor shoes in a shoe bag on a coat hook or in the student’s school bag.

Your child should have 2 pairs of shoes: a pair for indoor use ONLY and a pair to wear outside. This helps us in our efforts to keep the school clean.

Students go outside for recess and lunch almost every day.  Children should have adequate and appropriate clothing to make this possible.  In the winter months, this means boots, snow pants, coat, mittens, hat, etc.  Raincoats and boots are also a must on rainy fall and spring days.  

Email Addresses

If you are new to the school or need to make a revision to your email address please contact the school at your earliest convenience. Please include the names and homerooms of your child(ren). Since we are a Green School almost all of our information is communicated electronically which is why a current email address is of the utmost importance.

Emergency Information

It is imperative that you verify and return the information form(s) included in the “Parent Package”.  This data supplies us with business phone numbers and an alternate number (relative, friend, neighbour) whom you designate for us to contact if it is not possible to reach you in the event of illness or an accident involving your child(ren).  If any of this information changes during the school year, please notify the office immediately so that we may keep our files current.

Emergency Medical Release Form

This form is included in the “Parent Package”.  It is used by the teachers and school staff in the event your child encounters a medical problem on a field trip or other school outing.   This “Emergency Medical Release Form” must be completed, signed and returned to school. 
(please note the separate form re: visits to the Beaver Pond).

Since information often changes from year to year, it is important that we are made aware of medical issues that may have been recently discovered.
 

Head Lice

Please call the school if your child has lice so we can send out a letter discretely informing other parents to be diligent in checking their children’s heads.  In order to eradicate the problem, it is extremely important to remove all nits following treatment since it is very difficult to determine whether the nits are live or dead.  It is also recommended that children who have recently had head lice avoid carpooling, sleepovers, sharing hats, etc.  A pamphlet entitled “All there is to Know about Head Lice” will accompany the letter you receive regarding head lice.  Please keep it for future reference.  

Homework

Homework is school work and other related activities which the student performs at home outside the regular school day.  Its purpose is to assist in the development of study skills and individual responsibility while providing the opportunity for elements such as practice, completion of work begun, independent study, and enrichment.  It also acts as a way in which the school can share with the home some of what happens in the classroom.  Students, teachers, and parents and school policy each have a role to play in the area of homework.

It is important for teachers to give parents clear and simple explanations of homework expectations, as each teacher may have different requirements.  It is also of importance to ensure adequate follow-through if homework is given.  Homework assigned on a consistent basis is helpful in establishing a routine.

Students can be expected to have homework most nights from Monday through Thursday.  Any homework for weekends or holidays would be catch-up work or discretionary time on projects.  The exception to this would be home reading.   This homework practice is vital in the development of reading skills and it is expected that all children read and/or be read to every day.

GENERAL HOMEWORK – (Flexible and Approximate) 

TIME GUIDELINES  (minutes/day)

Kindergarten Cycle 1  Cycle 2 Cycle 3
5-15 minutes 20-30 minutes 30-45 minutes 45 to 60 minutes


When possible a weekly assignment will be given so that families can manage the workload in light of other priorities.
 

Late Students

If you know your child is going to be late please notify the school by calling and leaving a message on the attendance voice mail.  
When late, the parent must bring the child to the office to sign the late register.   
No child should enter the school alone.  
The bell rings at 7:50 am and classes start at 8:00 am.  
Students must pick up their Blue Attendance Card from the secretary or the Attendance Check volunteer before returning to class. Students will not be admitted to class without their Attendance card.

Otherwise, s/he will be recorded as absent on the class attendance record.

Lengthy Absences

Regular attendance at school is an essential part of a child's development. Lengthy absences create gaps in learning, thus impeding the development of the whole child. Since the most meaningful school materials are the day-to-day classroom learning activities designed by the teacher, it is not possible for the teacher to provide a "homework package" over an extended vacation from school. It is advisable to plan your vacations to coincide with school holidays. Parents of students absent due to prolonged illness should make special arrangements with the classroom teacher.

Lost and Found

A very large number of children's items are lost each school year.  Missing items are usually left on the bus or in the classroom.  You may wish to check with the bus driver or in the “lost and found” (located at the Daycare entrance).  Please take the time to check “lost and found” when you attend school events.

Items clearly marked with your child’s name will be returned to their classroom.  Other unmarked or unclaimed items are regularly given to charity.  Your child's name should be marked on all items of clothing (including boots) since certain styles are common to many children and the chances of finding missing items are greatly enhanced if they can be identified.
 

Medications

Please be advised that staff members of the school are not permitted to administer any medication to your child without written permission from you and your physician. This protocol must be followed if your child is to take any medication regularly or on an occasional basis during the school day, Lunch Program or Daycare. Only prescribed medications by a physician can be given at school.

All medications must be clearly marked (name, drug name, doctor, dosage, etc.) for storage in the locked medical cabinet in the office. A register is kept of medications that are administered on a regular basis.

Other than a few exceptions (like Epipens) your child should not be entrusted to carry and self-administer medication. Our school nurse will coordinate a specific protocol regarding the use and carrying of Epipens. 
 

Mount Pleasant Home & School Association

The Mount Pleasant Home & School Association is made up of a large group of very active and dedicated volunteer parents whose common goal is to promote and enhance the highest quality of school life for the children attending Mount Pleasant School.

Home & School organizes volunteer services to assist parents, children and teachers.  Daily attendance check, lunchtime and after-school activities and school photographs are just a few examples of these.

Home & School also raises funds through various means to purchase equipment, materials, and support activities.  Theatre presentations, purchase of books for the classroom and library, purchase of computer hardware and software, purchase of playground equipment, purchase of Science materials and purchase of the Gymnasium Climbing Wall are among the many things available to our children as a result of the generous participation and donations from concerned parents. 

Home & School is an avenue for parents to become actively involved in the education of their children and to enhance the enjoyment and benefit of the formative early school years. All parents are encouraged to participate in ways that most suit their own talents and lifestyles. 
 

Notes from Home

Please be sure to send a note to school in your child’s agenda in any of the following situations:

•    change of bus plans in event that you will pick up your child
•    change of address
•    custody information
•    change of home, work, and emergency phone numbers
•    explaining your child's absence from school*    

*Note:  The government requires that you send a note to the teacher when your child returns explaining her/his absence even if you have phoned the school.  
 

On-line Conduct

Students must demonstrate appropriate on-line conduct and manners at all times. The misuse of electronic resources to invade or threaten personal privacy or to disrupt the safe and secure learning environment will not be tolerated.

Parking Lot Safety

For safety reasons, students must only be dropped off in the drop-off roundabout and parking is prohibited. 
Please do not enter the bus lane or the parking lot.  
Unfortunately, the parking lot can only accommodate staff. 
Please park on the road if you need to enter the school. 

We Count on Your Help to Keep Our Children Safe and Secure!

Punctuality: The Importance of Being on Time

A good habit to form over their primary years is that of punctuality.  Arriving on time for the beginning of the school day is an important contribution to their learning. Being on time has importance for your child because missing the “set up” or critical information for the day will surely put your youngster at a disadvantage.  It can be difficult for your child to enter a group that has already launched into the day’s work.  It is also disruptive to the learning environment. 

Being late happens to everyone once in a while.  When it happens more frequently, it becomes a problem for your child and can lead to many negative consequences:

•    Safety (everyone else is inside the school)
•    Disruption to the continuity in learning
•    Disruption and interruption to the class and to the teacher
•    Missed work (also test, review of yesterday or the day’s agenda, set up for a task/work group or learning stations)
•    Disorientation to the rhythm of the classroom
•    General disrespect and poor habits

Students must be on the premises and ready to enter at the bell which rings at 7:50 a.m.  Children start class at 8:00 a.m. sharp and anyone not seated or in the classroom will be considered late.  Likewise, children should be in the class after lunch at 12:35 p.m. 

The issue of lateness can become a serious concern.  Our Governing Board has passed a resolution indicating that repeated tardiness would not be tolerated due to its negative effects on the learning environment.  If tardiness has become a habit for your youngster, we would like to offer you our help.  We would be happy to brainstorm some ideas for change and you and your child will be called to a meeting with the principal to come up with solutions.  
 

Reporting Schedule

There will be three terms (with an additional interim report issued in October).
Teachers will request that you attend a student-led portfolio conference at one or more of the reporting times held during the school year.  Additionally parent/teacher interviews may be required, either by the teacher(s) or as requested by the parent.  These will be set up individually by appointment. 

School Hours & Supervision 2017-2018
Supervision, Entry & Welcome         7:50 a.m.
Classes begin                 8:00 a.m.
Recess                    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Lunch                         11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dismissal & Supervision            . 2:20 p.m.
Bus Departure  2:30 p.m.
   


The school playground is supervised from 7:50 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Please do not drop off or send your child to school to arrive earlier than this time.  The children are also supervised from 2:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at which time the buses and walkers/bikers are dismissed.  Walkers/bikers must wait until the buses leave (approximately 2:30 p.m.) before being permitted to leave school property. All students, except those registered in Daycare, are expected to leave the school property after school at the designated times unless an authorized school event is taking place.

The school playground is supervised at recess by school staff, by Lunch Program supervisors over the lunch break and by Daycare supervisors after school/bus dismissal.  Please note that students on school property before or after supervision times are not supervised.  Students present on school property during Lunch Program or Daycare and who are not paid registrants of the programs are also considered to be “not supervised”.  Parents assume responsibility for their child(ren) in non-supervised periods. 

Unauthorized parents and adults are asked not to be present on the playground during supervision times.  The children are told to go to an adult if there is a problem.  Only school staff has the legal authority and assigned responsibility to respond.  Other adults present may create uncertainty and confusion.
 

Security at School

Parents, students, visitors and volunteers must ring the doorbell in order to be allowed into the school. Upon entering the school, please come directly to the office to sign in and pick up a visitor or volunteer badge. Remember to sign out when leaving. Please wait for your child at the rock if you regularly pick him/her up for lunch or after school.  When picking up your child for an appointment during school hours, you must sign him/her out in the main entrance.

Sick Children

Your child should remain at home if s/he is not well.  We do not have an on-site nurse nor are we equipped to look after sick students. Children who are not in good health cannot enjoy a productive day at school and risk passing on their illness. Parents with obligations outside of the home must arrange for alternate care.

Technology Use

Personal technological devices are only permitted in class with teacher approval, instruction and supervision, otherwise the device will be confiscated and kept at the office for parent retrieval. Personal technological devices are not to be used anywhere outside of the classroom or outside of teacher supervision.
A cellphone is considered a personal technological device and if students require the use of a phone, they must present themselves to the office. As well, texting at school is NOT permitted.
 

What to Do When Your Child is Sick or Away from School

In our continuing effort to ensure the safety of your child, an Attendance Check is in effect at Mount Pleasant School.  If your child will not be attending school (whether due to illness, appointment, vacation, etc.) for any particular day, please call the school at 514-798-0400 and press “3” for the attendance line the evening prior or before 8:00 a.m. the day of the absence, and leave your child's name and the name of his/her teacher on the voice mail which will be in place during this time period.  If your child will be away for more than one day, please indicate this as well. 

If the teacher does not know why your child is absent and we have not received a message on the voice mail, the attendance check volunteer must call you at home, at work, or through your emergency number.  We want to verify your knowledge of the absence.  Children can have accidents on the way to the bus/school or get sick, or even find themselves in danger.  These are things the attendance check volunteers must consider.