Morning Instruction 8:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Recess 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Afternoon Instruction 12:40 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Morning recess 10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Afternoon recess 2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
office to make arrangements.
Absentee Check and Parent Contact Information
Administration approaches each student conduct issue referred to them as “a problem to be solved.” Students may need to work through a process to identify alternatives to their behaviours. Follow-up and monitoring to support better choices is an important part of this approach. Our administration is committed to communicating this process to parents. We document incidents, track problem areas and relationships. We work closely with our school counsellor with follow-up, should repeat behaviours warrant further intervention.
Appropriate Use of Internet
Parent Etiquette & Concerns
● Once the bell goes to begin class, teachers are no longer available to hold conversation with parents at the classroom door.
● Please do not enter or allow toddlers to enter the class if you are waiting in the school to meet your child.
● Under no circumstances may a volunteer or parent in the school discipline or reprimand other parents’ children. If you witness something you believe needs adult intervention, please report it immediately to the nearest staff member or the office.
● All visitors are expected to check in at the office during school hours.
● Discuss the situation with the teacher or staff member.
● If a situation cannot be resolved at that level, discuss your concern with the administrative team – principal and/or assistant principal.
● Concerns that are of a general school nature should be discussed with the administration of the school.
Parking and Student Drop Off Procedures
There are “drop-off” and “pick-up” zones on the west side of St. Marguerite Catholic School. These zones are intended for parents to stay in the vehicle and they are not to be a parking spot. If you intend to leave your vehicle you will need to park in other designated parking areas. Please refer to the traffic flow map on the school website. We ask that all visitors and parents use the marked crosswalks to and from the school. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure student safety and traffic movement efficiency.
Cancellation of Recess and Indoor Mornings: Recess is important to children in that it provides a break from regular school routine, a chance to get some fresh air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy. An indoor, supervised recess break will occur when
the temperature, combined with wind chill is below -20℃. When students arrive for school and the weather is below -20℃, we will have an “Indoor Day” sign on the front sidewalk telling students to go directly in their entrance.
In the event of extreme weather conditions, announcements of bus cancellations will be made on various radio stations and on the ECSRD website http://www.ecsrd.ca as well as Parkland School Division http://www.psd70.ab.ca When weather or road conditions deteriorate during the school day, a decision mandating the early dismissal of bus students may be made (by the department of transportation and the Superintendent of Evergreen C.S.R.D. #2) and broadcast on all the designated radio stations. Please ensure
an alternate contact for your child is listed in our office record system. If busses leave early, we will need to get in touch with you or an alternate to ensure that your child will have someone waiting for them when they get off the bus. Your child’s safety is our first concern.
Health and Safety of Students & Medication
First aid is administered to any child experiencing an injury at school. If the injury is a minor scratch or bump, first aid is administered and no school contact is made with the home. If the injury or illness is more than a minor one, the student’s parents are notified by phone. It is therefore extremely important that you provide the school office with current home and emergency telephone numbers.
The administration of medication is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian. In special circumstances when a student must take medication during school hours, school staff will assist. Given the young age of the students at St. Marguerite School, it is not a safe practice for students to administer medication to themselves. The following guidelines and procedures are required.
● A signed request from the parent indicating the type of medication to be administered, required dosage and action to be taken in the event of possible hazards or side effects should be given to the office staff.
● A request form is available on our website, AUTHORIZATION FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION.
● Discuss the medication and administration with your child’s teacher.
● A medication file on your child will be kept in the office.
Normally children who are too ill to go outside for recess are encouraged to remain at home. This is particularly true in the case of severe colds or flu. Children who come to school with severe colds or high fevers are unable to function well in class and often provide a source of infection for other children.
dangers faced by students and staff with severe reactions to certain allergens. We can not guarantee an allergen-free environment, but will take reasonable steps to ensure a safe environment for students with life-threatening allergies, further to the goal of
maintaining an appropriate learning environment for all students
Reporting Cards and Parent Teacher Interviews
The reporting process is recognition of learning with an emphasis on celebrating the child’s growth. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher whenever they have concerns with respect to learning, behaviour and programs. The reporting process is ongoing between home and school throughout the year.
The timeline for the formal reporting is:
October: An interim report indicating learner skills and goals is sent home, and a
Student-Parent-Teacher Conference takes place.
November: A written report card is sent home with each child.
February: Celebration of Learning takes place.
March: A written report card is sent home with each child.
June: A final report card containing a placement recommendation is issued on the last day of classes.
Families who wish to purchase supplies from sources other than the school will be provided with a “supplies list” when registering. Students should have a backpack or book bag and indoor shoes preferably with non-scuffing soles. Look for School Supply ordering information and lists on our website home page in JUNE!
Lost and Found/ Personal Belongings
It is recommended that children not bring “precious, irreplaceable treasures” to school. Although children are filled with good intentions, items do go missing from time to time. We do our best to help children locate missing items, but some items cannot be found. We ask that children not bring toys, trading cards, ipods, phones, etc. to school. The school cannot be held responsible should any items be lost, damaged, or stolen.
For the safety of all the students, bicycles, roller blades, scooters, and skateboards must not be ridden on school grounds. Students are to dismount and walk their bikes to the bike racks. Bicycle racks are an off limit area during the school day. Students
access them only for the purpose of riding to and from school. Roller blades are to be taken off, carried into the school, and stored in a locker. Skateboards should be carried once students arrive on school grounds and stored in a locker during the day.
All students riding bicycles, rollerblades and skateboards should wear an appropriate helmet.
Parent School Council
Students eat lunch with adult supervision. Staff members provide supervision for students boarding buses after school. Playground supervision is not provided after school. Students are asked not to use the playground after school unless their parent is present to supervise them.