School Handbook

CES Handbook 2018-2019

 

Slogan

“I am a person of worth, I will treat myself and others with consideration and respect.”

Vision

 “Climbing Ever Stronger: Endeavouring to reach the potential of each learner.”

School Mission

To provide learning experiences in an environment that will give each student opportunities to develop his or her potential. This environment will stimulate the desire for learning and will foster the development of self worth.

 

CES Staff

Principal-Stacy Jacobs
Vice-Principal- Terry Heaney
Administrative Assistants- Connie Olsen, Mona Heggie
Librarians- Barb Browne, Teresa Jackson
Counselors- Nathan Smith, Jerry First Charger, Mark Peterson
Specialists- Natisha Bevans- Music
                      Corey Rowe- P.E.
Food Services- Kim Schneider, Dana Schaffer


Teachers

Preschool      
Laureen Toth      
Kindergarten      
Marnie Butler Paulette Romeril Karen Rowe Amanda Shaw
Grade 1      
Julie Allred Angela Edis Derick Heggie Katie Sykes
Grade 2      
Drew Anderson Paula Anderson Allyson Vornbrock Courtney Vornbrock
Grade 3      
Sandi Atwood Annette Bright Jodi Cottle Alicia Tinney
Grade 4      
Ryan Alston Debbie French Jeff Johnson Michelle Quinton
Grade 5      
Traci Aipperspach Leon Atwood Catherine Meeks Curtis Spencer/Kaycee Romeril

Educational Assistants

Jackie Avery Cheryl Lewis Stephanie VandenHoek
Debbie Birch Deb Low Mona Rea Walburger
Kristin Creason Robin Nelson Penny Webster
Lorraine Dewey Deedra Norton Karren Wiley
Tracy Doig Sherry Olsen Telena Williams
Laurel Hansen Connie Quinton Macie Wood
Abigail Isaac Darilyn Quinton Julie Wolsey
Cheryl  Jensen Dorie Shaw Jolene Wynder
Brittany Johnson Jenna Sommerfeldt Lisa Zaugg
Jodi Judd Judy Sorpold  
Julie Leavitt Neil Turner  

 

Alberta School Act: Section 12

A student shall conduct himself or herself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct: (a) be diligent in pursuing the student’s studies; (b) attend school regularly and punctually; (c) co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services; (d) comply with the rules of the school; (e) account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct; (f) respect the rights of others; (g) ensure that the student’s conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging; (h) refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behavior directed toward others in the school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means; (i) positively contribute to the student’s school and community.

School Procedures:

Attendance Incentive

 

Please note that students should not arrive at school before 8:10 a.m., as teachers are busy preparing for the day and classroom supervision is limited.

The attendance incentive is to reward students that attend school regularly and punctually. CES will provide a monthly certificate and prize to students with 100%.  At the completion of the school year, students with 100% will receive a lunch with their parents for their awesome attendance.

To qualify for these attendance incentives, a student needs to be at school everyday.

  1. We recognize that students may have valid reasons for not being at school. Sickness, funerals, family functions, extra-curricular events…however these will still be considered absent.
  2. If a bus is late in delivering a student to the school, or not running due to weather, the late/absence will not be counted.
  3. Chronic attendance problems will be referred to school administration.

 

Telephone Privileges

Students may use the classroom telephone for urgent reasons if they obtain permission from the homeroom or supervising teacher. Incoming calls to staff and students will not be forwarded during instructional time. Messages can be left in the office and delivered during a break. If there is an emergency, please call the office for help.

Cell Phone Use and Other Electronic Devices

It is now common for students to carry cell phones and other electronic devices to school. We recognize that for some families a phone is important for communication between students and parents/caregivers before and after school. However, we are finding that cell phones can be a source of disruption in the classroom, a safety concern on the playground and a cause for social difficulties. While students can carry cell phones to school, we ask that parents support our efforts for appropriate use by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Do not allow your child to carry a cell phone to school unless it is necessary for before and after school student/parent communication.
  • Cell phones at school must be turned off. Students may not use cell phones or other electronic devices in classrooms unless approved by the teacher for research or special projects.
  • The school office phone and classroom phones are available during the day if it is necessary for parents to call in or students to call out.
  • Cell phones are often equipped with cameras. In order to satisfy legal requirements around the protection of privacy, photography at school is allowed only for school purposes and with the permission of a staff member. Permitted photos can only be used with parental consent.
  • In order to encourage positive social interaction, electronic devices are not permitted on the playground during recess and lunch.
  • The school takes no responsibility for loss or damage to cell phones, personal electronic devices or any other valuable articles brought from home.

Visitors

All visitors to the school are expected to check at the office upon arrival. Student visitors are not normally allowed. It is not possible to accommodate all-day visitors.

Dress & Appearance

Dress and appearance are very personal choices and, for the most part, are left to the discretion and the financial means of the parent and student; however, such preferences must be selected within the constraints of reasonable rules and appropriate standards that are consistent with safety, the maintenance of an effective learning atmosphere and good personal hygiene.  Dress and appearance do influence the attitudes of students and their schoolwork.

Student’s hair and clothing should be neat, clean, and tidy.  Clothing with references to profanity or other items that are illegal for students or of questionable taste are not to be worn in the school building. 

Students are permitted to wear hats outside for weather related purposes. Hats or other similar head coverings SHALL NOT BE WORN to class or within the school building.

Footwear

Footwear should be worn at all times.  Indoor shoes are required for in-class and physical education activities. Shoes need to be non-marking running shoes for gym activities to ensure comfort and safety. 

To keep our school clean, students are expected to remove winter boots and wet or soiled footwear at the door before proceeding to class. Students need to be able to independently put inside and outside shoes on.

Head Lice

Head lice are common in any community and outbreaks may occur at any time especially among school children. ANYONE can get head lice. Having lice is not a sign of uncleanliness. Head lice can spread quickly from one person to another by direct head to head contact or by indirect contact through sharing of personal items such as combs, brushes, hats, helmets, scarves, clothes, stuffed toys, bed linen, and towels.

When a case of head lice is noticed or reported to school staff, a letter is sent home to all parents with children in the same class as the child with lice advising them of this fact and requesting parents to check their children's hair to help prevent the spread of head lice. If your child has an outbreak, we recommend keeping them home until it is under control to help prevent spreading the lice.

Outdoor Breaks

The local weather can prove to be challenging at times, especially for planned school activities. Student safety is always our top priority and we are committed to working with parents to create safe conditions for students during inclement weather conditions. With this in mind we ask that students be dressed appropriately as they arrive at school each day. This may include coat, toque, gloves and boots.

We recognize the value of outdoor breaks such as recess and lunch during the school day; however, when the weather is very cold, outdoor breaks may not be a viable option.

Students will only be kept inside during recess if:

  • It is raining heavily.
  • When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, it is recommended that students be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. 

Positive Behaviour Discipline Plan

Cardston Elementary School believes that all children should be able to come to school and feel safe.  To do so, each student must be in a a school climate that is predictable and productive, without disruptive behaviour infringing on the rights of others. Home and school alike must share the responsibility for teaching acceptable behaviour. By working together we can ensure positive student conduct. Discipline is essential in building accountability, responsibility, and respect for others. Students must understand that they are responsible for their behaviour, and they must understand that any behaviour, which disrupts or detracts from the educational climate of the school, is unacceptable. Any behaviour, which encroaches on the rights of others, is not responsible behaviour. Students are expected to follow reasonable rules that are established for the benefit of the student body as a whole, as well as the community. Bullying, either physical or verbal, will not be tolerated.

Safety Information

Please know that CES is committed to ensure the safety of students. In addressing this, we have designated specific student drop-off and pick-up areas.

We hold periodic fire, lock down and other emergency drills as a means of practicing preparedness in the event of an emergency. Please know that our intent is not to alarm children, but rather to prepare them for an emergency situation should it arise. Teachers and students are generally notified of these drills in advance so as to prepare students of the procedures. Please be prepared to discuss the purpose of these drills with your child as they share their school day with you.

Guidelines For Homework

The school staff suggests the following guidelines. If followed they should assist the students in forming good study habits, increase reading abilities, as well as encourage a responsible attitude toward learning. 

Grades 4 and 5

Basic Guideline:  A minimum of thirty minutes each day to be devoted to free choice reading. In addition students should begin developing study habits for about 30 minutes each day.

Assignments normally should not require more than thirty minutes each evening. If assignments are taking forty-five minutes or more on a regular basis we ask you to contact your student’s teacher.

Teachers will endeavor to keep weekend homework to a minimum.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

There will be fewer formal homework assignments in these grades. It is suggested that students spend a minimum of thirty minutes each day in study at home and that this time usually be spent reading. We recommend the “paired reading” procedure in most situations where parents are helping students read. Reading should be thirty minutes daily. Research is firm on this 1 hr./day choice reading to maintain.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten children obtain worthwhile benefit from having stories read to them each day. Twenty minutes for this activity is time well spent for both the parent and the child.                                                                  

Websites

We encourage all parents to regularly check our CES website for updates on school events, school weather closures and other important news. http://ces.westwind.ab.ca. It is essential to our communication that we have a parent's current email address and phone numbers. If these change during the school year, please notify us immediately.

Alberta learning has a website you can go to for approved learning acitivites and links to other approved sites. Go to albertalearning.ca and use:

User ID:LA58
Password:1930

School Council

The School Council acts as an advisory board to the principal and staff of the Cardston Elementary School. The School Council is not a policy making body, but a liaison between the teachers and parents. It represents parents’ views on activities,  procedure changes fundraising projects, etc. The committee meets monthly.

Current council members feel that serving on the committee is not a duty or an obligation, but an opportunity and a privilege to be able to take an active part in the education of the children. 

Bussing Information:

Signage

Signage has been placed around the school designating parking and non-parking zones. Please be mindful ofthe signage designating disabled parking and crosswalk zones.

Supervision

At the end of the school day, adult supervisors are located at each of the CES crosswalks to safely assist students.

Bus Rules

Westwind School Division No. 74 Board views all approved transportation to be an extension of the school, and the same rules and policies that apply to student(s) or staff in the school would apply on the bus as well. It is essential that the safety of the student(s) be the primary consideration at all times and the following guidelines are intended to provide a safe and stress-free environment on the bus.

Bus Guidelines

  1. The bus operator is in full charge of the bus. Student(s) are expected to obey the bus operator or an assigned bus monitor as they would any school official. 
  2. The bus operator may assign student(s) a seat for which they are responsible. 
  3. Student(s) are expected to be seated while the bus is in motion and to keep arms and legs within the seating area. Under no circumstances shall any part of the body be extended out of the window. 
  4. Student(s) are to be punctual arriving at their pick-up point and shall be prompt in getting to the bus after school is dismissed. Excessive tardiness shall be reported to the principal for further action. 
  5. Student(s) are permitted to bring regular school items (books, lunch kits, etc) on board and these should be held on the student’s lap where possible. Exceptional items (ice skates, band instruments, etc) are to be cleared with the bus operator and also safely stowed. 
  6. Unnecessary conversation with the bus operator or any action, which might divert the bus operator’s attention, is to be avoided
  7. There is to be no use of tobacco on any school bus, nor is possession or use of alcohol or drugs permitted
  8. Student(s) are to avoid littering the bus and should remove any wrappers or other garbage they are personally responsible for.
  9. Eating on the bus shall be at the discretion of the bus operator.
  10. Students wishing to go home on buses to which they are not assigned must first present a note from home to the office and the secretary will issue a pass.
  11. Student(s) wishing to ride a bus to which they are not assigned shall present proof of parental/guardian permission to obtain an authorization slip from the office and will only be allowed on the bus if there is adequate seating at that time.
  12. When entering or exiting, student(s) and or parent(s)/guardian(s) shall follow the direction of the bus operator and shall always pass in front of the bus.
  13. The student(s) or parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible to notify the bus operator on mornings when service is not required
  14. The student(s) and/or the parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be held responsible for any  willful damage done to the bus.
  15. On school buses where seat belts have been installed, all passengers are   required by law to wear seat belts.
  16. The passenger/parent/guardian will be responsible for the payment of any fines incurred for non-compliance.

Behavior Expectations For Students on a Bus

1.  STAY SEATED until you leave the bus.

2.  Sit back in your seat, FACE FORWARD.

3.  Keep your FEET on the floor and TO THE FRONT.

4.  Keep your HANDS TO YOURSELF.

5.  TALK QUIETLY.

6.  Wait for the BUS TO come to a complete STOP and the doors to open BEFORE       YOU LEAVE YOUR SEAT.

Westwind School Division

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