Classroom Handbook

Welcome to Grade 1! I am Lorna Magnan and will be your child’s teacher this year! This is a most exciting year for your child and you will notice great growth academically, physically, and emotionally. With your support, I feel confident that your child’s school year will be fulfilling and rewarding! I look forward to having a great year!

School Arrival

8:20 - 8:30 AM – Students arrive at school. Staff supervision begins. Students are not to play at the playground. They should go directly to their class line-up spot with their masks on. Grade one and two students enter through the Grade 1/2 doors on the west side of the school. Bus students will be dropped off at the bus lane and will walk past the playground to the grade 1/2 door. 

8:30 AM – students follow their teacher into the building, unpack their bag, and prepare for their day.

8:35 AM – Instruction begins.

Dismissal

Students who take the bus home will walk past the playground to the bus lane. If your child is being picked up from school, please meet him/her outside the West entrance. Dismissal is at 3:15 PM. 

Absences

If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please contact the school to inform us. The best way to let us know is to email our attendance secretary at: pneattendance@eips.ca. There is also a link on our school website on the Home Page – scroll down to the section on Attendance.  

Communication

Information (including monthly newsletters, weekly updates, reminders, etc.) will be sent to parents through Brightspace (our online learning platform) and/or email. All students and families will have access to Brightspace.

Agendas

Your child received his/her ‘Agenda’, a coil-bound book that we use every day. Correspondence from school or home can be safely transported in the front pocket.  Upcoming reminders/ events and messages will be recorded in the dated section of the pages. Parents can also write notes to their child’s teacher.  Please check the agenda each evening, initial it, and send it back the following day.

Volunteering, Visiting the School and Picking your child up early

At this time, non-essential visitors, volunteers, and parents are not permitted in the school without an appointment. To arrange an appointment, contact the school directly at 780-467-2246 to speak to the office staff. If you wish to volunteer in the classroom, contact your child’s teacher by phone or email. If during the school day, your child needs an item or must leave early, please stay in your vehicle and contact the school office. Our front office team will notify your child and direct him/her out of the school to meet you at your vehicle.

Staying Safe at School

Masks

   Please ensure your child brings at least 2 masks to school each day.

   Please put your child’s name or initials on the masks before sending them to school. 

   Thank you for your help!

 

 Washing and Sanitizing of Hands

   Children will wash and sanitize their hands on a regular basis at school. Examples of when this will happen are:

* when they enter and exit the school and classroom

* before they eat

* after using the bathroom                                

* after they have touched classroom items.

Library

Students will go to the library once per week. Our library technician is Mrs. DeMarco and she will help with book selection and checking books out.  Parents will be notified of any overdue books. Our library day will be noted in your child’s agenda. Please remind your child when books are due, but help your child learn to be responsible by packing his/her own bag whenever possible.

Music

The children will have music with Mrs. Vetro three times a week.

Physical Education

Each day your child will participate in physical activities, in the gym, classroom, or outside.  Please ensure your child has non-marking running shoes that can be left at school. Due to the current public health situation, we will be doing our physical activity outside as much as possible. Your child should be prepared for outside activities every day.

Lunch

At 11:32, students have a recess outside, then they come in to eat their lunch at their desks from 12:02-12:32.

Nut Aware School

Pine Street School is a nut-aware school.  Please be mindful when sending food items to the classroom.

Morning and Afternoon Snack

Many students find that they need a morning snack to keep them going until lunchtime. Please send a quick healthy snack with your child if you feel he/she needs it. There is no afternoon recess scheduled this year, but we do have a short break at 2:08. We will be extending this indoor break to allow time for the children to have a quick snack.

Water Bottles

Our school water fountains will be closed again this year. Please have your child bring a water bottle to school. Please do not send bottles that are larger than 1 litre and be sure the bottle is marked with your child’s name. Bottles will be kept on the locker shelves and can be refilled as needed. Water is the only beverage that is permitted in the classroom, except at lunchtime.

Birthdays

Birthdays will be recognized at school, however, we are not sharing food items at this time so birthday treats from home will not be permitted at school.

Personal Items

Please make sure that clothes, masks, backpacks, lunch kits, shoes, boots, and other personal items are clearly labelled. Children should only bring things to school that are required for learning. 

Portable electronics and cell phones are not allowed at school. The school is not responsible for items that go missing.

Home Reading

I encourage home reading on a nightly basis. The best way to become a good reader is to simply READ! With this in mind, students are provided with daily reading time in the classroom. In addition, students should be devoting some time each evening to reading a book. 

I will do my best to keep you informed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to write to me in the agenda, e-mail me through the Pine Street School website, or contact me at 780-467-2246. I will respond to your message as quickly as possible. I may not, however, have time to check email while the children are at school. A classroom is a busy place!! If you need a response during the school day, it is best to phone the school office.

Looking forward to a great year full of wonderful learning and growth!