Parent & Student Handbook

Dress Code

We are a place of learning, and in that environment, it is important that the students present themselves accordingly. We want our children to be aware of what their fashions say about themselves and dress in a way that demonstrates self-respect. Below are some guidelines to keep in mind when thinking about what is appropriate in our learning environment.

  • Clothing should be appropriate for children in a school setting.
  • We do not want to see undergarments of any kind.
  • The midriff area is to be covered at all times.
  • Tops need to adequately cover and straps must be lasagna width not spaghetti.
  • Shorts and skirts should be a respectable length and style.
  • Clothing is to have no reference to alcohol, drugs, sex, inappropriate comments or bad language.

Students who are dressed inappropriately will be asked to change, cover up or be provided with clothing. Our goal is not to embarrass anyone. We would handle this with care.

Homework

There is an expectation that all students practice skills that they have learned in school. This should also include reading, being read to and completing assignments. Set aside a time and place every night for homework. Keep in contact with your child’s teacher through the student planner or by phone. Develop good homework strategies and skills that will last throughout your child’s education.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend on a regular basis. If they are sick they should stay at home to recover. Homework can always be requested. Please phone the office as soon as you know that your child won’t be in attendance.

Students are also expected to be on time every day. They are considered late after 8:40.

Everyday there are new things to learn, exciting experiences to be had and the feeling of being part of a community. Poor attendance can cause gaps in learning, promote poor learning habits and low self esteem. The lessons that your child learns and the habits that they develop in elementary school will help them in middle and high school, and in their future jobs. That’s why we care so much about students who are consistently late or absent from class.

If you need assistance in getting your child to school on a regular basis and/ or on time please contact us, we can help.

Communication

If you have questions about student progress, curriculum, behavior and expectations always contact the teacher first. Notes can be written in the Student Planner and messages can be left at the office at any time for your child’s teacher. Classrooms will only be interrupted for emergencies. If you have any questions about the arts programs please contact the teacher who is responsible for teaching that subject. 

Routines

Students line up every morning in their class lines and are escorted into the building by Grade 6 leaders. Students who are late must check in at the office for a late slip. Students are discouraged from entering through the front doors.

Parents are asked to contact the school if their child will be late or absent. Please leave a message on our answering machine at any time. 604-792-1281.

The office phone is to be used by students in the case of an emergency. After school plans should be arranged by parents before school. Students must have a phone pass from their teacher to use the phone. Messages from parents will be given to students before the end of the school day. Class will be interrupted only if there is an emergency.

Volunteers need to sign in at the office and pick up a visitors badge before proceeding to the classrooms.

If you are coming into the school to pick your child up please stop at the office to identify yourself.

We ask parents to wait until 2:15 to go to the classrooms to pick up children. The end of the day can be a busy time for teachers and students. They need to maintain focus, complete tasks and get students organized for homework. Please wait at the front door, the north exit or in front of the library. Encourage your child to take responsibility to get organized by themselves and have a meeting place. Please leave by the North Exit and check out the Week at a Glance, school news and The P.A.C. information board.

Instructional Time

Instructional time is important to us. There are no interruptions or phone calls to the classroom during this time. We ask parents to avoid making appointments or visiting the classroom during the day.