I look forward to working with the West Sechelt students, staff, parents, Parent Advisory Council (PAC),) along with our other community partners. We value the encouragement and involvement of our parents and we look forward to working with you in providing a quality, well -rounded education for your child(ren).
For your information these pages are intended to provide you with useful information regarding our school's organization, policies and procedures.
The school planner should be used by your child to record their assignments and other important information. It can also be used to facilitate communication between home and school. I encourage you to take advantage of this tool.
We value your input and want to have an open line of communication between home and school.
We strive to be accessible to you and we appreciate hearing your concerns. Teachers are often busy with afterschool appointments, meetings, planning for the next day etc. If you wish to consult with a staff member please call in advance and make an appointment. We appreciate that you contact the staff member directly involved with your concern.
If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please contact us via phone, e-mail, or contact the office to set up an appointment to meet with any of our staff. If there are immediate concerns please feel free to stop by the office to see if I am available.
I look forward to working with you and anticipate having a great year.
GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
Main Office 604-885-2825
The school office hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily.
Supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. Students may enter the school upon their arrival.
We have a breakfast program for students who might feel hungry at school.
We like to impress on the children the importance of being on time for school. Please support us by ensuring your children leave home early enough to get to school on time. If students are late, they must report to the office before they go to their classroom.
CALL BACK PROGRAM
We have a CALL BACK PROGRAM at West Sechelt Elementary. This Program was put into place so the school and the parents can be assured that students arrive at the school.
If you know that your child will be away for the day, please call the school office to let them know. If by chance you do not call, the school will be calling you, your work and/or emergency numbers, to let someone know that your child did not arrive at school.
If your child is not taking his/her usual bus home and/or if someone not familiar to school staff is picking up your child, please contact the office.
HOME FOR LUNCH
If your child goes home for lunch (either everyday or now and then) , please write a note to the office for the schoolyear. When your child leaves the school at lunch time he or she must sign out at the office and when your child returns to the school, he or she must sign in at the office. This is so we can be sure that your child is safe.
NUT AWARE SCHOOL
Within our school community there are several students who have a potentially life-threatening allergy (anaphylaxis) to peanuts.
We feel the best way to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to these students is to respectfully ask for the co-operation of the parents/guardians within this school community to avoid sending peanut butter or products with peanuts listed in the ingredients.
Thank you for your continued support in this matter.
If students are going to be away on a planned absence please phone the office or let us know by writing in the planner.
If your child is going to be away for an extended period of time please know that we will be providing a list of suggested activities which are designed to assist parents with planning for their child’s educational needs while traveling. The many varied daily classroom activites cannot be duplicated through worksheets and workbooks. Lists of activities might include writing in a journal, keeping a scrapbook and dealing with money while on the trip.
We will be happy to see what your child has accomplished upon his or her return, but will not be evaluating or marking these activities. It is your right to take your child out of school due to family circumstances, but once you have exercised that privilege, you must also accept the responsibility of your child’s education during that absence.
At times there may be ongoing projects or in class activities students may be given to do during their trip or be required to complete on their return so that gaps do not occur. This will be class specific.
All students benefit from fresh air and movement during their breaks. Unless the weather is extreme, we encourage students to go outside. For this reason, it is very important that children arrive dressed for the weather. It’s also helpful if students have extra footwear and a change of clothes at school.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC
The parking and street area in front of the school is very congested at drop-off and pick-up times. We have one lane for pickup and drop off ONLY and another lane for vehicles moving through who are not stopping. Parking spaces inside the school fence are reserved for staff. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to not block the entrance and exits and to use extreme caution in backing out.
BICYCLES, SCOOTERS ROLLERBLADES AND SKATEBOARDS
Bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and skate-boards must not be ridden on the school property between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Shoes with wheels attached fall into this category as well.)
If your child is coming to school on their bicycle, helmets are mandatory.
We attempt to protect instructional time from any unnecessary disruption. Phone messages will be passed on to students at break time.
Students are asked to make after-school arrangements prior to coming to school. Students may use the phone in urgent or emerging situations with staff permission.
Most of our families are responsible for student transportation. Students are asked to leave the school promptly unless other arrangements have been approved by both home and school. A supervisor is on duty until 3:10.
Children should not carry any medication to school due to the potential danger involved for other students.
Administration of medication is only recommended for students in the school environment where no other options are available and the designated staff members have received complete information from the parent about the medication.
If we simply store the medication for the child to self-administer, we ask that it be brought to school in a properly labeled prescription container and we will store it in a locked place usually inaccessible to students.
If your child requires staff to administer medication on a regular or emergency basis, please be aware that in order to do so, we require a completed Request for Administration of Medication at School Form.
In fairness to all, please do not send your child to school if there are definite signs of ill health in the morning. Good health is necessary for effective learning. Healthy children are also put at risk.
Students who become ill during the day should go directly to their teacher. We want to get students who are ill home as soon as possible. We will call you and ask that the student be picked up. For this reason, it is important that parents keep work and emergency contact numbers current.
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
Regarding Lice/Nits, Scabies, Fifth Disease, Scarlet Fever, etc.: If we are aware of a child with any of these conditions, we will send an informational letter home from Public Health stating that we suspect there is a case in your child's classroom, and ask for your assistance to watch for any signs in your child.
HEALTHY INTERNET USE
For the past few years we have had to resolve problems between students because of the misuse of MSN and other chat sites. Here are a few guidelines that we would like families to consider implementing to help our children get the most out of their online experiences.
1. Help your child choose a screen name that does not reveal anything personal about them -- age, sex, hobbies, school they attend, etc. Let them know that you need to know their password and that you will be monitoring their use. Internet and chat access should be a privilege, which your child earns.
2. Put your home computer in a common area such as the family room, or a room that is easily supervised, not in your child's bedroom. Use, "over the shoulder" supervision to monitor your child's online activities.
3. Engage your child in discussions about their internet use. Express an interest in what they are doing, and learning, while using the internet.
NO cameras, electric or hand-heldgames are to be at school.
Devices for intermediate students may be brought to school, but ONLY once our Bring Your Own Device Policy is signed by the parent and student. Teachers will hand these out.
If a cell phone must be at school, it is to be turned off from the time the student arrives at school until the last bell of the day.
We discourage bringing iPods/mp3players to school and cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items.