Unless students have permission to leave, they are required to remain on the school grounds from the time of their arrival until dismissal.
Students are expected to remain outdoors until the 8:57 bell unless they are involved in a teacher-supervised activity.
All students are expected to go outside for the recess break (10:30 -10:45). Two covered areas are available in the event of inclement weather.
Students who go home for lunch will be dismissed at noon. Other students will remain in the classroom to eat their lunch, and may leave when the 12:10 bell sounds (duty begins). The lunch break is from 12:10 -12:42. Students who stay for lunch must remain on the school grounds. (On a few, particularly wet days during the year, the school gym is used as an activity area for students.)
Students are to play on the paved areas below the school, the play equipment area, or on the upper field. Students are not permitted to go into the bush area beside the field, nor to the area behind the gym and the portables.
Bicycle Safety and Security
Parents who permit children to ride bikes to school are requested to review traffic rules with their children. Helmets are mandatory and bicycle locks are strongly recommended. Bicycles are not to be loaned to, or borrowed by, other students.
The use of these items is not encouraged as a means of transportation to and from school. If parent feel strongly that their child may travel to and from school on rollerblades or skateboards, we require that a helmet be worn during the trip.
For safety reasons, rollerblades or skateboards are not to be used on the school grounds between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Many students enjoy playing soccer, and as a result, two areas are designated (the paved area below the school and on the upper field). On occasion, K-3 and 4-7 students may be assigned to separate areas.
A student may use the office phone for special circumstances, (e.g., advising parent about a detention, missed bus, or a sports activity). The telephone is not to be used for personal reasons (e.g., checking with a parent to determine whether a friend might visit after school, etc.).
Expensive Possessions at School
Please do not allow your child(ren) to take expensive toys or other possessions such as mp3 players to school. (The school cannot be responsible for the safe keeping of these items.)
Laser Light Pens
Laser light pens are intended to be used as pointers for people putting on presentations. They are not intended as toys because if directed into someone eye, they can cause temporary blindness and even permanent damage. For this reason students are not allowed to have these pens at school or while travelling to or from school.
Staff Expectations of Students on the Playground
The school staff works hard to foster a caring attitude among the students (older students are encouraged to look after younger ones, etc.).
From time to time, students must be reminded not to harm anyone, either physically or verbally. Fighting of any sort, even 'play-fighting,' is forbidden, as are any activities where students could be hurt (e.g., throwing snowballs).
Students who are noted by teachers, playground supervisors, or student peace patrollers for being helpful to others are given 'Good Deed' slips. Students receiving 'Good Deed' slips are eligible for weekly draws.
At Henderson School, the staff members view discipline as an opportunity for students to learn appropriate ways of interacting in a social setting. (They honor students' rights to access a broad education in all areas of the curriculum, but with these rights come certain responsibilities that students learn to understand and accept as part of their overall development.)
At Henderson Elementary School, responsible students:
- Use respectful behaviour and appropriate language
- Keep their hands and feet to themselves
- Act in a manner that makes others feel safe and comfortable
- Are very careful when handling objects such as rocks, sticks, and snow
- Carry out reasonable requests made by adults
- Treat guests with the same respect shown fellow students and staff members
Minor problems are dealt with on the spot through discussion and reminders of expectations, or the possibility of logical consequences (e.g., misusing materials or equipment could lead to a loss of privileges for a specified period of time).
Students who continue to make poor choices in spite of minor consequences, or whose actions are serious enough to compromise the safety of others (or jeopardize the learning environment) will be given escalating time-outs from the playground. They may begin with a 20-minute-time-out period from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m. during the lunch hour. (In addition, in cases of extreme misconduct, the school reserves the right to issue out-of-school suspensions.)
The purpose of the plan is to give students many opportunities to choose socially acceptable ways to behave at school. At the same time, we want students and their parents to know exactly what the consequences of continued misbehavior will be.
"Our goal is to provide a safe learning environment where all students can do their best at all times."
Consequences at the Classroom Level
A classroom teacher may require a student to complete assignments at lunch hour in class or in the Problem-Solving Centre, or after school for a period of up to thirty minutes. When a young child is involved, the teacher will give a day's notice (if the parent cannot be reached prior to 2:45 p.m.).
Consequences can be given as a result of student failure to complete assigned work (including homework), or unacceptable behaviour in the classroom.
Students who demonstrate poor behaviour on the bus may lose this privilege for a specified length of time. If this occurs, parents are held responsible for making alternate travel arrangements for the following day (or days). Please discuss with your child what he/she is to do if this occurs, and advise the school of your decision for that day (or those days).
Computer Lab Times
During the first month of school, students will be trained to assist in the computer lab.
Beginning in mid-October (depending on the availability of assistants) Computer lab times will be as follows:
10:30 - 10:45 Limited to students who obtain passes from their teachers.
12:10 - 12:40 Limited to students who obtain passes from their teachers.
Our teacher-librarian will be in the school Monday and Wednesday afternoons to help students with book exchange.