James Thomson Elementary School
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Handbook

General Procedures

Reporting Academic Progress

We report student academic progress to parents and guardians five times per year. We have two informal and three formal reporting periods a year. Parent Teacher interviews in the Fall and Student Led Conferences in the Spring make up our two informal reports.

Three written Report Cards in late Fall, Spring and June constitute our formal reports. In the Primary Grades (K through 3) progress in Learning Outcomes is indicated by numbers:

The numbers mean that the student:

  • 4 - is exceeding grade level expectations
  • 3 - is meeting grade level expectations
  • 2 - is meeting grade level expectations at a minimal level
  • 1 - is not meeting grade level expectations

In addition there are sections for anecdotal comments and to indicate how the home and school can work together to assist student learning. In the Intermediate Grades (4 through 7) progress is indicated by letter grades and numbers:

The letter grades mean that the student:

  • A - is demonstrating excellent or outstanding performance
  • B - is demonstrating very good performance
  • C+ - is demonstrating good performance
  • C - is demonstrating satisfactory performance
  • C- - is demonstrating marginally acceptable performance
  • I - is not yet demonstrating minimally acceptable performance (additional time and/or work will be given)
  • F - is not demonstrating minimally acceptable performance

‚ÄčThe numbers mean that the student:

  • 4 - is exceeding grade level expectations
  • 3 - is meeting grade level expectations
  • 2 - is meeting grade level expectations at a minimal level
  • 1 - is not meeting grade level expectations

In addition there are sections for anecdotal comments and to indicate how the home and school can work together to assist student learning. Of course you may contact your child's teacher at any time for an informal report on how your child is progressing, or concerns you may have about their learning. We warmly welcome your feedback and questions on your child's learning during reporting periods and at any other time.

Assemblies

Our assemblies will be held bi-weekly on Fridays at 11:30am unless otherwise advised. We warmly invite you to come and celebrate our successes and enjoy our achievements at our assemblies. We have a monthly focus on academic and social skills and our assemblies will include student recognition for growth in these areas. We also try to highlight student talent, classroom productions and community events at our assemblies. Our newsletter provides up to date information about upcoming assemblies.

Student Absence/Lateness/Sign Out

If your child is going to be absent from school or late for any reason we would appreciate a call to the school. You may call the school at 604 483-3191 and leave a message on our answering machine before classes begin. We have a Staff "Call Back" program that helps us ensure student safety. Our dedicated staff phone all students, who have not left a message, reported absent or late first thing in the morning by their teacher. We also ask that you come to the office and sign out your child if you are taking them out of the school during the day. We also ask that you sign them in if you return to school that day.

Newsletters

Our newsletter, Top of the Hill, is published on a monthly basis. and is sent home at the beginning of each month.

We try to keep you as up to date as possible about all the JUST TERRIFIC things that are happening around the school. Your newsletter will contain a monthly calendar of events, student recognition awards, upcoming events, assembly information and student contributions. We will also publish our Monthly Focus so you can assist your child to achieve that particular area. Student Planners

All students in Grades 3/4/5/6 are supplied with a student planner at the beginning of the year. There is no charge for this planner.

This planner serves as a Homework book and a Communication book between school and home. To ensure effective and ongoing communication we ask that parents read and sign the planner each night. Thank you for your partnership in Learning.

Lost & Found

We usually have a large collection of shirts, jackets, shoes, socks, Tupperware and assorted items in our Lost and Found hamper. Over the year it takes on the aura of an archaeological dig.

At the end of each term and at the end of the year we donate all Lost and Found articles to a charity.

If all items of student wear were labeled with your child's first and last name we could easily match all the "Losts" with their owners. A laundry pen works well for this purpose and your child could easily be given the task of labeling their own items.

School Supplies

There is a list of school supplies for each grade at JT. As well, individual classroom teachers may request specific supplies n September. We appreciate your cooperation in providing students with the correct tools for their learning.

We find that a good plan to help the supplies last is to spread them out over the year. Please do NOT send all school supplies to school at once in September unless the teacher requests this.

  • Keep some supplies at home for when the initial supply is used up.
  • Please label all school supplies with your child's name

Contact Us

6388 Sutherland Avenue, Powell River, BC, V8A 4W4 Phone: (604) 483-3191 Fax: (604) 483-3227

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

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