Thickwood Heights School
2016-2017 School Year
We have a number of important things to relay to our families this first day and week of our school year. Please read this newsletter carefully, as it is critical everyone is aware of these things. If you have questions regarding any of the items, please contact me at the school.
Dear Parents, Students and Guardians…
I am excited about continuing to provide leadership as the Principal at Thickwood Heights School and I look forward to working with the staff, students, parents and guardians this year!
The school year came to a sudden end on May 3rd and it has been 4 months since we were last together. Since then, our community has done an excellent job of working on recovery. Supports for our students and their families are already in place and will continue throughout the new school year. If you need information on mental health wellness, please access the many links via the district and school website and twitter, which are helpful, or ask at the main office. We hope that you are well and healthy and had time this summer to be with family and friends during this hard time. So many of us (staff, students, and families) have lost so much, but we will do what the Thickwood Heights School community does and support one another and make this year a successful one!
I toured the school on a regular basis during the summer and observed first hand the entire restoration process. The school district restoration company did an efficient job cleaning the building and the school is in excellent shape for opening. The library carpet has been removed and the floor repaired, and new carpet has been ordered. We have been through all of the items that were bagged and left in the gym during the restoration process, and items that were either damaged or disposed of will be reordered. During the first week of school, the gym will be open to allow parents and guardians to pick up student materials that were left behind at the end of last school year. Beginning Sept 19th, the school gym floor will be refurbished and resurfaced and we now have a new sound system in both the gym and main office! New improvements to the school facility and resources will continue.
For the first day of school, Tuesday September 6th, our gym is available from 9:00 to 10:00 am (Meet and Greet) for parents to drop by, have a snack and reconnect with each other. A member of Alberta Health Services will be on site for support. Our Welcome Back assembly is Thursday, September 8th 10:00 am in the gym, and our Welcome Back BBQ and Grade 6 Farewell are Thursday September 15th 6 to 7 (BBQ) and 7 to 8 (Farewell in the gym). This year we have made an operational schedule change and now have a morning
recess from 10:00 to 10:15 am and an afternoon recess from 2:15 to 2:30 pm. Lunch is 12:20 to 12:45 pm and teachers will be eating lunch with their students (teachers have the option to take their students outside at this time if they choose).
All staff in our district understands the situation we were put in at the end of the last school year, and will provide supports for students as needed. The Term 2 report card from last year is the final report card and teachers will endeavor to review areas that were not covered due to evacuation.
Thickwood Heights School is on track for another terrific year, full of classroom learning, Fine Arts activities and events, Robotics, physical education opportunities, field trips and outings, in-school presentations, a focus on building community and school culture, and upon improving student achievement. This year our musical production is Madagascar! We are planning a repeat of many of the fun events and traditions from previous years and much, much more!
Our Welcome Back BBQ is great opportunity to come out and socialize, have some food, and meet our teachers and in particular our new staff members. This year we welcome Amanda Hoblak in Grade 1, Christine Littman in Grade 2 and Kelsey Little in Grade 3 who are covering maternity leaves. We look forward to working together with parents and guardians as part of our educational team to help students complete a successful year at Thickwood Heights School. The Welcome Back BBQ is 6:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, September 15th.
Our School Advisory and Parent Councils always need more members. Feel free to join us for our monthly council meetings. Both councils are comprised of the same dedicated few; whose members have families and also work. We also have great need of parents who would be able to commit to helping at our many other school and fundraising events. Parents can and do make a great difference and our students, your children, benefit from your efforts! Our first meeting is September 28th 6 to 8 pm.
We are still accepting new registrations and Elaine is available in the office for assistance.
Thank you to all the families of Thickwood Heights School for all of the support we receive throughout the year and as always, our doors are open for both concerns and compliments!
Let’s work together to make this the best year yet for our students!
8:50: First Bell
9:00: Announcements and First Class begins
10:00 to 10:15: Morning Recess
12:20—12:45: Lunch Break
2:15-2:30: Afternoon Recess
Please consult your child’s teacher for Kindergarten schedule.
Monday—Friday a.m. 8:50—11:50
Monday—Friday p.m. 12:30—3:30
Monthly Assemblies & Events
Sept 6th Meet and Greet in the Gym
Sept 8th Welcome Back Assembly 10:00am
Sept 15th Welcome Back BBQ and Grade 6 Farewell
Sept 29th Terry Fox Run (Westview School)
Oct 18th Monthly Assembly AM
Nov 1st Monthly Assembly PM
Nov 10th Remembrance Day Assembly
Dec 7th Christmas Concert
Dec 13th Monthly Assembly AM
Feb 7th Monthly Assembly PM
March 7th Monthly Assembly AM
April 2nd to April 5th School Production
April 18th Monthly Assembly PM
May 31st to June 2nd School Trip
June 6th Monthly Assembly AM
June 7th Fine Arts Extravaganza Evening
June 15th Grade 6 Farewell
June 26th Year End BBQ
June 29th Year End Awards Assembly
Family Fun Nights 6:00-7:00
Oct 27th FFN Halloween Theme
Jan 12th FFN
Feb 9th FFN
May 4th FFN
PAC 6 to 8pm
Sept 16th PLF
Sept 30th PLF
Oct 21st PLF
Oct 28th Institute Day
Dec 2nd PLF
Jan 13th PLF
Jan 27th PD
Feb 10th PLF
March 1st to 3rd Teacher’s Convention
March 17th PLF
May 5th PLF
May 19th PLF
June 2nd PLF
Reports and PTIs
Nov 19th Report Cards home
Nov 25th & 26th Parent Teacher Interviews
March 10th Report Cards home
March 16th & 17th Parent Teacher Interviews
May 11th & 12th PATs
June 19th to 23rd PATs
Parent and Visitors to the School
We are pleased to have you participate in school activities and we offer thanks to all those who volunteer time assisting our students.
Please remember to Sign in and out at the office on each visit.
$45 Supplies Fee (This covers all the classroom supplies needed by your child for the school year.)
Fees may be paid by cash or cheque at the school office.
All busing at Thickwood Heights School is user pay and must be paid for the full school year.
Per student: $250.00
Each student will receive one bus pass. If the pass is lost or destroyed, there will be a replacement fee of $5.00
Misbehaviour on the bus could result in students losing the privilege of riding on the bus.
Attendance and Tardiness
Regular attendance and punctuality are critical for academic success. Some absences are unavoidable. When students are absent, they miss valuable learning experiences that are crucial to developing the knowledge and skills they need for their grade level. Whenever possible, please let the school know well in advance of any planned absences. When your child is absent please let the school know by calling the school.
We encourage parents to take an active role in your child’s education. We find that parents who join in school activities, help out in the school, or visit the classroom, give their child the feeling that education is important.
For the safety of all students, all outside doors, with the exception of the front door, will remain locked during the day.
Each class has a designated entry door. At the bell, teachers go to their designated entry and open the door and greet them to ensure safe entry.
If your child arrives late, they must enter through the front door and check in at the office for a late slip.
All outdoor footwear must be removed at the door.
All visitors must report to the office.
School Conduct Policy
Students of Thickwood Heights School are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct while attending school and also when acting as representatives of our school. Students’ behaviour will not be permitted to interfere with the educational activities of others. Should this occur, staff will follow a progressive discipline approach to work toward teaching proper behavior. At Thickwood Heights School we believe in Readiness, Respect and Responsibility!
Bullying is a pattern of behaviour which involves a desire to hurt, hurtful action, a power imbalance, and an unjust use of power.
It is typically repetitive and involves evident enjoyment by the aggressor and a sense of being oppressed on the part of the victim.
Bullying may result in suspensions, either in school or out of school, depending on the particular nature of the offense.
The following offenses are not tolerated and will be referred directly to administration:
Fighting (including play fighting and wrestling)
Consequences may include but are not limited to:
- A series of classroom consequences developed by individual teachers.
- Detention time in accordance with late and/or unacceptable absences.
- In-School suspension (the day and length of time to be determined by
- Suspensions from one to five days, according to the nature and frequency of the offence (determined by Administration).
* Policies are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Principal.
All grades require an extra pair of indoor non-marking shoes for gym use.
Appropriate outdoor footwear and winter clothing.
No hats worn in school (unless on special school events).
No offensive or inappropriate language or slogans on T-shirts.
Dress appropriately for school and the weather.
Do not throw rocks, gravel, sand or snowballs
No fighting or play-fighting
No bike or skateboard riding on school grounds
Only leave the fenced in area with the permission of the teacher
Do not climb on the fences, trees or the side of the school.
Put garbage in the trash cans
Take turns on the equipment
Do not walk up the slides, or stand at the bottom, preventing others from going down
Only climb on things that were meant for climbing
Line up for class when you hear the bell ring.
All loaned textbooks are to be returned in the same condition that they were issued. Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged textbooks.
Students, not the school, are responsible for items lost or stolen. Items of value should not be brought to school. The school is not responsible for replacing electronics.
Students are not permitted to use cell phones while in school or on the school grounds. Although students may have a cell phone in their possession, it must be kept in a backpack, etc., and must be turned off and out of sight. They must not be brought out in the open or they will be confiscated for a period of time, which will increase for repeat offenders.
Students stay for lunch and must remain on school property.
Hot Lunch and Breakfast Program
Thickwood Heights has a hot lunch program on designated days only. If students would like to participate in the program, forms and money must be in by the due date—late orders are not accepted!
The school’s Breakfast Program provides nutritional snacks and drinks to students at no cost (part of our Apple School program) supported by our PAC.
The office WILL NOT be heating lunches.
Cameras are not to be used in the school building or on school grounds without teacher permission for privacy reasons. This includes video cameras, iPad or phone cameras.
Polite cooperation with all school personnel is essential. Inappropriate language (swearing, cursing or other hurtful remarks) to anybody in the school or in general conversation will not be tolerated.
All students have the right to attend school without being afraid or intimidated. Harassment of any type (sexual, verbal or physical) and unwanted or inappropriate touching will not be tolerated.
Attendance is critical which includes being on time and prepared for each class. Excessive lates may result in making up missed instructional time at lunch time or after school. Unexcused absences will result in In School Suspensions and detentions.
Hats must be removed when you enter the school.
Clothing, book bags, etc. which display inappropriate language, slogans, pictures or symbols, or anything that might be considered offensive will not be permitted.
Bikes and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds. Bikes must be locked in the bike racks.
- Computers are for school related work.
- It is your responsibility to safeguard your password.
- Don’t download or install software, utilities, songs, games, etc.
- Respect the work of others by:
- not destroying data belonging to other students
- respecting copyright laws. Footnote information belonging to others.
- Avoid inappropriate material and internet sites. Immediately back out of inappropriate sites if they are encountered.
- MSN Messenger, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Piczo, chat lines, and other similar sites are not to be used at school.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
i) I have a right to an education.
It is my responsibility to listen, to learn, to practise, to complete school assignments and to graciously accept remedial assistance when necessary. I will not disturb, disrupt, or interfere with the instruction of my teachers and/or the learning of fellow classmates. It is my responsibility to come to class prepared with the necessary learning materials.
It is also my responsibility to know and to follow Section 12 of the Alberta School Act (2000), which states:
Students shall conduct themselves so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
a) be diligent in pursuing their studies
b) attend school regularly and punctually
c) cooperate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services
d) comply with the rules of the school
e) account to their teachers for their conduct
f) respect the rights of others.
ii) I have a right to be treated with dignity and respect in the school. It is my responsibility to treat others with honour and polite consideration. For example, I will not laugh at, tease, or put down other students, staff or adults.
iii) I have a right to hear and be heard in this school.
It is my responsibility to help maintain a calm, peaceful and quiet school. For example, I will not interrupt, shout, or make rude noises when others are speaking.
iv) I have a right to be safe and secure in this school.
It is my responsibility not to harass, threaten or harm others verbally, physically, emotionally, or sexually.
v) I have a right to free expression in learning about myself and others.
It is my responsibility to learn about myself and others in this school. I am free to express my feelings and opinions as long as I am not rude, disrespectful or violating the order of the school and/or personal and public property.
vi) I have a right to be an individual.
It is my responsibility to respect others as individuals and not to treat them unfairly because they are of another race or religion, physically challenged, or because they think and act differently than I do.
vii) I have a right to privacy and to personal space.
It is my responsibility to respect the personal property of others, and to accept their right to privacy.
viii) I have a right to assistance and support in learning self-control.
It is my responsibility to practice self-control and ask for assistance when necessary. I will expect to be corrected when I abuse the rights of others, as they shall be corrected if my rights are abused. No one will silently stand by and witness violation of personal rights.
ix) I have a right to attend a clean and well-maintained school.
It is my responsibility to refrain from acts of vandalism, littering, and defacing of school property. It is also my responsibility to report known acts of vandalism.
x) I have a right to appeal any decision that affects me.
It is my responsibility to initiate any such appeal by first contacting the person who has made the decision. Subsequent written appeals may be directed to the principal.
I can expect that all these rights will be mine as long as I am fulfilling all my responsibilities
APPLE SCHOOLS: Health and Wellness Guidelines
Purpose of a Health & Wellness Guideline:
To ensure there is a common application, language and understanding of nutrition in our school, resulting in a positive effect on health and academic achievement for all our students.
1) Celebration, Events and Holidays:
· Choose Most Often (80%) and Choose Sometimes (20%) food and beverages will be encouraged during all celebrations, events and holidays held at the school.
· Homemade items that are sent to school for classroom celebrations need to be NUT SAFE and have an ingredient list attached.
· One Choose Least Often (treat item) will be added to classroom celebration sign-up lists. Any additional items sent that fall into the Choose Least Often category will be sent home with the student.
2) Students Birthdays:
· Thickwood Heights School will encourage non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stamps, or books in place of food items.
· Birthday Book Club: Parents and students can send a book (new or gently used) to school on their child’s birthday that they have chosen to give to the school library. A sticker will be placed in the book stating that it was donated by Name on behalf of Name’s birthday. This will also be recognized on a Birthday Book Club bulletin board in the library.
3) Food Served or Sold at School:
· Food and beverages served and sold in the school will be from the “Choose Most Often” (80%) or “Choose Sometimes” (20%) categories as outlined in the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth. (Ex. Hot lunches, Family Fun Nights, fruit bowls, and Breakfast Program).
· Teachers who wish to use class incentives are encouraged to be creative in how they reward exemplary behavior, etc. Such things as an extra recess outdoors or a special activity in class are rewards that do not establish a food=reward connection in a child’s mind. Our school will encourage non-food rewards to reinforce daily behaviors.
· To support student health and school health guidelines, school fundraising activities will include food that fits Canada’s Food Guide and the “Choose Most Often” food category according to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth. In addition, school fundraising efforts are encouraged to promote physical activity. (Ex. Jump Rope for Heart, Family Fun Nights)
Choose Most Often:
Daily Snacks & Beverages
Fresh fruit or vegetables
(baby carrots, celery snack, apple wedges)
(Kashi, Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, Nature’s Path Crunch or Flax Plus, Quaker Chewy Bar)
Canned Fruit Cup (100% Juice)
(Del Monte, Dole, Eating Right)
(Triscuits, President’s Choice Blue Menu)
Fruit Sauce Cup
(Compliments. Dole Squish’ems, Eating Right, Great Value, Mott’s Fruitsation, President’s Choice)
(Plain Liberte Greek, Plain Lucerne Low Fat)
Dried Fruit Bars/Dried Fruit
(Sunrype- Fruit Source)
100% Real Fruit Juices
(Compliments, Del Monte, Great Value, Minute Maid, Oasis, Safeway, SunRype)
Fruit + Vegetable Snacks
(Del Monte Mini Fruit Twists, SunRype Fruit-To-Go, SunRype Fun Bites, SunRype Squiggles)
(Plain 2%, 1%, Skim, Milk to Go, Fortified Soy Beverage)
(Kelloggs- Bite Size Granola Snacks)
(Real fruit, milk, plain yogurt)
(Lucerne String Cheese, Stringables)
*Taken from the Single Serving Packaged Food List; developed by Alberta Health Services Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists, 2012
Twice a Week Snacks & Beverages
Sweetened Dried Fruit
(Ocean Spray Craisins, Mangos)
(Kozy Shack– Chocolate, Original)
(Quaker Oatmeal to Go, Compliments Chewy)
(Goldfish Baked snacks, Thinsations, Quaker Crispy Minis)
(Armstrong, Babybel, Kraft)
(Christie: Dad’s + Soft Baked, Crispy Delights, Teddy Grahams (honey), Arrowroot Cookies)
(Honey Nut Cheerios, Golden Grahams, Corn Flakes, Vector, Shreddies)
(Tubes, YOP, Individual cups)
(Reduced Sugar – 1%)
Apple Schools Resources and References
Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth
Alberta Health Services Single Serving Packaged Food List
Eating well with Canada’s Food Guide
Healthy School Fundraising
Healthy U Food Checker
School Lunch Restaurant List
Snack Shack Manual
Ever Active Schools
Be Fit For Life Network
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