School Info Welcome to our school! Edmonds Community School is a culturally rich and diverse community with more than 48 countries represented by our students and families. As well as Canada, many of our 283 students have backgrounds from Sudan, Liberia, Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Mexico, The Philippines and El Salvador. Edmonds represents all that is best about the Canadian Cultural Mosaic. We celebrate our diversity and our heritages but we also contribute in a very meaningful way to the cultural life of our neighborhood, city, province and country. Edmonds is a safe, caring and welcoming community with a very sharp focus on academic excellence. We hold our students up to the highest of standards and our dedicated staff helps our students achieve those standards. We also believe very strongly in providing a wide range of athletic, artistic and cultural activities for our children, and we have a tremendous number of after school programs and activities available for all of our students. On behalf of the staff, students and families of Edmonds Community School we welcome you to our school. Mr. Sean Gaster, Principal Ms. Dawn Ashton, Head Teacher Mr. John Nanson, Community Coordinator POLICIES ON WEAPONS AND VIOLENCE The Burnaby School District recognizes that violence in society is a threat to the safety of students and staff in its schools. The district also acknowledges its responsibility in ensuring that Burnaby schools provide secure learning environments, safe from threats, violence or intimidation in any form. To that end, some very clear and stringent policies on weapons and violence are in place, and readily enforced. All situations involving weapons or violence will be dealt with by the principal or vice-principal. SMOKE FREE The Burnaby School Board policy states that smoking is not allowed on school property (which includes the steps, the playground, etc.) anytime during school hours. Please help us to follow the rules by not smoking at the school. ESL The English as a Second Language program (E.S.L.) is designed to service children from Grades One to Seven, whose first language is not English. The amount and length of instruction may vary depending on the student’s English skills level and the rate of his/her progress. For students who are new to the Canadian school system, every attempt is made to find a student who speaks the same language to assist in familiarizing them with the school routines. E.S.L. students are enrolled with their age group and continue to progress at age level while studying English. Assessment is done on a continuous basis and the program is modified accordingly. Students in the intermediate grades will not receive letter grades on their report cards until they have developed enough English to fully understand the curriculum. Parents should not hesitate to contact the school at any time. Parents wishing to meet with E.S.L. teachers are encouraged to make an appointment to arrange a mutually convenient time. SEASONAL SPORTS ACTIVITIES Edmonds participates in the activities that teachers or parents volunteer to coach. September – October Cross Country Running – available to girls and boys from Grades 4 to 7 October – December Volleyball – available to girls and boys from Grades 6 & 7 January – March Basketball – available to girls and boys from Grades 6 & 7 April – June Track and Field Events – available to girls and boys from Grades 4 to 7 The emphasis in all of the above activities is on participation and sportsmanship . The sport may culminate in a playday or meet that may involve a number of schools but the emphasis here is also on participation and sportsmanship. SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM We are fortunate to have a hot lunch program at Edmonds. The cost is $58.00 per month. A menu will be circulated in advance of every new cycle, along with an order envelope that must be returned signed and sealed. This is a monthly commitment, individual lunches CANNOT be ordered on a daily basis. Menus can be adjusted for those who cannot eat some culturally unacceptable foods or for those with severe allergies.Parents please note: If you find it is impossible to send the full amount, you are still encouraged to participate. Pay what you can. No records are kept of your contribution. SCHOOL PHOTOS Many times during the school year, during regular activities or special events, photos are taken of students. These photos are used in a variety of ways; in displays around the school, in school publications, Burnaby School District publications, or newspapers, etc.Please indicate on the final page of the school handbook whether or not you permit your child’s picture to used in any newsletter, community publication, newspaper, etc. A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE Our Community Health Nurse is part of the school team which looks after the social, emotional, physical and educational health of your child. As part of the school health services, the following programs will be carried out by your school nurse and/or other Fraser Health Authority personnel. Hearing Screening of Kindergarten, any students not previously screened, and referrals from teachers. Vision Screening of school entry children and referrals. Family Life Education in cooperation with teachers as set out by Burnaby School District curriculum. Immunization will be offered to students who are not up-to-date as per schedule recommended by B.C. Ministry of Health, Victoria, plus we offer Hepatitis B and Meningitis C vaccines to grade 6 students. Communicable diseases of school children such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, mumps, “pink eye”, impetigo, scabies, and head lice should be reported to school as there are specific guidelines to follow for each. Please note that school staff are not allowed to give students medication without a doctor’s written order. The medication form (to be completed by the Doctor) is available in the office. As well, Community Health Nurses are available for home visiting and consultation on school problems or concerns about other members of your family. For information, please contact the Community Health Nurse at the school (604-664-8683) or at the Fraser Health Authority (604-918-7605) GRADE 6 STUDENTS RECEIVE HEPATITIS B and MENINGITIA C IMMUNIZATIONS A province-wide immunization program is planned for all students in Grade 6 this year. A series of two shots will be given to protect against the Hepatitis B virus. A single dose of Meningitis C is offered. Students will learn about the seriousness of Hepatitis B and Meningitis C by watching a short video and in a discussion with the community health nurse. Parents will be required to return a signed consent form for each vaccine. Any questions about the program should be forwarded to the nurse or to the Fraser Health Authority (604-918-7605). HEAD LICE We want to remind you of the importance of your participation in the control and prevention of head lice. Most communities have outbreaks of head lice infestations. Head lice are not known to carry any disease. They can infest anyone and their presence does not indicate poor personal care or uncleanliness. We can prevent and control the transmission of head lice only with your help. The following will assist you in identifying and treating head lice: Signs of head lice: persistent itching of the scalp. small silvery eggs (nits) securely attached to the individual hairs, close to the scalp, particularly in the area behind the ears and back of the head. They may look like dandruff; however they are not easily removed. crawling lice in the hair. Suggestions for prevention and control: check all family members’ heads for lice and for nits on a regular basis. provide individual combs and brushes for each person. avoid sharing articles that come in contact with the neck or head – (hats, towels, coats, etc.) Treatment if head lice are found: keep child home from school until the hair is treated and nits are removed from the hair. purchase product for head lice from pharmacy (use as directed on label). rinse hair with a vinegar solution to loosen nits (1 part vinegar/2 parts water). comb all nits from wet hair using a fine-tooth comb. repeat treatment in 7-10 days. notify school office and close contacts. check other family members. Disinfection of household: wash all recently used clothing, towels, bedding in detergent and hot water and dry at high heat or hang (separated from other clothing). items that cannot be washed can be dry cleaned, or placed in a freezer for 24 hours. disinfect combs and brushes. PLEASE REMEMBER: check your children’s hair at least weekly report any cases to the school. When lice are noticed on a student we will send a letter home with all children in the class so that you can check your child at home. For further information, call the Community Health Nurse. Copies of the head lice pamphlets are available at the school office. FIRST AID SERVICES Safety at school is strongly emphasized by all staff members and pupils are constantly reminded of their responsibility to play safely and treat each other with respect. There will be accidents at times. Most are minor and will be treated on site. Serious accidents will receive careful attention and parents or guardians will be notified as soon as possible. Emergency response personnel are as close as the fire hall. We have had a good record of safety at Edmonds. This, in part, is due to the responsible attitude of pupils. INTERNET ACCESS Your child may be presented with an opportunity to use a school district internet account. Just as there are opportunities with the Internet, there are also some concerns. We feel it is important that you understand the district’s rules for Internet access when using a District provided Internet account. Please read and discuss with your child the rules outlined below. Both you and your child should sign on the last page of school handbook to indicate understanding and permission for your child to access the Internet. CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR INTERNET USE The District’s Network, Internet & Computer Conditions. Rules and Acceptable Use Protocol includes the following: Allowed: The Burnaby School District provides access to the Internet for educational and research purposes and to provide opportunities for collaborative work. Only the authorized owner of the account shall use an account. Account holders are responsible for all activity within their accounts. Uses Not Allowed: Use of the account for political or business purposes is not allowed. District provided accounts must not be used to send chain letters or to harass other users with unwanted e-mail message. Posting of photos of students or staff without appropriate permission. Transmission of any material which breaks any Canadian law is prohibited. This includes copyrighted materials, threatening or obscene materials, or material protected by trade secret. Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of user privileges. This means any attempt to harm, modify, and destroy data of another user, or users connected to the Internet. This includes the uploading or creating of computer viruses. Harassment includes the sending of unwanted mail, the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference of another user’s work. NETWORK ETIQUETTE All users are expected to follow the generally accepted rules of good network manners. These include the following: Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others. Do not criticize the spelling, writing or keyboarding of others. Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use any other inappropriate language. Do not reveal your personal address or phone number, or those of other students. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users. All communications and information available through the network is property of the Burnaby School District. Do not repost personal e-mail without the permission of the author. ENCOUNTER CONTROVERSIAL INFORMATION Users may find material that is controversial and which users, parents, teachers or administrators may consider inappropriate or offensive. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all content of data, a user may discover controversial material. It is the user’s responsibility not to access such material. NO WARRANTIES The Burnaby School District makes no warranties of any kind. The District will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. Electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. PENALTIES FOR IMPROPER USE Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules, Canadian laws or posted classroom and district rules are subject to loss of network privileges and other District disciplinary actions. ABORIGINAL CIRCLE PROGRAM This program will be available to all elementary students self-identified as Aboriginal on their school registration form. We would like to take this opportunity to invite your child to participate in the district’s Aboriginal Circle Program (ACP). In the Aboriginal Circle Program, students will be given the opportunity to meet and share with Aboriginal peers in their schools and/or neighbouring schools; heighten their self-esteem by promoting a positive Aboriginal image, thereby fostering pride in Aboriginal people/cultures; identify and appreciate who they are as Aboriginal people; increase their knowledge and awareness of Aboriginal people/cultures; and meet and learn from the cultural teachings of Aboriginal resource people in their community. The Aboriginal Circle Program is also open to all parents/guardians of Aboriginal students. You are more than welcome to attend and participate in all the ACP lessons. A reminder note for the ACP will be sent home with the students a week prior to each lesson date informing you of the upcoming lesson, cultural instructor, and any items the students may need for the hands-on activity. Please see the last sheet in the school handbook to indicate permission for this program. COMMUNITY ROOM As Edmonds is a Community School we are fortunate to have a Community Room which is open to parents and community members. It is very important to us that all members of our community feel safe and welcomed here. We invite you to drop in for coffee, a visit, information about anything you may be wondering about, i.e., pre-school, after school programs, food, housing, etc. Come and see the Clothing Room located in the main hall, where there is a variety of clothing available for all your family members. We also have a volunteer sign-up, if you would like to help out at the school.Community Room staff is available in the Community Room to help in any way.