To help each child be a successful and self-motivated learner in a safe and caring school and an empowered and effective lifelong learner in a changing world.
A Message from the Staff
Welcome to Wye School. We hope that you will enjoy being part of our learning community. The motto of our school is Where Young Minds Shine. We believe that this motto aptly describes the success we enjoy at Wye as our students continue to achieve academic excellence.
At Wye, we want to help nurture responsible and creative decision-makers who demonstrate ethical and moral behavior. We believe that adopting a strong set of values is fundamental. Our Character Education program focuses each month on a virtue such as respect, honesty, tolerance, caring and perseverance. We believe that, by talking about these values and how they are expressed in character traits, we can better recognize them in the words and actions of others and develop them in ourselves.
It really does take a village to raise a child. When school, home and community work together, we do our best job of preparing children to be lifelong learners and to have productive and fulfilling lives. The home provides the foundation for the development of character, work habits, aspirations and social behavior that are so important for success at school.
Parents and staff work together in many ways in the classrooms, on field trips, in the library, for special events and projects. Most important, parents and staff work together in maintaining strong lines of communication.
Education is not just about preparing for a fulfilling future; it is about living and learning fully now. We believe that students learn best when they
* feel safe and happy and enjoy learning
* value their work and see that it is valued by others
* apply their learning in meaningful contexts
* see that their efforts make a difference to themselves and to others
* see the important people in their lives working together for their good
* have opportunities to help others and be of service
We recognize that students learn in different ways and demonstrate their learning in different ways. Some students are strong with the spoken word while others prefer to write. Some see the world through the eyes of an artist while others see things as a scientist sees them. Some work well by themselves while others are group work people. We construct a variety of learning environments so that students can work in different ways and discover their strengths. Special needs students get the assistance they need to realize their potential through a variety of special programs and services. We believe all students can learn and experience success.
The world is not neatly compartmentalized into subject areas; and so we try to take advantage of opportunities to learn and to demonstrate learning wherever they may be. We know that students need to make connections between what they learn at school and what they learn at home. We know that physical education classes can be good places to learn about cooperation and even science or mathematics. We know that students can express their reactions to a story through their art. We know that every class is a language arts class. We realize that the math we learn in mathematics class is the same math we apply during science; and that the writing skills we learn in language arts are the same ones we use to write a report in social studies. Through integrated learning, we help students see the significance and utility of what they are learning.
Staff members are students, too. Our staff models lifelong learning in a community of learners. Several members provide services to the district through committee work, presenting and consulting. Members take their professional growth seriously, through workshops, coursework and study groups and by sharing ideas, resources and strategies with their colleagues.
We hope students and their parents will embark on a learning journey with us this year as we all strive to learn as much as we can. We wish you all a great year.
Wye Elementary School
This Handbook, updated annually, replaces the Wye School Handbook formerly published as a separate paper document. The Handbook presents some key facts about Wye School, and is intended as a quick overview of life here. We thank you for visiting our web site, we will be adding to the site regularly this year, so look for extra information as it comes up. The monthly school newsletter will be posted on the site, too. As always, keeping in good contact with your child's teacher is the very best form of communication.
This handbook may be of particular interest to newcomers to our school community. It may also be useful to the veterans of our community. The way we do things is always evolving, and so everyone may find some information below that is new to them.
We publish a monthly newsletter, now a paperless newsletter that will be posted on the Friday following our staff meetings. A calendar of events is attached to each newsletter. This calendar represents the confirmed dates for the month, updating any changes to information given at the beginning of the year.
We believe that open lines of communication between the school and home will increase opportunities for students to be successful learners. Parents are always welcome to become involved in school activities or to call teachers or the office. If concerns arise during the year, parents are urged to contact the school.
Reporting absence or lateness
Parents should contact the school if their child is going to be absent or late. The school office contacts parents by telephone for unaccounted student absences.
Parents please check your student into the office if you arrive after the 8:40am bell in the morning or the 12:30pm bell in the afternoon. You will need to sign in the student sign in binder and receive a late slip to take to their teacher. This way we will ensure the safe arrival and accurate attendance check in for all.
Use of Office Telephone
The school telephones are reserved for business use. Students may phone home for purposes approved by their teacher. We ask that students make all after-school arrangements before coming to school.
Permission to publish student work
Permission is required of parents before their child's work can be made public, through posting or publishing. A general form may be signed by parents at the beginning of the year, granting permission for their child's work to be placed on bulletin boards and appear in school publications, such as the newsletter or the web site. Specific permission is required of parents when their child's work is to go into publications beyond the school, such as anthologies belonging to Elk Island Public Schools or other organizations.
All parents are automatically members of Wye School Council, by virtue of their child's attendance at the school, and are welcome to attend, without obligation, any and all council meetings. The School Council works in cooperation with the Wye School fund raising society.
A school council is a vital link in the school-community relationship. It assists the school through the purchase of equipment and resources, funding and running of special events.
Parents may run for executive positions - Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. These are one-year terms, filled at the Annual Meeting in the fall. A person may be elected to the same executive position for a maximum of two years.
There are several volunteer positions on the council each year that are not elected but are usually filled by a committee. These include: events coordinating, hot foods and carnival.
Parents are very active in our school community, supporting learning and enriching the year's events and activities. Parents are valued partners who play an integral role in their child's learning. We encourage you to be involved in your child's education and welcome you at the school.
We enjoy the support and involvement of parents and other volunteers in many ways:
- Attending school council meetings
- Working on school council executive
- Assisting in the classrooms
- Assisting on fieldtrips
- Fundraising for special projects
- Organizing and running special events and services
Kindergarten, or Early Childhood Services (ECS), provides children who will be 5 years old before March 1 of this school year, with 475 hours of instruction in the year. We offer a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday program.
The Program of Studies
Overview of each subject
Visit http://education.alberta.ca/parents/resources/handbook.aspx for grade at-a-glance one-page overviews of the topics taught in each subject. To learn more about our programs, access the complete Alberta Program of Studies at www.education.alberta.ca/teachers.aspx .
We have a wonderful Learning Commons with a large selection of fiction, non-fiction and reference books. We have a collection of leveled books that have been sorted into bins according to their reading difficulty. Our library technician, in conjunction with homeroom teachers assist students with their library skills and encourage them to take an interest in a variety of genres and authors. All classes visit the library each week. Students are allowed to borrow books. When a student signs a book out of the Learning Commons, he/she accepts responsibility for its safe return. Fines or replacement cost are levied for damaged or lost books. Students who have overdue library books will not be allowed to take out new ones until the previous ones have been returned.
Most of students academic learning takes place at school under the care of the teacher. Homework is used in moderation for a number of purposes, including:
* Reviewing knowledge and practicing skills learned at school
* Collecting materials or information not easily collected at school
* Completing projects not easily completed at school
* Practice of independent study skills
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
Teachers employ a variety of strategies to assess students learning on a continuous basis. These strategies include: observation of students as they work; conversation with the students about what they are learning; analysis of students products and performances; administration of quizzes and tests. Teachers collect assessment information for two main purposes:
* Assessment for learning feedback for students that will help them improve their learning; feedback for teachers that will help them plan upcoming lessons
* Assessment of learning information to be compiled into a formal evaluation of student's achievement, effort and work habits.
Formal evaluations are provided to parents in a Progress Report issued in November, March and June. After the first two progress reports, parent-student-teacher conferences are held in the evening.
Field trips are a part of our instructional programming. They are planned by teachers to further, support, or enrich classroom lessons. All students are expected to participate in field trips wherever possible. However, in the interest of safety, students whose behavior is cause for considerable concern are not allowed to participate and continue with other appropriate work at school during the field trip. School Council and Staff have agreed that field trips will be funded on a cost recovery basis, through a fee paid by parents per trip. This fee includes the cost of transportation and any cost of entry to facilities.
Standards for Student Behavior
Citizenship at Wye School
We believe that all children can take responsibility for their words and actions. Students are taught to examine the choices they make and learn to make choices that contribute to the quality of life at the school. Students are expected to be polite, considerate of others and good stewards for the school. We all try to
* respect ourselves and others
* foster dignity
* cultivate purpose
* cooperate and contribute
* take responsibility
* be of service
* take interest in the world around us
We like to catch students doing things right. Positive referrals are often presented to students who are being good citizens. Students are given recognition in the morning announcements and presented with a small certificate to take home.
Use of Electronic devices
Cell Phones: We respect the family's decision to provide a cell phone to children. We ask that they be turned off during school hours which includes recesses and lunch hour. If you need to contact your child please phone the office at 780-467-7447.
Ipods and DS Game Systems: The use of these devices is acceptable during recesses. Due to privacy rights, pictures or video cannot be taken during the school day.
Students are required to follow the conditions and rules of Elk Island Schools 'Student Acceptable User Agreement for Technology Use'. Inappropriate use of electronic devices will lead to confiscation and loss of privilege (device will be returned to parent/guardian).
Students are responsible for the safe storage of their devices. The school is not responsible for the loss or theft of these items.
Each classroom develops rules for behavior; the consequences for student behavior are managed by the teacher. When students commit a major offense in the classroom or around the school, they are dealt with by the principal or assistant principal. Major offenses include:
* Fighting, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, verbal/physical abuse
* Willful disobedience, defiance
* Dangerous behavior
* Habitual neglect of duty
* Willful destruction of property/stealing
* Throwing objects (rocks, snowballs, books)
For major offenses, students either serve a supervised time-out where they are removed from the classroom to work alone on assigned work or they are assigned work to repair or repay any harm or damage they did. Their parents are informed as soon as possible. Repeated or grave offenses result in in-school and eventually out-of-school suspensions. Whenever a student's unacceptable behavior becomes the focus of attention, the student is helped to identify what he or she did wrong, understand why this was wrong, how it may have affected other people, and how to make a better plan for the future.
WYE SCHOOL BEHAVIOR PLAN
Wye Elementary School is a school where students, staff, parents and community members are treated with respect and dignity and where students can learn in a positive and caring setting with a strong emphasis on positive character education traits.
Elk Island Public School promotes, reinforces and encourages the growth of student self-discipline, respect and responsible behavior in order to foster a safe and caring learning environment and enhance student achievement.
DEFINITION OF RESPONSIBILITES:
The development of positive student behavior is a shared responsibility between students, staff and parents.
Students have a responsibility to respect the rights and dignity of others and to become actively and productively involved in their own academic learning and social growth. In accordance with the School Act, students are expected to conduct themselves so as to comply with the following code of conduct:
Be diligent in pursuing their studies
- Attend school regularly and punctually
- Co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the Board to provide education programs and other services
- Comply with the rules of the school
- Account to his/her teachers for his/her conduct
- Respect the rights of others
Staff are responsible for establishing a positive school climate in which structure, support and encouragement is provided to assist the student in understanding the importance of education, and developing a sense of self-discipline and responsibility while making a positive contribution to society. This is a climate in which:
- Students feel safe, important and trusted and have the opportunity to develop, assume and maintain responsibility and self-motivation.
- There is a joint effort to learn and a feeling of mutual respect among staff, students and parents
- Appropriate behavior is consistently encouraged and complimented, thus increasing student self-esteem and reinforcing self-control
- On-going communication exists between staff and parents to encourage and provide the opportunity for active and constructive parental involvement in the education of their children.
Parents have a responsibility to ensure their children are ready to learn, and to help them make good academic progress. The Board believes that the role of the parent with respect to education includes:
- Assisting in the development of school policies and procedures
- Supporting the school policies and procedures (including the school code of conduct) and encouraging their children to understand and respect them
- Encouraging their children to pursue their studies diligently
- Maintaining communication with school staff regarding the progress of their children and attend scheduled conferences with their child
- Encourage and support the regular and punctual attendance of their children
PROACTIVE PRACTICES AT WYE SCHOOL
At Wye School, children are provided with opportunities to become both responsible and self-disciplined. We believe children must increasingly take responsibility for their own actions and acquire the self- discipline required to succeed in the future. Children are provided with multiple sources of support and positive interventions in order to encourage the development of personal responsibility and self-discipline.
The proactive practices at Wye School include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Character Education Program
- Positive caring staff, students and parents
- Counseling Services
- Intramural Program
- Positive recognition awards
Misbehaviors - Staff will intervene for any misbehavior that interferes with the teaching and learning or emotional, or physical well-being of students or staff. The action taken and/or consequence that follows any misbehavior will be dependent on the following criteria: the activity, target, intensity, duration, frequency and intent of the misbehavior.
Minor Misbehaviors include but may not be limited to the following:
- 1. Follow directions and classroom rules.
- 2. Demonstrate respect for others.
- 3. Listen attentively/work quietly.
- 4. Participate without disturbing others.
- 5. Use appropriate language.
The staff at Wye School is very professional and conscientious about focusing on "counseling" students who make poor behavior choices. Minor misbehaviors may be dealt with at three levels.
- 1. in the classroom by the teacher
- 2. in the office by an administrator, or
- 3. in the counselor's office by a qualified school counselor.
Consequences: Minor misbehaviors will result in positive interventions and logical consequences.
The positive interventions may include: discussion with students/reflective thinking, creating a plan for future action, goal setting, student/parent/teacher contact, positive contract, counseling, behavior recorded.
The logical consequences may include: warnings, both written and verbal, timeout, temporary loss of privileges, restitution, out of class timeout, in-school suspension, community service.
Major Misbehaviors The following will be considered major offenses:
- 1. Repeated refusal to follow the directions of a staff member.
- 2. Willful destruction of property/stealing.
- 3. Habitual neglect of duty.
- 4. Fighting, harassment, intimidation, verbal/physical abuse towards students or staff.
- 5. Use of improper, abusive or profane language or gestures.
- 6. Conduct that is injurious to the moral tone or well being of the school or other individuals.
- 7. Use, possession and trafficking of alcohol/controlled substances.
- 8. Weapons/firearms, bomb threats.
- 9. Vicious physical assault.
- 10. Serious breach of Elk Island Public School's technology user agreement and/or school technology code of ethics.
Consequences: Serious infractions are responded to as quickly as possible and are processed according to the attached "Behavior Remediation Cycle"
Extreme Misbehaviors The following will be considered extreme misbehaviors:
- - Trafficking/Alcohol/Controlled substances
- - Possession or use of weapons
- - Bomb Threat
- - Vicious physical assault
The consequence for extreme misbehavior shall be:
Immediate suspension with Referral to the Board of Trustees.
In the winter, students are required to come to school dressed for the weather. Hats, mitts and appropriate footwear are essential. Adequate footwear must be worn at all times in the interest of hygiene and in case of emergency evacuation of the school. Students are required to have indoor and outdoor footwear. Outside shoes are placed on the boot racks in the entries. Non-marking, clean running shoes must be worn in the gym. Shirts bearing slogans or pictures that are likely to be offensive to some people are not allowed. Halter tops, spaghetti straps, short shorts and belly shirts are not allowed. Caps and jackets may not be worn in class.
Behavior on field trips
Students have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of conduct wherever and whenever they are representing the school. A field trip is an extension of the classroom, all school and bus rules apply. Students are expected to treat parent supervisors with the same respect as they should afford staff. Inappropriate behavior may result in a student being returned early to school to resume regular studies.
To ensure student safety during recess we have established the following rules;
- no pushing, shoving or fighting
- the following games are not permitted (Sandman, Red Rover and any Tag games played on and around playground equipment)
- no use of profane language
- no trading of cards (ie; Pokemon cards)
- no climbing on soccer goals or baseball backstops
- no throwing of snowballs
- play within school boundaries
Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all students.
Safety and Wellness
Elk Island Public Schools' first priority during an emergency is the safety of all our students and staff. Emergency drills are practiced throughout the year. Drills include: fire, tornado, suspicious intruder and toxic chemical release. All drills are conducted within the guidelines of the Elk Island Public Schools protocols and procedures. For more information read the School Emergency Preparedness for Elk Island Public Schools (A Guide for Parents and Guardians).
Illness and Accidents
Nearly all staff members at Wye School have current first aid training. All accidents and injuries are documented. When a child's condition warrants concern, parents are notified. In serious situations, an ambulance is summoned to transport the child to an appropriate emergency facility.
Parents must complete a 'Medication/Personal Care Request and Authorization' form in order for staff to administer medication. This includes daily and occasional medication. Parents can request a form at the office. All medicine must be presented to the office in the original container. All medicine brought to school must be administered by office staff. Medicine is kept secure in the office.
Looking After Property
Lost and found
Lost and found articles are located in a box close to the front entrance. Please check there when articles go missing. Periodically throughout the year, lost and found articles are put on display in the hallway and classes are taken there in the hope that students will recognize and claim lost belongings. As well, the lost and found collection is put on display at some evening events for parents to look through. We encourage parents to put an identifying mark or name on all outdoor clothes, shoes and especially winter boots.
All students are assigned a space to hang their coats and bags. Students are taught and expected to keep their spaces tidy and clean. The school reserves the right to search lockers and desks when deemed necessary.
Willful damage to school property or loss of books will be the responsibility of the student, based on replacement cost.
The responsibility for the safekeeping of personal property brought onto school premises rests with the owner of the property. We strongly recommend that students do not bring expensive jewelry, electronics, games and toys to school.
During the winter months, a variety of noon-hour clubs are offered by parents and staff. These include: take-apart, art, mathematics, choir, computers and babysitting.
- Morning: busses drop off 8:30
- Welcome bell 8:30
- Announcements bell 8:35
- Classes begin 8:40
- Recess 10:16 - 10:28
- Lunch hour:11:35 - 12:30
- Afternoon recess 2:09 - 2:21
- Classes end 3:28
All students remain at school for lunch. Slower eaters are provided the opportunity to finish lunch. Milk is available for 75 cents a carton. Books of 20 milk tickets are available in the office for $15.
- ECS Learning Resource Fee $25.00 (all Elk Island Public Schools)
- ECS Swimming Lessons(fees determined each year)
- ECS Field Trip Fee $60.00
- Learning Resource Fee, Grade 1 to 6 $50.00
- Agenda Book, Grade 1 to 6 $ 8.00
- Noon-hour supervision fee $95.00 per student
- ECS Noon-hour supervision fee $50.00
- Parent Curriculum Handbook (available free at www.education.alberta.ca/parents/resources/handbook.aspx)