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Balanced Day

Our school day is organized as a Balanced School Day. Essentially, this approach divides the school day into three large instructional periods separated by two nutrition / play periods. Our schedule is shown below.

TimeBlockDuration
8:25 Outside Supervision begins with bell ringing at 8:40 15 min
8:40–10:20 First Instructional Period 100 min
10:20–11:00 First Nutrition Break 40 min
11:00–12:40 Second Instructional Period 100 min
12:40–1:20 Second Nutrition Break 40 min
1:20–3:00 Third Instructional Period 100 min
3:00 Dismissal

We feel that this approach has a number of  advantages: The  Ontario Curriculum is, requires teachers to engage students in concrete, "hands-on" learning experiences in order to develop in-depth knowledge.  Research has shown that time on task is the most important factor in predicting student success.  Larger blocks of instructional time allows added time for guided student practice and teacher feedback.  Teachers are able to give more attention to individual needs.  This leads to more focused learning by students and more time on task.

  • Research indicates that the best learning occurs when the brain receives sufficient water and proper nutrition.  The provision of two balanced nutrition breaks provides students with more timely and consistent access to water and food.
  • Each nutrition break is followed by a recess period of about twenty minutes, giving students an opportunity to play and socialize with friends.  Other schools that have adopted this type of program report that the number of  behavioural incidents and injuries decrease significantly.
  • There is less time lost in preparing for recess and re-entering the school after recess.  The experience of schools that have already implemented this approach indicates that on average about eight minutes a day or forty minutes a week is gained with the removal of one break period!  Certainly this time is increased significantly with younger children and in the winter months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call at your convenience. We will be conducting an ongoing review of this project and your feedback is very important.

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Welcome Back!(Posted:8/14/2018)

 

First day of school: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

SK students to start: Thursday, September 6th, 2018

We are looking forward to seeing returning students and meeting new students and families for the upcoming school year.

Welcome to Kindergarten(Posted:5/4/2018)

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 Thursday, May 31st at 6:00-7:00 pm

Parents/Guardians and new JK students for this upcoming September 2018

are invited to join us for an information session.

An evening of meeting, greeting and of course playing.

School Supplies 2017-2018(Posted:8/23/2016)

Dear Parent(s)/ Guardian(s),

School supplies by grade level have been posted. There may be a few additional items that will be required specific to your classroom teacher suggestions. These lists will get you started:

 

 

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Senior Kindergarten Starting September 6, 2018(Posted:6/26/2018)

A note to all parents and guardians of Senior Kindergarten students. This year, all Senior Kindergarten students will begin school on Thursday, September 6, 2018. This is a change from our previous practice of Senior Kindergarten students beginning on the first Monday of the second week in September.

Transportation arrangements will continue to be available as per our past practice and will begin on the new start date of September 6, 2018.

Back to School Learning Technology Drop-In & Exhibition(Posted:6/7/2018)

Involving parents in their children’s progress in the classroom has long been shown to significantly increase student outcomes. With parent engagement top of mind, we invite parents and their children in grades 4-8 to participate in our Back To School Learning Technologies Drop-In Session, August 27, 2018. Experience the ‘hands on’ ways parents can help their child succeed in the classroom, by using technology at home to enhance and support student learning. Register today!