May 3 Pro D – classes not in session
May 6 Grade 4&5 Biking Workshops
May 9 Grade 4&5 Biking Workshops
May 10 We Walk for Water
May 13-15 Grade 6&7 go camping
May 13-31 Tennis lessons in the gym (4 lessons for each class)
May 16 Theme Day: Crazy Hair Day
May 10 We Walk for Water
May 20 Victoria Day Holiday – Classes not in session
May 23 Earthquake Drill (students dismissed from field)
May 27 Pro D – Classes not in session
May 30 District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
We Walk for Water
On Friday, May 10th the Student Leadership Team will be holding a We Walk for Water event. This is to raise awareness and a positive change on global water issues. Classes will sign up to walk around our big field carrying water jugs. This is to give our students an idea of what children around the world have to do on a daily basis instead of going to school. Children in countries like India, cannot go to school because they need to fetch water for the family from a water source that is far from home (sometimes more than 10 km away) and most times the water source is contaminated.
We ask that students donate $1 on May 10th for our We Walk for Water event.
Water is a basic human right, yet more than 840 million people do not have a basic drinking water service. More than 260 million people, mostly young girls, have the daily task of collecting water from distant sources—time that could be spent in school or earning a livelihood. By cutting the time and distance to fetch water in half, girls’ school attendance increases by 12 percent. Poor sanitation and contaminated water can lead to diseases like cholera, hepatitis A and typhoid. But with access to clean water, families are able to send their girls to school, watch their crops flourish and improve their personal health
Every day women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water from the only sources available—distant and often polluted lakes, rivers or streams.
We will be having an Earthquake Drill on Thursday, May 23th at 1 pm. Children and all staff will evacuate the school and wait outside on the big field until a designate on the Emergency Contact Card comes to pick up your child. Parents will be able to pick up their children anytime after 1:30pm during the drill.
Teachers will be sending home the Emergency Contact Cards for parents to fill out or to edit this week. These cards will be placed in the classroom emergency backpack. If an emergency should happen while you are out of the neighbourhood, school staff will remain with your child(ren) for as long as necessary. Your child(ren) will only be released to you and to anyone that you designate on the Emergency Contact Card. It is best if the adults on the list live nearby and can walk to school to pick up your child in your absence. The purpose of this is both to reunite you as soon as possible, and to keep your child safe. When a person comes to pick up your child, they will have to identify themselves and your child will have to confirm their identity.
Prior to the drill we will be discussing with the students why we are practising and what is going to happen.These are the steps we will carry out:
- An “alarm” will sound over the P.A. system (a series of earthquake sounds)
- Students will be directed to get under a heavy object (desk, chair, table, etc.), crouch and protect their heads. Students will be directed to stay away from windows and glass.
- Once the “rumblings” have stopped, students will count to 60, and then evacuate the building (as they do in a fire drill) and assemble on the big field.
- Teachers will take roll call of their division and then drop students off into last name groupings on the field. However, our Kindergarten students will be grouped with their siblings and will remain with the Kindergarten teachers. Students will be wearing their Emergency Contact Cards around their necks (on a lanyard)
- At this point parents/guardians will arrive at the school to pick up their children. We will have parents line up and allow them into the field to pick up their children. For those parents who are waiting in line, we will also have teachers being “runners” taking down names and bringing children to the designated adult. Since children are organized into last name groupings, a parent has to go to one section to collect his/her children. The adult(s) in charge of the children will ask the adult to identify him/herself and then the check to see if the adult is listed on the child’s Emergency Contact card. The parent takes his/her child and hands the lanyard to the staff member in charge.
We had this Earthquake Drill last year and it ran smoothly. The important thing to remember is that we need to be patient. We are aware that in a real earthquake there are many factors and our plan may have to drastically change. The purpose of the drill is to have our students understand the basics of :
- drop, cover, hold
- staying with an adult during an emergency (it is safe)
- where to evacuate and how to stay together in a group
- to follow teacher directions until an adult picks them up.
Please arrange to have yourself (parent/guardian) or one of the adults on your child’s Emergency Contact Card be able to come and pick up your child(ren) between 1:30 – 2:25 pm. Just as in an emergency, teachers will remain with your child(ren) for as long as necessary.
Here a list of questions that parents had last year:
Questions and Answers:
- If the parent/guardian is NOT listed on the Emergency Contact Card, but comes to pick up their child, will the child be released to the parent? The answer is YES. The individuals listed on your the Emergency Contact Card should be the adults who would be able to come to the school and pick up your child. If the legal guardian is not listed on the Emergency Contact Card but comes to pick up his/her child, the school will allow the parent to take their child because the parent is listed as the legal guardian on the official contact information at the office.
- I have not arranged to have anyone pick up my child for the Earthquake Drill as my child usually walks home by himself at the end of the day. When will my child be allowed to go home if no one comes to pick him or her up? At 2:45 pm, we will conclude our Earthquake Drill. The students that are left on the field will go to their teachers (also on the field) and then head back to their classrooms. Teachers will then follow the regular dismissal procedure they have all year. So that means, the intermediate students will be dismissed from class and the primary students will follow the protocol teachers have set (K’s and 1’s are dismissed to an adult).
- Where do we go to pick up our child(ren) from the field? You will line up in the parent parking lot by Ms. Beale’s portable. Please remember this is a practise drill and that will require patience.
- The drill starts at 1 pm but we are to pick up the students at 1:30 pm? Yes that is correct. This is because if this were a real drill, we would need time to get the students safely on the field before we released them to adults. Moreover, it would take a minimum of 15-20 minutes for adults to get out of their homes safely and come to the school if there were a natural disaster like an earthquake.
If no one has come to pick your child by 2:45 pm, we will then call the parent/guardian first, and if we are unable to get a hold of the parent, we then go down the Emergency Card Contact list for pick up. If your child is picked up by a day care provider, we will release your child to the daycare at the 2:27 pm dismissal bell.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Chohan.