Welcome to the 2016-17
School Year at Allenby!
Only four more days of summer! I hope that everyone
enjoyed a relaxing yet fun-filled summer vacation and I look forward
to reconnecting with students and families over the next few weeks. The school
has been abuzz this week with teachers coming in to prepare their classrooms
for the upcoming year. It has been wonderful hearing and sharing the excitement
for the new school year and how they are already implementing our focus on 21st
century learning into their classroom set-up and curriculum planning.
I would like to share a
few items pertinent to the first day of school:
MEETING YOUR TEACHER ON
Teachers will be in the
yard beginning at 8:35am on the first day of school along with myself and our
new vice principal, Bev Purchase. Grade 1 to 6 classes will be grouped by grade
and there will be signs along the school yard fence to assist students to
finding their teacher. Kindergarten teachers will be in the kindergarten yard.
Additionally all teachers will be wearing name tags. Office staff and specialty
teachers will have master lists for any student who does not remember their
teacher's name. Parents are asked to say goodbye to their children in the yard
and the teachers will bring their classes into the building.
THE SCHOOL DAY
As mentioned in the
spring, the school bells will ring five minutes earlier this year allowing
students ten minutes to enter the building and get to their classrooms,
ensuring that the instructional day begins on time. For grade 1 to 6 students,
the morning bell will ring at 8:50 am. Lunch hour remains the same from
11:45 am to 12:50 pm and dismissal is at 3:35 pm.
For our FDK classes, the
morning entry will begin at 9:05. Lunch is the same time as our primary/junior
school and dismissal is at 3:20 pm. Last year I had many conversations with
kindergarten parents about accessing the kindergarten yard previous to 9:05
am understanding that there is a fifteen minute window between our bells
(something that we can not accommodate given that our kindergarten classes
do not have morning and afternoon recess). This year, after meeting with the
Allenby Daycare, please note that parents and children are welcome to access
the kindergarten yard at 8:50 am. Daycare students and staff will be in the
yard as well. Parents must remain with their children in the yard until 9:05 am
when the kindergarten teachers begin their supervision duty and will
"check students in."
packages will be sent home with students on the second day of school. A
few items I want to bring to your attention (although they are also
mentioned on the cover letter):
1. Please do not
send $6 payment for agendas. We are going to be a cashless school (online
payments for field trips, agendas, etc.) this year and we will collect payment
once the system is set up this Fall.
2. No longer will you
need to fill in all of your contact information…YEAH! This year you will
receive a copy of the information we have on file and will simply make
corrections, if needed. If everything is correct please mark a checkmark
and still return it to us.
3. All students
that we have on file (from registration) with medical concerns will receive
medical information form to be completed along with the information package. If
you do not receive one it means that we are not aware of the concern so please
call the office asap.
4. All of this information
we are collecting relates to the safety and well-being of your children so
please ensure this paperwork is returned by the deadline outlined. Thank
to another great year at Allenby…the best year yet!
Tracey O'Toole, Principal