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Schedule and Activities



School Hours

8:40  first bell; pupils line up
8:45   second bell; classes begin
10:15-10:35 morning recess
11:45-12:20 primary lunch
12:05-12:55 intermediate lunch
3:00 afternoon classes end

   

Parents are requested not to call teachers and students during class time except in case of emergency. Please limit those phone calls to: before 8:40 a.m., 10:15 - 10:30 a.m., 12:00-12:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and thereafter.

During rain or extremely cold weather, pupils are allowed to come into the building as soon as they arrive at the school, but are expected to stay in their own classrooms.
 

Entrance and Exit

  • Upon the first bell pupils are to line up immediately at their own classroom doors, and, upon the second bell they must be seated in the classroom seats.
  • Upon entering pupils must remove their boots and/or shoes and place these neatly at the back of the room. It is advised that pupils wear indoor shoes or slippers.
  • Pupils are to leave the school building directly after dismissal, unless they have permission to stay in.
  • Pupils must refrain from excessive noise in the halls; they can be punished accordingly at the teacher's discretion.
     

Some Student Conduct Policies

  • Pupils will wear clothing which is in tune with a Christian lifestyle. This is essentially the concern of the parents. However, if a pupil comes to school wearing clothes which we feel are imprudent, immoral, or unhealthful, the principal will contact the home in order to agree on clothes that are more suitable to the school environment.
  • Pupils using the school bus are to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner according to the rules which have been set up. Some main points for bus passengers to keep in mind are:
    • keep bus clean from litter
    • nothing may be thrown out of the window
    • pupils must not extend any part of the body out of the window
    • emergency exits are to be used only in the event of an emergency
    • pupils must sit on their seats; walking is not allowed while the bus is moving.
    • excessive noise impairs a bus-driver.
     
  • While these rules are general, the bus-driver may have other rules/reminders for passengers to adhere to. Serious or repetitive cases of misbehaviour may result in the suspension of bus privilege.
    • Pupils are advised to have names or initials on all personal articles brought to school.
    • Garbage cans are set up outside. Littering is prohibited, be it in the school or on the schoolyard.
    • Pupils biking to school must park their bikes in the bicycle rack. Bicycle riding is a privilege which may be taken away if proper rules of safety and conduct are not maintained.
    It must be remembered that the purpose of discipline is "nurturing in the Lord" so that the child may aspire to self discipline. Pupils must be encouraged to accept responsibility for their words and actions. That also implies that a consistent pattern of expectations must be provided to which students can respond positively.

    Requirements for Pupils


    Perspective

    We believe that we have been created in the image of God, but that, through the fall into sin, we have lost all the excellent gifts. Yet we are accountable for our sins. But God, out of grace, has established His covenant with us through Christ's redemptive work. This applies to the pupils as well. We, as teachers must realize that they, too, are unique and prone to all manner of evil. Both teacher and pupil, acknowledging their sinful nature, may work together joyously in the knowledge that they are working for the coming of the Kingdom. Using the Bible as our guide, we may come to better understand our tasks and responsibilities as stewards of God's "garden". As we equip our pupils, we should also direct them in the use of that equipment.
    This implies that we have regard for the individual differences of the pupils to assist them in the acquisition of skills and knowledge required to enable them to function as children of the covenant in today's society. We must promote the willingness and understanding within the pupils so that they come to the independent and conscious use of their talents, skills and knowledge, to the honour and glory of God and to the benefit of their neighbours.
     

    Basic Requirements for Pupils

    A pupil shall;

    • be diligent in attempting to master such studies as are part of the program in which the pupil is enrolled,
    • exercise self- discipline,
    • accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent,
    • attend classes punctually and regularly,
    • be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers,
    • be clean in person and habits,
    • take such tests and examinations as are required by or under the Act or as may be directed by the Ministry; and
    • show respect for school property.
    A pupil may be excused by the principal from attendance at school temporarily at any time at the written request of a parent of the pupil.

    Every pupil is responsible for his or her conduct to the principal,

    • on the school premises
    • on out-of-school activities that are part of the school program
    It is the duty of a pupil to ensure that any canvassing is carried on only with the consent of the Board.
     
     

    Suspensions and Expulsions

    Suspensions refer to the student being excluded from attendance at school, usually for a period of three days. The decision to suspend is made by the principal after consultation with the teacher and parent concerned. Suspension does not excuse a pupil from homework or assignments given during the period of suspension.

    The principal may suspend a pupil because of:

  • conduct injurious to the standards of the school
  • conduct injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school
  • habitual neglect of duty
  • willful destruction of school property
  • use of profane or foul language
  • persistent truancy
  • persistent opposition to authority.


    Expulsion is the permanent dismissal of a student by the action of the School Board, upon recommendation of the principal and the Education Committee.
     

    Attendance

    In order to keep accurate records and to comply with provincial regulations, the following guidelines have been adopted.
    Excused absences include:

    • illness
    • death in immediate family
    • medical or dental appointment
    When students will not be attending school for the day(s), parents are requested to phone the school prior to absence, before 8:45 a.m., or, when possible, to phone or write a note the day before absence. If a pupil is absent and the school has not been notified, the school will call the parent(s) concerned regarding the whereabouts of the child. If telephone contact has been made, no note is required. However, if no telephone contact has been made, pupils who were absent from school must bring a note explaining their absence.

    Continual loss of school time through absence is a serious obstacle to academic progress. Parents are expected to encourage their children to attend school regularly and punctually.

    Throughout the year cases of sickness arise at school or at home and children need a day or so to regain proper health. Often children are sent to school with a note requesting that they stay in at recess and/or noon hour because they still have a cold or are not feeling all that well. If you feel that your child is not well enough to play outside, please keep him/her home for an extra day or two until he/she can participate in all school activities and will not pass his/her cold or flu on to anyone else. Generally speaking, if a child is well enough to go to school it is well enough to go outside for recesses. Children need periods of fresh air and movement to ensure that they will be able to learn effectively.

    Sometimes an injury or a sickness prohibits a pupil from participating in recess and/or physical education activities. If it is requested that a pupil be exempt from such activities for more than three days a medical certificate may be required.

    On occasion pupils riding the bus will need to embark or disembark at a different location for varying reasons. Such pupils should forward to the bus-driver a dated and signed note (by parent) indicating the different location of embarking or disembarking. This rule would also apply to those pupils not normally riding the bus but on occasion visit elsewhere. parents of these children must check with the bus driver if there is enough seating capacity to take in extra children.

    On occasion, and for varying reasons, a teacher may deem it necessary to keep a child after school. Reasons for detainment could vary:

    • disciplinary
    • extra-curricular
    In any case of detainment the parent must be contacted to be informed of later home-coming.

    Once a child is on the school property, it is not to leave the school property without permission from the teacher or a written note from the parent. This is simply a means of protecting your child.
     

     



    School Closings

    On occasion it may happen that there will be no school due to inclement weather, etc. A radio announcement can be heard on CKNW 980 and Praise 106.5 FM.  School closures are also posted on the school's website. When early dismissal is necessary, the school will ensure that someone is at home to receive the children. It is important that we have your telephone number, as well as an alternate number, that we can call should an emergency develop.  

    School Visitors

    Visits to the school are welcome. However, visitors are requested, as a matter of courtesy, to obtain permission from the principal prior to visiting.

    Change of Address

    To avoid confusion and facilitate proper administration parents are requested to inform the School immediately when their address and/or phone number has been changed.

     



    SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
     

    Christmas or Easter Program
    is performed alternately each year. The Christmas Program is usually performed on the last day before the Christmas vacation begins, the Easter Program on the last day before the Spring Break. These evening performances are held in the Langley Canadian Reformed Church.

    Fine Arts/Variety Night
    are held alternately each year in early Spring. Such nights display student talents in various categories and the school community is invited to view and enjoy these talents.

    Track and Field Days
    are scheduled, locally, for early June, at which time students compete against others in their own age groups. This is a one-day event and spectators are welcome to encourage the competitors. Refreshments and baked goods are provided and volunteers are usually needed to aid in the monitoring of these events.

    Intra and Inter-mural Sports
    Intra-mural sports refer to those team-sports activities performed "within our own walls". During the winter season teams are organized to compete against each other in sports. Such games could be played 3 or 4 days per week at the noon-hour recess.
    Inter-mural sports refers to those athletic activities "among other schools". For the past few years our grade 6 and 7 pupils have competed against other Christian Schools in Track and Field and sporting activities.

    Class Trips
    are scheduled for the grades 1 - 6 during the latter part of May or early June. Such trips may involve some distance driving and parents are requested to drop their children off at a pre-determined meeting-place. This is usually an all-day affair but still considered an instructional day as bus trips combine entertainment with education. Parental cooperation is vital if bus trips are to be successful. Notices are sent home well in advance of scheduled trips to inform parents of destination, purpose and requirements for trip. The grade 7 students travel to Victoria for a four day trip at the end of the school year.

    Field Trips
    On occasion a teacher may wish to take his/her pupils on a field trip to enrich their learning experience. The purpose of field trips is to relate the learning that takes place in school to places and things in the community. Some children learn more efficiently than others, but all children will learn more effectively when book learning is closely related to real experiences, such as are provided by field trips and by having people into the school to share experiences with the students. Some field trips may necessitate signed permission notices from parents. These notices may also request parents to inform the teacher of certain medical problems that child may have that should be watched when on the field trip. Supervision on field trips can be a problem because often it is expected to provide one adult supervisor for every 10 students. If you can volunteer your services to help with an excursion, we would appreciate it.

    Hot Dog Days/Soup Days
    Under the capable administration of the grade seven students school children may enjoy hot dog days / soup days once every other month. These are occasions for the 'senior' students to be of service to their school community and to raise funds for their year-end trip to Victoria.
     

    Graduation Night
    is usually scheduled on the evening of the last day of the school year. Graduation exercises are held in the same church building.
     

    Volunteers
    There are many school-related activities in which parent volunteers are essential. Such cooperation is known to have positive effect on the tone of the school. We appreciate the fine effort which many volunteers make. Some activities for which parents volunteers are required:

    1. Hot dog days/soup days;
    2. Bazaars;
    3. Dinners;
    4. Track and Field Day;
    5. Field Trips (supervision or driving);
    6. Fine Arts/Variety Nights.

     


    PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
     

    School Nurse

    The Central Fraser Valley Health Unit (Langley) provides us with the services of a school nurse. Via her services the Health Unit keeps a medical record on every student, does periodic checks on hearing, vision, and general physical condition. Immunization records are also kept. Parents must provide proof of immunization against six vaccine-preventable diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella (German Measles).

    Emergencies

    On occasion a child may get ill to such an extent that it would be better for him/her to be brought home. Sometimes it may happen that a child has an injury that needs immediate medical attention. In both cases, the school will notify the child's parents to pick the child up. If, however, it is impossible for the parents to pick up the child, the school will make every effort that the child receives the medical attention as soon possible.

    Child Abuse

    Family and Child Services Act, Section 7 requires teachers to report Child abuse cases to the Ministry of Family and Child Services. CCES has in place a policy and order of procedure as pertaining recognition of abuse, duty to report, and reporting procedures for teachers.

    Communicable Diseases

    Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. 1983 it is the principal's responsibility to report children suspected of having a communicable disease to the Health Nurse. If the Health Nurse is not available, the Principal should exclude the child from school and request the child's parents to the have child examined by the family medical doctor or the Health Unit personnel.
    Re-admission to school, ideally, should be by certificate of the family physician. For practical reasons this may not always be possible, in which case the principal will use his discretion.