We want to
make a difference!
Welcome to Ryerson Elementary School, a school community which
strives to provide a variety of educational programs, which assists
students in achieving their potential. Learning is the focus and
school staff utilize current research to inform and develop
classroom instruction that engages learners. We believe that all
students can master essential skills and teachers develop and
implement a diverse range of strategies to meet this goal. We
recognize that students need to work together cooperatively, respect
human diversity and appreciate democratic values. Preparing
students to become future global citizens is a role we take
play an integral role in our learning community. Active
participation, high standards, attendance, and good citizenship are
critical factors in school success. Parents are full partners in
this relationship that guides and encourages powerful learning. Our
school/home partnership is further supported by the Ryerson
Association of Parents and Teachers through numerous
initiatives which have additionally contributed to student success.
partners that are located in the school include; the Winnipeg
Boys and Girls Club (275-1756) which provides after
school programming for students ages 6-17; The Ryerson School Age
Centre (261-5882), who offer before, afternoon and after school
care, and the Ryerson Family Centre, which offers free programming
for children newborn to 5 years of age.
community use school, Ryerson is always a hub of activity.
Brownies, Guides and Scouts are several of the community groups
that use our facility. These partnerships further contribute to
Ryerson’s goal as a cornerstone in the community
It is the
intent of this handbook to provide information that will enable you
to be an effective participant in your child’s learning. We
encourage you to become acquainted with all aspects of our school
programming. Get to know us, become involved and contact us should
you have any questions or concerns.
Ryerson School is dedicated
to providing a safe and respectful learning environment which
promotes personal excellence in education.
We believe that…
We are a
community of learners and that learning is supported when parents
and the greater community are meaningfully involved in student’s
child should have the opportunity to learn and that it is our
responsibility to “actualize” each child’s growth potential.
should take responsibility for their learning, decisions and
should conduct themselves in ways that contribute to a safe
respectful, caring learning atmosphere.
participate in activities that develop important skills necessary
for their growth as lifelong learners and prepare them for the
challenges of the changing world.
well-developed mind, a passion to learn, and the ability to put
knowledge to work are the new keys to the future…
Pembina Trails Standard of Behaviour policy is based on the belief
that students must be taught the behaviours that promote a safe and
supportive school environment.
of this policy is to foster the social and emotional growth of
clear, agreed upon guidelines for student behaviour
Encouraging appropriate role modeling within the school community
a teaching/learning environment in which students are encouraged to
reflect on their behaviour and to learn from their mistakes
supportive intervention strategies for inappropriate behaviour.
policy students can expect to experience a school environment that
and foster learning
physically and emotionally safe
and celebrate individual differences
we have developed a school wide plan for behavior using effective
school research. Our goal is to increase positive school behaviors
and teach respect for self, others and property. Our expectations
revolve around four beliefs; cooperation, appreciation, respect and
This powerful word
guides the standard of behavior at our school.
identifies specific behaviours that are expected in specific areas
in the school and on the playground. These expectations are posted
and are taught in an explicit manner.
Students are expected to:
Demonstrate respect for the rights, roles and responsibilities of
other students and staff
Demonstrate respect for school property and the property of others
behaviour that avoids all forms of intimidation, harassment, racism,
role of discipline and restitution creates a balance that allows for
learning from mistakes, learning different behaviours and making
amends. Discipline is intended to restore safety, change the
inappropriate behaviour and promote the learning of self-control.
Staff and administration respond to inappropriate behaviours in a
variety of ways which include:
with those involved
that may involve students, staff, parents and/or Divisional
that may include counselling, mentoring or mediation
a “cooling off” period
amends either monetarily or through school-based community service
Development and implementation of a behavioural or performance
Suspension: in-school or out-of-school
for the remainder of the school year
involvement of school administration, Superintendent and Board if
Manitoba provincial curricula provide the basis for instruction.
Four foundation skills – literacy and communication, problem
solving, human relations and technology are stressed. The Ryerson
classroom offers an innovative and enriching environment that
assists students in meeting grade level outcomes.
Pembina Trails School Division’s enrichment model is an integral
part of Ryerson Schools’ overall academic programming. The model
consists of three types of enrichment which engage the learner in
activities that range from general to advance levels of involvement.
activities are part of regular classroom instruction. The
enrichment teacher collaboratively plans with the classroom teacher
to design this learning in all curricula areas. Opportunities exist
for students to be part of small group learning as well as clubs,
co-curricular events and student-initiated projects.
the school library program is integrated into the instructional
program. This integration is fundamental to the resource-based
learning model. Students learn information, literacy skills and
research skills through projects planned jointly by the librarian
and classroom teachers.
library provides a bank of computers at the research station
(internet access/CD), books, encyclopedias, and magazines under the
teacher-librarian’s guidance. Literature appreciation is promoted
through story time and book talks to develop life-long readers.
are encouraged to use the library frequently; many good books and
magazines are available. A team of students are regular library
assistants. Adult volunteers are always needed and appreciated.
of the physical education program is to provide daily opportunities
for all students to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge
needed to participate in an active healthy lifestyle.
noon-hour intramural program is available for students in Grades
4-6. Emphasis is placed on participation and sportsmanship.
activities such as cross-country running, volleyball, basketball,
skipping, dance and marathon training are available to students.
Inter-school activities are available to students in Grades 4-6.
They participate in divisional volleyball and basketball
tournaments, and cross-country running. Students are also chosen to
participate in indoor track events such as the Boeing, Cargill and
Select Athletes Games.
program offers a wide range of musical experiences for all children
from Kindergarten to Grade Six. It provides the opportunity for all
students to learn the basic elements of music: rhythm, melody,
harmony, form, and tone colour through a carefully planned sequence
of skills involving singing, playing, reading, improvising,
listening, writing, and moving. The emphasis is on learning by
doing. Participation in group activities such as choir, Orff, and
recorder provides enjoyment as well as an opportunity to further
explore areas in music.
French instruction is provided to students in Grades 4-6. It uses a
communicative approach utilizing themes that are appropriate to
students’ age and interest. The program is enhanced by the uses of
songs, games and computer software.
resource team offers support to students, parents and classroom
teachers. This assistance takes the form of both direct and
indirect service and works to provide appropriate programming which
addresses individual abilities in each classroom. Direct service
may be provided in the classroom or in the resource room. Indirect
service is provided through consultation and collaboration with the
classroom teacher and the principal.
Recovery is an early intervention program for six year old students
in Grade One. It provides the extra support that some students need
in learning to read and write during that critical acquisition
stage. At the beginning of the school year, children are selected
for Reading Recovery using classroom teachers’ judgment and results
from observation survey. To help link the acquisition between home
and school, your child will be guided in selecting books to bring
services of a guidance counselor are available to all students at
Ryerson School. The counseling program is designed to assist
students with a wide variety of personal and educational concerns.
Through personal or group counseling, students are assisted with
finding the possible solutions to their concerns as well as learning
to make good decisions. The Counsellor works closely with parents,
guardians and teachers. In addition, referrals are coordinated to
school and community agencies.
assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning which
provides students and parents with information about progress in
relation to learning outcomes. Classroom assessment and grading
practices have the potential not only to measure and report learning
but also to promote it. Ongoing assessments and well developed
strategies enhance academic success and create positive learning
focuses on learning processes and how students are developing. They
provide specific feedback for the purpose of improving learning.
They include teacher observations, performance assessments, group
activities and projects, oral and written presentations and learning
logs. Assessment information is used to inform classroom
instruction and programming for students.
throughout the year. The assessments summarize what students have
learned at the conclusion of an instructional unit. The results are
usually evaluative and are shared in the form of a grade or
complete the provincial Beginning Grade 3 Assessment in Reading
and Numeracy. This assessment is part of regular classroom
practice and is incorporated into student learning activities.
Teachers will be reporting on children’s individual performance in
specific competencies in reading and math.
are sent home three times a year - December, March and June. Their
aim is to provide parents and guardians with clear comprehensive
information about their child’s progress. The original of the
report is sent home with the understanding that the last page is to
be signed and returned to the school. Parents may keep the entire
twice a year in November and March.
and reporting procedures differ within the K-6 grade levels. At the
Early Years level, there is less emphasis on formal testing. For
Middle Years students, a term mark will be given for each subject
and guardians need not wait for formal opportunities to discuss
student progress. Good communication is always crucial. Please
contact your child’s teacher anytime you have questions or concerns.
Parents are also encouraged to e-mail, phone or use the student
assessment project designed to enhance the beginning of the year and
to provide teachers with authentic information about each child.
During the month of September, Grade 1 to 6 students meet
individually with their classroom teacher and participate in one on
one assessment activities in Language Arts and Math that provide
information about their learning. There are no regularly
schedule classes on these days and students attend school at a pre-
arranged appointment time.
Strong Beginnings, teachers learn about:
interests, talents and out of school activities and accomplishments
confidence as a learner
strategies that students use, ie. how they “think” about a task and
the length of time to process information, begin and finish the task
and writing skills
approach to problem solving and mathematical skills
Information gathered through Strong Beginnings assessment is used
teachers’ instructional planning
communicate with parents regarding their child’s progress
curriculum implementation in the Pembina Trails School Division
Association of Parents and Teachers
in Student Learning
RAPT is a
team of school parents who work in cooperation with school staff,
parents, and the Pembina Trails School Division. Members
participate in many school initiatives and events as well as raising
funds which are used to enhance student learning activities. This
involvement has included:
Teacher Appreciation Events
addition, association members work toward enhancing adult learning
on subjects relevant to education and parenting.
or guardian with a child/children attending Ryerson School are
automatically consider to be a member.
Co-Presidents Dan & Suzanne
Vice-President for Volunteers
President for Volunteering
Secretary Kim Shaw
Program Sheila Baziuk
Newsletter Jo Stuchbery
Appreciation James Slade
Program Trent & Kelly
Parent/Safe School Rep Lori Wozny
meetings occur monthly on the third Monday of each month. General
meetings occur three times a year – October, April and June. The
Parent Association shares information via the monthly school
Ryerson students stay for lunch on a regular basis. To meet this
need, the Ryerson Parent Association organizes and administers a
user-pay lunch program.
of the program is $25.00 per student per month. Each additional
child in the family is $20.00 per month. If your child stays only
four (4) days per week, the cost is $20.00 per month. Please check
off on the registration form if you wish to receive a tax receipt.
Ten postdated cheques are to be sent with the lunch registration.
tickets can be purchased for $13.50. Once a sheet of 10 tickets has
been used, a new one will be sent home with your child so that more
tickets may be purchased.
by cash for the lunch program fees are due and payable the first day
of each month.
covers supervision only. Children are required to bring their own
lunch and eating utensils. Milk is available to those families who
wish to purchase it.
eat lunch in the gym with supervision provided by adult supervisors
at a ratio of two adults per classroom as a guideline.
child is staying for lunch on a casual basis or if your full time
child will not be in attendance at the lunch program on certain
days, please call the school office and leave a message on the
machine or before 10:00 A.M. that morning.
will be available with the following schedule:
Grade 1 &
2 – Monday
Grade 3 –
Grade 4 –
Grade 5 –
Grade 6 -
are expected to follow the Behaviour Expectations. Students who opt
to be part of this program must stay on school grounds during the
lunch hour. If there is a behaviour problem, on the first incident
a letter will be sent home stating what occurred. This letter must
be signed and returned the next day to the lunch program
supervisor. If a second incident occurs, the student will be
suspended for two days from the lunch program. A third incident
will result in an expulsion from the program.
Ourselves and Others
Use good table manners
Show respect to all adults
Clean up eating area
are sent home with the school information package at the beginning
of the year or can be obtained from either the school office or the
are important in society so that people can function in an
acceptable manner. At school, procedures allow a wide variety of
activities to take place, often simultaneously, with a minimum of
confusion and wasted time thus keeping the focus on learning.
Classes Follow a 6 Day
Arrival and Entry
arriving at school, students are to remain on the school grounds in
the playground area that is closest to their entry doors. Student
entry is supervised by teachers at
and 12:50 P.M.
The front door, as well as the parking lot entry will remain open
throughout the day. The Kindergarten asa well as the Grade 3 and 4
doors will be locked. Teachers meet children at bell times.
Students should enter the school quickly and remove their outdoor
shoes. Students should not enter the school before the bell.
Exceptions to this may occur when the weather is inclement or when
students are attending early morning intramural activities.
Pick Up and Drop Off:
Patrols will assist children to cross at the designated
intersections near the school. All Kindergarten to Grade Six
students are expected to courteously use the service of the patrols.
drive you child to school, please choose drop off points that allow
the patrol intersections to remain clear. This will ensure
visibility for the patrols and prevent one vehicle from passing
another in an unsafe manner.
Ryerson Avenue is one way going south to allow a smooth flow of
traffic and ease of drop off of students for morning and afternoon
entry and exit. Please do not make U turns in driveways. Please
respect the No Parking drop off zones – pull up to the curb – do
not double park. It is dangerous for students to walk between
cars and for other vehicles to pass by after students are dropped
off. Please do not use the Staff Parking lot – the school bus needs
a large turning area.
supervision begins 8:40 A.M. for morning classes and 12:40 P.M. for
afternoon classes. Students should not arrive at school prior to
who are in need of assistance, should see the staff supervisor, if
unable to see supervisor they should come directly to the office
using the parking lot entrance doors.
Call Back and Illness
Parents/guardians are asked to notify the school of a child’s
absence. Messages may be left on the school’s answering machine.
Please identify student, grade, room number and when the students
will be absent A.M., P.M. or both. If a student is absent and the
parent or guardian has not called, the school will contact the
parent/guardian to check on the child’s whereabouts.
student becomes ill at school he/she will be sent to the office. The
office staff will contact the home or an emergency contact and
arrangements will be made to send the child home. If no contact can
be made, the child will remain at school. If the situation is
serious and contact cannot be made with the parents or the
emergency, emergency procedures outlined in the registration form
will be followed. If a student is too ill to go outdoors for
recess, it would be best if he/she remained at home.
who are leaving the school grounds may not leave the building
without a written note or phone call from the parent.
visitors to the school are expected to report to the office, sign in
and obtain an ID tag.
Protocol for the
Administration of Medication
It is the
policy of the Pembina Trails School Division that medication should
be dispensed to students before or after school by parents or
guardians. However, the Board recognizes that many students
attending school require medication for the management of chronic
disabilities and illnesses. There are, as well, rare occasions when
emergency procedures are required in life-threatening situations,
e.g. acute allergic reaction, asthmatic attacks, seizures, insect
bites, etc. All trained divisional personnel who are assigned to
administer medication to students must follow divisional safety and
protection guidelines. In order for prescribed medication to be
administered in school (i.e. school administration or self
administration), parents/guardians must comply with the procedures
outlined in this policy.
parents/guardians to comply with the procedures outlined in the
policy will result in the refusal by divisional staff to administer
medication or the student being requested to remain at home.
Parents will provide the school with a signed authorization
from the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist authorizing the
school to administer medication
Parents will provide the school with a signed authorization
from themselves authorizing the school to administer medication
and Storage of Medication
Medications must be delivered to the school by the
parent/guardian in the original pharmacy labeled container which
medication and dose
x route of administration
the pharmacy & date prescription was filled
Narcotic medications (e.g. Ritalin, Demerol, Morphine, etc.)
shall be stored in a locked location and administered by the
Principal or his/her delegate.
Medication that is required urgently shall not be stored in a
locked location (ex. Bronchial aerosols, Epi-pens urgently required
Unified Referral and Intake System (URIS), a partnership between the
Provincial Departments of Family Services, Education, Citizenship
and Youth, and Health supports community programs in the care of
children with special health care needs when they are apart from
provides policy direction and assistance to address the medical
needs of children to provide child specific training to personnel in
the school, ie. teachers, teaching assistants, office and custodial
staff. Please note on your child’s registration form if the school
needs to make application for a personal health plan for your child.
Anaphylaxis is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to
specific foods or insect bites and can result in death within
minutes. The allergic reaction can be sudden, violent, frightening,
severe and potentially life threatening. Eight foods cause the
majority of reactions: peanuts and peanut oil products, nuts, eggs,
fish, shellfish, milk, wheat and soy.
to a tiny amount of the allergen could be potentially serious and
life threatening. Everyone at the school can play a role in
preventing a dangerous situation at the school. The parents of
students with severe allergies have notified the school and outlined
procedures for staff to follow and have provide one or more epi-pens
in case of an emergency. If an emergency response is warranted, the
epi-pen is administered, 911 is called for an ambulance, parent and
hospital are called the student goes for medical treatment
addition to knowing how to respond in an emergency, parents and
staff also need to be proactive in the following avoidance
peanuts and peanut products in the school; please check the list of
ingredients in items sent to school
lunchroom and eating areas clean
students in proper handwashing both before and after eating
students not to trade food or share lunches
carefully food coming in for special celebrations.
and Emergencies Procedures
should inform a teacher or come to the office when injured. Our
staff will attend to minor injuries such as a scrapes, bruises or
cuts. Should a child receive a more serious injury, parents will be
contacted and procedures as outlined on the registration form will
All students are to have a pair of indoor shoes at school and are to
change after entering and before leaving the building. These shoes
may be the runners required for gym class. This procedure will help
us ensure that dust, mud, and wet shoes are limited to a small entry
area, leaving classroom work spaces clean for students learning
unacceptable for sanitary and safety reasons. Students are expected
to have an indoor pair of shoes available at all times.
soled or wheelies
not to be worn
in the school
T-shirts with inappropriate or offensive language or designs
depicting drugs, alcohol, gang or sexual related themes will not be
permitted. Beach wear, short shorts, and spaghetti straps or halter
tops should not be worn to school. There should be no midriffs or
underwear showing. Children will be asked to change the clothing or
remove the offensive item.
Before School and
Noon Hour Activities
supervised activities coached or facilitated by staff and/or
volunteers are offered throughout the school year. These include
cross country, marathon, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball,
choir, Orff, recorder, French club, sketch club, etc. Ongoing
information about these activities is provided to students
throughout the year.
must remain on the playground and within the identified boundaries.
expectations within the school also apply to the playground.
Students will cooperate with and respect the persons on duty.
Students will practice good citizenship behaviour on the
playground (i.e. no teasing, snowball throwing, etc.).
Students are expected to treat other children as they would
like to be treated. No child enjoys being hit, needlessly harassed
Play areas include the large playing fields, the creative
playground and blacktop areas.
community rinks, fences and building
areas at the front of the school
on the way to and from school
sidewalks on the outside perimeter of the school grounds.
Students are to stay on the playground. Parental permission is
required before any child can leave the building or playground.
Students are expected to go outside at recess. They can come inside
in cases of emergency. At the bell all play activity ceases.
has an Emergency Preparedness Program for emergencies that may arise
during the school day. Each school year drills must be held to
familiarize and reinforce proper evacuation procedures. Students
are expected to exit quickly and quietly.
Bus Safety and
field trips buses are considered extensions of the classroom.
Expectations for behaviour and safety while riding the bus while on
field trips or extra-curricular events are the same as those of the
classroom and playground. Students are under the supervision of the
bus driver and/or the accompanying teacher. The Principal will
monitor student rider ship. Emergency evacuation procedures will be
rehearsed twice yearly.
should come prepared and appropriately dressed to go outside or
remain outside at all times. Emergency exits could be necessary at
any time. For days when it is too wet or cold to go outside, duty
staff will supervise children indoors or the children
come inside to wait on the mat until the bell goes. When the
wind-chill is -27 or 1800, students will remain indoors during
recess and lunch time. Wind-chill will be closely monitored during
to close the school due to severe snowstorms or other emergencies
will be made by the Superintendent or the Chairperson of the Board.
Radio stations will be called and will announce school closures.
Once the school is in session, it will remain open until parents or
guardians can collect students.
Lost and Found
are placed in the Lost and Found boxes, which are located in the
open areas near the entry doors and below the showcase in the main
hallway. Students and parents may check for missing items. Any
items not claimed before Christmas Break, Spring Break and the last
week of June will be given to a charitable organization. Please
label the inside of garments and footwear and other
personal belongings with the student’s name. Students are
discouraged from bringing valuables or money to school at all times.
should not be brought to school unless they are part of a school
project. Staff cannot be held accountable in the event the toys are
lost or stolen. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen
phones and music listening devices are not to be used during school
hours. Digital cameras and laser pointers are not to be at school.
These items will be left in the care of the Principal until the end
of the school day.
Blades, Scooters and Skateboards
bike racks are provided; students bring their bikes at their own
risk. All bicycles should be locked to discourage theft. Bikes,
skateboards, roller blades or wheelies are not to be used on the
playground during recess or lunch hour.
and Library Books
and library book are issued to students with the understanding that
students will be responsible for their care. Loss or excessive
damage will result in a charge to the student.
will be regularly scheduled. Please note the dates published in the
school newsletter. Parents, guardians and community members are
welcome to attend.
ongoing communication helps develop and maintain relationships and
fosters new learning. Parents/guardians are encouraged to begin
with the classroom teacher when concerns arise. Should further
discussion be required parents/guardians should contact the school
administration. Communication with parents includes:
school newsletter which is sent home with the youngest child of each
of each family. Information includes a schedule of events,
notification of up coming special events, highlights of school and
Information can be found on our website at
can contact staff through a phone call to the school, by leaving a
message or by e-mail. Return calls or made at the end of the day.
are an integral part of a learning community. They assist students
and teachers and strengthen the link between the school and the
are asked to sign in at the office and pick up a volunteer tag. Tags
are returned to the front office at the end of the volunteer
ensure that you are wearing the volunteer tag at all times while in
the school. This helps create a safe and orderly learning
environment for students and assist us should an emergency arise.
judicious abut what you see, hear and say while working in our
school. Keep information confidential
Value of One the Power of
What’s the Word
about Ryerson School …
A Strong Sense of