Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can appear alone or in any combination and not necessarily in the order listed above.
Students who stay for lunch
Students who stay for lunch are to remain in their designated lunch classroom, display good manners and cooperate with teachers. If a student fails to do so, the privilege of staying at school for lunch may be withdrawn.
Students are urged to bring a 'litter-less, boomerang lunch' and snacks. A litter-less lunch means there is no throw away materials at the end of lunch and in cases where disposable packaging is unavoidable, litter comes right back home in that student's lunch bag.
Nut and Scent Alert
Several of our students, if exposed internally or externally to food containing nuts or peanuts, could get very sick or die. This allergy is not something our school regards lightly. To ensure the safety of these students, we ask that you do NOT send any food containing nut products to school with your child.
We are also a scent-free school; please respect our fragrance-free policy to provide a healthy environment for all members of the school community.
Your child's school lunches and snacks are a major source of the essential vitamins and minerals they need to grow and develop over the years. The foods you pack for your child will give them the energy and nutrients they need to learn and play at school. Without enough energy from food, they may feel tired and find it difficult to concentrate in class. Just like adults, if tasty healthy foods are not available when your child is hungry, the chances that he or she will reach for unhealthy junk food is greater.
Cold Weather & Outside Activities
During the cold weather months, parents are often concerned about their child's health and well-being while playing outside. It is our school policy to consider the temperature outside and the wind chill factor to assess current conditions. As a school, we also rely on staff members who are outside with the children to make the final call. As the weather dictates, the outside time period is modified. We try to give our students some outside time to run off energy and to have a break because it helps them focus better in class! An extra set of clothes to be kept at school is highly recommended.
Learning Skills and Work Habits are on the front page of the Progress Report to communicate the importance of these skills as being central to student progress. The comments on Learning Skills address the student's strengths and next steps for improvement where appropriate. Please review Learning Skill successes and areas for improvement at home.
The Ministry of Education requires all School Boards in the Province of Ontario to provide a fall checklist Progress Report. Changes to DDSB reporting practices align with the Ministry of Education’s document:
The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession are:
Eating healthy meals and snacks can help children to:
When packing healthy lunches and snacks, be sure to:
It is important to remember that some products which claim to be 'scent free' may have only masked the scent by use of an additional chemical. We remind all visitors, students, and staff to limit their use of products with heavy scents.
The Durham District School Board recognizes that although concussions and head injuries may occur outside the purview of the District School Board, the return to play decisions for the students are to be guided by Board policy. Any student suspected of, or diagnosed with a concussion or head injury, will be given appropriate time to heal prior to returning to physical or cognitive activities. It is the practice of our school that:
Our school recognizes our parent volunteers and want them to keep returning to help in the classrooms. Students value parent contributions, no matter how small or how involved.
Our school's mission is to create an educational environment in which students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and see that the academic, social, and developmental needs of each student are met. We are looking for volunteers to help us with these goals.
We recognize that a parent's time is at a premium, but we hope this invitation will empower you to come in and volunteer. Please feel free to contact a teacher and provide them with a time to volunteer that is convenient for you. Before you start your volunteer experience, have a clear idea of what your personal boundaries are. Children ask adults a lot of personal questions in an attempt to bond and learn. Because children are developing social skills, they are still learning the difference between appropriate and inappropriate questions. If a child asks a question that you don’t want to answer, let him/her know in a polite way. Refer concerns to the staff.
Here are some ways you can help in your child’s classroom or school:
Brock Elementary School prides itself in our dedication to maintaining close-knit relations with our students’ parents. To further this relation, we have established a parent council that operates in tandem with our governing body to ensure that our institution runs smoothly. Members are nominated and elected by parents, with no influence in nominations by the school. The council offers advice and insights to the principal and school aimed at the betterment of important aspects such as the curriculum, school activities, and student life.
Parents who are interested in running for the parent council should follow these steps: