Parents

Student Medication

CCRCE policy prohibits staff from providing students with medication unless a parent/guardian completes the proper authorization form. (click here to download)

Playground Supervisors

Children are supervised before school and at lunchtime by playground supervisors. These supervisors, with support from staff and administration, deal with accidents/problems that may arise while children are at play.

Student Arrival

Curbside stopping of cars at the main entrance to the school is only for students of special needs or students with crutches. Please keep in mind, there are buses, including two with a wheelchair lift, that use this area. Students should not be dropped off at the school before 8:00am as they will be unsupervised.

Proper Dress for School

Children are expected to arrive at school appropriately dressed. This means that students dress according to weather conditions, unless it is raining or it is extremely cold, children are expected to go outdoors at recess and noon hour. Also, children are to wear clothing that is free of offensive words, slogans, or graphics and must not promote alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products. Muscle shirts, undershirts, backless tops, belly shirts revealing the mid riff and strapless low cut halter tops, short-shorts, and short skirts are not considered appropriate. If students wear low-rise pants, undergarments are not to be visible.

Outside clothing, such as coats, jackets, gloves, sunglasses are not to be worn in class. As a courtesy, we ask that head coverings, except those worn under special circumstances, be removed as students enter the building.
Children must change their footwear after entering the building. Inside shoes should have non-marking soles and be suitable for Physical Education activities

Homework

Homework is a very important part of your child's academic development. Educational consultants recommend that the amount of time children should study every weekday should be approximately ten minutes times their grade level (Grade 2 - 20 minutes, Grade 6 - 60 minutes). Children should spend this time assigned each day studying, even if no homework has been assigned that day. If the school does not send homework, we would encourage parents to use the set block of time to:

  • Watch and discuss a television show
  • Discuss the evening news
  • Read together
  • Talk together
  • Play a game or engage in some other cooperative project
  • Build something together

Parents should contact their child's teacher if there is a concern regarding homework (too much or the work is too hard). Homework should:

  • Be the natural outcome of a child's experience or activities which aid in developing independent study habits
  • Help a child gain mastery of material or a skill
  • To complete unfinished class work

When Students are Ill

Please do not send students to school if they are ill. We have neither the facilities nor the personnel to care for sick children. If students become ill, the school will be calling home/contact and arrangements should be made to pick the student up as soon as possible.

Safe Arrival Program

Dear Baillie Bear families,

One of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all students arrive safely at school each day.

A.G Baillie Memorial Elementary will be using a new student attendance system that will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences.

Starting Monday, October 31st, 2022, please report absences in advance using SafeArrival instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school.  As of October 31st, 2022, staff will be using the SafeArrival notifications to let you know if your student is absent (when you haven’t reported the absence in advance). 

If you have children attending other schools, please continue to report absences using the existing procedures for those schools until they share, they are also moving to SafeArrival.

WHAT IS SAFE ARRIVAL?
Safe Arrival is a phone app that allows parents and guardians to notify the school in advance about an upcoming absence or rapidly respond to excuse an absence after the fact. In both situations, parents can send attendance alerts to schools for all of their children and provide a reason for each absence – all in one simple communication.

USING SAFE ARRIVAL

With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these 3 convenient methods:

  1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links go.schoolmessenger.ca). The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
  2. Use the SafeArrival website, go.schoolmessenger.ca. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
  3. Call the toll-free number [1-833-578-0533] to report an absence using the automated phone system.

These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.  Future absences can be reported at any time.

ATTENDANCE NOTIFICATIONS

The automated notification system will contact parents whose child is absent when the absence was not reported in advance. Families will receive a notice 30 minutes after the start of the school day.

The automated notification system will attempt to contact parents at multiple contact points until a reason is submitted for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, office staff will follow up.

If you report your child’s absence in advance using the SafeArrival toll-free number, website or mobile app, you will NOT receive these notifications.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.

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Custody Orders

If you have a legal custody order limiting access to a child by one of his/her parents, or another person, please provide a copy to the school.

Meals

If your child is bringing a lunch to school each day, please ensure that it is both nutritious and large enough to suit your child's needs during a long school day. Students may purchase a snack and/or lunch from the cafeteria. We ask, for safety reasons, not to send glass containers with your child, and, if a child who normally goes home for lunch wishes to stay, please contact the school in advance.

Lost and Found

The school accepts no responsibility for lost and/or damaged articles.

Lost and Found containers are located in the various classrooms and in the office area. Parents and students are encouraged to check these containers if items are missing. You are also encouraged to label all items of clothing. If something is labeled, it is returned to the owner.

Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices is prohibited on school property, unless authorized by staff. This means the use of any electronic device such as a camera, cell phone, personal entertainment device, game, etc. is prohibited anywhere in the school, or on school property, at any time during the school day.

The BEST Program

The school follows the principles of the BEST program. These are outlined in a letter sent home with students in the fall. Basically, the school informs parents/guardians each day via the student agenda regarding the behaviour of students. A "bear" stamp indicates that the student has followed the rules. A "letter" indicates the student has not met the expectations regarding the rule that corresponds to the letter received. The six rules or expectations are outlined on our school's behaviour matrix sheet. The school rewards positive behaviour each Friday with participation in Friday Fun and with a monthly reward.

R - respect for self and others
Q - work quietly
M - use materials appropriately
F - follow directions
S - stay in your seat or area
T - take turns

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