February 1, 2018

“You will never have a completely bad day if you show kindness at least once.” – Greg Henry Quinn

It’s hard to believe that January is already over, but the days are getting longer, and the groundhog will soon tell us how much more winter we can expect!  We continue to focus on our Learning Goals and Success Criteria as first term wraps up and we look ahead to term 2.
Grade 1-8 Report Cards and Kindergarten Communications of Learning will be sent home with all students on February 21.  Reports reflect student achievement of Provincial Standards in all academic areas, as well as learning skills and work habits.  The Kindergarten Communication of Learning outlines student growth and next steps for learning in the Four Frames of Learning, as outlined in the new Kindergarten Curriculum.  Reporting time is a great opportunity to celebrate our students’ successes, and to set goals for the rest of the year.  If you have any questions about your child’s Report Card, please contact their teacher. 
We look forward to many special events throughout February.  We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Feb. 12, and then Valentine’s Day on the 14th.  We have two Spirit Days this month, and we will cheer along with Canada as our  Olympic athletes compete in Pyongchang.  Stay tuned for more information about our own special Rideau Olympics event!  Thanks to our School Council, we will be starting a kindergarten book club this month – more info later in this newsletter.
As we move through February we will continue to focus on character development, specifically on perseverance and kindness, as we teach our students the value of ‘productive struggle’ and the importance of always being nice to everyone we encounter.  
We welcome all feedback; please share any concerns or questions you might have – simply phone us at 546-5901 or send us an email at ridea@limestone.on.ca.  Please follow us on Twitter @RideauPS_LDSB, and check out our website http://rideaupublicschool.limestone.on.ca