Agendas are a very effective tool for communication and organization. All students are expected to use an agenda daily to help them accomplish their goals. Agendas will be available at TPC for a small fee.
THE PRINCE CHARLES SCHOOL
75 Graham Street West
Napanee ON K7R 2 J9
Telephone 613-354-2121 Fax 613-354-6664
To promote positive and productive citizenship in our students and to actively engage them as life-long learners
As a unified school, we envision a collaborative community of positive, responsible learners - students, parents and staff!
The programs offered at TPCS include English programming in grades JK to 8, French Immersion programming for children in grades JK to 8, and the Youth Access West Program. We are a proud and enthusiastic learning community.
This agenda belongs to:
Name Address Town Postal Code Phone
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The Prince Charles School
8:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
10:10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. to12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
12:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
At times it is necessary to pick up your child(ren) during the school day. Should the need arise, please write a note in this planner or contact the school by telephone to make the arrangements. Your child(ren) should be picked up at the office. The classroom teacher will send the chiId(ren) to the office at the appropriate time and you will meet him/her there. Please sign the drop off/pick up binder at the front office before you leave with your child(ren). Children should not be picked up at the classroom, nor from the yard. This procedure is followed to ensure the safety of your child(ren).
ATTENDANCE & SAFE ARRIVALS PROGRAM
Consistent attendance is conducive to student achievement and progress. If your child is going to be absent or late, please notify the school before 7:45 am. by leaving a message on the answering machine or speaking with school personnel. Please explain the reason for your child(ren)'s absence or lateness (i.e. sick, bereavement, etc.). If a student arrives late for class, he/she must sign into the Late Sign In binder at the office. Thank you.
BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS AND ROLLERBLADES
Students bring these items to school at their own risk. Bicycles should be locked in the area provided and must not be used during the day at school. The use of skateboards, scooters and rollerblades is not permitted on school property and these items must be stored in the student’s backpack BEFORE entering the school.
Bus transportation in the Limestone District School Board is a privilege. Students are expected to follow the expectations outlined in the bussing policy. In the event of misconduct on the bus, the student will receive a Bus Report and may lose bus riding privileges. Students are expected to ride on the shuttle bus and/or regular bus to which they have been assigned. Thank you for reviewing the Bus Safety Rules with your child.
In case of unsafe road conditions, please listen to local radio stations for announcements of bus cancellations or delays. Decisions about cancelling transportation services usually occur very early in the morning of a school day, and are based on the latest information about road conditions and weather forecasts. Please note, in the event of bus cancellations, schools will remain open unless stated otherwise.
If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not run in the afternoon. Any students who are driven to school on a bus cancellation day MUST be picked up at the end of the day from school.
Families may find bus cancellations by going to the Tri-Board Transportation website at http://www.triboard.on.ca and clicking on “bus cancellations”. A list of radio stations announcing cancellations due to inclement weather is also identified there.
TPCS DRESS CODE
Staff, students, and volunteers at TPCS are required to be neat, clean and well-groomed in overall appearance. This contributes to the positive scholarly tone of TPCS and is in keeping with the APPROPRIATE DRESS POLICY OF LDSB and the SAFE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE of the Ministry of Education and Training in the Province of Ontario. The dress code at TPCS was developed by the staff, students and School Council of The Prince Charles School and the Limestone District School Board. At TPCS this means all children should;
• wear appropriate clothing for the weather
• wear hemlines and shorts at least finger tip length, shoulder straps on tops at least 3 fingers wide, no low cut tops nor bare midriffs, no see through tops, no underwear showing
• wear appropriate clothing for physical education classes (A change of clothing in gr 4 -8)
• refrain from wearing hats or head coverings (including bandanas) inside the school building
• refrain from wearing clothing that depicts unlawful activities or violence
• refrain from wearing clothing depicting alcohol, cigarettes or drugs
• refrain from wearing clothing displaying content that is offensive to any individual or group
At TPCS we believe that communication between home and school is of paramount importance. Through the school newsletter What’s the Buzz? and classroom newsletters, we attempt to keep parents and guardians informed of school routines, activities and special events or achievements. Teachers may send information home about assignments or special activities and use this planner to keep you abreast of classroom work and homework. We encourage you to share information regarding your child’s health, attitude, successes and/or difficulties with the program. If you need any clarification or information about the classroom program, please call to make an appointment with your child's teacher. If after consultation, you are still concerned, you are invited to contact the Principal or Vice-Principal.
FIRE AND LOCKDOWN DRILLS
Fire and Lockdown drills are held throughout the year to prepare staff and students in the event of an actual emergency. During Fire drills pupils are expected to evacuate the school quickly and quietly under the supervision of the staff. It is important that the children wear their shoes at all times. Lockdown drills prepare students and staff for a possible threat within the building. All students and staff members are required to get quickly to a secure spot and remain silent until the drill has ended.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SPORTS AND CLUBS
A number of sports activities and other clubs are organized for the students throughout the school year both at lunch time and after school. Staff at the school volunteer their time to organize and run these activities. Student participation is voluntary but once participants are signed up, they are expected to remain in the activity or club until it is completed. You will be notified of activity or practice times. If you are interested in assisting with any of the school activities, please contact us at the main office 354-2121. Please Note: All students participating in any sports activity require the Athletic Students Permission and Insurance Form which can be obtained through the main office. Students will not be allowed to participate without proof of insurance.
For health and safety reasons, it is important that children wear shoes at all times. Students should wear their outdoor shoes during recess and their clean, indoor shoes while in class. A pair of indoor shoes should be left at school.
Your child's timetable includes periods for physical education each week. Students in grades 4 to 8 are required to change into proper gym attire (gym shorts or track pants, t-shirt and their clean indoor running shoes with white or non-marking soles). Platform running shoes, sock feet, and bare feet are not permitted for P.E. activities. Students in grades K to 3 are required to wear their clean indoor running shoes. Any exemptions from phys.ed. class require a signed note from the parent/guardian, or your family doctor if the condition is serious or chronic. Remember, the note can go in the agenda!!
Homework is an essential component of the learning process for your child at school and at home. The Limestone District School Board believes that homework is a planned and purposeful part of the total program, and is linked to the Ontario Curriculum learning expectations and learning skills, supporting the student’s achievement of provincial expectations in all subjects.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items of clothing and shoes/boots can be retrieved from a large bin in the Computer Lab. Smaller items such as glasses or jewelry are turned in at the office. Items from the bin are laid out in the main hall at Conference times and at the end of the school year for you to check. Items left at the end of each term are cleaned and shared with local agencies.
All bus students are expected to remain at school for lunch. Supervision is provided in the classrooms. If you take your child out for lunch, please sign him/her out at the Main Office. Students who have alternate arrangements for lunch must have their signed permission in their Agendas. Only grade 7 and 8 students may be given permission to leave school property at lunch. Students who leave the school property at lunch are expected to return for afternoon classes on time. Students who are continually late returning from lunch will lose the privilege of leaving school property at lunch time.
The policy of the Limestone District School Board states that permission forms must be completed before any medication can be administered at school. These forms are available from the Main Office. Any medication sent to school must be in a re-sealable container, child-proof and labeled with the child’s name, the name of the medication and the dosage.
PARKING AND PICK UP/DROP OFF
Parents and guests are asked to use the parking lot at the north end of TPCS, located on West Street or street parking. Please do not block local residents’ driveways! The circular drive at the front of the school is for bus use between 7:30 am and 8:30 am and 1:45 pm and 2:45 pm. Please do not park in the circle during these times. Children should be dropped off in the area closest to their assigned door.
RECESS & NUTRITION BREAKS
Nutrition Breaks are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m and 12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. following recess. Children are encouraged to bring and eat a nutritious snack at the mid-morning break. Recess breaks are from 9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Supervision on the yard is provided by paid yard supervisors, Teachers and Educational Assistants. Children are to be respectful, cooperative and courteous to all adults on the playground.
SCHOOL COUNCIL The TPCS School Council is an active group of parent/guardians who assist the students and staff in the school by providing advice and support in many matters. The Council will meet monthly for about 2 hours and you will receive information about this meeting in each school newsletter. Come out to support your Council. It benefits your child!
SCHOOL TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES
School trips and activities are planned by teachers and support staff throughout the school year to enhance or complement specific areas of study. Sometimes they are planned in celebration of work well done in a specific area of study. You will receive written notification of a class trip in advance and we will need written permission for your child to attend. Walking excursions in our community are sometimes undertaken, but do not require parental permission; however, teachers will notify parents.
There are 2 telephone lines at TPCS and they never seem to be enough!! When both lines are being used, your call is automatically defaulted to the answering machine. We are sorry that we cannot always answer the telephone, but that is because both lines are being used. Students are not permitted to make or receive telephone calls except in cases of emergency. Students must make arrangements for after school activities before they come to school and you should note these in your child's Agenda. Students who are requesting permission to go on a bus other than their own for any reason must have a note from the parent/guardian to both the office and the bus driver. The note must indicate the name of the bus driver and the civic number address of the drop-off point. This procedure is necessary for the care and safety of your
child. Transportation may not be available in some circumstances.
TEXTBOOK, LIBRARY BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Students are expected to use all textbooks, library books, team uniforms and supplies in an appropriate manner. Damage or loss will be offset by fines or replacement costs.
VALUABLES & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
Students should leave all electronic equipment/valuables at home. TPCS will not assume responsibility for such items as CD players, iPods, MP3 players, jewelry, electronic games, toys, etc. that are lost or stolen. We also recommend that cell phones remain at home. If, for safety reasons, your child brings a cell phone to school he/she is required to turn off the phone upon entering the building and not turn it on again until leaving the school at the end of the day. Failure to follow this direction will result in the student being asked to leave the cell phone at the main office for the remainder of the day.
For the care and safety or your child, all visitors must report to and sign in at the Main Office. Parents/guardians must also report to the office before meeting or picking up your child, so that you may sign out your child. In this way we can be assured that only authorized persons are picking up our students. Please do not go directly to your child’s classroom to wait for or pick up your child, or to deliver something. This is disruptive to the flow of learning. Please meet your child at their exit/dismissal door.
TPCS has a very active volunteer program. We welcome you into our school to help in classrooms, the library, on the yard, or through School Council. Contact your child's teacher or the Vice Principal if you are interested in assisting with any aspect of the school program. We appreciate our volunteers! All volunteers are required to obtain a CPIC (police check) through the local police department before they can be allowed to work with our students. This service is provided free when you take a Volunteer Letter with you which can be obtained from our main office. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for processing.
LDSB ADMINSTRATIVE PROCEDURE - 145, COMPUTER USE
The Limestone District School Board provides network resources to support research and education by its students and staff; therefore, use of the network must be consistent with educational objectives of the Board and limited to uses related to administration, education and research. For students in Grades 3 through 8, each student and parent/guardian must sign a Computer Use Agreement before being able to access the computer network system.
Stingers Have Character!
Principles of Good Character
Your character is defined by what you do, not just what you say or believe.
Every choice you make helps define the type of person you are choosing to be.
Good character requires doing the right thing, even when it is costly or
What you do matters, and one person can make a difference.
The payoff for having good character is that it makes you a better person,
and it makes our world a better place.
At TPCS we value, teach, and encourage students in the development of these positive qualities.
RESPECT: Showing high regard for authority, for other people, for self, for property; and understanding that all people have value as human beings.
RESPONSIBILITY: being dependable in carrying out obligations and duties and being accountable for your own actions.
KINDNESS: Being considerate, courteous, helpful, and understanding of others; showing care, compassion, friendship, and generosity.
INTEGRITY: Having the inner strength to be truthful, trustworthy, and honest in all things.
COURAGE: Having the determination to do the right thing even when others don't; having the strength to follow your conscience rather than the crowd.
PERSEVERANCE: Being persistent in the pursuit of worthy goals, exhibiting patience and having the fortitude to try again when confronted with delays, mistakes, or failures.
GOOD JUDGEMENT: Choosing worthy goals and setting proper priorities; thinking through the consequences of your actions; and basing decisions on good sense.
SELF-DISCIPLINE: Being in control of your words, actions, impulses, and desires and doing your best in all situations.
Character is how you live your life when nobody is looking.