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I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend.  Here are the events for the coming week:

This Week:

Monday – Nov 11 ·        No School – Remembrance Day
Tuesday – Nov 12

·        Grade 5 Leadership Club meets at 7:30am in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom

·        PAC is selling Popcorn and Smencils at lunch today – $2.00/bag and $2.00/pencil

·        Subway Lunch today for those who ordered.

·        Lunch Program – Chicken burger w cracked wheat bun, red delicious apple, chocolate milk

·        Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

·        PAC Meeting – 6:30pm in the library

Wednesday – Nov 13

·        Lunch Program – Sweet & Sour meatballs, banana, milk

·        European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

·        Best Buddies at 12:10 in the library

·        Boys Handball Game at David Cameron – approx. 3:15ish

Thursday – Nov 14

·        Lunch Program – Bean and cheese quesadilla with salsa, fresh cut fruit salad, fruit juice

·        Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

·        Girls Handball Game at Crystal View – approx. 3:15ish

Friday – Nov 15

·        Lunch Program – Sloppy Joe with shredded cheese, golden delicious apple, milk

·        European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

Reminders:

Notice:

If you are coming into the school to visit your child’s classroom, please sign in at the office and get a visitor’s pass.  Thank you

Please make sure you have pre-arranged a meeting spot for after school pick-ups.  If your child does not find their pick-up person, it is our policy that the students come back into the building and check in at the office. The hot lunch program is available to everyone. *If you need financial assistance in order for your child/children to participate in this program, please contact the school regarding our payment options.
  Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447 ***Please refrain from dropping your children off at the front of the school.  Matson Road is the preferred drop off location. ***

 

 

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.  The weather was amazing, so hopefully you all got outside to do some exploring or playing in all those fallen leaves.  Here are the events for the week:

This Week:

Monday – Nov 4

·       Lunch Program – whole wheat pasta and beef bolognaise sauce; vanilla yogurt & granola; fruit juice

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

Tuesday – Nov 5

·       Grade 5 Leadership Club meets at 7:30am in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom

·       PAC is selling popcorn and smencils at lunch today – $2.00/bag and $2.00/pencil

·       Subway Lunch today for those who ordered.

·       Lunch Program – beef burger w cracked wheat bun, red delicious apple, chocolate milk

·       Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

·       Girls Handball Game at RK – approx. 3:15ish

Wednesday – Nov 6

·       PHOTO RETAKE DAY

·       Lunch Program – Hot Lunch – chicken nuggets, Caesar salad, milk

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

·       Best Buddies at 12:10 in the library

·       Planting tulip bulbs in the front of the school.

Thursday – Nov 7

·       Lunch Program – pepperoni & cheese WW calzone, golden delicious apple, fruit juice

·       Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

·       Boys Handball Game at RK – approx. 3:15ish

Friday – Nov 8

·       Remembrance Day Assembly – 10:45am

·       Lunch Program – pepperoni & cheese WW calzone, golden delicious apple, fruit juice

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to the parents who were involved in organizing and contributing to the Halloween Dance last week.  There were so many amazing costumes and treats.  This is a busy week so try to get those kiddos to bed on time so that they are their best selves at school and please limit the number of sugary treats in their lunches at school if possible.

This Week:

Monday – Oct 28

·       Lunch Program – Macaroni and Cheese, grapes, fruit juice

·       Div 9 and 10 (Ms. Grimwood and Ms. Walker) Field Trip to Goldstream Park

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

·       ArtsReach Workshops in the gym for Ms.Sidhu’s Class and Mr.Gates’ Class

·       Boys Handball Game at Wishart – approx. 3:15ish

Tuesday – Oct 29

·       Grade 5 Leadership Club meets at 7:30am in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom

·       Div 12 (Ms. Morris)  Field Trip to Goldstream Park

·       Health Hustle @ 10:45am

·       PAC is selling popcorn and Smencils at lunch today – $2.00/bag and $2.00/pencil

·       Subway Lunch today for those who ordered.

·       Lunch Program – Vegetarian Chili and cornbread; red delicious apple; chocolate milk

·       Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

·       RCMP Halloween Presentation – 1:00pm in the gym

Wednesday – Oct 30

·       Lunch Program – Meatball Sub and cracked wheat bun; banana; milk

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

·       Best Buddies at 12:10 in the library

·       Girls Handball Game at Savory – approx. 3:15ish

Thursday – Oct 31

·       Lunch Program – Southwest Chicken Whole Wheat burrito w/ salsa; vanilla yogurt and granola; fruit juice.

·       Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

Friday – Nov 1

·       Lunch Program – cheese perogies with sour cream; Caesar salad; milk

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

Reminders:

LOST & FOUND ITEMS

Please check out the items in the foyer.  Many, many hoodies and other attire has been left behind.

Please make sure you have pre-arranged a meeting spot for after school pick-ups.  If your child does not find their pick-up person, it is our policy that the students come back into the building and check in at the office. Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447
***Please refrain from dropping your children off at the front of the school.  Matson Road is the preferred drop off location.***

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving Day weekend.  The weather was beautiful.  See you all tomorrow.  Here are the events for the week.  Enjoy everyone!

This Week:

Monday – Oct 14 ·       Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  NO SCHOOL today.
Tuesday – Oct 15

·       Grade 5 Leadership Club meets at 7:30am in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom

·       PAC is selling popcorn and Smencils at lunch today – $2.00/bag and $2.00/pencil

·       Subway Lunch today for those who ordered.

·       Lunch Program – Chicken Burger on a cracked wheat bun; red delicious apple; chocolate milk

·       Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

·       Boys Handball Game at Hans Helgesen

Wednesday – Oct 16

·       Lunch Program – Sweet & Sour Meatballs, brown rice and vegetables; banana; milk

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

·       Div 9 – field trip to Francis King 9:30 – 11:30am

Thursday – Oct 17

·        Lunch Program – Bean & Cheese Quesadilla with salsa; fresh fruit salad; fruit juice

·       Great BC Shake Out Earthquake Drill – 10:10am

·       Skipping Club with Ms. Hesse at lunch – 12:10

Friday – Oct 18

·       Lunch Program – Sloppy Joe w/ shredded cheese; golden delicious apple; milk

·       Pizza Day for those who ordered. (PAC event)

·       European Handball practise at lunch with Mr. Stephenson 12:10

·       Student Vote – grade 5’s

·       Terry Fox/Tour de Rock – fundraising event (Sumo Wresting and Head Shaving) Ruth King families raised $1365.25

Reminders:

Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447 Please make sure you have pre-arranged a meeting spot for after school pick-ups.  If your child does not find their pick-up person, it is our policy that the students come back into the building and check in at the office. The hot lunch program is available to everyone. *If you need financial assistance in order for your child/children to participate in this program, please contact the school regarding our payment options.
The PAC has organized a Halloween Dance coming up on Wednesday, October 23rd!
They are in need of volunteers to help out with set-up, concession, photo booth, ticket sales, and clean up. If you are able to help out as a volunteer please sign up for a 30 min shift or two here:  https://signup.com/go/dhZXcmh (you can also find the link on our Ruth King Elementary School PAC Facebook page). They are also in need of cupcake donations for the bake table during the dance. If you are able to make or buy some please drop off any cupcakes in the gym kitchen anytime during the day on Oct.23rd.
The dance will begin at 5:30 in the school gym, with dinner starting at 6:00pm.  Music/dancing from 6-7:30pm. Tickets will be available at the front entrance the evening of for $5 per family.
Please keep costumes appropriate for a family friendly elementary school dance – no full masks or fake weapons please.
We look forward to seeing you there!!

 
 

TERRY FOX RUN: THURSDAY, SEPT. 26th, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians;

Please join us for our school Terry Fox Run.  If you would like to volunteer, please let me know.

Things to remember:

  • It is super hero day, so wear a cape or costume if you have one.
  • Send a labeled water bottle with your child so they can drink during the 30 minute run/walk.
  • Make a donation for cancer research. If $600 is raised, Ms.Ives and Ms.Walker will wear Sumo Wrestling outfits and wrestle it out at a Morning Assembly.  If $800 is raised, Ms.McLaren shave her head on October 2ndDonation deadline is October 2nd, 2019.
  • This week our school is proud to take part in this year’s Terry Fox Run for cancer research. Terry never gave up – and neither will we. We hope you will support us by donating at: http://www.terryfox.ca/RuthKingElementary
  • Students with sheets filled with 5 donations will be automatically entered into a draw to win a bike.Click here to download a pledge sheet and copy.

The day of the run:

11:55 – students will have hotdogs delivered to the classrooms along with fruit/veggies and a drink.  Lunch is sponsored by the Ruth King PAC.

12:10 – play time outside

12:35 – bell to come inside

12:40 – attendance taken by the teacher and then brought down to the gym in your color teams.

12:45 –  short talk about Terry and a video.  Running/walking routes will be described as well as safety precautions while participating.

12:55 – Mr. Stephenson will do a “Health Hustle” warm up with everyone.

1:15 – running begins, led by your team color captains. Running will be approx. 30 minutes with music playing             outside.  See route below.

1:45 – water and oranges will be served either in the gym or outside depending on the weather.

2:00 –  meet back in the gym for closing remarks.

ROUTE for All Students:

  • head out of the gym doors and across the field
  • run along the inside of the fence on Matson Road – spotter **volunteer
  • take a right and run along the fence by the apartment building – spotter on the corner**volunteer
  • take a right turn and run along fence on Jacklin Road – spotter on the corner**volunteer
  • run past the playground equipment and along the back of the school.- spotter here**volunteer
  • take a left turn past the intermediate playground area and run along the inside of the fence on Jacklin and Goldstream – spotter on each corner**volunteer
  • run along the inside of the fence on Matson Road REPEAT
 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It was really great to see everyone out at the school on Thursday night.  The students were so happy to introduce you to their new teachers and my staff is very excited for another great year.  We have a great new PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) with some familiar faces and some new faces which is always nice to see.  Please come out to the PAC meetings and have your voice heard in making decisions for your child’s education.  The PAC meets every month on the second Tuesday. (See calendar for important dates).

Reminders:

  • Drop Off and Pick Up – please remember that the front parking lots off Jacklin Rd. are not for drop off or pick up. These parking lots are marked staff only and are not suitable for drop off and pick up as it is dangerous for our students to be walking in this area with all the vehicle traffic. Please use Matson Rd. for drop off and pick up. Thank you.
  • Verification Packages went out last week. Please update your child’s personal information.  These forms are very important for us.  They help us make sure contact information is up to date and accurate.  Please help us out by getting those forms back to us as soon as possible.

This Week:

Monday – Sept 23 ·       School Planning Day/District Day – no school for students
Tuesday – Sept 24

·       Grade 5 Leadership Club meets at 7:30am in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom

·       PAC is selling popcorn at lunch today – $2.00/bag

·       Grounds crew is preparing the area for garden beds

·       Lunch Program –  Hot Dog Day with Red delicious apples

Wednesday – Sept 25

·       Grounds crew is preparing the area for garden beds

·       Lunch Program –  Chicken Fricassee/brown rice and banana

·       Cross Country Run – grade 2 to 5’s who have signed up (3:30pm @ Juan de Fuca Rec.Centre)

Thursday – Sept 26

·       Super Hero Day – wear a super hero costume for school spirit

·       Installation of Garden Beds 9:00am (Ms.MacDonald’s class, Ms.Sidhu’s class and Ms.Walker’s class)

·       Lunch Program – PAC sponsored lunch

·       Terry Fox Run – 12:40pm we all meet in the gym; parents are welcome to participate

Friday – Sept 27 ·       Lunch Program – Lasagna and Caesar salad
LIBRARY BOOKS and SUMMER READING PROGRAM BOOKS need to be RETURNED – please look in your house for Ruth King books.  There are a large number of books that have not been returned from June.  Please return them as soon as possible so that your child can sign out books this year.   Thank you! SAFE ARRIVAL – thank you to the PAC for organizing our safe arrival program.  Safe Arrival is a volunteer run program that ensures your child has arrived safely in their classroom every day.  This is accomplished through communication between a 24hr in school answering machine, your child’s classroom teacher, main office sign-in book, and the safe arrival volunteer.  If your child(ren) will be absent or late, please leave a message at 250-478-1447 before 8:30am. Important information to include in message:  date, child’s first and last name, division, grade and reason for absence (late, sick,vacation)

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Join the facebook page: ruth king elementary PAC

PAC mail: ruthkingpac@gmail.com

Co-Presidents: Amber Landsdell and Allie Twynstra

Secretary: Sara Bergland

Treasurer: Allie Twynstra

Safe Arrivals: Kristy Pellew

Fundraising: Heather Smith and Zoe Gray

SPEAC: Amber Bourbonnais

Lost and Found Items

Please write your children’s name on their belongings, especially their hoodies, jackets and shoes.  This will help us return lost items to the owner.

 

 
 

Ruth King Elementary School September 16 to 20th 2019

Greetings Students and Families!  Welcome to another school year at Ruth King Elementary!  We have several new students this year including our three classes of kindergarten students.  Our enrolment has increased by about 25 students, bringing our total enrolment up to 318 students.

For those of you that do not know, I will be sending a weekly email to try to keep you informed about upcoming events that are taking place at the school.  Feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns.  If you know someone that should be on this email list, but is not getting my emails, please get them to call the office with their current email address so we can make sure everyone is in the loop.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome a few new staff members at Ruth King Elementary and to let you all know the staff members names.

New Staff Members:

Sharon MacDonald – Grade 4/5 teacher

Caitlin Mauger – Grade 4/5 teacher

Nathan Gates – Grade 3/4 teacher

Kim Bouchard – Grade 2/3 teacher

Rachel Radsma – Grade 1 teacher

Caitlyn Sabyan – Grade 1 teacher

Lisa Hagar – Grade 1 teacher

Joan Hope – Administrative Assistant – replacing Cardna Salter who is retiring this month.

Ana Galac – ELL teacher

Eva Martin – ESD teacher

Anna deVries – PE teacher covering teacher preps

Zoe McLaren – Music/Drama teacher covering teacher preps

Danica Fruttarol – Library Assistant

Alyssa Frerichs – Educational Assistant

 

For those parents/guardians who are new to our school, here is a list of returning staff members and their roles.

Returning Staff Members:

Georgette Walker – Vice Principal, Grade 1 teacher

Katrin van der Leeden – Grade 5 teacher

Keaton Stephenson – Grade 4/5 teacher

Julie Pinel – Grade 4 teacher

Kevin Dranchuk – Librarian and Reading Recovery teacher

Ramina Sidhu – Grade 2/3 teacher

Carole Denton – Grade 2/3 teacher

Deb Verdel – Grade 2 teacher

Sandy Grimwood – Grade 1 teacher

Jasmine Morris – K teacher

Karin Gronow – K teacher

Shannon Hjermstad – K teacher

Julie Bloom – Learning Assistance

Sheyla Beattie – Counsellor

Karen Hesse – Educational Assistant, Before School Program

Lynn Tedford – Educational Assistant, After School Program

Khione Gardner – Educational Assistant

Jessica Di Giorgio – Educational Assistant

Kim Basso – Educational Assistant

Akiko Borsholm – Lunch Supervisor

Joanne Irving – After School Program

Linda Pinay – Before & After School Program, L Supervisor

Karen MacKay – Crossing Guard, Lunch Program

Sharlene Chaves – Aboriginal Education Program Support

Esther Sustersich – ECE (Early Childhood Educator)

Fran Bitoni – Occupational Therapist

Catty Santilli – Speech and Language

Ramona Melanson – Strong Start Coordinator; Lunch Supervisor

 

 

Reminders:

  • Drop Off and Pick Up – please remember that the front parking lots off Jacklin Rd. are not for drop off or pick up. These parking lots are marked staff only and are not suitable for drop off and pick up as it is dangerous for our students to be walking in this area with all the vehicle traffic. Please use Matson Rd. for drop off and pick up. Thank you.
  • Verification Packages went out last week. Please update your child’s personal information.  These forms are very important for us.  They help us make sure contact information is up to date and accurate.  Please help us out by getting those forms back to us as soon as possible.

This Week:

Monday – Sept 16

·       Monday Morning Assembly @ 8:45am

·        Lunch Program – Macaroni and Cheese

·       Run Club starts today at lunch

Tuesday – Sept 17 ·       Lunch Program – Chicken Burger
Wednesday – Sept 18

·       Fire Drill today

·       Lunch Program – Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Thursday – Sept 19

·       Meet the Teacher Night (6:00 – 7:00pm); classes will be open for families to visit with teachers between 6:00 and 6:30pm; At 6:30pm parents will be called down to the gym for staff introductions and principal messages.

·       Lunch Program – Bean and Cheese Quesadilla with salsa

·       Run Club at lunch

Friday – Sept 20 ·       Lunch Program – Sloppy Joes with shredded cheese

Notices and Reminders:

LIBRARY BOOKS need to be RETURNED – please look in your house for Ruth King library books.  There is a large number of books that have not been returned from June.  Please return them as soon as possible.  Thank you! Looking for gently used books – If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going!
SAFE ARRIVAL – thank you to the PAC for organizing our safe arrival program.  Safe Arrival is a volunteer run program that ensures your child has arrived safely in their classroom every day.  This is accomplished through communication between a 24hr in school answering machine, your child’s classroom teacher, main office sign-in book, and the safe arrival volunteer.  If your child(ren) will be absent or late, please leave a message at 250-478-1447 before 8:30am. Important information to include in message:  date, child’s first and last name, division, grade and reason for absence (late, sick,vacation)

Lost and Found Items

Please write your children’s name on their belongings, especially their hoodies, jackets and shoes.  This will help us return lost items to the owner.

 

 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Your child has been given his/her green verification form today.  Please review the form and make sure that your information is current and note any changes or additions that are relevant.  We would like to update our records so that your child will be safe at school.
We have also decided to register our school for cash online.  This requires that all parents register their child on the school website so that you can make payments directly online.  When you register, you will be required to insert your child’s PEN number.  I have included the PEN number on a white sticker in the corner of the green verification form for your convenience.
Please follow these instructions to find the cash online site:
Go to the SD62 website: sd62.bc.ca
Click on the PARENT tab.
Click on the SCHOOL FEES tab.
Then fill out the Cash online form.  There are instructions provided.
The first item that is available for you to pay is the Student Agenda which will be $6.75.
Thank you and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Respectfully,
V. Ives
 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Tomorrow, Friday, September 6th, your child will be introduced to their new classroom teacher around 9:00am.  We have worked hard to make the classrooms equitable for all.  We have taken many things into consideration when building the classrooms.  We understand that we can not make everyone happy, but we ask that you talk to your child about makig new friends, that changes are hard but that they can do it, and encourage them to be flexible in their thinking.  Change is hard for most of us, but with time, we often come to embrace the change.

Please remember to make a meeting spot with your child in the morning when you drop them off, as they may be using a different exit door at the end of the day.

  • Please bring school supplies tomorrow.
  • Hot lunches start on Monday, Sept. 9th, forms will be coming home soon.
  • After school program starts on Monday, Sept. 9th

If your child is starting Kindergarten tomorrow, here is the schedule for the gradual entry.

Friday- September 6

  • 8:30-10:00 Last Name starts with A – I
  • 12:45-2:15 Last Name starts with J – Z

Monday- September 9

  • 8:30-11:00 Last Name starts with J – Z
  • 11:40-2:23 Last Name starts with A – I

Tuesday- September 10

  • 8:30-11:00 Last Name starts with A – I
  • 11:40-2:23 Last Name starts with J – Z

Wednesday- September 11 (students will be placed in their “official” class this day)

  • 8:30-2:23 All Students

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call the school.

Respectfully,

 

Ms. V. Ives

Principal

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year at Ruth King Elementary School!  We are looking forward to another exciting year filled with learning and adventure.  My first year here at Ruth King Elementary School was a great learning experience for me.  The staff, students and families were all very welcoming.  I am looking forward to another successful year and I am hopeful that your children will learn and thrive along with their peers.

Reminders for Parents:

–          Students will be returning to their teachers/classrooms from last year.  Please let your child know this and check the bulletin board in the front foyer.   If your child’s teacher is no longer here, go to their old classroom and someone will direct them to the correct place.

–          New students: please report to the office and we will direct you to the library where Mr. Dranchuk will help you find your classroom and temporary teacher for the first few days.

–          There will be an EARLY DISSMISSAL at 11:23am on Tuesday, September 3rd

–          Final Classroom placements should be announced hopefully by Friday, September 6th at the latest.

–          LUNCH PROGRAM begins on Monday, September 9th

–          AFTER SCHOOL CARE starts on Monday, September 9th

–          BEFORE SCHOOL CARE starts on Tuesday, September 3rd

–          Kindergarten students start on Friday, September 6th with a gradual entry throughout the next week.

–          Please bring school supplies on Friday, September 6th once your child knows who their new teacher will be.

 

Bell Schedule

I would like to point out that the school day has changed slightly from last year.  Here is the bell schedule which we will be following:

  • First Bell 8:25am and classes begin at 8:30am
  • Last Bell 2:23pm and classes are dismissed
  • Recess is from 10:20am to 10:35am***
  • Lunch is from 11:55pm to 12:40pm (bell rings at 12:35pm to line up)

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school.

Sincerely,

Ms. Vicki Ives

Principal

Ruth King Elementary School

Office Ph #250-478-8368

Email: vives@sd62.bc.ca

 
 
 
 
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