Student and Parent Handbook
Beacon Hill Elementary School
29 Brookstone Drive
Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 0M1
Chinook’s Edge School Division #73
Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1W4
Phone: 227-7070 or 1-800-561-9229
Principal Mr. Trevor Sanche
Vice Principal/Inclusion Coordinator Ms. Suzanne Thibault
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Adrienne Booth & Mrs. Kathryn Gordon
Kindergarten Ms. Jeanne Rasmussen and Mrs. Sheri Christoffersen
Grade 1 Mrs. Alicia Diachuk and Mrs. Lacey Robley/Ms. Lorianne Warrington
Grade 2 Mrs. Michelle Pengelly and Mrs. Shelby Lethbridge
Grade 3 Mrs. Pat Burkin and Mrs. Tammy Burton
Grade 4 Mrs. Danielle Rambaut and Ms. Amy Bouwman
Grade 5 Mr. Kevin Pizzey and Mr. Kevin Frey
Grade 5/6 Mrs. Debbie McKinlay
Grade 6 Mr. Justin Bander
Music Ms. Kim Niemela
Educational Assistants Mrs. Jaimee Horvath Mrs. Jenny Braitenback
Mrs. Jacquie Lapointe Mrs. Susan Foulds
Mrs. Terri-Lynn Rich Mrs. Shawna Eleniak
Information Technician Mrs. Nicky Lagoutte
Family School Wellness Mrs. Melissa Frank-Douglas
Custodial Staff Mrs. Karen Horn & Mr. Ben Carter
BHES School Routines and Expectations
Accident or Illness
In the event of an accident or illness at school requiring medical attention, parents or emergency contacts will be notified. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide emergency contacts.
Agenda (Communication) Bags
We encourage all K-2 students to purchase an agenda bag. These are purchased from the school at a cost of $8.50. It’s a great tool for students to transport their materials between home and school.
According to the School Act and school policy, students are expected to attend school regularly and punctually. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure their child follows these policies. Please inform teachers and/or office staff if your child will be away from school. Please ensure your child is on time for school.
The bell to enter the school rings at 8:32 am. Classes begin at 8:40 am
Bell Times and Security
Our morning bell rings at 8:32. This is when the designated student doors open and students can enter the school. The front door will open at 8:00, only kindergarten students use the front door however.
Bell Time: Doors open - 8:32
School begins - 8:40
Lunch break - 12:15-12:55
End of day - 3:05
The front doors will be open from 8:00am-4:30pm.
All other doors will open at 8:32, every recess break and at 3:05.
All but the front doors, will lock 5 minutes after recess ends.
Transportation - Phone: 1-800-561-9229 or 227-7067.
Please notify the bus driver in advance if your child will not be riding the bus home from school. Communication between parents, the bus driver and the school is very important. Students are required to follow the Chinook’s Edge School Division #73 policy regarding bus conduct, which is available at the office. Students must ride their assigned bus only.
A courtesy phone is located in the school’s main office. Students must have permission from the Administration Office personnel to use this phone during school hours and after school. They should have all after school plans arranged prior to coming to school in the morning. The courtesy phone is for unforeseen situations. Messages from parents during school hours will be given to the student’s teacher to give to your child immediately.
For safety reasons, accidental property damage should be reported by students to teachers or the office for repairs. Vandalism of school property will be charged to the students responsible. Damaged or lost library books and textbooks are the students’ responsibility to replace.
Field trips scheduled throughout the year can be a valuable and enriching educational experience for students. All field trips are pre-approved by the principal and consent is needed by parents or guardians. Parents are encouraged to assist in supervision whenever possible. These opportunities will be at the request of the teacher(s). A Criminal Record check and a Child Intervention check must to completed in order to help supervise during all school activities.
Fire and Emergency Regulations
Fire drill and emergency procedures are posted in each classroom and are reviewed with students. Fire, tornado and lockdown drills are held throughout the year to practice these procedures to help staff and students learn the applicable evacuation routes and processes.
Suitable footwear should be worn according to weather conditions. Outdoor footwear should be removed and placed on boot racks in their assigned boot room. Indoor shoes should be worn at all times inside the school building. Non-marking running shoes are best for use in the gymnasium and halls.
Please note that our new lunch break times: 12:15-12:55.
Please remember that BHES is a Nut and Peanut Free school.
Students may bring their lunch to school each day. In order to make eating lunch at school a positive experience for all involved, students are required to follow these rules:
· keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself
· stay in your desk
· use an inside voice
· put garbage in the garbage can and clean your space
Students who choose not to follow these rules also choose not to have the privilege of eating in their classroom or at school. Parents will be informed that poor lunchtime choices are being made before a student is required to eat at home.
In order to ensure the safety of our students, we ask that students who regularly stay for lunch bring a note if they are to go home for lunch.
Students will not have access to microwaves. Please ensure that lunches can be eaten without being heated.
Students may browse through the shelves, sit and read in the reading areas or familiarize themselves with the library computer programs. Our library technician provides support to students in many ways, such as assistance in research projects and book exchanges.
Annual book fairs and author visits help to make the library a favorite place within the school.
Lockers and Classroom Cubbies
Grade K-6 students will be assigned a locker by their homeroom teacher. It is the students’ responsibility to see that his/her locker is kept clean and neat. Locks are optional and are the responsibility of the student, however if a student chooses to bring electronic devises to school, a lock must be used to secure the locker. Please use school combination locks only. These will be made available to students at a cost of $5.00/year. Replacement locks will be made available at a cost of $5.00 if they are lost.
Lost and Found
Students are requested to check the lost and found boxes often. Lost items will be on display periodically throughout the school year. At the end of each year items that remain will be given to a Good Will type service.
It is extremely important that the school be advised of pertinent medical information concerning students. We need to be informed if there are any changes to a child’s medical profile.
School Board policy requires that no medication be administered to students unless a parent or guardian has filled out a Chinook’s Edge School Division #73 form requesting medication be given. These forms are made available in our BHES office.
A school newsletter and calendar of upcoming events will be sent home at the beginning of each month. The newsletters help to keep parents informed and enable them to plan family activities around school events. Newsletters can be accessed on our school website (beaconhillschool.ca) as well.
Out of Bounds Areas to Students
In order to ensure the safety of all students, going off school property is considered out of bounds. Students, who normally stay for lunch, must have a note from their parents/guardian, if they are going off the premises at lunchtime. They must check out at the office before leaving the school.
There are a number of important tasks parents can perform in order to assist the efficient operation or our educational program. Please talk to your child’s homeroom teacher about getting involved.
Progress Reports/Parent/Teacher Conferences
Progress reports are issued three times throughout the year. Progress reports will be issued in November, March and the last day of school in June. Parent conferences are scheduled in November and in March. Parents are encouraged to contact the teachers at any time when concerns arise or progress information is desired.
School Year Calendar
A school calendar will be sent home with all students and is accessible on our school webpage (beaconhillschool.ca). The school calendar highlights the days of operation, holidays, special days and other important events.
We encourage all parents to attend the monthly school council meetings. Many issues are discussed at the school council meetings and your input into these very important decisions is needed and welcomed.
Students are encouraged to keep the school building and grounds clean and neat as possible. Instilling pride in students is one of the school goals and keeping the school neat and clean involves a team effort.
Smoke Free Space
Smoking is not permitted in the building or anywhere on school grounds. Chinook’s Edge School Division #73 policy has designated all school property as a non-smoking area.
Collaboration & Professional Development Days
Staff collaboration and professional development days are scheduled throughout the year. Students do not attend school on these days. (See school calendar for dates)
Student Dress Code
Students are expected to dress in a neat, clean and appropriate manner. Clothing with vulgar language, suggestive thoughts or drug/alcohol logos is not acceptable at school. Students who come to school wearing such items will be spoken to and asked to change into something more appropriate.
School supervision begins at 8:15 a.m. each day throughout the school year. Students should not be dropped off before 8:15 as there is no supervision outside of the school.
Cell Phones and Electronic Device Policy
Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used before and after school, but are to be put away during the school day. If students or parents need to contact each other during the day, this can be done through the school phone or front office. Teachers may encourage the use of devices for specific learning experiences, but this will be communicated from the classroom and determined by the homeroom teacher.
Visitors to the School
Visitors are most welcome to the school, especially when such a visit is associated with the educational well-being of students. For the protection of our students, all visitors are asked to sign in at the office.
We would greatly appreciate a phone call to the office when your child is absent. A call safe program will be in place that will inform parents/guardians if their child is marked absent unless notified as an excused absent.
Parent Questions and Concerns
Parents are asked to telephone their child’s teacher, the principal, Mr. Sanche, or the vice-principal, Ms. Thibault, any time they have a question or concern. The school phone number is (403) 887-8455.