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School Environment

Joseph Teres School strives to provide an environment that is safe, nurturing and challenging.  Cooperative, safe, responsible behaviour is taught and encouraged.  Communication between parents, staff and students is considered essential to the students' growth and development.  We believe that such an environment facilitates the learning process of each child and encourages lifelong learning.

School Rules - Be safe, be responsible, be respectful

  • Follow the directions of all school staff
  • Treat others fairly & respectfully
  • Play & act safely
  • Keep your hands & feet to yourself
  • Be a careful commuter
  • Walk on the right, use assigned doors

School Hours

Joseph Teres School operates on a six-day cycle rather than a Monday to Friday schedule.  Teachers' in-service days are counted on the cycle; statutory holidays are not.This is the daily time schedule:

  • 8:50 a.m. - Entry Bell
  • 10:15 - 10:30 - Morning Recess
  • 11:45 - 12:45 - Lunch hour
  • 2:00 - 2:15 - Afternoon Recess
  • 3:30 p.m. - Dismissal

Students should not arrive at school before 8:35 a.m.

To ensure student safety, students are expected to go straight home from school at dismissal times.  Once they have reported home and have parental permission, they may return to the school grounds after 4:00 p.m.  Where possible, parents are asked to accompany their children to ensure their safety.

Student Absence

If your child is going to be absent or late, please call the school office voicemail @204-958-6860 and leave a message indicating the child's name, teacher and reason for the absence.  The voicemail operates from 4:15 p.m. to 8:15 a.m.  Please allow 6 rings for the voicemail to answer.  This is our regular school phone number and any calls made outside of the times listed above will be answered.

Children arriving late for school must report to the office for an entry slip.


 Please contact the school office in advance or send a note to your child's teacher should your child be required to leave school early for appointments, etc.  Please attempt to schedule medical appointments outside of school hours when possible.  If it is necessary to take your child to an appointment during the school day, please make arrangements to pick your child up at school.  Parents must sign students in and out at the office.

If you are picking up your child from the playground during recess or lunch hour please stop by the office first so that you can sign your child out.  We will then give you a form indicating that you have signed your child out at the office.  Please give this form to one of the lunch supervisors outside.

Please keep dismissal time arrangements as routine as possible.  Should a change be necessary due to an emergent situation please contact the school.  If your child will not be taking the bus, please call Transportation at 204-669-0202.

"Hometime" Arrangements

In the interest of maximizing learning time in the classroom and keeping interruptions to a minimum, please make "hometime" arrangements (including school pick up times, play dates, appointments, and other arrangements) with your child(ren) before they leave for school in the morning.

Please write a note in their agenda if you are varying from routine so that the teacher is aware of what is required at the end of the day, whether they are to go home with someone else, or to wait in the office to be picked up.  This will help eliminate confusion for the student and the staff, and will be more efficient for everyone.  Thank you!


Should a child become injured or ill in school, we will place a call to their parent or guardian or to the emergency contact designated on the information form filled out each September.  PLEASE INFORM THE SCHOOL OFFICE OF ANY CHANGES TO YOUR ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER OR WORK NUMBER.  It is important that the form be correct and current.  AN EMERGENCY CONTACT MUST BE PROVIDED.

If we are unable to reach a parent/guardian or the emergency contact and the illness or injury is serious, a member of the staff will take the child to the hospital or accompany them there by ambulance.

Discipline Policy

Discipline at Joseph Teres School will focus on school wide positive behavior.  School staff will be responsible for teaching and monitoring behavioural expectations established.  Joseph Teres School follows the guidelines set out in the school division's Code of Conduct.

Policy on Technology

Current technology is used as an integral part of all school curricula to enhance the reading, writing, thinking and communication skills needed for lifelong learning.

Professional Development Days

Joseph Teres School staff is involved in professional development activities considered priorities by our school division.  Parent-Teacher Conferences, report card preparation and administration days are also designated by the school.  Information regarding these activities is communicated by school newsletter and will be listed on the magnetic calendar sent home in September.


In accordance with the policy of the school division, transportation is provided for elementary students enrolled in a divisional program who reside more that 1.6 km from the school offering the designated program.  Questions about transportation should be directed to the divisional Transportation Department at 669-0202.

Field Trips

Many out-of-school excursions take place throughout the year.  A notice indicating the destination, length of visit, and mode of transportation will be sent home.  The participation of all students in these field trips is strongly encouraged.  WRITTEN PARENTAL CONSENT is required in order for a student to participate.  Returning an altered signed form is deemed to deny consent for the student to participate in the activity.


Some students may wish to bring their bicycles to school; however, there are several reasons why we encourage students to leave their bikes at home:

  • The danger associated with riding a bike in high traffic areas around the school.
  • The school cannot be responsible for any damage or loss.

However, bike racks are available for those children who need to ride their bikes to school because of the distance required to travel. The following expectations are in place to ensure safety:

  • Children are encouraged to wear helmets when riding their bikes.
  • Children must walk their bike when on the school grounds, and must walk their bide in front of the school building on the sidewalk.
  • Children must dismount and walk their bikes across the intersections that are partolled.
  • Bikes should be secured with locks.

Please note that skateboards are not permitted at Joseph Teres School.

Lost and Found

An amazing amount of clothing and equipment is left in the school and never claimed.  It is kept in the Lost and Found bins until Christmas and the end of June.  At this time we donate the lost items to goodwill.  Should your child lose something, please remind them to check the bins.

Lunch Program

Students registered in the Lunch Supervision Program may eat lunch at school providing the students behave in an acceptable manner and all fees have been paid. All students staying for lunch are required to bring a lunch and we ask you to help us by sending leak proof, easy-to-open containers and spoons, etc. when needed. Lunch starts at 11:45am. Grade K-2 have recess first and then eat. Grade 3-5 eat first then have recess. Students are not allowed to leave the school/school grounds to purchase lunch and then return, because they are not supervised. STUDENTS WHO GO HOME FOR LUNCH MUST NOT RETURN BEFORE 12:35 P.M.

Joseph Teres School is a peanut and nut free school. Please be aware that foods or snacks containing peanut or nut products are not permitted in the school or on the playground. These products could have a fatal result for children with this allergy. This includes product that have the label "May contain peanuts/nuts" and/or "Made in a factory that produces nut products". 

The lunch fees are used to pay supervisors' salaries. Lunch Program registration forms are available in the office & on the website.

School-use Permits

Permission from the divisional maintenance department is required for the use of the school after hours.  Please call 669-5660 to make inquiries.

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