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School Hours

Morning classes: 8:50–11:40 a.m.
Recess: 10:15–10:30 p.m.
Lunch: 11:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
Afternoon classes: 12:40–3:25 p.m.
Recess: 1:55–2:10 p.m.

Teachers are on supervision duty from 8:45–8:55 a.m. and all recesses. Students should not arrive at school before 8:45 a.m.

School-Day Cycle

The school timetables are set on a six-day cycle rather than Monday to Friday. Teachers' professional development and administration days are counted on the cycle—statutory holidays are not. The school-day-cycle calendar for the fall term is printed in the September school newsletter. The spring term calendar is printed in the January school newsletter.

Recess

All students except kindergarten have a 15-minute recess in the morning and afternoon. When outdoor recess is cancelled due to inclement weather, arrangements are made for indoor recess.

Call-Back Policy

This program monitors the attendance of students at our school. It is a way of ensuring that students who have left for school have arrived safely. If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the school in advance between 8:30 and 8:55 a.m., or between 12:15 and 12:40 p.m. If a child is absent and we have not been informed, the school will contact the parent.

Newsletters/E-Memos

Monthly or bi-monthly newsletters will be sent home or emailed to keep parents informed of student activities and upcoming events. These newsletters provide a calendar of school events to help parents plan accordingly. Each Friday, E-Memos are emailed to parents that highlight upcoming events and activities.

Lost & Found

Parents should ensure that all supplies, equipment and clothing are clearly labelled with the child's name. Students are discouraged from bringing toys and jewelry to school. The school cannot be responsible for personal articles that are lost or damaged. There is a lost and found box located by the south entrance to the school. Please encourage your children to check the box periodically to retrieve lost articles. At the end of each term (after conferences) unclaimed articles are donated to a charitable organization.

Appointments/Pickups

All parents/guardians are asked to report to the office when picking up their children early for appointments. Notes are requested to explain your child's absence from school on all other occasions (e.g., illness), unless you have notified the school ahead of time. All parents/guardians are asked to wait for their child(ren) in the front foyer until the dismissal bell at 11:40 a.m. or 3:25 p.m.

Updating Personal Information

Please provide the school with any changes in business, home, babysitter, or emergency phone numbers. Also please notify us of any change of address.

Assemblies

Assemblies are held to recognize special occasions. These assemblies give students an opportunity to build community through presentations and performances on holiday themes and special topics. Parents are welcome to attend these assemblies.

Visitors

Visitors to the school are required to report to the school office first where a sign-in/sign-out log is kept. Parents/guardians are asked to pick up students at the front office rather than from classrooms during the school day.

Lunch Rules

The Sun Valley Lunch Bunch program would appreciate your co-operation in having your child(ren) follow the expectations and routines listed below.

  • Students are to be respectful to each other and staff and comply with all reasonable requests quickly and without argument.
  • Students are expected to sit while eating or drinking. Talking (indoor voices) is acceptable but loud noises, running, or  shouting are unacceptable for a lunchroom.
  • Attendance will be taken daily. Full-time students must have a permission note from parents in order to leave the school. Students are expected to clean up after eating and take out a quiet activity.
  • Students are to remain at their seats during this time. A bell at 12:05 p.m. indicates it is time to clean up and prepare to go outside. Students are dismissed to the outdoors at 12:10 p.m.
  • Students will leave the school promptly and ask permission to re-enter the building during the break. Students must remain on the school grounds.
  • Students spend from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. outdoors, so it is important they be dressed for the weather. All rules pertaining to our "hands off" policy must be followed during this time.

Sun Valley Lunch Bunch

The Sun Valley Lunch Bunch program is run by a volunteer committee in conjunction with the school administration and Sun Valley PAC. Supervision of the students is provided by a paid staff of lunchroom supervisors and a co-ordinator. Each student staying for lunch MUST register. The registration fee is $150 per year per child (the registration fee is non-refundable). Part-time use is one cheque for $60 (50 days of supervision). Casual use is one cheque for $15 (five days of supervision). 

Monies must be received by the first Friday of each month. Cheques are recommended for payment since cash can get misplaced. Make cheques payable to the "Sun Valley Lunch Bunch." A child who has not registered for the lunch program but needs to stay due to an emergency or on a casual basis is required to pay $2 per day. Always remember to put your child's name, grade, and room number on any correspondence to the lunch program.

Hot Lunch Days

Hot lunch days are held once a month at Sun Valley. It is a special day accomplished with help we receive from our parent advisory council and parent volunteers. Order forms are sent out encompassing two months at a time and must be turned in on the order due date. Hot lunch days not only provide a treat for the children, but also benefit each of your children as a fundraiser.

Field Trips

Each class is likely to go on several field trips during the school year. Notices and permission slips are sent home for each trip.

School Attire

Clothing appropriate for elementary school is expected on regular school days. Clothing that depicts inappropriate messages is not acceptable. Short shorts, halter tops, and other revealing clothing should not be worn in school. Students are expected to dress appropriately for the weather, keeping in mind that outdoor recess is an important activity at this level. Upon entering the school, headgear (i.e., hats, hoods, bandannas) should be removed. Students are required to wear indoor shoes at all times. Please avoid purchasing black-soled runners, as they leave scuff marks on our floors.

General Supervision

The Sun Valley staff makes every effort to ensure the safety of its students. Parent volunteers also assist us in supervising activities. Teachers supervise the schoolyard during morning and afternoon recess. Supervision is provided for lunch program students only from 11:40 a.m.–12:35 p.m. Staff supervision is provided for all students from 12:35–12:40 p.m. On the playground, it is expected students will behave in a safe, co-operative manner.

Professional Development

Each year, the staff of Sun Valley, both individually and as a whole staff, attend workshops and other professional learning opportunities designed to update information on curriculum, best practices,  programs, and services.

School Supplies

The school asks that parents submit a student fee that will be used for the purchase of school supplies. The intent is to buy supplies in bulk and thereby reduce the costs for parents. A student agenda, backpack, gym clothes, and indoor non-marking-soled running shoes are still the parents' responsibility.

Report Card/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teachers are continually assessing and evaluating the progress of their students. Evaluation is based on the student's work, teacher observations and discussion. The progress will be formally reported to parents in November, March, and June by report card. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled to coincide with the November and March reporting periods and require the students attending the conference. Portfolios are developed by the student to profile their learning in the term. Students will identify their learning strengths and weaknesses and set goals for each term. Informal contact between parents and teachers can and should take place at any time throughout the year, as needed or requested. Parents are encouraged to call their child's teacher if they have any questions or want to set up a meeting. Two-way communication between home and school is essential for student success.