Safe Arrival Program
McBride School has in place a Safe Arrival System. In order for this system to work effectively, it is important that the parent/guardian contact the school when your child is going to be absent. Messages can be left on our voice mail system 604-713-4971 during out-of-school hours. A telephone call will be placed to the parent/guardian if your child does not arrive at school and a message is not received.
It is important that we work together as a team to ensure that your child has arrived safely at school.
School Home Communications
Good communication between home and school is essential to maximize student learning. Please call and speak to the teacher regarding any concern you may have. Your child’s teacher may also contact you.
- In addition to informal meetings with teachers, parents are invited to meet in formal conferences about their child’s progress at least twice a year.
- Students in Grades 4 – 7 have Student Planner books in which they and the teachers include messages for parents and vice versa.
- The VSB Mcbride Website is update regularly http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/mcbride/Pages/default.aspx
- Mr. Adams is available to meet with you informally most mornings between 9:10 am-9:30 am. You may book an appointment with Mr. Adams through the school office.
- School community events and PAC initiated activities and fundraisers are good opportunities to become involved.
How Parents Are Involved?
Join the Parent Advisory Council. Offer to assist in the classroom or library. Volunteer for serving Hot Lunch. Parents can also assist with our Safe Arrival Program or our One-to-One Literacy program.
Parents Transporting Pupils to School Functions
It is essential that any person owning a vehicle used in connection with school activities be sure that there is adequate insurance coverage. The School Board has excess liability coverage which provides for bodily injury and property damage inclusive of owner’s policy on the vehicle up to $2,000,000. An application form must be completed and filed in the school office for this coverage which is good for all such activities throughout the school year.
Students are allowed to bring their bicycle but do so at their own risk. They are reminded to walk their bikes while on school grounds. The school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage. Bikes must be locked while at school and we recommend the U-shape locks with the cross bar rather than cables, to prevent theft. Parents are requested to review bicy- cle safety and “Rules of the Road” when students bring bikes although we also conduct bi- cycle safety programs for some grades. We encourage all children to walk or bike to school daily. There may be no bike riding on the school grounds after 8:15 am or before 3:30 pm. This rule also applies to skateboards, roller blades, scooters, and similar devices. This is a safety precaution.
Homework serves an important purpose in your child’s school life. It is a means of review- ing and reinforcing the lessons taught in school. Homework is also a way to help your child to develop work and study habits that will assist him or her throughout the years spent in school.
You can help your child develop some routines that will be of assistance in successfully completing homework assignments. The following suggestions are offered for this purpose:
- Ask your child if he or she has homework that day. Most students in Grade 4 – 7 have Student Planners in which homework assignments and reminders are recorded daily.
- Help your child set a regular homework time each day and remain with that commitment. Free your child of other responsibilities at that time.
- Provide your child with a quiet place to work and study where he or she is not disturbed by younger children or pets. While homework is a valuable way to reinforce the skills learned in the classroom, we appreciate that many other family and individual activities are part of each student’s life.
- Become interested in your child’s homework. Ask him or her to show the homework to you and explain what the work completed was about. Sharing your child’s work with him or her reinforces the importance of homework and helps the child to understand that you are interested in his or her progress. Looking at your child’s homework also keeps you informed about the progress of the child and the way in which your child is able to complete the work assigned.
- Remember that homework is your child’s work—not yours. You should not do the work for the child, rather, you should be concerned with whether or not your child did the work. If your child has trouble with the homework assignment and cannot complete it, write a note telling the teacher about the problem. It is the teacher’s responsibility to explain the assignment fully, each student is responsible for seeking clarification if it is required.
If a child brings a lunch to school, the pupil is expected to stay on the school grounds during the lunch break. Students should not go to another student’s home or to the store at lunchtime unless parents have given written permission. Students are expected to sign out when they leave the school for any reason and to let the office know when they return. Supervised lunchrooms are available at the school between 12:10 and 12:25 p.m., after which time children engage in other supervised activities.
Fire and Earthquake Preparedness
Fire drills occur regularly and may be initiated by the school administration or by the Vancouver Fire Department. Students are taught safe and orderly evacuation procedures each September and these are reviewed annually, with staff. An emergency container is on site, stocked with emergency contact numbers for students, fresh water packets, first aid kit, basic tools, emergency radio and a number of other potentially useful items.