Laurier Heart to honour the ongoing work towards Reconciliation
Dear Laurier Families,
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th is a Canadian statutory holiday to recognize the legacy of the residential schools. We came to school in orange today to honour the Children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools. We are talking to our students about the concept of “Every Child Matters”, and we are continuing to ensure that we are creating a safe, caring and inclusive environment at Laurier for all members of our community.
Bye September! Hello October!
September flew by! We had a very good first month of school and I would like to thank our students, staff and families for helping end this month so beautifully! We had many extra-curricular activities organized in September to support a smooth and joyous back to school and to reinforce the well-being of our community and complement the learning of our students.
Here is a highlight of our extra- curricular activities in September: September SOAR Assembly, Laurier Garden Market, Kindness and Gratitude-Your Super Powers presentation, Three-Day Dance workshops (K-7), Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, Cross Country, Junior Girls and Boys Soccer.
We were pleased to have our very first in-person Meet the Staff event at our school after a couple of years and our first virtual PAC meeting in September, as well as a full day of professional development day for our staff on September 23rd with a focus on Universal Design for Learning.
Please check the Upcoming Dates for events and activities in October!
Student Sign Out Procedure
When you pick up your child during the school day, please come to the office to sign out your child. If you pick up your child outside at recess or lunch without informing the office, they will be unaccounted for, and the school will identify your child as a ‘missing’ student and will commence a search of school grounds. If the school staff do not locate the child and we are unable to reach a parent promptly, the school will call the Vancouver Police Department. Therefore, clear communication is essential for ensuring the safety of your child and to prevent unnecessary searches. Thank you for helping us keep your child safe!
School Emergency Procedures
School emergency procedures are consistent with Vancouver Board of Education policies and guidelines and are reviewed regularly with staff and with students. Each school year, we conduct 2 Earthquake drills, 6 Fire drills and 2 Lockdown Drills. Classroom Teachers review the procedures with students on a regular basis to ensure they keep themselves safe in case of real emergency. The following terminology and procedures are used and explained when teaching students:
Evacuation Procedures: In case of an emergency requiring evacuation such as Fire or Earthquake, staff and students are trained to assemble at the gravel field in the back field. Visitors to the school should also evacuate the school. The school has equipment and provisions to adequately care for children until their parents can pick them up. In such an emergency, parents are directed to carefully follow the instructions of staff so we can ensure the proper accounting and safe dismissal of children to their parents or emergency designates. In case of a real emergency, we can anticipate that children and parents both will be worried about their family members’ health and safety. The school has specific student release procedures in place to ensure that families are re-united as quickly and safely as possible, and to ensure accountability and tracking of each student’s safe release.
During an Earthquake, students are asked to follow the following steps before evacuation: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Use if an earthquake or explosion occurs or anytime a building or its materials shake and fall:
Drop - get down on the ground/floor
Cover - take cover under heavy furniture or millwork
Hold On – hold on to the furniture/millwork as the shaking may cause even large items to move. After the shaking stops and possible falling debris settles, wait 60 seconds, then evacuate the building.
-Lockdown: Staff and students also rehearse what to do in the unlikely event of a dangerous intruder either on the school grounds or within the school. During a "LOCKDOWN" drill, we lockdown the school: “Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown” is announced over the school PA system in the unlikely event that there is a dangerous intruder in the school. All students gather in their classroom (or closest room), lock the doors, turn off lights and remain quietly with their teacher until they are directed that it is safe to come out. In the unlikely event of a lockdown situation, we will be turning off and collecting cell phones from students, as using them at such a time poses potential additional risks: we do not want phones to sound at times when quiet is essential. Additionally, texting, tweeting, etc. risks sending out inaccurate information that could hamper police efforts to resolve the incident. Parents are asked not to attempt to contact the school or their children directly.
-Hold & Secure: Use if there is a security concern in the neighbourhood. Everyone is to come into the school and remain in the school; Exterior doors are secured. Exterior windows secured and blinds closed; No one may enter or exit the school.
-Shelter in Place: Use if an environmental hazard is in the vicinity of school (including coyotes). Everyone is to come into the school and remain in the school; Exterior doors are secured. Exterior windows are closed and secured plus blinds/drapes closed; All ventilation systems may be turned off; Principal will monitor access to the school.
-Room Clear: Use to move students away from a hazard contained in one room/area. Students directed to go directly to a previously agreed-upon alternate location
Friday, September 30: National Day For Truth And Reconciliation - School closed
Tuesday, October 4 in the morning: Gr. 6 Immunization Clinic
Thursday, October 6 @ 9:15-10:15am: Safety Patroller Training Session (Gr. 5-7)
Thursday, October 6 @11:00am: Lockdown Drill #1
Monday, October 10: Thanksgiving Day - School closed
Thursday, October 20 @10:20am: Shake Out BC - Earthquake Drill #1
Thursday, October 20 @12:40-3:00pm: District Cross Country Meet at Trout Lake
Friday, October 21: Professional Development Day - School closed for students
Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25: K-7 Drumming workshops
Tuesday, October 25 @6:30: PAC Meeting
Monday, October 31: Halloween Celebration! More info to come
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
I wish you a restful weekend.
Armin Samiei | Principal
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School