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Sydney River Elementary School





Effective education is the result of a shared responsibility between all of the partners who make up the school community.  This includes, but is not limited to the students, the school staff, the parents and the community at large.  Research has shown that effective communication is an integral component of successful educational programs.  Providing adequate and appropriate channels of communication between the school and the home ensures that students, parents and educators understand the expectations of the school and lessens the likelihood of misunderstandings.


Effective communication plans must ensure a free flow of information in both directions to the home as well as to the school.  It is with this in mind that the following communication plan has been developed.


Formal Reporting Periods:


Term 1    Report Cards-Tuesday, November 24, 2015

             Parent/Teacher Interviews-Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

            Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


Term 2     Report Cards-Tuesday, April 12, 2016

              Parent/Teacher Interviews-Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016

   Friday, Apr. 15, 2016


Term 3     Grading Day-Tuesday, June 29, 2016


School - Home Communication


Throughout the school year the principal and teachers will use a variety of means to communicate with the home regarding student progress and other issues affecting their learning.


1.     Meet the Staff Night:  Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 6:30 pm.

This is an opportunity for parents to meet their son/daughter's teacher and be made aware of school programs and classroom expectations.


2.     Student Agendas:       Most students at Sydney River Elementary School have been given a Student Agenda Book.  This book contains a great deal of information regarding the day-to-day functioning of the School as well as the school's Code of Conduct.  Homework assignments, projects, tests and other information are entered in the Agenda on a daily basis.  Parents can also utilize these books as a communication tool as well.


3.     School Newsletters:    Newsletters are issued from the school on a regular basis.  These newsletters will keep parents advised of regular school activities as well as special events.


4.     Web Site:                 Sydney River Elementary has developed a comprehensive web site (www.cbv.ns.ca/elemweb/sriver).  General information about the school, newsletters, calendar, a photo gallery, and some teacher web pages are only some of the items that can be found on this informative web site.


5.     Telephone Calls:         Teachers will make telephone calls to the homes of students as the need arises.  These calls will be of a positive nature as well as providing an opportunity to discuss issues of concern.


6.     Notes or Letters:        From time to time parents may receive a letter or note from their child's teacher regarding a specific issue of importance.


7.     Permission Forms:       Anytime that a class or group of students leave the school to participate in a field trip or educational tour a permission form containing the specifics of the trip will be sent home for a parent or guardian signature.


8.     Memos from the Office:  Memos containing information regarding specific activities will be sent home as necessary.


9.     Parent Meetings:        Parents or guardians will be asked to come to the school on occasion so as to discuss certain issues dealing with their child(ren).


Home - School Communication


Parents/guardians are encouraged to maintain regular communication with the school using a variety of means.


1.  Telephone: Parents are able to call the school(567-2144) in order to obtain information or to arrange meetings with staff.  Please note that teachers will not be called out of class to answer telephone calls unless they are of an emergency nature.                                               

2.  Meetings:   Parents can arrange a meeting with a teacher or school administrator by calling the school.

3.  Notes: Parents are able to contact their child's teacher by sending a note to the school either in an envelope, in the child's homework scribbler or in the Agenda Book.

4.  E-mail: Parents are able to contact the school using the e-mail address



Points to Remember


1.  In most instances it is advisable to contact your child's teacher as soon as you feel that a need arises.  It is seldom advisable to wait until the issue develops into a serious problem.

2.  When visiting the school it is essential that you come to the office first.  For safety reasons adults are not permitted to go to classrooms without receiving permission from the office.

3.  Parents should not approach other children on school property.  Any problems should be reported to the office.