Welcome to McKenzie Lake School. We are a dynamic and caring
learning community. We want you to feel at home. Being part
of the McKenzie Lake School community means being actively
involved academically, socially, and physically. It also
means being respectful, responsible, safe and kind with yourself, your peers, staff and the community. Together
we can make McKenzie Lake School an exciting and enriching
place in which to learn and grow.
Students who reside within the McKenzie Lake community
are eligible to attend McKenzie Lake School. McKenzie Lake has been designated as the Cranston overflow school. These policies
help to ensure that classes remain at a reasonable size
for the students who are designated to attend McKenzie Lake
Assessment is a critical component of good teaching. At
McKenzie Lake School a variety of assessment techniques
are employed. These include observations, rubrics, checklists,
exemplars, written and oral tests, self and peer assessment. Assessment
is on-going through the use of IRIS,
exhibits, presentations or performances and anecdotal evidence.
Policy # 6020 - The CBE believes that there is a
strong positive correlation between attendance and effective
education. Therefore, students registered in schools or
programs shall attend regularly and punctually. It shall
be the responsibility of parents to endeavour to ensure
compliance with this requirement and the responsibility
of schools to ensure that parents are informed promptly
when the attendance of students is not satisfactory.
If your child is unable to attend school due to illness,
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Absence Line at 777-6500 and dial EXT. 1 before 8:20 am.
Please ensure you call or email our school to report a student’s
absence or to indicate that the student will be late, as
we are concerned for your child’s safety. If a child
is absent and we have not been notified in advance, the
office staff will attempt to contact parents at home or
work. This is a time-consuming task and your cooperation
in phoning will help the system to run smoothly.
Students who arrive at school late are to report to the
office for a late slip before going to class. An “excused”
late is defined as a medical appointment or other event
of that status. All other late arrivals are considered “unexcused”.
Parents of students who are frequently late will be contacted
by an administrator in order to develop strategies together
that will help the student arrive at school on time.
DOCTOR AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
It is requested that appointments be made, if possible,
outside of school hours. Children miss instruction that
is impossible to make up if they are taken out during school
hours. If this cannot be avoided, we ask that a note explaining
the reason and time be sent to the teacher. Parents should
meet their child at the school office to sign them out.
Please avoid picking up your children before the designated
lunch or afternoon dismissal times. The final minutes of
the morning and afternoon are important organizational times
for the students and teachers.
Students and teachers at MLS utilize electronic communication
"Blogs" rather than a paper agenda. You can communicate
with your child's teacher by phone calls and email.
The weekly update with a list of important dates/activities is posted on the website each week at www.cbe.ab.ca/b385/news.htm.
Our school sign is regularly updated with special events and activities within our school.
You can access our Twitter account at MLSCommunityInfo
Phones are to be used by students to contact home when
necessary, not for arranging social activities.
Instructional time is extremely valuable. Please do not phone the school to organize play dates. Teaching time can not be interupted.
All McKenzie Lake parents are invited to attend the monthly
meetings of our school council. The School Council is comprised
of both parents and staff representatives. Our goal is to
work together to create a positive learning environment
for our children. Through the council, we can strengthen
communication between home and school. We discuss and plan
for our school’s future. We also support special events,
such as Special Lunches, which generate funds for our cultural
programs. Highlights, dates and times of future meetings
are published in the weekly update and on our website. The minutes are posted
on the school website: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b385/council.htm
Students and staff benefit from the work of volunteers
in our school and volunteers benefit by getting to know
the staff and school better. Parents are encouraged
to volunteer on a regular basis in the classrooms,
library, or office and, if possible, on field trips or at
other special events. A volunteer interest form is sent
home, asking for particular areas of interest/expertise.
Each volunteer must then register and have a Calgary police
security clearance check done. We can help with this process
if you bring one piece of photo I.D. to the
school. A name tag for you will be issued once approved
and must be worn when you are volunteering in the school.
Please consider joining our team!
Please note: Due to insurance obligations,
volunteers on fieldtrips are not permitted
to bring children who are not McKenzie Lake School students
with them on these trips.
MLS Behaviour Expectations
We expect each other to:
In the Hallways
In the Lunchroom
In the Classroom
In the Bathroom
On the Playground
the driver and follow
-respect others’ personal space
-make room for others
-remove outdoor shoes/boots
-use a quiet voice
-admire the artwork with your eyes not your hands
-share the hallway
-listen to the supervisors and follow directions
-listen to your monitor
-respond to the quiet signal
-use good manners
-follow the rules and routines
-use your time wisely
-take care of property
-respect the right of others to learn
-use quiet voices
wait your turn
-use the garbage can
-respect others personal space
-follow the rules fairly
-be cooperative with staff and students
-use appropriate doors
-wait your turn patiently
-share the equipment
-use garbage cans
-be on time
-be aware of your space
-take the direct route
-be where you should be
-clean up after yourself
-eat all of your food
-pick up your name tag
-be on time
-look after your own things.
-be organized and ready to learn
-pay attention to instruction
-stay on task
-use your time wisely
-use the closest bathroom
-go to the bathroom, flush the toilet and wash your
-be responsible for your belongings
-listen/watch for staff signals and follow directions
-use a quiet
-offer an empty spot
sit with you
-stay in your personal space
-enjoy the displays with your eyes
-be considerate of working students
-use your indoor voice
-respect personal space
-wait your turn
-help each other
-stay in your personal space
-say please & thank you
-be a good
-help each other
-keep it clean for others
-be a good sport
-wait for the bus in the bus area
-get on the
-wear indoor shoes
-watch where you are going
-walk to and from the lunch program
-eat only your own food
-ask a supervisor if you need to leave
-sit at the peanut free table if you have allergies
-push in your chair
-use equipment properly
-hang up your coat and back pack
-put shoes on the shelf
-ask permission to leave
-use equipment properly
-report any problems
-learn and follow the rules for the equipment
-eat snacks before playing
-come into the school with your class
McKenzie Lake School is a vibrant and caring community
of learners - students, staff, and parents - who are committed
to nurturing personal, behavioural, and academic excellence.
The safety, dignity and positive spirit of our community
are all valued and supported through clear, consistent expectations.
EXPECTATONS AT MCKENZIE LAKE
In response to a Dare to Care initiative (www.daretocare.ca
), MLS staff compiled a matrix of expected student behaviours.
We believe that this matrix represents all facets of behavioural
expectations at our school (See the table above).
IT IS EXPECTED THAT STUDENTS WILL BE:
THE PROCESS: THE 3 R’S
Students from time to time need support to meet our expectations.
The support procedure is as follows.
Restitution Fixing what he/she has done
Resolution Preparing a Plan (behavioural
statement) to keep the incident from happening again, which
is shared with parents. Serious misbehaviour may result
in out-of-school or in-school suspension
Reconciliation Making amends with the
person he/she has harmed
Administrators judiciously help students choose consequences
that fit their developmental level and the transgression
that was committed.
SAFETY AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES
FIRE DRILLS AND LOCKDOWNS
All C.B.E. schools are required to practice a minimum of
six fire drills and two lockdown procedures. A fire drill
is the procedure that students and staff would follow to
evacuate the building in case of emergency. A lockdown is
the procedure students and staff would follow in the event
a potentially dangerous situation arose in or around the
school. Teachers will instruct students regarding the calm,
quiet and orderly conduct required during these drills and
explain why they are necessary to keep everyone safe if
or when the unexpected happens.
In case of an emergency, it is very important that the
school have phone numbers where parents can be reached.
Please ensure we also have the name and phone number of
another person to be contacted if a parent cannot be reached.
Please ensure that we have a record of these contacts in
If any changes with contact numbers occur during the year,
notify the school office immediately. This will help us
guarantee locating a parent quickly in case of an emergency.
Nut allergies are present in our school as are other food
allergies. Teachers are well informed about the needs of
students in their classrooms. Please check with them before
sending anything for the class to the school.
Dogs are not permitted on school property (even when leashed)
unless they are here for instructional purposes, pre-arranged
through the teacher, so that allergy precautions may be
taken if needed.
HEELIES, ROLLERBLADES, SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS AND BICYCLES
Consideration for other pedestrians is expected when students
are on school property. Therefore, students must walk on
the sidewalks and may not use/ride equipment
such as, heelies, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters and
bicycles on school property.
TRAFFIC AND PARKING
Over 500 families send their children to the school every
day. Students all arrive and leave within the same 20 minute
window, so it is not surprising that congestion occurs as
busses, vehicles and pedestrians jockey for space. City
authorities often patrol near schools so please model caution,
patience and respect for the crosswalk rules and
posted parking signs.
STUDENT ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
Children who are not feeling well should not be sent to
school as it is extremely difficult for them to engage in
their work. They may also pass their illness on to other
children or staff members and create further absences.
Children who become ill at school will be taken to the
infirmary and, if they are too ill to return to class, a
parent will be notified. A child is never sent home alone
unless permission by a parent is given for them to do so.
Please instruct your children that if they are sick or hurt
they should inform their teacher or the office.
RETURNING FROM AN ILLNESS
Parents are asked to ensure that students are well before
returning to school. If a child must stay indoors, a dated
note must be sent with the child indicating the reason and
If your child has significant medical concerns,
please let the teacher and the office know.
When medication must be taken at school, a Medical
Release Form is required to be completed
by you and kept in the office for reference. Medication
must come to school in the original pharmacy container and
be clearly marked with the child’s name and teacher.
Vitamins, cough drops and other medication that could be
taken outside school hours will not be administered
DRESS AND INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
DRESS FOR WARMTH AND COMFORT
Whether your child is bussed, walks to school or is driven,
Calgary’s unpredictable weather can see the temperature
change drastically in a very short time. Regularly all children
go outs ide to play. Please ensure your children are dressed
appropriately to be outside every day whether it is cold,
snowy, rainy or sunny.
Students are expected to remove their outdoor footwear
upon entering the building. Parents are encouraged to set
a good example by removing wet footwear as well. Students
require indoor shoes or running shoes for safety
reasons . We ask that black-soled shoes be avoided
as they leave black marks on our floors. Running shoes must
be worn for gym.
‘Blue Day’ signs are posted on the doors on
days when the temperature dips below -20C (adjusted with
wind chill). On these rare days, the school will be open
for students to proceed to their classrooms. Lunch and recess
may be spent indoors on 'Blue Days'.
Our curriculum content is mandated in the Program of Studies
provided by Alberta Learning.
At McKenzie Lake School we strive to personalize learning.
Learning strategies are differentiated and designed to honour
individual student needs. In addition, a “Learning
Support Team” exists to work with teachers and parents
in this regard. The L.S.T. is composed of the principal,
the assistant principal/resource teacher, classroom teacher,
Area V strategists, nurses and other specialists
Any questions parents have regarding their child’s
learning should first be directed to the classroom teacher.
When necessary, follow-up meetings can be arranged with
the teacher, parent, L.S.T. and/or an administrator by calling
777-6500. Dial O.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Extra curricular activities are determined by the interests
and talents of the students and staff, therefore, activities
offered will vary from year to year. Dates and times of
the various activities are included in the monthly calendar
found in the newsletter or may be sent home under a separate
cover. Students who join clubs or activities must make a
commitment in terms of attendance and active participation.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor
of the activity if they are withdrawing, and this request
must be accompanied by a note from a parent.
Parents and students are encouraged to set aside time each
week night for home supported learning.
Parents can help children develop oral language skills
by talking about each school day, listening to their stories,
and reading to them.
Grades 1 & 2
The motivation which comes from parent interest in children’s
school work can be most valuable. Home supported learning
at this level might consist of an informal review of the
subject under study at school, reading books, viewing programs
or visiting areas suggested by the school.
Grades 3 & 4
Formal assignments may be given at the discretion of the
teacher. These may be assigned to students who need special
attention, to students who have not completed regular classroom
work, or may be an extension of the subject under study
Special Note Teachers are not responsible
for providing homework for families who choose to travel
on student instructional days.
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS FEE (Grade 1-4)
The Calgary Board of Education has mandated an Instructional
Supplies and Materials Fee. This fee covers the basic cost
of expendable instructional supplies and materials for all
courses. Grade 1- 4 Mandatory Instructional Fee $30.00 + Grade 1 - 4 Activity Fee $10.00.
Total Grade 1 to 4 fees = $40.00. Please also
provide your child with a backpack and indoor shoes.
INSTRUCTIONAL AND ACTIVITY FEE(KINDERGARTEN)
Kindergarten will collect field trip and off-campus fees
one time at the beginning of the school year called “Activity
Fee.” Kindergarten Mandatory Instructional
Fee $15.00 + Kindergarten Activity Fee $50.00. Total
fees for Kindergarten $65.00.
FIELD TRIP/OFF CAMPUS ACTIVITY FEES
These monies are charged to students to cover the cost
of a specific activity or program. All classes will go on
field trips during the school year. Parents will be advised
of the dates and locations well in advance and requested
to provide permission forms and the applicable fee.
LUNCH ROOM FEES
McKenzie Lake School is committed to being accountable
to parents for all lunchroom fees collected. There are several
payment options for full-time and are described on the Lunchroom
registration form. Full time fees for students, determined by the CBE annually, will
be $255 for the 2015-2016 school year.
There is a
drop-in fee of $5.00 per day per child.
Students may purchase a milk card in the lunchroom. Currently
the cost is $0.75/carton or $5.00/ 7 cartons. When children
pick up their milk, the supervisor checks off that they
received milk that day. *Pricing subject to change*
There are two lunch shifts, each containing approximately
half of the children. The groups switch lunch times monthly.
For example, students who start September with an 11:30
lunch will switch to a 11:53 lunch in October.
HOURS OF OPERATION: (Monday to Thursday)
Lunch 11:30 – 11:55
Recess 11:55 – 12:22
Recess 11:30 – 11:55
Lunch 11:55 – 12:22
REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE
Please provide reusable containers for lunch items rather
than throw away paper, plastic, or foil. No glass containers
please and send utensils from home for your child’s
lunch if needed. Hot water is available,
but we do not have access to microwaves
for warming lunches. Heated lunches, should be sent in a
thermos so that your child can carry his/her own hot soup
to their respective table. Lunchroom supervisors will help
open the thermos if a child needs help. Please send
utensils with your child.
NUTRITION BREAK FRIDAY
On Friday as we will be dismissing for the day at 12:15
pm. Teachers will provide an extended nutrition break mid
morning. Please provide your children with a “super
snack” to ensure that good learning can occur all
The lunchroom provides a seating area specifically for
children with nut allergies. Please let us know if you have
particular concerns that require accommodation.
If your child will not be attending the lunch program FOR
ANY REASON, a note or phone call to Kathy Lowden
(Lead Supervisor) by calling 777-6500, press 4.
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