SSA Mission & Vision Statements

Bell Schedule

8:25

Breakfast program begins

8:25

Playground supervision begins

8:35

Entry bell

8:45

Instruction bell

10:15-10:30

P-3 recess

10:45-11:00

4-6 recess

12:10-1:00

Lunch

  • 12:10-12:35 - P-3 Students Play Outside/4-6 Students Eat
  • 12:35-1:00 - 4-6 Students Play Outside/P-3 Students Eat

2:35

Dismissal bell

2:45

Supervision Ends

 

Phys. Ed. & Music Schedules

Music

Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

3 Constantine

4/5 Gill

6 Wood

6 Wood 4/5 Gill

5/6 Murphy

4 Robertson

5 Bennett

5/6 Murphy

4 Robertson

4 Fuller

5 Bennett

3 Davis

2/3 Foley

4 Fuller

3/4 McKoy

3 Constantine

P Crocker

2 Graham

P Crocker

2/3 Foley

3 Davis

P/1 McCarthy

1/2 MacLean

P/1 McCarthy

1 Baker

3/4 McKoy

1 Baker

P Brunt

P Brunt

P Letcher

2 Cunningham

1 Allen

P Letcher

2 Graham

1 Allen

1/2 MacLean

 

 

2 Cunningham

 

 

 

Physical Education

Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

3 Davis

P Letcher

3 Constantine

3 Davis

Learning Ctr.

2 Cunningham

P/1 McCarthy

3/4 McKoy

2 Cunningham

Learning Ctr.

2 Graham

P Crocker

1/2 MacLean

1 Baker

1/2 MacLean

1/2 MacLean

P Brunt

2/3 Foley

2 Graham

1 Baker

P Crocker

3 Davis

1 Allen

2/3 Foley

1 Allen

P Brunt

1 Allen

1 Baker

P Letcher

P Letcher

P/1 McCarthy

2 Cunningham

P Crocker

P Brunt

Learning Ctr.

 

2 Graham

 

P/1 McCarthy

2/3 Foley

 

 4 Robertson

  5/6 Murphy  
 

4/5 Gill

  6 Wood  
 

4 Fuller

 

5 Bennett

 
 

3/4 McKoy

  4 Robertson  
 

3 Constantine

  4/5 Gill  
 

6 Wood

  4 Fuller  
 

5 Bennett

  3/4 McKoy  
 

5/6 Murphy

  3 Constantine  

 

 

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Please join us at our next School Advisory Council and Home & School meetings on

January 28 @ 6:30

 

 

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Need to Know....

  • Optional French Programs

    Registration is now open for Optional French Programs for the 2020-2021 school year!

     

    Application forms and detailed information regarding optional French Programs can be found on the CCRCE website:  www.ccrce.ca/optional-french-programs

     

    Please note: Paper applications will no longer be accepted. If parents/guardians are unable to register online, please contact: Jessica Hinton at AllenJ@ccrce.ca or 902-986-2100 or Cheryl Ann Lelievre at LelievreCA@ccrce.ca or 902-301-1976

     

    The deadline for online registration for ALL OPTIONAL FRENCH PROGRAMS is: 

     

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020

  • Addressing Head Lice in Schools - Guidelines for Parents/Guardians

    Overview
    The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), in partnership with regional centres for education (RCEs) and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), has committed to following the recommendations of health care professionals and supporting school communities in the treatment and prevention of head lice.
    The department’s focus on the treatment and prevention of head lice is an effort to support student attendance and full participation at school. In accordance with these principles and healthcare standards, students with head lice should be treated at home and continue to attend school as usual. The confidentiality, privacy, dignity, and best interests of students and their families will be respected at all times.
    “No-nit” or “no head lice” policies that keep children away from school are not effective. Head lice are common among students: they do not spread disease and cases of head lice are often misdiagnosed. A school-wide notice will be sent home to all parents/guardians when school staff suspect a case of head lice.
     
    What Are Head Lice?
    Head lice are tiny insects and parasites that live on the human body and are most often attached to clean hair. Their eggs, also called nits, stick to the hair shaft, very close to the scalp. Head lice are spread most easily through direct head-to-head contact or through personal items used on the head or in the hair (e.g., hats, combs, brushes, ponytail holders). EECD recognizes that the discovery of head lice on your child(ren) can result your family feeling discomfort and embarrassment. Head lice are a common condition that can affect anyone.
     
    Treatment and Prevention
    Nova Scotia Public Health recommends two head lice treatments (visit the link at the end of these guidelines for more information) to completely break the head lice cycle. The second treatment should be used 7 to 10 days after the first or as directed by the product.
    The first treatment kills live head lice. Some lice may hatch after it but they are adolescent nits and cannot lay eggs. Combing your child(ren)’s hair and removing nits is a daily requirement. The second treatment kills the adolescent nits and breaks the head lice cycle.
     
    Please note, the following guidelines are helpful in preventing the spread of head lice:
    • Notify your principal and your child(ren)’s classroom teacher if your child(ren) has or have head lice and keep the school informed about head lice issues as they arise.
    • Check your child(ren)’s head(s) and hair regularly, including:
    - once a week as part of your routine
    - after every sleepover
    - any time they have had contact with someone with lice
    • Keep long hair tied back or braided.
    • Teach your child(ren) not to share personal items that have touched their head, such as o brushes, combs, barrettes, headbands, hair elastics, towels, hats, helmets, toques, scarves, pencils, crayons.
    • Teach your child(ren) to put their hats and scarves in their coat sleeves or backpacks when they take them off.
     
    Assistance in Treating Head Lice
    Parents/guardians who experience difficulty in addressing head lice issues at home should notify their child(ren)’s principal(s) of the situation. Principals may assist families in accessing the specific supports they require, such as additional information and means of obtaining head lice treatments. The confidentiality, privacy, dignity, and best interests of students and their families will be respected at all times. Additional information on how to prevent, find, and treat head lice is available at: www.novascotia.ca/dhw/publications/public-health-education/07135-head-li...
  • Multicultural Club

    The Amherst Library and YREACH are teaming up to create an exciting new program to help celebrate diversity within Cumberland County!
    Join us every second Thursday at the Amherst Library as we learn about the cultures, traditions, and food from all corners of our great big world!
    Come and tell your stories and share your knowledge with others about the world around us and learn something new.
    Make some new friends and help us choose a name for our club. Everybody is welcome!
     
    Thursdays: January 16 & 30, February 13 & 27
    Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
    Grades P-12
    Call 902 667-2549 for more info.
     
    NOTE: CHILDREN UNDER 9 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT
  • Early Dismissal Process

    When a storm is forecasted for later in the day and the CCRCE announces an early dismissal through media outlets first thing in the morning, schools are not required to make individual phone calls home to alert familiies. We will, however, remain available in the school until all children are home. Bus drivers also bring back to the school any children who do not have someone waiting for them. If school is unexpectedly canceled during the school day, each students' home will be contacted and families will be notified through our SWIFT K-12 communication system (for which you will receive texts, emails, calls).

  • Volunteers

    We love volunteers at SSA. Whether it be to chaperone class trips or events, provide in-school support by way of reading and early literacy practice, supporting fundraising events, etc. we welcome the support of our familes. Please be reminded, however, that in order to volunteer you must have completed an approved CCRCE volunteer package that includes a criminal records check and Child Abuse Registry clearance. This process can sometimes take time so the earlier it is completed the better. We are thankful for our families.

  • Parental Concerns

    We welcome open and productive relationships with our families. Should you have any concerns relating to the classroom, please be sure to first make contact with the teacher. If you do not feel as though a situation has been appropriately addressed, please then contact the principal and contact the principal regarding general school concerns. If after this first contact, you are still disatisfied, you are invited to call the Chignecto office at 902-597-4207.

  • Allergy Safe

    This is a reminder that Spring Street Academy strives to be an allergy safe school and we ask that you help us to keep our students and staff safe.  We have several students and staff who have life threatening allergies. Currently, we ask that no products containing nuts (including Nutella and peanut butter) and dill (including dill pickle chips) be sent to school. We recently had a member of our school community suffer an anaphylactic reaction as a result of the smell of dill in the classroom. There are many allergy safe snacks available so please be diligent in not sending prohibited items. Please make us aware in the office of any students who have severe allergies of any kind.

  • Changes to Gender Documentation in Schools

    The Department of Education and Early Childhood development has announced changes to the way gender is recorded in school records. Please read the following memo from the department for full details on the changes.

  • Importance of Sleep

    After safety and nutrition, how much sleep a child gets is uppermost in a parent’s mind. The amount your child needs varies by age: Toddlers need 11 to 14 hours, while preteens and teens require 8 to 10 hours. Following a well-rehearsed bedtime routine and tucking in at a reasonable hour are two key components to helping your child get a solid night’s sleep.

    If your child can’t fall asleep easily, the following are effective strategies to soothe your kid’s nighttime struggles.

     

    Get Outside!

    Consider having your child run for exercise first, as a way to use up energy and prepare for bedtime later on.  Getting physical increases the body’s temperature—and after it lowers, the drop may help kids fall asleep more easily.  Sixty minutes of exercise is considered ideal for kids, including activities such as biking, hiking, or sports.

     

    Watch the Clock

    Staying up too late is a big reason kids aren’t getting the sleep they need each night. In fact, a child who heads to bed too late can take longer to fall asleep and may wake more frequently during the night.  Try to base your child’s bedtime on his age and activity level and then stick to the appointed time during the week and on weekends.

     

    Set the Scene

    A calming bedroom atmosphere can help ease sleep struggles. Be sure the room is dark enough (installing black-out shades can help) and the temperature is comfortably cool.  A rumbling tummy can keep kids awake, so offer a light snack before bed. Ones to try: whole-grain crackers with peanut butter or a small banana.

     

    Power Down Devices

    Watch out for electronics before bed. The blue light emitted by iPads, computers, and the television can keep kids awake. Turn off devices at least an hour before your kid turns in.

    If lifestyle and environmental adjustments aren’t helping your child get back on track with sleep, talk to a pediatrician.

     

    Children aged 3-5 years are recommended to have 10-13 hours of sleep each night while school aged children (6-9 years) are recommended to have 9-11 hours.

    ~National Sleep Foundation article~

  • Playground Access Notice

    Keeping our students safe is important to all of us. For that reason and in response to concerns raised by parents and staff, we ask that the playground area be reserved to students and staff only between the hours of 8:25 AM and 2:45 PM. All parents/guardians/siblings/pets are kindly asked to remain outside the playground area. As such, we ask that our families accompany their children to the edge of our playground at the beginning of the day and allow their children to play/socialize independently until the bell rings. Children will walk to their designated entry door on their own. We also encourage parents/guardians who pick up their children at the end of the day to wait along the edge of the playground and establish a meeting spot in those areas.

    The playground is an extension of our school and often used as an outdoor classroom throughout the day.  The same check-in process is necessary for the playground as inside our building. Parents/guardians who wish to be on the playground within the hours noted above are required to sign into the office and pick up a visitor’s tag. An exception to this guideline will be made for our licensed daycare providers who drop off/pick up a number of children each day. These changes are supported by our School Advisory Council which is comprised of parents, community members and staff.

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