Lynn Valley Elementary
North Vancouver School District
HANDBOOK

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8:48 a.m.                             Warning Bell
8:53-10:25 a.m.                  Instruction
 
10:25-10:45 a.m.                 Recess
 
10:45-12:05                         Instruction
 
12:05-12:35 p.m.                 Play time
12:35-12:55                          Lunch time
 
12:55                                     Warning Bell
1:00-3:00 p.m.                     Instruction
 
 

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CALLBACK

604-903-3620 press 1

 
Please call the number above, if your child will be away from school, or arriving late due to an appointment. 
 
Please include your name, your child's name, and your child's grade and teacher in your message as well as the length of absence. 
 
Callback is in place for both the morning and the afternoon attendance.  If your child does not arrive on time for school, and we are not aware of a planned absence, a staff member at the school will attempt to contact you, or any of your approved emergency contact numbers.
 
Please do your best to ensure that your children are at school and in their seats, ready to start their school day by 8:50 each morning.
 

PUNCTUALITY & ATTENDANCE

Please encourage your child to arrive at school on time so that they do not miss important messages, lessons and direction in their classrooms.  Students who arrive late interrupt the learning in the classroom for the other students, and necessitate that teachers repeat directions, routines and expectations. 
 
Please help your child to be organized and ready so that they are able to arrive at school relaxed and well prepared to start their day.
 
Regular attendance at school is highly correlated with school success.  Please do your best to schedule extended vacations and appointments outside school hours.  Learning at school is not all paper and pencil tasks.  Class discussions, group interactions and hands on learning cannot be sent along with your child during times of extended absences. 
 

COMMUNICATION

Newsletters

Newsletters will be sent home electronically, at the end of each month, generally on the final Friday of the month.  Please ensure that our office staff has the email addresses of both parents to ensure good communication between home and school.  If you do not have access to a computer, you may pick up a copy of the newsletter at the office.
 

Meeting with Teachers

Teachers welcome communication with parents and work hard to establish strong partnerships between home and school.  If there is something of importance that you feel your child’s teacher should know, please send a note explaining the situation, or requesting that the teacher contact you.
Your child’s teacher may not be available for impromptu conversations or phone calls before and after school due to meetings, coaching, classroom preparations, or prior commitments. Please schedule a time to meet with a teacher if there is something significant that you need to discuss.
 

SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Litter

As a litter-free school, all students are asked to keep litter in their pockets or to use the trashcans provided throughout our playgrounds. 
 

Chewing Gum

Due to many problems caused by improper disposal, gum may NOT be chewed at school.  Students who arrive at school with gum should immediately dispose of it in a garbage can.
 

Snowballs

For safety reasons, snowball throwing is not allowed in or around the school.
 

Bicycles/Skateboards & Scooters

We encourage students to walk or ride their bikes to school.  Once on school property, bicycles should be walked to racks and locked during school hours. Scooters should be walked or carried into classrooms and put away. Skateboards are not encouraged because of safety and storage issues.  Skateboards should NOT be ridden on school property.  The school accepts NO responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen bikes, skateboards and scooters.
 

Valuables

Our school staff is not able to safeguard items, nor are we able to replace anything that is lost, stolen, or broken.  Please do not bring iPods, personal music or electronic gaming devices, cell phones, roller blades, skateboards, precious jewelry, toys, or any other valuables to school.
 
Students with cell phones, cameras and personal listening devices are asked to ensure that these items are put away in backpacks once students   arrive on the school grounds.  Improper use of these items has resulted in some complex issues for staff to rectify. 
 
Problems arise when photos are taken and posted on the Internet resulting in safety concerns regarding other people's children.  Personal phones, cameras and listening devices seen at school will be removed by staff members and stored at the office until a parent is able to collect them from the school.
 

Appropriate Attire

School is a place of work for students, staff members and teachers.  We request that students dress appropriately to learn and play when they come to school.  Walking field trips, sports activities, and gym classes may occur at any time during the school week.  Students should always have appropriate foot ware for PE and games.
 
Clothing that is revealing and beach attire are not appropriate for school.  Out of respect for others, we request that students do not wear bikini tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs or clothing that reveals their undergarments to school.  Clothing items and backpacks with inappropriate logos or symbols are also not appropriate for school.
 

Telephone

Students with legitimate reasons for using the school telephones will receive permission from their classroom teacher to use the office telephone.  We discourage students from using the phone to make social arrangements, as we have limited access to phone lines at the school.
 

Parking Lot

Please respect the signs indicating “Staff Parking” and do not park in the parking lot.  Please do not use the parking lot as a drop off area for students.  Street parking is available on Institute Road and Mountain Hwy. 
 
Additionally, please respect the Handicapped Parking signs and drop off areas at the front of the school, as well as the NO STOPPING areas. 
 

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are intended to extend and enrich the learning that takes place in the classroom. Costs associated with field trips are charged to students in the classes taking the field trips.  If there is financial hardship in your family that would prevent your child from being able to attend a field trip, please send a letter to the Principal.  This information will be kept confidential.  Arrangements can be made to support your family so that your child does not miss a field trip for financial reasons.
 

VOLUNTEERS

Parents and community members who are working in classrooms or volunteering in the school are reminded that they need to sign in at the office and receive a visitor’s tag to wear while they are in the building, or on the school grounds.  This helps with the safety and security of students. 
 
Volunteer training and a confidentiality declaration is required by all parents who volunteer in the school.  Training sessions will be offered in the fall or can be arranged with the school principal.
 
Parents are asked not to be on the playgrounds during recess and lunch breaks as this makes supervision more difficult for staff members.
 
Parents volunteering to drive on field trips, must complete and submit a Volunteer Driver’s Application form along with a current driver’s abstract to the school.  Driver’s abstracts can be obtained by calling :  604-661-2255.  You may ask that your abstract be faxed directly to the school.  Our fax number is 604-903-3621.
 
 

VALET PROGRAM

Institute Road has become a busy street, particularly at drop off and pick up times.  For the past several years, parent volunteers and trained students in grades 5, 6, & 7 have served as valets to provide a drop off service for parents in cars. If you are able to volunteer one morning a week from 8:20 – 8:50 please contact the school and help us to run this program.  We hope that there will be sufficient parent volunteers to have this program up and running by the middle of September, at our school.
 
Parents are reminded not to drop students off in such a way that students jay walk to the school doors.
 
Please do not drop off students in the middle of the block and certainly not in such a way that they are getting out of cars in the middle of the road.