At Gerald McShane we are dedicated to fostering academic excellence through the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, and socially. We also emphasize the importance of friendship; we instill in our students a sense of belonging and provide them with a positive learning environment to motivate them to achieve their own personal success.
Students must attend school regularly and be punctual. Parents should not allow their children to miss school for appointments, vacations or social events. Medical appointments should be scheduled on pedagogical days or after school.
When a student is absent or late, a parent must contact the school before 7:30 am and give the reason for the absence. If late, the student must report to the office before going to class. The school's answering machine is on from 3:30 pm to 8:00 am. When a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to make up what was missed in class.
Students who must leave early must bring a written note to the homeroom teacher no later than that morning. In addition, please notify the school of any changes to the student's after school routine prior to 1:00 pm of that day. When parents arrive at school, they must report to the office.
Students who are sick should remain at home. Parents will be requested to pick up their children, if they become sick at school. If the student is well enough to be at school, the student will go outside during recess and lunch.
Students walking to school are to arrive at school no earlier than 7:45 a.m. in the morning since teachers are not on supervision prior to this time.
Students must behave in a safe and cooperative manner at all times, both in and out of class. Follow all school and classroom rules.
All students are expected to treat other children with respect in all circumstances. Politeness, civil language, and consideration of others are expected. Swearing, rude behavior, pushing, shoving, yelling, fighting, play fighting, taxation and bullying are not permitted.
All school staff, which includes teachers, lunch supervisors, parent volunteers, caretakers, office staff and non-teaching professionals, are acting with the full authority of a parent. Students must obey them at all times. Insubordination can lead to serious disciplinary action.
Students must follow the rules set by each of their teachers and made known to them at the beginning of the year.
All school rules and regulations are in effect during activities, whether in school or outside of school. The school dress code is mandatory.
Students must walk quietly in the school whether alone or with their class. Running is never permitted. Parents and visitors must report to the office when they enter the school.
If a child breaks or damages school property, or loses school textbooks, the parents must pay for the repair or replacement.
All books issued by the school are property of the school. Students must not scribble, draw or deface a book. Damaged or lost books must be paid in full. All books must be covered with clear plastic upon teachers' request.
Skateboards, baseball bats, all electronics, cell phones, iPads, mp3 players, laser pointers, and trading cards (i.e. pokemon, hockey, Magic) must not be brought to school or on the school buses. The school reserves the right to confiscate the above items.
Students must follow the rules set by the bus driver, the bus company and the School Board. Students who misbehave on the school bus may be given a written notices or even suspended. In case of suspension, a student must be transported to school. The following Bus Safety Rules must be followed:
The following consequences are in effect for students who violate any Rules of Conduct and Safety:
The safety of children is always a priority at Gerald McShane School. Parents must assist by respecting the following rules:
The student agenda book is compulsory. Parents are asked to verify that their child's homework is done. Please sign. Also verify communications from the teacher.
It is based on lessons taught in class. Children should be able to do it alone. However, parents may have to help. Assignments can be of various types; written homework studying reviewing or memorizing material taught in class preparing a project reading a book or doing research.
To develop regular and independent work habits To reinforce class work To develop responsibility To complete work no finished in class To reinforce skills taught in class
Considering that each student is different, the following is what we consider to be the time to be spent on homework each night:
|Grade 1:||Gradual increase to about 30 minutes|
|Grade 2 and 3:||Approximately 20 to 40 minutes|
|Grade 4 and 5:||Approximately 30 to 60 minutes|
|Grade 6:||Approximately 45 to 90 minutes|
The habits which children acquire at Gerald McShane are those which they will carry to high school and later endeavors.
As providing a safe environment for our students is a major concern, we wish to remind all parents that a peanut/nut free environment cannot be guaranteed in our school as complete avoidance of all allergens is not possible.
Students at risk of anaphylactic reactions should only eat food prepared from their home. They should refrain from buying food from outside suppliers (hot lunch programs, fundraising pizza lunches) or school cafeterias and from consuming food offered through nutritional support programs. Although peanuts or nut products are not used in the preparation of the meals/snacks in these suppliers’ production kitchens, cross-contamination may have occurred on site, in transit or at the original source of the primary ingredients (e.g. Plant X producing chicken nuggets as well as products containing nut/peanut derivatives).
Furthermore, please take particular note that:
Therefore, no packaged/processed food can be guaranteed as peanut/nut free. To prevent accidental exposure to peanuts or nuts, all parents should prioritize fruits and vegetables and milk products as snacks and desserts.
All students must come to school wearing white tops (shirts, t-shirts, blouses). There must be no designs, advertising, team name, picture or drawings on these white tops. The bottoms (pants, skirts, tunics) must be black with no words or pictures on the pants.
Students may wear a red sweater over their white top. Jeans and jean look-a-like pants (double stitching, outside pockets or metal studs) may not be worn at school. mdiuniform
Students must wear closed shoes or running shoes in school at all times. For safety reasons on sandals with a back strap are permitted.
Students may not wear make-up of any sort; the midriff must be covered at all times. Only natural color of hair or streaks (natural colors only) will be permitted. It is recommended that students not wear gaudy (flashy, showy, excessive) jewelry.
During the warm months, students may wear black bermudas.
Students are not to wear spaghetti-strap tops, jogging pants, tights, spandex shorts or spandex pants, mini-skirts, army fatigues or denim jeans, jackets, vests or skirts.
For physical education students must wear the Gerald McShane physical education t-shirt with the school name and the black shorts or jogging pants with the school name.
The dress code is to be followed every day during classes as well as at Daycare.
In order to develop good health habits and a good sense of well being at school, students must change into their gym outfit for physical education class.
For the same reason, students are expected to change back into their school dress code after physical education class. The running shoes should fit and be in good form in order to avoid accidents. Any other form of shoes is not permitted.
Jewelry, including bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings and watches, cannot be worn on days when physical education is scheduled. Also students with long hair should have it tied back in a pony tail or at least in such a way that it is out of their faces.
Older students are strongly encouraged to have with them a stick deodorant that they may use prior to physical education class.
In order for the school and the school board to comply with the Education Act article 209.2(1)(2)(3)(4), the school board and school must sign a Management and Educational Success Agreement (M.E.S.A). This must be done annually. This Agreement outlines the commitments made by the school board and the school to achieve their mission of successfully instructing, qualifying and socializing students.