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Douglas Park School Announcements

THANK YOU for a wonderful school year!  Have a safe, relaxing and fun summer!

**Students, remember to keep reading each and every day!

See you back on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 8:53 AM!

School supply list is attached.

Universal Lunchroom Program 2016-17: Information for Families

Background Information

On December 14, 2015, the Regina Public Schools Board of Trustees approved a plan for universal lunchroom supervision.

[From 2008 to present], anecdotally schools have reported a substantial increased workload associated with organizing and maintaining the free lunch hour supervision program. Additionally, schools have reported an increase of pressure on school staffs. Finally, the associated costs with funding a free universal elementary lunch hour supervision program have increased.

(Review of Universal Lunchroom Supervision Program and Implementation Plan for the 2016-17 School Year, December 2015)

Implementation Plan

  1. Parents of all Grades 1 to 8 students staying at noon who do not qualify for transportation by the division will be required to pay a registration fee at the beginning of the school year.
  1. Parents of Grades 1 to 8 students whose child will stay at noon must complete a lunchroom registration form for each child who will be using the lunchroom services of the school.
  1. Parents will identify the following:
    1. Transported or qualify for transportation by the school division (bus/cab), or
    2. Not transported by the school division, full-time usage of lunchroom, or
    3. Not transported by the school division, part-time usage of lunchroom.
  1. Full-time is defined as 51% or more usage; part-time is defined as 50% or less usage.
  1. In the event that a student is not transported or does not qualify for transportation by the school division, the fee rate will be as follows:
    1. Full-time - $100 per year per child
    2. Part-time - $50 per year per child
  1. Students registered at a Regina Public school after January 31st, will pay the pro-rated rate of $50/$25 per child for that school year.
  1. Fees will be paid one time through the school office. A receipt of payment of noon-hour supervision fees will be provided to parents. Parents will be encouraged to pay in full at the beginning of the school year. To support families who may have financial need, there is the option of splitting the payments, half in September and half in February.
  1. If a family moves from one Regina Public school to another, the fee is transferable but is non-refundable.
  1. Where there is financial need, families may contact their school principal.
  1. The maximum paid by one family to supervise all of their children will be $200.  This applies to both full-time and part-time usage, as well as registrations after Jan. 31st.
  1. For further information, please contact your school principal.

Before and After School Program

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Before and After School Program,

Thank you for your continued use of our Before and After School Program operated at Douglas Park School.  We trust you have found this program to be beneficial to your child's development, convenient for your family schedule and provided at a reasonable cost.

In order to ensure the continued viability of the programs, the CommunityAssociation will be raising the program rates effective August 2016.  We will be taking our program in a new direction in the fall and with the closure of our program at St. Andrews, we need to make up for our losses in order to keep our program running.

Starting August 2016, the fees will e $190 for the first child and $140 for each additional child (up to three children in attendance). To ensure you have a spot in the fall, please submit your postdated cheques to Deborah by the end of the school year.

Although we understand such increases provide additional strain on family budgets, such increases are necessary for the continued provision of this program. We feel our programming; even with this increase is still offered at a substantially lower cost than comparable programs in Regina.

We WILL be taking new names on our wait list this coming fall, the easiest way for parents to do that is by emailing us at boothillca@gmail.com

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Boot Hill Community Association at boothillca@gmail.com and we will respond as soon as we are able.

Our kindest regards,

Boot Hill Community Association

Summer Transportation Department Hours

Please be advised that the Regina Public School Board Transportation Department will be open over the summer months at regular office hours 8:00am to 4:25pm. (Excluding stat holidays)  If you have an address change or an inquiry please do not hesitate to phone, fax, or email. The cutoff date for changes (if you qualify) is July 22rd, 2016.  This will ensure your student’s transport will start on September 1, 2016.   All changes received after this date will not commence for transport until September 6th, 2016.

The initial cutoff is established so that parent route notification can be done through the mail the first week in August.  This ensures that the routes sent out the first week in August are the same on September 1, 2016, the first day of school.  Subsequent route changes requiring parent notification are done after this point.  The September 6th, 2016 cutoff ensures that there is enough time to notify all parents of changing route times.

Phone: 791-8245 or791-8251

Fax: 791-8651

E-mail: transportation@rbe.sk.ca

Kindergarten Registrations for Fall 2016

Children who will be 5 years of age by December 31st, 2016 and live in the Douglas Park School boundaries (please see the RBE website for boundary changes:  http://www.rbe.sk.ca/our-schools/attendance-boundaries) are eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2016. Please call the School board office at 306-523-3000 or stop by to get a registration package.

 

Changes to school boundaries

On April 18th, you will have received a letter about updates to the the realignment of school boundaries. If you missed it, here are the details.

You can find this information online at www.rbe.sk.ca

Regina is growing, and it is a very exciting time for Regina Public schools as neighbourhoods are expanding and new communities are popping up.  The school division has reviewed the enrolment trends and program needs and are looking towards the future of public education in Regina. Details of our trends analysis can be found in our Accommodation Review, published in September 2015: http://www.rbe.sk.ca/sites/default/files/boarddocs/accomodation_review_s...

This growth gives the school division the rare opportunity to realign school attendance areas—also known as school boundaries—to meet the future enrolment needs of families and the school division, as well as to address distance and travel time issues that may be created by growing and new communities. These changes to the attendance areas will also address any current or future capacity issues in existing schools and create opportunities to add or change programs and make them closer to students’ homes.

A map for 2016 Regular Program and French Immersion Boundary changes is included below. This information will also be available at www.rbe.sk.ca, and on this school’s website .

What you need to know about 2016 boundary changes

•             Little or no impact for current students or staff

•             Changes apply to new students only, effective 2016/17

•             Transportation Services will continue to be provided according to existing procedures

•             Siblings of current students may be permitted to attend the same schools as their brothers and                 sisters, exceptions may be provided for their transportation services.

It is very important to keep you informed and there is more realignment ahead for the 2017-18 school year. Later this month, the Board of Education and I will announce changes for when our three new schools will open, as well as information about the naming of these new schools. We are very excited about these changes, and we will keep you well informed of any changes that may be of interest to your family or community.

If you have any questions the school attendance area realignment, please don’t hesitate to visit www.rbe.sk.ca, ask your school principal, or email review@rbe.sk.ca.

Changes for Grade 1 Transportation for 2016-17 School Year

Grade 1 Transportation for the 2016-2017 School Year

Regina Public Schools, effective with the 2016-17 school year, will be changing its transportation procedures for Grade 1 students. You will have been contacted directly by letter if this change applies to your family. If you did not receive a letter, but think this applies to you, please contact your school principal.

Here are some of the details of the changes, for your information. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, only Grade 1 students who reside or whose caregivers reside more than 1,200 metres from their designated school will be eligible for transportation. This is a change from previous years where the distance from school requirement was 600 metres.

Transportation eligibility is based on Regina Public Schools Administrative Procedure and guidelines, as outlined below:

  • Eligibility for Regular Program transportation includes the following:
  1. Students must reside inside the transportation services area for the designated school,
  2. Students must be enrolled and attending their designated school,
  3. Kindergarten students who reside 0.6 km or farther from the designated elementary school are eligible for transportation,
  4. Other elementary school students who reside 1.2 km or farther from the designated elementary school are eligible for transportation.

Please be aware, however, that students may be eligible for an exception for transportation based on the guidelines listed below.

  1. Exceptions may be permitted on Regular Program school buses but not on Regular Program light vehicle transportation (cabs, vans),
  2. Exceptions may be permitted for students attending their designated school only if,
  1. The existing stop is more than 1,000 metres from the designated school,
  2. The student walks to an existing stop and there is room available on the school bus, and
  3. The student is in grade 1 to grade 5.

Exceptions will only be granted if doing so will not affect the safety, economy or efficiency of the transportation service.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.  Thank you!

School Hours

8:38 AM -  supervision is provided (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

8:53 AM - Morning classes begin

10:30 AM - Morning recess - supervised (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM - Lunch hour - supervised if students stay at the school for lunch

12:30 PM - Lunch recess - supervised (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

12:45 PM - Afternoon classes begin

2:15 PM - Afternoon recess - supervised (students will be outdoors weather permitting)

3:37 PM - Dismissal for the day

Student Registration

If you wish to register your child, please visit this Regina Public Schools link:  http://www.rbe.sk.ca/parents/student-registration

Print and fill out the appropriate forms.  Then take the forms to the area elementary school OR deliver it to the Regina Public Schools Division Office at 1600 - 4th Avenue.

School Community Council (SCC)

Thank you to the many parents who  have joined the Douglas Park School Community Council (SCC). Our next meeting is on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the staff room. 

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