Principal's Message

It gives me great pleasure, as Principal of Ryerson Heights Elementary School, to welcome you to the official Ryerson Heights School Website. This website has been prepared in the hope that it will become for parents, students, staff and visitors to the site, a valuable source of school news and timely information.

Our entire staff is committed to establishing a school environment that allows our students to flourish and grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. We take great pride in being awarded our Lighthouse Leadership status. Please visit the 'Leader In Me' tab for more information.

It is my hope that this website is valuable to your needs.

Enjoy your visit!

~ Principal L. VanLeeuwen


The Leader In Me: Our Journey

Year 1: Establishing a Culture of Leadership

In our first year, school staff engaged in a shared vision of the greatness and leadership that are inherent in every child and adult. We studied the timeless, universal principles that allow people to realize their potential and made specific plans for implementing these principles in our school and classroom cultures at Ryerson Heights.

Year 2: Applying the Tools of Leadership

In our second year, we built on the foundation established in year one and learned to apply the 7 Habits and leadership concepts at a higher order. We implemented specific tools that empowered staff and students. We focused on effective school-wide goals that produced results and continue to modify our growing needs to produce results in the future. In recognition of such success, Ryerson Heights was granted Lighthouse status.

Lighthouse recognition comes because of the results a school is achieving and the impact it is having on staff, students, parents and the greater community. It typically takes two to three years, but can be achieved sooner if schools make it a priority to achieve results sufficient to pass the Lighthouse review. The review evaluates the schools performance against nine criteria:

  1. A Lighthouse team is in place at the school, meets regularly and oversees school-wide implementation of the leadership model with students, staff, parents and community members.
  2. The school campus environment reinforces the model by adding leadership language displays and bulletins to hallways and classrooms that emphasize individual worth and leadership principles.
  3. Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction daily.
  4. The staff collaborates and works together to effectively build a culture of leadership in classrooms and throughout the school.
  5. The students are provided with meaningful student leadership roles and responsibilities.
  6. The parents of students understand The Leader in Me model and the 7 Habits and are involved in activities that support the leadership model.
  7. A system is in place for setting and tracking school-wide, classroom, academic and personal goals.
  8. The school sees improvements resulting from implementing The Leader in Me process, which includes measuring, collecting baseline data and tracking results to determine how the leadership model is bringing improvements.
  9. The school holds events to share their leadership model with the community and other schools and hosts a mini or full Leadership Day or a similar event that includes parents, business partners and educators.

Year 3+: Maximizing Results

In our third year, we are looking to define our unique signature. All staff, students, parents and community members are making distinctive contributions. Continuous improvement is needed to maintain the greatness we have achieved. Our journey continues as we consider two small words for the 2012/2013 school year: ‘What if...’ Parents, guardians, family, friends and community members, we are excited and pleased to have your ongoing support as we continue to make a difference, here, at Ryerson Heights Elementary School.


Boomerang Lunches

At Ryerson Heights we have adopted a Boomerang Lunch policy to help make a difference to our environment. We hope to reduce waste and encourage students and their families to review and think about the way they prepare and package lunch and snack foods.

How it works:

All waste from your child’s snacks/lunches will be returned home. This includes all packaging, uneaten food and leftovers.

Why we need this program:

Most lunch trash comes from disposable packaging of single serving food items, plastic bags and foil. It’s estimated that the average school age child using a disposable lunch produces 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year! At Ryerson Heights that translates into nearly 3000 large bags of garbage a year! This is a huge cost to the environment and to the school and through the Boomerang Program children will become aware of how disposable lunches impact our environment in a positive way. Using re-usable containers, thermos bottles and bringing the right amount of food will let children know they can be part of the solution to our waste problems.

Benefits:

A Boomerang lunch provides you with the first hand knowledge of the eating habits and preferences of your child. By carrying home the leftovers you can see what your child has eaten or not. Teachers see a huge amount of uneaten food go into the garbage day after day. This is not only wasteful but expensive. We know this is asking families to re-think food preparations and student actions but our hope is that informative discussions will take place and habits will change. Packing a waste free lunch not only helps the environment it can also result in healthier more nutritious snack/lunches. Many pre-packaged foods contain significant amounts of salt, preservatives, sugar and fat. There is also a cost savings as lunches made of pre-packaged items can cost $4.50 or more while a waste free lunch costs around $2.50.

Waste-Free Snack/Lunch Tips:

  • Use reusable lunch carriers. Remember to buy a large enough lunch bag to fit all the re-usable containers in.
  • Use reusable containers. Please avoid plastic wrap, foil, wax paper and styrofoam. Remember to show your child how to put all uneaten food back into these containers and seal it carefully to avoid a yucky mess arriving home in the lunch bag.
  • Use reusable drink bottles or thermos. Please avoid single-use juice boxes, pouches, cans and water bottles.
  • Use a cloth napkin and wash and reuse. Please avoid paper napkins.
  • Use silverware and wash and re-use. Please avoid plastic forks/knives.
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables and cut them up so you can send the right amount and it’s quicker and easier for your child to eat.
  • Get your children to help pack their snacks/lunches with healthy foods.
  • Only pack as much food as your child will eat.
  • Label all containers with an initial or special symbol so they have a better chance of coming home.
  • Parents in the pilot program found that initially a little more time was needed to clean up the lunch bag each night but once students got used to packing the waste better and there was less waste because the right amount of food was sent it was not a big problem.
  • Try to involve your child in this process so they become more aware of the healthy benefits to the environment and themselves!

Many thanks for your support of this important and exciting initiative! Together we can all make a difference.

Daily Schedule

8:35 am Entry Bell

10:15am – 10:55 am 1st Nutrition Break

12:35pm – 1:15 pm 2nd Nutrition Break

2:55 Dismissal

DOOR 1: Ms. Kroes, Ms. Koniuch, Ms. Stewart, Mrs. Madgwick, Mr. Daniel, Mrs. Manzo

DOOR:2 Mr. Woodley, Mr. Wilson, Ms. Marsh, Mr. Cohoon, Ms. Blunt, Ms. Halabecki

DOOR 3: Mrs. Ogle, Mr. Mayock, Ms. Volchoff, Ms. Payne, Mrs. Robb, Miss Brown, Mrs.Stallmann , Mrs. Elsohemy, Mrs. Harris

DOOR 4: Mrs. Rivers/Mrs. Wardell-Parasiuk, Mrs. Horne/Ms. Dredge, Miss Borges/Mrs. Smyth

Important Resources

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Educational Links

Raz-Kids

Online access to Raz-Kids reading program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)

Prodigy

Online access to the Prodigy math games program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)

Sumdog

Online access to Sumdog math games program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)

ABCya

Online access to free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web

PBSkids

Online access to PBSkids games

Discovery Kids

Online access to Discovery Kids educational games and research

FunBrain

Online access to free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy.