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
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.
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:
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.
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.
All waste from your child’s snacks/lunches will be returned home. This includes all packaging, uneaten food and leftovers.
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.
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.
Many thanks for your support of this important and exciting initiative! Together we can all make a difference.
8:35 am Entry Bell
10:15am – 10:55 am 1st Nutrition Break
12:35pm – 1:15 pm 2nd Nutrition Break
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. HarrisDOOR 4: Mrs. Rivers/Mrs. Wardell-Parasiuk, Mrs. Horne/Ms. Dredge, Miss Borges/Mrs. Smyth
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)
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)
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)
Online access to free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web
Online access to PBSkids games
Online access to Discovery Kids educational games and research
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.