Buchanan School is hosting a Kindergarten Information Evening on January 25th at 7pm
Registration opens on Friday January 27th.
For Parents wishing to register Out of Catchment you can follow this link starting at 8am on January 27th.
Your intent to register will be date and time stamped.
Guide to Early Years Registration here
Supply List for 2016-2017 School year:
Outdoor Recess Guidelines
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1. Recess will take place out-of-doors whenever possible.
2. When the weather is questionably cold, principals or their designate will contact the nearest Environment Canada weather office (983-2050) and determine the “wind chill hazard”, at the Winnipeg Airport, at that time. Individuals telephoning should also ascertain whether the wind chill hazard is increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant.
3. Having determined the wind chill hazard and its relative movement, the principal will announce “indoor recess” if the wind chill hazard is at or over -28°C. When the wind chill hazard is between –25°C and –28°C, outdoor recess may be allowed but under no circumstances will children be allowed outside for longer than ten minutes. It is the principal’s responsibility to ensure that this time line is stringently enforced.
4. On days when there is insufficient wind to produce a wind chill hazard reading, temperature will be the determinant concerning indoor recess. If the temperature is -29°C or lower, recess will be indoors. If the temperature is between -25°C and -28°C, outdoor recess may be allowed, but for no longer than ten minutes.
5. This directive applies to lunch hours and any other outdoor activities related to school.
6. Teachers will ensure that students are dressed appropriately for the weather
Bus Cancellation Information
Please be advised that with the cold winter weather upon us, there exists the possibility of school buses being canceled for safety reasons. In the event of extremely cold weather (a wind chill hazard of -45C or greater) buses will be canceled and students will need alternate transportation. The School Division will contact all parents to advise them of bus cancellations. The news media is also alerted to cancellations and Division websites are updated to reflect any announcements. Please ensure that the school is notified if your phone number changes so that we will be able to contact you.
Visiting the School
Dear Parents and Guardians
In a continued effort to maintain a safe secure school environment, we are asking that all parents and visitors who wish to go to the classroom areas are asked to sign in and out of the office and receive a Visitor's badge. Parents and Visitors are asked to use the main doors off the parking lot near the Main Office.
The doors on Buchanan Blvd. and the Intermediate back doors will remain locked at all times.
Teachers and Educational Assistants on outdoor duty can be identified by their green scarves. We have 3 teachers on duty plus approximately 8 educational assistants to supervise and assist students. During the lunch recess there are 8 lunch supervisors outside with the students. Three teachers are also outside for part of the lunch recess. Parents wishing to see their chldren during the lunch hour, including lunch recess are also asked to sign in and out at the office.
Buchanan Staff and Students have 2 lockdown practices and 10 fire drills each school year.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.
The staff at the St. James-Assiniboia School Division are dedicated to making our schools a safe place for students. The Safe School information sheet illustrates some of the challenges faced by students today and present some of the techniques we are employing to help students feel safe in our schools and in the community.
Be Web Aware
What is Be Web Aware?
Be Web Aware is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The objective of everyone involved in this project is to ensure young Canadians benefit from the Internet, while being safe and responsible in their online activities.
The goal of the Be Web Aware initiative is two-fold:
1. Raise awareness amongst parents that there are safety issues when their children go online and that they need to get involved.
2. Provide practical information and tools that will equip parents to effectively manage Internet use in the home and to teach their kids to be Web savvy.
Threat Assessment Policy
For information regarding St. James Assiniboia School DivisionThreat Assessment Policy - please click here
Tragedy: Helping Children Cope: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Whenever a tragedy occurs, such as attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react.~ Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.
All Adults Should:
- Model calm and control.~ Children take their emotional cues from the significant adults in their lives. Avoid appearing anxious or frightened.
- Reassure children that they are safe~and (if true) so are the other important adults in their lives. Depending on the situation, point out factors that help insure their immediate safety and that of their community.
- Remind them that trustworthy people are in charge.~ Explain that the government emergency workers, police, firefighters, doctors, and the military are helping people who are hurt and are working to ensure that no further tragedies occur.
- Let children know that it is okay to feel upset.~ Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy like this occurs.~ Let children talk about their feelings and help put them into perspective.~ Even anger is okay, but children may need help and patience from adults to assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.
- Observe children’s emotional state.~ Depending on their age, children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can also indicate a child’s level of grief, anxiety or discomfort.~ Children will express their emotions differently. There is no right or wrong way to feel or express grief.~
- Look for children at greater risk.~ Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others.~ Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.
- Tell children the truth. Don’t try to pretend the event has not occurred or that it is not serious.~ Children are smart.~ They will be more worried if they think you are too afraid to tell them what is happening.
- Stick to the facts.~ Don’t embellish or speculate about what has happened and what might happen. Don’t dwell on the scale or scope of the tragedy, particularly with young children.
- Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.~Early elementary school~children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that the daily structures of their lives will not change.~Upper elementary and early middle school~children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school.~ They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy.~~For all children, encourage them to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. Be a good listener!
- Monitor your own stress level.~~Don’t ignore your own feelings of anxiety, grief, and anger. Talking to friends, family members, religious leaders, and mental health counselors can help. It is okay to let your children know that you are sad, but that you believe things will get better. You will be better able to support your children if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner. Get appropriate sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
What Parents Can Do:
- Focus on your children over the week following the tragedy.~ Tell them you love them and everything will be okay. Try to help them understand what has happened, keeping in mind their developmental level.
- Make time to talk with your children.~ Remember if you do not talk to your children about this incident someone else will. Take some time and determine what you wish to say.
- Stay close to your children. Your physical presence will reassure them and give you the opportunity to monitor their reaction. Many children will want actual physical contact.~ Give plenty of hugs.~ Let them sit close to you, and make sure to take extra time at bedtime to cuddle and to reassure them that they are loved and safe.~
- Limit your child’s television viewing of these events.~ If they must watch, watch with them for a brief time; then turn the set off.~ Don’t sit mesmerized re-watching the same events over and over again.
- Maintain a “normal” routine. To the extent possible stick to your family’s normal routine for dinner, homework, chores, bedtime, etc.,~but don’t be inflexible.~ Children may have a hard time concentrating on schoolwork or falling asleep at night.
- Spend extra time reading or playing quiet games with your children before bed.~ These activities are calming, foster a sense of closeness and security, and reinforce a sense of normalcy. Spend more time tucking them in.~ Let them sleep with a light on if they ask for it.
- Safeguard your children’s physical health.~ Stress can take a physical toll on children as well as adults.~ Make sure your children get appropriate sleep, exercise, and nutrition.
- Consider thinking hopeful thoughts for the victims and their families.~ It may be a good time to take your children to your place of worship, write a poem, or draw a picture to help your child express their feelings and feel that they are somehow supporting the victims and their families.
- Find out what resources your school has in place to help children cope.~ Most schools are often are a good place for children to regain a sense of normalcy.~ Being with their friends and teachers can help.~ Schools have a plan for making counseling available to children who need it.~