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                                Beaver Bank Monarch Drive

                                Policies & Procedures





          School Hours:

          Primary – 2                   8:45 – 2:15

          Grades 3 – 6                 8:45 – 2:45

          Recess                          10:15 – 10:30

          Lunch                       .    11:45 – 12:40



          Morning Registration and Safe Arrival: 

Phone numbers of Parents, Guardians and emergency contacts are kept on file in the office.  It is important that this information be kept up to date. Should there be a change of phone number(s) for what ever reason, it is imperative that you contact the school with the new number as soon as possible.

Parents are asked to contact the school before the morning bell to advise of their child’s absence or late arrival.  Parent volunteers coordinate the Safe Arrival Program.  Please call 864-7544.  A message may be left on our answering machine 24 hours a day.  If the child is absent and no message is received then the volunteer will call to see if the child is at home. All children arriving late are required to check with safe arrival before going to their classrooms. Please send a note to the teacher (as well as calling Safe Arrival) to explain the student's absence so it can be recorded properly in the attendance register. It is advised that parents make every effort to have their children to school on time, as repeated lateness will clearly result in a loss of valuable class time.


          Storm or Emergency Closure:

The decision to cancel school in the morning will be made as close to 6:00 a.m. as possible and will be communicated on the radio, the Halifax Regional School Board website, the main switchboard at the Board and through the school cancellation number 464-INFO (4636).  It is also imperative that children know where they are going if school is cancelled in the middle of the day. Students in Grades Primary to 6 will not be released from school unless parents/designates have been notified directly using the school communication network.

In case of a major emergency (fire, flood, explosion, a plane crash etc.) all students and staff would be evacuated by bus to Harold T. Barrett Jr. High School.


Bussing Information:

Students are required to have written permission from their parents/guardians if they are requesting a change of buses, and only the principal or vice-principal is authorized to grant the request, pending the availability of seats on the bus. We do not encourage change of buses unless it is absolutely necessary.


      Communication from School to Parents:

Effective communication between the school and home is crucial to a child’s success and beneficial to the overall school program.  The staff at Beaver Bank Monarch are continuously encouraged to use all appropriate means of communication with parents including, school newsletters, report cards, parent-teacher conferences, telephone calls, and use of parent volunteers in the classroom.


Ongoing communication between parents and teachers is extremely important for effective progress reporting. 



The following events are planned at Beaver Bank-Monarch School:


September                      School Barbeque

October                          Walk-a-thon/ Curriculum Night

November                        Parent/Teacher Conference

December                        Report Card

March                             Report Card

April                               Parent/Teacher Conference

May                                Spring Fair

June                               Final Reports


If you wish to meet with a teacher or the school administration to discuss your child’s progress, please make an appointment with the teacher in question.  All staff e-mails can be found on the school website.



Homework is an important part of your child’s education.  It reinforces skills and concepts used in the classroom and places a degree of responsibility on the student for his/her work and contributes to the development of good work and study habits.


The amount and frequency of homework varies with the grade level, but reading should be a regular part of the homework routine each evening.  The children's teacher will inform you about homework expectations early in the year.  It is important for all children to have a regular place and time to do their homework and parents/guardians to take an active interest in their children’s learning


      Supervision of Students:

Daily supervision by teachers begins at 8:20 each morning. Parents should be aware that the school is not responsible for monitoring students before 8:20 and parents are not to "drop off" their children before this time.


At recess teachers supervise students. Lunchtime supervision is shared by paid, non-professional monitors and staff. After school students leave the building immediately, unless they are participating in extra-curricular activities.  All students must have their parents/guardians written permission if they plan to stay for an after school activity.


Fire Drills:

Beaver Bank Monarch has a safe plan of evacuation. Regular evacuation practices of all students are required at least six times during the school year. On occasion the local Fire Department will be in attendance.


       Clothing and Footwear:

Parents are advised to label clothing.  Any articles that remain unclaimed are collected and placed in the area adjacent to the front doors.  Leftover clothing is donated to a non-profit organization a couple of times a year


It is also advisable to have an extra pair of pants and socks in your child's book bag in case your child becomes wet or muddy.


Students need a second pair of sneakers that they can leave in school for use exclusively for indoor activities  Muddy or snow covered footwear can require extra clean up and can at times render the floors dangerous and unsafe for students.



Volunteers present an extremely valuable resource to Beaver Bank Monarch School.  Our school is blessed with many dedicated, capable and caring parents who take time to assist teachers.  They regularly help with program preparation, playground supervision (with special permission), reading with students, coordinating the Safe Arrival, Breakfast Program, fundraising, library and many other necessary activities  Their contribution is greatly appreciated and it is hoped that more parent volunteers will come forward to participate in the education of our children.


Extra-Curricular Activities:

Activities are conducted on various days of the six day cycle. These allow our students to participate in a number of different activities both inside the      school and on the playground.


School Programs:

Our school is funded for lunch supervision for those students who travel 2.4 km to and from the school by bus. We do have. other students who stay for lunch as a courtesy. Lunch monitors supervise the students in their classroom from 11:45 until 12:05. All students spend the remaining lunch period on the school grounds, weather permitting under the supervision of the lunch monitors.


The canteen is open on a daily basis at recess and provides a healthy selection of snacks that can be purchased. It is staffed by our Grade 6 students.


We also offer hot lunches three days a week. Parents will be notified through a newsletter what is offered. Students must have their orders in by Monday by 10 am of the order week.



For the past few years our major fundraisers have included the Walk-a-thon for October and our Spring Fair slated for May. If you could help with these Endeavours please let the school know.


       Scent Free School - Peanut/Smart School:

Beaver Bank Monarch has adopted the policy of the Halifax Regional School Board and become peanut smart. To provide an atmosphere as free as possible of harmful scents, cleaning supplies are monitored.  All staff and visitors are asked to refrain from using perfumed products that could lead to allergic or behavioural reactions in our students.



According to School Board policy free bus transportation is available to all students who live further than 2.4 kilometres from BBMD School.  Bus transportation has been contracted to Stock Transportation.  In June of 1998 Stock decided to discontinue its courtesy bussing of the majority (excluding Primary students) of our students living in the Woodbine Trailer Park.  At present Metro transit provides bussing for those students living in the Woodbine Park who are not eligible to travel on the Stock buses.  Due to the number of students traveling on the buses we are not able to accommodate students who want to occasionally take a different bus for social or temporary childcare arrangements.  Any bus changes must be discussed in advance with the principal/vice-principal of the school.  We strongly discourage students from switching buses as this not only causes confusion for the driver but often there are not enough seats.


Policy for the Administration of Medication to Students:

Parents are responsible for the administration of medication to their children; however parents may request the school to administer medication with a signed form from the attending doctor.  Only the principal or his/her designate may administer medication. There must be a signed form from the attending doctor for students to self administer medication (i.e. Puffers). All medications are to be kept in the office in a locked compartment.


School Safety:

Student safety is always a priority at Beaver Bank Monarch School.  In accordance with our school Code of Conduct all students have the right to feel safe at school as well as traveling to and from school.


The school grounds are regularly monitored by staff to ensure that they are as safe as possible. As a further precaution all visitors are asked to check in at the office upon their arrival at the school. Appropriate clothing and sunscreen are encouraged for our children to have for their protection


Drivers are not to park or turn in the area in front of the school intended for busses. This area, during arrival and dismissal times is crowded with students. We also ask parents to be aware of the high volume of traffic that enters our parking lot. If possible have your children ride the bus, walk to school. Or walk onto the school grounds after being dropped off by the side of the road.


With inclement weather parents of students in grade primary to two are asked to wait for their walking children in front of the lobby of the school. These students will be dismissed out the front door after the busses have left the parking lot.


School Advisory Council:


Since January of 2000 our school has had an Advisory Council that meets six to eight times per year. The following is a list of the members of the SAC at Beaver Bank Monarch Drive School:


Parent/Chairperson:         Jim Perrin

Parent:                            Pam Clarke

Parent:                            Suzanne Burns

Parent:                            Brad Conrad

Community Member:         Barb Grant

Teacher:                          Mark Clattenburg

Teacher:                          Kelly Ingram                       

Support Staff:                Christina Adams

Principal:                         Wallace MacAskill



“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land amongst the stars.”  Les Brown










Discipline is an important part of every student’s education.  It is the mechanism that provides students with the skills required to manage themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions.  It is also necessary so that all students have equal access to the very best of education in a secure, comfortable environment.  Discipline needs to be viewed as a fundamental life skill necessary to function successfully in our communities.  For discipline to be effective and beneficial for the student, it must be developmental in nature with an approach that is clear and consistent.  As a school community, parents and school must share the responsibility for student behaviour and learning.



                                        STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:


1.   Students have the right to be safe at Beaver Bank - Monarch Drive Elementary School, at the bus stop and when traveling to and from school.

     ·It’s the student’s responsibility not to tease, threaten, kick, punch or physically harm anyone at school, at the bus stop or when        traveling to and from school.


2.  Students have the right to quality education at Beaver Bank - Monarch Drive Elementary School.

     ·Students have the responsibility to pay attention to instruction, work quietly, complete assignments and follow established   classroom guidelines.


3.  Students have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy by peers and adults.

     Students have the responsibility to treat all adults and peers with courtesy and respect, not to tease or use abusive or

     inappropriate language.


4.  All students have the right to an education free from bias, prejudice and intolerance.

     Students have the responsibility to learn about the cultures of others and to be tolerant of their differences.


5.  Students have the right to be heard at Beaver Bank - Monarch Drive Elementary School.

     Students have the responsibility not to talk, interrupt, shout or make loud noises when others are speaking.


6.  Students have the right to an inviting school environment, free from litter, graffiti and defaced school property.

     Students have the responsibility to respect the school property by not littering the school environment or defacing school        property.




                                                            SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT



          APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOURS                                    CONSEQUENCES


          prepared for class (homework completed-                                   positive reports to parents

          materials ready, etc)                                                                  verbal recognition

          respectful of peers and staff                                                     praise over the P.A. system

          participates in class discussions/activities -                                participate in school outings and other activities

          demonstrates kindness, honesty,                                                  letter of recognition/certificate

          trustworthiness, etc.                                                                  Student of the week

          respects school property

          cooperative play on the school grounds




          unprepared for class                                                                  mediation

          unwillingness to participate                                                        incident report

          inappropriate remarks                                                               consultation with parent

          disruptive in class, the building, the grounds, at the bus stop        verbal/written apology

          late arrival                                                                               detention

          defacement of school property or property of others                  warning letter or suspension

          non compliance (for repeat offenders)                                        warning letter or suspension

          throwing snowballs, rocks, sticks, etc.                                         banned from extra curricular activities

          chewing gum in the school                                                           detention

          not respecting school boundaries                                                 detention  or contact with support services





          physical violence (safety a concern)                                            immediate suspension

          sexual harassment/misconduct                                                    following proper procedures

          illegal activities                                                                         support services

          verbal abuse of peers/staff                                                       immediate suspension

          weapons                                                                                    immediate suspension

          racial/ethnic harassment                                                            immediate suspension









Following are a list of techniques and alternatives used by the Principal or his/her designate in dealing with student behavior.  The list is a guideline to give the reader some indication of the intervention strategies available.  The type and frequency of behavior being dealt with will determine the consequence used by the school administration


·         Conference with student(s) involved

·         Detention with office - incident report

·         Phone call to parents

·         Conference with parents and student

·         Loss of student privileges (use of bus, intramurals, extracurricular, etc.

·         Warning notice sent home

·         Contact with Support Services

·         Suspension from school (1/2 - 5 days)