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We Are Nut Aware!

* Health Warning *

We have students attending Pentz Elementary School who have a severe life threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. Exposure to even a small amount of these products could cause anaphylactic shock, and, without immediate emergency medical assistance, loss of consciousness and death. The school has established an extreme allergy management and prevention plan for these students, in consultation with the parents, other staff members, and the public health nurse.

At Pentz Elementary School, we accept and appreciate the diversity of our students and, with the support of parents, strive to provide a safe environment for all students. In this case, we are requesting that you do not include any peanut or nut products in the recess snacks and lunches for your child.

We realize that this request is inconvenient for you at times, however, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for your support and understanding of this life threatening allergy.

School Supplies - 2016-17

  As in past years, classroom teachers would like to purchase the classroom supplies they require for the students themselves.  By doing this, it ensures that all students have the same type and quality of  supplies. Teachers are able to purchase in bulk, and therefore get better pricing.  Parents would need to ensure their child has a lunch box, backpack and indoor/outdoor sneakers.

 These supplies are for the entire school year and cover the basic supplies, such as duotangs, pencils, glue, and markers, along with supplies that would be required throughout the year based on the curriculum outcomes being covered at each grade level.   Teachers purchase supplies throughout the year for their students for various topics and themes being covered in Science, Art and Social Studies, for example.

The fee for student supplies for the 2016-17 is $45.00. 

Cheques are to be made payable to Pentz Elementary School.  Families may also pay by installments. 

 

If parents have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the school at 688-3210.

 

 

Feedback Sought On School Attendance Policy

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT--Feedback Sought On School Attendance Policy

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Increasing student success and achievement in the classroom is the focus of a discussion paper on student attendance.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is asking for feedback from teachers, parents, students, administrators and employers about key issues and ideas to help improve overall attendance.

"Our teachers and schools do an exceptional job to support students and their families, but there is a need for improvement when it comes to attendance," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey.

"We all have a role to play to better understand the complexities around why some students are missing valuable class time. The new policy will provide a consistent approach in schools and be based on research and what Nova Scotians tell us in response to the discussion paper."

The department has already started discussing issues around attendance with teachers and administrators and with the Minister's Advisory Council on Student Issues.

The key issues include:

-- looking at why students miss school

-- the best ways to improve attendance, considering incentives, supports and consequences

-- what is working in our schools and research on best practices elsewhere

-- the responsibilities of parents, schools, school boards, community partners, and students

-- the importance of flexibility, based on the student's individual circumstances and the professional judgment of teachers

-- equity and fairness in applying an attendance policy

The Action Plan for Education is designed to help students do better and that includes supporting regular attendance at school through a provincewide student attendance policy.

Recent information shows as many as 28 per cent of all students missed more than 16 days of school in 2014-15. That percentage rose to 37 per cent for students in junior high-middle school.

"By developing good attendance habits students will be in a better position to achieve success at school, in life, and in the workplace," said Ms. Casey.

Feedback will be received through an online survey, focus groups, and stakeholder consultations. The survey will be open until July 8. Based on that information, the department will develop a new policy that will be implemented in the fall.

The questionnaire is available at novascotia.ca/education .

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