Assembly of Students
Assembly time for students is 8:30am and 12:10pm. We ask your cooperation in seeing that the students do not arrive sooner than 10 minutes before assembly time. An exception to this would be times when students are involved in a school activity. When the weather is favorable, students wait outdoors until the bell rings. During cold or inclement weather, they are permitted to enter the school and wait inside the entrances.
Recess break (morning and/or afternoon) at Mayfield is usually cancelled if:
- the weather is extremely wet because of heavy rain or snow
- the temperature goes below -23 Celsius including wind chill
Regular attendance is essential for student progress. It is important that all students arrive at school on time and be prepared for the day's lessons.
We are concerned with the welfare of students; therefore, if a student is absent from school, parents are asked to please contact the school. The attendance of students is monitored each morning and afternoon. To assist us in accurately determining the presence and well-being of your child(ren), we have an automated answering system that will record absences between 4:00 pm and 8:00 am.
Students Leaving School Early
If a student needs to leave school early, a parent or guardian must pick them up and sign them out at the school office. Where possible, please inform your child's teacher that your child will be leaving early.
Illness or Injury
Normally children who are too ill to go outside for recess are too ill to be at school. A child's learning capabilities become limited and often, as with a cold, the illness is spread to others. Students who are ill should not be sent to school.
If a student becomes ill at school, the parent will be contacted and expected to make arrangements for the child to go home or to a sitters.
If a child is injured while at school, appropriate First Aid procedures will be administered. If the injury appears serious, the child may be taken to the Emergency Department of a nearby hospital by school personnel or ambulance. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible.
It is essential to forward pertinent student medical information to the school; please assist the school in ensuring that medical information is current. The school will keep a list of students with severe allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, etc. School personnel are not permitted to administer any kind of medication without WRITTEN ORDER from the parent and doctor.
Telephone Numbers and Changes
It is most important that the school have up-to-date home and work telephone numbers of the parents or guardians and emergency contact numbers. If changes occur during the year, please contact the school with the information immediately.
Visitors are always welcome at Mayfield School. During school operational hours, only the front door entrance will be open for students arriving late or parents/visitors coming into the school. All guests are asked to check in at the office upon arriving to the building.
Field trips are an integral part of many programs. Parents will be notified of all field trips prior to their occurrence. Both a signed permission slip and money to cover the cost of transportation and admission are required. At Mayfield School, the Parent Council has historically been funding the cost of field trips and transportation throughout the year. Since field trips are an important part of the school programs, all students are expected to participate.
Progress Reporting and Parent Conferences
The purpose of the progress report is to inform students and parents of the student's progress towards meeting curriculum standards. The purpose of parent conferences is to discuss student growth in a non-threatening manner, ensure accurate communication, and involve the student in decision-making as it affects his/her progress and welfare.
Three Progress Reports are issued during the year. The first report is issued in November after Parent-Teacher-Student conferences. The second report is issued in March and in conjunction with Student-led conferences. The third report is issued on the last day of school in June. Please refer to the Mayfield School calendar or the school assessment plan for exact dates.
Mayfield is a two-shoe school. Footwear must be worn at all times in case of emergency (Fire Drills or school evacuations). Please ensure your child has footwear to wear outside as well as inside the building. We trust that families will support their students to dress appropriately according to the weather. If a child forgets mittens, scarves or hats, our school has a small supply of donated clothing that can be shared with families.
At the end of each school year, our lost and found boxes are bulging with unclaimed articles most of them good wearing apparel. Items that are clearly marked with a student's name are seldom taken or lost. Please label:
- children's footwear with felt markers
- outdoor clothing such as coats, jackets, rainwear
- backpacks and lunch kits
Please take a few minutes on a regular basis to check the lost and found boxes. You'll be surprised what you'll find!
Students should not bring valuables to school (e.g. money, toys, jewelry, etc.); these are too often misplaced. An exception is when students must bring money for hot lunch, lunch fees, bus passes, or some special event or activity.
Books have a massive power - they can change lives. Students are encouraged to read each night for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Parents may read to their children, children may read to their parents or they may do silent reading. We hope that families will participate in this activity, which is fun and at the same time not only improves students' reading ability but also serves to stimulate imagination and many wonderful discussions. Levelled readers are also available through our subscription to www.raz-kids.com. Please talk to your child's teacher regarding log in details.
The following websites may also be helpful to you and your family: