RES Parent/Student Handbook


In partnership with parents and community, we, at Rivers Elementary School, strive to create a climate, which encourages independence, good judgment, and personal excellence with respect and dignity for all people.

At our school, we are committed to maintaining a caring environment that promotes safety for all, respect for and acceptance of differences, and opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and physical growth, in an effort to prepare students to meet the needs of an every-changing world.


School Hours

Rivers Elementary School operates on a six day cycle consistent with Rolling River School Division.  The hours are as follows:
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m. daily
School Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Daily Scheduled Times (am & pm)
Classes Begin: 9:00 a.m. Classes Begin: 12:45 p.m.
Morning Recess: 9:55 a.m. ~ 10:10 a.m. & 10:20 a.m. ~ 10:35 a.m.
Afternoon Recess: 1:55 p.m. ~ 2:10 p.m. & 2:20 p.m. ~ 2:35 p.m.
Noon Dismissal: 11:45 a.m. Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.
Parents are urged NOT to send their children to school before 8:30 a.m.  This is because there is NO SUPERVISION prior to that time.  During the colder winter months, we ask that students, whenever possible, not to arrive at school prior to 8:45 a.m.  This is due to the fact that students remain outside until 8:50 a.m. and this will lessen the time students are outside.


We have an automatic call out/email for our school attendance.  If a student is absent and we have not received notification from home as to why, an automatic computer notification system will call/email at 9:30 am and 1:20 pm every day.  If you are aware of an absence, please call in and let us know.  The system will begin by calling the main contact number and then work through other phone numbers and finally will send an email notifying you of the absence.  We have moved to this system to ensure that all calls/emails are done in a timely and efficient manner to ensure student safety.

Absences from class can detrimentally affect the child’s academic progress.  Please attempt to book appointments with your child outside of school hours whenever possible.  If it is necessary to book the appointment, please make arrangements to check in with the secretary and pick your child up at the school office.


At Rivers Elementary, we believe in the important of fostering a respectful and caring community.  In doing so, each teacher will be responsible for teaching and maintaining behaviour management skills which are consistent with the school and division model.  Teachers have flexibility to manage their classes in a way that is in keeping with their beliefs and style.  This will cover minor infractions and consequences will be applied by the classroom teacher.

Major infractions, include (but not limited to):
Students who are in a serious fight (with intent to harm)
Students swears directly at an adult
Student continues to display non-compliant, defiant behaviours after classroom interventions have been exhausted
Student throws/uses a dangerous object
Student is caught stealing or damaging school/personal property
No forms of racism will be tolerated
Infractions as outlines in the RRSD “Behaviour Management” policy
Students involved in major infractions are subject to any of the consequences outlined in the RRSD “Behaviour Management” policy.


All students in RRSD are expected to be appropriately dressed and groomed, complementary to a positive, wholesome learning environment.  Students dress must reflect decency and common sense.  Students will remove head gear upon school entrance unless for religious or medical purposes.  Inappropriate messages will also not be tolerated.  School administration will determine appropriateness and actions necessary if needed.  
1. School Dress Codes will be respectful of cultural and religious beliefs.
2. Where applicable, School Dress Codes will be respectful of medical conditions and needs.
3. The following is inappropriate in a school setting:
Clothing that is revealing, suggestive or vulgar in nature:
Clothing that promotes alcohol, tobacco, drugs and / or violence, including gang related paraphernalia or colours.
Electronic devices should not be brought to school.  The school is not responsible for the loss or damage to any of these items.
Please note:  students must wear shoes at all times which is safe for school activities.  Please note that clean runners and socks are required for phys. ed. classes and indoor wear.


Electronic devices should not be brought to school.  The school is not responsible for the loss or damage to any of these items.


Items that go missing can be located in the bin at the front of the school.  Please note, if the items have not been retrieved by June, we will donate anything that is left to charity.  Remind your child to check the lost and found bin if he/she has lost an article of clothing.

BUS DRIVERS                

Driver Phone Number Address
Norm Bridgeman 204-710-2109/724-4882 Rivers
Brent Haggarty 204-566-2408/724-3158 Oak River
Shelley Haggarty 204-573-1095 Rivers
John Mann 204-328-7332/724-3756 Rivers
Ann Hunter 204-826-2856/724-4463 Rapid City


Communication between the school and home is very important for the success of a student.  The school needs to share a variety of information with families and parents should have the opportunity to ask questions and respond with regards to the welfare of his/her child.  Please take note of monthly newsletters, parent/teacher conferences and reports, open house, concerts, school website, and notes home.  If a parent has a concern with regards to behaviour or academics, it is recommended the parent first contact the teacher and if not satisfied, then speak with an administrator.  In almost all instances, problems are resolved when communication is immediate and direct.
Most school notes/letters are emailed to parents.  If we do not have your email address and would like to receive information via email, please submit your email address to the office.


Students who stay for lunch are required to be in the classroom from 11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. unless permission is given by the duty teacher.  Lunch recess begins at 12:15 p.m.  During this time, students are expected to be outside unless a note due to illness or the teacher permission is given.  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for weather conditions as children will NOT be permitted to re-enter the school during any recesses.

The canteen will be open from 11:45 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.  Hot lunches will be available occasionally.  Please note that the canteen is provided for a snack but not for a complete lunch.  Parents are expected to send a lunch on a daily basis.

Town students who wish to stay for lunch must notify the teacher of the reason with a note from the parents.  Extended dates need to be indicated in the note as well.

Parents must inform the school is the child needs to leave the school grounds during lunch when he/she is permitted to be there in all circumstances.


Grade three to six students assigned to lockers may use them outside of regular class time and with teacher permission.  Students are responsible for locking their locker each day.  Lockers must be kept clean without anything left above lockers.  Revealing locker combinations and entering others’ lockers without permission may result in loss of locker use.

Students are welcome to supply the OWN LOCKS for their lockers.


Rivers Elementary purposely plans for the safety of our students in and around the building.  These plans include:
1. Emergency Preparedness ~ fire, dangerous intruder, lockdown, and evacuation drills.  Please note:  Following a drill (other than fire), an information note will be sent home.
2. Student Supervision ~ students are supervised twenty-five minutes before school and fifteen minutes after school as well as recesses throughout the day.
3. Building ~ visitors are identified through the office, dismissal alternate to regular time is monitored through the office and volunteers participate in a criminal check.

In the event of a school emergency closure, students will be walked to Riverdale Community Centre where they will be accommodated until parents are able to pick them up or dismissal time.  If children have to go home, be sure your child knows where to go if you are not at home.

                             MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION 


1. This policy applies to all prescribed medication as well a patent or over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
2. In circumstances in which a child is able to safely, competently and consistently manage his/her own medication administration, that child may be considered exempt from this policy.  The medication administration policy includes children who, by reason of age, maturation, or physical or cognitive ability are not able to manage their own medication administration.
3. Prior to the administration of prescribed or OTC medication by a school employee, the parent or guardian who has care and custody of the child must provide a signed authorization permitting the school to administer the medication.  If parents or guardians have separated but joint care and custody of the child, then both parents must sign the authorization form.
4. The medication will be kept in a safe place in the school and administered by the Principal or his/her designate.
5. The first dose of any medication shall be administered at home or hospital.  Schools shall not administer the first dose of any medication.  Parents / Guardians are responsible to ensure that the first dosage of the medication is well tolerated by the child before requesting that the medication be administered by the school.
6. Medication shall be provided in the ORIGINAL pharmacy labeled container which clearly identifies:
Name of child; Name of prescribing physician; Name of the medication;
Dose; Frequency; Name of pharmacy;
Date the prescription was filled

The label MUST be on the container itself, such as medication bottle, tube, inhaler, etc. and not merely on the package.  Medication not meeting these conditions, CANNOT be administered by an employee of the school or school division.


TEACHING STAFF                                 E-MAIL ADDRESS                    TELEPHONE EXT. #

GARNET KINNEY                           [email protected]                1-204-328-7416 ext. 531

BARB CARMICHAEL                   [email protected]         1-204-328-7416 ext. 542

CARRIE RAMSEY                               [email protected]               1-204-328-7416 ext. 543

FARRYN RYCKMAN                    [email protected]              1-204-328-7416 ext. 548

ALLISON HAMM                            [email protected]                  1-204-328-7416 ext. 545

LORRAINE HODGSON                    [email protected]               1-204-328-7416 ext. 537

CODY WIELER                            [email protected]                   1-204-328-7416

DUNCAN MARTIN                     [email protected]                 1-204-328-7416 ext. 536

RILEY CROSS                                    [email protected]                     1-204-328-7416 ext. 549

LESLEY CREIGHTON                    [email protected]              1-204-328-7416 ext. 544

JENNIFER JERMEY                            [email protected]                   1-204-328-7416 ext. 541

JANET RANKIN                            [email protected]                    1-204-328-7416 ext. 537

JAMES EDWARDS                            [email protected]                1-204-328-7416 ext. 553

DANIELLE PILATIC                    [email protected]                   1-204-328-7416 ext. 540

FAITH NORTHAM                            [email protected]               1-204-328-7416 ext. 498

JEREMY NIGLI                            [email protected]                        1-204-328-7416 ext. 546

SUPPORT STAFF                           E-MAIL ADDRES                            TELEPHONE EXT. #

KEVIN JAY, Custodian                    [email protected]                         1-204-328-7416 ext. 550

SHERI McMURACHY, Secretary     [email protected]        1-204-328-7416 ext. 530

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