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September 16
Week of September 17

Dear Rideau Families

Our teachers had a terrific day with Adrienne Gear discussing the key concepts for developing literacy strategies in all discipline areas.  Grade teams will discuss implementation of Reading Power strategies at each grade level over the next few weeks so that we can help our students to develop strong comprehension strategies and derive deep meaning from text.  


We are hoping that our community can come together at 2:00 pm ( Assembly) 2:40 (Run) on Thursday September 27 to Honour Terry Fox, celebrate our almost completed construction and Meet our Terrific Teachers. Come Run with your Kids, let them introduce you to their teachers and grab a snack at one of the Food Trucks on site. We are looking forward to celebrating. Families unable to attend are welcome to contact their child’s homeroom teacher to make a connection at a suitable time.  

Our first School Council meeting for the year will be on Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Learning Commons.  Please join us!​​


It is another busy week at Rideau

o  Beakerhead will be kicking off STEM learning at Rideau with an assembly for all grades on Monday afternoon

o  Grade 7’s will be going to Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump on Wednesday 

o  Grade 4 – 6 students will be participating in Beakerhead on Thursday

o  Soccer Games on Monday for Girls and Tuesday for Boys – the teams will be playing at Westside Recreation Centre – we will do our best to update soccer locations as soon as we are made aware of them.  They continue to adjust.

o  Volleyball Tryouts begin this week as well

o  Our first Cross Country meet of the year is on Wednesday at Stanley Park


To check class Blogs and D2L go to: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/rideaupark/teaching-learning/classes-departments/pages/default.aspx


To Volunteer at Rideau go to Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054bafaf2eaafc1-parent


Don’t forget about Lunch Lady and Healthy Hunger for lunches:



Today is the final day to purchase Rideau Wear until later in the year – Get your gear!


Please return all forms sent home this past week as soon as possible.  PLEASE CHECK FEE ACCOUNTS REGULARLY INCLUDING FEES FOR LUNCH SUPERVISION FIELD TRIPS and the RIDEAU PARENT SOCIETY.  All fees support our Rideau Students.  As Power School gets set, we are adding all fees.


Thank you to everyone who purchased apples to support Rideau and to those who helped us move and get our classrooms set up this week. We really appreciate the support of our community.


Have a terrific week!





September 09
Week of September 10

Our first week at Rideau engaged us all in getting to know one another.  It was great to see many returning faces and we have many new faces.  I would like to thank our students for their kindess as they supported new students and made them feel welcome.  

Mark September 27 on your calendars!  All family members are invited to join Rideau in our Terry Fox Run beginning at 2:30 pm.  Our run will be followed by an opportunity to Meet Rideau Teachers and share in some great food from local food trucks.  We are looking forward to introducing ourselves as your children's teachers, building community and great conversation until 5:00 pm. 

We know that the school website is new and will take a bit of time to get used to.  Don't forget to use the search tool in the top right hand corner.  Please regularly access grade level websites or D2L and the school calendar.  

We are sending information home Monday - Please return the student Health Form with updated information as soon as possible to the office.  Please also check that your family information is current in Power School.  This week, we are hoping that parents will begin to receive attendance absences through Power School.  We thank you for your patience as we set up this platform.  

Important updates this week:

  • Soccer Tryouts
  • Professional Development Days September 14 and 21 - our teachers will be engaging in work with Disciplinary Literacy and personalization of student learning- No School for students
  • Field Trips -  for elementary and Grade 7 posted this week
  • We will be joined by Elbow Park for a Beakerhead Assembly of Science and Creativity on September 17
  • School Council Meeting - September 19 at 7:00 pm - Everyone Welcome
  • Sign up for lunch meals with Healthy Hunger and Lunch Lady on the school website
  • Last week to order your Apples to Support Rideau
  • Top Marks - Rideau Wear ordering closes on September 16 - School Code is RID01

The first few weeks require flexibility and resilience - at Rideau we are strong and confident - Ready for any challenge.

Looking forward to the week ahead!


September 06
We are off to a great start!

​Dear Rideau Families:

We are up and running - our school start has been excellent.  I would like to remind families to please sign up for Power School.  We will have a school package coming home on Monday with information about Health and Medical data and our lunch programs.  

I realize that all the new platforms can be daunting.  Here are a few tips:

When looking for something on the school website- use the search box in the top right corner!

Try it - Type hot lunch and see the possibilities

          Type an elementary teacher's name - goes straight to the class blog link

          (junior high you have to type the grade level to go to D2L) or look under Programs and Classes

Have you scrolled down to the school calendar?  You can click on print view to see the whole month.  We do update the calendar on a daily basis so don't forget to check regularly.

Fees have not yet been entered but we will be starting to enter this information on Friday September 7, 2018.

We will no longer be collecting a textbook fee in our Junior High - if a student does not return a textbook or damages a book, we will charge the family individually.

We will do our very best to keep all families informed through our website - if you can't find somehting, please ask us.

September 03
Important Update

Please make sure that family information and student health information is correct in Power School.  

Please park on 30th Avenue and walk to our school.  We want to keep the cul-de-sac safe from vehicle traffic - Please leave room for the school bus to park!

Don't forget that our school council is hosting a Welcome Coffee at the main entrance tomorrow morning.

​Don't forget to purchase your fall apples and support Rideau Park School!
August 31
Week of September 4th

Dear Rideau Families:

4 more sleeps until the Rideau Park 2018-2019 school year begins.  Our staff have worked very hard to get prepared for this year and we are ready to go.


Please visit the grade level websites and D2L blogs to keep up to date with information about each grade level.  You will find this information on the website under Teaching and Learning - Classes and Departments.  Please regularly review the school calendar on the website for updates and information.

Kindergarten students will attend the first week in a staggered format.

All Grade 1- 9 students begin school on Tuesday morning at 9:05 am.

Junior High students are to check Power School (if it is working) to make sure that they know their complementary classes for the day.

Grade 7 students are going to get to know each other for the first two days and will be meeting in the gym on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.


We Welcome some new faces to Rideau this fall:


Ms. Lane will be our lead in the Learning Commons providing students and teachers with tech support, literacy and design thinking.  


Mr. Siemens will be leading our band program and teaching Grade 9 Humanities.  He is also teaching one Grade 7 Enhancement program. 


Ms. Wegg will be teaching PE to Grade 7 and 9 and developing our student Leadership/Health program.


Mr. Greenwood will be leading our Outdoor Education Program and teaching PE to Grade 8 and 9.


Ms. Martin will be teaching Grade 5 as well as Music and French in elementary.  


We have included a Literacy Enhancement program in grade 7, 8, and 9 this fall.  This program will provide our students with greater opportunity to explore literature, develop skills to analyze text, continue to develop as strong writers who master vocabulary and share voice and opinion related to their grade level curricula.  Ms. Doyle and Ms. Hadden will take the lead on this program.


Additional information that is important:

o  Please support the school council apple fundraiser

o  Check out hot lunch options through Lunch Lady and Healthy Hunger

o  Support Rideau with Mabel’s Labels


o  Cross country, Soccer and Volleyball all begin right away – watch the website calendar for more information.


Your children will be bringing home an Acknowledgement of Risk form to leave our school campus and walk within the school vicinity.  Please complete this form and return as soon as possible.


Please regularly check your MyCBE account for school fees and field trip fees.

We will continue to improve our ecological footprint through the use of the school website where it is reasonably possible.  Students may always print in the Learning Commons.

I look forward to supporting our students and staff to be all that they can be this year at Rideau.​


Here is to a great year!

Judi Hadden

Proud Principal of Rideau Park School


August 26
One Week to Go

​Dear Rideau Famiies:

One Week to go until we start the 2018-2019 School Year.

Please make sure that you have signed up for Power School

All School communication will be through our school website - please establish a schedule to regularly review the website to keep current with learning at Rideau.

Don't forget to get a healthy start to the school year by purchasing Apples through the school council Apple Fundraiser - check the Homepage for information

We are expecting delivery of Rideau wear ordered in the spring, for the first day of school.  Orders will be distributed to students.

The Top Marks website will open on August 29 and close on September 16 for families wishing to order new gym strip or Rideau Wear.  We encourage all elementary children to order a Rideau Hat for off site acitivities.  There are some new items to show Rideau Pride - even for parents.  Check them out!

All students are expected to bring a healthy lunch that does not require heating.  Please do not send lunches that require a micro wave.  Hot Lunch programs will continue with Lunch Lady every Tuesday and Healthy Hunger on Thursdays as per the calendar.  Links to both hot lunch programs are on the Homepage of our school website - scroll down toward the bottom and you may need to click additional links.

Please establish practises for communication which will not require texting with your children during instructional time.  Current reserach emphasizes the distraction that texting causes and the negative impact that it has on students as they are learning.  It is very difficult for your child to focus if they have felt a buzz from a text or are wondering what their text messages say rather than what their teacher or peers are saying.  We really need your help to understand how important this is.  

Class supply lists can be found on the registration page of the website.

Please watch the extracurricular page of our website for upcoming afterschool programs.  

Have a wonderful week!

Judi Hadden

August 17

​Dear Rideau Families:

Many of you are diligently setting up your family accounts in the new Power School System.  This is great.  We were required to enter information to set up Power School in February of this year.  The information currently in the system is very inaccurate and we do not have access to make any changes at this time.  I hope that everyone can enjoy the last days of summer.  We will do our very best to have information set up accurately for Monday August 27, 2018.  However, changing enrollments and teacher staffing have huge impacts on our school program. I know that on the first day of school we will be ready to offer an outstanding program at Rideau!  I look forward to seeing you then.  

Technology requires us to be open minded and flexible.  It is trying at times.

Thank you,


August 01
August 1, 2018

The last week of June became very busy with new opportunities for some of our staff.  

Ms. Jennifer Sotelo is taking on a new position at Joane Cardinal-Schubert.  This is an excellent opportunity for Ms. Sotelo and we know that she will offer her expertise to the high school community.  Ms. Sotelo has been an asset to Rideau's PE department for 12 years.  We will miss her expertise and wish her well.

Mr. Harder will be teaching full time Music at Manmeet Singh Bhullar School this fall.  We know that the opportunity to teach full time Music is a desire for Mr. Harder.  We have appreciated the dedication that Mr. Harder provided to our band program at Rideau and wish him the very best in his new position.

Ms. Paddock will be offering her leadership talent in guidance to Tom Baines students.  We know that her compassion will serve her well in this role.

Mr. Pocock will be taking time this fall to be at home with his new baby daughter.  This is a special time for any parent.  We wish Mr. Pocock well and wait for his return later in the year.

Ms. Sikal will be teaching part-time at Bowcroft School in grade 1 and 2.  Ms. Sikal has been very dedicated to our Rideau community and we know that she will provide enrichment and enthusiasm to the Bowcroft School community.  We wish Ms. Sikal the very best as she continues in her professional career with CBE.

We also wish Ms. Charman and Ms. Khan the very best in their new respective positions.

Each of these individuals have made a tremendous contribution to our school community and we value their talent and commitment to our school.

​As we look towards September we begin to plan and prepare for a year of strong academic engagement, strong commitment to respecting one another in our community and an ethical understanding of our world and our futuer.  You Matter at Rideau!

Families looking to join our school can find information on our school website.  Our school office will be open on August 22 for new registrations. ​

Athletic wear ordered this spring will be delivered to students on the first day of school.  We will provide a date for future orders.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

June 24
Week of June 25

It seems like yesterday, we were heading to Repsol for PE, to the Scout Hall for Band, our elementary recesses were at Christ Church, we had 24/7 security guards and the staff and students of Rideau came together to learn, laugh and endure our predicament. We have all demonstrated resiliency, care and compassion for each other and have supported one another through these times.  We built strong relationships with our construction crew who were for this year a part of our Rideau community.  


As we head into the final week of June, I would like to thank everyone for giving.  We all had to give, adapt and adjust.  I am confident that through it all a culture of learning excellence has continued at Rideau.  Our students are finishing the year well and I am proud to be a part of the dedicated staff, including support staff, bus drivers, facility operators and teachers,  who have led our students.  


I would like to acknowledge Ms. Charman, Ms. Khan, Mr. Harder, Ms. Paddock and Ms. Sikal who are on to new educational journeys.  Your contributions to Rideau are greatly appreciated and we wish you the very best in your new environments.  


This week at Rideau we will finish PAT exams for grade 9 on Monday and Tuesday morning.


Tuesday morning, we will celebrate Kindergarten and Grade 6 students with ceremonies.  Tuesday afternoon we will celebrate athletics at Rideau beginning at 1:00 pm with our assembly and the presentation of the Allan Award to the Grade 9 student who has contributed academically, athletically, socially and inclusively to our Rideau community.  


Wednesday, we will celebrate Fine Arts at Rideau with a concert at 9:15 am followed by activities led by our Grade 8 students.  Wednesday afternoon we will celebrate our student talent with an assembly.    Grade 9 students will be on the River Watch field trip – safety dependent.


Thursday morning our elementary students will finish up with class farewells.  Junior high students are invited to stop by between 9:00 and 11:00 am to say good bye and pick up report cards.  


Thank you to our parent community and our School Council for your continuous support of Rideau. Without your generosity and volunteerism, we could not accomplish all that we do. 


Have a safe summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in September.​

Judi Hadden


June 17
Week of June 18

​         Thank you to all volunteers and School Council for our Stampede Breakfast on Friday.  We had a great time celebrating Calgary and our school.  As mentioned by some of our elementary students, we woudl love pancakes every morning.  

         Our Grade 6 students have completed two of their Provincial achievement exams and have two more this week.  Grade 9 begin PAT's on Wednesday June 20.  

         On Thursday, Rideau Park will be honoring Indigenous Persons' Day with learning that is relevant to individual programs and Grade levels.  Please stop by and join in if you have time.  

         In every grade at Rideau, this is an exciting time.  This is the time when students are required to take the concepts that they have learned this year and make deeper connections through various summative assessments.  This may include, exams, Ted Talks, robotic challenges, debates, challenges, competitions.  Students writing PAT's will also be reviewing and preparing for their upcoming exam each day.  Each day matters at Rideau and so does student attendance!!

Grade 7 and 8 Leadership students are selling a variety of items at lunch to buidl an environmental fund for Rideau - check out details in our News Section of the Website!

Tuesday June 26 - We celebrate our Kindergarten and Grade 6 students.  Grade 6 students       will then be off to Calaway Park - -

                            Junior High students will have an Athletic Assembly and the presntation of the Allan Award in the afternoon beginning at 1:00 pm.  Junior high students will also clean up and leave the school prepared for summer cleaning during this afternoon.

Wednesday June 27 - Fine Arts at Rideau

                                We will host a musical group HOJA in a morning assembly.  Grade 8 students will then lead all students Grade 1 - 8 in Fine Arts activities.

                                 The afternoon will celebrate Fine Arts with a Showcase of Rideau Talent - Please consider coming by to watch.

 Grade 9 students will be attending River Watch as it was cancelled earlier this year.

Thursday June 28 - Final Morning

                            Elementary Students will participate in final morning activities.

                            Junior High students may come anytime between 9 and 11:30 to say good bye to teachers and pick up their report cards.  Teachers will be in their classrooms to spend time saying good bye to students.  

Please help us out - Do you have any textbooks or library books that belong to Rideau School?  Please check and have all items returned.  Please stop by the lost and found and make sure that any belongings which you recognize are taken home.  

Beginning June 20 - Junior High Lunch will be from 11:50 unitl 1:00 pm.  We expect students to value having this additional time and conduct themselves in our community with respect.  

These final weeks are very busy and a great time to finish our year with strong learning and celebration of our relationships.

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