Students walking/dropped off must not arrive before 8:40am

8:40 am  - Bell to go to classes

8:50 am  - Morning Announcements

10:30 am  - Recess for all students

12:25 pm  - Early Lunch begins

12:55 pm  - Late Lunch begins

  2:50 pm  - Dismissal (Walkers/Pickup)

  2:55 pm  - First Bus Dismissal

  3:07 pm  - Second Bus Dismissal

 (approximate bus dismissal times)

Kingston and District strives to be "Nut Sensitive"

 


School Cancellation Notices

AVRSB is now using AlertSolutions notifications to send text/email announcements about school cancellations and unplanned early dismissals to parents/guardians, using the contact information you provide to the school.

Others who would like to receive cancellation notices from AVRSB (such as grandparents and childcare providers) can sign up for text/email announcements at https://www.avrsb.ca/content/notify-me

 

          

 

 

Parents



Fidget Spinner Toys and Other Toys at School

FIDGET SPINNERS:

Like yoyos, POGs, slap bracelets, Pokemon cards and many other toys before them, fidget spinner toys have “taken over our world” at Kingston District School. These colorful plastic spinners seem to be a “must have” for many of our students. While bright and fun to play with, these toys are not certified as school based fidgets for students who actually need them to help them focus in class. In addition, these toys are distracting for most children who are trying to concentrate on their learning and for those sitting near them.

On May 17th, a young girl in Texas was playing with one of these toys in the back seat of her mom’s van when she accidentally swallowed a bushing that was part of the toy. At Texas Children’s Hospital an x-ray showed that the spinner piece was lodged in her esophagus. She had to be taken into surgery to have the object removed. Fortunately for this family, the outcome was positive.

We already have a variety of approved fidgets for our students who need them at school. Most students do not need these to help them focus. In fact, in most cases they are very distracting. Victoria Prooday, a school based occupational therapist, has written an article on fidget spinners. She writes that “children bring these spinners to school, continuing to stimulate their brains all day long with high levels of spinning stimulation. The more they stimulate their brains, the more they crave for it and the less emotionally available for learning they will become.”

We discussed these toys as a staff yesterday after school. We have made a decision regarding these toys and other toys being brought to our school on a daily basis. Each teacher will make an individual decision about the use of fidget spinners in their classrooms and they will let families know their decisions immediately. No fidget spinners are allowed in our halls, cafeteria, playground, specialty classes (P.E., Music, Core French) or bathrooms at any time. The first time a child is seen using one in one of these places, he or she will be warned to put it away. The second time will result in having the toy given to the adult for the rest of the day.

OTHER TOYS:

In addition, we have always had a rule about students bringing toys to school. This year we have seen an incredible increase in the number of stuffed animals, playing cards, small figures and other toys being brought in student backpacks. Please check your child’s backpack before he or she leaves for school to make sure that all toys are removed before leaving the house. The exception would be a soccer ball to be shared on the playground. Some primary students are allowed by their teacher to bring a toy to school as a story starter. These should only be used for this purpose. We have many toys and a great deal of equipment on our playground and students do not need to bring toys from home for playing.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

 


PO Box 295
630 Pine Ridge Avenue
Kingston, Nova Scotia, Canada B0P 1R0
(902) 765-7530 - phone
(902) 765-7535 - fax

Email:  kingston@avrsb.ca