Homework is a tool that can allow students time for practice (i.e.
home reading), assignment completion, and studying. Extra work is not
assigned specifically for homework unless it would benefit your child’s
Basic rules of homework are that it:
- is appropriate for the student’s age and ability
- takes into account the student’s other commitments
General guidelines for homework are:
Primary – grades 1-3: 10 – 30 minutes
Grades 4, 5: 30 – 45 minutes
Grades 6, 7: 45 – 60 minutes
It is not necessary for a student to be doing this much homework every
day. Most of the work can be completed in class when students are focused on the assignment.
We all have days where things just happen and we are late or can’t
attend, but when children are late or absent often, they have more
difficulty catching up with classroom learning opportunities.
Code of Conduct
The purpose of the Silver Creek Code of Conduct is to ensure that students behave within acceptable standards so that all learners are enabled to develop their individual potential. The purpose will also help establish and maintain a safe, caring, and orderly environment at the school while clarifying expectations for student behaviour.
Silver Creek Elementary promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law. This includes prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental stability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age.
We expect students to be respectful of self, others and school, helping to make school a safe, caring and orderly place. Unacceptable behaviour includes interfering with the learning of self and/or others, creating unsafe conditions, smoking including e-cigarettes and other smoking devices, acts of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, discrimination of any kind, threatening or violent behaviour, and theft and/or damage of property. The Code of Conduct applies to all students while at school, at a school related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment. It also applies to any instance where the safe and orderly operation of the school is threatened and/or welfare of the students or staff may be affected.
Responses to poor behaviour choices are consistent and fair for each student. Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is restorative. Consequences and the student support will be preventative in nature and will be implemented based on the severity and frequency of the behaviour. Behavioural expectations rise as students’ progress through grades kindergarten to seven. The consequences will also rise as students’ mature.
In accordance with District Policy 7007 Code of Conduct
Silver Creek PAC
Silver Creek PAC encourages all parents to play an active role in
their child's education. The PAC serves an important function at
Silver Creek, much beyond fundraising. PAC meetings involve:
* Finding ways to support teachers and students
* Keeping up to date with changes in the school and the district
* Providing parental input
The PAC executive for 2023/24 is:
Executive elections will be held early in the school year.
President – TBD
Secretary – TBD
Treasurer – TBD
Why Involve Parents in Education?
* Parental attitudes and expectations are most important in influencing a child's performance in school.
* Parent participation can assist in increasing goodwill and communication and in developing a sense of community within
* When parents are directly involved in their children's education,
achievement levels are proven to rise.
* When people are kept informed and are involved in decision-making, they are more likely to support the decisions that are made.
* Children need to know that they can learn from other people in addition to teachers.
* Openness between parents and teachers creates an awareness
of and sensitivity to problems and expectations of each other.
* Parents have important insights and understandings that can enhance decision-making in the school. They have an important
task in informing schools of what is meaningful and relevant to their children.
Selected school personnel have received Threat Assessment training and
will continue this year. As part of this threat assessment initiative each school
is to review the Threat Assessment Policy of the School District #78 with
all staff and students at the beginning of each school year, as well as with
the school PAC, and with parents through the school newsletter in order to
provide "Fair Warning" that each threat will be taken seriously.
Threat Assessment is the process of determining if a threat maker
(someone whom utters, writes, emails, etc, a threat to hurt or kill a
target or targets) actually poses a risk to the target or targets they have
threatened. Many students, and others, engage in threat-making behavior
but research indicates that few pose a risk to harm the target they have
threatened. Multidisciplinary teams engage in a data collection process,
through structured interviews, to determine "initial levels of risk" that
may be posed and plan necessary risk-reducing interventions. Although
a student concern may be assessed as low risk there may be data that
indicates a more comprehensive risk assessment is required.
Reporting Periods 2023 - 2024
Interim reports for both Intermediate and Primary students will take on various forms. All parents will be contacted by the school as an informal interim report. In October, parent/teacher interviews will serve as the interim report for Term 1. All parents will be invited for a conference. Interims for Term 2 and Term 3, at the intermediate grades, will take the form of telephone calls or written notification from teachers when a student is failing or has dropped in his/her success rate.
All report cards use the BC proficiency standards to measure a student's core competencies:
Emerging: Emerging means your child is beginning to understand something in an area of learning. They are still learning but may need more support to move ahead. Emerging doesn’t mean your child in unsuccessful in this area.
Developing: Developing means your child understands some things in an area of learning but still has other areas to work on. Like Emerging, it doesn’t mean your child is unsuccessful in this area.
Proficient: Proficient is the goal for your child. It's also the goal for all students. When your child is Proficient, it means they fully understand the required learning. But it doesn't mean their learning stops!
Extending: Extending is when students show a deeper understanding. It’s when your child is able to apply their learning in new and different ways. Extending is not the goal for all students in every area of learning.
At Silver Creek we are very concerned about the well being of your child/ren. To that end, we have a Phone Home Program run daily from our office. Each morning a Phone Home parent or our secretary will call the homes of each student who is not at school at the time of morning attendance check. The phone call will be confirming that your child is home with your knowledge, and will not be asking for the reason for the absence. You can make the job of the easier by calling the school yourself and leaving a message on the answering machine for the secretary if your child is going to be away that day or portion of the day. You can leave a message on the message machine anytime, day or night, just call and listen to the prompts. Your assistance in calling us helps make the program more effective.
If a student arrives at school partway through the morning or afternoon,
he/she must report to the office before going to class.
Bussing services are provided for eligible students by the School District. This service is not provided for other students.
Permission is no longer granted for Non-Regular bus students wishing to ride busses.
Permission slips are required for:
* Students who wish to exit the bus at stops other than their regular stops. If for an extended period, one letter indicating the starting and termination dates will be all that is needed.
Parking lots are very busy places at both the beginning and end of the day. Please ensure that when dropping children off or picking them up you use the parking lot. Please also turn your engine off while waiting for your child(ren) as the fumes are not healthy for young lungs.
Also, please do NOT drive past a school bus waiting to load students
at the end of the day. We have had several close calls when young students dart between or in front of the busses to get to the parking lot.
Student use of Phone
The classroom phones are for emergency use for students who are ill, need a
parent to pick them up or need something from a parent. Students will not be permitted to use the phone to arrange social times with their friends. These arrangements must be made outside of school hours.
If a student normally takes the bus, and other arrangements have been made, they must have a note from a parent or a parent must call the school to inform of the change. Otherwise the student will be required to get on the bus as usual.
Intramural games are available for students in grades 4 - 7.
These activities are in the gymnasium over lunch period and emphasize fun, sportsmanship and teamwork. Sports will vary through the year and are "drop-in."
Athletics is a growing part of Silver Creek Elementary School. Basketball, floor hockey and track and field are the typical offerings each year. Please watch for information about this year's sports
teams and encourage your child/children to come out and participate.
Any parent willing to coach a sport team should see Mr. Wiseman.
Code of Conduct
Homework Club will continue this year on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:05. Students will be assigned to homework club by their teachers when they need the time to complete assignments. Students may also choose to attend on their own. Alicia James our First Nations Support Worker will also be available most lunch hours to continue to assist students.