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                                                   Tri-County Regional School Board - Students First

December 1, 2016

Parents & Guardians

Frequently Asked Questions
Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) Strike Action

On November 28th, the NSTU announced they are planning strike action beginning on Monday,
December 5th.

What will the strike action involve?

The NSTU has advised that teachers will continue to carry out their instructional duties in classrooms
with students; focusing on teaching students in a safe learning environment, preparing and
implementing lesson plans and maintaining contact with parents/guardians of students who are at risk
and/or have special needs.

Your child/children should not arrive at school until 20 minutes before school begins, as schools will
not be accessible and there will be no supervision provided until that time. This is to ensure the
safety and well-being of your child/children.

The NSTU has directed their members not to do specific tasks including, but not limited to:

• Teachers will arrive 20 minutes before school and leave 20 minutes after school
• Teachers will not communicate on school matters (including with parents) outside the
instructional day
• Teachers will not collect money or organize fundraising activities with students
• Teachers will not enter information in PowerSchool or TIENET, including information regarding
attendance and assessments
• Teachers will not fill out assessment and diagnostic instruments from external agencies unless
required by law
• Teachers will not administer Department or Board assessments.
• Teachers will not support or participate in extra-curricular activities
• Teachers will not update school or class websites or e-newsletters
• Teachers will not attend staff meetings, program planning or student success meetings
• Teachers will not participate in professional development provided by the Department or School
Board
• Teachers will not provide extra help to students before, after school or over lunch
• Teachers will not accept or supervise student teachers
• School based administrators will not participate in School Advisory Council or parent group
meetings unless due to an appeal of student discipline
• School based administrators will not conduct walk-throughs in classrooms for observation of
teachers
• Teachers and school based administrators will not attend meetings with Board and Department
staff

When will the strike action begin?

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has officially notified the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education
that strike activity will begin on Monday, December 5th.

Who at my child’s school is included in the NSTU?

Teachers, principals and vice-principals are NSTU members as well as speech language pathologists,
school psychologists, school board consultants and guidance counselors.

During the strike action, do students still attend school?

Yes, as long as classes continue and students are properly supervised throughout the school day, schools
would remain open and students would attend classes.

Will there be supervision in place before and after school?

Student safety is a priority during any strike action at a school. Supervision will be in place 20 minutes
before school and 20 minutes after school. If you are driving your child to school, they cannot be
dropped off more than 20 minutes before classes begin. If you are picking your child up at school, they
must be picked up no later than 20 minutes after classes end.

Will there be supervision at lunch time and recess?

The answer will vary by boards and schools

What happens to extra-curricular activities during the strike action?

As advised by the NSTU, teachers will not participate in any extra-curricular or voluntary activities.
Unfortunately, the list of directives from the NSTU to its members for activities from December 5th and
onwards advises them not “to plan, participate in, supervise or facilitate extracurricular activities
including holiday concerts whether scheduled during the school day or not.”

What about sport teams?

The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation has stated that all interscholastic sport will be suspended
during any strike action. This suspension of sport includes but is not limited to: games, including league
(tournament, and exhibition), practices, training opportunities, and special events, without exception.

Can parents, guardians or volunteers help during the strike action?

This answer will vary by boards
What happens to programs run by those who aren’t NSTU members during the strike action?
This answer will vary by boards.

Will the Breakfast Program at my child’s school be available during the strike action?

This answer will vary by boards.

Will community groups be able to continue to use the school during the strike action?

Yes, community groups that use school buildings after school hours will continue to have access to
facilities.

Will the strike action impact the International Students Program (ISP)?

At this time it is not expected that the International Student Program (ISP) will be impacted by the strike
action.

Will student co-op work placements be impacted by the strike action?

At this time, it is not expected that student co-op work placements during the school day will be
impacted by the strike action. It is unknown now, whether placements outside of the school day will
continue.

Will Virtual School be impacted by the strike action?

At this time, it is not expected that students enrolled in virtual high school will be impacted by the strike
action

We understand that any job action that impacts students can cause concerns for families. We will
continue to make you aware of information as it becomes available. Please watch the (TCRSB website)
and school websites for updates.





Click on your child's teacher to select a parent/teacher conference time for December 1, 2016
(Starting November 24, 2016 until November 30, 2016)




If you need to change or cancel an appointment time please call 902-637-3524. 


November 28, 2016

NSTU Labour Action – Information for Parents & Guardians

NSTU to begin work-to-rule strike on December 5th

This morning, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union alerted media that it intends to begin a work-to-rule strike action on Monday, December 5th at all schools in Nova Scotia.

The NSTU has described the work-to-rule in this way: Teachers will continue to carry out their instructional duties in classrooms, but will not support any extracurricular activities like concerts, coaching teams or supervising clubs; field trips will not go ahead. The NSTU has indicated that teachers will arrive 20 minutes before school and leave 20 minutes after, as stipulated in the Teachers Provincial Agreement.

More details about the impact of a work-to-rule strike on TCRSB schools and students will be made available in the coming days.

Please continue to monitor the TCRSB website at www.tcrsb.ca and the mainstream media for updates and developments.  


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Information Notice
for Parents and Guardians
from the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Potential Job Action by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU)



Maritime Centre for African Dance 
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Remembrance Day Service 2016
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We Scare Hunger at FRA!

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Information for Parents and Guardians from the
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


October 27, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) voted in favour of a strike. The earliest NSTU members can take any form of job action is December 3, 2016. Potential job actions can range from a province-wide strike to work-to-rule.

The government will continue to work with the NSTU and is committed to addressing teacher working and student learning conditions. A new partnership working group, comprised of representatives from the NSTU, school boards and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, will have their first meeting within the next two weeks to continue to talk about the important issues facing teacher working and student learning conditions.

We understand that talk of any labour disruption can result in anxiety and concern for students and their families. Should a job action occur, every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to your child’s education.

As the situation evolves, updates will be available through www.ednet.ns.ca and @nseducation on Twitter.



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Minion Day at FRA
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FRA - Family Fun Run!
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Literacy Day at FRA

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Early Primary Registration
Phone FRA at 637-4340 to register your child for September if they turn "5 years old" in 2016​​​​​

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Christmas Concert
9:00 AM 
and 
12:30 PM

December 16, 2015

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The Hour of Code at FRA​ 

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The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to explain programming code and show that anybody – at any age or grade level - can learn the basics of programming. Click the link below for more information. 





 Key Messages: Streamlining Curriculum Grades Primary to 3

 

What has changed in the Primary to Three curriculum?

●       Mathematics and Language Arts are the core subjects for young children in schools.  The content area subjects (Health, Integration Communication Technology, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts) are integrated with them.

 

What does integration mean?

●       Integration is a way to organize and apply student learning across subjects.

●       The streamlined curriculum allows students to make connections between subjects and acquire basic concepts and skills.

 

Key Messages: Grades Primary to 3 Report Cards

 

How is the P-3 report card streamlined?

The report cards for Primary and Grades 1-3 have been revised to reflect the changes to the curriculum. The main headings on the P-3 report cards are:

●       The Learner Profile

●       Integrated Language Arts

●       Integrated Mathematics

●       Music

●       Physical Education


 

What is the learner profile?

●       The learner profile describes the development of social skills and work habits.

A developmental scale is used to describe students' progress as they acquire these skills and habits.  It is a three part scale used to describe a student's academic and social development on the Learner Profile and in Music and Physical Education. The codes used are:

o   (WD) Well Developed

o   (D) Developing

o   (ND) Needs Development

 

 

 

 

What comprises a comment/grade in Grades 1-3 Integrated Language Arts?

 

·        The comment describes student progress in Language Arts. Comments may also reference Health, Information Communication Technology, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts. The grade reflects student achievement of learning outcomes in Language Arts.  Each strand in Integrated Language Arts will have a grade. So, an A-D will be noted for:

○         Reading and Viewing

○        Speaking and Listening

○         Writing and other ways of Representing.

○        Appreciation of the French Language and of Cultural Diversity (Immersion only)

 

What comprises a comment/grade in Grades 1-3 Integrated Mathematics?

·        The comment describes student progress in Mathematics. Comments may also reference Health, Information Communication Technology, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts. There will be one overall grade (A-D) reported in Integrated Mathematics.

 

What comprises a grade in Grades 1-3 Music and Physical Education?

·        There will be one overall grade using the new developmental codes (WD, D, ND)

 

 

Please Note the following​

 

·        For Grade Primary the Term 1 report card will only report on Integrated Mathematics and Integrated English Language Arts.  Music and Physical Education will be reported on starting in Term 2

 

·        For Grades 1-3, the Term 1 Music and Physical Education course comments are optional.  


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Family Wellness Night
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Crazy Hair Art at Forest Ridge Aacdemy

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Fire Prevention Week 
October 5-9

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Forest Ridge Academy
One in a Milion - Gotcha Assembly
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Stand-up to Bullying Day at FRA

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Welcome Back Staff and Students
First Day for Students - September 3, 2015​


Olaf Visits FRA

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Winner of the Log Run bike!
Kaydence Williams

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Mini Log Winner #134 - Bev Doane ​

1031 Mini Logs SOLD!




Everybody Reads!

FRA celebrates Literacy Night with Community Readers

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Darren Hudson - Lumber Jack

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Francis Atkinson - Retired Teacher


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 Forest Ridge Academy

Principal: Mike Smith  mismith@tcrsb.ca
Administrative Assistant: Shelley Jeschke

 
Box 128, Barrington, Nova Scotia
B0W 1E0
fra@tcrsb.ca
(P) (902) 637-4340
(F) (902) 637-4342
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