Who is allowed to use the soccer field during nutrition break? Intermediates or Secondary Phys Ed classes?

Being part of a large family can be tough sometimes.

We have around 2250 students from Grades 7-12 at our school, so it takes a lot of respect, patience and resilience for our school to run smoothly.

Sometimes, there are little hiccups. But this is an opportunity for everyone to overcome challenges, build resilience, and RISE up.

Some of our Ravens noticed it was a little confusing today at recess time.

Both the Intermediates and the Secondary PE classes think they are to play on the soccer field.

The intermediate and secondary PE teacher teams have collaborated to try and enhance and clarify play spaces for LDH students!

Here what they have come up with:

  • Football field and track will be used as a curricular teaching space for secondary PE.
  • Side soccer field will be used for curricular teaching space and play space for intermediate students.

Intermediate Ravens have been asked to move out of the net area to encourage the growth of grass on this newly conditioned field so it remains playable for interscholastic use.

Please note that if PE classes are displaced from the adjacent city fields they will need to use this space on some occasions.

What does this mean? Here’s what our principal clarified for teachers in an email

Hello everyone,

My apologies to everyone for the confusion surrounding the school yard. For the short term until we have a more fulsome discussion, the secondary PE classes will have the large football field and the intermediates will have the side soccer field during nutrition breaks. Feedback would be appreciated.

But of course, this is an ongoing conversation.

Don’t forget. Things change and we need to be flexible.

The better our communication skills are with each other on a regular basis, the better off we will be in stressful or difficult situations.

If an Intermediate or Secondary staff member asks you to leave the soccer field, please respect the request. For more information about how to build respect into our every day lives, check out this post.

What do you do during recess?

Do you play on the soccer field? Feel free to leave a comment below.

(Comments are moderated. Remember this is an online educational space. We have great expectations of Ravens, both at school, and online. It’s just how we fly.)

Rain, Rain, Go Away …

Hey Ravens, last week we had our first run in with bad weather. For the most part, we were happy with the way everyone responded but we would like to address a few key pieces of information that will help us ensure that everyone is safe.

  1. Indoor recesses will be spent doing Lunch Loops. This is a great alternative to getting wet. You get to spend time chatting and hanging with your friends while getting a little bit of light exercise! For our new Ravens, Lunch Loops means that you and your friends will be walking laps around the bottom floor hallways. Please stay calm and be respectful of other walkers and the teachers on duty.
  2. If there is a recess that starts outside and requires a shift indoors, please help keep each other safe by proceeding to lineup against the building (single file) and wait for a teacher to escort people into the building. Sometimes these types of transitions can lead to chaos and eventually to injury. Please be respectful of your classmates’ safety and help get everyone in safely and quickly.
  3. Make sure you stay in the supervised area. Sometimes it’s tempting to wander into another hallway or into an area that is not supervised but please understand that we can’t ensure safety unless we can ensure supervision. You may not be anywhere where you are not being directly supervised.
  4. When the Grade 8’s are switching from eating to their lunch loops, we would like you to take a detour past the atrium steps and down the gym hallway. This will allow you to make your way to your Lunch Loops and avoid a traffic jam with the Grade 7’s

*** RISE TIP ***

Indoor recesses are great opportunities to build relationships with people.

  • If you want get to know people better, the best way is to have a conversation with them.
  • Even better, have a conversation where you are asking all the questions and letting them do most of the talking.
  • Just ask questions and listen, this is a great way to make friends!

Grade 7 / 8 Library Information

Greetings from the Library!

We will be open for gr. 7 & 8 students to come in for 1st nutrition break only, starting next week. (Mon Sep 11, 2017)

  • They will need a library pass to enter.
  • A maximum of 2 students allowed per pass and per homeroom.

Library passes will be available for teachers to pick up in a small pink bin in the intermediate staff room, as well as in our library.

  • Yellow passes for gr. 7s
  • Green passes for gr. 8s.

Times to arrive…

  • Gr. 7- 11:00am-11:15am
  • Gr. 8- 11:15am-11:30am

Just so YOU know…

  • Grade 7s will be limited to 1 book if they wish to check any items out on this break, as many will not have had their library orientation.
  • Gr. 8s may borrow up to 4 books.

Look forward to seeing the students soon!


Ms. MacKechnie, Teacher-Librarian
Mrs. Campbell, Library Technician

Building Respect Into our Everyday

In order for our school to be an environment where can thrive, it is very important that we all learn specifically how we should talk to each other.

The staff / teacher conversation is a very interesting conversation that we should all work on perfecting. It is absolutely critical that students are respectful of all staff in the building. This includes:

  • your teachers,
  • other teachers,
  • office staff,
  • principals
  • and custodial staff.

The better our communication skills are with each other on a regular basis, the better off we will be in stressful or difficult situations.

In a world of emails and text messages, we all need to practice and work on our oral communication skills every single day. Take a look at the following chart to see if there are any helpful tips.


  • Use the teacher’s name when speaking to them.
  • Use proper manners. If you are asking something say please. If a teacher helps you with something, say thank you.
  • Wait until the teacher has completed their thought / sentence before you share your ideas or opinions.
  • Approach the staff as an authority figure. They are ultimately in charge and their decisions must be respected as final.
  • Understand that teachers act the way they do for two reasons, the first is for the overall safety of all students and the second is out of an understanding of what is best for you (even if you don’t like it).
  • Understand that sometimes the decisions teachers make are not always decisions that you like. This is not because they don’t like you. It is because they are required to uphold rules and policies.



  • Interrupt when you are being spoken to.
  • Use inappropriate slang terms or swear words.
  • Use negative body language
  • Turn away from an ongoing conversation
  • Raise your voice or direct anger towards a teacher.
  • Think you get to make the rules or decide for yourself what is good or bad behavior.
  • Try to find ways around a decision that a teacher has made.
  • Assume the teacher is trying to get you into trouble.
  • Be dishonest
  • Avoid staff when they are talking to you.
  • Pick and choose which staff you will listen to or not. All staff have equal responsibility for your well being.

Conversations Starter Tips

If you are having trouble starting conversations with staff try out some of these conversations starters and see where they take you.

  • Hey, good morning (Mr. / Mrs.) ____________ how are you this morning?
  • Hi Mr. / Mrs. ______________ I was wondering if we could find some time to talk about the __________ homework from last night.
  • Hi Mr. / Mrs. _____________  I have an idea about ___________ that i was hoping to discuss with you. Do you think we could chat about it some time?