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Petite Riviere Elementary School is a Recipient of a Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award was presented to our school, Petite Riviere Elementary, for our work in establishing peaceful and inclusive spaces through our Garden and Woods Project.

On Wednesday Feb. 24th representatives from our student body and staff travelled with their families to Halifax to watch, as Rowan, Jenna, Jacob and Maya accepted the honour on our behalf.  The Honourable Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant and Education Minister Ms. Karen Casey proudly shook hands with our ambassadors as our work was acknowledged. 

Our Garden has become a favourite space to go at recess to weed and reflect.  The garden is always open.  We rely on many volunteers; from Tristan with his horse and plow to Ty and his family, Maeve and her family, Theryn and his family, who take on a whole week in the summer to make sure our garden stays watered and weed free, and that we have a wonderful harvest to return to in September!  As well, the teachers and staff who use the garden as a teaching space for science and health class. The Garden truly is a favourite spot to be!

Our Woods… well we have become the envy and inspiration of many schools.  Our students play in the ‘Woods’.  They play creatively, with a purpose, with collaboration and problem solving.  We carry sticks, logs, and rocks. We build bridges over puddles, we work with mud and leaves to make designs, and we tie ropes and tarps. We run, walk, hop, dance and yes climb trees!  The play is in the making, discovering and creating of our many shelters and forts and homes.  We interact with nature daily!

And it is for these reasons I feel very proud and grateful to be involved with such a school community who has embraced and supported this path of playing and learning with us.  The award is the icing on the cake!


Guidance Corner:

Sleep Check-Up:  Tips for Parents

 Research shows that well rested children are happy children and are able to learn better.

Age of Child

Recommended number of hours

Suggested bedtime if waking at 7:00am

3 – 5 years

10 to 13 hours

7:30 (11 hrs.)

6 – 13 years

9 to 11 hours

8:00 - 9:00 (10 - 11 hrs.)

14 -17 years

8 to 10 hours

10:00 (9 hrs.)

18 – 25 years

7 to 9 hours

11:00 (8 hrs.)

26 – 64 years

7 to 9 hours

11:00 (8hrs.)


Six Sleep Tips:

  • It helps to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends
  • Snacks and drinks are best when they are small and caffeine-free and low fat
  • Create a comfortable bedtime routine. Doing the same things each night teaches your body to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath/shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music with the dimmed lights
  • Turning off the TV and other screens at least a half hour before bed can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep. A fan or calm music can replace screens
  • We sleep best in a cool, dark and quiet room
  • Taking a special toy or comfort object to bed is often helpful
  • If you want to increase your child’s sleep hours, do it gradually over a couple weeks
  • New sleep habits take time to develop - stick to your plan for 21 days
  • If your child regularly snores, contact your family doctor as this can prevent a good night’s sleep.


Does Your Child Fear The Dark?

  • Ask them to tell you about their fears and what exactly makes them afraid.
  • Show that you understand their fears, but don’t necessarily share them.
  • Reassure them that they are safe; explain there are no such things as monsters.
  • It may help to show them security measures such as locking doors.
  • Ask your child what would make them feel more secure.
  • Establish a relaxing routine with a predictable bedtime.
  • Put a nightlight in your child’s room, or allow some light from the hallway.
  • A nightlight or an open door (with hall light) can be better than a ceiling light.
  • Make sure their television viewing habits are appropriate to their age.
  • Regular exercise helps to reduce stress levels.
  • Don’t make fun of their fears.
  • Reward and praise small steps towards overcoming their fear


A Sleep Diary Can Help You See Your Progress:  (child)  (adult)



Helping Your Child Sleep Alone

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Bus Safety Rules

These are the Expected Behaviours while travelling on your school bus.  All students have the job of being a RESPONSIBLE passenger.

  • Always be at the bus stop on time
  • Remember to stand well back from the road
  • Wait until the bus has completely stopped before approaching
  • Never push as you are entering or exiting the bus
  • Take your designated seat as soon as you enter the bus
  • Stay seated until you arrive at your exit.  Bottom on the seat, no knees in the aisle.  Face the front.  No changing seats while bus is moving
  • Keep all your items in your bag
  • Listen to the Driver.  The Driver is the Boss!
  • Keep your arms and hands inside the bus at all times
  • Use a talking voice while on the bus
  • Playing with electronic games in appropriate way is fine
  • Use of headphones/ear buds for music is required
  • Use nice/appropriate words to talk to your friends while on the bus
  • Move away from the bus and the road as soon as you get off
  • Look both ways before crossing the street

Please discuss these rules with your child.  Your co-operation in passing along this important safety message is greatly appreciated.  Proper conduct must be ensured.  Failure of students to follow these rules may lead to suspension from the bus.  The SSRSB will hold parents/guardians of students who vandalize the school bus responsible for any damage done to the bus.


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