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General Information

 

Welcome to Forest Hill Junior. The school opened in 1997-98 in St. Lazare which is located off the western tip of the island of Montreal.  Forest Hill Junior School services 286 students. The curriculum is composed of 85% French and 15% English instruction. 

 

Our School Vision/Mission

Forest Hill Junior is committed to providing an innovative and nurturing educational environment where all students are given the opportunity and encouraged to reach their full potential.

 

Please take note of the following;

 

ATTENDANCE

WHEN CALLING TO REPORT YOUR CHILD’S LATE ARRIVAL OR ABSENCE PLEASE CALL:
(514) 798-0777 (Junior Campus)   Press 3 for “Attendance” mailbox.
A voice mail service is on hand at all times of the day to leave messages.

Please try to call the school office prior to 9:00 a.m. to advise us of your child’s absence or late arrival.  If we do not receive a notice of the absence, the school will be calling to verify your child’s absence.    Please state child’s name, grade and teacher’s name. 

 

DROP OFFs AND PICK UPs AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE DAY

Please use the school’s designated parking area for parents when dropping-off or picking-up your child. Parents are asked to pick up children after school at the kindergarten playground gate. A teacher will be on duty at that door.

Parents are expected to pick up their children by the dismissal time.  A child that is not picked up will be sent to the Daycare and a fee may apply.

It is very important for students to have a regular pick up plan. Repeated changes to the schedule can cause undue stress for children. We understand that an occasional change of plan can occur. We ask that any changes for pick up are reported before 12:00 p.m. so that we have enough time to inform staff accordingly. 

 

LATE ARRIVALS

If your child arrives at school late in the morning - he/she must be accompanied by an adult and checked in at the office prior to proceeding to his/her classroom.  Listed below are the times that your children should be IN CLASS (not entering the building).

Forest Hill Junior:            9:05 a.m. class begins    (Entry time:  8:55 a.m.)

 

APPOINTMENTS

If your child must leave during school hours for an appointment, please write a note to the teacher in your child’s agenda book.  When picking your child up during school hours, please go to the office and your child will be called from class.  Your child will meet you at the office. 
 All children must be signed out at the office prior to their departure.  If your child would normally attend daycare that day, please make sure to fill out the green schedule change form available from daycare.

We ask parents to arrange after-school activities to coincide with the school schedule. School ends at 3:35 p.m.  Picking up your child early on a regular basis is very disruptive for your child and the rest of the class.

 

PARKING

Please do not park your vehicle in the parking lot at the front of the school.  It is reserved for school staff.   All VOLUNTEERS and VISITORS are asked to park in the “VISITORS” parking lot (to your right when entering the school parking lot). Please respect the NO Parking sign in the horseshoe drive. This area is used for buses at entry and dismissal time. The Kiss and Drop on Chanterel Street must be used only to drop off your child. Please note the No Parking signs in the “Kiss and Drop”.  Please DO NOT PARK in this area.

 

OUTDOOR CLOTHING

Parents are reminded that children go outside as much as possible throughout the year.  They may be waiting for the school bus, out at recess or during the lunch period. Please send your child in appropriate clothing for the weather.  If it is raining or exceptionally cold, the children will remain indoors.

 

ITEMS FROM HOME

Children must not bring toys or other items to school that could be lost or stolen.  This applies to electronics games, radios, and cell phones, and the like.  Such items must not be taken onto the school bus, into the classroom or be used on the playground.  It is safer to leave them at home.  The school cannot take responsibility for the loss of items and valuables.  Money brought to school for field trips, etc. is collected immediately each morning by the teacher when the children arrive in class.

It is preferable that all money forwarded to school for field trips or fundraising be sent in the form of a check. (Checks are made payable to Forest Hill Jr.)

 

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE

The following radio/TV stations will make the necessary announcement in the case of an emergency closure.  Parents are to listen for closure of the « Lester B. Pearson School Board ». The closure information may also be posted on the FHJR Facebook page and the Lester B. Pearson School Board  website.

TV stations to receive the call:

Global TV (cable 3)
CFCF TV (cable 11)
CBMT TV (cable 13)
 

 

Listed by order of who receives the call first:

CJAD 800 AM           CHOM 97.7 FM
CFQR 92.5 (Q92)     CBM 88.5 FM
CJFM 95.9 FM (Virgin radio)
CINW 940 AM           CKGM 990 AM

 

 

If the school is closed unexpectedly during the day, it is important that we have on file the name, phone # and address of the place your child is to go in such an emergency.  A form will be sent home early in the year requesting this information.

 

PROTOCOL FOR THE ADMINSTRATION OF MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

Some medical conditions require that medications be given on a regular basis.

Therefore, if a child needs to take medicine at school, certain procedures must be followed before we can accept the responsibility to keep or administer medications in school.

  1. The medicine must come in its original container with the pharmacist’s label and the dosage to be administered.
  2. The doctor’s authorization will also be acceptable.
  3. Parents/Guardians must complete the form “Authorization to Administer Medication” before requesting school personnel administer medications. This can be done at the school office or at the daycare office.
  4. Please send only one container per child.  For hygiene reasons and to avoid errors, we cannot, for example, have two children using the same inhaler.
  5. All medication with an expired date will be returned home.  It is the parent’s responsibility to renew all prescriptions.
     

If possible, ask your doctor to prescribe antibiotic medication at 8 or 12 hour intervals to cut down on the amount taken at school.  If this is not possible, ask the pharmacist to supply the medication in two containers, one for school and one for home.

 

Please advise us as soon as there is a change in your child’s medical condition.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING DELIVERY OF MEDICATION TO SCHOOL

Please note that all prescription medications must be hand-delivered to school by an adult and given to the main office or Daycare personnel.

Children are not to bring medications (prescription or non-prescription) to school in their school bag or lunch box.

 

FOOD/ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGENS

An increasing number of our students have allergies, some are fatally allergic.  Forest Hill is a NUT CONTROLLED SCHOOL.  This includes peanut butter, peanuts and other food made with peanuts and tree nuts. Tree nuts include, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts.  In classes with highly allergic students, a letter with specific instructions about which foods to avoid will be sent home (ERMS) at the beginning of the year.  

Your cooperation regarding allergies is GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Please do not bring cupcakes, cake pops or cakes to school for your child’s birthday.  Not only is this potentially dangerous for allergies, it is also difficult to manage.

 

EPIPENS

 

Children can be anywhere in the building at any given time (Phys Ed, Music, computer room, outdoors, etc.)  For these reasons, children with EPIPENS are strongly encouraged to carry them around their waist at all times.

Information is available regarding the purchase of “Epi Belts” from the school nurse.