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Saltcoats School
Saltcoats School community works to promote a love of learning, a sense of responsibility and respect for self, others, and the world.
May 21, 2022
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School Handbook



Saltcoats School- Mission Statement

"Learning for All"

The Saltcoats School Community is dedicated to creating a positive school climate in which students can reach their full potential.  The commitment of students, staff, parents, and community members is essential to the school's success in meeting the wide range of needs and demands of today's society.  Our focus will be in maintaining a balanced program to promote academics, citizenship, athletics, and personal growth. We encourage all stakeholders to have an active role in our school's operation.  Together we can make sure that all of our children have the necessary skills and experiences to take their rightful places in our communities.

School Community Council

Chairperson- Tina Nabozniak

Vice-Chair – Kim Daigneault-McCallum


The School Community Council is a vital part of our school.  Meetings run on a monthly basis and everyone is welcome to attend.  The Annual General Meeting is held each year in November and elections for the following year occur during this time.  We would encourage parents and community members to consider becoming involved in our school community council!!


School Motto

"TLC"- Thinking Beyond

              Learning for All

              Caring for Ourselves and Others

Saltcoats School Staff


Support Staff

Administrative Assistant-                Ms. Daneen Kelly

Educational Assistants-                    Mrs. Heather Ward

                                                    Ms. Tina Nabozniak

Library Assistant-                            Ms. Janelle Yanyu

School Counsellor-                          Mr. Bob Buhler

Speech Language Pathologist-         Ms. Kacey Markham

Custodian-                                  Mrs. Donna Bradford

Bus Drivers-                              Anna Bergen

                                                Nancy McIntyre

                                                Rebecca Wilkinson

                                                Bev Whyatt

Teaching Staff

Kindergarten/Gr. 2  Mrs. Chelsea Zelionka

Grade 1/2-             Mrs. Dana Kostelnyk

Grade 3/4-            Mrs. Tamara Sauser

Grade 4/5-            Mrs. Candice Baron

Grade 6/7-            Mrs. Crystal Farquharson

SST-                     Mrs. Jo-Ann Erhardt

Grade 7/8-           Mr. Brendon Weir

Band-                  Mr. Scott Yemen

Principal-             Mr. Ron Gillis


Good Spirit School Division Representatives

Director-     Mr. Quintin Robertson

Superintendent of Schools- Mr. Mark Forsythe

Local Board Member-    Mrs. Lois Smandych

Student Services Coordinator- Mrs. Laurel Welke

Transportation Manager- 


Good Spirit School Division- "Students Come First"




In this school, I have the right to:In this school, I have the responsibility to:
learnlisten to instruction, work quietly in my desk and to raise my hand if I have questions, a concern, or need to leave
hear and be hearduse appropriate language and to listen respectfully without interrupting when others are speaking
be respectedtreat others with respect
be saferefrain from any aggressive behaviour that would be threatening to others
privacy and my own spacerespect the personal property, personal space and privacy of others
use the school and it's contentsrespect the school and it's property



We believe in setting high standards for our students, both in learning and behaviour.  This means that, for a positive and relaxed learning environment, students are managed in a firm but fair, compassionate manner.  Learning is optimized when behavioural expectations are known, consequences are logical, and when students are provided with the opportunity to make appropriate choices.  At Saltcoats School, we endeavour to utilize a discipline plan which teaches positive relationships and promotes learning.  We hope to accomplish this through supporting students' efforts in making good choices and meeting behavioural expectations.



Students are expected to show pride in and respect for our school facility.  In an effort to ensure the cleanliness of our school:

  • All outdoor footwear is to be removed at the entry point into the school building
  • Sunflower seeds are prohibited within the school facility and the playground area
  • Our school is used by other community groups and therefore we encourage all students to assist us in maintaining cleanliness in our washrooms and hallways.



Saltcoats School is committed to providing a caring, friendly school environment for all of our students so that they can learn in a safe and secure learning atmosphere.  Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school.  If bullying does occur, all students should be able to speak up and know that their bullying incident report will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  We are a TELLING school.  This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a staff member. 

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.  Bullying results in pain and distress for the victim.

Bullying can be:

Emotional                 being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (ex. hiding                                       books, threatening gestures, etc.)

Physical                    pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, or any use of violence

Racist                        racial taunts, gestures, graffiti

Sexual                       unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Verbal                       name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, teasing

Cyber                        all areas of the internet (email, social networks, & chat rooms), Mobile threats (text messaging & calls), as well as the misuse of technology such as cameras and video

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts.  No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.  Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.  Students who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.  Bullies also need to be taught that their inappropriate behaviour is unacceptable at our school.

Saltcoats School has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.


Procedures for Response to Intervention

The procedures listed below will be used to intervene in bullying behaviour but are not limited to:

  • All staff, students, and parents/guardians will receive a summary of the policy prohibiting bullying: at the beginning of the school year, as part of the student handbook and/or information packet, as well as part of new student orientation.
  • The school will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the results of investigation confidential.  Staff are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur.
  • People witnessing or experiencing bullying are encouraged to report the incident; such reporting will not reflect on the victim or witnesses in any way.


Prodecures for Responding to a Bullying Incident

  • Students or staff who report a bullying incident must complete a Bullying Report Form.
  • A first offense will result in an office visit and a phone call will be made home to the parent(s)/guardian(s) to notify them of the incident.
  • A second offense will result in parents being informed and they will be asked to have a meeting to discuss the problem.  At this point, a letter will be placed in the student's file and a copy will be forwarded on to the Superindendent of Schools (Mr. Darran Teneycke).  Students will also be referred to our school counselor. 
  • If bullying continues to be a problem, some of the following conequences may be administered:
  • Temporary removal from the classroom (in school suspension)
  • Loss of privileges
  • Out of school suspension
  • RCMP may be notified
  • Expulsion
  • Depending upon the severity of the incident, serious consquences may be imposed upon a first offense. 



We believe that how we dress affects our attitude and our behaviour, and we try to encourage good sense in school clothing.  Some very popular shirts, t-shirts, and caps have logos or statements on them that we do not feel are appropriate for wear at school.  Clothing with vulgar language or suggestive thought, alcohol, drug or tobacco logos, or that is too revealing is not acceptable at school.  Students who come to school wearing such items will be asked to change into something more appropriate.  All students are required to have both indoor (non-scuffing) and outdoor shoes, it is a courtesy to our custodian that students remove their outside shoes in the entrance.  Students are required to wear their indoor shoes at all times.  This is important in the event of a fire drill or actual fire.


We rely on the good judgement of parents in determining what kinds of clothing children should wear.  Students should dress appropriately for the weather, and since all students are encouraged to go out for recess, this is particularly important.


Every year we stress the importance of having students wear proper physical education attire.  The wearing of gym shorts (or sweat pants) facilitates easier mobility and running shoes are a must as far as the health aspect of physical education is concerned.  Gym wear apparel should be stored neatly in the classroom or in lockers, and should be taken home for laundering as required.


Please assist us by labelling all coats, boots, mittens, scarves, backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies.  This will help us a great deal when things get lost.  Ball caps, toques, hats, hoods are to be removed upon entering the building.



Items such as cell phones, cameras, and other electronics should be left at home.  We understand that some students carry a cell phone during the trip to and from school.  If this is the case, the cell phone should be turned off, kept in the student's locker so that use does not disrupt the class operations.  Any important messages needed to be relayed to or from your son or daughter should be done through the school office and not through text messaging.  Should a student need to access their electronics during the day- they need to talk to their homeroom teacher or the principal- then use the device under supervision once permission is granted.



Newsletters and the school website are two of the main forms of communication the school has with families.  Newsletters are distributed once a month.  They are sent home with the youngest or only child in the family, emailed upon request and posted on the website.



An integral part of the education provided at Saltcoats School is the out-of- school learning experiences.  Parents will be given advance written notice of any out-of-school trips.  In most cases, transportation is provided for students both to and from the activity however, there are instances when students will be required to have parents pick them up from an activity.



Bussing is a very important facet of our rural school.  Over half of our students travel to and from school each day on a school bus and all of our students will ride on a GSSD school bus at least once throughout the school year for a variety of reasons.  It is therefore important that all students adhere to the rules and regulations set out by the Good Spirit School Division as well as the directives of the individual bus driver.  All guidelines established by the bus drivers are for the safety and well being of our students while in transit.


We ask that parents do their best to have their children ready for their daily pick up time.  If your child will not be on the bus please notify your bus driver in advance if at all possible.  If your child will be be riding the bus home, please inform your bus driver ahead of time to eliminate delays in bus departure from the school.  It is also very important that the bus drop off points in front of our school be respected as such and are not used for parking throughout the school day.  We ask for your cooperation and appreciate your efforts in keeping the loading and unloading for buses only.


If you have concerns regarding busing issues, please discuss these with your child's bus driver.  In the event that you have further concerns, please feel free to contact the Principal or Transportation Manager at the Good Spirit Division Office in Yorkton.



The school phone is a business phone.  All students must ask a teacher for permission to use the phone.  If a teacher feels the request is reasonable, the student will be given permission to use the phone.  It is expected that students will make social arrangements with their parents before or after school – not during the school day.



School Schedule

Morning Bell                  8:50 a.m.

School Begins                8:55 a.m.

Morning Recess    10:15-10:30 a.m.

Noon Hour           11:50-12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Recess 2:30 – 2:40 p.m.

Dismissal             3:25 bus students/3:30 p.m. town students


Supervision of Students

Teachers provide supervision for students from 8:40 to 8:55 a.m., at recesses and noon hour.  Students are requested to arrive at school no sooner than 15 minutes prior to bell time (this includes the lunch hour) unless they are involved in a school activity.  Students are expected to go directly home after school unless they are involved in a classroom or school activity with the prior knowledge of their parents/guardians.  Students are expected to be in areas where supervision is provided and to remain on school property during recess and noon hours.  All bus students are required to remain at the school throughtout the duration of the noon hour unless a dated, written parental consent has been received by their homeroom teacher.


School Fees

A student fee is assessed so that we can do a bulk purchase of many school supplies.  Students will be provided with most of their material needs through this system.  By doing bulk orders we are able to keep fees to a minimum and ensure uniformity of supplies.  Parents/guardians are asked to pay these fees on registration day or shortly thereafter.



The homeroom teacher takes attendance every morning and afternoon immediately after the 8:55 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. bell.  We ask that Parents/Guardians assist us by notifying the school either by phone or a note in the agenda if your child will be absent on a given day.  Our answering machine is available 24 hours a day. You may leave a message explaining your child's absence.  For the safety and concern for our students, a staff member will attempt to contact the parent/guardian unless we receive a note or phone call explaining the absence.


Regular attendance and punctuality are very important.  We assume that all students are able to meeting these criteria.  Students who must be absent, however, are responsible for making up missed work.  Whenever possible, please make appointments (dentist, physician, etc.) outside of school time.  Should your child be absent for several days, please keep his/her teacher informed regarding a return date. 


We understand that many parents have the opportunity to take vacations during the school year.  Such chances for family time and exploration of different places, add a dimension to young children's understanding of the world that cannot be learned in a classroom.  We ask parents to be aware, however, of the teacher's plans and their child's learning needs when making plans.  Although teachers do their best to help, they simply do not have the capacity to make up for lost time by preparing learning material beforehand or retesting afterwards.  Because learning no longer depends as much upon textbooks and worksheets, it is often impossible for teachers to provide instuctional material for children heading out on vacation.  It is importatnt for parents to know that when children are vacationing during instructional time they may disrupt small group assignments, miss important concepts or key learning strategies.



Academic (Grade 7 & 8)

  • Awarded to students who maintain an average of 80% or over in Language Arts, Math Science, Social Studies, & Health


    Most Improved Student (Grade 8)
  • Awarded to the student who shows the greatest overall improvement in work habits, work ethic, academic average, social maturity and attitude.


    Highest Average (Grade 7 & 8)
  • Awarded to a grade 7 and 8 student with the highest combined average in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies & Health


    The Mustang Award for Citizenship (Grade 7 & 8)
  • Awarded to those students who demonstrate what it means to be a Mustang
  • That is, they are conscientious of academic reponsibilities, respectful and caring of teachers, support staff, peers and themselves.  They promote their school and community by participating in various extracurricular and/or school activities.


    Athletic Award (Grade 7 & 8)
  • Awarded to those students who participate in the required amount of sport activities that are offered throughout the school year.  Recipients of this award must demonstrate sportsmanship, cooperation, dedication as well as acceptable school conduct.


    Ryan Neal Memorial Leadership Award(Gr. 7 & 8)
  • Awarded to two students who demonstrate leadership qualities.  These students participate in school activities, encourage others to do their best, are respectful, show commitment, and do their best in all activities (academic, athletic, and social).