Arbutus (K/1)

2017-18 School Year

School runs from 8:30am-2:30pm throughout the school year and there is no early dismissal on Wednesdays. The classroom doors open at 8:30am.

  • Classroom opens: 8:30 am
  • School begins: 8:35 am
  • Morning snack: 10:10 – 10:25
  • Morning recess: 9:50 – 10:05
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 12:20
  • Mid-day recess: 11:30 – 12:00
  • Dismissal: 2:30 pm

Classroom Team

Our classroom team is Rachel Bales (Teacher) and Renata Shaw (Education Assistant).

School Supplies

We ask all learners to bring some student supplies each year. A copy of the supply list can be found online. Arbutus Class learners are asked to bring:

All Learners Arbutus (K/1)
  • Backpack
  • Black Indoor Shoes
  • Gym Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • headphones for technology work
  • At some point during the year each class will be asked to send in 2 boxes of tissue. Due to limited storage space, please wait until you receive the request
  • Muddy Buddy (rain pants)
  • Complete change of clothes in a labelled Ziploc
  • September – 2 boxes of tissue

Dress Code:

Elementary school learners are asked to follow our school dress code:

  • navy pants/skirts/shorts (no sweat pants or leggings)
  • white or navy socks
  • white polo or dress shirts and school vest on full-dress days
  • spirit wear t-shirts for other days
  • spirit wear hoodies
  • **Children who wish to wear extra clothing indoors for warmth must wear either a plain navy cardigan or the school hoodie.

* Please label everything with your child’s name

Please note that from time to time, due to sensory issues or for other reasons, the school may make exceptions to the uniform requirements for some students. This is done on a case-by-case basis and in consultation between the parents and the Principal. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this if you would like to contact the Principal directly.

Spirit Wear

Elementary School Spirit Wear orders are completed four times each school year in September, January and April. Used Spirit Wear Sales occur 2-3 times per year including the first week of school in September and again after the winter break. Sample sizes of clothing are available in the office. Payment can be made by e-transfer, cash, or cheque. All cheques for NEW and USED Spirit Wear are payable to Hands on Summer Camp Society (HOSCS).

Lunches & Snacks

Parents are responsible for providing snacks and lunches. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO SEVERE, LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES AMONG OUR STUDENT POPULATION, THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS A NUT-FREE POLICY. Please do not send your child with food that contains peanuts or tree nuts. This includes nut milk, etc. We also ask that parents do not include candy or soft drinks with meals. Please send food that is ready to consume right out of the lunch box as we do not have the time or facilities to heat up learners’ food. If you are sending food that requires a fork or spoon, please send those along in your child’s lunch as well, as we do not have enough utensils to equip the children each day. Elizabeth Buckley School is working to become a more “green” school. Part of this initiative is “garbage free lunch.” Healthy food choices, sent in reusable containers, are preferable. We appreciate your assistance with this.

Daily Arrival and Departure

Parents of children in the Arbutus and Maple classes are asked to park their vehicles and accompany their children into the school for drop-off. Parents of children in the Cedar class may drop their children outside, but must still park before dropping their child. For safety and in respect for other parents dropping off, under no circumstances should parents stop in the crosswalk and drop their children without first parking. Thank you for your assistance with this. The parking lot is shared with Cridge families and it is a busy place in the morning. Please be respectful and patient.


Please e-mail the school at to let us know if your child will be late or absent by 8:30 am (Elementary) or 9:00 am (Middle School). If e-mail is not an option, please leave a message on the main phone line: 250.995.6425. For funding and statistical purposes, Elizabeth Buckley School must document absences. For extended absences, a doctor’s note may be required.