Balanced School Day

Starting the 2019-2020 school year Fort la Reine School will be switching to a Balanced School Day. This will be implemented across grades 1-6. Our kindergarten students will still attend from 9:00-12:00 if they are the a.m. class and 1:00-3:30 if they are the p.m. class. Many schools throughout the province run on a balanced schedule and have seen benefits for their students including improved nutrition, concentration, and energy levels.

Our school day will look like this:

8:15-8:45 – Breakfast Program
9:00-10:20 – Classroom Instruction
10:30-10:55 – Activity Break
11:00-11:20 – Nutrition Break (at school – students are required to bring a healthy snack)
11:20-12:50 – Classroom Instruction
12:50-1:20 – Nutrition Break (Lunch Hour - students that are able to will go home)
1:20-1:45 – Activity Break (Students that go home return at 1:45)
1:50-3:30 – Classroom Instruction

We will be working on improving the nutritional knowledge of our students and teaching them about meeting their own nutritional needs for growth and learning.  FLR will still provide a snack twice a week which most often will be a fruit or vegetable. We are still asking parents to provide a snack for their child to help supplement this. When you provide morning snack for your child please be sure it is nutritious.  Candy, sweets, chips, and pop will not be allowed for morning snack as they are too high in sugar and do not provide adequate nutrition for learning.  If you need suggestions for appropriate snacks, please contact the school.

During the second Nutrition and Activity break, students with family members at home will go home as they do during a regular lunch hour.  Students may stay at school if there is no one at home because family members are employed outside the home or are attending school.  Permission letters will be sent home on the first day.

Tips for Parents - How to Plan and Prepare for Nutritional Breaks
Packing a well-balanced meal for the Balanced School Day can be fun and easy. 

Follow these simple suggestions to plan a healthy, nutritious lunch for your child:

• Pack fruits, veggies, whole wheat sandwiches, crackers and/or cheese cubes.
• We will be drinking water at the morning nutrition break, juice boxes or milk may
   be sent for the second break, no pop or energy drinks are allowed.
• Pack foods without nuts or nut products as we have students with nut
   allergies.
• Involve your child in planning and preparing for his or her nutritional breaks.
• If your child is responsible for packing his or her lunch, please see that he or she
  has included a balanced selection of healthy foods from three or four food groups.

If you have any questions about this please contact Fort la Reine School. 

Mr. Harkness - Principal