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  • Open House

    Open House

    Our Open House will take place on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Open House provides an opportunity for perspective parents and students to learn about the programming and extracurricular activities offered at Rutherford.  We will begin with introductions in the gymnasium and then families will have time to tour the school, meet teachers and get a sense of the culture and atmosphere.



    There are a number of possible ways to ensure that you will get the most out of your elementary school experience and we want to make sure that students are adjusting and doing well throughout the year.  Teachers will provide you information and feedback in the form of regular progress report and parent-teacher conferences are held early so there is lots of time to make a personal connection and to identify any areas that need improvement.  If problems arise, help is available from teachers, school staff or the administration, their door is always open!

    In addition to quality teaching students at Rutherford access a number of supplementary supports to encourage and support learning including:

    Accelerated Reader (AR) The Accelerated Reader program helps students increase their reading practice time and enjoyment of reading. Students read a book, take a quiz measuring comprehension, and teacher and student review progress and set appropriate levels and goals based on consistent comprehension scores. Research tells us that matching students to their appropriate independent reading level or comfort zone is one of the best ways to ensure that students continue to make progress and enjoy independent reading time. Targeted reading levels are used as a guide to help students and teachers choose appropriate books from the library.

    Paired and Echo Reading Time (PERT) If you have a chance to be at Rutherford in the morning, you will be delighted to see all students and staff involved in Paired and Echo Reading Time (PERT).Younger students with some reading skills or emerging reading skills are paired with older students to read and write together. Every Friday during PERT, students reflect on their reading during the week and engage in a shared writing activity with their PERT partner.

    The benefits of the PERT program include:

    • better readers and reflective thinkers;

    • older students becoming excellent leaders;

    • younger students having older mentors;

    • the formation of long lasting relationships; and

    • creating a community of readers.

    French as a Second Language French as a Second Language (FSL) is taught from Kindergarten to Grade 6.The focus begins on developing comprehension and encouraging ease of speaking through games, songs, rhymes and skits. Reading and writing are introduced in later grades.

    Students in Kindergarten receive 30 minutes of FSL instruction each week, and students in Grades 1 to 6 receive 150 minutes.

    Students will have the opportunity to be involved in a French club working towards the goal of writing the DELF Prim French exam.  The DELF Prim is a French Language Studies diploma issued by the French Ministry of Education.  The diploma is recognized all over the world and demonstrates French language proficiency.

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Slide ShowBuilt over 100 years ago, Rutherford attracts motivated students who are seeking an academic experience that is second to none. We are proud to offer students a rich learning environment with a proud history of achievement. With the support of our highly skilled staff and a focus on learning, students benefit from a meaningful, well-rounded elementary school experience.

Outstanding programs, excellent facilities, and a safe and productive environment await students at Rutherford.  Their school experiences are memorable as they participate in a wide variety of clubs, school events and fieldtrips that take learning beyond the classroom.  Students strive for excellence while developing character, citizenship and leadership skills that open their eyes to a world of possibilities, free for them to explore!

Rutherford School is committed to ensuring that students realize their individual potential.  We have set high standards for both academic achievement and student conduct.  These high standards are supported by excellence in teaching and the development of character virtues.  We enjoy a strong partnership with our parent community and many community agencies.  Our goal is to provide students with an academic environment where optimal learning can take place!

Principal's Message

Welcome to Rutherford school!  What sets Rutherford apart is the strength of our school community, the dedication of our staff, the determination of our students and the excellence that we achieve together.  

This year we are pleased to welcome 236 students and their families to our k-6 programming at Rutherford School. French as a second language, starting in kindergarten, gives our school a unique focus as our families choose second language programing starting at a young age.

Rutherford provides students with a caring, small school atmosphere with all the advantages of a big school.  We offer academic excellence, school spirit, and a range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities. At Rutherford, students, staff and parents work together to ensure that students realize their potential and that they are supported and empowered along the way.

I encourage you to visit our school so that you may experience our excellent programs, dedicated teachers and vibrant school community.

Simon Williams

School Supplies

Please click here to view the 2017-8 supply list Supply List 17-18