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  • Programs


    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 pairedwith older students to read and write together. Every Friday during PERT, studentsreflect on their reading during the week and engage in a shared writing activitywith 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 ofspeaking 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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  • Registration


    ‌We are now accepting registrations for September 2017. 

    Our Open House is on Thursday March 9th, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

     Pre-enrollment at Edmonton Public Schools begins each year in early February. Early registration not only helps parents and students plan for the next school year, it gives schools the information we need to make plans based on the number of students we can expect in the fall.  Children who are four years of age on or before March 1 may register in Kindergarten for the upcoming school year.  When registering for the first time, a parent or guardian will need to present legal proof of their child's name, citizenship and birth date.

    Kindergarten - Rutherford School is committed to helping your child get off to a great start in Kindergarten. The most important first step is for you and your child is to choose the elementary school most suited to your child’s needs and goals. Visit open houses, attend information sessions, and read through materials such as this website carefully. If you are satisfied that Rutherford is the right school for you, great, welcome to our community! The next step is to learn about our school so that you and your child will feel comfortable and eager to attend in September and remember that you are not alone in starting kindergarten!

    Throughout the registration process, Rutherford’s friendly staff will support and assist you with any questions you might have.  In September, kindergarten students and parents will be invited to a 90 minute orientation session during one of the first two days of school.   You will be notified mid-August of your orientation time and date by phone.  This orientation will allow your child to ease into the Kindergarten experience in a small group setting, with your presence and support.  At this time you will be given more detailed information about the program, have a chance to ask specific questions and fill out some important forms.  Click here to download a Registration Form 

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    Would you like to learn more about our school?

    We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have.  Please give us a call, send us an email, or stop in and see us.  Our door is always open!   

    If you would like to find out more about registering your child with Edmonton Public Schools please visit us at www.epsb.ca

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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

Principal PictureWelcome 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 242 students to Rutherford, an increase of 74% over the last 5 years as our school continue to grow! We offer regular K-6 programming in single grade classes.  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 to enrich the lives of our students.   

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 extra-curricular 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.

Mike Morison