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MONTHLY UPDATE: June 2018

We can hardly believe that we are now at the start of the month of June! This month is packed with field trips, special events and Grade Six Provincial Achievement Tests. Although it is a busy month it is also a time for reflection upon another successful year and the many accomplishments to celebrate as a school community. Please take a moment to look at our Ardrossan Year End Review to see the exciting learning that took place this year.

June is also a time to say goodbye. We proudly send off our Grade Sixes to Ardrossan Junior Senior High to begin a new journey into Grade Seven and we say goodbye to staff members who are moving on to new adventures.

Mme LePage, Ms. Wise, and Mrs. Surgeson will be completing their contracts at the end of the term. Ms. Kammerer and Mrs. Coates are beginning a new adventure as teachers at Davidson Creek school and Mme Staub has accepted a position at Sherwood Heights Junior High in the fall. Although staff may be taking on new positions, they will always be part of our Ardrossan family. Once you are a bison you are always a bison! We wish all staff who are leaving the best of luck in their new endeavours.

Speaking of feeling lucky, the Ardrossan Elementary School Council went above and beyond in showing their support for our school staff through a special staff appreciation day last Friday. We were pampered with coffee and treats first thing in the morning and then wowed by a lovely homemade multi-course lunch complete with beautiful table settings, flowers and thoughtful gifts. We felt truly spoiled! Thank you to our parent community for such a thoughtful and kind event! 

Finally, we would like to take a moment to express sympathy for those families affected by the serious car accident that took place this week. Our hearts extend out to our sister school, Ardrossan Junior Senior High, and to the families of all those involved.  

Action

  • Family BBQ by Canadian Parents for French (CPF)
  • Lost and Found
  • Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests
  • Student Transportation Services for 2018-19
  • Share your Thoughts: Provincewide Student Transportation survey now open

Opportunity

  • Grade 6 Celebration
  • Tidbits from the Lunchbox
  • Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA)
  • School Solutions - Back to School Supplies 
  • Provincial Curriculum Parent Information Sessions
  • Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration
  • Our Little Friends Playschool

Information

  • 2018 - 2019 Class Configurations & Staffing Update
  • Coming Soon: School Supply lists for the 2018-19 school year
  • 2017-18 EIPS French Immersion Parent Survey Results Report 
  • 2017-18 EIPS Parent Survey Results Report
  • Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

ACTION

Family BBQ by Canadian Parents for French (CPF)

Please join us for our annual Year End Family BBQ on Thursday, June 28th at 11:30 a.m.  This day is always a fabulous event for everyone. Come out and celebrate the last day of school!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please see the order form available on the Lunchbox website.

Lost and Found

All lost and found items remaining after June 28th, are bagged and taken for donation. Students have been reminded throughout the months of May and June. This includes any shoes or school supplies left behind after the last day of school. Please feel free to drop by the school to go through the bin near the music room to reclaim any lost items!

Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests

All Grade Six students are continuing to write Provincial Achievement Tests in all four subject areas:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and for our French Immersion students French Language Arts.  Statistics have shown that students who are well rested and eat breakfast in the morning perform better in testing situations.  To ensure maximum performance we suggest you encourage your child to:

  1. Get plenty of rest the night before.
  2. Have a nutritious breakfast in the morning.
  3. Bring a snack for recess.

Student Transportation Services for 2018-19

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2018-19 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the pre-enrolment process are now registered. Those families have also received tentative route schedules and invoices—all fees are due June 30, 2018.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca.

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit www.eips.ca/transportation.

NOTE: Fees can be paid online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal or in-person at the Student Transportation office—683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park. The office will remain open during the summer months operating during the same hours as Central Administration.

Share your Thoughts: Provincewide Student Transportation survey now open

Currently, Alberta Education is conducting a survey regarding student transportation. Parents, school authorities and stakeholders are asked to take the survey. The feedback received will help determine if changes need to be made to the distance criteria, mandated service levels and the safety considerations. When completing the survey keep in mind the government has said there is no more money for Student Transportation, which means if something new is funded something else may be lost. The survey closes June 15, 2018

To take the survey and learn more visit www.eips.ca

OPPORTUNITY

Tidbits from The LunchBox

The LunchBox wants to thank you for your participation in our Little Caesar's Pizza Kit Fundraiser.
We sold a total of 633 KITS. A big 'Thank You' to each of the families that worked so hard for the opportunity to be entered into the Raffle. Each winner has received a $5.00 lunch credit, Little Caesar's activity book and pencil, and you are:

  • Carter Woodhouse
  • Hanah Woitas
  • Jayden Ziegler
  • Lukah Dyrland
  • Lorelei Reinhardt
  • Makenna Dyrland
  • Landon Hagel
  • John Wasylyshen
  • Jackie Fakeley
  • Jordan Osborn

Our Grand Prize Winners Are:
1st Place (winning a $100 lunch credit): Jordyn Dmytriw with 40 kits sold
2nd Place (winning a $50 lunch credit): Haylee Rodgerson with 26 kits sold
3rd Place (winning a $25 lunch credit): Olivia, Sienna & Teagan Cheng-Brennan with 25 kits sold
That is incredible!! Thank you! All lunch credits have been added to your hot lunch accounts.

A big 'Thank You' to Fresh Healthy Cafe for stepping up to be our exclusive vendor for our program. And a HUGE 'THANK YOU' to all of you - parents, students, AEL Staff.... for your continued support and love of our program.

We are very excited to start the 2018/2019 school year into our BEAUTIFUL HOTLUNCH KITCHEN in our new school!!! Be sure to stop by and take a peek at the kitchen in September!!! The yummy smells of our home cooked meals will guide you!!!

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and join The LunchBox Board. We have many members who have Grade 6 students and would like to move forward to new volunteer opportunities with their children. If you would like more information, please contact Allison Usher at info@aeslunchbox.com.

On behalf of all of us at The LunchBox, have a safe and fabulous Summer Break!!!

Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA)

From the Fundraising Association.

This year we were very successful in our fundraising efforts. Thanks to Wendy, Jackie, Cheryl, Jennie, Ady, Vania, Allison, Darren and anyone else I forgot to mention. Without your hard work we could not have been so successful. Our success depends on parent volunteers and I thank you for your efforts. Funds go to improving educational opportunities for our students.

Galaxyland will be in September next year and we will be trying to appeal to younger families with a Saturday morning event and option to ride for the rest of the day. Mabel's Labels in ongoing, so choose Ardrossan Elementary when ordering for next year.

Any parent who wishes to become involved, just attend one of our meetings, we are always looking for more help and new ideas.

Thank you again and see you at the new school in September.
JP Grebenc
Chair AEPSA

Grade 6 Celebration

Please join us on June 28th from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. in the Gym to recognize our Grade Six leaders as they take the important step to Junior High School.  We are so proud of you! Moving on up!

Provincial Curriculum Parent Information Sessions

The provincial government and its partners are requesting parent and guardian feedback on the draft K-4 provincial curriculum. Twenty face-to-face meetings will be held in school communities across Alberta from May 31 to June 14, 2018. Each session is limited to 100 participants. 

Visit www.eips.ca for more information about session dates and registration details.

Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration

Elk Island Public Schools is once again running Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders.

Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventure to new riders and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about: school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both the children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and then venture out on a short ride.

The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2018-19 school year. Sessions and times are available at these locations:

Location                                             Date                                     Time
EIPS Central Office                             August 21                                6 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                             August 23                                10 a.m.
EIPS Central Office                             August 23                                6 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                             August 27                                6 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                             August 29                                6 p.m.

SouthPointe School                            August 28                                6 p.m.

Mundare School                                 August 28                                 10 a.m.

EIPS Central Office is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park
SouthPointe School is located at 11 SouthPointe Blvd., Fort Saskatchewan
Mundare School is located at 5201 Sawchuk St., Mundare 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for a Little Elk Island Adventure, visit https://goo.gl/forms/b0svKmWAoqHRSvZs2.

More information regarding busing for kindergarten students is available at: www.eips.ca/transportation/kindergarten-busing-faq.

Our Little Friends Playschool

We are currently taking registrations for the 2018-19 school year. 

For more information and current updates check out our website at www.ardrossanfrenchplayschool.ca or call Kari at 780.922.4447

INFORMATION

2018 - 2019 Class Configurations & Staffing Update

Parents and students will be informed of class placements in the June 28 report cards. Class lists will not be posted in August in compliance with FOIP regulations. Student report cards can be accessed through the Parent Portal in Powerschool.

This is preliminary staffing and class sizes information only. Due to increasing or decreasing enrollments, these configurations may change over the course of the summer. We are continuing to work on staffing positions and will share more information in the final year end update. Based upon the current information we have, staffing and class configurations for the 2018-2019 school year will be as follows:

French Immersion Classes (student #)

  • ECS Mme Bouchard (27)
  • Grade 1 TBA - until Mme Olsen returns (26)
  • Grade 2 Mme Proulx (17)
  • Grade 2 M.Tomaszewicz (17)
  • Grade 3 Mme. Fafard (19)
  • Grade 4 Mme Krys (26)
  • Grade 5 M. Castle (23
  • Grade 6 TBA (25)

 English Classes

  • ECS Mrs. Belcourt  (23 & 22)
  • Grade 1  Mrs. Samaratunga (21)
  • Grade 1  Mrs. Butler-Dunn (5)
  • Grade 1  Ms. Podoborozny (22)
  • Grade 2  Mrs. Hill (25)
  • Grade 2  TBA (25)
  • Grade 3  Mr. Frederickson (23)
  • Grade 3  TBA - until Mrs. Ruptash returns (23)
  • Grade 4  Mrs. Klippenstein (26)
  • Grade 4  Mrs. Kulmatycki  (26)
  • Grade 5  Mrs. Grauman  (28)
  • Grade 5  Mrs. McBride  (27)
  • Grade 6  Mr. Campbell (27)
  • Grade 6  Mr. Halbert  (27)
  • Grade 6  TBA  (27)
  • Music Mrs. Harding & TBA (to have enough music for all classes)
  • PALS Mrs. Talaga & Mrs. Robinson
  • Counsellor Mme Mitchell 
  • Assistant Principal Mme Hewitt
  • Principal Mrs. Whetstone

Coming Soon: School Supply lists for the 2018-19 school year

New next year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is adopting a Divisionwide school-supply list to lift some of the financial burden from families. Each grade will now have a standardized list of required supplies to complete the year to ensure families aren’t purchasing materials in excess of what is being used in the classroom. The grade-specific lists are posted to the school website and will remain throughout the summer months. 

Tools for School

Ardrossan Elementary has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2018-19 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks and school supplies to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. If you’re a parent or know a parent who needs access to the program, contact our school directly. We’ll discretely provide the backpack to your child at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. 

Alternatively, if you’d like to donate to the program, you can pick up few extra supplies when you’re out shopping for back to school. Drop-off boxes are located at various businesses in the community during the summer months—including Staples and the Central Office at Elk Island Public Schools. All supplies donated within our community are invested back into in our region.

For more information about Tools for School, contact Shauna Hart or call the Central Office at 780-464-3477.

2017-18 EIPS French Immersion Parent Survey Results Report 

The results are now available for the French Immersion Parent Survey conducted in March. Thank you to all families who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is committed to providing a high-quality and comprehensive French immersion program that meets the needs of our students. Parents/guardians play a key role in supporting their children to achieve the goals of the program. 

The overall Division results represent 289 responses from parents and guardians across EIPS. The feedback gathered will help EIPS schools and the Division continue to enhance the French immersion experience for your child.

The complete French Immersion Parent Survey results for the Division are available by visiting www.eips.ca/about-us/planning-and-results/parent-survey.

2017-18 EIPS Parent Survey Results Report 

The results are now available for the 2017-18 EIPS Parent Survey conducted in March. Thank you to all families who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. The survey included 20 questions related to the three priorities outlined in the EIPS 2015-18 Three-Year Education Plan:

  • Priority 1: Promote growth and success for all students
  • Priority 2: Enhance high-quality learning and working environments
  • Priority 3: Enhance public education through effective engagement, partnerships and communication

The overall Division results represent 2,918 responses from parents and guardians across EIPS, which is an increase from 2,678 responses the previous year.

The feedback gathered will help EIPS schools and the Division measure its progress toward meeting the priorities and goals outlined in the EIPS 2015-18 Three-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve students and the wider community moving forward. 

Complete Parent Survey results for the Division are available by visiting www.eips.ca/about-us/planning-and-results/parent-survey.

Ardrossan Elementary’s Parent Survey results are available by visiting AEL Parent Survey Results 2018

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Elementary will be closed and will reopen on August 27th at 9 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact the Central Office at Elk Island Public School—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2018-19 school year.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours (July and August)
Open                    Monday to Friday             8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Phone                   780-464-3477
Address                683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays
Closed                  Monday, July 2                 Canada Day
Closed                  Monday, August 6            Heritage Day 

NOTE: Student Transportation will also remain open during the summer months and operate during the same hours as Central Office. Student Transportation can’t accept in-person transportation payments on the days it’s closed.

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