MONTHLY Update: April 2017
Posted on April 7th, 2017
Welcome back:) We know from chatting with students, parents and staff that Spring Break was a welcome change of pace and an opportunity for rest, relaxation and renewal. Where has the school year gone? We are already counting down the last three months of the year with so much yet to accomplish. We recognize that the increase in daylight during the evening signals a wide variety of outdoor sporting activities that will be gearing up soon during the evenings and on weekends. Thank you, parents, for encouraging your children to also continue their focus on learning.
The replacement school construction is continuing along with numerous beams, walls and windows now starting to shape the exterior of our new facility. Thank you to our parents and volunteers for being so careful and "driver aware" with the added construction traffic this project creates.
This month we recognize Earth Day and Volunteer Appreciation. Together, as a school community, we work to empower our students and each other to recognize our important shared commitment to serve as stewards and caregivers for the earth in which we live. Phrases being increasingly discussed are "eco anxiety" and "global helplessness" - that the complexity of environmental issues are beyond individual and collective action creating a sense of despair. Fortunately, our student leadership teams disagree and with the support of our families and staff, we know that each one of us can make a positive difference everyday. "Reduce, Reuse and Recyle" does make a collective difference to the footprint each of us creates. Your children are leaders now and for the future.
We also salute our parent volunteers, who dedicate so much to helping students and staff maximize learning. Volunteers model the values and beliefs central to our mission - to treat each other with respect and to help each child to be a capable learner and leader. As a Seven Habits School, we support each child to develop the skills of synergy - the habit of creative co-operation where we are open minded to seeking new solutions to old problems. Our school volunteers bring their personal experience, expertise and passion to demonstrate synergy so as to help students believe and achieve their limitless and undiscovered capabilities. We thank you, our volunteers, for your contributions in making Great Happens Here!
that moment when you forget you're volunteering to help change lives, because it's changing yours...
- Stay Connected: Subscribe to EIPS Email News
- 2016–2017 Parent Survey: Results
- Kindergarten Parent Orientation
- AES HotLunch E-news
- School Council and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Meetings
- Volunteer Appreciation and Earth Day Assembly - April 21st at 8:30 a.m. Library
- Student Craft Sale for Makerspace
- Hats On for Mental Health
- Navigating the Online World with Kids : Things Parents Should Know
- Parents Make the Difference
- Rendez-vous de la francophonie
- Leadership Ledger: Habit 6
- Students Design Playgrounds for Makerspace
Stay Connected: Subscribe to EIPS email news
Want to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events taking place at your school? Make sure to subscribe to Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) email distribution list. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) now requires the Division to have direct consent before engaging in electronic communication with its families. If you have not yet subscribed, simply visit www.eips.ca/contact/synrevoice . As soon as you sign up, you will begin receiving Division- and school-related news—newsletters, information about upcoming events, parent and community engagement opportunities, important school-based updates and more.
NOTE: Even if you are not subscribed, you will continue to receive emails regarding emergency situations and financial matters. Those who received notifications about high school attendance will also continue to receive those messages.
EIPS appreciates your co-operation in ensuring its distribution lists are compliant with CASL and you continue to receive only the information you feel is important.
2016–2017 Parent Survey: Results
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is committed to ensuring all parents and guardians of students within the Division have a chance to share their thoughts on the overall performance of their school and the Division. One of the ways EIPS ensures its parent’s voices are heard is by conducting an annual parent survey.
In January, the Division invited EIPS families to participate in the 2016–2017 Parent Survey. The survey included 15 questions regarding topics such as the quality of teaching, school leadership, parent engagement and more. The overall response rate was 16 per cent, which included close to 2,700 responses from parents and guardians across the Division.
The feedback gathered will help the Division measure its progress towards meeting the goals and priorities outlined in the EIPS 2015–2018 Three-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve its students and the wider community.
Complete Parent Survey results for the Division are available by visiting www.eips.ca/about-us/planning-and-results/parent-survey.
You can also review Ecole Ardrossan Elementary School's Parent Survey results by visiting AEL Parent Survey .
Kindergarten Parent Orientation - Gearing up for Kindergarten
Do you have a child registered in kindergarten next year? If so, make sure to attend our upcoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Parent and Caregivers will have the opportunity to:
tour the school;
meet the teachers; and
- gain insight about a typical day in kindergarten and the importance of play-based learning.
Elk Island Public Schools has also put together an online toolkit to make the transition to school as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more. Find it by visiting http://www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten.
Additional information regarding Ecole Ardrossan Elementary School’s kindergarten program, can be found on our school website at Ardrossan Kindergarten Information.
NOTE: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2017–2018 school year, children must be five years of age on, or before, December 31, 2017.
|AES Lunchbox E-News|
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School Council and CPF Meetings
Join us on April 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons. The CPF meeting at 7:30 p.m. will discuss planning for the upcoming Year End BBQ.
Volunteer Appreciation and Earth Day Assembly
Don't forget to join us for coffee and breakfast goodies at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21st followed by the Earth Day Assembly celebrating Synergizing at 9:30 a.m. It is an opportunity for us to thank volunteers for all that you do!
Student Craft Sale for Makerspace
Two of our Grade 5 students, Ryan and Katherine, are organizing a student craft sale in order to raise funds to purchase a Lego Mindstorm kit for our Makerspace. They believe that a Lego Mindstorm robot would be an important addition to our makerspace as this robot can be built in a variety of ways and then programmed by students. Each kit costs $350. Ryan and Katherine will be selling homemade craft items at a booth during our Maker Faire on May 31st after the Habit 7 assembly. If you have any homemade items such as knitting, quilts, seasonal cards, or other handiwork, we would happily accept your donation to add to our sale table. Please bring your money on May 31st to buy some amazing items and to support our makerspace!
Hats On for Mental Health
Students and Staff are encouraged to wear a hat on Wednesday, May 3th in support of raising awareness for mental health of children and youth. Healthy Minds, Bright Futures. Hats On! Please visit Can we talk? for more information.
Navigating the Online World with Kids: Things Parents Should Know
Alberta School Board Association publishes Resources for Families. The March publication includes important information about children's computer online use. Check it out!
Parents Make the Difference
Parents Make the Difference publishes informative articles regarding child growth and development and school related topics. Articles for April include:
- Everyone wins when parents volunteer and get involved!
- Give your child practice making decisions
- Read aloud to build your child's listening skills and memory
- Encouragement is more effective than praise
A Fun-filled Bilingual Week!
March 21-23 was an eventful and exciting week of learning at our school. A celebration of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a National Celebration of Francophone/Francophile culture and bilingualism took place. Thanks to the support of CPF Ardossan Chapter, activities were designed to promote Canada’s dual languages including a concert with Franco-Albertan band Postcripte. Check out the Rendez-vous pictures. Not only did the elementary students benefit from participating in a terrific performance, but all the French Immersion students of Ardrossan had the opportunity to listen to the music. Rock on! Special thank you to the organizing committee and students from both schools who embraced French language, culture and music throughout the week. Encore!
The April Focus is Habit 6: Synergize. This month we focus on:
- I value other people’s strengths and learn from them;
- I get along well with others, even people who are different from me;
- I work well in groups;
- I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone; and
- I am humble.
Please join us as we Synergize with our VIV (Very Important Volunteers) at our Earth Day Assembly on April 21st at 9:30 a.m. Come early and celebrate our volunteers!
Tinker Tuesday Update: Students Design Playgrounds For Makerspace
Over the past two months, our Grades 4-6 students have been working on a design challenge during our Tinker Tuesdays. We invited the students to design a piece of playground equipment for the new school so that everyone can play safely and have fun. Students worked in self-selected teams to plan a design and to identify materials with which to build it. They presented their plans to our "inspectors" (staff members) in order to get approval to start building. Once their plans were given the stamp of approval, our student playground designers began building prototypes of their playgrounds.
This month, playground building experts from Canadian Recreation Solutions, a local Sherwood Park company, will be giving feedback to the students about their designs. Davis and Katie Hodgins, co-owners and Lori Ogler, designer, will be joining other adults in listening to the students’ “elevator pitches” about their designs and will offer some expert feedback. This is sure to be a great experience for both the students, and Canadian Recreation Solutions. They are very excited to speak with the students. Davis and Katie are both graduates of EIPS, and are prominent Sherwood Park entrepreneurs.
We are so happy to provide students with access to local community members who can mentor them on real life career paths. We would like to thank our district consultant, Danielle Nelson, for coordinating this visit from our expert team.
Parents and guardians are invited to join us for our Playground Maker Faire on Wednesday, May 31 after the Habit 7 assembly where students will have booths set up in order to display their playground designs. Please come and see the amazing ideas from our student designers!