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MONTHLY UPDATE: April 2018

Welcome back! We hope that the break afforded you opportunities to rest, relax and to spend time with those you love. Now that we had a chance to catch our breath we are primed and ready for the next three months of adventure on the horizon.

April is the month in which we focus our attention on each other in order to make the world a better place. It is a month to consider our planet and the impact our actions have upon it during our Earth Day and Habit 6 assembly on April 20th. As we think about Habit 6, Synergize, we are reminded that student success is the result of the teamwork of each and every school community member. Students, parents and staff embrace each other's perspectives and use the many talents available to us to make school meaningful and successful for each child. 

April is also the month in which we celebrate our volunteers. We don't have to look far to find examples of volunteerism at our school. We see parents on field trips, in classrooms and at school events. They are manning the Galaxyland ticket booth or busily piling up bags of bottles into a trailer as a fundraiser for materials for our school. They come into the school each day to prepare and hand out Hot Lunch or to help cut out materials in Kindergarten. Thank you to each parent who rolled a crepe, who handed out a hot chocolate or who helped to wash hundreds of Carnaval sashes during the last week before the break. 

Speaking of Carnaval, we would be remiss if we missed the opportunity to thank the many volunteers involved in making this year's Carnaval an outstanding event. Our community truly came together to celebrate French language and culture. Merci beaucoup to Ardrossan Junior Senior High Grade 9 French Immersion students who helped to supervise and manage the 9 Carnaval stations.  Bravo to the Carnaval organizing committee of Canadian Parents for French (CPF) - Ardrossan Chapter for yeomen's work in planning this very special annual event.

Finally, CPF and Ardrossan Elementary wishes to thank Strathcona County for supporting our Carnaval as well as financial support from both our School Council and Hot Lunch groups. Bravo! As a sincere thank you, we would like to invite our many volunteers to attend a special volunteer appreciation event in our Learning Commons on April 20th at 8:30 a.m. followed by our assembly at 9:30 a.m. 

Heather Henry stated, "Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else's help." We could not agree more! Thank you for helping us to not only make it through life, but to also make life at school rich and vibrant. 

Helene Hewitt on behalf of the students and staff of Ardrossan Elementary

Great Happens Here!

Action

  • Gearing Up For Kindergarten
  • Volunteer Appreciation and Earth Day Assembly
  • School Council and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) April Meetings
  • Grade 4 - 6 Health Education

Opportunity

  • Superhero Day
  • Hats On for Mental Health
  • Galaxyland - April 21 - 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Tickets available at the Office)

Information

  • Heartfelt Thank You 
  • A Big Thank You to all of our Volunteers
  • Leadership Ledger: Habit 6
  • Tidbits From the LunchBox
  • Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie - A Week of Fun in French!
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Update
  • Parents Make the Difference
  • Being Healthy - Nutrition Highlights

ACTION

Gearing up for Kindergarten - Parent Orientation
Do you have a child registered in kindergarten next year? If so, make sure to attend our upcoming Kindergarten Information Night for parents on Thursday, May 24th at 6 p.m.:

  • tour the school;
  • meet the teachers;
  • gain insight on play-based learning; and
  • see what a typical day looks like.

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 about registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more. Find it by visiting www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten.

Additional information regarding Ardrossan Elementary’s kindergarten program, can be found on our school website at www.ardrossanelementary.ca 

NOTE: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year, children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2018.

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 20th followed by the Earth Day Assembly celebrating Synergizing at 9:30 a.m. It is an opportunity for us to thank our volunteers for all that you do!

School Council and CPF Meetings

Join us for a School Council meeting on April 17th 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. All parents are welcome to attend! Previous school council meeting minutes can be found here. Click here for previous CPF meeting minutes.

Grade 4-6 Health Education

Spring is the time that students in Grades 4 through 6 will be receiving instruction regarding “human sexuality”, a required element in the “personal health” section of the Health curriculum.  The Grade Four lesson will focus on puberty, the Grade Five lesson will identify the basic components of the human reproduction system and the Grade Six lesson will focus on the stages and factors that can affect human development from conception to birth.

If you DO NOT wish your child to receive instruction in human sexuality, please send a note to school.  All students will receive instruction unless we are otherwise notified. Teachers have been asked to have each student record the exact date lessons will take place in their classroom, in their agenda. If a child does not have an agenda at school, the information will be sent home on a separate piece of paper.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like further information. 

Personal safety lessons have been interwoven throughout our curriculum and Health lessons.  These lessons primarily focus on anti-bullying strategies, making healthy life choices and peer relationships.  Technology (online safety & digital citizenship) have also been addressed at many grade levels in Division 2. 

OPPORTUNITY

Superhero Day

April 25th is Superhero Day at Ardrossan Elementary! Show your school spirit by dressing in honour of your favourite superhero. Feel free to dress up in an entire superhero outfit or to simply pay homage to your favourite character with fun superhero themed hoodies, t-shirts, socks or face paint! We are sure it will be a Super day! 

Hats On for Mental Health

Students and Staff are encouraged to wear a hat on Thursday, 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.

INFORMATION

A Heart Felt Thank You

As you may be aware, our very dear Mrs. Whetstone will be taking a leave of absence starting on Monday, April 9th. Over the spring break she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she will be stepping back from her role at our school to focus on treatment and recovery. During her absence, Mme Hewitt will be assuming the role of Acting Principal and Mrs. Harding will be stepping into the role of Acting Assistant Principal. 

We want to take a moment to share our deepest gratitude for the leadership and guidance that Mrs. Whetstone has continually provided us throughout a busy and exciting year. She has led us bravely into the design, building and preparation of a new school over the past three years and has fearlessly tackled every snag, problem and tiny detail that has been thrown in her path. We know that she will take the time to care for herself and return to us when she is able. Until then, we will pull together as a community to ensure that her vision for a safe, caring and inclusive school in which every child has success comes to light.

Mme Hewitt is collecting any cards, gifts or messages that community members would like to share with Mrs. Whetstone. Feel free to drop by the office if you have anything you would like passed along. 

A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers
On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), thank you to all of our volunteers within the Division who help make our schools and programs successful. Whether it’s assisting at an athletic competition, co-ordinating a fundraising initiative or helping at a school event, the impact you make within our school community is profound. Together, we’ve built a positive relationships that has allowed us to rally behind one clear vision: Provide exceptional education for all students.

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 15-21, EIPS extends a heartfelt thanks and celebrates the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who dedicate countless hours of their time in our schools.

Trina Boymook
Chair, Board of Trustees

Leadership Ledger: Habit 6 Synergize

This month we are focused on Habit 6: Synergize. This is the idea that working together is better. We combine each other's strengths and skills to solve problems. Synergy means putting our egos aside and embracing humility. When we synergize we:

  • Celebrate differences.
  • Work as a team.
  • Are open-minded.
  • Find new and better ways.

How do you create synergy in your family? Try creating a 3rd alternative! Creative family teamwork occurs when you follow two simple rules:

  • Rule 1: Value one another
  • Rule 2: Recognize strengths

Once you have established the two rules above, you are ready to move into problem-solving as a family. When two or more of your family members have a conflict or want to brainstorm a project, you can use this plan to come to a creative solution you all feel good about.

  1. Define - clarify the problem or issue
  2. Their way - Seek first to understand the other person's needs
  3. My way - Seek to be understood; share your needs and ideas
  4. Brainstorm - Create new options and ideas together
  5. Synergize - Our way - the 3rd alternative

Tidbits From The LunchBox…

Friendly reminder….Please be advised that we will continue to accommodate parents who come after the lunch rush to pick up their absent child’s lunch order. As we do not offer any refunds on  lunches due to a child’s absence. Please contact info@aeslunchbox.com to make these arrangements.

***Watch for our Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser!!! Stock up before summer***

The LunchBox Board and kitchen staff would like to thank YOU in advance for your continued support of our great hot lunch program!!! Questions, comments or concerns… info@aeslunchbox.com

Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie - A Week of Fun in French!

March 19-22 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. Not only did the elementary students benefit from participating in a terrific performance, but many of 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!

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Update

We have had a busy year of learning about First Nations, Métis and Inuit knowledge and culture this year at Ardrossan Elementary. We have been fortunate to benefit from regular monthly visits with Elder Wilson Bearhead. In March, students had the opportunity to learn about round dances and the protocols around participating in a round dance. Our First Nations, Métis and Inuit Ardrossan community also had an opportunity to share a meal at Ardrossan Junior Senior High School last month.  Thank you to all of our families who attended and shared their knowledge and time with us.

Under the guidance and wisdom of Elder Wilson and our school leadership team of Mrs. Grauman, Mrs. Ned and Mrs. Bradley, we have been busily working away at preparing for a special First Natons, Métis and Inuit artist in residence later on this year as well as a grant proposal for our First Nations, Métis and Inuit project for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you to all for your support and guidance.

Parents Make the Difference

April's edition covers the following topics of interest in child rearing:

Being Healthy - Nutrition Highlights  

Checkout the great articles from Alberta Health. Forget winter...spring into healthy habits!

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