MONTHLY UPDATE: December
Posted on December 1st, 2017
December has arrived already! The weather seems almost balmy, doesn’t it? This month is filled with learning as well as the excitement of the season including the Giving Tree, caroling and concerts as outlined in this update. The academic, physical and emotional well-being of your children, our students, is a shared goal - success for all.
As parents, we know that we live and learn within a caring community where citizenship and service is valued. Character matters and believing in something that is bigger than oneself is important. That is why being a Seven Habits school serves as a useful daily guide for students and staff to be accountable and respectful as we learn together. Everyday we see our students helping and caring for each other. That sense of community and connectedness is important. At this special and festive time of year, we recognize the ever increasing need to support each other in a sometimes uncertain world. Thank you to our parents and community for looking after those less fortunate and those who are struggling with challenges. Kind words and thoughtful actions make a positive difference as "little ones" and "older ones" are watching. On behalf of our staff, we extend best wishes for much health and happiness this festive season.
Great Happens Here!
- Parent Access to Student Report Cards
- Kindergarten Registration
- Save those bottles for a post-Christmas Bottle Drive
- Christmas Concert Gr. 1-6
- Galaxyland Tickets
- Carol Singing - Dec. 19th (AJS Band Performing) and Dec. 22nd @ 9:30 a.m.
- Christmas Concert - Kindergarten
- Giving Tree
- Tidbits from the LunchBox
- Parents Make the Difference
- Healthy Initiatives
- Inclement Weather
- Lost and Found
- Parent Involvement at Ardrossan Elementary
- Holiday Greetings from the Board
- Winter Break Hours
Don’t Forget to Access Student Report Cards Online!
To view your child’s expanded digital report card, go to your PowerSchool account (you may need to set one up if you have not already done so) at: https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.htm and select “Communicating Student Learning”
Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!
Is your child turning five on or before December 31, 2018? If so, it’s almost time to register for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten registration opens for the 2018-19 school year on January 15, 2018. To register, simply complete the online registration form at: www.eips.ca/kindergarten.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CHECK LIST:
- Determine your child’s designated school;
- Scan and upload all required documents: proof of name, residence, date of birth and citizenship;
- Additional documents to scan, if applicable include: Guardian Letter and Parental Custody Agreement if restrictions on access; and
- Once the online registration is complete and submitted, a confirmation notice will be sent to the given email address.
NOTE: The online registration form is available as of January 15, 2018—a paper version is no longer available.
To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit to make the transition 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. The kit is available by visiting http://www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten.
Additional information regarding kindergarten can be found on our school website at Ardrossan Elementary Kindergarten
Please save those empty bottles and cans after Christmas. Bring them to the school during the next Student Demonstration of Learning on February 21-2, 2018. The bottles and cans translate into an easy fundraiser for the Ardrossan Parent Support Association (AEPSA). Thank you.
Christmas Concert Celebrations
Thursday, December 14th
Dow Center, Fort Saskatchewan
- Gr. 1-2 Concert - 5:15 p.m.
- Gr. 3-4 Concert - 6:30 p.m.
- Gr. 5-6 Concert - 7:45 p.m.
Two free tickets will be provided for each family. Additional tickets for $5.00 are available through Shauna Hart at the Office. More details regarding the rehearsals and specific attire will be sent home early next week. As well, donations will be gratefully accepted to help defray the costs of the concert. Unfortunately, concert celebrations will not be video streamed this year as the company who provided the service is no longer offering it. We are actively seeking an alternative.
Students can practice their songs at home using our blog. The password is music.
With the tremendous success of last year's Galaxyland event, the Ardrossan Parent Support Association (AEPSA) is pleased to present the:
Second Annual Night at Galaxyland.
Tickets, only $10.00 each, are available for purchase before each of the evening Christmas Concerts. Proceeds will go towards new playground equipment and audio visual equipment for the new gymnasium.
Save the date for Galaxyland: Friday, April 21st, 2018 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
What a great stocking stuffer!
Christmas Concert - Kindergarten
Our Kindergarten friends are celebrating Christmas with a concert followed by some drop-in family fun centers. We may even have a special jolly visitor before families take their leave! Join us in the gym on Wednesday, December 20th at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.
The Giving Tree
On behalf of the Strathcona Christmas Bureau, many thanks for the donations of mitts, toques, socks and personal items received from Ardrossan Elementary students and families. Grade 5 and 6 students are able to donate personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) on Monday and Tuesday before the pick up date on Wednesday, December 6th. Thank you for making the holiday season a little warmer and brighter for those less fortunate in our community.
Tidbits From The LunchBox
Friendly reminder…Just a reminder that if Elk Island Public Schools Transportation cancels buses for any reason (i.e., snow day, icy roads, fog, mornings only, etc.) Hot Lunch service will be cancelled and any perishables will be donated to a charity of our choice. If your child attends class that day, please ensure you provide them with a lunch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make these arrangements.
Next menu ordering date is January 4th till 14th. No late orders and payments will be accepted!!!
***Watch for our new menu item… Donairs***
We are desperate and pleading for your help!
We only have 3 to 4 volunteers signed up per day. This is not enough to keep things running smoothly. We know everyone is busy and we do not expect you to come everyday, but even once a month helps.
As you all know, we cannot run our hot lunch program without volunteers. Please help us make it possible to keep going 4 days/week by logging into your account and selecting the volunteer registration tab, then click the box next to the days you are available. If there is still a box beside the day, that means we still have not reached the number of volunteers for that day.
Attention all parents, even those of you who have children in grades that deliver their own lunches, we are desperate for volunteers to deliver lunches.
Volunteering for lunches can be extended to Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, family friends - it doesn't have to be limited to mom or dad. You can bring your little ones along to help and visit their big brother or sister.
Please remember, if you sign up to volunteer we are counting on you to be there so only sign up for the days that you know you can make it. We understand that sometimes things do get in the way. If something comes up and you cannot make it, please try to find someone to fill in for you and let us know that you won't be there.
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… email@example.com
Parents Make the Difference
Parents are the most important and influential teacher for their children. Please visit the following articles for tips and strategies.
- Are you helping your child tackle the big project?
- Empathize with your child - up to a certain point
- Talk to your child about the importance of honesty
What does healthy eating look like over the holidays? Please visit the link for some great ideas!
Lost and Found Items
Thank you for labelling your child’s hats, mitts, shoes, boots, crayon boxes, coats, sweaters, etc. It is much easier to make sure that lost items are returned to the owner when they are labeled. Please check Lost and Found by the Music Room. All items left after December 22nd will be donated.
Thank you for explaining your child’s absence when you call to report that your child is away. This helps with tracking absences as we are required to report absences that may be in excess of 10% of the school population (i.e., flu symptoms).
Parent Involvement In Decisions About Their Child's Education
Ecole Ardrossan Elementary staff welcome parent involvement in decisions about their child's education in many ways. Our parents are positive advocates for their child as we recognize that academic, social, behavioral and citizenship learning is a learning journey. Our staff recognize that the home is the child's most influential teacher and the school works to support the home. Parents often stop by to visit with teachers and administration at the beginning of the school year to share important information regarding their child to help ensure the school year is off to a great start. Parental input and monitoring feedback for individual student learning plans is also regularly included for students who can benefit from additional learning goal supports.
We welcome parental sharing of their child's strengths, abilities and passions throughout the year as our staff work with families to support student learning both at home and school. The involvement of parents in monitoring student progress through regular use of student agendas, student-parent-teacher interviews, homework practice and communication with the home - initiated either by the parent or teacher - are important as together we can encourage students to achieve their personal best. Students bring different abilities and talents to learning and do not all learn in the same way and at the same pace. As well, students bring different experiences and skills to developing friendships and relationships within the classroom setting, the playground and the bus ride to and from school. Hence, developing friendship skills and social learning is an understandable learning challenge for young people as they develop the skills of empathy and shared accountability for themselves and others.
Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in classroom activities and to volunteer in the classroom to gain a greater understanding of their child's growth and development within the classroom setting. Parents often have unique skills and talents that can enrich the learning program that takes place within the classroom. Parents are also encouraged to attend and participate in school wide events such as Terry Fox, Hallowe'en Safety, Remembrance Day, 7 Habits Assemblies, Christmas Concerts, Carnival, Sports Days, etc. and in that way help in celebration of the accepting, learning culture we strive to foster for all students and families.
Parent involvement and advocacy for children is important and sharing of information and advice for administration and staff is encouraged through School Council and Canadian Parents for French. Our school is fortunate to have amazing committed parent volunteers that enhance programs and events on a daily basis. We are always looking for volunteers. Do join us!
When parents are involved in what their child is learning or experiencing in the classroom, on the playground and on the bus ride it sends a positive message that daily learning and growing as a person is important. Parent involvement in their child's education sends a positive and caring message that no problem or challenge is impossible when people problem solve together, establish a plan and choose to celebrate successes along the way.
Thank you, parents, for being such caring, compassionate role models who are involved for the learning benefit of your child and all children in our community. Working Together for Success for All
Happy Holidays from the Board of Trustees
It’s the holiday season once again and the winter break is just around the corner. Before we take time off to enjoy with our loved ones, I want to extend warm holiday wishes to all our students, staff and families, on behalf of the Elk Island Public Schools Board of Trustees. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and a new year filled with joy.
We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, January 8, 2018.
Thank you and best wishes,
Trina Boymook, EIPS Board Chair
Enjoy the Winter Break
Ardrossan Elementary will close for the winter break at the end of the day on December 22, 2017 and will welcome student back to school on January 8, 2018. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact the Central Administration office at Elk Island Public Schools.
EIPS Central Administration Office Winter Break Hours*
Closed: December 25-9
Open: January 2-5 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*For location and contact information, please visit www.eips.ca.
From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.