MONTHLY UPDATE: January 2018
Posted on January 5th, 2018
Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope that students, parents and families had a relaxing break and an opportunity to both celebrate the season and strengthen the bonds of love and caring for others. As a school community, we had a chance to do exactly that during the four Christmas Concerts in December. Thank you to our gifted students for sharing their music, speech and dramatic talents with us. Bravo!
A new year is an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the past to establish possibilities for the future. Setting goals keeps "beginning with the end in mind" at the fore front of our thinking and doing. It is life challenges that all of us share, from time to time, which offers resilience to embrace what "comes our way". Some of our best learnings happen when we acknowledge that flexibility and new perspectives help us grow our attitudes and skills to synergize new ways of working and learning together. We will need all these skills as we plan for the move to the new building. Stay tuned for an update soon!
Cold weather is again upon us and we so appreciate the time and effort parents take daily to ensure that students leave for school dressed appropriately for the weather and potential bus incidents. Habit 1 - Be Proactive....Be Prepared!
January promises to be a busy month with much learning to be accomplished. January 27th is Family Literacy Day and we thank our parents for continuing to regularly devote time to reading together with their children. Literacy is an important foundation for optimum life long learning. Read on!
The Monthly Update, as always, includes a lot of information that we hope is helpful to you. A reminder, with so many school activities, field trips, meetings, concerts and assemblies, it is easy to lose track of what is happening when. When dates change (for a variety of reasons), sync your phone to the website calendar and you will be up to date.
Lastly, on behalf of our staff, we would like to extend our best wishes to you and your family in 2018.
Great Happens Here!
- Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, January 15, 2017 ONLINE at 6:00 p.m.
- Attention Grade 4 Parents!
- School Council - Tuesday, January 16th at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
- Ardrossan Elementary Galaxyland Evening - April 21 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets available now!
- Another way to stay connected: Follow EIPS and Ardrossan Elementary on Twitter
- Online Safety
- Parents Make the Difference
- Family Literacy Day
- Christmas Concert Celebrations
- Request to Attend a Non-Designated School
- EIPS Division Calendar for 2018-19
- Inclement Weather
- Hot Lunch Tidbits
- Healthy Initiatives
Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!
Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2018? If so, it’s time to register for kindergarten.
Kindergarten registration opens for the 2018-19 school year on Jan. 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.
- Once the online registration is complete and submitted, a confirmation notice is sent to the given email address.
NOTE: The online registration form is available as of Monday, Jan.15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The paper version no longer exists.
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. Find it by visiting http://www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten.
Additional information regarding Kindergarten can be found on our school website at Ardrossan Elementary Kindergarten.
Attention Grade 4 Parents - We need you!
As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. Look for the survey to be mailed directly to you. Please take the time to complete and return it to Alberta Education.
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.
From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.
All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.
Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.
Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2018 and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.
School Council - Tuesday, January 16th at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. followed by AEPSA at 10:30 a.m.
Please join us in the Learning Commons (Library) on Tuesday, January 16 for the School Council at 9:30 a.m. AEPSA will meet regarding fundraising activities for the school at 10:30. All parents are welcome to attend. See you there!
Leadership Ledger: Building Citizens through Caring and Sharing Habit 3 Assembly: January 19th 9:30 a.m.
Put First Things First - Habit 3 is all about deciding what is most important and making sure to do that first. By planning ahead, we are organized and less stressed. Students make the commitment to:
- Make a schedule;
- Spend time on important things;
- Study first, then play;
- Be disciplined and organized; and
- Be aware of the time.
Join us for our Habit 3 Assembly (organized by the Grade 3 students) on January 19th at 9:30 a.m. For further information, please visit the parent handbook for the Leader in Me:
Another way to stay connected: Follow EIPS on Twitter and Facebook
With 42 schools and close to 17,150 students there’s a wealth of events, activities and stories taking place across the Division every day. You can find these stories and more by following Elk Island Public Schools on both Facebook and Twitter. Each use the combination of news articles, videos and photographs that showcase the latest news, updates, events and alerts taking place across the Division.
Plus, if you’re a member of an EIPS school community and want to share in the storytelling, simply tag the Division using the hashtag #EIPS.
NOTE: The Division Facebook and Twitter accounts are managed by EIPS Communications Services. The account is updated and monitored intermittently during regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Division welcomes feedback and ideas from followers but does ask everyone interacting on the EIPS Facebook page to be respectful. Personal attacks and offensive language will not be allowed and may be deleted.
KEYS and the Saffron Centre: Online Safety
EIPS: Parents and caregivers of junior high youth
The In support of Safer Internet Day and in partnership with Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS), Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), Saffron Centre and Keys to Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) are presenting:
CYBERWORLD: A Caregiver’s Guide to Raising Healthy Digital Citizens. This session, for parents and caregivers is on Jan. 22, 2018 and will increase knowledge of social media and learn how to help youth safely navigate and integrate technology as a beneficial tool to interact with others, as well as empowering parents and caregivers to engage in conversations and create connections around appropriate technology use: Cyberworld: Raising Healthy Digital Citizens
Parents Make the Difference
Parents make the difference offers several interesting articles for the beginning of the new year. See below:
- A reboot can help your child get back on track
- Boost success with a growth mindset
- Are You Teaching Your Child To Use Time Wisely
- Help Your Child Make Learning Resolutions
Family Literacy Day- January 27, 2018
Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Barbara Reid, award-winning Canadian author and illustrator, is the Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day! For lots of ideas check out the website: ABC Family Literacy Games and Activities
Christmas Concert Celebrations
The attendance of parents and families at the Christmas Concerts was again outstanding - whether at the DOW Centre, school gym or by techno means whereby families chose to watch the program from the comfort of their homes - in Canada or in the United States. The comments and messages that have been received regarding the concerts are gratifying. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Harding and Ms. Podoborozny, their extensive elf crew, a tremendous event was experienced by family and friends both near and far! Special thank you to the Bev Facey Tech Crew who provided live video streaming of three concerts.
Request to Attend a Non-designated School
Effective for the 2018-19 school year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is changing the way in which students apply to attend a non-designated school. From March 1 to 15, 2018, parents of all EIPS students are being asked to pre-enrol their children online and indicate whether their child will be attending their designated school or if they wish to register at a different school. Acceptance at a non-designated school is based on available space–families will be advised of the outcome by April 13, 2018. Because of high enrolment numbers, some schools won’t be accepting any non-designated students. Schools with closed boundaries will be identified prior to the pre-enrolment process.
Please note that should you request a non-designated school for your child and need busing, there are fees associated with this choice. Visit Transportation Services for more information.
As part of the pre-enrolment process, parents are also asked to check and update phone numbers, email addresses, mailing address and other important data – doing so will both make sure that the Division has the most current information available and eliminate the need to fill in the paper Correction Form that has traditionally been sent home every fall. Better yet, families will be able to go online and update their child’s data throughout the year as circumstances change.
To determine your child’s designated school, please check EIPS school boundary maps.
EIPS 2018-19 Division Calendar: Now available!
The official 2018-19 EIPS calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2018-19 school such as school-closure days; breaks; the first and last day of classes; professional learning days; and early dismissal days.
Highlights from the 2018-19 EIPS calendar include:
- September 4 First day of classes (after long weekend)
- November 12-16 November break
- December 24 to January 4 Christmas break
- January 31 Second semester begins
- February 7-8 Teachers’ Convention
- March 25-29 Spring break
- June 27 Last day of classes
- June 28 Schools close for the Summer break
Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your own personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click on “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.
With the winter season well underway, we want to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools including: automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop.
Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that states: “school bus service may be suspended when…Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road condition.
When school bus services are suspended, schools will remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.
For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.
Tidbits From The LunchBox…
Mark your Calendars! February menu ordering begins January 9th!!!. No late orders and payments will be accepted!!!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The LunchBox is desperately looking for volunteers to join our board. Many members of our board have children in Grade 6 and/or no longer have children in the Elementary School and hold critical positions. We are open to all parents joining us and we are hoping that parents with younger children will step forward and help us maintain our hot lunch program.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Friendly reminder….Just a reminder that if the Elk Island Public Transportation cancels buses for any reason (snow day, icy roads, fog, mornings only etc…) HotLunch 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.
The LunchBox Board and kitchen staff would like to thank YOU in advance
for your continued support of our great hot lunch program!
Healthy Initiative: Addiction and Mental Health News
Alberta Health Services publishes monthly articles regarding health and wellness. Please check out the January edition about how to talk with your child about tobacco.
Are you aware of available on the Alberta Health Website? Check out the following links for up to date information on:
- Lice - Treating Lice
- Healthy Living - Healthy Living (everything from active living, managing your weight, cancer, preventing injuries)