MONTHLY UPDATE: March 2017
Posted on March 3rd, 2017
March already! The longer, sunny days are certainly making the drive to and from work and attending clubs and sports events more enjoyable. Daylight Savings is just around the corner!
Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who attended our recent Student Demonstration of Learning evenings. This event is an outstanding opportunity to gain further understanding of the many gifts, talents and interests children are developing in their learning programs. Your children, and our staff, love sharing your child's many accomplishments.
Our school community is fortunate to have awesome children and caring parents. Carnaval took place the afternoon of February 24th and it was a tremendous success as a result of the Canadian Parents for French organizing committee, many parent volunteers and Ardrossan Grade 9 students who assisted with events, stations and activities to celebrate French Canadian culture and heritage. The excitement of the day included a French Canadian musician, sleigh rides, la tire d'érable - hot maple syrup drizzled on snow - crêpes, hot chocolate, a bonfire complete with a firefighter and Bonhomme. More than 570 students in both English and French Immersion benefit from the efforts of such a great volunteer team. Merci to our Ardrossan Chapter of CPF and the many volunteers from the our parent groups including Hot Lunch and AEPSA who host and support this annual event. Merci beaucoup to Bonhomme and our volunteers for taking time away from their busy lives to create a truly memorable day:)
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Table of Contents
- Subscribe to continue to receive AEL and EIPS emails
- Kindergarten Registration
- Progress Report Cards - posted online March 22
- Canadian Parents for French - Meeting on March 6
- School Council and AEPSA - Meeting on March 7
- Les rendez-vous de la francophonie
- Nutrition - Let's Learn More!
- Tidbits from the Lunchbox
- Parents Make the Difference!
- Boundary Exemption Process
- Leader in Me Ledger - Building Citizens through Caring and Sharing
- Stay Off the Ice!
- Health - Grades 4-6
Subscribe: Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Email Update Required
To ensure EIPS continues to comply with Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, we require parents/guardians to subscribe/unsubscribe for emails as of February 15, 2017. These include routine emails from your school or the Division about events, activities, etc. You will continue to receive emergency messages and school fee-related information. Please visit: www.eips.ca/contact/synrevoice to subscribe/unsubscribe by March 1. Thank you.
Is your child turning five on or before December 31, 2017? If so, it is now time to register for Kindergarten.
To register, please bring your completed Student Registration Form to the school you’re enrolling your child in along with proof of your child’s name, residence, date of birth and citizenship. If you’re registering for Kindergarten at SouthPointe School, the new school in Fort Saskatchewan opening in the 2017–2018 school year, you can submit a registration form to any elementary school in Fort Saskatchewan—the school will make sure your registration package is delivered to the principal at SouthPointe School.
To help families prepare their child for kindergarten, 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. For information, please visit: http://www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten.
Additional information regarding Ecole Ardrossan Elementary’s Kindergarten program, can be found on our school website at: Kindergarten at AEL.
Student Progress Reports
Communicating Student Learning (CSL) student progress cards will be available online on March 22, 2017. It is exciting and convenient to be able to access items such as this online anywhere! Did you know that you are able to print a hard copy from your computer at home? For those families who did not grant permission to post your child’s report card, a printed copy will be sent home.
Canadian Parents for French Meeting - March 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Ardrossan Junior Senior High
Please join CPF at AJS in the Learning Commons on Monday, March 6th at 5:30 p.m.
School Council and AEPSA - March 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Ecole Ardrossan Elementary
Please join us in the Learning Commons (Library) on Tuesday, March 7 for School Council at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. followed by a AEPSA (Fundraising) meeting at 10:30 a.m.
Les rendez-vous de la francophonie
Our school will be celebrating Les rendez-vous de la francophonie, a national celebration of Francophone/Francophile culture and bilingualism from March 20 to 23.
Each day, students in both French and English classes will participate in an activity designed to promote Canada’s dual languages and an appreciation of Francophone culture. Please join us with our kick-off assembly on March 20th at 9:30 a.m. where our Grade Sixes will teach us about Habit 5 - Seek First To Understand Before Being Understood. They will facilitate the raising of the Franco-Albertan flag teach us some Métis games, and set us up for a week of fun activities. Please keep your eyes posted on the school website blog for more details! All are invited!
Nutrition - Let's Learn More!
Did you know that March is Nutrition Month? We can all benefit from awareness of healthy lifestyles. We know that food choices during childhood can establish lifelong eating habits. Encouraging healthy eating habits can positively influence childhood in the following ways:
- growth, development, and disease prevention; and
- academic performance, behaviour, and self-esteem.
Please explore Healthy Eating Starts Here, as it provides exceptional guidance, ideas and information for parents. Check the link for fabulous recipes that happen to be healthy as well - Recipes - Inspiring Healthy Eating. Let's get cooking!
Tidbits From The LunchBox
There are a few important hot lunch items that require your attention:
- EFFECTIVE immediately, the charge back fees for NSF cheques will be increased to $20.
- 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. As an incentive, we would like to offer a $20 hot lunch credit to all new members (which will be applied to the family account for our June Schedule).
Upcoming dates: AES LunchBox next meeting March 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the library
April menu ordering begins March 6th. Watch for Little Caesar's Pizza day April 7th!
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Make the Difference
Parents Make the Difference publishes informative articles regarding child growth and development and school related topics. Articles for March include:
- Does Your Child Work Independently?
- Four Steps to End Procrastination
- Four Ways to Ease Test Anxiety
- Should I Complain About a Suspension?
Leader in Me Ledger - Building Citizens through Caring and Sharing
"Seek first to understand, then be understood" is the habit of the month. We are a community of learners that listen to other people's ideas and feelings. Help us celebrate by joining us at 9:30 a.m. on March 20th for the Grade 6 Assembly introducing Les rendez-vous de la fancophonie. Everyone is welcome to learn about the French language and culture.
Pink Shirt Day and Jump Rope for Heart
This year our students and staff celebrated Pink Shirt Day and Jump Rope for Heart on the same day. Mme Mitchell, Guidance Counsellor, and Miss Podoborozny, Music Teacher, taught music and shared the origin of Pink Shirt Day. For students at AEL, "B" stands for belonging not bullying. The poster, “Is it Bullying?”, provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce positive behaviour and differentiate between being rude, mean or bullying.
Stay Off The Ice!
How can you tell if ice is safe in spring? You can’t! Spring is a particularly dangerous time to go out on ice. At this time of year, it is difficult to tell if the ice will support your weight.
Ice that looks solid can suddenly become unstable! The way ice forms affects the way it melts in spring. Minerals in the water become concentrated in vertical veins throughout the ice as it freezes. Warm temperatures cause these veins to melt more quickly and weaken the ice, a process known as candling. The only way to protect yourself and your family is to stay off the ice. Remind your family to be safe--stay OFF the ice. For more information on ice safety, please visit the Lifesaving Society website: www.lifesaving.ca
Health – Grades 4-6
Spring is the time that students in Grades 4 through 6 will be receiving lesson(s) about “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 Book. If a child does not have an Agenda Book at school, the information will be sent home on a separate piece of paper. Please give your child’s teacher a call if you require further information.
Personal safety lessons have been integrated throughout our curriculum and Health lessons. These lessons primarily focus on anti-bullying strategies, making healthy life choices and peer relationships. Technology (email and chat rooms) will also be addressed at some grade levels.