MONTHLY UPDATE: May 2017
Posted on May 1st, 2017
It was one year ago that citizens, throughout the province and across the country, came together to assist the families of Fort McMurray. Some of those families chose to temporarily live in the Ardrossan area and register their children at our schools. Many of our students, teachers and families demonstrated compassion and understanding as these students and families fled in haste and had no idea as to next steps to reorient their lives. That caring sense of community is part of what makes Ardrossan special. As we reflect back on that time, the "Bison Spirit" continues to thrive.
During the week of May 1-5, schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) celebrate the important role education plays in shaping the future of our province. Today, more than ever, EIPS, Ecole Ardrossan Elementary and our staff are focused on providing students with optimal learning conditions. It is our belief that to be lifelong learners students must demonstrate ingenuity, creativity, critical thinking skills and citizenship skills. To achieve this, we work hard to ensure our students hone a broad range of learning experiences that go beyond the basic subjects of math, language arts, science, and social studies. Makerspace is just one example of extending the curriculum into creative and innovative learning. Please attend our Maker Faire on May 31st to see that ingenuity in action.
We value the commitment of our families who support the many extra-curricular programs and leadership opportunities promoted through the Seven Habits of Happy Kids. We consistently see students develop the personal self-management skills and leadership skills that will prepare them for the world and for the world of work beyond the school walls.
AEL staff, with the tremendous support of our families and volunteers contribute daily to the learning opportunities that take place at the school. The last two months of school are upon us with so much student learning yet to be accomplished.
As always, thank you for your continued support in the home. Great Happens Here!
- School Council and AEPSA Meeting
- Planning for 2017-18
- Maker Faire! May 31st - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
- Student Craft Sale for Makerspace
Leadership Ledger: Kindergarten Habit 7 Assembly May 31st at 9:30 a.m.
Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration for upcoming ECS students
- School Bus Driver Appreciation
- AEL Speakers Extraordinaire
- PAT Exams for Grade 6 Students
- Parents Make the Difference
- Hats On! for Mental Health
- Grade Group Configurations
- HotLunch Tidbits
School Council and AEPSA (Ardrossan Elementary Parents Support Association)
The last School Council Meeting of the year will take place on May 9th at 9:30 a.m. followed by the AEPSA (fundraising group) beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons. All are welcome to attend. Stay tuned for information from Canadian Parents for French (CPF) regarding parent volunteer sign-up and ordering for the Year End BBQ on June 29th.
Planning for 2017-18
Planning for the next school year is underway. Please let us know if your child(ren) will not be enrolled at AEL for September 2017. If you know of families who are moving into the AEL attendance area please encourage them to register as soon as possible. Please Note: Students can only be registered at ONE school for the upcoming school year.
Please join us for Maker Faire immediately after the May 31st Habit 7 Assembly in the Learning Commons (library). All are welcome to view the designs and protoypes of playground equipment that Grades 4, 5 and 6 students have created during makerspace time. Bring some money to purchase items at our Craft Sale whose proceeds will go towards buying new makerspace materials.
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 Makerspace. They believe that a Lego Mindstorm robot would be an important addition to 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 items such as Rainbow Loom creations and crocheted toys 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 the sale table. Send your donations to the office! Please bring your money on May 31st to buy some amazing items and to support Makerspace!
The May Focus is Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Key learnings for students are:
- I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep;
- I find meaningful ways to help others;
- I spend time with family and friends; and
- I learn in lots of ways and places, not just at school.
Join us May 31st at 9:30 a.m. for the ECS Habit 7 Assembly. Please click for more information about the 7 Habits.
Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration for upcoming ECS students
Elk Island Public Schools is once again offering its Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders.
Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventure to new riders and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about: school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both the children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and then adventure out on a short ride.
The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2017-18 school year. Sessions and times are available in these locations:
Location Date Time
EIPS Central Office August 22 5:00 p.m.
EIPS Central Office August 22 6:30 p.m.
EIPS Central Office August 24 5:00 p.m.
EIPS Central Office August 24 6:30 p.m.
EIPS Central Office September 1 10:30 a.m.
Fort Christian/Fort Elementary August 23 6:00 p.m.
EIPS Central Office is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park
Fort Christian School is located at 9806 101 St., Fort Saskatchewan
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for a Little Elk Island Adventure, visit https://goo.gl/forms/cqYb15mBLAspUJ1W2.
More information regarding busing for Kindergarten students can be found at: www.eips.ca/transportation/kindergarten-busing-faq.
School Bus Driver Appreciation
We know you join with us in extending appreciation to our school bus operators for keeping the safety of students their first priority. On Monday morning, as a small token of appreciation, our bus operators were invited to enjoy a complimentary Tim Horton’s coffee and cookie. We encourage you, and your children, to take a moment to say thanks to our bus operators - all of whom go above and beyond the call of duty to provide safe and timely transportation to our students. On behalf of Ecole Ardrossan Elementary, THANK YOU to all of our school bus operators for a job well done.
AEL Speakers Extraordinaire
Congratulations to Brittany S. (Gr. 5) and Hayden K. (Gr. 6) who spoke at the annual EIPS/ATB Speech Competition last month. Courageous and confident, you were exceptional examples of Bison Spirit! Thank you!
Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) Administration Dates
The following is a schedule of dates for the tests that will be completed in June. These dates can also be found on school calendars.
- May 9: Gr. 6 FLA Part A
- May 11: Gr. 6 ELA Part A
- May 12: Gr. 6 Math Part A
- June 16: Gr. 6 FLA Part B
- June 19: Gr. 6 ELA Part B
- June 20: Gr. 6 Math
- June 22: Gr. 6 Social Studies
- June 23: Gr. 6 Science(s)
Please ensure that your child arrives on time, well-rested and has eaten a good breakfast on exam days. These are some of the best things you can do to ensure that your child performs well!
Parents Make the Difference
Parents Make the Difference publishes informative articles regarding child growth and development and school related topics. Articles for May include:
- Support your child as the end of the school year approaches
- Help your child prepare for year end tests
- What to do if your child is absent?
Hats On! for Mental Health
Students and Staff wore a hat on Wednesday, May 3rd in support of raising awareness of mental health for children and youth. This past week, students and staff have been involved in several activities to bring an awareness of healthy bodies, healthy minds and bright futures. Please contact Ms. Mitchell for further information and check out www.canwetalk.ca
Grade Group Configurations
Ecole Elementaire Ardrossan Elementary is genuinely concerned for the welfare and success of your children. Every staff member strives to have students do their best and to feel comfortable in their surroundings. One of the goals we have is to maintain well-balanced classrooms. Classes should be academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally well balanced. Our staff has an essential role in establishing the most effective classrooms for learning and have consistently done a great job in preparing classes for each new school year.
As students change grades, they are naturally exposed to new friendship groups. An important benefit to being in a class with a variety of students is social growth and exposure to a variety of personalities. This helps foster independence and develops social skills. We ask for your support in allowing teachers to develop next year’s grouping in the fairest way possible. We take into account many factors, including academic performance, work habits, learning styles, interpersonal/social skill development, gender, etc.
We thank you for trusting our professionalism, expertise and experience as we develop student classroom lists for the upcoming school year. We consider many factors when creating classroom cohorts.
Information regarding class placements for the coming year will be enclosed in the final report card. In compliance with FOIP, class lists will not be posted in August. Parental requests, directed to the principal, will only be considered in a written format which outlines extenuating circumstances by May 26th. Parent comments will be shared with the appropriate teacher.
Elk Island Public Schools continues to post a variety of teaching and educational assistant positions for the 2017-18 school year. Ecole Ardrossan Elementary may experience some staff changes (i.e., secondments, maternity leaves and so on) as opportunities become available in other schools as staff seek new teaching experiences. We anticipate staffing changes will occur up to and including the summer months. At this time, we can confirm that Mme Banerjee, FI Kindergarten Teacher, is retiring and Mme Maryse Bouchard will be teaching the French Immersion Kindergarten. Mme Jade Jordan will be joining Mme Danielle Olsen in teaching French Immersion Grade 1. Mrs. Erin Belcourt will be teaching English Kindergarten, and Mrs. Leigh Reimer will be teaching Grade 2 English. We know you join us in extending best wishes to Mme Banerjee as she enjoys a much deserved retirement.
D.A.R.E Drugs Awareness Resistance Education
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education program) is a comprehensive drug prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with the skills to recognize and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Much thanks to the RCMP and Peace Officer, Jill Donaldson, as well as Strathcona County for providing these informative programs for our Grade 6 students.
The LunchBox Board and kitchen staff would like to thank YOU in advance for your continued support of our great hot lunch program! All support issues should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you! The LunchBox