MONTHLY UPDATE - November
Posted on November 4th, 2016
There are many wonderful opportunities for parents and guardians this month. Two opportunities, in particular, are significant. Following the School Council and AEPSA meetings, please consider joining us on November 8th at 7:30 p.m. for the Blanket Exercise and November 10th at 10:30 a.m. for the Remembrance Day Program.
The Blanket Exercise is a powerful, participatory, visual and interactive look at the history of our Indigenous peoples from pre contact to now. Developed by KAIROS Canada, the 90 minute, one-time activity is a very eye opening and powerful script that has been adapted to Elk Island Public Schools that provides historical documented information about the history of Strathcona County. Check the following link for more information: Kairos Blanket Exercise The Blanket Exercise will be conducted by Amanda Fayed, Kyla Sorel and Shelly Grauman with special guest, Elder Wilson Bearhead attending. This presentation is designed for adults. The Grade 5 and 6 students will also have this opportunity with a script designed for children.
A special invitation to the Remembrance Day Program is extended to all serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and our local first responders able to attend on November 10th at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. Please contact Judy Whetstone at 780.922.2066 if you are able to attend. Girl Guides, Cubs, Scouts and Beavers are encouraged to wear their uniforms on this day of remembrance.
Finally, we extend appreciation to our students and parents for the outstanding attendance at the October Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews. Your commitment as partners in educating students truly establishes an environment where "Success for All" happens every day!
On behalf of our staff we wish you and your family a restful Fall Break as together we continue our learning journey.
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- If you have not synced with the School Calendar, you are missing out! Please click and follow directions to sync on the School Calendar
- Your feedback on the Monthly Update is invited - Click to provide your much appreciated feedback.
- School Council - Please join us on Tuesday, November 8th in the Library from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
- AEPSA (fundraising group) - Help us raise and spend money! Tuesday, November 8th in the Library from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
- Blanket Exercise - Tuesday, November 8th commencing in the Library at 7:30 p.m. - Learn about our First Nations, Metis and Inuit History from the Indigenous Perspective
- National Bully Awareness Week
- Notes from the Learning Commons
- Groundbreaking Ceremony
- Parents Make the Difference
- Resources for Families
- Halloween Happenings
- Leader in Me
- Tidbits from Hot Lunch
- Alberta Education Curriculum Survey
- Parent Engagement session
- Don't Forget!
School Council and AEPSA
School Council and AEPSA (Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association - otherwise known as our parent fundraising group) are meeting on Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We love our parent volunteers! Please consider joining our active parent groups: School Council, Canadian Parents for French (CPF), or Ardrossan Parent Support Association (AEPSA). Your involvement is key to our success.
Parents and guardians, please join us for this unique cultural learning experience following the School Council and AEPSA meetings.Grade 5 and 6 students will have an opportunity to experience the Blanket Exercise with their classes at a later date. We will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. For further information, please view the invitation.
National Bully Awareness Week
Our staff, with the support of the parent community, strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be engaged, responsible learners and caring, thoughtful citizens. The Leader in Me program provides students with a variety of personal awareness skills and strategies to build positive, caring relationships with others (i.e., friendship skills), listening, synergizing and thinking win-win problem solving strategies. Our students continue to learn and enhance their citizenship abilities on a daily basis as we build upon the social learning opportunities that learning with others can provide. During the week of November 21-25, student activities will include reading stories about standing up to bullying behavior. Makerspace challenge questions will encourage creative thought about how to include others. The week will culminate in a presentation from the Power of One. The Power of One illustrates, through skits, the importance of how each one of us has a responsibility to prevent bullying. The Power of One will perform at 8:50 a.m.in the gymansium for the Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. The Grade 4 to 6 students will watch the performance commencing at 9:45 a.m. in the gymnasium. At AEL, the letter "B" does not stand for Bullying rather B stands for Belonging!
Notes from the Learning Commons
November is here! We would like to thank all the parents, staff, and volunteers that helped make October such a success for our students. So many great things happened this past month including:
- Read-In Week was such a great experience; the students enjoyed the book title scavenger hunt where they looked for “hidden titles” posted around the school. Congratulations to the winners from Mrs. Kulmatycki’s Grade 3 class. The prize for the winning class was a copy of the Guinness World Record Book 2017. Thank you to all the parents for coming out for the parent/child reading luncheon. Your commitment to literacy was clearly evident with the many parents and grandparents who were able to participate.
- The Scholastic Book Fair was once again a great success. The money raised supports all students in their reading endeavours.
Stay posted for more exciting activities in the Learning Commons. Please see the article about makerspace below!
What a wonderful way to celebrate the dawn of construction for the replacement school! Student representatives , along with sand shovels, parent representatives from School Council, AEPSA, CPF and Hot Lunch, Member Cortez-Vargas, Councillor Smith, Board Chair Boymook, Trustee Gordon and Superintendent Liguori had the chance to dig in! We look forward to planning the grand opening with great anticipation! Check out the photo gallery.
Parents Make the Difference
The online magazine, Parents Make the Difference, provides parents with advice and suggestions regarding supporting children at home and within the school environment to be capable learners and caring citizens. Please check out November topics that may be of interest to you:
- Do We Overschedule Our Children?
- Regular Exercise Has Academic Benefits for Kids
- Three Strategies to Boost Reading
- Questions & Answers: My Child Has No Friends
Resources for Families
Stay abreast of current information for parents and families in recognition of the integral role you play as a partner in student learning and education. November's edition focuses on information about understanding your teenager: Resources For Families - November, a must read!
Check out the current article published in the Edmonton Journal, Maker Space. Maker Monday and Tinker Tuesday happen twice a month at Ardrossan. Creative juices flow as students collaborate together discovering Makerspace stations such as pixel art, Lego, straw construction and many more. Check out Mme Hewitt's Adventures in Makerland blog to follow our journey into makerspace!
Please visit the hoot and hollering gallery of ghosts and goblins of Ardrossan from October 31st. Much fun and frivolity was had by all! The Bison Boo gallery is now showcasing costumes extraordinaire.
Leader in Me
Habit 3 helps students focus on Putting First Things First! So, "Work then Play" is the main focus. Students are encouraged to spend time on things that are most important. Setting priorities, making a schedule and following the plan demonstrates a disciplined and organized person. The Grade 4 students will host the Habit 3 assembly on January 13th. Save the date!
Tidbits from Hot Lunch
The December & January Menus are available beginning Nov 7th - Nov 24th. Don’t miss out on our Pizza Day December 9th and Purdy's Milk Chocolate Santa Lollies on December 21st.
If bus service is cancelled 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.
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. We do not offer any refunds on lunches due to a child’s absence. Please contact HotLunch Info to make these arrangements.
Please mark the date: AES LunchBox meeting on November 25th @ 9 a.m. in the Library.
Support issues will be addressed within 24 hours and should be directed to HotLunch Support
Alberta Education Curriculum survey
As many of you aware, Alberta Education recently launched its fall 2016 curriculum survey. All Albertans are asked to take the survey to weigh in on the present provincial curriculum. There are two parts to the survey: Part A takes about five minutes to complete and Part B can take between 15 minutes and 60 minutes to complete. In addition, various engagement sessions for educators and parents are being hosted by the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia between now and November 18.
Take the survey now: The survey closes Nov. 18, 2016
Parent-Engagement Session: Curriculum survey
The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, in partnership with Alberta Education, is hosting a parent-engagement session regarding the province’s curriculum review on November 9. Parents and families throughout the Division are invited to attend. Highlights include:
- insight on Alberta’s curriculum development process;
- know how to better complete the province’s curriculum survey; and
- a collaborative discussion about the strengths and gaps in Alberta’s current Programs of Study.
The session takes place on Nov 9, 2016, 7 p.m., at Central Office in the boardroom. For more information contact Jacquie Surgenor, the COSC chair.
Always Dress for the Weather!
- Please ensure your children are dressed for the weather. Rubber boots and raincoats for the rain. Snow boots, mitts, hats and winter coats for the cold weather. We generally have indoor recess when temperatures reach -21 degrees Celsius or lower (with wind chill).
The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing weather conditions. Please visit the following link for further information: Inclement Weather
Should 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 , school websites, Twitter, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations will be posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.
It is so important to let us know when your child is absent otherwise we will contact you! please call 780.922.2066 or email at Contact re: Attendance. 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).
The Giving Tree
We are continuing the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree with useful items that will be donated to the Strathcona Christmas Bureau. The Giving Tree will run from November 28 to December 6th. Each grade will be assigned an item to bring to school on a specific date. The items will be collected and used to decorate the tree. The grade, item and donation schedule can be found on the website calendar.
For more information regarding the Strathcona Christmas Bureau please visit: Strathcona Christmas Bureau
Is it too early to talk about the most well attended event of the year? Details about tickets to the big event will be shared after the fall break.
In the meantime, please save the date(s)! With our school enrollment currently at 570 students, we have adjusted the grade combinations and allotted a designated ECS event to accommodate our growing family community. Christmas concerts will be held on Thursday, December 15 at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan. Grades 1 and 2 concert will commence at 5:15pm, the Grades 3 and 5 performance with Grade 6 actors will commence at 6:30 p.m. , and the Grades 4 and 6 performance will commence at 7:45 p.m. Our Kindergarten classes will be performing on Wednesday, December 21st at 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.
We are collecting Campbell’s Labels for Education™. Save the full label from eligible Campbell products and send them to the school.
If you have any questions, or would like to help with our Labels for Education collection drive, please contact our parent program coordinator, Mrs. Terri-Ann Trohubiak by leaving a message in the school office. Please visit Labels for Education for more information about the program.
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