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MONTHLY UPDATE: October 2017

September has just flown by for students, parents and staff.  The mornings are increasingly a little darker and the sun sinks a little earlier each day.  At the same time, students and their families are very busy re-establishing school routines as well as participating in the many organized sports offered in the community.

School staff have been busy identifying and planning their school resolutions for the 2017-18 school term.  What does that mean? Aren’t resolutions typically discussed and planned for the New Year?  In the case of school staff, individually and collectively, we reflect on the academic, emotional, behavioral and social needs of the students in our care.  We then, individually, develop goals and strategies to enhance our skills to assist students to reach their potential.  

On October 5-6th, our will staff participate in a number of exciting learning opportunities including:  numeracy strategies, student assessment practices, non-violent crisis intervention re-certification, violence threat risk assessment protocols and First Nations reconciliation projects.

The growth of our students, as lifelong learners and citizens, is important to us.  With your assistance, both at school and in the home, we work to support the resilience of each student to develop their knowledge and skills, embrace ownership for their learning, celebrate their learning and engage in measured risk taking for learning.  It is through making mistakes, and learning from them, that we often do our most important learning that stretches our abilities to achieve.

In light of recent natural disasters, current world events and the hardships felt by our Edmonton community, our staff extends heartfelt thoughts of gratitude and appreciation for the many gifts we take for granted. We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

"Great Happens Here!"

Action

  • Book your Interview Times for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - October 6th
  • Save the Date: October 10th School Council Meeting @ 9:30 a.m. and Canadian Parents for French @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Habit 2 Assembly:  October 12 - Hosted by Grade 5
  • Pay School Fees Online
  • Picture Retake Day:  October 17 (morning only)
  • Bottle Drive:  Thursday, October 18-9
  • Is Your Child Losing Personal Items?
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews:   October 18-9
  • Halloween Parade:  October 31 - 12:30 p.m. 

Opportunity

  • Tidbits from the LunchBox
  • Literacy and Learning Day
  • Missed our Cyber Session: Do You Know What Your Children are Doing Online?
  • Did you know?

Information

  • Municipal Elections
  • Read In Week:  October 2 - 6
  • Celebrating World Teachers' Day: October 5
  • Reminder:  Make Checking for Head Lice a Regular Routine
  • Literacy Day:  October 28
  • School Bus Safety Week
  • 2nd Annual Family Fun Math Night
  • Healthy Initiatives 
  • Fair Notice: VTRA

ACTION

Book Your Parent/Student/Teacher Conference - October 6th

Login into Book your interview between October 9th and October 16th to book your date and time. The school code is bpk7e.

Save the Date: October 10 School Council Meeting @ 9:30 a.m. and Canadian Parents for French @ 10:30 a.m.

Join us! All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. The meetings will be held in the Learning Commons.

Leader in Me: Habit 2 Assembly - Hosted by Grade 5

We continue to highlight the Leader in Me Habits throughout the year. This month, the Grade 5 students are planning, organizing and emceeing the Habit 2 Assembly: Begin with the End in Mind. These students share the importance of setting goals and planning ahead. Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 12. 

Pay School Fees Online!

School fee information for the 2017-18 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees may be added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more.

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your student fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is December 15, 2017.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees and Ardrossan Elementary Fee Information. Alternatively, contact Mrs. Shauna Hart at Ardrossan Elementary at 780-922-2066. 

Picture Retake Day: October 17 (morning only). 

Reminder to please sync with the school calendar to keep abreast of upcoming events.

Bottle Drive! Thursday, October 18 and 19

Bring your bottles to Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews. Donation bins will be set up in the parking lot of the school. Thanks to the Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association who is spearheading this fundraiser. 

Is Your Child Losing Personal Items?  Mabel's Labels

Does it drive you crazy that your child loses items? The AEPSA has a solution to that problem. Invest in Mabel's Labels to identify your child's items. Easy, quick and affordable. Click on Mabel's Labels and select the green Support A Fundraiser button. Scroll down and select Ardrossan Elementary School. Place your order and enjoy.

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews October 18 and 19

Stay tuned for upcoming information to book your appointment with your child's teacher. Each session is 10 minutes long. To benefit everyone, teachers will adhere to the timelines in order to meet with all parents and guardians. Should it require more than the time allotment, a separate meeting will be established. Thank you for understanding.

Halloween Parade 12:30

Please join us in the gym for a parade of ghosts and goblins! Boo!

OPPORTUNITY

Tidbits From The LunchBox

AES LunchBox is pleased to offer Little Caesers Pizza Kits Fall Fundraiser!!!

Orders and Payments are due by Thursday, October 19th!

Back by popular demand!!

Individual and Family Size pizza and crazy bread kits offer a fun way to spend time making dinner together.  Plan ahead and have them on hand for easy dinners on practice nights, birthday parties and entertaining guests!

  • Pickup Details:  Ardrossan Elementary School on November 8th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Goals & Rewards!  Our goal is to sell 1000 kits!  If every family sells 2 kits, we will reach our goal!
  • 10 Raffles Offered – For every 10 kits sold, your child’s name will get entered into a raffle to win a Little Caesar’s activity book, pencil plus a $5.00 Hot Lunch Credit!!
  • ​Top Sellers
  1. ​1st Place - $100.00 HL Credit
  2. ​2nd Place - $50.00 HL Credit
  3. ​3rd Place - $25.00 HL Credit

Thanks to all of you that have signed up to volunteer! Parents, hot lunch coordinators/board members, teachers and students...all working together to make our program run smoothly and thrive.

We have had a few issues brought to our attention and we just wanted to make sure that all parents are aware of our role as hot lunch volunteers/parents

  1. All visitors must always sign in at the office and obtain a visitor badge; whether you are delivering hotlunch or helping out in the class it is school policy.
  2. For the most part, when we arrive at the school, classes are still in session and must never be interrupted.  Please go to the stairwell area and quietly wait until we arrive to hand out the bins.  Once you have received your lunch bin, please wait outside of the classroom (away from the door), until the lunch bell dismisses the classes.  

Your cooperation is truly appreciated!

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… info@aeslunchbox.com

Literacy and Learning Day

This year’s Literacy and Learning Day Conference takes place at the Northlands Expo Centre on October 28. The event is a fun-filled day for both parents and teachers and includes various keynote speakers and free workshops. Participants are guaranteed to walk away with new strategies, tools and resources to support children as they grow and learn. The conference is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, or to register, please visit www.literacyday.ca.

Cyber Session: Do you Know What You What Your Children are Doing Online?

Saffron's Julie Parr and RCMP Constable Rick Green provided a fascinating look into online activities of youth. Thanks to the parents who attended the evening event last week. Saffron will be providing another opportunity to attend a similar information session at a location in Sherwood Park in the fall. Details to follow. The following resource was shared: Saffron Parent Presentation  

Did You Know?

If you have emergent concerns regarding the progress of your child, be they academic, behavioral, social or medical, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. In keeping with a safe and respectful learning environment, parents are encouraged to privately and confidentially speak directly to your child’s teacher who is in the best position to provide assistance to your child.  

Please arrange a time to meet and share information so that, dependent upon the concern, a school team may be assembled early in the learning process. The concern may require a school team approach involving teacher, school support staff, counselor, administration and educational partners (mental health, speech and language, RCMP, Social Services, etc.). The supports provided, whether the school team or education partners, are confidential. Home and school, working together, are in the best position to assist each child to experience success.

INFORMATION

Municipal Election 2017: Vote October 16

Ardrossan Elementary’s Election Day is Monday, October 16, 2017. Polls open as early as 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. If you can’t vote during those times, there is also the option of advance voting and voting by special ballet. To learn more about the election and candidates running— for mayor, reeve, councillor and public school trustee—visit:

Fort Saskatchewan:         www.fortsask.ca/city-government/city-council/2017-municipal-election :

Lamont County:               www.lamontcounty.ca/Election-2017

Minburn County:              http://minburncounty.ab.ca/2017-election/

Strathcona County:          www.strathcona.ca/election

EIPS School Trustees:      www.eips.ca

Read In Week:   October 2-6

Read In Week 2017 returns on October 2-6. The theme for this year is:  "I’m a Reader! I Read for Me!". Through various activities, students will spend the week learning how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives and foster empathy. Some of the activities planned for Read in Week include guest readers such as Estatefania Cortes-Vargas, MLA, AJS football players, French Immersion AJS high school students and students from the University of Alberta. Our special guest author is Sigmund Brouwer.

Read In Week is a Division-wide initiative held annually to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to enhance literacy awareness among students, staff, parents and community members. We invite all our families to participate in Read In Week with us either by reading yourself, with your child or with someone in the community.

And, don’t forget to share what you’ve learned throughout the week using the hashtag #eipsreads. We hope you discover some amazing stories.

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day: October 5

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Launched in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world as a way to recognize teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all of its students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for their teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.

EIPS extends its heartfelt thank you to all its teachers for their dedication, hard work and commitment in guiding and educating our students throughout their Kindergarten to Grade 12 years.

Parents Make the Difference

Please check out the timely advice from Parents Make the Difference.

 

REMINDER: Make Head Checks For Lice a Regular Routine!

Head lice is one of the most common problems faced by school-aged children and their families. Typically, head lice are tiny, greyish brown insects that live on the scalp and lay their eggs, or nits, in the hair close to the scalp—itching is the main complaint. Lice don’t jump from head to head nor are they dangerous. Having a head lice infestation, however, can cause stress, anxiety and hardship for staff, students and parents. As such, it’s essential each of our families do their part at home by undertaking weekly routine head checks and, if head lice and nits are found, physically removing them.

While head lice prevention and control is primarily the responsibility of the parent, the school does work discreetly with the teacher, students and families to prevent further transmission. To prevent the spread of head lice, we strongly encourage you to speak to your child about preventative behaviour such as avoiding head-to-head contact and not sharing combs, hats, pillows and hair accessories. It’s also important to teach children not to tease other students about head lice—anyone can get head lice. If head lice are found on your child, notify the school, physically remove the lice and nits using the proper lice comb, and keep your child home until all signs of active head lice are gone.

For more information about head lice prevention and treatment, visit www.eips.ca/parents/health-safety-information/head-lice. Alternatively, you can contact the school. 

School Bus Safety Week: October 15–21

Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week, October 15–21. The theme:" Rider Rules = Safe to School", which is all about teaching children about proper school bus safety. Throughout the week, various activities are planned including information sessions, bus safety lesson plans and bus-evacuations drills.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, we’d like to remind our students and our families all EIPS school buses are equipped with both a bus-pass scanner and GPS technology, which allow Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 170 buses and 600 bus routes. Thanks to this technology, parents and students also have access to the Versatrans My Stop app, a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child scanned onto a bus.

More information about School Bus Safety Week and EIPS Student Transportation services can be found by visiting www.eips.ca/transportation or by contacting Student Transportation (780-417-8151, st@eips.ca) directly.

Earth Rangers Assembly

Many thanks to the Herbert family for nominating AEL for the AltaLink Earth Rangers Assembly. The students experienced Canadian Wildlife in our own gym, including an owl, skunk and falcon!  An informative and exciting experience for all!

2nd Annual Family Fun Math Night

We had a terrific turnout for our Second Annual Family Fun Math Night. We estimated 150 students, parents and grandparents attended. Much thanks goes to our Ardrossan  Parent Support Association who sponsored the SAMSUNG E Lite tablet prize and Allison Usher and Alisha Spence who popped 150 bags of popcorn for the event. We could not do it without our amazing volunteers! Congratulations to the many prizes winners, especially the Pollen family who won the tablet. 

Please check out Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks for lots of other fun math games to play at home:  BoxCars and One Eyed Jacks and Youtube channel Boxcars Education Videos. Stay tuned for the 3rd Annual Family Fun Math Night in 2018! Shall we count the days?

Healthy Initiatives

With Halloween just around the corner, knowledge and information about healthy snacks and allergies is important. See the article about how you can increase your awareness: Allergies and Special Events.

Fair Notice: Student Violence Threat Risk Assessment

EIPS and AEL are committed to creating and maintaining safe school environments. Schools cannot ignore any threats of violence. Please see the following link for further information about the Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol.

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