MONTHLY UPDATE: September 2017
Posted on September 1st, 2017
The 2017-18 school year has arrived! It is indeed wonderful to catch up on the exciting adventures and happenings of our returning students, parents and staff. A Special Welcome to those new students and parents who are joining our Bison Family. Ardrossan is a very welcoming and caring community in which to live, learn and contribute. We know you will make many positive relationships that will benefit your children and your family as you settle in.
The construction of the replacement school is moving forward at a rapid pace as the weather has been very co-operative. The walls, windows and modular classrooms are starting to take shape so that the interior can be completed regardless of the weather. We are so excited and we know you are too. We will keep you posted regarding progress towards moving “next door”. It will be like a second school year start up in the same year - but worth the wait!
The start of the school year has been somewhat challenging with drainage that necessitated a temporary water shut down. As you are aware, measures were taken and the issues were promptly rectified. Thank you to our students, parents and staff for their understanding and resilience as we work through these inevitable issues.
The school year promises to be full of excitement and opportunities for students to learn and grow to be the life-long learners and citizens they need to be - now and for the future. There are also wonderful opportunities for our parent volunteers to contribute to the learning environment that helps make this an awesome place. “Many hands make light work” and we are fortunate to have many volunteers that assist in many ways in many classrooms. Please make sure you sync the school calendar to your personal calendar so you are aware of school events and activities. We also send quick updates, reminders, and special events through our Twitter account. Follow us @ArdrossanElem.
If your child’s health conditions have changed during the summer break please inform your child’s teacher so that appropriate measures can be taken as the health and safety of your child is important to us. As well, if family circumstances have changed and you are concerned about the potential influence upon your child’s learning and behavior please let us know. Our staff are here to help you and your children.
Lastly, we are thrilled to be back learning and supporting the growth of your children. Academic, social and behavioural growth is what we are all seeking - “Success for All” is our motto. A motto that describes the journey we are on together.
“Great Happens Here!”
- Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal (2:10 p.m.) - Wednesday, September 6
- Meet the Staff - Tuesday, September 12
- School Council/AEPSA Meetings - Tuesday, September 12
- Picture Day - Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 (Retake - October 17, morning)
- Sync the School Calendar to Your Personal Calendar or Miss Out on Important Information
- Pay School Fees Online!
- Orange Shirt Day - "Every Child Matters" - Friday, September 29
- Earth Rangers Assembly - Friday, September 15th
- Second Annual Family Fun Math Evening - Tuesday, September 19th
- Tidbits from the LunchBox
- Nutrition Bites - Resources to Be Healthy, Stay Healthy
- Terry Fox Run - Thursday, September 28
- Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy
- Quick Facts: EIPS buses are all equipped with video surveillance
- Improving Home-School Communications
- Parents Make the Difference: Timely Articles Supporting Student Learning
- Leader in Me
- Things to Remember
Meet the Staff!
Please join us on Tuesday, September 12 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. Meet your child's teacher as well as our very involved parent community. Would you like to learn more about Hot Lunch? Are you interested in joining Canadian Parents for French? What does School Council do? What do I need to know about the EIPS Healthy Initiative? Our school health nurse, Rupinder Deol, will be on hand to share some information. Find out the answers to these questions and how you can become involved on September 12th.
School Council and AEPSA Meetings - after Meet the Staff, Tuesday, September 12 @ 7:00 p.m.
Join us at 7:00 p.m. for the School Council Meeting and help us spend some money at the AEPSA (Ardrossan Elementary Parents Support Association - aka Fundraising Group) at 8:00 p.m.
Sync the School Calendar to Your Personal Calendar
Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own personal calendar? You can. Just visit Ardrossan Elementary Calendar and click on one of the following calendar options you want to subscribe to:
- Add to Google Calendar
- Subscribe to Calendar (Outlook)
- Download iCal
NOTE: Using a mobile device, these options are located above the calendar. Using a computer, these options are located below the calendar.
Once you click on the calendar option you want to subscribe to, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your personal calendar will contain all of Ecole Ardrossan Elementary important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more. Please note: this calendar has the most current information.
While you are at it, take a moment to find us on Twitter. We will post pictures, short videos and quick updates or reminders through our Twitter feed! You can follow us @ArdrossanElem for the latest and greatest from our school.
Pay School Fees Online!
School fee information for the 2017-18 school year is expected to be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal by early October. 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 log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often 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. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.
If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your students 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/fees. Alternatively, contact Shauna Hart, Business Manager Ardrossan Elementary at 780.922.2066.
Orange Shirt Day
Every Child Matters is an important recognition of "school communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come." See the website for further information and wear an orange shirt on Friday, September 29th.
Earth Rangers Assembly - Friday, September 15th 9:15 a.m.
Ardrossan is fortunate to have the Earth Rangers, a children’s conservation community who have made a promise to protect animals and the environment, host an assembly at AEL on Friday, September 15 at 9:15 a.m. For more information see the website Earth Rangers.
Second Annual Family Fun Math Evening - Tuesday, September 19th 6:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details about this hugely successful evening of fun! Last year over 100 students and their families attended an evening filled with math activities with free popcorn for the first 100 people.
Tidbits from the Lunchbox
Welcome Back Everyone! We are excited to start cooking yummy and nutritious lunches for your children! An information sheet will be sent home with instructions on how to register for the upcoming Hot Lunch program.
Mark your calendars now....Registration & Online Ordering for the September Hot Lunch Schedule will commence on Wednesday, August 30 and close Thursday, September 7!
Ordering for October Hot Lunch schedule will commence on Tuesday, September 12th and will close on Thursday, September 21st!
Quick Note to Add: We are sure that parents can understand that the first couple of weeks of school can be overwhelming for all involved, especially those attending school for the first time. The kindergarten teachers have asked that we exclude their children from the program until October so that they have a little more time to settle their new little ones into a schedule.
Come and see us and enjoy a sample of our homemade muffins on Meet the Staff Night!
The AES LunchBox board is always looking for new members. As we wait for the new school to be built, our program has a few more hurdles to endure over the year or so. Join today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning this month, we will highlight some wonderful parent resources available to promote healthy eating at school and at home. Check out this month’s resource about packing a lunch. What's for Lunch in September will provide some great ideas for you.
Terry Fox Run – Help Us Celebrate!
Terry Fox is a Canadian hero. He gives us hope and inspires us to continue to strive to find a cure for cancer. In his memory, our students will be participating in the Terry Fox School Run scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 2:15 p.m. Please bring a toonie for Terry. Join us and wear your runners.
Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy
As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again planning to administer two assessment tools during the 2017-18 school year—STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI). The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.
In September and May, EIPS students in grades 2 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. Grade 1 students will take the STAR 360 exam in October. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and can be taken on any digital device. Also in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results of each offers the teacher a clearer picture about a student’s learning needs and helps determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.
The scores of the assessments are not used towards a student’s grade and there is no need to study ahead of time. They simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.
For more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, contact Deb Barron, Director of Learning Supports, at 780.464.3477.
Quick Facts: EIPS buses are all equipped with video surveillance
Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? The video surveillance and equipment helps:
- ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
- deter from destructive acts.
On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct, and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.
For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780.464.3477.
Improving Home-School Communication
To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a how-to guide entitled, “Communication Protocol for Schools.” Topics include appropriate channels to use, standard formats and structures, timing and sequencing for regular and ongoing home-school communication and ways to bring forward questions or concerns. Additionally, the manual offers useful tools and resources schools and families can use to enhance face-to-face meetings, emails and any social media efforts. The “Communication Protocol for Schools” is available at www.eips.ca/download/40981.
Parents Make the Difference: Timely Articles Supporting Student Learning
Check out the following articles that help parents to support their child's learning and achievement.
- Promoting Independence
- What should you do if your child is in a class without her best friends?
- Does being absent make a difference?
- Can you hinder your child's ability to be responsible?
- Building teamwork: Parent and Teacher
Leader in Me – Parent Information
The 7 Habits is a combination of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are common to all people and cultures. See Leader in Me for further information. For the past five years, we as a school are committed to learning, teaching and living the 7 Habits with our students. Building "Success for All" by being the best we can be, is what we strive for.
Things to Remember
- Reminder - We are a nut aware facility. We have several students who are severely allergic to nuts. We kindly ask that there are no peanuts or products containing peanuts sent to school in lunches or snacks.
- Lost and Found - Label your child’s clothing, personal items – Lost and Found is donated at least 3 times a year to local charity. If the item is labelled, it is much easier to return to a child. We would love to have an empty Lost and Found this year. You can help us by ensuring that all clothing items and school materials are labeled with your child’s first and last name.
- Family/Student Handbook – all students in Grades 1-6 have a school agenda. The front section explains school policy and procedures. Parents/guardians are requested to “sign off” in the parent acknowledgement portion of the agenda and return to their child’s teacher. There is also a spot to sign up for volunteering at the school. Click here for the online version.