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Message from Alberta Transportation
Alberta Transportation has been taking steps to improve road safety on Hwy 824 (Range Road 222) in front of the Ardrossan schools.
As per the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, parking on provincial highways is illegal. To date, Strathcona County RCMP/Enforcement Services have not been strictly enforcing drivers who stop and park on the highway at peak school times in recognition of the lack of other options available for parents who are dropping off/picking up students.
Traffic safety in the area is being particularly compromised by two specific parking practices:
1) Parking too close to the crosswalk decreases sightlines for both motorists and pedestrians, putting pedestrians at risk, and
2) Parking too close to roadway access points decreases visibility for vehicles trying to access the highway.
For these reasons, Alberta Transportation will be creating “No Stopping” zones 10 meters back from the crosswalk and 5 meters on either side of each roadway access. Parents are asked to refrain from parking or dropping off/picking up students in these zones. Current “No Parking” signs on the highway will be removed.
Strathcona County RCMP/Enforcement Services will be issuing violations to drivers who stop or park in the “No Stopping” zones. Your compliance with these regulations are appreciated.
It is safest for Highway 824 to be free from parking. The Ardrossan schools are currently working with Strathcona County, Student Transportation and Alberta Transportation to explore options to eventually accommodate all school-related traffic onsite. For further information, please contact:
Traffic Safety Liaison Advisor
Measles in Alberta
Measles in Alberta - Important Information for Parents
Alberta Health Services (November 6, 2013)
Cases of measles have been confirmed in Southern Alberta, where an outbreak has been ongoing since October 18, 2013. Measles is an extremely contagious illness, spread easily through the air. Disease tends to be more severe in infants and young children, and can be life-threatening. Individuals who have NOT already received two doses of measles vaccine, or who have NOT had lab-confirmed measles in the past, may be at risk.
Please refer to the attached letter from the Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health for information about measles in Alberta.
Welcome to École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School
Welcome and "bienvenue" to École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School
Success for All ~ le succès à la portée de tous
The École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School community believes that all students can succeed in our respectful, safe and caring learning environment.La communauté de l'école Adrossan Elementary School croît que chaque élève peut réussir dans un environnement d'apprentissage entouré de respect, de sécurité et de soins.
We believe that the École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School provides an exemplary learning environment that fosters success through:
-a warm, welcoming, caring and respectful school community
-meaningful learning experiences for all
-high expectations for academics, behavior and citizenship
-a strong focus on Character Education
-diversified programs which allow students to achieve to their full potential
-the recognition of individual differences, interests and abilities
-language learning opportunities in French Immersion and French as a Second Language
-a love of life-long learning
-a respectful and collaborative active partnership between students, staff, parents and our community
-the use of 21st Century technology to develop learning
-respectful and kind behavior of students
-best practices in teaching, assessment and instruction.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office at 780-922-2066 and someone would be happy to help you!
Our students, parents and teachers work collaboratively and supportively to develop their potential in an environment based on trust, respect and hope. Students are supported through conflict resolution skills and character education. It is a place where people are filled with a positive outlook on life; it is a place where people work hard, celebrate their accomplishments and provide support during difficult times.
École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School, a dual-track school offering both a regular English program and a French Immersion program, is located 10 minutes east of Sherwood Park. All but a few of the approximately 500 students are bussed to school, and come from acreages and farms and communities in the surrounding area. Since this is the designated French Immersion School for this area, a number of out of boundary students attend here to take advantage of the French Immersion Program, K-6. French Immersion Junior High and Senior High programs are also available at the nearby Jr. / Sr. High School. The school houses a system programs as well: REACH (Resources in Early Childhood) Program.
École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School is known for its strong emphasis on academics. The teachers and support staff work closely with parents to provide learning opportunities for all students.
École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School offers a variety of opportunities for students to maximize their achievements in the areas of fine arts, academics and physical education. We offer a Daily Physical Activity program to encourage the development of a healthy lifestyle. We are very proud of our students and their achievements.
To find your Designated School, use the Versatrans e-Link tool on EIPS' website at http://www.eips.ca
Any questions about registration can be directed to our office at 780-922-2066 or through the email contact form on this site. Additional information is also available at Elk Island Public Schools by calling 780-464-3477.
A copy of our Student-Family Handbook can be downloaded from the About Us Section under documents.
Bison Tales Newsletters
Be sure to check out our Bison Tales newsletters!
They can be downloaded under the About Us tab / Documents / Newsletters.
Links and Resources
Yes! You Can! Information and Inspiration for French Immersion Parents
Canadian Parents for French
Conjugate verbs en français
Save our planet
Free computer resources to Support Student Learning
www.gamequarium.com (games and activities, including ebooks)
www.funbrain.com (math, grammar, reading, & games)
www.mathfactcafe.com (math facts)
www.mathplayground.com (includes word problems)
www.wittycomics.com (make your own comic book)
www.blogger.com (create your own blog)
www.thekidzpage.com (games and puzzles)
www.wordle.net (construct your own Wordles to practice spelling and vocabulary)
www.mathisfun.com (games and logic)
www.2learn.ca/kids (Alberta Government sponsored website to support learning objectives of the Alberta Curriculum in most subject areas)
New School Fee Invoicing System - ACORN
New School Fee Invoicing System – ACORN
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has implemented a new school fee management system, ACORN, to streamline the payment process for parents and school administrators. The new system synchronizes with all aspects of PowerSchool, our division student information system. ACORN also includes a number of features that parents have been requesting, such as online payments.
These new features include:
- Online payment options for parents to pay with Visa and MasterCard.
- The ability to view all students in EIPS and make one payment.
- The ability to make payments when and where you want 24/7.
- One-stop point of contact through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- The ability to pay additional field trip fees online throughout the year.
Important dates for families:
- EIPS will send out student fee invoices on September 23.
- Online payment through the Parent Portal will be available starting September 23.
- Fees are due October 31.
- Please note: Fee payments will be applied to educational fees first. Therefore, payments are first applied to the Learning Resource Fee, followed by Non-Core Fees, and finally Non-Instructional Fees.
Accessing the Parent Portal
Previously, the Parent Portal was only available for parents of junior and senior high students. Beginning this year, the Parent Portal enables parents to create a single sign-on for all elementary, junior high, and senior high students in one family. If you have already registered on the Parent Portal with junior and/or senior high students, you will now be able to add your elementary-aged student.
All parents of elementary students and those who are brand new to the division in any grade will receive a letter from the school outlining the information needed to link the elementary student to the existing parent account and/or set up a new parent account. Once the parent account is created, you will not need to create a new account each year. The account information will follow your students as long as they are enrolled in an EIPS school.
If you have difficulty creating a new Parent Portal account, an instructional video is available on the Parent Portal login page at https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html or on the division website at http://www.eips.ca/powerschool.
Please note that at the elementary school level, only student attendance and student fees will be available through the Parent Portal. Ongoing assessment will continue through the eLuminate program outside of PowerSchool.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the school.
School Emergency Preparedness
School Emergency Preparedness
For Elk Island Public Schools
A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Issued September 2013 A Message from the Superintendent
Safety is essential to the learning environment. The moment a child’s safety is jeopardized, learning stops.
ELK ISLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ (EIPS) FIRST PRIORITY DURING AN EMERGENCY is the safety of all our students and staff. The division has developed an Emergency Response Plan to deal with a wide range of emergency situations that may impact our school community. The plan works in concert with other local emergency preparedness plans. The division-wide plan, including emergency plans tailored to each individual school, is reviewed and revised annually and after each emergency.
Each school has an on-site emergency team composed of school staff. The schools regularly provide staff with emergency training and practice various emergency drills with students/teachers. A division-based Emergency Response Team has also been established to assist schools in responding to emergencies.
While the plan is built using protocols and procedures, the particular actions taken during any emergency greatly depend on the specifics of the incident. The main objective of the response is to always ensure the safety of our students and staff.
EIPS works in close collaboration with local and provincial emergency personnel to ensure plans are coordinated with appropriate agencies. The division and schools plans do not replace the authority of law enforcement, fire or EMS. First responders are specially trained to deal with emergencies, criminal activities and extenuating circumstances – school staff work in full co-operation and consultation with these agencies.
Thank you for your support and assistance in our health and safety efforts.
Bruce Beliveau, Superintendent of Schools
WHEN A SCHOOL IS CONFRONTED WITH AN EMERGENCY SITUATION there are few possible courses of action the school may take; what that action is will depend on the specifics of the incident. A school may choose to do any or all of the following:
During a Shelter-in-Place students and staff retreat to classrooms or another safe area to seek shelter. This includes having any students or staff members who are outdoors come back into the school.
Generally Shelter-in-Place is used during an environmental emergency such as severe storms or chemical spills affecting air quality. Each school’s emergency response plan identifies the safest location for its occupants and how to seal a room from possible hazardous conditions.
Lock-downs are usually used in response to acts or threats of violence to students and/or staff, including any such activities in the general vicinity of the school.
During a lock-down all outside doors to the building and rooms within the school are locked. No one is permitted in or out of any area once the area has been locked. Students and staff must respond very quickly to a lock-down command to ensure they get to a safe location before the doors are locked. Parents are not permitted access to the building or to their children until the lock-down is over.
An evacuation requires all students and staff to leave the school and go to an alternate location. In some cases this may mean only going outside and away from the school building until it is safe to re-enter the school. In other cases, students and staff may need to go to an evacuation centre. Parents would be informed of the alternate location via the school’s crisis notification network.
Under some circumstances it may be determined that it is best to dismiss students to their homes and families as expeditiously as possible. Should this be the case, every attempt will be made to alert the emergency contact for each student of the situation and to ensure young students are not left unsupervised.
Schools conduct drills throughout the year to rehearse emergency procedures. In addition to the procedures described above schools also practice protocols such as: “On-Alert”, which is an early warning system; “Duck-Cover-Hold”, which is a method of protecting vital body parts from harm during things such as tornados or earthquakes; and Fire Drills.
These drills and exercises are precautionary actions designed to prepare students and staff to act quickly and to minimize a child’s fear should a real emergency occur.
Reuniting with your Child
WE RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN AN EMERGENCY OCCURS parents will be worried and want to be reunited with their child as quickly as possible. It is our intention to make this happen; however, to ensure every child’s safety specific procedures have been established for releasing students.
If a situation merits, school staff may decide to do a “controlled release” of students. This means a Parent-Child Reunion Area will be set up and parents will be required to adhere to specific procedures to pick up their child. Staff will work hard to ensure this process takes place without delay, however please understand it will not happen instantaneously and we ask for your patience when you arrive at the Parent-Child Reunion Area. Parents will be notified at the time of the emergency where the Reunion Area is located.
Parents are asked to adhere to the parent-child reunification guidelines listed below:
Please do not come to the school to pick up your child unless requested to do so. Although your natural instincts in an emergency may be to go to the school to safeguard your child, please understand that doing so may significantly degrade the overall ability to respond to the situation. Going to the school may interfere with emergency crews’ and school personnel’s effort to respond to the situation. While it may seem logical that every student taken by a parent reduces the number of children a school needs to care for, in a fast-moving situation that requires careful coordination, extra vehicles and people at the school actually make the task of keeping track of all students more difficult. Please follow the instructions provided to you through the communications channels outlined on the back page.
You will be required to fill out a Student Release Request Form. This ensures all students are accounted for at all times and that students are only released to authorized individuals.
Students will only be released to an individual designated as legal guardian or emergency contact on the student's Emergency Card, which is completed at time of school registration. It is critical that you ensure the school has information which is current and correct.
Valid identification is required to pick up your child. This is required to protect your child from any unauthorized individuals attempting to pick up students. Even if school personnel know you, you must be prepared to present I.D. as the school may be receiving assistance from other schools or outside agencies.
You will be required to sign for the release of your child. This is extremely important, as it is our only means of ensuring all students are accounted for at all times. Please do not just take your child from the school or evacuation centre without signing for their release. Once you have been reunited with your child, please leave the area immediately. This is for your own safety and that of your child.
If you are unable to pick up your child, he/she will be kept at the Parent-Child Reunion Centre until alternate arrangements can be made. Your child will be supervised at all times.
Keeping Informed during an Emergency
DURING A REAL EMERGENCY you probably won’t be able to reach the school by phone. Staff will be busy responding to the emergency and the needs to students first. School phones lines will be tied up with personnel communicating with emergency services or the school may already be evacuated. We will, however, be making every effort to contact parents, either directly, or by one of the methods noted below.
Crisis Notification Network and/or the Media
Parents will be alerted to emergency situations via:
The Division or School’s Crisis Notification Network (telephone calls or e-mails) Parents may be asked to assist by relaying messages through a telephone calling tree.
The Crisis Notification Network is the system used by the Division and/or school to enable them to communicate with the parents, staff and selected community members through the use of telephone networks and/or the Internet.
Local radio and television station broadcasts
Please DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL and DO NOT CALL YOUR CHILD’S CELL PHONE.
Phone lines need to be kept accessible. Parents are asked not to call the school or their child’s cell phone during an emergency as the phone lines/system needs to remain available for handling the actual emergency. Overloading the phone system may mean that the school will not be able to communicate with first responders. In addition, experts advise that under some circumstances cell phones and other electric devices may actually act as an ignition source for fires or explosions.
Website and Community Hotline
The Division will also keep parents informed by posting information and updates regarding the emergency on the Division website and voice recordings on the Division Community Hotline.
Division website at http://www.eips.ca
Community Hotline 417-8122 Additional Information
Additional information regarding emergency procedures is included in your child’s School Handbook and on the Division website. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local school or:
Karen Sand, Director of Communications
Again, thank you for your support and assistance in our health and safety efforts