MONTHLY UPDATE: February 2018
Posted on February 2nd, 2018
February, while the shortest month of the year, is one of the busiest! February embraces Valentine’s Day, Family Day, Habit 4 "Think Win-Win" student led assembly, student-led conferences, Teachers' Convention and Pink Shirt Day. Students and staff will also be practicing their skipping skills as we prepare for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event that takes place throughout the day of February 28th in support of the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Parents are invited to share skipping skills with the students. Students will also be learning about the benefits of healthy eating, daily exercise and lifestyle choices. Thank you for your continued support of this important life-changing cause.
Although we traditionally celebrate Carnaval this month, Mother Nature is not cooperating. We certainly hoped for snow but not the frigid temperatures. However, Thursday, March 22nd has been selected as the new date for this terrific event. As we are already acknowledging les Rendez-vous de la francophonie the week of March 19 - 22, Carnaval will now be included in this week of memorable French activities.
With the inclement weather continuing to envelope Alberta, it is so important to monitor weather reports and ensure your children are dressed appropriately for the winter conditions. Thank you for ensuring their safety.
February 14th is Win-Win day as well as Valentine's Day. All students will have the opportunity to give a Win-Win sticker to classmates as they catch each other “doing good things”. It is a day when we intentionally celebrate kindness and reaffirm that being helpful with one another benefits everyone.
Make sure to also check out the Mid-Year Review. It is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and successes during the first half of the school year. Please see the attachment and blog post.
Lastly, we are so appreciative of the many supportive comments regarding the now confirmed move to the new school to be effective September 4, 2018. Although there is disappointment, the overwhelming rationale is to ensure safe and complete access to the new building and school grounds for the 2018-19 school year. Details regarding the official Open House are in the works. Please stay tuned!
Great Happens Here!
- Kindergarten Registration
- Demonstration of Learning - February 21 and 22 (Please bring your empty cans and bottles!)
- Lego Boost Club Demonstration - February 21 and 22
- Scholastic Book Fair - February 21 and 22
- School Council - Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. followed by AESPA at 7:30 p.m.
- Volunteer for Carnaval on March 22 - Stay tuned for an online sign up!
- Ardrossan Elementary Galaxyland Evening - Saturday, April 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets available now!
- North Central Teachers' Convention
- Parents Make the Difference
- Tidbits from Hot Lunch
- Ardrossan French Playschool - Registration Open
Is your child 5 years old before Dec. 31, 2018? Are you interested in English or French Immersion classes? Please check out Kindergarten Registration for all the details.
Demonstration of Learning
Parents and guardians are invited to sign up for the Student Demonstration of Learning. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., parents can see their children's learning in action. Log into School Interviews using the password eyegy to book.
Donate Bottles and Support AEL
AEPSA (Ardrossan Parent Support Association) is encouraging everyone to donate cans and bottles during the Demonstration of Learning. A drop off area will be available just outside the front doors. What are they fundraising for, you ask? Join us on February 6th after the School Council meeting to find out more.
Lego Boost Club Demonstration
The Lego Boost Club will also display their robots during Demonstration of Learning. Come meet the robots. A huge thanks to AEPSA who have purchased one of the Lego Boost kits. Our industrious students have also purchased 2 Lego Boost kits. See what all the excitement about!
School Council Meeting and Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association
Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. followed by AESPA at 7:30 p.m. Meet us in the Learning Commons (library). All are welcome to attend!
Ardrossan Elementary Galaxyland Evening - Saturday, April 21 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets still available.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Ardrossan Galaxyland evening. Tickets are available at the office. Click here for more information.
North Central Teachers’ Convention - February 8-9, 2018
As you are aware, teachers' conventions are an annual winter tradition throughout Alberta. North Central Teachers’ Convention, which includes Elk Island Public Schools, provides approximately 6 800 teachers the opportunity to reflect on and learn about innovative pedagogical practices and theories to better support student learning. Check out a small selection of the topics offered this convention:
- Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
- Integrating Mental Health
- Primary Math Games using Number Lines
- Digital Learning Resources
- Formative Assessment
- The Hows, Whys and Wows of Technology Integration in an Elementary Classroom
- Assessment Ideas for Math and Science
- Global Citizenship and Inspiring Education
- Designing Curriculum for a Range of Abilities
- Anxiety & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Fake News and Fantasy: Teaching Judgement in Science Education
Teachers will be pleased to share with you some of the professional learning information they have gained.
Parents Make the Difference
Parents Make the Difference provides practical ideas for parents to help their children. Check out February's topics below:
- What To Do If Your Child Is Negative
- When Your Child Misses School
- Give Your Child The Time And Space To Think Critically
Tidbits From The LunchBox…
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! The LunchBox is desperately looking for volunteers to join our board. Many members of our board have children in Grade 6 and/or no longer have children in the Elementary School and hold critical positions. We are open to all parents joining us and we are hoping that parents with younger children will step forward and help us maintain our hot lunch program. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendly reminder...If the Elk Island Public Transportation cancels buses for any reason (i.e., snow day, icy roads, fog, mornings only etc…) HotLunch service will be cancelled and any perishables will be donated to a charity of our choice. If your child attends class that day, please ensure you provide them with a lunch.
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. As we do not offer any refunds on lunches due to a child’s absence. Please contact email@example.com to make these arrangements.
The LunchBox Board and kitchen staff would like to thank YOU in advance for your continued support of our great hot lunch program!!!
Ardrossan French Playschool - Registration Open
Our Little Friends/Les Petits Amis Playschool
Located in Ardrossan! Our playschool offers classes in English as well as classes with a gentle introduction to French in a "learn through play" environment. Registration is now open for the 2018/2019 preschool year. For more information, go to our website at www.ardrossanfrenchplayschool.ca or call (780) 922-4447.