MONTHLY UPDATE: March 2018
Posted on March 1st, 2018
How incredibly invigorating it is to feel the promise of warmer weather and to enjoy the longer days of sunlight. With much relief we appreciate, as do the students, the days when outdoor recess is the norm! The only request to Mother Nature is we still need snow for the much anticipated Carnaval on March 22nd!
Thank you to the many parents and guardians who attended the Student Demo of Learning last month. It was a wonderful opportunity to see student learning in action. The Scholastic Book Fair was also very successful due to the commitment of our parents - $2900 was raised! Please stay tuned as student progress report cards will be posted on the Powerschool Parent Portal on Wednesday, March 21st.
As you are aware, Mrs. Hewitt is assuming the role of Acting Principal as Mrs. Whetstone will focus on facilitating the move to the replacement school. Working together and supporting each other during this transition time is Habit 6 - Synergize in Action! As a school community - it's exciting to walk the talk. There is a lot of excitement as staff and division personnel prepare the school for September. Thank you for your continued support as we balance the final few months of the school year and prepare for the transition to the new school.
Please make sure to check the informative articles below regarding a NEW pre-enrollment process and attending a non-designated school. This revised system of enrolment procedures affects ALL STUDENTS.
On behalf of our staff we wish you rest and relaxation as you enjoy time with family and friends during Spring Break!
Great Happens Here!
- Complete the Pre-Enrolment Process
- Kindergarten Registration
- Have Your Say!
- School Council - Tuesday, March 6th at 9:30 a.m. followed by AESPA at 10:30 a.m. in the Library
- Volunteer for Carnaval on March 22nd - Stay tuned for an online sign up!
- Ardrossan Elementary Galaxyland Evening - Saturday, April 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets available now!
- Choir News
- Parents Make the Difference
- Tidbits from Hot Lunch
- Week of Inspirational Math
- Ardrossan French Playschool - Registration Open
- Lost & Found (donated on March 22)
Complete the Pre-Enrolment Process: March 1-15
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is launching a new pre-enrolment process to simplify the way it registers students for the upcoming year, collects information and manages requests to attend a non-designated school.
On March 1, all EIPS families received an email from the Division asking them to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming year by completing the online Returning Student Registration Form—available by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Using the form, families can indicate the school their child plans to attend; apply to attend a non-designated school, if applicable; and update any required student information—such as phone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts.
All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form prior to March 15, 2018.
Applying to attend a non-designated school?
The new pre-enrolment process also eliminates the former Boundary Exemption Request Process. Now, returning students who want to apply to a non-designated school can do so through the pre-enrolment process by indicating on the form the school they want to attend. Acceptance is not guaranteed; rather, it’s based on available space. Some EIPS schools have closed boundaries because of high enrolment numbers and will not accept non-designated students for the 2018-19 school year. All families who apply to attend a non-designated school will be contacted and advised of the outcome in April.
NOTE: Any requests to attend a non-designated school or out-of-boundary program for returning students in grades 1-12 must be completed during the two-week pre-enrolment process to be considered for the next school year. The only exception: Students who move into the Division from outside the geographic area, or another community within the Division, following the deadline.
For more information visit www.eips.ca.
Is your child 5 years old before December 31, 2018? Are you interested in English or French Immersion classes? Please check out Kindergarten Registration for all the details.
Have Your Say! EIPS Parent Survey Opens March 5
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2018 Parent Survey—open from March 5-23.
Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress towards meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Three-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.
At the end of the Parent Survey, French immersion families have the opportunity to answer an additional series of questions to provide their feedback on the French immersion programming offered within EIPS.
VISIT WWW.EIPS.CA TO TAKE THE SURVEY
Survey closes March 23, 2018
School Council and AEPSA (Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association) Meetings
Please join us for School Council on Tuesday, March 6th at 9:30 a.m. followed by AESPA at 10:30 a.m. We will meet in the Library.
Rendez-vous Week - March 19 - 22
Rendez-vous de la francophonie is a special week of events that celebrate and promote French language and culture. We celebrate Rendez-vous in March because it revolves around the International Day of la Francophonie on March 20th. As a bilingual school, we want to foster an appreciation for our country’s bilingual identity in all of our students. It is also a wonderful opportunity to practice Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand. One of the best ways to show that we understand each other, is to make an effort to learn someone's language and culture.
Many events are planned throughout the week by a committee of staff members from our school and from Ardrossan Jr./Sr. as well as a parent from our Canadian Parents for French Ardrossan Chapter. Here is a quick overview of some key activities:
- Monday, March 19 - Grade 6 Kick-off Assembly 9:30 a.m. for Habit 5. Join us for a special performance by folk-rock Francophone, Postscript, at the end of the assembly. All parents and community members are welcome!
- Tuesday, March 20 - Name that Francophone Contest begins as well as a communal bilingual Boggle game
- Wednesday, March 21 - French-themed Photobooth all day as well as an opportunity to write on our graffiti wall
- Thursday, March 22 - Carnaval all afternoon!
Carnaval - Thursday, March 22
Please join us for an afternoon organized by the Canadian Parents for French (CPF), Ardrossan Chapter, and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers like you! Fabulous activities including la tire (maple syrup on a stick), crepes, fire pit, music, tug 'o war, horse and sleigh are part of the celebration of French Canadian culture. Please ensure your children are dressed for the weather.
Ardrossan Elementary Galaxyland Evening
Don't miss this annual tradition. Join us on Saturday, April 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Office or online at Eventbrite.
Practices for students in choir will continue to be on Tuesdays during lunch recess. Students can also practice their songs on our blog: Ardrossan Music (password is music)
Our performance at the Oil Kings game is on Saturday, March 17th. More information will come home with the students in March and tickets will be sent home with students the week before the game. We are looking forward to this exciting opportunity!
Watch for Thin Ice
Elk Island Public Schools, along with our community partners, want to remind families about the dangers of thin ice during this time of year. Depending on changing temperatures, ice can form and melt to varying degrees on outdoor bodies of water. Please remind your children about the dangers of thin ice, to obey all posted signs and to take the proper care to remain a safe distance from the ice.
For more information on ice safety, visit www.lifesaving.org.
Did you know?
The way ice forms affects the way it melts in spring. Minerals in the water actually become concentrated in vertical veins throughout the ice as it freezes. Warm temperatures cause these veins to melt more quickly and weaken the ice, a process known as candling.
Parents Make the Difference
The March edition of Parents Make the Difference has some great tips. See the articles below:
Tidbits from The LunchBox
Please join us on Wednesday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the school for our next AES LunchBox Meeting!
We are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions…
- Vice Chair
- Active Board Members
These positions require no experience and are great opportunities to become more involved in our wonderful HotLunch Program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mark your calendar: April's HotLunch Menu will open for ordering on March 6th. No late orders and payments will be accepted.
The LunchBox Board and kitchen staff would like to thank YOU in advance for your continued support of our great hot lunch program!
Week of Inspirational Math
From March 12 to 16, math classes in Kindergarten to Grade 12 across the Division are encouraged to participate in a Week of Inspirational Math (WiM), as featured on Jo Boaler’s website, youcubed.org. This week “invites students into a world of open, creative, visual mathematics.”
Each day of the week, teachers can access a different task that has been chosen so students see math as a broad, interesting and visual subject that involves deep thinking. Every lesson will help students feel confident, try harder, persist with open and difficult problems and embrace mistakes and challenges. All tasks are low floor and high ceiling—they are accessible to all students and they extend to high levels.
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.