MONTHLY UPDATE: May 2019
Posted on May 3rd, 2019
Our school community is indeed remarkable in so many ways. On Friday, April 26th students, parents, staff and community members thanked our magnificent volunteers. We also said "Farewell" to our former school building which is now being disassembled brick by brick.
Did you know that since 1957 there has been an Ardrossan Elementary Home and School Association? This long standing group of dedicated parents has now morphed over the years to become the current 4 pillars of our school: School Council, Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA), Canadian Parents for French (CPF) and Hot Lunch. We are also fortunate to welcome this year our cadre of Wee Readers - parents, grandparents and community members who read to our students. Our extraordinary volunteers reach into our school clubs (Cute Things Club and Track Team). Your volunteer presence creates mentors and coaches who make a difference to our students.
We honour the past and affirm our commitment to student learning remains the same. This new building encompasses cutting edge technology that is environmentally attuned to the health and safety of families and our planet. Our passion for learning together will provide a new generation of children the opportunity to continue the tradition that started 6 decades ago!
The legacy of Ardrossan Elementary is not found in these walls or any walls, but it is embedded in the spirit of the Bison community. It is all about the people - your children and you as parents.
We would not be the school we are - without each and everyone of you!
Truly! Great Happens Here! Go, Bisons!
With those sentiments in mind, as the longer days of sunlight (in between the snow squalls) are upon us, thank you for continuing to encourage your children to focus on learning during the final push to June. Student success is a daily commitment to achieving one's personal best.
- EIPS Bus Driver Appreciation - Monday, May 6th
- 2019-2020 Student Transportation Registration
- School Council - Tuesday, May 7th 9:30 a.m. in the Project Room
- AEPSA - Tuesday, May 7th 10:30 a.m. in the Project Room
- Canadian Parents for French - Monday, May 13th 6:00 p.m. at AJS
- Social Media Information Night for Parents & Students - Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Gym
- Yearbook? Yes, please!
- Caregivers Series: Spring Sessions
- Grade 1 Mother's Day Tea - Thursday, May 9 @ 12:30 p.m. Gathering Area
- Habit 7 Assembly- Wednesday, May 22nd ECS @ 9:30 a.m. Gym
- ECS Parent Orientation Night - Thursday, May 30th @ 6:00 p.m.
- Grade 6 PAT Exam Schedule
- Tidbits from the Lunch Bunch
- Literacy at Home
- Staffing Update
- Grade Group Configurations
- Parents Make the Difference
- French Immersion News
- Little Elk Island Adventure
- Ardrossan Elementary Parent Survey Results 2018-2019
- AEL Speakers Extraordinaire
- Ardrossan Track Team Celebrates!
- Mental Health Week
THANK YOU! EIPS Driver Appreciation Day is May 6th
Join us on May 6th as we recognize and thank our school bus operators for keeping the safety of our students their first priority. We encourage you, and your children, to take a moment to say thanks to our bus operators—who go above and beyond to provide safe and timely transportation to our students.
On behalf of Ardrossan Elementary, THANK YOU to all of our school bus operators for a job well done.
Our Students Say The Funniest Things
"Be nice to the bus driver. It's a long walk from home to school"
"I want to STOP and thank you for being "wheely" great!"
Student Transportation: 2019-20 Registration is Now Open
Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2019-20 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.
All students who indicated needing transportation services through the pre-enrolment process are now registered. Families registered will received tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 28, 2019.
For those students who did not indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email email@example.com.
For more information about EIPS Student Transportation, please visit www.eips.ca/transportation.
NOTE: Fees can be paid online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal or in-person at the Student Transportation office—683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park. The office will remain open during the summer months operating during the same hours as the EIPS Central Services Office.
School Council and AEPSA Meetings - May 7 @ 9:30 a.m.
Join us in the Project Room for the final School Council Meeting. All are welcome! The AEPSA (Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association) follows at 10:30 a.m. in the Project Room.
Canadian Parents for French Meeting - May 13 @ 6:00 p.m. at AJS
The CPF meeting is held on Monday, May 13 at 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Ardrossan Junior Senior High School. Find us in the Learning Commons. Please stay tuned for information from CPF regarding parent volunteer sign-up and ordering for the Year End BBQ on Thursday, June 27th.
Social Media Night for Parents and Students (Students Grade 4 and up) May 15 @ 6:30 p.m.
Due to popular demand, Mr. Jon Thomas will be presenting another information packed evening for both parents and their children - "To Delete or Not to Delete". This free session will provide an information about safe internet use. Please bring your child with you for a great evening of conversation and learning.
Get Your Ardrossan Elementary Yearbook!
Mrs. Shackleton, our wonderful and talented secretary, has been working hard to prepare our 2018-19 yearbook. It looks beautiful and captures memories of our first year in the new school! If you have not yet ordered a copy, it is not too late! You can purchase an online copy before May 16! Visit https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca . Enter the code: 13771619
Caregiver Series: Spring Sessions
EIPS, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, Elk Island Catholic Schools, New Horizons and the Eastern Edge Regional Collaborative Service Delivery, is offering a series of free sessions for parents and students. Topics include technology, cannabis, understanding and supporting youth with depression, sleep, test anxiety and more. Schools are welcome to share the information about the caregiver sessions on school calendars and through social media. The list of spring sessions taking place is now available—May-June 2019.
Grade 1 Mother's Day Tea - Save the Date: May 9 @ 12:30
Grade 1 Mother's Day Tea - Friday, May 10 @ 12:30 p.m. Please join us in the Gathering Area for a wonderful hour of memorable performances and goodies.
Habit 7 Assembly - ECS May 22 @ 9:30 a.m.
Our final Leader in Me assembly of the year is May 22. This must see assembly is presented by the multi-talented and busy Kindergarten classes. Do not miss their performances about the importance of sharpening the saw. Key learnings for students are:
- I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep;
- I find meaningful ways to help others;
- I spend time with family and friends; and
- I learn in lots of ways and places, not just at school.
Please click for more information about the 7 Habits.
ECS Parent Orientation Night - May 30 @ 6:00 p.m.
Do you have a child registered in Kindergarten next year? If so, make sure to attend our upcoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to:
- meet the teachers;
- gain insight about a typical day in kindergarten;
- learn about the importance of play-based learning.
Elk Island Public Schools has also put together an online toolkit to make the transition to school as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more. Find it by visiting here
Additional information regarding Ardrossan Elementary School’s kindergarten program, can be found on our school website at Ardrossan Kindergarten Information.
Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) Administration Dates
The following is a schedule of dates for the tests that will be completed in June. These dates can also be found on school calendars.
- May 7: Gr. 6 FLA Part A
- May 9: Gr. 6 ELA Part A
- June 14: Gr. 6 FLA Part B
- June 17: Gr. 6 ELA Part B
- June 18: Gr. 6 Math (Part A & B)
- June 19: Gr. 6 Social Studies
- June 20: Gr. 6 Science(s)
Please ensure that your child arrives on time, well-rested and has eaten a good breakfast on exam days. These are some of the best things you can do to ensure that your child performs well!
Tidbits from the Lunch Box
Our Last Menu of the school Year Opens for Ordering May 13th and Closes May 23
Little Caesar Pizza Kit Spring Fundraiser - ordering deadline is Thursday, May 9 (don’t be late)
*Please note Pick up Date is Tuesday, May 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.* (in front of the main school doors)
Friday May 24- Fruit Kabob Treat Day (Made in partnership with the Apple Leader Students)
The Lunch Box would like to Thank You in advance for your continued support of our Friday Treat Days and Pizza Kit Fundraising. Because of you, the program has been able to give back to many of the in school clubs and contribute the Replacement Playground Fund.
Thank you again to our amazing noon hour delivery families - we couldn’t do this without your help.
The Lunch Box Team
Literacy at Home: Reading and Children’s Mental Health
May 1 was “Hats Off to Mental Health”. Our students and staff joined other schools across Alberta and wore their hats proudly to raise awareness for mental illness. Did you know there is a link between reading and children’s mental health?
Over the last decade, emergency department visits for mental illness jumped by two-thirds and hospitalizations by more than 50% for Canadian youth aged five to 24. New research shows that children who are most engaged with reading and writing in their free time are three times as likely to have positive mental well-being as their peers who don’t make time for reading. According to one children’s mental health expert, “Escaping in a good story is not only a great way to cope when you’re feeling stressed of worried, but can also be a fantastic opportunity for children to explore difficult feelings, understand them, and feel less alone.” Reading and listening to stories is a great way to build social and emotional competencies in children, providing them with life skills to help them cope with any stressors or pressures that may come their way in life.
The Importance of a Home Library
Did you know that your home library has a huge impact on your child’s reading and academic growth? Recent research from an Australian study of 16,000 adults in 31 countries concludes that students in their last year of high school whose home had a sizeable home library had literacy, numeracy and information communication technology (ICT) skills equivalent to university graduates who didn’t read.
So how many books should your home library have to benefit your child’s development of literacy, numeracy, and ICT? The study found that just 80 books raised adolescents’ literacy and numeracy rate to average. The study also touched upon the increasing move towards digital resources. The researchers felt that there are large beneficial effects of home libraries and there is no sign that it will diminish over time.
Lea Kulmatycki, Literacy Support
A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann
Elk Island Public Schools continues to post a variety of teaching and educational assistant positions for the 2019-20 school year. Ardrossan Elementary will experience some staff changes (i.e., secondments, maternity leaves and so on) as opportunities and new teaching experiences become available in other schools. We anticipate staffing changes will occur up to and including the summer months.
At this time, our tentative staffing is as follows:
French Immersion Classes
- ECS Mme Bouchard
- Grade 1 Mme Olsen
- Grade 2 TBA
- Grade 3 Mme Proulx-Makovichuk
- Grade 3 TBA
- Grade 4 Mme Krys
- Grade 5 M. Castle
- Grade 6 TBA
- PALS - Mrs. Robinson
- ECS - TBA until Mrs. Belcourt returns
- Grade 1 Mrs. Samaratunga
- Grade 1 TBA until Mrs. Gilliland returns
- Grade 2 Mrs. Hill
- Grade 2 Mrs. Kulmatycki
- Grade 3 Mr. Frederickson
- Grade 3 Mrs. Ruptash
- Grade 4 Mrs. Klippenstein
- Grade 4 Mrs. Grauman
- Grade 5 Mrs. McBride
- Grade 5 Mrs. Massel
- Grade 6 Mr. Campbell
- Grade 6 Mr. Halbert
- Counselor TBA until Mrs. Mitchell returns
- Music Mrs. Harding & Mrs. Pretzlaff
As the staffing process continues, we will keep you informed.
Grade Group Configurations
Ardrossan Elementary is genuinely concerned for the welfare and success of your children. Every staff member strives to have students do their best and to feel comfortable in their surroundings. One of the goals we have is to maintain well-balanced classrooms. Classes should be academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally well balanced. Our staff has an essential role in establishing the most effective classrooms for learning and have consistently done a great job in preparing classes for each new school year.
As students change grades, they are naturally exposed to new friendship groups. An important benefit to being in a class with a variety of students is social growth and exposure to a variety of personalities. This helps foster independence and develops social skills. We ask for your support in allowing teachers to develop next year’s grouping in the fairest way possible. We take into account many factors, including academic performance, work habits, learning styles, interpersonal/social skill development, gender, etc.
We thank you for trusting our professionalism, expertise and experience as we develop student classroom lists for the upcoming school year. We consider many factors when creating classroom cohorts.
Information regarding class placements for the coming year will be enclosed in the final report card. In compliance with FOIP, class lists will not be posted in August. Parental requests, directed to the principal, will only be considered in a written format which outlines extenuating circumstances by May 24th. Parent comments will be shared with the appropriate teacher(s).
Parents Make the Difference
Check out these timely articles about raising children:
- Are you helping your child beat test anxiety?
- Comprehension May Improve With Movement
- When Parents Talk Less
- Show Your Child How To Deal With Failure In Positive Ways
2018-19 EIPS Parent Survey Results Report
The results are now available for the 2018-19 EIPS Parent Survey conducted in March. Thank you to all families who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. The survey included 21 questions related to the three priorities outlined in the EIPS 2018-22 Four-Year Education Plan:
- Priority 1: Promote growth and success for all students
- Priority 2: Enhance high quality learning and working environments
- Priority 3: Enhance public education through effective engagement, partnerships and communication
The overall Division results represent 3,713 responses from parents and guardians across the Division. This was an increase in responses from 2,918 in the previous year.
The survey results for Ardrossan Elementary have helped us identify the following areas of strength and opportunities for growth.
Areas of strength:
- My child is demonstrating growth in literacy (96.32%)
- My child is demonstration growth in numeracy (94.92%)
- My child is developing a richer understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and history (89.52%)
Opportunities for growth:
- As a school community, our goal is to intentionally build upon positive results across all survey dimensions
The feedback gathered will help our school and the Division measure its progress toward meeting the priorities and goals outlined in the EIPS 2018-22 Four-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve students and the wider community moving forward.
Parent Survey Results: Division Parent Survey Division Results: https://www.eips.ca/about-us/planning-and-results/parent-survey)
Parent Survey Results: AEL Parent Survey Results
French Immersion News - French Summer Camps!
Parents! There are several French camps that are available throughout the summer. Below is a brief explanation of each and contact information if you are interested:
Le Centre de la nature Lusson
Considering all activities take place in French, our camp caters to 7 to 13-year-old francophones and French Immersion students having had at least two years of French education. Le Centre de la nature Lusson is located near the town of Clyde, approximately 80 km north of Edmonton. Summer camps last 5 days and 4 nights. Departure from Edmonton and Morinville. From July 2 to August 23, 2019.
Informations: firstname.lastname@example.org & 780.469.4401
The camp will run from August 12 to 23, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. The exact location of the camp is still to be determined but will be in the vicinity of Bonnie Doon Ward in Edmonton.
At this two-week day camp, your child will explore dance, theater, music, and visual arts. At the end of the camp, participants will have created their own show incorporating these multiple art forms and will present it to their families and friends. This year, the theme is BizArt!
And everything will be in French, of course.
Informations: email@example.com or 780 760 0130 ext.2
Le Camp Soleil is a day camp for children between ages 6 and 11. Both francophone and French immersion students (having at least 2 years of experience in the program) who desire to practice their French during the summer are welcome at the camp.
Informations: firstname.lastname@example.org ou au 780 469-4401
La Fête Franco-Albertaine Festival
This summer, experience a completely French immersion with your family! La Fête Franco-Albertaine Festival will take place from July 4th to 7th at David Thompson Resort (near Nordegg). At the rendezvous: 3 days of activities, from hiking, theater workshop, children's activities, family yoga, music shows including Bleu Jean Bleu, volleyball, petanque, and more!. Register quickly!
@ La fête Franco- albertaine
Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration
Elk Island Public Schools is once again running Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders.
Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventure to new riders and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about: school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both the children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and then venture out on a short ride.
The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2019-20 school year. Sessions and times are available at these locations:
|A.L. Horton Elementary||August 20||6 p.m.|
|EIPS Central Services||August 20||6 p.m.|
|EIPS Central Services||August 21||6 p.m|
|EIPS Central Services||August 22||2 p.m.|
|EIPS Central Services||August 22||6 p.m.|
|EIPS Central Services||August 26||9 a.m.|
|EIPS Central Services||August 26||6 p.m.|
|EIPS Central Services||August 28||6 p.m.|
|SouthPointe School||August 27||2:30 p.m.|
|SouthPointe School||August 27||6 p.m.|
A.L. Horton Elementary is located at 5037 48 Ave, Vegreville
EIPS Central Services is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park
SouthPointe School is located at 11 SouthPointe Blvd., Fort Saskatchewan
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
More information regarding busing for kindergarten students is available at: www.eips.ca/transportation/kindergarten-busing-faq.
Ardrossan Elementary Speakers Extraordinaire
Congratulations to Ashleigh Gustafason (Gr. 5) and Kayla Kutz who spoke at the annual EIPS/ATB Speech Competition last month. Ashleigh Gustafason placed 2nd in the division for Grade 5. Congratulations Bisons! Courageous and confident - we are so proud of you! Thank you!
Ardrossan Elementary Track Team
Wow! Braving the chilly early May evening, Ardrossan Elementary running club athletes represented Ardrossan Elementary at the 2019 Elk Island Invitational Track Meet with Bison pride. They received 2nd overall out of all of the elementary schools in the district. The placings are as follows:
4 x 200
- Grade 6 boys – 1st
- Grade 6 girls – 2nd
- Grade 5 boys – 4th
- Grade 5 girls – 6th
- Grade 4 boys – 1st
- Grade 4 girls – 2nd
Medley (200 x 100 x 100 x400 meters)
- Grade 6 boys – 4th
- Grade 6 girls – 4th
- Grade 5 girls – 3rd
- Grade 4 boys – 4th
- Grade 4 girls – 4th
This year's team practiced, raced and reached personal and team best performances with the amazing support of Mrs. Krys, Mr. Campbell, Mrs. Carrie Bishop and Coach Vania Lloyd. Mr. Campbell and Madame Krys would like to say a special thank you to Vania for all her expertise and time she spent working with our students and to Carrie Bishop who supported the team throughout the year. We would not have been as successful without you! Ardrossan Rocks!
Drugs Awareness Resistance Education - D.A.R.E.
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education program) is a comprehensive drug prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with the skills to recognize and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Much thanks to the RCMP and Peace Officer, Jill Donaldson, as well as Strathcona County for providing these informative programs for our Grade 6 students.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Week is May 6-12, 2019. A focus on positive mental health for students, families, schools and communities contributes to building a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. Students who are mentally healthy are resilient and better able to learn, achieve success and build healthy relationships. Learn more about supporting positive mental health in schools.