Healing Connections: A Thank You to Ardrossan!
MONTHLY UPDATE: November 2017
Posted on November 3rd, 2017
Thank you to the many parents who attended the recent Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. It is a pleasure to recognize the learning accomplishments of students and to jointly establish goals to assist children to achieve their personal best.
We are also thankful for the many families who participated in the annual reading lunch. Families joined a number of notable community participants including Estefania Vargas-Cortez, MLA, local bison high school football players and junior/senior high French immersion students who celebrated reading with gusto. Sigmund Brower, a popular Canadian children's author, captivated students and shared his enthusiasm with everyone - we had our most memorable Reading Week yet!
There are many wonderful opportunities for parents and guardians this month, both in and out of the classroom. Please consider joining us on November 9th at 10:30 a.m. for the Remembrance Day Program. A special invitation to the Remembrance Day Program is extended to all serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and as well as to our local first responders. Please contact Judy Whetstone at 780.922.2066 if you are able to attend. Girl Guides, Cubs, Scouts and Beavers are encouraged to wear their uniforms on this day of remembrance. French immersion parents are invited to a CPF (Canadian Parents for French) meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m.
As we head into the flu season, please keep in mind the importance of cleanliness as a precursor to a healthy environment. Mrs. Dawn Quigg, Clinical Instructor, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, provided an excellent demonstration to all our students. She described how germs move from one person to another and how important handwashing and sanitizing is to the prevention of spreading contagious conditions. Thanks, Mrs. Quigg, for your annual presentation to our students and staff. Washing with soap and water goes hand in hand with healthy!
Finally, our First Nations, Metis and Inuit families had an opportunity to gather and connect with Elder Wilson and Ardrossan Junior/Senior and Elementary school staff on October 25. Acknowledging the past helps us to move forward.
Great Happens Here!
- SAVE THE DATE: School Council Meeting - November 7th at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. followed by AEPSA at 7:30- 8:00 p.m.
- Remembrance Day Assembly - November 9th at 10:30 a.m.
- SAVE THE DATE: Canadian Parents For French - November 21st at 6:00 p.m.
- Save those bottles for an after Christmas Bottle Drive - TBA
- Giving Tree
- Tidbits from the LunchBox
- Christmas Concert
- National Bullying Awareness Week
- Inclement Weather
- No Child Without: Free Medic-Alert for Students
- Parents Make the Difference
- Did you know?
- Healthy Eating
- Student Absences
- Dressing for the Weather
- Report Cards - November 30th
- What's New with the New School?
School Council and AEPSA (Ardrossan Parent Support Association)
Parents are cordially invited to attend on November 7th at 6:30 p.m. followed by the AEPSA (fundraising group) at 7:30 p.m. We meet in the Learning Commons. Bring a friend!
Remembrance Day Assembly - Thursday, November 9th
We invite all serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and our local First Responders to attend our Remembrance Day Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 10:30 a.m. This very special event provides our school community an opportunity to honour and respect very important uniformed members of our community. If you or a member of your family is able to attend, please contact Mrs. Whetstone at 780.922.2066. Join us for this time of remembrance.
CPF (Canadian Parents for French) Meeting - Tuesday, Nov. 21st
Please join us November 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons at Ardrossan Elementary. This meeting will be chaired by Ms. Shannon Nelson, Officer and Director of Canadian Parents for French Alberta Branch’s Board of Directors. Elections for chapter directors and officers will take place at this meeting. We will also establish upcoming plans for Carnaval. Your involvement greatly benefits our students.
Upcoming Bottle Drive: After Christmas
Ardrossan parents and guardians raised $750.00 during the Student-Parent-Teacher interviews. How easy was that? AEPSA is hoping that we can do it again! Please save your bottles and cans from now through January. Stay tuned for the pick up date.
The Ardrossan Elementary Annual “Giving Tree” will soon be upon us. Each grade collects and donates a single kind of item during the weeks leading up to the holidays. These items will be used to decorate the “Giving Tree”. The donations will be collected by the Strathcona Christmas Bureau on Wednesday, December 6th. Thank you in advance for your support of those in our community who are less fortunate.
Tidbits from the LunchBox
The AES LunchBox would like to thank you for your continued support. We sold a total of 827 kits from our Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser!!!
Congratulations to our Top Seller winners:
1st place $100 HotLunch Credit - Kaitlyn 5C
2nd place $50 HotLunch Credit - Alyee 4X
3rd place $25 HotLunch Credit - Cruze KTB
Congratulations to our Raffle Prize Winners who will receive an activity book and a $5 HotLunch credit!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for The Little Caesars pizza pick up on Wednesday November 8th 4:30 - 6 p.m. in front of the school. *** Any orders not picked up will be donated***
The LunchBox Board and kitchen staff would like to Thank YOU in advance for your continued support of our great hot lunch program!!! Questions, comments or concerns… firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it too early to plan for the Christmas Concert? Absolutely not! This year's concert is on Thursday, December 14th at the DOW Centre in Fort Saskatchewan. See the times below:
- Grade 1 & 2 - 5:15 p.m.
- Grade 3 & 4 - 6:30 p.m.
- Grade 5 & 6 - 7:45 p.m.
Once again, we will provide the opportunity to purchase tickets for $5.00 each should you need more than the 2 tickets provided free of charge. A reminder, the AEPSA will once again be selling tickets to Galaxyland, West Edmonton Mall, for only $10.00 between the performances. The Galaxyland event was a resounding success last year as students and families had a wonderful time. What a great stocking stuffer!
Our Kindergarten friends will celebrate on Wednesday, December 20th in the school gym at 9:30 a.m. Stay tuned for further details.
National Bully Awareness Week
Our staff, with the support of the parent community, strive to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be engaged responsible learners and caring, thoughtful citizens. The Leader in Me program provides students with a variety of personal awareness skills and strategies to build positive caring relationships with others (friendship skills), listening, synergizing and thinking win-win. Our students continue to learn and enhance their abilities on a daily basis as we build upon the social learning opportunities that learning with others can provide. During the week of November 20-24, student activities will include reading stories about standing up to bullying behaviour that will also include a presentation for Division I and Division 2 students from the Saffron Centre on November 21st. For more information regarding bullying please visit:
With the winter season already here, we want to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.
Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that states, “school bus service may be suspended…when Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road condition.
When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.
For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.
PLEASE NOTE: Hot Lunch will not be delivered during days when school buses are NOT running. Lunches will be donated.
No Child Without: Free MedicAlert for students
In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for our students, Ardrossan Elementary is once again participating in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. The program is a national initiative that provides no-cost MedicAlert services to children—between the ages four and 14—who have chronic health conditions. The goal is twofold: to help children with severe allergies, medical conditions or special needs and to assist schools with medical-emergency plans for students.
Once a child is registered, their school is provided with advice on a medical-emergency plan for that student and given a list of medications, allergies and medical conditions the student has. If your child has a serious medical condition or allergy and could benefit from MedicAlert services, please contact No Child Without program at www.nochildwithout.ca.
Did You Know? Signing In At The Office Is Important
Student, staff and visitor safety is important to all of us. To ensure a safe learning and working environment, all persons must be authorized to be in the building and registered in our visitor sign-in binder. In the event of an emergency it is essential that we are able to account for everyone who is in the building. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.
Parents Make the Difference
- Habits At Home Can Help Your Child Thrive In School And Life
- Your Child's Vision
- Are You Helping Your Child Have Great Attendance
- Teach Your Child To Pay Close Attention To Textbook Graphics
During special events, like Halloween, eating healthy is just as important. See Special Event Foods for some great suggestions. Reminder, we are a nut aware school. Please ensure that any food brought to school does not contain nuts. Thank you for helping us provide a safe environment for all students. For some great ideas, check Snacks for Children. ElPS is also providing information on healthy eating at Healthy Schools and Nutrition.
Thank you for explaining your child’s absence when you call to report that your child is away. This helps with tracking absences as we are required to report absences that may be in excess of 10% of the school population (i.e., flu symptoms).
Recess: Dressing for the Weather
Brrrr! Fall is upon us. Thank you for making sure that your child has the necessary winter gear to keep warm. Our students participate in outdoor recesses except in the most extreme cold weather. Hat, mitts and a warm coat are necessary during outdoor play. We generally have indoor recess when temperatures reach -21 degrees Celsius or lower.
View Your Child's Report Card - November 30th After 3:00 p.m.
Click on the Parent Portal to view your child's report card. Don't have a parental portal access? See the link. Contact Sandy Shackleton at 780.922.2066 if you need your access code.
What's New with the New School?
Have you seen the colours popping up on the new school? Things are moving along well! Check out some pictures.