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Bison Tales - September 3, 2021

Fun in the new playground!

Welcome back, Bisons!

We had a great first week of school! We loved seeing so many of our PALS and kindergarten students as they came to their orientation days throughout the week. We also enjoyed watching our Grades 1 to 6 students playing together on our brand new playground! The spinners and climbing ropes seem to be a big hit!

Our students never fail to remind me of how lucky we are to learn together at Ardrossan Elementary. We saw smiles on faces and laughter ringing through the halls. Even with masks on, those telltale eye crinkles gave away the grins under the fabric!

Our students continue to model excellent citizenship and leadership. They followed our safety protocols without complaint and treated each other with respect and kindness. We don't know what you fed them over the summer, but they sure did grow over the last few months! 

Thank you to each and every family for joining our herd this year. Your positivity and support help us to make school a great place. Let's continue working together this year to make our motto, success for all, a reality!

Great Happens Here!

Helene Hewitt & Kyla Harding

Principal & Assistant Principal

Table of Contents

Week At a Glance

Action

  • Sync the school calendar to your calendar
  • Update Your PowerSchool Information
  • School Fees
  • Save the Date - School Council/AEPSA Meetings/CPF Meetings
  • Picking Up Your Kid Early?
  • Morning Drop Off

Opportunity 

  • Tidbits from the LunchBox
  • Leader In Me Parent Handbook
  • Caregiver Education Series

Information

  • Who's Who at Ardrossan?
  • Staying Safe & Having Fun
  • Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy
  • Bus Video Monitoring
  • Parents Make the Difference

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday
  • Labour Day - No school
Tuesday
  • First day back after the long weekend!
Wednesday
  • Regular day
Thursday
  • Great day of learning!
Friday
  • Bison Tales posted by 3 p.m.

ACTION

Sync the School Calendar to Your Calendar

Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own calendar? You can. Simply, visit our calendar page and click on the applicable subscription option:

  • Download to iCal
  • Add to Google Calendar
  • Subscribe to Calendar

NOTE: Options are located above the calendar.

Once you click on the desired subscription option, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your calendar will contain all Ardrossan Elementary’s important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.

Update Your PowerSchool Information

The "Correction and Verification Form" is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families can use the form to access and update their child’s information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and any medical information. Reviewing the form and submitting updates ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child.

If you’ve recently moved, now is the time to ensure the Division has your updated address information. In particular, please also pay close attention to all phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. The Division will undoubtedly continue to have important information to communicate with families throughout this school year, and we want to ensure you receive this information. If you haven't already done so, we ask all Ardrossan Elementary families to review their child’s PowerSchool information by Sept. 22, 2021.

For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact the school office at 780-922-2066.

Pay School Fees Online!

School fee information for the 2021-22 school year is expected to be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal by late September. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of certain school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.  

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay your school fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit eips.ca/schools/fees. Alternatively, contact Tanya Suprovich at Ardrossan Elementary at 780-922-2066.

Save the Date - Meet the Staff and Annual General Meetings for Parent Groups

In partnership with our parent groups, we are looking forward to an exciting Meet the Staff evening on September 14, 2021! Please stay tuned to the next Bison Tales for more details!

Picking Your Child Up Early?

If you need to pick up your child early, please contact the front office at least 30 minutes before you need to collect your child. With advanced notice, we can ensure that they are waiting for you to arrive in the office. Messages sent to the teacher via email during the day may not be viewed in a timely manner as teachers are focused on teaching and are not checking emails.

At the end of the day, our front office is incredibly busy. During the nice weather, classes are often outside in the last block of the day for physical education. This makes locating children a challenge when we have little advanced notice. We appreciate your understanding that while we try our best to help, requests for children without advanced notice may require you to wait for a while or we may request that you find your child at their bus after the bell has rung. With some patience and communication between us, we can make it work!

Morning Drop Off

While we are happy that our students love coming to school, please do not drop off students before 8:30 a.m. as we have no staff outside supervising before this time and teachers are busily preparing for the day and cannot supervise children in classrooms. 

If you are dropping your child off after 8:40 a.m., please send them to the front doors. They will come through the office in order to sanitize hands and go to class. Teachers will meet classes at their doors starting at 8:30 a.m. All doors, except the front doors, are locked and students can gain access with their teachers.

OPPORTUNITY

Tidbits from the LunchBox 

On behalf of AES Lunchbox, welcome back everyone! All Bison families will be receiving an email from the school today with instructions on how to register for the Hot Lunch program for the year. Please head over to www.aeslunchbox.com to register and the instructions are on the homepage as well! Registration and menu ordering opens today! 

We will also be running a BBQ fundraiser for Hot Lunch on Meet the Teacher Night September 14th.  Please use the hot lunch system to place and pay for your whole Family's order ahead of time. Just order for parents and any younger siblings all under one child's name in your hot lunch account. It's a great way to make sure everyone gets supper and you don't have to cook that night,  All orders must be placed and paid for by September 10th.  No walk up ordering and payment will be allowed due to Covid and safety measures for the school so please order online ahead of time. 

We have decided to wait until October for the first menu and that will apply for the whole school. Menu ordering is available today through to September 17th.  All orders and payments for the October 4th start date will be due by September 17th and any unpaid orders will be cancelled. 

Payment options this year will continue to be via PayPal or by Etransfer to pay@aeslunchbox.com  We are looking to go as paperless as possible and request that you DO NOT send a cheque or cash with your order to the school and keep it all online. 

This year we will have the return of treat days and outside food vendors with our first Little Caesar's Pizza day on October 29 (watch for that on our November order menu) 

Are you looking to be able to help and volunteer with Hot Lunch delivery this year? Consider joining our parent ran board and attend our next meeting! Watch for more info about this date in the future Bison Tales. 

Any questions or concerns can be sent to info@aeslunchbox.com

Welcome Back! 

The LunchBox Team

Leader in Me Parent Handbook

Leader in Me is a program that unites students, staff, and families around a common goal to prepare students with college, career, and life readiness skills that are necessary to thrive in today's ever-changing, fast-paced environment, like:

  • critical thinking
  • creativity
  • self discipline & initiative
  • goal setting & vision
  • initiative
  • communication
  • relationship building 
  • social-emotional learning
  • teamwork & listening skills
  • time management
  • problem-solving
  • valuing diversity

Our students will develop these skills by learning about and practicing the 7 Habits of Happy Kids throughout the year. The habits are:

  1. Be Proactive - You're in charge!
  2. Begin With the End in Mind - Have a plan
  3. Put First Things First - Work first, then play
  4. Think Win-Win - Everyone can win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood - Listen before you talk
  6. Synergize - Together is better
  7. Sharpen the Saw - Balance feels best

For more information on the 7 Habits and the Leader in Me program, please take a peek at our Leader in Me Parent Handbook. 

Caregiver Education Sessions

Alberta Health Services hosts a variety of virtual caregiver information sessions throughout the year focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. Session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, communication, resiliency and more.

Visit Caregiver Education to see the monthly caregiver sessions.

INFORMATION

Who's Who at Ardrossan?

With a new school year with are happy to welcome back familiar faces as well as to welcome a few new people to our Ardrossan team. You may have noticed a new face in the office. We'd like to welcome Mrs. Tanya Suprovich as our new Business Manager. 

We are also pleased to share that Ms. Gillian Kowalchuk has joined our school as our Mental Health Capacity Coach. She will be working closely with our counsellor to help our community build mental health and resiliency skills. Keep reading the Tales each week to learn more about this exciting project!

We'd also like to welcome Mrs. Jeanine Komant who has joined our PALS educational assistant team. Finally, we are thrilled to have Mme Roselyne Leclerqc join us as our French Language Monitor who will help us to promote French language and culture in French Immersion throughout the year.

You can learn more about our entire Ardrossan Elementary team by viewing our Staff Directory.

Enhancing literacy and numeracy

As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again administering the Star Early Literacy/Star Reading and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI) assessment tools in the 2021-22 school year. The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: To provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.

Three times a year—in September, January/February and May/June—EIPS students in Grade 1 complete the Star Early Literacy assessment and students in grades 2-12 complete the Star Reading assessment. The assessments take approximately 20 minutes and are administered on a digital device. Also, in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills—students enrolled in math for Semester 2 will complete the MIPI assessment in February. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes, and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results offer the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.

The scores of the assessments aren’t used toward a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. The tools simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.

For more information about the Division’s Star and MIPI assessment tools, contact EIPS Supports for Students at 780-464-3477.

Video surveillance on Buses

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
  • discourage destructive acts.

On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.

Parents Make the Difference

Here is this week's article with some great tips for families:

Respect is essential for a positive learning environment 

When students have respect for teachers and classmates, they help create the positive academic environment all kids need in order to be successful.                      

    To promote respectful behavior:

  • Discuss respect. What is it? Why is it important? How does it feel to be treated with respect or disrespect?
  • Be a role model. Do what you want your child to do. If you want her to say please when asking for something, remember to say please If you want her to knock before entering your bedroom, do the same for her.
  • Criticize constructively. When you need to correct your child, do it privately and respectfully. “Next time, please hold the door for Grandpa. That will make it easier for him to get through the door.”
  • Notice times when your child is respectful. “You listened to the coach even when other
    players were joking around. I was impressed.”

Reprinted with permission from the September 2021 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2021 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

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