At the end of each week, I will email home a "Weekly Update" for parents/guardians to see what is coming up.
March 31 - April 6
Posted on April 1st, 2019
We hope you had a wonderful spring break! It is amazing that we are moving into the last term of the 2018-2019 school year! If you thought the first part of the year went fast, hold on tight because before you know it, it will be June.
As we begin to head into the last few months, parents often start looking ahead to the fall and classes for next year. 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 they have consistently done a great job in preparing classes for each new 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, friendships etc.
We thank you for trusting our professionalism, expertise and experience as we develop student classroom lists for the upcoming school year.
Working with you,
Mme Sauder & Mme Garneau
This week at CBN
Did you know?
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education program) is a comprehensive 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. DARE runs for approximately 8 weeks and all grade 6 students will be participating.
From the Office
We would respectfully ask that if you need to drop off or pick up your child during the day that you come to the office and allow us to call your child down. It can be very disruptive to other classes when parents are in the hallways. Thank you for helping to protect important instructional time.
Triple P works with parents and caregivers to help them choose strategies that help address their children’s behavioural and emotional challenges. If your child has a particular behaviour problem that is making family life more difficult than it should be, then Primary Care Triple P can help. Primary Care Triple P gives guidance that is tailored to help you with specific issues.
The Triple P Primary Care program is for parents with children up to age 12. It is a series of approximately 4 brief private sessions between you and a trained Triple P facilitator. During each 15-30 minute session, you will have the opportunity to talk with your provider about the problem you have. You will discuss what might be causing your child to behave this way. Then you’ll work out the changes you would like to see in your child’s behaviour.
Call 780-416-6730 for more information or to book your appointment.
Our next parent council meeting is Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing the ASCA resolutions as well as ways we can build a joint culture with Heritage Hills Elementary School. Everyone is welcome to join us!
From Central Office
World Health Day April 7
Good Friday April 19 (all schools are closed)
Easter Monday April 22 (all schools are closed)
Earth Day April 22
Day of Mourning April 28
International Dance Day April 29
New Bus Status App Available
A new version of the Bus Status app is now available. If you haven’t already, we encourage all families to download the new version from the App Store or Google Play. After downloading, make sure to delete the older version from your device.
All information from the Division Bus Status page is currently pushing out to both the old and new versions of the app, so you’ll receive updates regardless of the app you’re using. However, at the end of the school year, the old version of the app will no longer work. Families will need to ensure they’ve downloaded the new version of the app to receive updates about bus delays and cancellations in 2019-20.
The changes aren’t specifically related to the overall functionality of the app—it’s much the same as the current version. What is changing is it’s now one unified app available for download rather than each school division having a separate app. The first time you open the new app, it will prompt you to select Elk Island Public Schools from the list of school divisions. After that, you will use the app the same way you have in the past. You can reselect your favourite routes and update them as needed. You’ll also continue to receive push notifications about delays and cancellations the same way you do now.
Gearing up for Kindergarten
Do you have a child registered in kindergarten next year? If so, make sure to attend our upcoming Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, May 29 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
- tour the school;
- meet the teachers;
- gain insight on play-based learning; and
- see what a typical day looks like.
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 about registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more. Find it by visiting www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten.
Additional information regarding Campbelltown’s kindergarten program, is available on our school website at https://www.campbelltown.ca/programs/kindergarten.
NOTE: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year, children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2019.
A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers
On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), thank you to all of our volunteers within the Division who help make our schools and programs successful. Whether it’s assisting at an athletic competition, coordinating a fundraising initiative or helping at a school event, the impact you make within our school community is profound.
Together, we’ve created a relationship that allows us to rally behind one clear vision: Providing exceptional education for all students.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 7-13, EIPS extends a heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who offer their knowledge and dedicate countless hours in our schools.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Watch for Thin Ice
Elk Island Public Schools remind families to be cognizant of thin ice 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 about ice safety, visit the Canadian Red Cross.
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.