This past week, the board of trustees voted on a proposal put forth by the EIPS administrators to expand the French Immersion program in Elk Island Public Schools. They approved the following 4 recommendations:
- That the Board establish a second elementary French Immersion site in Sherwood Park, starting in September of 2020.
- That the second elementary French Immersion site in Sherwood Park be designated to the new Wye Replacement School, as recommended by administration.
- That attendance boundaries as per the East/West scenario 2B, be established for the French Immersion program for École Campbelltown and the new Wye Replacement School.
- That the Board of Trustees approve the French Immersion Boundary Map as included in Attachment 1 for the Wye Replacement School, Ardrossan Elementary and École Campbelltown.
While we know that you’ll have many questions about what the change might involve, we are pleased that the board voted in favour of expanding and growing the French Immersion program in EIPS as this will allow all students in Sherwood Park to have access to French Immersion programming. Ecole Campbelltown has met the school’s optimal enrolment limit so creating a second site will allow the program to meet growing enrolment demands. Communication about changes and opportunities for consultation will be sent out from Central Administration to current school families. As well, information will be provided at an upcoming School Council meeting.
The school admin team will be working closely with the EIPS Administration as well as the admin team at the Wye Replacement School to help with a smooth transition as we create a new French Immersion site. M. Bill Schlacht, the current Wye principal has taught Ardrossan Junior Senior High School which is a French Immersion school and he was the principal at Sherwood Heights for several years. He worked very closely with that school’s team to create a positive and collaborative environment between the French and English programs. The Assistant Principal, M. Kyle Samaratunga, is fluent in French. He taught for many years at Sherwood Heights in their French Immersion program as well as French at Bev Facey High School. He understands firsthand the unique needs of French Immersion programs. M. Schlacht and M. Samaratunga are also both French Immersion parents. They are very excited to welcome a French Immersion Program to the Wye Replacement school in the fall of 2020.
Working with you,
Mme Sauder & Mme Garneau
This week at CBN
Did you know?
Several of our classes will be participating in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. K-12 classrooms across Canada improve their energy awareness and energy literacy through a variety of energy related challenges. They’ll be competing for more than 90 prizes worth a total of $40,000! http://energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca/
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, and Wednesday, February 13th, from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm. We will be using an online booking system to book conferences. Please go to www.schoolbookings.net; enter the school code j3adk and follow the screen prompts. You will need to enter an e-mail address to receive confirmation of your conferences.
Note: You may begin booking conferences on Friday, February 1st, at 9:00 am. At this time you will be able to book conferences for both evenings.
You will need to enter your children’s name, the class, and teacher along with when you would like to schedule a conference. You are limited to one conference time per teacher. Please note Kindergarten and grade 1 appointments are 30 minutes long and will be a demonstration of learning. Make sure to not overlap appointments. All other grades are 10 min appointments. If you require more time with a teacher, please arrange a separate meeting. Please do not schedule your conferences back-to-back. Instead, allow 10 minutes between conferences. This provides transition time as you travel from one classroom to another and allows the conferences to stay on schedule. For example, if you book one conference at 5:20 pm, please do not book your next conference until 5:40 pm. Once your conference is finished at 5:30 pm, you will have the necessary time to proceed to the next conference.
If you have a child in grade 5 or 6, we would ask that you book an appointment with their homeroom teacher to allow enough spots for all parents. If you would like to meet with another teacher, please contact that teacher directly.
We suggest you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your first conference so that you can see which rooms you will be going to for all of your conferences. Teachers will be having conferences in their classrooms. The room number will be listed in your confirmation email.
If you do not have access to a computer, please call the school at 780-467-5143 and we can help with your booking.
**Please also note that there will be a book fair in the library during the conferences. We require parent volunteers to help with the book fair so please contact Mme Amyotte if you are available to help with set up or during the book fair. **
We look forward to seeing you!
Family Literacy Day
January 27 is Family Literacy Day across Canada. It’s a day aimed at raising awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in educational activities as a family. ABC Life Literacy Canada has created many resources for students and their families to use, including activity suggestions and an activity book.
Counsellor’s Corner - Upcoming Events
Sleeping Your Way to better Mental Health (part of the AHS Caregiver Education Series)
Come and learn the importance of sleep on your child’s developing brain. Develop an understanding on how sleep can impact mental and physical health. Review common sleep concerns and factors that influence your child’s ability to get the sleep they need. Leave with practical strategies, tools, and resources to promote healthier sleep habits for your whole family.
- DATE: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (6-7:30pm)
- LOCATION: Archbishop Jordan High School (4001 Emerald Drive, Sherwood Park)
- COST: Free
Register here or call 780-464-4044.
Help me build my Brain Parenting Conference
Help me Build my Brain Conference is designed for parents and professionals of young children (0 to 6 years). With a theme of fostering healthy brain development in children, this conference will feature a variety of information-packed sessions.
WHEN - February 23 (8:15am-3:30pm)
COST - Free
WHERE - Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre (2100 Premier Way, Sherwood Park)
Registration opens January 7. Register here. For more information call 780-416-6730.
Parent Council is aware that the decisions recently passed by the EIPS board will greatly affect our Campbelltown community. We have reached out to board chair, Trina Boymook, and Superintendent Mark Liguori to request more information about the direction of implementing the new program.
As your parent council, we are committed to keeping families informed and are working toward obtaining information from the board as to the next steps in this process. As such, we will send out more communication once we have more information. We thank you kindly for your patience in this situation and look forward to working with you to maintain a strong and thoughtful community culture.
From Central Office
Measuring our Success: Complete the Accountability Pillar Survey
Once again, Alberta Education is conducting its Accountability Pillar Survey—an annual check up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as engagement levels, student wellness, student outcomes, and the classroom(s) and school climate.
Throughout the month of February, Grade 4 students and teachers at Ecole Campbellton are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey takes about 40 minutes to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.
Additionally, parents and guardians of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 are also being surveyed, which can be done online or by mail—information about the survey was mailed to these families in mid-January. Again, the survey is anonymous and asks questions about experiences with your school. If you have a child in grades 4, 7 or 10, we highly encourage you to participate. The survey must be completed by the end of February.
Results from the Accountability Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each May. The Division then uses that data to inform its four-year education plans, its annual school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. The results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities each fall in the Division’s Combined Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report.
For more information about Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar Survey visit www.education.alberta.ca/accountability-pillar.
Caregiver Education Series
The Division, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools, is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ addiction and mental health challenges. The sessions are free and open to parents, caregivers, teachers and community members. Session topics include: dealing with anxiety, teenagers and technology, sleep and how it impacts the developing brain, understanding depression and self-injury, test anxiety, and building problem-solving and goal-directed skills.
Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.
Kindergarten Registration Opens February 1!
Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2019? If so, it’s now time to register for kindergarten. To register, simply complete the online registration form at www.eips.ca/kindergarten.
To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at www.eips.ca/kindergarten—to make the transition 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.
Additional information regarding kindergarten can be found on our school website at www.campbelltown.ca.
Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1-28
Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) Returning Student Registration Process is now open. On February 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 and apply to attend a non-designated school, if applicable. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2019.
Don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account: Follow the instructions below to set an account up:
- Go to https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/.
- Choose “Create Account.”
- Enter the parent or guardian information—only one parent account is required regardless of the number of children you have attending EIPS schools.
- Create a username and password of your choice. You’ll need both the username and password to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- Enter your school-provided Access ID and Access Password for each student being added to the account.
- Then, select “Enter.”
For more information or assistance, contact your child’s school.
Next Step Continuing Education Summer School and Youth Camps: Registration opens March 11 - There’s something for everyone
Summer School: Open to students entering grades 10-12
With more than 25 credit courses, there are lots of ways to get ahead. Students can earn high school credits, upgrade marks and finish pre-requisite courses.
- CALM, Physical Education 10, and Extreme CALM and Physical Education 10 combined
- English, math, social and all the sciences at the 10-, 20- and 30-levels
- Film Production
- Work Experience
Summer Youth Camps: Open to participants in grades 5-9
From sports to babysitting, campers enjoy a fun-filled program while also making friends and learning new skills.
- cooking and baking
Registration opens on March 11.