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March 3 - 9

Research shows that when parents read to children in their home language, these skills transfer into the new language they are learning.  Below shows the importance of reading and the impact of students reading for just 20 minutes per day.

Students who read 20 minutes per day will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year and scores on the 90th percentile on standardized tests.

Students who read 5 minutes per day will be exposed to 282,000 words per year and scores on the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

Students who read 1 minute per day will be exposed to 8,000 words per year and scores on the 10th percentile on standardized tests.


  • Helps in language development
  • Promotes brain development
  • Aids in understanding a world outside of their own
  • Strengthens family relationships

Whether it’s a picture book, a novel or even a graphic novel, there are so many options.  So get out a book and start reading with your kids!

Working with you,
Mme Sauder & Mme Garneau

This week at CBN


  • Grade 6 Minecraft club at lunch
  • Gr. 2  yoga at  noon
  • Gr. 6 basketball practice @noon
  • Gr. 6 Factorio club after school


  • Grade 5 Minecraft club at lunch
  • Gr. 6 knitting club @ noon
  • Gr. 4, 5 & 6 Young Speaker’s Club @noon


  • Grade 6 Minecraft club at lunch
  • Hot lunch
  • Early Dismissal


  • Grade 5 Minecraft club at lunch
  • Gr. 6 knitting club @ noon


  • Professional Development Day - No School for Students

Did you know?

Grade 3, 4 & 5 intramurals are now over for the year.  Thank you to Mme Bourgoin and M. Racem for your leadership and thank you to the gr. 6 students who organized everything.  The winning teams played against the teachers on Friday, March 1! It ended in a tie but a huge shout out to Mme Jolyane who kept the few remaining students on their toes!

Check it Out! Carnaval!

Even though it was very cold on Friday, and we had to go to a plan B for Carnaval, the students and staff had a great time!  The day began with Roger Dallaire doing presentations for k-3 and then 4-6. Roger Dallaire is a French Canadian performer who taught the students French Folk songs and even had students up dancing and playing the spoons.  After that, there was a school wide bingo game led by Mme Bourgoin. The grade 6 students helped the kindergarten students. At lunch, the parent council planned an special hot lunch of tourtiere...which was amazing! The grade 3, 4 and 5 winning teams from this year’s intramurals played against the teachers during the second half of lunch.  In the afternoon, the grade 6 students set up an obstacle course for the kindergarten classes. The day finished with everyone’s tire d’erable. Thank you to all of the staff and students who helped make the day so memorable!

Counsellor’s Corner

It may be intimidating for parents when their child is more skilled at technology then they are. This can make it challenging for parents to monitor technology use and to establish safe internet practices with their child. Be Internet Awesome provides resources to help guide parents in creating safe internet practices.

If you have any further questions on how to keep your child safe on the internet, please feel free to contact Mme Boswell.

From the Office

Thank you to everyone who re-registered for next year.  If you did not re-register, Mme Vargas will be contacting families this coming week to confirm that you will be returning next year.  

Carnaval des Sucres 2019

On March 9, 2019, Fort Edmonton Park is hosting a family event called Carnaval des Sucres.  This is a celebration of Alberta/Canada’s French Canadian culture that encourages people to learn, sing, dance and enjoy the outdoors.  Check out this link for more information -

From Central Office

Professional Learning Day                               March 8 (schools closed to students)
International Women’s Day                             March 8
Substitute Appreciation Week                         March 11-15
Week of Inspirational Math                             March 11-15
Pi Day                                                                 March 14
World Poetry Day                                              March 21
Day-in-lieu for Parent-Teacher Interviews     March 22 (schools closed)
Spring Break                                                    March 25-29 (schools closed)
World Theatre Day                                           March 27

Have your say! EIPS Parent Survey Opens March 11

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2019 Parent Survey—open from March 11-29.

Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.

Plus, new this year, the survey includes questions about cellphones and personal devices. Your feedback will help the EIPS Board of Trustees develop a policy about cellphones and their use within the classroom.


Survey opens March 11, 2019
Survey closes March 29, 2019

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

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

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at—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

Saving for Your Child’s Education

It’s no secret, post-secondary education comes with significant costs. In fact, many families wonder how much they need to save and how soon they need to begin. To help get started, the Government of Canada offers families two education savings incentives.

  • Canada Education Savings Grant: The government contributes up to 20 per cent on the first $2,500 in annual personal contributions to a Registered Education Savings Plan.
  • Canada Learning Bond: Available for eligible children from low-income families born in 2004 or later. The government provides an initial payment of $500, plus $100 for each year of eligibility, up to age 15, for a maximum of $2,000—personal contributions are not required.

Once that child enrols in post-secondary education—an apprenticeship program, trade school, college or university—the money saved can be used to pay the associated expenses. These include tuition, housing, transportation, textbooks, equipment and supplies. So, while it’s never too late to begin saving, just a small contribution each year can translate into substantial saving later.

For more information visit the Government of Canada’s Education Savings website.

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.

Courses include:

  • 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.

Camps include:

  • sports
  • cooking and baking
  • babysitting
  • Handball—new

Registration opens on March 11.



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