Elmdale School

November Newsletter

November 2019 Calendar

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Principal's Message

October was another great month at Elmdale! Who would have expected to have a snow day in October, so that was definitely something unique - and hopefully a fun surprise!

Skating began in October for our grade 3 and 4 students. Mr. Fast reports that many students started off saying "I can't skate" and didn't think they could learn, but it was amazing how quickly many of them were getting the hang of it and zipping around on the ice! What a great experience!

Our grade 2's also started their swimming lessons every Thursday afternoon. Their teachers are reporting that many of the kids are becoming more confident and skilled swimmers each week. It's exciting to hear them talk about this!

Grade 1's visited the Fire Station and learned about Fire Safety. A big thanks to the Steinbach Fire Department and Firefighter Cindy Klassen-Krahn for teaching our students.

I also wanted to highlight the fact that we will be selling Elmdale clothing (see info below) this month. I'm really excited that we have the chance to get the Elmdale logo visible in the community. Many people often stop me and say that they went to Elmdale as a child and they want to hear about what is going on at the school. Let's flood Steinbach with people wearing the Elmdale Logo so that everyone can see all the awesome people that go to Elmdale now!

Mr. Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Email: vhiebert@hsd.ca

Instagram: elmdalehsd

School Assemblies

A reminder that every Friday we have a school-wide assembly starting at 9:15 in the school gym. Parents, grandparents, and other family members are always welcome to join us. We ask that guests sign in at the office and sit at the back of the gym - the seats at the sides are reserved for staff to supervise students.

Our assemblies are a fun time to get together as a whole school (grade 1-4 until spring break) to celebrate the exciting things happening and to build community in the school. Usually if children are performing, their teachers will notify families specifically welcoming them to attend.

Remembrance Day Assembly

We will be having our Annual Remembrance Day Assembly on November 8 at 9:15 in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend. This is a little different than our usual assemblies, where we take the time to remember those who fought and died to defend our country.

Student-Led Conferences

Student Led conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 12 from 9:00-4:30. Please sign up in the Parent Portal for a time to attend with each of your children. Students should attend with their parents to show them all of the exciting things they have been learning so far this year.


A reminder that photo retakes will be taken on November 8. Retakes will begin around 10:30am. If you purchased a package and are requesting retakes, please send that package along on retakes day.

If your child is in 3L with Ms. Laninga, their class photo will also be taken on November 8.

Technology at Elmdale

Technology is something that we use at Elmdale to enhance learning experiences. Every classroom has a pod of iPads, and we have a computer lab that classes can use. We try to make sure that the activities being done on the iPads or computers are educational and support the learning happening.

All of our devices that are connected to the internet are filtered in multiple ways to prevent students from accessing inappropriate content. We also are committed to directly supervising students whenever they are on an iPad or computer at school. Please see this document for further information about technology in Hanover School Division:


Roots of Empathy

3L was pleased to welcome Baby Walter and his mom Jodie for their first Roots of Empathy family visit. Roots of Empathy is a social emotional learning curriculum, where a baby visits the classroom every month and learning opportunities are created for the students around the visits. Baby Walter is 4 months old now and we look forward to watching him change and grow!

Elmdale School Clothing

We are excited to give staff, students, and Elmdale families the chance to purchase some clothing with the school logo, and wear it proudly! We have chosen a variety of options at a variety of price ranges to give everyone a chance to purchase something they like.

Order forms are due back at the school on Wednesday, November 13, and all clothing will be delivered to the school before Christmas. This is a great opportunity for some Christmas shopping!

Sample sizes will be available to try on at the school at the office until Friday, November 8, and during the day on Student Led Conferences day, November 12. We do not have samples of every size available, so if you don't see the correct size, please ask us for a list of available sizes - most items are available from XS to 3XL or larger.

Please do not send your children to try on clothing without a parent present.

All orders must be submitted using the paper order form with payment. If you choose to pay by credit card, this must be done on the Parent Portal. Order forms without completed payment will not be processed.

End of Day Messages

The end of the day is a busy time in the office. As much as possible please make all end of day arrangements at home before the school day starts. We understand that occasionally some things change throughout the day and you need to get a message to your child. In these cases please contact the school before 3:15 so that we can get the message to your child on time.

Due to the busyness of the end of the day, students will not be called out of class to be picked up after 3:30. Please be aware that students walking home or being picked up are dismissed at 3:45 after our bus students have left.

Allergy Reminder

Please remember that there are students at Elmdale with life-threatening allergies. We have designated Elmdale as a "Nut Aware School", where our goal is to prevent nut or nut products from coming to school. This includes peanut and peanut products (including peanut butter), as well as tree nut and tree nut products, such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts (including nutella), etc.

If there is a specific allergy in a classroom, those families will be notified separately. We understand the inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for respecting this for the sake of the safety of our students. Click HERE for more information.

A Note from PAC

Elmdale's PAC is looking for some parents who would like to help out with providing an occasional snack for the Elmdale Staff to show how much we appreciate them. If you are interested in volunteering to bake something or bring something for the staff at some point this school year, please contact the PAC at elmdaleparentcouncil@gmail.com


We owe huge thank you to Little Caesar's for stepping in to support our summer reading program. They donated the pizza for the Summer Reading Celebration pizza parties with Mr. Hiebert. It was yummy and lots of fun to eat together!

Tabs for Wheelchairs

For over 2 decades the Tabs for Wheelchairs program has been collecting pop can tabs to raise money to purchase specialized wheelchairs for children in need across the province. This year Elmdale is joining with the Tabs for Wheelchairs program as a drop off point. We encourage families to collect tabs and bring them to the bin at the office. CLICK HERE for more information about the program.

Princi-Pal Winners for October

Riley 1E; Kardon 1J; Alexandria 1M; Jaxon 2G; Apryl 2M; David 3B; Mikayla 3L; Holly 3R; Brody 4D; Cassandra 4M; Casey 4T; Lukas 1E; Naomie 1J; Cameron 1M; Brooklyn 2G; Kayden 2M; Leah 3B; Noah 3L; Taryn 3R; Janelle 4D; Andrew 4M; Paisley 4T

Hot Lunch Reminder

Just a reminder that Elmdale's PAC has decided to move to an online ordering system for the school hot lunch program. Instead of sending money on Thursdays for pizza, all orders will now be done online at https://munchalunch.com/schools/elmdale/. Some Tuesdays Main Bread & Butter hot lunch options will also be available. Please see THIS NOTICE for further info

A note from Eastman Immigrant Services

Eastman Immigrant Services is offering an after-school program, every Thursday afternoon from 4:00-5:00pm. Children are invited to participate in different activities, sports, homework support, and crafts offered by this program. The goal of this program is to help Newcomer children integrate into the Canadian society, make new friends, and improve their English Language skills.

Students will meet at the gym every Thursday from 3:50 to 4:50pm. In case the gym is not available, it will take place at the Library. Parents, please pick up your children between 4:50 and 5:00pm. Students must submit a registration form prior to participating

The After-School Program will not take place on any holidays, PD days, or any weather-related school closures (e.g. Extreme Cold Weather). It will take place until May 28, 2019.

Please click HERE for further information on the program and for a registration form. Click HERE for further information about Eastman Immigrant Services

"Soup's On" School Lunches

"Soup's On" provides daily school lunches to families in need. It can be started and stopped as needed. Contact our Resource Teacher Ms. Rose Friesen (rfriesen@hsd.ca) or your child's teacher via agenda book to register your child.

Bus Times, Routes & Address Changes

Please check our website for the bus pick up times and location near your house.
If your address has changed, please call transportation at 204-320-2347 to make sure that your children are riding the correct bus to and from school.