EE Oliver Elementary

March 2021 Newsletter

Our students safety comes first!

Morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up are the two most dangerous times of the day for our students. Staff and students at EEO do what they can to ensure our kids are safe. We have patrollers at our crosswalks, staff at doors and supervising busses.

But we need our parents to help us and follow all the rules. Recently we have had a few close calls.

Please remember:


  • 30km/h in our entire school zone
  • No parking in or close to marked crossings
  • No u-turns or 3 point turns on crossings
  • Use patrolled crossings
  • STOP when a guard is holding out their STOP sign.



Let's all work together to keep our kids safe

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Parent Teacher Interviews

Don't forget to book your Parent Teacher Interviews!!

Tuesday March 23rd 4-6pm

Thursday March 25th 6-8pm

Simply use Chrome and click on the button below

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From the principal

When students walk down the EEO primary wing and the elementary wing, they see a display of the Seven Sacred Teachings, also known as the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. These are traditional Indigenous teachings of: Respect, Wisdom, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Love, Truth. These teachings represent positive character attributes that we strive for in our school community. These attributes allow students to learn.


Incorporating this Indigenous knowledge into the culture of our school benefits everyone and enhances the holistic well-being of all students. E.E. Oliver students engage in meaningful activities to learn of the contributions made by the Indigenous people to the rich history of Alberta and Canada. Through stories, crafts, presentations, and outdoor activities, students at E.E. Oliver have learned about Indigenous veterans, residential schools, Orange Shirt Day, and both First Nation and Metis culture. All classes recently took part in Books and Bannock; tasting bannock, a traditional Metis food, and reading stories that advocate for harmony with self, others and the natural world. Students were encouraged to make sure that they do not “wrinkle hearts”.


Covid restrictions have prevented us from having a Hand Games Tournament this year but in the coming months, students will be taking part in virtual assemblies presented by a Music Alive: First Nations Music and Culture, and Finding the Ojibwe Horse. Grade six students will also hear traditional sky stories presented through a google meet by a local elder.


A large part of Indigenous education is land based and connecting with nature. As the weather warms and spring arrives, we hope for students to enjoy our outdoor classroom and spend more time in nature enjoying and learning about the natural environment. My fingers are crossed that the weather will be warm and cooperative for this after Spring Break!


I wish you all a restful and enjoyable Spring Break. Take time to go outdoors and enjoy!


“Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything they can.” Carol Anne Tomlinson

From the Superintendent - Indigenous Education in Peace River School Division

It is essential that First Nations, Métis and Inuit students see themselves and their cultures in the curriculum and school community, and that non-Indigenous students are taught the true history of Canada, including at times, the painful relationship between Canada and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

During the pandemic, schools have found creative ways to acknowledge residential school history on Orange Shirt Day, teach about the Métis during Métis week, and honour our local Indigenous veterans as a part of Remembrance Day activities. Grade one students have been learning some Cree, and plans are underway for a virtual Aboriginal Youth Career Workshop this spring, and a pandemic friendly way to acknowledge our Indigenous graduates with an Eagle Feather and the important teachings that accompany this high honor.

We have ensured professional development (PD) is available for staff on topics such as the legacy of residential schools history and how to incorporate Indigenous perspectives in the classroom. Our First Nations, Métis and Inuit Program Coordinator regularly meets with school staff to discuss how our Indigenous students are progressing academically and to explore further supports.

First Nations Métis and Inuit programs are supported by way of special funding from the Government of Alberta which is determined by self-declaration. For each student who declares to have Indigenous ancestry, schools receive an additional $1178.00. Parents can declare their child’s status on the school registration form that is completed every year.

Indigenous history is Canadian history and it is very important to us that all students learn about the important traditions, culture, and history of the first peoples of Canada. Thank you to our students, staff, families, Elders, community members and organizations for your important contributions and support.

Paul Bennett,

Superintendent of Schools

Peace River School Division

Books and Bannock

February was the month to celebrate kindness! All month we learned new ways to show each other kindness. From saying hello, giving someone a compliment or being a good friend. February 22-26, Ms. Krol went to each classroom and kindly shared bannock and kindness books with all students. She also demonstrated how it is so easy to crinkle someone heart but it takes a lot of work to fix it. Let's show kindness every day

100 day

February 26th was a big day for our Grade One students! They celebrated 100 days at school (we didn't count at-home learning days).

They have all come so far this year and learnt so many new things!!

We hope the next 100 days are just as awesome!!

Grade 4 have been getting their cross country skiing on!!

Thanks to help from Ms. Shaw and Mr. Dejong, our grade 4's have been able to do cross country skiing during their lunch recess.


There have been lots of happy faces when they come back inside!!

Check out just a few of the pics

2020/21 Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey

The 2020/21 Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey, which has replaced the former Accountability Pillar Survey will be coming to parents soon. Codes will be mailed out to parents next week.

We would like to ask all parents to complete these surveys as they help us grow and better support your children.

Grade 3 Banner painting

Our grade 3 students weren't sure they would get to paint banners this year, but thanks to the Fine Arts Centre & Doreen Vershoor, we have banners!!

Day 1 they started with some planning. They created letter templates and then traced them onto their banners.

Day 2 they painted the banners and then did some braiding that we can use to hang our banners with.

Students worked hard to create some amazing pieces! We definitely have some budding artists coming through our school!!

FinS Update

Fins

Fins is a fish in school program not many schools get to do it. The first part is getting the fish eggs from the bow habitat station. They come in a cooler and inside the cooler is a thermos which inside has a little container inside of the container that has all the fish eggs. As the days go by they slowly turn into alvien, which are normal fish that have a yolk sack that they eat for nutrients. After they eat all the nutrients the yolk sack becomes a dead skin and falls off and then they turn into fry. We take care of them by giving them food, changing the water, doing the ph and checking the temperature. We change the water every Tuesday and Friday. We have to take out the water with a hand pump into a bucket and get new water, in a different bucket that we have to treat the water that we are about to put in the tank. In the old fish water we have to put in bleach to break it down so we can put it down the drain. Every once in a while there is going to be a dead fish in the tank. Now the fish are Fry. They are eating a pinch of fish food everyday. In mid may we are going to release the fish maybe at wilderness park. When we release the fish we each are going to get one or two fish in a plastic bag and they will swim out into the water.

Hayden P, Neka S & Chloe L


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EAGLE Award winners

Some art from 2GJ

Order your Hot Lunch here

Are newest hot lunch orders are now available

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March is a time to look forward to warmer temperatures, melting snow, and longer days. The transition from winter to spring begins the transformation of frozen rivers, ponds, creeks and dug outs to bodies of open water. Many of our PRSD schools are located close to water sources and during this time ice can become unstable and extremely dangerous. Please take a few minutes and talk to your children about ice safety and the dangers associated with being on rivers, ponds, creeks and dug outs during this time of the year. If you do fall through the ice your first danger is drowning, not the cold. You will have time to save yourself so don’t panic or thrash about. Tread water or grab the ice to keep your head above water. Keep your hands and arms on the ice and kick your feet until you are in a horizontal position. Once you are horizontal keep kicking your feet and pull with your hands and arms and pull yourself out of the water. Once clear of the water continue to pull yourself away from the hole in the ice. You need to keep your weight spread so don’t stand to move away from the hole. You can slide pull or roll away. Once clear of any danger you need to get to a place to warm up and remove any wet clothing. For more information about knowing the dangers of ice please follow the attached link provided by the Canadian Red Cross. https://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/swimming-and-water-safety-tips-andresources/swimming-boating-and-water-safety-tips/ice-safety David Smith, PRSD Safety and Wellness Coordinator
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Important Dates

March


19th - Report Cards go home!!

19th - Crazy Sock Day

22nd - NO SCHOOL - PD Day

25th - Hot Lunch - Subway


April


1st - 9th - Easter & Spring Break

15th - Hot Lunch - Pizza

16th - Twin Day

20th - T/Th Kindergarten Graduation photos

21st - W/F Kindergarten Graduation Photos

22nd - Hot Lunch - Butter Chicken Burgers

29th - Hot Lunch - Subway

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