It's been so great welcoming everyone back to school this year. September is always a busy time of year at school, but one of my favourite things to do is to greet our students off of the bus in the morning. There is no better way to start my day than walking around and interacting with students first thing in the morning!
September has been unique once again, but as we've stated before, our goal is to find the right balance in everything we do at school. We are required to follow public health orders, whether they are popular or not, but this has pushed us to be creative - spending more time outside, creating 2 meter zones in our classrooms to give opportunities for mask breaks, doing assemblies by cohort instead of as a whole school, and much more! We were even able to run our Terry Fox Run this year and raised almost $600 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
I want to take a moment to remind parents, guardians, and guests to follow all public health orders when entering Elmdale School. Mask wearing is mandatory for all, and physical distancing should be practiced when possible. Visitors must only use our main entrances and must report directly to the office. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
Together we can make this a safe and enjoyable school year!
Mr. Vince Hiebert
Principal: Elmdale School
Terry Fox Run 2021
Contacting Your Child's Teacher
We ask that all arrangements be made in advance as much as possible. Changes in end of day routines can be confusing for children, especially if the teacher is relaying a message from home that is different than what the parent had told the child.
Bus Stop Safety
Please read over THIS document for further information.
While we love seeing our Elmdale families, with the additional restrictions we are currently following, we are asking the visits from parents, grandparents, guardians, etc. be minimized where possible. If you can schedule appointments, music lessons, sports activities etc. outside of the school day, this helps to minimize the traffic in the school building. We understand this isn't always possible, but we are asking for your help to work with us to minimize these as much as possible.
All guests, including when picking up or dropping off children during the school day, are asked to use Entrance A & C (centre of the school) when entering and exiting the building. We are asking that all visitors to Elmdale wear a mask when entering the school
To ensure contact tracing we require that all guests sign in at the office. Please do not proceed to your child's classroom. Our wonderful office staff can assist you at the office.
All children also require updated Walking Field Trip permission as well as Respectful Use of Technology acknowledgement. If you haven't already done so this fall, please go to your Parent Portal account to update this information.
Picture Day is coming Monday, October 18 - Tuesday, October 19.
After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.
Note that due to COVID restrictions, we will not be taking class photos this year. Reminders will be sent home prior to those days.
Student Code of Conduct & Protocol for Addressing Concerns
It is also important to highlight our Protocol for Addressing Concerns. It is inevitable that a concern or question will arise about something happening in the classroom, on the playground, or at school in general.
Generally speaking, a parent should start with the person most directly involved with the concern. For example, if you have a concern with something that took place in the classroom, you would speak first to the classroom teacher.
Understanding the line of communication in Manitoba schools is essential in working to resolve a concern in a school community. This line of communication should be followed in this order:
- If a student wants to bring a snack for a birthday treat or class event, it must be commercially packaged. In other words, snacks must be purchased from a store or bakery and brought to school.
- Individually wrapped snacks are preferred, but in the event non-individually packaged snacks are brought, a staff member will hand them out while wearing gloves
- Homemade goods will not be served to students at school
- As always, if you would like to send a snack with your child (such as for their birthday), please make sure to contact the teacher first!
Nutrition Bits and Bites
"Soup's On" School Lunches
Bus Times, Routes & Address Changes
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.