Elmdale School

December Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Elmdale Families,


November was again a month of change. Earlier this month we pivoted into Level Orange on the #RestoreMB Restoring Safe Schools plan. This meant that optional remote learning began, and 2 meters distancing in-class became the goal. Shortly after that we were moved to Level Red, and all students moved to Remote Learning.


To clarify a bit of confusion, all students have now moved to Remote Learning, led by their classroom teachers. Some students have been approved to remain in school since their parents are considered Critical Service Workers. These students are still receiving the same Remote-type learning that their peers at home are receiving, they are simply doing it at school. We are providing supervision for these students so that their parents can remain at their critical service jobs.


Thank you for partnering with us during this unique learning time. Remote learning like this cannot happen without parental support. If you have any questions or concerns about the learning, please contact your child's teacher for more information.


November also brings report card season and Student Led or Parent Teacher Conferences. This year our Parent Teacher Conferences happened via phone or video conference on November 9. If you didn't connect with your child's teacher, please contact them by phone or email to arrange a time. Report Cards are all on the Parent Portal and are available as of November 27. If you have any questions about accessing the Parent Portal, please contact the school office.


Mr. Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Email: vhiebert@hsd.ca

Instagram: elmdalehsd

Package Pick-up

Our Remote Learning Plan includes three pieces:

- Synchronous learning live via Zoom or Google Meet

- SeeSaw lessons, activities, and instructions

- Paper packages for supporting work


If your child is doing remote learning from home and you haven't yet picked up a learning package, please do so ASAP. Our official pick-up day is December 1, according to this schedule:

- Grade K-2 packages - 8:30-12:30

- Grade 3 & 4 packages - 12:30-4:30

If you have multiple children in the school, please go by the pick-up time for your oldest child.


If you can't pick up your package, please arrange with a friend or neighbor to pick up for you and deliver to your front door.


Thank you

Important Dates

As you are aware, there are some changes to our Calendar. Please note the following:

December 7 - PD Day - NO Remote or in-school Remote Learning

December 18 - Last day of classes (remote and in-person) before Christmas Break.

Please note that February 26 will also be a PD Day with no classes.

School Spirit Days

Even though we're not all in school these days, we thought it would be fun to brighten up our Video Learning sessions with some Spirit Days.

Every Friday is Christmas Hat or Sweater day! Show off your favourite holiday clothing during your class online learning time!

An Opportunity from our School Counsellor

We recognize the last number of months have been very challenging for families. It can be difficult to help our kids navigate the uncertainty and changes due to Covid-19, especially when we as the adults in their lives are navigating the same things for ourselves.


All parents/guardians are invited to join our school counsellor, Tara Klassen, together with our school social worker, Jessica Parisien, for a Zoom event for parents on Wednesday, December 9th at 3:30pm. We will be discussing recognizing signs of stress and anxiety in children, and ways to help them cope. A zoom link will be sent out to all parents prior to the event. For more information please contact Mrs. Klassen at tklassen@hsd.ca.


Also, if you have concerns about your child’s mental health, or specific questions about helping your family navigate this time, please contact Mrs. Klassen.


We are grateful for your support and partnership as we help our kids through these difficult times.


Library

Just a reminder that our library is still available to all students to sign out books using the online sign-out system, Destiny Discover (instructions attached). You will get an email from Mrs. Penner when your books are ready to be picked up.


We are excited that our students can still use our library and to continue to grow their love for reading.

November Princi-Pals

Niklaus 1E; Nolan 1J; Capri 1M; Callia 2G; Sierra 2M; Miley 2T; Jayden 3B; Adriel 3F; Selah 4D; Aubrey 4M; Dylan 4T; Noah 1E; Luke 1J; Roran 1M; Nash 2G; Cheyenne 2M; Amy 2T; Havana 3B; Benjamin 3F; Mason 4D; Kora 4M; Carter 4T; Julia 1J; Aizen 2M; Kashvi 3B; Angelo 4D.

Nutrition Bits and Bites

Click HERE for this month's Nutrition Bits and Bites Newsletter from Southern Health.

"Soup's On" School Lunches

We are still able to provide lunches through "Soup's On" for in-school learners who need. This can be started and stopped as needed. Contact our Counsellor, Mrs. Tara Klassen (tklassen@hsd.ca) or your child's teacher via agenda book to register your child.


Soup's On also provides support to families who are doing Remote Learning by contacting soupsonjoy@hotmail.com

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.