Elmdale School

January Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a safe and restful break and are excited to start school again!

January brings us new and exciting things to learn at Elmdale School. Colleen Watchorn will be at our school as part of the Artist in the School program. She will be working with each student from K-4, which I'm sure will be a highlight! We will be presenting this artwork at our Family Celebration of Learning event in February. A big thank you to our Parent Advisory Council for sponsoring this program!

Later in the month all of our students will have a chance to learn all about ringette in Phys Ed class, thanks to the Eastman Ringette Association who are lending us a set of indoor ringette equipment.

With more snow on the ground now we will also be bringing out the sleds to provide some more options for outdoor play during recess. We look forward to seeing the students enjoying these on the playground!

Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Christmas Concert

Thank You!

Thank you to staff, students, parents, and especially Miss Redekop for all of your hard work in presenting Angels Among Us and Our Annual Christmas Pageant. Great Job!

NEW! Online Registration for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-20 school year will open on January 7, 2019. The registration process will take place online at HSD.ca. If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit our school (after registration has opened), and we will assist you in completing the registration form on a school computer.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible upon the opening of registration, or by mid-February at the latest. Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming 2019-20 orientation activities.

Children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2019 to be eligible for 2019-20 registration, and are required to attend the school within the catchment area in which they reside.

Please visit the divisional website at HSD.ca for complete details and instructions.


With the cold weather we have noticed an increase of sickness among students. A few things to note:

  • We do not provide indoor supervision during recess, so we cannot accommodate notes that indicate a child should stay inside at recess. Please ensure your child has enough cold weather clothing to go outside for recess.
  • If your child has been sick, please ensure that enough time has passed before sending them back to school - this helps prevent the spread of illness in the school. A good rule of thumb is 24 hours after they have started antibiotics, 24 hours after their fever has broken, and 24 hours after the last time they have thrown up.
  • If you are keeping your child at home, please remember to contact the school to let us know.

A Note from PAC

Elmdale PAC is looking for a parent to take over the coordination and organization of the Hot Lunch program. If you're interested in helping out in this way, please use the email address below for more information.

If you're interested in helping out with any PAC fundraisers or the Hot Lunch program, please email elmdaleparentcouncil@gmail.com to volunteer. More help is always appreciated!

PrinciPal Winners for December

Beckett P. 1E; Ben D. 1M; Dyon G. 1/2J; Zachary B. 2F; Aubrey M. 2M; Seraphiina F. 2T; Lucas E. 3M; Olivia M. 3/4B; Hilary C. 3/4G; Natalya M. 3/4T; Mia W. 4D; Jeremiah S. 1E; Jasper P. 1M; Strider D. 1/2J; Madison B. 2F; Holly L. 2M; Noah E. 2T; Jessie May Q. 3M; Karly B. 3/4B; Juan R. 3/4G; Madison W. 3/4T; Cole S. 4D

"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.

Drop off & Pick up

Please take note that parents should not be dropping their kids off in the bus loop. Please remember to park in the family parking zone and walk with your child across the bus loop. This is a high traffic area and we want to ensure the safety of our students.

Alternately, parents can park along Main Street (please do not use business' parking lots for this) and bring their children in the Main Street doors of the school.

Thanks for your cooperation with this.