Elmdale School

May Newsletter

May 2019 Calendar

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Principal's Message

As April draws to a close it is exciting to see spring around the corner. Seeing the students excitedly run outside for recess and enjoy the sandbox, or kick a soccer ball around, or swing on the swings, we also start noticing jackets are being left inside or being hung on the railings as the weather gets warmer.

With spring also comes lots of fun and interesting activities around Elmdale. If you stopped by 2F in April you would have seen both quail and chicken eggs warming in an incubator, and later hatching. If you come by the school over noon hour on a Tuesday or Thursday you will see the running club getting ready for the annual "Let's Run" event happening later this month in Steinbach.

Many classes are preparing for Learning Trips this spring - so don't forget to sign those permission forms (either on paper or on the Parent Portal). It's very exciting to see the students learning through experiences on their Learning Trips!

In spring we will also be doing some Fire Drills, Lock-Down Drills and Tornado Drills as part of our safety plan for the school. Notices will be sent home prior to Lock-Down and Tornado Drills.

Remember to keep an eye on the the Calendar for all the upcoming events at Elmdale!

Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Wellness Week

During May 6-10 we will be celebrating Wellness Week at Elmdale. Mental Health Week is an annual event that takes place across Canada during the first week of May to encourage people to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health and well-being. At Elmdale, we hope to help students develop healthy habits that will contribute to lifelong well-being.

Each day we will be focusing on a different area of wellness:

Sunny Monday - We will focus on the benefits of being outdoors, as well as having a positive outlook.

Tell-Them Tuesday - We will think about and tell our friends and family how they enhance our lives.

Water Wednesday - We will encourage drinking water and staying hydrated.

Thankful Thursday - We will each write something on a leaf that we are grateful for and add it to a school-wide Gratitude Tree.

Fitness Friday - We will focus on the benefits of physical activity on all areas of health and well-being.

We look forward to activities planned in classrooms, in the Gym, and at recess!

For more information please see Mrs. Klassen’s blog page - www.elmdalecounsellorpage.blogspot.com

Home Reading

Mrs. Reimer has been working hard on a "How to" video to share some tips and tricks for making home reading as effective as possible. While it is specifically geared towards families with kindergarten students, anyone who is doing home reading with their children will learn a thing or two by watching this video.

Click Here to watch the video - the password is elmdale

Staff List 2019-2020

Every year some staffing changes happen in a school. Here is the list of teachers for Elmdale for 2019-2020:


Vince Hiebert


Rose Friesen


Tara Klassen

Lit Support (Grade 1-2)

Melissa Fry

Lit Support (Grade 3-4)

Pamela Reimer


Nichelle Doerksen

Tammy Klassen

Susanne Penner

Grade 1

Lyndsey Engel

Jennifer Mutter

Connie Johnson

Grade 2

Jo-Anne Giesbrecht

Mandy Murphy

Grade 3

Gavin Barkman

Lauren Laninga


Grade 4

Mike Martens

Darnell Thiessen

Bethany Dueck


Eric Fast


Louise Redekop

Class Lists for 2019-2020

This is the final reminder that parent requests for the 2019-2020 School Year is MAY 15. Parents who would like to make a specific request for a friend or teacher placement, please remember that these should be based on academic and learning needs, and be submitted in writing to Mr. Hiebert (vhiebert@hsd.ca). All requests submitted by that date will be considered, however we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honoured. Late requests will not be considered.

A Message from PAC

Thank you for supporting Elmdale Parent Advisory Council in our Spring Fundraiser! We profited just over $1300 from the Sunshine/Chino's gift card sales. Thanks for all your help with this.

PrinciPal Winners for April

Rania 1E; Browning 1M; Liza 1/2J; Roi 2F; Addyson 2M; Yael 2T; Cassandra 3M; Emily 3/4B; Mya 3/4G; Paisley 3/4T; Robert 4D; Aidan 1E; Precious 1M; Mary 1/2J; Shea 2F; Malachi 2M; Daicy 2T; Andrew 3M; Oden 3/4B; Gaige 3/4G; Melanie 3/4T; Emma 4D.

City of Steinbach Summer Day Camps

The City of Steinbach is offering some exciting opportunities for summer day camps. Please click HERE for more information.

"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.