Elmdale School

February Newsletter

February 2021 Calendar

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Principal's Message

We have definitely been blessed with beautiful weather this January! Indoor recess is often a regular part of the month and it makes for some very jittery and unfocused children. We know that kids need to move and run to get their jitters out and we see how this helps them focus better so that they can learn better. So when the winter weather is warmer than usual, we are very glad to send the kids outside to burn some energy!

Last week we had a few days of more "normal" January weather, and after a few days of cold, we find that sometimes parents will assume that because it is cold out in the morning, that it will be indoor recess throughout the day. They then do not send the proper winter gear with their kids. Please make sure to send ski pants, toques, mittens, etc with your kids every day. If it warms up above our threshold, we will be sending the kids outside!

We are often asked what our winter weather policy is for indoor recess. It's found in the student handbook, both on our website and in your child's agenda. Here it is as a reminder:

"We encourage students to dress warmly and go out for recesses because it is important to get some fresh air during the day. Please consider keeping your child at home if he/she is too ill to function at school. Our cold weather recess policy is to keep students inside at recess when the wind-chill factor is -30 or colder. (Windchills nearing -30 will also be considered if conditions like high winds and blowing snow exist.) Outdoor recesses will be reduced to 15 minutes when wind-chills exceed -25."

We stick pretty close to these parameters, and will usually send kids out for a shortened recess between -25 and -29. Even 5-10 minutes outside makes a real difference in their ability to learn. Please make sure your kids are dressed to go outside!

Mr. Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Email: vhiebert@hsd.ca

Instagram: elmdalehsd

Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is going online February 22-March 5, 2021. Stay tuned for further information coming from our library!

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Please note that our Kindergarten registration for the fall will begin on February 15. To be eligible, Children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2021 (born in 2016). The registration process will take place online at www.HSD.ca. If you do not have access to the Internet, please call the school office at 204-326-3325 and we can assist you in completing the registration over the phone. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to register their children soon after registration opens on February 15. Early registration will assist us in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. We are working on plans for Kindergarten orientation activities which normally take place in Early May. Plans will be dependent on COVID restrictions - stay tuned for more information. Visit www.HSD.ca for registration instructions.

Princi-Pal Winners for January

Hyunwoo 1E; Tate 1J; Noah 1M; Azzy 2G; Naomie 2M; Jeremiah 2T; Strider 3B; Hayley 3F; Oliver 4D; Addy 4M; Liza 4T; Bauer 1E; Kyren 1J; Arjace 1M; Muna 2G; Janaea 2M; Aman 2T; Payton 3B; Noah M. 3F; Jasmine 4D; Cohen 4M; Mikayla 4T.

I Love to Read

Every February we celebrate reading through our I Love to Read Month. We are working on plans to encourage and celebrate reading in unique ways this year.

Some events coming up:

- Virtual Guest readers will be coming to the classroom and assemblies.

- Check the calendar for school spirit dress up days this month.

- Once again we will be having some reading challenges, with prizes of course!

We look forward to promoting reading and seeing each of our students learn through reading!

Nutrition Bits and Bites

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

"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 Learning Support Teacher Mrs. Tara Klassen (tklassen@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.