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
Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022
I Love to Read
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
"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.