Elmdale School

May 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Calendar

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Principal's Message

Spring is here! Don't let the weather fool you - the calendar says so! With spring comes many special events at Elmdale School, and we look forward to bringing back many things that we haven't been able to do for the past few years.

Teachers are busy planning fun and educational Field Trips this May and June. Don't forget to keep up to date with any field trip plans your child's class may be planning. If you're interested in volunteering, please make sure to have your Child Abuse Registry Check and Criminal Record Check completed at school. These must be completed and the results on file before you can start volunteering. If you're not sure whether or not you have this on file, please contact the school office.

We are planning our Run, Jump, and Throw day for May 26! Stay tuned for more information!

We are bringing back our grade 1-4 Variety Show assemblies! These will take place by grade in late May and early June. Parents of students performing will be welcome to watch the assembly in-person.

Looking ahead to June, we hope to have a grade 4 farewell assembly and event on June 24, and we are exploring the possibility of a family picnic on June 29 over lunch. Stay tuned for more info to come!

Mr. Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Email: vhiebert@hsd.ca

Instagram: elmdalehsd

Spenst Pizza Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who sold pizzas for the Spenst Pizza Fundraiser. Pizzas will be ready for pickup next Wednesday, May 11th from 4:00-5:30 in the Elmdale School bus loop.

Please make arrangements to pick up your pizzas during this time as we do not have space to store frozen pizzas that aren't picked up.

Thank you.

Class Placements for 2022-2023

We will soon be starting the process of creating class lists for the 2022-2023 school year. This is a very involved process and requires us to work closely as a school team to create class lists that are balanced and equitable for all. We take this process very seriously as we try very hard to create a positive learning environment for students.

We consider a variety of criteria when creating class lists, including:

  • Achievement (balanced class composition)
  • Social and behavioural considerations

  • Male/Female ratio

  • Group dynamics

  • Learning styles

  • Parent input

If a parent would like to make a specific request for a friend or teacher placement, please email Mr. Hiebert (vhiebert@hsd.ca) your request including a clear explanation of the academic and learning reasons for your request, by May 15, 2022. All requests must be in writing, and only those submitted by that date will be considered based on their merit. We cannot guarantee that all requests will be honoured, and late requests will not be considered.

Given appropriate support at home and at school, it has been our experience that the vast majority of placements are successful. Where a placement is proving to be difficult, we ask that parents and students give it the time required for friendships and classroom community building to develop.

Class placements will be included in your child's June report card. Early information about whether requests have or have not been granted will not be shared prior to June 30, with the exception of students entering Kindergarten. Families of incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of their child's teacher and the days they will attend in mid-June.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child's education.

Staff List 2022-2023

Every year some staffing changes happen in a school. Here is the list of teachers for Elmdale for 2022-2023:


Mr. Vince Hiebert

Learning Support

Ms. Rose Friesen

School Counselor

Mrs. Tara Klassen

Literacy Support

Mrs. Pamela Reimer


Mrs. Nichelle Doerksen

Mrs. Tammy Klassen

Mrs. Susanne Penner

Grade 1

Mrs. Connie Johnson


Grade 2

Ms. Lyndsey Engel

Mrs. Jo-Anne Giesbrecht

Grade 3

Mrs. Bethany Drewlo

Ms. Melissa Fry

Grade 3/4

Mr. Gavin Barkman

Grade 4

Mr. Mike Martens

Mr. Darnell Thiessen


Mrs. Kelly Tufford



Wellness Week

Wellness Week at Elmdale - Get in “Shape” for your Mental Health!

We will once again be having Wellness Week at Elmdale from May 2-6. This corresponds with the Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week (https://www.mentalhealthweek.ca). Our students’ total well-being is so important to us and we have planned some activities to promote various elements of wellness. This year’s theme involves a different shape for each day:

Monday - HEART - What’s on your heart? We will focus on identifying our feelings.

Tuesday - DIAMOND - Where are the diamonds in your day? Focus on gratitude and identifying the good things.

Wednesday - SQUARE - Thinking outside the box! Focus on flexible thinking and creative problem solving.

Thursday - STAR - We’re all Stars! Celebrating what makes us each unique and special.

Friday - CIRCLE - We all Belong. Celebrating our diversity and school community.

On Friday please wear Elmdale colours of yellow and blue or an Elmdale shirt!

Looking for Volunteers!

Our PAC is working on plans to start a hot lunch program again this spring. In order to do this we need some volunteers. Volunteers would come to the school from about 11:20 to 12:40 to count money and distribute the pizza. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Stacey at seanandstacey@yahoo.ca

April Princi-Pals

Merik 1E; Jacob 1J; Mayah 1/2H; Ava-Grace 2G; Vivan 2S; Vicky 3B; Mason 3D; Elizawieta 3F; Hailey 4M; Kalesha 4T; Samuel 1E; Max 1J; Artimej 1/2H; Tate 2G; Mantej 2S; Sawyer 3B; Ruhniv 3D; Ethan 3F; Andreas 4M; Austin 4T; Zayah 1E; Giovanna 1J; Arjace 1/2H; Roran 2G; Saylin 2S; Brayson 3B; Jackson 3D; Sophia 3F; Dylan 4M; Maggie 4T.

Nutrition Bits and Bites

Is your child a picky eater? Check out this month's Nutrition Bits and Bites Newsletter from Southern Health for tips on how to deal with this. Click HERE to access it!

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"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 Ms. Tara Klassen (tklassen@hsd.ca) to register your child.

Bus Times, Routes & Address Changes

Please check our website for information about school bus routes in HSD.
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.