February 2022 Newsletter
As January winds to a close, we are looking ahead at what February is going to bring. We have some exciting things coming up for I Love to Read Month, and are finding creative ways to make the month an enjoyable one.
Our Book Fair will be happening near the end of the month - stay tuned for details. We will be doing some reading challenges (with prizes!), and also some school-wide reading events. Through it all we will be following all Public Health Orders, so we will have to find creative ways to make some of the events happen. Zoom assemblies and cohorted activities are being planned!
I hope it is a fun month to promote reading!
Mr. Vince Hiebert
Principal: Elmdale School
Join Our PAC!
From the BC Confederation of PACs, Parent Advisory Councils exist “To communicate with parents, and to promote cooperation between the home and the school in providing support for the education of children. To assist parents in accessing the system and to advocate on behalf of parents and students.”
If you are interested in checking this out, join us in the School Library on the Second Thursday of the Month at 6:30pm. Email email@example.com for more info!
Cold Weather?! Come Prepared!!
We have noticed that often after a few days of cold weather, sometimes parents will assume that because it is cold out in the morning, 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!
What is 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!
- Please make sure your child comes to school with an appropriate cloth or medical mask each day. It's always a good idea to send a few spares in case one gets wet, lost, or dirty. Cloth and disposable masks are also available from your child's teacher should they lose or forget theirs.
- In order to help reduce the spread of COVID, please remember to keep your child home if they are sick. Following the guidelines from Public Health will help us to keep all students and staff safe.
If you are unsure whether your child should be coming to school, please check out this What to Do if Your Child is Sick flowchart.
Please note the following:
- No student will receive an immunization/vaccination without express written permission from their parent or guardian. This will be done either through the online eConsent form found on the ProtectMB website, or with a paper form.
- Immunization clinics at the school will be done in a separate space to ensure privacy.
- Immunization clinics will be run by Public Health staff - Elmdale is simply providing a space.
Gevonni 1H; Solomiia 1J; Sawyer 2E; Hudson 2G; Mikael 3H; Jaydin 3F; Tonya 3/4B; Tyrol 4M; Robin 4T; Mariela 1H; Naevia 1J; Hope 2E; Connor 2G; Saylin 3H; Breslin 3F; Renzo 3/4B; Saanviba 4M; Emmett 4T; Anna 1H; Olivia 1J; Scott 2G; Jacob 2E;Kiera 3H; Mantej 3F; Eveah 3/4B; Hannah Peters 4M; Avery 4T;Carter 1M; Thalia 1J;Taurian 2G; Giovanna 2E; Ava Reutlinger 3H; Scarlette 3F; Drayke 3/4B; Miley 4M; Mia 4T
Online Registration for Kindergarten 2022
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!
"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.
Elmdale Early Years School
Publisher: Mr. Hiebert