Elmdale School

January Newsletter

January 2020 Calendar

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Principal's Message

Happy New Year! December was a really enjoyable month at Elmdale School. I am so proud of the hard work from students and staff to make this year's Christmas Concert a resounding success! Ms Redekop does an amazing job organizing and preparing the students for the concert. It truly isn't the Christmas Season until you've watched a Christmas concert put on by a bunch of kids!

January is always a fun month as well. It's exciting to watch the students return to school and share about their adventures over the Christmas Holidays. As the weather turns much colder we need to remember all of our outdoor gear, because if the weather allows we will head outside for recess! We even purchased some new sleds (thanks to PAC) which will add to the recess fun.

We want to welcome Mrs. Colleen Watchorn to our school as she does some special art activities with each of the classes!

We are looking forward to some more Bucket Filling Field trips in January and February, so don't forget to look for ways to show kindness and earn some green slips!

Mr. Vince Hiebert

Principal: Elmdale School

Email: vhiebert@hsd.ca

Instagram: elmdalehsd

Christmas Concert

Congratulations to Ms Louise Redekop and all of the Elmdale students and staff for presenting such an awesome Christmas Concert.

Princi-Pal Winners for December

Tonya 1E; Jaiden 1J; Shiloh 1M; Daniela 2G; Ariana 2M; Ray-Li 3B; Kora 3L; Orrin 3R; AJ 4D; Ben 4M; Melanie 4T; Mason 1E; Nash 1J; Emmett 1M; Adriel 2G; Asher 2M; Oliver 3B; Mia 3L; Jasmine 3R; Sahara 4D; Samantha 4M; Jamie 4T.

Bus Stop Behaviour

It is important that students are acting in a safe way when waiting for the bus or when walking to and from their bus stop. We have noticed an increase in unsafe behaviour at our urban bus stops. Since there are many students getting on and off of the bus at these stops it is very important that children are acting in a safe and courteous way. Parents, please discuss proper bus stop behaviour with your children.

From the HSD Transportation website:

- Be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.

- Do not run to or from the bus stop.

- Choose the safest walking route to and from the bus stop and keep well clear of the road while waiting for the bus.

- Be certain that the road is clear or traffic is stopped before crossing the road.

- Line up for the bus in single file with the first person no closer than 2 meters from the roadside. No crowding, pushing or horseplay while waiting at the bus stop

Also, remember that riding the bus is a privilege. Unsafe behaviour at the bus stop may result in a loss of bus privileges.

Online Registration for Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open. To be eligible, Children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2020. The registration process will take place online at www.HSD.ca. If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit the school office and we can assist you in completing the registration on a school computer. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to register their children soon after registration opens in January. Early registration will assist us in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Registering before March 1, 2020, will ensure there is sufficient time for school appointments and provide parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in Kindergarten orientation activities. Visit www.HSD.ca for registration instructions.

We Care! Safety Books

The Steinbach Lion's Club has sponsored the distribution of "We Care" Safety books for families of Grade 3 students. This is a resource for families with children that is "packed with practical information on safety topics that range from bullying to safety in the home. It teaches kids on how to be safe in many situations where they could be at risk." Topics include fire safety, drug safety, sexual abuse, and many more. The booklet is funded by many local businesses and organizations.

Due to the nature of the content in the booklet, we would prefer that parents pick up their child’s copy from the school office rather than sending them home in the student backpacks. It should be noted that the content printed in these booklets is not necessarily the same views shared by the Hanover School Division or the staff at Elmdale School. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school office.

Community Christmas

A big thank you to everyone for donating food items for Steinbach's Community Christmas. 600 items were brought in which were used for this year's Christmas Hampers. A huge thank you to volunteer Anita Unrau for giving so much of her time to make this a success! Way to go Elmdale!

Save the Date

A quick reminder that our annual Celebration of Learning will take place on February 27, starting at 2:15. Come and hear your child read a book they published, view the artwork in the hallways, and take your child to the Book Fair in the library. If you cannot attend, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. are welcome.

Hot Lunch Reminder

Just a reminder that Elmdale's PAC has decided to move to an online ordering system for the school hot lunch program. Instead of sending money on Thursdays for pizza, all orders will now be done online at https://munchalunch.com/schools/elmdale/. Some Tuesdays Main Bread & Butter hot lunch options will also be available. Please see THIS NOTICE for further info


With the cold weather we have noticed an increase of sickness among students. A few things to note:

  • We do not provide indoor supervision during recess, so we cannot accommodate notes that indicate a child should stay inside at recess. Please ensure your child has enough cold weather clothing to go outside for recess.
  • If your child has been sick, please ensure that enough time has passed before sending them back to school - this helps prevent the spread of illness in the school. A good rule of thumb is 24 hours after they have started antibiotics, 24 hours after their fever has broken, and 24 hours after the last time they have thrown up.
  • If you are keeping your child at home, please remember to contact the school to let us know.

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Eastman Immigrant Services

Click HERE for information regarding a Homework Club being put on by Eastman Immigrant Services

"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.