In Our House
ACHIEVING SUCCESS TOGETHER - RÉUSSIR ENSEMBLE
November 8 2022
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It's Great To Connect With You!
Hello ÉCKS School Community,
It is hard to believe that more than 2 months of the school year is already behind us. October was a busy month and has made our time go by very quickly. There have been a lot of activities that have finally returned to our school, and it is a joy to watch students engaging in various ways.
It has been a difficult couple of weeks for us here at ECKS, but we are extremely grateful to all the community members, parents, and students for all of their support. It is extremely heartwarming to see how strong Our House is!
Finally, just a reminder that Fall Break starts on November 9th and goes until the 15th. Enjoy the break everyone!
Winter is here, remember to dress for the weather!
You can always check out the Weather Network for the most up-to-date weather information.
Parent Teacher Interviews
We are very excited to share a new process for booking parent teacher interviews this year. By following the link attached to this message, you can book a scheduled time to meet with your child's teacher. Interviews will be in person this year, and we look forward to welcoming you into our house!
Charlie Killam SCHOLASTICS Book Fair
The yearly book fair is happening right now!
It's perfect timing for Christmas shopping. Students have the possibility to buy books, posters and little gadgets during school days until November 8. Families are also welcome to our book fair in person, on the evening of November 8 during the Parent-Teacher interviews! Raffles and fun prizes will await you.
The Scholastic Book Fair can also be accessed virtually through this link: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5179492
The Scholastic Book Fair is an important fundraiser for our school. It helps us keep our books and classroom materials up to date. Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!
Student Academic Progress
Parents, a reminder that student learning is reported digitally on PowerSchool in real-time so physical report cards will not be distributed this year. Parents can access their child’s academic progress through the PowerSchool parent portal and the phone application. Parents who would like a printed copy of their report card may contact the school with their preference
BRSD has tutorials on our website on how to access the portal and the app. You can access them here.
We encourage parents to contact their child’s teachers if they have questions about their child’s learning. You can find our staff directory here.
On November 8, from 4:00 - 9:00, we will host our fall student-parent-teacher conferences. We will be sending out information in the next couple of weeks through School Messenger on how you can book an interview with your child's teacher. Interviews will be held in person at ECKS. We hope to see you there!
Powerschool Parent Portal and Verification Forms
Every year we are required to provide Alberta Education with a signed and dated Student Verification form for each of our students. We also use the form to ensure all of the information we have regarding your child(ren) is correct. This year we have moved to an electronic verification form for this process. In an attempt to streamline our process, the FOIP and Technology Use forms have been incorporated into the Verification form.
To access and complete this form you will need to log into the PowerSchool parent portal via your Web browser (Google Chrome for example. You will not be able to complete this process on the App). If you have not signed into PowerSchool before please click on "Forgot my password" your user name is your first name capitalized -period - last name capitalized ex: John.Smith then enter the email you have provided us with. You will receive an email on how to reset your password and will then be able to access PowerSchool and School Engage. Once logged in Click on the SchoolEngage icon on the left. You will be redirected to the SchoolEngage site where you can select your child’s name. Click on the 2022-2023 Student Verification Form and then on the blue icon in the first column to review the information. Once you’ve completed your verification, click on the green submit button on the bottom of the page.
Basketball tryouts are under way as well! Both boys and girls tryouts have started and we look forward to another season of Cougars basketball!
Spirit Days & Events
The Leadership class has been working on fun ideas for School Spirit days.
October flew by with lots of fun:
- Monday Oct 24 - School Colours
- Tuesday Oct 25 - Twin Day
- Wednesday Oct 26 - Wacky Hair Day
- Thursday Oct 27 - Pajama Day
- Fri Oct 28 - Tacky Tourist Day
Coming in November are the following:
- Friday November 4 - Jersey Day
- Monday November 7 - Cougar Market at lunch
- Tuesday November 8 - Cougar Market at lunch and during Parent Teacher interviews from 4pm to 6pm
- Friday November 25 - Character Day
Supporting Students and Their Families
Did you know...
ECKS has three Family School Liaison Workers (Crystal Rapson, Dayna Bartman, and Chantal Heck) who provide free general counseling in the school setting. This year, we will also be providing the option for small groups. Groups will be based on school/classroom needs in areas of student mental health and well-being.
Because students learn best when their mental health is supported, the FSLW's work with students and families to manage challenging events they are facing, focusing on mental wellness for each student's individual needs. The FSLW's also provide ideas for support and resources available outside of the school if needed.
Parents and community service providers can fill out a simple form to refer a student for FSLW service. This form can be found in the FSLW Office Area or by following this link: https://www.brsd.ab.ca/learning/family-school-liaison
Once complete, forward the referral form to email@example.com
Please note, anyone aged 13 or younger also requires parental consent to see an FSLW or participate in a group.
If you have any questions, call (780)672-7785, ext. 6945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help in Tough Times
Support is available from AHS Addiction and Mental Health.
Support is available. Reach out; call the mental health helpline at 1-877-303-2642.
(Text directly from AHS Website)