December Newsletter

Principal's Message

On behalf of all staff at École Charlie Killam School, I would like to wish everyone a fun-filled and wonderful December. With Christmas and the Holiday Season upon us, I hope all families find time to enjoy a wonderful and memory-filled season of sharing, caring and love with one another.

The last three months at ECKS have flown by. I would like to thank all the community volunteers who make an incredible impact on our school. From our Breakfast Program, to our music parents, to our coaches, and School Council parents, and all of you for helping with our kids in Our House; thank you.

I would also like the thank all parents and guardians who take the time to work with their children. From sitting down to help your child with their homework; no matter the grade, thank you for your support.

As Ecole Charlie Killam continues to grow, so does the diversity of Our House. The different languages spoken and the cultures represented in ECKS and our community make us a truly special place to be! Thank you for being a partner with us as we work with your children and help them grow.

On behalf of all the staff at ECKS,

Joyeuses fêtes, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noël.

-Mr. Stephen Hoyland

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School Concert

As shared last week via School Messenger, there has been a scheduling change to this weeks' Christmas Band Concert. This time change was made so more parents, family members and friends could attend the performances. With only one performance, we would have surpassed seating capacity in our gym.

Our Grade 6 concert is 5:30 to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 18th.

Our Grade 7/8 concert is 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, December 18th.

We will also be having a Silver Collection for the Camrose Foodbank.

ÉCKS Leadership highlights; from goats to mittens! The gift of Giving

If your 'kids' are coming home telling you that they are collecting money to help buy some goats, they are not pulling your leg! This year's Leadership class, under the guidance of Ms. Easton, came back from the WE conference in Edmonton in October, with plans to make a difference, locally and globally. The global initiative is the "Get a Goat" campaign. A goat is an invaluable resource for families in developing nations. A goat gives the families a chance at economic self-sufficiency, through the sale of milk or meat, or the opportunity to grow a herd. The students are collecting the money through classroom donation jars with students being encouraged to bring in loose change. The Leadership class has also spearheaded some fundraising activities, around Christmas activities within the school, to raise additional money. We originally aimed to raise enough money to buy 10 goats, but as of December 17th, we have raised enough for 25 goats!! Great work ÉCKS.

If you would like to support the work these students are doing locally, they have also spearheaded a sock, mitten, toque drive for the Open Door in Camrose. The school is accepting donations of new socks, mittens, gloves, or toques if you would like to participate.

Christmas Week Activities

Monday - Door Judging and Stealthy Elf Mission 2

Tuesday - Christmas sweater/ugly sweater day, Reindeer games in the commons

Wednesday - Christmas cookie decorating, Christmas Karaoke, Holiday hat day

Thursday - Christmas games of games (morning), PJ Day, Family photo in the commons,

Homerooms in the afternoon.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Chopped Leaf for supporting our Reading Challenge by providing 88 free lunches to our winners!

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During the second week of December our Eco-Club asked all students to put their lunch packing in special boxes so they could track and share how much waste we leave behind at noon. Based on 2 days in homerooms, and only including lunch packaging, Mr. Wizniuk and the Eco-Club found the following:

Grade 6's produced 660 g of packaging.

Grade 7's produced 670 g of packaging.

Grade 8's produced 220 g of packaging

If you extrapolate this over a year, we send roughly 307 lbs (139.5kg) of lunch packaging to the landfill!

Christmas Fun at The Citadel

Drama students, as well as most French Immersion classes, had a wonderful opportunity to attend a new version of “A Christmas Carol” at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton last week. They were in awe of the acting, costumes, and special effects.
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2019-2020 ECKS Basketball Season Schedule

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Science Fair

On December 12, our Grade 7 students traveled to Augustana to take part in the annual Science Fair. Our students showcased their experiments and were hosted to a day of great learning by Augustana.


Every year, Alberta Education releases information about how schools are performing. This year at École Charlie Killam School, we are very happy to see an increase in our ELA 6 Provincial Achievement Results. Our results in Acceptable Standard and Standard of Excellence saw some positive movement this past year.
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School Council

Our next School Council will be Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00.

We hope to see you there!!

Young Medical Minds Educational Institute Camrose

Young Medical Minds Camrose is a free, fun, hands on, evening program for Grade 8 students in Camrose and area. There are 6 sessions to explore a variety of health care professions such as:

Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Room Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Nursing. All sessions are facilitated by Health Professionals.

For more information, pick up an information package in the office at ECKS or contact Nola Moore at

From Our House to yours, Merry Christmas and Bonne année !

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