EE Oliver Elementary

January 2022 Newsletter

From our Principal

Happy New Year! After an extended Christmas break for students and a few inclement weather days, it is great to have the smiling faces of students at E.E. Oliver! We are certainly enjoying the milder weather and look forward to being outdoors more in February!


Did you know that we have a Family School Liaison at E.E.O? This Program was initiated in 1990 with funding from FCSS, Kinsmen and the Peace River School Division. Three years later, Mental Health (now known as AHS Mental Health) joined the program funding. Through this program, our Family School Liaison Worker, Connie Kramer, is able to offer a variety of preventive social programming in our classrooms as well as one-to-one support. Programs such as WITS, Bullying Prevention, Project Happiness, Random Acts of Kindness, Free the Horses, Kidproof Safety Programs (i.e., Babysitter Training, First Aid for Kids, At Home Alone, Stranger Smarts and I Wanna Walk) improve student social-emotional competence and safety while contributing positively to school climate. Mrs. Kramer’s one-to-one support helps students to feel that they are ready and able to learn. We are so fortunate to have this position, and Mrs. Kramer, in our school!


In addition to our preventative programming, students are encouraged to use their social skills and be the best they can be with our “Eagle Award”. This award recognizes students for demonstrating responsibility, showing respect to others, helping and supporting others, having a positive attitude as well as displaying other actions that show caring and citizenship. Students are nominated for this award by staff members and their name is put into a weekly draw for prizes. During the month of February, we will be drawing two names each week to encourage more Random Acts of Kindness in our school. Kindness is free and has positive health benefits to both the giver and recipient!


Another way we will be recognizing Kindness at EEO is by participating in Pink Shirt Day on February 23rd. We wear pink to show our individual stance against bullying, as well as to promote working together and treating others with dignity and respect.


Thank you for all you do to support the E.E.O community!


Kindergarten Feature

Christmas came and went in Kindergarten with lots of learning, joy, and excitement. Kindergarten students had a lot of fun writing letters to Santa, decorating our classroom for Christmas, and chasing those runaway Gingerbread people!

In the new year we will continue to learn to interact positively with others and practice kindness towards peers. We have learned to recognize how we are feeling using the Zones of Regulation program.

We wish you all the best in the new year and hope all of your 2022 dreams come true.


Happy New Year!

Love,

Kindergarten

EAGLE Awards

The 80's were awesome!!

Well done to everyone who dressed up in their 80's attire on our School Spirit Day!

There were some super cool costumes and we can't wait to do it again!!

FinS

Our trout eggs have arrived! They journeyed from Calgary's Bow Habitat Station to Grande Prairie by plane then here to us at EEO on Wednesday Jan 19. Students in 4S have been recording the water temperature and pH daily. We think we may have some alvin (newly hatched fish with the egg sack still attached) this week.


We'll keep you posted on our progress

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Google Classroom

With a lot of children getting sick or showing symptoms, all teachers have their Google Classrooms set up so no-one gets too far behind. While this isn't a perfect solution we have tried to get as many resources onto the classroom as possible.

All of our students have their own email address and this is what is needed for your child to log in. Your child's teacher can provide parents or guardians with their passwords if they haven't already done so.

If you are having trouble accessing the Google Classroom, please email your child's teacher and they can walk you through it or pass it onto Ms. Billi - mcdonalb@prsd.ab.ca

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From our Superintendent

January 26, 2022- At Peace River School Division (PRSD) we pride ourselves in our ability to create and foster safe and caring learning environments for our students. There are many people who play a role in this process, and I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate their efforts and thank all the students, staff, parents, local partners, and community members who contribute to creating a culture of kindness and respect in our schools.

We share in the success of our work in this regard with our school communities as our latest survey results show that 87.5% of our students, staff, and parents feel that PRSD schools provide safe and caring learning environments for students. On top of that, our 3-year high school completion rate had a significant jump from 67.8% to 77.6% which tells us that students feel confident, respected, supported and safe in our schools throughout the completion of their education.

The work we do in this regard is on-going through various programs, initiatives and presentations focused on healthy relationships, anti-racism and personal well-being. Examples of such programs and initiatives include the work of our school-based Youth Education Support Workers, Success Coaches, Divisional Social Workers, PRSD Anti-Racism Committee, student leadership groups, mentorship programs, behaviour support programs, wellness programs, the focus on citizenship division-wide, daily learning incorporated into the curriculum and the meaningful support that comes from community involvement and various agencies.

Pink Shirt Day is one day per year where we wear pink in a united stand to support healthy relationships, wellness, and diversity. Providing safe and caring learning environments for students is incredibly important to us. We understand that for students to learn, flourish and reach their full potential, they need to feel safe, happy and cared for.

Thank you so much for your involvement and support. We invite you to join us on February 23, 2022, for Pink Shirt Day when PRSD students and staff will wear pink in support of healthy relationships, wellness, and diversity.


Adam Murray
Superintendent of Schools
Peace River School Division

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Winter Olympics 2022

To celebrate the beginning of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, we would like everyone to wear red & white! On Friday, February 4th, let's show our support for Team Canada and create a sea of Red & White!!
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Accelerated Reader Program

You may have heard your child talk about AR. This is a reading program our school uses to assist with reading and comprehension. Student's read a book, complete a quiz and earn points to spend on awesome prizes!!

Any book could be an AR book! While we label the AR books in the library to make it easier for students, if your child reads a book from home you can log in and check if there is a quiz!

We also run a competition in May & June to encourage students to keep reading even when the weather is nicer! Keep an eye out for more details!

If you would like to know your child's login information for AR, please email Ms. Billi - mcdonalb@prsd.ab.ca

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Have your say on the proposed calendar:

All input will be reviewed and considered before the 2022-
2023 School Calendar is approved. Please provide any
feedback you have by March 18, 2022
via email: warnec@prsd.ab.ca
Facebook: Peace River School Division
Regular mail: Peace River School Division
P.O. Box 380
4702 – 51 Street
Grimshaw, AB. T0H 1W0

We are a creative bunch at EEO!!

What a crazy time we are living in!!

From weeks on end of -40 to days above zero, our poor roads and sidewalks are in a terrible state, we don't know whether to wear 10 layers or 2 and we could almost lose some little people in all this snow!

At school we just suggest going with the time-tested saying "prepare for the worst and hope for the best"


Please be aware of the icy sections around our school. Our custodians do their best to keep surfaces shovelled and salted but some areas are simply out of their control.


Dress your child in layers. Wear appropriate footwear! Winter boots keep those feet dry as well as warm. Cover those ears to prevent any frostbite with a toque. Neck warmers are another fantastic option especially for our smaller children. Please avoid sending your child in a scarf as they can be a safety hazard on the playground equipment.

Important Dates

January


31st - NO SCHOOL - PD Day


February


1st - Free Lunch - Chicken Caesar Wrap

4th - Wear Red & White for the start of the Olympics

7th - Free Lunch - Noodles with Cheese Sauce

8th - Free Lunch - Meat Balls with rice

14th - Valentines Day

14th - Free Lunch- Noodles with spaghetti sauce

15th - Free Lunch - Bacon breakfast bun

18th - Council Colours Day

21st - NO SCHOOL - Family Day

22nd - NO SCHOOL - PD Day

23rd - Pink Shirt Day

28th - Free Lunch - Noodles with Alfredo Sauce

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