June Events

The school is closed June 30 – August 23.

The office will be open for phone calls and registration info beginning Aug 24,

10 am – 1 pm. 

Families who are already registered will be contacted to schedule an orientation visit on September 6 or 7.

If you have any questions, please call the office after August 24th.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

First Ride Program

 Join the Transportation Team of Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools

Thursday, September 1st

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Early Ed Centre

Your experience will begin with a video of Winnie the Pooh and his adventures. Enjoy a small snack with us. Then onto a bus that will take you on a ride to your school. We will stop at a few of the bus stops and show you the proper way to embark and disembark a bus. Then back to the Transportation Office where you can go home. Check out the link below for the complete brochure.

First Ride 2016

 

 

Check out our Butterfly Release pictures!

The children incubated them and watched each stage until they hatched, ending with a release in the playground. It was a unique and educational experience for all of us.

 

Principal’s Message…

June already: the last month of the school year! It always seems to catch me by surprise!

For some of you, it is transition time as your children move on to other schools. Thank you for taking time to meet with us in May. We want to make these transitions as comfortable as possible for the children AND families, so please let us know if there are ways we can support you as we move into summer vacation. One strategy that we know is helpful is to begin driving past "your new school" or playing in that school’s playground over the summer. We also send home a summer activity calendar that gives you some ideas for continuing to practice skills in a playful way. This will be included with the report cards.

Year-end meetings have also been scheduled for those families who have children returning to the Early Education & Family Wellness Centre in September.

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with us and review your child’s progress. It is always exciting to reflect on how your child is growing and developing!

You will be receiving report cards and final IPP’s before the end of June. If your child will be leaving school earlier than the last day (Tuesday, June 28) please let us know so that we can be sure to have everything ready in time.

A parent survey will also be sent home early in June. Please take a few minutes to provide us with feedback about your experiences here at the Early Education & Family Wellness Centre. Your comments are valued and will be used to further develop the program to be sure that we are doing the very best we can to help your children become successful learners! You can return the survey with your child in the envelope provided, or drop them off at the front desk. You do not need to sign your name.

In the meantime, there are still lots of days left for learning and fun in the classroom, outside and within the community!

Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to be a part of your child’s life.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful, relaxing, safe and healthy summer!

Lynn Hestbak, Principal

 

Year End Transition Meetings

Transition meetings for families of funded children moving on to kindergarten will be held in the later part of May. Funded children returning to the EEFWC will be held in early June. You will be contacted to arrange the time and date of the meeting for your child.

Hats, Caps and Sunscreen

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, please send a hat or cap with your child and some sunscreen. We will be spending more time outside as the weather becomes nicer!! Please do not send your child in flip flops as they are not safe for playing on the playground or going for walks. Sandals that have a back on them are okay as they will not fall off.

PARKING

Please DO NOT park on the street directly in front of the school (east side, on 47th St.) We spoke with a By-law officer and he has informed us that the No Parking signs posted on the east side (northbound lanes) of 47th street apply to both sides and it is not legal to park there.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank-you

 

 

Events

Dates to Remember:

June 20 -First Day of summer

June 28- Last Day for Students

Sept. 6 & 7- Start Date for Program Funded Children

Sept. 19- First day for Community children

Dress for the weather:
Remember to dress your child for the weather. We like to go outside to play everyday. Also, please remember to label your child’s clothing as so much of the clothing at this age is similar

Arrival  & Dismissal Times
The morning class begins at 8:45 and ends at 11:45. The afternoon class begins at 12:30 and ends at 3:30. The doors will be unlocked at 8:40 and 12:25. It is difficult for young children to wait, so please do not arrive too early.

At dismissal time, staff will bring the children up to the front door. If you arrive early we ask that you wait in room 6 (the Family Room) to prevent congestion in the front hall and doorway. The front entry bench area needs to be available for those children waiting for the bus or a parent who has not yet arrived. Our population has increased substantially this year, and for everyone’s safety we appreciate you cooperation!

Parking Lot Safety:
It is very important to know that our parking area by the front door (East Side of the school) is ONE WAY TRAFFIC ONLY. You need to enter from the alley side and exit at the other end. There is one row of angle parking available. The alley parking to the north of the school is for staff only. Additional parent/visitor parking is available on the street (east and south side of the school). It is important to leave a clear entrance for the bus to pull up to the front door. This allows our children to load and unload the bus safely. There is one designated disabled parking space in front of the school for those people with the proper tag. Please make sure to hold your children’s hands to and from your vehicle when dropping off and picking up. It has been noticed that some children have been darting across the parking lot by themselves and when cars are driving in or backing up it is very difficult to see the children. Ensuring your child’s safety is the number one priority at all times!!

Inclement Weather:
Please take note of the inclement weather brochure.
Schools will remain open in the event of inclement weather but school bus services may be suspended due to adverse road or weather conditions that jeopardize the safety of students.
Parents are not required to send their children to school if, in their judgment, weather conditions are detrimental to the safety or well-being of their children.
For further information refer to AP 132 and corresponding documents; Transportation Handbook and Inclement Weather Brochure or refer to the WRPS website.

Illness & Absences:
We have several children who have immune compromised systems and can become quite ill if exposed to viruses. Please make sure to keep your child home until he/she is feeling better and call the school to let them know they will be away. Children who have a fever, vomitting or diarrhea should remain home for 24 hours after their last incident. If your child is coughing, has a runny nose or sore throat we ask that you use your judgement if he is/she is well enough to attend school. If your child is sick at school we will call you to come pick them up. Please make sure we have an updated number for you or an ememrgency contact .
Phone: 780-352-0224 ext. 221

If your child, or anyone your child is in regular contact with, comes down with chicken pox, measles, mumps or any other communicable illness, please contact the centre before bringing your child to school.

If someone other than a parent will be picking your child up, please inform staff and tell the pick-up person that we will be asking to see photo identification (if it is the first time).

If your child is a bus student you must call the bus driver to let him/her know that your child will not be on the bus. Please inform them if you are dropping off or picking up your child from the centre as well, or if there is a change in location.
Phone: 780-352-2239
Please check our website or  the School Division website for Bus routes & cancellations.
http://www.wrps.ab.ca/
Thank you.
 

Toy Lending Library

Please check out details about our Toy Lending Library under Programs/Family Wellness.

Board Proposed Strategic Direction

Coming Soon .... April 26th and onward the Discovery Phase on the conversation about the Board Proposed Strategic Direction. 


DISCOVER THE RESULTS April 26th & onward

You still have an opportunity to attend a Board open house on:

May 4, 2016 at the Griffiths Scott School in Millet @ 7:00 p.m.
May 10, 2016 at Ecole Queen Elizabeth School in Wetaskiwin @ 7:00 p.m.

Beginning on April 26th, 2016 and onward the results of this online conversation can be viewed.

View: DISCOVER THE RESULTS

View: Board Proposed Strategic Direction for more information.

Look what we have been up to! Creating Raising Our Healthy Kids Videos

Raising Our Healthy Kids is a series of 60-90 second healthy living videos with up-to-date, evidence-based health information on nutrition and healthy eating; active living and play; positive parenting; oral and mental health; and media literacy, some with aboriginal themes. The short snappy videos, developed for parents, caregivers, teachers, child-service and health care providers, will help Canadian families live healthier lives.

There are currently 35 open access videos posted with another 35 appearing by January 2016. Videos are accessed from www.raisingourhealthykids.com and have been grouped into these specific channels:

 

In addition, French versions of the 23 nutrition related videos can be found on EatRight Ontario website at https://www.eatrightontario.ca/fr/Videos/Elever-des-enfants-en-sante.aspx?aliaspath=%2fen%2fVideos%2fRaising-our-Healthy-Kids

 

The Raising Our Healthy Kids videos are the vision of Shadow Light Productions and Kay Watson-Jarvis. The video content was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including Dietitians of Canada, Alberta Health Services and Dr. Charlene Elliott Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health, with input from a paediatrician and community stakeholders across Canada. Content of the videos is consistent with messages from Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health Services, and nutrition messages are consistent with PEN: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition®.

The videos were produced by Shadow Light Productions with principal funding from the Calgary Health Trust. Financial support for French translations provided by EatRight Ontario.R

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