The Early Education and Family Wellness Centre
Message From the Principal
Welcome to another exciting year of learning and growing at the Early Education & Family Wellness Centre!! A special welcome to all of our new families. This edition of our newsletter contains a few important reminders. Included in this month’s newsletter is a form that you may use to indicate your preference to view future newsletters on our EEFWC web page (http://www.eefwc.ca). If you choose this option, you will not receive a paper copy of the newsletter. You will still receive attachments to the newsletters, such as the song sheets, the Scholastic book orders or other important notices. The website is a great resource for other information, too, so we encourage you to visit regularly.
Communication between home and school is extremely important. We encourage you to read your child’s agenda book daily and use it to communicate information to the school as well. On the back cover is our school calendar, clearly showing days when there is no school, so if in doubt, please check there first!
PLEASE feel free to contact me if you have concerns or questions about your child’s program. I can be reached by telephone at 780-352-0224, ext.222, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by my office when you are in the building.
We are looking forward to a wonderful, exciting, positive year of learning!!
This year at our school we have people in the building allergic to peanuts. Please avoid bringing any food items that may contain peanuts. Thank you for your
Early Education and Family Wellness Center Calendar
Dates To Remember:
Oct. 8: Thanksgiving Day - No School
Oct. 12: Professional Development - Staff Only
Oct. 26 : Planning Day - Staff Only
Oct. 29-Nov.2- Halloween Fun! No Costumes Please!
During the week of October 29-November 2 we will be doing pumpkin activities.We are asking families if you have any extra pumpkins that you would like to donate to the school that would be greatly appreciated!
Please do not send your child to school in a costume on October 31 as we will have costumes here at the school for dressing up fun!!
Parking Lot Safety
Parking IS NOT PERMITTED in the alley on the side of the school. We had a By-law Officer pay us a visit and he let us know that it is illegal to park in the alley and there could be a fine of $78.00 and your vehicle will be towed. Parking is available in front of the school (in the parking lot), facing 47 street (East). Please enter at the alley on 47 Street and exit closer to the stop sign at the intersection- it is a one way drive. Additional parking is available on 56th Avenue on the south side of the school. Parking is very limited and it can be very busy at drop-off and pick-up times. If there is no parking available you could try driving around the block once and when you come back around a space may become available.The alley parking to the north of the school is for staff only. 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. If there are children darting across the parking lot by themselves and 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!!
Dress For The Weather
Now that the warmer weather is here and the sun is stronger, please send a hat/cap with your child, some sunscreen and bug spray. We will be spending time outside and we would hate for a child to end up with sunburn! We are asking that you do not send your child in flip flops as it is not safe for running on the playground and we want all the children to be safe!!
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!!
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.
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, vomiting 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 judgment 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 emergency 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.
1) If your child rides the bus and will be away, please call and inform the bus contractor before 7:30 a.m. (780-352- 2239)
2) If your child is going to be away from school, please call 780-352-0224 to report the absence. If you call after hours, you may leave a message in the general mailbox (ext. 221).
3) 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).
4) You can also use the agenda book to inform the teacher that your child will be away or if there are changes to the pick-up routine.
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.
You can also use the agenda book to inform the teacher that your child will be away or if there are changes to the pick-up routine.
Bus Phone: 780-352-2239
Please check our website or the School Division website for Bus routes & cancellations.
There is also a bus app for IPhone and Android click on links to download.
Toy Lending Library
Please check out details about our Toy Lending Library under Programs/Family Wellness.
Promoting Social Skills in Your Child
While early education creates an important foundation for academic skills, many parents would be surprised to know that social skills are actually far more predictive of outcomes into adulthood than early academics.
To read more about promoting social skills in your child please follow the link below to an article written by Amanda Morgan
Your child's social skills in kindergarten are more important than their academics written by Amanda Morgan .
How to Support Your Child's Mental Health
Mindfulness is simply… noticing what is happening right now.
Mindfulness is taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste. Maybe you even feel emotions in your body, perhaps through a tightness somewhere, or a good sensation.When you notice what is happening around you, it can help you to calm down when you’re sad, angry or frustrated. Mindfulness helps you deal with tough emotions, and mindfulness can make you happy and feel good.
Check out these calming mindfulness activities to help you and your child cope with difficult emotions.
We want to say a huge thank-you to the Wetaskiwin Lions Club for their generous donation!! We are very thankful and so excited as we are getting really close to being able to purchase our Gazebo!!
We want to say a huge thank-you to the parents and the community members that generously donated to our school throughout the year. We really appreciate all of your support!
The Importance of Play
Learning Through Play
Children are born to play. Early childhood researchers and educators agree that play is key to early childhood development. Play is open ended, joyful, self-directed and focused on process, not end results. This is true play. Through play, children use what they already know to help master new skills and solve problems. They develop confidence and a sense of “I can do it!” When children are involved in play, they learn essential life skills including sharing, cooperating and problem solving. Through play, children acquire literacy, numeracy, motor skills and creative thinking skills. Participating in rich pretend play can encourage language development and greater engagement, which is a predictor of better learning outcomes. This is especially important for children with delays in their development. Make believe play is linked to the development of self-regulation skills. Children who are better able to manage their emotions, ideas and behaviors are more likely to experience future academic success and will manage stress more successfully as an adult. Play creates happiness and balance in life; it provides children a chance to practice adult roles and take risks. For young children, play is essential for their optimal development and learning. It is as essential as their need to eat, sleep and breathe. It is learning at its best - authentic, natural and genuinely rewarding. What could be better?
Resources: Stuart Brown & Christopher Vaughan, 2009. Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul David Elkind, 2007. The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally
Wetaskiwin Coop In the School Equity program: The Early Education Centre
Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools' families are invited to participate in the Wetaskiwin Co-op School Equity Program, which will allow schools to earn equity on both educational and personal purchases. Liquor and purchases under personal charge accounts are not eligible. Each participating school will be assigned a membership number at no charge and at the till, customers at all Wetaskiwin Co-op locations will have the option to use a school membership number. The equity earned from each of these purchases will be calculated based on Wetaskiwin Co-op’s fiscal year, November 1st – October 31st and 100% of the equity earned will be paid out to the school in early January.
This type of fundraising initiative allows for greater donations back to the school and allows all schools to participate equally. For instance, if a school with 700 student had $1000 of purchases per family for a total of $700,000 in purchases that school would receive $14,000 cash back based on a 2% equity allocation. With the implementation of this program, the expectation is that both parties would participate in marketing and execution of this plan and any extra sponsorship requests from the schools will not be considered. Please click on the link below to find The Early education Centre Equity code.
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.
- Supporting Healthy Development
- Play and Physical Activity
- School Age Nutrition
- Infant Nutrition
- Preschool Nutrition
- Media Literacy and Food Marketing
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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