The Early Education and Family Wellness Centre
Principal’s Message… JUNE: the end of the school year and the beginning of summer! It is definitely a time to reflect and celebrate all that your child has accomplished this school year. For some of you, it is also transition time as your children move on to other schools. We hope that meeting with staff from the receiving school has helped you to feel a little more prepared. Please let us know if there are any other ways we can support you as we move into summer vacation time. One strategy that we know is helpful for children is to begin talking positively about the “new” teacher, classroom, and opportunities to meet friends. Driving past “your new school” or playing in that school’s playground over the summer will also help familiarize your child and prepare them for the changes. We will be sending home a Summer Activity Calendar as well. It will provide some ideas for continuing to practice skills in a playful way. This will be included with the report cards. 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 (Thursday, June 29) please let us know so that we can be sure to have everything ready in time. Attached to this newsletter is our year end parent survey. We would appreciate it if you would 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, and future 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! On behalf of the Team at the Early Education & Family Wellness Centre, I want to thank you for 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
First Ride 2017-2018
First Ride program will take place on:
Thursday, August 31st, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 A.M.
Early Education & Family Wellness Centre
Please call 780-352-0224 after August 23/17 to register.
Your child’s experience will begin with a video of Winnie the Pooh and his adventures. At the same time, parents will meet with the Transportation Manager and Bus Driver. Then all will proceed to the bus for a ride. The bus will stop at a few of the stops and all will be shown the proper way to embark and disembark. The bus will then return to the School at which time you will receive your "First Rider Program Certificate" and then you can go home.
Last day for students June 29, 2017
September 5-8: Orientation
September 11-15: Funded children begin
September 18: Community children begin
Calendar for 2017/2018
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 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.
Dates to Remember:
June 9th and 16th: Community Children and Family Orientation
June 29: last day for students
Dress For The Weather
Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, please send a hat or cap with your child and some sunscreen for those warm sunny days. 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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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