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January 7 BUZZ

January 7 Buzz

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to all of our Glen Allan learners and families. We hope that your winter break was enjoyable and relaxing.

My family enjoyed the break, spending much of time staying warm inside. I was however able to take advantage of the one morning that gifted us with -6 temperatures to get outside and run! We spent many days reading, watching movies and playing games. While our holidays once again looked much different than in years past, I appreciate that we were healthy, together and could connect with our family, some in person and some virtually.

In whatever way your family celebrates this time of year, I hope that you were able to connected with loved ones and find joy.

We are publishing this BUZZ post a few days early so that we can share important information related to Monday’s return to school.

We are excited to welcome students back on Monday! We are awaiting updated guidelines from Alberta Education. Once those have been received, EIPS Operation Guidelines will be updated and shared with families. Please review the article "January 10 Return COVID Updates" below and please don't hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions.

In this week's BUZZ

Week at a Glance 

Action 

  • January 10 Return COVID Updates
  • EIPS Year in Review: Stakeholder Confidence Survey
  • Returning Student Registration for 2022-23
  • Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!

Opportunity 

  • Caregiver Education Sessions: January
  • Strathcona County Family Resource Network and Family January 2022 Updates

Information 

  • School Fees
  • Inclement Weather

Week at a Glance

Monday
  • Welcome Back!!
Tuesday
  • Fingers crossed we'll be playing outside - dress warmly
Wednesday
  • Half way through this first week back!
Thursday
  • Engaged learners collaborating with one another
Friday
  • Friday Fun! Energized students strengthening their literacy and numeracy skills

ACTION

January 10 Return COVID Updates

We are excited to welcome students back on Monday! We are awaiting updated guidelines from Alberta Education. Once those have been received, EIPS Operation Guidelines will be updated and shared with families.

As per the EIPS email sent January 5, please be aware of the following:

  • All individuals must still review the Alberta Health Daily Checklist with their children before sending them to school. 
  • In the case of a high number of student or staff absences, it may become necessary to move to temporary online learning. 
  • Temporary online learning will only be used, as a last resort, when it isn’t possible to continue in-person learning because of high student or staff absences. It’s not being offered as an alternative to in-person learning.
  • The Government of Alberta is providing rapid test kits and medical-grade masks for use by students and staff members. These are expected to start arriving in school divisions next week. At a minimum, it’s highly recommended students wear medical-grade masks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

We would also like to remind you of federal public health regulations related to when students are permitted to return to school after travelling outside of Canada.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students under 12 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians cannot return to school or daycare for 14 days following their return to Canada, and must follow the mandatory requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.

Additional information on travel restrictions and public health regulations can be found at the Government of Canada’s website. Any questions or concerns about these restrictions should be directed to the Government of Canada, through their www.travel.gc.ca website.  

Have your say, EIPS wants to hear from you! EIPS Year in Review: Stakeholder Confidence Survey

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you to gain a deeper understanding of your confidence in the Division and its strategic direction. As such, it’s launched a new annual survey entitled, EIPS Year in Review: Stakeholder Confidence Survey—open January 6-18.

The survey covers a range of topics, including student growth and achievement, learning supports, teaching and leading, governance, and resource allocations. The information gathered will help EIPS:

  • assess stakeholder confidence—families, staff, Grade 12 students and community members;
  • gather input to guide future decision-making;
  • gather feedback to enhance its Four-Year Education Plan; and
  • provide a platform for families, students, staff and community members to have a voice in ensuring high-quality, student-centred learning environments in EIPS schools.

EIPS will share the results in the Annual Education Results Report 2021-22.TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!
Survey closes Jan. 18, 2022

NOTE: EIPS encourages everyone to respond honestly. Your identity and answers are confidential and cannot be linked in any way to you or your child’s school. Grade 12 students will have an opportunity to complete the survey at school. Families who do not want their child to complete the survey simply need to advise their child’s school.

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 school year. Families of all returning students must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2022-23 school year. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. The 2022-23 returning student registration takes place between Feb. 1-28, 2022.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school directly.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2022? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2022-23 school year on Feb. 1, 2022.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online EIPS Kindergarten Tool kit to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

Additional information regarding Glen Allan Elementary's kindergarten program is available at https://www.glenallanelementary.ca/parent-info/kindergarten-2020-2021.

OPPORTUNITY

Caregiver Education Sessions: January

Alberta Health Services, in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation, offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Upcoming Caregiver Education Sessions, Lunch & Learn Webinars and Drop-In Series are outlined in the January Caregiver Education Team Newsletter.

Strathcona County Family Resource Network and Family January 2022 Updates

Linked below are some of the programs that the Family Resource Network is offering in the winter:

To register for any of the programs, please visit the Family Resource Network Calendar page

INFORMATION

Let's Talk About 2022-2023 School Fees

Under Alberta Education’s School Fee Regulation, schools must consult with parents prior to setting school fees for the upcoming school year.  

Our next school council meeting will be taking place on January 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. During that time, we’ll be sharing information about our current fee structure, posing specific questions about priorities, and asking you to provide your feedback as we plan for the 2022-23 school year. While many of these activities and services enhance students’ educational experience, we want to ensure these fees aren’t cost prohibitive for families. 

Specifically, we will be asking for input on the following: 

  • Noon hour supervision 
  • Field trips and associated fees 
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Non-curricular travel (for example, grade 6 activity) 
  • Non-curricular goods and services (for example, student union and yearbooks) 

We understand not all families will be available to attend the meeting but it’s still important we get as much input from the school community as possible. Following the meeting, materials will be shared on our website (https://www.glenallanelementary.ca ) for your review, and an email address provided so you can submit a written response 

School administration will use feedback provided to help determine fees for 2022-23, which will then be shared at the April school council meeting, posted to our website and shared via link through email. 

We look forward to hearing from you on January 20. 

Inclement Weather

With the winter season well underway, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools, including automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on the Ride 360 and Bus Status apps.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS’ Administrative Procedure 131: Inclement Weather, which states: “school bus service may be suspended … when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C including wind chill, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions.

When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on they feel is safest during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

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