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June 24 BUZZ

One final BUZZ for the 2024-25 school year!

Last week was excellent! We held our Kindergarten Celebration and Lunch on the Land. Additionally, Provincial Achievement Tests were written and our Grade 1s and 2s went on awesome field trips! 

Thank you to all families who joined us Friday! It was a joy-filled experience to wander the school grounds as families gathered in community to share lunch during our Lunch-on-the-Land Picnic. 

This we look forwards to celebrating our fabulous Grade 6 students Tuesday. We wish them all the best as they head to junior high. Also this week, our Grades 3, 4 and 5 students will close off the year with a great day of swimming and spray park fun!

Thank you for all your support this school year. Thank you for entrusting us with your children every day. We care for each of them, and it is our privilege to teach them. I hope each of our families has a wonderful and safe summer. We look forward to seeing our students and families for Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming students back for their first day of school on Thursday, August 29.

Its a great week to have a great week! and GO OILERS GO!

Please read through the following blog post articles for important Glen Allan information. 

Week-at-a-Glance 

Action 

Opportunity

Information 

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Information

Photo Galleries

  • Lunch on the Land
  • Kindergarten Celebration
  • Grade 1 Zoo Field Trip
  • Grade 2 Elk Island National Park Field Trip
  • Nature Time!

WEEK AT A GLANCE - June 24 - June 27

Monday

  • Last day of school for Kindergarten students
  • Last day to purchase extra yearbooks
  • Look for the last remaining library books at home
  • Come and check out the many items on our Lost and Found tables

Tuesday

  • 1:00 Grade 6 Farewell

Wednesday

  • Final Day for Students and Educational Assistants
  • Grades 3, 4 and 5 Swimming and Spray Park Field Trip
  • Grade 6 Pizza Lunch
  • Report Cards Published 

Thursday

  • Final Day for Teachers and Office Team

Friday

  • Summer Break for ALL!

ACTION

2023-24 Yearbooks Available!

We still have some  extra yearbooks if you did not order one and are interested in purchasing one. Please email GASC at yourgasc@gmail.com with your students name / grade and the number of books you want. As a reminder, they are $25 each. Today (Monday June 24) is the last day to order! 

Library Books

Congratulations.... 6-2 was the first class to have all of their books brought back, beating out 6-1 by two minutes! We only have 16 books left to be returned and only two days to do so!

For any families that still have library books, please return as soon as possible.  Any outstanding fees for unreturned or lost library books will be posted to your Powerschool Parent Portal fees on Tuesday, June 25. 

Last Instructional Day-Attendance

Wednesday, June 26 is our last day of school.  If your student will be absent, please call the office at 780-467-5519 or email general.gln@eips.ca

Report Cards

Report cards will be published on Wednesday, June 26. You’ll access your child’s report card the same way you have in the past through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

OPPORTUNITY

Meet the Staff August 28 - Save the Date

We want all of our families to feel ready for the first day of school without any worries!

We invite you to join us for our Meet the Staff event taking place on August 28 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event takes place the evening before school starts so that students and families can come to the school, find classrooms and lockers and learn what doors to use when the arrive at school in the morning. 

Families will receive an email from their new teacher when we return for our first operational days August 27 and 28. Specific information related to Meet the Staff, the class entrance, and what to expect on the first day will be shared. 

Our staff will be at school, ready to say hello and welcome our students back from a nice break!

We hope to see you there!

INFORMATION

Glen Allan Staffing Announcements

We are grateful to the amazing Glen Allan staff who are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all students. The 2023-24 school year has been an excellent year marked by student growth, engaging lessons, field trip experiences, clubs, and a lot of learning!

As we celebrate all of our our amazing staff members, we want to extend a special thank you to those who will be moving on to new experiences next year. We thank the following Glen Allan staff for their unwavering commitment to students and student learning:

  • Mrs. Appleby
  • Mr. Atwood
  • Miss Botterill
  • Mr. Bush
  • Mrs. Donsbach
  • Mrs. Farooq
  • Mrs. Kaiser
  • Mrs. Kemsley
  • Mrs. Marks

We will be welcoming the following new staff members to our Glen Allan community in August:

  • Mrs. Brownlee - Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Harry - School Counsellor
  • Ms. Nent- Grade 6 Teacher
  • Mrs. Roche - Educational Assistant

At this time, our tentative staffing for next year is as follows:

  • Kindergarten - Mrs. Delainey and Mrs. Shannon
  • Grade 1 - Mrs. Balog
  • Grade 2 - Mrs. Curran
  • Grade 2/3 Combined - Mrs.Foley
  • Grade 3 - Mrs. Miles da Silva
  • Grade 4 - Ms. Halcrow
  • Grade 4 - Mrs. Lastiwka and Mrs. Gantenamore
  • Grade 5 - Mrs. Westergaard and Mrs. Robinson
  • Grade 6 - Ms. Budney
  • Grade 6 – Ms. Barry and Ms. Nent

Other Positions

  • Counselor - Mrs. Harry
  • Music Teacher -  Mrs. Delainey
  • Assistant Principal - Mrs. Brownlee
  • Principal - Ms. Ference
  • Secretary – Mrs. Camp
  • Registrar and Business Manager – Mrs. Delainey
  • Educational Assistants
    • Mrs. Adams
    • Mrs. Grover
    • Mrs. Jones
    • Mrs. Parnetta
    • Mrs. Peters
    • Mrs. Roberts
    • Mrs. Roche
    • Mrs. Thoen

Class Placements 2024-25

As was shared in BUZZ blog posts throughout May, our teachers collaborate with the administration and counsellor to develop balanced class lists as a team which consider several factors such as academic needs, behavioural needs, friendship/social groupings, access to support staff, matching personalities between teacher/student and a balance of genders. Teachers submit a checklist with each draft class list that addresses these considerations, including ensuring at least one friend for each student. As you can imagine, creating class lists is a complicated task.

It is our goal to create balanced classes that provide an excellent educational experience for each child. We appreciate your trust in our professionalism and our desire to do right by all students while balancing the various needs of each family. As class placements may need adjustments over the summer due to new registrations and other extenuating circumstances, class placements are not shared until the end of August. 

Summer Break

Glen Allan Elementary will be closed for the summer starting Thursday, June 27. There will be no one working in our office to answer phones or questions. If you need immediate assistance Elk Island Public Schools Central Services is open, with the exception of statutory holidays. Contact the main office at 780-464-3477 if you have urgent questions or concerns during this time.

Our office will reopen on Thursday, August 22, 2024.

FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS, AND INUIT INFORMATION

Little things, Big Impact

Last week was a wonderful chance to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. We had lots of families out to have Lunch on the Land with us, and had other students out at Elk Island National Park and the Zoo, enjoying time on the land. 

We have two anecdotes to share with you about the impact our seemingly small actions can have. 

  • During lunch on the land, a gentleman from the community was walking his dog down the path and made the following comment to a staff member: "Thank you for doing this. I'm a residential school survivor". 
  • While at Elk Island National Park, our Grade 2s had Literature on the Land. One of the parent volunteers remarked that this was their favourite part of the day

Always remember that our actions have significant impact and go a long way on our journey of Truth and Reconciliation. 

PHOTO GALLERIES

Grade 2 Elk Island National Park Field Trip

A highlight of the field trip was Literature on the Land where parents or students read books from our First Nation, Metis and Inuit collection in recognition of National Indigenous People's day

Nature Time

  • Grade 5 Loons
  • Grade 2 Lifecycles - Butterflies
  • Grade 2 Animal Reports
  • Grade 3s and 4s Taking Care of our Planet
  • Grade 6s Enjoying the Courtyard
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