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November 14 BUZZ

Welcome back!

We hope all our families had a wonderful November break. 

Thank you to the members of our school community who joined us for our Remembrance Day ceremony prior to the break. As was shared in the opening remarks, the assembly was one of remembrance and was a different type of assembly compared to the previous Halloween assembly. It was a more serious assembly where we took time to pause and reflect on the lives of those who fought for the many freedoms we have today. Our students were and are incredibly respectful and I was very proud to of the many student voices who contributed to the program. 

This week we have our Glen Allan School Council Meeting on Thursday at 6:30 pm in our library. Hot lunch is also this week.

It's a great week to have a great week!

Jen Ference

Week-at-a-Glance

Action 

  • Glen Allan School Council Meeting
  • Reach Out for Kindness Week
  • Rock Your Mocs Day at Glen Allan - Friday, November 18
  • Glen Allan's 3rd Annual Strathcona Food Bank Drive
  • Winter is Coming!
  • Inclement Weather

Opportunity

  • Numeracy Tips for Parents
  • Caregiver Series: November Sessions
  • Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter
  • Health and Wellness Parent Resources 

Information

  • EIPS 2023-24 Division Calendar: Now Available!
  • From Alberta Education: Test Alert across Alberta – November 16, 2022

Photo Gallery

  • Remembrance Day Ceremony

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday
  • Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a lovely November Break
  • Reach Out for Kindness Week
Tuesday
  • Grade 5 Wastewater and Wetlands Presentation 
Wednesday
  • Glen Allan's 3rd Annual Strathcona Food Bank Drive Begins
Thursday
Friday
  • Rock Your Mocs Day and Assembly
  • Kindergarten A Hot Lunch

ACTION

Glen Allan School Council Meeting Meeting - Thursday, Nov 17 6:30 pm

We are grateful to have a strong Glenn Allan School Council (GASC) who are committed to learning about the school, providing support to our programs and resources for students, and sharing input and feedback to the school for growth and improvement.

GASC is open to all parents and guardians of children who attend Glen Allan Elementary. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th 6:30 pm. The agenda can be accessed here. 

Reach Out for Kindness Week

This week is Reach Out for Kindness Week. Throughout the week students will engage in classroom activities for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The theme of the week is "Reach Out", focusing on the different ways we all contribute to school being a safe environment for everyone and a place where we can talk about feelings and problems and support one another.

Rock Your Mocs

Did you know...

  • Until 1951, the Indian Act restricted Indigenous ceremonies, preventing the wearing of regalia typically worn to these events. 
  • Traditional dress was also forbidden in residential schools. 
  • Before 1951, Indigenous peoples required the permission of the Indian agent if they wanted to appear in ceremonial dress off reserve.

Rock Your Mocs is a way for Indigenous Peoples to reclaim their traditions and to celebrate their identities. Each pair of moccasins carries a story about who made them, what nation they are from, what materials they are made of and what story they tell.

People from coast to coast are rocking their moccasins (or favorite slippers/shoes) at school, at the office, and in their communities to promote cultural pride and encouraging Indigenous peoples to share their stories.

It’s an opportunity for the Glen Allan community to learn about the diversity of Indigenous peoples and support local Indigenous communities. We invite students, both from Indigenous communities as well as non-Indigenous communities to honour of Rock Your Mocs Day at Glen Allan on Friday, November 18! 

Jeremy Albert will be hosting a school assembly to further our understanding around Rock Your Mocs. Students are encouraged to wear moccasins (if they have them), slippers, or any type of special footwear on Friday.

Glen Allan's 3rd Annual Strathcona Food Bank Drive

We are very excited to announce Glen Allan’s 3rd Annual Campaign to Support the Strathcona Food Bank!

                    Wednesday, November 16 – Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Strathcona Food Bank is a charitable organization operated by volunteers and a volunteer Board of Directors.  They rely on donations to provide food assistance to those in need in Sherwood Park and rural Strathcona County.

The top needed items are:

  • No-sugar-added canned fruit and fruit snack cups
  • No-sugar-added fruit juice, both 1 liter and juice boxes
  • Canned mushrooms and mixed vegetables
  • Low sodium broth, 1 liter tetra
  • Ready to serve soup, chili or stew
  • Box Macaroni and cheese (such as KD or Annie's)
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine hygiene, bar soap and shampoo
  • Dry Dog and Cat Food (we are struggling to meet the demand for pet food so we would really appreciate it if donors would be willing to donate to support furry companions).

Thank you in advance for your kind and generous donations of any size!

Let’s see if we can match or beat our donations from 2020 and 2021!In 2020 Glen Allan Elementary donated 1600 pounds of food/other donations, and in 2021, we donated 932.5 pounds of donations!! GO GLEN ALLAN!!

Winter is Coming!

While happy that we are being graced with warmer weather this week, last week was a reminder that winter is coming! With colder temperatures now upon us it's time to get those warm winter clothes out of the closet! During the chilly winter months, please send students with hats, mitts, boots, scarves, and snow pants.

Students will enjoy the great outdoors unless it is approximately -22 °C or colder, taking into account the wind chill. During inside recesses remain in their homerooms where they have access to games and other quiet activities.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, 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) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, 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 their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

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

OPPORTUNITY

Numeracy Tips for Parents

Supporting your student as they develop BASIC FACT FLUENCY!

When your child figures out a fact, you can ask them, “How did you figure that out?”  because verbalizing their strategies can help children make connections and develop reasoning.

You can also support your child by talking about numbers as they come up in your daily lives.  If you’re cooking, shopping, building, crafting, setting the table, doing chores, and so on, you can ask questions about the mathematics you are already doing.  For example:

  • I wonder how many socks we just took out of the dryer? How many pairs could that be when we fold them?
  • If a grown-up eats 2 eggs and a kid eats 1 egg how many eggs do we need to make scrambled eggs for all of us?
  • We’ve already read 16 picture books this week! How many more do we need to read to get to 20?

Addition, subtraction, and place value are three of the most important topics in elementary mathematics.  It’s so important that your child has sufficient time to explore and make sense of these concepts on their way to fluency.

Excerpt from Building Fact Fluency – Graham Fletcher and Tracy Johnston Zager

For some additional fun challenges try solving these math riddles!

Caregiver Series: November Sessions

Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include understanding depression and self-injury, substance use and building executive functioning skills. The list of November 2022 sessions is now available.

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

The November edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on talking to your kids about alcohol. Newsletter

Themes include:

Health and Wellness Parent Resources 

INFORMATION

EIPS 2023-24 Division Calendar: Now Available!

The official 2023-24 EIPS calendar is now available. The calendar includes important dates during the 2023-24 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more.

Highlights from the 2023-24 EIPS calendar include:

  • first day of school – Aug. 31, 2023
  • November break – November 6-10
  • Christmas break – December 25 to January 5
  • second semester starts – February 1
  • Teachers’ Convention – February 8-9
  • spring break – March 25-29
  • last day of classes – June 26, 2024

To view the 2023-24 calendar, visit eips.ca.

Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.

From Alberta Education: Test Alert across Alberta – November 16, 2022

As you know, Albertans can receive messages about life-threatening emergencies such as tornadoes, wildfires, floods or Amber Alerts directly to their cellphones. Wireless Public Alerting is a national initiative that works in unison with Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) to send life-saving emergency alert messages directly to compatible devices.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 1:55 p.m., AEA will send out a test to Albertans. During the test, an alert will sound on compatible devices, with a message letting the user know that the sound is part of a test, and that there is no need for concern.

Wireless Public Alerts are delivered directly to compatible cellphones connected to an LTE network within an area affected by a disaster or emergency. Federal laws require these alerts, so it is not possible for Canadians to opt out of receiving life-saving messages directly to their cellphones. Find out if your device is compatible by checking with your cellphone provider or visiting alertready.ca.

To learn more about Wireless Public Alerting in Alberta, including the AEA capabilities, broadcast to radio and television and the AEA mobile application, visit emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/wireless.

If you have any questions about the test alert or require further assistance, please contact Meghan Thomas, Team Lead, AEA, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Meghan can be reached at 780‑996‑2062 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000) or at meghan.thomas@gov.ab.ca.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Thank you to the members of our school community who joined us for our Remembrance Day ceremony prior to the break. As was shared in the opening remarks, the assembly was one of remembrance and was a different type of assembly compared to the previous Halloween assembly. It was a more serious assembly where we will took time to pause and reflect on the lives of those who fought for the many freedoms we have today. Our students are incredibly respectful and I was very proud to of the many student voices who contributed to the program. 

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