We look forward to seeing all our families at Student-Led Conferences that will take place on February 12/13. Online registration instructions were sent out on Monday.
During this time you will have the opportunity to browse our Scholastic Book Fair.
I Read Canadian Day.
The first-ever I Read Canadian Day is on February 19th, 2020. This is a national day celebrating and raising awareness of Canadian books for young people.
Davidson Creek Elementary will be joining in the celebration in a couple of ways. First of all, we encourage staff and students to wear red & white or some other type of Canadian-wear on February 19th. Also, leading up to February 19th, Canadian books will be also displayed and read in the library learning commons. Parents, if you would like to read some Canadian books to your kids at home, click HERE for some ideas.
Superintendent Mark Liguori shares his thoughts on the Division in his latest blog column: Top of Mind – If what we’re forecasting is accurate, we have to concentrate on what’s important—our core work, which is teaching and learning in the classroom. Read more
Online sales for Pink Shirt Day is now open! On Wednesday, February 26, we celebrate friendship, spread kindness and stand up against bullying. Pink shirts can be purchased online through the Fundraising/Hot Lunch website from February 1 until February 13 until 11:00 pm. During Student-Led Conferences, Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13 from 4:00-7:00 pm, we will have a table for viewing and sizing shirts as well as CASH ONLY sales. T-shirts will be $12 and proceeds will go towards a healthy snack initiative for students. T-shirts will be handed out on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25.
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Read Aloud Day Contest
Do you have a favourite book your parents or grandparents read to you when you were young? Is there a book you enjoy reading to your children or grandkids? Maybe a teacher once shared a great book with your class that captured your imagination and set you on a lifelong love of reading?
On February 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you—about the story you’ll always remember. Write a post and include a photo. Or, even better, record a short video reading a favourite quote or passage from the book. Then, tweet it and tag the EIPS Twitter account @eips or reply to the Read Aloud Day post on the Division’s Facebook page. And, be sure to use the hashtag: #eipsreadsaloud.
NOTE: The Read-Aloud contest is open to community members, students, and teachers and staff throughout the Division—everyone who posts is automatically entered in a draw to win one of nine EIPS prize packages. Winners will be announced on Feb. 7, 2020.
Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!
Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2020? If so, it’s now time to register for kindergarten. To register, simply complete the online registration form at eips.ca/kindergarten.
To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at eips.ca/kindergarten—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 kindergarten is available on our school website at https://www.davidsoncreekelementary.ca/programs/kindergarten
Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1-29
Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is now open. All returning students must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2020-21 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. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 29, 2020.
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, 2020.
For more information contact the school directly.
Do more this summer!
Next Step Continuing Education Summer School and Camps: Registration opens March 9
Summer Camps: Open to participants in grades 5-9
From sports to cooking to babysitting, campers enjoy a fun-filled program while making friends and learning new skills.
- Sports – volleyball, basketball and handball
- computer gaming and design
- cooking and baking
Registration opens on March 9.
Measuring our Success: Complete the Accountability Pillar Survey
Once again, Alberta Education is conducting its Accountability Pillar Survey—an annual check-up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as engagement levels, student wellness, student outcomes, and the classroom(s) and school climate.
Throughout February, Grade Four students and teachers at DCE are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey takes about 40 minutes to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.
Additionally, parents and guardians of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 are also asked to take a survey, either online or by mail. Information about the survey was sent to these families in January. Like the student and teacher survey, it’s anonymous and asks questions about your school experiences. If you have a child in grades 4, 7 or 10, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is Feb. 28, 2020.
Results from the Accountability Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each May. The Division then uses the data to inform its four-year education plan, its annual school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. The results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities each fall in the Division’s Combined Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report.
For more information about Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar Survey visit alberta.ca/accountability-education-system.aspx.
Caregiver Education Series
The Division, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools, is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more.
Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.