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December 13 Update School Fee Information - Please read

Dear DCE school families,

Under Alberta Education’s new 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 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. During that time, I’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 2020-21 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:

  • Optional courses and associated fees
  • Noon hour supervision
  • Field trips and associated fees
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Non-curricular travel (for example, ski trips and band camps)
  • Non-curricular goods and services (for example, student union and yearbooks)

I 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,, 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 2020-21, which will then be shared at the March school council meeting, posted to our website and shared via a link through email.

I look forward to hearing from you on January 14.


Kaye Schindeler, Principal
Davidson Creek Elementary

Important Dates

Basically Babies

Thank you for the donations for the babies!  We are still collecting items until December 17.  Please see this link for items needed.

Ski Trip

Ski trip fees are due today, December 13.  If you haven't already paid, please go to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to pay.

Thank you

What a wonderful Christmas Concert! Thank you, families, for your generous Silver Bells Donations!  Between the Bottle Drive in the fall and the Silver Bells donations, we covered all the costs for the church and busing for our dress rehearsal! 

Returning Student Registration for 2020-21

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2020-21 school year. Families of all returning students must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 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. The 2020-21 returning student registration takes place between Feb. 1-29, 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.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information contact the school directly.

Wellness Committee 

Winter fun is upon us! Follow this link to learn more about skiing, skating, sledding and other recreational options available in Strathcona County. Never quite sure which helmet to wear for tobogganing or other activities – check out this helpful helmet chart.

Keep safety in mind when playing outside. Always check the weather and dress accordingly. Other ways to avoid frostbite or what to do if you get frostbite can be found here. Did you know you should put sunscreen on exposed skin in the winter – even on cloudy days? It’s always good to remind kids not to put their mouths on metal objects or to eat snow! Also, throwing snowballs is fun, but try to pick safe targets like trees or telephone poles. Never throw snowballs at people or cars.  Learn other winter safety tips – here

If you have any questions or comments, please email   

Active School Travel (AST)

Well done to all those students that braved the chilly temperatures this week for Winter Walking Wednesday. Temperatures were around -14 C with a wind chill around -22 C, yet we still had 171 students actively travel to school!! When dressing warmly and walking briskly, you can combat the cold and get your exercise in on your way to school! For those that missed the article last week on active travel, a study found that active travel had more of an impact on concentration levels than having breakfast or lunch! For the full study check this out

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