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Mustang Memo - April 5, 2024

Gotta catch 'em all at Pokémon Club!

After a nice break, we were back in the swing of things at DCE this week! We saw clubs bouncing back with a variety of student activities including Pokémon Club, D&D Club, Cute Things Club, Games Club, and Badminton Club, as well as Karaoke Club! With the unexpected snow, we were lucky to have so many other options to keep students engaged over the lunch hour!

We hope you enjoy a warmer weekend!

Helene Hewitt & Jay Robertson

Principal & Assistant Principal

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Table of Contents

Week At a Glance


  • Get ready for Kindergarten
  • Volunteer Appreciation Event - Save the Date!


  • School Supply Ordering is Open
  • Little League Baseball


  • A big Thank You to EIPS Volunteers
  • Staffing Update
  • Did you know?
  • Parents Make the Difference


  • Lunch clubs:
    • Running Club
    • Basketball boys Gr. 6 first recess
    • CLB Band Rodeo Gr. 6 1:30
    • D&D Club all groups
    • Pokémon Club - Gr. 3 group 1
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Badminton Club Girls
    • Basketball Girls Gr. 6 first recess
    • D&D Club Gr. 4 Group 1
    • Cute Things Club Gr. 4
  • Jeans and Jersey Day vs. Vegas
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Basketball boys Gr. 6 first recess
    • D&D Club - Grade 4 Group 2
    • Running Club
    • Pokémon Club - Gr. 3 Group 3
    • Games Club - Div 2
    • Student Leadership Meeting
    • Propagation Fascination Club - Gr. 3 & 4
  • Shelter in Place Drill @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Basketball Girls first recess
    • D&D Grade 5 Group 1
    • Badminton Boys Lunch Club
    • Cute Things Club - Gr. 4
  • School Council Meeting 6:30pm followed by DCFS meeting 7:30
  • Jeans & Jersey Day vs Avalanche
  • Special livestream of author David Robertson from Mrs. Coates' classroom
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Cloverbar Gr. 6 presentation
    • Pokémon Club - Gr. 3 group 3
    • Karaoke Club - Gr. 3
  • Mustang Memo posted online


Get ready for Kindergarten

Do you have a child registered in kindergarten next year? If so, make sure to attend Davidson Creek's upcoming Kindergarten Information Night on May 14. You’ll get to:

  • tour the school;
  • meet the teachers;
  • gain insight on play-based learning; and
  • see what a typical day looks like.

Kindergarten Information Night 2024:

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Davidson Creek Library

To make the transition to school as smooth as possible, Elk Island Public Schools has put together a toolkit for families. The kit includes information about registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, finding your designated school, transportation and more. Find it at: Welcome to EIPS Kindergarten.

Additional information about Davidson Creek’s kindergarten program is available on the school website by clicking here.

Volunteer Appreciation Event - Save the Date!

April is the Volunteer Appreciation month and we want to thank our incredible parents and guardians for all they do to make our school such a special place!

To our hot lunch volunteers, parents who run our school council and fundraising committees, parents who come to school to cut out and laminate classroom materials, parents who attend field trips and paint Easter eggs - we want to properly thank you!

We will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 29, 2024 @ 1 p.m. in our foyer. We will have some small gift, refreshments and short program which includes presentations from our kindergarten students and our fabulous Gr. 3-6 choir! 

Please click here to view the invitation!


School Supply Ordering is Now Open

Our next year school supply ordering is now open, and it is a great fundraiser. Supplies can be shipped home, or delivered to the school the third week of June for pick up. You can order here:

• Go to
• Click on “PARENTS – Order Here”
• School Name: Davidson Creek Elementary School - SHERWOOD PARK
• Choose your grade and place your order.
• Complete your order by clicking ‘PLACE ORDER’
• You will receive an automatic email confirmation to confirm your order has been received
• We accept VISA, MC, AMEX, Visa Debit and Interac On-line.

Community Park Little League Baseball

Have you considered playing baseball? Click on the flyers below to learn more about Community Park Little League baseball opportunities for boys and girls:

Upcoming Parent Council & Fundraising Society Meetings

Our next parent council and fundraising meetings take place this Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by our fundraising meeting at 7:30 p.m.

We love the fun conversations as well as the valuable parent input that we collect at these meetings. It's never too late to join us! Why not come out, have a delicious snack and get involved in your child's school!


A big THANK YOU to EIPS Volunteers

National Volunteer Week takes place April 14-20. On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), I want to extend my most heartfelt thanks to all EIPS volunteers. Every time you’ve contributed, whether it was helping on a class field trip or planning a school event for families to enjoy, you were there at a moment when we needed you. Students needed you, staff needed you, the community needed you—and you answered the call. These are moments that matter and are ones that make a difference in a student’s experience at their school.

So, thank you again for being there. Without you, EIPS would not be what it is today, and schools wouldn’t be able to do all the wonderful things they do. This National Volunteer Week, I encourage everyone to celebrate the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of hours put into supporting student growth and achievement at schools across the Division.

Cathy Allen
Chair, EIPS Board of Trustees

Staffing Update

If you have popped into the office today, you would have seen a new face! We are pleased to welcome Mrs. April Pratch to our front office as Mrs. Gibson moves on to a new adventure as a business manager at another school. If you have not yet had a chance to say farewell to Mrs. Gibson, her last day is on Monday when she officially hands over the reigns to Mrs. Pratch. 

Did you know?

Alberta Reserves are accumulated surplus funds that may be designated to a school, department or priority. The Board of Trustees approves the transfer of funds to and from reserves and has a yearly plan on how those reserves are used—to the benefit of students. EIPS identifies high-demand areas and uses its operating reserves for initiatives like student learning, new curriculum work, consultant support, mental health initiatives, technology upgrades, public-health best practices and other one-time projects. Operating reserves are also used to furnish and equip new schools and classrooms. With its capital reserves, EIPS replaces ageing equipment, purchases technology, modernizes and expands student learning spaces, and funds emergent capital needs.

Learn more:

Parents make the difference

Here is this week's article with helpful tips for families:

Help your child understand why it’s important to follow rules

Rules are established guidelines that teach kids how to behave in certain situations. However, following rules can be challenging for children if they don’t understand why they are important.

In addition to explaining the reasons for specific rules, you can:

  • Play a game without rules. After a while, stop and talk about how things are going. Then, play with rules and see which way is better.
  • Imagine a world without rules. Talk about what would happen if people could steal ... if kids didn’t have to go to school ... if people didn’t wear seat belts. What would that be like?
  • Encourage your child to be a leader. Being a student council member, for example, will give your child experience making and enforcing rules.
  • Praise your child for obeying rules. You might say, “Thanks for getting up on time. Now we can eat breakfast together.”

Reprinted with permission from the April 2024 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2024 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

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