Thank you everyone for joining us at Meet the Teacher last night! It was wonderful seeing you all in person!
Just a friendly reminder to Kindergarten parents and new families to our school, the Drop-Off-Zone is only to drop off students. Please do not park in the zone, use the visitor parking or park on the road if you would like to walk your child to their doors.
Next week we will be holding many emergency drills. Throughout the year, we conduct training and drills to help better prepare students and staff for possible emergency situations. These drills are an opportunity to rehearse emergency procedures. They prepare students and staff to act quickly and help to minimize a child’s fear during a real emergency. When a school is confronted with an emergency, staff will assess the situation and then decide on a course of action.
In addition to the procedures described here, schools also practice protocols such as “Drop-Cover-Hold,” a method of protecting vital body parts during certain natural disasters, and conduct fire drills. All staff and students are required to participate in these drills.
On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 6:30 pm, there will be a meeting to establish a school council. School Council is a vital part of Davidson Creek Elementary and consists of groups of parents, principals, teachers, and community representatives who work together to effectively support and enhance student learning. They provide a means for members of the school community to consult with and provide advice to the principal.
School Council is a critical part of DCE and we welcome all parents to be involved.
At DCE, we are joining the AMA crosswalk team. AMA’s journey first began with traffic safety and the journey continues to evolve with the importance of safety for children and pedestrians. Grade 5 and 6 students will be our patrollers and the program is being coordinate by Ms. Rice.
As safety is our number one priority, we expect all students and families to respect our patrollers and follow their directions.
Caregiver Education Sessions
Alberta Health Services hosts a variety of virtual caregiver information sessions throughout the year 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. Session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, communication, resiliency and more Visit Caregiver Education to see the monthly caregiver sessions.
Enhancing literacy and numeracy
As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again administering the Star Early Literacy/Star Reading and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI) assessment tools in the 2021-22 school year. The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: To provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.
Three times a year—in September, January/February and May/June—EIPS students in Grade 1 complete the Star Early Literacy assessment and students in grades 2-12 complete the Star Reading assessment. The assessments take approximately 20 minutes and are administered on a digital device. Also, in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills—students enrolled in math for Semester 2 will complete the MIPI assessment in February. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes, and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results offer the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.
The scores of the assessments aren’t used toward a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. The tools simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.
For more information about the Division’s Star and MIPI assessment tools, contact EIPS Supports for Students at 780-464-3477.
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