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September 27 Update - Please read before Monday

Important Dates

Lockdown Drill Notice

There will be a lockdown drill next week.  Members from the RCMP detachment will be onsite as we work together in partnership to ensure that this important drill is practiced effectively.  Students will be made aware that there will be a lockdown but they will not know which day or the time that it will happen.  We know this can be unsettling for students but it is an important drill.  If you have questions, please contact the school at (780)467-5557.

Noon Hours Supervisor Needed

We are in need of a noon supervisor.  This is a paid position.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Mrs. Marler at or call (780)467-5557.

Noon Supervision Fees Reduced!

We have reduced our noon supervision fees to $75.00 for Grade 1 - 6 students and $37.50 for Kindergarten students.  If you have already paid this fee, the credit will be applied to other fees.

International Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record-breaking participation – each October. Today, schools across Canada participate every October.  International Walk to School Day is on October 2.  

What Not To Do In the Library

Attendance Matters

Students are most successful academically when they are at school.  Too many absences can cause a student to start to fall behind.  For all students, learning to attend school regularly can help them develop the skills of persistence and perseverance which can help them succeed in school. 

Examples of excused absences:

  • Student illness.
  • Death in the student’s immediate family.
  • Observance of a religious holiday.
  • Medical reasons such as a Doctor’s appointment.
  • Lice
  • Pink eye
  • Temperature higher than 100ºF even after taking medicine
  • Throwing up or have diarrhea

Examples of unexcused absences include:

  • Babysitting  
  • Sleeping In
  • Skipping
  • Vacations  (please coordinate your family holidays with the school calendar) 

Daily attendance is important for all students. Students who attend school regularly are more engaged in learning, have a greater sense of belonging in the community, and are more likely to obtain a high school diploma.

Thank you for bringing your student to school!

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day: October 5

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Launched in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world to recognize teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all of its students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for their teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.

New this year, to honour the day, EIPS kick-started a new contest inviting friends, family, students and staff to share a story about how a teacher inspired them. Thank you to all those who have shared stories to date. Collectively they tell a story about the vital role teachers play in shaping the minds of youth and supporting their journey of success.

EIPS extends a heartfelt thank you to all its teachers for their dedication, hard work and commitment in guiding and educating our students through their kindergarten to Grade 12 years.

Active School Travel (AST)

DCE is partnering with Ever Active Schools with a program called Active School Travel and Stepping Towards a Greener Tomorrow.

Our goal is to make it safer for students to come to school while increasing their activity as they travel to school.  Another benefit from this program is the positive environmental impact as we reduce the amount of traffic and pollution around the school.

Check out this information on the benefits of having your child walk or wheel to school.

October 2nd is International Walk to School Day! Let's try and beat our last record of 54% active students on Walk or Wheel Wednesday (WOWW) a couple of weeks ago.

Wellness Committee

Are you feeling stuck on after school snack time? Pass along this simple recipe to your keen child and have them prepare a healthy snack. Some adult assistance required.

Reminder Orange Shirt Day is on Monday, September 30. Shirts will be coming home today. Check out Phyllis’ Story for information on the significance of this important day.

Our next meeting is set for Monday, October 21st at 6:30 at the school library. If you have any questions or feedback, please email  

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