KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMMING SURVEY
Throughout the month of May, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is conducting a survey regarding its Kindergarten programming. In December, the Board of Trustees motioned EIPS to complete public consultations in Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan to determine the community’s interest in a full-day Kindergarten program operating on alternating days.
In April, teachers and parents throughout the division attended a series of focus groups discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a half-day program and an alternating full-day kindergarten program. The information gathered from those focus groups guided the questions and the focus in the upcoming Kindergarten Programming Survey. The survey will be made available on May 11 and will remain open until May 29.
Once the survey is complete, the data will be analyzed, and in June, a report for information will be submitted to the EIPS Board of Trustees Education Committee. The Board will then determine if further steps are required.
All surveys are anonymous and provide important information that allows EIPS to gather feedback on the programming its students receive. We encourage you to share your thoughts.
To complete the Kindergarten Programming Survey please visit www.eips.cabetween May 11 and May 29.
LITTLE ELK ISLAND ADVENTURES: REGISTRATION
Elk Island Public Schools is once again offering its Little Elk Island Adventures, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders.
Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventures to new riders, and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about: school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding, and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both students and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned while adventuring out on a short ride.
The Little Elk Island Adventures are for first-time school bus riders entering the 2015-2016 school year. Sessions and times are available in these locations:
Fort Christian/Fort Elementary September 1 5 p.m.
Fort Christian/Fort Elementary September 1 5:45 p.m.
Fort Christian/Fort Elementary September 3 10 a.m.
Fort Christian School is located at 9806 101 St., Fort Saskatchewan
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for this year’s Little Elk Island Adventures visit http://goo.gl/forms/hJ3qIPrmQr.
More information regarding busing for Kindergarten students can be found at: http://www.eips.ca/kindergarten-faq.
COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING: UPDATE
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is pleased to announce it will be piloting its new elementary report cards in the 2015-2016 school year. Developed by EIPS, the report cards are designed to enrich achievement for students in grades 1 to 6 and enhance the quality of education within EIPS by building strong partnerships among students, teachers, and parents.
Last year, EIPS established a Communicating Student Learning committee, made up of parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and central office staff. Using feedback from close to 1,000 parents and 400 principals and teachers, the committee has produced an innovative reporting system focused on student achievement in academic outcomes and learner attributes.
Teachers will continue to assess all areas of the current programs of studies. What will change is the way in which student learning is reported. Using a five-point numeric scoring scale, teachers will indicate student achievement in clear, parent-friendly categories in each subject. The current EPAL scale will no longer be used. Additionally, the reports card will also allow teachers to report personalized information about each student in relation to learner attributes, areas of strength, areas for growth, and next steps.
EIPS is excited about its new method of communicating student learning, it’s innovative, inclusive, and based on what stakeholders have indicated they want to see in a reporting system. The pilot will take place in 11 EIPS elementary schools. The full implementation of the report cards will take place in 2016-2017 school year. Win Ferguson Elementary is NOT one of the pilot schools, for next year.
Final School Council/PTA Meeting for 2014-15
Our May 2015 Newsletter is now available!
There are many important events and special days at "The School that SHINES", this month. You can also click on the calendar on the website to view the latest up-to-date information!
Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review
In February 2014, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) received the announcement regarding a new ECS-Grade 9 school in Fort Saskatchewan. As you are aware, the new school is scheduled to open in September 2016 and will relieve some of the enrolment pressures currently existing in the Fort Saskatchewan elementary and junior high schools.
EIPS is pleased to announce it recently completed phase one of the Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review consultation process. It is now moving ahead with phase two—the design options for the new school boundaries. In March, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the Boundary Review timelines. The changes will allow EIPS administrators the time it needs to contract a planner to assist with the boundary review process and consultation to ensure adequate time and expertise is put into the process. All of the information gathered during the consultation process will help inform the recommendations on new boundaries that is scheduled to come forward to the Board for approval in the fall of 2015.
Throughout the boundary review process, EIPS will be providing updates and key information on the New Fort Saskatchewan School at www.eips.ca/fortsask-newschool. Please check back throughout the year for the latest information.
REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN
Do you know a child who will start Kindergarten in fall 2015? Registration for the 2015-2016 school year is underway. Children are eligible to enrol in Kindergarten for the upcoming school year if they will be five years old on or before December 31, 2015.
Check out the Elk Island Public Schools division website at www.eips.ca/kindergarten for information about Kindergarten programs, registration details, and division information. The 2015-2016 Kindergarten guide, Kindergarten, It’s Only the Beginning, is also available online and in free magazine racks throughout the community. Our school website, also provides specific details about our Kindergarten program.
Win Ferguson Community School Kindergarten Orientation Night was on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:15 pm in our gymnasium.
New Kindergarten students will have their first visit to Win Ferguson on June 3rd. Details and times have been sent to parents.
The Leader in Me
7 HABITS IN THE SCHOOL THAT SHINES!
For the first two months of school, we’ll review all the 7 habits and then throughout the rest of the year, we’ll focus on one habit per month. At the beginning of the year, time is spent refreshing the 7 habits language and then throughout the rest of the year we will learn how to live and model the 7 habits in everything we do!
Click here for Leader in Me Brochure
Click here for The Leader in Me Parent Guide
If you would like to know more about the Leader in Me initiative, please see the "Leader in Me" tab located in the "About Us" section of this website.
The 7 Habits are Dynamite!
The Staff of Win Ferguson School have synergized to create a 7 Habits music video for our students! Check it out!
Win Ferguson Community School has a tradition of excellence in all of its programming. Our dedicated staff works diligently to ensure the needs of all students are met. This is a tradition we are extremely proud of. In addition to an exemplary staff and student body, we are fortunate to have a committed group of outstanding parents and community members who support our school programs and activities.
There are many wonderful and exciting learning opportunities that take place throughout the school year. From Opening Day to our Year-end Celebration, these activities promote lifelong learning in an environment that is both supported and nurtured by our learning community.
We believe the education of our students is best achieved by a team approach that includes the child, the home and the school. The development and maintenance of this partnership is truly vital. We look forward to working together in the best interests of each one of our students. We understand that our children are society's most precious resource.
We are very proud to be "The School that SHINES!"
Have a wonderful year!
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