Weekly News

February 18, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

Happy long weekend everyone!  Whether it is sledding, skating, hockey games or movies, I hope everyone finds a way to share the weekend with their loved ones!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Basketball

Boys ~  Tuesday, Feb. 20th @ Elm Street 3:30 - 4:10

Girls ~   Tuesday, Feb. 20th @ Elm Street 4:20 - 5:00
Both teams are to go home after school and return 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. Both teams are against Ecole Sur Mer.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Staff Appreciation Week -  A huge thank you to our Home and School Committee and parents who treated us to many treats this past week for Staff Appreciation Week.  Treat trolley, mailbox treats and drop offs from many of you were a welcoming treat and very much appreciated. Thank you.

Kindergarten Registration - If you have a child starting school next year and don’t yet have them registered, please call the school right away!  It is important to have all pre-K students registered and ready to roll!

Phone numbers - We think it is important for all children, K-6, to know at least one phone number for a parent or grownup in their life.  In the case of an emergency, your child will be grateful to know how to contact you.  Many children don’t know an emergency phone number.  Please make it a goal to teach your child your number… you never know when it will come in handy!

Milk - A credit was added to anyone’s account who ordered milk for Feb 19th. There is no school for Family Day! 

Next ordering window for Milk: Ordering window opens Sat. Feb 24th and closes Thurs. Feb 29th at 12PM (Noon). Milk will be delivered: March 4th - March 15

Lost and Found - The lost and found is filled to the top again!  There are some pictures on Facebook.  Please stop by and have a peek for all your lost items!  What isn’t claimed by March break will be donated!

Kindergarten Food Drive - February 21st will mark the 100th day of school. Our primary classes have been keeping track of the days of school and plan to celebrate the 100th day! This year KA, KB, KC and KD will be trying to collect 100 food items to donate to the local food bank. If you’d like to send in a non-perishable food item, we will start the collection! 

ELM STREET SCHOOL CLOTHING - We will have a second round of Elm Street school clothing orders! Deadline for the 2nd order is Thursday, March 7. Grade 6 students can have the 24 with the student signatures on the back of the t-shirt, hoody, ¾ length shirt and the NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt.  Order forms are available in the office or library.

Prices:

  • Hoody - $35.00
  • T-shirt - $15.00
  • Shorts - $25.00
  • Sweatpants - $30.00
  • ¾ length cotton shirt - $30.00
  • NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt - $30.00                                                                

Also available:

  • Water bottle red with black - $8.00
  • Winter togue - $10.00 

 COSPEI Gold Rush - Interested in supporting our Home and School with little effort and the potential to win a jackpot? Elm Street Elementary School is a participating school in the Creating Opportunities for Students on PEI (COSPEI) Gold Rush! It’s an ongoing year-round weekly raffle that raises funds for participating schools across the island. Each time you play, you directly support the Home and School! For more information or to sign up to play, please go to https://causable.io/cospei. Please note: supporters must be 19 years of age or older to play. 

Dental Clinic - The Dental Preventive Clinic will be operating at Elm Street Elementary beginning late February 2024.   

Purpose of Dental Clinic: Screen children to assess risk of oral disease; provide oral health education, topical fluoride, scaling/polishing and sealants, according to your child's individual needs.

Screening: All children will be seen for a two-minute screening to determine their risk of oral disease. If you do not wish your child to have this dental screening, please notify the school secretary or classroom teacher.

Consent: After the screening, all children will be given a consent form which will be necessary for you to complete and return before services are provided.

Fees: There is no cost involved as the preventive services are covered by the School Oral Health Preventative Program.

Contact: If you have any questions about the program, please contact the dental staff at the school or the Dental Public Health Clinic in Summerside at (902) 888-8145.

Further Information: Please note that only preventive services will be provided and this screening is not a substitute for an annual dental examination. It is strongly recommended that parents take their children to a dentist for regular examinations and treatment. In addition, Health PEI has launched a new Provincial Dental Care Program.  For more information, see our website:  HealthPEI.ca/Dental Health.

 Upcoming Dates: (to keep track of)

February 19 - Islander Day - NO SCHOOL!

February 28 - Pink Shirt Day; Eagle Time (Growth mind-set)

February 29 - Leap year!

March 5 - Report cards go home

March 7 - Parent Teacher Interviews in evening

March 8 - No classes for students; Parent Teacher interviews in the morning

March 20 - Eagle Time (Lift Others)

March 22 - March Break begins!!

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

 

February 11, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

What a warm Sunday we have!  Puddles instead of ice and sunshine instead of wind!  My 5 month old puppy is absolutely loving the weather and should be plenty tired tonight!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Basketball 

Boys ~  Monday, Feb. 12th Practice 2:45 - 3:45 

Girls ~ Tuesday, Feb. 13th Practice 2:45 - 3:45

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Bus 528 Driver Update - Starting on Monday, Feb 12th, Joe Myers will be the new permanent driver. 

Staffing Updates - Welcome to Mya Stewart who is starting with us as an EA this week!  Mya has been a regular substitute and is excited to be joining the Elm Street team!  Also welcome to Mya Chisolm who will be doing her UPEI Practice Teaching with Mme Giselle in 2B!  This week is Mr Durelle’s last week before he retires on Friday!  We wish him well as he heads off to other adventures.  We will welcome Julia Ross next week in the counseling role.

Milk - Next ordering window: Ordering window opens Saturday Feb 10th and closes Thursday Feb 15th at 12:00 (noon) Milk will be delivered from February 20 to March 1.  

Kindergarten Food Drive - February 21st will mark the 100th day of school. Our primary classes have been keeping track of the days of school and plan to celebrate the 100th day! This year KA, KB, KC and KD will be trying to collect 100 food items to donate to the local food bank. If you’d like to send in a non-perishable food item, we will start the collection! 

ELM STREET SCHOOL CLOTHING - We will have a second round of Elm Street school clothing orders! Deadline for the 2nd order is Thursday, March 7. Grade 6 students can have the 24 with the student signatures on the back of the t-shirt, hoody, ¾ length shirt and the NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt.  Order forms are available in the office or library.

Prices:

  • Hoody - $35.00
  • T-shirt - $15.00
  • Shorts - $25.00
  • Sweatpants - $30.00
  • ¾ length cotton shirt - $30.00
  • NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt - $30.00                                                                

Also available:

  • Water bottle red with black - $8.00
  • Winter togue - $10.00 

Valentines - As was mentioned a few weeks ago, we will be celebrating Valentine’s day at Elm Street!  Teachers will send home first names of classmates in the event your child wishes to prepare valentines for the class.  We will not be accepting class sets of treats or food, and instead the Home and School will provide a treat to all students that week!

Winter Wellness Week (February 12-16) - This will be a busy week at Elm Street!  It is Winter Wellness week AND Staff appreciation week.  The Home and School has a variety of appreciation things planned for staff and the Winterwell committee is planning for students.  Each class is going bowling and the homeroom teacher will email you with specific dates/times and details.  We will not have an alternate activity planned for students who don’t want to bowl.  Classes have the option of other winter activities next week and all students will enjoy a fun sock hop on Friday!  And if students wish, we have some fun dress up theme’s planned for the week… just dig into the back of your closet! 

Monday, Feb 12th ~ Show and Share your love of “Dress like a Staff Member Day”

Tuesday, Feb 13th ~ Show and Share your love of Plaid ~ “Plaid and Wool Socks Day”

Wednesday, Feb 14th ~ Show and Share your love of Valentines Day ~ “Red, White and Pink Day”

Thursday, Feb 15th ~ Show and Share Dress Alike Day ~ “Dress the same as a friend (s) “

Friday, Feb. 16th ~  Show and Share Love of Comfort Day ~ “Dress in comfy clothes or PJs”

COSPEI Gold Rush - Interested in supporting our Home and School with little effort and the potential to win a jackpot? Elm Street Elementary School is a participating school in the Creating Opportunities for Students on PEI (COSPEI) Gold Rush! It’s an ongoing year-round weekly raffle that raises funds for participating schools across the island. Each time you play, you directly support the Home and School! For more information or to sign up to play, please go to https://causable.io/cospei. Please note: supporters must be 19 years of age or older to play. 

Upcoming Dates: (to keep track of)

February 12-16 - Winter Wellness Week; Staff Appreciation Week

February 16 - Mr. Durelle’s last day

February 19 - Islander Day - NO SCHOOL!

February 28 - Pink Shirt Day; Eagle Time (Growth mind-set)

February 29 - Leap year!

March 5 - Report cards go home

March 7 - Parent Teacher Interviews in evening

March 8 - No classes for students; Parent Teacher interviews in the morning

March 20 - Eagle Time (Lift Others)

March 22 - March Break begins!!

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

February 8, 2024

Elm Street Families -

We are excited to have so much snow to lead into our Winter Wellness Week at Elm Street taking place next week, February 12th - 16th.  Below is a breakdown of what we have planned for our students!

The following themes are completely optional for your child to participate in - the intent is to share in school spirit and dig into our closets to see what we already have to use for each day!

Monday ~ Dress Like a Staff Member Day

Tuesday ~ Dress in Plaid and Wool Socks Day

Wednesday ~ Red, White and Pink Day for Valentine’s Day

Thursday ~ Dress Alike Day with a friend(s)

Friday ~ Cozy Clothes and/or PJ Day

Bowling ~ We are taking our students bowling at the Credit Union Place!  We will be walking to and from the CUP so no buses are needed for transportation. Thanks to the Home and School who are covering the cost ($2.00/student) so no money needs to be sent in. Your child’s  teacher will email what day and time your child’s class is scheduled to bowl. Alternate activities will not be provided during the class bowling time… so if your child doesn’t want to bowl, they will go with their class to the CUP to watch! The canteen or vending machines at the CUP will not be an option!

Valentine’s Day on Wednesday ~   Please do not send in any treats with your child on this day to share with their classmates. In lieu of treats being taken in from home, our Home and School are providing fruit trays to each homeroom class as a healthy treat.  If your child is bringing in Valentines, please make sure they have one for every class member.

Friday Sock Hop ~ We will end the week with a scheduled sock hop dance throughout Friday morning. A sock hop is a dance held in the gym where we play music and dance. Your child’s class will have a 25 minute time slot to have some fun dancing with their friends and classmates. 

Other Activities ~ Each class will have the option to participate in other activities throughout the week as well.  Each teacher will plan that accordingly!

Staff Appreciation Week ~  Next week is Staff Appreciation Week! To show appreciation, our Home and School are scheduling treats to be taken in for our staff at various times throughout the week.  That said, if you’d like to show your appreciation for our staff, please feel free to do that in whatever way makes sense to you!

 

Wishing all of you a great rest of your week.

 

Mrs. Doyle & Ms. J

 

 

February 4, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

What a beautiful weekend to be outdoors and enjoy our winter with snow and warmer temperatures! We are heading into our last few days of January. Wishing all of you a great week ahead. 

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Basketball

Boys Practice ~ Monday, January 29th from 2:45 - 3:45

Girls Practice ~ Tuesday, January 30th from 2:45 - 3:45

**No games this week.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Milk - Next ordering window: Saturday Jan 27 to Thursday Feb 1 at 12:00pm (noon). Milk will be delivered from Feb 5th to Feb 16th. 

Bus Driver's Update ~ Bus 520 (Gerry V’s original run) now has Robert Geiss as their permanent driver. Same number, same route. Only thing that has changed is the driver. Robert will do this run for the remainder of the year.  Robert’s driver of his original run is now Teresa Twijnstra. Teresa will be driving this run until the position has been filled permanently.  

COSPEI Gold Rush - Interested in supporting our Home and School with little effort and the potential to win a jackpot? Elm Street Elementary School is a participating school in the Creating Opportunities for Students on PEI (COSPEI) Gold Rush! It’s an ongoing year-round weekly raffle that raises funds for participating schools across the island. Each time you play, you directly support the Home and School! For more information or to sign up to play, please go to https://causable.io/cospei. Please note: supporters must be 19 years of age or older to play. 

Important Dates Coming Up:

Upcoming Dates: (to keep track of)

February 7-9 - IEP meetings for parents whose children have an IEP

February 12-16 - Winter Wellness Week; Staff Appreciation Week

February 16 - Mr. Durelle’s last day

February 19 - Islander Day - NO SCHOOL!

February 28 - Pink Shirt Day; Eagle Time (Growth mind-set)

February 29 - Leap year!

March 5 - Report cards go home

March 7 - Parent Teacher Interviews in evening

March 8 - No classes for students; Parent Teacher interviews in the morning

March 20 - Eagle Time (Lift Others)

March 22 - March Break begins!!

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

January 28, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

What a beautiful weekend to be outdoors and enjoy our winter with snow and warmer temperatures! We are heading into our last few days of January. Wishing all of you a great week ahead. 

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Basketball

Boys Practice ~ Monday, January 29th from 2:45 - 3:45

Girls Practice ~ Tuesday, January 30th from 2:45 - 3:45

**No games this week.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Milk - Next ordering window: Saturday Jan 27 to Thursday Feb 1 at 12:00pm (noon). Milk will be delivered from Feb 5th to Feb 16th. 

Bus Drivers Update ~ Bus 520 (Gerry V’s original run) now has Robert Geiss as their permanent driver. Same number, same route. Only thing that has changed is the driver. Robert will do this run for the remainder of the year.  Robert’s driver of his original run is now Teresa Twijnstra. Teresa will be driving this run until the position has been filled permanently.  

COSPEI Gold Rush - Interested in supporting our Home and School with little effort and the potential to win a jackpot? Elm Street Elementary School is a participating school in the Creating Opportunities for Students on PEI (COSPEI) Gold Rush! It’s an ongoing year-round weekly raffle that raises funds for participating schools across the island. Each time you play, you directly support the Home and School! For more information or to sign up to play, please go to https://causable.io/cospei. Please note: supporters must be 19 years of age or older to play. 

Important Dates Coming Up:

Upcoming Dates: (to keep track of)

February 7-9 - IEP meetings for parents whose children have an IEP

February 12-16 - Winter Wellness Week; Staff Appreciation Week

February 16 - Mr. Durelle’s last day

February 19 - Islander Day - NO SCHOOL!

February 28 - Pink Shirt Day; Eagle Time (Growth mind-set)

February 29 - Leap year!

March 5 - Report cards go home

March 7 - Parent Teacher Interviews in evening

March 8 - No classes for students; Parent Teacher interviews in the morning

March 20 - Eagle Time (Lift Others)

March 22 - March Break begins!!

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

January 21, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

It was a cold week last week with lots of wind and ice!  When it is -20 or below, we don’t go out to play but when it is warmer than -20 we do!  So, please please please ensure your children are dressed for success on the cold playground.  When they are warm they have a ton of fun regardless of the temperature!  

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Monday, January 22nd 

Boys Basketball Game ~   @  Greenfield from 3:30 - 4:10

Girls Basketball Game ~  @ Greenfield from 4:20 - 5:00 

There will be no practices this week for boys or girls. Just the game on Monday for basketball this week.  Please arrive at Greenfield 15 minutes before the game, take indoor sneakers, water bottle and basketball jersey.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Gymnastics Zone Competition - The Zone gymnastics meet runs throughout the school day at Elm Street and parents are welcome to attend.  Pre-Novice (grade 3 and 4) are from 9:30-11:30 and will be doing floor routines and vaults.  Novice, bantam and intermediate (grades 5-9) are from 12 noon to 2pm and will also be doing floor routines and vaults.  We are looking forward to this event and watching our athletes flourish!

Mr Durelle’s Retiring - As of Friday, February 16, Mr. Durelle (our school counselor) will be retiring!  He has lots of new adventures planned that include some travel and time with his family in New Brunswick.  Mr. Durelle is looking for an understated send-off and we will honor his wishes with some low-key pats on the back in school, but please feel free to reach out directly to him with well wishes and congratulations!

New Counsellor - Starting on Tuesday, February 20, Julia Ross will join our team as the new School Counsellor.  Welcome Julia!

Ice on the playground - With winter, comes ice, cold temperatures and snow.  This past week our playground had a lot of ice covered areas. As always, we do our very best to have our staff and students walk around or walk carefully on the icy surfaces.  Please remind your children to continue to be careful as we navigate through these winter month conditions. 

Milk - Next ordering window: Saturday Jan 27 to Thursday Feb 1 at 12:00pm (noon). Milk will be delivered from Feb 5th to Feb 16th. 

COSPEI Gold Rush - Interested in supporting our Home and School with little effort and the potential to win a jackpot? Elm Street Elementary School is a participating school in the Creating Opportunities for Students on PEI (COSPEI) Gold Rush! It’s an ongoing year-round weekly raffle that raises funds for participating schools across the island. Each time you play, you directly support the Home and School! For more information or to sign up to play, please go to https://causable.io/cospei. Please note: supporters must be 19 years of age or older to play. 

Valentines Day - Valentine's Day is fast approaching which is always a day of fun in a school!  We remind parents that we don’t allow class treats or food, but students are allowed to bring valentines for their classmates! 

KD - Wednesday, January 30 will be the last day for Mme Brooke in KD and Thursday, February 1 will be the first day for Mme Erin in KD!

Kindergarten Registration - If you have not yet registered your child for Kindergarten, please reach out this week!  

Important Dates Coming Up:

Wednesday, January 24 - Elm Street hosting Zone gymnastics meet

Thursday, January 25 - EAGLE time! The value of focus is Accepting

Friday, January 26 - Family Literacy Day

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

January 14, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

We have the first week of January under our belts and are in the thick of winter.  We have had our first snow day, and the winter weather is testing our patience with the wind and cold temperatures!  The good news is that students love playing in the snow and as long as they are dressed well, the cold weather doesn’t dampen our moods!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Monday, January 15th from 2:30 - 3:30 Practice after school (No games this week for Elm)

Tuesday, January 16th from 2:30 - 3:30 Practice after school (No games this week for Elm)

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Kindergarten Registration - If you have not yet registered your child for Kindergarten for the fall of 2024 OR you know of someone who hasn’t, please, please, please reach out to the school.  These numbers provide very important information to the school and the Public Schools branch in preparing for September.

Gerry’s (Bus 520) Replacement - This past Friday, Gerry V had a wonderful send off by students he drives along with other Elm Street drivers to help acknowledge his retirement. He asked us to thank all of your children and that he truly loved seeing your kids each day. He will be missed. Teresa Twijnstra will be the driver of Gerry's route starting Monday until the role is filled permanently. 

Cutlery - Neither the school or hot lunch program provide cutlery to students for their lunches.  Students have come up with creative ways to eat items that need a spoon or a fork, but it would be helpful if these utensils were packed from home. Please remember to pack a fork! 

Student Attendance - Arriving at school on time and being present each day is very important for students.  Here are some advantages to Being on Time to School:

• Smooth transition period - students who arrive at school with time to spare have the opportunity to settle into the classroom, prepare their materials and focus their minds on the lessons to come.

• Important information – a typical school day starts with announcements and introductions to new lessons and concepts. Students who show up late may miss out on important details and be unprepared for future class events or key learning concepts.

• Develops long-term positive habits – when students show up on time to school every day, they develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments.

• Self-esteem - arriving on time every day makes children feel good about themselves.

Arriving on time for school ensures that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert. Set your child up for success and make certain he/she arrives at school on time.  And if you are struggling with this, please reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Doyle or Ms. J - WE CAN HELP!

Important Dates Coming Up:

Thursday, January 18th @ 6:30 - Home and School Meeting

Wednesday, January 24 - Elm Street hosting Zone gymnastics meet

Thursday, January 25 - EAGLE time! The value of focus is Accepting

Friday, January 26 - Family Literacy Day

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

January 7, 2024

Hello Elm Street Families -  

Happy New Year to you and your families. Looking forward to getting all our students back on Monday to kick off a fresh start and six months of learning and working together.  

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Boys Basketball -  Boys play at Elm Street at 3:30 against Athena. Boys are to go home after school and be back at school for 3:15. 

Girls Basketball - Girls play at Elm Street at 4:20 against Athena. Girls are asked to arrive for the game by 4:00.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Gerry VanOurwerkerk’s Last Day before Retirement ~ Gerry is and has been one of our Elm Street bus drivers for the past eighteen years. We will have our students make cards and signs to share with him on his last day which is Friday, January 8th. He is currently driving Bus 520. We wish Gerry all the best in his retirement. We will let you know Gerry’s replacement bus driver when PSB shares with us.

Weather Related Announcements -  With winter arriving, we ask you to continue to listen to radio and PSB website & Facebook for one hour delays, early dismissals or no school days. If there is an hour delay, students are to arrive at school no earlier than 9:10.  

Dress for the Weather -  Speaking of winter, we remind you how important it is for your children to dress for cold winter conditions.  Please provide and send in mittens, hats, warm outerwear for your child so they are dressed warmly for outdoor recess, lunch and other activities that have them be outdoors. Students (and staff) go outside every day unless the weather is showing -20 degrees or colder.  January and February are looking cold so please ensure students are prepared each day of the week.

Kindergarten Registration - The official kindergarten registration week was in November, HOWEVER, we will take your registrations any time!  Planning for the 2024-2025 school year starts NOW and much of that relies on having accurate Kindergarten registration numbers.  It determines teacher assignments, funding decisions, how many kindergarten classes we have, class lists and so much more!  So… if you have not yet registered your child for kindergarten or you know someone who hasn’t, please make that a priority for January!  Even if you aren’t sure yet on French vs. English, please come chat with us.  Having accurate numbers is VERY important!!

Important Dates Coming Up:

Thursday, January 18th @ 6:30 - Home and School Meeting

 Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! 

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

December 17, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families,      

As we turn into the last week of classes before the holiday break, we’d like to thank the Elm Street families and the community for their incredible generosity in supporting families this Christmas season.  We have said many times that it takes a village to raise a child and this community has stepped up!  We are proud of our students, our families and our community!

And this week… the Pig Kissing adventure will finally happen!  Piggly Wiggly will join our assembly on Thursday afternoon and Ms J will figure out the best way to share a Christmas kiss with the pig!  Should be fun (and interesting)!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Boys Basketball -  NO BASKETBALL THIS WEEK after school.

Girls Basketball -  NO BASKETBALL THIS WEEK after school.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held this Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Christmas Theme Activities - Below you will find the list of the many activities we will be having during the last couple weeks of school!  Our staff has worked hard to provide some fun holiday activities for students to enjoy!  Thank you for not sending in class treats and we are excited to provide a treat to all students on December 21.

After Christmas - For students, school begins on Monday, January 8.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Monday, December 18 - Sweater Weather ~ Wear your Holiday Sweater/Shirt

Monday, December 18 - Our grades 4-6 choir will be visiting Wedgewood Manor to sing and deliver homemade cards to the residents

Tuesday, December 19 - Rudolph Day ~ Wear as Much Red as you can

Tuesday, December 19 - School Wide Trivia challenge & Grade 6s attending a CAPs game

Wednesday, December 20 - Christmas Movie Marathon ~ Dress Like a Christmas Character & Christmas Treat provided for all students

Thursday, December 21 - Rockin Around the Christmas Tree ~ Rock out your Christmas look

Thursday, December 21 - Sock hop for all students, Assembly (including the Pig Kissing!), and a treat for all students

Friday, December 22 - Merry Merry Morning ~ Wear your PJs

Friday, December 22 - Homeroom decorating contest judging & Grade 6s vs Staff Basketball Game

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles! Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas with your families and an amazing 2024 year ahead.

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

December 10, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families,      

It is so hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of December!  In some ways, it feels like we just started school in September.  The students and staff have been working hard to prepare a wonderful holiday concert for you and they are excited for everyone to see the result!  December is an exciting time of year for many but a challenging and uncertain time for some as well.  Please talk to your children about being kind and having empathy for those who may be less fortunate than others.    

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Christmas Concert Update -  Concert week is here and we are excited!  Here is what you need to know about the concert:

  • The Elm Street concerts will be held on Tuesday, December 12 (Dec 13 is the snow date).  
  • The K-3 concert will begin at 9:30am and the 4-6 concert will begin at 1:00pm, and each will be about 1 hour in length. 
  • Doors will open 30 min before, so 9:00am for the K-3 concert and 12:30pm for the 4-6 concert.
  • Please do not wear scent products and please plan to stay for the entire concert!  
  • If families would like siblings from other classes to attend, please let the teachers know ahead of time. 
  • If you are taking your child home after the concert, please let the teachers know ahead of time.
  • Students are welcome to dress up as they wish on concert day! Feel free to add a Santa hat, reindeer ears or other festive touches – but please nothing distracting (eg. a light-up necklace). 
  • Each student is asked to bring a battery operated candle for the traditional finale of silent night at the end of each concert.
  • Tickets for the “Best Seat in the House” will be on sale at the door if you missed them!
  • We will be collecting a Free Will Offering at the door if you wish to make a donation.
  • If you require accommodation (e.g. a family member is in a wheelchair), please email Ms J (eijohnston@edu.pe.ca).

Boys Basketball -  NO BASKETBALL THIS WEEK  (Due to Christmas Concert Set Up)

Girls Basketball - NO BASKETBALL THIS WEEK (Due to Christmas Concert Set Up)

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held every Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students. 

Milk - The ordering window opens on Saturday Dec. 9th and closes at 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday Dec. 15th for Milk delivery from Dec. 18th - 22nd. 

Christmas Theme Activities - Below you will find the list of the many activities we will be having during the last couple weeks of school!  Our staff has worked hard to provide some fun holiday activities for students to enjoy!  Thank you for not sending in class treats and we are excited to provide a treat to all students on December 21.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Tuesday, December 12 - Christmas Concert K- 3 @ 9:30 and 4 - 6 @ 1:00

Monday, December 18 - Sweater Weather ~ Wear your Holiday Sweater/Shirt

Monday, December 18 - Our grades 4-6 choir will be visiting Wedgewood Manor to sing and deliver homemade cards to the residents

Tuesday, December 19 - Rudolph Day ~ Wear as Much Red as you can

Tuesday, December 19 - School Wide Trivia challenge & Grade 6s attending a CAPs game

Wednesday, December 20 - Christmas Movie Marathon ~ Dress Like a Christmas Character

Wednesday, December 20 - Grade 6s vs. Staff Basketball game

Thursday, December 21 - Rockin Around the Christmas Tree ~ Rock out your Christmas look

Thursday, December 21 - Sock hop for all students, Assembly (including the Pig Kissing!), and a treat for all students

Friday, December 22 - Merry Merry Morning ~ Wear your PJs

Friday, December 22 - Homeroom decorating contest judging!

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

December 3, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -      

December is here and we are on the countdown to Christmas!  It was wonderful seeing so many of your Friday night at the Summerside Christmas parade!                                                           

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Best Seat in the House -  You can buy a ticket to win a chance at some comfy, cozy chairs during the Christmas concert!  Right up front! Tickets will be sent home with all students on Monday, December 4th and are asked to be returned by Monday, December 11th. These tickets can be sold to family members or friends that are attending our Elm Street Christmas Concert.  All money raised from ticket sales goes to our Christmas Families. Tickets are one for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.  K-3 tickets are pink and Grades 4-6 are yellow.  We thank Furniture Gallery in advance for lending two cozy chairs for our concert day.

Christmas Concert Update -  We are fast approaching Christmas Concert season and work is well underway in the music room!  The Elm Street concerts will once again be divided into a K-3 concert and a 4-6 concert, and will be held on Tuesday, December 12 (Dec 13 is the snow date).  The K-3 concert will be at 9:30am and the 4-6 concert will be at 1:00pm, and each will be about 1 hour in length. Doors will open 30 min before.  Please do not wear scent products and please plan to staff for the entire concert!  If families would like siblings to attend, please let the teachers know ahead of time.  Students are welcome to dress up as they wish on concert day! Feel free to add a Santa hat, reindeer ears or other festive touches – but please nothing distracting (ex: a light-up necklace). 

PJ Day - A huge thank you for the PJ donations!  We raised almost $600 to support a family at Christmas!

Boys  Basketball Game ~  Monday, December 4th  from 3:00 - 3:40 @ Miscouche School.  Reminder to all players that they will need their own drive to and from the game, bring their Elm Street jersey, indoor sneakers and water bottle.

Girls Basketball Game - Monday, December 4th from 3:50 - 4:30 @ Miscouche School.

Reminder to all players that they will need their own drive to and from the game, bring their Elm Street jersey, indoor sneakers and water bottle.

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held every Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students.

CAPs Game - On Tuesday, December 19, our grade 6s will be attending a CAPs game at the CUP.  More details are coming.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Monday, December 4th - Tickets for “Best Seat in the House” 

Tuesday, December 12 - Christmas Concert K- 3 @ 9:30 and 4 - 6 @ 1:00

Monday, December 18 - Sweater Weather ~ Wear your Holiday Sweater/Shirt

Tuesday, December 19 - Rudolph Day ~ Wear as Much Red as you can

Wednesday, December 20 - Christmas Movie Marathon ~ Dress Like a Christmas Character

Thursday, December 21 - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree ~ Rock out your Christmas look

Friday, December 22 - Merry Merry Morning ~ Wear your PJs

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

November 27, 2023

Good morning Elm Street Families - 

A couple additional things to share this morning!

We have a Home & School Meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the library!  See you there!

Also, very happy to report that we had 80% attendance at Parent Teacher Interviews last week! That is the most I have ever seen in my career!  Well done Elm Street!  Our staff are so appreciative of the connections and conversations between school and homes!  The prizes were drawn this morning and the winners are:

Island Hill Farms - Charlie Crawford

Off the Walls Axe Throwing - Adalynn White

Greco Pizza - Paige Bridges

Pizza Delight - Briar MacHattie

Harbour Front Theatre, Snow White Show - Neveah Compton

Generation XX Birthday Party - AJ Jeffery

A1 Pizza - Harnak Singh

Islanders Tickets - Tessa Drummond, Sunny Myers, Louise Cameron-McCann, 

CUP Swimming - Marlie Grady, Emmanuel Gabriel

CUP Bowling - Arie Arsenault, Lilly Wilson

Holman's Ice Cream - Jett Rae

Lastly, and as mentioned in the weekly email, we will have a PJ day on Thursday and will accept donations to support our Families Helping Family Christmas initiative!  Thank you for helping out where you can!

Happy Monday!

Ms J

November 26, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families,      

We hope each of you had a great weekend and are getting ready for the busy month of December.  Wishing each of you a great week ahead. Below are the details of this week’s  and upcoming events.                                                                    

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Parent Teacher Interviews - A huge shout out to all the families who attend parent teacher interviews!  It was a great turn out!  It is so important for home and school to work together to support our children!  We will do the prize draws Monday morning and let you know of the winners!

Fundraiser Prizes - We are pleased to announce that the pie fundraiser was an incredible success!  We sold 1691 pies!  I guess Ms J is kissing a pig! The top selling K-3 class and winner of the Happy Meal party is KA who sold 283 pies.  The top selling 4-6 class and the winner of the pizza party is 4B who sold 134 pies.  Top seller in the school is Ella Jenkins (145 pies), second place seller is Charlie Crawford (89 pies) and third place seller is Graham Morrison (64 pies).  Shout out to Charlie Waugh and his parents for arranging for the pig to visit sometime later in December!

Pajama Day on Thursday - Each year our school does various initiatives to raise money for families within our community at Christmas time. This Thursday, we are inviting all staff and students to wear their PJs and bring a donation that will go towards our “Families helping Families Fundraiser”. Your child is welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a donation to their homeroom teacher on Thursday.

Best Seat in the House - A second initiative that we will be doing to help raise money for our Christmas families is selling tickets for “The Best Seat in the House” at our upcoming Christmas concerts. These tickets will be sent home to all students next week. Stay tuned for more details in next week’s email.

Attendance - As our first reporting period is over, we wanted to remind you the importance of attendance to school. We have several students that are missing a lot of instructional days.  We will continue to monitor and work closely with parents and students to see if we can work together on seeing an improvement in this area. Research shows one of the reasons for student achievement is regular attendance.  If you are needing support in this area to help your child, please feel free to contact Mrs. Doyle or Ms. J. 

School Closures, Delays and Early Dismissals - With the change of seasons and colder weather ahead, often means poor conditions for buses to travel to and from school. For those of you who are new to our school, we ask you to check the PSB Facebook page along with listening to the radio to be certain there is school on poor weather days.  Pending weather, we may have a one hour delay, an early dismissal or school canceled for the day.  If these delays take place, we ask you to not send your child early to school. (Ex: One hour delay means that school begins at 9:30 and drop offs are between 9:10 - 9:30. ) 

Boys  Basketball Game -  Monday, November 27th from 3:30 -4:10 vs Athena. (Players are to leave with dismissal bell and return for 3:15).

Girls Basketball Practice - Tuesday, November 28th from 2:45 - 3:45

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held every Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students.

Kindergarten Registration - Last week was the official 2024 Kindergarten Registration Week for PEI… but we can take the registration any time!  If you have a four year old that will be starting school next September, please drop in to register them for school.  You must have proof of age and proof of address to show us at the office.  It is VERY important to have students register early so we can plan accordingly for September 2024!

Used Book Sale - There will be a used Book Sale and Poster Sale happening this week.  The books are 25 cents each or 5 for $1.00.  The posters are $3.00 each. If you would like to come in with your child – you can come Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 3:30.  Students will have a chance to purchase during the school day.

Christmas Concert Update -  We are fast approaching Christmas Concert season and work is well underway in the music room!  The Elm Street concerts will once again be divided into a K-3 concert and a 4-6 concert, and will be held on Tuesday, December 12 (Dec 13 is the snow date).  The K-3 concert will be at 9:30am and the 4-6 concert will be at 1:00pm, and each will be about 1 hour in length. More details when it gets closer to the date!

Eagle Time - Our second Eagle time will happen this week and the focus will be on the Eagle value “Encouraging”.  Please ask your children on Thursday afternoon what they did in Eagle time to learn about and demonstrate “Encouraging”! 

Milk Ordering - Ordering for the next round of milk will begin Saturday, November 25th and remains open until Thursday, November 30th at noon.  If you need help, please contact Ms Nicole in the office.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Thursday, November 30th - Pajama Day with donation to Christmas Families

Monday, December 4th - Tickets for “Best Seat in the House” 

Tuesday, December 12 - Christmas Concert K- 3 @ 9:30 and 4 - 6 @ 1:00

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

CORRECTION and FYI

Boys  Basketball Practice -  Monday, November 20th from 2:45 - 3:45

Girls Basketball Practice - Tuesday, November 21st from 2:45 - 3:45

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held every Wednesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students.

November 19, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -                                                                               

Middle of November is here!  Feels like we just started school in September!  Please watch for report cards being sent home on Tuesday - we can’t wait to see everyone on Thursday and Friday for parent teacher interviews!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Parent Teacher Interviews - Parent Teacher Interviews are happening this week!  They will be held on Thursday, November 23 in the late afternoon and evening, and on Friday, November 24 in the morning.  The sign up will remain open until Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00am.  Just go to our school website and click the link!

Parent teacher conversations are incredibly valuable and important… so important that we made a video invitation!  Check out the video invitation on our Facebook page later this evening!  And this term, we are excited to offer a LARGE variety of prize draws for parents who visit us during parent teacher!  We realize that visiting the school takes time away from your family life so thanks to the generous support of our community, we’d like to offer MANY family oriented prizes that you could win!  Fill out a ballot while at parent teacher and have the chance to win:

  • A family admission to Snow White at the Harbourfront Theatre
  • A family admission to three different Charlottetown Islanders games on Dec 5, Dec 7, and Dec 15
  • A family meal at Pizza Delight
  • A family meal at Greco
  • A family admission to Island Hill Farms
  • A family admission to Off the Wallz Axe throwing
  • A family treat at Holman’s Ice Cream
  • A family meal at A1 Pizza
  • A birthday party at Generation XX
  • A family admission to the CUP for bowling
  • A family admission to the CUP for swimming

Pie Pick Up - ALL pies ordered as part of the fundraiser must be picked up by the seller on Thursday, November 23 between 2:45 and 7:30pm.  Thanks to the parents who have agreed to hand out the pies outside the school.

Warm Clothes - With the change of seasons comes colder weather. We ask parents to please have warm clothes for your child each day. (Ex: Mittens, hats, coats, boots, extra pair of socks, snow pants, etc…) Our playground is amazing but is cold and windy.  Students do not enjoy outdoors when they are cold so asking if you could do an outdoor wear check with your children to help them enjoy and stay warm outdoors. 

Arrival time at School -  It has been noticed that some of our students are arriving to our playground in the mornings earlier than they should be. We ask parents to NOT have your children arrive any time before 8:10 each school day.  Staff supervision begins at 8:10 each morning. 

Boys  Basketball Practice -  Monday, November 20th from 2:45 - 3:45

Girls Basketball Practice - Tuesday, November 21st from 2:45 - 3:45

Badminton - After school badminton club will be held every Tuesday from 2:35-3:30 for any interested grade 4-6 students.

Kindergarten Registration - This week is the official 2024 Kindergarten Registration Week for PEI!  If you have a four year old that will be starting school next September, please drop in to register them for school.  You must have proof of age and proof of address to show us at the office.  It is VERY important to have students register early so we can plan accordingly for September 2024!

Christmas Concert Update -  We are fast approaching Christmas Concert season and work is well underway in the music room!  The Elm Street concerts will once again be divided into a K-3 concert and a 4-6 concert, and will be held on Tuesday, December 12 (Dec 13 is the snow date).  Stay tuned for more details next week!

The Cozy Cause - As the winter season approaches, a group of passionate TOSH  high school students are reaching out to you for a special cause.  A donation box will be placed at Elm Street and these TOSH students are kindly requesting your support in donating any old blankets and winter clothing to our organization. These items will go a long way in helping the homeless community and people in need, stay warm during the chilly months ahead.  Thank you for your support!

National Child Day - On Monday, November 20, our Home and School group will help us celebrate National Child day with a free cookie and milk.  Homemade cookies will be provided to all students and staff (gluten and lactose free options will be available) and chocolate milk will be available for all students (juice for those who are lactose free).  Thank you to the Home and School for providing this wonderful treat and acknowledgment! 

Used Book Sale -There will be a used Book Sale during Parent-Teacher Interviews in the evening of the 23rd and the morning of the 24th.  There will be used books for sale for the following prices:  1 for 25 cents or 5 for $1.00.  There will also be a select number of posters for sale for $3.00 a poster.  All proceeds go to purchasing new books for the library. It will also be set up for students from November 27 to 30.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Howatt at slhowatt@edu.ep.ca

Milk Ordering - Ordering for the next round of milk will begin Saturday, November 25th and remains open until Thursday, November 30th at noon.  If you need help, please contact Ms Nicole in the office.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Tuesday, November 21 - Report Cards go home & Parent Teacher sign up closes

Thursday, November 23 in Evening - Parent Teacher Interviews & Pick up of Pies from Fundraiser

Friday, November 24 - No School & Parent Teacher interviews in the morning

Tuesday, December 12 - Christmas Concert

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

 

PUBLIC

2024-2025

SCHOOLS

Parents are asked to register their children for Kindergarten prior to or

BRANCH

during the week of November 20-24, 2023.

  • Children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2024, in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.
  • Parents are asked to register their child at their local elementary school during school hours. If you are unsure of your school zone, please call the Stratford Office at (902) 368-6990 or the Summerside Office at (902) 888-8400 or toll-free at 1-800-280-7965.
  • A registration form will be completed at the time of registration.
  • Parents are reminded to bring a piece of government-issued ID verifying proof of child's age, such as a birth Certificate, PEI health card or passport.  Verification of home address must also be provided, such as a current utility bill.
  • Welcome to Kindergarten sessions for incoming students and their parents will be held at schools in the spring of 2024.

For the Early French Immersion Program registration, please refer to the following:

Bluefield Family

Central Queens, Englewood, Gulf Shore, and Westwood: Contact Westwood Primary

Charlottetown Family

LM Montgomery, Sherwood, and the Brackley & Brackley Beach portions of Parkdale: Contact Sherwood Elementary

Glen Stewart and Donagh: Contact Glen Stewart Primary

Spring Park and West Royalty: Contact Spring Park Elementary

Prince Street, St. Jean, West Kent, and the downtown portion of Parkdale: Contact West Kent Elementary

Kensington Family

Queen Elizabeth: Contact Parkside Elementary_

Kinkora Family

Amherst Cove* and Somerset*: Contact Parkside Elementary_

Montague Family

Belfast, Cardigan, Georgetown, Montague Consolidated, Southern Kings, and Vernon River: Contact Montague Consolidated

Morell Family

Morel/ Consolidated* and Mount Stewart* may register at Westwood Primary, Sherwood Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Spring Park Elementary, West Kent Elementary or Montague Consolidated.

Souris Family

Souris Regional* may register at Westwood Primary, Sherwood Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Spring Park Elementary, West Kent Elementary, or Montague Consolidated.

Three Oaks Family

Athena and Elm Street: Contact Elm Street Elementary_

Greenfield: Contact Greenfield Elementary_

Miscouche and Parkside: Contact Parkside Elementary_

Westisle Family

Students in the Bloomfield, O'Leary, Ellerslie, Rosebank, Brooklyn and Cascumpec communities of Alberton area: Contact Bloomfield Elementary_

Students in the St. Louis area and all areas of Alberton except for Brooklyn and Rosebank and Cascumpec: Contact St. Louis Elementary

Tignish: Contact Tignish Elementary_

*Student transportation to and from these schools is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

 

November 13, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -                                                                               

November is a busy month for schools and families! Report cards, Parent Teacher Interviews, Remembrance Day, and so much more!  Please make sure you take time to read all the details below and mark them on your calendar!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Parent Teacher Interviews - Parent Teacher Interviews are coming soon!  They will be held on Thursday, November 23 in the late afternoon and evening, and on Friday, November 24 in the morning.  On Tuesday, November 14 starting around 9:00 am, parents will be able to sign up for a time slot with your child’s teacher.  The sign up will remain open until Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00am.  Parent teacher conversations are incredibly valuable and important… so important that we made a video invitation!  Check out the video invitation on our Facebook page later this evening!  And this term, we are excited to offer a LARGE variety of prize draws for parents who visit us during parent teacher!  We realize that visiting the school takes time away from your family life so thanks to the generous support of our community, we’d like to offer MANY family oriented prizes that you could win!  Fill out a ballot while at parent teacher and have the chance to win:

  • A family admission to Snow White at the Harbourfront Theatre
  • A family admission to three different Charlottetown Islanders games on Dec 5, Dec 7, and Dec 15
  • A family meal at Pizza Delight
  • A family meal at Greco
  • A family admission to Island Hill Farms
  • A family admission to Off the Wallz Axe throwing
  • A family treat at Holman’s Ice Cream
  • A family meal at A1 Pizza
  • A birthday party at Generation XX

Boys Basketball -  There will be NO boys basketball practice this week.

Girls Basketball -  The next practice will take place on Tuesday, November 14th  from 2:45 - 3:45. 

Weather Related Announcements - As we head into winter months, it is important to pay close attention to the radio and PSB social media each morning.  Schools may be canceled or delayed, or there may be other important weather related information to hear.  Weather related decisions are usually made by 7:00am and are announced on local radio stations and PSB website and social media.

Youth Worker - Welcome to Rocky Schurman!  He will be replacing Crystal Cairns as our Youth Worker.  Crystal began her maternity leave last week and we wish her the best of luck!

National Child Day - On Monday, November 20, our Home and School group will help us celebrate National Child day with a free cookie and milk.  Homemade cookies will be provided to all students and staff (gluten and lactose free options will be available) and chocolate milk will be available for all students (juice for those who are lactose free).  Thank you to the Home and School for providing this wonderful treat and acknowledgment! 

Used Book Sale -There will be a used Book Sale during Parent-Teacher Interviews in the evening of the 23rd and the morning of the 24th.  There will be used books for sale for the following prices:  1 for 25 cents or 5 for $1.00.  There will also be a select number of posters for sale for $3.00 a poster.  All proceeds go to purchasing new books for the library. It will also be set up for students from November 27 to 30.  Any questions, please contact Mrs. Howatt at slhowatt@edu.ep.ca

Milk Ordering - Ordering for the next round of milk will begin Saturday, November 11th and remains open until Thursday, November 16th at noon.  Milk will be delivered from November 20th to December 1st. If you need help, please contact Ms Nicole in the office.

Cookie Donation - Community Connections Inc. has been selected as a beneficiary of this year’s Tim Hortons Holiday Smile Cookie Campaign. 50% of proceeds will go directly to Community Connections Inc., the remaining 50% go to Tim Hortons Foundation Camps! 

Silliker Glass has graciously purchased a Holiday Smile Cookie for every student and staff member at Elm Street Elementary as a delicious way of giving back this Holiday Season.  At some point on Tuesday or Wednesday, 440 cookies will show up for our students and staff!!

Important Dates Coming Up:

Tuesday, November 14 - Parent Teacher sign up is open

November 16-17 - No School (PD Days)

Tuesday, November 21 - Report Cards go home & Parent Teacher sign up closes

Thursday, November 23 in Evening - Parent Teacher Interviews & Pick up of Pies from Fundraiser

Friday, November 24 - No School & Parent Teacher interviews in the morning

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

 

November 5, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -                                                                               

November is a busy month for schools and families! Report cards, Parent Teacher Interviews, Remembrance Day, and so much more!  Please make sure you take time to read all the details below and mark them on your calendar!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Boys Basketball -  Boys basketball practice from 2:45 - 3:45 on Monday, November 6th. 

Girls Basketball -  The Girls basketball team has been selected and their next practice will take place on Tuesday, November 7th from 2:45 - 3:45. 

Dress for the Weather - With the frost, snow, rain and every other weather system, it is important that students come to school prepared for anything!  Please dig out the boots, snow pants, hats, mitts and gloves so that students are ready for outdoor recesses!  Also, having an extra change of clothes is a great way for your child to be prepared for wet socks and muddy pants!

Forks and Spoons - The school and hot lunch program do not provide cutlery for student lunches.  Please ensure your child has a fork or spoon in their lunch bag each day.

Jersey Day - Wednesday, Nov 8 is Jersey day across Canada in support of school sport!  Let’s wear jersey’s to show our appreciation and support of all school sports!

Parent Teacher Interviews - Parent Teacher Interviews are coming soon!  On Tuesday, Nov 14, parents will be able to sign up for a time slot with your child’s teacher.  Stay tuned for more info next week!

Choir (Gr. 4-6) - Students in the choir are busy preparing for the Remembrance Day Ceremony – and they are sounding amazing! A reminder to students who are in the choir to be sure to listen to announcements in the morning for choir rehearsal days that week – it is very important that you are in attendance! Choir will rehearse Monday and Wednesday this week in preparation for the performance on Friday. Choir members are asked to wear a white top (or the closest you have!) and black or dark bottoms for the ceremony if possible. 

After School Badminton Club - Starting on Wednesday, Nov 15 from 2:35-3:30,  Ms. M will be starting her after school badminton club for students in grades 4-6.  This is for students who want to play, practice and learn a new sport!

Home and School Fundraiser -  Last call for the pie fundraiser!!  Order forms and money are due tomorrow - Monday, November 6! Please send both in tomorrow and the Home and School will start to get things tallied and organized!  

Kindergarten Teddy Bear Clinic - Each year, UPEI nursing students host a teddy bear clinic at school.  It teaches empathy, caring and so many other wonderful skills!  We are pleased to host this again this year on Wed, Nov 8!

Grade 6 visit to the Cemetery - As part of our Remembrance Day acknowledgements, our grade 6s usually visit a local cemetery and learn about the meaning of November 11.  This visit will take place on Thursday, Nov 9.  The grade 6 teachers will provide more information.

Milk Ordering - Ordering for the next round of milk will begin Saturday, October 28 and remains open until Thursday, November 2 at noon.  Milk will be delivered from November 6th to November 10th. If you need help, please contact Ms Nicole in the office.

Public Health Screenings - On Tuesday of this week, Public Health will be at school to complete some hearing and vision screenings.  Teachers can request these screenings and so can parents.  If you’d like your child to have a hearing or vision screening, please let their teacher know before the end of the day Monday.

Picture Retakes: Picture Retakes went home this week. Orders are due back on Wednesday, November 8th. You have the option to order online or you can send orders into the school. 

Elm Street School Clothing - We are selling Elm Street school swag!! Deadline for the first order is Wednesday, November 8. Order forms are available from each homeroom teacher, the office and from Mrs. Howatt.  Grade 6 students can have the 24 (for 2024) with the student signatures on the back of the t-shirt, hoody, ¾ length shirt and the NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt.

Prices:

  • Hoody - $35.00
  • T-shirt - $15.00
  • Shorts - $25.00
  • Sweatpants - $30.00
  • ¾ length cotton shirt - $30.00
  • NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt - $30.00                                                                                

Also available:

  • Water bottle red with black - $8.00
  • Winter togue - $10.00 

Important Dates Coming Up:

Monday, November 6 -  Last Day for Pie Fundraiser

Thursday, November 9 - Grade 6s visiting Local Cemetery

Friday, November 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Monday, November 13 - No School (in lieu of Remembrance Day)

Tuesday, November 14 - Parent Teacher sign up is open

November 16-17 - No School (PD Days)

Tuesday, November 21 - Report Cards go home

Thursday, November 23 in Evening - Parent Teacher Interviews & Pick up of Pies from Fundraiser

Friday, November 24 - No School

Friday, November 24 in Morning -  Parent Teacher Interviews

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

 

October 29, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -                                                                       

Happy last of October to each of you.  I hope this weekend was a great one for you and your families. This past Friday all of our staff attended Professional Development workshops throughout the province to help us continue to receive teaching tools and resources to bring into our classrooms and schools. We are like students in the classrooms these days and love being able to get the support to allow us then to offer to our students. 

We are busy this week with Halloween Fun, Book Fair, Grade 6 Needles, along with lots of learning. 

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Boys Basketball -  Boys basketball practice from 2:45 - 3:45 on Monday, October 30th. 

Girls Basketball -  The Girls basketball team has been selected and their next practice will take place on Tuesday, November 7th from 2:45 - 3:45. 

Home and School Fundraiser -  How are your pie sales going?? The fundraiser will continue until Monday, November 6th. Looking forward to this as there are great prizes to be won by top sellers along with top class in each K - 3 and 4 - 6.  And as an added twist… Mrs. Hamill’s KB class has issued a challenge!  KB heard that last year Ms J had to kiss a chicken if the school sold lots of bags of potatoes.  This year, the want Ms J to kiss a pig if the school sells 700 pies!  Ms J said YES!!  So… if you want Ms J to kiss a pig (ewwww…. LOL), sell lots of pies!

U17 Hockey Game - The grade 4-6s will be attending a U17 Hockey game at the CUP on Thursday, Nov 1 beginning around noon.  Classes will be walking over.  Teachers will send home more details.

Milk Ordering - Ordering for the next round of milk will begin Saturday, October 28 and remains open until Thursday, November 2 at noon.  Milk will be delivered from November 6th to November 10th. If you need help, please contact Ms Nicole in the office.

Book Fair - There will be a SPOOKTACULAR Book Fair happening this week at Elm Street School. Our FAMILY FUN NIGHT will be held on Monday from 2:30 to 6:00. For all students who come WITH a parent they will get a door prize, can enter to win the candy guess, can enter to win $25.00 worth of free books for themselves and their class and more spooktacular surprises. The brochures were sent home last week. Hope to see many of you on Monday night.

For in school purchasing the schedule will be as follows:  English classes will preview and purchase on Monday.  French classes will preview and purchase on Tuesday.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be for everyone to purchase. The book fair will be open after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30.  This is a great chance to get started on your Christmas shopping.

Halloween - We are looking forward to some Halloween fun to start our week.  

Monday, October 30 - Students are invited to wear orange and black as a fun way to kick off the week! 

Tuesday, October 30  - There will be a variety of fun activities.  Each class will attend a sock hop, will get to Trick or Treat at the office, will get to wear their costume (if they want), and will get to participate in a class pumpkin decorating challenge!  Teachers may have other class activities throughout the day and they will let you know more about that!  Some costume guidelines: no masks, no weapons or fake weapons, safe costumes that won’t rip and tear throughout the day, and costumes that will not be distracting in class (eg. no blow up costumes).  Also, don’t forget that we will not be accepting class treats from families!  The school will provide a treat for the whole school!  Then… beginning on Wednesday, November 1, we ask that students bring a maximum of two Halloween treats per day in their lunch/kitbag.  

Elm Street School Clothing - We are selling Elm Street school swag!! Deadline for the first order is Wednesday, November 8. Order forms are available from each homeroom teacher, the office and from Mrs. Howatt.  Grade 6 students can have the 24 (for 2024) with the student signatures on the back of the t-shirt, hoody, ¾ length shirt and the NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt.

Prices:

  • Hoody - $35.00

  • T-shirt - $15.00

  • Shorts - $25.00

  • Sweatpants - $30.00

  • ¾ length cotton shirt - $30.00

  • NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt - $30.00                                                                                

Also available:

  • Water bottle red with black - $8.00

  • Winter togue - $10.00 

Important Dates Coming Up:

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles

Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 - School Book Fair 

Tuesday, October 31 - Halloween!

Thursday, November 2 - All 4-6 classes will attend a U17 National Hockey game at the CUP

Monday, November 6 -  Last Day for Pie Fundraiser

Thursday, November 9 - Grade 6s visiting Local Cemetery

Friday, November 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Monday, November 13 - No School (in lieu of Remembrance Day)

November 16-17 - No School (PD Days)

Tuesday, November 21 - Report Cards go home

Thursday, November 23 in Evening - Parent Teacher Interviews & Pick up of Pies from Fundraiser

Friday, November 24 - No School

Friday, November 24 in Morning -  Parent Teacher Interviews

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

October 22, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -

Hoping you and your family are having a great weekend and are set for our last full week of October. It is a wet and windy one. Remember that there are NO CLASSES this Friday (October 27th) as all Public Schools Branch have a Professional Learning Day on this day. 

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Boys Basketball -  Boys basketball practice on Monday, October 23rd from 2:45 - 3:45.  The team has been selected so this practice will be for all players who are on the team roster that is located outside the office and gymnasium.  

Girls Basketball - The first girls basketball tryout for Elm Street students will take place on Tuesday, October 24th from 2:45 - 3:45.  Girls in grades 4 - 6 are welcome to try out. If staying after school for tryouts, we ask for arrangements to be made before school on Tuesday and have your child’s drive be at school no later than 3:45.  Girls are asked to bring change of gym clothes, indoor sneakers and a water bottle. 

Home and School Fundraiser -  The H & S annual fundraiser will take place from Monday, October 23 - November 6th.  This year’s fundraiser will be sales of an arrangement of frozen pies from The Home Place. Students will be taking home more information and a Sales Sheet for this fundraiser Monday.  Looking forward to this as there are great prizes to be won by top sellers along with top class in each K - 3 and 4 - 6.  

Milk Ordering - Ordering for the next round of milk will begin Saturday, October 28 and remain open until Thursday, November 2 at noon.  If you need help, please contact Ms Nicole in the office.

Halloween - We are looking forward to some Halloween fun next week!  Here is the scoop: 

On Monday, October 30 students are invited to wear orange and black as a fun way to kick off the week! On Tuesday, October 30, there will be a variety of fun activities.  Each class will attend a sock hop, will get to trick or treat at the office, will get to wear their costume (if they want), and will get to participate in a class pumpkin decorating challenge!  Teachers may have other class activities throughout the day and they will let you know more about that!  Some costume guidelines: no masks, no weapons or fake weapons, safe costumes that won’t rip and tear throughout the day, and costumes that will not be distracting in class (eg. no blow up costumes).  Also, don’t forget that we will not be accepting class treats from families!  The school will provide a treat for the whole school!  Then… on Wednesday, November 1, we ask that students bring a maximum of two treats per day in their lunch/kitbag.  

Book Fair - We are hosting a book fair all next week (Oct 30-Nov 3).  Ms. Howatt is hosting an open house after school and in the evening on Monday, October 30 - check Facebook for more details!  

Eagle Time - On Friday, we hosted our first Eagle Time!  This is where all students join a different class that includes students from K-6, and we foster relationships, connections, new friendships and have fun!  The theme on Friday was “Team Building”.  Next month, our theme for Eagle time will be direct learning on E - Encouraging!  

U17 Hockey - On November 2, all our grade 4-6 students will walk over to the CUP to attend a free hockey game as part of the U17 National Tournament.  This is a unique opportunity for our students to participate in an event where other countries are involved. Teachers will send more info soo.

Elm Street School Clothing - We are selling Elm Street school swag!! Deadline for the first order is Wednesday, November 8. Order forms are available from each homeroom teacher, the office and from Mrs. Howatt.  Grade 6 students can have the 24 (for 2024) with the student signatures on the back of the t-shirt, hoody, ¾ length shirt and the NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt.

Prices:

  • Hoody - $35.00
  • T-shirt - $15.00
  • Shorts - $25.00
  • Sweatpants - $30.00
  • ¾ length cotton shirt - $30.00
  • NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt - $30.00                                                                                

Also available:

  • Water bottle red with black - $8.00
  • Winter togue - $10.00 

Important Dates Coming Up:

Monday, October 23 - Home and School Fundraiser information sent home

Friday, October 27 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles

Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 - School Book Fair (more details coming soon)

Tuesday, October 31 - Halloween!

Thursday, November 2 - All 4-6 classes will attend a U17 National Hockey game at the CUP

Monday, November 6 -  Last Day for Pie Fundraiser

Thursday, November 9 - Grade 6s visiting Local Cemetery

Friday, November 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Monday, November 13 - No School (in lieu of Remembrance Day)

November 16-17 - No School (PD Days)

Tuesday, November 21 - Report Cards go home

Thursday, November 23 in Evening - Parent Teacher Interviews & Pick up of Pies from Fundraiser

Friday, November 24 - No School

Friday, November 24 in Morning -  Parent Teacher Interviews

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

October 15, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -

Fall is in the air.  Hoping all of you are having a wonderful weekend and were able to have some time outdoors. A five day week ahead for our students. With the change of colder temperatures, we ask that your child is dressed warmly for the cooler days ahead. Maybe even time to get our toques and mittens out. Wishing you all a great week ahead.   

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Message from your Home and School Presidents - Hi, we’re Brye Caissie and Amanda DesRoches, the new co-presidents of the Home and School committee for the 2023-2024 school year! We’re really excited to be able to work with the others on the Home and School committee, and with school officials like Mrs. J and Mrs. Doyle, to help make this school year amazing! We encourage any parents interested in becoming involved to attend our first meeting of the year on October 19th at 6:30. Participation in this committee is a great way to contribute to your child’s education and you can choose your level of involvement!

Elm Street School Clothing - We are selling Elm Street school swag!! Deadline for the 1st order is Wednesday, November 8. Order forms are available from each homeroom teacher, the office and from Mrs. Howatt.  Grade 6 students can have the 24 (for 2024) with the student signatures on the back of the t-shirt, hoody, ¾ length shirt and the NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt.

Prices:

  • Hoody - $35.00
  • T-shirt - $15.00
  • Shorts - $25.00
  • Sweatpants - $30.00
  • ¾ length cotton shirt - $30.00
  • NEW moisture wicking long sleeve shirt - $30.00                                                                                

Also available:

  • Water bottle red with black - $8.00
  • Winter togue - $10.00 

TOSH Presentation - Please check out the attached flyer about an upcoming presentation on Wednesday, October 25 at Three Oaks from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All Summerside families are welcome to attend. Alicia Smith 2023-10-25 (4).pdf 

Fly Like an Eagle Day - On Friday, October 20, we are going to have Fly Like an Eagle day! We will have an assembly in the afternoon to introduce Eagle Time!  Eagle time will happen monthly throughout the school year and will be how we incorporate specific teaching around our Eagle Values.  During Eagle time, students will be with a different teacher and will have group members from all grades.  This Friday’s Eagle time will be for team building and “get to know you” activities!  So… we encourage all students and staff to wear their Eagle clothing on Friday, or wear Eagle colors (red and black) or somehow dress like an Elm Street Eagle!

Apple Orchard - On Friday, October 20, all our Kindergarten students will visit Arlington Apple Orchard.  Participating in these rich activities is a wonderful way to support play based learning in Kindergarten.  Each K teacher has provided specific information to families.

Picture Retakes - For any student who wishes to have a picture retake, these will be done on Friday, October 20 in the morning.

Interpreters for PT - For any newcomer family that requires an interpreter, information will be provided in the parent email this weekend.  The family is to reach out directly to the Newcomer Agency to make the arrangements.  Please see attached flyer for more information. PTI newcomers.pdf 

Halloween - With Halloween coming soon, we have been busy preparing for some fun school activities!  More details coming soon but a few things to note as we all plan for Halloween!  Students will be permitted to wear costumes on Oct 31 but we will not allow costumes that have weapons or fake weapons, no masks, costumes must be safe (eg. they won’t rip and tear throughout the day) and costumes that will not be distracting in class (eg. no blow up costumes).  In addition, the school will provide a treat for all students on October 31.  As mentioned last week, we ask that parents DO NOT send in treats or food!

Important Dates Coming Up:

Thursday, October 19 - Home and School Meeting at 6:30pm - All parents Welcome!

Friday, October 20 - Fly Like an Eagle Day! 

Friday, October 20 - Picture Retakes

Saturday, October 21 - Cross Country Provincials (Mill River) 

Friday, October 27 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles

Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 - School Book Fair (more details coming soon)

Tuesday, October 31 - Halloween!

Thursday, November 2 - All 4-6 classes will attend a U17 National Hockey game at the CUP

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

October 10, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -

Middle of October is right around the corner and we are still wearing shorts some days!!  Cool mornings and warm afternoons are fabulous and we hope you are enjoying the sunny days!

Treats from Home…After much discussion with staff, we have decided to make a change around classes/students bringing in class treats.  In past years, there were lots of occasions where parents would send treats/candy/meals into school for their child’s class - eg. Halloween, Birthdays, Christmas.  This was very generous however it has caused some challenges at school and in homes.  Some of the challenges include:

  • We have many students/staff with food allergies and sensitivities that we work hard to accommodate and be inclusive of
  • The volume of treats (eg. cupcakes, cookies, candy, chips) in our school on some days becomes very overwhelming for classes and often is wasted
  • The pressure created for parents when your child says “But Susie is bringing in cupcakes… why can’t I?”
  • The rising cost of food and groceries has become very challenging for all families, and we want to help minimize challenges instead of create them
  • We have many Newcomers in our school who have food boundaries as part of the culture

Imagine this scenario… a class of 20 students.  10 families send in class sets of cupcakes or cookies for Halloween, 2 families send class sets of candy bags, 1 family sends in a full size cake, 1 family sends in Kool Aid Jammers, 1 family buys pizza for the whole class and 5 families choose not to (for a variety of reasons).  And that is all on the same day! This would result in up to 5 students wanting to call home to ask their parents to bring in a class treat, and then each student would receive 10 cupcakes/cookies, 2 candy bags, 1 piece of cake, and 1 koolaid jammer.  As you can imagine, this poses challenges for many reasons!

So, moving forward, we will no longer accept class treats/candy/meals.  Instead, the school is going to partner with the Home and School to provide class/school treats on a monthly basis that will be a mixture of treats and healthy options!  For example… We will hold a school wide Trick or Treat on Halloween where each student will receive a Halloween treat provided by the school!

The exception to this guideline would be if a teacher is hosting an event in their class and requests food items to be brought in by families.  Eg. A teacher may want to host a class potluck to go along with a Social Studies learning opportunity… in which case the teacher will reach out to parents to discuss!

Thank you for your help with this! 

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Friday the 13th - This Friday is Friday the 13th!  Let’s dress wacky for the day - clothes, hair… anything goes with the exception of NO SCENTS for hair products, gels and hairsprays.

Breakfast Program - So excited to have started our Breakfast Program this past week. We will continue to serve cold breakfast items Wednesday and Friday this week. We are very appreciative of all donations from families and outside agencies. If this is something you are interested in making a donation to, please email Mrs.Doyle at jmcarragher@edu.pe.ca .  

Milk Program - Milk delivery starts tomorrow (Tuesday)!  Ordering for the next two weeks is closed!  Please contact Ms Nicole in the office if you have questions!

Summerside Fire Station Visit - Every year, 12 students are selected to attend a BBQ at the Summerside Fire Hall.  This is a wonderful initiative by the Summerside Fire Department.  If your child was selected, a permission form will be sent home.

School Pictures - School pictures were sent home last week. Information on how to order will be included within the package - can be done online or the order can be sent into the school.  Order deadline is Friday, October 13. If your child was absent on Picture Day, Picture Retakes are taking place on Friday, October 20th. 

Lost and Found - We have several items that are lost and hoping to be found.  A table is set up in our entry way of clothing that belongs to our students. A video has also been posted on our school Facebook page for parents to view in hope that these items can be claimed by students this week. Please remind your child to have a look as we would love to have all items back in their hands. 

Mischief on the Playground -  With the beautiful weather the past several months, lots of kids/teenagers are still playing outside in the evenings!  We love it when kids get to play outside!  But… with the warm evenings, there has been lots of mischief on our playground at night - graffiti, small fires, etc...  Please ensure your children are supervised when they are in the community to ensure they are making good choices.  And… if you happen to drive by the school in the evenings and notice mischief happening, please call the Summerside City police.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Tuesday, October 10 - First day of Milk Delivery

Thursday, October 19 - Home and School Meeting at 6:30pm - All parents Welcome!

Friday, October 20 - Picture Retakes

Saturday, October 21 - Cross Country Provincials (Mill River) 

Friday, October 27 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles

Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 - School Book Fair (more details coming soon)

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

Hello Elm Street families,  

Your child's school pictures should have come home yesterday with the exception of those classes who had substitute teachers. Those classes will bring home pictures this week. We were able to get an extension on the ordering deadline. Lifetouch would like picture orders in by Friday, October 13th instead of the 5th. Orders can be done online or they can be sent into the school (Instructions are included in the picture package). Retakes will be done on Friday, October 20th. 

Also, just a reminder that the option to order milk for this first cycle closes on Thursday, October 5th at noon (12PM). The current ordering cycle is for delivery of milk from the 10th to the 20th of October.  Just in case you missed the last email explaining the new milk ordering system – I have attached a copy of those instructions. Milk instructions.docx  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ndavid@edu.pe.ca or call the office: 902-888-8490  

 Thank you,  

Nicole David  

Administrative Assistant 

 

October 2, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -

Goodbye September and hello October!  We are loving these warm fall temperatures and sunny days!  Please make sure your child dresses in layers for the cool mornings, and having rain gear on hand is helpful for when there is misty weather or wet grass!

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Milk Program - As per our email last week, we are READY to get our milk program off the ground!  Ordering opened on Saturday and will close at noon on Thursday.  Late orders will not be accepted.  Please have a peek at last week's email for details (the same info went home in kit bags last week).  If you have questions or need help, please reach out to Ms Nicole in the office - she is our milk expert!

School Pictures -  Homeroom teachers will be sending home your child’s school photos on Tuesday. Information on how to order will be included within the package. If your child was absent on Picture Day, Picture Retakes are taking place on Friday, October 20th. 

SWBT Letter - The Student Wellbeing Team is a valuable resource in our schools and community that helps support students and families.  Please see attached letter with more info.

Assembly - Last Thursday, we held our first school assembly!  What a wonderful celebration of student and staff talent, and a great way to acknowledge Truth and Reconciliation week at Elm Street.  We believe that Every Child Matters.

Kannon - As you are all aware, our working dog Kannon continues to come to school each day!  Here are some examples of what Kannon does throughout the day:

  • Kannon meets some students in the morning and helps them come into the building
  • Kannon helps some students pack up and leave the building at the end of the day
  • Kannon helps to regulate some students when they are sad, mad or having an emotional moment
  • Kannon attends class (6B) each day and helps students complete school work
  • Kannon serves as a motivator for some students, and some students can earn “Kannon time”
  • Kannon works with a number of grade 6 leaders and has helped to develop their leadership skills and foster independence
  • Kannon attends assemblies and school events

We are fortunate to have Kannon and his mom (Ms Eileen) at Elm Street each day!  We do not take the responsibility lightly and are grateful for your support with Kannon!

Breakfast Program -   Elm Street’s Breakfast Program is offered to ALL students and will begin this week. Our program is available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.  The menu is: Mondays (Dry cereal and Box of Raisins) Wednesday (Granola Bar, Cheese String & Fruit) Friday (Mini Muffin and Frozen Yogurt Tube).  Baskets with food items are delivered to each homeroom class on Breakfast Program days and no cost is required to have any of the items. We are very fortunate and thankful for this program as it is totally funded by our provincial government along with donations by community members, parents and grants that our school applies for. Feel free to ask your child about it and what are some of their favorite items they choose to eat. 

Lockdown Practice - Similar to fire drills, schools practice lockdown drills.  This type of drill is when students remain in their classroom hidden from view of the windows and doors in the event of an intruder.  We have been practicing these drills for 10+ years and have gotten very good at them.  On Thursday, we will have our first lockdown practice.

Facebook and Webpage - If you haven’t already, please check out both our Elm Street Facebook page and website.  Both contain valuable information AND we work hard to make sure we celebrate successes!  

Student Attendance - If your child is going to be absent or late from school, please let their teacher know.  School attendance is one of the largest predictors of student success.  We understand that sometimes students are sick or have appointments, but minimizing the time a student is out of school is an important job for parents.  If you are having trouble getting your child to attend, please reach out to your child’s teachers, Ms J or Mrs Doyle to chat.  We can help!

Important Dates Coming Up:

Monday, October 2 - National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, No classes

Wednesday, October 4 - Cross Country Zones

Wednesday, October 4 - Breakfast Program starts

Monday, October 9 - Thanksgiving, No classes

Tuesday, October 10 - First day of Milk Delivery

Thursday, October 19 - Home and School Meeting at 6:30pm

Friday, October 20 - Picture Retakes

Saturday, October 21 - Cross Country Provincials (Mill River) 

Friday, October 27 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles

Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 - School Book Fair (more details coming soon)

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle


 

September 26, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -

We are just about ready to begin milk ordering!  Whoo hoo!

As we have mentioned, our ordering system will be different this year.  All orders will be taken using an online program called “Hot Lunches” (many/most schools are using this).  It is similar to ordering with the lunch program - you have to set up an account, create a username and order every two weeks.  To make it easy, we have set up our milk ordering to match the hot lunch program!

To get started, ordering will open on Saturday, September 30 and will close on Thursday, October 5 at noon (12:00 pm).  This ordering cycle will be for milk delivery for the two week block of October 9-20 (same as the hot lunch program).  Then ordering will open again from October 14-19.

We have attached instructions to this email AND we will send a copy home in kit bags this week.  Please note a couple important things:

  • Milk orders will ONLY be taken through the online ordering system.  We will no longer take milk orders directly in classrooms or through the office.
  • Late orders will not be accepted.  
  • Late payments will not be accepted.
  • Payment using the “Hot Lunches” program is with a credit card.  If you HAVE a credit card, please use that for your ordering.  If you DO NOT have a credit card, please reach out to Ms Nicole in the office and she will discuss an alternate payment plan.  
  • Ms Nicole’s contact info is: 902-888-8490, ndavid@edu.pe.ca 

Please see attached information for specific ordering instructions.  milk info sheet.pdf  We are excited to try this new, more efficient way of managing our 200+ milk orders per day.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility while we work out the kinks!

Chat soon,

Ms J

 

September 24, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families,

Beautiful weekend of weather and a wonderful forecast of sunshine for the week ahead!  Fall is certainly in the air with crisp mornings and warm afternoons!  

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Milk Program - We hope to begin the new milk ordering system at the end of this week.  Milk will be ordered in a two week cycle that matches the ordering of the hot lunch program (ordering opens on a Saturday and closes on a Thursday, for delivery the following Monday).  Please stay tuned for more info later this week that includes details and instructions about ordering and paying for milk.

Phone Numbers - A shout out to families who have been practicing their phone numbers with your child. A big improvement this week was noticed this week for students coming to the office and saying their numbers when calling home. Proud moments! Thank you for your efforts. Keep practicing. 

Bus Evacuation - We will be doing our annual Bus Evacuation practice with all students (bussers, walkers and students that get picked up each day) this week. This practice is for students to complete an evacuation by getting off the back of the bus and seeing the emergency exit in case an event ever arises when they are traveling on the bus.  We plan on completing this on Thursday (weather permitting). Would be a great idea for you to ask your child about it after practice takes place to ensure their understanding of the safety of this practice. 

Breakfast Program - We are planning on starting our school Breakfast Program in October. We will be serving cold breakfast items Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the start date on Wednesday, October 4th.  Our breakfast is free and available for all students. Once the menu has been confirmed, we will share in next week’s letter. If any parents would like to make any monetary donations to our program, please contact Mrs. Doyle. 

OT letter - We are happy to have an Occupational Therapist assigned to our school.  Anne Marie Peters is a valuable member of our student services team.  Please find attached info about her services. STOT-School intro letter Elm 2023-2024 (K-6 schools).pdf 

Newcomers Association - The Newcomers Association is a service that newcomers to our country can access.  Please check out their website! https://www.irsapei.ca/ 

Home and School - Save the date of Thursday, October 19 at 6:30pm for the first Home and School meeting!  The executive met last week to determine some start-up items and set this date for the first meeting.  All parents are welcome!

Grade 6 Leadership - Grade 6 leadership will officially kick-off this week!  Students have submitted their applications and staff leaders are ready to roll.  There are a number of groups that students will support including things like assemblies, playground helpers, lunch helpers, Phys Ed, music and library helpers and so many more things in our school!

Truth & Reconciliation Week - We will spend the week acknowledging Truth and Reconciliation in a variety of ways.  Classes may have discussions or activities, morning announcements as well as Orange Shirt day on Thursday.  We encourage everyone to wear an orange shirt on Thursday to demonstrate our belief that Every Child Matters!

Assemblies at Elm - On Thursday, we will have our first assembly of the year!  Our assemblies serve as a way for students to showcase their talents, for our school to continue developing school spirit and to allow students to continue to develop their abilities to function in a large group.  The focus for this assembly will be Orange Shirt day!

Important Dates Coming Up:

Friday, September 29 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 2 - National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, No classes

Wednesday, October 4 - Cross Country Zones

Wednesday, October 4 - Breakfast program starts

Monday, October 9 - Thanksgiving, No classes

Thursday, October 19 - Home and School Meeting at 6:30pm

Friday, October 20 - Picture Retakes

Friday, October 27 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles  

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

September 17, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families,

Milk Program - We are still working on the new ordering format for the milk program!  Thanks for being patient while we work out the kinks!  Kindergarten students will continue to receive free white milk for the next two weeks.

Terry Fox Run - On Friday, September 22, we will host our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk.  More information coming next week!

Back door after 8:30 bell - When our bell rings at 8:30am for students to enter the building, we have staff on duty and holding the back doors open.  However, if a student arrives late, the back doors will not be open.  Students arriving after 8:30 am should be entering through the main door at the front of the school.

Drop Off and Arrival Time in Mornings -  Supervision starts at 8:10 each morning. We ask that you if you are dropping your child off or they are walking to please not have them arrive any earlier than 8:10.  Also asking when parents dropping off your child in the morning to not come on the playground or walk them to the door. This is a matter of safety for all of our children!

Scent free - We continue to ask all visitors to our school to remain fully scent free.  And when we have special days like picture day or crazy hair day, it is important that hairsprays, hair gels, etc… are either not used or unscented products are used.  We have a number of staff and students who are very allergic to scented products.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Meet the Staff - We had an amazing turn out at our Meet the Staff this past Thursday evening. So great to see your children “showing you the ropes” at Elm Street!

Sorting Waste - We have also tried to properly sort our waste in classrooms at Elm Street, but this year we are going to make a special effort to support students in learning how to sort.  Each classroom has three bins - waste, compost and paper recycling.  Please help our efforts by teaching your children how to sort waste at home.

Hot lunch program - The hot lunch program was a great success last week!  Here are some important tips to remember: 

  • Forks or spoons are not provided and they must be sent from home (the school doesn’t have any either)
  • It is important to enter the correct homeroom when ordering so the food gets delivered correctly
  • Keep a hot lunch calendar at home to keep track of which days your child will receive hot lunch and which days they need a packed lunch from home
  • Talk to our child about whether they like the hot lunch or not - we certainly help provide food for students when families are having a difficult time, but when the child has a lunch we don’t like to see that go to waste

Library classes - Library classes have begun!  Your child may sign out a book and bring that home each week!  Please ensure the book is returned to school so it can be returned to the library for someone else to read!

Fire drills - The weather got the best of us last week and we weren’t able to do any of our scheduled fire drills.  We will try again this week!

Practicing Parents Phone Numbers - When students come to the office to phone home if they forgot something, not feeling well, etc… We are finding that a lot don’t know their parent’s phone numbers. This could be a great home practice for them as it is something that they should know for various reasons and situations. We ask that you add this in as a homework piece over the next few nights to assist them in this. 

Home and School Association - We are pleased to let you know the following folks are this year’s Home and School Executive!  The executive will be meeting this week and will let you know when the first Home and School meeting will be!  Looking forward to meeting new parents!

            Co-Presidents: Amanda DesRoches and Brye Caissie

            Secretary: Holly MacLeod

            Treasurer: Rylea Kember

Friday, September 29 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 2 - National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, No classes

Wednesday, October 4 - Cross Country Zones

Monday, October 9 - Thanksgiving, No classes

Friday, October 20 - Picture Retakes

Friday, October 27 - PD Day, No classes

Monday, October 30 - Grade 6 HPV needles

When: Wednesday, Sept 20th 

Time:   5:40- 6:40 

Where: Credit Union Place Turk Arena 

Ages:  Geared towards girls ages 6-12

Contact to register: email ringettesummerside@gmail.com, or text Katherine @ 902-432-0643 

Details: Just need a helmet, gloves (winter gloves are fine) and skates. If you have any trouble getting these, please contact us and we will make sure to get some! 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

September 11, 2023

Hello Elm Street Families -

Welcome back to the 2023-2024 school year!  We have successfully completed the first two days of classes and we are thrilled with how things have gone!  Our new Kindergarten students have handled the change like pros and our returning students have kicked off the school year with grace and smiles!

Every week, we try to send an email to families to let you know of different activities, initiatives, events and to update you with important information.  

So… here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

Milk Program - As mentioned at the end of last year, Elm Street will be moving to an online milk ordering system.  We are almost ready to launch that and will keep you posted.  Until we are ready to launch the new ordering system, we are not ready to start the milk program for grades 1-6 students.  Thank you for your patience while we prepare the new ordering site!

Kindergarten Milk - For the month of September, all Kindergarten students in PEI will be provided with free milk!  We will start that this week!  Your K students will be asked if they want milk and will be provided with free milk starting Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.  No ordering or payment necessary!

School Pictures - School pictures are always an exciting day at Elm Street!  Wednesday, September 13 will be school pictures for all English homerooms and Thursday, September 14 will be school pictures for all French homerooms.  Ordering information will be sent home and can be done online or sent into the school.

PSB Report it! Campaign - Last year, the Public Schools Branch (PSB) piloted the "Report It!" campaign in the Three Oaks Family of School.  The Report It! campaign will continue in the Three Oaks Family of Schools this year and will see further expansion to other families of schools in the coming months. The "Report It!" campaign focuses on promoting the importance of reporting school related incidents such as bullying, theft and violence while reinforcing the message that students should inform their parents, guardians, teachers, school counselors, principals or other trusted adults when they need support. The campaign offers multiple reporting options, including verbal, written and online methods. The online form allows students to submit reports anonymously, offering them an additional layer of privacy and security. For more information about the Report It! campaign or to make an online report, please visit psb.edu.pe.ca/report-it or follow the link from our school website.

Elm Street Working Dog - For those new to our school, we have a working dog named Kannon that attends school with us each day.  Kannon’s owner is a teacher at our school who has many dog handling certifications.  Kannon is extremely friendly, loves kids and would do just about anything for a treat!  Kannon attends class everyday (she is in 6B right now) and grade 6 students are trained as “dog leaders”.  In addition to attending class, Kannon serves as a support for many students in many ways.  She can help students enter the school when they have anxiety, she can be an earned reward for students who are working on behavior or academic goals, or she can help regulate students when they are having big feelings.  Students are taught to always ask before petting Kannon and she hangs out in her crate in the main lobby in the morning to greet students as they arrive!

Helmets - We LOVE seeing students arrive at school on bikes and scooters…. But we require them to wear a helmet.  Please ensure your child has their helmet on (not in their kitbag or hanging off the handlebars) when they are riding their wheels to school!

School Food - The Provincial School Food Program starts on Monday.  The food orders arrive and are distributed to classes.  Sometimes students don’t like the lunch and ask for a new lunch at the office.  We do help out when students forget lunch or need food, but when students have a lunch provided, we do ask them to try it and eat what they have.  Please talk to your children about packing lunches and snacks, and see what they like and dislike.

Meet the Staff - This Thursday, September 14, we are hosting our annual Meet the Staff BBQ from 5:00-6:00 pm!  Starting at 5:00, you and your family can arrive through either set of front doors and students will be given a passport.  They can work their way through the checklist on the passport (they are the tour guide!), and then drop the passport off in front of the office to be entered in a draw for some gift cards!  Then, your family can get a hotdog at the back doors on your way out!  This event was a huge success last year and we are excited to host it again!

Arrival in the Morning - We have playground supervision in the mornings from 8:10-8:30am.  We ask that parents DO NOT enter our playground in the mornings and drop their children off at the edges.  This is for safety reasons and to ensure that access to our students is limited to those with permission to have access.  We have the safety of all your children in mind!  

Dismissal in the Afternoon - At dismissal time, parents who are picking children up should do so at 2:35pm.  You should meet your child at the door they use to exit (one of the back doors).  Sometimes parents want to “beat the rush” at the end of the day and come to the office early to pick up their child.  We are happy to accommodate this if your child has an appointment but if they don’t, please help us out and wait for your child at their designated door at 2:35pm.  The last half hour of the day is incredibly busy trying to ensure all students get to their correct after school destination and those last minute changes can sometimes be a challenge to work through.

Change of End of Day Plans - If your child’s end of day plans need to change during the school day, please call the school.  Teachers sometimes do not have time to check their email during the day and that information might be missed. Calling the school to talk to Ms Nicole is the best and easiest thing to do when plans change during the day.  And calling early (before 2pm) is very helpful!

Dropping your Child Off - If your child arrives late to school, they must enter via the front doors.  All our doors remain locked at all times of the day.  When they enter, please sign them in and then they can go to class on their own.  We ask that parents do not enter our hallways without permission from the office.  We train our students to recognize staff wearing ID tags as “Safe” adults and if we have parents or others in the hallways, this can pose a safety concern.

Picking your Child Up Early - If you need to pick your child up early from school, please use the front door.  Press the doorbell and let Ms. Nicole know how she can help.  Please wait in the main entrance and Ms Nicole will bring the child to you.

Parents Alternate plans - Sometimes children get sick during the day or need to go home for a variety of reasons.  It is very important for families to have a plan in case that happens.  If you are unable to pick up your children in these special circumstances, please discuss with your family what an alternate arrangement might be so you are prepared!

Contact Teachers with Questions - When you have questions or concerns, it is always best to contact your child’s teacher first.  Usually, problems can be easily solved with the teacher.  

Forms and Information Coming Home - Your child’s teacher will be sending home forms on Monday for you to review, sign, make any corrections and return asap so we can update information and ensure all information is correct and received. When/if your address and phone number change during the school year, please call the office and let Ms Nicole know.

Home and School - Elm Street has an active Home and School group!  Please watch for more information coming soon about meetings and important Home and School information!

Fire Drills - We will have a series of fire drill practices this week so students are prepared in case of fire.  We also practice lockdowns and evacuations, as well as bus evacuations.  These have become very commonplace in our school and students do excellent!

Terry Fox Run - On Friday, September 22, we will host our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk.  More information coming next week!

 

Looking forward to the week ahead!  Stay kind Eagles!

Ms J & Mrs Doyle

 

 

August 31, 2023

Dear Elm Street Families –

Welcome back!!  We are so excited to welcome all our Eagles back to school next week on Thursday, September 7 for the first day of school!  Our grade 1-6 students will begin at 8:30 (the usual time) and our new Kindergarten students will have a slightly different plan (see below)!

One day next week, you will receive an email from your child’s teacher and some details about the first day!  If you don’t receive an email, we might not have your email address, so please call the school any time after noon on Wednesday to find out your child’s teacher.

On a usual school day, we ask that parents do not come onto our playground.  However, if your child is nervous about finding their way on the first day, you may walk them to their door.  Students will not be permitted to enter the school before the 8:30am bell and can play on the playground until the bell.  Please say your goodbyes at the door and your child can head into school on their own!  All staff will be wearing their Elm Street Staff t-shirts and can help students find their way to classes!  If you have any information you need to tell the teacher, please email them or write them a note!  For our younger children, please ensure you communicate to the teacher what the after-school plan is going to be!

We have all the school supplies for your children, but please remember to send them with indoor shoes (velcro or slip-on if they can’t tie laces), water bottles, kit bags, lunch bags, cutlery and a snack & lunch.  Not all classes have a microwave so please send lunch items that don’t need to be heated up for now. 

Our new Kindergarten students have a slightly different plan for the first day of school.  New Kindergarten students are NOT to go on the bus the first morning but instead, are to be dropped off at the school between 9:15-9:30am.  Please bring them to the back gym doors (in the bus lane) and you will be greeted by your new teachers!  We will ask parents to say their goodbyes in the gym and the students will go to their class to start their day!  Please have their end of day plan written down to give to the teacher.

We will be switching to an online ordering system for milk that many other schools use.  Milk sales will not start yet and we will provide more information soon. The school food program ordering is open now and the deadline is September 2 for the first two week block.  Please go to their website to register for hot lunch - https://www.peischoolfood.ca/ .  You create an account and then complete your ordering for a two-week period. 

And please save the date of Thursday, September 14 for our Back to School Meet the Staff BBQ!  More details coming soon!

A few reminders:

-        We are a nut free school and we are a scent free school.

-        School starts at 8:30am and school dismisses at 2:30pm.

-        Playground supervision in the morning is between 8:10am and 8:30am.  Please don’t drop your children off before 8:10am.

For regular updates, please check out our school website at https://elmstreet.edu.pe.ca/ and our Facebook page.  And watch for important forms, notes and information in the kitbags for the first couple days of school!

We are so excited to see your children!  We hope everyone has had a great summer break and are ready to dive into the new school year!

See you soon,

Ms. J (Principal) and Mrs. Doyle (Vice Principal)