November 2017 Newsletter

Office Message

The school year is now in full swing with classrooms and hallways buzzing with activity. Observing and examining the work of students and having conversations so that they can share their thinking, provide opportunities for students, staff, and parents to gain insight to the learning process. Our focus for school improvement this year will continue on in the area of mathematics. Recognizing that education is a partnership between home and school, we extend to you as parents, an opportunity to support our improvement efforts.

Nutrition Program

Elma students are fortunate to receive support from the tireless efforts and dedication of our nutrition program volunteers. Many thanks to these remarkable individuals who commit their time and talents to ensure Elma students are fed and ready to learn. Over the years, Tiffany Voskamp has been instrumental in organizing the program and arranging for volunteers, and for this our school community is grateful. As Tiffany steps back from our Eat and Learn program, we are looking for a parent or community volunteer to take over for her. Tiffany will be available over the next several weeks to provide support and training for any individual interested in the undertaking. Please contact the school if you or somebody you know may be interested in providing this much needed support.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

If you are able, please feel free to join us on Friday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m. as we honour and remember our military, both past and present, who so bravely stand up for liberty and peace in times of conflict.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for Elma will be held the morning of Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 for all children eligible for Junior or Senior Kindergarten in September 2018. For more information or to register, please contact our school office at (519) 356-2241.

Student Photos

Adanac Images will be returning to Elma for retakes on Friday, November 17th.

Save the Date

Our annual holiday presentation by primary students will soon be upon us. This year students in classes from grades 1 through to the grade3/4 class as well as our Primary Choir and Elma Singers, will share their musical talents to ring in the holiday season. Student performance dates and times include a dress rehearsal during the afternoon of Wednesday, December 6th and an evening performance on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00. Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. has been set aside as a snow date.

Food Drive

As a result of our annual “We Scare Hunger” food drive, 4 large boxes of food were donated to a local food bank. Thanks to all our students and families for your support.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

As we work in our school to cultivate a caring and inclusive environment for all of our students, we are committed to provide information on the topic of bullying throughout the year. Our intent in sharing this important message is to create a common understanding and provide a basis for parents and the community to support us in our efforts. We will be drawing on pertinent literature to help us highlight some insights into bullying that you might use to inform your parenting conversations with your children. At this time we will begin by differentiating between ‘conflict’ and ‘bullying.’

As we learn and grow, conflicts with others may occur. Understanding the difference between a conflict and bullying can be important in helping children learn appropriate ways to respond. There are two key features that define bullying and make it different from incidents of conflict:

1) Bullying is aggression carried out repeatedly over a period of time.
2) The bullying individual or group is attempting to demonstrate power over the individual being victimized, or to other people witnessing it.

Once a child recognizes these key elements in an incident, they can better decide on a response. A child may lack the confidence to respond to what they’ve seen or heard, because they think it is “tattling.” Experts on bullying remind us that ‘tattling’ is done for the purpose of ‘getting others in trouble,’ and is therefore discouraged. Telling or reporting about incidents of clear bullying, on the other hand, is done for the purpose of ensuring someone’s safety or well-being. We teach our students to use their words to resolve their conflicts with others peacefully. At the same time we encourage them to report to an adult, any incidents that fit the definition of bullying, in an effort to eliminate it from the school and contribute to a more positive learning environment for everyone.

Lions Vision and Hearing Screening

In partnership with local Lions Club organization, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, well-being, and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing Screening comes to Elma on Monday, December 4th.

Volunteers Needed

Do you enjoy reading with children? Do you know a grandparent, friend, or neighbour who might be interested? Give the gift of reading. Our grade one teachers are looking for volunteers to help out with our Reading Assistance Program (RAP). This is a pre-set program that can make a significant difference in the reading ability of students who participate. Volunteers work with students one-on-one in a quiet setting. Training is provided. A commitment of one morning a week is usual but can be shared with other volunteers. Please contact Mrs. van Veen or Mrs. Vorstenbosch at the school.

Cross Country Team News
Once again, the cross-country team enjoyed a very successful season. We would like to extend our congratulations to all runners who attended practices during recesses and prepared for the meets. They are to be commended for their efforts. We hope to see even more runners join the team next year!

Elma Fun Run

Every year, Elma holds its own cross-country event called the Fun Run for all students in grades one to six. It’s a great opportunity for physical activity and some friendly competition. It’s also a good way to help the cross-country team runners prepare for further competition. We hope that students discover that running can be fun and we encourage them to develop their ability to exhibit perseverance and determination.
Congratulations to everyone!

Before and After School Program Letter to Parents