September 2018 Newsletter

Office Message

Welcome back to what promises to be an exciting school year. I’m thrilled to be part of the Elma community and I look forward to meeting our new students and their families. The anticipation of students seeing friends, making new friends, moving to a new grade and meeting a new teacher adds to the students’ joy and nervousness of the new school year. These new beginnings provide us with the opportunity to start off on a positive note in order to experience a successful year. It is wonderful to see the familiar faces of our returning staff, students and families and it is exciting to grow our Elma community by welcoming new families and staff members. As your administration team, Ms. Vanderkaden and I look forward to working alongside all of you and the staff as we create and nurture a rich learning environment for your children. Please feel free to contact the school if you any questions or concerns as we settle in to another successful year!

Thank You

Thank you to Ms. Moore and our custodial staff for the hard work that they do over the summer months and throughout the year to prepare and maintain the school for staff and students and making us proud to be part of the Elma community.

Open House

We will be hosting an Open House for our families to meet Elma staff on Thursday, September 13th. Classrooms will be open and teachers available to meet you from 5:30-7:00. Looking forward to seeing you there!

PA Day

Friday, September 28th is a PA Day and Elma staff will be involved in professional learning throughout the day. Families are reminded that there will be no school for students on this day.

School Volunteers

At Elma, we value our volunteers. Please contact your child’s teacher or school office if you can provide the gifts of time and support! Volunteers for our Nutrition Program are urgently needed to prepare and deliver snacks.

Student Medical Conditions and Health Concerns

AMDSB schools are committed to supporting students with medical conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, and epilepsy to fully access school in a safe, accepting, and healthy learning environment that supports well-being. As these conditions have the potential to result in a life-threatening medical emergency, we need you to be active participants in supporting your child’s medical condition at school. As we begin a new school year, please inform us about your child’s medical/health condition and help us to create, review and/or update their Individual Medical Management Plan of Care. Please call our school office to arrange a time to create a Plan of Care. For those students who have a previous plan in place, you will receive a copy to approve and update as needed.

Allergy Alert

We have students in our schools with life threatening allergies. It is of the utmost importance that we all do everything possible to keep the school environment as safe as possible. As a school staff, we have protocols in place to deal with these allergies. We are asking for the assistance and support from all students and parents as well. Please read the following guidelines and review them carefully with your child.

  • Please do not send any food that may contain nuts or peanut products.
  • Hands are to be washed after eating anything that may contain nuts or peanut products at home before coming to school. Traces of food can get on the bus seats and rails, playground equipment, desks and personal belongings all pose a serious risk to students with allergies.
  • Absolutely no eating or drinking on the bus.

In no way can any school guarantee a 100% allergen free environment but we all have a responsibility to work together to do our best to create an environment that is as safe as possible for all of our students.

QSP Magazine & Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Our school fundraiser begins September 14th and will run until October 12th. Your child will be bringing home a catalogue and order forms for these purchases. Orders for magazines can be for both new and renewal subscriptions. Thank you in advance for your support.

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council is an important part of our school. We encourage all parents to become active in the school. If you are interested in being part of the School Council or helping with an event, please contact the school. Please consider joining this dedicated group and become involved in school related activities that impact your child. Your help is needed and your participation is appreciated!

Healthy Active Living

Our local communities provide a wide variety of opportunities to engage our families. A few agencies have reached out to share information regarding their organization and the activities they provide. For more information, please contact the school and we can pass along the details we have been provided.

Listowel Skating Club Registration – Wednesday, September 12th (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Steve Kerr Memorial Arena Contact – Heather Paleczny

Listowel Minor Hockey Registration – Saturday, September 8th (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Steve Kerr Memorial Arena Contact – Sherri Coombs

North Perth Arts Council Meet the Artists Monday, September 10th (6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) North Perth Public Library