It is hoped that there is some truth to the weather lore saying: "In like a lion, out like a lamb!" The frigid temperatures have made it very difficult the last few weeks for students to go outdoors. Hopefully, the temperatures will turn around soon and warm up so we can all get outside. Spring is around the corner and summer but four months away.
March is particularly busy here at Pine Street. Saffron is presenting information to our grade 3-6 students on cyberbullying and using social media on March 3rd. Swimming and various fieldtrips continue to take place this month.
Teachers in grade 1-3 are preparing for Kathy Jessup to arrive. She will work with our division 1 students on their writing skills from March 10-14th. A huge thank you to our parent council for supporting this round of writing residency.
Dancerama takes place on March 6th in the afternoon. Students will be showcasing their dance skills. There is no school on March 7th as staff attend Professional Development Day. We will have Greg Bass, Alberta Education Deputy Minister, as a keynote speaker that day.
On March 12th we will lower our flag at sunrise and then raise it again before noon. There will be a brief ceremony in the gym around 11:30 to honour the end of our soldiers 12 year mission in Afghanistan.
There will be a Parking Information Meeting on March 12 at 6:30 pm, prior to the parent council meeting. Changes to traffic flow and parking at Pine Street School will be implemented after Spring Break. This is an opportunity to find out what the changes will be. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Dental Screening for grades 1, 2 and some grade 3 students will take place here at the school from March 17-21st. Two more days have been allotted after that, if deemed necessary. Please turn in the screening permission forms that have been sent home as soon as possible.
A huge thanks to the McCormack School of Dance who will put us in the St Patrick’s Day mood on March 17th, dancing for us in the gym at 1:30pm. Please join us as these talented dancers, some from our school, show off their Irish moves.
John Dunn will present two powerpoint presentations on March 18th in the afternoon called, “Journeys on the Wild Side”. This presentation focuses on his adventures in the North and Inuit life. Costs for these two presentation are covered by the school.
Report cards for term two will go home on March 26th. Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress, please contact us here at the school.
Lastly, Spring Break begins on March 28th as there is no school that day. It is hoped that everyone has a great spring break. We all return to school on April 7th.
Mrs. E. Gaudet
Pine Street School Newsletters
The currrent Newsletter is now available for viewing.
Please visit the Library Page for information regarding the upcoming Book Fair.
Morning Arrival of Students
We are making the following changes to the morning arrival of students to improve the traffic flow in the drop off zone in front of the school which is on the north side of Pine Street.
- Beginning February 3rd, all entrance doors will be open at 8:00 am for parent and student access.
- Teacher supervision at the entrances and on the playground will begin at 8:15 am.
- Students in Grade 1, 2, and 3 who arrive shortly before 8:15 are asked to wait quietly inside the front doors until 8:15 am.
- Students in Grade 4, 5 and 6 who arrive shortly before 8:15 are asked to wait inside their assigned entrance until 8:15 am.
- When teacher supervision starts at 8:15 am, students will be asked to go outdoors to play until 8:32 am, weather permitting.
- During inclement weather, such as temperatures greater than -20 Celsius, severe wind chill, rain storms and so forth, students will be permitted to proceed to their classrooms as they arrive around 8:15 am.
The north side of Pine Street, which is the front of the school, is meant to be a drop off zone from 8-9 am and a pick up zone from 3-4pm. Within this area there is also a handicap bus zone from 8:00- 8:30 am, 11:00-12:30 am and 2:00- 3:30 pm.
We are hoping that the changes to our door opening time and teacher supervision time will help with the use of the drop off zone and lesson traffic congestion around 8:30 am.
January Parking Meeting
Invited stakeholders from Strathcona County, Elk Island Public Schools, Pine Street administration and parents met at Pine Street School on January 16, 2014, to discuss concerns about traffic flow, parking and crosswalk use at the school. After sharing concerns about traffic safety, several options were brought forth.
One option being implemented is the earlier opening of entrance doors at 8:00 am and teacher supervision beginning at 8:15 am. This option will start February 3, 2014.
Improving the use of drop off zones is being investigated and new implementation is planned to begin after Spring Break. More information will be distributed closer to Spring Break.
The option of developing more parking spaces requires further work and discussions between all the stakeholders. This option is complex and requires further consultation to determine whether this is a viable option or not.
Law enforcement representation at the meeting reinforced the important message that following posted school zone speed limits and parking restrictions are crucial to everyone’s safety. Of particular note, parking is not permitted in the crosswalks and right in front of stop signs.
An information meeting will be held at the regularly scheduled Parent Council meeting on March 12, 2014. All parents are invited to attend.
Now Accepting Registrations for ECS
Your child is eligible to start Kindergarten in the 2014/2015 school year if he/she will be five years old on or before December 31, 2014. Pine Street School is now accepting Kindergarten registrations.
Please be aware that you may indicate your preference of a morning or afternoon class, however your preference may not be guaranteed.
Please click on the link below to download the registration form, or click on this link for more information from Elk Island Public Schools.
Report from Alberta Health Services
Hard copies of this information bulletin from Alberta Health Services have been sent home. Please call the Health Link if you have any questions. Contact information is listed on the bulletin.
Measles in Alberta Information
Every elementary student received a letter with information regarding parent access to PowerSchool. The Parent Portal allows parents the capacity to create a single sign on for all students in one family who are currently enrolled in elementary, junior high and senior high in Elk Island Public Schools. The letter contained instructions on navigating to the Parent Portal and creating an account.
Once the Parent account is created, you will not need to create a new account each year. The account information will follow your student as long as they are enrolled in Elk Island Public Schools.
If you have difficulty creating a new account, an instructional video is available on the parent portal login page at https://powerschool.eips.ca/public or on the division website at http://eips.ca/powerschool.
Please note that at the elementary school level, only student attendance and student fees will be available through the Parent Portal. Ongoing assessment will continue through the eLuminate program outside of PowerSchool.
Parking and Road Safety UPDATE
Parking at any school is of great concern no matter where the school is located. There simply is never enough spots for everyone at the front door, especially during cold weather or when we are in a hurry or late. With that in mind, it is important to remember the rules of the road, to be respectful, patient and courteous.
Please obey the various traffic and parking signs that are posted around the school. Please watch for:
- bus parking only zones
- timed no parking areas
- drop off zones
- speed limits
The roads south and east of the school are 30km zones. Everyone is asked to use the crosswalks when crossing the street. Police will be patrolling and enforcing these traffic and parking bylaws.
It is everyone’s responsibility to be role models for our students. Adults and motorists are asked to use safe road and pedestrian practices. Please help us reinforce this message so that no one will be injured.
Pack Extra Clothing
Pine Sreet Lunch Break Program
The Parent School Council is pleased to offer a "Lunch Break" program for the 13/14 school year. The Lunch Break order is available electronically @ http://www.pinestreet.hotlunchprogram.com.
This program is completely maintained by our Parent Association, not the school office. Please email any questions to PineStreetVolunteers@gmail.com.
For Lunch Break dates, please visit the School Council Section of the Parents Page, or click here Parents Page
A new section has been added to the Parents Page called "Health Link" with articles from the Alberta Government regarding Health Issues. This will be updated approximately once a month.
Please visit the Parents Page for this information.