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The Bears' Blog.....March 5

Despite being a ‘short week’ it was jammed with great things!  One of my favorite things was listening to the Principal’s Pick winners for February as they continued to share their amazing writing with the entire school during morning announcements.

Enjoying a fresh ham and cheese bun from COBS during Tuesday’s hot lunch was also a bonus this week.  I love getting a break from making my lunch! Wednesday gifted us with ‘Buddy Day’ and a visit from our dear friend, Elder Wilson.  Watching students from different grades come together and share in their learning is always heartwarming. We are incredibly fortunate to have Elder Wilson share his drum, stories and speak about his experiences in our kindergarten, grade one, two/three, and five classes.  

To end the week with an opportunity to engage in some professional learning with my colleagues is like the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae.  It is vital as educators, as we strive for excellence in our craft, to continue being lifelong learners so we may gain knowledge and perhaps more importantly we never forget what it feels like to be a student.

Enjoy a restful, rejuvenating weekend!

Shelby Hines

Acting Principal

Excellence is our brand!

Week at a glance… for the week of March 9-13


  • Online booking for school interviews opens at 9 a.m.
  • Helping hands (our amazing parent/guardian volunteers) come in today at 1 p.m.
  • EIPS parent survey opens today
  • Student Council members along with Mrs. Stevens will be delivering their homemade bookmarks to our neighbors at lunch recess 


  • Short Track Practice 7:45 a.m.
  • Swim Lesson Mrs. Forbes & Mrs. Woodbeck
  • School Council Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the school library 


  • Have a wonderful day of learning!


  • Short Track Practice 7:45 a.m.
  • Swim Lessons Mrs. Bochek, Mrs. Kavalinas & Mrs. Magnan


  • KA Kindergarten class field trip to the Fire Hall
  • PALS music FOP at 9 a.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. Report Cards Published
  • Last day to order hot lunch from the Purple Perogy for lunch on March 18 
  • Action
  • Opportunity
  • Information


Sharing About Caring & Citizenship

  • Sign up online for your school interviews from March 9-16.  Parent/Teacher/Student interviews are on Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 from 4-7p.m. 
  • Pine Street Student Council will be holding a Bake Sale during parent/teacher/student interviews to raise funds in support of the families affected by the Australian wildfires. 
  • During the month of March Pine Street Student Council will be demonstrating their excellent citizenship skills by heading out during lunch recesses to thank our neighbours for their support by gifting them with some handmade bookmarks.  Way to make us proud!


Parent ~ Family ~ Community Partners

  • Pine Street Partners we want to hear from you!  EIPS Parent Survey Opens March 9

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2020 Parent Survey—open from March 9-26. Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.

Survey closes March 26, 2020 

NOTE: The survey is anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.

  • Children and teens spend more time online than ever before.  Do they know how to spot “Fake News”?  is a great media literacy teaching resource written by professional journalists and educators. 
  • Learn more ways you can be our partner in your child’s education?


  • During their MakerSpace time students will be invited to participate in an activity learning about an animal in Australia.  Students will research this animal, understanding its habitat and then, out of recycled material, create a shelter that protects the animal.  
  • From April 6 to 17 we will be holding another foodbank drive to support our Strathcona County families.
  • Did you know… Our Student Council decided that water and shelter were areas they wanted to focus on this year.  They have had talks about water and water consumption and are planning another water awareness month in May. The purpose behind this is for everyone to note how much water they use and look for ways to reduce the amount with the intention protecting this precious resource.


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