No School September 30th

The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced that beginning this year PEI will observe September 30 as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Provincial government offices, schools in the Public Schools Branch and la Commission scolaire de langue française will be closed for the day. Some Island businesses and organizations may decide to also observe the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

You can read the full press release at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/province-recognizes…

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Important Information for Back to School

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to welcome students back to school for the 2021/2022 school year! We have a number of updates to provide you for the start of the school year.

COVID Updates:

– While this year will be closer to normal than last year, we will still have some enhanced guidelines in place to ensure our school stays safe and healthy.

– The Public Schools Branch has created a resource on their website to provide an overview of the COVID-19 protocols for the start of the year. You can find it at https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/parents_students/covid-19-resources/.

– It is essential that students and parents screen for symptoms on a daily basis. You can use this screening tool every morning to decide if your child should attend school: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/student_prescreening_checklist_eng_0.pdf.

– The following masking requirements will be in place for the start of the school year (If your child is unable to wear a mask, please contact us to discuss):

  • Masks are required for staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, when in common areas and when transitioning through the school building. Masks may be removed when seated in classrooms or meeting areas;
  • Masks are required for staff when working with Grades K-6 when physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status;
  • Masks are required for staff who work with students in grades K-12 who are at higher risk of severe illness and outcomes from COVID-19 when physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccine status;
  • Masks will be required for staff and students in all grades on school buses. (Bus drivers may remove masks when seated, facing forward or driving the bus.)

– If there is ever a confirmed case of COVID-19 connected with our school, public health will work with us to do contact tracing and inform anyone who may have been exposed. It is important that we have your current contact information. Please check that your phone number(s) are up-to-date in the system.  You can do this using the information sheets that will be sent home with your child during the first week of school. This information will also help us contact you should we have a mid-day school closure, such as a storm closure.

– The water fountains will not be open for the beginning of the school year. However, we will have the water bottle filling stations available. It is very important that all students have a water bottle each day that comes to school filled up.

– Similar to last year, we will not be giving out bus passes for anything other than childcare needs.

– Visitors to the school will continue to be kept at a minimum.  If you have to drop something off for your child, please buzz at the main door and let Mrs. Cameron know why are you are here.  We will ask you to drop the items off on the table in the main lobby (please ensure it is labeled with your child’s name) and we will deliver it to your child!  If you are picking your child up early, we will ask you to wait in the entry and we will have your child meet you there.

First Day Information – Tuesday, September 7

– Breakfast program will not be starting right away.  If you are interested in volunteering to help lead and organize the breakfast program, or would like to be a morning volunteer helper, please contact the Vice Principal, Janice Carragher-Doyle.

– Milk program will not be starting on the first day of school.  We will let you know when that will be starting.

– If you are interested in registering for the Provincial Hot Lunch program, please visit their site to register.  Check our Facebook page for that information.

– Playground supervision begins at 8:10 am.  If your child is walking or you are dropping them off, please do so after 8:10 am.

– Parents are not permitted on our playground during school hours. 

– The bell rings at 8:30 am for all students to enter, classes begin at 8:40.  If your child arrives late to school, they can enter the main entrance (Door A), sign in at the office and we will help them get to class.

– Classes end at 3:00 pm – bussers will be dismissed at 3:00 pm and walkers/Boys & Girls club at 3:05 pm.  If you are picking your child up, please wait outside of the school.

– Our recess and lunch times have changed slightly for this year.  Little recess for all students will be from 10:45-11:00pm.  All students will eat lunch in their classrooms from 12:35-1:00pm and all students will have big recess outside from 1:00-1:25pm.

– Please send a note with your child to let the teacher know what the end of day plan is (bus, walk, daycare, picked up, etc…).

Class List Information

– Teachers are being trained this week on a new Information system that contains all our student information.  This is includes the email function for teachers to contact parents.  Since we are not quite ready to email parents, we will provide class list information in a different way. 

For Grade 1-6 students:

On Friday, September 3 around 4:00pm, class lists will be posted on the door windows at Elm Street School.  We will leave them up for the weekend until school starts on Tuesday morning.  If your child would like to know what class they are in ahead of time, please stop by the school and check the list on the door.  The lists will be spread over 3 doors and these will be the same doors the students enter on Tuesday morning (and every morning).

                Door A – main door by gym – late arrivals, drop offs, PSB staff, visitors, etc….

Door B – Front double doors – 2A, 3B, 3Y, 3A, 2B, 5X, 4A

Door C – Back door (closet to soccer field) – 5A, 5Z, 6A, 6Y, 6B, 6W

Door D – Back door (closest to the CUP) – KA, KB, KC, KD, 1A, 1B, 1C

– On the first day, students are to meet their teacher at their door and classes will go in to the school together.  Parents will not be permitted into the school.

For Kindergarten students:

All kindergarten parents will receive a phone call on Friday afternoon from your child’s teacher.  We are encouraging parents of new K students to drop them off between 8:45-9:00am to the gym doors.  One parent can enter the gym with their child, give some information to their teacher, and the student will head to class!  Please ensure your child has an extra set of clothes (in a labelled, Ziplock bag), a water bottle, indoor sneakers (velcro), extra masks and a note indicating what the end of day plan is.  If you have not yet paid the $45 school supply fee, please bring that with you.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Erin Johnston (Ms. J)

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WELCOME BACK Elm Street Eagles!

I would like to take a minute to introduce myself – my name is Erin Johnston (Ms. J to the students) and I am very excited to be the Principal at Elm Street this year! I am looking forward to meeting each of you and your children!

We hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing summer vacation. I hope that students & their families took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed beaches, trails and other outdoor summer activities.

The beginning of another school year is quickly approaching! Myself, Mrs. Doyle (our VP) and Mrs. Cameron (our Admin Assistant) are back in the building this week and teachers and other staff return next week to make plans for an exciting year at Elm Street.

A few reminders:- Late registrations can call or drop by the school this week. Parents should be prepared to provide a birth certificate and proof of address.

The first day of classes for ALL Elm Street students in grades K-6 will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021. – The school calendar can be found at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/school_calendar_21…

The Welcome Back to School Plan 2021 was released yesterday. It looks like some COVID protocols will be relaxed at this time and some will remain in effect. We know we can work with these recommendations to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff. Please take a minute to scan the plan before the start of school. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/…/welcome-back-to…

Kindergarten school supplies: A reminder that School Supply Fees for Kindergarten students is $45 per students. We accept cash or cheque (cheques can be made out to Elm Street Elementary) and fees can be paid at the office this week or next.

Grade 1-6 school supplies: A reminder that the School Supply lists can be found on the website.

The PEI School Food Program is back! They are providing healthy and affordable lunches to all school children on PEI. Once again, families will be able to order meals on a bi-weekly basis and choose the amount they can pay. A new and improved ordering platform called Bon Appétit and a new menu developed by a Registered Dietitian and a Red Seal Chef using feedback from students, administrators, and parents is being launched. (Watch your email and Facebook as details about registration are coming soon). https://peischoolfood.org/

For those students who will travel to school by bus, please log into the Public Schools Branch Bus Planner to locate your bus driver’s name and bus number, as well as approximate pick up/drop off times. Please note it will take several days for drivers to get their new routines down pat. https://psbbusing.princeedwardisland.ca/

We are currently in the process of transitioning from Student Achieve Software (SAS) to PowerSchool. During this transition time, we may not have access to mass email so please check Facebook for updates!

We will provide more information about the first day soon!

Please feel free to reach out to myself (eijohnston@edu.pe.ca), Mrs. Doyle (jmcarragher@edu.pe.ca) or Mrs. Cameron (nlsinclair@edu.pe.ca) with any questions or concerns (902-888-8490).Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation! See you soon!

Erin Johnston and Janice Carragher-Doyle

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Back to School Plan released today

The back to school plan for the 2021/2022 school year was announced today. Click on the following link to read the full report:

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/welcome-back-to-school-plan-2021

This is a link to the most frequently asked questions you might have:

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/2021-22-back-to-school-faqs

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News from Government

The Standing Committee on Education and Economic Growth is conducting a public consultation on the topic of discrimination, harassment and bullying in PEI public schools. The committee is interested in hearing from students, parents, teachers and any concerned individuals on the topics of safety, bullying, harassment and discrimination. Please note that the deadline for feedback is September 10, 2021.

You can find more information on the consultation and how to provide feedback at https://www.assembly.pe.ca/consultation-on-safety-harassment-and-discrimination-in-the-school-system or see the attached ads.

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First Day of School

The first day of school will be upon us in the blink of an eye. The first day for students will be Tuesday September 7th. School supply lists are located by clicking on the link on this page.

The first day for the office staff will Wednesday, August 25. If you have questions and/or need to register a student our secretary Nancy Cameron will able to help you out, starting on that day.

The whole staff will be back to work on Wednesday, September 1st.

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School Occupational Therapy Program Information

School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Hi everyone!  I would like to introduce myself and the School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program.  My name is Anne-Marie Peters and I am one of the OTs for the Three Oaks family and schools and French schools  in Prince County.  I am very excited to be working at your child’s school for the 2020-2021 school year.  I will be at Elm Street Elementary every Day 1 beginning early October.

Occupational Therapists work with children of all ages and know a lot about children’s development in the areas of:

  • fine motor (i.e., small muscle coordination)
  • gross motor (i.e., large muscle coordination)
  • visual motor (i.e., eye and hand coordination)
  • sensory processing (i.e., how we respond to sensory information in our environment)
  • environmental set-up (i.e., ensuring the environment works to meet everyone’s needs from seating to wheelchair accessibility, etc.). 

The focus of the School Therapy OT program will be to work together with classroom teachers and school staff to support children’s motor and sensory development in order to assist children in: achieving their learning goals; successfully participating in school and most importantly feeling good about school!  To do this, I will be spending time in: classrooms; gym, music and library classes, on the playground and in small group settings.  Throughout the day, I will be offering guidance, suggestions and tips.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the School Therapy OT Program. I can be contacted at the school on Day 1 or at aspeters@ihis.org or 902 303-2224.  I look forward to a wonderful school year working together with school staff, students and you as parents/guardians!

Anne-Marie Peters, OT Reg. (PEI)

Occupational Therapist, School Therapy OT Program

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Kids Help Phone Information

Students, always remember that help is just a phone call away. Kids Help Phone

 

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Elm Street Code of Conduct

code of conduct

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