Fresh air and free play time are essential breaks for successful learning. Students will have normal outdoor recesses to a windchill of -21 degrees Celsius. With windchill factors of -23 to -25 degrees Celsius, students will have outdoor recess, and the duration outdoor will be reduced. When windchill factors are -25 degrees Celsius or lower, students will remain indoors.
Parents, thank you for your awareness of these practices and supporting the importance of outdoor fresh air free play. Merci for ensuring that children attend school dressed appropriately with warm mittens, hats, snow pants, winter jackets, boots and scarves.Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! This is why recess matters in winter too!
1) Spending time outside in the winter can lift children’s mood and prevent SAD. (Winter depression)
2) Spending time outside gives kids vitamin D.
3) Kids who spend more time outside are less sick then kids stuck inside.
4) Fresh Air makes kids able to concentrate better.
5) Outside is quieter and not as nosy as inside; reducing the stress level for children.
6) Being active outside in active play gives children exercise.
7) Exercise is good for the brain; we get better students.
8) Creating friendships and learning social behaviours.
9) Preventing Nature Deficit-Disorder; spending time outside connects children with the outside world.
10) Kids who spend time outside in fresh air sleep better; better sleep makes better students.Excerpt from activekidsclub.com
We don't mean to Nit Pick, but everyone has to be part of the battle against LICE ! They are presently in our school. You may or may not know much about lice, but they can be as pesky and bothersome as the common cold. They don't care how busy you are and sometimes they just won't go away until everyone does their part to hunt them down and ensure they disappear.
Please see attachment on "what to do & how to do it"
For health advice and information call Capital Health Link at (780) 408-LINK or visit www.capitalhealth.ca.
What will my child learn?
In addition to learning how loved they are by God, and how He calls us to love and serve others, your child will learn many additional skills and processes in all subject areas, in both French and English.
Please click the link below for an overview of the subjects areas and what your child will be learning:
Pick up and Drop Off Procedures 2016-2017
We have established a pick up and drop off lane at the front of the school for parents who choose to drive their children to school. We encourage families to use the EICS transportation system as much as possible. This will assist us with congestion at the front of the school and increase the safety of students transfering to and from buses.
Please be courtious and respect the homeowners around EPK School, please do not park in, or in front of, their driveways when dropping off or picking up your child(ren).
Please review the procedures and map in the following link.
If you require your child to ride a different bus to or from school, you must send a note to the school one day prior to the day your child needs to ride a different bus. The school staff will sign the note which will then be given to the driver by your child. If a student does not have a note from their parent or guardian which has been signed by the school office, we cannot allow them to ride a different bus. If this is a long-term arrangement, you must contact the Transportation Department to make arrangements. Note – Several routes do not have the capacity for extra riders. Students taking an alternate bus will be refused with a note signed by the school office.
Should I pull my child? Use it or Lose it?
A very interesting and quick read about learning (and forgetting) the French language.
School Fees 2016-2017
Fees will still be charged for Field trips & Options.
Where can I park/stop around ÉPK?
Please click here for the signage around the school with regards to where you are permitted to park or stop.
Synervoice is a program that EICS uses to help communicate information home. If you are not receiving e-mails/voice mails from the school and would like to receive them, OR, if you are receiving the communications and would no longer like to receive them please click the link below.
Notes for riding an alternate bus
The Transportation Office is requesting that parents refrain from sending a note giving permission to their child to ride another child's school bus. The buses within the Hamlet of Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Camrose are almost at capacity and your child may not be permitted to board their friend's bus. Thank you.
The Transportation Department communicates bus delays and cancellations on the EICS website (and now the ÉPK website) and via the SynreVoice call out and email system. Please ensure your phone numbers and emails are correct at the school.
Winter Apparel Requirements
The transportation department is asking that all students are well dressed for the winter weather when riding the bus. This includes proper Jackets, pants/leggings and shoes. In the event that the bus is stopped somewhere unable to run, students need to be prepared to spend some time in the cold.
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
Health Canada has announced the launch of the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (Toll free)
Callers can access the Help Line 24/7.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line is to provide immediate culturally competent telephone-based cris
KangaPouches are available at the office for $8.25 if your child requires a new pouch.