2018-19 EIPS Parent Survey: We Want to Hear from You

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is committed to ensuring all parents and guardians of students within the Division have a chance to share their thoughts on the overall performance of their school and the Division. One of the ways EIPS ensures its parents’ voices are heard is by conducting an annual parent survey.

Fort Elementary encourages all parents and guardians to take a few minutes to complete the brief online survey. It will only take a few minutes and will help to supplement the Division’s Accountability Pillar Survey data. Plus, new this year, the survey includes questions about cellphones and personal devices. Your feedback will help the EIPS Board of Trustees develop a policy about cellphones and their use within the school.

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW

Survey closes March 29

The feedback gathered will help the Division measure its progress towards meeting the goals and priorities outlined in the EIPS 2018-22 Four-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve its students and the wider community.

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.

Thank you for your participation.

We ❤ Board Games!

You are invited to the Family Board Game Night!

Who: Families at Fort Saskatchewan Elementary

What: Board game fun!

When: Wednesday March 20, 2019 from 6:00 -8:00 pm

Where: Fort Saskatchewan Elementary

We hope to see you there!

The Fort Board Games & Card Games

Hot Cross Bun Dough Raiser!!

COBS Bread Fort Saskatchewan in pleased to be supporting Fort Elementary with our annual Hot Cross Bun Dough Raiser!!

Order Online! Visit and place your order using the quick and easy online form:  https://www.cobsbread.cm/campaigns/hot-cross-bun-doughraiser/

For every 6-pack of fresh baked, mouth-watering Hot Cross Buns ordered, $2 will be donated to our school. Hot Cross Buns will be baked fresh on April 17 and dropped off to the office at noon for pickup.

These delicious Easter treats come in 4 varieties:

  • Traditional Fruit: filled with raisins, currants and mixed spice
  • Apple Cinnamon: a delicious blend of red apples and cinnamon
  • Chocolate Chip: with over 100 chocolate chips in each bun
  • Cranberry & Orange: packed full of plump cranberries and orange zest

Here is a form that could be used to collect from family and friends: Hot Cross Buns Fundraiser Form.

Presidents Choise/No Frills - Breakfast Program

We would like to thank President's Choice/No Frills.

Our Parent Council had received a Grant in the fall for our Breakfast Program. The Manager at No Frills in Fort Saskatchewan is giving us everything at cost + 10%. We will be extending our Breakfast Program to 5 mornings a week.

HOT LUNCH

Hot Lunch Dates:

Fort High School - Friday, March - Pasta - cut off Thursday, March 7

Fort High School - Friday, April 26 - Wraps - cut off Thursday, April 8

Fort High School - Friday, May 24 - Burgers - cut off Thursday, May 24

All order are now on line and are to be paid through the Parent Portal:

https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html

COB's Bread

Fundraising is easy! Simply mention our school during your transaction at the COB's Fort Saskatchewan bakery when you make any purchase. They will donate 5% of every purchase to our school.

Additional promotions may be conducted throughout the year and may include the Hot Cross Bunraiser when $2 from every 6-pack sold will be donated to your school.

The donation to your school will be presented at the conclusion of the year. cannot be carried forward to the next year.

We at COBS Bread are extremely excited about supporting our community, children and your school. We wish you every success with this fundraising effort.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

Nutrition - Administrative Procedure 164

NUTRITION

BACKGROUND:

Healthy eating is an integral part of growth and development, and good nutrition is conducive to student learning. Therefore, the Division is committed to creating supportive school environments for good nutrition and lifelong well-being by encouraging healthy eating for all students and staff.

The Division respects and supports parents in their role as providers and decision makers in the home for the kinds of food they serve to their children and what they send to school for individual consumption by their children. In school environments, the Division encourages and supports schools to promote healthier foods and limit the sale and serving of unhealthy foods.

PROCEDURES:

  1. The Principal shall:
    1. create an environment where healthy foods are available, affordable, and promoted as the best choice,
    2. ensure strategies are in place to foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote healthy eating. In fulfilling this expectation, the Principal shall:
      1. establish linkages between health education and foods available at the school,
      2. promote nutrition education and positive food messages provided by the Division,
      3. schedule lunch breaks that provide time for healthy eating and recreation, and
      4. develop school guidelines and procedures pertaining to food that is served and sold at school that are in keeping with the intent of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth (ANGCY; 2012).
    3. develop school guidelines and procedures pertaining to food allergies and with reference to Administrative Procedure 316, Medication/Personal Care, and
    4. monitor the implementation and maintenance of this Administrative Procedure on an annual basis.
  2. Marketing of Food
    1. The Principal shall consider the ANGCY guidelines and endeavour to offer food choices in keeping with the spirit of the guidelines in order to provide healthy food choices and promote healthy eating habits.
      1. Vending Machines
        1. All beverage vending machines in Division schools will have water and may have products in the form of 100 per cent unsweetened juice and/or vegetable juices and/or milk. Drinks such as pop and energy drinks will not be sold in vending machines.
        2. All food product vending machines in Division schools will always offer “Choose Most Often” foods and “Choose Sometimes” foods, and will limit the sale of “Choose Least Often” foods.
      2. Canteens and Cafeterias
        1. Canteens and cafeterias in Division schools will always offer “Choose Most Often” foods, may offer “Choose Sometimes” foods, and will limit the sale of foods from the “Choose Least Often” category.
        2. Drinks such as pop and energy drinks will not be served or sold in canteens and cafeterias.
      3. Hot Lunches
        1. Hot lunches (including those prepared on site by parent volunteers or school staff) will include food choices in keeping with the spirit of the ANGCY guidelines. Hot lunch committees that purchase lunches from external providers are encouraged to choose vendors who offer choices in keeping with those guidelines (offer foods from the “Choose Most Often” and “Choose Sometimes” categories, and only occasionally offer small portions and limited amounts of food from the “Choose Least Often” category).
      4.  Fundraising
        1. The Principal is encouraged to consider non-food fundraising activities. When food is included, food items from the “Choose Most Often” and “Choose Sometimes” food categories will be offered.
        2. If hot lunches are part of a fundraising strategy, the Principal shall clearly communicate the purpose of the hot lunch program to school communities.
      5. Special Events and Celebrations
        1. Special events will incorporate the principles outlined in the ANGCY. The Principal shall encourage organizers to offer food choices from the “Choose Most Often” and “Choose Sometimes” categories, and limit foods from the “Choose Least Often” category.
        2. For celebrations such as birthdays, the Principal shall work with parents to promote alternatives to treats from the “Choose Least Often” category.
    2. The Principal shall ensure that contracted food service providers provide healthy food and beverage options in compliance with this Administrative Procedure.
  3. Food in the School
    1. The Principal shall:
      1. encourage limited use of food as rewards and incentives,
      2. ensure that food is not withheld as punishment (e.g., denying snack time because of poor behaviour),
      3. allow students to carry and use water bottles during instructional time, and
      4. limit other beverages in the classroom during instructional time.
    2. As role models, teachers and other school staff will set a positive example in terms of healthy eating.
      1. Division staff members are encouraged to model healthy food and beverage choices while at school.
      2. Foods and beverages offered at Division and school meetings and events should be from the “Choose Most Often” and “Choose Sometimes” food categories.
    3. This Administrative Procedure does not apply to lunches, snacks, or foods for individual consumption that students or staff members bring from home.

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2019? If so, it’s now time to register for kindergarten. To register, simply complete the online registration form at www.eips.ca/kindergarten.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at www.eips.ca/kindergarten—to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

Home-to-School Envelopes

Your Home-to-School Envelope

Bringing cash to school for small items (hot lunch, chip sales, book orders etc.) can be difficult for students to keep track of and hard for the teachers when they get loose change placed on their desk. We are trying to simplify this by offering “home-to-school” envelopes. You can purchase 25 at a cost of $2.00. Available in the office.

Home to School Envelope order form

 

Boston Pizza Receipts

Did you know that BP’s will donate a 5% rebate cheque on pre-tax total from receipts collected from any northern BP's location? (first term is September - December, with a January 10 due date)  So please bring in ANY RECEIPTS. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school.

School Fees

Families are invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30 days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay schools fees is by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking on "Student Fees." If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your students fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees.

For more information:
EIPS fees and waivers
Fort Saskatchewan Elementary fees
Student Transportation fees

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