Heading Into The Festive Season!
We are getting ready for Christmas concerts, gingerbread houses, the Christmas Craft Sale and the Christmas store. So keep checking your children's agendas for information or forms sent home. News Updates are also sent home to keep you informed about what is happening at the school and if there are changes or additions.
This year it was decided that instead of going at the busiest time of the year to Snow Valley we would have two days back to back in February. This also allows us to push the Christmas concert into the last week giving Mrs. Horricks and Mr. Jorgensen more time to practice with the kids. We hope this makes December a wee bit less stressful for everyone!
At the bottom of the page is information relative to inclement weather and the process taken when buses are cancelled. Although buses are cancelled, school staff are expected to still come in. However regular classes usually do not run as the majority of our students are bussed in. Subsitute teachers that were arranged to come in for a teacher for that day are also cancelled leaving no teacher in the classroom.
Now that the snow has fallen please make sure your children are dressed appropriately in layers and a second set of mittens is always a good idea.
Ministik News Updates
News updates are sent to parents by email as needed to keep parents up to date with regular information and upcoming events. They are available in our document section of the website or click on the quick link below for the most recent:
Minutes from the Latest School Council Meeting
To view the latest minutes of the Ministik School Council and School Association meetings click here:
Previous minutes can be viewed in the documents section under the "About Us" tab.
Minutes for the November 17th meeting will be posted as soon as they are available. The next Parent Association Meeting is Thursday, January 19th at 7 p.m. in the Library. Baby sitting is available. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.
Elk Island Public Schools has a document relative to emergency preparedness posted on their website. Here is a direct link to that document for parents: http://www.eips.ca/files/EmergencyPrep_ParentSummary_Sept2013.pdf
Old Man Winter is on His Way!
As the winter season will soon be upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
Should inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools including: automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations will be posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.
Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures, which says: School bus service may be suspended when Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C including wind chill factor, in one or more regions. School bus services may also be suspended or delayed due to adverse weather or road condition and on a region-by-region or route-by-route basis.
When school bus services are suspended, schools will remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather. Parents must use discretion when sending children to school during inclement weather, even when buses are running and schools are open.
For more information, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.