Last Week Final Words

Thank you so much for a great first year at Eardley. I have loved getting to know your children and you. It has been a year of learning and transition, and I am already looking forward to next year, with one year of Eardley experiences under my belt.

I would like to send out a special thank you to the Eardley Home and School. This group of committed parents/guardians has brought so much fun, excitement and positive energy into our school. Everything they do goes directly back into making Eardley a fun, safe learning space. Thank you so much!

I would also like to thank the Eardley Staff. Not only have they worked to create engaging lessons, reflected on teaching and adapted for individual learner needs, they also went above and beyond each day for your child’s success in academics and everyday life. I feel very fortunate to have worked with and learn from you all this year.  

Please see below for information about this last week of the 23/24 school year.

Graduation

June 18 at 10:00 is the Grade 6 Graduation. Parents/Guardians are invited to arrive at 9:45. Please bring a chair as chairs will only be provided for graduates. Parking is VERY limited, please park legally on the street. Please do not park along the exit lane of the parking lot as that is an emergency exit. The graduation ends at 11:30, at which time graduates will go back to their classes to continue the graduation celebration. If you would like to take your child home with you following the ceremony, please let your child’s teacher know prior to the event. This will avoid wait times to sign your child out at the office.

Water Fun and Subway Day

June 19 is Water Fun Day and Subway Day. Students will be taking part in different water activities throughout the day. Please pack a bathing suit or change of clothes. Please also apply sunscreen to your child prior to leaving the house for the day.

Students who submitted the Subway order form will be provided a 6-inch Subway sub for lunch. Please provide your child with snacks and drinks for the day.

Bouncy Castles

June 20, we will have bouncy castles at school. Students will follow scheduled times to have some bouncy castle fun.

Family Picnic

June 21, we invite you to come have a picnic lunch in the backyard with your child and their class. Families can arrive at 11:20 and make their way to the backyard. Please do not enter the school yard prior to that time. Students will make their way out to a teacher designated area. Families are asked to bring a blanket or chairs and a packed lunch. We will have one last class meal together as a class. Home and School has also arranged for a few fun activities. If you would like to take your child home with you, please contact your child’s teacher prior to the day to avoid wait times signing your child out at the office. Please also remember to park legally along the street and to not park in the exit lane as this is an emergency exit.

Request Reminder

Parents/guardians will often request specific teachers or classmates for their child. We cannot take these types of requests. There is a tremendous amount of movement throughout the summer months right up to the day before school starts due to late registrations.

Change of Program Reminder

If you are considering a change of program for your child, please contact the school as soon as possible. Our class groupings are created based on the number of children in each program and staffing is allocated accordingly. Changes are not possible after classes begin in August.

Lost and Found

We have sent out photos of the lost and found. There is an incredible amount of unclaimed items. Labelling your child’s items is so important in ensuring they are returned to them. Please have a look at the photos or come visit the foyer area to claim lost items. All items will be donated after June 21.

Medication at School

If your child has oral medication that is kept at school, please make arrangements to pick it up. Asthma pumps and EpiPen’s will be sent home with your child on the last day of classes. Any oral medication must be picked up by an adult.

School Fees

We still have school fees that have not yet been paid. Please login to Mosaik, the parent portal, to find the amount of your fees and to clear these balances as soon as possible. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Julia Horner

Principal

Events

Social Media Parent/Guardian Presentation

May 30, Eardley is hosting a workshop for adults on Social Media. The presentation is online and begins at 5:00pm. We hope to provide information that allows parents/guardians to be better equipped to monitor their child’s social media use. Flyers have been sent previously for this event.

Drag Story Hour

May 31, Eardley is hosting an afterschool event. We would like to invite families to come for an evening of inclusion and fun. The doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 6:00pm.

Friendship Breakfast

June 3, we are having another Friendship Breakfast to celebrate the end of the school year. Please see the flyer sent earlier this week for more information. We are looking for donations to make this event a success.

Track and Field Day

June 4 will be the Jr. Track and Field Day and June 6 will be the Sr. Track and Field Day. Students will participate and compete in a variety of events throughout the day. Please make sure children have appropriate clothing and footwear for the day. Extra water and sunscreen are highly recommended.

Deborah MacNamara

June 6 join us at South Hull Elementary School from 6:00pm-8:00pm the Aylmer schools and Deborah MacNamara are hosting an in-person session entitled “Who’s in Charge? Why Adults Need to Lead”. A growing number of children are presenting as demanding, prescriptive, bossy, and

controlling. A disturbing number of these alpha children are turning into bullies as well. Alpha

children tend to have difficulties letting themselves be parented or taught. This is making the

child-adult dance much more difficult than it used to be or needs to be, despite the plethora of

advice-given and strategies available today. The surprising roots of the alpha complex will be

examined, opening the doors for lasting change in the family, classroom, and society.

Kindergarten Open House

June 7, new Kindergarten students and their adults are invited to visit Eardley and learn more about our program. Students, parent and guardians will visit classrooms, visit our adventure playground, have an opportunity to gain information about and register for daycare services, and speak with partners, Eardley Home and School, Connexions, Early Intervention supports and more.

Family Activity Night

On June 13 at 5:00pm, please join us for our final Family activity Night of the year. The topic will be Pen Pals and Western Quebec Literacy Council will have books available for your child to take home.

Family Picnic

June 21, we invite you to come have a picnic lunch in the backyard with your child and their class. This is a good way to have a classroom and school community last meal of the school year together. All you need is a packed lunch, chair/blanket and your time.

Weather

As you know, the weather is forever changing. Please ensure your child is dressed for the heat. Labelling sweatshirts will allow us to return lost items as the temperature rises throughout the day. Sunscreen applied prior to coming to school is also recommended as we try to spend more time outside.

Individual Education Plans (IEP)

We are in the process of creating and inviting parents/guardians to contribute to and sign IEP’s. Ideally, these meetings are held in person. We understand that life gets busy, so online or telephone meetings can be arranged if needed.

Parking Lot

I would like to send another reminder regarding the parking lot. Please walk your child through the parking area as many children do not typically have a lot of car safety awareness when in a parking lot. This is also a reminder that during pick up time, please do not park in the exit lane. That is a NO PARKING area.

Toys at School

This is a reminder that students should not be bringing toys to school, this includes Pokemon cards. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items and these items are very dear to your children.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Julia Horner

Principal

What’s Happening at Eardley?

Upcoming Events

Grade 6 Science Centre

Subway Day

Financial Education Session

Family Activity Night

Home and School Dance

Yo, it’s Eardley Elementary, listen up the news is bright

Got a dance party coming, gonna fill the school with light. 

May 24th, mark the date, six to eight, that’s the time

Sun-Sational Dance,  gonna blow your mind!

Hot days, cool treats, that’s the way we roll

Disco ball spinnin’, music takin’ control

Gonna bust a move, with your best friend by your side

Groovin’ to the rhythm, with nothin’ to hide

Dress up funky, wear your brightest smile 

‘Cause this ain’t your grandma’s dance, it’s gonna go a wild style

Slide across the floor, do the robot and the bop

Let your inner dancer out, it’s time to make it pop! 

Eardley Eardley, let the good times flow

Sun-Sational Dance, the place to be, you know? 

So grab your friends, put on your dancin’ shoes

May 24th is here, what are you waitin’ to lose 

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Social Media and Your Kids Workshop

Drag Story Hour Evening at Eardley

Author Jen Bailey Visit

Parking Lot

Please make sure you are parking in designated parking space. Vehicles are not permitted to park along the exit lane.

Ministry Exams

Ministry assessments have begun and will continue through June. Although we do not want to create stress for students by highlighting these evaluation situations as something more than another piece of evidence towards their learning, we would like to request that your children be present at school as much as possible. Catching students up for missed classes can be a challenge due to the limited time frame for administration of the assessments. Thank you in advance for your support.

Illnesses

As in any elementary school, common illnesses/inconvenient ailments are a frequent occurrence. Please do not send your child to school if their symptoms are present and negatively impacting their day. If your child is showing signs of discomfort, we will call home for pick up. Below is a guide for when your child should stay home.

Home and School Events

Kindergarten Open House

Eardley will be hosting an open house on June 7 for new Kindergarten students. You will receive an email very soon with more details. Please RSVP to our Office Agent, Ashley Kelly.

Governing Board

Our next Governing Board meeting is May 15, 2024.

Drag Story Hour

Eardley will be hosting a Family Drag Story Hour Night on May 31 at 6:00pm. Please join us for an hour of fun that promotes literacy and inclusion. The message is one of being yourself!

Financial Presentation by John Peters

Please join us for a free financial information session on May 21 at 6:00. John is a financial advisor who will share tips for budgeting, savings, RESP’s, etc. This is a session geared towards all families, with a variety of income situations. No childcare? No problem. We will have a child friendly movie playing so the adults can focus on the presentation. More information to come regarding how to RSVP.

Parent Session- “Who’s in Charge? Why Adults Need to Lead”

This is a free parent/guardian presentation from Dr. Deborah MacNamara taking place at South Hull Elementary School. Dr. MacNamara, PhD is a renowned clinical counsellor, educator, speaker and author. Please see the attached flyer for more information and a more detailed description of the presentation.

Parking Lot Reminder

We need your help to keep the parking area safe. The parking lot does not have a lot of extra space and children often do not have parking lot awareness. Please escort your child to a safe place when dropping them off. Please also be cautious when navigating the spaces and lot in general. Aside from being busy and having people in the lot, there has been damage done to vehicles. Finally, there is no parking along the exit of the lot. If there are no spaces, please park on the street and walk in to pick up your child.

Change of Clothing and Indoor Shoes

This is a friendly reminder to make sure your child’s indoor shoes still fit. We are reminding children to change their shoes when they go outside and come indoors. This is also a great time to inquire about your child’s change of clothing, making sure the items fit and are appropriate for the warmer weather we are all hoping for.

Lost and Found

The lost and found photo went out via REMIND. Please have a look for lost items before donation day.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Julia Horner

Principal

Easter Holidays

The school will be closed March 29 and April 1 for the Easter holiday. Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

PD Day Change

We would like to remind everyone that April 5 is now a regular school day. April 8 is a PD Day. There are no daycare services available for the PD Day.

Autism Appreciation Month

April is Autism Appreciation Month. Please see the information sheet attached regarding some changes within the Autism community.

There is an event hosted by Autism and Me on April 14 for Autistic children. Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to RSVP.

Re-registration

Re-registration is on-going through Mosaik, the parent portal. The deadline to re-register is March 28. Please complete the form online as we will have to contact all those individually who do not re-register. This can be a very time consuming, so we appreciate the support.

Please email Julia Horner jhorner@wqsb.qc.ca should you wish to discuss a program change for the 2024-2025 school year. Classroom lists and teachers are not finalized until the last days before children begin school. Class lists and staffing decisions are made based on the number of children within programs. Changes to programs and class list cannot be made after school begins. Thank you for your understanding.

Destination Imagination (DI)

Congratulations to our DI team, Genius Lab, who placed 2nd overall in the DI last Friday.

Student Illness

With different illnesses popping up at school, this is a friendly reminder that if a child is not feeling well, they should not be at school. We will call and let you know if your child is unwell and needs to be picked up. It is always a good idea to be proactive and make alternate arrangements ahead of time should your child need to be picked up due to illness. Please see the graphic below as a reminder/guide for common illnesses.

Lost and Found

Lost and found photos went out this week through REMIND. We will be donating all unclaimed items. Labelling your child’s belongings, including sweatshirts as the weather begins to warm up, is the best way to ensure your child’s items are returned to them.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

What’s Happening at Eardley?

I hope you had a great break. It was nice to see our students back and ready for the remaining 3 months of the school year. Below you will find some information for March and for our upcoming events.

Report Cards

Report Cards will be available through the Mosaik Parent Portal on March 13.

Family-Teacher Interviews

Our Family-Teacher meetings will be held March 14 during the evening and March 15 during the day. Your child’s teacher has requested meeting for some students. If you would like to request a meeting, please contact your child’s teacher.

PD Days

There will be a PD Day on March 15 in order for Family Teacher Interviews to take place.

Grade 6 Graduation Date

We have decided on June 17th as our tentative grade 6 graduation date. We have received requests for the date and although we cannot predict if something will come up, this is the date we have started our planning with.

Weather

With the spring weather, comes wet and mud. Please speak with your child about staying out of the water and consider sending extra socks/clothes.

Lost and Found

Children will often remove sweaters in the yard as they are playing. Please label your child’s sweatshirts/outerwear. We return all labelled items to students before donating the rest at the end of each month.

Solar Eclipse

Due to the time the eclipse will be present in out region, the WQSB has moved the April 5th PD Day to April 8. Daycare will not be available on that day.

Educational Project

Thank you for your feedback regarding our Educational Project. I will be bringing it back to Governing Board this month for approval.

Electronics

This is a reminder that students should not have their cell phones at school, including buses. If your child requires a phone for walking home, they can leave their phones with their teacher and retrieve the phone at the end of the day. Should the phone be found without being given to the teacher, after the second offence, an adult will have to come to school to retrieve the phone. The no phone policy at school, outside of educational purposes, is a Ministry directive.

Upcoming Events

March 20- Home and School Bingo Night

March 21- Family Activity Night

March 22- Home and School Spaghetti Dinner

March 27- CISSSO Parent workshop- Supporting Nutrition

March 29- Good Friday (holiday)

April 1- Easter Monday (holiday)

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Julia Horner

Principal

Eardley Elementary School

MEQ Catch-up plan

As previously communicated, the Ministry has provided funds for schools to support students for the time that was lost due to strike days. We have begun this support. Many students will receive support during the day, in their classes or in small groups. Other students will receive letters for after school support. The support is provided by employees already on staff, during their availability. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take requests for preferred times. The distribution of funds has allowed for 3-4 hours of support per class.

Staff Appreciation Week

Next week is staff appreciation week. Eardley staff have worked very hard to support student progress academically but also provide and organize experiences for them to grow and feel part of our community. Each day next week, Staff will be provided with a token of appreciation. If you would like to create a card or send a message to our staff, please feel free to send it in with your child and we will place the appreciation in a common area.

K4 Registrations

The deadline for K4 registration is March 1 at 3:00pm. Parents/Guardians will be notified once placement is confirmed. We will require some time to make finalize enrollment.

March Break

March break is the week of March 4-8, inclusive. The school and daycare will be closed.

School Fees

Thank you to those who have paid their school fees. We will be contacting those who still have an outstanding balance to arrange for payment. Invoices are available on the parent portal. Should you have questions, please contact the office.

Report Cards

Reminder that report cards will be available on Mosaik March 13.

Sr. Winter Activity Days

Sr. Winter Activity Day is coming up next week. Classes have been divided and will be visiting Lac Beauchamp either February 27 or 29.

Museum of History

Kindergarten and Cycle 1 students will be visiting the Museum of History. Kinder will visit on February 27 and Cycle 1 on February 28.

Criminal Background Checks (CBC)

There is a new procedure for Criminal Background Checks (CBC’s). CBC’s will be completed by the school board and facilitated by the school free of charge for volunteers. Parents/Guardians who wish to obtain a CBC are asked to complete the forms, in person, at the school. We will send in the documentation for you at no cost. Please bring with you two pieces of photo identification. This process can take a couple weeks so planning ahead is crucial. Alternatively, parents/guardians can obtain a check at their cost through Sterling and receive it more quickly.

Parent/Guardian Information Night

Andrea Shattler, WQSB Transition Facilitator, will be holding an information night February 28 at 5:00 at Eardley. The topic is, “Supporting Emotions and Routines for Kindergarten”. Should you be interested, please use the QR code to register and for more information.

Educational Project

The draft Educational Project has been shared via Remind. Please feel free to share your feedback with me as we move toward finalizing the draft during the March Governing Board.

Governing Board

The next Governing Board Meeting is February 28.

Thank you,

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Julia Horner

Principal

Eardley Elementary School

Parking Lot

We are having some difficulty with the parking lot. I do not have the staffing to place a lot attendant to manage the parking lot and I’m sure we would all like to keep that support for the children. I am asking for your support.

5-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration

Registration for 5-year-old Kindergarten begins February 7 and 8 at the WQSB from 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-6:30pm.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration

Registration for 4-year-old Kindergarten is by appointment only from February 26 to March 1. Please contact, our secretary, Kim Teske at kimteske@wqsb.qc.ca to make an appointment.

Late Arrivals

There are an increasing number of late arrivals. Our school bell rings at 7:55am. We understand that homes can be busy in the morning, so there is no judgement. We want you to know that morning routines at school are important for students to be set for the day and start the day with confidence in the tasks assigned. Missing the morning routine can start the day playing catch-up. It would certainly be beneficial for all our students if they are able to be on-time.

Friendship Breakfast

February 14 is our annual Friendship Breakfast. We are asking parents/guardians to contribute to this fun Eardley family event. We are looking for donations of: Juice, Milk, Cereals, Eggos, Cream Cheese, Croissants, Yogurt, Cheese, Fresh Fruit (washed & cut up), paper plates, cutlery, & any other breakfast items – Homemade nut free items accepted! Please label them.

Grad Photo Retakes

If you missed graduation photos or require retakes, the date has been set for February 16.

Bus Safety Campaign

The bus safety campaign is ongoing for the 2023-2024 school year. Please see the message below from our Director General, George Singfield.

Dear members of the WQSB community,

Ensuring the safety of our students during bus transportation remains our priority at the Western Québec School Board (WQSB). Led by the dedicated team of the Bus Transportation Group, Amélie Gascon, Judy Cadieux-Fortin, and Lee-Ann Beaulé, we are proud to announce the launch of the 2023-2024 Bus Safety Campaign.  Through fostering a culture of responsibility and awareness, our aim is to continue to cultivate a safe environment for all students.

The cornerstone of the Bus Safety Campaign lies in adherence to key principles of bus safety, which include:

1. Implementing proper boarding and disembarking procedures.

2. Encouraging respectful behavior onboard.

3. Promoting cooperation with our drivers.

Let’s ensure a safe and positive experience for every student on their journey to and from school.

EN: https://westernquebec.ca/safeguarding-bus-transportation-wqsbs-commitment-to-bus-safety/

FR: https://westernquebec.ca/fr/proteger-le-transport-par-autobus-lengagement-de-la-cswq-a-la-securite-des-autobus/

Governing Board

Our next governing board meeting is February 7 @ 6:30pm.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

What’s Happening at Eardley?

Report Card Dates

There has been an adjustment to the report card dates as part of the “Plan de Rattrapage/Catch-up Plan” announced by the Ministry of Education. Report cards will be available on Mosaik March 13, 2024. Interviews will remain the evening of March 14, 2024 and during the day March 15, 2024. Teachers will be contacting you if they would like to set up a meeting. If you would like to request a meeting, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Code of Conduct Change

There has been a change in the Electronic Device section of our code of conduct. This change was approved by our Governing Board before the break. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Below is the new clause:

“Electronics are not permitted to be used on school property for personal use. When approved by the Principal, teachers can request students bring a device to school for pedagogical purposes to support learning activities. In the case above, please note that all classes have a “device drop” where students can drop their devices at the beginning of the day and pick them up once classes are dismissed. An exception may be granted for special education purposes. These exceptions are determined by the needs of individual students and with approval from the principal”.

Home and School Bingo

Our Home and School is hosting a Family Bingo night, this Friday, January 19, 2024. A flyer has been shared and information is available on the home and school Facebook page.

Family Activity Night

Western Quebec Literacy Council will be hosting a Family Activity Night on January

25, 2024 at 5:00pm. The theme for the night is “Slime Making”.

Please let us know if you have any questions.