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.

Busses are running this morning. Please be prepared for delays as they will only run on roads that the drivers deem to be safe.

If you are driving today please be safe.

January 7, 2024

What is Happening at Eardley?

     Welcome back and happy new year! I hope you were all able to spend time with those who are important to you. We are looking forward to seeing our students over the next two days.

January 8 PD Day

This is a reminder that January 8 is a PD Day. Daycare is open for those who registered.

Pizza Day

There will be a make-up day for the pizza day missed due to strike action on Wednesday, January 10.

Graduation Photos

Grade 6 graduation photos will take place January 16.

Parking Lot

As you know, parking is limited in the morning. Please remember to vacate parent parking spots after dropping off your child so other parents can use the spots.

Angel Tree Update

Thank you so much for your generosity. Because of you, we were able to support 11 families with both gifts and grocery items, including Christmas dinner.

Winter Weather

Winter has arrived! Please make sure your child has the winter gear needed for the day, especially our Kindergarten students who spend a large portion of the morning outside at the adventure playground. Kindergarten students should arrive to school with their winter clothing on as all kindergarten supervision is outside with the children first thing in the morning. Parents/guardians will be responsible for ensuring their child is dressed to go directly outside at drop off. Thank you for your support.

Julia Horner

Principal

Eardley Elementary

Please see below for our list of activities for the week of December 18-22.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT EARDLEY?

Return to School

We return to a regular class schedule tomorrow. Please see the attached letter from our Director General, George Singfield.

Donation Challenge

We had to adapt the donation schedule for the collection of items due to the teacher and professional strike action. Thank you for your flexibility and patience. In order to have enough time to collect the items and organize them for distribution, below is the new schedule.

DateCategoryPointsExamples
Friday, December 15, 2023PANTRY ITEMS5 pointsCan goods, pasta, sauces, etc.
Monday, December 18, 2023TOILETRIES5 pointsToothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.  
Monday, December 18, 2023SNACKS5 pointsApple sauce, bear paws, baking mixes, etc.
Monday, December 19, 2023BREAKFAST ITEMS5 pointsCereal, pancake mix, oatmeal, etc.
Monday, December 19, 2023HOUSEHOLD ITEMS5 pointsCleaning products, toilet paper, Ziplock, etc.

Communication Survey

To provide better services to school communities and families, the Western Québec School

Board is interested in your thoughts on how we communicate with our parents/guardians and to the wider community.

This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You may access the link to the survey below. The survey will be active until Thursday, December 21st at 4:00 PM.

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=QhsjuyQ9Ykq9VAe7n2bMPT5yahYgEeNHmiFbpS8q5S9UQ05FVUpTQ0FOS1dKWjlQVDhFS0U1VzgwOS4u

Kindergarten Reminders

Below are reminders for our kindergarten parents/guardians.

  1. Due to supervision limitations, children should arrive at school with their winter clothing on, especially snowpants. Parents/guardians will be responsible for ensuring their child is dressed for the morning adventure playground time.
  2. Safety is our number 1 priority. Please drop your child into the care of an adult when arriving to school after the bell, rather than allowing them to walk to the adventure playground on their own.
  3. The children are outside for an extended period of time in the morning. Please make sure they are dressed for the winter weather with winter boots and warm mitts. Please also provide extra mitts as there is not enough time for drying between recesses.

Governing Board

Our next Governing Board meeting is December 20.

Holiday Spirit Days

We will send home an events schedule for your child to take part in. All themes days are optional. I will send out the details tomorrow.

Happy Friday!

December 7, 2023

What’s Happening at Eardley?

Strike Days

December 8 through to December 14 the teacher and professional unions will be on strike. Schools and daycares are closed and transportation is cancelled.

Angel Tree

We had a late addition of a family so there are still a few angels on the tree. If your situation allows and you would like to make a donation to one of our Eardley families, please consider stopping by for an angel. If you cannot make it in but would still like to donate, please let us know by contacting vturner@wqsb.qc.ca and we can provide you an angel from the tree.

Donation Challenge

Previously, I sent the class donation challenge outlining the donation theme for each day next week. Since there is a strike is scheduled, I will adjust the days. We may have a few items being requested on the same day in order to still have enough time to sort the items. As a reminder, below are the different themes. Please go ahead and purchase your items and I will let you know when to send them in. Thank you!

DateCategoryPointsExamples
TBDPANTRY ITEMS5 pointsCan goods, pasta, sauces, etc.
TBDTOILITRIES5 points Toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.  
TBDSNACKS5 points Apple sauce, bear paws, baking mixes, etc.
TBDBREAKFAST ITEMS5 points Cereal, pancake mix, oatmeal, etc.
TBD     HOUSEHOLD ITEMS5 pointsCleaning products, toilet paper, Ziplock, etc.