September 11th, 2023
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! The 2023-24 school is now underway with our school population once again increased this year. We have over 245 students enrolled at CPE! Awesome! The opening days last week were filled with a few nervous students but the excitement and positive energy helped everyone to settle in and have a great start to the year. A reminder of our upcoming PAC meeting on September 12th, at 6:30pm in our library. Any parent is encouraged to attend. See you there!
On another note, the school district is changing our website. Until everything is up and running properly, you can access our calendar by cutting and pasting the following link: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=NzNoOThlNDlhajRlZjNyaTg0aTc3ZHNucGdAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the first day for our Mug n Muffin. From 9:30-10AM on September 5th we invite parents to arrive at the school at 9:30 to say Hi to teachers and staff who will be outdoors to chat. Bring a mug and score your caffeine fix for the day and maybe even a nibble or two. The bell will ring at 10 am. Students will be in school until 12 noon that day. Regular school day begins on the 6th (8:25-2:30).
As usual, class lists will be posted on the outside of the school Friday, September 1st around 4pm.
During our first week of school, our Kindergarten students have a different schedule as they EASE into their first ever week of schooling. Kindergarten Gradual Entry information has gone out to Kindergarten parents via email. Please contact the school or email apfeiffer at sd19.bc.ca for any questions you may have.
- School Photo Day is EARLY this year: it’s Friday Sept 15th!
School enrolment is Up up up and we’re projected to be up over 240 students on the first day (compared to 185 a few years ago!). Woo Woo. Can’t wait to get back into the groove and get back to all the learning and fun we have here at CPE! 🙂
Have a great summer break and we’ll see everyone for our first day of school on Tuesday, September 5th. 9:30am Mug n Muffin (outside time to chat with staff with a coffee and a muffin). 10am students enter. 12 pm dismissal. First full day of school is Sept. 6th
Have a peek at our News and Events tab up above to view our June Newsletter. At our PAC meeting last night we chatted about a number of things including staffing. At this point staff for next year isn’t quite set into stone but I announced last night that we are saying goodbye to Ms. Hailey Lacroix who is taking a one year leave of absence. We’re also saying goodbye to Ms. Stephanie Duguay who will be working at AHE next year. One welcome to mention: welcome to Ms. Alice Weber who will be teaching in the grade 3 range next year.
Hello to parents and guardians of Columbia Park Elementary School students.In lieu of an April Newsletter, I thought I would pen a quick email.
Student Led Conferences, Thank-you
Thank you for your attendance at our Student Led Conferences last week. Engaging parents and guardians in their child’s learning helps to create greater student ownership … and that should improve student motivation, progress, and confidence! There were a lot of proud children in this school Wednesday and Thursday. 😊 Please continue the learning dialogue with your child in the days ahead as they work toward reaching their school goals.
BC Parent School Survey
Parents please consider logging on to the following link and participating in the BC Student Learning Survey. https://www.awinfosys.com/SurveyFull1/central/main/access.asp
All students in grade 4 and grade 7 are completing the student surveys. There is also a parent survey where you get the opportunity to give your input on what is going in here in your school in Revelstoke. Your input is important to us, and we use the information we get from parents and students to help inform school decisions. For example, Breakfast Club and Hot Lunches are two activities that have evolved over time because of input we receive on these surveys. The survey closes this Friday.
A reminder that our school website shows upcoming important dates, has the school’s Google Calendar, and includes other information https://columbiapark.sd19.bc.ca
Kindergarten Students for September
If you know of any students who will be entering Kindergarten at CPE in September, please remind them to ensure their child has completed their registration form. Contact Ms. Echlin in the office to get registration forms for all new students for September. 250-837-4744
Rise Up Indigenous Summer Camps
Community Connections has partnered with Rise Up Indigenous Wellness to offer a free summer camp for youth aged 6-11 who identify as Indigenous. Please see the attached letter for more information
Grade 6 Vaccinations, Round 2 May 5th
We heard from the Public Health Nurse that the next round of Grade 6 immunizations is coming up on May 5th. Here is a note from Kelsey, the Public Health Nurse:
“Immunization consent forms already went out in the fall and have been returned so no need to resend as consent from the parents has already been provided for the series, whether it be HPV, Vz and HB. We are completing the HPV series by offering the second dose, and finishing off any outstanding VZ and HB series. Once a parent signs a consent form it is good for 2 years, so no need to resend. Please send out an email to parents to let them know the day we are coming, as nobody likes surprises. If you have any parents with questions, please invite them to call me. My direct line is: (250) 814-2228. Thanks See you on the 5th”
Important Upcoming Dates
ProD Day – Monday May 1st .
Themes Day – Thursday May 4th is our next Spirit Say. Dress as a theme and May the 4th be with you!
Class Photo Day – Monday May 8th!
Grade 5 Swimming — Begins May 3rd
Grade 2 Swimming – Begins May 5th
Canmore Band – performance AM May 5th
Gr7 Golf – Begins May 8th
Babysitting Night – Thurs May 11th – FYI Gr7’s will be babysitting children from 5:30pm onwards on this day to allow parents a “date night”. This event will be organized by gr7 parents and used as a fundraiser to help costs with the upcoming gr7 Sunnybrae trip
Hot Lunch – Tuesday May 16th, menu TBD (free)
Welcome back from Easter and spring break. By now you’ve had a look at your child’s Learning Progress Report from before spring break. On April 19-20, we’ll have early dismissal days. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 (bus students will picked up at 12:30 and taken home). This will allow teachers the time to organize Student-Led Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.
What are Student Led Conferences? During SL conferences students are given the opportunity to share their work, reflect on their progress, and set goals for the future. Instead of having the traditional parent-teacher conferences, students lead their parents as they showcase their learning. Other benefits include students taking ownership of their learning, building their confidence, and taking responsibility for their education.As a parent you should be able to gain a deeper understanding of your child’s learning and have a greater sense of celebration of their successes.
Our March Newsletter has been posted under our News and Events tab above! Have a look — especially if your paper copy didn’t make it home.
Progress Profiles (Report Cards) will be sent home with students on March 16,17th. We’ll be following that up with Student-Led Conferences on April 19th-20th. Watch for a link to sign up for these when we return from Spring Break!
Have you checked your child’s backpack lately? You should have found information on our Pink Shirt Day activity … information on our Make it Sow (seed) Fundraiser ... and information about our PAC Winter Carnival.
Here’s the key points:
- We’re tie-dying shirts for Pink shirt day: bring a white shirt to school by Feb.1 or buy one for $5 from Ms. Echlin in the office. More details in your child’s backpack and an email from me later today.
- Find the Winter Carnival form in your child’s backpack and fill out when you can volunteer for the Feb. 10th carnival.
- Find the Make it Sow form in your child’s backpack and order your garden seeds by Feb 13th
January 3rd, 2023
Welcome back to school! All of us at CPE wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to a January filled with an enthusiasm for learning, trying your best, and having fun. Along with interesting and engaging lessons in class, we’ve planned some lunchtime activities for some grades, alpine and Nordic skiing programs begin, and basketball practices for grades 6/7 continue. Our annual Battle of the Books continues practicing, and we even have an after school Nordic ski program planned. As you can see, there’s lots planned for CPE students to keep them engaged, connected, and learning!
It’s hard to believe Christmas break is almost upon us. I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. I hope you get a chance to rest and relax over the holidays, and I hope that 2023 will bring you peace and joy.
In addition, on the CPE Twitter feed on the right hand side of the webpage you’ll see a memo from Interior Health about staying healthy and safe during the flu season. Student (and adult) sickness has been particularly intense this month. Thank you once again for keeping your children home if they are sick. Again, enjoy your time away from school and see you when the school reopens on Tuesday, January 3rd. 🙂
Dec.5th. December has quietly crept upon us, and it’s only a matter of time before we welcome Santa, celebrate New Year’s, and dig out from another awesome Revelstoke snowfall. By the end of the week, progress profiles will be sent home for parents to review. This year, each student in our school district will receive a new report card template – one that ensures better consistency among teachers and schools. One important message regarding our Christmas Concert next Monday: we will have very limited space for our evening performance. I’m asking that only parents/siblings attend the evening performance – parents, family, and friends are encouraged to come to our 1:15 dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon to help alleviate the crowd for the evening show. Better yet, stay cozy at home by the fire and watch the Live Stream of our Xmas Concert which can be found on our Twitter feed, just to the right of this post!
Nov 2022 Hello and happy winter everyone. Yes that’s right, I just used the W word! With the snow about to fly and the puddles about to freeze, please do your best to ensure your children are coming to school in warm jackets, mits and gloves, and snow pants (when appropriate).
And speaking of winter, some students are starting to get the sniffles and flu season is about to descend. A reminder to parents to please keep your children home if they are sick. Thank you!