Notes from the Principal's Desk:
We had a very smooth startup and first week of school. It has been so amazing to have everyone back at school and see those smiling eyes once again! We want to send out a huge WELCOME to our new students and families. Your children are in an amazing school with a fantastic staff and an incredibly supportive community.
As we have been put on Outbreak status by AHS for respiratory illness, many families have reached out to find out what happens if someone in their child's class tests positive for COVID. If someone in your child's class tests positive, we will send out a letter to all families in that class to let them know about the positive case. As there is no longer a legal requirement to isolate as a close contact, we would ask that you remain vigilant for any symptoms with your child and keep them home if anything develops. More information can be found in the EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22.
Our annual Meet the Staff event will have to be postponed for another year due to current restrictions. We are organizing a digital Meet the Staff presentation that will be shared with you over the coming days and are hoping that we will be able to open our doors for a community event later on in the year.
On September 24 our annual Terry Fox Run will take place outside at the end of the day. We will be collecting Toonies for Terry once again during that week. Students will learn about our Canadian hero, Terry Fox, and the Marathon of Hope that week during class.
School photos will be on Tuesday, September 28th for all students, with the exception of our Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten class who will have their photos on Monday, September 27th. It is such a wonderful day to see so many students dressed up in their fanciest or favourite clothes!
School Fees will be available in the Parent Portal near the end of September. Mrs. Wells will send out an email to all families once they are ready. For more fee information, please see the Division Information section below.
New this year, there will be no school on September 30th to recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day. This will mean that our school will learn about and participate in Orange Shirt Day on September 29th. Students will learn about the origins of Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis' Story in their classes. This year, London Drugs and Wal Mart are stocking orange shirts for anyone interested in purchasing them. They'll likely run out closer to September 30th, so if you are considering purchasing a shirt, you may want to head over there early.
Introducing Elder Bert
Elder Bert Auger is Cree and is from the Whitefish Lake First Nation #459. He was raised in his community and speaks his indigenous language fluently. He now lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife, Juliette, of 42 years. He has four adult sons and five grandchildren.
Elder Bert spent his career working for both his First Nation and the Government of Alberta. He is a graduate of Grant McEwan College Social Work Program. As such he combines the traditional knowledge of his community with that of western education systems and institutions.
Elder Bert has been an Aboriginal knowledge seeker and keeper since he was a young boy learning from his grandfathers. Bert honours Aboriginal Culture by following the teachings and guidance of several Indigenous Elders.
Elder Bert has been sharing his knowledge with Woodbridge Farms for the past 8 years. He has guided us on our learning journey throughout that time as we have gained knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture and history. He has facilitated learning opportunities for both staff and students including the blanket exercise and understanding our connection to land around us. Elder Bert is a great ambassador for Reconciliation and has really added to our school’s efforts to better understand and teach the history and cultural perspective of Alberta’s first peoples.
Our students appreciate Elder Bert’s kindness, sense of humour and love of hockey.
Volunteers are an integral part of the successful operation of Woodbridge Farms. Every parent of a Woodbridge student is automatically a member of the Parents' Association. We are looking forward to seeing everyone virtually at our first School Council meeting in September! EVERYONE is welcome to join us for each meeting and your input is valued!
Next School Council and Parents Association Meeting:
- September 27, 2021
- Annual General Meeting
- Time: 4:00pm
- Virtual Meeting (code emailed out shortly before the start)
Information and past meeting minutes can be found on our School Council and Parents Association page.
Fundraising is a great way for parents to get engaged with school. We have a number of ongoing fundraisers:
Sept 8 Early Out
Sept 20 Federal Election Polling Station
Sept 24 Terry Fox Run
Sept 27 School Photos (MW Kindergarten only)
Sept 27 School Council 4:00PM
Sept 28 School Photos
Sept 29 Orange Shirt Day
Sept 30 National Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School
Oct 5 World Teachers’ Day
Oct 6 Early Out
Oct 8 Monthly Update Published
Oct 11 Thanksgiving Day – No School
Oct 12 Interview bookings open
Oct 18 Professional Learning Day - No School
Oct 21 Retakes
Oct 22 Retakes (as needed)
Oct 26-27 Parent/Teacher Interviews 4:30-7:30
School Information Items:
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Division Information Items:
Video surveillance on Buses
Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:
· ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
· discourage destructive acts.
On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.
For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.
Caregiver Education Sessions
Alberta Health Services hosts a variety of virtual caregiver information sessions throughout the year focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. Session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, communication, resiliency and more Visit Caregiver Education to see the monthly caregiver sessions.
Update Your PowerSchool Information The "Correction and Verification Form" is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families can use the form to access and update their child’s information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and any medical information. Reviewing the form and submitting updates ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child.
If you’ve recently moved, now is the time to ensure the Division has your updated address information. In particular, please also pay close attention to all phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. The Division will undoubtedly continue to have important information to communicate with families throughout this school year, and we want to ensure you receive this information. If you haven't already done so, we ask all Woodbridge Farms families to review their child’s PowerSchool information by Sept. 22, 2021.
For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact the school office at 780-464-3330.
Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy
As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again administering the Star Early Literacy/Star Reading and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI) assessment tools in the 2021-22 school year. The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: To provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.
Three times a year—in September, January/February and May/June—EIPS students in Grade 1 complete the Star Early Literacy assessment and students in grades 2-12 complete the Star Reading assessment. The assessments take approximately 20 minutes and are administered on a digital device. Also, in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills—students enrolled in math for Semester 2 will complete the MIPI assessment in February. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes, and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results offer the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.
The scores of the assessments aren’t used toward a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. The tools simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.
For more information about the Division’s Star and MIPI assessment tools, contact EIPS Supports for Students at 780-464-3477.
Pay School Fees Online!
School fee information for the 2021-22 school year is expected to be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal by late September. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.
Don’t forget to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of certain school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.
If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay your school fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit eips.ca/schools/fees. Alternatively, contact Karlie Wells, Registrar, at Woodbridge Farms at 780-464-3330.
Sync the School Calendar to Your Calendar
Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own calendar? You can. Simply, visit https://www.woodbridgefarms.ca/about/calendar and click on the applicable subscription option:
· Download to iCal
· Add to Google Calendar
· Subscribe to Calendar
NOTE: Options are located above the calendar.
Once you click on the desired subscription option, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your calendar will contain all Woodbridge Farms' important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.