The EMP family is growing! We would like to welcome all families back to EMP, and extend a very warm welcome to the new families who have joined us recently. We are also so pleased to announce that Mrs. Riva Stevens will be working at EMP as our new Indigenous Education Support Worker, a position she has filled most recently at Windermere Elementary. She brings a wealth of knowledge and we look forward to working with her. All Indigenous students benefit from cultural, social-emotional, language, or academic support from an IESW, and all students in the school benefit from the support that IESWs offer to teachers and whole classes. Indigenous families (or anyone) can reach out to Mrs. Stevens by calling the school, emailing (Riva.Stevens@sd6.bc.ca), or by stopping by Nupqu’s Den at lunch for a chat.
The EMP PAC is again serving up hot meals to students who have pre-ordered on Wednesdays.
- What if you haven’t already ordered but would like to now? No problem! Please ask for an order form from Ms. Gray (Rebecca.Gray@sd6.bc.ca) Give us a week and we will have food ready for your child on the following school lunch day.
- Need some financial assistance to make this happen for your child? No problem! Please contact Ms. Gray in confidence and we will ensure your balance is covered.
When should students stay inside?
There is no magic number of when students should stay inside the school. As a general guideline, this discussion should happen when the temperature reaches -17°C without windchill but it is up to the principal’s discretion and assessment. For example, the principal may decide to cancel an outdoor field trip that is away from the school with no place for students and staff to warm-up but decides to offer outdoor recess because students are only outside for short period of time and the school has extra winter clothing available for all that may require it.
Our guiding questions include: Are students dressed for the weather? How long will students be outside? Is there a windchill? What is the activity? Is shelter available to warm-up, if required?
If you see a blue sign up in the front windows at EMP when you drop your child off in the morning, this means that we are bringing all students inside as soon as they arrive. At EMP, we call this a “blue day;” we may go outside for recess briefly or maybe not at all, depending on how the weather holds up.
Families should ensure students have warm clothing with them. For tomorrow, staff will be insisting that students actually wear their warm gear before allowing them out the door at the end of the day, due to the extreme temperatures.
If your child is in need of a warm jacket, showpants, boots, etc. please let us know and we can go through some of the donated clothing that we have in the office to see if we can outfit them.
FYI, items left in the lost and found for an extended period of time are either donated to the thrift store or become part of our in-school collection, so please check the lost & found often, and write your child's name in their belongings so we can reunite them.
Please remember that we do not have supervisors on duty until 8:30 am. Several students are arriving before then. Please contact our principal, Ms. Rebecka, if you have a temporary extenuating circumstance that requires an early drop off, and we will see what we can do to provide a supervisor. The last thing we want is a little one left alone outside in the cold!
We ask all visitors to the school yard to be extremely careful as they walk around: Our maintenance crew puts tremendous effort into sanding and removing hazards, but it’s impossible to remove all the ice. When parking in our front parking lot, remember to exit your cars and immediately find the sidewalk – do not walk across the parking lot as it models unsafe behaviour for the kids. No one should be walking across the parking lot!
With the bit of new snow, and after this cold spell is over, we will once again open the hills for sledding. Here are the rules, which teachers, supervisors, and parents will need to review with their children:
- Soft sleds only
- Helmets required
- Must wear all winter gear to sled or play in the snow (including snowpants)
- Do not leave sleds outside overnight
- NEW! Morning recess reserved for grade 2 & 3 students only
- NEW! Lunch recess reserved for K & 1 only
Sleds can be kept at school in the areas that teachers designate, but we are not responsible if they are lost, broken, or misplaced.
Kindergarten Registration 2024-2025
It’s that time of year! Kindergarten registration for September 2024 will be open from January 22, 2024 to February 2, 2024. Children turning five by December 31, 2024 are eligible and you can find out more information about registration and kindergarten programming by reading the Full Day Kindergarten tab on the SD6 website (SD6.bc.ca).
Check out the following helpful links:
Pathway to Kindergarten
Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten
When I Go to Kindergarten
Health Hints for Kindergarten
In May, we will host kindergarten orientation sessions for parents and future students who have registered. Please encourage anyone you know who is thinking of sending their child to kindergarten next year to register early – they can register as soon as the registration system goes live on January 22! Questions about whether or not your child is ready? Concerned about your child’s needs being met? Please contact Ms. Rebecka to discuss specifics, and check out this document: Considerations for Kindergarten