BACK TO SCHOOL: 2016–2017
Classes resume Tuesday, August 30
We are looking forward to welcoming all returning and new students in the 2016–2017 school year.
Win Ferguson Elementary is now closed for the summer break. Our office will reopen on Aug. 24, 2016 between 9 a.m and 3 p.m.
Below, you will find answers for many of your back-to-school questions.
Kindergarten classes will begin with a staggered entry during the week of August 30 to September 2. Your child’s teacher will be calling you with your designated time for this week. If you have not received a call, your registration may be missing pertinent documentation that you were asked to bring to the school. Please do so on August 24. All students will begin regular classes on Tuesday, September 6th.
New Student Registration
If you have a child starting at Win Ferguson Elementary for the first time in the upcoming 2016–2017 school year and haven’t yet registered them, there’s still time. Simply, fill out the Student Registration Form and drop it off at the school office at the times noted below:
- Date: August 24-26
- Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Location: 9529 – 89 St., Fort Saskatchewan
*Be sure to bring with you the following: proof of residency and the student’s birth certificate.
Important Dates and Times
For a complete list of holidays and school-closure days during the 2016–2017 school year, refer to the EIPS Division Calendar.
Our Bell Schedule is also available to assist you with future planning.
School Supply Lists
To assist with the purchasing of school materials, we have compiled a School Supply List
Tools for School
If you are a parent, or know of a parent, who needs help purchasing school supplies this year, we can help. Elk Island Public Schools has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2016–2017 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. When classes resume, we will respectfully distribute the backpack to your child. To place an order, contact EIPS’ Central Office at 780-464-3477.
Families will be invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30-days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay school fees is by using ACORN. Simply login to PowerSchool and go to “Student Fees,” there you will be able to view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard, or INTERAC—when available from your financial institution.
You can find more information about school fees at www.eips.ca/schools/school-fees.
All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2016–2017 school year should have already received a tentative route schedule. Those required to pay applicable transportation fees should have also received a separate invoice outlining payment information—we encourage parents to pay fees online. All transportation fees are due by June 30, 2016.
If you haven’t received a letter from Student Transportation yet, and would like to inquire about busing for your child, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.
NOTE: Bus passes and any updated route information will be mailed to families in August.
Questions and Concerns about the Start of School?
If you have any questions we haven’t addressed here, please contact the Principal: Ralph Sorochan
The school office will reopen on August 24 at 9 a.m.
For more information about back-to-school visit: www.eips.ca/parents/back-to-school.
We look forward to a great year ahead!
LITTLE ELK ISLAND ADVENTURE: REGISTRATION
Elk Island Public Schools is once again offering its Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders.
Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventure to new riders and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about: school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding, and how to sit properly on the bus. The children, and parents, then hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and adventure out on a short ride.
The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2016–2017 school year. Sessions and times are available at these locations:
Location Date Time
EIPS Central Office August 23 5 p.m.
EIPS Central Office August 23 6:30 p.m.
EIPS Central Office August 24 5 p.m.
EIPS Central Office August 24 6:30 p.m.
EIPS Central Office September 2 10:30 a.m.
Fort Elementary August 25 6 p.m.
EIPS Central Office is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park
Fort Elementary School is located at 9806 101 St., Fort Saskatchewan
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for this year’s Little Elk Island Adventure, visit http://goo.gl/forms/cJlUleWobg.
More information regarding busing for Kindergarten students can be found at: www.eips.ca/transportation/kindergarten-busing-faq.
New Report Card - Communicating Student Learning
Communicating Student Learning (New Report Card)
Win Ferguson Elementary will be implementing the Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) new elementary report card in the 2016-2017 school year. Developed by EIPS, the report cards are designed to effectively report grades 1 - 6 student achievement and build strong partnerships among students, teachers, and parents.
The creation of the report card was led by the Communicating Student Learning committee. Made up of parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and central office staff, the committee considered feedback from close to 1,000 parents and 400 principals and teachers producing a reporting system which focuses on student achievement in the areas of academic outcomes and learner attributes.
Within the new report card, teachers will continue to assess all areas of the current programs of studies. What will change is the way in which student learning is reported.
Using a 5 point numeric scoring scale, teachers will share student achievement in clear, “parent friendly” categories in each subject. The current “EPAL” system will no longer be used. Additionally, the report card will also allow teachers to report personalized information about each student in relation to learner attributes, areas of strength, and ways in which parents can support students’ learning or “next steps”.
EIPS is excited about our new method of communicating student learning. It’s innovative, inclusive, and based on what stakeholders indicated they want to see in a reporting system.
School Council/PTA has a new website!
Win Ferguson School Council/PTA has a new website!!
Take a moment to check out the great things our School Council and PTA do for students at our school. Because your child goes to WFG, you are automatically a member of the School Council and PTA.
Check out the link at http://winfergusonparents.com/
Join the Win Ferguson School Council and PTA meetings to get involved in the ongoings and decisions of our great school! Meetings start at 6:45 PM in the library.
List of Meeting Dates for 2015/16
October 26th; November 23rd; December - no meeting; January 18th; February 29th; March 21st; April 18th; May 30th; June - no meeting
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