Welcome to New Staff School Supplies
We extend a warm welcome to some new staff Please ensure that your child has brought all the
members who will be working with your children required school supplies to school, labelled with
this year. Ms. Nadina van Thienen will teach his or her name as per the instructions on the
students in grades three and four as well as French supply list. All footwear and outdoor clothing
as a second language in our mainstream program, should also be labeled with your child’s name.
and Ms. Leizan Knecht will be teaching our Please note that teachers may request additional
grades four/five combined class, also in the supplies that are specific to their classroom.
mainstream program. Ms. Danielle van den
Beuken will be teaching our Cogito kindergarten Ongoing Communication
classes, and Ms. Hollie Heroux will be teaching At Pollard Meadows School, we place a high
one of our Cogito grade one classes. Ms. Shelley value on regular communication between the
Ochitwa will be teaching grade two and French as school and the home. We use agendas in our
a second language in our Cogito program, and mainstream program and homework books in our
Ms. Stacie Arends will teach Cogito grade three, Cogito program on a daily basis. In addition to
including French as a second language. We also this, we have established Wednesday as “mail
welcome Ms. Shantelle Ryan, who will be day” each week. Please check your child’s
teaching our grade one mainstream class, and we backpack for a mail envelope which will be sent
welcome back Ms. Tami Tuttle, who will be home as required on Wednesdays (with the
teaching our mainstream kindergarten classes. exception of the first mail envelope, which is
being sent home on Tuesday, the first day of
Meet the Teacher Sundae Evening school). This envelope will contain important
Our annual Parent Information Night has information such as newsletters, field trip
undergone a transformation! This year, we are information, district information forms, and so on.
inviting all families to come out and enjoy a Please be sure to return the envelope to school
special Pollard Meadows ice cream sundae, with your child the next day, along with any
meeting our staff and visiting with other families forms that need to be returned.
in a relaxed social setting. This event will be held
on Thursday, September 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 School Council Meetings
p.m. We plan to be outside on the tarmac, but will Meetings of the Pollard Meadows School Council
move into the gym in the case of inclement will be held on the third Tuesday of each month.
weather. These meetings are held in the school library and
Information about individual classroom begin at 7:00 p.m. This month’s meeting, the
expectations and curriculum for the year will be Annual General Meeting, is scheduled for
sent home with each child, rather than being Tuesday, September 16. All parents of students in
handed out at a formal evening event. We look Pollard Meadows School, whether in the
forward to meeting all of our Pollard Meadows mainstream or Cogito program, are welcome and
families. Please watch for further information to encouraged to attend.
be sent home soon. We hope that you will mark
your calendar and plan to attend! Safety and Security
Student safety is of the utmost importance at
Pollard Meadows School. The following are
procedures that have been put into place as a
result of our ongoing efforts to ensure safety and school early without a note or call from a
security for all who are in our building: parent/guardian.
All school doors will remain locked
throughout the day, with the exception of Bus Zone
the following: This year, we will have seven school buses
o The front door will remain open arriving at Pollard Meadows at the beginning and
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All end of each day, and three school buses at the
visitors and volunteers are asked to beginning and end of the lunch hour each day. In
enter the school building through the interest of safety for all of our students, we
the front door. request the assistance of all parents in
o In addition to the front door, one respecting the bus zone and not parking in
door on the north pod and one door front of the school.
on the south pod will be opened at
recess and lunch so students can Nut Allergies
access the building. Some children are extremely allergic to all nut
Staff members have keys so they can products, as well as snacks that contain traces of
access the school during the day from any nuts or have been prepared using peanut oil. For
door. the safety of these children, we ask for your
Staff on supervision carry walkie-talkies cooperation in not sending to school snacks or
with them to improve communication. lunches containing any nuts. Also, please read the
Students who arrive late must enter the ingredients of all snacks, such as granola bars, as
building through the front door, and report many contain traces of peanuts or other nuts.
to the school office for a late slip. Thank you very much for your assistance and
All students will be reminded of the concern for our students’ health.
importance of not letting adults into the
building. Lunch Supervisor Required
All visitors and volunteers are asked to We currently are seeking to hire a responsible
report to the school office upon entering adult who is interested in working as a lunch
and leaving the school. They will be supervisor. Interested adults must be available to
provided with a visitor/volunteer badge. work between 11:20 a.m. and 12:40 p.m., Monday
All visitors and volunteers are asked to to Friday, and must possess the necessary
wear this badge while they are in the management skills to supervise a group of
school, and to sign in and out in the office students in a classroom setting as well as on the
binder for this purpose. playground. We are also looking for lunch
supervisors to work on an occasional basis when
Any students who are to be excused from
our regular staff members are ill. Interested
school prior to regular dismissal time (e.g.,
individuals are asked to fill out an application in
doctor, dentist appointments, etc.) will be
the school office.
met by their parents/guardians in the
school office. Parents/guardians are asked
to use the sign-out book located in the Instructional Focus
At Pollard Meadows School, our instructional
office. No student will be allowed to leave
focus for the past several years has been “Reading
for Understanding”, with the goal of improving
the reading skills of all our students. This year, we but you have a chance to change that by investing
are expanding our focus to include improving our the time to talk to your kids. Your kids are worth
students’ skills in both reading and writing in all your time!
areas of the curriculum.
The work that parents do at home to support this Children in Kindergarten…
growth by reading with their children, or having Has your 4 – 6 year old had their Pre-School
them read for 15 to 30 minutes every day, is of Booster?
tremendous value. Parents can also promote Capital Health is doing a research study looking at
reading by showing an interest in what their a lower dose vaccine for the pre-school booster.
children are reading and by reading themselves. Participants are needed for a research study to test
When children see that you are interested in the effectiveness of a lower dose vaccine for
reading, they will be more interested in reading diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, given as part of
themselves. children’s pre-school booster. Children must be
between 4 and 6 years and have 4 doses of their
We are also excited about continuing our routine childhood vaccines and attend two visits
involvement in the Alberta Initiative for School one month apart. Children will be randomized to
Improvement (AISI) project, Engaging all receive either the lower dose or regular dose
learners through differentiated instruction. The vaccine for protection. They’ll also receive polio
goal of this work is to create learning vaccine, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR),
communities that are responsive to the diverse and a booster dose of varicella (chickenpox)
needs of who we teach, so that what we teach and vaccine. The varicella booster is not yet part of
how we teach support the development of the routine Alberta schedule. For complete details
capable, connected and contributing learners, call 780-413-7946.
resulting in improved student learning. This year,
we will be continuing our partnership with Julia Dental Care Options for Parents
Kiniski, Satoo and Weinlos schools, and look Some parents are looking for lower cost options
forward to adding Tipaskan School to our cohort for dental care. Here are two resources.
group. Working with other schools in the Mill The University of Alberta Dental Clinics may
Woods areas allows us to provide rich be able to help. The clinics offer fillings,
professional development and collaboration orthodontics (braces) and teeth cleaning at a lower
opportunities for all of our teachers. cost.
For details call 780-492-4448 for fillings, 780-
Health Talk 492-3065 for orthodontics, and 780-492-4458 for
(Information Provided by Capital Health) teeth cleaning.
Tobacco Proof Your Child Alberta Child Health Benefit Program
Talk to your child about smoking, talk often. This is a health coverage program for children of
Focus on some of the negative aspects of tobacco lower income families. Free extended health
use such as the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. benefits including dental care, eyeglasses and
If you are a smoker, talk about how you got prescription drugs are offered to families that
started and why it is so hard to quit. We know that quality for the provincial program. Eligibility is
children of smokers may be more likely to smoke
based on the parent’s income. For information or Southwood Scouting Groups Bottle Drive
to apply, call 780-427-6848 or 1-877-469-5437. The Southwood Scouting groups will be holding a
Nutrition Sessions at the Library bottle drive on October 4. If you have any
School Health Nurses and the Community questions, please call 780-450-2627.
Dietitians will be presenting Easy Breakfast and
Snack Ideas for a Healthy Mind. These sessions Girl Guides of Canada Registration
are designed for parents of elementary school- When: Tues., Sept. 9, 2008
aged children, everyone is welcome. The sessions
are free. Handouts. Recipes. Prizes. Mark these Where: Southwood Community Hall, 1880 37 St.
dates on your calendar! Each session will start at 7
pm and will be approximately one-hour long. Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Call the library of your choice to register:
Registration is $125.00
• Londonderry Public Library
780-496-6708 September 11, 2008 For more information, please contact Fern
• Mill Woods Public Library
780-496-1818 September 17, 2008
• Lois Hole Public Library
780-413-7708 September 23, 2008 Seniors Caring About Seniors
Seniors Caring About Seniors is a non-profit
• Whitemud Public Library organization whose mission is to be an effective
780-496-1822 September 24, 2008 service facilitator for seniors to help them retain
their lifestyle, sense of independence and well-
• St. Albert Public Library being.
780-495-1682 September 25, 2008
Drivers (honorarium) and office volunteers are
needed as well as service providers (earn extra
cash) for the following: housekeeping,
T-Shirts for Sale snow/yardwork, plumbing, light maintenance,
etc. For more information please call Val at 780-
ORDER YOUR POLLARD MEADOWS 465-0311.
ONLY $ 10.00 EACH
FOREST GREEN WITH THE SCHOOL LOGO
TO REPORT A STUDENT
ABSENCE (DUE TO ILLNESS,
MEDICAL APPOINTMENT, ETC.),
WE ASK THAT ALL PARENTS
INFORM THE SCHOOL. PLEASE
TELEPHONE 780-463-8680 DURING
THE DAY, OR TO LEAVE A
MESSAGE ON OUR SCHOOL
VOICE MAIL AFTER HOURS.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
SEPT. 4 Cogito Kindergarten Parent
Orientation – 7:00 p.m. and
7:30 p.m. (repeat session)
in Room 1
SEPT. 9 Mainstream Kindergarten
Parent Orientation – 7:00
p.m. in Room 0
SEPT. 16 School Council Meeting at
7:00 p.m. in the library
SEPT. 18 Meet the Teacher Sundae
Evening – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
SEPT. 30 Character Education
Assembly 9:00 a.m. (Gym)