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DATES TO REMEMBER Prince Edward Island and large areas of New
October is Mi’kmaq History Month Brunswick, the Gaspe´ and Newfoundland. There
Oct 1-31 Walk to school month have been people living here for more than 11,000
Oct 5 PTO meeting Room 215 - 7:00pm years!
Oct 5 Cross country running club Gr. 3-6
Oct 7 SAC meeting, library - 5:30pm SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS
Oct. 12 Thanksgiving – School Closed
Oct 16 PTO Planting Day A reminder to parents and care givers: for
safety reasons, please do not send
Oct 16-25 Science &Technology Week
students to school until 8:10 am in the
Oct 17 Pumpkin Patch 8:30 – 3:00pm morning nor 12:30 pm at lunch time.
Oct 21 Picture retakes Supervision is not available until 10
Oct 22 Halloween Howl gymnasium 6:30 pm minutes before the bell. We appreciate
Oct. 23 NSTU Provincial Conference your support.
Day -No Students Present
Oct 30 Food Bank Friday
Oct 31 Halloween INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH
Nov 4 Parent Teacher Interviews (1:00-4:00)
Nov 5 Parent Teacher Interviews (6:00-8:00) On October, Astral Drive Elementary School will join
hundreds of schools across Canada to participate in
TRAFFIC SAFETY International Walk to School Month in October. This
initiative is designed to make streets and communities
Parents and Guardians, please remember when dropping safer, increase the physical activity levels of students and
your children off at school: improve our environment. It is hoped that the campaign
Astral Drive Driveway is for Pedestrians only will begin to reverse the habit of driving to school – a
slow down when approaching school zones habit that has clearly become ingrained. In Canada,
wait for the crosswalk guard to clear the neighbourhood schools report that more than 50% of the
crosswalk before proceeding through student body is frequently chauffeured to school.
drop off students in the designated area
do not park in no parking zones Active Healthy Kids Canada recently released a report
heed the instructions of the crosswalk guard which showed that Canadian kids are falling behind in
refrain from cell phones or distractions which physical activity levels and only about 23 percent of
may compromise your driving Nova Scotia children are using active transportation to
no turning or backing up in the driveways school. Some of the health risks of inactivity include
children could be there earlier inset of heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2
Thank-you for helping to keep our children safe! diabetes and high blood pressure.
Improved health is not the only benefit of walking.
MI’KMAQ HISTORY MONTH Additional advantages include a healthier environment
and safer communities. Greenhouse gas emissions are
Mi’kmaq History Month, October 2009 - October reduced when people choose non-motorized
is celebrated as Mi’kmaq History Month. This is a transportation, which is an important factor in improving
time when communities learn about and celebrate air quality. Traffic congestion around schools is also
the history and contributions of the Mi’kmaw reduced, and neighbourhood life is revitalized by the
people. The history of the Mi’kmaw people is very increased presence of people on the streets.
long and their homeland, called Mi’kma’ki, is very
large. Mi’kma’ki, is made up of all of Nova Scotia,
For more information on International Walk to School support our grade two readers. We have been working
Month visit the Active & Safe Routes to School at hard to bring our student achievement up in all areas and
www.saferoutesns.ca . hope to see improvement in this year’s assessment.
Carole Olsen, our Board Superintendent, will be sending
CHILDREN PLAYING AFTER SCHOOL ON home a letter to parents regarding the Annual Report to
THE PLAYGROUND Community, this month as well.
The construction project on the playground has been GRADE 5 MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENT
completed and children now have access to all play
areas. As part of its strategy to improve student achievement, the
A reminder to parents there is no supervision on the play Halifax Regional School Board is continuing its assessment of
grounds after dismissal. Children are asked to go directly mathematics.
home or to their caregivers.
If parents and/or caregivers allow students to play after The Board will be conducting an individual
dismissal on school property, we ask you to ensure your mathematics assessment with all Grade 5
students (excluding those on an Individual
children are supervised carefully and within your sight at
Program Plan for mathematics). The assessment
all times. will take place October 20-22 and the second part
From 2:15- 2:45 pm students are still working in the of the assessment will take place January 19-20.
building, we appreciate quiet play outside the windows
so students will not be distracted. The assessment will be administered by the student’s Grade 5
classroom teacher during class time. The information gained
LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES through this assessment will help the Board and school
determine our next steps in improving mathematics
KIWI & NUTS achievement. Please note that this assessment will not be
SENSITIVITY TO SCENTS counted as part of a student’s overall evaluation in Grade 5
mathematics. However, you will receive a parent report
Parents and guardians are reminded there are indicating your child’s achievement on this assessment.
students and staff at ADES with life
threatening allergies to Kiwis and nuts. GRADE 2 LITERACY ASSESSMENT
Please refrain from sending in snacks and
lunches that contain kiwi and nut products. Many juices The Halifax Regional School Board is continuing its
contain kiwi, please do not to send in juices which assessment of student achievement in literacy at the grade 2
contain those blends. level during the 2009-2010 school year. Commencing October
Perfumes and scents, especially in laundry detergent and 19th and continuing through to November 13 th, all grade 2
fabric softeners, can make students and staff who are English program students will be assessed in English and all
allergic to these products very ill. Please grade 2 French Immersion program students will be assessed
choose unscented products whenever
possible, and remember to not wear If your child is in English program, your school’s literacy
fragrance when in the school. coach will work along with your child’s classroom teacher to
administer the individual reading assessment to each student
ANNUAL REPORT TO COMMUNITY in grade 2. If your child is in French Immersion program,
your child’s teacher will work along with the school literacy
coach or a trained French Immersion assessor to administer
Every school in HRSB will be sending home a Report the individual reading assessment in French to each grade 2
to Community the first week in October. This report French Immersion student.
focuses on the 2008-2009 school year and reviews our
plan for student learning and achievement. This This assessment is aligned with the provincial Reading and
document reports how our students performed last year Viewing Curriculum Outcomes to give a quick “snapshot” of
on the Department of Education (DOE) and Halifax each student as a reader. The information from the HRSB
Regional School Board literacy and mathematic Literacy Assessment is intended to be used along with
assessments. In several assessments our students teachers’ ongoing classroom assessments in order to support
exceeded HRSB and DOE average scores. However with individual student development in reading. Your child’s
individual assessment results will be provided to you in a
our grade two literacy assessment, our students’ scores
student report which you will receive from the school.
indicated we needed to focus our instruction on fluency
and comprehension. In response to this data we held a
number of Professional Development sessions for
teachers as well as organized reading blitzes to help
GRADE 6 LITERACY ASSESSMENT PTO NEWS
Students in grade six will write the DOE grade 6 literacy
We hope everyone is settling in to their back to school
assessment ( ELA) from October 6-9. These assessments were
designed to evaluate each grade 6 student’s performance in routines by now. The kids seem to all be adjusting to
relation to the grades 3-5 reading and viewing and writing their new classes. Before we start to talk about October’s
outcomes. This assessment identifies students whose events, I’d like to urge everyone, if they have any time
assessment results indicate the need for additional support. available, to please reply to the request for Safe Arrival
Your child’s individual assessment results will be provided to volunteers that was sent out earlier this week, we still
you in a student report which you will receive from the school need people to cover many shifts.
in the spring. A Special Thank You
Thank you so much to everyone who came
PEBS: POSITIVE EFFECTIVE BEHAVIOR out to support our first annual Back to
SUPPORTS & School BBQ. We had a couple of technical
FOCUS ON BULLYING PROGRAM issues with a BBQ that didn’t arrive and one
of the BBQ’s running out of propane mid evening which
PEBS: Students at Astral Drive Elementary have been made for long line ups!! We want to thank everyone for
working hard to receive Star Awards for positive behavior. being so patient. Rookie mistakes aside, we had a great
Every class has a weekly student draw. We also have a draw crowd and managed to raise almost $1000 for the school
for individual classes to recognize collective, respectful and a good time was had by all. A special thanks needs
behavior. Thank-you to parents who have helped us by to be given to the families who volunteered for this event
sending in rewards such as: pencils, erasers, balls and T-shirts. and to the Maskell family for donating all the hotdogs
If you have small toys (i.e. McDonalds), hats, certificates, etc
that you could donate to help out with this program we would
and hamburgers; we couldn’t have done it without you.
greatly appreciate it. Thank-you to the Perry’s for bringing their barbeque.
Each month students will be attending an assembly to Please be sure to attend next year as we’ll be sure to
celebrate positive behavior and to review our “Focus on have an abundance of BBQ’s.
Bullying” program. Over the next few months every class
takes part in our anti bullying program which consists of three We have a few important dates in October for everyone
modules. Each module contains a series of lessons that help to mark on their calendars:
children develop skills and strategies to deal with bullying
behaviors. Our aim is to educate all students to help ensure a PTO Meeting
peaceful and safe school. This coming Monday, October 5th, we will be holding a
PTO meeting at 7:00 pm in room 105. Everyone is
welcome to come and see what we have planned for
TERRY FOX RUN
fundraising and events for the year. We welcome your
ideas and input.
A big thank you to each and every parent and
volunteer who chaperoned and helped at Fall Greening Day
crosswalks for our Terry Fox Walk. Thank Friday October 16th the children will be
you also to Nathan and Dora Power who planting trees and shrubs around the school
provided our flags. It was a huge success! and in the new boxes on the playground.
Stay tuned for our total pledge amount which This will be done during school hours but
will be announced in November’s newsletter. Well done we still need volunteers to help with the
everyone! effort. Please email Rebecca Lamb at 433-
0850 or email@example.com if
FOOD BANK FRIDAY you are able to lend a hand.
A big thank-you to everyone who brought in donations The 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch
for the Food Bank in September. We had a Saturday, October 17th come on down to the school
great response with a total of 512 between 10 am and 2 pm. We will be selling pumpkins
items. The two classes with the most of all sizes, gourds, hay bales and corn stalks as well as
donations in grades P-2 were Primary fresh valley apples. We will also have
Baker, 41 items, and Primary Stevens, coffee, hot chocolate and donuts
with 40 items. For grades 3-6, 5 Veinotte brought in 34 available. This is a great
items and 4-Leedham brought in 31 items. opportunity to support your school
The Food Bank greatly appreciates your generous and shop for your Halloween
donations. Let's try to match that amount on OCTOBER supplies. We still need a few volunteers to help run this
30th which will be our next Food Bank Friday! event. If you have even a couple of hours we’d love to
have you join us, please contact Rebecca Lamb at 433- legislation requires that everyone must wear a bike
0850 or firstname.lastname@example.org. helmet. Children are reminded not to drive their bicycles
on school property.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, October Please NOTE: Scooters, skateboards, Heelys, batons,
22nd.The Howl is one of our children’s hardballs and roller blades are not to be used at
favourite events of the year. As usual, school.
this year there will be dancing, games,
cookie and craft decorating, a spooky DOGS AT SCHOOL
room and a Halloween set decorated
for you to have your child’s pictures It has come to our attention that several students
taken. Once again a whole lot of volunteers are needed have a fear of dogs. They are afraid when they
to make this event successful, volunteer request forms meet dogs on the playground or by the
will be sent home next week. entrances. If you bring your dog to the school,
please remain well back from the building,
entrances and lineups so students have a “dog
REMEMBRANCE DAY free path”. For safety reasons, dogs must be on
a short leash, well mannered and controlled at all times.
In memory of our veterans and in honour of all our Dogs must be handled and supervised by an adult. Thank
members of the Canadian Armed Forces, all students in you for your co-operation.
P-6 will attend our Remembrance Day
Service in the Astral Drive Junior High COMMUNITY NEWS
Gymnasium on November 10, 2009 at
9:00 am as follow-up to individual Art Classes
classroom discussions and activities. Marijke's Art Class offers weekend
During the service, we will be asking any children's art classes in downtown
of our students who belong to a service Dartmouth starting September 26 and
organization such as beavers, cubs, guides, cadets, etc. to continuing throughout the year.
wear his or her uniform and join our colour guard. The The class schedule is available on the
colour guard will take a place of special importance website at www.marijkesartclass.com.
during the assembly. Phone 466-4823 for additional information.
We would like to include a special presentation featuring Car Seat Information
photos of family members who have served, or are Did you know that 8 out of 10 car seats are
currently serving, with our Armed Forces. If you have installed or used improperly? One of our
teachers, Mrs. Jennifer Ralph (currently on
photos that could be scanned and added to our
maternity leave), is a certified volunteer car seat
presentation, we would be honoured to include them. safety technician.
You may also email them to Ms. Grant at If you have any questions at all about how to
email@example.com. We would like to have all the keep your children safe on the road or would like help learning
photos in no later than Friday, October 23. how to install your car seats, email her at
Unfortunately, any photos passed in after Friday, will firstname.lastname@example.org
not be included in the presentation. All photos will be
returned, so please be sure to include your child’s name Rhythmic Gymnastics
and class along with the photo in a sealed baggie. These Register you daughter for Rhythmic Gymnastics – dance with
can be photos from the past or a current photo. ribbons, hoops, balls and ropes. Your daughter will wow you
with their dance and gymnastics routine after a few months.
This activity provides a social environment
We invite any parents or grandparents who have been
where the girls will have fun, get great
involved with our armed services or peacekeepers, to exercise and flexibility work which will
join us for their special place of honour at our service. benefit them in all other activities.
Due to fire regulations, space is limited, therefore the
service is for the student body only and invited guests. Fall Term: October 2 – December 11, 2009
Friday nights: Pre-competitive (age 6-9) 6-7pm;
BICYCLES recreational program (Age 4-6) 6-6:45pm
Contact Julie Jeffery 492-3677 or Meghan Milloy 445-9440,
Only students from Grades 2-6 are
A flyer with more details is available at the school office.
permitted to take their bikes to school.
Please Remember, Provincial