E AST ST. MAR G ARET ’S ELEMENT AR Y
May - 2009 Secretary-Danette McDaniel
Volume 4, Issue 9 Caretaker-John Hubbard
Principal- Brendon MacGillivray
School and Principal’s News
Imagine Our Schools Goddard Peace Summit
The final preparations are in the
Parents and staff that attended the works for the Grade 5 and 6 peace
Imagine Our Schools meeting on April conference on May 15th. Students
Contents 20th were made aware of the proposed from Shatford Elementary,
recommendation for East St. Margaret’s Tantallon Elementary, Sambro
Principal’s News 1
School. The consultants are proposing Elementary, Beechville Lakeside
Literacy News 2 closing ESM, along with Shatford Timberlea Elementary, and St.
Gr 3 Assessment 2 Memorial, and erecting a new school in Margaret’s Bay Elementary will all
Nature Workshop Info 3 the Glen Haven area to service both be taking part. The parents of
Breakfast News 3 communities. The final meeting for this Captain Nichola Goddard will be
process is scheduled for Monday, May here to deliver the key note
11th at Ridgecliff Middle School. address. A major portion of the
Evacuation Drill event is being sponsored by the
ESM staff and students will be holding a Department of National Defence.
site evacuation drill on May 4th at 9:30. The conference will feature
Children have never The drill will be similar to a fire drill but presentations from Unicef, 14 Days
been very good at instead of staying on site, we will be in December, Students for Teaching
listening to their going to Oceanstone across the road. Peace, Counselling Therapist Sara
elders, but they The new Provincial Emergency Lamb, and the RCMP to name a
Management Plan states that we must few.
have never failed to
imitate them. perform at least one of these drills per
year. The RCMP and fire department Bus Cluster Day
James Baldwin will be here to assist us. Professional development day for
staff. No classes on May 8th for
Home Depot and Kaboom students.
A community outreach program at Home
Depot will be visiting ESM this summer to Easter Egg Hunt: A good time was
offer a facelift to our playground had by all at the most recent Easter Egg
equipment. They are supplying Hunt at ESM. Special thanks to those
materials and labour to update the two who helped put the event together and
major pieces on the lower playground, congratulations to coordinator Colleen
build new picnic tables, and erect a shed Zinck.
on the property to house refundable
recyclables and spring fair/carnival Administrative Change at ESM
games. Thanks to Amanda Parsons for
making this contact for us. It is with mixed emotions that I
Home Depot is also partnered with a must inform you that I will be
company called Kaboom. The leaving ESM at the end of this
partnership drastically reduces the cost school year. I have accepted a
of playground equipment for schools. position in Sackville for the
The process takes a couple of years so upcoming school year. ESM is a
we will begin the process through the fantastic place to work and this is
PTO to begin fundraising and identifying due to our great students, staff,
funds. and supportive families and
community. I thank each and
Grade 6 Orientation everyone of you for allowing me to
Our Grade Six students will be travelling be a part of your community these
to Five Bridges Jr. High on May 20th for past four years.
an orientation of the site. -Mr. Mac
Literacy Newsletter – May 2009
By Rod Hasey – Literacy Coordinator ESM & SMB
The essence of education is not to stuff you with facts but to help you discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to
develop it, and then to show you how to give it away.
The following few newsletters will hopefully describe how to get the most out of the time your child
spends reading with you at home. It comes from Miriam Trehearn section called ―Literacy Home
Topic – Assessing Writing
Judging writing is often too subjective, but it doesn’t have to be. We know that spelling,
grammar, punctuation, and capitalization are important. Together, they are known as conventions.
However, writing is more than simply conventions. Have you ever read a piece of writing with great
conventions that put you to sleep?
In class we talk about the six traits, or characteristics, of good writing. One trait is
conventions, but the other five are the heart of the writing.
Ideas: the message-the content- the reason for writing. The details support the main ideas. The
reader is able to imagine or picture the content.
Organization: how the piece is ordered or structured. How does it begin? How are the details
ordered? How does it end? .
Voice: the heart of the piece-the writer’s personality coming through. Voice makes the reader
Word Choice: the choice of the ―just right‖ words to make the message clear. The students use the
term ―million dollar words.‖
Sentence Fluency: the rhythm and sound of the writing-it is enjoyable to listen to when read aloud.
When your child brings home a piece of writing, before you hear it have your child identify the trait
that you should focus on. Then, compare your assessment of the writing with your child’s
The traits take the mystery out of assessment. Enjoy discussing the piece.
Most students think that conventions are the main reason for writing. It is more to the point
that getting your child to value what they put into a piece to aid the reader will prove to be a more
productive discussion. Rod Hasey
Just a reminder that if you have specific questions about your child’s literacy needs the school has a
question / answer e-mail that may help address your specific issue.
Simply send an e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and we will be happy to respond ASAP.
The questions you may have are probably the same ones that other parents have been wondering about as well.
Thanks: Rod Hasey – Literacy Coordinator ESM & SMB
2008-2009 Early Elemenatary Mathematical Literacy Assessment (EEMLA)
Grade 3 students at ESM will be writing the EEMLA from June 1st to June 4th. As the title indicates the
assessment focuses on students’ mathematical literacy. The best thing students can do to prepare for
this particular assessment is to get rest and have a healthy breakfast.
Families United with Nature (FUN) Workshop
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park (formerly Lewis Lake Park)
Upper Tantallon, NS
Families United with Nature (FUN) is a skills development program designed to help families feel
comfortable in nature, while enjoying recreational activities together. Classes are taught on a variety of
outdoor pastimes—all at a beginner’s level, with equipment provided, and with expert instructors.
The next FUN event will be held at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park (formerly known as Lewis Lake Provincial
Park) on Saturday, May 23. This day-long event includes two half-day, hands-on classes: Family Camping &
Let’s Go Fishing!
Join our instructors for a half-day, hands-on session covering the basics of camping equipment and use,
including tents and shelters, stoves, sleeping bags, mattresses and other gear. We will look at campsite
selection in both established and pristine camping locations, seasonal considerations, and where to camp in
Nova Scotia. We’ll also explore other tips and tricks to make life outside comfortable and FUN.
Let’s Go Fishing!
Join instructors from Inland Fisheries’ Learn to Fish program for a half-day of family fun. We’ll learn about
the fish living in our province’s waterways and explore tackle and techniques to make family angling fun and
rewarding. Then we’ll try our hand at fishing on-site—no licence required.
Registration Fee: $5 per person to a maximum of $20 per family. Fee includes instruction, equipment and
lunch (hotdogs, chili, and refreshments). Participants must be seven years of age as of May 1, 2009.
To register please complete the attached registration form or for more information contact Darlene Caldwell
at (902) 798-4036 or email email@example.com
Registration Deadline: May 16, 2009 or until full. Maximum of 50 people accepted.
FUN partners include: Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Nova Scotia Federation of
Anglers and Hunters, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources; Nova Scotia Department of Health
Promotion and Protection; Becoming an Outdoors Woman Nova Scotia; The Trail Shop.
News from the Breakfast Crew May 2009
Delicious, nutritious morning meals served in April included banana bread French toast, apple sauce,
oatmeal, scrambled eggs and hashbrowns, blueberry muffins, cheese, pizza bagels, pancakes, Easter breakfast
casserole, fresh fruit smoothies, apple wedges with cinnamon, macaroni and cheese, crunchy French toast
(with granola) and along with each breakfast, assorted cereals, fresh fruit, juice and milk.
We would like to acknowledge the generous contribution to our Breakfast Program from the Indian
Harbour Baptist Church. Again this year, we have received a financial donation to our program .The ESM
Breakfast Program is very pleased and grateful for this continued recognition and support and would like to
express our gratitude.
Also, we would like to thank the Finer Diner for their food contributions to our program. We are very
appreciative of the continuing community support. Anyone wishing to help with the program can contact
Karen Brison or Diane Buckle at the school. We wish everyone a happy, healthy and nutritious spring!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
-Music -Band -Phys. Ed. -Music -Phys. Ed.
-French -French -French -French -French
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Evacuatio HRSB Bus Cluster
n Breakfast Day
Drill 9:30 Supervisor No Classes
Visits No Swim
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Imagine -Peace Summit
Our -School Trip to
Schools Department of
Ridgecliff Natural Resources
7 PM Gr. P-4
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Victoria Gr. 6 Swim
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