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June 19, 2020 News Bulletin

Hello Families,

On behalf of the staff at Bruderheim School, we wish you a happy summer and hope that you get to spend quality time with family and friends. Elk Island Public Schools has been working hard to implement the guidelines published for the reentry school plan and is prepared for all three scenarios for the fall. We are expecting to welcome everyone back on the first day of school. There will be some health and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe, with detailed information shared prior to the first day of school.


Important Dates:

June 22-26 Item Return Period - Please come at your scheduled time

June 26  Report Cards Published

Aug 24 School Office Open

Sept 1 First Day of School

Sept 8 Meet the Teacher

Sept 14 School Council Organization Meeting and Elections.  Treasurer needed!

New registrations can be completed online, beginning August 10, through Stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to (re)connecting after the summer break. The first day of class is September 1, 2020. Bruderheim School will follow all the recommended health guidelines and recommendations.  The most current information is available through the Elk Island Public Schools website at

June 22-26 Year End Meeting / Return Guidelines

We are excited to see you next week during your scheduled meeting times.  To keep everyone safe, we have some health and safety guidelines to follow.  


  • Please maintain 6 feet of physical distancing between yourself and anyone that is not in your immediate cohort in the parking lot, outside the front doors, and in the school.  As much as we would like to shake hands and give hugs, we are unable to do so at this time.
  • Only enter the front door of the school at your scheduled time.  A staff member will greet you and check your appointment time, screen for any signs of illness, and help direct you to your appointment.
  • All people entering the school must use the sanitation station for cleaning hands.  The wearing of masks is your personal choice and is not required.
  • Any library items / technology will be placed on the cart/tables outside the library.  Staff will inspect the items and should there be any damage, a fee will be assessed and communicated to you prior to June 26.
  • School washrooms are not available for use.  Please ensure that you use facilities at home prior to attending.
  • Teachers will meet with you in the gym.  If you bring any items for the teachers, they can be placed along the wall in the gym.  Please know that gifts are not necessary and we know that for many it is an important part of the end of the year to show appreciation. Teachers will not be able to directly touch any item on the spot, and will be very excited to take any items home on June 29.
  • Teachers may have certificates / small items for students to take home on tables in the gym.  They have been untouched by staff since June 19.  Please only touch/take the item with your student’s name.
  • All parents/students will exit using the gym doors.


Bruderheim School Staff 2020-2021

Certificated Staff:

Mrs. Semeniuk - Principal

Mrs. Miskiw -  Counsellor - On maternity leave

Mrs. Richert -  Counsellor - Monday / Wednesday until return of Mrs. Miskiw

Mrs. Barmentloo - ECS

Mrs. Secrist - Grade 1

Mrs. Vandelannoite - Grade 2

Mrs. Michalchuk - Grade 3 / First Nations Metis Inuit Lead Teacher

Ms. Vincent - Grade 4 / 5

Mrs. Atchison - Grade 5 / 6

Mrs. Oviatt - Music/Prep Teacher (Welcome back from maternity leave)


Educational Assistants:

Mrs. Regier (Welcome)

Mrs. Bryks

Mrs. Desabrais

Mrs. Dey

Mrs. Bettac


Library Technician:

Mrs. Bartz



Mrs. Carlson


We know you join with us in extending best wishes to the staff who are leaving us at the end of June:

  • Mrs. Hoekman, Miss. Sawyer, Mrs. Taylor and Miss Vandelannoite have taught students under temporary contracts this year and we hope teaching positions will become available in 2020-21; and 
  • Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Barron have completed their temporary contacts as Educational Assistants for this year.  Mrs. Dressler, FSLW, will be working with schools in Fort Saskatchewan next year.


We have been fortunate to have these staff members share their gifts and talents with our students and we sincerely wish them the best in their future endeavors.


Class / Grade Configuration

Our plan for the fall is to have the following classes:

ECS, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4 / 5,  Grade 5 / 6   

Please note that the composition of classes is tentative as enrollment can change over the summer which may cause reconfiguration of grades in August, prior to September school start.  Should there be any significant changes, notice will be given in late August.

Grade 4 / 5 and 5 / 6 Combined Class Student Placements 

We know that our families are already thinking ahead to the next school year and wondering about placements. Parents and students for the combined classes will be informed of tentative class placements prior to June 26 at your year end meeting or via telephone. Please note that class placements are tentative as enrollment can change over the summer.  I ask for your support in trusting us to make decisions on student placements into classrooms. We take this task seriously and consider many factors when determining our class lists.  Please feel free to reach out to Cheryl Semeniuk at should you wish to discuss your child’s placement.

School Supplies 

The school supply lists are available on our school website.  Staples offers complete packages tailored to these lists at very competitive rates.  They have a very flexible program that allows you to assess what supplies you may still have and choose things off the list that you need.  Parents can shop in person at the Fort Saskatchewan Staples store or online. Please watch your email for the ordering link for Staples school supply program the week of June 22-26.  


Bell Schedule - 2020-2021 

All elementary schools are required to implement a common timetable of ten, 32 minute periods. The rationale is to ensure that instructional minutes and teacher instructional assignments are consistent across EIPS to help with deployment of substitute teachers and the assignment of surplus staff. This eliminates our ability to offer instructional recess. Our timetable includes a reverse lunch with students heading out for recess and then washing up and eating.  This should help with students being more settled for the eating time and avoiding rushing through their meal. We are focused on healthy habits and exercise and have three recess periods in the schedule.

Bruderheim School Council

Thank you to the volunteer parents that formed the executive of the Bruderheim School Council and led the Friends of Bruderheim School Society. Organizational Meeting and Elections for 2020-2021  Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


Executive - Bruderheim School Council 

Chair-Alison Blaikie

Vice-Chair - Amanda Oldfield West

Secretary- Terri Barron

Treasurer - Vacant  (Sarah Smith has continued to volunteer throughout the year)

We need someone to take the treasurer position.   



Breakfast Program - Miranda Braun

Fundraising - Jacquie Senchuk, Terri Barron

Christmas Store -  Stephanie Campbell


Friends of Bruderheim School Society

Jacquie Senchuk

Sarah Smith

Alison Blaikie

Amanda Oldfield West

Terri Barron


We also want to thank all parents that attended the meetings, volunteered in our building, supported the fundraisers and provided excellent feedback, encouragement and engagement with the school.


We want to extend a special thank you to Rev. Dul for his time volunteering two days a week at lunch for the religion club.


Bruderheim School Outdoor Classroom Construction (Summer)

An exciting new addition to our learning space begins construction this summer.  Thanks to a grant partnership with Shell Canada, and to honour the incredible work our school has undertaken with Elder Wilson Bearhead and Elk Island Public Schools on the journey towards truth and reconciliation, an outdoor Indigenous learning space is coming soon.  Guided in creation by Elder Wilson Bearhead, we are grateful to him for generously sharing his teachings with us.  Our work in imagining a Bruderheim School outdoor learning space honours his teachings and follows the path we have walked with him. His one enduring lesson is for each EIPS school to know their story with land and place and to breathe life to that story.   Elder Wilson is moving on to new adventures, and we are excited to welcome Jeremy Albert, our new First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultural advisor to our school to guide the construction process of the outdoor classroom space. 

 The project will involve creating an outdoor natural seating area of boulders and incorporating native trees and plants.  Our lead teacher consulted with the Town of Bruderheim, staff, students, and local historians to begin the process of creating an ethical outdoor learning space.

 An ethical outdoor learning space:

  • Makes room for Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing to be shared with all members of the school community 

  • Allows Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff and students to learn with and from the land

  • Allows for educators and students to give voice to the plants, animals, air, water and land

  • Allows for Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff and students to learn with their whole being- head, heart, body and spirit

  • Invites curiosity, exploration and  learning to happen beyond the school day

  • Creates a gathering place for formal and informal learning and building of relationships

  • Focuses on caring for the land as it cares for and teaches us

  • Gives voice to our non-human relatives- the plants and the animals with whom we share land and place.


We are looking forward to using this space in the fall and learning together with community member support, about the connection Bruderheim has to land and place.


National Indigenous History Month

Happy National Indigenous History Month! Here are some excellent resources that are available to learn more about the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous cultures in Canada. Some of these resources also include a familiar face! See if you can find Elder Wilson!

  • We have created a google slide deck with a variety of positive, uplifting videos to save, share and build on. EIPS Slideshow
  • Canadian Geographic, under the excellent direction of Charlene Bearhead, has created resources to support learning during this month. Besides their regular content Canadian Geographic will begin to post lesson ideas K-12 (French and English), to showcase Indigenous Peoples in Canada. New content will be uploaded regularly throughout the month of June. 
  • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has many excellent resources in French and English. 
  • The Canadian Government has some great online resources too.

Anti-Racism Resources                                                                                              

Here are some resources that might assist families in beginning to talk about racism. We know that this topic can be tricky for many of us to navigate comfortably. Although it might feel hard to begin the conversation, we all have to start somewhere. If you want to start talking, but don't know where to start, have a peek at some of the links below. You can find ideas of how to speak about it including a list of children's picture books that might help you ease into a dialogue with your children. 


Why Reading To Your Child is So Important                                                    

Reading to your child is an important way to build up vocabulary and background knowledge. Everything children see, hear and touch adds to the information they access to make sense of written words. Did you know that if you read to your child each day for 20 minutes you can increase their vocabulary by 1.6 million words per year? Research also shows that children who are read to at least three times a week by a family member are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who are read to less than 3 times a week. (Denton, Kristen and Gerry West, Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement in Kindergarten and First Grade (PDF file), U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Washington, DC, 2002.)

Here are some great resources that may help you to learn more about reading to children at home:

Student Transportation

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2020-21 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student registration process are now registered. Those families have also received tentative route schedules and invoices.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the returning student registration process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal.


Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration

Elk Island Public Schools is once again planning to run 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. After that, both the children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and then venture out on a short ride.

The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2020-21 school year. The tentative session dates and times are as follows:

 Location                                                Date                                 Time

EIPS Central Services                          August 18                                     6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 19                                     6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 20                                     2 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 20                                     6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 24                                     9 a.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 24                                     6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 26                                     6 p.m.

SouthPointe School                            August 25                                     2:30 p.m.

SouthPointe School                            August 25                                     6 p.m.

NOTE: Date and time may change depending on the phase of the province’s relaunch strategy.

EIPS Central Services is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

SouthPointe School is located at 11 SouthPointe Blvd., Fort Saskatchewan

Register Now

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

More information about busing for kindergarten children is available at:


Tools for School

Bruderheim School has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2020-21 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks and school supplies to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. If you’re a parent or know a parent who needs access to the program, contact our school directly. We’ll discretely provide the backpack to your child at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

Alternatively, if you’d like to donate to the program, you can pick up a few extra supplies when you’re out shopping for back to school. Drop-off boxes are located at various businesses in the community during the summer months—including Staples and EIPS Central Services office. All supplies donated within our community are invested back into our region.

For more information about Tools for School, contact Mrs. Carlson or call the EIPS Central Services at 780-464-3477.


Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Bruderheim School is closed and will reopen on August 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2020-21 school year.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours

Open              Monday to Friday       8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone             780-464-3477

Address          683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

 Statutory Holidays

Closed            Wednesday, July 1      Canada Day

Closed            Monday, August 3      Heritage Day

NOTE: Student Transportation will also remain open during the summer months and operate during the same hours as EIPS Central ServicesOffice.


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