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January 7, 2021 Bulletin

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to all of our families.  It is lovely reconnecting with our students online this week after the holidays. 

We look forward to welcoming all of our students back on Monday, January 11.

Important Dates

Jan. 11  Students return to in-school learning.  

Jan. 13-15  Drop off your bottle depot items to the school trailer during school hours.

Jan. 16  11:00  a.m. Place any bottle depot items in bags at the end of your driveway for pick-up.

Jan. 25  Bruderheim School Council Meeting -  7 p.m. Virtual on Zoom

Important Action Items

Bruderheim Lunch Order Form Feb 2-25  Due Jan. 16 at noon.

Send a reusable water bottle to school daily.

Complete the COVID Screening Tool each morning.

Send reusable, clean masks daily (3-4 recommended). Students' masks get moist throughout the day and generally need to be changed after music, gym and recess.  Send a Ziploc bag to store used masks as the student removes them. 

Ensure that students are prepared daily for outdoor weather (hat, snow pants, mittens, winter coat) Daily outside play occurs except when the temperature is -22 degrees Celsius and colder.

Bottle Drive Fundraiser in Support of Needed Replacement Playground 

Did you know that our wooden playground structure is nearing the point that it will be too old to recertify for school use?  Our Friends of Bruderheim School Society has been hard at work applying for provincial grants and fundraising to replace the structure with a new playground.  Please support this effort by dropping off your bottles/refundable items to a trailer in the school parking lot during school hours on January 13, 14 and 15.  If you cannot bring the refundable items here, please place them at the end of your driveway for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, and our dedicated volunteers will collect them between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  

Inclement Weather

With the winter season well underway, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools, including automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on Versatrans My Stop.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS’ Administrative Procedure 131: Inclement Weather, which states: “school bus service may be suspended … when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C including wind chill, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road condition.

When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on what they feel is safest during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151. 

Reading Tip of the Week - Vocabulary Matters!

Welcome to another article about how kids learn to read!

Did you know that developing a large vocabulary is one of the five key skills that kids need in order to become a successful reader? It's true! Even if a student is talented at decoding words by sounding them out effectively, it won't do them any good if they don't know the word in the first place! 

The goal of reading is for students to understand what they have read. That is what we refer to as reading comprehension. In order to understand what you are reading, you must first be able to sound out the words (decode them) and then recognize what the word is that you sounded out. Those two skills combined make it easier for you to understand what you are reading. 

If having a large vocabulary is so important, how can you help your child to increase theirs? 

  1. Notice new words when you’re reading or listening. Talk about the importance of a large vocabulary and make an effort to learn new words.
  2. Talk about what to do when we discover unknown words. (Hint: Don’t just skip them.) Try using context clues or use another resource to find the meaning. Teach kids to locate words in the dictionary or use an online resource
  3. Focus on kid-friendly definitions and examples of new words rather than complicated dictionary-style definitions. 
  4. Keep track of the words you know. List them. Categorize them. Play games with them. Revisit them. Kids often need multiple exposures to words in order to really learn them.
  5. Focus on learning the right kinds of words. Pick words that are more complex or descriptive versions of common words that kids already know. (For example, descriptive adjectives and verbs.) Also, focus on technical words kids need in order to understand a concept or a task that they are currently learning about.
  6. Learn common roots, prefixes and suffixes to SUPERSIZE vocabulary knowledge. When you learn one word part, you’ll begin to easily recognize many more words with the same word parts.
  7. Interact with the words in some way. Draw their meaning. Act them out. Make them come alive so you’ll remember them.
  8. Try to find concrete examples of new words whenever possible to make the meaning more clear.
  9. Relate words to real-life experiences. Make them meaningful and make connections with new vocabulary.
  10. Read. A lot! Read all sorts of books, signs on the wall, directions, recipes… A wide variety of reading material will expose kids to a wide variety of new words.

Taken from: Home Literacy Blueprint: Vocabulary

Wellness Focus - Resiliency

In January, we are learning about being resilient as a skill for learning, citizenship, relationship building and building skills for future employment.  Please watch this quick video that makes up part of our instructional toolkit.

Returning Student Registration for 2021-22

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2021-22 school year. Families of all returning students must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2021-22 school year. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. The 2021-22 returning student registration takes place between Feb. 1-28, 2021.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2021.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

 For more information, contact the school directly.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2021? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2021-22 school year on Feb. 1, 2021.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online EIPS Kindergarten Tool kit to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

Additional information regarding Bruderheim School’s kindergarten program is available at

School Fees 2021-2022

Planning for the upcoming school year is underway.  One of the tasks is to review school fees with our parent community.  Our upcoming Bruderheim School Council Meeting will review our current fee schedule and provide an opportunity for questions and feedback.

Cheryl Semeniuk is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bruderheim School Council
Time: Jan 25, 2021 07:00 PM Edmonton

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 965 6628 9652
Passcode: gTtB0y

EIPS 2021-22 Division Calendar: Now available!

The official 2021-22 EIPS calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2021-22 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more. Highlights from the 2021-22 EIPS calendar include:

  • September 1 – First day of classes
  • November 8-12 – November break
  • December 22 to January 4 Christmas break.
  • February 1 – The second semester begins
  • February 10-11 – Teachers’ Convention
  • March 28 to April 1 – spring break
  • June 28 – Last day of classes
  • June 29 – Last operational day before the summer break

To view the 2021-21 calendar, visit

Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar? You can. Visit and click on “subscribe to the calendar.” It’s that easy.

Another way to stay connected: Follow EIPS on Twitter and Facebook

With 43 schools and close to 17,000 students, there’s a wealth of events, activities and stories taking place across the Division every day. You can find these stories and more by following Elk Island Public Schools on both Facebook and Twitter. Each uses a combination of news articles, videos and photographs that showcases the latest news, updates, events and alerts taking place across the Division.

Plus, if you’re a member of an EIPS school community and want to share in the storytelling, tag the Division using #eips.

Stay in the loop, follow EIPS on Facebook and Twitter.

NOTE: Communications Services manages the Division's Facebook and Twitter accounts. The account is updated and monitored intermittently during regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Division welcomes feedback and ideas from followers but does ask everyone interacting on the EIPS Facebook page to be respectful. Personal attacks and offensive language are not allowed and may be deleted.

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