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September 4, 2020 Bulletin

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Welcome back to another school year. For those of you new to our school community or that I haven’t had the opportunity to connect with yet, my name is Cheryl Semeniuk and I am the principal of Bruderheim School.  The entire staff is so happy to have students back in school! I am so impressed with the level of dedication, commitment and passion shown by the entire staff as we prepared for the new school year. The staggered start has been a wonderful way to have smaller groups settle into the routines and ease back into school.  The students have done such a great job of settling in. Thank you for your support, understanding, feedback and enthusiasm as we implement procedures and protocols to support our re-entry plan.  As we get accustomed to all the learners attending school, we are constantly examining and refining our plan to ensure everyone is safe, learning and engaged in all the wonderful aspects of being back to school.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please contact us anytime. If you would like to reach your child’s teacher or a specific staff member directly, there is a Staff Directory on our website with an email link. There is also an attendance post that allows you to report your child’s absence with one easy click!

Thank you again for your support,


Cheryl Semeniuk, M.Ed, CPHR


Meet the Teacher - Virtual  Tue. Sept 8th.  6:00 p.m.

This year, we will host meet the teacher online. Your child's classroom teacher will share an invitation for an optional, quick hello meeting and introduction.   Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are held in late October for an opportunity for a one to one conversation about your child's learning and progress.

EIPS Re-entry Documents

The most current information is available on the EIPS website.  Please check regularly for any new information related to school re-entry.

Online Learning

EIPS has emailed Brightspace instructions for parents and students to those families that have selected online learning.  The lessons and material begin Tue. Sept 8. 

If at some point during the school year, families feel in-school classes are no longer safe, they
can—after consultation with school administration—switch to out-of-school learning.

If a student wishes to return from out-of-school learning to in-school classes, they can transition
between terms by advising the principal at least two weeks in advance of the November 16 return date.

Nutrition Program

I am pleased to announce that the Bruderheim School Nutrition Program will be operational for the 2020-2021 school year.  The Nutrition Program staff from Lamont Elementary will be preparing healthy snacks and nutritious lunches to deliver daily to Bruderheim School. This program is available to all students K-6 at no cost.  Orders will be submitted electronically through a Google Form.   All items will be individually packaged and distributed to the classroom, to ensure that the food handling requirements for COVID safety are met.

Please enter an order for each child that attends our school.   The program is beginning with healthy snacks next week and then lunch items are added the following.  The deadline to order is Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020.   

We are very excited to welcome this nutrition program back to Bruderheim School.


Welcome to a special new school year with many changes and challenges. Library time for students this year looks a bit different.  Due to COVID restrictions, students are not going to be able to browse our library, however, the books will come to them in the classrooms! 

We are limiting circulation to 2 items loaned out at one time.  All library items will remain in the school for in-class use.  Books that are returned back to the library from the classroom cohort each week will be set aside for 72 hours, cleaned and then put back into circulation.  Cloth library bags are not being used this year, so please wash them and store them for next year’s use.  Students in grades 3-6 are learning how to place holds on books and the younger grades will have books chosen for them, based on their interests, by our excellent staff.  Students will receive new library books each week.  Should a student need a longer period to finish a novel, they will let their teacher know.

Mrs. Bartz is looking into some new ideas with online access for library activities that will keep everyone safe and healthy.


Update Your PowerSchool Information

The "Correction and Verification Form" is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families can use the form to access and update their child’s information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and any medical information. Reviewing and updating the form ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. In particular, please pay close attention to all phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. We will undoubtedly continue to have important information to communicate with families throughout this school year—whether your child is registered in in-school or out-of-school learning—and we want to ensure you receive this information. If you haven't already done so, we ask all Bruderheim School families to review their child’s PowerSchool information by Sept. 20, 2020.

For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact the school directly.


Enhancing literacy and numeracy

As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again administering the STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI) assessment tools for all in-school learners in the 2020-21 school year. The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: To provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.

At three points throughout the year, EIPS in-school students in grades 1 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and is administered on a digital device. At least once throughout the year, in-school students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes, and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results offer the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.

The scores of the assessments aren’t used toward a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. The tools simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.

For more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, contact EIPS Supports for Students at 780-464-3477.


Orange Shirt Day

EIPS will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30. The official Orange Shirt Day date is September 30. A date in September was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to Residential Schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for policies and resources that support diversity for the coming school year. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.


Quick Facts: Video surveillance

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
  • discourage destructive acts.

On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.

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