CES Is a Nut Free School

With additions to our student enrollment, Cardston Elementary School will now be a nut free school. We have some students who have significant, life-threatening allergies to nuts, both tree nuts and peanuts. These children can react very strongly to any contact with nuts. As such, we ask for your support in helping us minimize the contact that these children have with any nut products. Our school kitchen has made the transition and will only be serving nut free products. We would appreciate your careful monitoring of the food and snacks that you send your child to school with to ensure that they are nut free. 

-    Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter or tree nuts (for example almonds, cashews, walnuts} to be eaten as lunch or as snacks.

-    When sending baked goods for classroom parties, please be very careful about ingredients to ensure they are nut free.

-    As a school, we will maintain our practice of cleaning desks and surfaces daily to minimize the spread of any contagions.

For more information on nut allergies, or allergies of any kind, contact http://foodallergycanada.ca/ This is a learning process for all of us, but we trust that you understand how important it is to respect and follow these directions. If you have any questions regarding this issue please contact the school

Professional Development: Dr. Thomas Guskey

The focus of the time teachers will spend with Dr. Guskey is on standards based grading and reporting. It builds on the foundational teacher practice of skillful formative assessment in the classroom. It will give teachers an opportunity to learn together, examine existing practices, thoughtfully plan our way forward, and purposefully incorporate desired practices into our process of continual improvement. We affirm that the skill set of the classroom teacher is the factor with the greatest impact on student learning.

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Letter from Mr. Bennett

Hello Parents,

I am writing to make you aware of an instance of allegations being made on a post in the Cardston Rant and Rave Group on Facebook on Tuesday, March 13 in the evening.

The post alleged that there has been a pattern of inappropriate interactions between young students. The post further alleges that our staff and administration have actively ignored the situation. We would like to reiterate what our policy and procedures are in these situations.

Our primary concern is always the well being of our students. Where incidents, like the one alleged in the post, occur we have policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of all students. We have professional educators and counselors in place who value and care for all students. We connect parents with school administration, the school counselor, and the teacher to ensure that the best situation for all students is implemented. Parents of the students involved are made aware of the situation and we work with the parents to find solutions that resolve the issue.

We invite all concerns from parents to be brought to the administration so that they can be discussed in confidence. Thank you to all those who encouraged the parent to bring this concern to administrators. Out of concern for this parent we have invited them to meet with us multiple times to discuss their concerns and allegations, but they so far have not met with administrators.

It is important for you to know that we will always take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff - this is our top priority. I want to assure you that Cardston Elementary School continues to be a safe, secure learning environment for your child. I also want to commend students, staff, and you as parents for the way that you have all responded to these allegations so far. We recognize that we are partners with you as parents in educating your children and in making our community a welcoming, safe, caring, and respectful environment for all.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the school at 403-653-4955.

Sincerely,

Mark Bennett
Principal