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

Playground Buddy Benches

Students at Cardston Elementary School enjoy the five new "Buddy Benches" installed on the playground.When someone is lonely on the playground, they sit on one of the Buddy Benches, then other students who notice the child sitting alone will go and sit by them and include them in their fun.

CES Nutrition Program

Dear Parents,

One of the key ingredients to a successful day for any student is a healthy breakfast. It is also true that having access to nutritional food throughout the day can make a significant difference in a student's success at school. We appreciate the efforts of many of our families to ensure that their children come to school having had a healthy breakfast and with  a nutritional lunch.

We are also aware that there are times when children come to school having had very little to eat. Despite the best efforts of parents or guardians, some children could benefit from having access to more food than they are sent to school with. 

Beginning November 7, 2016, all students who come to school hungry at Cardston Elementary School will have access to a range of healthy food choices for breakfast and snacks, including gluten from choices, at no cost to our families. Students will be able to select from cereal, toast, muffins, fresh fruit, and yoghurt parfaits along with one hot breakfast meal a week served from our kitchen. There will also be fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks readily available for students at recess again at no cost to families.

This initiative is supported by a grant from the Alberta government. Cardston Elementary School was chosen as one of 14 locations across the province to develop a program that feeds students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 following the Alberta Nutritional Guidelines for Youth and Children. 

Any student with breakfast or smoothie coupons will be able to redeem them at our kitchen for cost items such as juice boxes, bottled water, cookies, or a hot lunch with enough coupons, as a result of this pilot program we will cease selling breakfast coupons effective November 7.

As well, in the next few weeks we will be able to offer a brown bag lunch for any student who needs one. Our hot lunch program will continue at a cost of $5 those who wish to have that option for their child. We would like to thank the Lions Club for providing a lunch for many years for those in need.

We are excited to provide this support to our students and families and look forward to seeing how our nutritional program evolves. Should you have any questions, or would like to volunteer in the preparation of food for our students please contact either Mark Bennet (Principal) or Terry Heaney (Vice Principal) at 403-653-4955.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Mark Bennet and Terry Heaney

Cardston Elementary School Walk/Run Club

To further contribute to a healthy school environment, Cardston Elementary is organizing an exciting 8 week run/walk club sponsored by the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and Ever Active Schools (EAS). It is led by Teri O’Sullivan, AMA coach certified. The AMA Youth Run/Walk Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:00. The first session will begin Tuesday October 25, and will end on Tuesday December 13, 2016.

The club will resume again for another 8 week session in February 2017.

All students in grades 3-5 are invited to join, regardless of fitness level or experience with running. Parents with small children are strongly encouraged to run/walk with us. It’s the perfect after school outdoor family activity. Students will be encouraged to work at their own level. Walking and rest breaks will be taken until students gradually build their stamina.

This program is being offered at no cost. To help your child be successful, please ensure they arrive prepared on run-day. Outdoor runs/walks will occur on scheduled days so please make sure they come to school with clothing appropriate for weather conditions and a change of clothes on wet days. All participants must wear running shoes for running. Sandals, Crocks and boots are not permitted.

Please advise Teri if your child is physically or otherwise unable to participate in a vigorous activity like running. Also, please provide all information regarding any medical condition which may limit your child from participating in Youth Run Club or any medication or dietary requirements your child may require while running.

Participants don’t have to be runners to join. Everyone will be able to run/walk at their own speed and therefore achieve success. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Teri at 403-921-5745 or terilynn_78@hotmail.com.