11th – Thanksgiving – Schools Closed
- Kindergarten Registration for students entering Kindergarten in September 2022 (Age 5 by Dec. 31/22) – Please go to the Anglophone East Website
under “Resources”, then choose “Register”. After completing the registration
form, you will be contacted by the school for an in-person appointment.
This week marked a historical day for Canada as we participated in
the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Students have been learning about Indigenous
People and how they have been mistreated. Age-appropriate information was
shared; the emphasis being that “EVERY CHILD MATTERS”.
Yesterday, many staff and students wore
something orange to show that we are united together in a
spirit of reconciliation and hope because: EVERY CHILD MATTERS. A tree was also planted on the school
grounds to commemorate this day and students displayed orange
ribbons on the trees in front of the school.
A “Meet the
Teacher” event usually takes place during the first month of school. A face-to -face gathering will not be
happening again this year. Instead, teachers are sending home information about
classroom learning expectations, along with other information specific to their
classes. We are currently preparing a
video to provide a visual introduction of the teachers. A link for this video
will be shared with you soon. As always,
you can call the school or write a note to your child’s teacher if you would
like to speak to him/her.
The PSSC (Parent School Support Committee) is looking for new members. The PSSC is a school community
group that has an advisory relationship with the school principal. They meet 4-5 times a year. If you would like to know more about
this role or would like to be a part of this committee, please contact the
Safety is always a priority in schools! Please note:
to follow the provincial directives related to Covid 19. Updates can be found on the district and
school website. Please be sure students
are well when they come to school. Those who have two or more symptoms of
COVID-19, cannot be at school.
For the safety and security of
the students, doors are locked
throughout the school day (except during early morning arrival 8:15-8:40
when they are supervised.) Students should not arrive before 8:15.
· Access to the building is
limited. Appointments are needed to enter.
Public entrance will continue
to be the front doors by the office. Visitors will ring the bell and wait for
For pick up of a student or
items, visitors will wait outside the front door for the student to come or the
items to be brought to them.
Meetings with the teacher will
be done by phone or skype whenever possible.
If a face to face meeting is
required, this will be scheduled, and covid protocols will be in place.
- As part of the school’s emergency plans, this past month
we have practiced fire drills and lockdown procedures. A lockdown
is used if there is the possibility of danger to students and
staff. This is done by moving
students to a safe location in the building. It is presented in a way that
does not promote fear, but rather a sense of security. During a lockdown,
students will move to a safe place, close together with their teacher in
the classroom. Students wait quietly in this place for any needed
direction. Please see the reverse side of this newsletter for more
information about lockdowns. If you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to contact the school.
Please remember to use the district Safe Arrival system when your child is absent from school. You can call the school (734-3700) and follow
the prompts to report the absence (You can also use the Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.ca
or the Interactive
Toll-free Phone -1-833-202-4304). Please contact
the school if you have questions.
Allergy Alert – Please remember, HES is a nut free school. Thank you for helping ensure our students
are safe by not sending food with nut products.
Nov. 11th – Schools closed for Remembrance
– Schools closed for students (Staff professional learning)
Notice to Parents – School Safety
This information has been provided through the RCMP in collaboration
with the school district.
Staff and students are familiar with lockdowns, but we wish to increase
your knowledge of our procedures.
It is important to understand that school staff will implement a
lockdown and call police if/and when there is any reason to believe that
imminent danger to students and staff may exist. At this stage, everyone in the
school will move to a secure location, safe from harm. Police will respond to
the school and no one will enter or leave, until the situation is resolved.
The first instinct of parents/guardians is to either phone the school
directly or your child, or to go directly to the school. You are asked not to do any of these, but
instead to understand and follow the procedures outlined in this letter.
Roadways need to be kept clear for responding emergency vehicles, and
parents and others attempting to drive to the school can slow police and other
emergency responders from getting to and securing the area as quickly as
possible. Therefore, if you hear that a lockdown
is occurring at your child’s school, do not go to the school. Instead,
please wait for messages from the school or the district. In some instances a staging area could be
used. This area/location would be
communicated to parents and parents could go there to receive information
provided by the police or school representatives. This location is selected as
being far enough from the school to maximize your safety and that of others.
Please be assured that every effort will be made to keep you informed.
Experience has shown that incorrect information often circulates during an
event when it does not come directly from the police or school
representatives. Please note that, for
safety reasons, some situations may require that some information be withheld
until the situation is resolved. (In lockdown situations you may also contact
the school district by calling 856-3222.)
Aside from lockdown procedures, your child’s school may also implement a
precautionary “Hold & Secure” if there is an unrelated emergency situation
occurring outside the building or in the neighbourhood that could potentially
present a danger to the school. In this situation all doors to the school are
locked and monitored. Classes will generally continue but no one will be
allowed to enter or leave the building until the situation is resolved. We also
ask that you do NOT go to the school unless asked to do so by school staff.
We encourage you to discuss school safety with your child and to address
any concerns they may have. If you have any questions about this or any other
issue related to the safety and security of the school please contact the
school at 734-3700.