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June 3rd Fundraiser Information

Our June 3rd fundraiser is fast approaching. In addition to the info mentioned in the attachment, please note that there will also be garden plants for sale during the event. Anyone with extra plants to donate can drop them off at the school after May 30th.

Pre-Primary important Dates


What's coming up at ACES for pre-primary students?

Thursday, April 28 - Screening by Nova Scotia Health. Please bring the child that will be starting at ACES in September along with his/her health card and immunization record. This appointment will include vision screening, dental health information and a conversation with the school psychologist. Appointments have already been made and if you need a reminder as to when yours is scheduled, please give the school office a call at 902-857-2600. 
***If you were a parent that did not have an appointment for your child, these appointments are now mandatory, (which the school office was unaware of) so the Health Department and other staff will be returning on the morning of June 1st starting at 9:00 to do more screening. Please call the school if you need an appointment.  

Tuesday, May 31 - Evening parent information session from 6:30-7:30pm.     This session is only for parents/guardians of a pre-primary student and will be hosted by next year's primary teacher, Ms. Diepenveen, the school principal, Ms. Hughes, and a representative from the South Shore Family Resource Association. Among other things, the first year's curriculum will be discussed, and there will be opportunities for questions to be answered. 

Friday, June 3 - Primary orientation. From 8:00 - 11:00 on this day, the pre-primary students will attend school and be in the classroom with their next year's teacher. This will give them an idea of what it is like to come to school and they can even take the bus to get here if they like, but will have to be picked up by a parent at 11:00. And parents don't forget to pack them a snack (with no nuts, peas or lentils)!

Monday to Thursday, June 20-23 - "Feeling Good About Being Me" day camp that will be hosted by the Family Resource Association here at the school. Students will take part in learning new skills and having fun!

Lyme Disease Awareness

May 2016

It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors, but we need to be aware and careful in areas where there may be blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks).  These are very small ticks - sometimes as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  They can carry the germ that causes a bacterial infection called Lyme disease. Deer ticks are found across Nova Scotia.

Follow these steps to help protect against ticks, especially in grassy, wooded or shrub covered areas:

Apply insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin to exposed skin and clothes. Follow directions on the package carefully.

Wear light colored long sleeved shirts and pants, closed-toed shoes, and tuck shirts into pants, and pant legs into socks.

Keep lawns mowed short. 

Put playground equipment in sunny, dry places away from wooded areas, yard edges, and trees.

Check your whole body for ticks and, when possible, take a bath or shower within two hours of coming indoors. This makes it easier to find ticks and washes away loose ones. 

If you find a tick, here’s how to remove it safely:

Carefully grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible. 

Gently and slowly pull the tick straight out.  Do not jerk, twist or squeeze it.

Clean and disinfect the site with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.

Dispose of the tick in a sealed plastic bag and put in the garbage. 

Do NOT burn, squeeze or coax a tick’s mouthparts from your skin using other methods. 

The first symptom of Lyme disease is usually a rash that may look like a bull’s eye target near the tick bite. The rash can appear anywhere from 3-30 days after the bite. Symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, stiff neck, pain and swelling in the joints and general body aches and pains may develop. Symptoms may appear over a period of months. If symptoms appear, it is very important to contact a health care provider. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics 

To access a great educational video for kids about how to protect against tick bites, and to learn more about Lyme disease and blacklegged ticks, visit  - or call your local Public Health office at 902.543.0598 


Dr. Lynda Earle, Medical Officer of Health – Nova Scotia Health Authority, Western Zone