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OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

With the help of some great people and good insight ACES now has an outdoor classroom for all students to enjoy! Marci Ernst, Phys. Ed. and Reading Recovery teacher put a lot of extra time and effort into obtaining a grant to get the project off the ground. The Municipality of Chester and the South Shore Regional School Board were very helpful and supportive of it and many thanks goes out to Moving Your Earth Construction Ltd. in Fox Point as well as South Shore Sand and Gravel in Chester who made donations of time, equipment, and material to make the project a reality. Here are some photos taken since the classroom opened.

Embedded Time

Embedded time rearranges the students’ academic week by adding minutes on each day so that fourteen afternoons during the school year, teachers can gather for professional development.

The dates for student early dismissals are as follows:

  Wed. Nov. 1            Wed. Feb. 21

  Wed. Nov. 22          Wed. March 7 

  Wed. Dec. 6            Wed. April 11

  Wed. Jan. 10           Wed. April 25

  Wed. Jan. 24           Wed. May 9

  Wed. Feb. 7             Wed. May 30

ACES students will be dismissed at 12:20 pm on “embedded Wednesdays”. Please remember to send a lunch and recess with your child on these days. Thank you for your support as we strive to improve student learning and teacher practice.

IMPORTANT NOTES OF INTEREST


Dropping Off Students: ​School​ ​classes​ ​begin​ ​at​ ​8:00​ ​but​ ​students​ ​should​ ​be​ ​in​ ​their​ ​classrooms​ ​by 7:55.​ ​Student​ ​buses​ ​start​ ​arriving​ ​at​ ​7:40​ ​and​ ​no​ ​other​ ​students​ ​that​ ​are​ ​being​ ​dropped​ ​off​ ​by​ ​parents​ ​should​ ​be​ ​arriving​ ​at school​ ​before​ ​this​ ​time​ ​as​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​staff​ ​to​ ​supervise​ ​them.​ ​

NO PARKING Area:  Parents​ ​are​ ​also​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​be​ ​mindful​ ​of​ ​the​ ​"No​ ​Parking"​ ​area​ ​by the​ ​wheelchair​ ​ramp​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​"Drop​ ​and​ ​go"​ ​area​ ​only.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​exit​ ​your​ ​vehicle​ ​to​ ​help​ ​your​ ​child get​ ​out,​ ​please​ ​park​ ​in​ ​a​ ​parking​ ​space​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​other​ ​drivers​ ​easy​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school.


 Items​ ​dropped​ ​off​ ​for​ ​students: If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​forgets​ ​something​ ​at​ ​home​ ​and​ ​you​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​drop​ ​it​ ​off,​ ​please​ ​leave​ ​it​ ​at​ ​the​ ​office​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Administrative Assistant.​ ​After​ ​classes​ ​have​ ​begun​ ​for​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​we​ ​limit​ ​disruptions​ ​to​ ​the​ ​classrooms​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​possible.


 Bussed​ ​students: We​ ​just​ ​want​ ​to​ ​remind​ ​parents​ ​that​ ​students​ ​under​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​8​ ​years​ ​old​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​dropped​ ​off​ ​at​ ​bus​ ​stops​ ​without​ ​a parent​ ​or​ ​guardian​ ​to​ ​greet​ ​them​ ​unless​ ​a​ ​note​ ​is​ ​written​ ​and​ ​signed​ ​by​ ​same​ ​giving​ ​the​ ​bus​ ​driver​ ​permission​ ​to​ ​do​ ​otherwise. This​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​policy​ ​with​ ​the​ ​School​ ​Board​ ​for​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​years.


 Breakfast​ ​and​ ​Snacks: ACES​ ​does​ ​have​ ​a​ ​breakfast​ ​program​ ​and​ ​snacks​ ​for​ ​students​ ​without.​ ​Now​ ​in​ ​saying​ ​that,​ ​we​ ​do expect​ ​for​ ​parents​ ​who​ ​can​ ​afford​ ​to​ ​do​ ​so,​ ​provide​ ​breakfast,​ ​snacks​ ​and​ ​adequate​ ​lunches​ ​for their​ ​children​ ​as​ ​the​ ​school​ ​fell​ ​considerably​ ​short​ ​of​ ​funds​ ​in​ ​previous​ ​years​ ​in​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​keep up​ ​with​ ​costs​ ​of​ ​bridging​ ​the​ ​gap.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​short​ ​of​ ​money​ ​for​ ​food,​ ​please​ ​keep​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​that the​ ​Hubbards​ ​area​ ​does​ ​have​ ​a​ ​very​ ​supportive​ ​food​ ​bank,​ ​the​ ​school​ ​can​ ​also​ ​give​ ​some​ ​assistance in​ ​certain​ ​cases.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​school​ ​with​ ​any​ ​questions.


 Updated Information:  If​ ​there​ ​is​ ​any​ ​information​ ​change​ ​at​ ​any​ ​time​ ​for​ ​any student,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​office​ ​with​ ​the​ ​changes​ ​to​ ​be​ ​recorded.


 
 Keep​ ​our​ ​students​ ​safe,​ ​PLEASE​ ​REMEMBER​ ​that​ ​ACES​ ​is:

-Nut-Safe​ ​School​​ ​-​ ​Some​ ​students​ ​have​ ​an​ ​anaphylactic​ ​allergy​ ​to​ ​peanuts​ ​and/or​ ​nut​ ​allergies,​ ​therefore​ ​we​ ​attempt​ ​to  keep​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​school​ ​nut​ ​free.​ ​This​ ​also​ ​includes​ ​such​ ​ingredients​ ​as​ ​peanut​ ​oil,​ ​almond​ ​extract,​ ​etc.​ ​ Please​ ​discuss​ ​this  with​ ​your​ ​child​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​do​ ​not​ ​bring​ ​any​ ​food​ ​containing​ ​peanuts​ ​or​ ​other​ ​nuts​ ​to​ ​school.

-Pea​ ​and​ ​Lentil​ ​Safe​ ​School​​ ​-​ ​We​ ​have​ ​a​ ​student​ ​with​ ​an​ ​anaphylactic​ ​allergy​ ​to​ ​these​ ​food​ ​items.​ ​Please​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that  no​ ​peas​ ​are​ ​included​ ​in​ ​snacks​ ​(that​ ​includes​ ​dried​ ​ones​ ​and​ ​chips​ ​that​ ​are​ ​made​ ​from​ ​dried​ ​peas)​ ​and​ ​check​ ​the  ingredients​ ​labels​ ​on​ ​soup​ ​and​ ​salad​ ​items​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​other​ ​obvious​ ​foods​ ​that​ ​these​ ​items​ ​can​ ​be​ ​contained​ ​in.


  -Immuno​ ​Suppression​​ ​-​ ​Please​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​school​ ​or​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​teacher​ ​if​ ​your​ ​child​ ​has​ ​been​ ​exposed​ ​to,​ ​or​ ​has  contracted​ ​any​ ​virus​ ​or​ ​infection​ ​such​ ​as​ ​chicken​ ​pox,​ ​impetego,​ ​strep​ ​throat,​ ​pneumonia,​ ​pink​ ​eye,​ ​etc.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​have​ ​new  students​ ​attending​ ​this​ ​year​ ​who​ ​are​ ​highly​ ​susceptible​ ​to​ ​infection​ ​due​ ​to​ ​immuno​ ​suppression. 

-Scent-Sensitive​ ​School​​ ​-​ ​We​ ​ask​ ​for​ ​your​ ​co-operation​ ​in​ ​making​ ​Aspotogan​ ​Consolidated​ ​a​ ​scent-reduced​ ​building.  There​ ​are​ ​many​ ​students,​ ​staff​ ​members,​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​who​ ​are​ ​affected​ ​adversely​ ​by​ ​scented​ ​products.​ ​These​ ​products  can​ ​cause​ ​ill​ ​effects​ ​such​ ​as​ ​nausea,​ ​irritation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​eyes,​ ​breathing​ ​problems,​ ​asthma,​ ​and/or​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​concentration.  Medical​ ​research​ ​bears​ ​this​ ​out.​ ​Some​ ​students​ ​do​ ​not​ ​realize​ ​they​ ​have​ ​allergies​ ​which​ ​affect​ ​their​ ​concentration​ ​span,  thereby​ ​hindering​ ​their​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​school.​ ​Please​ ​help​ ​us​ ​build​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​school​ ​environment​ ​by​ ​refraining​ ​from​ ​wearing  scented​ ​products​ ​of​ ​any​ ​kind​ ​when​ ​entering​ ​ACES​ ​(with​ ​the​ ​possible​ ​exception​ ​of​ ​a​ ​mildly-scented​ ​pesticide-free​ ​bug  lotion).   

ATTENDANCE:  This​ ​is​ ​very​ ​important​ ​for​ ​school​ ​students.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​known​ ​that​ ​students​ ​who​ ​miss​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​school​ ​time​ ​or​ ​are​ ​chronically​ ​late  for​ ​school​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​be​ ​affected​ ​in​ ​some​ ​way.​ ​​ ​Here​ ​at​ ​ACES​ ​we​ ​want​ ​students​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​school​ ​every​ ​day​ ​unless​ ​there​ ​is  a​ ​good​ ​reason​ ​for​ ​being​ ​absent.​ ​Student​ ​attendance​ ​is​ ​put​ ​into​ ​their​ ​file​ ​every​ ​day,​ ​and​ ​if​ ​they​ ​are​ ​not​ ​able​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​for  whatever​ ​reason,​ ​parents​ ​are​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​call​ ​the​ ​school.   

 Volunteers: Volunteers​ ​play​ ​a​ ​very​ ​big​ ​role​ ​in​ ​the​ ​community​ ​and​ ​school​ ​environments​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​always​ ​in​ ​need​ ​of​ ​help​ ​here​ ​at​ ​the​ ​school​ ​level.​ ​If​ ​you like​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​children​ ​and​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​become​ ​a​ ​volunteer​ ​for​ ​our​ ​school​ ​for​ ​such​ ​things​ ​as​ ​book​ ​fair,​ ​class​ ​trips,​ ​reading​ ​with students,​ ​etc.​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​school​ ​for​ ​the​ ​paperwork​ ​that​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be​ ​completed​ ​to​ ​start​ ​the​ ​process.

 

 

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