Principal’s Message: update APES

Principal Vicci Nelson of Alexander Park Elementary School updates parents on what is happening at the school.

  • Nov. 22, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Vicci Nelson

Alexander Park

A highlight so far this month at Alexander Park was our Remembrance Day assembly.

The students took time to honor our Canadian soldiers of long ago and present day. Classes shared poetry and songs about peace and why we wear a poppy. The Golden Beavers talked to us about the meaning of Remembrance Day.

It was nice to see so many parents and other family members in attendance. Special thanks to the Legion members for attending our assembly.

The colder weather is here and students need to bundle up in warm clothes. Students spend time outdoors most recesses and lunch hours getting much needed fresh air and exercise, unless it is very cold or just too miserable to be outside. It is important that children come to school wearing the appropriate clothing and foot wear to be outside in the snow and winter weather. To avoid confusion in the cloakrooms, it is helpful if parents label their child’s belongings.

Once again, I have to give a big thanks to the wonderful parents who do so many things around APES. Not only are parents helping out in classrooms, they are running the milk, lunch, and fruits and veggie program. They are responsible for several recycling programs, school spirit clothing, fundraising activities, and several volunteer for the One to One reading program and Breakfast Club. It’s great to see parents come on our Monday morning walks and attend our Friday morning assemblies.

The Parent Advisory Council is always busy doing one activity or another to support students and staff. A special thanks goes out to all of the parents who helped out at the Scholastic Book Fair. Without your support this popular event could not have taken place. The students and staff are indeed lucky to have such a wonderful group of committed parents. The StrongStart Early Learning Centre at A.P.E.S. is a free drop in program.

It is a wonderful opportunity for babies and preschoolers up to the age of 5 along with their parents and/or caregivers to play and learn together. It’s also a time for parents and caregivers to socialize with other adults, and be introduced to a variety of strategies that encourage early learning. Children have the chance to interact with other little ones and take part in many different activities such as drawing, colouring, singing, building, gym time, and listening to stories.

The centre is open Monday and Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. -11:45 a.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Families are encouraged to come by the centre and stay as long or short a time as your schedule permits.

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