June 28, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
What a year it has been! Thank you to our students, staff and community for everything you have done to ensure we made it to the end! It was definitely a team effort! Despite all of the challenges, we have had a great year. We have enjoyed many moments together and have learned so much!
I want to thank our staff for their dedication to our students. They work hard to ensure they get the best out of our students and to provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment. A fond farewell to the following staff that are leaving the Gold Bar family for new challenges: Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Bates and Mr. De Los Trinos. I cannot help but think of all of the children who were blessed to be taught and supported by these adults in their time here at Gold Bar. They will always be part of the Gold Bar family and we wish them well as they move onto new adventures.
As you know, in the fall, we will welcome the following staff to our building: Ms. Jacklyn Ostachuk (Grade 1/2).
Finally, I would like to acknowledge our grade six students this year. They are an energetic and vibrant group with a ton of potential and leadership skills in abundance. I look forward to hearing of great things from them – best wishes and be sure to visit!
I have to take this last opportunity to make a push for the importance of reading over the summer. Not having access to books in July and August results in as much as a two month loss in reading level each summer and that accumulates over the years into a crushing achievement gap. Here are some tips some summer reading tips that may help:
Read aloud together with your child every day:
Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Read to your child and let them read to you.
Set a good example!
Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad. Decide on a time (e.g. 20 minutes) for the whole family to read their own books together in the same space. This may be looking at pictures for little ones. Keep lots of reading material around your home.
Pair books with activities
Read the book before seeing a movie or even after it. Find non-fiction books around activities that your child is interested in and read to learn the ‘how to’ as well as to encourage and validate their enthusiasm.
Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.
This is the way to develop capacity for thought and insight and provide joint discussion around literature.
Let kids choose what they want to read including graphic novels/books and picture books.
Being too prescriptive with what kids read over the summer will only discourage the reading habit.
Buy books on tape or take out from your local library
Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
Take your children to the library regularly.
The EPL sponsors summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.
Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, or National Geographic World.
Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they've read, and listen to what they say.
Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.
Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.
Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.
Tape in souvenirs of your family's summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.
“ Readers are lucky. They will never be bored or lonely.” – Natalie Babbitt
SchoolZone and Seesaw continue to be our primary sources of communication with you. School supply lists for the 2021-2022 school year have been made available on SchoolZone, Seesaw and our here on our website.
Kindergarten Supply List - 2021-2022
Grade 1 Supply List 2021-2022
Grade 2 - Supply List 2021-2022
Grade 3 - Team 4 - School Supply List 2021_2022
Grade 3/4 Team 10 Supply List 2021-2022
Grade 4 Team 12 Supply List 2021-2022Grade 4 Team 12 Supply List 2021-2022
Grade 5 Supply List 2021-2022
Grade 6 Supply List 2021-2022Grade 6 Supply List 2021-2022
Important August and September dates:
Office opens to families 9 am to 3 pm Wednesday, August 25
First day of school for all students except Kindergarten Thursday, September 2
Start of regular classes for Kindergarten students Friday, September 10
School Picture Day Monday, September 13
Welcome Back Celebration 4:00 - 6:45 pm Thursday, September 16
PAC Annual General Meeting 6:45 pm Monday, September 20On behalf of the staff, I want to wish you a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating summer, filled with wonderful moments with your family and friends. School starts on September 2nd, 2021
Yours in Partnership,
STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
This spring, parents of students currently enrolled at Edmonton Public Schools can pre-enrol for the 2021–22 school year online. Sign in to SchoolZone between March 8 and April 15, 2021 to select your child’s preferred school. You can even use the mobile version of SchoolZone to complete the process directly from your smartphone!
For registration information visit our Registration page under the Parents tab.
If you are new to the Gold Bar area or if you have any other inquiries, you can contact us at email@example.com or by calling the school on regular school days between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM. Due to COVID-19 safety measures DO NOT visit the school without permission.