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January 30
French Immersion Registration Deadline Today - Jan. 30th, 2018

Good afternoon, this is Barb Creamer calling from Quispamsis Elementary School with an important reminder about registration for French Immersion. If your child is in Kindergarten, Grade 2, or Grade 5 and you want them to enter the French Immersion program in September 2018, please complete the online registration or call (see link and number below) on or before January 30. Please note: 2018-19 is the final year the Grade 3 entry point for French Immersion will be offered.

 
This registration will assist us with staffing and program decisions. Thank you for your support as we plan for next school year.
 
For Registration: asd-s.nbed.nb.ca
To talk to a Coordinator: Call  506 658 5300
 
January 16
Voicemail re. 1/2 day tomorrow, January 17th

​Good evening.  This is Barb Creamer calling with a quick reminder that tomorrow is a half-day for students, as school staff will be participating in professional learning in the afternoon.  K to 2 students will be dismissed at 11:00 and grades 3 to 5 will be dismissed at 11:30. The 11:30 bus may be a little late departing the school, as they have another run to do at another school before arriving at QES.

Thank you.  Have a good evening.
Barb Creamer

January 15
Voicemail - Janaury 15, 2018

Good evening.  This is Barb Creamer speaking with a few important messages for Monday, January 15th.
 
1.  The first message is to all parents with children currently in Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5 who would like to register their child for French Immersion programs next year. 
 
This year the entire registration process is online. The registration deadline is January 30th, 2018.  Only parents wishing to enrol their child in the French Immersion program has to complete the online registration; children not registered will automatically be placed in the English Prime programs in Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 6. You can find the registration at the bottom of the Anglophone South District Website main page by clicking on “IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON REGISTERING FOR FRENCH SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS”. First, click on the link below to REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR FSL PROGRAMS, then Click on “Registration for French Immersion Programs 2018-2019”. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Register for “French Immersion 2018-2019”.
 
 
2.  We have a number of staffing changes we wanted you to be aware of.  Mrs. Mason, our grade 5 Intensive French teacher has been replaced, starting today, by Ms. Jasmine Moulton.  Mrs. Mason is expecting a baby in February, however had to leave her position a little early due to her condition.  I’m sure you all join me in wishing her well in the coming weeks and months with her growing family.  Ms. Moulton is not new to QES, as she taught Grade 1 French Immersion in the month leading up to Christmas.  Ms. Moulton will be contacting parents to introduce herself this week, as she will be here until the end of the school year.
 
We would like to welcome Ms. Kelly Arnold to our grade 1 French Immersion classroom.  She will be team teaching with Mrs. Stiles until the end of the school year.  Again, Ms. Arnold will be contacting parents of her students to introduce herself in the coming days.
 
Mrs. Assunta Blackier, our longest serving teacher at QES, will be retiring on January 31st.  Mrs. Blackier has taught here for 29 years, long enough to be teaching parents of some current students.  Throughout Assunta’s career she has always strived to ensure her students are successful as learners.  She has been a true advocate for each of her charges, always having their best interest at heart.  I know students and parents alike will miss her as much as our staff will.  We wish her loads of fun, especially travelling, as well as good health in her retirement.  Mrs. Megan Latimer will moving into Mrs. Blackier’s grade 1 classroom for the remainder of the school year beginning February 1st.
 
Finally, we will be welcoming Mrs. Ashley Burnett back from her maternity leave on Monday, February 5th.  She will be homeroom teacher to the current grade 5 Intensive French students, who will be moving into the English Prime portion of their year.  The current grade 5 English students will be moving into the grade 5 Intensive French the same day. 
 
That’s all for today.  I’ll be speaking with you later in the week.  Until then, have a great few days.
 
Barb Creamer
 
 
November 30
Voicemail for Thursday, November 30, 2017

Voicemail for Thursday, November 30, 2017
Good afternoon, this is a voicemail from Quispamsis Elementary School for Thursday, November 30, 2017.
1.     The choir performance at the Empty Stocking Fund was spectacular, and I’d like to thank all families who supported the attendance of the choir members as well as the $1 donations.  We presented a cheque for $350!  Thanks Mrs. McPartland for all your hard work and dedication.
2.    Saputo orders were due today.  We would like to thank you very much for your support with all fundraising throughout the year, as these fundraisers help the QES Home & School support many events that involve our students.
3.    This is a reminder for families that some areas in the back yard are muddy, and staff on duty do their best to remind students of the natural consequences of playing in or near the mud.  A complete change of clothes here at school would be a great proactive measure!
4.    For families who utilize the new walking trail to travel to and from the school property, please be respectful of the land owners on both sides and stay on the trail.  Thanks so much!
5.    Important dates: 
December 4 and 5 – EYE-DA appointments for pre-school students
December 6 – half day for students
December 18 – Christmas Breakfast
December 19 – Christmas Concert – 9:00 – 10:00 for K-2, 10:30 – 11:30 for 3-5
December 20 – Storm Day for either Christmas Breakfast or Concert
That is all for today.  Thank you and have a wonderful evening!
 
November 15
Voicemail for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good afternoon, this is a message from Quispamsis Elementary School for Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
1.  A letter went home today detailing the dates and times of Family/Teacher conferences next week.  Please fill in the bottom portion of the letter and send it back to your child's teacher by Friday.  Thank you.
2.  The Home and School is wrapping up their Java Moose Fundraiser tomorrow.  Please send in all orders with your child tomorrow. 
That is all for today, enjoy your evening!
November 07
Voicemail - November 6, 2017

​Good evening.  This is Barb Creamer calling from Quispamsis Elementary School with a few messages for Tuesday, November 6th.
1.  A reminder to all parents and care givers that there is no school for students tomorrow, as teachers and educational assistants will be engaged in professional learning sessions.
2. The district will be holding important information sessions for parents and guardians of students currently in K, grade 2 and grade 5 regarding the two options of English Prime and Early and Late French Immersion for your child next year.  The first meeting in the Hampton Ed Center is on Monday, November 20th at 6:30 pm at KVHS Theatre.  In case of cancellation, the meeting will be the next day, Tuesday at the same time and same place.  If you are unable to attend that day, you can attend a session on Wednesday, November 22nd at 6:30 pm at Hampton Middle School Theatre.  The cancellation date is Thursday the 23rd, same place and time.
3.  As you know, the students will be arriving home with a new report card format this month.  Brochures were sent home with June's report card and again in September.  If you misplaced it, so would simply like to review the information again, you can access the brochure on the QES website by hitting "Newsletters" and the document named "New Report Card Parent Information Brochure".
4. Students arrived home today with the a Java Moose coffee order form.  The QES Home and School are happy to once again be offering this very popular fundraiser.  The forms are due back to the school by next Thursday, November 16th. Thank you, in advance, for your participation with this fundraiser!
That's all for tonight.  Have a lovely evening and we'll talk again later in the week.
Barb Creamer

October 26
Voicemail - October 26, 2017

​Good afternoon.  This is Barb Creamer calling from Quispamsis Elementary School with a few messages for Thursday, October 26th.

1.  We are proud to once again be participating in the Terry Fox Walk for Cancer.  Our students will be attending an assembly and doing their walk tomorrow morning after morning recess.  Students are asked to bring in a loonie as a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, so the school can make a donation on everyone’s behalf.  Thank you.
 
2. Parents and care-givers of students in grades K, 1 and 2 who travel home on the bus after school are reminded that a responsible adult must be at the bus stop to meet the child in order for the bus driver to let the student off the bus.  If no one is at the stop, the student will be returned back to QES and the parent or care-giver will have to pick the student up at the school.  It’s also important to note that the drivers are on a tight schedule and cannot hold up traffic while waiting for the parent or care-giver to arrive at the bus stop.  Thank you for your support with this matter.
 
3. We are making changes to our Holiday Concert this season.  Our students in K, 1 and 2 will perform at an hour long concert from 9:00 – 10:00 am on December 19th and our students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will perform at an hour long concert from 10:30 – 11:30 the same day, December 19th.  We wanted to get the dates and times to you early this year, as we realize the change will affect those of you with students at both grade levels.
 
4. With Halloween coming up next week, we want to remind you that costumes are not to be worn to school.  Also, some classes are having a little party at the end of their day – information will be communicated through your child’s teacher.  If you are sending in treats, please remember that we are a nut free school and follow the guidelines in the Provincial Healthy Learners Policy, thus treats should be fall within those guidelines.  Thank you for your help with this request.
 
5. The Town of Quispamsis is having a “Pumpkin Sacrifice and Treat Trail at the Arts & Cultural Park this Friday, Oct. 27th beginning at 6:30 pm.  This event is free of charge and recommended for children ages 7 and up.  Young visitors are encouraged to wear their costumes.
 
6. Important dates to help you plan up to the Christmas holiday:
Nov. 8th:  no school for students – Professional Learning Day for Staff
Nov. 13th:  no school – Remembrance Day Holiday
Nov. 14th:  Kick-off to Kindergarten parent meeting – 6:30 – 7:30 pm in QES gym
Nov. 20th:  report cards sent home
Nov. 23rd:  parent-teacher meetings 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Nov. 24th:  no school for students – parent-teacher meetings 9:00 – 11:00 am & PM – PL for staff
Nov. 25th:  Choir singing at Empty Stocking Fund, Saint John High School @ 12:15 pm
Dec. 6th:  ½ day – 11:00 am dismissal for K-2 & 11:30 dismissal for 3-5 students; PM – PL for staff
Dec. 12th:  Choir singing at St. Luke’s Church, Main Street @ 7:00 pm
Dec. 18th:  Holiday Breakfast for students
Dec. 19th: Holiday Concerts – Grades K – 2 9:00 – 10:00 am & Grades 3-5 10:30 – 11:30 am
Dec. 20th:  Concert Storm day – in case school is cancelled due to storm on Dec. 19th
Dec. 22nd:  ½ day – K-2 dismissal 11:00 am & 3-5 dismissal 11:30 am; holiday ends – Jan. 8th
 
Thank you for your attention; that’s it for this week.  Have a good evening.
Barb Creamer
October 19
Voicemail for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Voicemail for Thursday, October 19, 2017
Good afternoon, this is Kelly Barrieau with a voicemail for Thursday, October 19, 2017.
1.     There is a Home and School Meeting tonight at 6:30 in the staffroom here at QES.  All parents are welcome to attend!
2.    Hot lunch and milk orders are due tomorrow by noon!
3.    There are a number of student fees that have not been paid yet.  If you have not paid the $25 fee, please do so as soon as possible.  You may contact the school if payment arrangements need to be made.  Thank you.
4.    WE are still looking for Lego!  If you have any that you would like to donate to the school, please drop it off at the office, or send it in with your child if it is not too heavy.  We thank you in advance.
5.    Do you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten in 2018?  If you have not already registered, you are able to do so online!  Go to https://www.nbed.nb.ca/preregistration/home?strlang=en&district=asds
6.    This is a message for families of bus students:  this is a reminder that primary students cannot be left off the bus if there is no adult to meet them.  The driver is obligated to keep the student on the bus and return the student to the school, and the school will contact families as soon as possible.  Thank you in advance.
This is all for now.  Have a wonderful evening!
 
October 13
Voicemail for Friday, October 13, 2017

Good afternoon, this is a message from Quispamsis Elementary School for Friday, October 13, 2017.
1.  We are on the look-out for Lego!  If anyone has Lego they would like to donate to QES, please send it into school!  We will take any size and quantity!
2.  All students at QES will be participating in a school-wide cultural presentation on Tuesday, October 17 on environmental play.  Please feel free to ask your family member all about it at dinner on Tuesday!
3.  Next week is week 2 of our 4 week skating schedule.  If any families are able to deliver skates to the school first thing in the morning, or to the arena just before skating time, please feel free to do so, as the added baggage creates congestion on the bus.
That is all for now.  Enjoy your weekend!
September 28
Voicemail - September 28, 2017

​Good afternoon.  This is Barb Creamer calling from Quispamsis Elementary School with a few messages for Thursday, September 28th.

1. The new by-law in Quispamsis states that everyone must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet when skating. This may be an issue for some of our students who do not wear hockey helmets but have brought bike helmets in the past. PRO Kids has helped to support this by donating 100 youth hockey helmets that are to be used at the Q-Plex and the Quispamsis Arena. Only 15 of these helmets will be available during our ice time.  We ask that you please ensure your child has the proper helmet for the 4 skating opportunities during the month of October.
 
2. Kindergarten registration is once again this year coming up the week following Thanksgiving.  If you, or someone you know from our neighbourhood, have a child born in 2013 then you have to register your child to begin school next fall.  To register, you must provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate, Medicare card and proof of immunization.  So, from Tuesday, October 10th to Friday, October 13th stop by the school office to register anytime from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 pm.  For your convenience, we will be in the office until 6:00pm on Thursday, October 12th.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Folkins at 847-6207 or by email at lynn.folkins@nbed.nb.ca.
 
3. I would like to remind parents that they should sign in to the district transportation website to receive information about school closures and bussing directly from the source.  Each of the students brought home an information sheet with a tiny strip attached containing your child’s student number.  This number is necessary to sign in, as it makes the information you receive specific to your child’s school and bussing arrangement.  You can access the Bus Planner site at:   https://asdsbp.nbed.nb.ca/.  Once in, open the “parent portal” and sign up. 
 
4. Our “school lockdown” drill today went very well.  All students and staff were calm and treated the drill seriously.  Teachers took a few minutes to discuss the process before and following the drill in order to hear from their students any concerns or anxiety they may have felt.  We encourage you to take some time this evening to talk about the drill today and to reassure them they are safe at school.  Next Tuesday or Wednesday we will be doing our last drill until November.  The drill will be a planned fire drill and walk to our closest off-site evacuation location - the parking lot of Kings Church.  We will decide which day based on the weather and will notify you on Monday which day it will be.  Thank you for your support with these important safety matters.
That’s it for today.  Enjoy the weekend ahead. 
Barb Creamer
 
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