Welcome to Aspen Park Elementary School for the 2014 - 2015 school year. We wish everyone a successful and enjoyable school year. Based on teacher strike action from June 2014, all students have been assigned to the next grade for September 2014. We do not yet know what will happen for the beginning of September but it looks like the start of school will be unfortunately disrupted. There is a new (August 26th) update from the Superintendent attached below.
We hope that school starts on September 2nd as planned in the 2014 2015 calendar. If it does start normally, September 2nd will begin at 8:40am but finish earlier than normal with dismissal at 12 noon. Wednesday the 3rd will be 8:40am start to 2:30pm dismissal and that will continue for the rest of the year.
Kindergarten students start on a gradual entry to school and students in divisions 9 and 10 and 11 have been divided into 2 groups with their own gradual entry schedules. Parents should have received a letter from us explaining the groupings and times for the first week for the Ks and grade 1s. The gradual entry process runs from September 2nd to Monday the 8th. All Ks and 1s will continue from 8:40am to 2:30pm from Tuesday the 9th onwards like the rest of the school.
Students in grades 2 to 7 will spend the first week from September 2nd to 5th in multi-age groups going through a series of 7-habits lessons and other activities like fire drills and the whole school Terry Fox Run on Friday. Students in grades 2 to 7 will start regular classes on Monday the 8th from 8:40am until 2:30pm.
New Registrations to Aspen: You can visit the school and talk with Ms Wester or myself or you can register using the online registration form at http://www.sd71.bc.ca/student-registration-form.php This does not guarantee your child a spot at this school but we will contact you right away to discuss your registration. At this point we have very few spaces left for September at any grade level.
The school district has released the 2014-2015 district calendar for parents. It is attached below. We also know now that the 2014-2015 school year will have slightly different start and end times. Aspen and all Elementary schools will start at 08:40am and end at 14:30 (2:30pm). Recess will be 10:15-10:30am. Lunch will be 11:45am to 12:25pm (with afternoon instruction starting again at 12:30pm). Aspen will continue to have outside recess from 11:45am to 12:10pm and then lunch eating time until 12:25pm. PLC days continue for 2014-2015 and there is a schedule below for which Wednesdays will be PLC early dismissals.
Aspen's school calendar is always online. Click up at the top left link where it says Aspen Web Calendar 2014 2015.
Looking forward to seeing everyone hopefully back for the first day of school on September 2nd!
Charles Schilling and Corinne Wester,
Main page updated August 25