September 8, 2021
Dear Wes Hosford Families,
Thank you to all families who attended our Meet the Staff event. I’m so glad you were able to see your child’s classroom.
We are returning to the protocols that were in place last year so we ask that you call the school office upon arrival if you have a pre-scheduled appointment. Please sign in upon entry.
This year, I will be sending monthly email updates so that you know what is happening in the school. I have attached this email as a Word Doc in case it is difficult to read on your phone.
If you have questions, please check our website for more information. A version of these updates will also be on the website, as will the August 27 Welcome Letter.
Let’s have a healthy school year!
Core preventive measures:
Personal hygiene: Continue to practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Screening: Daily screening for symptoms and testing for symptomatic individuals.
Stay home when sick: Anyone who feels unwell cannot attend school or work.
Personal Protective Equipment: Use of personal protective equipment—masks are required in all elementary schools
Physical Distancing: All individuals continue to physically distance whenever possible.
The west parking lot is for staff parking only; no parent/guardian parking is available here in the morning or after school.
If you do find yourself in the west parking lot, remember that there is no left turn when exiting and it is a “blind corner” so the police enforce these two circumstances frequently.
Please park in the GARC parking lot whenever possible.
Student Pick Up / Drop Off
Please send or deliver students to school at 8:20 or later as there is no supervision prior to this time.
After school supervisors need to clear the playground by 3:30 so that they have the visual that all students have left or have been picked up.
Important September Dates
Wednesday, September 8
- Picture Day for KTA (Kindergarten Monday/Wednesday Class)
- Early Dismissal for students
- Staff Meeting at 2:30
Thursday, September 9
- Picture Day for all other students and staff!
Thursday, September 16
- Virtual Parent Council Meeting
- 6:30-7:00 (however, the first one of the year usually takes longer so bank on 6:30-7:15)
- Virtual Fundraising Committee Meeting
- follows immediately after the same virtual meeting as Parent Council
- 7:00-7:30 (however we’ll start a little late, and the first one usually takes a little longer, so bank on 7:15-8:00)
Monday, September 20
- WHF is a polling station -Come vote!
Wednesday, September 29
- Orange Shirt Day -Every Child Matters!
- Wear orange to show your support!
- Orange Shirt Day was created as an opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and their legacy.
- It honours the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience and affirms a commitment that every child matters.
Thursday, September 30
- School Closure Day – no school for staff or students
Friday, October 1
- Regular school day
In June 2021, the Government of Canada announced September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to commemorate the history and intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools, to be observed on September 30 each year by all federal employees and workers in federally regulated workplaces.
Dear Wes Hosford Elementary Families:
The 2021-22 school year is quickly approaching and we are excited to welcome students and families back. We'd like you to be aware of a few pieces of information to ensure a smooth transition to school on September 1.
New Office Team
Mrs. Snow, our school secretary, will continue to provide us with her excellent service! Many of you know me, Mrs. Freiheit, as I was the Assistant Principal last year. This year. I'm serving as the Principal, and Mr. Arndt is serving as the Assistant Principal.
I have been with EIPS since 1990 working as an elementary teacher, counsellor, assistant principal and a principal since 2012. Before working at Wes Hosford Elementary, I was seconded to Alberta Education to help plan the implementation of the new curriculum. That was an interesting experience, and I can say I am VERY glad to be back in a school, especially one as awesome as Wes Hosford! We have a great team of teachers and EAs and I am looking forward to getting to know, and working with, Mr. Arndt. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome last year. I look forward to working with you again this year, and getting to know you and your children.
I grew up in Sherwood Park and attended Mills Haven Elementary, Clover Bar Junior High and Bev Facey Community High. I currently live in Sherwood Park with my wife, Crystal and our daughter Charlotte. All of my teaching and administrative experience has been centred at the elementary level. I taught Grade 3 in Wabasca, AB., and Mascwacis, AB., (formerly Hobbema), and Grade 2 in Spruce Grove. In 2004, I made the move to Elk Island Public Schools, landing a position at Ministik Elementary. There, I taught a variety of grades until becoming the assistant principal at A.L. Horton Elementary in Vegreville in 2015. Additionally, I completed my Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014.
I'm sincerely looking forward to being part of the Wes Hosford staff and getting to know our school community as a whole. I have heard many great things!
School Office Open
Our secretary, Mrs. Snow, and our administrators, Mrs. Freiheit and Mr. Arndt are available by phone. Feel free to call the school at 780-464-1711, and we will be happy to assist with any questions you may have.
Teachers will be emailing parents regarding their child's classroom assignment and other pertinent information this Friday, August 27.
First Day of School
The first day of school is an exciting time for all. On September 1, teachers will meet students outside at 8:20 a.m. Parents and guardians are welcome to remain outside until the bell goes at 8:30 a.m., when students begin their staggered entry into the school. We ask that you say your goodbyes before this time to ensure a smooth transition from home to school. Bus students will be greeted by Mrs. Freiheit and Mr. Arndt and directed to their entry point.
Staggered Entry and Exit
To avoid hallway congestion, students enter the school in a pre-arranged order, dependent upon classroom and locker placement. Students begin entering at 8:30 a.m. Similarly, at the end of the day, students leave the school in a set order, typically the reverse of the morning.
Parents Coming to the School
As last year, we ask that parents dropping items off for students or picking students up for appointments come to the main doors (by the flagpole) and phone the office (780-464-1711). Someone will meet you at the door to collect items to deliver to students, or bring your child to you if they are leaving the school. If you are visiting the school for an appointment or to volunteer , you would also go to the main doors and phone the office. Someone will meet you at the door and sign you in. Remember, if you are coming into the school we ask that you wear a mask at all times.
Public Health Measures
Many of the illness-prevention best practices remain in place for the 2021-22 school year. These are in place to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission , and other respiratory illnesses. Some of these measures include good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick, mask use, physical distancing, immunization, ensuring ventilation best practices, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces.
Additionally, many EIPS schools continue to practice strategies to promote operational and health-and-safety efficiencies, such as directional traffic flows, staggered entry and recess, occupancy limits for washrooms and the removal of excess furnishings.
More information is available at EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22 and EIPS Operations Frequently Asked Questions .