September 1, 2022
Dear Queen Elizabeth School Community,
Welcome Back for the 2022-23 school year!
We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and are ready for another exciting school year at Queen Elizabeth Elementary.
Please read the following information carefully, as the information is grade specific.
All Incoming Kindergarten Students
Kindergarten students do not attend school for the First Week (September 6 – 9th). Kindergarten students will begin attending in Week 2 (Sept 12 –16th) following our Gradual Intake Schedule. Your child’s specific gradual intake schedule and expectations will be communicated to you directly by your child’s teacher at the Kindergarten Orientation session and your individual Family Interview.
Parents will attend a short orientation session on Wednesday, September 7th at 9:30 AM to meet their child’s teacher, receive important information on how to best support your child’s school start, and to book an individual Family Interview. All Parents will arrive for the Orientation session at the Kindergarten line up area between the service road and the tennis courts at the city park.
Your child’s teacher will email you further details directly on Tuesday, September 6th confirming your arrival lineup location (Division Number) at the school, for the orientation session on Wednesday, September 7th.
Individual Family Interviews
Individual Family Interviews will be scheduled and held in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 7th; all day on Thursday, September 8th; and all day on Friday, September 9th. The goal of the individual family interviews is to welcome families into their child’s classroom and provide families and teachers an opportunity to get to know each other better. Teachers will review expectations, routines and further discuss school readiness to help ensure success for your child’s all important first year of school. Kindergarten students DO attend the Individual Family Interview.
Timeline for Kindergarten Students:
Tuesday, Sept 6th
Kindergarten Teachers communicate directly with families in their class the arrival details for their orientation session at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, September 7th. A reminder that students do not attend the orientation session.
Wednesday, Sept 7th; Thursday, Sept 8th; and Friday September 9th
Scheduled Kindergarten Family Interviews
Sept 12th – 16th
- Students attend Part Time according to our Kindergarten Gradual Entry Week Schedule
Sept 19th – 23rd
- Regular School Hours Begin for Kindergarten – 8:55 AM – 3:00 PM daily
Grade 1 – 4 Students:
ALL Grade 1-4 Students attend for one hour in the morning on Tuesday, September 6th, from 8:55 AM to 9:55 AM, and begin full day instruction on Wednesday, September 7th.
On Tuesday, September 6th ALL Grade 1-4 Students and Families are asked to arrive at the Service Road entrance off Salter Street OR along the path adjacent to the Community Centre.
Staff will be on hand to help direct you and your child to their Division Number Lineup where they will be greeted by teachers and brought through a basic orientation within their new classrooms. They will be brought back to these lineups for dismissal and pick up at 9:55 AM.
LINE UP Numbers will be sent to all Grade 1-4 families on Monday, September 5th by 3PM. Please watch for that email and ensure you are able to communicate that number to a staff member upon arrival so that we can efficiently direct you to the correct lineup.
On Wednesday, September 7th all Grade 1-4 students will return to the same classroom lineups as they did on Tuesday, September 6th, and will be dismissed to those same lineups at the regular time of 3PM.
Timeline for Grade 1 – 4 Students
Tuesday, Sept 6th – Opening Day – Students attend from 8:55 AM – 9:55 AM
Wednesday, Sep 7th – Regular School Hours Begin – 8:55AM – 3:00PM
As we prepare the start of another school year we want to assure students and parents that health and safety remains our top priority. While we are looking forward to a continued return to normal we recognize that Covid is still present in our community and we will continue to work hard to keep our community healthy:
- Staggered Recess and Lunch breaks to maximize student space in our play spaces
- Frequent hand washing
- Creative assemblies to maximize space when bringing students together indoors
- Air Filtration in the school and portables
- Disposable Masks available to those that want them
And most importantly we remind families – please be diligent with daily health checks for both you and your children. Please do not come to the school or send students to school if they have symptoms of cough or fever. For a complete list of symptoms please see the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Again Welcome Back and please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you have any further questions.