Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

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Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00-5:00pm and early dismissal Thursday, November 8th  at 11:10 and conferences from 11:20am – 5:00pm

Rationale for K-8 Early Dismissal Model

AES will have early dismissal on Thursday, November 8th at 11:10 and buses will run early at 11:15 so there is more time to meet with parents and students for our parent/student/teacher conferences.

The BC Ministry of Education and our School District are in the midst of developing curriculum and reporting documents that better meet the needs of families. Our goal is to provide parents with a better way of understanding where their children are at in their learning journey.

Part of this change involves increased opportunities for parents to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. To accommodate this change, AES will schedule an early dismissal day on Thursday, November 8th at 11:10 to provide some time for scheduled parent/student/teacher conferences. Additional conferences and times will be scheduled outside school hours on Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00-5:00 pm and on Thursday, November 8th from 11:20am -5:00 pm.

These conferences will provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s areas of strength and needs and set a learning goal for their child’s continued academic and behavioral growth.

We know that community-building and establishing strong relationships between home and school are what promotes learning in the most fundamental way. Therefore, dedicating two hours of learning time over the course of a school year to parent/student/teacher meetings is a valuable use of instructional time. Research indicates that this method of reporting was found to be more meaningful and informative for teachers, parents, and students.

Last year we piloted these conferences in twelve schools and received over 80% positive feedback from parents. We again this year will be checking in with parents to ensure that this is a good use of learning time, and is supportive of your child’s learning.  A parent survey will be available for you to provide feedback approximately a week after the conferences.

Parent Middle School Math Night

Math night

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AES “Owns it with Kindness!”

A huge thank you to student’s in Mrs. James’ class. They are working on our school theme “Own it with Kindness” and helped a classmate whose mom is battling a cancer called Multiple Myeloma. In August, the Morning Star wrote an article on Lora Bensmiller and the GoFundMe page set up for the family. The students in Mrs. James’ class brought baking and held a bake sale on Oct. 11. The AES community helped raise $550 from this bake sale. Thank You !




Dancers of Damelhamid

In late September, the Dancers of Damelhamid performed at AES.
In Abundance is the Dancers of Damelahamid’s dance piece for young audiences. The main theme of the dance piece is based on the salmon cycle, and conveys important cultural teachings on balance, community and sustainability. The salmon symbolize abundance and are a key reminder of the importance to value and protect this essential resource. The final teaching of In Abundance is that when we take only what we need there is plenty for all, including the salmon needed to spawn for the next year’s cycle.

AES grade 4/5 students will be going on a fieldtrip to the Adams River later in October to observe the Sockeye Salmon Run.

Upcoming September Events

Open House

We hope to see all of our families this Thursday Sept. 20 for our Open House.  Students are welcome to take their families for a tour of the school and their classrooms between 6:00 and 6:40 and then come and enjoy the potluck desserts in the gym a brief presentation and introduction of the staff from 6:40-7:30. Hope to see you then!


Terry Fox

Our AES Terry Fox run is scheduled for Friday, September 21st at 12:30.  We will begin in the gym with a reminder of why we run and then head outside for a school wide run/ walk.  Students wishing to make a donation may do so and may hand in donations to their classroom teacher.


Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 28th we are celebrating Orange Shirt Day. We will have a short presentation during our September Celebration assembly at 8:30.  It was fantastic to see the “Sea of Orange” at our school  last year – we are hoping many students and staff will once again  support the day by wearing orange.

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