AES Winter Concert Information

 Winter Concert – Christmas at the OK Corral A Rootin’ Tootin’ Holiday Musical for Young Voices

Thursday, December 5, 2019

If your last name begins with the letters A-L, your child(ren) is in the RED group. Their performance is at 5:00 pm

If your last name begins with the letters M-Z, your child(ren) is in the GREEN group. Their performance is at 6:30 pm

There will be NO RESERVED SEATING; doors will open at 4:30 pm

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The following performance details are important to help ensure we have a most successful holiday concert

  • Please ensure that students are in their drop-off/pick-up classrooms by 4:45pm for the 5:00pm concert and 6:15pm for the 6:30pm concert. Please note that students will not necessarily go to their own teacher as we have divided the school up alphabetically.
  • Kindergarten students and students singing in the choir (Grade 1 – Grade 4) are not required to wear costumes but they are definitely encouraged. As our musical takes place in the ‘Wild West’, may we suggest pieces like jeans or jean skirts, belts with buckles, plaid or plain button up shirts, vests, bandannas and cowboy boots. (Unfortunately, no cowboy hats as they would make it difficult for students to see around and could block your view of some kids’ faces) Please note that a complete western outfit is not required, a simple bandanna is great and effective! Feel free to wear your holiday best if you prefer.
  • Parking available in the Rosedale and the Van Diest trail areas and on PV Road, below Heal Court.
  • Please turn off your cell phones and remember to not post pictures/video on social media
  • Family is welcome to attend rehearsals at 8:15am (RED group) and 10:15am (GREEN group) Wednesday, December 4th



School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia to measure and promote children’s social and emotional development, health, well-being, and assets through the Middle Year Development Instrument (MDI). The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The MDI is the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum, which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.

Grade 4 are invited to complete the MDI during class time between:

January 15th and February 21st, 2020.

For more information and to view the questionnaires:

Parent FAQs:

If you don’t want your child to participate please contact your child’s teacher, fill out the withdrawal form at the end of the parent/guardian informed passive consent letter, or contact the MDI project staff at

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

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Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 20th from 2:00-5:00pm and early dismissal Thursday, November 21th  at 11:25 and conferences from 11:30am – 5:00pm

Rationale for K-8 Early Dismissal Model

AES will have early dismissal on Thursday, November 21th at 11:25 and buses will run early at 11:35 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 21th at 11:25 to provide some time for scheduled parent/student/teacher conferences. Additional conferences and times will be scheduled outside school hours on Wednesday, November 20th from 2:00-5:00 pm and on Thursday, November 21th from 11:30am -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.

Parent Support Services of BC

Remembrance Day Gym Art Gallery

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Photo Orders and Picture Retakes

A reminder that photos orders are due on Monday October 28 at the latest. Orders can be dropped off at the office or completed online. Picture retake day is Wednesday Oct. 23.

Toonie Tuesday is October 22rd !

On Monday October 21 at 8:50 am , students from the SD 83 Leadership Program will be presenting about Toonie Tuesday. Our goal is to raise a toonie for every student and staff member in our school!

The amazing students and staff in our district have raised over $130,000 through Toonie Tuesdays!  

We have adopted villages or built schools in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ecuador and rural China

Many local projects have made a big difference in our communities

Parent Information Session

A parent presentation on Understanding The Teenage Brain is being held on Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm.

Brain Coach Gary Anaka will lead this high energy, fun, surprising workshop which is full of hope and optimism for the future of all teenagers. This session is appropriate for parents, educators and students from Grade 5 – 12.

How can parents best support and meet the needs of their growing, changing adolescents? The teenage brain is different from any other brain in history, presenting many challenges. Discover why the adolescent brain is in turmoil, how to boost its plasticity, how the teen brain learns and works best, plus how to engage and communicate in relevant and practical ways. Learn leading edge, easy to apply ideas from Neuroscience to help unleash the potential of the teenage brain. Acquire skills on how to support them to become healthy, happy, life-long learning adults.

The more knowledge parents have about the adolescent brain, the more benefits can be passed on. If you want to help teenagers in today’s world, then you need to start with their brain.

Gary is a pioneer in Brain Health and Wellness. As a brain coach since 1997, he has presented over 1100 keynotes and workshops to people in all walks of life nationally and internationally.

Great September Start Up

Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for a fantastic start up to the 2019-20 school year. It has been a pleasure visiting classrooms over these first two weeks. Our teachers are working hard at building safe and inclusive learning environments. As the saying goes… It takes a community to raise a child. This is true at AES and it is what makes it such a special place. I encourage you to talk to your child every day about what they are learning in school and to take advantage of every opportunity you have to participate in school activities. I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Meet the Teacher /Open House Night on Wed. Sept. 24. We also welcome you to participate in PAC. Our first PAC meeting was Sept 11 however it is never too late to join us. The next meeting will be Oct 9 at 6:00 pm in our library. Please find attached the Newsletter that was sent home on Friday, Sept 6.

AES Owns it with Kindness

Hi and welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We hope everyone had a safe, happy summer with many lasting memories and good times with family and friends. As we hope to maintain open communication with you at home, please continue to check our website and read our newsletters for information regarding school activities and important dates.

If your child is entering school for the first time, welcome to Armstrong Elementary!  Kindergarten students will be doing a gradual entry starting September 4, 2019.

For all our new and returning families, again, welcome!  Students in Grades 1 – 5 will be in school from Tuesday, Sept. 3 8:05 to 11:00 a.m.  Buses will be running to take students home on this day. 

The staff of AES are very excited for the start of another school year and AES is ready for the beginning of the school year!  Our custodial staff, clerical staff, and teachers have all spent many hours preparing and organizing the school and classrooms.  Thank you for your enthusiastic efforts.

Our PAC cares in a big way, works extremely hard and are so supportive of school programs and events. Watch for invitations to join and help support our amazing PAC.