Armstrong Elementary

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.

Back to School Information

1. Office Hours

The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 26th. Our secretary (Ms. Brown) and principal (Ms. Langston) will be busy preparing for a new school year and welcoming any parents/students who wish to stop by and say hello.

2. First Week of School

GRADE 1-5 STUDENTS will start school on Tuesday, September 3rd with an early dismissal at 11:00am.

  • RETURNING STUDENTS should line-up at last year’s outside line up area when the welcoming bell rings at 8:03 am. Teachers will bring student into the school and classrooms. The students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.
  • NEW STUDENTS should report to the office when the welcoming bell rings at 8:03 am. From there they will be directed to the library with Ms. Manduca for our new student orientation.

Most likely, on Wednesday, Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their classrooms for the year and meet their teacher(s). Class lists will be posted outside the parking lot entrance of the school when complete.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 4th. Kindergarten families received a welcome package at the Kindergarten Orientation Day in May. We have made a few updates to the gradual entry schedule to correspond with our new bell schedule. To view please visit Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule

3. School Supplies

Families with children in grades 1-3 do not need to purchase school supplies. The school has purchased school supplies, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In grades Kindergarten and 4 & 5 we ask that parent purchase the school supplies. Please click here for the supply lists.



Supply lists are also posted on the windows by our parking lot entrance. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles) and personal computer headphones however we have  headphones students may borrow. Below is a link to Armstong Elementary School Supply Fee schedule for 2019-2020.


Have a wonderful summer, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the students’ smiling faces, in September!

Last Day for Students Thursday, June 27

Thursday, June 27 is the last day for students. We will hold our Year End Celebration assembly in the gym at 8:30. Students will receive report cards and be dismissed at 10:00 am. Buses run 4 hours early this day. Thank you for a wonderful year of support for student learning.

Only Three Weeks Left

Only three weeks left in the school year- so hard to believe!

Coming up this week:

Thursday June 13: Grade 4/5 leadership celebration and swim

Coming up soon…

June 20: National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at AES: we will be having a variety of activities throughout the day, including crafts, traditional games, storytelling and more. There will also be bannock at lunchtime.

Monday June 24: Fun day/Swim day fro grades K-4!   Also Beach Day for the grade 5s

Year end assembly : June 27 8:25 a.m. (we will honour retiring teachers Mrs. James and Ms. Tassie and have the Grade 5 leaving ceremony)

June 27  dismissal is at 10:00 and  buses run at this time

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Information Regarding Student Placement for 2019-2020

Information Regarding Student Placement for 2019-2020

Placement of students in classes is dependent upon a number of considerations. In May, the School-Based Team (SBT) will meet and discuss the class placement of each student. Tentative classes for September 2019 will be created in June, then finalized during the first week of September. The SBT consists of the outgoing and potential receiving classroom teachers, Learning Resource Teacher, and Principal. The SBT looks at the strengths and needs of the children and the team will make decisions based on the following:

High Priority

Instructional groupings

Class composition including special needs/requirements

Social/cultural issues (independence, interactions, leadership)

Behavioural/social issues

Diversity in development (academic, social, emotional)

Middle Priority

Groupings in previous years

Dominant grade composition

Physical/social maturation

Learner style

Siblings and relations

Lower Priority


Teacher-learner compatibility

Class size (room to accommodate new students)

Any requests regarding placement of your child for the upcoming year needs to be in writing to the Principal, Corrinne Langston, by May 24thIn some instances, you will be asked to come in for an interview or you may be contacted by phone for more information.  In your letter please identify the educational reason for your request (see above).  The reasons you provide are important as we use them to assist as part of the above criteria in placing your child.  Please make only 1 request per child as in class request, or with a certain student or not, etc. When creating tentative classes, parent requests will be considered. However, we are unable to guarantee that requests can be fulfilled. Please contact Corinne Langston if you have any questions or concerns.