Sherwood Park, AB. — From May 2 to 6, students and staff across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating Education Week and highlighting the importance of education in the community.
Education Week is led each year by the Alberta Teachers' Association and Alberta Education and celebrated by schools provincewide. This year’s theme is “Learning is a Journey.” Both students and staff will reflect on their own learning journeys and share them with others.
“There’s no beginning or end to our learning journeys as humans—learning starts from the moment we’re born and continues throughout our lifetime,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair of EIPS. “In public education, we play an important part in that journey for students. So, we’re proud to celebrate Education Week and the diverse educational experiences the Division offers—including core subjects, fine arts, school teams, citizenship education, extracurricular activities and more.”
Throughout the week, various activities are taking place in schools across the Division. Activities include book readings, interviews with special guests, video creations, art projects, dress-up days, guest readers and more. Details include:
Brentwood Elementary: Classes are making posters to showcase their learning journeys and how their responsibilities have evolved from kindergarten to their current grade. The school will also welcome guest readers into the classrooms to share their favourite books.
Davidson Creek Elementary: Teachers have put together a video compilation about their learning journeys. And, later in the week, students will also create a video of their own learning journeys. As well, students will create a puzzle-style poster about their journey as a learner and dress up as their future career.
Fort Saskatchewan Elementary: The school will welcome two former students for a school-wide assembly to share their learning journey from the time they were Fort Elementary students until now. Students have also created a Growing and Learning Together display of flowers to showcase what they’ve learned on their learning journeys.
Heritage Hills Elementary: Students and staff are celebrating Canadian Children's Book Week and Mental Health Week in conjunction with Education Week. They’re welcoming several authors for virtual presentations with students, including Stephanie Cooke, Celia Krampien and Lauren Tarshis.
Lamont Elementary: Classes will explore how learning is a journey through the lens of resilience, perseverance and grit. Students will also interview community and family members about their learning journeys toward achieving their biggest goal and will display the interviews in the school hallway.
Mills Haven Elementary: Students will learn from artist-in-residence Connie Kulhavy throughout the week. Kulhavy is a Métis artist who’ll work with students to paint a canvas in a pointillism style.
Uncas Elementary: Early in the week, grades 4-6 students are learning how to make simple origami that they’ll then teach to kindergarten to Grade 3 students later in the week. After reading Doors in the Air, by David Weale and Pierre Pratt, students will create art projects entitled, “Learning opens many doors.”
Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,125 students in 43 schools. We’re proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties and the western portion of the County of Minburn. To learn more, visit www.eips.ca.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902
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