Welcome to Woodbridge Farms School
You are visiting the website for Woodbridge Farms Elementary School. Our intent is to provide information about our school and its exciting activities. The website is an easy place to access essential information and print out forms. Each section of this website has its own submenu that you will find under the tabbed headings. You can find our contact information in the About Us section.
Check out the 2015-2016 Division Calendar for a complete list of holidays and school closure days for 2015-2016, or our school calendar for special school dates and activities. Our Bell Schedule is also available to assist you in planning appointments for your children.
Back to School 2016
BACK TO SCHOOL: 2016–2017
Classes resume Tuesday, August 30
We are looking forward to welcoming all returning and new students in the 2016–2017 school year.
Woodbridge Farms School is now closed for the summer break. Our office will reopen on August 24 at 8 am.
Below you will find answers to many of your back-to-school questions.
Kindergarten classes begin on Tuesday, August 30, Wednesday, August 31 and Friday, September 1. These days will be staggered orientation days. Kindergarten starts on Tuesday, September 6.
New Student Registration
If you have a child starting at WBF for the first time in the upcoming 2016–2017 school year and haven’t yet registered them, there’s still time. Simply, fill out the Student Registration Form and drop it off at the school office at the times noted below:
- Date: August 24 to August 26
- Time: 8:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Location: 1127 Parker Dr..
*Be sure to bring with you the following: proof of residency and the student’s birth certificate.
Important Dates and Times
For a complete list of holidays and school-closure days during the 2016–2017 school year, refer to the EIPS Division Calendar; school-specific dates and Bell Schedule activities are available on our School Calendar http://woodbridgefarms.ca/about/calendar. Our Bell Schedule is also available to assist you with future planning.
School Supply Lists
To assist with the purchasing of school materials, we have compiled a School Supply List http://woodbridgefarms.ca/about/supply-lists.
Tools for School
If you are a parent, or know of a parent, who needs help purchasing school supplies this year, we can help. Elk Island Public Schools has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2016–2017 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. When classes resume, we will respectfully distribute the backpack to your child. To place an order, contact EIPS’ Central Office at 780-464-3477.
Families will be invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30-days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay school fees is by using ACORN. Simply login to PowerSchool and go to “Student Fees,” there you will be able to view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard, or INTERAC—when available from your financial institution.
You can find more information about school fees at www.eips.ca/schools/school-fees.
All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2016–2017 school year should have already received a tentative route schedule. Those required to pay applicable transportation fees should have also received a separate invoice outlining payment information—we encourage parents to pay fees online. All transportation fees are due by June 30, 2016.
If you haven’t received a letter from Student Transportation yet, and would like to inquire about busing for your child, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.
NOTE: Bus passes and any updated route information will be mailed to families in August.
Questions and Concerns about the Start of School?
If you have any questions we haven’t addressed here, please contact Sven Danzinger
The office will reopen on August 24-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and August 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 30 school opens 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about back-to-school visit: www.eips.ca/parents/back-to-school.
We look forward to a great year ahead!
Acorn and Student Fees 2015-2016
2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards
20 educators from across the province were celebrated for their contributions to teaching on June 4,2016 with a dinner and awards ceremony. Since the program began in 1989, more than 500 educators have received Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Each year the program shares stories of these individuals inspiring students to reach their potential.
WBF is pleased to announce that our own Theresa Wells Taylor is one of this years recipients.
Congratulations on a fantastic job!
Special Thank You to WBF Families
A special thank you from the food bank to everyone who donated food at the family dance.
It was so appreciated and needed by the food bank.
Special Voting Meeting OSC
Woodbridge Farms Parent Association with be holding a special voting meeting June 16th @ 6:30pm in the library regarding OSC.
Learn more about Kindergarten:
To help families prepare even more, Elk Island Public Schools has compiled a wealth of information on its website (http://www.eips.ca/programs-services/kindergarten). Additional information regarding Woodbridge Farm’s Kindergarten program, can be found on our school website at http://woodbridgefarms.ca/programs/kindergarten
NOTE: To be eligible to attend Kindergarten in the 2016–2017 school year, children must be five years of age on, or before, December 31, 2016.
Communicating Student Learning (New Report Card) Parent Survey
As requested by the Board, we would appreciate your assistance in again providing feedback about the (new) report card. The survey will close on Friday, April 22.
Woodbridge Farms is also surveying parents about the report card. We especially want to know if you prefer the electronic (only) or paper (2 page) version. We also would like to know if for the Term 2 report card you would prefer to have Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences before or after report cards are issued.
Communicating Student Learning
Woodbridge Farms is one of the schools which is piloting Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) new elementary report cards in the 2015-2016 school year. Developed by EIPS, the report cards are designed to enrich achievement for students in grades 1 to 6 and enhance the quality of education within EIPS by building strong partnerships among students, teachers, and parents. There is also a new report card for Kindergarten students. Report cards for students in grades 1 to 6 are sent home three times each school year (November, March, June) and Kindergarten report cards are in June.
Last year, EIPS established a Communicating Student Learning committee, made up of parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and central office staff. Using feedback from close to 1,000 parents and 400 principals and teachers, the committee has produced an innovative reporting system focused on student achievement in academic outcomes and learner attributes.
Teachers will continue to assess all areas of the current programs of studies. What is new is the way in which student learning is reported. Instead of the (current) EPAL scale, a five-point numeric scoring scale will be used. Teachers will indicate student achievement in clear, parent-friendly categories in each subject. The reports card will allow teachers to report personalized information about each student in relation to learner attributes, areas of strength, areas for growth, and next steps.
EIPS is excited about its new method of communicating student learning, it’s innovative, inclusive, and based on what stakeholders have indicated they want to see in a reporting system. The pilot will take place in 10 other EIPS elementary schools. The full implementation of the report cards will take place in the 2016-2017 school year.
Please check out the following documents for more information!
In order to fully benefit from the new report card, we suggest that you access it online. This requires a Powerschool Parent Portal account. Information about how to set up this account can be accessed at this link or on the EIPS website. PowerSchool Parent Portal Please use this link to access the cover letter that accompanied our first report card. WBF CSL Cover Letter
Slideshow for parents about CSL: Parent Slideshow
Are you having trouble logging on to PowerSchool? Please try the following video resource:Parent Portal Video
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS)
All families using EIPS’ Student Transportation services for the 2015–2016 school year should have already received a tentative route schedule.
If you have not received a letter from Student Transportation yet, and would like to inquire about busing for your child, please contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151. Updated route information and bus passes will be mailed to families in August.
Hello to my friends and their families at Woodbridge Elementary. My name is Jack. I am a 6 year old golden doodle. My mom Lilly is a golden retriever and my dad Wolf is a standard poodle. In my case, standard means BIG! In case you’re worried about allergies I am considered a hypoallergenic breed. That’s a big word for a dog like me!
I started visiting Woodbridge Elementary in November after meeting Mrs. Watt and her friend on the playground. Life at Woodbridge is anything but ruff! I continually receive pawsitive strokes and give licks of love in return.
Each week I am read to by many children in grades 1-4. I had no idea there were so many books about animals and specifically dogs! One of my good friend has even written a story about me. Mrs. Martin-Spady’s grade 5’s are currently teaching me multiplication strategies. Some days I am tempted to eat their work as I have a fondness for paper! Fortunately classroom garbage cans offer a smorgasbord of treats, wrappers, and paper. I have also enjoyed the occasional eraser in Mrs. Hoekman’s grade 1 classroom! Mrs. Draganoff’s grade 2’s spoil me with milkbones after I listen to their agenda entries.
I have been told I am a wonderful antidote for those who need a hug or kids who are reluctant readers. It’s not a bad gig for me either! I love to be loved!
Licks of love,
Strathcona Family and Community Services
Parent Surveys (November) Results
In November 2015, EIPS conducted parent satisfaction surveys. Below are links to the results for Woodbridge Farms as well as Elk Island Public Schools. Results were presented at the February School Council meeting.
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- afternoon (every day)
- full day (Tuesday & Thursday with some Fridays)
Registration begins on Monday, January 4, 2016 and please join us later in the spring for our Kindergarten Information Night to meet the staff and take a school tour.
PowerSchool Parent Portal https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html
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Term 2 Report Card Surveys and Feedback
Posted on Mar 21 2016
Term 2 Report Card Surveys and Feedback As requested by the Board, we would appreciate your feedback about the report card. The surveys will close on Friday, April 22. EIPS Term 2 Report Card Survey Parent Survey Woodbridge Farms Elementary…
Summer 2016 Office Hours for Elk Island Public Schools
Posted on Jun 24 2016
Sherwood Park, AB. — During the summer break (June 29 to August 29), all schools within Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will be closed. However, the Central Administration Office will remain open to complete year-end activities…
EIPS teacher chosen as a finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Awards
Posted on Jun 6 2016
Sherwood Park, AB — Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is proud to announce Theresa Wells-Taylor, a teacher at Woodbridge Farms Elementary, has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards. “I…
Three EIPS schools receive BP Canada’s A+ for Energy grant
Posted on May 27 2016
Sherwood Park, AB — Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is pleased to announce three of its schools have been awarded a BP Canada A+ for Energy grant. Bev Facey Community High, Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary, and Woodbridge…