This week at Ambrose- April 15-18 Thei

Good evening,

It is absolutely amazing how quickly time keeps moving forward … here we are at the middle of April already. Looking at my calendar, I suspect the next 11 weeks are going to fly by!

Important things to note for this week:

*Class photos will be taken on Wednesday; it is important for students to arrive to school on time this day as it is very disappointing for them to arrive after their class picture has been taken. If your child has an appointment that day, please let Mrs. Selin know ahead of time so we can try to arrange for their class photo to be taken when they are at school.

*Bert Ambrose Yearbooks go on sale Tuesday  April 16th. Order forms will be coming home with students. You can also purchase online at If you get your order in by 3:00 pm on April 26th, you only pay $30. After that they go up to $35.  Deadline for all orders is May 10th. You don’t want to miss out on this book full of beautiful images capturing memories of the entire school year.  To include the entire school year, we distribute the books at the beginning of September.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tanya Hart at (250) 793-0515.  A huge thank you to Tanya for all of the time and energy that goes into creating this beautiful keepsake of the school year!  

*There is no school Friday or the following Monday for the Easter long weekend … please make sure that homework assignments and home reading occurs during the break. We are into the final term of school and teachers will be working hard to consolidate learning and ensure that students have covered the necessary learning outcomes for the year. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please make a point of communicating with your child’s teacher.

Lastly, with the unpredictability of FSJ Spring weather, please make sure your child has layers for the cooler days as well as a change of clothing if they might be attracted to the water/mud puddles! It will save you a trip to the school!


Ms. Wright

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Week Ahead April 8-12

Good Evening!

I think I can safely say we all survived a very busy first week back to school after Spring Break which included a Cultural Performance (Safire – Science in the Circus), the start of our Ready, Set, Learn preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds, a special visit from Olympic Athlete, Mimi Rahneva, and Jersey Day! As we had already scheduled our own Jersey Day, we went ahead with the selected day last Friday although the National Green Shirt Day was today and many schools will be honouring the date tomorrow (Monday). One aspect of the Green Shirt Day is to bring awareness to Organ Donation so I have included a link for anyone who may like to look into this further.


Register to be an Organ Donor. Live Life. Pass it On.

Badminton season is underway. If your child has joined this activity, please mark Thursday, April 25 (after school) and Friday, April 26 (all day) on your calendars as these are the dates for the District Badminton Tournament. Thank you to Miss Brekkas, Mrs. Lee, and Mrs. Holloway for taking on the coaching/practice duties for this school sport.

The Ministry of Education sends out Student, Parent and Staff Learning Surveys each spring. The target grade level for these is Grade 4 and our students will be completing the short 20 minute survey before the end of April. (These were formerly called Satisfaction Surveys.) Parents of Grade 4 students can expect a separate email with information related to how to log in and complete the survey. Your answers are confidential and I would encourage you to please complete this short survey as it helps provide your administration team with a snapshot of parental opinion about our school. Thank you!

The magnetic attraction of water to our students remains one of life’s great mysteries! Please send a change of clothes in your child’s backpack if they belong to the category of students who are instinctively drawn to the puddles and mud!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Ms. Wright

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The Week Ahead Mar 11-15

Good evening,

Just a short note as we prepare for the last week of school prior to Spring Break … I trust everyone is looking forward to the break and an opportunity to enjoy the (hopefully) nicer weather and slow down the pace of life just a little!

There are several important things happening this week:

1. Report Cards and/or Points of Progress Reports will be coming home – Tuesday for most classes. Please schedule an appointment with your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns about the report or their behaviour or academic progress.  Thank you.

2. Wednesday and Thursday are Early Dismissal Days. This means students will be dismissed one hour earlier than usual – at 1:45 pm. Please have arrangements in place so students are picked up promptly as this time is needed for teachers to schedule parent conferences. Thank you! If you are like me and a little scattered these days, you might want to consider putting a reminder on your phone … how did we function before all this new technology?

3. The Bert Ambrose Student Conference is taking place on Friday and students have signed up for various sessions. It was be a great day of learning new skills and having new experiences in multi-grade groupings. We have several guests as well as teachers leading sessions. Our day will start off with a Key-Note Presentation in the gym and then students will move to their first session. Parents are welcome to stop by and check out all of the wonderful activities. A huge thank you to our PAC for helping to sponsor this great day … what a fantastic way to transition to Spring Break! Parents/Guardians: please let the office know in advance if your child is going to be absent on Friday. This will help us with planning! Thank you!!

Ms. Wright

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This Week at Ambrose- Mar 4-8

Hello Parents and Guardians,

An early edition of The Week Ahead as I wanted to include a reminder about tomorrow’s YOGA BY DONATION class at 1:00 pm in the gym for the Grade 6 Barkerville Fundraiser. Hope to see some of our families out to enjoy this event.

March came in feeling very much like winter had returned … hard to believe “Spring Break” is only two weeks away. Although we have some exciting activities taking place over the next two weeks, please remind your child of the need to remain focused on their school work. As well, it would be extremely beneficial to implement a set reading time during the two-week break. Scheduling 15-20 minutes daily will make a huge difference in your child’s reading ability; especially important for our beginning readers. Some families have implemented device-free times and everyone reads together – what a great way to model the importance of reading for your children! An added bonus – quiet time for you to sneak in a chapter of your favuorite novel or current “how-to” book!

On Wed., March 6, seven classes from the school will be going skiing at the Worsley Ski Hill. Please remember that students participating in this event need to be at the school by 7:15 am as buses are leaving promptly at 7:30 am. Thank you to our teachers and Mrs. Selin for all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making this a safe, fun activity for everyone. It is important to note this is a “closed activity” which means the hill is not open to the public so you will not be granted access to skiing or snowboarding if you have not pre-registered through the school and attended the parent orientation session.

*IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT HOT LUNCH THIS WEEK – No hot lunch on Wednesday. This date has been moved to Thurs. March 7 to accommodate the ski trip. (Thank you Mrs. Herriot – we owe you big time for this!!)

Please note that Wed. March 13 and Thurs. March 14 are District Early Dismissal Days. Students will be dismissed one hour early – at 1:45 pm. It is appreciated when all students are picked up on time as this allows staff time to meet with parents or collaborate for planning. Thank you in advance for adding these dates to your electronic calendars or putting a reminder on your phones.

Ready, Set, Learn is a program for 3 and 4 year olds and their parents. Mrs. Stewart will be holding 5 Wednesday sessions from 1:30-2:30 pm starting on April 3; the execption being Wed. April 24 when the session with be from 6:00-7:00 pm to allow for more dads to participate. Please pre-register through the office. This is a great opportunity to bring your little one to the school to participate in pre-school activities and help them become familiar with our school community. Please note this program is not for our students who will be coming to Kindergarten in the Fall – they will have their turn with our Welcome To Kindergarten event in June.

For parents of students in Grade 5 – please note that the District Band Tour and Recruitment session will be held at 11:00 am in the school gym. District Band is a great opportunity for your child to participate in music lessons with minimal cost to the family. There are many benefits of music instruction but it is important for parents and students to understand that joining band is a full year commitment. It is not a drop-in activity nor can a student simply decide to withdraw part way through the year. Students are bussed to Margaret Ma Murray Community School two afternoons per week and there is an expectation for them to attend evening band (I think it is once per week but it may be less often than that now; I am relying on my memory of when my own children participated in the Band program). Parents are welcome to join us on Wednesday if they are interested in seeing the playing results of the District Band Program.

Lastly, please note the closing date for ordering Hot Lunches for Term 3. Online orders close at midnight on Wed. March 6 and paper orders should be submitted to the office by the same date. A big thank you to our Hot Lunch Coordinator, Kelly Herriot for all of the work she puts into running this program for the school. We appreciate her efforts tremendously!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Wright Parent – Week Ahead 2018-19 (2)

The Week Ahead Feb 25-Mar1


Thought I would try to send off The Week Ahead today as I wanted to remind everyone that there is no school on Monday due to the Non-Instructional Day.

Congratulations to all of our Basketball Teams for a very successful season.  The Boys A team placed third in their tournament on Wednesday and the Girls A team placed second in an extremely exciting and close final game against Clearview. Thank you to our players for the sportsmanship exhibited and the dedication to practices and games. Additionally a HUGE thank you to the coaches (listed below) and to Miss Brekkas for her many hours of work to coordinate our sports programs.

  • Boys B Team – Mr. Moskalyk / Mrs. Baker
  • Boys A Team – Mrs Lee / Kurtis Lee / Devon Lee
  • Girls B Team – Mrs Bojzuk / Mrs. Hartnell
  • Girls A Team – Mrs Elliott / Mrs.Hartnell assisted at the tournament.

Our next sport is badminton and we would welcome assistance from any parents with experience in this sport and time to assist with practices. Please contact Miss Brekkas if you might be able to assist with morning or after-school practices. There is not a “season” for badminton but there is a 2-day tournament in April.

BUS LANE – Please do not park in the bus lane at any time as there have been occasions when it causes difficulty for the school buses to get in to pick up classes for field trips or sporting events. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

On Friday, March 15th, we will be holding a Student Conference – this is an exciting day where students sign up for various activities and rotate through sessions. We have an exciting keynote speaker lined up to start our day and several community members will be joining us to present sessions.

One of the sessions will be “Grow Your Own Salad” and we need empty and clean plastic salad/spinach containers with lids. Please only send the deep ones.  Both small and large containers are needed. As well, we would like the bottom 3-5 cm (1-2 inches) of a celery bunch if you have one.  We can store these in a school fridge until they are needed. These items can be brought to the office. Thank you!

With only 3 weeks until Spring Break, it is important to help students remain focussed on their school work. Report cards will be sent home on March 12th for classes following the traditional reporting process. For classes doing a trial run of the new reporting process, your next “Point of Progress” report may come home on an alternate timeline. We have Early Dismissal Days on March 13 and March 14 and I encourage you to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed. Remember, it is important to keep the lines of communication open between home and school!

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 2 and the Grade 6 Barkerville Yoga session here in our gym.

Ms. Wright

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The Week Ahead- Feb 19-22

Good Evening,

I hope everyone had a great Family Day long weekend. Attached is “The Week Ahead” for the next two weeks … hard to believe that by the end of next week we will be turning the calendar page yet again! After the weeks of bitter cold weather, I am sure we are all looking forward to warmer temperatures and thoughts of Spring.

Last Friday, Mrs. London’s and Mrs. Barr’s classes hosted the annual Jump Rope for Heart event to raise money for The Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thank you to all parents and students who collected pledges for Jump Rope for Heart, and congratulations to everyone in the school for a fantastic and exciting day jumping. If you have not seen the post on our school website or FaceBook page, I encourage you to check out the video clips posted. It was wonderful to see our leadership students actively involved in making the day special for our school community. Also, thank you to Mrs. London and Mrs. Barr for all of their “behind the scenes” efforts; events like this take time and energy and we appreciate your dedication to our school and this cause.

Last Friday also marked 100 days of school … but we decided to celebrate this day on Tuesday, February 19 due to all of the other activites happening last week. 100 Day activities will occur for Primary classes in the afternoon. If you are in the school, be sure to check out Mrs. Kursteiner’s bulletin board … it is amazing to see her Grade 1 and 2 students age-progressed to 100.

Mrs. Lee has asked me to remind parents that students who are interested in registering for the Popsicle Bridge Building Contest need to have their forms returned to her by Wednesday, March 6th. Students in Mrs. Fraser’s, Mr. Frankham’s, Mrs. Louie’s, Mrs. Lee’s, and Mrs. Lavioue’s classes met with Mr. Luo and a group of engineers earlier this month and information about this activity was sent home. Please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Lee if further information is required.

Thank you to the PAC for organizing Movie Night on February 7th. It is wonderful to have family friendly activities that bring our school community together. Mark you calendars for Thursday, April 25 for the next Movie Night. More information will be released closer to the date.

Good luck to our Grade 6 Basketball teams who will be participating in the District Basketball Tournament this week. The Boys A team plays on Wednesday after school and the Girls A team plays on Thursday after school.

Looking forward to a great week and another long weekend (for students)!

Ms. Wright

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The Week Ahead- Feb 4-Feb 8

Hello … I hope everyone is staying nice and warm on this very chilly Sunday.  It is wonderful to see the sunny, blue skies but it is very deceiving as the temperatures are still very cold.

You may have noticed that buses are cancelled for tomorrow and I would like to remind you that this does not affect Bert Ambrose. Schools remain open and classes will run as usual! If your child attempts to tell you they don’t need to be at school because “nothing is happening”, feel free to tell them that Ms. Wright would love to have them come and explain this to her.

Please make sure children are bundled and have appropriate outside clothing; sometimes teachers decide to take classes outside for a short movement break even on “inside” days.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PARKING LOT – last week we had 2 near misses involving younger students in our parking lot. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be extremely vigilant in the parking lot. I know it is not a fun place to be at drop-off or pick-up time; but a little patience goes a very long way. Please do not stop along the road way (between the school and the skating rink) – this is not a parking area; in fact, it is an actual road. With the colder temperatures, many people are stopping “just for a few minutes” and this blocks traffic and creates congestion. Additionally, we ask that you NOT stop in the area that is meant for pulling into the parking lot – it is fine to park along the fence but vehices should not be parked beyond the fence line. Lastly, please talk to your children about the need to move safely in the parking lot. Many of our little ones are small enough that they are not visible in the rear-view mirror and are at risk when vehicles are backing out. I know it takes a few extra minutes but it would be much safer for parents to park and walk over to the front of the school to get their children. The last thing we want is for a child to be seriously injured.

A huge thank you to all of the students and staff involved with last Friday’s Spirit Assembly. We kicked off our JUMP ROPE FOR HEART event (scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15th) and learned more about our Classroom Champion Olympic Athlete, Mimi Rahneva, who participates in the Skeleton event.

Monday also marks the start of our Reading Challenge – a big thank you to Mrs. Ollenberger for organizing this challenge. We encourage all students to participate by recording the amount of time they spent in reading activities.

On Thursday, February 7th, PAC is hosting Movie Night featuring the hilarious movie, Home.  Doors open at 6:00, and show starts at 6:30.  Please do not come early, as the school will be locked.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission to the movie is free and seating is provided.  We will be selling pizza, popcorn, and refreshments.  We still need a few volunteers to make this happen.  If you are able to help with clean-up (8:05 – 8:20) or with popcorn prep (1:00), please contact Tanya at (250) 793-0515. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  We hope to see lots of faces at the movie!

Stay warm everyone!

Ms. Wright

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The Week Ahead- Jan 29-Feb 1

Hello everyone,

This is appempt #2 for the message as my inquisitive kitten managed to send the first one into cyberspace! How I love redoing tasks … it’s a good thing she is rather sweet!

I hope families are enjoying the 4-day break from routine and that our students have had lots of opportunities to “unplug” and enoy this wonderful weather we are having. I know I would much prefer to be outside than sitting in front of the computer catching up on school tasks.

On Thursday we are having PAJAMA DAY – students and staff (and volunteering parents) are invited to come to school in their PJs. At the last PAC meeting, a request was made to include a few more special/fun days so you can look forward to the following:

  • Pajama Day – January 31
  • Wacky Hair Day – March 8
  • Tacky Tourist Day – May 31

This Friday, we will be having our kick-off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart.  Our actual Jump Day will be Friday, February 15th.  All students will be participating in this skipping event regardless of whether they have collected pledges.  A note explaining how to collect pledges online will be coming home on Friday.  If you would prefer that your child collect the money and pledges using an envelope, envelopes will be available from your child’s teacher or from the office. Thank you to everyone who finds the time to help their child collect pledges. Proceeds go toward the Heart and Stroke Foundation to help those with heart issues. A special thank you to Mrs. Barr for coordinating this event for our school.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of the work done in our schools by our support staff. This includes our wonderful Mrs. Selin in the office, 19 Educational Assistants, and two custodians. Our school would not be the amazing place it is without the efforts of these individuals.

Have a great Monday and we look forward to welcoming your children back to school on Tuesday!

Ms. Wright

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The Week Ahead- Jan 21-25

Good evening and welcome to this week’s edition of “The Week Ahead”.

After another cold snap, we are hoping the weather allows for some outside time at recess and lunch this week. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing so they can enjoy the warmer temperatures and the opportunity to frolic in the snow!!

A huge shout-out to the 17 Grade 6 students in Mrs. Barr’s and Mrs. London’s classes for representing our school so well at the District Spaghetti Bridge-Building contest held last Friday at Robert Ogilvie. We have two teams moving on to the Regional contest in Dawson Creek after placing first and second respectively. Please go to the Bert Ambrose website or FaceBook page to see photos and further information.

Bert Ambrose students were able to participate in a week-long dance residency with Angie Pomeroy, the Dance Lady, last week. It was a great week and culminated with a Family Dance on Thursday evening. If you have any great action shots, please email these to me ( and we can add them to the website.

Basketball is underway and the league games start this week – if your child is participating in Basketball, please check the school calendary on the website for information about games and practices. Thank you to Miss Brekkas for all of her behind-the-scenes organization for our sports program and to the parents and teachers for taking on coaching roles. We appreciate all you do for our students.

Lastly, a few reminders:

  • Interim reports will be coming home for students in classrooms following the existing reporting process UNLESS your child’s teacher has chosen to complete the second interim between Term 2 and Term 3. If this is the case, the teacher will be informing you of this. f your child is in a classroom that is piloting the new program (you will have already been informed of this), then you can expect to receive Points of Progress throughout the year and not at the traditional times related to the existing reporting process.
  • We have MANY students arriving late on a daily basis. Please try to adjust your schedule to allow for the cold weather and snowy conditions so students arrive at school by 8:45 am. This will allow them time to settle into their classrooms and be ready for learning when the second bell goes at 8:51 am. Thank you.
  • The parking lot continues to be a busy place at drop-off and pick-up times. We ask parents to NOT park blocking the path into the parking lot (if you park past the fence, you are in an area that is off-limits for parking). Also, we ask you to not stop in that area to allow your child to hop out, but rather to pull into the parking lot to prevent an interruption to the traffic flow. It is also important to NOT stop along the roadway between the school and the skating rink (behind the staff parking area). This is a road and not a parking lot and you may find yourself receiving a ticket if you continue to park here. Thank you for helping to make drop-off and pick-up times safer for our students and less frustrating for everyone else.
  • We have two Non-Instructional Days coming up … this means students are not in session on Friday, January 25 or Monday, January 28.  Staff will be participating in professional development activities on Friday and looking at curriculum implementation on Monday.
  • Pink Shirt Day orders close at midnight tonight (Sunday). If you were planning to order t-shirts, bracelets, or buttons, please make sure to get your orders in.

Looking forward to a great week with our students!

Ms. Wright

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