EPE School Council
EPE School Council Executive Committee - 2021 22
Chair: Jennifer Dechaine
Vice-Chair: Amanda Shand
Secretary Meghan Anderson
Treasurer: Jasmyne Garbe
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Green Space Coordinators: Jennifer Dechaine
Hot Lunch Coordinator: Amy Archibald
Meeting Dates MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Everyone is welcome to attend virtually. All meetings will be Virtual as per province's direction of Sept 20,2021. Please watch for the link to attend these meetings.
September 29. 2021
October 27, 2021
November 24, 2021
December 15, 2021
January 26, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 23, 2022
April 27, 2022
May 25, 2022
June 22, 2022
Green Space Plan
Green Space and Indigenous Outdoor Classroom Update:
The outdoor classroom space is flourishing! The trees, shrubs, and flowers survived the dry summer with help from wonderful watering volunteers who included our principal M.Verhoeff. That is dedication to the cause!
The courtyard mud kitchen is a beehive of activity at recess. Remember the students always need materials to work with. As you clean up your garden at home think of us. Bring any organic material, including the soil from your pots and drop it in the corner storage bins after school hours. Flower heads, leaves, small branches, bean stalks, the students will use it all. No rocks or long branches please.
Over the summer the courtyard hallway got a big update. The signage recognizing the Indigenous outdoor classroom project was installed, the window panels were painted, and the courtyard was renamed in honour of Elder Wilson Bearhead who started us on our land based learning journey. In the second phase of the SHELL grant for the Indigenous outdoor classrooms we will see a new fence replace the orange snow fence and another rock gathering circle with sponsor recognition in a corner of the courtyard.
This coming year, as grants and fundraising permit, we will continue to add trees and naturalize the playground. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sidewalk paintings will be applied, more benches for our eager readers to use, and materials for creative play. As well, we will be maintaining the existing infrastructure and plants. If you have questions about the green space or want to support this ongoing initiative contact Jennifer Dechaine at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecole Parc Green Space Past, Present, Future
In 2013 École Parc Élémentaire was established in our current space which was an old junior high school. The playground, with the exception of a basketball court, did not exist. The green space was a blank slate. The Ecole Parc Fundraising Society was established as the fundraising arm of school council and with grant money and many parent volunteers the main playground structure on the east side of the school was built.
Skip ahead to 2016, the weeds were taking over, the shrubs needed pruning, red shale filing the beds at the front of the school was a mess, and the courtyard was a sad unused space. Who was going to fix it? Someone needed to fix it!
Did you know that the green space surrounding the school is the responsibility of the parent school council? Elk Island Public School contracts the City of Fort Saskatchewan to cut the grass but we are required to maintain the rest.
Learning that the 'who' was the parents, school council began the Green Space Improvement Project in an effort to better coordinate maintenance and improvements to the aging green space. With a lot of grant writing and fundraising support from our Ecole Parc families over the years we have been able to clean up the landscaping, plant new trees, develop the courtyard into a play space and outdoor classroom, establish a garden program and much more.
The green space project is an ongoing project as every year there is maintenance to be done and new ideas to be executed. If you are interested in what has been done and where we are going next you can see all the details on the school website under the Parents School Council tab.
Contact Jennifer Dechaine or Amy Archibald through Mme. Davidson in the main office if you want to be a part of supporting this work going forward. We accept all forms of help from weeding to monetary donations!
Thank you for all your support in our projects to better enhance our students' learning space here at EPE.
Ecole Parc Families
City of Fort Saskatchewan
Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan
Grow Your Own Project (Dennis Stelmack)
The Landscaping Company
The Solamillo Family
Shell Canada Indigenous Outdoor Spaces Grant August 2020
Purpose: To enrich our school grounds with opportunities for learning on the land right outside our school. This space will create opportunity for students to build connection to and understanding of the land they live on, as well as provide foundational context for appreciating Indigenous history, culture, perspectives and ways of knowing.
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