Book Swap for Parents!

Wednesday March 6th is World Read Aloud Day, and the kick-off for our book swap.



Take a look through your home libraries and bring in good quality books your child is no longer reading. Starting tomorrow and through March 19th, we will be collecting books in the library for a book swap on March 20th, during Student-Led Conferences.


Here’s all you need to do:

  • Find books your children are no longer reading, but are good quality that someone else might like.
  • Bring them to the library starting Wednesday, March 6th. You can bring them in until March 19th.
  • Sign your name and how many books your brought (all near the library counter)
  • Make a donation to Room to Read if you can. Please give the donation to Ms. Kar or Ms. Jalink in the library.
  • Come back to the library on March 20th, parent-teacher conference day, and find some books you and your child would like to have at home. They’re yours!
It’s a good way to give books to others and get some new ones. We are also hoping to raise money for Room to Read.
Thank you!
Ms Blum and Elementary Students
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Is your child learning English as an additional language (EAL)?

EAL Workshop for ELC and Elementary Parents
Date: Thursday – March 15
Time: 9:00 AM -10:30 AM
Location: Loft

This workshop is geared towards parents of students, ELC to Grade 5, whose first language is not English and who would like to know about EAL and how the program works at YIS Elementary School. For parents who speak another language other than English, there will be some tips given on how to help learners in coping with school work.

  • What is EAL?
  • How does EAL at YIS ES work?
  • How can parents help?

Please register your attendance with Mariko Jungnitsch



The following film give guidance to how parents should approach teaching languages to children from birth to 5 years old. (Courtesy of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education (Canada) North Eastern School Division).

Reading Together

On Thursday November 3rd, elementary parents participated in the Reading Together parent workshop, lead by Mary Lang and Audrey Brown.  Thank you to the parents who made it along to this in-school event, and also to those who attended the Coffee and Conversation morning in the cafeteria.

Practical information for parents to support their child’s reading has been shared in the Reading Together Pamphlet  which can be found on the Learning Support Blog.

TWO School Events for Elementary Parents!

SAVE the DATE!!    Thursday, November 03, 2011
The first parent event is “Coffee and Conversation with ES Principal, VP and Head of Academics“.
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Cafeteria
Parents are warmly invited to join Ms. Pender, Ms. Catasti and Mr. Stanworth for an informal get-together over coffee and pastries in the Cafeteria. They will briefly discuss recent developments at school, with a focus on the elementary school, but most of the session will be devoted to an open Q&A style discussion with parents. We have scheduled the event on a Japanese national holiday so that working spouses may also attend.
Contact: Dennis Stanworth


The second parent event is the “ES Parent Workshop Gr K-2 READING” hosted by Ms. Lang, Learning Support teacher and Ms. Brown, Grade 2 teacher. The focus for this workshop is how parents can help their young child learn to read.

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Loft
Contact: Mary Lang