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  • Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities

    ‌Dovercourt offers numerous activities for students:

    Clubs:

    • Lion Dance Team (open to all students in grade 4-6)
    • Running Club offered fall and spring (grades 1-6)
    • Performers Club
    • Handbells
    • Choir
    • Erhu (Chinese Violin)
    • Ping Pong Team (grade 1-6)
    • Chinese Traditional Dance Team (Grade 1-6, monthly fee)
    • Martial Arts Team (grade 4, monthly fee)
    • Chinese Art Classes (grade 1-6, monthly fee)
    • Public Speaking Club (morning announcements & assembly hosts)
    • Heart of the City Piano  and Guitar Lessons (selected students)
    • Chess

    Student Volunteer activities

    • Student secretaries – We train grade 5 and 6 students to answer the phones and greet visitors to the school during recesses and the lunch hours.
    • AMA patrollers – AMA trains our grade 5 and 6 patrollers, who then make sure our students and their parents safely cross the streets near the school before and after school and at the start and end of the lunch hour.

    School-wide Events:

    • Christmas Concert
    • Talent Show
    • Mid-Autumn Festival
    • Chinese New Year
    • Artists in Resident teaching: Chinese paper cutting, tea ceremony, Chinese painting
    • Book Fair
    • Terry Fox Walk
    • Field trips subsidized by PANDA
    • Sports instruction (i.e. curling, hula hoops)
    • Cultural events/trips such as: Alberta Opera, Edmonton Opera
    • Mandarin and English speech contests

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  • Registration

    Registration

    Would you like to learn more about our school?

    We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
    Give us a call.
    Book a school tour.
    Attend our Open House.

    Kindergarten Registration

    • Registrations for kindergarten are now being accepted for children who turn 5 years old before March 1, 2017.
    • Registration forms are available in the school office.
    • Please bring your child’s birth certificate.
    • If your child was not immunized in Edmonton, please bring their records.
    • We would be happy to show you around the school.

    General Registration

    • If you are interested in being part of our school please contact us
    • If you would like to find out more about registering your child with Edmonton Public Schools please visit us at epsb.ca

    Mandarin Bilingual Program  

    • Fifty percent of the curriculum is taught in Mandarin and fifty percent in English  
    • Children follow the same curriculum as students in the Regular program  
    • The goal is to have students become functionally fluent in Chinese as well as in English  and to develop an appreciation of the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries
    • high standards excellent results  
    • This program gives students the opportunity to obtain internationally recognized credentials
    • Many cultural activities: lion dance, traditional dance, ping pong, chess, Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, etc.

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  • UDL Framework

    UDL Framework

    The Instructional Focus of Edmonton Public Schools is "Student Engagement in Learning through 21st Century Literacies across the Curriculum".

    Dovercourt teachers work specifically on this focus by using the following strategies:

    • The use of 21st Century Literacies to engage students. Students are provided learning experiences where they can solve problems, develop critical thinking skills, develop numeracy and digital skills, and collaborate and communicate effectively.
    • Balanced Literacy – Support to independence in the three areas of Language Arts: word work, reading, and writing.  Higher order questions are used to develop thinking skills.
    • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - UDL assists in addressing learner variability by suggesting flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that empower educators to meet these varied needs.UDL Framework encourages creating flexible designs that have customizable options, which allow all learners to progress from where they are and not from where we would have imagined them to be.    
    • Differentiated Instruction and Assessment for Learning – Students’ learning styles, interests, and readiness level are considered when teachers are designing lessons. Both formative and summative assessments, such as observation, conversation, student work, and quizzes are used to guide the teacher on what ‘teaching’ is to occur next. Students’ learning needs are treated individually.  This strategy dovetails with our UDL practice.
    • Other Key Teaching Strategies (Best Practices) 
      • “I can” statements are established.  This involves re-stating the curriculum outcome as mandated Alberta Education in student friendly language.
      • lesson criteria is developed with students
      • feedback is given student to student, and teacher to student to scaffold next steps
    • Technology – Smartboards, document cameras, a computer lab, iPads and Chromebook carts support student learning.
    • Home Support Programs – Home Reading and Home Writing programs develop a home/school connection and partnership.
    • Power of 10/Box Cars  - Students are engaged in math programming which promotes problem solving, communication, collaboration, critical thinking skills, higher order thinking, and engagement.

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  • Parent Resources

    Parent Resources

    • SchoolZone is becoming more and more important for parents to find resources to support their child(ren).  Most teachers post homework and class news on this site.  As well, the Resources tab lists websites that are accessible by our families.  It also contains up to date school news, student reports and bus information.  Parents can obtain their user name and password at the school office.
    • Dovercourt School Newsletters are produced monthly.  They can be accessed through SchoolZone.
    • An annual Family Math Night is held to give parents ideas of games to play at home to improve their child(ren)’s math strategies.

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  • Lunch and Nutrition Program

    Lunch and Nutrition Program

    A lunch program is offered for students who take the bus, or who do not have an adult at home to supervise them at home during the lunch hour.  Children are supervised by supervisors hired from the community.  Please contact the school for current lunch fees.

    We encourage all children to bring healthy lunches and healthy snacks.  Working brains require good nutrious foods.  Please do not send soda pop or candy to school with your child.

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  • Child Care

    Child Care

    Bamby Daycare Centre is housed in our school, with an approved out of school care facility.  Contact information is below.

    Bamby Daycare

    13910 - 122 Avenue NW

    Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2W3

    Phone: 780- 451-5540

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  • Volunteering

    Volunteering

    Parent and community volunteers provide valuable assistance to the office, library, and classroom. Volunteers enrich the school experience for our children. Children who have family members involved in their education are more successful at school.   Please let us know your skills and when you are available and we will find a place for you!   All volunteers who work in our school need to fill in an EPSB volunteer form.

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  • Regular K-6

    Regular K-6

    Regular K-6

    Dovercourt School offers a rich program of instruction that follows the mandated Alberta curriculum (Alberta Education Program of Studies.).  Our teachers adeptly meet the learning needs of our students by differentiating the instruction of the curriculum so that all students achieve success in their learning.  Three Dovercourt teachers have received teaching excellence awards.  Dovercourt students have access to a variety of technical devices to help them engage more deeply with their learning.

    We offer regular programming from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

    The music program at Dovercourt provides all students from grade 1 to Grade 6 with high level music instruction.  The children compose music, play a variety of instruments including traditional Chinese instruments and have many opportunities to perform.

    French as a second language is offered in Grades 4 to 6.

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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    ‌The staff at Dovercourt School believes that in order for students to be deeply successful in their learning, they need to be engaged. Students who are engaged are those who are involved in their learning, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in accomplishing their work. Through continual professional development and conversation, the staff at Dovercourt continues to acquire skills which engage students and ultimately promote student growth.

    Dovercourt School Goals for 2015-2016

    1. By June 2016, our student achievement results will meet or exceed our three-year average as stated on the school’s Accountability Pillar results document. Our teachers will engage in collaborative work designed to improve and enhance teaching and learning, specifically in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Students deemed to be at risk will be identified and will have targeted interventions put in place to support success.

    2. By June 2016, 100% of staff will participate in, and have opportunities to enhance professional capacity and leadership skills, through catchment  and school-level professional development, targeted collaborative work and participation in community of practice groups. Targeted themes for growth include:  effective writing strategies, vocabulary development, effective mathematics strategies, transitions, assistive technology & the inclusive classroom, and wellness.

    3. By June 2016, our school will increase opportunities for parental involvement in school events and activities. We will focus on consistent and timely communication with parents and families to support this goal.

      

    At Dovercourt School, we believe that a strong society needs fair citizens who are able to build on the positive aspects of their lives.  Our school-wide focus this year is learning to be grateful for the big and small things in our lives.  We want our students to know that it is not happy people who are grateful, it is grateful people who are happy.

     

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Welcome

NOTE: We are currently accepting registrations for children in Kindergarten for 2016-17!

At Dovercourt School, we create a positive school climate where everyone feels safe and respected.  We provide a caring atmosphere where students, staff, and parents work together as "Partners in Learning."

We hold high expectations and provide educational opportunities for all children to achieve success. We believe in sharing our culture with one another.  We believe students deserve every opportunity to achieve to the best of their abilities and develop a positive sense of self-worth.

We are extremely proud of the quality of both our English and Mandarin Bilingual programs. 

Please drop by for a visit.  We would love to show our school off to you!

Principal's Message

I believe a successful education comes from a strong partnership between home and school.  Only by working together can we continue to achieve our goals of excellence in literacy, numeracy and citizenship and provide the very best possible education for your children.  I am proud of both of our programs.  We have excellent achievement results that result from our high expectation for our students. 

Teachers use Balanced Literacy, Six Plus One Writing Traits, and use Universal Design for Learning to engage students and differentiate.  I personally teach the Leveled Literacy program.  In the area of math we have focused on problem solving and the Power of Ten strategies, as well as games and activities related to Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks. 

Dovercourt School Council and the Parent Auxiliary Network of Dovercourt Association have given tremendous input and financial support to our community.  We hope that you will consider joining this group of committed parents who meet monthly. 

Our whole school is focused on developing gratitude for all that we have in our lives.  Being grateful helps children (and adults) feel more content in their day to day activities.

Teachers in both the Mandarin and English programs work together in an effective rich program with many exciting cultural events.  I invite you to contact me for more information about our dynamic school. 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Gerry Falk
Principal