Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition

On Friday, January 12th, a group of Grade 6 students from Bert Ambrose participated in the District’s Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition. A special thank you to Mrs. Ollenberger for chaperoning our students and taking these photos. Congratulations to all of the students for representing our school so well and a special acknowledgement to the team of Emma North, Ashlynn McInnis, and Adrianna Lehr for their first place finish in the bridge building competition. They have qualified to participate in the regional competition in Dawson Creek next month.



This week at Ambrose- Jan 22-26

Good Afternoon,

Please find attached “The Week Ahead” for January 22-26.
Just a few update from the school with respect to staffing …
  • Mrs. Larsh will be away from the building as we have a case of Fifth’s Disease in the school. This is also known as “Slapped Cheek” as the telltale sign is a bright red rash on the cheek. This communicable disease presents a risk to pregnant women so we are needing to keep Mrs. Larsh safe. (This was not how Mrs. Larsh planned to share her news but we can now share our excitement for the new addition that will be joining her family in the summer!) – Mrs. Erica McNaughton has been covering in her absence and will be back on Monday.
  • Ms. Trockstad and Mrs. Lavoie will be absent next week due to a death in the family. Sending them our condolences from the school community.  Mrs. Marlene Stregger is in for Mrs. Lavoie and Mrs. Deb Martin will be in for Ms. Trockstad.
  • Mrs. McKinnon is also dealing with family issues and Mrs. Jan Waldorf has been covering her class.
We noticed an increase in hands-on and disrespectful behaviour this week so will revisit this topic at our Monday morning assembly. It would be wonderful if you could remind your child of the 4 Guiding Words for the school …. Safe – Respectful – Responsible – Kind.  Ms. Breakkas and I use these words when talking to students at the office and students are able to see how their actions fall outside of the parameters of those expectations.
Lastly, just a reminder to parents that students are not to be using technology on the playground.  Many students have cell phones, iPads, etc but these are to remain in backpacks during the school day. If there is an urgent need for you to contact your child during the school day, your best option is to contact the office and Mrs. Selin will relay the message to your child. Students have been reminded of the need to come to the office to use their cell phone if they need to contact home during the day; we do not prevent them from calling but simply request they follow the same protocol as if they needed to use the student phone.  Thank you for your support in reinforcing this expectation for our students.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Wright

Kindergarten Registration

All Peace River North Elementary Schools are now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations

 Children who will be five (5) years of age by December 31, 2018 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.

 Registration for Kindergarten students for the 2018/2019 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.

 Please register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (catchment areas*) please contact the nearest school or check our School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.

 *A catchment area boundary change is expected late in January 2018 that may change your home school (schools impacted – CM Finch, Bert Ambrose, Charlie Lake, Ecole Central). Please register at what is your home school currently and SD60 will contact you if your home school is changing for September. After the boundary has been changed Kindergarten registration for the new Margaret Ma Murray Community School will be available at the School Board Office.

 French Immersion Kindergarten Is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. Please call the school (250-785- 4511) for further information regarding the French Immersion program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.

 Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten programs. Availability and times vary from school to school so please call your school for the appropriate details.




Proof of Residence can be provided through any of the following with your current address listed:

Driver’s License
Utility Bill
Mortgage Statement
Credit Card Invoice
Municipal Tax bill
Rental Agreement
Notary Authorized Letter
If you have further questions, please contact

Mr. Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent at (250) 262-6017.

Christmas Concert

The Bert Ambrose Christmas concert was a huge success again this year due to the efforts of our staff and other volunteers – it takes the entire school community to bring together a production like this. Thank you to Mrs. Barr, Mrs. London, and Mrs. Ollenberger for all of the time and energy they put into this project and a special thank you to Mr. Filmer, Mrs. Zabinsky, and Mrs. Stigners for the many hours they so freely gave to assist with the finer details of the play (costuming, lighting, directing, etc). I would be remiss if I did not also thank the many people who stayed after the evening performance to assist with stacking chairs and taking down the set. We were done in record time and this was so greatly appreciated by our staff.

I hope you were able to attend one of our performances … as always, the little imperfections are often what makes the show absolutely perfect! Our students did an amazing job!! As I watched the afternoon show, I could feel the pride radiating from parents/grandparents watching their children/grandchildren and from teachers watching their students and was filled with such gratitude realizing that I am so very lucky to be in the position I am as your principal.

The concert photos were taken by Mrs. Hart during the afternoon performance. Hope you enjoy them!

Ms. Wright


Reading Survey


Just an interesting little survey put out by Scholastic Canada about the reading attitudes and behaviours of Canadian families. There is some really good information located within this report so I would encourage you to read it.

Please note we will be holding a session for parents of Kindergarten and Grade 1 students following the Christmas Break – watch for more information about this session entitled “HELPING BEGINNING READERS AT HOME”.

Thank you.

Ms. Wright

The Kids & Family Reading Report™: Canadian Edition is a national survey, conducted in English and French, of children ages 6–17 and their parents, as well as parents of children ages 0–5, exploring their reading attitudes and behaviours around reading books for fun. This is the first time Scholastic has released a Canadian Edition of the report.

Kids who read independently at school are more likely to find reading important; enjoy reading; read more frequently;

See the full report!