Overlanders School is a community school that serves students from kindergarten to grade 6 in the Overlanders and Canon Ridge neighborhoods of northeast Edmonton. Our school has a population of approximately 270 students and our programs include the Regular Elementary Program, Behaviour and Learning Assistance, as well as an Opportunity Learning Program. The school also provides targeted literacy and numeracy supports for students.
At Overlanders School, we believe that learning is active, ongoing and enhanced when parents, students and teachers work together. The staff at Overlanders are committed to creating highly engaging learning environments for students and supporting them in establishing and achieving personal learning goals.
Overlanders has a strong Character Education Program. We encourage and prepare our students to be respectful, resilient, and caring individuals, who see themselves as part of a community in the school, the surrounding neighborhood, and the city of Edmonton. Students are encouraged to get involved in their community through activities and events such as neighborhood cleanup efforts, Christmas card walks, food bank events and fundraisers like the Terry Fox walk and Jump Rope for Heart. Kindness and respect are two character attributes that we regularly emphasize. We also hold many events to build community and involve parents such as track and field day, numeracy fun night, artist residencies and various activities and celebrations.
Overlanders School partners with many community organizations to support students in their academic, physical, and social growth. Breakfast Clubs of Canada and our local McDonalds help us provide a free daily breakfast for students. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Edmonton have a weekly mentorship program. As well, the school partners with Frontier College to provide reading and math support for FNMI students. E4C has a weekly after school art program at Overlanders, at no cost to the students. Heart of the City Music Program provides free piano lessons for some of our students. Supporting student engagement academically, physically, and socially is a priority for the school.
At Overlanders, we encourage our families to participate in meetings, celebrations, after school activities and special days. Parents and students receive information about these events through student agendas and SchoolZone. It is important that parents have current and valid email addresses on file with us in order to receive notice about important school information. SchoolZone also gives families access to progress reports, attendance information, and specific classroom news. If you require assistance with SchoolZone, please contact our school office.
As an engaged, community-based school, we rely on meaningful communication, collaboration, cooperation and compromise with students, staff, parents and our community partners. With your support and involvement, our school year will be successful and rewarding.
Ms. K. Boisvert