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Arran Tara Elementary School
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Message from the Principal

Welcome March
March brings Spring, and we sure are looking forward to Spring and no more snow days! Until this year many staff, parents and students have seen snow days as special days, a break from the regular routine with lots of fun learning within larger age groupings at school, or with mom or dad at home. Well, the fun had worn off for most of us by the end of our 5th snow day in two weeks. One young student, after convincing her father to bring her in on a snow day, shared with me that she told him she could feel all the math draining out of her brain and she needed to go back to school! I love it that our young students value their learning so much!
March also brings March Break and so I wish you happy and safe travels if you are going away.
May the luck of the Irish be with you this month!
Velvet Rollin, Principal

New Procedures
  • Dropping off and picking up your child during the school day
We have a new procedure for dropping off and picking up your child during the school day.
If you drop your child off late to school, or pick them up early, please sign them in/out at the office.
  • Students signing off the bus
All students who need to be removed from the bus at the end of the day are required to bring a note from home, or a note in their agenda, or leave a message on our Safe Arrival/Departure line at ext.100 before 2:00pm daily.
If students are part of a school club or team meeting/practicing after school, they must let their teacher know this in the morning and the teacher will record that they are off the bus for that club/team meeting/practice.

Parents/guardians are now set up to receive broadcasts from our school by phone, email and text through our new communication platform, School Messenger Communicate! School Messenger will replace Remind. Our first message will be sent to everyone sometime in December.
Adjust your preferences at any time for how you wish to receive broadcasts, and the types of broadcasts you wish to receive (General, Emergency, Commercial/ Fundraising) through either of the following ways:
Using the email address that our school has on file for you, create an account at:
Receiving our broadcasts by text requires an extra step. Using the wireless number we have on file for you, you must opt in by texting Yes using the short code 978338.
PLEASE NOTE: Broadcasts will be sent to you based on the phone, wireless and email contact information that you submitted at the start of the school year. Contact the school if you wish to make changes to your contact information. Please do not do this until you receive our first message.

Again this school year, on-line bus cancellations for Bruce & Grey counties will be available at  Anyone can subscribe for email notifications for general notices, school closures and route cancellations & delays.  You must first confirm that you have a valid email address.  To subscribe go to the above site, click on the “Subscriptions” icon, then click on “Subscribe”.  Enter your email address and press the “Subscribe” button.  You will receive an email confirmation containing a link that you will need to click to complete the subscription process.   Once you have confirmed your email address you will be able to login and select what you want to subscribe to and update your information (if necessary).

Bus Cancellations

The radio stations will keep you updated on bus cancellations and school closures.  We are part of Zone 1 so listen to bus reports for this zone.
Also, if there is an event change, we will let radio stations know of the change and this website will be kept updated.

Information for ALL Kindergarten students!!
Since you registered your child last year, they have likely received their 4-6 year boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and chickenpox.  Doctor’s offices do not automatically send this information to us.  Public Health is required by law to have immunization records for all students registered in all schools.  To ensure that we have all records up to date for your child, please notify us of any immunizations given since your child has turned four years of age.  It is recommended to receive these boosters as soon after your child turns four, and not delaying until a later age.  Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools.
You can do this by:    Scanning the yellow immunization record and emailing to;
                          Fax to: 519-376-7782 or Call: 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456


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We are very excited to announce that we will be offering parents the convenience of paying online for school activities, field trips and sports events, in the near future.

For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. School related expenses will be available online for you to make payments during the school year soon.

You can register for your online payment account now. Click on the image below to get started.
Click here to register or login.

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Bluewater District School Board's Strategic Plan includes the following Vision and Mission statements and four Priorities:

Preparing our students today for the world of tomorrow.

We are a learning organization committed to providing a quality educational experience for every student in a safe and caring environment.

Strategic Plan Priorities:
  • Ensure the well-being of students and staff in a safe supportive environment for teaching, learning and working.
  • Provide quality instruction and learning experiences in an equitable and inclusive environment.
  • Encourage parent engagement.
  • Be accountable for the stewardship of resources.

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