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Arran Tara Elementary School
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Message from the Principal

What wonderful learning and working together have been taking place within our school this fall. I am so grateful to serve our students, parents and staff at Arran-Tara Elementary School.
Thank-you to all the parents and students who have helped out with all the events we have already had this fall, and to those of you who volunteer on a regular basis. We offer our thanks to the Tara Rotary Club for once again purchasing the agendas for our grades 1 to 8 students this fall.
Our grades 5 to 8 students have also started serving their fellow students in a variety of positions throughout the school. Staff have developed great learning experiences and students are having fun learning and are playing actively in gym and during recess. I hope all of you hear the stories your children have to tell about their day at school and wish you were in Mr. or Ms X’s class just as I do.
Tara and the surrounding area are great places to grow up and learn the values of caring and serving. Thank-you to everyone for demonstrating care and commitment to our children.
On behalf of the staff at Arran-Tara I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
Velvet Rollin, Principal

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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

How to use the REMIND app!
Please follow the directions below to Get Connected Now:
1. Please open a new text message~
2. Send a~text message to this number:~519-968-1801
3. In the body of the text, please enter~@atesfa (which is short for ATES Families) ~
Please enter this text message in lowercase letters with no spaces. ~
4. Please send the text message
5. You should receive a response saying you've been added,~OR~that you need to respond with your full name.
Or for EMAIL Messages:
Send an email to (in Recipients area) and leave the subject blank.
I will be sending out messages periodically over the course of the year and you may unsubscribe at any time, if you wish.


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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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