Our Learning Together Program starts Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Elijah Smith Elementary School
1399 Hamilton Blvd, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 6G3
Phone: 867-667-5992 Fax: 867-393-6288
HOME OF THE EAGLES
Welcome to the Elijah Smith Elementary School website.
Our school is named in honour of Elijah Smith who became a member of the Order of Canada on January 14, 1976 for his dedicated services to his people and for his ability to settle grievances peaceably.
View the school news or browse through our Student Projects and Photo Gallery to acquaint yourself with the staff and students of our beautiful and dynamic school.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Open House tonight. It was great to see our teachers and community members sharing some food and talking about the start of the school year. A big thank you to the School Council for the donation of the ice cream sandwiches, they were enjoyed by all. Also many thanks to all the staff and Grade 7's who made the night a success.
PO Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A Education
September 4, 2019
Re: Water testing at Elijah Smith Elementary School
The Government of Yukon tested all water fixtures at Elijah Smith Elementary School this summer as part of Phase Two of our water testing project.
During Phase One, we tested all water fixtures at schools built before 1990 in summer 2018. The goal was to check for older water fixtures and plumbing materials that may cause lead to leach into the water. Water fixtures that had elevated lead levels were replaced with newer fixtures to resolve the issue.
Schools built before 1990 were tested first as lead was more commonly used in plumbing materials before 1988. In 1988, national building codes changed to reduce the use of lead.
In Phase Two, we tested all schools built after 1990 to ensure all schools are tested and any older plumbing fixtures are replaced or repaired. Elijah Smith Elementary School was tested this summer as part of Phase Two and results are now available.
Results summary for Elijah Smith Elementary School:
There continues to be safe drinking water available at the school. Four water fountains did have elevated lead levels and we will be replacing the affected fixtures.
The test results show the water fountains need upgrading. The water fountains will be shut off and taken out of order until they are replaced and retested to check the new fixtures. They will have signs placed at them and school staff will instruct students to use the other available water fountains. We do not anticipate any impact on school programming.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health advises that there is no short term risk to health associated with water fixtures with levels above the national standards. National standards are based on exposure to lead over a lifetime, and children drink water from multiple sources. Occasional consumption of water from these fixtures will not be enough to significantly affect the health of students or staff. However, the Government of Yukon is taking steps to ensure the long term health of students and staff by reducing the amount of lead they are exposed to in schools.
Lead is a heavy metal that occurs naturally in low levels in the environment. Everyone is exposed to trace amounts of lead through air, soil, household dust, food, drinking water and various consumer products. Lead was commonly used in plumbing materials (including drinking fountains and sink taps) before 1988 when national building standards changed to reduce the use of lead. As a result, there may be water fixtures and plumbing materials in some schools that contain lead. Lead from the fixtures and plumbing materials can leach into the water when it sits in the water system for longer periods.
More information and results are available on the Department of Education’s website at education.gov.yk.ca/water-testing.html.
If you have any further questions, please contact the school.
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GRADE 4/5 SOCCERFEST
On Thursday September 5 three teams from ESES participated in the Soccerfest fun day. From all reports our teams had a blast and showed great sportsmanship throughout. Thank you to our coaches Mrs. Hyatt, Mr. Whyard and Ms. Kulych. Next up is the Grade 7 Volleyball Season. Good luck Eagles!