School News

Monthly News - November 2018

Notes from the Principal's Desk:

I would like to thank every person who helped to make our Harvest Dinner a success.   Your donations, volunteer help and presence in sharing a meal with staff and students was greatly appreciated.

Our parent/student/teacher conferences on October 30 were very well attended. The school was full of families and great discussions were had to help students progress in their learning.  The Scholastic Book Fair was well attended and helped to raise $700 in books for the library.

Student Leadership Council is planning their first event on November 7.  Students may wear any kind of jersey and support our school spirit.  There will be Minute to Win It Games at lunch.  Our student leadership council students worked hard to put together the spooky stage decor for Halloween.   They also did a great job of greeting guests at the Harvest Lunch.  The next event they are planning will be a humanitarian project to promote empathy and giving during the holiday season.

Please plan to attend the Community Engagement Conversation on Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 p.m.   Your ideas and voice are very important.  

The week of November 19-23 is National Bullying Awareness Week.   The theme this year is Choose Kind.  Staff and students will be learning more about creating a culture of kindness that is safe and caring for everyone in our building.

Lastly, I wish all families a wonderful fall break.   We look forward to seeing all the students return on November 19th, rested and ready to learn.

Calendar and Important Dates:

November 4    Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 7    Jersey Day

November 7    Early Dismissal

November 9    Remembrance Day Assembly 10:15 a.m.

November 11  Remembrance Day

November 12-16  Fall break (all schools are closed)

November 13  World Kindness Day

November 18-24  Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

November 22    Community Engagement 6:00 p.m.   Gymnasium  

November 23  Report Card #1 Online

November 29  Andrew School Council Meeting  3:30 p.m.

School Information Items:

Managing Subscriptions when Updating Your Contact Information

If you  want to update your email address in PowerSchool, please be reminded that you will have to subscribe to receive emails to the new account. Data from PowerSchool is uploaded to SchoolMessenger each night, so parents/guardians must wait until the next day to subscribe with the new email address.  The SchoolMessenger Parent Account Guide available on the Division website provides all the information parents/guardians need to set up a SchoolMessenger account and subscribe to receive emails.

Division Information Items:

New SchoolMessenger Call-display Number

Effective November 1, all phone calls going out through SchoolMessenger will display one of the following toll-free numbers rather than the school or Division number.

  • Messages programmed from Student Transportation: 1-833-298-5234
  • Messages programmed from schools and the Division office: 1-833-202-1419

With this change, parents/guardians have the ability to call back to this number to replay all recent phone messages they’ve received through SchoolMessenger. If you’ve missed a call or would like to replay a message to confirm you have all the details, simply call back the applicable 1-833 number and follow the prompts to repeat any recent messages.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season already here, we want to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that states, “school bus service may be suspended…when Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road condition.

When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

Caregiver Education Series

The Division, in partnership with Strathcona County and Elk Island Catholic Schools, is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The free sessions provide parents, caregivers, teachers and community members with information about challenges that can impact children and adolescents. Some of the session topics include: dealing with anxiety, teenagers and technology, cannabis, understanding depression and self-injury, test anxiety, building executive functioning skills, and limit setting.

Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.

Opioids Don’t Discriminate: An Interactive Experience

From November 5-9, Strathcona County will be hosting a public education event regarding the ongoing opioid crisis. The event is open to students, parents, teachers and community members. Using real stories and statistics from the local community, participants will learn about the science of addiction, as well as the psychology of those struggling with substance-abuse, challenging them to re-consider what they think they know about drug-use.

To learn more, or to book a large group session, click here.

Event Details:

Dates:                   Nov. 5-9, 2018


Times:                   Monday, November 52:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
                                Tuesday, November 6: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
                                Wednesday, November 7: 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
                                Thursday, November 8: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
                                Friday, November 99:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location:              Strathcona County Community Centre’s Agora
                                401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park 

Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair — 40+ Exhibitors. Together in One Place.

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend this year’s Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair on Nov. 22, 2018.

Hosted by Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), in partnership with the Educational Liaison Association of Alberta, Your Future is an annual educational fair that brings together more than 40 colleges, universities, polytechnic and private schools, and sector experts in one place—the largest event of its kind in Alberta.

The event is free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12 from both EIPS and Elk Island Catholic Schools. Both students and family members will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions; ask question; talk to experts about various career sectors; learn about future career trends; and much more.

 

Event Details:

Date:                     Nov. 22, 2018
Time:                     6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:              Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
                                2100 Premier Way, Sherwood Park