Andrew School Consultation

For the most up to date information about the Andrew School Consultation, please visit the EIPS website regularly.

Following discussions that have been taking place over the course of the last year, the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees has directed administration to engage the community of Andrew about the senior high programming at Andrew School.

NOTE: The Board is not exploring elementary and junior high programming at the school. Programming offered at both levels is strong and consistent with K-9 programming offered throughout the Division.

EIPS will post regular updates on the website including additional information about the community conversation.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the event, email Elk Island Public Schools.

School News

February Monthly News

February, while the shortest month of the year, is also one of the busiest months.  It may also be one of the coldest.   

Students are settling into the second half of the year and our junior and senior high students are starting a new semester with new challenges and learning opportunities.  Teachers have the annual teacher's convention and a professional learning day in which they learn new skills to enhance their teaching practice.  

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and our student leadership council has a fun scavenger hunt planned for all staff and students with a special treat at the end.  Parent council has sent home forms for the annual friendship grams.   Get your orders back to the school no later than Monday, February 11th.  

Wednesday February 20th is a day to circle on your calendar.  There will be an Andrew School Council Meeting at 3:30 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to also complete your Returning Student Registration and Accountability Pillar survey in the computer lab that evening.  Please make sure to bring your random access code on your Accountability Survey letter if you wish to complete the survey privately in our computer lab.    After the parent council meeting, we will have a soup and bun supper.  The Andrew Community Engagement Stakeholder Meeting will start at 6 p.m.   There will be 12 stations with information and data from the previous consultations.  This will be the final opportunity to have your voice heard and contribute feedback about the senior high programming at Andrew School.

On Feb. 26th, students and staff are playing hooky and heading into Rogers Place for the educational programming offered by the Oil Kings.  Please make sure to get your field trip forms back to the school by Monday, Feb. 11th.  We will contact parents wishing to purchase tickets once we have tallied the student forms.

Upcoming Dates:

Feb. 6 Early Dismissal Staff 

Feb 7 -8  Teacher's Convention - No School

Feb 11 Elder Wilson Visit

Feb 12 12:45  RAP Presentation

Feb 14 Valentine’s Day - Wear red,white,pink    

Feb 14 -  Weed Out the Risk Grade 9-12 Presentation

Feb 15 Professional Learning Day - No School

Feb 18 Family Day - No School

Feb 18-22 Random Acts of Kindness Week

Feb 20 School Council 3:30 p.m.   Andrew Community Consultation  6:00 p.m.

Feb 21 Open House 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Feb 25 Archery Tournament

Feb 26 Hockey Hooky

Feb 27 Pink Shirt Day

Feb 28  Final day to submit Returning Student Registration.

News Articles:

Field Trips / Field Trip Fees

Administrative Procedure 260 governs field trips.  The approved fees for Andrew School for 2018/2019 are posted on the Andrew School Website.  Fees charged to parents must be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval in the spring prior to the next upcoming school year.  Once approved, additional fees are not to be added during the year.  The school fee process and proposal for the next year is presented at a spring school council meeting for feedback and discussion.  

For 2018/2019, the fee structure approved for Andrew School in the spring of 2018 was changed from a per trip fee to a flat fee of $40 per elementary student and $50 for junior/senior high students.

The following fee based trips/opportunities are planned for 2018/2019:

K-4 Hockey Hooky, Bricks for Kids, Royal Alberta Museum, Metis Crossing, Swimming Lessons (separate fee Grade 1-4)

5-6  Hockey Hooky, Bricks for Kids, Royal Alberta Museum, Metis Crossing, Lamont Science Review Day (Gr 6)

Jr/Sr High -  Skills Canada Boat Race (7), Provincial Archives (7) ,  Hockey Hooky (All) , Mustard Seed (7-9), Royal Alberta Museum (All), Millennium Place (Athletics Fee 7-10), Metis Crossing (All)

We are also looking into a musical / cultural experience either for students at the school or off site in the spring.  Costs of trips/opportunities may be supplemented by school budget and parent council support.

Planning for next year will occur in March for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year.  The fee schedule will be presented at the March/April Andrew School Council Meeting.  Input will be gathered on the preferred fee structure (per listed trip) or (flat fee) or a combination that allows for flexibility for teacher planning and changes in curriculum and opportunities in the community (ex-facility closures like Fort Edmonton Park).  A combination of a flat fee and specified fees allows for clarity for desired trips such as a 2019/2020 ski trip.  

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2019? If so, it’s now time to register for kindergarten. To register, simply complete the online registration form at www.eips.ca/kindergarten.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at www.eips.ca/kindergarten—to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

Additional information regarding kindergarten can be found on our school website at www.andrewschool.ca

Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1-28

Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) Returning Student Registration Process is now open. On February 1, all EIPS families received an email from the Division asking them to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming year by completing the online Returning Student Registration Form—available by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Using the form, families can indicate the school their child plans to attend and apply to attend a non-designated school, if applicable. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2019.

Don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account: Follow the instructions below to set an account up:

  1. Go to https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/.
  2. Choose “Create Account.”
  3. Enter the parent or guardian information—only one parent account is required regardless of the number of children you have attending EIPS schools.
  4. Create a username and password of your choice. You’ll need both the username and password to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
  5. Enter your school-provided Access ID and Access Password for each student being added to the account.
  6. Then, select “Enter.”
  7.  

Measuring our Success: Complete the Accountability Pillar Survey

Once again, Alberta Education is conducting its Accountability Pillar Survey—an annual check up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as engagement levels, student wellness, student outcomes, and the classroom(s) and school climate.

Throughout the month of February, Grade 4-12 students and teachers at Andrew School are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey takes about 40 minutes to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.

Additionally, parents and guardians of students in grades 4-12 are also being surveyed, which can be done online or by mail—information about the survey was mailed to these families in mid-January. Again, the survey is anonymous and asks questions about experiences with your school. If you have a child in grades 4-12, we highly encourage you to participate. The survey must be completed by the end of February.

Results from the Accountability Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each May. The Division then uses that data to inform its four-year education plans, its annual school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. The results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities each fall in the Division’s Combined Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report.

For more information about Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar Survey visit www.education.alberta.ca/accountability-pillar.

 

Andrew School Council Meeting followed by Andrew Community Engagement

Wednesday February 20th is a day to circle on your calendar.  There will be an Andrew School Council Meeting at 3:30 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to also complete your Returning Student Registration and Accountability Pillar survey in the computer lab that evening.  Please make sure to bring your random access code on your Accountability Survey letter if you wish to complete the survey privately in our computer lab.    After the parent council meeting, we will have a soup and bun supper.  The Andrew Community Engagement Stakeholder Meeting will start at 6 p.m.   There will be 12 stations with information and data from the previous consultations.  This will be the final opportunity to have your voice heard and contribute feedback about the senior high programming at Andrew School.

Archery

Andrew School’s NASP Archery program is well underway. We have been practicing shooting from 10M and 15M. Currently we have 17 archers, making this the biggest athletics team in the school. On February 25th we will be hosting a NASP Pro archery tournament. This will be from 2:30-6:30. We hope to run a bit of a concession and could use a few volunteer parents. On March 14th we will be travelling to NASP Provincials at the Expo Center during the boat and Sportsman Show. Archers have their flights at 11 and 12 that day. We will have time to explore the boat and sportsman show after. Please see Mr. Cruickshank or Mrs. Fisher for more details.  

Caregiver Education Series

The Division, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, Elk Island Catholic Schools, New Horizon School and Eastern Edge RCSD, is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ addiction and mental health challenges. The sessions are free and open to parents, caregivers, teachers and community members. Session topics include: dealing with anxiety, teenagers and technology, sleep and how it impacts the developing brain, understanding depression and self-injury, test anxiety, and building problem-solving and goal-directed skills.

Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.

 

Next Step Continuing Education Summer School and Youth Camps: Registration opens March 11

There’s something for everyone!

Summer School: Open to students entering grades 10-12
With more than 25 credit courses, there are lots of ways to get ahead. Students can earn high school credits, upgrade marks and finish pre-requisite courses.

Courses include:

  • CALM, Physical Education 10, and Extreme CALM and Physical Education 10 combined
  • English, math, social and all the sciences at the 10-, 20- and 30-levels
  • Film Production
  • Work Experience

Summer Youth Camps: Open to participants in grades 5-9
From sports to babysitting, campers enjoy a fun-filled program while also making friends and learning new skills.

Camps include:

  • sports
  • cooking and baking
  • babysitting
  • Handball—new

Registration opens on March 11.

Health Canada Launches New Canada Food Guide

Health Canada has released the new and completely refreshed Canada’s Food Guide that outlines the foundation for healthy eating in Canada. The Food Guide is no longer a one-size-fits-all print document, but is now a mobile-responsive web application with new resources that provides Canadians, policy-makers and health professionals with information and up-to-date advice on eating well.