January Monthly News
Posted on January 10th, 2019
Happy New Year. I hope that the break was enjoyed by all. It is good to get back to routine and have the building filled with students.
The upcoming month will be busy as we come to the mid-year point and end of Semester 1. The exam schedule is posted on the calendar for Senior High students. Junior High students will have regular classes through to January 30, and will write any exams in their regular class timetable. The new semester starts on January 31 and Jr. and Sr. High students will receive their new timetables prior to the semester end.
I encourage all junior and senior high parents to access the Parent Portal regularly and review your child's achievement in their courses. Anything in the portal that is blue, will open up to more information. Please contact the teacher if you have any questions about how to interpret the grades, questions on specific assignment marks and if your child has work that is showing as NHI (not handed in). Please review our Guide to Reporting Student Achievement, available on the side of the school homepage. If you need assistance with your parent portal, please contact Mrs. Andruchow in the main office.
Parents of students in Grade 4 - 12 will be receiving, or have received, the Accountability Pillar Survey in the mail. More information on the survey is available later in this news blog. We are aiming for all sixty-six of the eligible Grade 4-12 families to participate and complete the survey. In previous years, our response rate has been very low with only 5 to 15 percent of families participating. With 100% participation, the data will have validity and be very valuable in future planning and goal setting.
Starting February 1, kindergarten student registration opens. I am excited to have our new students register. If you know of any families that have a child that turns 5 prior to December 31, 2019, make sure you encourage them to register.
Please mark your calendars to attend the next public meeting for the Andrew Consultation on Feb. 20, 2019. More details on time and the agenda will be available soon at eips.ca.
Returning student registration begins on Feb 1 and closes on Feb 28. Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2019-20 school year. Families of all returning students will need to complete this process to confirm the school their children will attend for the 2019-20 school year, and to request to attend a non-designated school, if applicable. Returning student registration will take place at the same time as all registrations for the 2019-20 school year: Feb. 1-28, 2019. Please scroll down further in this newsletter for directions and process.
At this point, the Andrew Consultation is ongoing and any recommendations will not be made until after February 28, 2019. Please proceed with registration prior to Feb. 28th. Should anything change with programming for Andrew School after this time period, registration for affected students will be addressed again at that time.
Lastly, I look forward to seeing parents at the January 17th School Council meeting starting at 3:30 p.m.
Important Dates (School Calendar)
Jan 17 Chili School Lunch
Jan 17 Andrew School Council Meeting 3:30 p.m.
Jan 18 Last Day of Classes - Sr. High. Exam Period Begins
Jan 31 Semester 2 Begins
Feb 1-28 Kindergarten Registration / Returning Student Registration
Feb 6 Staff Meeting-Early Dismissal
Feb 7 & 8 Teacher's Convention - No School
Feb 14 - Valentine's Day - Wear red, pink, white
Feb 15 Professional Learning Day - No School
Feb 20 Andrew Consultation Public Meeting
Senior High Exams
The last day of classes for the senior high students for Semester 1 is Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Please see the school calendar for scheduled exams. Students are not required to be at the school outside of their formal exam time. Students that choose to stay at school for the day after an exam will be expected to use the time to study in the library.
Chili School Lunch - Jan. 17
On Thursday, January 17, our Personal Foods students will be preparing a chili lunch for all students who wish to have a hot lunch. A small bowl of chili will be served. Please supplement your child's snacks/lunch as appropriate.
Alberta Education Accountability Pillar - Grade 4-12 Parents
As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators. Data on these indicators consists of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of education quality, student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates, and provincial assessments of student learning.
From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.
- In January, parents of students in grades 4 - 12 will receive a survey from Alberta Education.
- In February, students in grades 4 -12 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.
All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly or complete the survey online.
Survey results will be available to school authorities in May, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.
Andrew School Council Meeting - Tuesday, February 19th at 3:30 p.m.
Please join us for the February meeting. Mrs. DeVries will do a presentation on how the Accountability Pillar informs student learning and why it is an important part of school improvement. There will be an opportunity to complete the Accountability Pillar using school technology after the meeting.
Andrew School’s archery program is back for its 5th year. This year there are 17 students participating from grades 4-10. Practices will be on Monday’s after school until 4:30. The season will conclude the last Monday before spring break. Please contact Mr. Cruickshank for more details or go to https://www.naspschools.org/ to learn more about the NASP archery program.
EIPS 2019-20 Division Calendar: Now available!
The official 2019-20 EIPS calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2019-20 school such as school-closure days; breaks; the first and last day of classes; professional learning days; and early dismissal days.
Highlights from the 2019-20 EIPS calendar include:
- September 3 First day of classes (after long weekend)
- November 11-15 November break
- December 23 to January 3 Christmas break
- January 31 Second semester begins
- February 6-7 Teachers’ Convention
- March 30 to April 3 Spring break
- June 26 Last day of classes
- June 29 Schools close for the Summer break
To view the 2019-20 calendar, visit www.eips.ca. Also available online: the current school calendar and the 2020-21 calendar.
Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your own personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click on “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.
Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!
Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2019? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.
Kindergarten registration opens for the 2019-20 school year on Feb. 1, 2019. Details are available at www.eips.ca/registration/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
Returning Student Registration for 2019-20
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2019-20 school year. Families of all returning students will need to complete this process to confirm the school their children will attend for the 2019-20 school year, and to request to attend a non-designated school, if applicable. Returning student registration will take place at the same time as all registrations for the 2019-20 school year: Feb. 1-28, 2019.
Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you will need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2019.
To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account:
- Go to https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/.
- Click the button labelled, “Create Account.”
- Enter the parent or guardian information. Each account must have a unique email address and username—only one parent account is required regardless of the number of children you have attending EIPS schools.
- Create a username and password of your choice—you’ll need both the username and password to log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- You must have an Access ID and Access Password for each student that is added to your account. Contact your child’s school to obtain this information.
- Press “Enter.”
If you have any problems setting up the PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school for further assistance.
Elk Island Public Schools High School Information Evening - Monday January 28
All grade 8 & 9 students, along with their parents, are invited to attend an EIPS high school information evening on Monday January 28 @ 7:00 pm at the Sherwood Park Alliance Church (1011 Clover Bar Rd, Sherwood Park). This will be an opportunity to gain insight to senior high instruction, programming, diploma requirements, course offerings, and much more. We hope to see you then!
With the winter season well underway, 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) will advise parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools including: automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop.
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.
Another way to stay connected: Follow EIPS on Twitter and Facebook
With 42 schools and close to 17,150 students there’s a wealth of events, activities and stories taking place across the Division every day. You can find these stories and more by following Elk Island Public Schools on both Facebook and Twitter. Each use the combination of news articles, videos and photograph that showcases the latest news, updates, events and alerts taking place across the Division.
Plus, if you’re a member of an EIPS school community and want to share in the storytelling, simply tag the Division using the hashtag #EIPS.
NOTE: The Division Facebook and Twitter accounts are managed by EIPS Communications Services. The account is updated and monitored intermittently during regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Division welcomes feedback and ideas from followers but does ask everyone interacting on the EIPS Facebook page to be respectful. Personal attacks and offensive language will not be allowed and may be deleted.
When school bus services are suspended, schools will 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.