SWH Cougar Tracks 2022-2023
Friday, October 7, 2022
To help parents and students stay in the loop as far as all things Sherwood Heights, our Cougar Tracks newsletter will be our weekly communication tool. Be sure to watch for email notifications at the end of each week and you can also find each of the latest and greatest Cougar Tracks newsletters posted on our website!
Here are a few reminders we would like everyone to keep in mind:
- Doors will be open at 8:20am. Please be mindful of this particularly as the outdoor temperature starts to dip.
- When dropping off your student(s), please ensure you are doing so in the designated drop-off areas. Staff parking lots are not to be used for student drop off or pick up.
- While we are an open campus; students can leave campus at lunch, student must return to school by 1:09pm as afternoon classes begin shortly thereafter. School rules and expectations for behaviour still apply when off school property.
- Student Attendance: If your student(s) will be late or absent, please notify our Mrs. Shiloff, our Attendance Secretary. You may call SWH directly at 780.467.5930 and press 1 for 'Attendance' or click the Attendance button below to be redirected to our Contact page on our School Website where you can select 'Student Attendance - Mrs. Shiloff' in the dropdown box.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend!
We look forward to seeing our students Tuesday morning!
Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Flag Raising Ceremony at Sherwood Heights
On Wednesday afternoon, Grade 7 and 8 students attended an in-house Treaty 6 Territory and Métis flag raising ceremony. Our ceremony started with a video of the flag raising ceremony that took place last spring at EIPS Division Office. As EIPS Board of Trustees continue their commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process by raising the Treaty 6 flag and Métis Nation flag at Central Office, we are doing the same. As each flag was raised, we also listened to the respective flag song.
The two flags are visual reminders that we are on traditional Indigenous lands. They invite us to be curious and learn more about Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures. They help to remind us to live together understanding and respect.
Thank you to Jeremy Albert, EIPS Advisor with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team for attending our ceremony and keeping us moving forward. Also, thank you to our SWH students, Esme and Emily, for proudly volunteering to raise the flags.
Be sure to check in frequently for updates as the come!
Oct 3: EIPS Public Engagement: Jr High Designation for NE Sherwood Park (info in button below)
Oct 4: 1st Jazz meeting and rehearsal in Band room at lunch - Bring your lunch!
Oct 5: Early Dismissal
Oct 5: Treaty 6 and Métis Flag Raising Ceremony in the afternoon
Oct 5: 1st Grade 9 Band meeting and rehearsal in Band room at lunch - Bring your lunch!
Oct 5 & 12: EIPS Cross Country races
Oct 6: Wellness Day - Program information and registration links below
Oct 7: Professional Learning Day - No School for students
Oct 10: Thanksgiving Day - No School for staff and students
Oct 12: Fall Awards night
Oct 17: School Photo Retake Day
Oct 26: Logos afternoon with Celebration Church - Periods 5 & 6
Nov 1 & 3: Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews
Nov 2: Early Dismissal
Nov 1-4: Scholastic Book Fair!!! Save up and watch for more info to purchase in person and online!
Nov 7-11: Fall Break; No school for staff or students
2021-2022 Yearbooks have arrived!!
If you ordered a yearbook from last year, current students can pick up their copy in the Foods Lab during second half of lunch (12:42-1:09).
Former students who have yearbooks on order will have their copy delivered to their current high school shortly.
For any students not currently attending an EIPS school, please call the school office to make arrangements for pick-up.
Any other questions regarding the yearbooks can be directed to Ms. Malec at email@example.com.
This week our Cougars SHOWED UP for athletics!! Our runners at the EIPS cross country meet did an amazing job and ended up taking 2nd place 🥈 it was a great day for a run and it was so fun to see all the other EIPS schools and show off our talented athletes 🏃♂️👟
Our volleyball teams also had a great week!! 🏆 💫 🏐 Both our junior teams played Ardrossan at home on Wednesday. The junior girls fought for a win in 3 close sets and the junior boys took the W after 2 strong sets. Our senior teams travelled to Rudolph Hennig Tuesday and both teams had a successful night. Both girls and boys won in 2 sets!! 👏
Can't wait to see what next week brings! Remember - on Wednesday the 12th, our cross country team is travelling back to Strathcona Wilderness Center to compete in the Zones Meet!!! Go Cougars💥📣
Any parents or guardians interested in coaching or assistant coaching any sports in the 2022-2023 year please contact Kristin Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read In Week at SWH
On Wednesday our Grade 9 students had an opportunity to connect via Microsoft Teams with author, Tololwa Mollel! The presentation was informative, engaging and our students had great questions for him. "My stories never happen in one sitting. An idea forms, I work on it, put it away for awhile and come back to it - sometimes months later". He adds that each time he comes back to his writing, he is a different person and his stories evolve as he does. Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Mollel.
Also, a huge thank you to Mr. Koning for coordinating this and next 2 author visits that are scheduled to take place over the next couple of weeks.
On the horizon, Grade 7 'in-person' presentations will be Tuesday, October 11 and our Grade 8 'in-person' presentations will be held on Tuesday, October 18th.
Canteen Volunteers (Updated)
Volunteering for shifts in our SWH Canteen with Mrs. Braun is an excellent way to help prepare our students for the world of work. These opportunities help students build confidence, increase skill range, and feel successful as they work towards entering post-secondary or the workforce.
Our canteen is now open with a variety of fun foods and snacks to purchase. We also have brought back the use of microwaves in the hallways during the first half of lunch. We ask that students wait in line patiently and be respectful with your peers and the microwaves.
Career Pathways is a Division model designed to foster the growth of every student by supporting their journey from early learning through high school completion and beyond. From kindergarten through Gr. 12, students develop awareness of self and discover possibilities for life beyond school through competency-focused experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn about themselves, explore multiple career possibilities, set goals and make plans
Student Supports at SWH
Mental Health has been identified as an EIPS priority this year and in response, Sherwood Heights has introduced several new ways to access student support.
Mme Chantal Harry will be the ISP lead (primary contact for families with children on ISPs) and the IMPACT program lead (primary contact for families and children in the IMPACT program). She can be found in the counselling office upstairs and contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 780-467-5930.
Mrs. Jessica Moen is in the role of Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW) this year at SWH. Mrs. Moen’s primary role is to facilitate connections among family, school, and community to assist with positive growth. She works as part of the multidisciplinary team to help our families set goals, integrate interventions, plan strategies and arrange resources that will help students be successful in school, at home, and in their community. She offers support services in a variety of formats (individuals, families, and groups), in a variety of settings (school, home, community settings) and is the primary connection with many community agencies. Mrs. Moen can be found in her office situated across the hall from our Administration offices (beside the snack vending machine) and contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 780-446-3222.
Mrs. Jess Miskiw is our School Counsellor this year. She will provide mental health, social, academic and behaviour support for all students. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 780-903-7992.
Referrals for ALL student support services can be done using any of the following ways:
Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada, which is an important time to reflect, as individuals and as an organization, on how we can protect ourselves and our students online. This year’s theme is Fight Phishing: Ruin a Cyber Criminal’s Day.
Phishing is a cyber criminal’s attempt to get sensitive information by pretending to be a legitimate sender like a bank or a government organization. If you have an email address or a phone number, use social media, or browse the internet, chances are you’ve received a phishing message. In fact, phishing is one of the biggest cyber threats Canadians are facing. Learn more
Cyber security is a shared responsibility. To help educate students on phishing and cyber security, check out the resources below:
2022-2023 School Fees will be posted before the end of September
School fees for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.
To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly.
NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before August 31, 2022.
New Online Cougar Wear Store
Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!
Resources for Families
Family and Community Service
(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044
Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
The Distress Line 780-482-4357
Together all https://togetherall.com/en-ca/
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.