RHJ Weekly Update

February 13, 2022

COVID Guidelines - UPDATE

As you’re likely aware, on Tuesday, February 9, Premier Jason Kenney announced several changes to pandemic-related public-health measures. The key points are below, but the main change for schools is that students aren't required to wear masks, but they are still encouraged and welcome. Students and their families will be supported in making the decision that suits them best, and the school will support all students in their decision. All other measures, including daily screening, staying home with symptoms, cohorting, among others remain in effect.

Here are the changes:

  • Effective Monday, February 14, students will not be required to wear masks in school or on school buses.
  • The exception: Students who test positive for COVID-19, and who must isolate for five days if fully vaccinated or symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They still need to wear a mask at all times until 10 days pass from the onset of symptoms. We will support students with a place to remove their mask to eat.
  • Masking is still required for adults, including teachers, administrators, school staff and bus operators. EIPS will continue providing medical-grade masks to staff, for as long as the Division determines that level of protection is necessary (as per the hazard assessment required under Occupational Health and Safety legislation).
  • Volunteers, contractors, and visitors—12 years and older—must also wear masks when entering EIPS schools and buildings. Vaccination requirements for staff, volunteers and contractors will remain in place for now.
  • EIPS recommends students wear masks as an additional layer of protection, but it is a personal choice and we will respect each school family’s decision.
  • School divisions no longer have the authority to implement division-specific or school-specific student mask mandates.
  • Public-health measures, such as cohorting, hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning and sanitization, remain in schools for the time being.
  • Metro Athletics announced spectators are still not allowed at athletic events. The organization plans to consult with school divisions in the coming days.
  • Staff and students must still stay home when sick and adhere to legal isolation requirements based on their vaccination status.

We understand you likely have many other questions. Once we receive additional information from the Government of Alberta, we will revise the EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22 and advise you of the specifics.

Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1-28

Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is open Feb 1. All returning students must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2022.


To access the Returning Student Registration Form, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.


If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you do need to set one up. For help see: Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account



For more information contact Rudolph Hennig directly at 780-998-2216.



RELATED INFORMATION:

Returning Student Registration Process

Frequently Asked Questions

EIPS School Boundary Maps

Closed boundaries 2022-23

Find my designated school

Applying to a non-designated school

Calling in Absences

We have had a high number of unexcused absences lately. From a safety perspective, we require all students who will be absent from school to be excused by a parent or guardian. Please contact the school before school begins if possible. This can be done by:



Moving forward we will be calling the families of students who are away to confirm the absence, but our preference is that families reach out to the school. Thanks for your support with this.

Student Voice

This month, Mrs. Orr and Mr. Shudra will be sending out a survey to grade 7 and 8 students about some possible new option courses for RHJ next year!

We will also be meeting with the grade 9's to support their transition into high school!

These are important conversations to ensure that our students are engaged in their school!

This Week at Rudolph Hennig

Monday, February 14 - Day 2

8:00am - EIPS COVID Update Meeting - Virtual - Mr. Shudra

Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 15 - Day 3

9:30am - Leadership Meeting on PD - Mr. Shudra away

Wednesday, February 16 - Day 4

9:00am-11:00am - Virtual Leadership PD - Mr. Shudra and Mrs. Orr

11:15am -12:30pm - Virtual Gradebook PD - Mr. Shudra and Mrs. Orr

1:00pm - 4:00pm - Central Leadership Meeting - Mr. Shudra away

Thursday, February 17 - Day 5

7:30am-9:00am - Jr. High Principal Breakfast Meeting - Mr. Shudra away

Friday, February 18 - Day 6

Student Voice - HR 95


Coming up in February


February 15 National Flag Day

February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21 Family Day - Stat

February 23 Pink Shirt Day

February 28 School Council Meeting

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High School Information Nights and Open House

Fort High Open House

It is hard to believe that we are already getting our grade 9's to head off to high school, but here we are! Below are some information nights for some of our Division Programs. The Fort High Open House is scheduled for Thursday, February 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We will share more information as we get it.


High School Information Nights

To help you make an informed decision about high school, senior high schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are hosting information sessions for all Grade 9 students and their families. The sessions allow students and families to meet the staff; tour the school; learn about the curriculum, course offerings and alternative programming available; discuss diploma requirements and various career paths; plus, more. Decisions about whether each event will take place virtually or in-person will be made closer to each date. Refer to the event calendar on each school website for details in the coming weeks. Make sure to take part to learn everything you need to know about the Division’s senior high programs and courses. Senior High Information Nights: Dates and times EIPS senior high programming

Preparing for the World of Work

1. With forests covering over half of Alberta, sustainable management of this valuable resource is vital to the future of our province making the forest industry an essential part of the workforce of today and tomorrow. Do you love spending time outdoors? Intrigued by the idea of researching and developing new forest management practices to help ensure the security of future forests? Thrilled by the exciting opportunity to protect this valuable resource by helping to prevent, detect and extinguish forest fires? Or perhaps your interests lean more toward technology?

No matter your interest, you can find your dream job within the wide variety of careers available in the forestry sector. Check out the upcoming free Virtual Showcase: Forestry from CAREERS: The Next Generation to learn about how you can get your boot in the door toward your future forestry career today! Featured topics will include the Junior Forest Ranger Program, Government of Alberta; traditional forestry career opportunities, Work Wild; non-traditional forestry career opportunities, Inside Education; and presentation from a forest industry representative.
Wednesday, February 16
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Register | Poster


2. In celebration of Black History Month, WiSER is excited to host a virtual panel discussion showcasing the contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of a diverse group of black women in STEM. Held virtually via Zoom on February 17, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST.

We invite you to join in and listen to our panel discussion! In addition to hearing from our panelists, we will also be engaging in a short Q&A period at the end! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/black-history-month-panel-discussion-black-women-in-stem-tickets-245923021377

Founded in 2008, WiSER (Women in Science, Engineering & Research) is a sub-community of WISEST at the University of Alberta aimed at serving the needs of graduate students and early-career professionals. The community is comprised of individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the academia, government, and industry. WISER supports the retention and advancement of women and under-represented groups in STEM careers by providing opportunities for networking, mentoring, information exchange, and professional development. To this end, WISER encourages participation of everyone in order to promote the awareness of gender diversity and inclusion.


3. Join the upcoming virtual mentorship session to learn more about careers in information and communication technology (ICT)—including social media and communications, IT maintenance, junior programming, quality control testing, hardware engineering and software developer—and forestry.

Thursday, February 24
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Learn more | Poster | Register

Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a program designed to break barriers and give young women the opportunity and confidence to explore different career options in non-traditional skilled trades and technologies. Registration is open to female-identifying students currently in grades 9 to 12.


4. Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.

Each month Career Pathways distributes relevant planning material, presentation sessions, occupational spotlights, and other helpful information meant to support students and families. It is our hope students in Junior High begin to understand opportunities available to them and explore and reflect on a variety of experiences to help them plan their next steps. High School students continue to set goals and further develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that increase their readiness to successfully transition beyond high school.


Please see the link to the February 2022 CP News

Counsellor Corner

Caregiver Education Series

Alberta Health Services is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more. Visit Caregiver Education for the Edmonton Zone for more information and session dates.


Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 TEXT4HOPE-Alberta Health Services

Mental Health Meter Quiz

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EIPS 2022-23 Division Calendar: Now available!

The official 2022-23 EIPS calendar is now available. The calendar includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more.


Highlights from the 2022-23 EIPS calendar include:


First day of school – Aug. 30, 2022

November break – November 7-11

Christmas break – December 21 to January 3

Second semester starts – January 31

Teachers’ Convention – February 9-10

Spring break – March 24-31

Last day of classes – June 27, 2023

To view the 2022-23 calendar, visit eips.ca.


Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click on “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.

Important Dates

2021-2022 Important Dates


February


February 15 National Flag Day

February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21 Family Day - Stat

February 23 Pink Shirt Day

February 28 School Council Meeting


March


March 2 Staff Meeting Day - Early Dismissal

March 4 Professional Development Day

March 4-5 Ted Tchir Basketball Tournament - RHJ Gym

March 8 International Women’s Day

March 14 Pi Day

March 17 Parent Teacher Conferences

March 21 School Council Meeting

March 21 World Down Syndrome Day

March 25-31 Spring Break

March 27 World Theatre Day


April


April 1 Spring Break

April 2 World Autism Day

April 6 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

April 7 World Health Day

April 12 RHJ Information Night

April 15 Good Friday

April 16 National Librarian Day

April 18 Easter Monday

April 22 Earth Day

April 23 World Book Day

April 25 School Council Meeting

April 27 Administrative Professionals Day


May


May 1 Hats on! For mental health

May 2-6 Mental Health Week

May 3 Bus Driver Appreciation Day?

May 3 Support Staff Appreciation Day?

May 4 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

May 5 Teacher Appreciation Day

May 6 Professional Development Day

May 18 Spring Band Concert - RHJ Gym

May 20 School Closure Day

May 23 Victoria Day

May 30 School Council Meeting

June


June 1 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

June 2-3 Performing Arts - One Act Plays - RHJ Gym

June 5 World Environment Day

June 8 Guitar Cafe - RHJ Gym

June 28 Last Instructional Day

June 29 Last Operational Day

About Us

Welcome to the home of the Ravens! We support personal development and academic growth for all of our students.

Rudolph Hennig Junior High School honours Treaty 6 territory and welcomes students from Metis settlements and First Nations communities throughout Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. We strive to build a safe and caring environment where cultural practices and traditions are honoured and celebrated. We work closely with community Elders to bring the truth of Canada’s history to our students as we work towards shared reconciliation.

We hope your year with us will be an enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable experience. Rudolph Hennig’s staff are committed to ensuring all students achieve success.