NSO Weekly News

September 12-17, 2022

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

Thank you to all who attended our Meet The Teacher nights last week. We appreciate the ongoing opportunity to engage, interact, and support families. We are excited you are part of our alternative learning environment. We believe strongly in creating flexible, individualized, and personalized learning opportunities. Our detailed School Goals and School Education Plan can be seen below.

Mr. Spady Principal & Mrs. Porter Assistant Principal

Upcoming events and important dates

September 23: Terry Fox School Run Day
September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (schools and Central Services closed)
September 30: Orange Shirt Day

October 3-7: Read In Week http://readin.ca/

October 5: World Teachers' Day
October 5: early dismissal

Plan your Career with ALIS

Careers, Learning and Employment is a great resource. Get help writing your resume or cover letter, learn how to network and prepare for your interview and check out job search resources and labour market information.

Post Secondary Information

Post Secondary applications begin on October 1, 2022. Please visit https://applyalberta.ca/ to begin your profile. If you need assistance please contact our Guidance Counsellor elli.hansen@eips.ca

Open house dates are as follows:

University of Alberta: October 15, 2022

Concordia University of Edmonton: October 22, 2022

Lakeland College: October 21-22, 2022

University of Lethbridge: October 29, 2022

Mount Royal University: October 29,

NAIT: October 29, 2022

MacEwan University: November 5, 2022

TD Scholarship for Community Leadership

Have you shown exceptional initiative in making a meaningful and lasting difference in your community? Then we want to hear from you, as you may qualify for one of our Community Scholarships.

Olds College Dual Credit Courses

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Sept 14, 4 p.m.

Cost: $410 per course per student. This cost will be covered by EIPS, families are responsible for costs of materials (textbooks).

Delivery: Asynchronous

Course Dates: Sept 26 – Dec 16

Credit value: students will receive 5 credits per course towards their Alberta High School Diploma and will receive post-secondary credit (students to confirm transferability of credits to other institutions / programs using the Transfer Alberta site).

To enroll: Students contact their school based Off Campus Facilitator.

Not everyone who applies for a Dual Credit opportunity will be accepted. Prior to applying, please make sure that you:

  • Have the prerequisites for the course.
  • Are committed to completing the course.
  • Understand it is YOUR responsibility to purchase any textbook/ materials required for the course.

Courses offered:

For more information about the courses refer to the 2022-2023 Dual Credit Handbook

6 Most Common Mistakes When Applying to Scholarships

The goal of putting in time and effort to complete scholarship applications is to hopefully win the scholarship money. Why do over 25% of scholarship applications get disqualified or overlooked? The answer is because of easily avoidable mistakes.

Update your PowerSchool information

The EIPS Correction and Verification Form is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Use the form to access and update your child’s records information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and medical information. Reviewing the form and submitting updates ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child.

When reviewing the form, pay close attention to all listed phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. Also, if you recently moved, now is the time to ensure the Division has your updated address. Throughout the year, the Division and school uses the listed information to communicate with families about important information, including updates, the latest news and event. For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact the school. Review and update the form by Sept. 22, 2022.

EIPS Correction and Verification Form

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Next Step Community Kitchen- Sherwood Park

We are happy to announce that our Next Step Community Kitchen at our Sherwood Park location is now open! Having access to breakfast, lunch and snacks are very important for student growth and well-being. This year we are happy to be able to provide students with items that have been donated to us by the food bank!
Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Saturday September 17, 2022: Make your resume and cover letter stand out! Bring your current resume and any job postings you might want to apply for. The Library’s Resume Tutor will lead the workshop.

Youth Employment Workshop Series (Ages 15-19)

Youth will increase their feelings of empowerment, self-confidence, be better prepared for entering the work-force, improve communication skills and have increased motivation to go after their goals. September 20, 2022 4 - 7 PM

Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program 2022

The Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering is a 7-month mentorship pairing high school students who are women, feminine-presenting and/or identifying, and non-binary with current engineering students! Participants explore the possibilities in engineering by being:

· paired with an engineering student to ask questions and hear about their experiences,

· invited to information sessions like “Real world applications of engineering” and "University application help”

· introduced to other high school students also exploring engineering as a potential career and social events

· enabled to explore if engineering is a program and career that's a good fit for them

Rural and out of province students are welcome! Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are open until September 30, 2022.

Student Services- Wellness

Practicing Self Care and Mindfulness is super important for our mental health and success in school. By practicing self care and mindfulness activities, you are learning how to manage stress, worries and anxiety. Each week we will provide you with a mindfulness activity to try on your own or with your family! To learn more about mindfulness, selfcare or to access support please reach out to our Success Coaches Aley.Kulbaba@eips.ca , Janet.Clarkson@eips.ca or our School Counsellor Elli.Hansen@eips.ca

Mindfulness Activity: Take 10 minutes to reflect on your day. Think about what you did and the thoughts you had. The Mind is like a storyteller. Sometimes these stories are helpful and sometimes they're not. Is there a story you've been telling yourself lately? What is it? Could there be another way to look at it?

Raye, J. A year of mindfulness.

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September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday created to honour the survivors of the residential school system, the children who never returned home, as well as their families and communities. Because it’s a school closure day, the Division will recognize the day on September 29. Division staff and students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to commemorate the solemn day of remembrance of the tragic history and ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Learn more about the residential school system and events across the country on the Government of Canada website and from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

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Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition newsletter

The Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition refers to a group of community partners who believe in improving the support and resources available to children, youth and their families in Strathcona County.

Free Virtual Leadership Opportunity

On September 27 from 1-230 (eastern time), The Believe Initiative will be hosting a free virtual Leadership Lab to support students with the back to school transition. During the session students will learn about strategies to maximize motivation, manage pressure, redefine success, master prioritization and more! Students will hear from an exciting line up of panelists who will share their stories, provide some actionable take-aways and will be invited to participate in the free Believe Leadership Program. If you would like to be a part of this event, please register using the link below! To learn more about the event please head to: https://www.believeinitiative.com/leadership-lab/
Sabre Scene

Salisbury Sabres parent Information.

Experiences Canada Career Choices

As youth prepare for life after high school, it can be overwhelming to search for career information and navigate between the many resources that are available to support youth. Our Career choices program aims to create online resources to support youth in planning for post-secondary – whether that is continuing in school, or venturing out to the workplace. The virtual series will cover a broad range of possibilities, both traditional and non-traditional, reflecting the diversity of opportunities in the marketplace. https://experiencescanada.ca/career-choices/

Download the SchoolMessenger App

Next Step Outreach and the Division use the SchoolMessenger platform for communicating with families—through both phone and email. Be sure to add communications@eips.ca and nextstep@eips.ca to your safe sender list to avoid having important messages funneled into your junk mail folder.

The easiest way to stay connected is to download the SchoolMessenger app. Get the latest updates direct to your mobile device and enable push notifications to never miss a message. Families can also check back on past messages—for up to 30 days—directly in the app rather than searching to find an old message buried in your inbox. Download the SchoolMessenger app from the App Store or Google Play today.

Student Attendance

Although attendance notifications are not tracked in PowerSchool, we recommend students be on site at one of our three campus locations 12-15 hours per week where possible.

We do require students to sign in or check in upon arrival and sign out when leaving the campus. This process is required as part of our Emergency Readiness planning at each site.

Hours of Operation

Students & families can access our campus during the following times:

Monday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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