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January 21, 2022

Up Coming Dates and Events

January 24- VIRTUAL General High School Registration Information Session *See below for more info

January 27- VIRTUAL parent information night "Foundations of connections- how to communicate with your youth"

January 27- Advanced Placement Information Night Virtually for Bev Facey

January 31- Professional Learning Day- NO SCHOOL for students

February 1- Returning student registration opens

February 1- Semester 2 starts for NEW OPTIONS

February 2- Early Dismissal 2:14 / Staff meeting

February 3- International Baccalaureate Information Night Virtual for Salisbury

February 10 & 11- Teacher's Convention- NO SCHOOL for students

February 21- Family Day- Holiday

March 2- Early Dismissal 2:14 / Staff meeting

March 4- Professional Learning Day- NO SCHOOL for students

Returning After a Positive Covid Case

If your child is returning to school after their 5 day quarantine they are required to keep their mask on AT ALL TIMES for the next 5 days. We realize that this is difficult in a school for this length of time, and when students need to eat and drink.

When students return they will be meeting with their grade administrator to come up with a plan for lunch and physical education. Each plan will be different as we work with individual student needs and the number of days that they need to not remove their mask.

Brightspace 101: Parents and Guardians

Please continue to have your child look at individual Brightspace materials if they are absent for any reason. All work and materials will be posted there.

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School Council- Opportunity for feedback

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to School Council and provide feedback. If you were unable to attend but would like to share information about the proposed district calendar please reach out to Trustee Allen.

At the next School Council meeting on March 16th we will be providing updated fee information.

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EIPS Career Pathways Information (CLICK LINK)

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.

Grade 9 Families - High School Registration Information

High School Information Session

All EIPS students in grades 8 and 9 and their families are invited to attend to learn more about the senior high program. The session will provide information about senior high courses, instruction, programming and extracurricular opportunities throughout the Division, as well as details about diploma requirements and various career path options.

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Each EIPS senior high school is hosting an open house in February. The open houses provide opportunities for Grade 9 students and families to meet staff, tour the school, learn about the curriculum, gain insight about specific programming available and so much 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.

Additional information about planning for senior high is available at eips.ca/registration/senior-high.

International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session
EIPS offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Salisbury Composite High. Founded on the IB mission, the program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Courses are challenging and include an international education focus and rigorous assessments. In addition, students have the flexibility to choose to enrol in the full IB programme or from a selection of IB courses.

Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the IB Programme are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and what’s needed to qualify. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Advanced Placement Program Information Session
EIPS offers an Advanced Placement (AP) program at Bev Facey Community High. The courses provide academic rigour and prepare students for post-secondary education. Flexibility is one of the program’s key tenets allowing students to take a full Advanced Placement course load or individual courses based on student interests and strengths.

Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the AP Program are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and how to succeed in Advanced Placement. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

First Nations, Metis and Inuit gatherings

We’re thankful you attended last school year's virtual family gatherings with Elder Wilson Bearhead and the EIPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit team, and are extending an invitation to join us for this year's events. We’re grateful for the conversation, connection, and ideas shared through the previous gatherings and the meaningful changes we were able to bring about as a result.

These gatherings are an opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit parents/guardians to come together to make connections, create a supportive environment for dialogue, share hopes and ideas for their children within the EIPS family, and learn what’s happening around the Division. We’re grateful to Elder Wilson Bearhead for attending the virtual gatherings last school year and agreeing to open each gathering again this year. It’s truly an honour and a privilege to be guided by Elder Wilson, and we hold our relationship with him close to our hearts.

Gathering 2:

Feb. 15, 2022; 7–8 p.m.

· words from Elder Wilson

· special presentation by Rupertsland Institute for Métis Education: supports for Métis students and their families

Gathering 3: March 15, 2022; 7–8 p.m.

· words from Elder Wilson

· topics to be determined based on wishes, hopes and interests expressed in previous gatherings

Sessions will take place online using Microsoft Teams Meetings. Join on your computer or mobile app. Join the sessions (the same link will be used for all three meetings)

If you have any questions about the upcoming sessions, or the ongoing First Nations, Métis and Inuit education work within EIPS, reach out to Mrs. Clark or Mrs. Devos.

Next Gen Leadership Team

Next Gen Leadership Team

As Strathcona County moves ahead with the draft Strategy for Strathcona County’s Next Gen, they’re currently looking for youth and young adults who’re interested in joining the project as a member of the Next Gen Leadership Team. Being part of the Next Gen Leadership Team is a unique opportunity to play a key role in developing a sense of community and belonging among Next Gen in Strathcona County. As part of the Next Gen Leadership Team, you’ll help plan events and initiatives, lead and have a voice, take action and mobilize change. Join by visiting the Next Gen website, texting LEADERSHIP to 780-239-4366 or emailing nextgen@strathcona.ca.

Boys and Girls Club Opportunities

Keystone: Keystone is a leadership program for teenage youth designed to help them build experience and confidence so they can reach their full potential. It gives youth a chance to gain skills, confidence, and connections as they plan and lead a variety of initiatives. The youth will meet each week on Mondays at the CanTEEN from 4:00-5:00pm and work together to improve their self esteem through leadership activities, discussions, and projects!

Task Force: Our Task Force program will give youth learning and volunteer opportunities that are developed and implemented by the youth! This program helps youth understand and practice the importance of giving back to our community and fosters a sense of connectedness and belonging within our community. Task Forces meets every Tuesday at the CanTEEN from 6:30-7:30 pm, come join us!

Youth Leading Reconciliation program engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in cross-cultural dialogue, community building, and collaboration. Through youth-led approaches, participants will explore ways they can act as agents, advocates, and allies to build knowledge and awareness about Truth and Reconciliation. This program meets every Wednesday at the CanTEEN from 4:45-5:45 pm, we would love to see you there!

Respect 2 Connect is about creating spaces to have courageous conversations and chat about healthy relationships and self-love. This program runs from January to March in 2022. This program runs Thursdays at the CanTEEN from 4:30-5:30 pm. Come check out this exciting new program!

Gemstones our LBGTQ+ club that runs every Thursday evening at the CanTEEN from 6:30-8:00 pm. This is a safe space from youth to share their thoughts, feelings, and explore LGBTQ+ issues. We welcome everyone to join us!

Employment support: Offering work experience by volunteer opportunities in our very own boardgame cafe and kitchen. This program will support youth in developing employability skills such as money handling, customer service skills, dependability along with many other skills they will learn and grow on.

Please contact Dani with any questions.

Phone: 780.416.1500 Email: dani@scbgc.com

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2022-23 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. 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. The 2022-23 returning student registration takes place February 1-28, 2022.

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 need to set one up before February 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

First Nations, Metis, and Inuit learning corner

As our country moves toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, we thought we’d bring you a simple, easy way to move your own understanding forward if you’re curious about how you can be a part of the learning which leads to reconciliation. #Next150 was first introduced a couple of years ago, and we felt it was a good time to re-introduce it to the FR Haythorne community.

Each link will take you to a short exercise you can do to move your learning forward. Good luck & enjoy this weeks’ challenge.


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Support Numbers

Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress line 780-482-4357

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.

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.