Hawk's View

December 17, 2021

Principal's Message

On behalf of the staff of FRH, we hope that you all have a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. Although we have school next Monday and Tuesday, this will be my last Hawk's View of the year.

We are very mindful that although this can be a joyous time for some families, it can also be a difficult and stressful time as well. With that in mind please reach out to us or our community partners who can help support you or your family.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

Support Information

Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress line 780-482-4357

Family and Community Service

(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044

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.

Strathcona Food Bank

To apply for a hamper, please phone their office at 780-449-6413. They are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except for statutory holidays and can usually get hampers to families within 3-5 days with same-day hampers available upon request before 10 am. See https://strathconafoodbank.ca/ for more info.

Saffron Centre & Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC)

Saffron Centre is available to support families and individuals who have been affected by sexual violence.

CASASC has a 24hr Crisis Line: Call or Text 1-866-956-1099

Boys and Girls Club Strathcona County

Boys and Girls Club has teen and child programs running throughout the holidays that are free or low cost.

Phone: 780-416-1500



Alberta Health Services(AHS) has a great resource called Help in Tough Times with a huge amount of organizations and helpful numbers to call if you are in need of support. Mental health concerns, financial support, emergencies, grief and stress are all mentioned in this resource:


Up Coming Dates and Events

December 20- Flannel and Jeans day

December 21- Pictures with Santa

December 21- Hot lunch and last day of school before the Christmas Break

December 22- January 4 - Christmas Break

January 5, Day - Classes Resume

January 5- Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting 2:11 pm

January 19- School Council 6 pm

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

Christmas Break

F.R. Haythorne will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours

Open December 22 and 23; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Dec. 23, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022

Open January 4; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*for location and contact information visit www.eips.ca.

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

A Safe Place donations- Until Tuesday December 21

Please continue to bring in any slippers, pyjamas, socks or cash donations for A Safe Place. We are collecting them just outside the main office under the Christmas tree until Tuesday, December 21.

Haythorne Animal Rescue Crew - Until Tuesday December 21

Starting this week and continuing until Christmas break, the Haythorne Animal Rescue Crew will be collecting food and supplies for animals in need. If you are able to donate just place the item under one of the pet-themed Christmas trees in the foyer. All items collected will be donated to various Animal Rescue Organizations around the Sherwood Park and Edmonton area. The Crew will also be collecting new and used blankets (no stuffing please). These will be donated to dogs some of the northern pounds awaiting rescue. With the donation of a blanket, they do not have to sleep directly on a cold concrete floor.

Holiday Travel Reminders

As the Christmas break approaches, we wish to remind you of federal public health regulations related to when students are permitted to return to school after travelling outside of Canada.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students under 12 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians cannot return to school or daycare for 14 days following their return to Canada, and must follow the mandatory requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.

Fully vaccinated students 12 years and older who travelled out of the country can return to school without delay so long as they are asymptomatic. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, these students are subject to the Government of Canada’s required 14-day quarantine, regardless of whether they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who qualifies as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Additional information on travel restrictions and public health regulations can be found on the Government of Canada’s website. Any questions or concerns about these restrictions should be directed to the Government of Canada, through their www.travel.gc.ca website.

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


Podcasts are a great way for individuals and families to learn new things from experts, engage in oral storytelling, and cut down on screen time. Plus, you can listen while walking the dog, cleaning the house, or commuting to hockey practice!

Check out these articles on the health benefits of listening to podcasts.



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 your third learning challenge.


Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families 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. The School's doors officially open at 8:20am, as that is when supervision starts.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families 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.

Wellness Advent Calendar for December

If you have not yet had time to check out our Wellness Calendar we highly encourage you to try out some wellness activities over the break.

Library Input Survey

Thank you to everyone who has already filled in the quick survey.

This is to collect your feedback on our Library Project. You will need to fill it in WITH YOUR CHILD, as you must have an EIPS email address.

Take some time to talk with your child(ren) about what they do at lunch and how we can make that space more inviting and a hub for our school and an even better space at FRH.