Monday, April 25, 2022
When do I keep my child home? Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return—refer to the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students 18 and older. * Last updated on March 3, 2022
School Council Corner
I can’t believe it’s April already and we are down to our last couple school council meetings. It’s been a great year so far with so much parent support and amazing conversations. This month, we are back in person!!! And Mr. Mali is going to give us a school tour at the beginning of the meeting. He will include the incredible Reset Room (thank you to all the awesome families for donating almost all the items they needed!).
This month, we are going to talk about programming for next year and start talking about the school education plan goals. We are in our final year and will have new goals for next year, so it’s your chance to have input on those (although we’ll be continuing the conversation if you miss this meeting).
We also want to see if we can plan some kind of staff appreciation and will be looking for people to help organize/facilitate.
As always, please submit Kudos to the awesome staff through our staff recognition program: www.RecognizeSWH.ca
Jacquie Surgenor, Chair
Please remember to complete this form verbally with your child every day. Doing so helps keep schools safer for everyone and, will hopefully, keep temporary online learning to a minimum.
EIPS Summer School 2022
Registration for EIPS Summer School opens April 19. The Summer School program offers a number of senior high courses that allow students to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads for the year ahead or finish pre-requisite courses. Registration is open to all current EIPS students, or those registered to attend an EIPS school in 2022-23, who are entering grades 10-12 in 2022-23 or currently in Grade 12.
Summer School returns to in-person learning this year. Classes will take place in Sherwood Park. Courses include:
- English Language Arts 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
- Social Studies 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
- Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
- Competencies in Math 15
- Science 10
- Biology 20 and 30
- Chemistry 20 and 30
- Physics 20 and 30
- Physical Education 10
- Career and Life Management (CALM) 20
- Extreme CTS: Film Production
- Work Experience 15, 25 and 35 and Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
Spread the Word: EIPS is Hiring Substitute Educational Assistants
Do you know someone who’s great at working with children and youth and eager to support student learning? Someone who’s looking for a flexible schedule and variety in their day-to-day tasks? Spread the word! Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is hiring substitute educational assistants (EA) to work on a casual, on-call basis supporting all school locations.
EAs are integral to the school team, assisting teachers with instructional and non-instructional tasks in the classroom and other school activities. Whether it’s working one-on-one with individual students or with a small group of students in a class or special program, EAs provide support and assistance to help students achieve success. Substitute EAs are critical to ensuring the continuity of student learning each and every day.
Substitute EAs are needed to fill positions until the end of the school year. If you know someone who’d be great in this role, encourage them to apply today.
Strathcona County Earth Day Shoe Drive
On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.
The Future of Masculinity Summit 2.0 is the second annual summit hosted by Next Gen Men and community partnership organizations. In this full-day virtual conference hosted on Discord, we’ll delve into where boys fit within the #MeToo social movement. Participants will explore why gender equality matters to them, what they’ve been told about how they should act within social justice movements, what they actually believe and how they can use these powerful insights to create change.
May 6, 2022
11:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. local time)
The world can be a very polarizing place these days—it can be very difficult to know where we fit within varying, strongly-felt opinions. We’re told if we don’t believe in x, that makes us y, and if we act any differently than how we’re supposed to, we may be subject to scrutiny. While all this is happening, society has forgotten about our boys—those who want to do the right thing but are afraid of being reprimanded, who feel dismissed and invalidated because of all the rigid narratives they hear.
Participants in this summit will experience a safe space to explore those narratives, the feelings associated with them, how they can find their own voice to speak their truth and what they can do to become change-makers in their own lives, relationships, and communities.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Virtual Family Gatherings
Many thanks to the families who joined us for our virtual gatherings this winter. It was a pleasure to reconnect with those who were part of the gatherings last year and to welcome new families to our virtual circle. We’re grateful for the conversation, the ideas shared and the feedback on work that’s happening throughout the Division. We look forward to seeing you all again next school year—hopefully in person at some point!
If there’s anything stemming from the gatherings you wish to discuss, please reach out to the lead teacher at your child’s school or someone from the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team directly:
Planning for the 2022- 23 School Year
March and April are busy times for school lead teachers and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team as planning begins for next school year. Lead teachers and the team reflect on the successes and challenges of the past year, and the hopes for 2022-23. If you have ideas or feedback for your child’s school or the Division in general, please reach out to the lead teacher or connect with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team.
Treaty 6 and Métis Nation Flag Raising | June 13
If you’ve driven by EIPS Central Services recently, you may have noticed the addition of two new flag poles. As a further commitment on the path of truth telling toward reconciliation, and as an affirmation as Treaty partners, EIPS will be raising the Treaty 6 and Métis Nation flag on June 13. Each school in the Division will also display the two flags and are busy planning staff professional development and student learning experiences to understand the significance of each flag. More information on the Central Services ceremony and the specific events at each school will be shared in the near future.
Opening of Central Services Land-based Learning Space | June 21
EIPS has been working closely with Elder WIlson Bearhead to design and build a land-based learning space at EIPS Central Services. With spring on its way, construction will resume on the space. As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21, EIPS will officially open the space, honour our ongoing relationship with Elder Wilson and affirm our commitment to deepen our relationship with the land that sustains us. We’ll share details of the opening event as the date draws closer.
Upcoming Dates and Events
April 26: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
April 27: SAL Back in Black and Red - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
May 2: SWH Track Meet
May 2-6: Education Week 2022
May 4: Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
May 6: Professional Learning Day - No School for Students
May 6: Future of Masculinity Summit
May 20: School Closure Day - No school for Staff and Students
May 23: Victoria Day - No school for Staff and Students
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!
The EIPS 2022-23 Division calendar is now available and includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, including school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the November, Christmas, spring and summer breaks; PD days; & early dismissal dates.