Cougar Tracks

Friday, November 26, 2021

Principal's Message

It’s hard to believe next week we will be into December!

As your son or daughter may have shared with you, our school is currently undergoing a massive overhaul of the heating system. It is an extensive project that has forced us to be creative in our classroom assignments. We are very grateful to our facilities team for doing their very best to work around our school day. We would like to extend our gratitude to our staff and students for being flexible during this time!

Basketball season is here, and our teams are excited to be able to shoot some hoops! Many thanks to our coaching staff for volunteering many hours to ensure our student-athletes can represent their school!

Finally, we recognize that the holiday season can be challenging for some families. As a school, we will be working to help support local charities. If you would like more information on how you can help, please reach out to our Business Manager Mrs. Lyles. Further to this, if yours is a family in need, please reach out to our Family School Liaison Worker Mrs. Moen.
EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on November 15, 2021

Interim Progress Report Cards

Junior High report cards are now available online via the Parent Portal on PowerSchool. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. We hope you find time this weekend to celebrate your child's success and set new goals for the upcoming term. We appreciate your support and partnership at home.
Kudos for a SWH Staff Member

On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.

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Math Christmas Challenge!

The math department will be running its annual Math Christmas Challenge beginning on Thursday, December 2! Information about the contest will be shared with students in their math classes and students should be solving the clues each day for a chance to win some great prizes. The contest will close on Thursday, December 16 with the first, second, and third place finishers being announced on Friday, December 17.

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Literacy at Home

Periodically we will share a thought provoking image, reading or writing tip, multimodal texts, or book recommendations. The thought-provoking image below is aimed to generate interesting discussions at home. Feel free to discuss as a family what this image suggests about the role of technology in our lives? Have fun!

Paws-ative Referrals Corner

The next BIG draw for Paws-ative Referrals will be next Friday, December 3. The winner will receive a LARGE amount of gift cards from all kinds of places.

We would like to give a BIG thank you to Lindsay Buhler from HQ Salon for the generous donation of hair and body glitter aas well as nail polish and Lesley Bowman from Max and Maud for the generous donation of many bags of delish candy!

These prizes inspire the kiddos to make great choices and they are very excited about the entire program.

Keep up that Paws-ativity everybody!!

Mask Reminders

EIPS requires that all individuals in all schools wear a mask, unless medically exempt. Students are required to bring their own masks every single day. The school has a small number of disposable masks available for emergency purposes only.

Students that are relying on the school for their mask supply will be considered unprepared for school and will be given a consequence. Make sure your child has spare masks, reusable or disposable, with them at school every day.

Updated COVID Health Checklist

The government has updated the daily health checklist. Please review the new checklist and print a copy for yourself to keep at home.

The main change relates to household contacts of COVID-19 cases.

If you are not fully immunized and are a household contact of a COVID-19 case, you should stay home for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms.

A household contact is a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, someone who is a caregiver or an intimate or sexual partner of a COVID-19 case. For children, it also includes siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.

If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of sense of taste or smell you are required to isolate for 10 days as per the current CMOH Order OR receive a negative COVID-19 test and feel better before returning to work or activities.

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Parent to Parent – Finding Digital Balance, Cyberworld: What Happens when youth press send? – For Parents and caregivers for youth grades 6 and up.

Want to know more about how to support your youth with their time online? Come out as a family to learn from others and end the afternoon together at the CanTeen Youth Hub to enjoy some pizza and bonding time!

When: Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more info, please click here.

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Young Women in Trades & Technologies Mentorship Series - INDUSTRIAL TRADES

Tuesday, November 30 at 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Presentation for Grades 9-12

Cost: Free

Join us to learn about pursuing a career in the skilled trades, connect with other young women who share similar interests, and receive important information on how you can land an awesome paid internship. Meet tradeswomen who are currently leading the way in the industry, as they share their career paths stories and help you to navigate the career options that suit you best.

Examples of Industrial Trades: Welding, Gas fitter, Steam Fitter-Pipefitter, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Ironworker, Sheet Metal Worker and more!

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

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-5930.

Visitors in Schools

All visitors, couriers, and contractors must sign in at the front main doors and check-in at the office, complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and be wearing a mask properly.

If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” DO NOT enter the school or workplace.

Similarly, if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye, nausea —DO NOT enter an EIPS-operated school or workplace.

Career Pathways Newsletter

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.

Upcoming Dates and Events

December 1 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

December 2 - Grade 7 & 8 Immunizations

December 7 - Grade 7 & 8 Immunizations

December 22 to January 4 - Christmas Break

December 24 to January 3 - Central Services Closed

January 5 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.