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Clover Bar Junior High

March 2021

Wow! We made it through the February cold spell and are now looking forward to the arrival of Spring and warmer weather! With spring break just around the corner, we need to try to stay focused until the end of our school year - which will be here before we know it! Time is flying by. With the arrival of Spring comes option registration, Open House and grade 7 registration! Here are some details and important dates for March.



Important Dates

March 3 -- Staff Meeting/Early Dismissal/Hat Day

March 5 --Professional Learning Day/ No School

March 8 - International Women's Day

March 14 - Daylight Savings Time begins

March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day

March 26 --PD Day/No School

March 29-April 5 --Spring Break/No School

April 6 --Classes Resume

Mini Mart

A reminder that our Mini Mart has re-opened and we are happy to provide some lovely home baked items and lunch food items. Please view the Clover Bar Website to see what is on the menu. In order to ensure everyone's safety and to follow the protocols outlined by Alberta Health Services, grade groups are limited to access on specific days and food is prepared, wrapped and served following these guidelines.

Clover Bar Junior High Virtual Open House

Mark your calendars! Clover Bar Junior High will be holding their virtual open house on April 13 2021 at 6:00 PM

More information to follow!

Grade 8 and 9 Registration

At this time, Clover Bar Junior High is expecting to return to normal or near normal operations for the Fall of 2021 and the 2021 – 2022 school year. This means we are busy planning for the next school year, and as we move into March, we are going to complete option registration for our returning grade 8 and 9 students. Incoming grade 7 registrations will take place after the Open House on April 13.

During the first two weeks of March, students will review option choices and option forms in their Academic Counselling classes. During this time, your child will be asked to RANK their selections 1, 2, 3 and 4 in order of preference (1 is their first selection, 2 is their second, and so on.) They will need to make their top four choices for each group of options (Group A, B and C) for BOTH semesters – 1 and 2. Once this has been done, the option form will be sent home with each child for your review and signature. We ask that they be returned to the school as quickly as possible.

In addition to the instructions included on the option form, there is some additional information that may be helpful to you:

  • Please also be aware that some classes are full year – this means that the class will not change in the second semester and will run as the same class for the entire year. Full-year classes are indicated as such on the option registration form and must be chosen in both semester 1 and 2.
  • Sport for Life students will receive the same amount of options as non-Sport for Life students. If your child is registered in the Sport for Life program, please ensure that this has been checked off on the top of the first page.
  • Please ensure that you have carefully reviewed the fees associated with each option as fees will be required prior to participation in the course.
  • We do our very best to ensure that student’s first and second selections are scheduled, while ensuring that we are maintaining manageable class sizes. Third and fourth selections will only be used if their first and second choices are not feasible. Please choose carefully, as we cannot guarantee that changing their selections will be possible later.
  • It is also a great idea to keep a record of your selections for your future reference.

Our Option Handbook and option forms are available on our website under "Student Registration" if you wish to access them there. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us in the office and we will be happy to assist you!



Parent Council Meeting April 2021

The next Clover Bar Junior high Parent Councils meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm. At this meeting we will discuss the fees for 2021-2022 school year, share a general overview of budget and staffing as well as talk about the School Education Plan.

Information about how to access this virtual meeting, as well as an agenda for the meeting will be sent out closer to the date. We hope you can join us.

Minister’s Youth Council 2021-22

Applications are now open for the 2021-22 Minister’s Youth Council. Approximately 40 junior and senior high school students—including up to eight returning council members and at least 32 new members—will be selected for the council. As members, students will meet with the Minister of Education and Alberta Education staff throughout the 2021-22 school year to provide direct input to the minister reflecting their diverse interests, backgrounds and perspectives on education issues. The application deadline is March 24.



Next Gen Action Group

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Alberta COVID 19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

In addition to the mental health section below, please take time to check out the Alberta COVID_19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub. Alberta’s government partnered with the Kids Help Phone and to create this hub where youth, educators and parents can find easy-to-access tools and supports.

Additionally, the youth-focused resources on this hub include:

· Jack Chapters – Youth-led, community-driven mental health advocacy clubs at schools or in the community.

· Jack Talks – Mental health presentations delivered to young people by young people.

· Jack Summits – Mental health conferences developed by youth, where young people within a region connect, strategize and learn from one another.

· Do Something – Tools to take small, simple steps that make a big difference to youth mental health and the mental health of others.

· Be There – Tools to support someone who may be struggling with their mental health.

Additional mental health resources available to support students, families and school staff:

Supporting Learning at Home

Next Step Summer School Registration opens March 16

Do more this summer!
Next Step Summer School: Registration opens March 16

Registration for EIPS Summer School opens on March 16. Organized through Next Step, the Summer School program offers more than 25 senior high courses that allow students to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads or finish pre-requisite courses.

Courses include:
Open to EIPS students entering grades 10-12, and students in their Grade 12 year.

· 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

· Science 10

· Biology 20 and 30

· Chemistry 20 and 30

· Physics 20 and 30

· Physical Education 10

· Career and Life Management (CALM 20)

· Work Experience and RAP
NOTE: Diploma examinations are optional for the 2020-21 school year.

For summer 2021, all Summer School courses take place online. Feedback from the 2020 virtual program was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to another exciting and successful summer online in 2021.

Caregiver Series: March Sessions

Alberta Health Services, in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation, is offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom.

Topics include technology, mindfulness, understanding and supporting youth with depression, sleep, anxiety, promoting positive mental health and more. Schools are welcome to share information about the caregiver sessions on school calendars, in school newsletters and through social media. The list of March 2021 sessions is now available.

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