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April 24 - 28

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Apr 30 - Deadline to submit the Parent Guardian Information Verification Form on Parent Portal

May 1 - 5 Mental Health Awareness Week & Education Week

May 3 - Early Dismissal @ 2:02pm. Hats on for Mental Health

May 5 - Professional Learning Day - No School

May 6 - Highway Clean Up - Volunteers needed

May 17 - Cougar Council Free Taco in a Bag lunch for all students

May 19 & 22 - School Closure & Victoria Day - No School

May 27 - in school Grad Ceremony 1:00pm

June 7 - Early Dismissal @ 2:02pm

June 13 - School Council AGM 6:30-8:00pm

**Parent/Guardian Information Verification Forms Due by April 30th**

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EIPS requires all families to carefully review the parent and guardian information on file in the “Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form” for each student in your family—even if you’ve recently completed a Student Correction and Verification Form. Please log on to your Parent Portal and complete by April 30.

* Reporting Student Illness *

Parents/Guardians: please call the office 780-632-3341 or email first thing in the morning when your student is home sick. Alternatively, you can visit the website and use the Attendance Tab:

We are responsible for reporting 10% or more absenteeism to AHS.

Athletics This Week

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In the Caf

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Orders for this year's 2022-2023 yearbook will be open this week! Log in to your Parent Portal or stop by the office $40. The yearbooks will arrive in the Fall.

Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW)

Carlin Adams is our Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW). She is available to

help support students create positive change through setting goals and planning

strategies, helping connect families with external supports and advocating for

students and families within the school and community. Her office is in our school

library, and she is available in blocks 1 and 4.

Her contact information is:

Office (780) 410-3989 Cell (780) 920-2594 Email
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We need your help! Please consider pitching in for a couple hours, this is a school fundraiser and pizza lunch will be provided.


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Monday Mental Health Minute: With the weather warming up and summer around the corner it is a good time to start going outside more. Fresh air and sunlight is very good for your mental health and going on walk’s is a nice brain break from screens and a great way to de-stress.

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AMH Education Services

Click HERE to read the April 2023 Newsletter and to sign up for Free Mental Health Webinars.

Transferring Credits on School Fees

Did you know if you have a student with an overpayment and a student with a due fee, you can transfer the credit? Also, if you have a Transportation credit and would like to pay for school sports or field trips, you can do that too! See how here:
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Grad News

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Complete your Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is currently reviewing and updating all parent and guardian contact information within the Division’s student information system. This one-time, full-scale review is to ensure the Division has complete and accurate data on file as Alberta Education moves to a new way of capturing information in the provincial database.

As part of the data review, EIPS requires all families to carefully review the parent and guardian information on file for each student in your family—even if you’ve recently completed a Student Correction and Verification Form. Families can quickly and easily indicate no updates are needed, if that’s the case, or provide updated contact information as needed. The form also includes a handful of new questions to help the Division understand each parent and guardian’s relationship to the student and their preferences for receiving communication from the school and Division.

To review your information, simply log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal and open the “Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form” from the left-hand menu or notification at the top of the page. Review all information carefully, provide updates where needed and submit your form by April 30. One form is required for each student currently registered at an EIPS school. Only one parent/guardian will complete the form for each student—all associated parent/guardian information for each student is available to review on the same form.

If you have any questions about your Parent/Guardian Information Verification Form, reach out to the school at (780) 632-3341.

EIPS Annual Education Results Report

Every year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) publishes an Annual Education Results Report, which outlines the Division’s Four-Year Education Plan, opportunities for growth and how it’s supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes. Read through this year’s EIPS Annual Education Results Report 2021-22 and discover how EIPS fosters learning environments for all students to learn, grow and thrive—and why it matters.

April Spotlight: Student Growth and Success

· Early Learning: Ensuring early learners reach developmental milestones

· Culture of Literacy: Dive deep into the data and learn how students are developing strong literacy skills

· Math Matters: Enhancing reasoning, understanding and achievement through numeracy-rich classrooms

· Boosting Educational Outcomes: Discover how EIPS supports the growth and achievement of students who self-identified First Nations, Metis and Inuit

· Beyond high school: Supports and strategies that are creating real-life career pathways for learners

RELATED INFORMATION EIPS Four-Year Education Plan: 2022-26 EIPS Three-Year Capital Plan: 2024-27

Do more this summer!

EIPS Summer School: Register now

Registration for EIPS Summer School is open now. 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 to 12 next fall, 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 10-3, 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2

· Science 10 and 30

· Biology 20 and 30

· Chemistry 20 and 30

· Physics 20 and 30

· Physical Education 10

· Personal Fitness 10, 20 and 30

· Career and Life Management (CALM 20)

· Foundations in Industry Workplace Safety

· Work Experience and RAP

For summer 2023, all Summer School courses are in-person. Classes take place at schools in Sherwood Park. Learn more about the 2023 summer program

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Career Pathways

Good afternoon, High Schools!

Thank you to all the on-site Career Pathways Facilitators that are helping to guide students within your buildings. As a result of your hard work and collaboration, we currently have over 70 students successfully engaged in their Work Experience programs, 20 active RAP students, 28 students participating in Dual Credit, and 18 currently in Green Certificate across the Division. These are positive numbers to report in our first quarter.

We also would like to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that information and opportunities are communicated to students and families directly from your schools. Over 60% of the Your Future: Career and Post-Secondary attendees said they found out about the event through their own school’s newsletters, posters, and social media. We encourage you to continue sharing our monthly newsletter and ensuring this important information gets to students and families.

Moving into the second half of the Semester, our focus will shift to building capacity within schools to meet the Division goal of supporting and preparing students for life beyond high school. One of the priorities will include professional learning with CTS and CALM teachers to build common course categories and weightings.

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Click HERE to check out the Student Opportunity Board

Community Corner

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Introducing Kickstand Connect

When it comes to mental well-being, we believe that connections can make a big difference. Opening up to a care provider, a peer or even taking part in a workshop can be insightful and provide the right kind of support. That’s why we designed Kickstand Connect - a free online portal and mobile app where young people can virtually ‘walk in’ or pre-book appointments, up to a week in advance, with a counsellor, peer support worker, employment specialist or participate in group activities and workshops.

Kickstand Connect offers a virtual walk-in clinic with trained professionals and a safe space for group sessions, exclusively for young Albertans aged 12-25 and their parents or caregivers. Feeling disconnected, need mental health support, struggling with substance use or want to build new skills? Make an appointment and join us on Kickstand Connect today!

Services We Offer:

Kickstand Connect offers various walk-in and pre-booked single session services, none of which require a healthcare card, referral, or any form of payment. Individuals can walk-in or pre-book up to a week in advance for services available Mondays (except statutory holidays) and Thursdays from 1:00-9:00pm (with last appointment available at 8:00pm).

Walk-in Mental Health and/or Substance Use Counselling

There are times when we feel down, distressed, concerned about our substance use, nervous, or just have too much going on. No need to figure it all out by yourself. Connect with a Kickstand mental health counsellor and leave with a plan to address what is important to you!

Walk-in Peer Support

Are you uncertain about where to start or feel uncomfortable talking to a healthcare provider? If you’d like to first open up to someone who can actually understand what you are going through, we have peer support workers to help you. Kickstand peer support workers come from different backgrounds and have their own experiences with mental health or substance use challenges. They are trained for virtual appointments and can offer you emotional support and connections based on their lived experiences.

Walk-in Employment Services

Finding a job or choosing the right educational course can be challenging for some. If you are looking for support, our employment services might just be what you need! Sign up for an appointment with an employment specialist to help work through your requirements. Our specialists will also assist you with related support including job search skills, resume building, interview workshops and education and career exploration.

Groups and Workshops

Kickstand Connect offers a range of groups and workshops - all you do is find the one that interests you. Our groups often have two leaders who cover a wide range of topics and focus on learning, practicing new skills, or both. Since these programs are designed for interaction with fellow participants, they might not be ideal for one-on-one support. If you’d prefer a private session, please choose one of our walk-in services.

Kickstand Connect will soon include the following services:
Walk-in Health Services with a Nurse Practitioner or Physician
Support for Families and Caregivers

How can you get involved?

Follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok @mykickstandca.

Join our Kickstand Youth Network: QR CODE

Join our Kickstand Family Network: QR CODE

School Fundraisers

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In 1984, Operation Education began as a way to support local schools in the community. Operation Education is a co-operative fundraising program where students, staff and families of local schools can raise funds. It runs twice per school year: Sept 1 - Dec 31 and Jan 1 - June 30. Simply hand in your original Boston Pizza receipts to the office and the school earns 5% (before tax)!