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March 3, 2022

Up Coming Dates and Events

March 4: Professional Learning Day- NO SCHOOL for students

March 8: International Women's Day

March 10: Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair – Spring Session - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

March 14: Pi Day

March 14 to 18: Week of Inspirational Math

March 16: School Council 6 pm (we will be discussing fees)

March 17 and 22: Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 3:30-6:30pm (phone)

March 21: World Poetry Day

March 28 to April 1: Spring Break - No School

Brightspace 101: Parents and Guardians

Please continue to have your child look at individual Brightspace materials if they are absent for any reason. All work and materials will be posted there.

Straight Talk About Teens- online session

Crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood can be exciting and challenging for both teens and their caregivers. Join us for this online session based on Healthy Minds Healthy Kids Psychology Canada’s publication “Straight Talk About Teens”.

Together, we will explore topics including:

  • Adolescent Development
  • The Teenage Brain
  • Effective Communication
  • Fair Discipline
  • Managing Risky Behaviors

FOR: Parents and caregivers of youth ages 12-18

WHEN: Wednesday March 9th 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

COST: Free

WHERE: Online

To register, visit www.strathcona.ca/parentsupport

Purdy's Easter Fundraiser

There’s only a few days left to get your Purdys orders in - the last day to submit your order is this Sunday, March 6th. Check out the catalog here: https://fundraising.purdys.com/780246-92273. Thanks to all of those who have already ordered – the library appreciates your support! Orders will be ready on or before March 22nd (before Spring Break).

First Chapter Friday

Welcome to March Madness! Are you a fan of Steph Curry? Kevin Durant? Lebron James? Luka Dončić? If so, you’ll love this week’s First Chapter Friday. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander(a verse novel) tells the story of Josh and Jordan, who must come to grips with growing up on and off the court. They realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. You can listen to the first 20 pages here.

Measuring Success: Complete this year’s Alberta Education Assurance Survey

Once again, Alberta Education is surveying teachers, students and families through its annual Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey. The survey acts as an annual check-up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as education quality, citizenship, family involvement, engagement levels, school climate and student wellness.

Throughout March, Grade 7 students and teachers at F.R. Haythorne are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey doesn’t take long to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.

Additionally, parents and guardians of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 are also asked to take a survey, either online or by mail. Alberta Education will send families information about the survey directly. As with the student and teacher survey, it’s anonymous and asks questions about your school experiences. If you have a child in grades 4, 7 or 10, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is March 25, 2022.

Results from the AEA Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each spring. The Division then uses the data to inform its four-year education plan, school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. Each fall, the results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities in the Division’s Annual Education Results Report.

Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair – Spring Session

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Exploring career options? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend the hybrid spring session of Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair—taking place on March 10, 2022.

The in-person portion of the event brings together a variety of colleges, universities, polytechnic, private schools and sector experts in one place. Meanwhile, the virtual component includes additional opportunities to attend sessions from several colleges, universities and sector experts. Both events are free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12.

Participating students and family members—attending both the in-person and virtual sessions—will have the chance to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions, ask questions, talk to experts about various career sectors, learn about future career trends, plus much more.

Event Details:

Date: March 10, 2022
In-person: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Strathcona County Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

Virtual: Times and schedule to be confirmed

Visit www.eips.ca/students/your-future for the list of vendors.

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ChatterHigh Pilot Program

Throughout Semester 2, F.R. Haythorne is one of six schools within the Division piloting ChatterHigh—piloted in the Health Classes. ChatterHigh is an online platform designed to help schools engage with families about ways to support their child in preparing for life after senior high—in terms of career planning and life-skills preparation.

ChatterHigh comes with college and career exploration activities, well-being, social and emotional learning, and other regionally specific supplemental curriculum. The platform also boasts a gamified seek-and-find activity that helps expand awareness, foster hope and prepare learners for life after high school. There’s also a daily career exploration quiz that guides students through college and university websites to build knowledge of the possibilities, capture interests and spark conversation. The daily quiz takes approximately 10 minutes. Each quiz asks students a new set of questions and becomes more personalized over time.

Students will complete the daily quiz at school on the days they have Health. Additionally, because this is a digital platform, students can also complete the daily quiz independently. Over time, the quizzes help learners develop a personalized interest profile and discover new and exciting career options. Students can then use the information to research education and career pathways and learn tips to support career-development course work and decisions after senior high. Overall, the daily quiz will create a learning environment, exposing students to all families of majors, and aid them in exploring areas of interest.

In June, the Division will review the pilot’s success and determine how to potentially expand it to more schools next year.

Student Art

2022 EIPS Parent Survey

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2022 EIPS Parent Survey—open from March 14-27.

Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.


NOTE: The survey is anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.

First Nations, Metis and Inuit learning

EIPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit team invite you to join their upcoming virtual gatherings. It is a great way to make connections, create a supportive environment for dialogue, share hopes and ideas, and learn what’s happening around the Division. We’re grateful to Elder Wilson Bearhead for attending the virtual gatherings last school year and agreeing to open each gathering again this year.

Gathering 3: March 15, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • words from Elder Wilson
  • topics to be determined based on wishes, hopes and interests expressed in previous gatherings

Sessions will take place online using Microsoft Teams Meetings. For more information visit our Division website or reach out to the school at 780-467-5930

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 activity you can do to move your learning forward. Good luck & enjoy this weeks’ learning.


February EIPS Career Pathways Info (CLICK LINK)

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.

Support Numbers

Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress line 780-482-4357

Family and Community Service

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

Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Spectators Update

The following changes regarding spectators at school events are currently in effect.

  • Spectators are permitted at indoor practices, games and performance events.
  • All spectators, except EIPS students and children 12 and younger, must wear a mask and physically distance, whenever possible.
  • EIPS recommends spectators are limited to family only, at this time.
  • EIPS reviews its protocols for spectators on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Please visit the EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22 for a more detailed look at the most recent changes.