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December 9, 2022

Important Upcoming Events and Dates

December 12-16: Food bank collection continues (pick up Friday)

December 12-16: Candy grams on sale ($1 each outside the office)

December 13: Ugly sweater day

December 14: Scavenger hunt

December 15: Fee waiver application due

December 15: Grade 7 lunch band concert in the hall

December 16: Wrap a teacher at lunch

December 16: Grade 8 lunch band concert in the hall

December 19: Grade 9 lunch band concert in the hall

December 21-January 3: Christmas Break

December 26-January 2: Central Services closed

January 4: Schools open for students and staff. Early dismissal/ Staff Meeting

January 18: School Council 5:30 library

January 30: Professional Learning day for Staff (NO SCHOOL)

FRH Staff Recognition Form

If you would like to publically acknowledge a staff member at FRH please fill in the attached Google Form.

Supporting our community and families

Though the holidays can be “the most wonderful time of year”, this season can also be incredibly stressful and difficult for some of our families.

If providing for your family over the holidays will be a hardship for you, we invite you to fill out *THIS FORM* for a Holiday Care Box. We would like to provide items for a holiday meal for you and your family.

Please be reassured that your name and information will be kept private and confidential. Ms. Smith will be the only one who is aware of the families that are signed up and will contact you directly about setting up a time for delivery.

We will keep *THIS FORM* open until Wednesday, December 14th. Please don’t hesitate to fill it out if you would like some help this season. 😊

Math Help

We know that math can be tricky for some students and we encourage our students to come for math help during the lunch hour.

Our current schedule is;

Grade 8's and 9's on Days 2 & 4 (with Mrs. Huculak)

Grade 7 help is on Day 6 (with Mr. Boychuk)

If you feel this would be helpful for your child and you're sure your child is attending please reach out to the grade-level administrator and we will support you in any way we can.

Food Bank Donations

FRH has begun their annual Food Bank Drive Fundraiser! Leadership 9 students will be at the front doors starting Dec 1st to collect items brought in by students and staff. Our goal this year is to collect more than 2000 food items/cash donations by December 15th. If we reach that goal, students will be rewarded with a fun activity-filled afternoon on Dec 20th!

Urgently needed items for the Strathcona County food bank include the following:

  • No-sugar-added canned fruit and fruit snack cups
  • No-sugar-added fruit juice, both 1 litre tetra and juice boxes
  • Ready-to-serve soup, chili, or stew
  • Pasta sauce (low sodium)
  • Whole grain crackers

Thank you in advance for helping to make this another successful fundraiser and for helping out local families in our area make this holiday a special one!

Junior High Honours Program: 2023-24 applications

Is your child considering the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Junior High Honours program for the coming school year? The EIPS Junior High Honours program is designed for students in grades 8 and 9 with high achievement in their core courses and who enjoy a challenging academic environment. Students enrolled in Junior High Honours are expected to complete 25 hours of community service in an area of passion and will be automatically enrolled in the “CTF: Enterprise and Innovation” option course. Students must have a minimum 80 percent average in each of the four core subjects to be eligible to apply to the Junior High Honours program.

On January 9, the parent/guardian No. 1 on file in PowerSchool for all current grades 7 and 8 families will receive direct communication from EIPS outlining the application process for the EIPS Junior High Honours program—including a link to the application form. Applications for the 2023-24 EIPS Junior High Honours program are due Jan. 18, 2023.

EIPS will confirm conditional acceptance in the 2023-24 Junior High Honours program in late January—based on a student’s marks as of January 18. Students must maintain their honours standing on the year-end report card in June to receive final acceptance in the Honours program for the upcoming year.

Have your say, EIPS wants to hear from you!

The Annual Education Results Report 2021-22 is now available. The report is a summary of how Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is doing relative to Alberta Education’s performance measures; how it's supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes; and its successes, challenges and priority strategies moving forward. Both the full report and an overview are available for readers.

Reflecting on this report and the past school year, EIPS wants to hear from you to gain a deeper understanding of your confidence in the Division and its strategic direction. As such, the annual EIPS Year-in-Review: Stakeholder Confidence Survey is now open. Thank you for your patience while we temporarily postponed the survey—it's now reopened. Complete the Year-in-Review Survey by December 18.

The survey covers a range of topics, including student growth and achievement, learning supports, teaching and leading, governance and resource allocations. The information gathered will help EIPS:

  • assess stakeholder confidence—families, staff, Grade 12 students and community members;
  • gather input to guide future decision-making; · gather feedback to enhance its Four-Year Education Plan; and
  • provide a platform for families, students, staff and community members to have a voice in ensuring high-quality, student-centred learning environments in EIPS schools.

EIPS will share the results in the Annual Education Results Report 2022-23.

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW! The survey closes Dec. 18, 2022 If you’ve already completed the 2021-22 survey, there’s no need to do so again. Your responses have been recorded and will be included in the Division data.

NOTE: EIPS encourages everyone to respond honestly. Your identity and answers are confidential and cannot be linked to you or your child’s school. Grade 12 students will have an opportunity to complete the survey at school. Families who do not want their child to complete the survey simply need to advise their child’s school.

Grade 9 Highschool Visits and Information

In January our grade nine students will start discussions around high school streams and options. We know this is often a new

We will be making visits to Bev Facey to check out the option spaces and start making connections with staff.

Registration will be open from February 1st until February 28th. Start thinking about where you would like to attend grade 10. Mr. Sonnenberg and Mrs. Knott are available to discuss high school with grade 9 students.

During the new year, we will have high school staff available at Interviews in order to answer streaming questions.

Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2023-24 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 2023-24 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 2023-24 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2023.

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 Feb. 1, 2023.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-3800.

Fee Waiver Application Deadline

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay school or transportation fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2022. If you’re new to the Division, the deadline is the latter of Dec. 15, 2022, or 45 days after registration.

To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa or MasterCard. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted.

Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, extracurricular activities and more.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees and https://www.frhaythorne.ca/about/fees. Alternatively, contact Karen Bidniak at F.R. Haythorne School at 780-467-3800.

CEMC Contests

Does your child LOVE math?! Are they looking for a new way to challenge themselves? Math contests are a fun way for students to develop their problem-solving skills, build confidence and get creative with math.

Through the University of Waterloo, students are able to participate in math contests as a fun way to test their skills. These tests are ordered and proctored through the school. Contest dates for various grades are shown below:

Grade 7 – Gauss Contest (May 17th, 2023)

Grade 8 – Gauss Contest (May 17th, 2023)

Grade 9 – Pascal Contest (February 22, 2023)

Grade 9 – Fryer Contest (April 5th, 2023)

As these contests have a deadline as to when they need to be ordered, we are asking any interested families to email Mrs. Huculak (carrie.huculak@eips.ca) with the student name, grade, and contest to be written by Dec 16th. There will be NO LATE ENTRIES.

For more information about the contests, visit https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/contests.html.v

Get Caught Reading!

From December 12th to 20th, you can get caught reading! Staff members will be randomly awarding ballots throughout the day when we catch people reading. Fill out the ballot and drop it in the lime green box on the circulation desk (we have posters, pens, and brand new books to give away!). Want an extra chance to win a great prize? Email Mrs. Getschel a suggestion for books we should add to our library collection. We will draw for prizes daily! Good luck and happy reading!

Book of the Week - What Light by Jay Asher

What Light by Jay Asher, is the “Book of the Week”. In this novel written by the author of Thirteen Reasons Why, Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.


Many of our FSL 9 students will be travelling to Quebec in May of 2023. To help offset the cost of their trip, they are fundraising. Want to help? Sign up for Flipgive. We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Sobeys, Under Armour, Apple, Esso, Loblaws, and many more.

It’s completely virtual and contactless. Interested? You can join our team now and we’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=YTD79C, or head to the website or app and enter this code: YTD79C. Please consider supporting our students and email Mrs. Getschel if you have questions.




Congratulations to all of our amazing athletes for a great volleyball season.

Jr Girls: 4th in the league

Jr Boys: Gold

Sr Girls: 4th in the league

Sr Boys: Silver

A huge shout-out to all our amazing coaches for your time and dedication to our students. We are so thankful for you all as we know that we would not be able to do it without you!


We are still not sure about try-outs. We will send out information as soon as we have it. Thank you for your patience. We will all be posted on Instagram and the website.


All practices and games will be posted here. Times will be posted soon. Check back regularly.

Hawk Wear Orders

Looking for some comfortable new clothes? Check out the great Hawk Wear for sale. Please let us know if they are gifts and we will call you when they arrive.

Referees Needed for Basketball

FRH athletics is looking for Basketball officials. If you know of anybody who would be interested in a part-time job reffing basketball please email Mr. Roper.


Donations for Interior Design

Interior Design 9 is looking for carpet pieces, flooring pieces, wallpaper samples etc. that could be used for dollhouses. We have 5 dollhouses that the students are renovating and preparing for a second home. Thank you in advance for anything that you may be able to contribute.

Christmas Break

F.R. Haythorne School will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours

Open December 22 and 23; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023

Open January 3; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*for location and contact information visit www.eips.ca.

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

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