RHJ Weekly Update

January 9, 2022

Return to School

Students will be returning to in-school learning on Monday, January 10. We are conscious and concerned about the increased transmissibility of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and the impact it may have on our students and staff. Our focus is to protect the learning environment for our students. Here are some important points to know and implement moving forward.


  1. Our staff will be doing their best to support your students, but we recognize there may be disruptions and challenges due to the pandemic. If you are connecting with our staff, please choose kindness as we are all doing our best in these challenging circumstances. Thank you in advance for your support.
  2. Anyone with symptoms, COVID-19 related or otherwise should be staying home until those symptoms are fully gone unless they are from a diagnosed pre-existing medical condition. The COVID-19 Daily Screening Questionaire needs to be completed each day before students attend.
  3. If students are staying home, please call the school (780-998-2216) or email (general.rhj@eips.ca) to let the school know along with the reason. If students are staying home due to illness, please share a brief explanation of symptoms.
  4. The isolation rules for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have changed. For students that are double vaccinated, they are legally required to isolate for 5 days and then there are 5 days of further mask restrictions. For students that are not double vaccinated, they are legally required to isolate for 10 days. For further information, please see the Alberta Government website HERE.
  5. When students are away from school, assessments and work will be posted to Brightspace. Teachers will not be teaching both in-person and online, so students will need to follow along through Brightspace. However, students are able to reach out to their teachers with any questions.
  6. Extracurricular activites are moving forward, however Junior High Basketball league games have been postponed until January 17.

Masks, Rapid Tests, and Water Bottles

The Government of Alberta is providing medical grade masks and rapid test kits for students sometime next week. Students are strongly recommended to use medical grade masks while at school and those will be available in the office to any student who wants one once they are delivered.

The rapid test kits will be distributed to students to take home with them. The government is suggesting they be used twice a week.

A friendly reminder to please send your student with a water bottle to school daily. We are handing out a lot of masks and disposable cups to students for water, and it isn't sustainable. Thanks for you help with this!

Travel Information

As the Winter Break concludes, we wish to remind you of federal public health regulations related to when students are permitted to return to school after travelling outside of Canada. If you have traveled, please ensure that these restrictions and guidelines are followed.

Information on travel restrictions and public health regulations can be found at the Government of Canada’s website. Any questions or concerns about these restrictions should be directed to the Government of Canada, through their www.travel.gc.ca website.

Student Voice

Mr. Shudra and Mrs. Orr will be meeting with all grade 7 and 8 students during a Health block in January to get some general feedback from students on how things are going. Hearing directly from students is important to help us identify areas of growth as a school, as well as school successes, all from a student perspective. We will also be asking students about option classes, schedules, what they want out of the school and their teachers, and how we can help them. It is important to ask students how they are doing and how things are going so that they can take ownership in their school and be empowered to make a difference!

This Week at Rudolph Hennig

Monday, January 10 - Day 4

Ms. Kropp available

Tuesday, January 11 - Day 5

Student Voice - HR 86

Ms. Kropp available

Wednesday, January 12 - Day 6

Student Voice - HR 81 and 84

Virtual PD for Website - Mr. Shudra and Mrs. Orr in PM

Ms. Kropp available

Thursday, January 13 - Day 1

Student Voice - HR 82

Ms. Kropp available

Friday, January 14 - Day 2

Student Voice - HR 83 and 85

Ms. Kropp away

High School Information Nights and Open House

It is hard to believe that we are already getting our grade 9's to head off to high school, but here we are! Below are some information nights for some of our Division Programs. The Fort High Open House is scheduled for Thursday, February 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We will share more information as we get it.
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Preparing for the World of Work

1. YWITT – Careers in Agriculture and the Skilled Trades in Cooking

January 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Students in Grades 9-12

Register: https://www.careersnextgen.ca/event/ywitt-careers-in-agricultre-and-skilled-trades-cook-and-baker/

Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a program designed to break barriers and give young women the opportunity and confidence to explore different career options in non-traditional skilled trades and technologies.

Agriculture:

The agricultural industry is both valuable and critical to our society and remains one of the largest sources of employment in many areas across Alberta and the world. It is an industry that continues to redefine itself and to present ever-evolving career opportunities. Whether it is working as a farmer, harvester, technician for farm equipment, scientist, and so on, there are an amazing number of opportunities for careers.

Careers: Beekeeper, Horticulturist, Veterinarian, Food Specialist, Seed Producer, Equine Stable Hand, Farmer, Irrigation Specialist, the list “grows” on and on…

Cook:

As the industry shifts, and the gender barrier dissipates, the opportunities for women in cooking are better than ever. The skills that we learn in the culinary arts can be applied to so many different areas in our lives. We learn organization, teamwork, cleanliness, food safety, sanitization practices, as well as the undeniably great skill behind the art of cooking.

Skilled Trades: Cook and Baker

Counsellor Corner with Ms. Kropp

Recognizing Anxiety

We have a third year Concordia student volunteering at the school. Ms. Hipkin will be meeting with students to discuss high school and post-secondary options. She will also be meeting with students individually and in small groups to work through booklets on recognizing anxiety and strategizes to overcome anxiety.


Guided Meditation and Stress Reduction

Weekly guided meditations will start January 6 during the second part of lunch in the Flex Room (157). A maximum of 8 students will be allowed. Admittance will be based on students first to arrive.

On Tuesday, January 25th Meditation will be moved to the Blue Mat room and 20 students can attend. Admittance is based on students first to arrive.


Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 TEXT4HOPE-Alberta Health Services

Mental Health Meter Quiz


Alberta Health Services

Caregiver Education Sessions: January

Alberta Health Services, in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation, offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Upcoming Caregiver Education Sessions, Lunch & Learn Webinars and Drop-In Series are outlined in the January Caregiver Education Team Newsletter.

Text4Hope - Free daily text messaging services, evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke

To subscribe text COVID19HOPE to 393939.

MoreGoodDays – Free daily text messaging services for youth delivering inspiration and advice straight to your phone via text message. Whether you’re feeling high or low on any given day, these simple messages can shift your perspective and give you something positive to build on. Brought to Albertans by Kickstand and Alberta Blue Cross in coordination with Alberta based health foundations

To subscribe text MoreGoodDays to 393939

Healthy Together - A guide to family and home life during COVID-19


Ms. Kropp

michelle.kropp@eips.ca

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 Feb. 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 Feb. 1, 2022. Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account


For more information, contact the school office at 780-998-2216.

Important Dates

2021-2022 Important Dates


January


January 24 School Council Meeting

January 27 Family Literacy Day

January 29 Bell Lets talk “Mental Health Awareness”

January 31 Professional Development Day


February


February 1 First day of Second Semester

February 2 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

February 10-11 Teachers Convention

February 15 National Flag Day

February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21 Family Day - Stat

February 23 Pink Shirt Day

February 28 School Council Meeting


March


March 2 Staff Meeting Day - Early Dismissal

March 4 Professional Development Day

March 4-5 Ted Tchir Basketball Tournament - RHJ Gym

March 8 International Women’s Day

March 14 Pi Day

March 17 Parent Teacher Conferences

March 21 School Council Meeting

March 21 World Down Syndrome Day

March 25-31 Spring Break

March 27 World Theatre Day


April


April 1 Spring Break

April 2 World Autism Day

April 6 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

April 7 World Health Day

April 12 RHJ Information Night

April 15 Good Friday

April 16 National Librarian Day

April 18 Easter Monday

April 22 Earth Day

April 23 World Book Day

April 25 School Council Meeting

April 27 Administrative Professionals Day


May


May 1 Hats on! For mental health

May 2-6 Mental Health Week

May 3 Bus Driver Appreciation Day?

May 3 Support Staff Appreciation Day?

May 4 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

May 5 Teacher Appreciation Day

May 6 Professional Development Day

May 18 Spring Band Concert - RHJ Gym

May 20 School Closure Day

May 23 Victoria Day

May 30 School Council Meeting

June


June 1 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal

June 2-3 Performing Arts - One Act Plays - RHJ Gym

June 5 World Environment Day

June 8 Guitar Cafe - RHJ Gym

June 28 Last Instructional Day

June 29 Last Operational Day

About Us

Welcome to the home of the Ravens! We support personal development and academic growth for all of our students.

Rudolph Hennig Junior High School honours Treaty 6 territory and welcomes students from Metis settlements and First Nations communities throughout Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. We strive to build a safe and caring environment where cultural practices and traditions are honoured and celebrated. We work closely with community Elders to bring the truth of Canada’s history to our students as we work towards shared reconciliation.

We hope your year with us will be an enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable experience. Rudolph Hennig’s staff are committed to ensuring all students achieve success.