NSO Weekly News

September 19-24, 2022

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

Hey all, we hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! Monday is Instructional day 14 of 90. Students are already 16% of the way through the semester. As such, it is important they continue to check in with teachers and proceed with learning activities and assessments.


We appreciate the ongoing opportunity to engage, interact, and support families. We believe strongly in creating flexible, individualized, and personalized learning opportunities. Our detailed School Goals and School Education Plan can be seen below.


Mr. Spady Principal & Mrs. Porter Assistant Principal

Youth Employment Workshop Series (Ages 15-19)

Youth will increase their feelings of empowerment, self-confidence, be better prepared for entering the work-force, improve communication skills and have increased motivation to go after their goals. September 20, 2022 4 - 7 PM

Upcoming events

September 19: Ceremony honouring the day of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

September 23: Terry Fox School Run Day
September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (schools and Central Services closed)
September 30: Orange Shirt Day

October 3-7: Read In Week http://readin.ca/

October 5: World Teachers' Day
October 5: early dismissal

Plan your Career with ALIS

Careers, Learning and Employment is a great resource. Get help writing your resume or cover letter, learn how to network and prepare for your interview and check out job search resources and labour market information.

Post Secondary Information

Post Secondary applications begin on October 1, 2022. Please visit https://applyalberta.ca/ to begin your profile or contact our Guidance Counsellor elli.hansen@eips.ca


Open house dates:

University of Alberta October 15

The King's University October 15

Lakeland College October 21-22

Concordia University of Edmonton October 22

Norquest College October 22

University of Calgary October 22

University of Lethbridge October 29

Mount Royal University October 29

NAIT October 29

Olds College October

Portage College November 1-3

MacEwan University November 5

Red Deer Polytechnic Call to book

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Congratulations Carmelo!

The Sherwood Park Crusaders are proud to announce forward and Next Step student Carmelo Crandell (’05) has committed to Colgate University (NCAA Div. 1) for the 2023/2024 season.

https://www.sherwoodparkcrusaders.ca/release-carmelo-crandell-commits-to-colgate-university

Update your PowerSchool information

The EIPS Correction and Verification Form is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Use the form to access and update your child’s records information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and medical information. Reviewing the form and submitting updates ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact the school. Review and update the form by Sept. 22, 2022. EIPS Correction and Verification Form

Designated post-secondary institutions in Alberta

Find out which post-secondary institutions in Alberta are designated to enrol international students.

Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program 2022

The Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering is a 7-month mentorship pairing high school students who are women, feminine-presenting and/or identifying, and non-binary with current engineering students! Participants explore the possibilities in engineering by being:

· paired with an engineering student to ask questions and hear about their experiences,

· invited to information sessions like “Real world applications of engineering” and "University application help”

· introduced to other high school students also exploring engineering as a potential career and social events

· enabled to explore if engineering is a program and career that's a good fit for them

Rural and out of province students are welcome! Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are open until September 30, 2022.

Alberta Health Resources!

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Trevor H. Shirtliff Difference Maker Scholarship

Selections will be based on academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creativity as evidenced by contributions in the classroom and/or in the broader community.

LORAN Award Scholarship

The selection of a Loran Scholar is unique in its attention to a young person’s character. We believe that integrity, courage, grit and personal autonomy are better indicators of overall potential than standard academic measures.

Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships

Prove financial need $65,000 or less family income, Demonstrate desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field. Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

TD Scholarship for Community Leadership

Have you shown exceptional initiative in making a meaningful and lasting difference in your community? Then we want to hear from you, as you may qualify for one of our Community Scholarships.

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6 Most Common Mistakes When Applying to Scholarships

The goal of putting in time and effort to complete scholarship applications is to hopefully win the scholarship money. Why do over 25% of scholarship applications get disqualified or overlooked? The answer is because of easily avoidable mistakes.

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Peer Group - Sherwood Park

Are you interested in connecting with other students at Next Step in Sherwood Park? Are you looking for ways to be involved with the community, giving back and learning about mindfulness, self-care? Are you looking for a way to share your journey or support others with theirs?


Success Coach Aley is starting a Peer Group for students looking to connect, not only individually, but with other students! This group will start October 3 from 3:30-4:30 and will run every Monday!


If you are interested in attending this peer group, please email the Success Coach Aley at aley.kulbaba@eips.ca to express your interest or feel free to visit her in the office!

September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday created to honour the survivors of the residential school system, the children who never returned home, as well as their families and communities. Because it’s a school closure day, the Division will recognize the day on September 29. Division staff and students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to commemorate the solemn day of remembrance of the tragic history and ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Learn more about the residential school system and events across the country on the Government of Canada website and from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Student Services- Wellness

Practicing Self Care and Mindfulness is super important for our mental health and success in school. By practicing self care and mindfulness activities, you are learning how to manage stress, worries and anxiety. Each week we will provide you with a mindfulness activity to try on your own or with your family! To learn more about mindfulness, selfcare or to access support please reach out to our Success Coaches Aley.Kulbaba@eips.ca , Janet.Clarkson@eips.ca or our School Counsellor Elli.Hansen@eips.ca


Mindfulness Activity Week 3: Find a comfortable position and relax. Take 10 deep breaths and silently repeat to yourself: "May I be well". Feel the power of the words and think of one special thing you can do for yourself this week.

Raye, J. A year of mindfulness.

Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition newsletter

The Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition refers to a group of community partners who believe in improving the support and resources available to children, youth and their families in Strathcona County.

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Free Virtual Leadership Opportunity

On September 27 from 1-230 (eastern time), The Believe Initiative will be hosting a free virtual Leadership Lab to support students with the back to school transition. During the session students will learn about strategies to maximize motivation, manage pressure, redefine success, master prioritization and more! Students will hear from an exciting line up of panelists who will share their stories, provide some actionable take-aways and will be invited to participate in the free Believe Leadership Program. If you would like to be a part of this event, please register using the link below! To learn more about the event please head to: https://www.believeinitiative.com/leadership-lab/
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Falcons View

Bev Facey Falcons View Parent Newsletter –September 19-24, 2022

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Fort High's Weekly Bulletin

Sabre Scene

Salisbury Sabres parent Information.

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Next Step Community Kitchen- Sherwood Park

We are happy to announce that our Next Step Community Kitchen at our Sherwood Park location is now open! Having access to breakfast, lunch and snacks are very important for student growth and well-being. This year we are happy to be able to provide students with items that have been donated to us by the food bank!

Download the SchoolMessenger App

Next Step Outreach and the Division use the SchoolMessenger platform for communicating with families—through both phone and email. Be sure to add communications@eips.ca and nextstep@eips.ca to your safe sender list to avoid having important messages funneled into your junk mail folder.


The easiest way to stay connected is to download the SchoolMessenger app. Get the latest updates direct to your mobile device and enable push notifications to never miss a message. Families can also check back on past messages—for up to 30 days—directly in the app rather than searching to find an old message buried in your inbox. Download the SchoolMessenger app from the App Store or Google Play today.

Student Attendance

Although attendance notifications are not tracked in PowerSchool, we recommend students be on site at one of our three campus locations 12-15 hours per week where possible.


We do require students to sign in or check in upon arrival and sign out when leaving the campus. This process is required as part of our Emergency Readiness planning at each site.

Hours of Operation

Students & families can access our campus during the following times:

Monday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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