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December 2, 2022

Important Upcoming Events and Dates

December 6: Volleyball Finals

December 7: Early dismissal/Staff Meeting

December 8 & 9: Senior Basketball Tryouts

December 13 & 14: Junior Basketball Tryouts

December 15: Fee waiver application due

December 16: Food bank pick up

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. 😊

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!

Grade 9 Highschool Choice

Did you know that grade 9 students must declare next year's school of choice in February? 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.

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

Book of the Week

It’s a crossover event for “Book of the Week”! Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, is a holiday favorite and has many different variations available on Netflix and other streaming services (Shrek the Halls, Muppets Christmas Carol, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Scrooged, A Christmas Carol, 8-Bit Christmas, and the musical Spirited).


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.




The volleyball season is almost complete. The Junior teams and the Senior teams play their last matches on Tuesday, December 6th. Both Girls teams are going for bronze, while both boys teams are going for gold! Come out and cheer them on.

Jr Girls: 4:00 @ FRH

Jr Boys: 5:00 @ St. Theresa

Sr Girls: 4:00 @ Lakeland Ridge

Sr Boys: 5:30 @ Salisbury

A huge shout out to Ms. Moscrip, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Scott, Paris, and Paige for all the time, energy, and early mornings they put into the Development Volleyball teams! The players had a blast and showed great improvement over the fall! Thank you coaches, players and parents for your dedication to those early mornings!



Thursday, December 8th:

  • Sr. Girls Tryout #1 – 3:30 to 5:00 (both gyms)
  • Sr. Boys Tryout #1 – 5:00 to 6:30 (both gyms)

Friday, December 9th:

  • Sr. Boys Tryout #2 – 3:30 to 5:00 (both gyms)
  • Sr. Girls Tryout #2 – 5:00 to 6:30 (both gyms)


Tuesday, December 13th:

  • Jr. Girls Tryout #1 – 3:30 to 5:00 (both gyms)
  • Jr. Boys Tryout #1 – 5:00 to 6:30 (both gyms)

Wednesday, December 14th:

  • Jr. Boys Tryout #2 – 3:30 to 5:00 (both gyms)
  • Jr. Girls Tryout #2 – 5:00 to 6:30 (both gyms)

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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Parent Resources

Where to Find the Information You Need

Elk Island Public Schools and F.R. Haythorne use a handful of key systems to share information with students and families. Depending on the information you’re looking for, it’s important to know where to look.

PowerSchool is the primary student information system within the Division. There is an associated app, but the functionality is limited, and families don’t need to download it. From the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can:

  • Access student grades and report cards;
  • Review student absences;
  • Pay school and transportation fees; and
  • Submit official updates to student or family information.

The PowerSchool Student Portal provides similar access to grades and absence information for students directly.

Brightspace provides more of a day-to-day look what’s happening with your child’s learning communicated directly from your child’s teacher. From Brightspace Parent & Guardian, you can see your child’s:

  • classroom activity feed,
  • grade items and grade feedback from instructors,
  • upcoming assignments,
  • portfolio evidence and
  • quizzes

depending on which of the program functions are specifically used by your child’s teacher.

Brightspace for Students is where teachers share updates, calendar reminders and learning materials with students. Compatible with Google, it also allows students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, and see grades and teacher feedback. The Pulse app for students is associated with Brightspace for Students.

SchoolMessenger is the system the Division and schools use to send email and phone communication to families. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is populated from PowerSchool. Through SchoolMessenger, families can:

  • receive general, emergency and attendance messages by phone, email or both; and
  • manage their subscription preferences for these types of messages.

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.

If you have trouble accessing any of these systems or have questions about them, contact F.R Haythorne School at 780-467-3800.