Thursday, March 24, 2022
Nick works at a Ukrainian private school, and continues to teach his students online everyday at 4:00 a.m. from Sherwood Park. At the end of January Nick received an email telling him to evacuate the country.
Nick returned to Alberta and is now going around to local schools telling students about his time in Ukraine, educating students about the history of the Russia Ukraine conflict, and explaining what we can do to help.
When do I keep my child home? Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return—refer to the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students 18 and older. * Last updated on March 3, 2022
Please remember to complete this form verbally with your child every day. Doing so helps keep schools safer for everyone and, will hopefully, keep temporary online learning to a minimum.
The Oldies vs the Goldies!! SWH staff took on the Sr Girls basketball team and it was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who showed up to play and cheer!!
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you about your experience with the Division and your school. Make sure to share your thoughts by completing 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.
TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!
Survey closes March 27, 2022
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.
To complement the 2022 Parent Survey, the Division’s also conducting a student survey with learners in Grade 9 and Grade 12. Students will complete the survey in class between March 14-27. Similar to the parent survey, the questions focus on the student’s experience with the Division and their school. EIPS will share the results from the parent and student surveys before the end of the school year.
The intensity and number of traumatic events happening in the world today can feel overwhelming, even as an adult. Feeling secure is essential to healthy growth and development.
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 to 9 students and teachers at Sherwood Heights Junior High 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.
AEA Survey: Parent letter
AEA Survey: Methodology for rate calculation
Assurance and Accountability: Alberta’s K-12 education system
On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Virtual Family Gatherings
Many thanks to the families who joined us for our virtual gatherings this winter. It was a pleasure to reconnect with those who were part of the gatherings last year and to welcome new families to our virtual circle. We’re grateful for the conversation, the ideas shared and the feedback on work that’s happening throughout the Division. We look forward to seeing you all again next school year—hopefully in person at some point!
If there’s anything stemming from the gatherings you wish to discuss, please reach out to the lead teacher at your child’s school or someone from the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team directly:
Planning for the 2022- 23 School Year
March and April are busy times for school lead teachers and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team as planning begins for next school year. Lead teachers and the team reflect on the successes and challenges of the past year, and the hopes for 2022-23. If you have ideas or feedback for your child’s school or the Division in general, please reach out to the lead teacher or connect with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team.
Treaty 6 and Métis Nation Flag Raising | June 13
If you’ve driven by EIPS Central Services recently, you may have noticed the addition of two new flag poles. As a further commitment on the path of truth telling toward reconciliation, and as an affirmation as Treaty partners, EIPS will be raising the Treaty 6 and Métis Nation flag on June 13. Each school in the Division will also display the two flags and are busy planning staff professional development and student learning experiences to understand the significance of each flag. More information on the Central Services ceremony and the specific events at each school will be shared in the near future.
Opening of Central Services Land-based Learning Space | June 21
EIPS has been working closely with Elder WIlson Bearhead to design and build a land-based learning space at EIPS Central Services. With spring on its way, construction will resume on the space. As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21, EIPS will officially open the space, honour our ongoing relationship with Elder Wilson and affirm our commitment to deepen our relationship with the land that sustains us. We’ll share details of the opening event as the date draws closer.
Young Women in Trades and Technologies - In Person Camp
Are you ready to discover your passion! A free in-person camp for female identifying youth in grades 9-12.
During the camp, students will have the opportunity to explore several careers in the skilled trades, gain hands-on experience, talk with female mentors who are working in the field, and connect with other young women with similar interests. This year we will be accepting 12 participants for our 4-day camp.
Discover opportunities and supports beyond high school for teens and adults with disabilities.
The full contest rules and judging rubric for grades 4-6 and grades 7-9 are available online, as well as the full list of prizes available to be won. With ties to English Language Arts and Social Studies—stories, histories, peoples of Alberta and citizenship—the contest is suitable for teachers to use as a whole-class activity or as enrichment for specific students. The entry deadline is April 11.
New Online Cougar Wear Store
Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!
Upcoming Dates and Events
March 25: Day-in-Lieu of Parent-Teacher Interviews - No School
March 28 to April 1: Spring Break - No School
April 4: Classes Resume
April 6: Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
April 6: Future Fair - 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
April 15: Good Friday - No School
April 18: Easter Monday - No School
April 21: SWH Information Night - 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
April 26: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
May 2: SWH Track Meet
The EIPS 2022-23 Division calendar is now available and includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, including school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the November, Christmas, spring and summer breaks; PD days; & early dismissal dates.