Hawk's View

January 28, 2022

Up Coming Dates and Events

January 31- Professional Learning Day- NO SCHOOL for students

February 1- returning student registration opens for 2022-23

February 1- second semester begins

February 2- Early Dismissal 2:14 / Staff meeting

February 3- International Baccalaureate Information Night Virtual

February 10 & 11- Teacher's Convention- NO SCHOOL for students

February 17- Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21- Family Day- Holiday

February 23- Pink Shirt Day

February 28- returning student registration closes

March 2- Early Dismissal 2:14 / Staff meeting

March 4- Professional Learning Day- NO SCHOOL for students

Returning After a Positive Covid Case

If your child is returning to school after their 5 day quarantine they are required to keep their mask on AT ALL TIMES for the next 5 days. We realize that this is difficult in a school for this length of time, and when students need to eat and drink.

When students return they will be meeting with their grade administrator to come up with a plan for lunch and physical education. Each plan will be different as we work with individual student needs and the number of days that they need to not remove their mask.

Masks and Test Kits

Additional masks and tests kits have NOT arrived yet. We will have masks available at grade level entry doors each day for any students than need one.
Brightspace 101: Parents and Guardians

Please continue to have your child look at individual Brightspace materials if they are absent for any reason. All work and materials will be posted there.

Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1-28

Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is now open. All returning students must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. 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. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2022.

To access the Returning Student Registration Form, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you do need to set one up. For help see: Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information contact the school directly.

Returning Student Registration Process
Frequently Asked Questions
EIPS School Boundary Maps
Closed boundaries 2022-23
Find my designated school
Applying to a non-designated school

First Chapter Friday

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this week’s First Chapter Friday is Maus, by Art Spiegelman. This non-fiction graphic novel tells the true account of Art’s father, Vladek, and his wife, during the time Hitler was in power. According to Goodreads, “it addresses the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons. The author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.” This project took 13 years to complete, and is a story worth sharing with others. Please see Mrs. Getschel to request a copy.

EIPS 2022-23 Division Calendar: Now available!

The official 2022-23 EIPS calendar is now available. The calendar includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more.

Highlights from the 2022-23 EIPS calendar include:

first day of school – Aug. 30, 2022

November break – November 7-11

Christmas break – December 21 to January 3

second semester starts – January 31

Teachers’ Convention – February 9-10

spring break – March 24-31

last day of classes – June 27, 2023

To view the 2022-23 calendar, visit eips.ca.

Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click on “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.

EIPS Career Pathways Information (CLICK LINK)

Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities.

High School Information Nights

To help you make an informed decision about high school, senior high schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are hosting information sessions for all Grade 9 students and their families. The sessions allow students and families to meet the staff; tour the school; learn about the curriculum, course offerings and alternative programming available; discuss diploma requirements and various career paths; plus, more. Decisions about whether each event will take place virtually or in-person will be made closer to each date. Refer to the event calendar on each school website for details in the coming weeks. Make sure to take part to learn everything you need to know about the Division’s senior high programs and courses.

Senior High Information Nights: Dates and times
EIPS senior high programming

First Nations, Metis and Inuit gatherings

We’re thankful you attended last school year's virtual family gatherings with Elder Wilson Bearhead and the EIPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit team, and are extending an invitation to join us for this year's events. We’re grateful for the conversation, connection, and ideas shared through the previous gatherings and the meaningful changes we were able to bring about as a result.

These gatherings are an opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit parents/guardians to come together to make connections, create a supportive environment for dialogue, share hopes and ideas for their children within the EIPS family, and learn what’s happening around the Division. We’re grateful to Elder Wilson Bearhead for attending the virtual gatherings last school year and agreeing to open each gathering again this year. It’s truly an honour and a privilege to be guided by Elder Wilson, and we hold our relationship with him close to our hearts.

Gathering 2:

Feb. 15, 2022; 7–8 p.m.

· words from Elder Wilson

· special presentation by Rupertsland Institute for Métis Education: supports for Métis students and their families

Gathering 3: March 15, 2022; 7–8 p.m.

· words from Elder Wilson

· topics to be determined based on wishes, hopes and interests expressed in previous gatherings

Sessions will take place online using Microsoft Teams Meetings. Join on your computer or mobile app. Join the sessions (the same link will be used for all three meetings)

If you have any questions about the upcoming sessions, or the ongoing First Nations, Métis and Inuit education work within EIPS, reach out to Mrs. Clark or Mrs. Devos.

Caregiver Education Series

Alberta Health Services is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more.

Visit Caregiver Education for the Edmonton Zone for more information and session dates.

Next Gen Leadership Team

Next Gen Leadership Team

As Strathcona County moves ahead with the draft Strategy for Strathcona County’s Next Gen, they’re currently looking for youth and young adults who’re interested in joining the project as a member of the Next Gen Leadership Team. Being part of the Next Gen Leadership Team is a unique opportunity to play a key role in developing a sense of community and belonging among Next Gen in Strathcona County. As part of the Next Gen Leadership Team, you’ll help plan events and initiatives, lead and have a voice, take action and mobilize change. Join by visiting the Next Gen website, texting LEADERSHIP to 780-239-4366 or emailing nextgen@strathcona.ca.

Boys and Girls Club Opportunities

Keystone: Keystone is a leadership program for teenage youth designed to help them build experience and confidence so they can reach their full potential. It gives youth a chance to gain skills, confidence, and connections as they plan and lead a variety of initiatives. The youth will meet each week on Mondays at the CanTEEN from 4:00-5:00pm and work together to improve their self esteem through leadership activities, discussions, and projects!

Task Force: Our Task Force program will give youth learning and volunteer opportunities that are developed and implemented by the youth! This program helps youth understand and practice the importance of giving back to our community and fosters a sense of connectedness and belonging within our community. Task Forces meets every Tuesday at the CanTEEN from 6:30-7:30 pm, come join us!

Youth Leading Reconciliation program engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in cross-cultural dialogue, community building, and collaboration. Through youth-led approaches, participants will explore ways they can act as agents, advocates, and allies to build knowledge and awareness about Truth and Reconciliation. This program meets every Wednesday at the CanTEEN from 4:45-5:45 pm, we would love to see you there!

Respect 2 Connect is about creating spaces to have courageous conversations and chat about healthy relationships and self-love. This program runs from January to March in 2022. This program runs Thursdays at the CanTEEN from 4:30-5:30 pm. Come check out this exciting new program!

Gemstones our LBGTQ+ club that runs every Thursday evening at the CanTEEN from 6:30-8:00 pm. This is a safe space from youth to share their thoughts, feelings, and explore LGBTQ+ issues. We welcome everyone to join us!

Employment support: Offering work experience by volunteer opportunities in our very own boardgame cafe and kitchen. This program will support youth in developing employability skills such as money handling, customer service skills, dependability along with many other skills they will learn and grow on.

Please contact Dani with any questions.

Phone: 780.416.1500 Email: dani@scbgc.com

First Nations, Metis, and Inuit learning corner

As our country moves toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, we thought we’d bring you a simple, easy way to move your own understanding forward if you’re curious about how you can be a part of the learning which leads to reconciliation. #Next150 was first introduced a couple of years ago, and we felt it was a good time to re-introduce it to the FR Haythorne community.

Each link will take you to a short exercise you can do to move your learning forward. Good luck & enjoy this weeks’ challenge.


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Support Numbers

Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress line 780-482-4357

Family and Community Service

(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044

Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Together all https://togetherall.com/en-ca/

Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.