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Friday, May 13, 2022

Stay-at-Home Guide for Families

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

Congratulations Edwin Parr Teacher Award Nominee, Kristin Davies!

A big congratulations to Ms. Davies on her EIPS' Edwin Parr Teacher Award Nominee. We are so proud of you!

Below is an article published by EIPS:

"For a first-year teacher, the days are often filled with lesson planning, getting a grasp on classroom management and simply navigating the hallways of a new building. While it may take time—even a few years—for some new teachers to build strong relationships with their students and colleagues, some, like Kristin Davies, hit the ground running.

Davies, who teaches English and French Language Arts as well as a few options at Sherwood Heights Junior High, has been selected as Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) nominee for this year’s Edwin Parr Teacher Award, an award given by the Alberta School Boards Association to recognize excellence among first-year teachers. Davies’ nomination highlighted her focus on creating inclusive learning environments and varied instructional and assessment practices to meet the needs of diverse learners and learning styles, as well as her efforts in building positive relationships both inside and outside the classroom.

“I’ve always loved coaching, tutoring and teaching, and I love working with students and helping them succeed,” says Davies. “I know firsthand that one approach doesn’t work for everyone. So, by differentiating, providing multiple means for engaging in class work and encouraging student choice, I hope to reach more of my students and give everyone the same opportunity to grow and be successful.” Davies knew from the start she wanted to create a safe, welcoming classroom where students could thrive, and she’s worked hard to foster positive relationships with students to create that environment.

“I wholeheartedly believe meaningful learning happens most effectively when you’ve established positive relationships, have mutual respect and students know you’re genuinely looking out for their best interests,” says Davies. “Even small things like hallway conversations and helping out with lunch activities can go a long way in building good relationships with students.” Davies’ strong relationships don’t end with students. The connections she’s made with fellow staff are equally important.

“Building a good support system is so beneficial because we don’t have to do it all ourselves,” says Davies. “I’ve been mentored by some amazing teachers along the way, and everyone has been so helpful. Through them, I’m learning it may not get easier over time—as you're always working hard to make learning meaningful—you just become better equipped to do so with the resources you collect and connections you make from year to year.” Davies’ energy at the school has been infectious, and she’s been a welcome addition to the school team.

“Kristin very clearly loves the work she does—teaching isn’t just a job for her, it’s a calling,” says Amit Mali, Principal, Sherwood Heights Junior High. “Her creativity in the way she presents material to students, combined with how active she is in the school community as a whole, fosters meaningful engagement with students helping them be successful.”

Congratulations to Kristin Davies on her nomination as EIPS’ Edwin Parr Award nominee, and thank you to all first-year teachers within EIPS for their dedication and contributions throughout the past year."

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Congratulations to Ms. Malec on her Sturdy 30 Award from Skills Canada Alberta

We are so proud of you, Ms. Malec! Please see the article below that Skills Canada posted about her well deserved award!

Congratulations to Erin Malec on her Sturdy 30 award!

She is a teacher at Sherwood Heights Junior High School of Elk Island Public Schools who goes over and above for students. While training students for Culinary Arts and Baking Skills competitions, she also works to find the best opportunities for students whose talents are in other skills such as industrial arts, graphic design and others.

We’ve seen the impact of Erin’s hard work and passion, and are excited to celebrate her with this award!

#skillsalberta #sturdy30 #teacherinspiration

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French Immersion students enjoyed the production "Le merveilleux voyage d'Inès de l'Ouest" by Unithéatre on Wednesday, May 4.

Upcoming Dates and Events

May 16: Grade 9 PAT - English Language Arts Part A

May 18: Grade 9 PAT - Français/French Language Arts Partie A

May 20: School Closure Day - No school for Staff and Students

May 23: Victoria Day - No school for Staff and Students

May 24: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

May 25: Grade 7 Final Exam - English Language Arts Part A

May 25: Grade 8 Final Exam - Français/French Language Arts Partie A

May 26: EIPS Track Meet

May 27: Grade 7 Final Exam - Français/French Language Arts Partie A

May 27: Band 7-8-9 Final Concert at Salisbury Composite High School at 6:00 p.m.

May 27: Grade 8 Final Exam - English Language Arts Part A

COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

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.

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Upcoming Performing Arts Shows and Ticket Information

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Performing Arts 8 - Bottle of Joy

This delightful children’s play takes place in the far off land of the Kingdom of Happy where... well, everybody’s happy! Everybody, that is, except the evil Count Cringe and his equally evil assistant Purvis. What brings such happiness to the lucky residents of this kingdom? Waldo the Wizard’s magic bottle of joy! King Har Har keeps the main supply of this magic potion in a large corked bottle, and the town’s inhabitants each refill their own little bottles once a year. Loaded with puns and plenty of witty verbal banter to entertain all ages, you will cringe when Count Cringe attempts to destroy the bottle of joy with his sad ray!
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Performing Arts 9 - Goldilocks on Trial

Amanda Marie Locks, known as Goldilocks or even “Goldie,” is on trial for breaking and entering and destruction of private property. Fairytale characters serve as witnesses for the prosecuting and defense attorneys. To hear the Bare family tell it, Goldie should be found guilty. But an unscrupulous judge and a slew of unreliable witnesses — including a blind witch, a forgetful old woman who lives in a shoe, a dwarf with a nasty disposition, a skittish tuffet-tester, and a country boy so dumb he’d trade beans for a cow — make it hard to build a case against the gal with the golden hair. With so much conflicting testimony, no wonder the results are courtroom chaos!

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Tickets can be purchased through the Parent Portal on PowerSchool under the ‘Fees’ section. There will be 4 different show options. Either Bottle of Joy or Goldilocks on Trial and the showtimes. Each play has 2 showtimes at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The night of the show you will tell us your name and how many tickets you purchased! There will not be any physical tickets exchanged.

Off-campus Education Virtual Information Session

EIPS is offering an off-campus education virtual information session for interested grades 9-12 students. The session will provide a brief overview of what to expect and how to enrol in the Green Certificate program, the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) or work experience as part of your high school journey.

Monday, May 16
6 to 6:30 p.m.
Join the session

School at the Legislature Program

School at the Legislature provides Grade 6 and Grade 9 students with a free, week-long opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world. Learning about Alberta’s system of governance is made fun and tangible through first-hand observation, inquiry and discovery. Students develop a deeper understanding of citizenship as they’re immersed in the legislative environment. They’re given access to the Legislature Building and grounds, and to staff who provide insight into the democratic process that’s not available in the classroom. A virtual format is available, and some program activities are also available in French.

The program is currently accepting applications from schools across the province for the 2022-23 school year. The application deadline is May 13, 2022. If you have questions, contact the School at the Legislature program.

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Legislative Assembly of Alberta Page Program

The Page Program provides an opportunity for high school students in Alberta to learn first-hand about the Legislative Assembly while gaining work experience, career insights and valuable job skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership. Pages work at the Legislature during Session and have the unique opportunity to play an important role in Alberta’s democratic process.

To apply, students must be at least 15 years of age by September 1, 2022, entering Grade 10, 11 or 12 as a full-time student, and they need to demonstrate a strong and consistent academic standing.

The application deadline is May 31. If you have any questions, contact Amber Edgerton.

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Earth Steward Teaching Awards - win up to $2,000 in prizes!

Our Earth Steward Teaching Awards recognize an elementary and a secondary teacher for their outstanding contributions to sustainability education in Ontario and Alberta. We are searching for educators in Alberta and Ontario who inspire passion for a more sustainable future. Do you know someone who builds students’ sustainability knowledge, skills, values and perspectives? Do they motivate their students to take action, and help them become responsible local and global citizens?

They could win $1,000 in personal prize money as well as a $1,000 Action Project grant for their school!

  • Nominate an educator that you believe is making an exemplary contribution to sustainability education! Nominations close May 27.
Career Pathways Newsletter

Published May 2022

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Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2022-23 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student registration process are now registered. Families registered will received tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 30, 2022.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person contact Student Transportation to make an appointment.

Kudos for a SWH Staff Member

On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.

Supporting Students Transitioning to Junior High or Senior High

Are you looking to support your students with transitioning from elementary to junior high or from junior high to senior high? Sign up for a free, interactive, virtual session that will address the topics on your students’ minds. Transitions to Junior High will focus on friendships, lockers, class changes and fitting in, along with how to cope with the stress of something new and how to reach out for support. Transitions to Senior High will cover maintaining balance, healthy relationships in high school, coping with change and accessing supports. We’ll focus on mental health awareness and utilizing a growth mindset through this transition.

Book your session today, and someone from the Mental Health Capacity Building team will be in contact with you.

June 2, 3, 9 or 10, 2022

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on March 7, 2022

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Experiences Canada’s This! Is Canada: Virtual Gallery provides a space for youth to express themselves through art and share their talents with the rest of the country. The gallery highlights the incredible talent, resilience, leadership and diversity of our country’s young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We’re excited to announce a new online gallery.

This year’s theme is “Feels Like Home” where we invite youth to submit art—in any medium: painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, photography, beading, poetry and more—that represents what makes them feel like home. Whether it be friendships, family, culture or a specific place or community that makes you feel at home, we want to see it. Gallery submissions are open to youth ages 12-25 and will be accepted until June 12, 2022.

Gallery awards will be awarded to three youth—one winner and two runners up—in each age group: 12-15 years, 16-19 years and 20-25 years. A team of volunteer judges will assist Experiences Canada in reviewing all submissions over the last two weeks of June. The final selection will be determined based on three factors:

  • The quality of the submission
  • The artist’s personal bio and their representation of the theme ‘Feels like home’
  • Ensuring a representative balance of Canada’s geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity
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New Online Cougar Wear Store

We are excited to be able to offer a year-round online 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!

2021-2022 Online Cougar Wear Store

Division Calendar 2022-23

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.