SWH Cougar Tracks 2022-2023
Friday, November 18, 2022
To help parents and students stay in the loop as far as all things Sherwood Heights, our Cougar Tracks newsletter will be our weekly communication tool. Be sure to watch for email notifications at the end of each week and you can also find each of the latest and greatest Cougar Tracks newsletters posted on our website!
Métis Week November 14-18, 2022
Happy Métis Week, everyone!
Click the links below to find some of the great resources shared with our SWH students in honour of Métis week!
Nov 14-18: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Nov 14-18: Métis Week
Nov 22: School Council Meeting @ 6:30pm with MLA Jordan Walker in attendance
Nov 25: National Child Day
Dec 2: Band Concert @6:00pm at SAL gymnasium
Dec 5: EIPS Student Voice 2022 (Gr. 8)
Dec 7: Early dismissal
Dec 21 - Jan 3: Division Closure for Christmas Break
Jan 4: Classes resume
Jan 5: Smudging during Period 1 in the Library
Message from School Council
I would like to invite all parents and caregivers to our school council meeting on Tuesday. MLA Jordan Walker is attending to discuss the Sherwood Heights replacement school project.
Thank you to everyone who submitted Save On Foods receipts. We received our first cheque for almost $1200!! Keep sending those receipts in. Thank you to the leadership classes for compiling all of the receipts for us.
Don’t forget to recognize the amazing staff through our staff recognition program. Just visit www.RecognizeSWH.ca and fill in the (very) short form!
School Council Chair
School Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the library.
Oct. 25, 2022 Minutes (Draft)
Nov. 22, 2022 Agenda available soon.
I hope you can join us!
Chair, SWH School Council
Monthly Smudge Ceremony to begin in December
Starting in December, SWH will be hosting a smudge ceremony on the first Thursday of each month during period 1. This is open to all self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
2022-2023 School Fees will be posted before the end of September
School fees for the 2022-2023 school year are posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.
To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly.
NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before August 31, 2022.
2022-2023 Yearbooks can be purchased on Parent Portal!
Please be sure to login to PowerSchool/Parent Portal to pre-order and pay for your 2022-2023 Sherwood Heights yearbook!
Canteen Volunteers and Menu
Canteen Volunteers (Updated Nov. 18)
Volunteering for shifts in our SWH Canteen with Mrs. Braun is an excellent way to help prepare our students for the world of work. These opportunities help students build confidence, increase skill range, and feel successful as they work towards entering post-secondary or the workforce.
Our canteen is now open with a variety of fun foods and snacks to purchase. We also have brought back the use of microwaves in the hallways during the first half of lunch. We ask that students wait in line patiently and be respectful with your peers and the microwaves.
EIPS Student Voice (Gr. 5, 8, 11)
Monday, December 5
10:00am - 1:30pm
Strathcona County Agora
On December 5, EIPS is hosting Student Voice for Gr. 5, 8, & 11 students to gather perspectives on student engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion. An email will follow to principals with specific criteria details, the anticipated schedule and a registration link.
With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.
Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.
For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.