January 27, 2023
Important Upcoming Events and Dates
January 30: Professional Learning day for Staff (NO SCHOOL)
January 31: Semester 2 starts (only options change)February 1: Early dismissal/Staff Meeting
February 1: Winter Walk Day
February 1: Returning student registration opens
February 9 & 10: Teacher's Convention (NO SCHOOL)
February 20: Family Day (NO SCHOOL)
February 28: Returning student registration closes
March 1: Early Dismissal/Staff Meeting
March 15: School Council 5:30pm
March 16: Interviews 4-7pm
March 21: Interviews 4-7pm
March 24-April 2: Spring Break
Puppies are coming Wednesday!
Did someone say puppies? Were you in the grade 7 Animal Rescue class in the previous 2 years but did not get the opportunity to have animal visits due to Covid restrictions? Well grade 8 and 9 students, this is your opportunity for some puppy play time during the lunch hour on Wednesday, February 1st. If interested, please sign up on the sheet in the office! If numbers allow, I will open it up to grade 7 students from Semester 1 of this year starting this Tuesday.
Keep in mind that you will need to eat your lunch before or after your puppy snuggles. It is also the expectation that you be willing to help with the cleanup of any accidents.
If you would like to publically acknowledge a staff member at FRH please fill in the attached Google Form.
Instagram is a great way to find out information about the different High School options, courses and sports.
Book of the Week - The Book Thief
January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and to honor this history while continuing our theme of books that inspire us, this week’s “Book of the Week” is The Book Thief. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will be busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book burnings, the mayor's wife's library, and wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.
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.
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.
Games on Tuesday, January 31
Jr Boys - 4:00 @ FRH
Jr Girls - 5:15 @ FRH
Sr Boys - 4:00 @ Ardrossan
Sr Girls - 5:15 @ Ardrossan
All four teams are in the Riverbend tournament on February 2nd - 4th.
All practices and games will be posted here. Times will be posted soon. Check back regularly.
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 - PAID Position
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.
- Wellness Together is free mental health and substance use support for people in Canada and Canadians abroad
- Hope For Wellness is free mental health and substance use support available 24/7 to all indigenous people of Canada.
Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868
The Distress line 780-482-4357
Family and Community Service
(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044
Kickstand Connect (https://mykickstand.ca); a free online portal and mobile app where young people aged 12 to 25 can attend same day or pre-booked appointments (up to a week in advance) with a mental health professional, peer support worker, employment specialist or participate in group activities and workshops.
Based on a single session model, Kickstand Connect offers on-line same day and pre-booked services, none of which require a healthcare card, referral, or any form of payment. Anyone interested in making an appointment or joining a group workshop can visit connect.mykickstand.ca/booking.
Strathcona Food Bank
To apply for a hamper, please phone their office at 780-449-6413. They are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except for statutory holidays and can usually get hampers to families within 3-5 days with same-day hampers available upon request before 10 am. See https://strathconafoodbank.ca/ for more info.
Saffron Centre & Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC)
Saffron Centre is available to support families and individuals who have been affected by sexual violence.
CASASC has a 24hr Crisis Line: Call or Text 1-866-956-1099
Boys and Girls Club Strathcona County
Boys and Girls Club has teen and child programs running throughout the holidays that are free or low cost.
Alberta Health Services(AHS) has a great resource called Help in Tough Times with a huge amount of organizations and helpful numbers to call if you are in need of support. Mental health concerns, financial support, emergencies, grief and stress are all mentioned in this resource:
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