Hawk's View

January 6, 2023

Important Upcoming Events and Dates

January 18: School Council 5:30 library

January 30: Professional Learning day for Staff (NO SCHOOL)

January 31: Semester 2 starts (only options change)

February 1: Early dismissal
February 1: Returning student registration opens
FRH Staff Recognition Form

If you would like to publically acknowledge a staff member at FRH please fill in the attached Google Form.

Bottle Drive

On Tuesday, January 10th (4:45PM-7:45PM), the grade 9 French students will be hosting a bottle drive to fundraise for their Quebec trip in May. There will be a trailer in the parking lot if you would like to drop off bottles, and there will be students out and about in our community collecting donations. Have bottles you would like us to pick up? Email Mrs. Getschel (crystal.getschel@eips.ca). Thank for you supporting our students!

Book of the Week

January’s theme for “Book of the Week” is books to inspire you! In People of Peace, you will find dreamers, leaders, and fighters for our rights. Meet 40 amazing activists for peace! Learn how Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, and many others dedicated their lives to making the world a better place in this fact-packed book from the 40 Inspiring Icons series.

High School Information Nights

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.

EIPS senior high programming and information night details

Junior High Honours Program: 2023-24 applications

Is your child considering the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Junior High Honours program for the coming school year? The EIPS Junior High Honours program is designed for students in grades 8 and 9 with high achievement in their core courses and who enjoy a challenging academic environment. Students enrolled in Junior High Honours are expected to complete 25 hours of community service in an area of passion and will be automatically enrolled in the “CTF: Enterprise and Innovation” option course. Students must have a minimum 80 per cent average in each of the four core subjects to be eligible to apply to the Junior High Honours program.

On January 9, the parent/guardian No. 1 on file in PowerSchool for all current grades 7 and 8 students will receive direct communication from EIPS outlining the application process for the EIPS Junior High Honours program—including a link to the application form. The email will come from Permission Click at notifications@permissionclick.com. The subject of the email will be “Subject: Elk Island Public Schools - John Doe - 2023-24 Junior High Honours Program Application.” Check your spam or junk folder if you, as parent/guardian No. 1, don’t receive the email.

Applications for the 2023-24 EIPS Junior High Honours program are due Jan. 18, 2023.

To learn more about the EIPS Junior High Honours program, plan to attend the upcoming virtual Junior High Honours Information Session.

  • Wednesday, January 11
  • 6 p.m. Join the session

Between January 25 and 27, EIPS will confirm conditional acceptance in the 2023-24 Junior High Honours program—based on a student’s marks as of January 18. Students currently in honours are conditionally accepted for the 2023-24 Junior High Honours program because they’re currently enrolled in the program. Students must maintain their honours standing on the year-end report card in June to receive final acceptance in the Honours program for the upcoming year.

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Math Help

We know that math can be tricky for some students and we encourage our students to come for math help during the lunch hour.

Our current schedule is;

Grade 8's and 9's on Days 2 & 4 (with Mrs. Huculak)

Grade 7 help is on Day 6 (with Mr. Boychuk)

If you feel this would be helpful for your child and you're sure your child is attending please reach out to the grade-level administrator and we will support you in any way we can.

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.

Grade 9 Highschool Visits and Information

In January our grade nine students will start discussions around high school streams and options. We know this is often a new

We will be making visits to Bev Facey to check out the option spaces and start making connections with staff.

Registration will be open from February 1st until February 28th. Start thinking about where you would like to attend grade 10. Mr. Sonnenberg and Mrs. Knott are available to discuss high school with grade 9 students.

During the new year, we will have high school staff available at Interviews in order to answer streaming questions.




Mandatory Parent Meeting Monday- see email from Mr. Roper


All practices and games will be posted here. Times will be posted soon. Check back regularly.

Hawk Wear Orders

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

FRH athletics is looking for Basketball officials. If you know of anybody who would be interested in a part-time job reffing basketball please email Mr. Roper.



Many of our FSL 9 students will be travelling to Quebec in May of 2023. To help offset the cost of their trip, they are fundraising. Want to help? Sign up for Flipgive. We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Sobeys, Under Armour, Apple, Esso, Loblaws, and many more.

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.

Parent Resources

Support Information

Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress line 780-482-4357

Family and Community Service

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

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.

Phone: 780-416-1500



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: