RHJ Weekly Update
September 19, 2021
Week in Review
This week at Rudolph Hennig was our first five day week! We had our first Evacuation drill, and the weather actually cooperated! Our students have been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather at lunch. We have also had more students finding the library to play some games, or read a book!
Our students are starting to get busy in their classes, including Science experiments and CTF and Option class projects taking life. It was great to hear from our grade 7's about the wonderful smoothies they were able to make in Foods class!
Our Senior Volleyball teams were able to get some game action in this week as they played each other in an exhibition game. It was great to see the fun and the learning so they can be ready for our league games this coming week.
On Friday, Mr. Gerrie, Mr. Shudra, and parent representative Ms. Hudson had the honour of being part of the opening ceremony of the Land-Based Learning Space at Fort High. All Fort Saskatchewan schools, along with Bruderheim created a Land-Based Learning Space which contains rocks, stumps, trees and plants Indigenous to this area. This project was initiated several years ago with the assistance of Wilson Bearhead and Cheryl Devin and included collaboration with the school Lead Teachers and Administrators. Shell Canada generously funded the creation of these spaces which were completed last summer.
We have had a few issues that have come to our attention that we would like to share with our RHJ Families to facilitate some conversations at home. The first one centers around a Tik Tok challenge that is sweeping across North America; it is called the Devious Lick Challenge. It has students vandalize or attempting to steal materials from schools. Most of the issues for RHJ have been in the bathrooms. This has included vandalism of soap dispensors or the theft of sanitizing materials. This is an issue that is impacting other EIPS schools as well. The unfortunate impact is that it means resources are taken from upgrading technology and other things for our students, to replacing vandalized furniture and soap dispensors. We have had minimal impact from this compared to some other EIPS schools, and this is kudos to our students, but we still wanted to inform our RHJ Families.
Our second issue has to do with some of our students who are leaving RHJ at lunch. Most of our students are doing a great job at lunch. Some of our students go home, others eat at the picnic tables or on the grass, and others are walking to 7-11 or other places within our community which is all great. One challenge we are hearing about is an increase in garbage. Please remind your students to be good neighbours within our community, especially when they are off school grounds which is where we are seeing the biggest issue. We will also be speaking with our students about this and the connection to good citizenship and being a positive part of the community.
We have two updates to share:
1. EIPS Volunteers Requirement
As per the email sent out by EIPS on Friday, September 17, 2021, all volunteers who enter the school will be expected to show proof of vaccination as EIPS will be part of the Vaccine Restrictions Program. This will begin on Monday, September 20, 2021.
2. Vaccine Restrictions Program
The City of Fortsaskatchewan in conjunction with the Government of Alberta have have decided to be part of the Vaccine Restrictions Program for all City buildings. We are still working to find all of the details and how this will impact our students and programs, but as of Monday, September 20 anyone 12 years and older are required to show proof of vaccine, or a negative COVID vaccine test with 72 hours for each visit to a City facility. Please see the link for further details. We will connect with specific classes of students who this may impact.
If you have any quesitons, please contact the school at 780-998-2216. Thank you for your support with this.
This Week at Rudolph Hennig
Monday, September 20
Volleyball Meeting for all Student Athletes in gym at 12:15pm
Federal Election in gymnasium
Literacy Consultant Planning Meeting - 1:15pm with Mr. Shudra and Mrs. Orr
Tuesday, September 21
Sr Girls and Boys VB game vs LLR
Jr Boys and Girls VB game at LLR
Wednesday, September 22
EIPS Leadership Meeting - Mr. Shudra and Mrs. Orr away all Day
Thursday, September 23
Sr Girls and Boys VB game at ARD @3:30pm
Jr Girls and Boys VB vs FRH
Friday, September 24
Next Week is our first Parent Council Meeting and it will be held virtually. We would love to see as many parents attend as possible. It is a great place to hear more about what is happening around the school, and share your input. We will share the meeting link next week, but you can view the agenda HERE. We hope to see you there!
Coming Up in September
September 27 Parent Council Meeting - All parents and guardians are welcome!
September 27 to 29 - Activites to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 29 - Orange Shirt Day
September 30 - UPDATE - School Closure Day - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 1 Terry Fox Run
Rudolph Hennig students are required to have their parents/guardians fill out a number of forms on PowerSchool. Some families have filled out some, but we require all of the forms below to be filled out.
1. 2021-2022 COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist Acknowledgement
This form is requried for students to enter the building. It only needs to be completed once
2. 2021-2022 Student Health and Safety Contract
This form is required for students to participate in many of their option classes, and to be able to participate in many Science class experiements.
3. 2021-2022 Students's Responsible Technology Use Agreement
This form is required for students to access technology while at the school, including the school wifi.
4. Correction and Verification Form
This form is to confirm your contact information. It needs to completed all the way to the end and submitted.
Please login to the Power School Parent Portal to complete all of these forms for your student (s). These forms are only available online. For more information or support with any of the above forms, please contact the school office at 780-998-2216. Thanks very much!
Counsellor Corner with Ms. Kropp
The Rainbow Alliance Fall schedule outlines meeting held at The Bridge on Thursdays from 4 to 6pm up to December.
YouthFest 2021 is continuing this fall in collaboration with the library. They are offering a Marty Chan writing workshop targeted to youth.
FCSS is screening the movie Connecting the Dots and hosting a virtual discussion panel afterwards, this film takes a deep look into youth mental health from their perspective. The film Director Noemi Weiss will be a part of the panel afterwards. Tickets are free! So please feel free to share this far and wide. Release date is October 21, registration is via Eventbrite.
In connection with the film the Youth Advisory Committee and the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library are hosting a Mental Health Art Walk on October 23rd. The organizers are looking for youth ages 13 – 24 years of age to share their experiences with Mental Health through an art medium. Note that expertise in art is not needed. They are interested in not just painting or photography but also short story, poetry, wood working, music, etc.
Pay School Fees Online!
School fee information for the 2021-22 school year is expected to be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal by late September. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.
Don’t forget to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of certain school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.
If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay your school fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit eips.ca/schools/fees. Alternatively, contact Ms. Tomkow, Business Manager at Rudolph Hennig JHS at 780-998-2216.
2021-2022 Important Dates
September 20 Federal Polling station at RHJ
September 27 School Council Meeting
September 29 Orange Shirt Day
September 30 - School Closure Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 1 Terry Fox Run
October 5 World Teacher Day
October 6 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal
October 10 World Mental Health Day
October 11 Thanksgiving - No School
October 18 Professional Learning Day
October 24 United Nations Day
October 25 School Council Meeting
October 31 Halloween
November 3 Staff Meeting Day - Early Dismissal
November 5 Remembrance Service
November 5-12 November Break - No School
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 15-19 Bullying Awareness Week
November 20 National Children's Day
November 24 Parent Teacher Conferences
November 25 Parent Teacher Conferences
November 26-27 RHJ Triple Ball Volleyball Tournament - RHJ Gym
November 29 School Council Meeting
December 1 Staff Meeting Day - Early Dismissal
December 10 Human Rights Day
December 15 Guitar Cafe - RHJ Gym
December 16 Winter Band Concert - RHJ Gym
December 22-31 Christmas Break
January 3-4 Christmas Break
January 5 Staff Meeting Day - Early Dismissal
January 24 School Council Meeting
January 27 Family Literacy Day
January 29 Bell Lets talk “Mental Health Awareness”
January 31 Professional Development Day
February 1 First day of Second Semester
February 2 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal
February 10-11 Teachers Convention
February 15 National Flag Day
February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 21 Family Day - Stat
February 23 Pink Shirt Day
February 28 School Council Meeting
March 2 Staff Meeting Day - Early Dismissal
March 4 Professional Development Day
March 4-5 Ted Tchir Basketball Tournament - RHJ Gym
March 8 International Women’s Day
March 14 Pi Day
March 17 Parent Teacher Conferences
March 21 School Council Meeting
March 21 World Down Syndrome Day
March 25-31 Spring Break
March 27 World Theatre Day
April 1 Spring Break
April 2 World Autism Day
April 6 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal
April 7 World Health Day
April 12 RHJ Information Night
April 15 Good Friday
April 16 National Librarian Day
April 18 Easter Monday
April 22 Earth Day
April 23 World Book Day
April 25 School Council Meeting
April 27 Administrative Professionals Day
May 1 Hats on! For mental health
May 2-6 Mental Health Week
May 3 Bus Driver Appreciation Day?
May 3 Support Staff Appreciation Day?
May 4 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal
May 5 Teacher Appreciation Day
May 6 Professional Development Day
May 18 Spring Band Concert - RHJ Gym
May 20 School Closure Day
May 23 Victoria Day
May 30 School Council Meeting
June 1 Staff Meeting - Early Dismissal
June 2-3 Performing Arts - One Act Plays - RHJ Gym
June 5 World Environment Day
June 8 Guitar Cafe - RHJ Gym
June 28 Last Instructional DayJune 29 Last Operational Day
Welcome to the home of the Ravens! We support personal development and academic growth for all of our students.
Rudolph Hennig Junior High School honours Treaty 6 territory and welcomes students from Metis settlements and First Nations communities throughout Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. We strive to build a safe and caring environment where cultural practices and traditions are honoured and celebrated. We work closely with community Elders to bring the truth of Canada’s history to our students as we work towards shared reconciliation.
We hope your year with us will be an enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable experience. Rudolph Hennig’s staff are committed to ensuring all students achieve success.