SWH Cougar Tracks 2022-2023
Friday, October 21, 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!
New items of interest this week include:
- 2022-2023 Yearbooks are now available on Parent Portal to purchase
- Save On Foods supports our Students
- Students Supporting Students: clothing drive
- Operation Christmas Child
- SWH School Council - Recognize a SWH Staff member
- Read-In Week presentation by Fred Curatolo, Editorial Cartoonist
- Pajama Day is officially the last Friday of each month...up next Oct 28
Here are a few reminders we would like everyone to keep in mind:
- Doors will be open at 8:20am. Please be mindful of this particularly as the outdoor temperature starts to drop.
- When dropping off your student(s), please ensure you are doing so in the designated drop-off areas. Staff parking lots are not to be used for student drop off or pick up.
- While we are an open campus; students can leave campus at lunch, student must return to school by 1:09pm as afternoon classes begin shortly thereafter. School rules and expectations for behaviour still apply when off school property.
- Student Attendance: If your student(s) will be late or absent, please notify our Mrs. Shiloff, our Attendance Secretary. You may call SWH directly at 780.467.5930 and press 1 for 'Attendance' or click the Attendance button below to be redirected to our Contact page on our School Website where you can select 'Student Attendance - Mrs. Shiloff' in the dropdown box.
Be sure to check in frequently for updates as the come!
Oct 26: Deadline to contribute winter clothes in support of N. Edmonton school students (info below)
Oct 26: Logos afternoon with Celebration Church - Periods 5 & 6
Oct 26: Public Engagement: French Immersion Programming @5:30
Oct 28: Pumpkin Hunt & Pajama Day!
Oct 31: Halloween Day: Events posted below
Nov 1 & 3: Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews (Scholastic Book Fair running during PTIs)
Nov 2: Early Dismissal
Nov 1-4: Scholastic Book Fair!!! Save up and watch for more info to purchase in person and online! Click the preview link HERE
Nov 7-11: Fall Break; No school for staff or students
Great job on another amazing week in athletics Sherwood Heights!
We wrapped up the Cross Country season in style. At zones we put up some great times, cinching a 4th place finish out of 30 teams!! Way to go Cougars-and don’t forget to get those singlets back to Ms. Oszip or Mr. G ASAP… after a wash of course🤪
In volleyball news: the senior girls team went undefeated at the Ardrossan Volleybull Tournament last weekend and took home another gold medal!! 🥇 the senior boys also had a great weekend, losing a seriously close match to Fultonvale in the semi finals. Both teams will compete at the Sal Spike Fest tournament this weekend-you can find the schedule on our Instagram!
Aaaand the junior teams travel to Ardrossan for the Wooly Bully Tournament this weekend! You can also find the schedule for this up on our Instagram 📸
Any parents or guardians interested in coaching or assistant coaching any sports in the 2022-2023 year please contact Kristin Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save on Foods: A Dedicated SWH Supporter and Community Partner!
Did you know that Save On Foods on Wye Road partners with the school (in a variety of ways; they're a great support).
One of those ways is a quick and easy fundraising program. You don't need to buy anything special or flog friends to buy anything - I promise!!
If you shop at that particular store, then simply save your receipt and send it to the school (or send a bunch if you want to save some up). We then compile them and take them back to Save On and they go through them and write us a cheque for 5% of the total.
Last year, they wrote us cheques for over $5000! We used that money to buy Lego Robotics kits, portable bleachers, rock/gem equipment for art and a staff appreciation lunch.
This year, the Leadership option students are going to help us with the program and we hope to provide you with more regular updates about how much we've raised and what we've spent.
The school holds the money as School Council does not have a bank account, but we decide in partnership how to spend it! So, grab those receipts and ask anyone you know to save them for you too.
This is an ongoing fundraiser and so there is no time limit. Just send them in as you wish!
Students Helping Students: Clothing Drive
Our SWH students have been presented with an opportunity to show support to a school in North Edmonton by participating in a Clothing Drive.
The Sherwood Heights community would like to help out an elementary school that is located in North Edmonton (Gr. K-6). This school has many immigrants and refugees, many of whom have never been in a cold climate like Edmonton.
The school has approximately 300 students and is in need of the following gently used:
- winter clothes (sweat shirts, sweaters)
- winter jackets
- clothes (jeans, shirts)
Please consider donating gently used cold items. The Clothing Drive will run from Oct 18th to 26th. Leadership 9 will be tallying items collected by each homeroom and awarding a prize to the class with the most items.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Operation Christmas Child
Sherwood Heights is once again encouraging students to fill a box for this worth while cause. This is a program ran by Samaritan's Purse. Click the button below for more information and video clips.
If you are interested in filling a box, please see Mr. Koning in Room 208. Filled boxes are due back by November 3, 2022.
Read In Week in-house presentation by Fred Curatolo, Editorial Cartoonist
Our Grade 8 SWH students had the privilege to be in the company of Fred Curatolo, an award winning professional editorial cartoonist last Tuesday as a portion of our Read-In week presentations. "Editorial cartoons are designed to provoke thought and reaction...", says Curatolo as he lead several engaging presentations of the working process of editorial cartooning from start to complete. The students even had the opportunity to create their own editorial cartoons.
Thank you so much to Mr. Curatolo for taking the time to come in and inspire and engage our students. Another thank you to Mr. Koning for arranging to have Mr. Curatolo present at SWH.
Staff Recognition Program
Has your child had an amazing experience with a staff member? Maybe someone went above and beyond, or just made them feel supported? Wish you had a way to say a quick thank you?
School Council has just that!
We are running our Staff Recognition program again this year. The response from staff has been so amazing; your words really mean a lot to them.
So, how does it work? It’s really quick and easy.
Visit www.recognizeSWH.ca (that’s Recognize SWH) and fill in the form. That’s it (and you can easily complete the form in just a couple of minutes).
Then School Council takes your submission and shares it with the staff member (you have the option to include your name or remain anonymous) and we send a copy to Mr. Mali too.
You can submit as many as you’d like and anytime that’s convenient! The program runs until the end of June.
Your words of appreciation do not need to be for huge events or activities. The small things often mean even more, so help us recognize the amazing staff at Sherwood Heights!
Sherwood Heights School Council Chair
2021-2022 Yearbooks have arrived!!
If you missed out on ordering a yearbook from last year, current students can pick up their copy in the Foods Lab during second half of lunch (12:42-1:09).
Any questions regarding the yearbooks can be directed to Ms. Malec at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (Updated Oct 21)
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.
Career Pathways is a Division model designed to foster the growth of every student by supporting their journey from early learning through high school completion and beyond. From kindergarten through Gr. 12, students develop awareness of self and discover possibilities for life beyond school through competency-focused experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn about themselves, explore multiple career possibilities, set goals and make plans
Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada, which is an important time to reflect, as individuals and as an organization, on how we can protect ourselves and our students online. This year’s theme is Fight Phishing: Ruin a Cyber Criminal’s Day.
Phishing is a cyber criminal’s attempt to get sensitive information by pretending to be a legitimate sender like a bank or a government organization. If you have an email address or a phone number, use social media, or browse the internet, chances are you’ve received a phishing message. In fact, phishing is one of the biggest cyber threats Canadians are facing. Learn more
Cyber security is a shared responsibility. To help educate students on phishing and cyber security, check out the resources below:
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.
New Online Cougar Wear 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!
Resources for Families & Students
Family and Community Service
(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044
Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
The Distress Line 780-482-4357
Together all https://togetherall.com/en-ca/
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.