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November 28th, 2022

Welcome to Winter!

Since our last newsletter, winter has arrived! We are very fortunate to have a great custodial crew that keeps our sidewalks around the school cleared and sanded, but when the roads get icy students who walk to school need to make sure they are being careful in the town! For students who are bussed to school, now is the time of year when road conditions can deteriorate. If bus routes are canceled, either due to poor conditions or temperatures of (-40) degrees, parents will be notified via the School Messenger platform. All students need to make sure they are coming dressed for the weather with coats, tuques, gloves or mitts, and snow pants if necessary. Our Elementary students will still have recess outside up to a temperature of (-23) degrees.

We want to thank all the parents and guardians who came to our Parent-Teacher interviews on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd. It was fantastic to have you here in person, and it was a great opportunity to talk about your children! If at any time you would like to connect with your child's teacher(s) again, please either call the school or reach out by email. Staff email addresses can be found on our website in the staff directory!

December is fast approaching, and with that, we will have lots of activities going on. Students are continuing to do lots of learning on top of all these extra activities, so it's a very busy time! We have started our Junior and Senior High Basketball seasons, and our students are preparing for our Christmas Concert that will be held on December 19th. This year, we will be welcoming parents and families to an afternoon performance at 2 pm if they are unable to attend in the evening, or would just prefer to come then! The evening performance will take place at 7pm.


Young Medical Minds is looking for students enrolled in Grade 8 in January of 2023.

Young Medical Minds is a partnership of local medical professionals, Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, and the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. This program is a free, six-week course developed to provide grade 8 students with the opportunity to experience hands-on exposure to various aspects of the medical field.

Your child will attend this extra-curricular course one evening per week for 6 weeks. The course will take a medical scenario that is relevant to the students and follow it through the medical system. Each night will highlight health promotion and medical management.

The first session of the program will start on January 19, 2023, and the final wrap-up session will be on March 2, 2023.

If you/your child are interested in this program, please complete the registration form at the following link

For more information, please contact youth.careers@ahs.ca

For a participant view of the program, visit this website.

School Council Meeting - November 29th at 7pm

Our next school council meeting will be held on November 29th at 7 pm. For any parents who aren't able to attend in person, we will also be providing a Google Meet Link on the day of the meeting. Please email Mr. MacKenzie for the Google Meet Link.

All parents are welcome. This is a fantastic way to be a part of your child's school community. We are looking forward to seeing you.

If you are interested in joining the email list for the Hay Lakes School Council, please send an email to feedbackHLSC@gmail.com.

Graduating Class Fundraisers

Dear Families of Hay Lakes School,

To kick off the holiday season the Grad class is running a few fundraisers to help offset the cost of our celebration dinner.

The grad class will be holding a bake sale on December 14,15 and 16 at lunch. Baked goods will cost between fifty cents to two dollars (50¢-$2.00). Any remaining baked goods will be sold the following day.

We are also running a fundraiser through Mitchell's Soup Company. There are plenty of different varieties of soup mixes you can choose from. They would make perfect stocking stuffers. The due date for ordering the mixes is Sunday, December 4th 2022. Any question regarding the Mitchells Soup Company can be directed to rtknull@gmail.com.

The link for ordering is: Order form

The Soup Catalog: Catalog

Lastly, the grads are holding a thrift store round up on Sunday, December 11 between 11am-3pm beside the Hay Lakes Gas Station. We will accept soft goods like: clothes, shoes, etc., but they must be bagged, hard goods like:books, movies, discs but they must be in a box and small electronics like: coffee makers, CD players, etc, they too need to be boxed. If there are any questions regarding the thrift store round up they can be directed to Verna Beedie, either by email at Vleighton69@gmail.com or by phone 780-919-4460.


Hay Lakes School Class of 2023

Hot dog cards, milk cards, ice cream cards, and hot lunches!

We are very excited to announce the return of our hot lunch, milk program and ice cream sales!

Starting this week, students with a milk card will be able to get milk with their lunches. A milk card will cost $12.50 for 10 cartons of milk. There is no difference in price for chocolate or white milk. If a student has a milk card, they will let their teacher know in the morning that they would like milk with their lunch and it will be delivered to them.

On Friday, December 2nd, members of our School Council will be hosting the first hot dog Friday of the year! A hot dog card will also cost $12.50 for 10 hot dogs. The process for ordering hot dogs will be the same, teachers will take the orders in the morning and they will be delivered at lunchtime.

On Friday, December 16th, our School Council has organized a pizza Hot Lunch from Panago. The cut-off to order for this hot lunch is midnight on December 7th.

Ice cream cards are also now on sale for $10 for 10 ice cream bars. All students are able to buy these cards and get ice cream on Fridays.

For all of these items, to order, parents need to go to their online fee payment account (here's the link for you!) and select and pay for what they would like to order. The office will then let teachers know that students have a milk or hot dog card, and the hot lunch on the 16th with be delivered directly to them.

Reporting student absences

We appreciate how fantastic our parents are at reporting student absences!

Just a reminder that to report an absence, we would ask that you either call the school directly or email haylakes-aa@brsd.ab.ca

Halloween Activities!

Beginner Band Program!

Some of our Grade 6 students recently had the opportunity to participate in a beginner band clinic on a Saturday at Ecole Charlie Killam School. Students got to learn from instrument-specific experts and got a great jump up on developing their skills!
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Hay Lakes School would like to thank Our Savior Lutheran Church of Hay Lakes for their generous donation to our breakfast program.

Upcoming dates to be aware of:

November 29th - School Council Meeting - 7 pm

December 1st - Early Dismissal Day

December 5th - PD Day - No school for students

December 19th - Christmas Concert - Two Shows - 2 pm and 7 pm
December 21st - Last day of classes

January 5th - Classes resume

Please see the Hay Lakes School website for sporting events listed on the public calendar.

Update from the Minister of Education

Please take some time to read the following letter from Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange.

Update from AHS

Please take some time to read the following letter from Alberta's new Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Mark Joffe.
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Check out the website for the Camrose Family Resouce here: https://www.camrosefrc.com/

For their Fall Newsletter, please go to this link.

Virtual Mental Health Walk-In Clinic - Kickstand

Our Mental Health Capacity Building team has let us know that there's a new virtual mental health walk-in clinic for Alberta youth and young adults aged 12-25 called Kickstand.

At Kickstand Connect, you can access free mental health and substance use counseling, peer support, employment services, and register for free workshops and support groups! Registration takes only a few minutes – all you need is an email address and to provide your name, date of birth, gender, and postal code when you book an appointment; you do not need your health card for most services.

It's a creation of the Mental Health Foundation, the Stollery, RBC, ATB and the Oiler Community Foundation, and has been "designed by students for students".

Addiction and Mental Health News from AHS

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