NSO Weekly News

September 26- October 1, 2022

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

Hey all, Monday is Instructional day 19 of 90. Students are already 21% of the way through the semester. Please encourage students to continually check in with teachers and proceed with learning activities and in-person assessments.

This week we will be honouring and raising our Treaty 6 and Metis Flags with a joint campus ceremony. On Thursday we ask students and staff to wear orange shirts in a sign of solidarity and in the spirit of reconciliation. Together with Indigenous peoples, we will be commemorating the tragic and painful history and on-going impacts of residential schools.

Have a wonderful week! Mr. Spady Principal & Mrs. Porter Assistant Principal

Orange Shirt Day Artwork

Resilience is a deconstructed Haida formline design with a mother eagle preserving its juvenile eagle. This design was specifically created for Next Step Orange Shirt Day by Haida artist Michael Bellis. https://michaelbellis.com/ In Haida tradition the eagle symbolizes strength, focus and is the most powerful of all birds. The eagle feather are to bring good luck and honour when gifted and worn.

The Alberta government is committed to walking the path of reconciliation together with Indigenous peoples, and commemorating the tragic and painful history and on-going impacts of residential schools is a vital component of this process. As unmarked graves of former residential school students continue to be discovered across Canada, we must acknowledge the truth of our shared history. Reconciliation-related initiatives in our schools and communities can help Albertans recognize the painful legacy of residential schools and understand how we can come together to offer a better future for all.

September 30 is the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday created to honour the survivors of the residential school system, the children who never returned home, as well as their families and communities. Because it’s a school closure day, the Division will recognize the day on September 29. Learn more about the residential school system and events across the country on the Government of Canada website and from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Frequently asked questions about Post-Secondary

Alberta's Post-Secondary System, Applying, Indigenous Students, Junior High Students, Practicums and Co-op Placements, Scholarships, Student Aid, Study Abroad


Register at tinyurl.com/youth-edmonton or scan the QR Code. Questions? Please contact tricia.boonstra@edmonton.ca

WHAT ARE THESE SESSIONS FOR? Network + get your voice heard by decision makers in the education system, government, and private sector. You'll be able to connect with employers and employment programs. Plus, this is a great experience to add to your resume/use as volunteer hours!

How to be proactive in high school

Advice on preparing for post-secondary education while you're still in high school.

Post Secondary Information

Post Secondary applications begin on October 1, 2022. Please visit https://applyalberta.ca/ to begin your profile or contact our Guidance Counsellor elli.hansen@eips.ca

Open house dates:

University of Alberta October 15

The King's University October 15

Lakeland College October 21-22

Concordia University of Edmonton October 22

Norquest College October 22

University of Calgary October 22

University of Lethbridge October 29

Mount Royal University October 29

NAIT October 29

Olds College October

Portage College November 1-3

MacEwan University November 5

Red Deer Polytechnic Call to book

Tips for getting your first job: acing the interview

How to prepare for an interview and make a good impression on potential employers.

Learning Clicks

Learning Clicks is a motivational program that encourages students in Alberta to pursue education and training after high school. Explore your options and discover how other students are forging their paths. http://learningclicks.alberta.ca/

Steps to plan your future https://youtu.be/SgJQ_f1tOqE

Upcoming events

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (schools and Central Services closed)

September 30: Orange Shirt Day

October 1: Post Secondary registrations open

October 3-7: Read In Week http://readin.ca/

October 5: World Teachers' Day
October 5: early dismissal

October 10: Thanksgiving Day

October 16-22: Bus Safety Week

October 19: Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair 6-8 p.m. Strathcona County Agora

November 12: Discover your future at Youth Day - Farmfair International

Tips for getting your first job: writing a résumé

Learn how to write an effective résumé as part of our series on getting your first job.

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Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program 2022

The Fem+ Engineering Mentorship Program at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering is a 7-month mentorship pairing high school students who are women, feminine-presenting and/or identifying, and non-binary with current engineering students! Click here for more information and to apply.

Applications are open until September 30, 2022.

Community Engagement Night at Fort Saskatchewan High

Elk Island Public Schools invites you to our Community Engagement Night at Fort Saskatchewan High School on Thursday, October 6 from 5:00 to 7:30.

Please join us for a hamburger or hot dog, followed by an informative tradeshow-style tour and information sessions showcasing the many resources our schools and community have to offer.

Plan your Career with ALIS

Careers, Learning and Employment is a great resource. Get help writing your resume or cover letter, learn how to network and prepare for your interview and check out job search resources and labour market information.

Peer Group - Sherwood Park

Are you interested in connecting with other students at Next Step in Sherwood Park? Are you looking for ways to be involved with the community, giving back and learning about mindfulness, self-care? Are you looking for a way to share your journey or support others with theirs?

Success Coach Aley is starting a Peer Group for students looking to connect, not only individually, but with other students! This group will start October 3 from 3:30-4:30 and will run every Monday! If you are interested in attending this peer group, please email the Success Coach Aley at aley.kulbaba@eips.ca to express your interest or feel free to visit her in the office!

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Alberta Health Resources!

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Student Services- Wellness

Practicing Self Care and Mindfulness is super important for our mental health and success in school. By practicing self care and mindfulness activities, you are learning how to manage stress, worries and anxiety. To learn more about mindfulness, selfcare or to access support please reach out to our Success Coaches Aley.Kulbaba@eips.ca , Janet.Clarkson@eips.ca or our School Counsellor Elli.Hansen@eips.ca

Mindfulness Activity Week 3: Find a comfortable position and relax. Take 10 deep breaths and silently repeat to yourself: "May I be well". Feel the power of the words and think of one special thing you can do for yourself this week.

Raye, J. A year of mindfulness.

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Student Attendance

Although attendance notifications are not tracked in PowerSchool, we recommend students be on site at one of our three campus locations 12-15 hours per week where possible.

We do require students to sign in or check in upon arrival and sign out when leaving the campus. This process is required as part of our Emergency Readiness planning at each site.

Hours of Operation

Students & families can access our campus during the following times:

Monday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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