Hawk's View

January 13, 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: Winter Walk Day
February 1: Returning student registration opens

Hawk's Nest Now OPEN

We are officially up and open every day of the week. The Hawk's Nest is cash only. Options will be for more healthy choices.

Bev Facey Advanced Placement Open House - Jan. 26, 2023

On Jan. 26, 2023 @ 6 p.m., we will be conducting our Advanced Placement Open House for any interested Grade 9's. Current AP teachers and former students will be in attendance to share the features and benefits of the program at Bev Facey. This will be an in-person event in our Library, but will also feature an Online option for those who wish to attend.

Think you got what it takes to be a great filmmaker?

Why not have some fun this weekend and make a film for the FIRST ANNUAL 24-HOUR FILM FESTIVAL! Get some pals together, charge up your phone, and see Mr. Drozda on FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH for a Festival form!

Then, have a fun weekend!


Plan and Brainstorm


Shoot and Edit

(Films need to be submitted by Midnight Saturday!)


Come to the school @ 1:00 for an afternoon screening

of all the films and AWARDS will follow!

Find Mr. Drozda if you have any other questions, but the only thing he can tell you about the festival itself is that your film must have a specific

“MacGuffin” that will be told to you on Friday!

Don’t know what a MacGuffin is?

Ask a Film Production student. Ask a teacher.

Ask Siri. Ask Google.


FRH Staff Recognition Form

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

Book of the Week

This week’s installment for “Book of the Week”, is an inspiring story about survival, hope, and courage. In Irena’s Children one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While there, she reached out to the trapped Jewish families, going from door to door and asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept secret lists buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On them were the names and true identities of those Jewish children, recorded with the hope that their relatives could find them after the war.

School Council Meeting Wednesday January 18 at 5:30pm

Please join us Wednesday in the library for our school council meeting.

Everyone is welcome. We will be discussing fees.

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 new to many families and we want to support our students as much as we can.

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.

Establishing School Fees for 2023-24

Under Alberta Education’s School Fee Regulation, schools must consult with parents prior to setting school fees for the upcoming school year.

Our next school council meeting will be taking place on January 18, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. During that time, we will be sharing information about our current fee structure, posing specific questions about priorities, and asking you to provide your feedback as we plan for the 2023-24 school year. While many of these activities and services enhance students’ educational experience, we want to ensure these fees aren’t cost prohibitive for families.

Specifically, we will be asking for input on the following:

  • Optional courses and associated fees
  • Noon hour supervision
  • Field trips and associated fees
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Non-curricular travel (for example, ski trips and band camps)
  • Non-curricular goods and services (for example, student union and yearbooks)

For your reference, below is a link to the school fees information located on the F.R. Haythorne School website. The webpage includes the current School Fees Schedule for 2022-2023, as well as information on waiver of fees, refunds and student transportation fees.


We understand not all families will be available to attend the meeting but it’s still important we get as much input from the school community as possible. Following the meeting, all information will be shared via email and parents and guardians will have the opportunity to access a google form to provide feedback.

School administration will use feedback provided to help determine fees for 2023-24, which will then be shared at the March school council meeting, posted to our website and shared via link through email.

We look forward to hearing from you on January 18.




Sr. Teams are in their opening tournament this weekend. Good luck Hawks!

Jr. EIAA Tournament is next weekend.


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.

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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

Kickstand Connect (https://mykickstand.ca); a free online portal and mobile app where young people aged 12 to 25 can attend same day or pre-booked appointments (up to a week in advance) with a mental health professional, peer support worker, employment specialist or participate in group activities and workshops.

Based on a single session model, Kickstand Connect offers on-line same day and pre-booked services, none of which require a healthcare card, referral, or any form of payment. Anyone interested in making an appointment or joining a group workshop can visit connect.mykickstand.ca/booking.

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: