NSO Weekly News

October 31-November 5, 2022

Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

Hey all, Happy Halloween! Monday is Instructional day 41 of 89, and we are now 46% of the way through semester 1. Reminder November 5-13 is Fall break- No School! Have a great week! Mr. Spady Principal & Mrs. Porter Assistant Principal

Next Step Virtues Feedback Required!

We would greatly appreciate if you could take a moment and complete this quick 5-question survey regarding potential Next Step virtues. Complete SURVEY

Over the past several months staff at Next Step have been collaborating to identify core virtues that best represent the education and learning that takes place at our three campuses. Through this engagement process we have narrowed down possible words and themes and require all stakeholder input. Please take a moment to complete via the link to the following questions so we can identify potential virtues we hope to represent. What do we value most?

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I never thought I'd go to university

In high school I didn't consider myself one of the 'smart kids' so I never thought university was an option for me. I was wrong.

November Parent Teacher Student Conference Bookings!

Conferences are scheduled for the following times:

Fort Saskatchewan campus Wed., Nov 16 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Sherwood Park and Vegreville campuses Thurs., Nov 17 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Families are asked to book appointments in advance. Please CLICK HERE to book your interview appointment. Or visit https://www.schoolinterviews.ca/ and use Booking Code wf2kn. We look forward to meeting with you!

School Advisory Council

Meetings are held in-person and virtually starting at 6 p.m. Regular attendance is not required. Please check out our school calendar and NSO Weekly News for scheduled School Council Meetings. Please SIGN UP to have the virtual code emailed to you.

Scheduled Meeting dates:
October 20, 2022 (Minutes attached below)
November 23, 2022
January 25, 2023
March 15, 2023

Dealing with change after high school

Graduating from high school means everything changes. Are you ready?

Upcoming events

November 1-3: Portage College Open House

November 2: Grade 9 Take Our Kids To Work Day

November 4: Remembrance Service

November 2-9: Diploma Exams

November 5: MacEwan University Open House

November 5-13: November Fall Break

November 11: Remembrance Day

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

November 14-18: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

November 16/17: Parent Teacher Student Conferences via booking CLICK HERE

November 17: Rupertsland Get Ahead of Your Future Career Exploration

November 20: National Child Day

November 29: Strathcona County Youth Employment Fair

ApplyAlberta is an online application system that allows you to apply to one or more of Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions through a common starting point. Please contact Guidance Counsellor elli.hansen@eips.ca for assistance.

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Living with Anxiety Disorders

It is perfectly normal to feel anxious sometimes. It’s an important emotion to feel, because it lets us know how important the outcome of our activities is to us (if we don’t care, we won’t feel anxious) and it also lets us know when we’re in danger

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

The November edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on talking to your kids about alcohol. Newsletter

Themes include:

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10 ways to be a change-maker

Things you can do to make a difference in your school and community.

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Eating Disorders: More Than Just Dieting

Eating disorders are about much more than just dieting. The most common eating disorders occur when a person becomes so focused on their eating habits and weight that their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are drastically impacted.


MyPass is an Alberta Education self-service website set up for Alberta students to:

  • View diploma exam results and request rescores
  • Register to write a diploma exam
  • Order High School transcripts
  • View progress towards a credential (diploma or certificate)
  • View and print a Detailed Academic Report (DAR)

How do I register?

1. Google myPass or go to https://public.education.alberta.ca/PASI/myPass

2. To register for an account, you will need

  • your Alberta Student Number (ASN) this is the longer 9-digit number
  • a personal email address (do not use your school email)
  • your date of birth

Check out the PDF document below with step by step instructions. Contact Guidance Counsellor elli.hansen@eips.ca for assistance!

Learning Clicks

Thinking about life after high school? Explore your options and discover how other students are forging their paths.

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 leading a Peer Group of students looking to connect with other students! The group meets 3:30-4:30 pm every Monday. If you are interested please email Aley at aley.kulbaba@eips.ca
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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.

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Strathcona County -Youth Employment Job Fair Nov 29

Strathcona County youth who are interested in seeking entry-level positions are encouraged to attend this event.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather. For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

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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 5: Set a timer for 10 minutes. Lie on your back or sit in a comfortable position. Allow your eyes to close and widen your awareness and listen to the sounds around you that come and go. Was it difficult to keep your attention on the sounds? Raye, J. A year of mindfulness.

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EIPS 2023-24 Division Calendar

The official 2023-24 EIPS calendar is now available. The calendar includes important dates during the 2023-24 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more.

Highlights from the 2023-24 EIPS calendar include:

first day of school – Aug. 31, 2023

November break – November 6-10

Christmas break – December 25 to January 5

second semester starts – February 1

Teachers’ Convention – February 8-9

spring break – March 25-29

last day of classes – June 26, 2024

To view the 2023-24 calendar, visit eips.ca.

Where to Find the Information You Need

Elk Island Public Schools and Next Step use a handful of key systems to share information with students and families. Depending on the information you’re looking for, it’s important to know where to look.

PowerSchool is the primary student information system within the Division. From the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can:

· Access student grades and report cards;

· Pay school and transportation fees; and

· Submit official updates to student or family information.

Brightspace provides more of a day-to-day look what’s happening with your child’s learning communicated directly from your child’s teacher. From Brightspace Parent & Guardian, you can see your child’s: classroom activity feed, grade items and grade feedback from instructors, & upcoming assignments.

Brightspace for Students is where teachers share updates, calendar reminders and learning materials with students. Compatible with Google, it also allows students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, and see grades and teacher feedback. The Pulse app for students is associated with Brightspace for Students.

SchoolMessenger is the system the Division and schools use to send email and phone communication to families. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is populated from PowerSchool. Through SchoolMessenger, families can:

· receive general, emergency and attendance messages by phone, email or both; and

· manage their subscription preferences for these types of messages.

The easiest way to stay connected is to download the SchoolMessenger app. Get the latest updates direct to your mobile device and enable push notifications to never miss a message. Families can also check back on past messages—for up to 30 days—directly in the app rather than searching to find an old message buried in your inbox.

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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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