Hawk's View

October 15, 2021

Up Coming Dates and Events

October 17-23: School Bus Safety Week

October 18- Professional Learning Day (NO SCHOOL)

October 20- School Council 6 pm (virtually)

October 22- Picture retakes

October 22- Bus evacuation

October 28- Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews (sign up information to come)

November 2: Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
November 3: Take Our Kids to Work Day
November 3: Early dismissal

November 5: Remembrance Day Ceremony (in class)

November 8-12: November Break (NO SCHOOL)

Morning Traffic and Drop Off

Thank you to all of our parents for being diligent about our student safety during morning drop off. It is getting darker in the morning and we are doing our best to keep students safe as they cross at the crosswalk and in the parking lot.

Every morning and after school Mrs. Snaterse if outside patrolling our crosswalk and keeping our students safe!

Drop off zones are (see map below);

1) The parent loop on Colwill along the side of the building

2) Past the school on Colwill

3) In the SAP parking lot

Please be mindful of your speed around the school and a reminder that there are NO U-turns. There have been a number of days where vehicles have sped through the intersection coming very close to staff or students. Bi-law is aware and will be enforcing this.

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School Resource Officers

The Strathcona County RCMP, EIPS, and Sherwood Heights are pleased to announce the return of School Resource Officer Program to the community starting in October 2021.

There will be five School Resource Officers (SRO) that will be working cooperatively with school administration, staff, students, parents, and the community. The SRO’s will help to proactively identify and address school concerns and to build relationships between communities, schools and the police.

The SRO position is a very rewarding experience for police members, as friendships develop over time with both students and staff. No two resource officers are the same, but each SRO will spend their time overseeing and participating in a myriad of different activities for the school. Our resource officers will be committed to fostering partnerships among the students, the school and surrounding community and ensure a safe environment is available to help build successful students. The SRO program provides a valuable link to existing Strathcona County Family and Community Services staff working with parents and students to share community-based supports and resources.

The School Resource Officer Program will fall under the reintegrated Community Policing Unit. The SRO’s will also be responsible for community policing initiatives such as community presentations, red serge requests and police presence at community events.

Strathcona County Enforcement Services will also be working closely with the Community Policing Unit to build community engagement, implement, and promote safety initiatives.

“The health, safety, and well-being of youth in our community is a priority for this detachment and the RCMP,” say Superintendent Dale Kendall, Officer in Charge of the Strathcona County RCMP. “The SRO program builds long lasting, meaningful relationships with our students. It provides an opportunity to interact with a police officer in a positive, non-confrontational way that humanizes the uniform and lets them see our officers as an adult they can trust.”

F. R. Haythorne School Staff Contact Information

We recently made changes to how families can contact F. R. Haythorne staff.

If you’d like to reach out to your child’s teacher directly, simply log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal or your Brightspace Parent & Guardian account. From there you can find the email contact information for all your child’s teachers and reach out to them directly as needed.

To connect with school administration and main office staff, refer to the online contact form on our school website to send an email to the applicable person directly. From the online contact form, you can also send an email to report your child’s absence.

If you’re having trouble with your PowerSchool or Brightspace account, contact the school office. And, of course, we’re always just a phone call away if you have questions or need assistance, 780-467-3800.

First Chapter Friday

Looking for a book to get you ready for Halloween? Check out this great mystery from April Henry that is told from multiple perspectives. The Body in the Woods introduces us to Alexis, Nick, and Ruby, who all have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom's mental illness, Nick's bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn't understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for an autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three-team up to find the girl's killer—before he can strike one of their own.

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Parent Session- Exploring the importance of Identity

Strathcona County Family Resource Network has partnered with altView Foundation to deliver Inclusive Parenting: All About Identity on October 20th, at 6:00pm. This session will be virtual, and is focused on supporting parents in exploring the importance of identity with their children, how to model being a 2LGBTQ+ ally, and how to have age appropriate conversations with your child. Participants will be encouraged to be vulnerable, ask questions, and learn something new! Anyone who has children or youth in their life is welcome, whether you are a parent, a family member, or a service provider. To register, visit www.strathcona.ca/familyresourcenetwork.

Parent to Parent – Finding Digital Balance, Cyberworld: What Happens when youth press send? – For Parents and caregivers for youth grades 6 and up.

Want to know more about how to support your youth with their time online? Come out as a family to learn from others and end the afternoon together at the CanTeen Youth Hub to enjoy some pizza and bonding time!

For more info, please click here.

Fees are live and DUE OCTOBER 31

School fee information for the 2021-22 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, extracurricular activities fees and more.

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees and https://www.frhaythorne.ca/about/fees. Alternatively, contact Karen Bidniak, Business Manager, at F.R. Haythorne School at 780-467-3800.


Interior Design 8 and Fashion 7 & 8 are looking for a few donations. If you have any of these items please drop them off at the main office or send them in with your child.

  • gently used shoeboxes
  • crochet hooks
  • embroidery hoops

Hot lunch

Orders can be placed through your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html

Once logged in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, click on student fees, select your student, click on the Nitza's Pizza Hot Lunch icon and place your order.

Should you have any questions or difficulties accessing your Powerschool account, please contact the school office at 780-467-3800.

The deadline to submit orders is Sunday, October 17th.

Please be aware if you have a CREDIT on your student account that you must click on the shopping cart icon and select "confirm" to complete your order. You will receive a receipt as your confirmation of order. Orders WILL NOT be submitted unless confirmation has been submitted.

Individual, 8” Pizzas will be available for $6.50/pizza. Students will have the choice of cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian or gluten-free cheese pizzas to order.

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School Bus Safety Week - October 17 to 23, 2021

Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week October 17th to 23rd. The theme: Bus Rules Rock!, which focuses on the importance of being a responsible rider. Throughout the week, various activities are planned, including information sessions and bus-safety lesson plans. Sherwood Heights successfully completed our bus evacuation drill on Friday, October 8th, and the students did a fantastic job!.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, Sherwood Heights reminds students and families all Division school buses are equipped with a bus-pass scanner, GPS technology, the Child Check-Mate system and surveillance equipment, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 160 buses. Families and students also have access to the Traversa Ride 360 app, a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child is scanned onto a bus.

Students at F.R. Haythorne will be participating in the bus evacuation drill on Friday, October 22.

For more information visit EIPS Student Transportation or contact 780- 417-8151.

Student Support

If your students are in need of support, please talk to them about accessing the QR codes and filling in the Need to Talk form.

The office will ensure they are paired up with someone to speak to as soon as possible and help in anyway we can.

For students to access support please do any of the following:

  • Scan the QR codes that have been posted around the school and here

  • Fill out the Need To Talk form

  • Email any of the administrators or Mrs. Knott

  • Visit us in person in our offices

  • Let ANY staff know that you need to speak to someone.

Municipal Election 2021: Vote October 18

The municipal election takes place on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. It’s your opportunity to get involved in public education by casting your vote for a public school trustee.

EIPS Trustee Election information

EIPS Trustee Candidate List

Electors can cast their votes for municipal candidates—mayors, reeves, councillors, as applicable—and school board trustee candidates—public or separate. Voting stations are typically open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each municipality conducts the election for its residents and establishes formal voting station hours and procedures.

Visitors in Schools- Please make an appointment

Non-essential visitors and contractors ARE NOT permitted in the school or workplace without an appointment. To make an appointment, contact the school directly. If permission is granted and an appointment is made, the visitor or contractor must complete the verbal COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire. If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” DO NOT enter the school or workplace. Similarly, if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye, nausea —DO NOT enter an EIPS-operated school or workplace.

All visitors must wear a mask when entering our school.