Cougar Tracks

Friday, October 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Another busy week at Sherwood Heights is in the books!

I want to say thanks to the many parents we had come (virtually) to our first School Council meeting of the year. It was a great turnout, and we were able to have a very rich discussion about our school. Our next meeting will be on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. A link for the meeting will be shared closer to the date.

On September 30th, our school division took time to commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day in honor of those in our First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. At Sherwood Heights we continue to educate ourselves and our students about the complex history and current realities facing these communities.

Unfortunately, we were not able to host an in-person Meet the Teacher night this year. In lieu of this, Mr. Parr and Ms. Dallyn created a Meet the Teacher video so parents can put some names to faces! Thank you for all your hard work!

Meet the Teacher Video

New! SWH COVID-19 Procedures

Beginning Monday, October 4 we will implement two new procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID in our building.

1. Grade doors (see map below):

  • Grade 7 will enter through the main doors
  • Grade 8 will enter through the doors leading to the stairwell by the CTS wing on the west side of the building.
  • Grade 9 will enter on the east side of the building through the staff doors

The intention of using separate doors is to really ensure that we are sanitizing (to the best of our ability) everyone as they enter the building. We will have sanitizing stations at each entrance for the start of the day and at the end of lunch to help ensure our students are sanitizing.

We need to ensure students know where their doors are and that they are to use them exclusively when entering the building in the morning and after lunch (unless they are arriving late, then they should use the main doors). They will also exit using their assigned doors at lunch and the end of the day.

2. Sanitizing: with sanitizing being a priority we are also being asked to increase sanitization throughout the school day in our classrooms. Sanitizing hands as they are entering our spaces and sanitizing desks between use.

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Read-in-Week is October 4 to 8!

Here is the week at a glance:

All week long Administration will be reading to classes.

All week long – students will match teachers to their favourite novel – if they get them all, students are entered into a draw for a $5.00 gift certificate for Scholastic Books. Clues and book titles will be spread out throughout the school. The box for the draw will be in Room 208.

Monday, October 4

  • KAHOOT Challenge
  • Guest speakers booked

Tuesday, October 5

  • Guest Speaker - Lorna Schultz-Nicholson – Grade 8 classes

Wednesday, October 6

  • Guest Speaker - Kate Boorman – Grade 7 classes

Thursday, October 7

  • Guest Speaker - Karen Spofford-Fitz – Grade 9 classes

Friday, October 8

  • Staff and students dress up as your favourite book character
  • KAHOOT challenge @ LUNCH in Room 208 – ALL winners from homeroom challenge will play for a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate for Scholastic books!

School Council Corner

Thank you to everyone who attended our first School Council meeting of the year. There was an incredible turnout with over 20 parents, staff, and our Trustee Liaison in attendance.

I wanted to share some of the items discussed:

  • Staff is committed to addressing student mental health and engaging parents. We are incredibly lucky to have a Family School Liaison Worker (Jessica Moen) who has been talking with students and staff. She is looking at organizing some parent information meetings on topics such as boundaries, respect, internet safety and so much more.
  • A strong school division depends on a dedicated, engaged Board of Trustees. The municipal election on October 18th includes voting for trustees. There is information on the EIPS site, but there is also a dedicated website with candidate bios, contact information and answers to 8 questions (for those candidates who submitted this information). You can find it at
  • Administration and staff have undertaken a beautification project for Sherwood Heights. They’ve added soft seating to one hallway and revitalized the foyer. We talked about creating a list of other projects (some ideas included benches or picnic tables and basketball hoops) and using the fundraising money from the Save On Fundraiser (speaking of which – you can send in your receipts from the Wye Road Save on Foods, and they get compiled and submitted to Save On who then gives the school a cheque for 5% of the receipts total). We will be providing parent input on this at a future meeting (probably in October)
  • School Council is taking on a project to recognize staff! Parents or students can complete a form and we will share the Kudos with that staff member. This will be open the whole year, so submit away at
  • The draft minutes for September can be found on our website or you can click here.

We also have our meeting dates set for the year (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.):

  • October 26, 2021
  • November 23, 2021
  • January 25, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 22, 2022
  • April 26, 2022
  • May 24, 2022

Pay School Fees Online

School fee information for the 2021-22 school year has been 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 online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to 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 certain school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.

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

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit Alternatively, contact Mrs. Candace Lyles at Sherwood Heights Junior High at 780-467-5930 ext. 6504.

Video Surveillance on Buses

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
  • discourage destructive acts.

On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Coordinator at 780-464-3477.

Mask Reminders

EIPS requires that all individuals in all schools wear a mask, unless medically exempt. Students are required to bring their own masks every single day. The school has a small number of disposable masks available for emergency purposes only.

Students that are relying on the school for their mask supply will be considered unprepared for school and will be given a consequence. Make sure your child has spare masks, reusable or disposable, with them at school every day.

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.

Visitors in Schools

All visitors, couriers, and contractors must sign in at the front main doors and check-in at the office, complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and be wearing a mask properly.

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.

Save Your Newspapers!

Science 7 is asking all SWH families to hold on to their Sherwood Park Newspapers until November. We will be holding a competition to see who can build the strongest stool out of newspapers!

How to Report an Absence and/or Late

Should your child be unable to attend school, please call or email the school office to report the absence or late arrival.

If your child is absent or late, and you have not called or emailed the school office, you will receive an automated phone and email message after attendance is taken in the morning, as well as in the afternoon after lunch.

Email Absence Reporting

From our school website (, please click on the "Quick Links" tab on the right hand side, and then on "Report an Absence".

You will then be directed to a drop-down box under "Send to", and then you will click the first one that says: "Student Absences - Mrs. Johanna Ryan", and then fill out the rest of the fields.

Please submit your absence email prior to 8:30 AM on the day of the absence.

Please include the following information in the email:

  • Your child’s full name
  • When your child will be absent or late
  • When your child is expected to return to school

Telephone Absence Reporting - Call 780-467-5930 to report an absence.

Please include the following information in the phone call:

  • Your child’s full name
  • When your child will be absent or late
  • When your child is expected to return to school

Homework - If your child missed school due to an excused absence, please contact their teachers directly via email to make arrangements to receive their missed work. You can find their direct email(s) on the "Quick Links" tab on the right hand side, and then under the "Contact Us" tab.

Sync the School Calendar to Your Calendar

Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own calendar? You can! Simply, visit and click on the applicable subscription option:

  • Download to iCal
  • Add to Google Calendar
  • Subscribe to Calendar

NOTE: Options are located above the calendar.

Once you click on the desired subscription option, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your calendar will contain all Sherwood Height Junior High’s important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.

Upcoming Dates and Events

October 4 to 8 - Read-in-Week

October 5 - World Teacher's Day

October 6 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

October 11 - Thanksgiving Monday - No School

October 18 - PD Day - No School

October 21 - School Photo Retake Day

October 31 - Halloween