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Friday, December 17, 2021

Principal's Message

The Holiday Season is upon us! On behalf of the staff at Sherwood Heights, we wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season! Please stay safe (and warm!) and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Kudos for a SWH Staff Member

On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.

2020 - 2021 Yearbooks are In!

Our highly anticipated 2020 - 2021 yearbooks have arrived! If you ordered a yearbook from last year, current students can pick their copy up in the front entry for distribution at the second half of lunch (12:40 p.m. to 1:09 p.m.). Any former students will receive their copy in the new year once it has been delivered to their current high school. If you have any questions regarding the yearbooks, please email Ms. Malec at
Career Pathways December Newsletter

Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities.

Overflowing Lost and Found

Please have your child(ren) come take a look through the lost and found if they are missing any items. It's overflowing with hoodies, jackets, water bottles and several other items.

Please also try to label all items as we can then call the student to come pick up their item(s).

All items not collected before the Christmas break will be donated.

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Holiday Travel Reminders

As the Christmas break approaches, we wish to remind you of federal public health regulations related to when students are permitted to return to school after travelling outside of Canada.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students under 12 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians cannot return to school or daycare for 14 days following their return to Canada, and must follow the mandatory requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.

Fully vaccinated students 12 years and older who travelled out of the country can return to school without delay so long as they are asymptomatic. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, these students are subject to the Government of Canada’s required 14-day quarantine, regardless of whether they are accompanied by a parents or guardian who qualifies as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Additional information on travel restrictions and public health regulations can be found at the Government of Canada’s website. Any questions or concerns about these restrictions should be directed to the Government of Canada, through their website.

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.

Updated COVID Health Checklist

The government has updated the daily health checklist. Please review the new checklist and print a copy for yourself to keep at home.

The main change relates to household contacts of COVID-19 cases.

If you are not fully immunized and are a household contact of a COVID-19 case, you should stay home for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms.

A household contact is a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, someone who is a caregiver or an intimate or sexual partner of a COVID-19 case. For children, it also includes siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.

If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of sense of taste or smell you are required to isolate for 10 days as per the current CMOH Order OR receive a negative COVID-19 test and feel better before returning to work or activities.

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 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 2022-23 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 2022-23 returning student registration takes place February 1-28, 2022.

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 February 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-5930.

Volunteer Update

All Elk Island Public Schools require proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result, from volunteers and visitors. Please note proof of vaccination is not required for those visiting for a short time and not interacting with students—parents, school council members, external delivery or service vendors.

Parent volunteers (field trips, classroom visits, etc.) can either come to the office and show their ID and vaccination card to school administration for scanning, or they can email their QR code to Amit Mali at Volunteers may also be required to show their ID and QR code at field trip venues.

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.

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 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 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.

Christmas Break

Sherwood Heights Junior High will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. The school will reopen on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, please contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours:

Open December 22 and 23; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed December 23, 2021 to January 3, 2022

Open January 4; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Upcoming Dates and Events

December 20 - 12 Days of Christmas - Christmas Movie shown at Lunch

December 21 - 12 Days of Christmas - Tropical Christmas Day & Christmas Movie shown at Lunch

December 22 to January 4 - Christmas Break

December 24 to January 3 - Central Services Closed

January 5 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

January 6 - Grade 9 Immunizations, and any Grade 7 & 8s who were absent in December

January 25 - School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

January 31 - PD Day (No School)

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on November 15, 2021