SWH Cougar Tracks 2023-2024
Friday, September 29, 2023
To help parents and students stay in the loop as far as all things Sherwood Heights, our Cougar Tracks newsletter will be our weekly communication tool. Be sure to watch for email notifications at the end of each week and you can also find each of the latest and greatest Cougar Tracks newsletters posted on our website!
- Doors will be open at 8:20am. Please be mindful of this particularly as the outdoor temperature starts to dip.
- When dropping off your student(s), please ensure you are doing so in the designated drop-off areas. Staff parking lots are not to be used for student drop off or pick up.
- While we are an open campus; students can leave campus at lunch, student must return to school by 1:09pm as afternoon classes begin shortly thereafter. School rules and expectations for behaviour still apply when off school property.
- Student Attendance: If your student(s) will be late or absent, please notify our Mrs. Shiloff, our Attendance Secretary. You may call SWH directly at 780.467.5930 and press 1 for 'Attendance' or click the Attendance button below to be redirected to our Contact page on our School Website where you can select 'Student Attendance - Mrs. Shiloff' in the dropdown box.
Be sure to check in frequently for updates as the come!
Sept 26: Celebration Church for Logos kickoff
Sept 29: Orange Shirt Day
Sept 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Oct 4: Early dismissal
Oct 4: EIAA Cross Country Meet @ Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Oct 6: Professional Learning Day - No School for students
Oct 9: Thanksgiving Day - No School for staff and students
Oct 11: Zones Cross Country Meet @ Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Oct 13: Period 5 - Former Grade 7 fall awards, Period 6 - Former Grade 8 fall awards
Oct 13-14: Senior Volleyball Tournament at Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High
Oct 5 & 12: EIPS Cross Country races
Oct 19: School Photo Retake Day
Oct 20-21: Junior Volleyball Tournament at Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High
Oct 20-21: Senior Volleyball Tournament at SAL
Oct 23-27: Scholastic Book Fair!!! Save up and watch for more information to purchase in person and online!
Oct 24 & 26: Parent/Student/Teacher interviews 4:00
Oct 27-28: Senior and Junior Volleyball Tournament at EVPC
Nov 1: Take our kids to work day 2023
Nov 6-10: Fall Break; No school for staff or students
In athletics this week, our volleyball teams have now all officially kicked off their seasons. Both junior and senior teams took on Lakeland Ridge this week. Senior girls and boys and junior girls defeated LLR, and junior boys put up a great fight but lost to LLR in the 3rd set. And our junior B teams have now started practicing as well! They are preparing for their tournament in November and hopefully some upcoming exhibition games.
Our Cougar Mile was a great success as well! We got to spend the day outside, take a minute to celebrate the hero who is Terry Fox, and got to cheer our friends across the finish line. A reminder that Ms. Oszip will be talking to the top finishers about joining our cross-country team.
Our canteen is now open with a variety of fun foods and snacks to purchase. We also have brought back the use of microwaves in the hallways during the first half of lunch. We ask that students wait in line patiently and be respectful with your peers and the microwaves.
Take Our Kids to Work Day 2023
Wednesday, November 1, 2023.
Elk Island Public Schools is excited to participate in Take Our Kids To Work Day 2023. Take Our Kids to Work™, with the support of RBC Future Launch, has been Canada's leading career exploration event for nearly three decades, creating connections between students, employers, and the community. This year's theme, "Everyone Belongs Here," is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
There are multiple for everyone to take part in this exciting day! Some of the possibilities:
· Students can participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day by arrangements made by their family
· Teachers can lead students through a virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day by registering for activities provided by The Students Commission of Canada and accessing the Career Pathways Career Exploration Resource.
· Schools can access participation forms on Permission Click.
Save on Foods Wye road believes in being an active part of the community and last year paid Sherwood Heights $2796.66 in rebates! Please bring your Save On Foods receipts into the school or send them with your student to bring to the office. Receipts are collected and tallied and Save On Foods presents a cheque to Sherwood Heights for 5% of the total (some rules apply)! What a fun and easy way to fundraise for our school.
Student Supports at SWH
Mental Health has been identified as an EIPS priority this year and in response, Sherwood Heights has introduced several new ways to access student support.
Mrs. Jessica Moen is in the role of School Based Social Worker this year at SWH. Mrs. Moen’s primary role is to facilitate connections among family, school, and community to assist with positive growth. She works as part of the multidisciplinary team to help our families set goals, integrate interventions, plan strategies and arrange resources that will help students be successful in school, at home, and in their community. She offers support services in a variety of formats (individuals, families, and groups), in a variety of settings (school, home, community settings) and is the primary connection with many community agencies. Mrs. Moen can be found in her office beside the drama room and beside the vending machines.
Referrals for ALL student support services can be done using any of the following ways:
2023/2024 School fees are posted
School fees for the 2023-2024 school year will be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.
To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly.
NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2022-23 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before August 31, 2024.
New Online Cougar Wear Store
Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!
Resources for Families
Resources for Families
Family and Community Service
(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044
Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
The Distress Line 780-482-4357
Strathcona Food Bank - 780-449-6413