SWH Cougar Tracks 2022-2023
Friday, November 25, 2022
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!
Dec 12: **update: postponed to Thursday) Student Voice meets at 12:22 in Library
Dec 15: Student Voice meets at 12:22
Dec 16: Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Dec 21 - Jan 3: Division Closure for Christmas Break
Jan 4: Classes resume
Jan 5: Smudging during Period 4 in the Library
Thursdays are $3.00 Pizza slice day at lunch!!
LOST & FOUND ITEMS: Please chat with your students and remind them to look through the lost and found items! They may not realize any of their items have gone missing until they find them in the bin :)
Next Student Voice Meeting is postponed to THURSDAY Dec. 15
Junior High Honours Program: 2023-24 Applications
Is your child considering the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Junior High Honours program for the coming school year? The EIPS Junior High Honours program is designed for students in grades 8 and 9 with high achievement in their core courses and who enjoy a challenging academic environment. Students enrolled in Junior High Honours are expected to complete 25 hours of community service in an area of passion and will be automatically enrolled in the “CTF: Enterprise and Innovation” option course. Students must have a minimum 80 per cent average in each of the four core subjects to be eligible to apply to the Junior High Honours program.
On January 9, the parent/guardian No. 1 on file in PowerSchool for all current grades 7 and 8 families will receive direct communication from EIPS outlining the application process for the EIPS Junior High Honours program—including a link to the application form. Applications for the 2023-24 EIPS Junior High Honours program are due Jan. 18, 2023.
EIPS will confirm conditional acceptance in the 2023-24 Junior High Honours program in late-January—based on a student’s marks as of January 18. Students must maintain their honours standing on the year-end report card in June to receive final acceptance in the Honours program for the upcoming year.
That’s a wrap on volleyball season and it was a BLAST! Each team grew so much over the last few months and we are so proud of our Cougar Athletes!!
Here’s how the season finished:
Senior girls won gold against Fultonvale!
Senior boys win bronze against Lakeland Ridge!
Junior girls lost a close match to win silver against St Ts!
Junior boys lost a close match to Cloverbar to finish 4th!
Basketball is starting up and tryouts are underway! Keep posted for teams being made - they will be put up by the gym bulletin board 😁😁
Any parents or guardians interested in coaching or assistant coaching any sports in the 2022-2023 year please contact Kristin Alexander (Davies) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the images below for SWH Holiday Events!
2022-2023 School Fees will be posted before the end of September
School fees for the 2022-2023 school year are 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 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before August 31, 2022.
Canteen Volunteers and Menu
Canteen Volunteers (Updated Nov. 18)
Volunteering for shifts in our SWH Canteen with Mrs. Braun is an excellent way to help prepare our students for the world of work. These opportunities help students build confidence, increase skill range, and feel successful as they work towards entering post-secondary or the workforce.
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.
NEW Additions to our Canteen Menu AND Pizza Thursdays!!
Also, we have now added Pizza Thursdays to our weekly lunch options! Choices are: cheese, pepperoni and ham & pineapple. First come, first served!
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.