Hawk's View

November 26, 2021

Up Coming Dates and Events

November 28- Purdy's Orders Due

November 29- Western Beef Jerky Orders Due

December 1st- Starting out Safe Place Collections (PJs, slippers and socks)

December 1- Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting

December 1- Jersey Day

December 8- Twin/Triplet Day

December 10- Hot lunch

December 21- Hot lunch and last day of school before the Christmas Break

December 22- January 4 - Christmas Break

January 5, Day - Classes Resume

January 5- Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting 2:11pm

January 19- School Council 6pm


Please take time with your child(ren) to go through their grades and assignments on PowerSchool. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our teachers.

Purdy's Chocolates- School Fundraiser

It’s your final week to purchase chocolates through our Purdys Fundraiser! All orders need to be completed by November 28th (If you have a pending order, don’t forget to complete your purchase). Thanks to all of those who ordered already – orders will be ready for pickup on or before December 14th. Want to see what’s available? Check out the online catalogue here: https://fundraising.purdys.com/780246-86461.

Western Beef Jerky Fundraiser

F.R Haythorne Junior High School's Western Beef Jerky Fundraiser is currently underway! If you would like to place an order, please log in to your PowerSchool parent portal account (https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html).

Order deadline is November 29, 2021. A time will be scheduled for pick-ups prior to December 21 (to be communicated at a later date).

Thank you for supporting F.R. Haythorne Junior High School! We are grateful for your support!

Library Input

Stay tuned for a survey that will be coming out in regards to our library. We would like to gather student, staff and parent input into our library redesign.

Wellness Advent Calendar for December

Asma our Mental Health Capacity Builder has created a Wellness Calendar that will be starting on December 1st. A new box will open each day starting December 1st.

Feel free to do this as a family. There will be a draw for cohort participation. We encourage our students to ask their teachers for the daily wellness activity.

Hot lunch- New items

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

December 10 (pizza) & 21 (chicken fingers and pasta).

2021-2022 Yearbook

If you would like to place an order for the 2021-2022 yearbook, please log in to your PowerSchool parent portal account (https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html).

Click on student fees, select your student, then click on the yearbook icon.

First Chapter Friday

Let’s continue Netflix November with a series that will take a little time to get through. City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the inspiration for the fantasy Netflix series, Shadowhunters. This novel was the beginning of the Mortal Instruments series and has been followed up by 15 other books in the same realm as the original takes place. When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air.

If this is a book for you, stop by the library to grab your copy. If you want to hear more, you can listen to chapter 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JzRreJ6hWU.

Writing Prompt

Here is our first thought-provoking image aimed at generating discussion between students and their families or among students.

Take some time to answer the question, “What does this image suggest about the role of technology in our lives?”

Please submit your written responses to Ms. Smith for a chance at a weekly draw prize.


Please take a moment and see the Rupertsland Institute’s Virtual Art Unveiling ofMétis Memories of Residential Schools, A Testament to the Strength of the Métis” Mural. A powerful time of honouring Métis residential school survivors and their families.

You can access the Métis Memories Virtual Art Mural online mural at this link: https://www.muralmosaic.com/metis-memories/

At this link, you will also have access to:

  • The complete digital PDF of Métis Memories of Residential Schools, A Testament to the Strength of the Métis
  • The complete digital PDF of Métis History and Experience and Residential Schools in Canada
  • Dedications, Educational Questions, Additional Resource Links, and more that go along with each story shared

Strathcona Food Bank Donations

With Christmas just around the corner, the board of directors for the Strathcona Food Bank knows some EIPS schools may be hosting food drives in their schools. If schools wish to host a food drive, the food bank requests they conclude by December 17—before the food bank closes for the holidays. While the food bank had very successful food drives this year, there are always a few items that we don't get enough of. Current high-needs items include canned mushrooms, canned green or yellow beans, canned fruit, pancake mix and syrup, Stove Top stuffing, Hamburger Helper, bar soap, paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, conditioner and dry food for small/medium dogs. Thank you very much for your continued support of the Strathcona Food Bank. We are so very grateful to EIPS schools for the many years you’ve held food drives for us. Contact the Strathcona Food Bank office at 780-449-6413 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon) to arrange for a donation pickup.

Christmas Sponsorship for Families in Need

AT Safety Training, in partnership with Salisbury Greenhouse, is sponsoring up to 20 families in need this holiday season. Sponsorship includes:

  • Christmas meal – all necessary items to have a fantastic Christmas dinner
  • Extra items to help ensure the family has extra food through the holidays
  • Christmas hamper
  • Christmas food
  • Gifts for the family
  • Christmas stockings

Generally, AT Safety Training requests schools reach out to the family and, upon receiving consent, provide AT Safety Training with the family’s contact information so they can hand pick wanted items for the children. Contact Veronica Mcleod with any questions or to pass along family contact information.

Welcome to our New School Resource Officer

We are excited to be working with Constable Allison Gyonyor this year as our School Resource Officer.

Constable Gyonyor is a wonderful resource to our school and community and we look forward to working with her.

If you have any questions about how she can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

Fee Waiver Applications

Fee Waiver Application Deadline

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay school or transportation fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. If you’re new to the Division, the deadline is the latter of Dec. 15, 2021, or 45 days after registration.

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 or MasterCard. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted.

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 and more.

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

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Christmas Break

F.R. Haythorne will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours

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

Closed Dec. 23, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022

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

*for location and contact information visit www.eips.ca.

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