Hawk's View

December 16, 2022

Important Upcoming Events and Dates

December 21-January 3: Christmas Break

December 26-January 2: Central Services closed

January 4: Schools open for students and staff. Early dismissal/ Staff Meeting

January 18: School Council 5:30 library

January 30: Professional Learning day for Staff (NO SCHOOL)

January 31: Semester 2 starts (only options change)

February 1: Early dismissal
February 1: Returning student registration opens

Principal's Message

On behalf of the staff of FRH, we hope that you all have a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. Although we have school next Monday and Tuesday, this will be my last Hawk's View of the year.

We are very mindful that although this can be a joyous time for some families, it can also be a difficult and stressful time as well. With that in mind please reach out to us or our community partners who can help support you or your family.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2023! Please reach out if there is anything we can help with in the new year, we want to ensure that all of our students are enjoying their junior high experience.

Grade 7 Artwork- Winners of our Card Challenge

Christmas Break

F.R. Haythorne School will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. 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. 26, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023

Open January 3; 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.

Support Information

Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress line 780-482-4357

Family and Community Service

(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044

Together all https://togetherall.com/en-ca/

Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Strathcona Food Bank

To apply for a hamper, please phone their office at 780-449-6413. They are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except for statutory holidays and can usually get hampers to families within 3-5 days with same-day hampers available upon request before 10 am. See https://strathconafoodbank.ca/ for more info.

Saffron Centre & Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC)

Saffron Centre is available to support families and individuals who have been affected by sexual violence.

CASASC has a 24hr Crisis Line: Call or Text 1-866-956-1099

Boys and Girls Club Strathcona County

Boys and Girls Club has teen and child programs running throughout the holidays that are free or low cost.

Phone: 780-416-1500



Alberta Health Services(AHS) has a great resource called Help in Tough Times with a huge amount of organizations and helpful numbers to call if you are in need of support. Mental health concerns, financial support, emergencies, grief and stress are all mentioned in this resource:


FRH Staff Recognition Form

If you would like to publically acknowledge a staff member at FRH please fill in the attached Google Form.

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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 percent 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.

Math Help

We know that math can be tricky for some students and we encourage our students to come for math help during the lunch hour.

Our current schedule is;

Grade 8's and 9's on Days 2 & 4 (with Mrs. Huculak)

Grade 7 help is on Day 6 (with Mr. Boychuk)

If you feel this would be helpful for your child and you're sure your child is attending please reach out to the grade-level administrator and we will support you in any way we can.

Grade 9 Highschool Visits and Information

In January our grade nine students will start discussions around high school streams and options. We know this is often a new

We will be making visits to Bev Facey to check out the option spaces and start making connections with staff.

Registration will be open from February 1st until February 28th. Start thinking about where you would like to attend grade 10. Mr. Sonnenberg and Mrs. Knott are available to discuss high school with grade 9 students.

During the new year, we will have high school staff available at Interviews in order to answer streaming questions.

Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2023-24 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 2023-24 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 2023-24 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2023.

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 Feb. 1, 2023.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-3800.

CEMC Contests

Does your child LOVE math?! Are they looking for a new way to challenge themselves? Math contests are a fun way for students to develop their problem-solving skills, build confidence and get creative with math.

Through the University of Waterloo, students are able to participate in math contests as a fun way to test their skills. These tests are ordered and proctored through the school. Contest dates for various grades are shown below:

Grade 7 – Gauss Contest (May 17th, 2023)

Grade 8 – Gauss Contest (May 17th, 2023)

Grade 9 – Pascal Contest (February 22, 2023)

Grade 9 – Fryer Contest (April 5th, 2023)

As these contests have a deadline as to when they need to be ordered, we are asking any interested families to email Mrs. Huculak (carrie.huculak@eips.ca) with the student name, grade, and contest to be written by Dec 16th. There will be NO LATE ENTRIES.

For more information about the contests, visit https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/contests.html.v

Get Caught Reading!

From December 12th to 20th, you can get caught reading! Staff members will be randomly awarding ballots throughout the day when we catch people reading. Fill out the ballot and drop it in the lime green box on the circulation desk (we have posters, pens, and brand new books to give away!). Want an extra chance to win a great prize? Email Mrs. Getschel a suggestion for books we should add to our library collection. We will draw for prizes daily! Good luck and happy reading!


Many of our FSL 9 students will be travelling to Quebec in May of 2023. To help offset the cost of their trip, they are fundraising. Want to help? Sign up for Flipgive. We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Sobeys, Under Armour, Apple, Esso, Loblaws, and many more.

It’s completely virtual and contactless. Interested? You can join our team now and we’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=YTD79C, or head to the website or app and enter this code: YTD79C. Please consider supporting our students and email Mrs. Getschel if you have questions.




Thank you to all the athletes that came to tryouts this week. It was great to see so many of you!

The January basketball schedule will posted to the website and Instagram over the break.


All practices and games will be posted here. Times will be posted soon. Check back regularly.

Hawk Wear Orders

Looking for some comfortable new clothes? Check out the great Hawk Wear for sale. Please let us know if they are gifts and we will call you when they arrive.

Referees Needed for Basketball

FRH athletics is looking for Basketball officials. If you know of anybody who would be interested in a part-time job reffing basketball please email Mr. Roper.


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