March 10, 2023
Important Upcoming Events and Dates
March 10: Round Dance 6pm in the gym
March 14: Grade 9 information session for high school
March 15: School Council 5:30pm
March 15: Parent information session for High School AFTER school council (approx 6:30pm)
March 15: Summer School opens Grade 9
March 16: Interviews 4-7pm (sign up information sent out March 9th)
March 17: OWTA presentation to grade 8 & 9 students
March 20-April 3: Festival Passes available for purchase for FILM STUDENTS * Parent Portal
March 21: Interviews 4-7pm
Mar 23: Deadline to complete the Annual Feedback Survey
March 24-April 2: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
April 5: Early Dismissal/Staff Meeting
April 7: Good Friday (NO SCHOOL)
April 10: Easter Monday (NO SCHOOL)
April 15: Young Authors Conference
April 17: Hawk Film Festival (Doors open at 6pm)
April 18: Open House GRADE 6 and new students
THANK YOU to everyone who has already filled in the form. These are shared directly with staff and always brighten their day! If you would like to publically acknowledge a staff member at FRH please fill in the attached Google Form.
Interviews about student progress- March 16 & 21 (bookings open)
Family/Student/Teacher Interviews are intended for teachers to be available to report the progress of the student and to provide professional advice, go over any ISP questions and to make ourselves available for feedback to parents/guardians.
Please sign up for interviews on our website which went live yesterday, March 9. Click the BOOKINGS tab on the top menu bar of the website.
All interviews will be 6 minutes long and in person.
Some options teachers will be meeting in their classrooms so we can showcase student work. Please make sure you do not book back-to-back with the following option teachers Mr. Comartin, Mr. Drozda, Ms. Davidge, Ms. Schwab, Mr. Bayda, and Mr. MacKenzie as it will take a few minutes to get to their classes.
All other teachers will be set up in the gymnasium.
GOALS, SEAS and FOCUS families, your child’s teacher will be in touch to set up an interview time.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the main office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-467-3800.
Please take a few minutes to read through the proposed fees for next year. We welcome any feedback. Thank you in advance.
Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30pm
300 Colwill Boulevard
Sherwood Park, AB
Everyone is welcome.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
EIPS Round Dance Invitation
Elk Island Public School Division takes pride in hearing and honouring the voice of our children within our division. In doing so, we are proud to host our first Round Dance.
Being a first, we have chosen to make this Round Dance where people (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) can come to learn and understand the meaning behind the round dance.
The Round Dance will take place on the evening of March 10th, 2023, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at F.R. Haythorne Jr. High School. The evening will be interactive with dancing, storytelling, laughter and learning together. There will be a pipe ceremony the morning of as well.
There will be soup, bannock and beverages as well and a small giveaway. Everyone is welcome to attend.
FR Haythorne will be using cutting-edge technology to allow students to tell their own story in our 2023 yearbook. Yearbook+ allows students to use a safe platform to submit candid photos for use in the yearbook. The program itself will flag content it might deem inappropriate and Mrs. Huculak will also have access to manage content.
Once students receive the yearbook, this bonus digital content can be unlocked by scanning printed photos in the book. This will allow more students to be able to share their story than our 80 pages allow.
We will be starting with Grade 9 students the weeks before Spring break – showing them how to access this site and submit their photos. We will then move onto the grade 8 students right after the break and the 7’s in the near future. Printed yearbook + digital photos = Yearbook of the Future!
Grade 8&9 BLACK HISTORY MONTH PRESENTATION
The grade 8 & 9 presentation “Unpacking the N-Word”, will be on March 17. This presentation will explore the origins and evolution of the N-Word. Through an edutainment style that combines slam poetry, video content, audience participation & Interaction, participants will learn to put one of the most loaded words in the English language into proper historical context.
EIPS Annual Feedback Survey for Parents and Caregivers
Dear Elk Island Public Schools families:
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you about your experience with the Division and your school. Share your thoughts by completing the 2023 EIPS Annual Feedback Survey: For parents and caregivers—open March 1-23.
Annually, EIPS conducts the survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.
TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!
Survey closes March 23, 2023
Open to all EIPS parents and caregivers
NOTE: The survey is anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you want to share the experiences of more than one child, or if you have a child who attends classes at more than one EIPS school—such as Next Step and an EIPS senior high school—simply complete the survey again.
The Division is also conducting a similar survey with students in Grade 9 and Grade 12, who are completing the survey in class between March 1-23. Like the parent and caregiver survey, the questions focus on the student’s experience with the Division and their school. EIPS will share the results from the 2023 EIPS Annual Feedback Surveys before the end of the school year.
Elk Island Public Schools
Film Festival- April 17th
Tickets will be available for FILM PRODUCTION families ONLY from Monday, March 20th to Monday, April 3rd. Families will be able to purchase Festival Passes through the Parent Portal.
Festival Passes are $10.00. Friends and families of students enrolled in Film Production will have the first opportunity to purchase Festival Passes. Any remaining passes to the Festival after April 3rd will be available to any other students and families at FRH.
Festival passes will be delivered to students right after spring break.
This very special event is very popular and is expected to sell out quickly. Please be diligent and get your passes as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
NOTE: Due to upgrades at Cineplex Sherwood Park we will be having the Festival in two theatres (#1 and #2). Your Festival Pass will be clearly marked for Theatre #1 or Theatre #2. Movement between theatres will not be allowed. If you have a friend or family member who requires wheelchair seating please inform Mr. Drozda and a space will be reserved for them.
Thank you for attending and we look forward to seeing you back at Cineplex for this outstanding event!
Do you or someone you know have a really great career that you believe our students should know about?
FRH is looking for volunteers to come to our school at lunch (12:21-12:51) and highlight their careers to our students as possible future career opportunities. As we are doing our best to help prepare our students for high school, we also want to look at the way in which some careers require specific courses or streams of education and want to share this information with our students, so they do not miss out on potential opportunities.
Our Lifelong Learning committee has created a presentation that allows you to fill in the information specific to your job and takes all the guesswork out of what you should present, while also giving you an easy and effective way to best present this key information.
Anyone who is interested in presenting their career is asked to email Mr. Wever so that we can share the blank presentation with you and arrange a lunchtime that works.
We are hoping that these can become a regular occurrence within our school that students are aware of and can plan to attend careers of interest regularly. Thank you for helping to support our community!
Book of the Week/March Madness
It’s March Madness in the library! The theme this month is books that have been turned into movies (or tv adaptations). What’s different though? We’re asking your opinion! Each week two titles will be featured and we’re asking students to vote on which is the better screen adaptation. The best part? When you vote, you can enter to win your own copy of the book! Stop by the library to cast your vote today.
This week’s two choices are One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus and Panic by Lauren Oliver. Both of these novels are thrilling and fast-paced mysteries. One of Us is Lying tells the story of how five students head into detention, but only four come out alive. In Panic there’s a legendary game played by graduating seniors where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher, but you can only win if you don’t panic.
Doll houses for donation
Last semester the Interior Design 9 students renovated dollhouses to donate. We still are looking for organizations or families in need to donate them too. If you know of an organization or a family in need that would be able to use one of these lovely houses please contact Ms. Davidge so that we can make arrangements to get them into your hands. Thank you.
Monday, Mar 13
Jr Girls - 4:00 @FRH
Tuesday, Mar 14
Jr Boys - 5:15 @OLPH
Sr Girls - 4:00 @FRH
Sr Boys - 5:15 @FRH
There may be games later in the week, depending on the results. For information on games that follow, please refer to the FRH SPORTS INFO tab below.
Handball season will begin as soon as we are back from Spring Break. We will be hosting lunch hour tryouts for handball due to gym availability.
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday
Additional tryouts will be added next week if necessary.
All practices and games will be posted here. Times will be posted soon. Check back regularly.
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.
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