Cougar Tracks

Friday, December 3, 2021

Principal's Message

We are now in phase III of our ongoing construction project. Each of our classrooms in the East wing will be getting new cupboards as well as new heating and ventilation systems installed over the next six weeks.

You may have heard about our newly converted classroom! Our staffroom has been temporarily converted into a classroom for this phase of the project. Many thanks to our staff and students who have adapted well to these temporary circumstances. Here are some pics of the work happening in our building.

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Kudos for a SWH Staff Member

On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.

Basketball News

Congratulations to our Senior Boys team for capturing the GOLD last weekend, and the Senior Girls for winning the SILVER at their very first tournament of the season! Go Cougars Go!!!
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Activity Plus 9 Tests Their Limits at Fitset Ninja!

This week our Activity Plus grade 9 students took a field trip to Fitset Ninja. They had the opportunity to scale walls, test their balance and race across obstacle courses! Always a fun time!

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Career Pathways December Newsletter

Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities.

Literacy at Home

Periodically we will share a thought provoking image, reading or writing tip, multimodal texts, or book recommendations. The thought-provoking image below is aimed to generate interesting discussions at home. Feel free to discuss as a family what this image suggests about the role of technology in our lives? Have fun!
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Mask Reminders

EIPS requires that all individuals in all schools wear a mask, unless medically exempt. Students are required to bring their own masks every single day. The school has a small number of disposable masks available for emergency purposes only.

Students that are relying on the school for their mask supply will be considered unprepared for school and will be given a consequence. Make sure your child has spare masks, reusable or disposable, with them at school every day.

Updated COVID Health Checklist

The government has updated the daily health checklist. Please review the new checklist and print a copy for yourself to keep at home.

The main change relates to household contacts of COVID-19 cases.

If you are not fully immunized and are a household contact of a COVID-19 case, you should stay home for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms.

A household contact is a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, someone who is a caregiver or an intimate or sexual partner of a COVID-19 case. For children, it also includes siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.

If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of sense of taste or smell you are required to isolate for 10 days as per the current CMOH Order OR receive a negative COVID-19 test and feel better before returning to work or activities.

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 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 2022-23 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 2022-23 returning student registration takes place February 1-28, 2022.

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 February 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-5930.

Visitors in Schools

All visitors, couriers, and contractors must sign in at the front main doors and check-in at the office, complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and be wearing a mask properly.

If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” DO NOT enter the school or workplace.

Similarly, if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye, nausea —DO NOT enter an EIPS-operated school or workplace.

Inclement Weather

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 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 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.

Christmas Break

Sherwood Heights Junior High will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. The school will reopen on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, please contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours:

Open December 22 and 23; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed December 23, 2021 to January 3, 2022

Open January 4; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Upcoming Dates and Events

December 7 - Grade 7 & 8 Immunizations

December 22 to January 4 - Christmas Break

December 24 to January 3 - Central Services Closed

January 5 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on November 15, 2021