Cougar Tracks

Friday, March 18, 2022

Senior Girls Win GOLD!

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Go Cougars Go! Thank you to all the players, parents, and everyone else who made this season such a success! We finished the season as league champions, and it was an amazing team to be a part of right from the very beginning. We are so lucky to have 13 athletes who not only excel skill-wise but are also positive, charismatic, and caring teammates. We have no doubt that each and every one of you will go far and find success in whatever you do.

To our grade 9's, we will miss you! Good luck tackling a new school, new teams, and new challenges! To our grade 8's, we'll see you in the gym next year to chase down another gold medal!

- Mr. Mali and Ms. Davies

Junior Girls Take Home Bronze!

We are so proud of the work the girls put in, and the progress they made in what feels like such a quick amount of time. Most of our team was new to basketball and we placed 3rd in the league, a HUGE achievement. Thank you to players for supporting each other and giving it your best in both games and practices, to parents for driving the kids out to every game and practice and supporting the team even when no spectators were allowed.

As coaches, we will miss your intensity, drive, and passion for the game, but we will mostly miss the fun times we had with such a caring and funny group of people. Good luck on future endeavors, we will be cheering you on from the sidelines !

- Coaches Malec & Grabinsky

Interim Progress Report Cards

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Junior High report cards are now available online via the Parent Portal on PowerSchool. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. We hope you find time this week to celebrate your child's success and set new goals for the upcoming term. We appreciate your support and partnership at home.
Holding Children Close: Tips for Uncertain Times

The intensity and number of traumatic events happening in the world today can feel overwhelming, even as an adult. Feeling secure is essential to healthy growth and development.

Upcoming Dates and Events

March 21: Term 2 Report Cards Available Online on PowerSchool at 10:30 a.m.

March 21: World Poetry Day

March 22: Jody Carrington "Kids These Days" Presentation - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

March 22: School Council Meeting at 7:15 p.m.

March 25: Day-in-Lieu of Parent-Teacher Interviews - No School

March 28 to April 1: Spring Break - No School

April 6: Future Fair - 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Stay-at-Home Guide for Families

When do I keep my child home? Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return—refer to the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students 18 and older. * Last updated on March 3, 2022

School Council Corner

Our monthly School Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 22. We hope to see you virtually at 7:15 p.m. via Microsoft Teams, right after the Jody Carrington presentation, which will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

School Councils were formed to support the school and provide the opportunity to advise the principal and school board on any matters relating to the school and education. Our School Council is made up of parents, staff, and community members. We are a fairly informal group who meet regularly to discuss school issues.

At every meeting, members have the opportunity to hear reports from the school administration, and committee of school councils' representative as well as a report from the school board trustee assigned to our school. Participation is encouraged and there is usually lively discussion on a wide range of topics.

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Changes to School Volunteer Requirements

Visitors, volunteers and contractors are permitted in the school. EIPS no longer requires proof of vaccination or onsite rapid testing for volunteers and visitors. Anyone entering an EIPS building is encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, sign the visitor log, sanitize hands and follow the site-visitor protocol.
COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

Please remember to complete this form verbally with your child every day. Doing so helps keep schools safer for everyone and, will hopefully, keep temporary online learning to a minimum.

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Lakeland Ridge is once again partnering with the Saffron Centre to deliver a free parent/caregiver session on Monday, March 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

We would like to invite all EIPS parents to join us for the presentation titled Foundations of Connection: How to Communicate with Your Youth. During the session, we will explore the use of language in teaching children about boundaries and consent. The session will also address healthy habits and how to recognize healthy or unhealthy behaviours in others.

The presentation will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams.

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Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you about your experience with the Division and your school. Make sure to share your thoughts by completing the 2022 EIPS Parent Survey—open from March 14-27.

Annually, EIPS conducts a parent 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.

Survey closes March 27, 2022

NOTE: The survey is anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.

To complement the 2022 Parent Survey, the Division’s also conducting a student survey with learners in Grade 9 and Grade 12. Students will complete the survey in class between March 14-27. Similar to the parent survey, the questions focus on the student’s experience with the Division and their school. EIPS will share the results from the parent and student surveys before the end of the school year.

Measuring Success: Complete this year’s Alberta Education Assurance Survey

Once again, Alberta Education is surveying teachers, students, and families through its annual Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey. The survey acts as an annual check-up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as education quality, citizenship, family involvement, engagement levels, school climate and student wellness.

Throughout March, Grade 7 to 9 students and teachers at Sherwood Heights Junior High are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey doesn’t take long to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.

Additionally, parents and guardians of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 are also asked to take a survey, either online or by mail. Alberta Education will send families information about the survey directly. As with the student and teacher survey, it’s anonymous and asks questions about your school experiences. If you have a child in grades 4, 7 or 10, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is March 25, 2022.

Results from the AEA Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each spring. The Division then uses the data to inform its four-year education plan, school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. Each fall, the results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities in the Division’s Annual Education Results Report.

AEA Survey: Parent letter

AEA Survey: Methodology for rate calculation

Assurance and Accountability: Alberta’s K-12 education system

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.

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Parent to Parent: Foundations of Connection

Join us to learn about elements of healthy relationships including boundaries and consent. We will explore the language we can use and how to develop healthy habits with your children. We will also discuss how to teach children about consent, conflict, and how to recognize healthy or unhealthy behaviours in others.

FOR: Parents and caregivers

WHEN: March 23 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

COST: Free

WHERE: Millennium Place

To register, visit

Curious Careers: Engineering Geniuses

Curious Careers is a free STEM-career exploration series of monthly webinars for grades 6-8 students. Once a month, panelists—including post-secondary students and industry professionals—get together virtually to share their career journey in STEM and discuss how it relates to the lives and interests of youth. Each session focuses on a different theme and aims to explore exciting and diverse STEM fields, share what it looks like to work or study in STEM, and show students how STEM careers can be fun and inspiring.

Engineering Geniuses

Join Curious Careers to celebrate National Engineering Month. Engineering is a pillar of STEM careers and is more diverse than you might think. From computer and civil engineering to more specialized fields such as aerospace and biomedical, engineering careers are wide-ranging and are crucial to society. Join us to discover engineering career options and learn what it takes to follow your passion. If you’re unable to attend live, register and a recording will be made available following the event.

Thursday, March 24
11:00 a.m.

Young Women in Trades and Technologies - In Person Camp

March 29-April 1, 2022 (During Spring Break)

Are you ready to discover your passion! A free in-person camp for female identifying youth in grades 9-12.

During the camp, students will have the opportunity to explore several careers in the skilled trades, gain hands-on experience, talk with female mentors who are working in the field, and connect with other young women with similar interests. This year we will be accepting 12 participants for our 4-day camp.

Click Here to Register

Future Fair 2022

Discover opportunities and supports beyond high school for teens and adults with disabilities.

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The annual Alberta Champions student contest is now underway. Students can submit an entry about any past Albertan (posthumous) of their choice whose lifetime accomplishments are an inspiration to the student.

The full contest rules and judging rubric for grades 4-6 and grades 7-9 are available online, as well as the full list of prizes available to be won. With ties to English Language Arts and Social Studies—stories, histories, peoples of Alberta and citizenship—the contest is suitable for teachers to use as a whole-class activity or as enrichment for specific students. The entry deadline is April 11.

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New Online Cougar Wear Store

We are excited to be able to offer a year-round online store!

Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!

2021-2022 Online Cougar Wear Store

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on March 7, 2022

Division Calendar 2022-23

The EIPS 2022-23 Division calendar is now available and includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, including school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the November, Christmas, spring and summer breaks; PD days; & early dismissal dates.