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Newsbite 77                                                                             January 20, 2017

Have your say: Take the EIPS Parent Survey

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is inviting all of our parents and guardians to complete a survey about your experiences with Next Step Schools and the Division.

We encourage all of our families to complete the survey, which only takes a few minutes. Also, if you wish to share the experience of more than one of your children, you can respond to the survey more than once. The survey is open until Jan. 30, 2017.

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW

At Next Step Schools we believe in and encourage healthy lifestyles. Check your school to see what activities are available for you. Don't see what you are looking for? Contact the staff at your school to make a suggestion.
Fort Saskatchewan
Phys. Ed will resume in second semester.
All students are encouraged to participate in these exciting activities. Contact Danielle or Alena for more information.
Sherwood Park
February 6 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Walking
February 8 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Broomball
Yoga - February 2 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Focus your energy on yourself and discover the benefits of yoga. Amy Winters guides students through the beginning movements to more advanced levels. All students are encouraged to try at least one class. See Susan for more details.
Hot Lunch
In keeping with building our community and a safe and caring school, we are pleased to offer our students a weekly home-made hot lunch! We accommodate a variety of dietary needs and healthy choices throughout the year.
Want to earn credits?
High School students are encouraged to participate in preparing the menu and meals, which can be used towards obtaining Foods and/or Volunteer credits. Bon Appetite!
Vegreville
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings the Vegreville Breakfast Club provides a snack box to all schools in Vegreville. This snack box is available for all students at our school. One of the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle!
Credits for cooking! 
Want to learn more about planning a healthy meal and nutrition? Cooking classes will be available soon.
Contact Tanyss or David for more information.
Next Step Continuing Education
Get inspired at Next Step Continuing Education. Discover the wide variety of course options available online at  www.eipscontinuinged.ca. We offer highly trained instructors and top quality programs helping you invest in yourself.
Interested in renting an EIPS facility?
EIPS facilities are available for after-hours rentals to non-profit organizations. For complete information and rental request forms go here or contact us at 780-449-5886. 
TD Grant Celebration at Vegreville

Left to right:
Denise Charbonneau – Next Step Assist. Principal, Tristan Paul. Khallel Melnyk, Todd Linnen (TD/Canada Trust District VP/AB North), Kylene Rennie (VALID) Katelyn Windels, Brian Gervais (TD/Canada Trust, Senior VP/Prairie Region), David Johnston, Matthew Lesyk (TD Branch Manager), Carol Laschuk (VALID), Mickenna Florchuk, Pat Stewart (Vegreville Food Bank), Tanyss Rogers.

On Wednesday, January 18th, Toronto Dominion Bank “Friends of the Environment” District Representative Todd Linnen was on hand to present a cheque for the Phase II of our Square Foot Gardening Project. 

Last year students prepared square foot gardening boxes, and, partnering with VALID (Vegreville Association for Living in Dignity), turned part of their parking lot into a garden paradise growing fresh vegetables through the summer months. 

This year we will be expanding our community involvement by seeking to place vegetable boxes in Town of Vegreville business locations and partnering with the local Food Bank to supply fresh garden produce to their clients through the summer months. Our students will fabricate the planters, do the initial plantings in the spring, and earn CTS credits for this work. Local business will partner with us to water the planters through the summer months when school is out, and the local Food Bank clients will benefit from fresh produce.

How to Study Effectively for Tests

Recently Gretchen Wegner, M. Ed offered a workshop entitled Teaching Students How to Study Effectively for Tests: a Simple Method that Really Works. 
So what IS the most effective study technique?  (see diagram)

Practicing recall and self-testing!
Gretchen outlines what she refers to as the Study Cycle:
1: IN-encode - how to take what is outside our body and put it in our body ie. Encode. She says lots of students study by reading it over and over. They leave out two steps of the study cycle. 
2: OUT - retrieve and assess.
3. Encode in a NEW way.
Retrieve and assess by testing yourself you then know what you have learned and what you don’t know. She says re-reading a textbook is not retrieving as you are not looking at the textbook when testing yourself. Assess to see that the answers are accurate. If accurate then leave the study cycle for now. Then go back, to the basket of knowledge and skills which is everything you need to know for the teacher’s test and 1. Encode it in a NEW way and continue the cycle.
Information above is from webinar Teaching Student How to Study Effectively for Tests: A simple Method that Really Works presented by Gretchen Wegner, M. Ed., Founder of the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™. 
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January 16 to 30 - Diploma Exams

January 31 - Second Semester begins
Sherwood Park Junior/Senior High School Council meeting at 7: p.m.

February 1 - Early Dismissal, schools closed in the afternoon for staff meeting

February 9 and 10 - North Central Teacher's Convention, schools Closed
Sherwood Park Junior/Senior High would like to invite you to be a part of our School Council! Our next meeting is January 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Contact Susan Chalmers for more information.
Diploma Exam Information
 If you are a student writing an exam check Alberta Education's Diploma Exam Schedule for date and time of your exam(s). 
School Closures
Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park Senior High Schools will close the following days for diploma exams:
January 23 and 24 closed until 12:30 p.m.
Sherwood Park Only:
January 30 all day.
All students are invited to attend the GSA in Sherwood Park. Informal gatherings are Tuesdays at lunch from 11:53 to 12:37 in the reading room. Many engaging activities are planned for the new year.
If you would like to participate but are not sure what to expect or learn more about the GSA contact Lesley.
SHERWOOD PARK NEAT
For those students wanting to get involved on NEAT, the first meeting of second semester will be on February 7 at 11:53 a.m. in the upstairs back room.

SHERWOOD PARK LEADERSHIP
The Leadership group will have their first meeting of the second semester on February 2 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jr. High. All students are welcome to attend.
In an effort to create deeper family connections we are providing ideas for more meaningful conversations for families to have at home. This week’s question is:
Is there anything that you'd like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?

The approved EIPS 2017–2018 school year calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2017–2018 school year including: school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks; the first and last day of classes; professional learning days; and early dismissal dates.

To view the 2016–2017 Division calendar and 2017–2018 Division calendar, visit www.eips.ca. You can also sync the calendar to your own personal calendar for easy reference throughout the year.

Boundary Exemption Request Process

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) boundary exemption request process for the 2017–2018 school year takes place from February 1 to April 7. The boundary exemption request process is the only time of year EIPS students—in Kindergarten to Grade 12—wishing to attend a non-designated school in the upcoming school year can apply to do so. Interested families must fill out a Boundary Exemption Request Form and submit it directly to their requested school.

The Boundary Exemption Request Form and additional information about the boundary exemption request process, schools with closed boundaries and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting Frequently Asked Questions.

Final decisions will be made by April 12, 2017.

NOTE: Students already accepted into a non-designated school don’t need to reapply.

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