Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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 November 6, 2015                                                                         Edition 58
EIPS Parent Survey: We want to hear from you!

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) supports parent engagement at the Division and school levels. Gathering feedback from parents about the overall performance of EIPS and its 42 schools is an important component of that engagement. While parents of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 currently participate in the provincial Accountability Pillar Survey, EIPS is launching a Parent Survey designed to offer all parents an opportunity to provide their feedback about the Division and their school.

Next Step encourages all of our families to take a few minutes to complete the brief online survey. It will take approximately three minutes and will help to supplement the Division’s Accountability Pillar Survey data. The survey is open until Nov. 24, 2015.  Click this link to complete the 2015 Parent Survey now.

Thank you for your participation!

Lest We Forget

In 1921, Madam Anne Guerin of France, who was inspired by Major John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”, travelled to Britain and Canada to convince the recently formed British Legion and the Canadian Great War Veterans Association to adopt the poppy as their symbol of remembrance.  The first ‘Poppy Day’ was established on November 11, 1921, and Canadians have been wearing poppies ever since to show their respect and remembrance for the lives lost and the sacrifices made by our war veterans. 

Did you know that the poppy should be worn on the left side close to the heart? This November 11, wear your poppy proudly, and take some time to remember those who bravely fought for the Country we have today.  For more information about the history of the poppy, follow the link to Canadian’s War Museum’s website.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
shallnotsleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
This is one of Alberta’s largest career fairs with over 40 display booths and a chance to talk to the experts throughout the evening.  The event is at the Holiday Inn Hotel Conference Center next to Millennium Place and runs from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Drop in anytime during the evening to find the information you need for your future.  For more details regarding this fantastic career fair, contact Amanda. 
November 9 - 13

Fall Break

November 11

Remembrance Day

November 15 - 21

Bullying Awareness Week

November 20

National Child Day

Halloween Arts and Crafts

Students and staff at FSO tapped into their inner Martha Stewart and carved some very creative pumpkins for Halloween.

Stand Up Agains Bullying!

November 15 - 21 is Bullying Awareness Week.  This is an opportunity for people at the grassroots level in communities around the world to get involved in this important issue.  Rather than standing by and waiting for "Someone else" to step in and do something about it, let's work together on preventing bullying in our communities through education and awareness.

For more information, visit the Bullying Awareness Week website.

My Stop App

Student Transportation Launches the Versatrans My Stop App

Exciting news for parents! Student Transportation’s Versatrans My Stop app is now available for download. The Versatrans My Stop app offers a variety of features including bus location, estimated time of arrival, and the time your child scanned on and off the bus. The Versatrans My Stop app is available on both Google Play and the App Store.  For more information follow this link, or contact Student Transportation at
As the winter season will soon be upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents 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.
Should inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools including: automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on and school websites, Twitter, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations will be posted on by 6:30 a.m.
Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures, which says: School bus service may be suspended when Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C including wind chill factor, in one or more regions. School bus services may also be suspended or delayed due to adverse weather or road condition and on a region-by-region or route-by-route basis.
When school bus services are suspended, schools will remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather. Parents must use discretion when sending children to school during inclement weather, even when buses are running and schools are open.
For more information, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.
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