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 January 15                                                                                         Edition 61

Celebrating the Holidays at FSO

Fort Saskatchewan celebrated the Holiday Season by hosting their annual Christmas Luncheon on December 18, 2015. The school was thrilled to have 100 people come out to join them in the festivities!  FSO was also honored to have special guest Mayor Gale Katchur and Superintendent Mark Liguori as well as many other community members. It was exciting to see how enthusiastic the students were to contribute to the lunch; helping to make decorations such as the table cloths and center pieces, as well as baking cookies for the dessert table. 


This month Sherwood Park will be practicing yoga! Students will be challenged to test their flexibility, strength and balance through a series of introductory classes. The sessions will explore a wide range of yoga postures in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Students will also investigate how breath affects both their physical and mental well-being. Yoga will be held at SPO in the back room on the following days and times:
Jan 14 – 1:37
Jan 19 – 1:37
Feb 11 – 11 am
Feb 18 – 11 am
Feb 25 – 11 am
March 3 - 11am
All students whether they are in PE or not are encouraged to come on out to participate in our weekly yoga sessions!

Coming Soon!!!

Sherwood Park is planning on tackling the Rabbit Hill slopes soon and we want you to join us! If you are interested in attending this awesome field trip or would like more information, please see Susan.
Sherwood Park Next Step Junior and Senior High would like to invite all parents to lend their time and talents to our school by joining our Parent Advisory Council!  The next meeting will be held at the school on January 25, at 7:00.

Not only is joining a parent advisory council an awarding experience, but your support is important to the education of the children within our community. There are many ways parents can get involved which include attending regular school council meetings, sitting on a short-term committee, or sharing any special skills with the group. We invite all parents to participate in any manner that works best for you!  For more information regarding the parent advisory council, or to discuss any questions you may have, please contact the school's principal Paul Pallister.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

"The evidence is clear.  Parents make a difference.  And the way they contribute most to their children's education is through what they do at home.  Being a parent can be challenging, but the good news is that you don't have to be 'volunteer of the year' or an expert on the war of 1812 to help your child succeed at school."

People for Education
Exciting news for this great group who has just been awarded $1000 from ConocoPhilips!  The money will be used towards a full day of sustainable fun at the University of Alberta with speakers, tours, and activities! Stay tuned for more information!

Everyone is welcome to join this fantastic group. Meetings are held most Mondays at 11:53 a.m. We look forward to seeing all of our new and familiar faces.
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) boundary exemption request process for the 2016–2017 school year will take place from February 1 to April 15. This is the only time of year students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 wanting 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 will be available in mid-January. Additional information about the boundary exemption request process, schools with closed boundaries, and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting in the new year.  Students already accepted into their non-designated school don’t need to reapply. Final decisions will be made by April 22, 2016.

Please Note:  Next Step Outreach does not have boundary requirements.  Therefore, students wishing to attend any of our schools do NOT need to apply for boundary exemption.  Our programs are available to all students in the EIPS district.
January 20

Last day to hand in diploma assignments/assessments

January 26

Last day to hand in
non-diploma assignments/assessments

January 29

School Closure

February 1

Second semester begins 
Sherwood Park will be closed to students NOT writing diploma exams until 12:30 on the following dates:

January 19, 20, 22, and 25


SPO's leadership group is starting the year off right!  The first meeting was held on January 13th and was a huge success!  The next leadership meeting will be held on February 10 at 2:30 p.m. and is open to all students! Come out and be a part of making a difference in your school and community!

Consultations on Fort Saskatchewan School Boundaries

Thank you to the parents and community members who joined Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) at the November community-consultation sessions regarding the proposed school boundary changes for the new K-9 school in Fort Saskatchewan. The Division also thanks those who shared their thoughts and feedback during these sessions and through the online survey. The feedback is currently being reviewed and will be used to draft the final school boundaries for the region.

In the coming weeks, EIPS will share a summary of the feedback collected and pass along the details for the next community-consultation session. At the session, we will be sharing the final school boundaries in Fort Saskatchewan before they go to the Board of Trustees for approval. Stayed tuned for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact corporate secretary Dennis Dykau at or 780-417-8266.

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

With the winter season now upon us, we would like to take the 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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