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Changes to Sharing Information via Email

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) appreciates the opportunity to stay connected with parents and one of the ways it does so is through email. However, federal law—Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)—requires that the Division must be given direct consent to continue to email its families, because occasionally, emails may contain what could be “commercial content.”

On February 15, you will receive a message from the Division that will give you the option to either subscribe or unsubscribe from school- and Division-generated emails. The same message is being sent to every email address you have provided to the Division. To remain on EIPS’ distribution list, you will have to make a choice as to whether or not you wish to continue receiving email for each of those addresses.

If you unsubscribe, or do not respond, you will no longer receive school- and Division-generated emails such as school newsletters, information about upcoming school and Division events, parent and community engagement opportunities and others. That’s because these messages may contain advertising or promotional content from time to time—for example, school fundraisers; lunch programs; field trips; the sale of yearbooks; purchasing of student photos, books, graduation, school productions or dance tickets; athletic events with an entry fee; options for purchasing third-party supplies or products or similar events and offers—and will therefore no longer be sent out.

NOTE: Even if you unsubscribe, you will continue to receive emails regarding emergency situations and financial matters. Those who received notifications about high school attendance will also still receive those messages.

We appreciate your co-operation in ensuring the Division’s distribution lists are compliant with the CASL requirements and you continue to receive only the information you feel is important.

Get Fit, Get Active
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
February 15 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Indoor games
February 22 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Indoor games 
All students are encouraged to participate in these exciting activities. Contact Danielle or Alena for more information.
Got Hunger?

Our Fort Saskatchewan students are provided daily breakfast food options and a variety of tasty hot lunches offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All students are encouraged and welcome to join in, as the nutritious menu items are thoughtfully organized to meet dietary needs. These meals would not be possible without the generous support of the United Way Grant.
Sherwood Park
February 13 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
February 15 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
February 22 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tubing and Skiing
February 16 and 24 at 1:37 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Phys. Ed students who needed extra hours, or anyone who wanted some extra wellness, enjoyed the warmer weather and beautiful scenery around Sherwood Park. Keep your eye out for additional walk dates to be added for 2nd semester!
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!
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! 
Cooking for Credits will continue in Vegreville with perogy making February 7 and 8th. Gramma D will share her knowledge and skill in creating potato and onion as well as potato and cheese perogies! 
Contact Tanyss or David for more information.
Want to try something different? All our Next Step Schools are offering exciting activities and courses this semester.
Fort Saskatchewan
February 14 at 9:30 a.m. - Blanket Exercise
A blanket exercise is an activity that depicts the historical relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. All students and family members are welcome to participate.
CALM - April 18 - May 1 at 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Contact Danielle or Neal for all the details.
Sherwood Park
Orientation starts on February 2nd! We look forward to a strong start to 2nd semester. Students should schedule an appointment with their advisor to review course plans.
Students in Junior / Senior High are invited to join the following new clubs which will begin in second semester. For more information contact Stephanie Strong.
Writing club - begins Feb 27 - It runs every second Monday from 12:37 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (High School students who join this club may work towards a 3 credit special project.)
Book club - begins March 6 - It runs every second Monday from 12:37 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Science Fiction and Fantasy - A new 5 credit complimentary course will be offered this semester and requires attendance.
Classes will be held on Mondays from 1:07 – 2:30 and Fridays from 12:30 – 2:30. Attendance is required.
Starting February 14 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings CALM will be offered once more at Vegreville. Tanyss and David will be team-teaching. 
Partnering with Vegreville RCMP Animal Protection Unit and The Chicken Coop Quilting Shop in Mundare, Vegreville Next Step are making dog beds for the local animal shelter. The Chicken Coop has provided fabric which the students will fashion into washable dog beds. This project will be part of students earning credits in Sewing Fundamentals.
Explore Yourself at Next Step Continuing Education
Find a variety of fun and informative courses @ Next Step Continuing Education. Register early as space is limited. 
Coming up in February and March...
Spanish Building Blocks I - Feb 7-Feb 28
Romantic Dinners - Feb 7
Whole Body Natural Detox - Feb 7-14
Introduction to Spanish - Feb 8-Mar 15
Photography 101 - Feb 21
3D Printing - Feb 21
Mindful Journaling - Feb 22-Mar1
Authentic Mexican - Feb 23
Mindful Meditation - Feb 23-Mar 9

Watercolors - March 1-22
Linocut Printing - Mar 2-9
New Orleans Style (NEW) – Mar 7 or Mar 15
Introduction to Astrology – Mar 7 & 14
La Cucina Italiana – Mar 9
Hand Reflexology - Mar 13 & 15
Food for Thought - Mar 13 & 15
Photography 201 – Mar 14 & 16
heART Paint Café - Northern Lights - Mar 17
Spanish Tapas – Mar 22
Find more inspiration at or contact our office at (780) 467-7292.

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February 9 and 10 - North Central Teachers' Convention, Schools Closed

February 17 - Professional Learning Day, Schools Closed

February 20 - Family Day, Schools Closed
Sherwood Park Junior/Senior High would like to invite you to be a part of our School Council!
Contact Susan Chalmers for more information.
All students Senior and Junior High students are invited to attend the GSA in Sherwood Park. This is a student led group and informal gatherings are Tuesdays at lunch from 11:53 a.m. to 12:37 p.m. in the reading room. Many engaging activities are planned for the new semester.
If you would like to participate but are not sure what to expect or to learn more about the GSA contact Lesley.
For those students wanting to get involved on the NEAT, the first meeting of second semester will be on February 7 at 11:53 a.m. in the upstairs back room.
The Leadership group will have their next meeting on February 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jr. High. The group plans many different events throughout the school year for all students to participate in. If you are interested in joining the Leadership team contact Susan for all the details. All students are welcome to attend.
Sherwood Park is running again every Monday starting at April 3 at 2:37 p.m. Students and teachers will be going for a neighborhood run/walk. Participants of all levels will learn about proper pacing and progression to experience success. Students taking Phys. Ed. can log this time for their course. Please contact Michel if you are interested or have any questions.
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 you are worried about?
Important EIPS information
  • Boundary application process is now open for schools in Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park. The deadline for applications is April 7th. More School Boundary information is available on the EIPS website.
  • EIPS 2017/2018 School Calendar is now available.
Public Meetings: Ministik School
As you may be aware, in December, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees approved the motion to consider the possible closure of Ministik School.
More information is available on the EIPS website:
Ministik School
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