Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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April 29, 2016                                                                                      Edition 66
Provincial Achievement Test Schedules
All students are permitted an additional one-half hour to complete a test.
Grade 6 PAT Schedule
Thursday, May 12 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
English Language Arts Part A
Wednesday, June 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
English Language Arts Part B
Thursday, June 16 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Friday, June 17 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Monday, June 20 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Social Studies
Grade 9 PAT Schedule
Tuesday, May 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
English Language Arts Part A
Monday, June 20 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, June 22 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 23 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
English Language Arts Part B
Friday, June 24 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
Social Studies
Volunteer Appreciation
On April 14 Fort Saskatchewan celebrated volunteer appreciation with our school volunteer Betty Lucas.  Betty has been with our location for over 6 years, working one on one with students and helping them write the perfect essay! Thank you Betty we appreciate your dedication to our students.
 Is back in the garden! 
Students walk to and clean up the community garden.
For the rest of the school year, our own Next Step Environmental Action Team (NEAT) will be focusing on growing our community garden (down the street behind the Smeltzer house.)  This year, students, either individually or in a group, will be choosing what they will grow in their chosen garden box.  There may even be an award for the best growers!  There are plenty of garden boxes left so we would love to have more gardeners join the club!  We meet every Monday at lunch time! 
Summer Camps
There are lots of fun and exciting camps for kids to do over the summer. Contact Next Step Continuing Education to register in the following activities:
Cooking                           Get Messy with Art
Mad Science                    Extreme Babysitting
Minecraft                          Drone Mania
LEGO                               Ultimate Videos
Golf Lessons                    Make a Video Game
Basketball                        Summer Slammers
Summer Spikers Volleyball
Sherwood Park Volleyball
Early registration is encouraged as these camps fill quickly.
Register at
Phys. Ed activities at Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park has a variety of fun Phys. Ed events planned throughout May. 
Upcoming Classes:
May 11 - Soccer
May 18 - Ultimate Frisbee
All dates are on Wednesdays and occur from 1:37 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Another great way to get your hours is by doing Yoga with Katherine. Everyone is welcome to join! You do not have to be in Phys. Ed to participate.
Upcoming Classes:
May 2 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:53 a.m.
May 6 - 1:37 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
May 9 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:53 a.m.
May 12 - 1:37 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
May 16 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:53 a.m.
May 27 - 1:37 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
May 30 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:53 a.m.
Contact Susan or Katherine for more details.
Sherwood Park Students
Love the Earth
These and many other students celebrated Earth Day (April 22nd) by cleaning up around our school and then enjoying a cupcake treat (thanks Amanda!)
This year, Education Week takes place May 2-6. Throughout the week, students and staff from Next Step, will showcase and celebrate the important role education plays in shaping the future of our province. Led by the Alberta Teachers' Association, the Alberta Schools Boards Association, and Alberta Education, school communities Alberta-wide are planning activities focused around the value of education. 
Today, more than ever, Next Step, our teachers, and schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools, are focused on providing students with optimal learning conditions. It’s our belief, for student be become lifelong learners they need to develop ingenuity, creativity, critical thinking skills, and citizenship skills. To help them achieve these, we work hard to ensure our students hone a broad range of learning experiences that go beyond the basic subjects of math, language arts, science, and social studies. 
Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration
Elk Island Public Schools is once again offering its Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders
Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventure to new riders and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about: school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding, and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both the children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and then adventure out on a short ride. 
The Little Elk Island Adventures are for first-time school bus riders entering the 2016-2017 school year. Sessions and times are available in these locations:
EIPS Central Office
Aug 23 at 5;00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Aug 24 at 5;00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m
Sept 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Fort Christian/Fort Elementary
Aug 25 at 6:00 p.m.
 EIPS Central Office is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park
Fort Christian School is located at 9806 101 St., Fort Saskatchewan 
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for this year’s Little Elk Island Adventure, visit  
More information regarding busing for Kindergarten students can be found at:
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May 2
Self-Directed Summer School Registration Begins

May 4
Early Dismissal for Students

May 2 to 6
Education Week

May 9
School Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Note: This has been changed from May 2  

May 13
School Closed for Professional Development Day

May 20
School Closure Day

May 23
School Closed for Victoria Day
Got Cookies?

Next Step Student Leadership will be hosting a bake sale on Thursday, May 5th with all proceeds going towards the Jacob Larue Award. This year, our school community lost someone very important to us and so to honour Jacob’s memory, Next Step will be presenting an award to a graduating student in Jacob’s name. The award funds will be used to pay for graduation ceremony celebrations for the recipient, including photos, grad tickets, etc.

If you are around on the 5th, please drop in, say Hi and pick up your baking for Mother’s Day! 

Sherwood Park is RUNNING
Sherwood Park is running every Monday starting 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. The club is supported by the Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools so students will receive running logs, resources and maybe use technology to track their progress. Students taking Phys. Ed. can even log this time for their course. Please contact Michel or Susan if you are interested or have any questions.
Grad Hoodies
Deadline for ordering grad hoodies is May 11. All graduates who would like a hoodie may contact Janet at Fort Saskatchewan and Vegreville or Andrea at Sherwood Park.
Hoodies will be black and come in sizes small to XXLarge. Payment must be made at time of ordering and can be done by cash, cheque, visa, mastercard, or debit.
Summer School Registration
Self-directed Summer School registration is available for all students entering or currently in high school or students requiring an upgrade. Summer School registration opens on May 2nd at our Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park locations.
Driver Appreciation Day
Join us on May 2 as we recognize and thank our school bus operators for keeping the safety of our students their first priority. We encourage you, and your children, to take a moment on May 2 to say thanks to your bus operators—who often go above and beyond the call of duty to provide safe and timely transportation to our students.
On behalf of Next Step Schools, THANK YOU to our school bus drivers for a job well done.
Report Card Update
New report cards for Next Step elementary students in 2016–2017
Next Step is pleased to announce we will implement Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) new elementary report cards in the 2016–2017 school year. Developed by EIPS, the report cards are designed to enrich achievement reporting for students in grades 1 to 6 and enhance the quality of education within EIPS by building strong partnerships among students, teachers, and parents. 
In 2014, EIPS established a Communicating Student Learning committee, made up of parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and central office staff. Using feedback from close to 1,000 parents and 400 principals and teachers, the committee has developed an innovative reporting system focused on student achievement in academic outcomes and learner attributes. 
Teachers will continue to assess all areas of the current programs of studies. However, what will change is the way student learning is reported. Using a five-point numeric scoring scale, teachers will indicate student achievement in clear, parent-friendly categories in each subject. The current EPAL scale will no longer be used. Additionally, the reports card allow teachers the opportunity to report personalized information about each student in relation to learner attributes, areas of strength, areas for growth, and next steps. 
The new report card have been piloted in 11 schools this year and will be rolling out to all remaining elementary schools, including ours, for the 2016–2017 school year.
Next Step is excited about its new method of communicating student learning—it’s innovative, inclusive, and based on what stakeholders have indicated they want to see in a reporting system.
Software Upgrade Notice
Are you currently using a computer with the operating system Microsoft windows XP, Microsoft Windows Millennium, or earlier? If so, you will want to be aware of a new security upgrade that takes effect July 1, 2016.
All encryption securities around the globe are being upgraded on July 1. The upgrade will improve security for all online banking and online purchasing systems. However, if you are using any operating system less than Microsoft Windows 7, you will no longer be able to use online banking nor use any online purchasing tool, including the Division's online payment system, ACORN.
If you are using an operating system that came out earlier than Microsoft Window 7, you will need to either upgrade your operating system or purchase a new computer to conduct any online banking or purchasing. Note: The security upgrade doesn't affect Apple users.
Student Transportation: 2016-2017 Registration is Now Open
If your child plans to use Student Transportation for the 2016–2017 school year, please make sure to register as soon as possible. 
Families currently accessing transportation will soon receive tentative route schedules and invoices. Transportation fees are due by June 30, 2016. 
If you have questions about registration, invoicing, or if your child isn’t currently registered for bus service and you have plans to access transportation for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email
NOTE: Student Transportation is open in the summer, so if you have any questions about registration or invoicing please contact EIPS’ Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or by using the online contact form at
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