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  December 18                                                                                  Edition 60

"Be Jolly and Make Good Cheer for Christmas Comes but Once a Year!"

Sherwood Park celebrated the holidays with friends, family as well as members from the Board of Trustees by indulging in a delicious turkey luncheon. On behalf of students and staff at SPO, we would like to extend a special thank you to Irene, Allen, and Shawna from Cougar Drilling as well as to all of those who came out to celebrate this season with us! 

May your holidays be full of Christmas joy and good cheer! 

Making Spirts Bright at VGO

VGO was joined by 70 guests to celebrate their annual Christmas luncheon. Guests included Board of Trustees Chairperson Trina Boymook, and Vice-Chairperson Harvey Stadnick, as well as several community partners made through the activities the school has participated in throughout the fall. The huge turnout was a wonderful way to celebrate the season.

A warm thank you to all who came out to help spread Christmas cheer at VGO! 

SPO Loves Physical Education

SPO's last Phys. Ed. event for the year was a lively game of broomball.  The students were thrilled to have our stupendous math teacher, Dave Kruisselbrink, join us for a morning of fun at the Sherwood Park Arena Sports Center and Shell!

Next Step Sherwood Park would like to invite all students to our next big Phys. Ed. event on Thursday, January 21st.  The school will be going to Rabbit Hill for a day of skiing and snowboarding! As the saying goes "the more the merrier" so be sure to see Susan for permission forms and further details regarding the cost for the day!

NEAT is Taking the 'Next Step' Towards Making a Difference

On December 9th and 10th, NEAT (Next Step Environmental Action Team) sponsored a team of 7 students to attend the Edmonton Energy Efficiency – E3 – Education Program put on by Inside Education.  Both days started out at the Edmonton Valley Zoo with presenters from a variety of businesses and schools who all continually demonstrate exemplary energy efficiency, conservation and use of renewable energy sources. The team also had fun building a solar lantern.  The day concluded with a tour of NAIT's Alternative and Renewable Energy Lab. Then on Thursday, the team enjoyed a tour through a Landmark net zero home and the Landmark plant!  It was an action-packed educational and fun conference that staff and students thoroughly enjoyed!

Inside Education is a non-profit educational group that provides teachers and students with amazing resources as well as opportunities to learn about environmental issues.

Can You See Jeannie in the Tree?

Looking for some Christmas spirit?  Look no further!  Next Step's own Jeannie Lundgard and company will be bringing holiday joy, and making spirits bright as they perform in Edmonton's Annual Singing Christmas Tree December 17 - 20 at the Jubilee Auditorium.  For more information or to purchase tickets follow the link!

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing out loud for all to hear!"
Leadership students at SPO collectively agreed that great leaders have certain characteristics.  This wordle is a reflection of the group's discussion with the words in large print being the characteristics that students felt were the most important.  Each month, one of these characteristics will be the theme - check out the bulletin board upstairs to see how students will reflect the theme of the month!   

Be a part of making a difference in your school and local community!  SPO's next leadership meeting will be held on Wednesday, January, 13th and is open to all SPO students
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 www.eips.ca/boundary-exemptions 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.

Next Step Swag is Still Available!

Next Step gear is still available to all students and staff.  T-shirts are only $18, and toques are only $15!  Did you miss your chance to get a hoodie?  We have one medium charcoal hoodie looking for a good home and its only $42!  

Don't delay. Contact Joanne to purchase your swag today!
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December 21

Winter Break Begins

December 25

Christmas Day

January 1

New Year's Day

January 4

Classes Resume

January 6

Early Dismissal for Students
Next Step will closed for the winter break on December 21 and will reopen on January 4.
 
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Office will remain open throughout most of the break. If you have any school-related questions or concerns please feel free to contact Central Office during the below office hours.
 
EIPS Central Office Winter Break Hours

Open December 21-22
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open December 29-31
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


*for location and contact information, please visit www.eips.ca.
 
Regular business hours will resume Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
 
From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year.

Take a Walk with FSO Though Fort Saskatchewan's Annual Enchanted Forest

FSO took part in one of the city's favorite holiday tradition by submitting a tree to Fort Saskatchewan's Annual Enchanted Forest exhibit. Local organizations and businesses create unique Christmas trees that reflect the wonderful colors and themes of the holiday season for a chance to win prizes. A panel of judges and community members will vote for their favorite based on the most beautiful, most merry and bright, most unique, and best use of a theme.  Trees will be on display at the Dow Centennial Center and Shell theater from November 27 through to January 8.

Get the support you need and ease the stress of your diploma exams. Diploma Exam Preparation courses start in January. 

Register early to ensure your spot in the class and gain an advantage by being prepared. Details can be found here.

For the Alberta Education diploma exam schedule follow this link and select "Schedules & Significant Dates". 

Continuing Educations new spring catalog is now available online!

If you are looking for some new experiences or wish to expand your horizons, just follow the link to view Continuing Education's complete course listing.

Women in the Trades

FSO had Taya McNabb from Careers the Next Generation come out to the school to put on a presentation for their female students on Women in the Trades. Taya gave the girls a lot of great information regarding schooling, skills employers are looking for, and general information on what it is like for women in the trades. Taya mainly focused on RAP and getting work experience in the trades. This informative presentation was very engaging; spurring a lot of great questions from the girls.
NEAT invites all students to be a part of making a difference by learning about, and being a steward of our environment. The team meets every Monday at 11:53 a.m. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Parents can play a vital role in helping teens succeed in school by being informed and lending a little support and guidance. Even though teens are seeking independence, parental involvement is an important ingredient for academic success.

Follow the link to discover the 10 ways to keep your teen on track to succeed in high school.
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 www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop. Any morning bus cancellations will be posted on www.eips.ca 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.
It’s the holiday season once again and the winter break is just around the corner. On behalf of Elk Island Public Schools’ Board of Trustees, I want to take the opportunity to extend warm holiday wishes to all our students, staff, and families. We hope all of you have a wonderful and safe holiday and a new year filled with joy.
 
We look forward to seeing everyone back to school on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
 
Thank you and best wishes,
  
Trina Boymook
EIPS Board Chair
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