Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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Newsbite 80                                                                                 March 6, 2017
Next Step Students Participate in
Pink Shirt Day 
In 2007 two students in Berwick, Nova Scotia organized an event to support a grade nine student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. Ten years later and the idea that originated in Canada is celebrated around the world. On February 22 Next Step Schools showed their support through various activities that represent intolerance to bullying. 
Fort Saskatchewan students started a Kindness Chain where the students and staff wrote on each chain link an act of kindness that they do to make their school a safe space. The Random Acts of Kindness Wall has ideas for RAOK that students can complete and take a picture to post on social media. 
Sherwood Park staff handed out Pink tickets to all students who were kind to others leading up to Pink Shirt day. The students could hand in their tickets for a pink smoothie on February 22.

Vegreville students watched videos about the difference one person can make, and then had a school discussion about the video. Pink smoothies were a very enjoyable part of the day.

At Next Step Schools we encourage our students to lead healthy lifestyles by offering a variety of fun activities. Check your school for their planned events. Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact the staff at your school to make a suggestion.
P.E./Wellness for
Fort Saskatchewan
March 8 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
March 15 - 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kickboxing Circuit
March 22 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Indoor Games
To participate in all these exciting activities contact Danielle or Alena to sign up.
P.E./Wellness/Yoga activities for Sherwood Park
March 8 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Strength Training / Racquet Sports
March 15 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Strength Training / Racquet Sports
March 22 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fitness Club Orientation
Yoga!  Amy Winters teaches students and staff about the benefits of yoga while guiding us through the beginning movements. All students are encouraged to try at least one class! It’s a perfect way to unwind and re-focus your energy on yourself and your wellness. See Susan for more details!
Wellness for Vegreville
Credits for cooking! Students who would like to learn more about nutrition, wellness, and the value of planning a healthy meal can sign up for the new cooking classes being offered at Vegreville. Contact Tanyss or David for more information.
Snack Box: 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!
Next Step Continuing Education
Get inspired at Next Step Continuing Education. We offer highly trained instructors and top quality programs helping you invest in yourself.
Courses available in March...
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.

Interested in renting an EIPS facility?
EIPS facilities are available for after-hours rentals to non-profit organizations. For complete information and rental request forms go here or contact us at 780-449-5886. 
Giving Back to Our Community
The doggy beds above were created by (from left to right) Brittany, Khallel, and Katelyn.

Khallel and Katelyn work hard to complete the doggy beds. (above)
Recently Vegreville Next Step partnered with the RCMP Animal Protection Unit and The Chicken Coop Quilting Shop in Mundare to make doggy beds for a local animal shelter. The students who participated earned credits in Sewing Fundamentals, gained a greater awareness of their community and the enjoyment of giving back to a worthwhile cause.

Thank you for the support from the RCMP, The Chicken Coop Quilting Shop, and substitute teacher Diane Hennig who inspired this project.

Young Authors' Conference
Grade 4 students, Ellora and Michael from CEA, had a great time learning tricks of the trade at the Young Authors' Conference.
Jr. High students, Mary and Tienna, enjoyed the event that was well attended by students from EIPS and EICS at F.R. Haythorne. 
Two Next Step students tell their experience.
YAC was really interesting. Since my old school never let me go, it was great to actually experience it. The first workshop was Sketch Comedy - Playwriting by Alice Nelson. It was not what I expected. What was really good about it was that I ended up making two friends. The last two workshops were really great. The Story is Legendary: Writing Creepy Stories by Natasha Deen was more like students sharing creepy stories about Urban Legends. The last one I attended was Staying Alive: Writing Survival Stories! by Alison Hughes. I did the most writing in this session. Falling off a cliff into a ravine and seeing if you could survive with an idiot was one of the things I wrote on. In one scenario, we had to write as if we did not have air for three minutes. The prompt was ‘we had fallen off a boat in a raging ocean’. That was really tough for me ‘cause “I hate water and I can’t swim!” -  Mary

WOW! I attended some great authors at YAC! Marty Chan, Judith Graves and Sigmund Brouwer. In Marty Chan’s session, he talked about ‘thrillers’. Sigmund Brouwer focused on the importance of story and how writing is a way to get there! Judith Graves… how to scare readers! She gave a few practical hints like if you want the reader to be really scared, as an author you have to lead up to scaring by giving them more expectation, they think the scare is coming but not quite yet. So when the scare actually comes they are even more ready to be scared (anticipation) so the actual scare will have increased impact on the reader. She also talked about the blood and gore in a story saying that less is more. All in all, it was a great conference as a writer, I learned a lot about making my stories even better. - Tienna
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March 3 - Professional Development Day, Schools Closed

March 14 - Next Step Open House
Sherwood Park Next Step
Everyone welcome!

March 24 - Day-in-Lieu for Parent Teacher Interviews, Schools Closed

March 27-31 - Spring Break, Schools Closed
Sherwood Park Next Step Junior and Senior High would like to invite you to be a part of our School Council! Our next meeting is on March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Normalize Being You!
Sherwood Park is happy to announce that our GSA meetings are open to everyone. Informal meetings are every Tuesdays at lunch from 11:53 a.m. to 12:37 p.m. in the reading room. If you would like to participate but are not sure what to expect or want to learn more about the GSA contact Lesley.
To create deeper family connections we are providing ideas for more meaningful conversations for families to have at home. This week’s question is:
Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning?
Sherwood Park
Lunch time meetings Wednesdays (12:15 p.m.) in the back room.
We have begun planning our garden and planting our seeds and trying out our new indoor greenhouses!  For the first time, NEAT will be trying to grow our own seeds to eventually transfer to our community garden at the Smeltzer House.
Sherwood Park Leadership
The Leadership group is meeting every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Their next meeting is on March 7 in the Jr. High. New members are ALWAYS welcome to attend.
Starting Soon!
Sherwood Park Youth Run Club is starting April 3 at 2:37 p.m. and will run every Monday. 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. Contact Michel if you are interested or have any questions.
Social Studies Seminars
In Sherwood Park, Susan is offering Social Studies Current Events Seminars. Students have a choice of attending Monday afternoon or Tuesday evening.
Session 1
Mar 6-2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mar 7-6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Session 2
Mar 13-2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mar 14-6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Session 3
Mar 20-2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mar 21-6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pi day is coming up!

March 14 has been celebrated as Pi or Pie day since 1988 when a San Francisco Exploratorium celebrated it for the first time. All our Next Step schools have sensational Pi day activities planned. Be sure to check them out!

Did you know?
Pi Day is often celebrated with pies given that pi and pie are homophones.

Elk Island Public Schools Information

EIPS would like to remind parents and guardians that the boundary exemption process is now open. For more information click on the EIPS logo above.

New Safety Lights Put a Spotlight on Rural School Bus Safety
Students who live in rural areas throughout Strathcona County recently received a pedestrian safety light, thanks to the Strathcona County School Traffic Safety Partnership and Shell Canada. The lights are easy to attach to a backpack and are meant to help rural bus operator see children during dusk and dawn hours. Make sure to encourage your child to light up and be visible when getting on and off the school bus and crossing street intersections. We all have a part to play in road safety. Here are a few simple rules to help keep everyone safe:
  • Look out for one another. Slow down and watch for pedestrians when driving or cycling, particularly in areas where there are no sidewalks or streetlights.
  • Help Drivers see you. When walking on the road, always walk against the traffic. Wear brightly coloured or reflective clothing when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.

Watch for Thin Ice

Elk Island Public Schools, along with our community partners, want to remind families about the dangers of thin ice during this time of year. Depending on changing temperatures, ice can form and melt to varying degrees on outdoor bodies of water. Please remind your children about the dangers of thin ice, to obey all posted signs and to take the proper care to remain a safe distance from the ice.

 For more information on ice safety, visit
Did you know?
The way ice forms affects the way it melts in spring. Minerals in the water actually become concentrated in vertical veins throughout the ice as it freezes. Warm temperatures cause these veins to melt more quickly and weaken the ice, a process known as candling.

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