Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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Newsbite 79                                                                           February 16, 2017
Get Fit Get Active
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.
Fort Saskatchewan
February 22 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Indoor Games
March 8 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
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 22 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Skiing @ Sunridge Ski Hill
March 8 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Racquet Sports
Focus your energy on yourself and discover the benefits of yoga. Amy Winters guides students through the beginning movements to more advanced levels. All students are encouraged to try at least one class. See Susan for more details.
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! 
Want to learn more about planning a healthy meal and nutrition? Cooking classes will be available soon.
Contact Tanyss or David for more information.
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.
Coming up in February and March...
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.

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. 
Blanket Exercises
A blanket exercise represents the historical relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Fort Saskatchewan students and staff participated in this emotional and moving activity on February 14. In participating the students and staff may better understand our link with the past and how we can move forward in reconciliation. Thank you to Amanda Fayed who facilitated the exercise, Elder Wilson Bearhead who observed and then debriefed the group afterwards, Ed Gillis and Laura Pallister for narrating, and Sandra Gillis for providing stew and bannock.

Our Sherwood Park Junior and Senior High Schools will be participating in this thoughtful event.
March 1  9:00 a.m. Junior High
March 13 10:00 a.m. Senior High
All students and family members are welcome to participate.
Vegreville Making Perogies!

On February 7 and 8 students from Vegreville participated in the latest installment of Cooking for Credits. They learned how to make two types of perogies with Gramma D. A huge feast of potato and potato with cheese perogies was enjoyed by all. Gramma D even brought Ukrainian sausage, sour cream, and onions to complete the meal!

A big thank you to Gramma D for taking the time to share her skills with our students.

Pink Shirt Day
February 22 is Pink Shirt Day. All our Next Step locations have planned activities for this day that symbolizes intolerance to bullying.
Fort Saskatchewan
Wear pink shirts
Random act of kindness wall
Sherwood Park
Wear pink shirts
‘Kindness tickets’ will be handed out on Monday and Tuesday next week. Show an act of kindness, get a ticket. On Wednesday, cash in your ticket for a pink smoothie!
Video on safe environments
Making pink smoothies (Which will also count as part of our Cooking for Credit program!)
Be Part of the Conversation!
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February 17 - Professional Development Day - School Closed

February 20 - Family Day - School Closed

February 21 - Sherwood Park School Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

February 22 - Pink Shirt Day

March 1 - Early Dismissal, schools closed in the afternoon for staff meeting

March 3 - Professional Development Day - School Closed
Sherwood Park Junior/Senior High would like to invite you to be a part of our School Council! Our next meeting is February 21 at 7:00 p.m. Come meet the new Principal of Next Step Schools Sunny Sandhu.
Contact Susan Chalmers for more information.
All students are invited to attend the GSA in Sherwood Park. Informal gatherings are Tuesdays at lunch from 11:53 to 12:37 in the reading room.
If you would like to participate but are not sure what to expect or learn more about the GSA contact Lesley.

The inaugural NEAT meeting of the semester was a huge success! Many students turned out and brainstormed about our spring/summer projects. We will continue working on our community garden at the Smeltzer House and we would love to get some plants in our school to both beautify and purify our work spaces. Michel and Susan charged the students to come back with some ideas to get us out in the community more. We have found a grant that we can apply for (up to $25 000!) and it is about developing ‘shared spaces’ ecologically. We welcome students to dream up a plan!  And we welcome all students to join us every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.!

The Leadership group are meeting every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Their next meeting is on February 23 in the Jr. High. All students are welcome to attend.
Center for Educational Alternative Reporting
Reports for students registered in Center for Educational Alternatives will be available online for parents and guardians on March 23, 2017. Should you require assistance logging in please contact Marg Jerome.
To create deeper family connections we are providing ideas for more meaningful conversations for families to have at home. This week’s question is:
Were there any times today when you felt one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
Love is Love
"Love is Love" was the theme of our GSA's Valentine Celebration. Cupcakes decorated with little rainbow flags were handed out to students and staff to celebrate the occasion.
Did You Know?
Did you know that participating in mindfulness has been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety while also increasing concentration and exam performance? Sherwood Park Sr. High students are invited to participate in 15-23 minutes of relaxation/mindfulness activities which include guided meditation, deep breathing, coloring, etc. Upcoming dates are February 21, and 23.
Spring is in the Air!
Just because we couldn’t toboggan, doesn’t mean that Sherwood Park students didn’t enjoy the beautiful weather!  Walking for over an hour ended up with a lot of wet feet but we talked, laughed and even threw a few snowballs. 

Boundary Exemption Request Process

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) boundary exemption request process for the 2017–2018 school year takes place from February 1 to April 7. The boundary exemption request process is the only time of year EIPS students—in Kindergarten to Grade 12—wishing 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 and additional information about the boundary exemption request process, schools with closed boundaries and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting Frequently Asked Questions.

Final decisions will be made by April 12, 2017.

NOTE: Students already accepted into a non-designated school don’t need to reapply.

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