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April 14, 2016                                                                                     Edition 65
Grad Hoodies
Grad hoodies are now available for ordering. 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.
Next Step Continuing Education
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 www.eipscontinuinged.ca
Phys. Ed Activities at Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park has a variety of fun Phys. Ed events planned throughout April and May. 
Upcoming Classes:
April 20 - Strength Training
April 27 - Strength Training
May 11 - Soccer
May 18 - Ultimate Frisbee
All dates are on Wednesdays and occur from 1:37 to 3:30.
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:
April 18 - 10:30 to 11:23
April 22 - 1:37 to 2:30
April 25 - 10:30 to 11:23
April 29 - 1:37 to 2:30
May 2 - 10:30 to 11:23
Please contact Susan or Katherine for more details.
Vegreville's Garden
Khallel and Mr Adam with one on the garden boxes that were built by students!
Vegreville is working on a square foot gardening project in conjunction with Vegreville Association for Living in Dignity (VALID). We have constructed gardening boxes that will be installed on VALID property. On Earth Day, weather permitting, Next Step students will mix together soil to be used in the boxes, and transport boxes to their permanent site. Some boxes will have trellises or climbing veggies while others will have covers to protect crops from frost. Vegreville students will be responsible for planting and insuring the program is up and running. During the summer, members of VALID will water, weed, and harvest food as is comes available. The process is a learning experience for everyone involved. We are involving the community, through VALID, and by being in a very visible location in town. 
This garden was made possible because of grants from ConocoPhillips, Partners in Education, and Aspen Foundation.
CALM in Fort Saskatchewan
CALM will be in the mornings of April 18 to April 29 in Fort Saskatchewan. Those students who need CALM may contact Danielle or Neal. 
ElkFest
ElkFest screens short-films created and produced by EIPS students
 ElkFest returns for its fourth year with a full slate of films created and produced by students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS). You are invited to join the festivities and support our aspiring directors in grades 7 to 12 as they showcase their short films on the big screen at the Ardrossan Junior Senior High Theatre on April 28, 2016.
The shorts will be presented in five categories that include: documentary, animation, music video, narrative drama or comedy, and the 48-hour film. The screenings will follow a fun awards reception, where winners from each category are announced and cool prizes doled out. 
ElkFest is a unique event that’s inspiring and something the whole family can enjoy.
        Save the date, April 28, 2016
        Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are free!

For more information visit www.elkfesteips.ca.
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April 10 to 16
National Volunteer Week

April 14
Boundary Exemption Request Deadline

April 15
School Closed for Professional Development Day

May 2 to 6
Education Week

May 2
School Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

May 4
Hats On for Mental Health

GARDEN KICK OFF!

Sherwood Park's garden kick off was on MONDAY, APRIL 11TH. If you would like to check out Next Step ‘s awesome community garden please contact Susan for upcoming planting times this spring! It’s a great way to get involved with both your school and local and global community all at the same time!

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.
Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park will get running again 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.
Need a Suit for Graduation?
The Gregor Foundation will provide suits, shirts, ties shoes for students graduating from high school. Next Step schools will be taking a group of graduates to Jason Gregor for this wonderful opportunity. If you are interested in this program or have any questions please contact Amanda or Danielle for more information.
Bus Safety Tip: Stay clear of the Danger Zone

Did you know there’s an area around each bus called the Danger Zone? There is. It’s the area around the bus—4.5 metres on all sides—where students, people, or objects are not easily seen by a bus operator. It’s important all students stay outside this area at all times. An easy way to tell if you’re outside the Danger Zone is to simply take five giant steps—as big as you can make them—back from the road. Staying this far away from the road, before boarding and when getting off the bus, helps keep everyone safe.

EIPS Student Transportation

A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers
On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), please accept our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers within our Division who help make our schools and programs so successful. Whether it’s assisting at an athletic event, organizing a bottle drive for a school trip, or delicately cutting out poppies for a Remembrance Day celebration, the impact our volunteers have within our school community is profound. It’s also an incredible learning opportunity for our students. By seeing people give their time and gifts within our schools, our students mirror that behaviour within their own lives.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 10-16, we extend our thanks and celebrate the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who provide countless hours of dedication within our schools.
It’s volunteers like you who make our schools a better place to be.
 
Trina Boymook
Chair, Board of Trustees
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