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Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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March 23, 2013                                                                                   Edition 64
Today is the last day before Spring Break. To all our students and families, the staff of Next Step Schools wish you a safe and wonderful holiday.  We will reopen on April 5th and look forward to seeing everyone back.
Sherwood Park Appreciation Luncheon
The Appreciation Shows
On Friday March 18, Sherwood Park hosted an appreciation luncheon to thank those in our community who support our students and school. Channing, Ryan, Camryn, Nikki, and Olivia represented all students in showing appreciation to all members of our community. The luncheon was attended by Superintendent Mark Liguori, Elk Island Public Schools Board Chair Trina Boymook, Ms. McKitrick, MLA for Sherwood Park, and many other honoured guests.
Guests enjoy their lunch.
Sherwood Park will get running again Monday, April 11th! Starting the first Monday after spring break and continuing each 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. 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.
April Diploma Dates
As a reminder to those students registered for diplomas in April. The dates are:
April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ELA 30-1&2 Part A
April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. SOC 30-1 Part A
             9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. SOC 30-2 Part A
April 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ELA 30-1&2 Part B
April 11, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.SOC 30-1&2 PartB
April 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Math 30-1
               9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Math 30-2 Digital
April 12, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Chemistry 30
April 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Biology 30
               1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Physics 30
April 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Science 30 Digital
Senior High Self-Directed Summer School
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.
Next Step Continuing Education
Next Step Continuing Education is currently accepting registration for camps and academic courses. Parents may choose from a variety of summer camps that are fun and interesting and sure to convert your summer into an engaging, active season kids won't want to end! 
 
Registrations are now open for these youth camps!
Cooking                       Golf Lessons
Gramps Camps           Get Messy with Art
Mad Science               Minecraft
LEGO                          Drone Mania
Ultimate Videos           Make a Video Game
Summer Slammers Basketball
Summer Spikers Volleyball
Sherwood Park Volleyball
Extreme Babysitting
Register online for Summer Youth Camps by visiting www.eipscontinuinged.ca
Our STEPS is an opportunity for students and families to share in their journey here at Next Step schools. We believe students benefit when they take an active role in their own learning and challenge themselves to grow. By sharing their stories they may inspire others in their own journey. If you would like to contribute to Our STEPS please contact Joanne Germs at our Sherwood Park location or by email joanne.germs@eips.ca     
This edition of Our STEPS is from Alisha a grade 12 student in Sherwood Park.

At the age of 14, I stopped caring about school. It no long interested me and I did not want to go. My mom did everything she could think of to get me to go back, but I would just walk in the front door when she dropped me off and right out the back door. I was horrible. I started losing ties with my family; my little brother stopped talking to me for three months. Then my mom suggested I switch schools. She enrolled me at Sherwood Park Next Step in grade 9 and I have been at Next Step since.  Now I am still in school and on track to graduate.  I probably would not be able to do that if I was not enrolled in Next Step.  Next Step saved my school career.
Boundary Exemption Request Process is now open
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) boundary exemption request process for the 2016–2017 school year is open until April 14, 2016. 
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 wanting to attend a non-designated school in the upcoming school year can now apply to do so. All interested families must fill out a Boundary Exemption Request Form and submit it directly to their requested school by April 14, 2016. There is no late or secondary process. 
Additional information about the boundary exemption request process including the Boundary Exemption Request Form, schools with closed boundaries, and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting www.eips.ca/schools/boundaries/boundary-exemption-request-process.
 
Final decisions will be made by April 22, 2016.
 
NOTE: Students already accepted into their non-designated school don’t need to reapply.
Please Note: Next Step 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.
March 24 to April 4

Spring Break - School Closed
See you April 5

April 6

Early dismissal for students

April 7

World Health Day

April 10-16

National Volunteer Week
Thank a volunteer!!

April 15

Professional Learning Day - School Closed

May 2

School Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand, the 2016 ElkFest Student Film Festival returns on April 28, 2016. Now in its fourth year, ElkFest is unique event aimed at promoting the filmmaking spirt within EIk Island Public Schools (EIPS). Annually, the festival showcases short films created and directed by students within the Division. 
ElkFest is now accepting film submissions in the following five categories: Animation, Documentary, Music Video, Narrative: Drama/Comedy, and the 48-Hour Film Challenge. 
All submissions will be aired on the big screen during the festival and winners from each category will also be announced there. The deadline for submissions is April 11, 2016.  
Make sure to get your short film in and get it recognized!
 
For more information about ElkFest 2016 visit www.elkfesteips.ca
Bus Safety Tips
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
Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta
The ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton will be opening up their regular meetings on April 6 and 20 to both parent and adult groups as they feel the speakers would be of benefit to all. 
April 6, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will be hosting Wendy Edey, who will speak to the group about hope.  Her talk 'Riding the Hope and Fear Rollercoaster: Parenting through the ups and downs with children who are differently able' will address issues of hopes, fears and opportunities, and how we can put our hopes to good use.
April 20, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will be hosting Les Redick, who will present ADHD through Lifespan, looking at how ADHD changes stages through out lives.
Both sessions will be held at LD Edmonton, L.Y. Cairns School, 10510 - 45 Ave.
A Big
THANK YOU
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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