Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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Newsbite 75                                                                           December 2, 2016
Get Fit, Get Active
At Next Step Schools we believe in healthy lifestyles. Check your school to see what activities are available for you. Don't see what you are looking for? Contact the staff at your school to make a suggestion.
Fort Saskatchewan
December 8 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Swimming and Aquasize
December 14 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
December 21 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All students are encouraged to participate in these exciting activities. Contact Danielle or Alena for more information.
Sherwood Park
December 14 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Strength Training - Racquet Sports
December 21 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Focus your energy on yourself and discover the benefits of yoga. Every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 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 meals and nutrition? Cooking classes will be available soon.
Contact Tanyss or David for more information.
Next Step Continuing Education is offering Diploma Prep courses in all level 30 subject areas for January.
Students will:
  • review key concepts with teacher help
  • learn exam writing strategies
  • go through practice questions
  • learn tips on how to write exams
Diploma preparation help students gain a better understanding of their course, raise averages, and boost confidence as they prepare for their diploma.
To view the class schedule and register go to:

This year’s National Bullying Awareness Week was November 21-25. All Next Step locations planned a variety of activities to boost awareness and ways to prevent incidents from occurring. This year’s campaign saw a range of events at all our schools.

Staff and students at Fort Saskatchewan kicked the week off by watching a video about random acts of kindness and how they can be something small and simple but mean so much to someone. The week also focused on Kindness for all. Students and staff would write the name of someone on pink baseballs when they caught them being kind or doing an act of kindness. Then at the end of the week all the baseballs were put in a draw. Our winner was Kaitlyn and she will receive a lunch of her choice.

Sherwood Park welcomed the John Howard Society on Wednesday for a presentation on Cybercrimes, including Cyber Bullying.  

Students and staff were treated to a delicious hot lunch on Friday, which was served ‘family style’. Everyone ate their lunch together and were encouraged to introduce themselves to those around them and talk to someone they haven’t before. Thanks to the students who helped cook and to all those who participated.  

During the week, students were encouraged to spread kindness and take notice when others acted kind. ‘Tickets’ were passed around the school collecting the names of those who were spreading kindness. All names on the ‘ticket’ will be entered into a draw for a movie certificate!

Students in Vegreville watch a TED video as one of the activities during National Bully Awareness Week.
Vegreville students watched several TED talks during lunch hours, including Shane Koyczan’s: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful . We also had a movie afternoon on Thursday when we watched “Bang Bang You’re Dead” a powerful drama directed by Guy Ferland and based on the play of the same name by William Mastrosimone. This movie is a realistic though sometimes exaggerated portrayal of the kind of school atmosphere which creates the kind of intense pain and hurt for bullying victims which can lead to violent acts of desperation. 

Our videos and informal chats during the week have deepened our commitment to be a safe place for all of our students.

Next Step Greeter
The students in Fort Saskatchewan are greeted everyday by this little guy. He waits patiently for students to arrive at school to get a little love and in return give some back. Just proving no act of kindness is ever over looked as this guy always returns.
Making the Air a Bit More Green

Sherwood Park NEAT group are adding plants to the school. If you have any of the following plants that we may be able to take a cutting from or donate a part of, the NEAT team would appreciate it: spider plant, jade, aloe, ivy, bamboo, gerbera daisy, peace lily, and philodendron.

Thanks for your continued interest in making Next Step a bit more “green”.

Wolf Of The Sea
The following poem was written by a grade 6 home education student:
Be Part of the Conversation!
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December 7 - Early Dismissal, Schools closed in the afternoon for staff meeting

December 23 - Last day of school before Winter Break

December 26 - January 6 - Winter Break

January 9 - Classes resume for students

January 17 - Sherwood Park School Council Meeting
The next Sherwood Park Junior/Senior High School Council meeting is on January 17. Everyone is invited to attend and bring forward any new suggestions, ideas, or questions.
Normalize Being You
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.
The group has the following events planned:
December 6 - Movie (TBA) and popcorn
December 20 - Hot chocolate and ginger cookies
If you would like to participate but are not sure what to expect or learn more about the GSA contact Lesley.
Each of our locations will be hosting a Christmas Luncheon. Everyone is welcome to enjoy festive food and holiday cheer.
Fort Saskatchewan - December 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Sherwood Park - December 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Vegreville - December 22 at 11:30 a.m.
CALM is offered to students in Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park. The course is offered every day and attendance is mandatory.
Fort Saskatchewan will be running CALM in semester 2 from April 18 to May 1, 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Sherwood Park is currently offering CALM which ends December 15. Be sure to hand in all assignments by this date!
Mitten Tree
The Sherwood Park Leadership is looking for your help with our mitten tree! Bring in new mittens, toques, or socks. All donations collected will be taken to the Bissell Centre.

In an effort to create deeper family connections we will be providing ideas for more meaningful conversations for families to have at home. This week’s question is:
What was challenging about your day?

Communicating Student Learning Survey

Elk Island Public Schools is asking all of our families to complete a brief survey regarding the new CSL elementary report cards currently being piloted at our school. The Division wants to fully understand:

  • how well the achievement-level categories are defined in the report card
  • if users find the digital report card easy to access and navigate
  • what aspects of the report card users like
  • what aspects of the report card can be improved

Please take a moment to complete the five-minute survey. Your feedback will help the Division as it moves forward with the implementation of the new CLS elementary report card. The survey closes Jan. 8, 2016.


Moodle and You
Next Step Schools have a new URL for Moodle at . Change your bookmarks and contact your teacher if you have any difficulties logging in.

Next Step will close for the winter break at the end of the day on Dec. 23, 2016 and will reopen on Jan. 9, 2017.

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Office will be open January 3-6. 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

Closed - Dec. 26 to Jan. 2
Open - Jan. 3-6   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*for location and contact information visit

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year.

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