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Remembrance Day services will be held at all Next Step locations. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremonies listed below:
Fort Saskatchewan - November 10 at 10:45 a.m.
Sherwood Park - November 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Vegreville - November 10 at 10:30 a.m.
At Next Step schools we offer programs for all students to participate in to develop a healthy lifestyle. Check below for your school's activities!

Fort Saskatchewan
November 3 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
November 9 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All students are welcome to participate in these exciting activities. To sign up see Danielle or Alena.
Sherwood Park
November 9 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Strength Training/Racquet Sports
Outdoor Soccer/Frisbee/Sand Volleyball/Field Games
Interested in Yoga?  
Students can learn the benefits of yoga every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30. Amy Winters guides the class through the beginning movements, to more advanced levels. All students are encouraged to try at least one class. What better way to focus your energy on yourself and your wellness! See Susan for more details.
Hot Lunch for Everyone
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. 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 a snack box is available for all students. 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 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:
Youth Making a Change
District Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) spoke with several Vegreville student leaders about the new project being coordinated by FCSS and the Rotary Club of Vegreville. “Youth Making A Change” is a four step program for high school students. The steps include participating in interactive sessions focused on getting involved in the community and then joining a local community board. The program allows the fresh voice of youth to make a difference in their community.
Excellent Mind Mapping
Michael in grade 4 researched explorers of Canada and designed this mind map. From this he plans to further research David Thompson. Who is David Thompson you ask? To quote Michael: "David Thompson became a mapper for HBC".
Fort Saskatchewan Visits the DOW Chemical Plant
Danielle with a group of students at the DOW Chemical Plant.
On Friday October 21st, Fort Saskatchewan Next Step took a group of students to the DOW Chemical Plant just outside of Fort Saskatchewan for a field trip. The students were given a tour of the entire plant and then had an opportunity to go inside the Polyethylene production facility. Inside the students were able to see a train cart being loaded and where the facility package the Polyethylene. The students then enjoyed a pizza lunch with DOW employees from all areas of the plant. The employees spoke about the many different career opportunities in DOW and what their education was to get their position. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and hope to have another trip to the DOW in the future.

Cammie represented San Marino at last weekends Model United Nations in Calgary.

Next Step students participated in the Model United Nations mock conference in Calgary this last weekend at Sir Winston Churchill High School. Over 500 students attended from around the province and were all there working hard to find solutions to problems such as Child Soldiers and Drug Trafficking. This conference allows students to engage in international issues in a ‘hand-on’ way and much work by students went into preparing themselves for the conference. The mock UN conference tries to replicate the experience that UN delegates have when attending a conference where countries meet in different committees and must come up with real resolutions that must be voted on and passed.  Next Step’s students carried themselves with dignity, grace and their preparation paid off. Their participation and interest was obvious and both Amanda and I were extremely proud of all the students. Thanks to Cammie, Frances, Dario, Michael, Leona, Philip, Aaron and Breanna for being such great leaders in our school!

Susan Chalmers

Broomball Anyone?
Sherwood Park students posed for a picture after enjoying an intense game of broomball.
Let's talk. We all want a healthy and vibrant community. But life isn't always easy; sometimes it's complicated. So let's talk to better understand what we need as a community. Do you feel supported, safe and connected to this community? What's working well? How can we improve together? Join us in an honest conversation about creating collective solutions in our community. Share your opinion in an online survey or call us to let us know your thoughts. Your input will be used to develop a new strategic framework that will guide future policy, programs, and services.   780-464-4044

Share Your Thoughts on Alberta’s Curriculum

What do you want to see in Alberta Education’s new curriculum? Recently, the province launched a survey to find out exactly that.

As many of you know, Alberta Education is currently reviewing and updating its provincial curriculum for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The goal: To ensure all students receive the best possible education to meet 21st century needs.

Currently, the province is developing a new curriculum for the following subjects: arts, language arts, mathematics, social studies, sciences and wellness education. It’s expected to take six years to fully implement. During this development, Alberta Education is exploring various opportunities to gather valued and meaningful feedback from all Albertans. Most recently, the province launched a fall 2016 online survey to help with decisions relating to the content for future curriculum.

There are two parts to the survey. Part A is about the general direction for the new curriculum and takes roughly five minutes to complete. Once finished, there is a Part B section that focuses on the strengths and gaps in the current curriculum. Part B is more detailed and will take anywhere between 15 minutes and 60 minutes to complete—depending on the number of subjects and grade-specific questions you choose to answer.

In addition, face-to-face engagement sessions are being hosted by the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC) from October 18 to November 18. These sessions allow parents and community members to meet and discuss the topics identified in the survey. In the Edmonton region, two sessions are being offer—on November 3 and November 10.

Survey closes Nov. 18, 2016

The survey and engagement sessions are two of many feedback opportunities the province plans to conduct. For more information on the provincial curriculum development, visit:

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October 31 - Halloween

November 1 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Your Future: It's a Matter of Choice

November 2 - Early Dismissal, Schools closed in the afternoon for staff meeting

November 2 to 9 - Diploma Exams

November 6 - Daylight savings time ends

November 8 - 7:00 p.m. - Sherwood Park School Council Meeting

November 11 - School closed for Remembrance Day

November 14 to 18 - School closed for  Fall Break
Everyone is invited to attend the Sherwood Park Junior/Senior High Parent Council meeting on November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or suggestions now is the time to contribute!
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. For more information contact Lesley.
Many fun activities are planned at all Next Step schools for Halloween.

Fort Saskatchewan
Students are welcome to dress up and learn how to bake pumpkin pie in the afternoon.
Sherwood Park
There will be a costume contest and cookie decorating from 11:00 to 1:00.
Home Education
Happy Halloween to all those home education trick or treaters. On Monday come into the school, there will treats in Jeannie's office. Stop in!
Its "Jammie" day! Students are asked to show up in their pajamas and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and pumpkin treats.

Please note: On Halloween, scary clowns will not be acceptable choice for costumes, other masks may be acceptable.
November Diplomas
Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park students writing a diploma in November are reminded that your writing center is at Salisbury Composite High School. Vegreville students are writing at Vegreville Next Step.

For information on dates and times please go to Alberta Education's website:
2016/2017 Diploma Exam Schedule
Your Future:
It’s a Matter of Choice
Your Future: It’s a Matter of Choice is Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) annual post-secondary and career event that brings together colleges, universities, technical- and private-vocational schools, and career displayers from around the country.

The 2016 Your Future: It’s a Matter of Choice career fair is free and open to all EIPS students in grades 9 through 12. Students and their parents/guardians will have the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of potential post-secondary institutions, browse booths, examine future career trends, determine high school requirements for specific programs and so much more.

Event Details
Date:       Tuesday, Nov. 1/16
Time:       6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:   Holiday Inn Conference Centre of Sherwood Park (Second Floor; 2100 Premier Way; Sherwood Park)
Your Future: It’s a Matter of Choice is co-ordinated in conjunction with the Educational Liaison Association of Alberta and is one of the largest events of its kind in Alberta.
Reduce Your Footprint
Jeannie had a "shoe-in" to win a prize to the Reduce Your Footprint drive.
It was a toss 'out' between the Chapter's & Timmies gift cards. Chapters won!
Shoes are a difficult item to recycle and are usually sent to the landfill - until now! Strathcona County works with Soles4Souls to collect old shoes to take them out of the landfill. Soles4Souls takes donated shoes and distributes them where they are most needed. If they cannot be reused, they are sent for refurbishing by small businesses in developing economies.
Sherwood Park participated in this awesome event and handed out prizes to students and staff who donated any shoes regardless of their condition. Congratulations to our winners: Andrea, Marg, Noah, Jeannie, Joanne, Sierra, Reed, and Ben.
November 6th
Daylight Savings Time Ends
A reminder to everyone to set your clocks back one hour.

Did you know there is a PowerSchool App?

Download PowerSchool Mobile today on your Apple or Android device to stay connected with similar information available on the PowerSchool website. The same app can be used by both parents and students. You’ll have real-time access to attendance, upcoming assignments, grades and more. Sign-up for push notifications to stay up to date.

Links to download PowerSchool Mobile are available from the PowerSchool parent or student portals or directly from the App Store or Google Play. Use the Elk Island Public Schools district code, HXWF, and your PowerSchool portal username and password to login to the app. The first time you login, or if you haven’t used the app in a while, it may take three to five minutes for the app to load completely as it accesses all of your data from the PowerSchool server.

More information, links to download the app and a copy of the PowerSchool Mobile app user guide are available at

Inclement Weather

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of any bus cancellations using various communications tools including: automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on Versatrans My Stop. All morning bus cancellations will be posted on by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that states: “school bus service may be suspended…[when] Environment Canada reports a temperature of -40 C.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road condition.

When school bus services are suspended, schools will remain open to students. EIPS believes parents have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

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