Next Step: Connect, Engage & Build Relationships
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Newsbite 71                                                                        September 30, 2016
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     
This edition of Our STEPS comes from a former student at Sherwood Park - Micaela. She called it:
What Next Step Has Meant To Me
There are many reasons that Next Step is better than a regular school, and I could sit here for hours and list them all to you but I am going to focus on the most import reason that this school is the best place to be. That reason is simply the teachers....
To continue reading Micaela's, please go to our website at: Our STEPS
P.E./Wellness for
Fort Saskatchewan
September 30 - All day
Pokémon Go
October 4 - 1:00 to 2:30
Welcome Walk
October 12 - 1:15 to 2:15
October 19 - 1:00 to 2:30
Outdoor Obstacle Course

On Friday September 30th we are having our P.E. class kick off. We will be playing Pokémon GO so come and have fun while earning hours for P.E. On Friday there will be an information presentation at 9:00 a.m. for all students interested in participating in P.E. this year. 
See Danielle or Alena.

P.E./Wellness/Yoga activities for Sherwood Park

October 3 - 12:30 to 3:00
Outdoor Soccer/Frisbee/Sand Volleyball/Field Games
October 12 - 12:30 to 3:00
Outdoor Soccer/Frisbee/Sand Volleyball/Field Games
October 19 - 12:30 to 3:00
Outdoor Soccer/Frisbee/Sand Volleyball/Field Games
Yoga!  Amy Winters will join us and teach students (and staff!) about the benefits of yoga while guiding us through the beginning movements. All students are encouraged to try at least one class! It’s a perfect way to unwind and re-focus your energy on yourself and your wellness.
Wellness for Vegreville
Credits for cooking! Students who would like to learn more about nutrition, wellness, and the value of planning a healthy meal can sign up for the new cooking classes being offered at Vegreville. Contact Tanyss or David for more information.

Don't forget to check the Snack Box on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings!
New This Fall @
Focus on your family! Choose from a wide variety of opportunities to spend time with a family member learning something new together. New this fall, Next Step Continuing Education welcomes youth ages 12+ to most evening classes when accompanied by an adult. Here are a few ideas to get you started:  Find even more inspiration for having fun together at

It’s A GO!  On October 21st, eight Next Step students will begin an exciting two day adventure to Calgary and participate in MUN. This extraordinary event will see students representing the countries that they have been assigned in a mock United Nations conference. For more info, please visit the website from Sir Winston Churchill High in Calgary,  Congrats to Dario, Michael, Camryn, Tanner, Leona, Philip, Aaron, and Breanna! We know you will make us proud!!

Comes to Vegreville
Monday, September 26th saw Stephanie from MADD shared the presentation “Blink”, a heart-wrenching film about the dangers of drinking and driving. We learned the four important points about drinking/using and driving:
  1. Don’t drink/use and drive
  2. Create a plan
  3. Don’t ride with someone who has been drinking/using
  4. Call 911 to report someone driving under the influence. 
Phys. Ed Activities at Sherwood Park
Check out the fun activities the students in Sherwood Park have participated in for Phys. Ed. All students who want to participate may contact Susan for more information.
Next Step Schools Meet Health Canada Guidelines
Parents/Guardians of Next Step Schools:

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is currently conducting a study on the level of lead in the drinking water at all of its schools. The study is a proactive effort to ensure drinking water in all of its buildings is safe for staff and students.
In June, water samples were collected at our school from the primary drinking outlets—the fountains and taps used for drinking and cooking. I’m pleased to inform you, the results are in and all samples taken are within Health Canada’s guidelines for the maximum allowable concentration of lead.
A complete overview of EIPS’ Lead In Drinkng Water Study is attached. You can also read the Division’s Frequently Asked Questions about the study at
Paul Pallister
Principal, Next Step Schools

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, 2016
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.

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Launched in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world as a way to recognize teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all of its students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for their teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.

EIPS extends its heartfelt thank you to all its teachers for their dedication, hard work, and commitment in guiding and educating our students through their Kindergarten to Grade 12 years.

Be Part of the Conversation!
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October 3 to 7 - Read-In Week

October 5 - World Teachers' Day

October 5 - Early Dismissal School closed in the afternoon for staff meeting.

October 6 & 7 - Professional Learning Days
School closed for staff professional development.

October 10 - School closed for Thanksgiving

October 27 - Sustainability Field Trip
Sherwood Park
Lunch time meetings Wednesdays (11:53 – 12:37) in the back room.
Our first NEAT meeting was a huge success and triple decker ice cream cones were enjoyed by all who attended!  Some upcoming events will be the annual Fall cleanup for our community garden.  That occurs this week from 11:30-1:00 at the Next Step Community Garden at Smeltzer House.  We also have another student initiative where students are bringing in unused plants, pots and or soil to grow in the school over winter.  We already have strawberry runners to propagate, some tomato and pepper plants and other greenery seeking shelter at Next Step this winter.  Students wanted more greenery and O2(g) in our learning space and we are supporting their ideas, and maybe produce some food and propagate some knowledge in the process.  Great ideas team!
Sherwood Park Next Step Junior and Senior High would like to invite you to be a part of our School Council! Our next meeting is on November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Have questions about what we do? Please contact Paul Pallister, Kris Reid or Susan Chalmers. We look forward to hearing from you!
Normalize Being You!
Sherwood Park is happy to announce that our first GSA meeting went off with flying colours. Everyone is welcome to attend our informal meetings every Friday at lunch from 11:53 to 12:37. Contact Lesley for more information.
Next Step Home Education
Welcome all students to the 2016/2017 school year with Next Step's Home Education programing. We look forward to a great year full of many interesting activities an lots of learning.
All Next Step Students!
Don’t miss out on this! OCTOBER 27TH Sustainability Day at the U of A!
Next Step has teamed up with the U of A SAW for this engaging hands on field trip! Students will start the day with a tour of the Energy plant and then attending a workshop on creating a composter and actually create one for the school along with compost mix so we can use it for our community garden! 
ALL students welcome! Bus leaves Sherwood Park Next Step at 8:30 a.m. and will be back by 3:00 p.m.
Know What You Don't Know
Nicole in Fort Saskatchewan is marking her own test to figure out what she did not know. This is one technique all students can use to become better learners and figure out what they don't know.
Sherwood Park Reading Nook
Leona is enjoying some quiet time reading in the new space provided in the back room. The comfortable spot was made possible by Kristin, Tammy, and Lesley. They brought in all the beautiful extras that make the space such a welcoming space for students.

Read In Week takes place October 3-7

Read In Week 2016 returns on October 3-7. The theme for this year is One world, Many Voices, which focuses on the stories of other people. Through various activities, students will spend the week learning how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives and foster empathy.

Read In Week is an annual division-wide initiative that promotes a lifelong love of reading in students and enhances literacy awareness among students, staff, parents and community members. We invite all our families to participate in Read In Week with us either by reading yourself, with your child or with someone in the community.

And, don’t forget to share what you’ve learned throughout the week using the hashtag #eipsreads. We hope you discover some amazing stories.

Fentanyl Fact Sheet
As many of you are aware, the drug Fentanyl is having a devastating impact on many Albertan families. In an effort to increase awareness and educate students and parents about the drug Alberta Education has put together a Fentanyl Fact Sheet .

The 14th annual Literacy and Learning Day Conference takes place on Oct. 22, 2016 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The event is a fun-filled day for both parents and teachers, and includes various free workshops and keynote speakers. Participants are guaranteed to walk away with new strategies, tools and resources to support children as they grow and learn. The conference is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, or to register, visit

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