Congratulations to all those students who received awards on October 16th. For those who were unable to attend and who are students at Salisbury or Bev Facey, your awards will be sent to your High School if not picked up by Monday, October 27th. If you are now registered at a school outside of Elk Island Public Schools, your award is available for pickup in the school office. Office hours are 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
Hot Lunch Program
Hot lunches will be offered again this year through our Sherwood Heights Band Program with the help of Elk Island Logos Society parents. Hot lunches are served every Monday from September to early June. You may order all at once for a order period or a week at a time. Please see parent letter below for full details as well as the link to set up your account.
Sherwood Heights' Learning Commons has eBooks!
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Canteen and Lunch Hour
There are a few changes this year regarding lunch hour and canteen. Students are expected to eat in their homerooms from 12:21 to 12:40 if they stay at school for lunch. There are no microwaves available for student use so please plan accordingly when sending a lunch for your child. The school canteen opened on Monday, September 15th and will be open every day for the 2nd part of lunch. Please keep in mind that the canteen typically carries only snack type food.
Parent Student Teacher Interviews
Sherwood Heights is booking online for interview times for Parent/Student/Teacher interviews. Our interviews will be held on November 4 & 6 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. We listened to parents who said they wanted to have an easier process to meet with teachers. Interviews will be 7 minutes in length and all interviews are by appointment only.
The process is as easy as 1-2-3. Now you can book school interviews for the times that suit you. Click on this link http://www.schoolinterviews.ca/code?ecode=TVHS2.
- Enter your Details: You will be asked to enter your name, your student’s name(s) and your email address
- Choose teachers: On the next page, pick teachers you want to meet based on your child’s PowerSchool timetable. First select the subject, then choose from the drop down menu of teachers teaching that course.
- Choose times: Then you’ll see a timetable when your chosen teachers are available. Simply Click on the times that suit you
When you have finished, your interview timetable will be emailed to you. And if something comes up, you can return to the site and change your interviews whenever you want.
If you have any questions, please contact the office staff who will be happy to assist you.
Booking opens Friday October 24th at 4:00 pm.
Grade 9 Immunizations
Information and Consent:
- Your child will be given an immunization package containing a consent form and information for each of the diseases and vaccines, as appropriate, for the parent/guardian to read. The consents must be signed and returned as per the instructions on the consent form by Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to the school office.
- Your child will only be immunized with your consent.
If you have any questions, please call:
- Health Link Alberta at 780-408-LINK (5465) or 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
Please see the attachment below for more information regarding what the immunization covers.
Division Calendar Consultation Survey
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is currently seeking input from parents and other stakeholders as part of our division calendar consultation process. The feedback collected will help inform the Board of Trustees when they review and approve a division calendar model for the 2015-2016 school year at their December 2014 Board Meeting.
Many parents will receive an overview of the calendar consultation process at an early fall School Council meeting. You can also visit the division website at www.eips.ca to learn more about the background information related to this process and the work the Calendar Consultation Committee has completed to date. On the division website, you will also find a link to a presentation about the four calendar models coming forward for your input.
In developing the calendar models proposed, the committee discussed the authority and guidelines for developing division calendars and used the results from the division’s 2011 calendar survey and consultation process to guide this year’s work. In 2011, survey results from 2,900 parents, staff, and students strongly supported a five-day Fall Break, as well as Winter and Spring breaks coinciding with that of Edmonton Public Schools. Of the respondents, 77% of parents supported full-day professional learning and 71% of EIPS staff supported full-day professional learning.
Until November 15, parents can complete an online survey to provide their feedback on the calendar models (if you have not already done so through your school councils). The survey link is posted on the division website. We invite and encourage parents to be part of this important planning process.
PowerSchool Correction and School Forms
Throughout the first week of school, all families received PowerSchool Correction Forms for each of your children. Please review all of the information on these forms; confirm, update, and/or add information as necessary; and return them to the school by Friday, September 12.
If you have any technical questions regarding PowerSchool, please contact the school office at 780-467-5930.
Thank you for your assistance in helping us ensure we have the most up-to-date information about your child on file.
All students received a Student Handbook as part of their handouts. The Student Handbook Acknowledgement form must be completed and signed by the parent and returned to the school office. Copies of the Handbook and Acknowledgement form are below.
Grade 8s and 9s also received Website Consent and Fitness Room Consent forms. These forms are also due back in the office by Friday, September 12th.
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Thank you to all EIPS’ families for a great first year using the ACORN Online Quick Pay system via the Parent Portal to pay school and transportation fees.
All 2014-2015 school fee information will be available in the system at the beginning of September. Login to your Parent Portal account (https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html) to access the ACORN online payment system, and visit www.eips.ca/fees for more information and a complete list of key dates.
PLEASE NOTE: Junior high and senior high fees may change as courses are added and deleted. . Option change forms will be available at the office beginning Friday, September 5, 2014 at lunch time. Course changes will close on Tuesday, September 9th at 3:30 pm. This deadline is for both semester 1 and semester 2 options.
Please also be aware that during the school year fees may be added to your child’s account(e.g., field trip fees, athletic team fees. Etc.). Be sure to check your account often throughout the year in case new fees are added.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s fees, or if you are new to the school and need assistance, please contact Ms. Dana Gusse at 780-467-5930.
Student transportation is provided at no cost to all students living 2.4 km or greater from Sherwood Heights. Find out if you qualify using the Versatrans e-Link tool available on the division website. Families accessing Payride or school-of-choice busing pay a fee for transportation services. General information, applicable fees, and FAQs about busing are available on the Student Transportation page of the EIPS' division website.
Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) Board of Trustees has approved student transportation fees for the 2014-2015 school year, and families are now able to pay Student Transportation fees through ACORN, which is the same process that has been used this year for school fees. ACORN is accessible through the Parent Portal of PowerSchool or Student Quick Pay. This system replaces the online transportation fee payment process previously housed on the division website. This is great news for parents as you will now be able to pay all school-related fees in one centralized area.
In May, Student Transportation sent out invoices to all applicable families regarding 2014-2015 transportation fees. This communication included information on how to access the ACORN system and pay your transportation fees online. The deadline for paying transportation fees is June 30, 2014. Transportation fees will increase after this date. Save time by paying your fees online through the ACORN system.
More information (including links to the Parent Portal and Student Quick Pay, additional instructions, and examples about reviewing and paying your 2014-2015 transportation fees online) is available on the division website at www.eips.ca/transportation-payments.
If you have any questions about the invoice you received or about paying your fees online, please contact EIPS’ Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or by using the online contact form at www.eips.ca/contact.
Video Monitoring on School Buses
In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act), Section 33 and in conjunction with the enforcement of Student Transportation bus rules, video monitoring equipment is in place on all Elk Island Public Schools' (EIPS) buses. Video/audio recordings of individuals on buses are for the safety and security of all passengers, drivers, and property, and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.
If you have any questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, please contact EIPS’ FOIP Coordinator, 683 Wye Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8B 1N2 780-417-8204.
Power School Parent Portal
For parents new to our school, a letter outlining how to set up your Parent Portal Single Sign will be sent home mid-September. PowerSchool allows you access to academic and attendance information for all students in one family in junior high and high school. For more information click on the PowerSchool Parent Portal Information document.
To Log on to PowerSchool click on the following link POWERSCHOOL. If you have forgotten your PowerSchool Login or Password, the link on the Portal now is available to have the information emailed to you. On the Portal, just click on "Having trouble signing in?" To assist you in logging into the Parent Portal you may visit http://www.eips.ca/content.php?page=309 for an instructional video.
Once signed into the parent portal, everything you see in BLUE is a link to another page. For example, if you see a dash beside a course name when you click on it, it will send you to another page with all the assignments and marks.
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At Sherwood Heights we encourage our students to "Reach for the Heights" and to cheer on their athletes, musicians, and fellow classmates by showing their "Cougar Pride"!
The vision of Sherwood Heights Junior High School is to have all students, families and staff be of good character, focus on academics, be respectful of each other and engage in all aspects of school life.
Reach for the Heights:
At Sherwood Heights, we have Cougar P.R.I.D.E.