March 5/15 Announcements Please note: Names have been removed from some announcements.
Spring Ice is Rotten Ice!
How can you tell if ice is safe in spring? You can’t! Spring is a particularly dangerous time to go out on ice. At this time of year it is difficult to tell if the ice will support your weight.
Ice that looks solid can suddenly become unstable!
The way ice forms affects the way it melts in spring. Minerals in the water become concentrated in vertical veins throughout the ice as it freezes. Warm temperatures cause these veins to melt more quickly and weaken the ice, a process known as candling. The only way to protect yourself and your family is to stay off the ice.
Remind your family to be safe--stay OFF the ice.
For more information on ice safety, go to Lifesaving Society website: www.lifesaving.ca
Order Your 2014-15 Yearbook Today!
The 2014-15 yearbooks are now available to order. The cost of the book will be $44 (gst included). To order your yearbook please complete the 2014-15 Yearbook Order Form and return it to the office. Please make payment through the following options:
1. Include cash or cheque payable to Fort Saskatchewan High School with the order form.
2. Pay online through PowerSchool and Acorn Fee Management.
Please phone the school at (780) 998-3751 if you have any questions.
Accountability Pillar and Tell Them From Me Surveys
As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school jurisdictions to ensure we are equipping students for success.
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents, and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. Over the last number of years, many school jurisdictions have also used the Tell Them From Me student survey as part of their accountability process. This year, Alberta Education offered an opportunity for school jurisdictions to administer a student survey consisting of both the Accountability Pillar questions and selected measures from the Tell Them From Me survey. EIPS is pleased to be a part of this project.
In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 should have received an Accountability Pillar survey from Alberta Education in the mail. In February, students in grades 4 will complete the Accountability Pillar survey online while students in grades 7-12 will complete the combined Accountability Pillar and Tell Them From Me survey. All teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.
All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. Parents’ participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to share your thoughts.
Alberta Education will provide Elk Island Public Schools will the results of all surveys conducted in our school division in May 2015. These results are shared with our parents and communities as part of our Three-Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report.
School Resource Officer
We are pleased to welcome Cst. Janice Schoepp who has been assigned to work in our school as our School Resource Officer (SRO). She will be a valuable resource to staff and students and will also be working with community groups involving youth in Fort Saskatchewan. Cst. Schoepp will be a visible presence in our school and will be working with us on our school SAFE plan.
Cst. Schoepp has a background in education as she was a teacher for 14 years prior to joining the RCMP. She has held a number of different positions within the RCMP during her 11 year career and is very excited to be back in her favorite role, community policing.
Boundary Exemption Request Process
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) reminds families that the boundary exemption request process will take place February 17 to March 13, 2015 for students who want to attend a non-designated school in the 2015-2016 school year. During this time, interested families must fill out and submit the Boundary Exemption Request Form (posted on the EIPS website starting February 10) to the requested school.
As of the March 13 deadline, if the boundary exemption request demand at a school does not exceed the number of spaces available in a grade/program, all families who submitted a boundary exemption request form prior to the deadline shall be registered at their requested school. If the demand exceeds the number of available spaces in a grade/program, the school shall participate in a random selection procedure. This procedure provides an equal chance of registration to all students in EIPS.
EIPS encourages families to register their children at their designated school as all schools in the division offer quality educational programming. However, we recognize there are situations where families would like to register their children at a non-designated school. More information about the 2015-2016 boundary exemption request process, key dates, and frequently asked questions are available on the division website at www.eips.ca/boundary-exemptions.
Update on Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Review
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) continues to work with the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the Alberta Government on the new K-9 school that will be built in Fort Saskatchewan. The process is moving along, and there is a lot of information to consider as we prepare for the boundary review that will take place prior to the school opening.
EIPS will be consulting with parents and the community as the boundary review gets underway. However, there is still some information to gather before we are ready to begin this consultation process. We will continue to keep parents updated as finalize the timeline for this consultation.
Thank you for taking an interest in this important initiative!
Education Act Regulatory Review
Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. In order to meet legislative requirements, 16 regulations have been developed that align with and support the Act.
- Alberta School Foundation Fund
- Board Procedures
- Charter Schools
- Disposition of Property
- Early Childhood Services
- Establishment of School Districts
- Home Education
- Petitions and Public Notices
- Private Schools
- School Councils
- School Fees
- Special School Tax Levy
- Student Records
- Student Transportation
As of September 15, 2014, families are able to view and pay their 2014-2015 school fees through our online payment system – ACORN – which is accessible through the Parent Portal.
- Login to the Parent Portal
- Under the navigation menu, click on the student fees icon – the green dollar sign – to access the fee summary page for your child
- Click on the appropriate student name to review a detailed summary of fees to date
- Pay your fees online
School fees are due October 31, 2014.
Families who have provided a valid email address during registration will receive an emailed electronic copy of the same fee invoices on September 15. Even after you’ve paid your initial fees, please continue to monitor your ACORN account as additional fees may be added throughout the year (e.g., field trip and athletic team fees).
If you have trouble logging into the Parent Portal or questions regarding ACORN, please contact your child’s school.
Additional information and key dates regarding school fees are also available.
With winter weather upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.
Should inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise parents of bus cancellations using various communications tools, including automated telephone messages, details posted on the division home page (www.eips.ca), in the Bus Status section of our division and school websites, on our main switchboard (780-464-3477), on Twitter, and through local radio stations.
If the decision to suspend buses is made the night before, automated messages will not be sent out to parents later than 9:00 p.m. If the decision to suspend buses is made in the early morning hours, the automated message will be sent out at 5:30 a.m.
EIPS administrative procedures state bus service may be suspended when the temperature reaches -40°C including wind chill factor as measured by Environment Canada at 5:00 a.m. and/or due to adverse weather or road conditions. Bus service may be suspended on a region-by-region or route-by-route basis. When school bus services are suspended, schools shall 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. Parents must use discretion when sending children to school during inclement weather, even when buses are running and schools are open.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact our Student Transportation office at 780-417-8151 or by email at email@example.com.
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School Information and Policies
Check out the 2014-15 Handbook for information about our policies, programs and courses.
We are an Allergy Aware School
For more information about what that means for you, please refer to the Allergy Aware document.
For information regarding School Emergency Preparedness, please see Elk Island Public School's Emergency Procedures page.
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