Take Your Kid to Work Day!

Every year in November, our grade 9 students are given the opportunity to spend one day at work with a parent, an Uncle, an Aunt, a grandparent, etc. This year it is happening on November 1. Please fill out an return permission form so that your grade 9 student can participate.

Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair — 40+ Exhibitors. Together in One Place.

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend this year’s Your Future post-secondary and career fair on October 17.

Hosted by Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), Your Future is an annual educational fair that brings together more than 40 colleges, universities, polytechnic and private schools, and sector experts in one place—the largest event of its kind in Alberta.

The event is free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12 from both EIPS and Elk Island Catholic Schools. Both students and family members will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions; ask question; talk to experts about various career sectors; learn about future career trends; and much more.

Event Details:

Date:                     Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Time:                     6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:                Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, 2100 Premier Way, Sherwood Park

Visit www.eips.ca/students/your-future-its-a-matter-of-choice for the complete list of exhibitors.

Welcome!

To contact our Secretary, Donna Gaumont, our Finance Manager, Margaret Tomkow, the Principal, Sue Freiheit, or the Assistant Principal, Justin Mazur, phone 780 998 2216.

Parents must report student absences and late arrivals. Click Attendance or leave a message at 780-998-2216. Absences not reported will result in staff phoning contact numbers until the student is found to be safe. If we are unable to contact a parent and the student's whereabouts is unknown, RCMP may be contacted.  Please help us keep our kids safe... phone or email absences and lates.

Go to "About" and click on "Calendar" for more detailed information about upcoming events.

For a complete list of holidays and school-closure days during the 2016–2017 school year, refer to the EIPS Division Calendar; school-specific dates and activities are available on our School Calendar http://rudolphhennig.ca/about/calendar. Our Bell Schedule is also available to assist you with future planning.

 

This Week at RHJ!

Dear Raven Families,

 

Our next Parent Council meeting will be at 6pm in the library on October 18th. Final voting for elected positions. All welcome!

 

Around the Corner... Junior high students DO like to dress up for Halloween. If you are purchasing or making costumes, please remember... no masks (except in the parade during lunch, in the gym), no weapons, and no "inappropriate for school" themes. Thank you!

RHJ is supporting a Division goal to have all staff and students read 25 books this school year. Please support us in this endeavor... and maybe even try modelling reading for your children, and join in with your own goal! The books can be Graphic novels, fiction, information books, etc. 

THANK YOU to the staff, students and families who made our Awards Assembly a big success! 

Literacy and Learning Day

This year’s Literacy and Learning Day Conference takes place at the Northlands Expo Centre on October 28. The event is a fun-filled day for both parents and teachers, and includes various keynote speakers and free workshops. 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 www.literacyday.ca.

For a complete list of holidays and school-closure days during the 2017-18 school year, refer to the EIPS Division Calendar.

Sync the School Calendar to your personal calendar.

Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own personal calendar? You can. Just visit http://rudolphhennig.ca/about/calendar and click on one of the following calendar options you want to subscribe to:

  • Add to Google Calendar
  • Subscribe to Calendar (Outlook)
  • Download iCal

NOTE: Using a mobile device, these options are located above the calendar. Using a computer, these options are located below the calendar.

Once you click on the calendar option you want to subscribe to, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your personal calendar will contain all ofRHJ's important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.

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To Receive School Information through Email!

In an ongoing attempt to improve communication between home and school we ask that each family consider going to https://www.eips.ca/contact/synrevoice  to sign up to receive our email Synervoice messages. Synervoice is a program we use to send BLANKET messages via phone or email. You will be able to see where the email came from, but your email address is protected, meaning that no other families will see your email address.

Please note that you must sign up

with the email address you have given to the school.

If your address is not in PowerSchool, it will give you an error message when you try to subscribe.

We try not to inundate you with too much information, but we do send out information, regularly, that will help you and your child be aware and organized, adding to a more successful school year.

Why do we ask you to include 30 minutes of reading each day in your child’s homework or bedtime routine?

Yes…

We want them reading because the more you read the better you read. While every little bit of reading helps, scanning Twitter, or searching You Tube Videos, isn’t going to improve cognition. It’s not going to strengthen our brains. Reading novels or short stories or poetry, however, builds brain power the same way pumping iron builds muscles.

But…

The best reason to insist that your children read, is that the act of reading increases the white matter in your brain.  White matter is what carries info between the different regions of the brain’s grey matter. Building white matter helps information be processed more efficiently. Reading requires patience, diligence, concentration, and creativity. When we read we have to think and we have to make connections to our own lives or to our own experiences.

And…

Reading can also help to build empathy. When you read you relate to the character. You might be fearful for them, or sad, or be cheering them on. This can affect how your child interacts with others in the real world.  Research shows that reading makes us more intelligent cognitively, as well as emotionally. Readers make smarter decisions about themselves and those around them.

So…

Reading improves:

-concentration

-empathy

-social skills

-intelligence

-emotional intelligence

-writing

-mental health (it can calm you, help you solve life’s problems, etc.)

-creativity

-and so much more!!!!!

 

Please read!

School Fees

 Pay School Fees Online!

School fee information for the 2017-18 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more.

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your student fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2017.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees/fees. Alternatively, contact Marg Tomkow, Business Manager at RHJ at 780-998-2216.

 

Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy

As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again planning to administer two assessment tools during the 2017-18 school year—STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI). The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.

In September and May, EIPS students in grades 2 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. Grade 1 students will take the STAR 360 exam in October. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and can be taken on any digital device. Also in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results of each offers the teacher a clearer picture about a student’s learning needs and helps determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.

The scores of the assessments are not used towards a student’s grade and there is no need to study ahead of time. They simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.

For more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, contact Deb Barron, the director of Learning Supports, at 780-464-3477.

All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2017-18 school year should have already received a tentative route schedule. Those required to pay applicable transportation fees should have also received a separate invoice outlining payment information—we encourage parents to pay pay fees online.

If you haven’t received a letter from Student Transportation yet, and would like to inquire about busing for your child, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

Look for bus passes and any updated route information in your mail in August.

 

Quick Facts: EIPS buses are all equipped with video surveillance

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? The video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
  • deter from destructive acts.

On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct, and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.

Improving Home-School Communication

To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a how-to guide entitled, “Communication Protocol for Schools.” Topics include appropriate channels to use, standard formats and structures, timing and sequencing for regular and ongoing home-school communication, and ways to bring forward questions or concerns. Additionally, the manual offers useful tools and resources schools and families can use to enhance face-to-face meetings, emails and any social media efforts. The “Communication Protocol for Schools” is available at www.eips.ca/download/40981.

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