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.
Please read our School Education Plan.
Request to Attend a Non-Designated School
Effective for the 2018-19 school year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is changing the way in which students apply to attend a non-designated school. From March 1 to 15, 2018, parents of all EIPS students are being asked to pre-enrol their children online and indicate whether their child will be attending their designated school or if they wish to register at a different school. Acceptance at a non-designated school is based on available space–families will be advised of the outcome by April 13, 2018. Because of high enrolment numbers, some schools won’t be accepting any non-designated students. Schools with closed boundaries will be identified prior to the pre-enrolment process.
Please note that should you request a non-designated school for your child and need busing, there are fees associated with this choice. Visit Transportation Services for more information.
As part of the pre-enrolment process, parents are also asked to check and update phone numbers, email addresses, mailing address and other important data – doing so will both make sure that the Division has the most current information available and eliminate the need to fill in the paper Correction Form that has traditionally been sent home every fall. Better yet, families will be able to go online and update their child’s data throughout the year as circumstances change.
To determine your child’s designated school, please check EIPS school boundary maps.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to attend my designated school?
EIPS encourages parents/guardians to register their children at their designated school, and students have guaranteed access to their designated school. However, we understand some situations exist whereby parents/guardians may wish to register their children at a non-designated school. Through the pre-enrollment process, EIPS students can pursue attending a non-designated school as long as there is space and the student submits a request to attend a non-designated school prior to the deadline. Requests will not be considered for schools with a closed boundary.
2. What is the deadline for deciding which school I want to attend?
The pre-enrolment request process for the 2018–19 school year will take place from March 1 to 15, 2018. This is the only time of year students from Grades 1 to 12 wanting to attend a non- designated school in the upcoming school year can apply to do so. Interested families must indicate they wish to attend a non-designated school when completing online pre-enrolment between March 1 and 15, 2018.
NOTE: If you have just moved into the Division and wish to start attending during the current school year (2017-18), you must still register using paper forms. These are available at either EIPS Central Office or at the school you wish to attend. If you wish to attend a non-designated school during 2017-18, you must also use a paper form to apply.
3. May children attend a non-designated school for kindergarten?
Yes, but priority is given to children who live within a school’s attendance boundary. Parents who want to apply for their children to attend a non-designated school for kindergarten must indicate that when submitting their online kindergarten registration. Kindergarten requests will be not be considered for schools with a closed boundary.
Online kindergarten registration begins on Monday, January 15.
4. Are children who attend a non-designated school for kindergarten guaranteed access to Grade 1 at that same school?
Yes, once a child has been accepted in kindergarten, he/she is allowed to finish all grades offered at the school without having to making an additional request in Grade 1.
5. What happens if I miss the deadline?
Requests received after the deadline will be declined. There is no late or secondary process. For families who move into the EIPS area after the deadline, please see FAQ 10 below.
6. Under what conditions will my request not be approved?
A student’s request to attend a non-designated school will be declined if:
- the school has closed boundaries
- the request was submitted after the required date
7. If I receive permission to attend a non-designated school, do I need to make a new request each year? What about when I change schools?
EIPS students are allowed to stay in the school in which they are registered until completion of the grades offered at that school. Therefore, students do not need to submit a request until they change schools. If students wish to attend a different non-designated school after that time, they must indicate that during the pre-enrollment process in March.
8. What is the random selection procedure and how might I be affected?
The random selection procedure is conducted by Central Office when the registration demand from outside the designated attendance area of a school exceeds the available number of learning spaces. The procedure provides all non-designated students in EIPS with a fair and equal chance of registration.
Students requesting registration at a non-designated school will be subject to the random selection procedure if the demand for space exceeds the available space.
9. Can I change my mind after the pre-enrollment deadline?
No, enrolling at a designated or non-designated school is a commitment by both the student and the school. This commitment allows for careful planning to meet student needs. Therefore, students and families should make informed choices when they submit their request. When schools contact families to advise them of the request process, they will ask for confirmation that the student still wants to attend the non-designated school.
10. If I move into the Division after the pre-enrolment deadline, is there any chance that I can attend a non-designated school?
Yes, requests to attend a non-designated school may be considered for those students whose families have just moved into the Division from outside the geographic area, or another community within the Division, and therefore would not have had an opportunity to participate in the usual non-designated school request process. These requests will only be considered if space in planned classes permits, the requested school does not have a closed boundary, and the requested school has not already participated in a random selection procedure.
- How will I know if I can attend the non-designated school to which I applied? After the pre-enrollment deadline but no later than April 13, 2018, schools will contact all parents/guardians or students, by phone call, who submitted a request to inform them of the
12. Will busing be provided? If so, who pays for this service?
Parents/guardians or students who are interested in attending a non-designated school are responsible for contacting EIPS Student Transportation. Busing to non-designated schools is not guaranteed, and families are responsible for the associated transportation fees. All students attending non-designated schools and accessing busing are charged a non-designated school transportation fee. An additional Payride fee will apply for students who reside less than 2.4 km from their designated school or the school they are attending. For further information or to make transportation arrangements, please contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151, or by email using our online contact form.
13. If my son in Grade 3, for example, is attending a non-designated school, may my daughter attend kindergarten at this same school?
Yes, your daughter may attend. Section 13 of
The siblings of students currently attending a non-designated school, including a school with a closed boundary, shall be permitted to register in the same school if the newly registered sibling(s) will be attending the school at the same time as the currently registered sibling.
- A request for the non-designated school should be made during kindergarten registration.
- Guaranteed registration does not apply if the current sibling will be a returning Grade 12 student.
- Does the sibling clause (Section 13 of AP 305) apply if the non-designated school has a closed boundary? Yes, the sibling clause applies even if the non-designated school has a closed boundary. This may not be applicable after an attendance boundary
15. Does the sibling clause (Section 13 of AP 305) apply if the non-designated school is a junior high school and, for the upcoming school year, the older sibling is going into Grade 10 and younger sibling is going into Grade 7?
No, it does not apply as both siblings must be attending the same school at the same time.
16. May students submit requests to attend more than one non-designated school?
No, parents/guardians or students can only choose one preferred non-designated school during the pre-enrollment process. If room is not available at the requested school, the student will be automatically registered in their designated school.
17. If a school has participated in the random selection procedure and a student is not selected, can that student then request to attend another non-designated school that did not have a draw?
Yes. If a request is not granted following a random selection procedure at a particular school, the parents/guardians or student should contact the Corporate Secretary at EIPS Central Administration. If there is space, the student may request registration at a second-choice school by the specified deadline—April 20, 2018.
The random selection procedure is conducted by Central Administration.
18. If an older brother attending a non-designated school returns next year as returning Grade 12 student (R- 12), would an incoming student into Grade 10 be allowed to register under the sibling clause?
No, the sibling clause does not apply when the older sibling is an R-12 student, as the timing of R-12 registrations does not align with the request process and the kindergarten to Grade 12 registration process. Most R-12 students make the decision during the summer or take courses through Next Step. High school staff meet with and process most R-12 student registrations on an individual basis in August.
19. How does the request process work with our French Immersion programs? Does EIPS differentiate between designated and non-designated French Immersion schools?
EIPS has established boundaries for elementary and junior high French Immersion programs. French Immersion boundary maps are available on the Division website. Parents can also determine their designated French Immersion school using the Advanced Search function in the Find My Designated School tool. With established boundaries, EIPS has designated and non-designated elementary and junior high French Immersion schools.
If parents want to pursue their children attending a non- designated French Immersion school, they will need to indicate that during the pre-enrollment process.
With French Immersion kindergarten, principals and parents shall follow the same kindergarten registration procedures as all other EIPS schools.
2018-19 Calendar Information
EIPS 2018-19 Division Calendar: Now available!
The official 2018-19 EIPS calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2018-19 school such as school-closure days; breaks; the first and last day of classes; professional learning days; and early dismissal days.
Highlights from the 2018-19 EIPS calendar include:
- September 4 First day of classes (after long weekend)
- November 12-16 November break
- December 24 to January 4 Christmas break
- January 31 Second semester begins
- February 7-8 Teachers’ Convention
- March 25-29 Spring break
- June 27 Last day of classes
- June 28 Schools close for the Summer break
To view the 2018-19 calendar, visit www.eips.ca. Also available online: the current school calendar and the 2019-20 calendar.
Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your own personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click on “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.
News from RHJ!
Dear Raven Families,
January is a quiet month with no long weekends.
Early dismissal is January 10th.
Elder Wilson is here January 16th.
Our next Parent Council meeting will be on January 24 at 6pm in the school library. All welcome!
Please encourage your child to read as much as possible... this might be a great New Year Resolution!
Cyberworld Parent Presentation
Together, Saffron Centre and KEYS are combining efforts to create a supported, safe and connected community by co-hosting a presentation on January 22, 2018 called Cyberworld: A Caregiver’s Guide to Raising Healthy Digital Citizens. This free community presentation will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. followed by an additional 30 minute Q&A for those interested.
The community presentation is an opportunity for caregivers/parents and other adult leaders to build their capacity to support their youth by:
- increasing their knowledge about digital media
- learning how they can help youth safely navigate and integrate technology into their daily lives
- understanding how digital media can be used as a beneficial tool to interact with others
- empowering caregivers/parents to engage in conversations about appropriate and inappropriate technology use, and
- fostering respectful connections between caregivers/parents and youth regarding technology.
Thank you in advance for considering supporting this initiative. If you have any questions I can be contacted at email@example.com or 587-338-1147.
KEYS and the Saffron Centre: Online Safety
EIPS: Parents and caregivers of junior high youth
In support of Safer Internet Day and in partnership with Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS), Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), Saffron Centre and Keys to Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) are presenting:
CYBERWORLD: A Caregiver’s Guide to Raising Healthy Digital Citizens. This session, for parents and caregivers is on Jan. 22, 2018 and will increase knowledge of social media and learn how to help youth safely navigate and integrate technology as a beneficial tool to interact with others, as well as empowering parents and caregivers to engage in conversations and create connections around appropriate technology use. Learn more
Another way to stay connected: Follow EIPS on Twitter and Facebook
With 42 school and close to 17,150 students there’s a wealth of events, activities and stories taking place across the Division every day. You can find these stories and more by following Elk Island Public Schools on both Facebook and Twitter. Each use the combination of news articles, videos and photographs that showcase the latest news, updates, events and alerts taking place across the Division.
Plus, if you’re a member of an EIPS school community and want to share in the storytelling, simply tag the Division using the hashtag #EIPS.
NOTE: The Division Facebook and Twitter accounts are managed by EIPS Communications Services. The account is updated and monitored intermittently during regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Division welcomes feedback and ideas from followers but does ask everyone interacting on the EIPS Facebook page to be respectful. Personal attacks and offensive language will not be allowed and may be deleted.
How to Register Your Student
New students registering for the 2018-19 school year, please follow the steps in this link.
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.
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.
With the winter season well underway, we want 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.
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 www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and on Versatrans My Stop.
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.
No Child Without
Free MedicAlert for students
In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for our students, RHJ is once again participating in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. The program is a national initiative that provides no-cost MedicAlert services to children—between the ages four and 14—who have chronic health conditions. The goal is twofold: to help children with severe allergies, medical conditions or special needs and to assist schools with medical-emergency plans for students.
Once a child is registered, their school is provided with advice on a medical-emergency plan for that student and given a list of medications, allergies and medical conditions the student has. If your child has a serious medical condition or allergy and could benefit from MedicAlert services, contact the school office at 780-998-2216. To learn more about the No Child Without program, visit www.nochildwithout.ca.
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.
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.
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.
Forms and Documents for School Year Start Up
The following forms need to be returned to the school as soon as possible. Each student received these forms, but if your child misplaced them, they are here for you to print.
These documents may also provide you with helpful information:
EIPS Streamlines Registration, Information Updates and Requests to Attend Non-Designated Schools
Posted on Jan 12 2018
Sherwood Park, AB. — Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is streamlining its registration process. As of Jan. 15, 2018, students enrolling for the upcoming year, including children entering kindergarten, will register for school online.…
Board of Trustees Approve Changes to Kindergarten Programming
Posted on Nov 29 2017
Sherwood Park, AB. — The Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees has approved changes to the Division’s kindergarten programming. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, all EIPS schools will offer one kindergarten option,…
EIPS School Bus Safety Week: Keeping Students Safe On and Off the Bus
Posted on Oct 16 2017
Sherwood Park, AB. — Schools across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week from October 16–20. The theme this year: “Rider Rules = Safe to School,” which focuses on teaching children about…