District Notice

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Email Signup Required

To ensure EIPS continues to comply with the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, we require parents/guardians to subscribe/unsubscribe for emails—those who don't subscribe will not receive important updates about school or Division events, activities, etc. If you haven't already subscribed, visit www.eips.ca/contact/synrevoice. Please note that even if you are not subscribed, you will continue to receive emergency messages and school fee-related information. 


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. We have many parents who do not phone, which results in approximately one hour of secretary time, each day, used to phone contacts. The end result is almost always that the parent forgot to phone or email the school. 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.

Volunteer Week

A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers
On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), please accept our heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers within the Division who help make our schools and programs successful. Whether it’s assisting at an athletic competition, co-ordinating a fundraising event or delicately cutting out poppies for a Remembrance Day celebration, the impact our volunteers have within our school community is profound. It also offers an incredible learning opportunity for our students as it encourages them to mirror that behaviour in their own lives.

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 23-29, EIPS extends our thanks and celebrates the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who dedicate countless hours of their time in our schools.

Email News

Stay Connected: Subscribed to EIPS email news
Want to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events taking place at your school? Make sure to subscribe to Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) email distribution list. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) now requires the Division to have direct consent before engaging in electronic communication with its families. If you haven’t yet subscribed, simply visit www.eips.ca/contact/synrevoice . As soon as you sign up, you’ll begin receiving Division- and school-related news—newsletters, information about upcoming events, parent and community engagement opportunities, important school-based updates and more.

NOTE: Even if you’re not subscribed, you will continue to receive emails regarding emergency situations and financial matters. Those who received notifications about high school attendance will also continue to receive those messages.

EIPS appreciates your co-operation in ensuring its distribution lists are compliant with CASL and you continue to receive only the information you feel is important.

Minister's Youth Council

Alberta Education: Students invited to sit on the Minister’s Youth Council
The province’s education system exists to prepare Alberta students for success and the decisions that affect them need to include their voice. That’s why Alberta Education is inviting Alberta-based students to be part of its Minister’s Youth Council.

The council, which consists of approximately 32 junior high and senior high students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta, meets three times a year to discuss issues relating to education. Those selected will serve a 10-month term beginning in the 2017–2018 school year. Throughout the year, their input will help guide the province’s education initiatives and decisions. In addition to sharing ideas with the Education Minister and Alberta Education, students selected will also have the opportunity to interact with each other outside of these meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities.

To learn more, or to apply, visit https://education.alberta.ca/student-engagement/minister-s-youth-council.
The deadline for applications is May 5, 2017.


Survey Results

2016–2017 Parent Survey: Results
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is committed to ensuring all parents and guardians of students within the Division have a chance to share their thoughts on the overall performance of their school and the Division. One of the ways EIPS ensures its parent’s voices are heard is by conducting an annual parent survey.

In January, the Division invited EIPS families to participate in the 2016–2017 Parent Survey. The survey included 15 questions regarding topics such as the quality of teaching, school leadership, parent engagement and more. The overall response rate was 16 per cent, which included close to 2,700 responses from parents and guardians across the Division.

The feedback gathered will help the Division measure its progress towards meeting the goals and priorities outlined in the EIPS 2015–2018 Three-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve its students and the wider community.

Complete Parent Survey results for the Division are available by visiting www.eips.ca/about-us/planning-and-results/parent-survey.

You can also review RHJ’s Parent Survey results.

Information Nights

Raven Info Night for grade 6 students coming to RHJ next year.

      April 20 at 6:00

The Fort High Info Night for grade 9 students was a huge success!

Thank you for attending!

Boundary Exemptions

Boundary Exemption Request Process: Now open

The Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) boundary exemption request process for the 2017–2018 school year is now open.

EIPS students—in kindergarten to Grade 12—wanting to attend a non-designated school in the upcoming school year can now apply to do so. All interested families must fill out a Boundary Exemption Request Form and submit it directly to their requested school. The application deadline is April 7, 2017. Boundary exemption requests received after April 7, 2017 will be declined. There is no late or secondary process.

For the 2017–2018 school year, boundary exemption requests are not being accepted at the following schools: Fort Saskatchewan Elementary, James Mowat Elementary, SouthPointe School and Win Ferguson Elementary. As many of you are aware, the Division has established new elementary attendance boundaries for the City of Fort Saskatchewan, which take effect when SouthPointe School opens at the start of the 2017–2018 school year.

The Boundary Exemption Request Form and additional information about the boundary exemption request process, schools with closed boundaries and frequently asked questions can be found by visiting www.eips.ca/schools/boundaries/boundary-exemption-request-process.

Final decisions will be made by April 12, 2017.

Guide to Reporting Student Achievement

We believe every student can learn and experience success. One of the ways we help students learn and succeed is to carefully evaluate their achievement and growth, and to share that information with parents and guardians.

This guide will help parents and guardians understand:

  • assessment;
  • the responsibilities of students, staff, and parents and guardians;
  • how and when achievement information will be communicated or reported;
  • how marks and grades are determined; and
  • the steps taken when summative assessments are missing or incomplete.

Parents and guardians are the key influences in a child's life. Understanding how a child is achieving in school and how to support that achievement is integral to success in school. Parents and guardians are encouraged to read this guide and contact our school’s administration with any questions or if further information is required.

Click here to read the RHJ GRSA.

Thin Ice!

Watch for Thin Ice

Elk Island Public Schools, along with our community partners, want to remind families about the dangers of thin ice during this time of year. Depending on changing temperatures, ice can form and melt to varying degrees on outdoor bodies of water. Please remind your children about the dangers of thin ice, to obey all posted signs and to take the proper care to remain a safe distance from the ice.

 For more information on ice safety, visit www.lifesaving.org.

Did you know?
The way ice forms affects the way it melts in spring. Minerals in the water actually 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.

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