Paint Night

Support Rudolph Hennig's Parent Council's Paint Night!

April 27 or 28.

$45 / sign

Paint Night Poster


Name the new School!

Help us name the new school in Sherwood Park!

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants your input as it prepares to name its newest elementary school in Sherwood Park—a K-6 school in the Davidson Creek area slated to open in fall 2018.

Last month, EIPS collected name suggestions from the community for the new school. Using those suggestions, the Division now has a shortlist of possible names. Before a final decision is made, EIPS is inviting the community to participate in a brief online survey.


Survey opens: May 8
Survey deadline: May 26

Once the survey closes, EIPS’ naming committee will review the feedback from the survey and recommend a final name to the Board of Trustees. The Board is expected to approve the name in June.



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 Our Bell Schedule is also available to assist you with future planning.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day!


Driver Appreciation Day is May 1
Join us on May 1 as we recognize and thank our school bus operators for keeping the safety of our students their first priority. We encourage you, and your children, to take a moment on May 1 to say thanks to our bus operators—all of whom go above and beyond the call of duty to provide safe and timely transportation to our students.

On behalf of Rudolph Hennig Junior High THANK YOU to all of our school bus operators for a job well done.

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.

Bus Registration

Student Transportation: 2017-18 registration is now open

Planning to use EIPS Student Transportation in the 2017-18 school year? If so, make sure to register your child as soon as possible.

Families currently using student transportation services will receive tentative route schedules and invoices later this month. All transportation fees are due by June 30, 2017.

If you have any questions about registration, invoicing or accessing transportation for the 2017-18 school year, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email

NOTE: Student Transportation will remain open during the summer months and operate during the same hours as Central Office. Student Transportation can’t accept in-person transportation payments on the days it’s closed.

Education Week

Education Week: May 1-5, 2017
Education Week takes place May 1-5. Throughout the week, students and staff from RHJ, will showcase and celebrate the role education plays in shaping the future of our province. Led by the Alberta Teachers' Association, the Alberta Schools Boards Association and Alberta Education, school communities throughout Alberta are planning activities focused around the importance of education.

Today, more than ever, RHJ, our teachers and schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools, are focused on providing students with optimal learning opportunities. To do this, students must hone a broad range of learning experiences that go beyond the basic subjects of math, language arts, science and social studies. It’s our belief that for students to become lifelong learners, they need to also develop ingenuity, creativity, critical thinking skills and citizenship skills.

Over the course of the week, RHJ plans to showcase the outstanding initiatives taking place in our school and how we’re gearing our students toward lifelong learning. Some of the activities include: 

  • a survivor visit for grade 7s regarding Project of Heart
  • a visit from Elder Wilson
  • recognition of staff and students participating in our Reading Challenge
  • recognition of perfect attenders
  • Grade 6 School visits


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
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

You can also review RHJ’s Parent Survey results.

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

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

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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