Parent Prowler: January 6-10, 2020
Hello VCHS families. We hope you all had a restful and joyful break. The mild weather was certainly a nice surprise. Please take a few minutes to peruse the calendar dates below. The PAT and Diploma dates are listed below and the exam schedule for all classes is posted on the school website. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at classes and making course and timetable adjustments. If you have any questions please do contact us here at the school.
Holiday Lunch: VCHS would like to extend a thank you to Chef Thompson, Mrs. Miller and the Culinary Arts students for preparing the wonderful holiday lunch, as well as the parent volunteers who were able to help out on the day of the event. We would like to thank our community sponsors Wilde and Company, Adam’s No Frills, Deerland Equipment, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Vegreville Ford, Maddigan Chrysler, and Grant Miller Motors Service Department for their generous donations to the holiday lunch.
Report Cards: All marks and attendance are continually updated on PowerSchool. Printed report cards are provided only upon request.
*Boston Pizza supports schools with their co-operative fundraising initiative Operation Education Fundraiser. The VCHS Grad 2020 class encourages you to save your receipts from any of the 64 Northern Alberta Boston Pizza community restaurants and bring them in to the school office. Operation Education provides the opportunity for schools to earn 5% cash back on the pre-tax total of all submitted receipts while enjoying a delicious meal.
*Grad photo retakes are scheduled for Friday, January 10. Every student needs to make an appointment as their photo will be used in the yearbook. Please make an appointment following the link: https://prestigeportraits.ca/.
This week at a glance:
Monday, January 6
Curling practice 3:15 pm
Tuesday, January 7
Wednesday, January 8
Thursday, January 9
Junior B Boys’ and Girls’ EIPS basketball tournament
Junior A Boys’ and Girls’ basketball @ Lamont, girls play first 4 p.m.
Friday, January 10
Grad Retake Picture Day
Leadership 9 to ALH
Have a great week! Mrs. Warawa & Mr. Leatherdale
EIPS 2020-21 Division Calendar: Now available!
The 2020-21 EIPS calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2020-21 school year, such as school-closure days; breaks; the first and last day of classes; professional learning days; and early dismissal days.
Highlights from the 2020-21 EIPS calendar include:
September 1 – first day of classes
November 9-13 – November break
December 23 to January 5 – Christmas break
February 1 – second semester begins
February 4-6 – Teachers’ Convention
March 29 to April 2 – spring break
June 25 – last day of classes
June 28 – last operational day before the summer break
To view the 2020-21 calendar, visit eips.ca.
Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click on “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.
Returning Student Registration for 2020-21
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2020-21 school year. Families of all returning students must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. The 2020-21 returning student registration takes place between Feb. 1-29, 2020.
Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2020.
For more information contact the school at 780-632-3341.
Another way to stay connected: Follow EIPS on Twitter and Facebook
With 43 schools and close to 17,400 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 uses the combination of news articles, videos and photographs that showcases 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 #EIPS.
Stay in the loop, follow EIPS on Facebook and Twitter.
NOTE: Communications Services manages the Division's Facebook and Twitter accounts. 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 are not allowed and may be deleted.
Caregiver Education Series
The Division, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools, is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more.
Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.
With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families 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) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on Versatrans My Stop. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.
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 remain open to students. EIPS believes families 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.
Calendar of Events
January 6 - Classes resume
January 6 - Curling
January 8 - Early Dismissal @ 2:04 p.m.
January 9-11 - Junior B Boys’ and Girls’ EIPS basketball tournament
January 9 - Junior A Boys’ and Girls’ basketball @ Lamont, boys play first 4 p.m.
January 10 - Grad Retake Picture Day
January 10 - Leadership 9 to ALH
January 13 - English 30-1/30-2 Diploma Part A
January 13 - Curling
January 14 - Social 30-1/30-2 Diploma Part A
January 14 - Leadership 9 to the Vegreville Food Bank
January 16 - Leadership 9 to ALH
January 16 - Junior B Boys’ and Girls’ basketball @ RHJ, girls play first 4 p.m.
January 16 - Junior A Boys’ and Girls’ basketball host SAB, girls play first 4 p.m.
January 17, 18 - Junior A Boys’ and Girls’ basketball tournament at Lakeland Ridge
January 17, 18 - Senior High Boys’ and Girls’ basketball tournament in Lamont
January 20 - Curling
January 21 - Last day of classes for Senior High students
January 22 - Leadership 9 to the Vegreville Food Bank
January 22 - Math 30-1/30-2 Diploma
January 23 - ELA 9 PAT Part A
January 23 - Junior B Boys’ and Girls’ basketball @ SPS, boys play first 4 p.m.
January 23 - Junior A Boys’ and Girls’ basketball host Lamont, boys play first 4 p.m.
January 23 - English 30-1/30-2 Diploma Part B
January 24 - Social 30-1/30-2 Diploma Part B
January 24 - Leadership 9 to ALH
January 27 - Social Studies 9 PAT
January 27 - Biology 30 Diploma
January 27 - Curling
January 27 - PAC meeting 6 to 7 p.m.
January 28 - ELA 9 PAT Part B
January 28 - Chemistry 30 Diploma
January 29 - Science 9 PAT
January 29 - Physics 30 Diploma
January 30 - Math 9 PAT
January 30 - Science 30 Diploma
January 30 - Junior B Boys’ and Girls’ basketball host FC, boys play first 4 p.m.
January 31 - First day of Semester 2