District Notice

Questions about new or returning student registration?

Contact your child's school when the office reopens on Tuesday and school staff will be able to assist you.

Kindergarten Registration 2019-20 

Returning Student Registration 2019-20 

Running Club Practice Cancelled

Running Club morning practice for Thursday February 14th is cancelled.

The next practice will be Tuesday February 19th at 7:45 a.m.

 

 

Parent Information Meeting

Dear Wye Elementary families:

As you may be aware, at the Elk Island Public School (EIPS) Board meeting on Jan. 24, 2019, trustees voted to make the replacement school being built in Heritage Hills a dual-track school, offering both elementary English and French immersion programming.

Within Sherwood Park, the French immersion program at École Campbelltown has reached capacity and demand continues to grow. The rising enrolment in the program means some French immersion students have to be accommodated elsewhere. Among all the EIPS schools in Sherwood Park, the replacement school is the right fit for a variety of reasons.

Apart from offering the ability to provide a French immersion program in an area where demand exists, the replacement school has the capacity to place French immersion students straight into classrooms, rather than moving students around and trying to make room within existing schools. There’s also more than enough room at the replacement school to comfortably welcome students from both Wye Elementary and École Campbelltown, and to provide diverse and academically robust programs in both English and French.

We realize the introduction of a different program into the replacement school leaves many of you with questions, and it’s important to give you an opportunity to discuss those with us. As such, EIPS is hosting a Parent Information Meeting on Monday, February 25. At the meeting, attendees will learn more about the dual-track program, ask questions and offer feedback.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Meeting details:

Date:                     Monday, Feb.25, 2019
Time:                     6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:               Wye Elementary School, gymnasium
                             163 22560 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

RSVP:                   Wye School Office by Feb. 24, 2019; (780) 467-7447; or                                             maureen.wert@eips.ca

Sincerely,

Elk Island Public Schools

Cast Your Vote for Wye Elementary’s New Name

The numbers are in and the community has spoken: The replacement school for Wye Elementary will be getting a new name!

Construction for the replacement school—which will be relocated to the Heritage Hills area in Sherwood Park—is well underway, but Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) still needs the community’s help to decide what it should be called. Out of all the suggestions EIPS received in fall 2018, three have been shortlisted for further feedback. The finalists are:

  • Heritage Hills (School or Elementary)
  • Heritage Hills Park (School or Elementary)
  • Heritage Point (School or Elementary)

EIPS is looking for input from current Wye Elementary families, members of the Wye and Heritage Hills communities, and interested community members. Your input will help the Board of Trustees to determine the final school name and ensure future decisions made about the school best reflect the feelings and opinions of the families and the community we serve.

Please take a minute to complete the short survey to state your preference and share your thoughts. This survey will remain open until February 15, 2019. The final decision will be announced at the March 14 Board meeting.

Stawnichy Fundraiser

FAWS is running their final  fundraiser of the year- Stawnichy Sausage.  Click on the link below to view the various items available.  Click on the Stawnichy Order link to place and pay for your order on-line. 

The last date to order is February 23rd with the pick up date of April 4th.

Stawnichy Products 

Stawnichy Order

 

 

When Can My Child Start Kindergarten?

To register for kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year, your child must be five years old on or before        Dec. 31, 2019

On-line registration begins February 1, 2019.   Details are available at www.eips.ca/registration/kindergarten

WYE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE:  Thursday May 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Returning Student Registration for 2019-20

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2019-20 school year. Families of all returning students will need to complete this process to confirm the school their children will attend for the 2019-20 school year, and to request to attend a non-designated school, if applicable. Returning student registration will take place at the same time as all registrations for the 2019-20 school year: Feb. 1-28, 2019

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 will need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2019.

To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account:

  1. Go to https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/.
  2. Click the button labelled, “Create Account.”
  3. Enter the parent or guardian information. Each account must have a unique email address and username—only one parent account is required regardless of the number of children you have attending EIPS schools.
  4. Create a username and password of your choice—you’ll need both the username and password to log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal.
  5. You must have an Access ID and Access Password for each student that is added to your account. Contact your child’s school to obtain this information.
  6. Press “Enter.”

If you have any problems setting up the PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact  the school office at 780-467-7447  for further assistance.

EIPS 2019-20 Division Calendar: Now available!

The official 2019-20 EIPS calendar is now available online. The calendar includes important dates during the 2019-20 school such as school-closure days; breaks; the first and last day of classes; professional learning days; and early dismissal days.

Highlights from the 2019-20 EIPS calendar include:

 

  • September 3                                 First day of classes (after long weekend)
  • November 11-15                           November break
  • December 23 to January 3             Christmas break
  • January 31                                   Second semester begins
  • February 6-7                                Teachers’ Convention
  • March 30 to April 3                        Spring break
  • June 26                                        Last day of classes
  • June 29                                        Schools close for the Summer break

 

To view the 2019-20 calendar, visit www.eips.ca. Also available online: the current school calendar and the 2020-21 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.

Wee Reads comes to Wye

Wee Read Volunteers Needed

EIPS is expanding the “Wee Read” program to 22 schools this year. The eight-week program was designed by Alberta Reads to help kindergarten and Grade 1 children strengthen the foundations for reading and school success, and to help children develop a love for books. 

 

We’re looking for volunteers who can visit one of the schools for about 30 minutes—once each week—for eight consecutive weeks to read with children, talk about books and play games that support literacy skills. If you’re interested or know someone who might be interested in being part of this fun and meaningful opportunity, there are five volunteer training sessions available for you to attend.  

If you have any questions, contact Heather Balog at heather.balog@eips.ca

Another way to stay conncected: Follow EIPS on Twitter and Facebook

With 42 schools 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 photograph 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 the hashtag #EIPS.

Stay in the loop, follow EIPS on Facebook and Twitter

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.

 

Running Club

Running Club will continue to practice on Tuesdays  and Thursdays in the mornings from 7:45 - 8:20 a.m.

School Fees

Families are invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30 days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay schools fees is by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking on "Student Fees." If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your students fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees.

For more information:
EIPS fees and waivers
Wye Elementary fees
Student Transportation fees

Land and People Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with respect the history and culture of the peoples with whom Treaty 6 was signed and the land upon which Elk Island Public Schools reside. We also acknowledge the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

We recognize our responsibility as Treaty members and honor the heritage and gifts of the First Peoples.

We commit to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation. Click here to learn more.

Inclement Weather

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.

Peer Relationship /Bullying Presentation

Wonderful presentation by our School Counsellor, Ms. Theresa DeRosier, on Peer Relationships, what is bullying, ways to handle bullying, and a list of resources to get further assistance. Click on the link to review the presentation. 

Peer Relationship/Bullying Presentation

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