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.
Wye Parents - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
Wye staff extend their immense thanks to the parent volunteers that supervised lunch and noon recess on Thursday December 20th. By covering this time, the parent volunteers allowed the staff to enjoy ALL TOGETHER, a Christmas luncheon, prepared by Administration.
We hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all of the very best in 2019.
Christmas Concert DVD's - now available
Please check your child's backpack- the Christmas DVD's were handed out on January 7th; so start checking for them soon after.
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:
- Go to https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/.
- Click the button labelled, “Create Account.”
- 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.
- Create a username and password of your choice—you’ll need both the username and password to log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 will continue to practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings from 7:45 - 8:20 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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Posted on Dec 20 2018
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