News and Information.
We've had some great learning opportunities this fall so far, for parents, students and staff.
Our Me to We group is ready to go!!!
Raven's Backpacks for the Homeless
We are raising awareness and looking for donations to fill 15 backpacks that can help support some of the homeless that we know are in Fort Saskatchewan. Some of the new items we'd like to put into each backpack: a blanket, toques, mitts, scarves, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs, brushes, water bottles, soap and a small towel, breakfast bars, dehydrated fruit, gift cards to MacDonald's, Tim Horton's, Subway, A & W, or any others you feel might be helpful.
Bring your donations to the office. We'd like to get these filled before we start our Christmas Hamper/ Food Bank drive after the November break.
We Are Rafiki's
Once again, we are taking orders for WE Rafiki's, that will be in before Christmas. These make great Christmas gifts, colorful additions to whatever you might be wearing AND we are making it possible for people to support their families.
Check out the new Rafiki's available on the posters going up around the school and come on down to the foyer at lunch next week, to put in your order.
Mrs. Yarmuch, Ms. Gach and myself were able to take 17 students, ranging from gr. 7-9, to an awesome WE Day, at Rogers Place. This is always an inspiring, energetic day and our students were excellent ambassadors for the Raven community. We have been a WE school for many years and were thrilled to get a shout out this year, for all the work students have done raising funds and awareness of many issues we tackled over the last year. One of our returning students, Kaelyn, was asked to speak on stage (to 16 000 students, teachers and volunteers from through out Alberta)and did an awesome job! Thanks to Agrium for their support, so we were able to take our students at no cost. Now the work begins for this year, with our enthusiastic group of world changers!! Stay tuned.
PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) program
96 was our first group to attend the PARTY program for the 2018/19 school year and they were also excellent Raven ambassadors. This is always such an interesting and impactful day, and we'd like to thank all the personnel - firefighters, EMT's, RCMP, funeral and victims services - for their dedication and support for our students and their safety.
95 had a great day at the Firehall for their PARTY program and were another group of excellent Raven representatives. The remaining grade 9's will head over in March and April.
AHS Caregiver Series Presentations - Cannabis 101
Many thanks to all the parents who made it out for the Cannabis 101 session on October 9. It was a very interesting,informative session and a real pleasure to have so many parents turn out. For those parents who attended, and any other interested parent, we have ordered a number of the Cannabis Talk Kit books, that will be available free at our first Parent/ Teacher interview evenings, November 28 & 29. I will post here, when they arrive, if you would like to pick one up before then.
I hope some of you were able to take in the Jodi Carrington session October 15th. Her afternoon presentation for professionals working with children, was excellent.
***Update: October 30: The Cannabis Talk Kit books are here, for anyone who would like to drop by and pick one up. There will be some copies by the sign out forms in the office.
Coming Up: Take Our Kid To Work Day
Wednesday November 7 will be Take Our Kid to Work Day for grade 9 students throughout EIPS. The national program has moved to the second Wednesday of November (14th), but we will be on our Fall Break that week, so EIPS is sticking with the traditional first Wednesday in November.
What is it? TOKW was launched in 1994, and is intended as a day to spend in the workplace, with a parent, friend, or volunteer host, as part of the career exploration outcomes in the grade 9 Health curriculum. Students are welcome to search out hosts who are working in fields they would like to learn more about, as long as work places and you (parents) are aware of the limitations, safety precautions and expectations, and consent is provided. Please ensure that you are aware of health and safety regulations for the workplace and about what your child will be doing for that day.
All grade 9 students will be bringing home 2 consent forms that need to be signed as part of the preparation for TOKW. If your workplace is able to host any more than just your gr. 9 student, we would appreciate knowing, as there are always some students who have a difficult time finding a work place.
Students will be asked to interview their parent/ host, as part of their assessment for TOKW. If they are unable to find a placement, they will still be expected to interview a parent/ guardian, about their workplace, as an assignment.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me (L.Nelson) at the school: 780-998-2216. You can also check out the website: www.thelearningpartnership.ca/tokw for more information about the program itself.
Ongoing around the Fort:
Dragonfly Support Group - A monthly group for parents whose children face mental health challenges
Families First Society; 780-992-6265
Connect Parent Group
Connect is a FREE 10-week program to support parents of
pre-teens (ages 10-14). Parents meet in groups of 10-16
with two trained group leaders.
Wednesdays starting September 26
until December 5, 2018
No group on October 31 and November 21
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Lang Room at City Hall, 10005 102 St, Fort Saskatchewan
Call Jennifer at 780.997.4164 to register.
Onsite child care will be provided. Limited spaces available.
Light supper will be provided.
An Attachment-Based Program to Support Parents & Caregivers