Back To School: 2016-2017

Classes resume Tuesday, August 30

We are looking forward to welcoming all returning and new students in the 2016–2017 school year. Bev Facey Community High School's office hours are 8:00- 4:00 Monday to Friday.

 

New Student Registration

If you have a child starting at Bev Facey for the first time in the upcoming 2016–2017 school year and haven’t yet registered them, there’s still time. Simply, fill out the Student Registration Form and call the school office at (780) 467-0044 and speak with our registrar Mrs. Pleau, she will help you with the other forms that will need to be filled out.

 *Be sure to bring with you the following: proof of residency and the student’s birth certificate.

 Grade 10 Info Letter

Grade 11 Info Letter

Grade 12 Info Letter

 

Important Dates and Times

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.

 

School Supply Lists

Students should arrive with binders, lined paper, pens, HB pencils, erasers and a calculator (TI 84, TI 84+, or equivalent). Teachers will advise students of specific items needed for their classes.

 

Tools for School

If you are a parent, or know of a parent, who needs help purchasing school supplies this year, we can help. Elk Island Public Schools has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2016–2017 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. When classes resume, we will respectfully distribute the backpack to your child. To place an order, contact EIPS’ Central Office at 780-464-3477.

 

Student Transportation

All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2016–2017 school year should have already received a tentative route schedule. Those required to pay applicable transportation fees should have also received a separate invoice outlining payment information—we encourage parents to pay fees online. All transportation fees are due by June 30, 2016.

If you haven’t received a letter from Student Transportation yet, and would like to inquire about busing for your child, contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

NOTE: Bus passes and any updated route information will be mailed to families in August.

 

Questions and Concerns about the Start of School?

If you have any questions we haven’t addressed here, please contact the Bev Facey general office at (780)467-0044. 

For more information about back-to-school visit: www.eips.ca/parents/back-to-school.

We look forward to a great year ahead!

 

Updating Your PowerSchool Information

During the first week of school, families will receive a PowerSchool Correction Form for each student enrolled in Bev Facey Community High School. The form ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding each of its students. When you receive the form, please review it carefully and make sure all the information is correct. If any changes need to be made, please update the form and add any new details you think are necessary.

If you have any technical questions regarding PowerSchool, please contact the school office at 780-467-0044. Thank you for your assistance.

Acorn and Student Fees  

Thank you for another great year using the Acorn Online QuickPay system.  Please continue to go online to check that all your schools fees have been paid for the 2015 – 2016 school year as field trips, yearend activities and lost books may be added until school lets out for the summer.

For outstanding fees for 2015 – 2016, online payments for students returning to an Elk Island Public School for 2016 – 2017 may be made throughout the summer, using the PowerSchool parent portal.  After August 4, 2016, online payments for students who are graduating or leaving Elk Island Public Schools will need to be made through the Student Quick Pay link https://www.studentquickpay.com/eips.  Parents will then create a new account and link their student with the student ID.

 All fees for the 2016 – 2017 school year will be available at the beginning of September.  PLEASE NOTE that Junior High and Senior High fees may change as courses are added and deleted.  The course change deadline is September 12, 2016.

 If you have any questions regarding your students’ fees, please contact Suzanne Cleet at 780-467-0044.

 

Daily Attendance

Lates or Absences

If your child is going to be away from school please contact the school or click here to email Mrs. Radke.  Thank you.

 

No Student Drop Off Times

The bus loop is not allowed to be used for student drop off during the times of 8:15am to 8:45am and 3:00pm to 3:30pm otherwise you will be ticketed. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

 

Sync the School Calendar to Your Personal Calendar

Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own personal calendar? Just visit http://bevfacey.ca/about/calendar and click on one of the following calendar options you want to subscribe to:

  • Add to Google Calendar
  • Subscribe to Calendar (Outlook)
  • Download iCal

NOTE: Using a mobile device, these options are located above the calendar. Using a computer, these options are located below the calendar.

Once you click on the calendar option you want to subscribe to, simply follow the instructions that appear on your computer screen or mobile device. Within seconds, your personal calendar will contain all of Bev Facey Community High School's important dates including holidays, school-closure dates, school activities and events, and more.

 

New to Elk Island Public Schools: Tools to enhance literacy and numeracy

As part Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is introducing two new assessment tools during the 2016–2017 school year—STAR 360 and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI). The assessments focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to show their learning in ways not possible with paper-based tests. The goal is to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure all student learning needs are identified.

In September and May, EIPS students in grades 2 through 12 will complete the STAR 360 assessment, which evaluates reading comprehension. Grade 1 students will take the STAR 360 exam in February. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes and can be taken on any digital device. Also in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will take the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes to complete and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results of each assessment give the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if any subsequent instructional planning is needed.

It’s important to note, the results of the assessments will not be used towards a student’s grade and there is no need to study ahead of time. The assessment tools simply provide information to the teacher so he or she can better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the parent or guardian to discuss possible strategies to be used to better support students.

Should you require more information about the Division’s STAR 360 and MIPI assessment tools, please contact Deb Barron, the director of Learning Supports, at 780-417-8160.

Quick Fact: Student Transportation

All Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) buses are equipped with video surveillance equipment. The equipment helps to ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; to deter destructive acts and is in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The video surveillance equipment records and stores several days’ worth of data. Both video and audio recordings are regularly reviewed by EIPS Student Transportation to help monitor student and driver conduct, and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, please contact the EIPS FOIP co-ordinator at 780-417-8266.

Improving Home-School Communication

To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has created a manual entitled, “Communication Protocol for Schools.” The manual provides a framework for communication between EIPS schools and its families, and includes a standard format, structure and sequence for regular and ongoing home-school communication within the Division. It also offers useful tools and resources schools can use when planning their communication efforts, such as face-to-face meetings, email, Synrevoice and social media. Additionally, the manual provides a process parents or guardians can use if they need to bring forward a question or concern.

Bev Facey Community High School encourages all our families to review the document. The “Communication Protocol for Schools” is available by visiting www.eips.ca/download/40981.

Literacy and Learning Day

The 14th annual Literacy and Learning Day Conference takes place on Oct. 22, 2016 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The event is a fun-filled day for both parents and teachers, and includes various free workshops and keynote speakers. Participants are guaranteed to walk away with new strategies, tools and resources to support children as they grow and learn. The conference is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, or to register, visit www.literacyday.ca.

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