The Week Ahead (May 28- June 1)

Monday, May 28

  • Pitch-In Day at NHS!

Tuesday, May 29

  • Running Club Meets at 7:15 a.m.

Wednesday, May 30

  • Board of Directors Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 31

  • Running Club Meets at 7:15 a.m.

Friday, June 1

  • Inspire and Create (IC) Event
  • Grade 2 Independent Studies Fair



Don’t miss the final Book Fair of the year  on June 5-7. This is the buy-one-get-one-free event!


June is Just Around the Corner!

The hot weather over the last two weeks has certainly made it feel like summer is already here! While it is still May, June is just around the corner, and with it comes a flurry of activities.

What better way to spend a warm. sunny recess than with a picnic!

The warm weather has meant students have the opportunity to run around at recess times and loosen up those stiff muscles from our cold spring.

Twin Day

June is a time for field trips as the weather is warm and makes for enjoyable outdoor excursions.

Some other events to look forward to include Mrs. Watson’s Grade 5 Shakespeare production, an introductory visit from our school elder, and some Indigenous activities as part of our response to the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action.  We will also be celebrating our Kindergarten Graduation and and wishing our senior students well at the Grade 9 Farewell.

The end of the year is also exam time.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will be writing their Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) while the grade 7 and 8 students will be writing final exams. All of the PATS are posted on the school calendar. 

On June 28, the last day of school for students, we will be having our Award Day beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Over the summer, our school will be hosting the Edmonton Debate Camp. Registration is still open for that camp.

Our modernization is essentially completed, and we look forward to a grand re-opening on September 12. More details concerning that event will be forthcoming. However,we will be in construction mode once again as we have been awarded another modular classroom that will be attached to the southeast end of the school where the second modular wing used to exist. The new modular will be home to our second grade 6 class next year.










School Council Meeting: Additional Agenda Item

Welcoming Dr. Sal Mendaglio

In addition to the School Council items previously advertised, we will also be hosting Dr. Sal Mendaglio at our meeting who will provide information on a research project he is undertaking through the University of Calgary. Many parents may remember Dr. Mendaglio from our gifted conference we held a few years back when we were in Ardrosson.

Dr. Mendaglio has spend many years counseling gifted individuals, and he is currently conducting a study aimed at understanding the experience of parenting gifted children. The focus is on parents of children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. He will be present at the May 22 School Council meeting sharing information and answering questions about his study with the hope of having ten NHS parents participating.

School Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

  • Key Agenda Items
    • Develop fund allocation request for 2018/2019 school year. To be forwarded to FANHS
      for consideration.
    • Principal’s Report
      • Presentation of Revised Dress Code
      • Feedback on increasing lunch-hour time and eliminating afternoon recess
      • Truth & Reconciliation at NHS


The Week Ahead at NHS (May 21-25)

Monday, May 21

  • Victoria Day: School Closed

Tuesday, May 22

  • Regular Classes Resume
  • Running Club Meets at 7:15 a.m.
  • School Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
    • Key Agenda Items
      • Develop fund allocation request for 2018/2019 school year. To be forwarded to FANHS
        for consideration.
      • Principal’s Report
        • Presentation of Revised Dress Code
        • Feedback on increasing lunch-hour time and eliminating afternoon recess
        • Truth & Reconciliation at NHS





Wednesday, May 23

  • Reminder: The Board meeting originally scheduled for this day has been moved to next week, May 30.

Thursday, May 24

  • Running Club Meets at 7:15 a.m.
  • Twin Day!
    • Buddy up and come dressed alike!

Friday, May 25

    • Have a great weekend!


Don’t forget!

NHS will be hosting the Edmonton Debate Camp this summer!  For more information, visit


The Week Ahead (May 14-18)

This will be a short week at NHS. Please make note of the following dates.

Monday, May 14  to Wednesday, May 16

  • Regular Classes

Wednesday, May 16: After School Sign Language Club

  • This is the last day for the Sign Language Club. Thank you, Mrs. Taralson, for teaching this valuable life-skill to our students. What a rewarding opportunity!

Thursday, May 17

  • Professional Development Day – Students not in Attendance

Friday, May 18

  • School Closure – No Classes

Monday, May 21

  • Victoria  Day – No Classes

Tuesday May 21, May 18

  • Regular Classes Resume




The Week Ahead (May 7-11)

Monday, May 7

  • Mental Health Week Presentation
    • Grade 7-9 : Michael Green
      • These presentations will explore the lived realities of LGBTQ2S+ youth in our communities, the impacts of language, the importance of empathy, and how we can all help make our schools safe for and supportive of LGBTQ2S+ people. (Grades 4-9)
      • “Michael Green (he/him) hails from a small town in Nova Scotia and knows firsthand the effects of communities lacking supports for the LGBTQ community. Now living in Edmonton as the altView Foundation‘s Deputy Director,
        he brings his passion for community engagement to Strathcona County and beyond. His role involves guiding altView to even stronger community relationships through Gay Straight Alliance facilitation, community presentations that promote empathy for LGBTQ community members and development of programs to address the needs of LGBTQ people and their allies in rural Alberta. Michael’s guiding principle is that no one should need to leave
        their communities to access vital services and programming.”

    • Grades 4-6 : German Villegas and Karen Haugen
      •  Students will be introduced to mental health, healthy coping mechanisms, supportive relationships and how to take active ownership of one’s well-being. Stress and anxiety will be touched on throughout this presentation, and it will focus mostly on how to be preventative and proactive in caring for personal health. (Grades 4-6)
      • German Villegas and Karen Haugen both have backgrounds in Education, and have since specialized in mental health and healthy relationships. They are both passionate about prevention of illness and violence, and building healthy supportive connections in the community.

Tuesday, May 8

  • Morning:
    • Running Club: 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
  • Mental Health Week Presentation:
    • Grades K-3: Amanda Marleau
      • Students will hear a presentation on mindfulness to manage worry and maintaining positive mental health.
      • Amanda Marleau is a registered psychologist from Sherwood Park Primary Care network.

Wednesday, May 9

  • Grade 6 Writing PAT
    • Students in Grade 6 will be completing their Writing PAT beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • After School
    • Sign Language Club
  • Mental Health Week Presentation: Parent Session at 7:00 p.m.
    • Dr. Reynolds will be discussing common challenges with anxiety for
      children, and how these can develop into challenges for teenagers and adults over
      time. Links between giftedness and anxiety will also be discussed. Parent strategies to
      help their children will be explored, with a focus on everyday resilience strategies that
      are practical in the home.
    • Dr. Shawn Reynolds is a psychologist with Nexus Psychology in Sherwood Park. This practice focuses on psychoeducational assessment of children and youth, and he also works with children and adults with obsessive compulsive challenges. His daughter  is a lifer at New Horizons, and is currently in Grade 6. His family is active at Sherwood Park Alliance Church, and he will be giving this presentation if he survives a half-marathon he’s attempting on May 6.
    • Please RSVP using the form e-mailed home.

Thursday, May 10

  • Morning
    • Running Club: 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
  • Grade 9 Writing PAT
    • Students in Grade 9 will be completing their Writing PAT beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, May 11

  • School-Wide Imagine and Create Event @ 9:00 a.m.


  • Mental Health Week Presentation: Dr. Jiang & Dr. Sevigny
    • Ingredients to positive mental health.
    • Dr. Jiang & Dr. Sevigny are registered psychologists from the University of Alberta in the Department of Educational Psychology.