This Week at NHS (September 30 – October 4)

Brrrr! Fall is in the air!

Please remember to dress your children for the weather. The mornings are much cooler, so heavier jackets, head gear, and gloves are now needed. Remember that all students are expected to go outside at recess time. Indoor days are called when the weather makes it difficult to be outside such as rainy days, or during extreme cold days (-23˚C or colder).

Monday, September 30

  • Orange Shirt Day
    • Orange Shirt Day commemorates the residential school experience by engaging in a small part of the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and committing to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
  • Lunch Recess
    • Reach Practice
    • Junior Choir
  • After School (3:30-4:30)
    • Grade 5/6 Volleyball Practice
    • Reach Practice

Tuesday, October 1

  •  After School
    • Nighthawk Grade 5/6 Soccer vs. Suzuki at NHS!
    • Girls Nighthawks Volleyball
      • New Horizons vs. Holy Redeemer in Ardrossan
    • Go Nighthawks!

Wednesday, October 2

  • Early Dismissal Day (2:14 p.m.)
  • Lunch Recess
    • Ukulele Club
  • After School
    • No Student Activities: Early Dismissal (Staff Meeting)

Thursday, October 3

  • Lunch Recess
    • Beats & Eats in the music room (percussions).
  • After School
    • Girls Nighthawks Volleyball
      • Nighthawks vs. St Lukes at  NHS
    • Grade 5/6 Soccer Practice
  • Playground Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)


Friday, October 4

  • It’s Friday!



Special General Meeting of the New Horizons Charter School Society
Wednesday, October 9 ( 7:00 p.m.)

Have a great weekend!

Grade 9 Students Explore the North Saskatchewan River

On September 25th, the Grade 9 students took part in the RiverWatch educational program. Students rafted down the North Saskatchewan River, conducting water health testing and touring the Goldbar Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This Week at NHS (September 23 – 27)

Monday, September 23

  • Linking Generations (Junior High)
    • Linking Generations Forms are due to the office this morning.
  • Lunch Recess
    • Reach Practice

Tuesday, September 24

  •  After School
    • Nighthawk Girls Volleyball After School
      • New Horizons vs. St. Luke at St. Luke
    • Grade 5/6 Soccer Practice (3:30 – 4:30)
  • FANHS Meeting @ 6:30

Wednesday,  September 25

  • Grade 9 Riverwatch Field Trip
  • Parent Information Session: Connecting With Your Kids (7:00 p.m.)
    • NHS is happy to be hosting “Connecting with your Kids.” This is a community-wide event  Facilitated by Strathcona County.
    • Space is limited. Register Here.

Thursday, September 26

  • Girls Nighthawks Volleyball After School (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 27

  • It’s Friday!

Have a great weekend!

Farewell Mr. Falk

On Wednesday, September 4, Mr. Falk was invited to our school assembly where students and staff recognized him and wished him well on his retirement. Mr. Don Falk, who became superintendent of New Horizons Schools in the 2012-2013 school year retired on August 29, 2019.

Mr. Falk’s leadership and guidance helped move New Horizons School forward on so many levels, the most visible being our move back to Sherwood Park and into a facility that allowed us to broaden our programming and accommodate growth. He played an integral role in our recent modernization.



Mr. Falk’s leadership helped guide our school on a path of continuous improvement on a variety of fronts including parental involvement, streamlining Board policy, formalizing  processes, and, of course, all with the focus on student learning. His skill set was valued beyond New Horizons School as he was also the co-chair The Alberta Association of Public Charter Schools. Mr. Falk was proud of our school and a proponent of gifted education and the Alberta charter school concept.

Mr. Falk always valued the people with whom he worked and served. Above all, he always had the interests of students and learning as his focus. Mr. Falk was a welcomed visitor to classrooms, and he always found time to attend special events, Nighthawks games, and school performances.

After 44 years of making a positive difference in the lives of students in British Columbia and Alberta as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, deputy superintendent and two superintendencies (Red Deer Public and New Horizons Charter School Society), Mr. Falk is now spending his time and energy focusing on his wife, four children, seven grandchildren and parents. We thank Mr. Falk for all of the “too many to mention” things he has accomplished for our school, and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.



Thank You For Your Support!

Each fall, our school, like many others, raises funds for the Terry Fox Foundation by participating in the Terry Fox Run. Through the generosity of students, parents, and staff, we were able to raise $644.15!  Thank you for your support!


Fall is in the air at NHS!













This Week at NHS (September 16 – September 20)

Monday, September 16

  • Picture Day.
    • Put on your smiles! Today is Picture Day!

Tuesday, September 17

  •  Girls Volleyball Practice (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
    • Unfortunately, we do not have enough boys to field a Boys volleyball team this year.
    • Girls practices and games will continue on Tuesdays. Information and consent forms will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Hot Lunch Orders Due(8:00 p.m.)
    • Don’t forget to take a look at the new menu options that were sent home last week. Hot Lunch is now offering more vegetarian, gluten free and Halal options. Support our school and take a break from making lunch!

Wednesday,  September 18

  • Linking Generations
    • Linking Generations is a program aimed at building relationships between seniors and youth in our community. Some local schools are involved in this program.
    • Feedback from last year’s Stakeholder Forum included increased service learning and community engagement opportunities. This is one strategy that we are initiating to help meet that goal.
    • A guest speaker from Linking Generations will be here  in the morning to introduce junior high students to the program.
  • School Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
    • Parents are invited to attend the first Board of Directors meeting of the year at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 19

  • Girls Nighthawks Volleyball After School
  •   CORRECTION: A FANHS meeting was erroneously posted for this day. The FANHS meeting is Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 20

  • It’s Friday!

Have a great weekend!

The Week Ahead at NHS (September 9-13)

Welcome to the first full week on the 2019-2020 school year!

This week’s highlight is our Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, followed by a School Council MeetingJr. High Volleyball begins this week for students interested in playing for the Nighthawks.

As well, we will be having our Terry Fox Run on Friday. Our hope is that by Friday, each staff member and student will donate A Toonie for Terry to meet our goal of raising over $400.00. Students can begin bringing in their toonies to the office beginning Monday.

Monday, September 9

  • Junior High Volleyball Meeting @ 12:00 p.m.
    • Students wishing to play for the Nightwawks in the Elk Island Catholic Schools League are asked to meet in the Learning Commons.
    • If there is enough interest, we will hold our first practice Tuesday and Thursday after school.
    • Entry fee for each team is $500.00 to be divided up amongst the players.

Tuesday, September 10

  • Jr. High Boys and Girls Volleyball Practice (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)
    • Make sure to wear gym clothes and gym footwear.

Wednesday,  September 11

  • Meet the Teacher Night (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
    • This is a non-structured (come and go) opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, and learn more about the classroom and the program.
    • If you wish to discuss your child in particular, please arrange an alternate time to meet with your child’s teacher.
  • Fundraising Association of New Horizons School (FANHS)
    • FANHS will have a table set up at the school during meet the teacher night so that parents can learn more about this active and important parent group whose main function is to raise funds for School Council sponsored projects such as playground expansion, classroom support, and community building.
    • FANHS is an entity governed by the Societies Act, and the work it does relies on volunteers. Learn the many things FANHS does and ways in which you can help out on a regular basis or intermittently when your schedule allows.
  • School Council Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
    • Parents are invited to the first School Council meeting of the year. All parents are considered School Council members, so everyone is invited to meet in the Learning Commons after Meet the Teacher Night.
    • School Council is composed of parents, teachers, principals, and other interested staff.  School Council supports and enhances student learning. Members can provide advice to and consult with the principal, and advise the school board on education matters.
    • Come join us, meet the executive, and find out what School Council has to offer.
    • Agenda

Thursday, September 12

  • Jr. High Boys and Girls Volleyball Practice (3:30 – 5:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 13

  • Terry Fox Run (10:15 a.m.)
    • Don’t forget your Toonie for Terry!
    • Students will also be given a”I’m running for…” stickers for students wanting to dedicate their run to someone.
    • Link to the Terry Fox Foundation


Have a great weekend!

Welcome Back Everyone!



The first day of school is always exciting, and today was no exception. It was a busy, but smooth day as we reacquainted ourselves with old friends, and in may cases, new friends. Even the school buses arrived earlier than they typically do on the first day!

Thank you, drivers, for your patience this morning. Over the next few days, we expect the congestion to lessen. If you haven’t already, please review and become familiar with our Traffic and Parking Management Plan so that you are aware of before and after school traffic flow patterns.