Junior High Open House-Cancelled

Due to the current recommendations from Alberta Health regarding the Covid 19 Pandemic, we have cancelled all school gatherings including the upcoming Junior High Open House previously scheduled for March 19th. Thank you for your understanding.

Personal Belongings At School

At this time we ask families and students not to attempt to retrieve learning materials or personal belongings from the school while we work out ways to continue to provide programming to students.

We will update families as decisions are made and ask for your patience while we work through this challenging time. The safety and health of our students, staff and families is of utmost importance and we thank you for your understanding.



Please note that all classes at NHS have been cancelled beginning immediately and indefinitely.

Do not send your children to school.

More information will be sent to all parents tomorrow.

COVID 19 Update (March 15)

As you know the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is changing daily and the school is responding to those changing circumstances.

Please note the following taking effect immediately.


 Zero Tolerance

In the newly released Alberta Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) one of the many guidelines includes zero tolerance for students and staff who show symptoms of respiratory illness.

Below is information taken from page 9 of that document.

Parents/guardians of students/children should be informed that there is zero tolerance for children with any respiratory symptoms attending school or child care centres. Teachers/child care providers should be asked to closely monitor their classrooms, and if any student is having respiratory symptoms such as cough or symptoms of a mild cold, the steps below should be followed. The same steps should be followed if a staff member begins to experience respiratory symptoms.

  • If a student, child or staff develops respiratory symptoms while at school/child care, they should be removed from the school environment.
  • Schools/child care programs promptly separate the student/child or staff with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and including symptoms that may seem like a mild cold) in an area separate from others, with adequate supervision until they can go home.
  • Students/children or staff who develop respiratory symptoms should be kept home for 14 days after the start of the symptoms.

If you notice that your child has any of the above symptoms, please make plans for your child to remain out of school as the school will be contacting you or your emergency contact to pick up your child if such symptoms are presented at school.


Reporting Absences

If your child will be absent from school, please use this form which is found on the school website Contact Page.

You may still email lrichardson@newhorizons.ca. or call the school at 780-416-2353.


After School Clubs & Practices Cancelled

All after school practices are cancelled until further notice. This includes badminton, choir, and puzzle club.


Helping Your Children Understand

While NHS staff will be watchful and take care to ease the emotional issues that students may have related to a pandemic, you as parents have a key role to play. There are likely many helpful sites that can help parents navigate the discussions with their child.

NHS Staff will use the suggestions provided by Alberta Health. They are identified below and may be helpful to you as you have discussions with your family.

A new virus such as the COVID-19 can create anxiety and be difficult for students/children to understand, especially if someone in their school or family is sick, or they see or hear troubling messages on the radio, internet or television. It is normal for students/children to feel worried or nervous and have questions.

  • Reassure students/children about their personal safety and health. Telling students/children that it is okay to be concerned is comforting.
  • Reassure them they are safe and there are many things they can do to stay healthy:
    • Hand washing: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.
    • Cough/sneeze etiquette: Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue Stay home when sick: Students/children should tell parents if not feeling well, and together, make a plan to stay home from school.
    • Keep clean: Keep hands away from face and mouth.
    • Stay healthy: Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, getting enough sleep.
  • Listen to students/children and provide age-appropriate information. Let them know they can talk about their feelings and ask questions.
  • Answer questions honestly but make sure that the information is suitable for their age level. If you don’t know the answers to their questions it’s okay to say so and together look for resources that can answer their questions.
  • Remember students/children are often listening when you talk to others about COVID-19.


Staying Informed

Parents can continue to stay informed using these links:


COVID-19 On-Line Screening

The above Alberta Health website has a COVID-19 On-Line Screening.

Please call 811 for any health related questions.


Please Keep Your Own School Entry to a Minimum

  • Do not enter the school if you have any of the symptoms identified above.
  • Do not enter the school if you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.


Thank you for your cooperation.


Hot Lunch Update

Out of precautionary measures and the development on the COVID-19, hot lunch has been cancelled for the remainder of this session and the site has been frozen for the cycle 3 orders.

The dates that have been cancelled are March 17, 20 and 24th.

Munchalunch support is currently on spring break until March 22.

Our Hot Lunch Coordinator will have more information on reimbursement procedures after March 22 when the support team can be reached.


This Week at NHS ( March 9 -13)

Monday, March 9

  • Lunch Recess
    • Junior Choir Practice
    • Reach
  • After School
    • Reach

Tuesday, March 10

  • Lunch Recess
    • Senior Choir Practice
  • After School
    • Grade 1/2 Puzzle Club (3:30 – 4:15)
      • Location: Learning Commons

Wednesday, March 11

  • Lunch Recess
    • Ukulele Club
    • Chess Club: Grades 5/6
  • After School
    • Honours Choir
  • Evening
    • School Council Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

  • Lunch Recess
    • Drama Club

Friday, March 13

  • Have a great weekend!



Congratulations Nighthawks!

On Wednesday, March 4, the New Horizons Nighthawks “A” teams played in the Bronze Medal Finals in the Elk Island Catholic Schools Basketball League.

While the girls came up short in their game, they played with much pride and spirit making their opponents, the John Paul II Patriots, work for each basket. Thanks to the coaches Ram Sharma and Armeen Ahmadian, and teacher sponsor Ms. Ewert, the team demonstrated amazing growth as the year progressed. Congratulations on your season!

Meanwhile, the boys captured the bronze medal by defeating the St. Theresa Hawks in a thrilling game that was decided in the last few minutes with a score of 74-62.  Thanks to Mr. Zarowny for coaching the boys. Congratulations Nighthawks!


Winter Carnival at NHS

Despite the springlike temperatures last week, elementary students participated in some winter fun by participating in activities planned, organized and run by Ms. Araujo’s junior high Leadership class.

Students prepare for the classic three-legged race …
… and they’re off!











Some cookie “icing” going on.
What? A snowball fight in school?