The Week Ahead (September 24-28)

Monday, September 24 (Day 5)

  • FANHS Admazing Fundraiser Forms Due @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Junior Choir Practice for Grades 2-4 (The Treblemakers) 
    • Mondays during lunch recess
  • Junior High Basketball Practice (3:30 – 5:00)
  • Grade 8/9 Reach Practice (3:30 – 4:30)

Tuesday, September 25 (Day 1)

  • Senior Choir Practice for Grades 5-9 
    • Tuesdays during lunch recess
  • Hot Lunch Ordering Deadline: Tuesday, September 25
    • Hot Lunch is offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the year and is broken down into 3 ordering cycles.
    • Hot Lunch is organized by the Fundraising Association of New Horizons School (FANHS) and run by parent volunteers.
    • Hot Lunch Coordinator:
    • Order Date End: Sept 25, 2018 @ 3:15pm (to school with payment),  or 8pm online
      • Lunch Date For this First Cycle: Oct 2, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018

Wednesday, September 26 (Day 2)

  • Ukulele Club Grades 4-9 
    • Wednesdays during lunch recess.
    • Grade 3 Ukulele Club will be on Friday lunch recess because of the large number of grade 3’s interested.

Thursday, September 27 (Day 3)

  • Junior High Basketball Practice (3:30 – 5:00)

Friday, September 28 (Day 4)

  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Grade 3 Ukulele Club
    •  Fridays at  lunch recess

NHS: Grand Re-Opening

On Wednesday, September 12, New Horizons School held its Grand Re-Opening to celebrate the completion of the 8 million dollar renovation to our school which began in the fall of 2016.

Dignitaries, the entire student body, staff, and parents met in the gym to celebrate using song, dance, and photos to commemorate a long but worthwhile modernization.

The event was covered by the Sherwood Park News. Read the story here.


Annie McKitrick: MLA for Sherwood Park and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education and Dr. Curtis Clarke, Deputy Minister of Education, unveil our commemorative plaque.
Student Owen K. was given the honor of cutting the ribbon.
















Thank you to the following for making the event a success!

  • Master of Ceremonies-Roshan Hassan
  • O Canada-Accompaniment: Zohan Chan
  • Opening Address: Elder Theresa Strawberry – Elder from the O’Chiese First Nation and Elder Liaison for our School.
  • NHS Dancers:
    • Choreographed and coached by Lauren A. and Meadow H.
    • Even though the NHS Dancers had less than two weeks to learn and practice for a dance routine to the song To Build a Home, they performed wonderfully.
      • The NHS Dancers
        • Payton M., Isabelle R., Claire G., Jordan F., Jordyn R., and Makynna N.
  • Coding Demonstration: Caleb B.
  • Introduction of Dignitaries: Superintendent Don Falk
  • Congratulatory Remarks
    • Michelle Macdonald: NHS Board Director
    • Robert Parks: Ward 1 Councillor, Strathcona County
    • Annie McKitrick: MLA for Sherwood Park and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education
  • Slide Show-  Ted Zarowny
  • Ribbon Cutting: Owen K.
  • Grade 6 Students & Kandace Graham: Ms. Graham and the Grade 6 students led the entire student body with the song Count on Me.
  • Event Organizer: Lori Vigfusson
Ms. Kandace Graham and the Grade 6 students lead the school in singing “Count on Me.”

Other Dignitaries and Guests in Attendance

Other Eleceted Representatives in Attendance

  • Dr. Ted Paszek: Chair, Board of Trustees, Elk Island Catholic Schools
  • Jean Boisvert: Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Elk Island Catholic Schools
  • Michelle Szott: Member, Board of Trustees, Elk Island Catholic Schools

Former Members of the New Horizons School Board of Directors

  • Coleen Taylor: Former NHS Board Chair & Founding Parent
  • Allison Matichuk: Former NHS Board Chair
  • Hanna Sieben: Former NHS Board Chair
  • Jason Clarke: Former NHS Board Chair
  • Vicky Qualie: Former NHS Board Director
  • Christine Vogel: Former NHS Board Director

Alberta Education Administration:

  • Dr. Curtis Clarke: Deputy Minister of Education
  • Allison Matichuk: Manager, Capital Planning North, Alberta Education
  • Maurice Trottier: Field Services Manager & Liaison Manager for our School
  • Shaun Boylan:  Senior Project Manager, Project Lead

ONPA Architects

  • Chris Woollard: Senior Partner
  • Asma Javed: Senior Associate

Fillmore Construction Management Inc.

  • John Crawley: Project Director, Fillmore Construction Management Inc.
  • Karie Hryhorak: Senior Project Assistant, Fillmore Construction Management Inc.
  • Heather Boric: Project Assistant, Fillmore Construction Management Inc.

Members of the Administration of Neighbouring School Jurisdictions

  • Shawn Haggarty: Superintendent, Elk Island Catholic Schools
  • Robert Lessar:  Superintendent, Conseil Scolaire Centre Nord
  • Jim Rigby: Retired Superintendent, NHS
  • Ryan Stierman: Secretary-Treasurer, Elk Island Catholic Schools
  • Marc Labonte:  Director of Administrative and Financial Services, Conseil Scolaire
    Centre Nord
  • Michel Lapointe: Principal, Ecole Claudette-et-Denis-Tardif

Local Media

Zach Mueller: Sherwood Park News

Performance by the NHS Dancers.

The Week Ahead (September 17-21)

Monday, September 17 (Day 1)

  • It’s Picture Day!
    • Flyers were sent home with students with information.
    • Remember to bring your smiles!
  • Junior Choir Practice (Grades 2-4)
    • Students interested in joining our Junior Choir have practices on Mondays during lunch recess.
    • The choir is being directed by Ms. Kandace Graham.
  • Reach (Grades 8-9)
    • Reach is a fast-paced quiz challenge testing both knowledge and speed of recall of various topics.
    • Students interested in joining the Reach team meet in the Learning Commons at lunch recess on Mondays.
    • A grade 6-7 Reach practice tile will be announced soon.
    • Reach is coached by Ms. Vigfusson.
  • Tuesday, September 18 (Day 2)
    • Senior Choir Practice (Grades 5-9)
      • Students interested in joining our Senior Choir have practices on Tuesdays during lunch recess.
      • The choir is being directed by Ms. Kandace Graham.
    • School Council Meeting (7:00 p.m. in the school Learning Commons)
      • We hope you can take some time to join us as we work together to make New Horizons School a great place for our children.
      • You can view the agenda here.
    • Registration Deadline for Kathleen Nilles Presentation
      • New Horizons School is fortunate to have Kathleen Nilles share her insights and tips on raising the gifted child on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
      • This is a no-fee event.
      • Kathleen is the editor of Parenting For High Potential, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.
      • Register Here
  • Wednesday, September 19 (Day 3)
    • Ukulele Club (Grades 3-9)
      • Students interested in joining our Ukulele Club have practices on Wednesdays during lunch recess.
      • The club is being run by Ms. Kandace Graham.
    • NHS Board of Meeting
      • 7:00 p.m. in the school Learning Commons
      • All parents are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, September 20 (Day 4)
    • Kathleen Nilles Parent Presentation 
      • Kathleen is the editor of Parenting For High Potential, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.
      • Register Here
  • Friday, September 21 
    • Professional Development Day (school not in session for students)
      • Staff will be working with Kathleen Nilles during the day.

Connect Parent: Strathcona County Program

Strathcona County is looking for additional participants for its Connect Parenting group starting September 20th at Strathcona County:

This workshop gives a new perspective on relationships and adolescent development. Parents and caregivers meet in small groups with two trained leaders for 90 minutes each week.

Each week, facilitators share practical techniques and ideas that help parents develop a better relationship with their teenager (ages 10-17). Parents will be equipped with skills such as empathy building, reframing behaviour, conflict management, and learning how to “step back.” Through “stepping back”, parents are able to “step into” a new way of learning. The safe sharing environment enables parents to learn practical skills, while also hearing concerns from other parents.

The Connect Parent leaders strive to help the participants feel at ease by providing a safe and connected environment to share parenting struggles and successes.

Past participants have shared how Connect Parent has helped them feel a lot more at ease with their own family, knowing they are not alone with their new-found supports of other parents.

Connect Parent is provided free of charge by Strathcona County Family and Community Services. The nine-week program takes place on Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., beginning September 20. A light supper is provided for registered parents/caregivers.

To register, participants can call Oana Vonu-Boriceanu (780-416-6746)  below or Justin Kennedy (780-416-7281).

The Week Ahead (September 10 – 14)

NEXT WEEK: PICTURE DAY: Monday, September 17

Monday, September 10 (Day 1)

  • The first full week of school on the 2018-2019 School Year!

Wednesday, September 12 (Day 3)

  • Grand Re-Opening Ceremony @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Welcome Back BBQ CANCELLED 
  • Grand Re-Opening Social NEW (3:30 p.m. to 4:30: p.m.)
  • Meet the Teacher Night (4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, September 13 (Day 4)

  • Volleyball (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    • Jr. High Girls & Junior High Boys
      • Girls Coach: Ms. Wygiera (
      • Boys Coach: Mrs. Dinel (
    • Please email your child’s coach indicating that your child will be participating in the practice and a ride home will be available by 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 14 (Day 5)

  • Terry Fox Run
    • New Horizons will be participating in the Terry Fox Run.
    • We have set a goal of raising $500 dollars as a school for The Terry Fox Foundation. We are asking that if possible each student bring in a toonie ($2.00) for Terry on or before September 14th.
    • There will be a school assembly at 2:00 p.m. to kick off the run.
    • We will be running on the fields behind the school.
  • FANHS Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Parenting the Gifted Child: An Evening For Parents

New Horizons School is fortunate to have Kathleen Nilles share her insights on raising the gifted child.

Kathleen is the editor of Parenting For High Potential, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Date: Thursday, September 20

Time: 7:00 p.m.

This will be a free event.
However, we will be asking that attendees register. A registration link will be made available soon.

Early Dismissal

New Horizons School has an early dismissal every first Wednesday of the month for staff meetings. We dismiss at 2:14 p.m.

Please ensure that adjustments to your pick-up arrangements have been made.
Please note that this Wednesday, September 5, is our first early dismissal day.

Bell Schedule

Just a reminder that our schedule has changed. We now have a one-hour lunch, but have eliminated the afternoon recess. Start and end times remain the same.

Our 2018-2019 Calendar is also available for your information.