The Week Ahead at NHS (June 25 – 28)

Welcome to the final week of school!

Monday, June 25

  • Grade 6 & 9 Language Arts PAT
  • Grade 7 & 8 Language Arts Final Exam
  • Grade 1 & 2 Carnival at 1:00 p.m.
  • School Traffic Safety Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (Learning Commons)

Tuesday, June 19

  • Grade 6 & 9 Math PAT
  • Grade 7 & 8 Math Final Exam
  • School Council AGM  at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20

  • Grade 6 & 9 Social Studies PAT
  • Grade 7 & 8 Social Studies Final Exam
  • Division I Track & Field at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 21

  • Last day of school for students.
  • Awards Day (Gr. 4-9) at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, June 22

  • Staff Organizational Meetings
  • Summer holidays begin for students!
    • First Day of School for the 2018-2019 school year is Tuesday, September 4.


Happenings at NHS

It has been a busy month at NHS.  We’ve had field trips, Independent Studies Fairs, Math Fairs, drama productions, Indigenous celebrations, Grade 9 Farewell, a Formal Day Dance, fundraisers, Kindergarten Graduation, and the start of final exams.

These photos capture only a part of the excitement that NHS has experienced over the last few weeks.

Thank you to the Rasmussen family who sponsored our Formal Day dance complete with decorations, beverages, glow sticks and great music!
Singer and drummer Mackenzie Brown performed for the students on our Garden of Hearts Day .










Drumming workshops with Mackenzie Brown.
Garden of Hears Ceremony: Elder Strawberry opens with a prayer in her native Cree language.









Garden of Hearts guests.
Indigenous Games








Mrs. Watson’s grade 5 cast in Romeo & Juliet.
Ms. Joly’s graede 5 cast in Macbeth.









Romeo & Juliet
Kindergarten Grad
Kindergarten Grad


Student Led fundraiser for the Pekse family.
Fundraiser organizers Sydney, Isabelle, Kayley, and Jordan raised $375.00 for the Pekse family. Thank you NHS parents for your support!

Freezies and Cookies Fundraiser

Looking for a way to cool off on Thursday’s forecast of a sweltering 30 degrees? 

Jordan & Kaley (Grade 5) and Sydney & Isabelle (Grade 3) have a solution!

These students have decided to organize a freezie and cookie sale as a year-end  fundraiser for the Pekse family. As you may know, the Pekse family is still in Bethesda, Maryland, recovering after Mitchell’s bone marrow transplant. They will remain there for a large part of the summer.

Jordan, Kaley, Sydney and Isabelle will be selling their  freezies and cookies for $1.00 each at lunch recess on Thursday.


The Week Ahead (June 18 – June 22)

Monday, June 18

  • Mackenzie Brown : Musician  (9:00 – 9:30)
    • Mackenzie Brown is a First Nations Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. She is a performer, singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist and advocate of fun.
    • Mackenzie and her mother typically perform as a duo called the Warrior Women. Mackenzie will be performing solo for us.
    • Mackenzie will be leading workshops for various grades throughout the day.
  • Garden Of Hearts Ceremony (1:00 p.m.)
    • Over the last week, students and staff have been decorating wooden hearts and writing sentiments on them for our Garden of Hearts. They have been attached to our fence along Broadmoor. Our short ceremony will honor those who were lost to the residential school system.
    • “Celebrated in May and June, Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams invites individuals and organizations to join in reconciliation by planting heart gardens in their communities. Heart gardens honour residential school survivors and their families, as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Each heart represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system, and the act of planting represents that individual’s commitment to finding their place in reconciliation.”
    • Special Guests include Elder Theresa Strawberry, Mackenzie Brown, and Eric Tootoosis (Spokesperson for Treaties 1-11).


Grade 5 Shakespeare Production

Mrs. Watson’s and Ms. Joly’s Grade 5 classes will each be performing as Shakespeare play.

Grade 5W : 2:00 p.m.: Romeo & Juliet

Grade 5J : 2:30 p.m.: Macbeth

Parents are invited to this wonderful annual event. Please note that the doors open 5 minutes before each performance.


  • Elder Theresa Strawberry
    • Elder Theresa Strawberry will be holding sharing circles with classes in the afternoon to introduce herself.
    • Elder Strawberry will be vising our school on a regular basis in the 2018-2019 school your to help us understand Indigenous perspectives.



Fundraising Association of New Horizons School  AGM (6:30 p.m)











Tuesday, June 19

Kindergarten Graduation



Wednesday, June 20

  • Kindergarten Graduation
  • Board of Directors Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 21

  • National Aboriginal Day
    • Junior High Students will be running Aboriginal games for elementary students beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, June 22

  • Exams Begin
    • Grade 6 & 9 Science Provincial Achievement Test (9:00 a.m.)
    • Grade 7 & 8 Science Final Exam (9:00 a.m.)
  • Division II Math Fair at 2:00 p.m.

Grade 6 &9 PAT Exams and Grade 7 & 8 Final Exams Next Week

  • Monday: Language Arts
  • Tuesday: Math
  • Wednesday: Social Studies

Last Day of School: Thursday, June 28

  • Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.


This Week AT NHS (June 11-15)

Monday, June 11

  • Junior High Math Fair

Wednesday, June 6

  • Formal Day: Students and Staff are invited to wear something dressy on this day.
  • Grade 9 Farewell (2:30 p.m.)
    • New Horizons School will be bidding our Grade 9 class farewell.
    • Grade 9 Students and their parents are invited to remain after school for a social.



Teaching Positions At NHS

New Horizons School is currently seeking applicants for the following two positions:

  • Grade 4 (Temporary for 2018-2019)
  • Music Teacher (K-9)

For details, see the posts at Education Canada.

The Week Ahead (June 4 – June 8)

Thank you to the parents who have already responded to the Board’s Annual Survey. If you haven’t done so already, we hope you can take a few minutes to complete the survey. Please use the link that was emailed to each household. Thank you!

Monday, June 4


Tuesday, June 5

  • Running Club Meets at 7:15 a.m.
  • Book Fair ( (9:00 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m.)
    • Buy-One-Get-One-Free Event!



Wednesday, June 6

  • Early Dismissal (Students dismissed at 2:14 p.m.)
  • Book Fair ( (9:00 a.m. to 2: 00 p.m.)
    • Buy-One-Get-One-Free Event!

Thursday, June 7

  • Running Club Meets at 7:15 a.m.
    • This is the last day for the Run Club
  • Kindergarten Independent Study Fair
  • Book Fair ( (9:00 a.m. to 12: 00 noon)
    • Buy-One-Get-One-Free Event!

Friday, June 8

  • Kindergarten Independent Study Fair
  • Last Day to Complete the Board Survey!



June 13 is Formal Day.

Grade 9 Farewell: June 13 @ 2:30 p.m.



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