AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

October 28, 2022

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Important Dates

  • October 31 @ lunch - Student Council Halloween Costume Contest
  • November 2, 2:16 p.m. - Early dismissal
  • November 2 (Grade 9 only) - Take Our Kids to Work Day
  • November 2 - 5 to 6:30 p.m.- First Nations Métis Inuit Tea and Gathering-AJS Cafeteria
  • November 4 - Remembrance Day Ceremonies- 10:20 a.m. Grade 7, 9 and 11 and 11 a.m.- Grade 8, 10 and 12
  • November 4 - Junior High Report Cards available on the Parent Portal
  • November 4 - Student Council Formal Day
  • November 7 - 11 - Fall Break
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day
  • November 14 - 18 - Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • November 20 - National Child Day
  • November 21, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • November 21 - Last day to withdraw from high school courses
  • November 22, 1:30 p.m. - ELAA Post-Secondary Event
  • December 2 - University of Calgary visit
  • December 6 - Christmas Band Concert
  • December 7, 2:16 p.m. - Early dismissal
  • December 9, 11 a.m. - NAIT One-on-one Sessions

In the Spotlight

Congrats to our grade 12 volleyball athletes as we honoured their commitment to Ardrossan athletics last night at Senior Night. Good luck to both teams as they finish their seasons and compete in playoffs and zones.
The JV girls had a great weekend in Red Deer competing in the Notre Dame Cougar Classic Tournament! They finished tied for 3rd. Well done ladies!
This past weekend we hosted the AJS Wooly Bully Classic Tournament. It was fantastic weekend for our junior high volleyball athletes.


Remembrance Day Ceremony, November 4, 2022

Ardrossan Junior Senior High School is deeply appreciative of military service. We will hold Remembrance Day ceremonies for our junior and senior high students and staff on the morning of November 4.

10:20 a.m. - Grade 7, 9 and 11

11 a.m.- Grade 8, 10 and 12

Please join us for our ceremonies.

New Report Cards

To best communicate student learning, some changes have been made to report cards, including a slight redesign. This November, parents and guardians will continue to access junior high report cards through PowerSchool—simply log in to your account and click on the “Report Card” button in the lefthand sidebar.

January Diploma Prep Sessions

Diploma Prep Sessions

Courses are designed for preparing students to write their Grade 12 diploma exams. The material presented in the classroom over 125 hours will be condensed and highlighted in this focused, 12-hour review course over a weekend. Courses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a half hour break for lunch. Course will be offered at Salisbury Composite High School (20 Festival Way) in Sherwood Park.

  • January 7 & 8 - English 30-1, 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1, 30-2
  • January 14 & 15 - Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30

Registration will open on Monday, October 17. https://www.eipscontinuinged.ca/

Registration will close on January 4 for English and Social Studies sessions, and on January 11 for Math and Sciences sessions.

Student refunds will not be given after registration closes.

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Bison Spirit Wear Store is Closing October 30

Our Bison Spirit Wear store is closing soon. Order your Bison hoodies, t-shirts, sweats and more before the store closes on October 30. Click here to access the store.

Limited quantities available of items below

We have limited quantities of the following items.

You can purchase these items in the front office with cash, or you can have the cost added to your PowerSchool fees account.


Hello Ardrossan Band Parents!

Bear Tracks Ice Melt – ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Our Band family stepped up this year on a new fundraiser – we sold 2272 kg of ice melt. We will have pick up for families next week at the high school. All parents who sold ice melt should have received an email. Who gets premium parking at the Christmas band concert? Drum rooooolllll……..

  • Top seller is Camryn Desranleau - Gr 9 - with 21 pails
  • 2nd seller is Hailey Ott - Gr 11 - with 14 pails
  • 3rd seller is Danielle Matyjanka - Gr 9 - with 13 pails

And the best news is you will have the most shovel-free driveway/sidewalk in the neighbourhood!

“How many cheeseballs in the bucket?” – Congrats to the Lizzy Wharmby Gr 12 of our Cheeseball contest – hope it lasted more than 1 math class. LOL.

So what’s coming next? Think Christmas. Christmas concert! Details to come ….

Our next AMPS meeting is Monday, November 21st at 4:15 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will be discussing upcoming band activities (Christmas concert, upcoming fundraisers, future band trips) and we would love to have band parents join us to share their ideas.

Did you know we have social media? Find us at “Ardrossan Music Parent Association” on Facebook, or “AJS Band” on Instagram!

Don't forget to complete the AMPS Membership Form and either email it back to AMPSPres@gmail.com or send it to Mr. B! AMPS is a society and only 'members' can be involved.

We look forward to your support! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. B or the AMPS President (AMPSpres@gmail.com).

Where to Find the Information You Need

Elk Island Public Schools and Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High use a handful of key systems to share information with students and families. Depending on the information you’re looking for, it’s important to know where to look.

PowerSchool is the primary student information system within the Division. There is an associated app, but the functionality is limited, and families don’t need to download it. From the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can:

  • Access student grades and report cards;
  • Review student absences;
  • Pay school and transportation fees; and
  • Submit official updates to student or family information.

The PowerSchool Student Portal provides similar access to grades and absence information for students directly.

Brightspace provides more of a day-to-day look what’s happening with your child’s learning communicated directly from your child’s teacher. From Brightspace Parent & Guardian, you can see your child’s:

  • classroom activity feed,
  • grade items and grade feedback from instructors,
  • upcoming assignments,
  • portfolio evidence, and
  • quizzes,

depending on which of the program functions are specifically used by your child’s teacher.

Brightspace for Students is where teachers share updates, calendar reminders and learning materials with students. Compatible with Google, it also allows students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, and see grades and teacher feedback. The Pulse app for students is associated with Brightspace for Students.

SchoolMessenger is the system the Division and schools use to send email and phone communication to families. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is populated from PowerSchool. Through SchoolMessenger, families can:

  • receive general, emergency and attendance messages by phone, email or both; and
  • manage their subscription preferences for these types of messages.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

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Cafeteria Menu

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Basketball Tryouts

Basketball season is just around the corner. Tryouts start next week for our Sr. High teams 🏀

See Ms. Monea if you have any questions!

Athletic Dates

  • November 1 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Sr Boys Volleyball vs St. Andre Bessette @ AJS
  • November 1 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Sr Girls Volleyball vs St. Andre Bessette @ AJS
  • November 3 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Jr Boys Volleyball vs Lakeland Ridge @ AJS
  • November 3 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Jr Girls Volleyball vs Lakeland Ridge @ AJS
  • November 15 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Sr Boys Volleyball vs Strathcona Christian Academy @ SCA
  • November 15 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Sr Girls Volleyball vs Strathcona Christian Academny @ SCA
  • November 17 @ 4:00 p.m. - Jr Jr Boys Volleyball vs OLPH @ OLPH
  • November 17 @ 5:00 p.m. - Jr Jr Girls Volleyball vs OLPH @ OLPH
  • November 21 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Jr Boys Volleyball vs Rudolph Hennig @ Rudolph Hennig
  • November 21 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Jr Girls Volleyball vs Rudolph Hennig @ Rudolph Hennig
  • November 22, 24 & 29 - Jr Sr Boys and Girls Volleyball Playoffs
  • November 23, 24 & 29 - Jr Jr Boys and Girls Volleyball Playoffs
  • December 1 - EIPS Jr Sr Volleyball Championship Evening
  • December 2 & 3 - Jr. Varsity Basketball Stampede Classic Tournament

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