AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

April 16, 2021

Important Dates

  • April 20 - End of Quarter 3
  • April 20 - Scavenger Hunt Submissions
  • April 21 - Start of Quarter 4
  • April 21 - Parent Night to Support Students during Challenging Times (Webinar)
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 22 - Grade 9 Immunizations
  • April 23 - Jersey Day
  • May 3-6 - Poster Poacher Mystery
  • May 5, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • May 5 - Hats On! for Mental Health Day
  • May 7 - PL Day for staff (no classes)
  • May 10, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • May 21 - School Closure Day
  • May 24 - Victoria Day (Stat Holiday)


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Science 30 - Q4

Attention senior high students! Ardrossan Jr/Sr /High is offering a new course in Quarter 4 called Science 30.

This course is intended for students who plan on entering a post-secondary institution or program that does not require Chemistry 30, Biology 30 or Physics 30. Students investigate how living systems respond to their environment, chemistry and energy in the environment, and electromagnetic energy. It is a diploma course; however, this school year the diploma final exam is optional.

Science 30 is a great opportunity for students who may want an alternate option to Chemistry 30, Biology 30 or Physics 30.

2020-2021 Yearbooks - Order yours today!

This year's yearbook (2020-2021) is available for you to purchase on the PowerSchool Parent Portal website. To order a copy, click on Fees and add the 2020/2021 Yearbook. You must pay the fee in full to submit your order. Deadline to order will close soon so don't miss out!


It's back! Our AJS Spirit Wear online store is now live. Order now and don’t miss out. Deadline to order is Sunday, May 2, 2021. Please note any late orders will not be accepted to ensure delivery deadlines are met. All orders will be placed at the close of the sale.

Expected order delivery date is approximately 4 weeks from the end of the sale, not from date of purchase. This is subject to change if the sale is extended.


*Please note: All sales are final, please use the “size charts” tool above the size selection to ensure correct size.

REturn your textbooks!

Reminder to all students finishing Q3 classes this week and next – please return your textbooks and novel studies to the library. You can return them to the cart at the library entrance or to the return bin at the library desk. Thank you!

EIPS Parent Survey

Have your say! The 2021 EIPS Parent Survey is Now Open

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2021 EIPS Parent Survey—open from April 6-20.

Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.

Plus, new this year, the survey includes a Part B, featuring questions about the Division’s priorities, goals and outcomes. As you know, in fall 2021, EIPS welcomes a new locally elected Board of Trustees. Your feedback will help the incoming Board develop a new EIPS Four-Year Education Plan—one that’s responsive to student and community needs and focused on continuous improvement.

Survey closes April 20, 2021.

The survey is anonymous and doesn't take long to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.

Parent Night to Support Students during Challenging Times

Knowing when and how to support children at school is never easy. The dangers presented by a pandemic only add to the challenge of balancing the need to protect children on the one hand, while continuing to support their emotional growth on the other. Strathcona Christian Academy (SCA) Secondary invites interested parents throughout Elk Island Public Schools and the community to a free, virtual presentation providing support and resources to help tackle these challenges.

Keeping Them Safe While Helping Them Grow: Supporting children’s emotional growth in challenging times, presented by Dr. Alex Russell, offers clear and helpful guidelines to help parents navigate challenges while maintaining close, supportive relationships with their children. The workshop asks whether parents and caregivers are doing kids a disservice by removing obstacles and trying to eradicate all stress and anxiety from their lives.

Dr. Alex Russell is a gifted psychologist and communicator who is able to both encourage and equip parents to navigate these difficult times. The COVID-19 pandemic has ramped up the anxiety levels of many students, and Dr. Russell offers timely insights, advice and techniques to help parents support their children during these unprecedented times and beyond—all while emphasizing the importance of close parent-child relationships.

During the evening, Dr. Russell will offer a fresh perspective on raising self-reliant, motivated children, ready to take on the world. This session will give parents the tools to:

  • Understand parent-child dynamics
  • Resist the pressure to over-parent
  • Build trusting relationships with teachers and school administration so they can play an effective role in your child’s life
  • Understand problems such as ADHD, anxiety and substance abuse
  • Embrace failing as learning, not parental incompetence
  • Enact common-sense strategies for parents worn out from worrying about their kids and their future

About Dr. Alex Russell
Dr. Russell is a clinical psychologist who lives and works in Toronto. He provides assessments and psychotherapy to children and adults, in addition to consulting with schools, teachers and psychologists. The heart of his message is that children learn through the experience of non-catastrophic, painful failure, and it’s through the process of these failures they mature into resilient, resourceful and emotionally balanced individuals. Parents need to see failing—whether it’s a test, a course or a tryout for a team—as a normal part of growing up and not a sign of parental incompetence. As a speaker, Dr. Russell has addressed many parent, teacher and counsellor groups over the years. He’s intimately familiar with the culture of the school system and the relationship parents, teachers and counsellors share with regard to the children we’re raising.

Date: April 21

Time: 7 - 8:30 pm

Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams Live Event

Topic: Keeping them Safe while Helping them Grow: Supporting children’s emotional growth in challenging times

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Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On May 5, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Participating schools will relax their hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Information is available at canwetalk.ca.

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