AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

February 3, 2023

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Important Dates

  • February 6-14 - Student Council Valentine's Day Events
  • February 7 - Grade 9 Immunizations
  • February 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - EIPS Public Engagement French Immersion Programming, @ Heritage Hills Elementary School
  • February 8 - Student Council - Dress as Media Couple Day
  • February 8 - 6:30 p.m.- Grad Parent Information Meeting-Theatre
  • February 9 & 10 - North Central Teachers' Convention (No Classes)
  • February 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - AJS Open House
  • February 15 , 10 a.m. - MADD Canada Presentation
  • Feburary 16, 6 p.m. - First Nations, Métis and Inuit Family Gatherings @ James Mowat Elementary

  • February 17 -Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • February 20 - Family Day (schools closed to staff and students; Central Services closed)
  • February 21, 4:15 p.m. - Ardrossan Music Parents Society meeting
  • February 21- 28 - Grad Portraits - ICON- Theater Lobby
  • February 22 - Black History Month Presentation-Theater
  • February 22 - Pink Shirt Day
  • February 28 -2023-24 returning student registration closes
  • February 28- Student Council Twin Day
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Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2023-24 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2023-24 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space.

The 2023-24 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2023.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2023. Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-922-2228.

In the Spotlight

Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High Open House

In addition to the general high school information evening being hosted by EIPS, AJS is hosting an open house at the school. The high school open house provides Grade 9 students and families an opportunity to meet the staff; tour the school; learn about the curriculum, course offerings and alternative programming available; discuss diploma requirements and various career paths; and more.

Date: Monday, February 13, 2023

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High

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During the Professional Learning Day on Monday, January 30 , our teachers gathered with other junior high teachers in the district to learn about Reset Rooms, and how to teach kids to regulate in order to learn.

Ardrossan Junior Senior High will be officially opening the new Reset Room for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students! It is a quiet, safe space in the school (supervised by a teacher throughout most of the day) where students can get assistance working through periods of dysregulation, mental distress or mental health problems so they can return to class. The best part is: Junior High students can use the room (if only for a short 10-minute break)

Our team has been working hard to create a warm and welcoming environment but this is where we need your help! Involving our parent community is an important part of creating sustainable, positive spaces in the school and we would love for our School Council and larger parent community to be included in this exciting pilot. We are in search of some important items for the room and through conversations at School Council, parents have asked for opportunities to engage with the school when there are opportunities to help or to donate to projects and initiatives.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Student Parking

Students are reminded that they are required to register their vehicle and get a parking pass from Mrs. Pietsch when they get their licenses and begin parking in the student parking lot.

Please use the QR code located on the window outside the main office to access the parking pass registration form.

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MADD Canada Presentation

On Wednesday, February 15, MADD Canada will be providing an in-person School Presentation to our Grade 10-12 students. It is a powerful dramatization about the tragic consequences of impaired driving. The video ends with testimonials from real-life victims who share their heartbreaking stories with the audience. For more information on presentations offered by MADD Canada you can check out their website at www.madd.ca.

Black History Month Presentation

The Overture with the Arts will be presenting their 2023 Black History Month Presentation for us again this year. This presentation will be held on February 22 for the whole school.

This years presentation is titled "Tracking Black Canada", which will take participants around the country, while focusing on the often-forgotten histories of early Black communities in Canada. Using OWTA’s trademark edutainment style that combines video, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and audience participation & interaction, "Tracking Black" Canada will highlight the contributions and achievements made by prominent residents in these forgotten communities, illuminate the conditions that led to their systemic demise, and highlight how their impact is still felt today.

Ardrossan Drama Players

Junior High Drama Club meets on Thursdays at lunchtime. The "Ardrossan Drama Players" will be led by grade 12 students.

Check out the AJS Drama department website for more details and rehearsal schedules. Updates and announcements about the junior high and senior high shows will be found here.


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2022 - 2023 Yearbooks

You can't stay in junior or senior high forever - but you can relive those memories over again.

Order your 2022 - 2023 yearbook today!

$43 on the Parent Portal

Grad Meeting

There will be an information meeting for the Class of 2023 parents and graduates on Wednesday, February 8 @ 6:30 p.m., in the theatre.

Please join us to find out all things grad related.


Grad portraits have been scheduled for February 21-28, 2023. It is time for you to reserve your appointment. The booking will happen online so please make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.


  • Go to www.iconexp.com and click the “Book Now” button • First Select an event Ardrossan Jr-Sr Grad Portraits (Taken @ Ardrossan in the Theatre Lobby)
  • Select your Service ▪ Grad Portraits (At School-$30 Due at Portraits)
  • Select your appointment from the available times and dates and complete all required information

You will receive a confirmation shortly after booking your appointment as well as a reminder the day prior to your appointment. Please contact Icon if you have any questions.

At the completion of your sitting, you will receive a receipt of your visit and some information detailing how to access your proofs. 5-7 business days after your sitting you will receive an email giving you access to view your proofs online. Shortly after that, you will receive a complete set of proofs in the mail. You can place your order either online or through the mail.

In order to ensure your safety and that of our staff we have made a few adjustments to our operations:

  1. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to Covid-19, as outlined by Alberta Health Services, please do not come to your appointment, we will be happy to reschedule you at a later date.
  2. At this time we will not be including pets, friends or family members in portrait sittings.
  3. We will only be accepting debit and credit for payment of sitting fees.
  4. The use of props provided by ICON is voluntary; we have implemented safety protocols for sanitizing props. Graduates may bring appropriate props to be included in their sitting.
  5. We suggest males wear a formal attire for the cap and gown photos – something you are comfortable in. The casual photos can be in any outfit you choose.

Measuring Success: Complete this year’s Alberta Education Assurance Survey

Once again, Alberta Education is surveying teachers, students and families through its annual Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey. The survey acts as an annual check-up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as education quality, citizenship, family involvement, engagement levels, school climate and student wellness.

The AEA survey is sent to

· Small schools (fewer than 120 students in grades 4-12)—based on jurisdiction requests for more reportable survey data at the school level, the survey is expanded to include all students in grades 4 and above and their parents and guardians.

· Large schools (120 or more students in grades 4-12)—only students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and their parents and guardians are included in the survey. These grades are considered to be a reasonably representative sample of students.

Throughout February, Grade 7 and 10 students at Ardrossan Junior Senior High School are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey doesn’t take long to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.

Additionally, parents and guardians of students in these grades are also asked to take a survey, either online or by mail. Alberta Education will send families information about the survey directly. As with the student and teacher survey, it’s anonymous and asks questions about your school experiences. If you have a child in these grades, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is March 3, 2023.

Results from the AEA Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each spring. The Division then uses the data to inform its four-year education plan, school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. Each fall, the results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities in the Division’s Annual Education Results Report.

AEA Survey: Parent letter

AEA Survey: Methodology for rate calculation

Assurance and Accountability: Alberta’s K-12 education system

School council

AJS School Council is excited to begin a weekly staff recognition initiative! The staff at AJS go above and beyond to care for our kids every single day. What better way to say "thank you" than with a staff kudos!

Parents and students are welcome to fill out the Google form below, offering meaningful recognition to ANY member of the AJS staff. Your positive message will then be shared with the intended recipient.

Ardrossan Jr/Sr High Staff Recognition 2022-2023

Sometimes school can be tough... now is the chance to show your appreciation for the people that make the journey brighter along the way!

French Immersion Consultation

Just a quick reminder, Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) second French Immersion Public Engagement takes place on February 7. To complement the engagement session, below are two background documents.

What We Heard Report: French Immersion Engagement No. 1

Frequently Asked Questions: French Immersion Public Engagement

As you know, the Division is exploring ways to enhance its French Immersion program, address enrolment pressures and increase retention at the junior high and senior high levels. Before any decisions are made, several public engagement efforts are planned with school families, students and community stakeholders. Phase 1 took place in fall 2022—read the feedback collected in the What We Heard Report.

Now, the Division wants to continue the conversation. As such, another public consultation is planned for February 7. All EIPS French Immersion families, students and community members are invited to attend. Participants will review the What We Heard Report; discuss French Immersion programming successes, challenges and concerns; and explore possible solutions. Attendees will also have a chance to ask questions and offer feedback.

Public Engagement Session No. 2: Details

Date: Feb. 7, 2023

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

· Part 1: Presentation (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

· Part 2: Breakout sessions (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Location: Heritage Hills Elementary, 280 Heritage Dr., Sherwood Park

Room: gymnasium

*childcare provided

Can’t make the meeting? That’s OK. You can still provide input by completing an online survey—open from February 8-21. EIPS will send the survey link to the school community, post it online and share it through social media on February 8.

EIPS encourages everyone to review both the What We Heard Report and Frequently Asked Questions document, attend the upcoming public engagement session and share their thoughts. The Division will use the feedback received to inform next steps, guide future public engagement efforts and develop possible options. For more information, or to subscribe for updates, visit eips.ca.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Family Gatherings

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team has planned a series of in-person gatherings for families of self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who are curious to learn more about the supports offered throughout EIPS. It's an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families to gather together and engage in conversation in partnership with the EIPS First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team. Self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit families are invited—all ages are welcome. Dinner will be provided at each gathering. RSVP links will be sent directly to applicable families.

AJS Lunch time Intramurals

Junior High Intramurals (grade 7 & 8 only)

Grade 7 & 8 students are invited to sign up for a month long volleyball tournament. Sign up begins February 1 with the tournament beginning on February 6. This will run for the month of February.

High School Intramurals (grade 9 to 12)

For the month of February, floor hockey will continue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Basketball/Volleyball will be offered on Monday & Fridays.

Athletic Dates

AJS is proud to host our Senior Varsity Bison Thunder Classic!!

  • February 5, 1 - 3 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B
  • February 11 - Stettler Tournament Archery
  • February 12, 1 - 3 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B
  • February 15, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B

  • February 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Archery Practice Gym B
  • February 19, 1 - 3 p.m.- Archery Practice Gym B

Awesome start for our Senior Varsity Basketball Teams! Both Bison Women and Men are in the Top 15 in the province!!

High School Basketball

  • February 3 & 4 - Sr. Varsity Basketball Bison Thunder Classic Tournament
  • February 6 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball @ W.P. Wagner
  • February 6 @ 5:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. McNally
  • February 7 @ 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. W.P. Wagner
  • February 8 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball @ Beaumont
  • February 8 @ 5:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. Louis St. Laurent
  • February 13 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball @ Holy Trinity
  • February 15 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball @ Dr. Anne Anderson
  • February 15 @ 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball @ Bellerose
  • February 16 @ 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Men's Basketball @ Eastglen
  • February 21 @ 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Men's Basketball @ Millwoods Christian
  • February 22 @ 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. Austin O'Brien
  • February 22 @ 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. Austin O'Brien

Junior High Basketball

  • February 7 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball @ St. Theresa
  • February 7 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball @ St. Theresa
  • February 7 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. ABJ
  • February 7 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball vs. ABJ
  • February 14 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball vs. Cloverbar
  • February 14 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball @ Cloverbar
  • February 14 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball @ Cloverbar
  • February 21 @ 5:15p.m. – Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball @ OLPH
  • February 21 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball @ OLPH
  • February 21 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. St. Andre Bessette
  • February 21 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball vs. St. Andre Bessette
  • February 28 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball @ Sherwood Heights
  • February 28 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball @ Sherwood Heights
  • February 28 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. Sherwood Heights
  • February 28 @ 4:00 p.m. – Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball vs. Sherwood Heights
  • February 14 @ 5:15 p.m. – Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball vs. Cloverbar

Go Bisons!

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On Saturday February 18 our players will be out in the community to collect donations between 10 am and 2 pm. For those of you who would prefer to drop off, a collection trailer will be parked at the front of the school during that time. Players are encouraged to start collecting as soon as possible to help make this a successful event.

Annual General Meeting - Ardrossan Amateur Football Parents Association (AAFPA)

Come join the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm in the theatre lobby. There are many board and volunteer opportunities available and we will be discussing plans for the upcoming season. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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Anyone interested in joining the archery club, you are invited to contact Mr. McKinnon or come out to the practice on Sunday, February 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. This is the deadline for letting Mr. McKinnon know if you are interested in the Stettler Tournament.


Student Council News

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Ardrossan Music Parents Association (AMPS)

AMPS Pub night & Silent Auction IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!

- February 11th, 2023 at 6 pm at the Canadian Brewhouse in Sherwood Park

- We are hosting our Pub Night and Silent Auction. Get your tickets ASAP as they are selling fast – all tickets are available through Mr. B or AMPSpres@gmail.com - $10 each and all tickets are entered into 2 draws of “Dinner for Two”!

- No sitter? No Problem - kids can come until 9 pm!

- Send your ticket order form with payment or confirmation of e-transfer (e-transfer to ardrossanmusicparents@gmail.com) to Mr. B OR the school office. Tickets will be sent home with your student.

We have some exciting Auction items like Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Tickets, Citadel Tickets, and more. There may be a large item from Country Boys Liquor as well.

We are looking for auction items and unused gift cards! If you have something to donate helping support our Silent Auction, please contact Lee Dempsey at AMPSpres@gmail.com. Please consider what you can donate as we use all proceeds right back to the Band program. ♥

Band POPS Concert - Save the date – Feb 24th at AJS! More info coming….

SCHOLARSHIPS!! Did you know AMPS supports our musicians in their post secondary endeavours? We offer scholarships to students accepted into a post-secondary music program (Major OR Minor). For more information, please reach out to the AMPS President (Lee Dempsey) for more information and requirements. ¯¯

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

Our next AMPS meeting is Tuesday, February 21st at 4:15 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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.

Yours in Music,

Lee Dempsey

AMPS President

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.
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CHHA Scholarship Program

Are you a student with a hearing loss and entering full-time studies in September 2023? Take advantage of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s (CHHA) Scholarship Program. The online application format saves you time and effort: only one application needs to be filled out to apply for any of the six scholarships CHHA has to offer, including two new scholarships added in 2022.

Scholarships are open to anyone with a hearing loss who will be enrolled in a full-time program in a post-secondary institution next September. For more information, contact scholarship@chha.ca or visit the CHHA National Website. The deadline to apply is April 20. Application form

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Community News

Kickstand Connect - Virtual Mental Health Clinic

Kickstand Connect offers a virtual walk-in clinic with trained professionals and a safe space for group sessions, exclusively for young Albertans aged 12-25 and their parents or caregivers. It is a free online portal and mobile app where young people can virtually ‘walk in’ or pre-book appointments (up to a week in advance) with a mental health professional, peer support worker, employment specialist or participate in group activities and workshops. Based on a single session model, Kickstand Connect offers various walk-in and pre-booked services, none of which require a healthcare card, referral, or any form of payment.

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Caregiver Series: February Sessions

Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include parenting strategies for positive mental health and understanding self-injury. The list of February 2023 sessions is now available.

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

The January edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on vaping. Do you know what a vape is? What does it contain? What is vape liquid? How harmful can vaping be? Check out this edition of the Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter.


New AHS Respiratory Assessment Tool

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched an enhanced respiratory assessment tool to provide Albertans with guidance to manage a wide range of respiratory illnesses, provide advice on caring for symptoms at home and when to seek additional care. The tool will help guide schools and individuals to the best care options for symptoms, including self-care at home, or seeking care through a walk-in clinic, family physician, or pharmacy for mild to moderate symptoms.