AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

October 29, 2021

Important Dates

  • October 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - NAIT Virtual Open House
  • November 3, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • November 4 - Locker Clean Up
  • November 5 - Remembrance Day Ceremony (in-class)
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - Statutory Holiday
  • November 8-12 - November Break
  • November 15-19 - National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • November 17, 3:00 p.m. - RCMP Career Presentation (Virtual)
  • November 20 - National Child Day
  • November 22 - High School Course Withdrawal Deadline
  • November 22, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • November 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Your Future: Post-secondary Career Fair (In-Person)
  • November 30 - Regular Immunizations (Gr. 7, 8 & 9)
  • December 1, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting
  • December 22 - January 4 - Christmas Break


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Department news


In all levels of ELA, students will study a class novel, and perhaps an independent study of their own. Here's a title that students in Grade Seven may read this year - "The Truth as Told" by Mason Buttle ", by Leslie Connor.

  • Physics class participated in a rocket launch demonstration this week.
  • Biology 20 got to perform a heart and chest cavity dissection.

Math classes are about half way through their course work!

  • Math Honours 8s are writing their fractions unit exam next class and starting on rates, ratios and proportions after that.
  • Math 8s will do their fractions exam next Thursday and also start on rates, ratios and proportions after fall break.
  • Math 10s have just finished measurement and are not working on roots and powers.
  • Math 30-1 classes are wrapping up on trigonometry and identities.
  • Math 30-2s are currently in logs.


  • The FLA 9 students played Loup-Garou to practice asking questions and to celebrate Halloween.
  • Chimie 20/Chemistry 20 FI learned about using pipettes.

This week Mr. Bell’s Automotives and Fabrication class was honoured with a visit from Elder Wilson Bearhead. Elder Wilson is doing some work with Central Office creating an outdoor learning space that you may have noticed on Wye Road. After checking out some of the project work being done in the shop, Elder Wilson spoke about his youth experiences, working in a sawmill, and how he had to learn to transition careers later in life. A great message of resilience.

Great work continues in the Commercial Foods kitchen and cafeteria as the lunch lines show. Ms. Stefiuk’s Foods classes have been busy filling the hallways with the smells of scrumptious baking.

AJS Award Recognition Picture Request Form

If you wish to receive a picture of your child receiving their award, please fill out the google form below. If there is more than one student, please fill out a separate request for each one. Deadline to submit your request is Friday, November 5, 2021.

Picture Request Form

Christmas Gift Ideas - AJS Swag!

We have some amazing items for sale that would make great Christmas gift ideas!

Please log into PowerSchool, under Student Fees, to find the form for purchasing AJS SWAG. The form will be available from November 1 to December 8. Once the orders are closed, we will contact you for pick up at the office for the week of December 13. Payment must be made at the time of order. Check under the “paid” tab for confirmation of order and payment.

Please note there are limited quantities available! Order now so you do not miss out!

Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbook

This year's yearbook (2021-2022) is now available to purchase on the PowerSchool Parent Portal under Fees.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

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.

No Child Without: Free Medicalert for students

In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for students, Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High is registered in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. The program is a national initiative that provides no-cost MedicAlert services to children—between the ages of four and 14 years—who have chronic health conditions. The goal is twofold: to help children with severe allergies, medical conditions or special needs and to assist schools with medical-emergency plans for students.

Once a child is registered, the school is provided with advice on a medical-emergency plan for that student and given a list of medications, allergies and medical conditions the student has. If your child has a serious medical condition or allergy and could benefit from MedicAlert services, contact the school office at 780-922-2228. To learn more about the No Child Without program, visit www.nochildwithout.ca.

Looking for Staff Contact INformation?

If you’d like to reach out to your child’s teacher directly, simply log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. From the Grades and Attendance page, you can click on the name of any of your child’s teachers to email them directly.

To connect with school administration and main office staff, refer to the online contact form to send an email to the applicable person directly. From the online contact form, you can also send an email to the school to report your child’s absence.

If you’re having trouble with your PowerSchool account, contact the school office. And, of course, we’re always just a phone call away if you have questions or need assistance, 780-922-2228.

Your Future: Post Secondary and Career Fair

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Exploring career options? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend this year’s hybrid Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is excited to once again be partnering with the Educational Liaison Association of Alberta for the event.

The in-person portion of the event brings together a wide variety of colleges, universities, polytechnic and private schools, and sector experts in one place. The event is free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12. The event will follow the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as adhere to Alberta Health Services and local guidelines.

The virtual component will include additional opportunities to attend sessions from numerous colleges, universities and sector experts. Participation is free and open to all grades 9 through 12 students.

Participating students and family members in either the in-person or virtual sessions will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions, ask questions, talk to experts about various career sectors, learn about future career trends and much more.

Event Details:

Date: Nov. 23, 2021
In-person: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Strathcona County Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

Virtual: Times and schedule to be confirmed

Visit www.eips.ca/students/your-future for a detailed list of vendors once finalized.


You and your family can join our network of supports and resources for youth, parents, and educators such as:

  • Funding support French school events and materials
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Virtual Career Fair
  • Contests
  • FSL Information Sessions
  • Learning French Lessons
  • Webinars
  • FSL Classroom Presentations
  • Conferences
  • and more!

Memberships cost $25.00 year per household or $60.00 for a three year membership.

Ardrossan Chapter is hosting our next virtual meeting on November 15 at 7 p.m. Check the school calendar for the link to attend. Parents and teachers welcome! Go online to get more information, become a member, or renew your membership.


Feed Your Future

An event designed to empower, connect and inspire a network of young women in grades 9–12 and post-secondary.

Feed Your Future is an exciting virtual, half-day event presented for no charge by Ag for Life and Farm Credit Canada. The goal is to reach young urban and rural women of all backgrounds with an interest in agriculture and food production as a potential career pathway. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and distinguished professionals, as they explore the topics of networking, leadership, building your personal brand and are introduced to the vast diversity of roles tied to agriculture and food production.

Register for the FREE virtual workshop taking place on Wed. Nov.17, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (MST).


National Skilled Trade and Technology Week: Virtual Career Exploration

Who should attend?

  • Grades 7-12 students
  • Teachers
  • Career seekers
  • Apprentices

Why you should register

  • Learn about career and education pathways in the skilled trades and technologies
  • Interact with over 30 industry and education partners from across the country
  • Take part in the Skills for Success trivia challenge
  • Check out content on the virtual stage featuring industry and education experts
  • Learn about the nine skills for success—adaptability, digital, collaboration, creativity & innovation, communication, numeracy, problem solving, reading, writing

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

Register (registration is limited)

Fem+ Program 2021-22

Rural Outreach and Mentorship Initiative (ROMI)

The Rural Outreach and Mentorship Initiative (ROMI) is run through The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and aims to promote mentorship to rural high school students about transitioning to post-secondary and careers within medicine. Any students who join the program will be paired with a current Canadian medical student to provide individual mentorship (minimum requirement of 1 mentorship meeting per month) as well as the opportunity to attend group and panel events hosted by ROMI.

Sign-up link:


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Young Women in Trades and Technology Fall Break Camp

CAREERS is breaking down barriers and paving a path for women in skilled trades and technologies. Edmonton is hosting a free Fall Break Camp Nov. 12 & 15, 2021. Edmonton and area students in grades 9-12 are invited to gain hands-on experience in skilled trades, agriculture and ICT during the upcoming free Fall Break Camp.

Nov. 12 & 15, 2021

CAREERS: the Next Generation, 18256 102 Ave., Edmonton
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Application deadline: October 28


WISEST Set STudent Conference

On Saturday, November 20, WISEST presents the virtual SET Conference for girls and gender diverse students in grades 10-12 who are curious about careers in science, engineering and technology (SET).

Students will:

  • Gain insight into different career paths in science, engineering and technology and related University of Alberta programs.
  • Explore SET through virtual lab tours and activities.
  • Meet undergraduate and graduate-level university students and learn what it’s like to be a student in science, engineering or technology.
  • Meet STEM professionals and speak with inspiring mentors.

All girls and gender diverse students in grades 10-12 are welcome at SET. The registration fee is only $15/student for the full day or $10/student for half the day (either morning OR afternoon). Register early: The conference is limited to only 100 student participants.

Community Events & Services

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Caregiver Education Team Newsletter - November 2021


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Athletic Dates

  • October 29 & 30 - Jr. Varsity Volleyball Tri Volley Tournament
  • October 29 & 30 - Sr. Varsity Women's Volleyball Tournament - Veg Comp
  • November 3, 5 & 7 - Sr. Varsity Volleyball City Championship Playoffs @ TBD
  • November 4 & 6 - Jr. Varsity Volleyball City Championship Playoffs @ TBD
  • November 8-16 - Sr. Varsity Volleyball Zone Playoffs (TBD)
  • November 13 - Bison Football Provincials (North Semi-final)
  • November 20 - Bison Football Provincials (North Final)
  • November 25-27 - Sr. Varsity Volleyball Provincials @ R.F. Staples
  • November 27 - Bison Football Provincials (Finals)

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