AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

June 11, 2021

Important Dates

  • June 14-18 - Ardrossan Virtual Art Show (Gr. 11)
  • June 14-20 - Pride Week
  • June 16 - Student Council Beach Day
  • June 21-25 - Ardrossan Virtual Art Show (Gr. 12)
  • June 21 - National Indigenous People's Day
  • June 23 - Last Day of Classes
  • June 24 & 25 - 2021 Convocation Red Carpet Recognition
  • June 28 - Last Operational Day
  • August 25 - EIPS school offices reopen


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Parent Action Item- Feedback on School Goals and Strategy ideas

As we continue our work together in moving into next year, we will be focusing on the 3 below goals. Please email Principal Miss MJ Nam with any strategy ideas at mj.nam@eips.ca. We appreciate your feedback.

EIPS PRIORITY: Promote Growth and Success for All Students


1-For all students to experience growth and success in the areas of literacy and numeracy by continuing to build a culture of school-wide collaboration.

EIPS PRIORITY: Enhance High Quality Learning and Working Environments


2-Building teacher capacity to improve student learning experiences, engagement, and differentiation through a variety of innovative instructional practices over the course of a school year.

EIPS PRIORITY: Enhance Public Education through effective engagement


3-Enhance public education by increasing community involvement, encouraging a culture of social responsibility, and developing empathetic citizens.

Latest Grad News

Due to recent changes in Covid-19 protocols, we are pleased to inform you that our AJS 2021 Convocation/Red Carpet Recognition celebration has moved back indoors in the AJS Community Theatre on June 24 and 25. This allows us to ensure the event is formal, special, and personal for our grads and their guests. If you have questions, please contact Lonnie Hicks at lonnie.hicks@eips.ca or 780-922-2228.

Thank you to those who submitted their guest list for this event. It is imperative we receive this information before June 24 for contact tracing purposes. If you haven't already done so, please complete the Google form below by providing names and contact information for up to a maximum of nine guests. Guest List Form

As well, we still have a few students that have not booked their date and time for the convocation. You can book this through the School Interview website. Go to https://www.schoolinterviews.ca/book/closed?z=bVZrnQ and enter mzryp in the Event Code box and click GO. Fill in required information and you are all set!

Legacy Project

Attention all grads! Do you have a favourite book from your time here at Ardrossan? Head to the library to leave your legacy and write a message to future grads and students of AJS! Pick any book of your choice off the shelves, see Miss Preston for your legacy sticker, write a note and stick it inside for future readers to enjoy.

Congrats Class of 2021!

Summer School Work Experience and RAP Registration

Did you know that you can earn high school credits while working during the summer? EIPS offers Work Experience and RAP programs year round.

If you are 15 years old, already have a summer job, and would like to enroll in one of these programs please register at https://www.eipscontinuinged.ca/courses.

For more information visit: https://www.eips.ca/programs-services/career-pathways. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Oleksyn at kristin.oleksyn@eips.ca or Fred Rempel at fred.rempel@eips.ca.

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Accessing User Accounts: Students Leaving EIPS

Is your child graduating from or leaving EIPS at the end of the school year? If so, they must ensure any information they want to retain from their school cloud accounts is downloaded onto a personal device before leaving.

  • Google account – Students must download any wanted content before September 1—download files individually or in bulk using Google Takeout.
  • Microsoft account – Students must download any wanted content from their OneDrive account before September 1.

After Sept. 1, 2021, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files.

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

Updating Your Contact Information

Have you recently moved, or has your contact information changed throughout the past year? EIPS encourages families to review the information it has on file to ensure it’s up to date. Using the Correction and Verification Form, available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families can review the current information on file for each student—addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts, medical details and other related information—and submit any updates needed.

Reviewing and updating the form ensures the Division has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. Your review is especially important if there’s any communication the Division or school needs to send out over the summer months related to classes next year.

All EIPS families are asked to review their child’s Correction and Verification Form by Monday, June 14 at noon. After this time, the form will be turned off for the remainder of the school year and not available again to families until the start of the 2021-22 school year.

NOTE: Only submit updates for the changes that have already taken place. If you’re moving this summer, you’ll submit the necessary updates to your address through the Correction and Verification Form at the start of next school year after you’ve moved.

If you have questions about the form or are having trouble with your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact the school at 780-922-2228.

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High is closed. We will reopen on August 25 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2021-22 school year. Students return to school on September 1.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 28 to August 24

Open: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 780-464-3477
Address: 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed July 1 Canada Day
Closed August 2 Heritage Day

NOTE: Student Transportation also remains open during the summer months—operating during the same hours as EIPS Central Services.

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Community Resources

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Strathcona County Library Summer Reading Challenge

Young readers in Strathcona County can earn digital badges and win prizes for reading and completing activity challenges over the summer through the Strathcona County Library Summer Reading Challenge, June 26 to August 29! The program is open to residents of Strathcona County only. Non-residents may participate but are not eligible to win prizes.
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Strathcona County Pride Festival

The third annual Strathcona County Pride Festival will take place June 14-20. The centrepiece of the festival will be a drive-thru parade where vendors will have pavilions that residents will drive past. Vendors are encouraged to have fun with their space and use options like QR codes to direct residents to websites, activities and other online content that people participating in Pride will be interested in.

Additional Pride events include:

  • Decorate your space (doors, storefronts, websites, social media) for Pride
  • Host an event of your own! If you or your organization has an activity, event or opportunity you want to share, let us know so we can help you promote it! We’re going to be featuring educational workshops, a flag raising, a trivia night and a youth arts event, but we would love to see your ideas and energy enrich the festival!
  • Sponsor an event or activity (if you’re interested in potentially sponsoring, contact the altView Foundation for more details).
  • Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Volunteer with LGBTQ+ programs.
  • Follow Strathcona County Pride Festival on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest details and opportunities to get involved and share information about activities.
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