AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

October 23, 2020

Important Dates

  • October 26-30 - Halloween Week
  • November 2-9 - Diploma Exams and Final Exams
  • November 4 - Early Dismissal
  • November 6 - End of 1st Quarter
  • November 9-13 - Fall Break
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 2nd Quarter Begins


Out-of-School to In-School Switch

Quarter 2

As noted in the Division information about out-of-school learning, Elk Island Public Schools has established key points during the school year when students have the option of switching from out-of-school learning to in-school classes. The next opportunity to do so is Monday, November 16.

To assist with Division and classroom planning, please complete the Intention to Continue Attending Out-of-School Learning or Change to In-School Learning form available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal to advise us on your intention to continue with out-of-school learning or if your child will switch to in-school classes. This form must be completed for each child currently registered in out-of-school learning and is due Friday, October 23. If you don’t complete the form, we’ll assume your child will continue with out-of-school learning for the second quarter of the school year.

For more information about future dates when students can switch from out-of-school learning to in-school classes, refer to the School Entry/Exit Dates, 2020-21 on the Division website.

If you’re having trouble accessing your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact us at 780-922-2228 for assistance.

In-School to Out-of-School Switch

Quarter 2

As noted in the Division information about learning options this year, families can switch from in-school learning to out-of-school learning at any point in the school year. The decision to change learning preferences is made in consultation with school administration at the school of enrolment.

For senior high students considering switching from in-school classes to out-of-school learning for the start of Quarter 2—November 16—we recommend contacting your school office regarding your intentions by October 23. This will provide school staff with time to update information in our student information system as needed to help make the transition as smooth as possible. However, please know you can make this change at any point in time.

Elk Island Public Schools has established key points during the school year when students have the option of switching from out-of-school learning to in-school classes. For more information about future dates when students can make this out-of-school to in-school switch, refer to the School Entry/Exit Dates, 2020-21 on the Division website.

If you have questions about in-school and out-of-school learning, contact us at 780-922-2228.

AJS Exam Schedule - 1st Quarter

Please note that there is no exam break. Classes will proceed for all high school students until Thursday, November 5. Junior High students will continue as usual.


As you may know, EIPS has recently adopted D2L Brightspace as our primary learning management system (LMS). The purpose of an LMS is to provide a virtual environment for teaching and learning. Having a platform like Brightspace will allow students and teachers to remain connected to their classrooms, even when they are not able to attend school.

Brightspace is a tool for all EIPS families, not just those registered in out-of-school learning, as such many teachers have begun using Brightspace with their in-class students.

If your child needs to login to Brightspace at home and need’s your assistance, please refer to the student login tutorial below. Students will use their EIPS division assigned email and password to login at www.eips.brightspace.com. If your child is unsure of their login credentials, please contact your child's classroom teacher.

As mentioned earlier in the month, parents are also able to access Brightspace for Parents. For more information refer to the Brightspace Parent Guide.

Ardrossan Junior Senior High School Bison Spirit Wear

NEW AJS Spirit Wear online store!!

Click on the link below to check out our brand new AJS Spirit wear - hoodies, t-shirts & toques. Order now and don’t miss out, the sale ends November 8th.

Orders will arrive mid-December for in school pick up, just in time for Christmas.


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

Halloween Festivities

Halloween celebrations are just around the corner and we have many students with wonderful, creative ideas about what costumes to wear. What’s important to remember, though, is costumes that portray stereotypes about a specific group, culture or race can be hurtful. While we’re confident our students wouldn’t intentionally try to offend their classmates or teachers, we need to be sensitive to the fact that having one’s background or identity depicted as a costume can be viewed as disrespectful.

Elk Island Public Schools is committed to providing welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning and working environments. It is important that celebrations being held at our schools can be enjoyed by everyone—please help us ensure Halloween is fun for all of our students!

Students are also reminded that costumes must be school-community appropriate, and cannot include weapons, or facsimiles of weapons. Also, if costume masks are worn, they cannot impede the student’s vision and costumes cannot present a slip/trip hazard. Part of the costume cannot excessively trail behind the wearer and are only to be worn during the picture taking of the costume in the classroom. Costume masks must be removed during instruction in the classroom.

Reminder that costume masks do not preclude the use of cloth masks we wear. PPE masks must be worn under costume masks. Please refrain from bringing treats to share.

If there are any questions, please contact grade level administrator, Mr. Schwartz- Grade 7, 9 and 11 or Mr. Hicks- Grade 8, 10 and 12. Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High looks forward to a safe, fun and festive Halloween!

Halloween Week - Oct 26-30

Student Council will be hosting several Halloween events the week of October 26.

  • October 26-30 - students can submit Halloween themed artwork which will be showcased on our Instagram page.
  • October 28 - Guess the Halloween song.
  • October 29 - Guess the Halloween laugh.
  • October 30 - Classroom dress up competition and Halloween Kahoots. Dress up in your scariest, cutest or best homemade costume.
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Remembrance Day Profile

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New Lunch Hour Area

As the weather has grown cold and our students are mostly inside for lunch hour, we will be opening up another lunch hour area for some of our high school students as per below starting Monday October 26th, 2020:

Theatre Lobby: Grade 10

Cafeteria: Grade 11

Learning Commons: Grade 11 and 12

Junior High students will continue to eat lunch in their assigned classrooms.

Weekly Cafeteria Menu

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Community Workshops and information

CanTeen Youth Hub

The Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County is excited to announce the new CanTeen Youth Hub. The free, drop-in program’s goal is to offer a safe, positive and inclusive space for local youth Grade 7 and older to enjoy. Doors will be open 3 to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday starting Monday, October 26.

The club is also planning an official grand opening event.

Date: October 28

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: 123, 2016 Sherwood Dr.

Youth Painting Party

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