The Gator Gazette

Friday, May 5

Message from the SWAMP

And just like that May is here! What a beautiful week of weather! Next week we have Food Trucks coming on May 9 and Track Day on May 10. We are still looking for a few parent volunteers, if you are available please let the office know.

Canoe and Bike Trips: Permission/Information forms for the Canoe and Bike trips can be found on google classroom (codes are listed below), if students have misplaced the forms that were handed out.

Please note: Registration for canoe trip is closed unless students were in attendance for the meetings.

Canoe Trip Code: 4msoelz

Bike Trip Code: 2divxr4

Looking Ahead.....


  • 9th - Food Trucks
  • 10th - Track Day
  • 12th - Healthy Hunger lunch - Papa John's
  • 15th - ELA Part A Exam
  • 18th - Parent Council - 7pm
  • 19th - Healthy Hunger Lunch - KFC
  • 22nd - Victoria Day - No School
  • 24th - District Track Day
  • 24th - 26th - Grade 9 Outdoor Ed Canoe Trip
  • 26th - Healthy Hunger lunch - Pita Pit


  • 1st - Zone Track Day
  • 2nd - Grade 7 Outdoor Ed trip
  • 2nd - Healthy Hunger lunch - Wok Box
  • 5th - Band Spring Concert
  • 6th - Grade 6 Volleyball Camp 5:30 - 7pm
  • 7th - Early Dismissal
  • 8th - Grade 6 Basketball Camp 5:30 - 7pm
  • 8th - Gator Day Out - Millennium Place
  • 8/9th - Grade 8 Outdoor Ed Bike Trip
  • 9th - Healthy Hunger lunch - Pizza Hut
  • 15th - Grade 9 Farewell
  • 16th - Grade 9 Day Out - Wabamun
  • 20th - ELA Part B
  • 21st - Indigenous People's Day
  • 22nd - Math Part A
  • 23rd - Math Part B
  • 26th - Social PAT
  • 27th - Science PAT
  • 28th - Last Day of School/Early Dismissal
  • 28th - Awards Night at North Pointe Church 7pm

Our Own Mack Schneider's summary of the Band Trip

On April 19th, Lorne Akins band students set off for Calgary for their first tour in 4 years. On the first day of our tour, we visited Laser City for laser tag, on the second we went swimming at Southland Leisure Center, bowling at Mountain View Bowling, and on the last day, we toured the National Music Center and walked around the Calgary Zoo.

The band performed at 2 schools: Divine Mercy Elementary and Pembroke Meadows School. The bus we used was absolutely incredible and was such a huge help in making the tour run smoothly. Everything we needed for the performances was put under the bus and was easy to take out when we needed to play. Most meals that we had we bought in the food courts of various malls in the Calgary area.

A big thanks to Mr. Demuynck and Mr. Shmyr for making this possible, and an especially huge thank you to Mr. Hollands, who did a fantastic job conducting and organizing his first band tour!

Aztec Artifact Projects

Cores 8-2 and 8-5 have just finished their Aztec artifact projects. They did an amazing job!

Grade 9 Inventors Fair

Here's a few pics from our Inventors Fair this week. Everyone did an amazing job and their inventions were very creative!

Climbing Club at Factory Climbing Club

St. Albert Public School Division Art Show

Lorne Akins Art Students with their Artwork that was selected to appear in the St. Albert Public School Division's annual Art Show! This is a wonderful opportunity for students to display their talents to the public. The exhibit will run in person at St. Albert Place from May 9th-14th as well as virtually on all division schools' websites. #GoGators

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TA Spring Door Challenge

Mrs. Barrett's TA4 class were the winners of the TA Spring Door Challenge, congrats on a job well done!
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Grade 9s making homemade perogies

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The Food Trucks are coming May 9!

This is a very popular day in the SWAMP! You do not want to miss this.......remember to bring cash or your debit card!
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Track Day is Wed. May 10!

- All students are expected at school for this full day event

- It is part of the students' PE mark as well as a core competition

- Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather

- Check your child has water with them and money for the BBQ

- And they are rested and ready for a great day of fun!

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Farewell 2023

It’s time to say “See you later, Gator”, to our Grade 9 students.

Farewell Celebration

Theme: All Black

When: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time: 4:00- 6:00 pm

Class Photo: 4:00 pm

Where: Lorne Akins

Who: Grade 9 students only

A committee of Grade 9 students have been working to plan their event. The event will begin at 4:00 with our formal class photo being taken by a photographer. Parents are welcome to come in at this time to take some photos.

Following the picture, the Grade 9 students will be heading to the atrium to socialize, enjoy some appetizers, and music. Don’t forget to take some memorable pictures in the photo booth!

Deadline to Register for busing is June 1!

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Healthy Hunger Lunches

Don't forget to place your Healthy Hunger Lunch Orders! Next week is Papa John's!

If your child is away and has ordered hot lunch, please email or call the office by 11:00 a.m. to direct your child’s hot lunch. It can be given to a sibling/another student or can be picked up in the office starting at 12pm.

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If your child will be absent, please email or call 780-460-3728 (this is 24 hrs and you can leave a voicemail)

If a student needs to leave early, the office MUST hear from a parent/guardian. Please email or call the office and we will allow the student to sign out & meet you outside (or walk home).

If a student will arrive late, they are to sign in at the office. If we have been informed the student will be late, that will be an excused late. Without hearing from a parent, the student would be marked as unexcused.

If you have any questions, please ask the office.

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Gator Gear!

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Lorne Akins Junior High School for Grades 7 to 9

The school serves the neighbourhoods of Akinsdale, Braeside, Erin Ridge, Erin Ridge North, Forest Lawn, Inglewood, Kingswood, Oakmont, Parkwood, Pineview, Regency Heights, Sturgeon Heights, Sturgeon Point Villas and Woodlands.
Derek Herman


Jennifer Suriano
Assistant Principal