AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

November 20, 2020

Important Dates

  • November 27, 7:00 pm - Canadian Parents for French (Virtual) - Rescheduled
  • November 24 & 25, 6-8 pm - Your Future: Post Secondary and Career Fair (Virtual)
  • November 23-27 - Movember Week
  • November 26 - Stache Your Mask Contest
  • November 30, 6:30 pm - School Council Meeting (Virtual)
  • November 30 - December 13 - Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
  • December 2, 2:14 pm - Early Dismissal
  • December 7 & 8 - Immunizations Grade 7, 9 & 10
  • December 23 - January 5 - Winter Break


Stormwater Pond Ice Safety

Strathcona County does not monitor the ice thickness of any stormwater ponds or natural bodies of water. Therefore, ice conditions are unknown and unpredictable. Stay safe: keep off the ice.

Stormwater ponds have an inlet and outlet pipe with water flowing much of the year. Moving water, water temperature changes due to vegetation or drainage and fluctuating weather conditions lead to unknown, unpredictable and dangerous ice conditions.

Car Winter Safety


Mornings can be busy but you should never be too busy to clear your car windows of snow and ice. Not clearing your windows properly can obstruct your view of the roads as well as other drivers and pedestrians. So do yourself a favour and take a few minutes to make sure your car is clear and safe this winter. Be safe!

Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair

It's time to focus on your future!

Your Future is going VIRTUAL. While we're limited in our ability to gather together in person, that doesn't mean we still can't bring together a collection of post-secondary colleges and universities as well as potential employers and associations to share valuable information about post-secondary education and career planning. This year, Elk Island Public Schools is taking Your Future virtual to continue sharing this important information with students and families.

Over the course of two evenings—November 24 and 25—EIPS has planned a series of short Microsoft Teams meets with presenters from a variety of organizations and institutions. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to join!

Learn more: https://www.eips.ca/students/your-future

Nominate an Exceptional Educator Today!

The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence have honoured exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines since 1994, with over 1,600 teachers honoured to date. Teaching Excellence Awards recipients are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy. The Teaching Excellence in STEM Awards honour outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers that help develop the culture of innovation Canada needs today, and in the future.

The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education have honoured outstanding early childhood educators since 2002, with almost 300 educators honoured to date. Recipients are honoured for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.

Visit CANADA.CA/PM-AWARDS for more information.

Social Justice Project - Run by students, for students

The new Social Justice Club is running a project on Wednesday the 25th to educate students about voter suppression and political research. Students will face a variety of methods to suppress their vote such as:

  • confusing registration
  • badly designed ballots
  • inconvenient polling stations.

Once a student votes, they will receive a candy with a small factsheet attached to it to explain how voters may be suppressed in a modern election. They will be voting to elect a class to win a box of “chocolate bars.” In reality, the prize will be gluten free granola bars. The winning class will receive their prize along with a second factsheet to educate on how to research political candidates and understand the nuances of political promises. All sanitizer ion and distancing guidelines will be followed.

AJS Masks for Sale

Get your very own AJS mask starting Monday, November 23. These will be available to purchase from the office for $10. Cash only. Limited quantities so don't delay.

Movember Week - November 23-27

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

AJS will be hosting a virtual book fair with Scholastic Canada from November 30 - December 13. Soon you will be able to build your home library with new books to inspire and engage the young readers in your home!
  • Titles available for Grades K to 12.
  • Every purchase earns Book Fair Rewards that can be used for resources to support our school.
  • Orders can be delivered right to your school or home. Safe and Easy.
  • FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on orders over $35 or if placed on Wednesday, December 2 from 6 to 8 pm.

To order books online, visit https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5153383.

Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying is a relationship problem that involves a power imbalance, which is why it can be so challenging to overcome it by ourselves. Regardless of where bullying happens – in school, or online – there are people and resources that can help. This year’s theme, #WhereToTurn, encourages everyone to learn where to turn when dealing with bullying.

At AJS we talked about the importance of healthy relationships, recognizing the signs of unhealthy relationships, and how to respond or support others with bullying or in unhealthy relationships.

Need support? Reach out to your school counselor or teacher.
You can also contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868 or call Bullying Helpline: 1-888-456-2323 to get help anonymously. Go to https://www.alberta.ca/bullying-awareness-week.aspx for more information.

Recognizing Bullying Behaviour

Bullying can often be confused with other behavior. Bullying is repeated mean, cruel, hurtful behaviours done on purpose by someone with more power. Bullying can come in many different forms including:

  • Physical bullying: harassing someone by hitting, shoving, tripping or any other use of physical force.
  • Emotional or psychological bullying: harassing someone with verbal attacks, hurtful comments, name-calling or teasing.
  • Cyberbullying: harassing someone over social media, text, email, websites and other digital channels.
  • Social bullying: harassing someone by excluding them, spreading rumours or giving them “the silent treatment.”
  • Discriminatory bullying: harassing someone based on sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or anything else perceived as making them “different.”

Need support? Reach out to your school counselor or teacher. You can also contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868 or call Bullying Helpline: 1-888-456-2323 to get help anonymously.

Is your relationship healthy?

Are you worried that your relationship might not be healthy? Take this quiz to find out:

We Need YOU to Help Create the Yearbook

Calling ALL BISON students and families! This is a different year and we are going to create a unique yearbook filled with content provided by our entire community so we need your help. Below are some themes we are considering to include. If you have something to contribute, please click on the google form, answer a few short questions and submit your photos.

  • Summer 2020 (google form) - Did you have a staycation? Perhaps you explored the mountains or a lake. Show us your pictures of what your summer looked like.
  • First Day of School (google form) - What did your first day of school look like? What did your commute look like? Share your porch portraits.
  • Celebrating Fall (google form) - Show us your best pumpkin carving design. Did you experience the corn maze? What was your favorite costume as a kid?
  • Out-of-school Learning (google form) - What is your daily schedule? What does your workspace look like?

We are excited to feature YOU in the yearbook. Thank you for helping us.

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