Knightly News

December 2021

Seasons' Greetings and Happy Holidays

We would like to take this time to wish all of our families the very best of the season. With the arrival of Winter and colder weather, some families may find this time challenging, so we thank you in advance for your generous donations to the Strathcona Food bank that will help provide sustenance and holiday cheer. Our families, students and staff collected over 762 items of food to be donated! Way to go Knights!

During the month of December, we have some fun-filled activities organized for our students and will look forward to celebrating with them. PJ Day, Ugly sweater day and Christmas activities are just a few of them.

So, once again, all the best you all. We will look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Importants Dates

  • December 1: Early dismissal, food bank donations collected, PJ Day
  • December 17 Ugly Christmas Sweater day
  • December 21 (pm): Christmas activity afternoon
  • December 22-January 4: Christmas break (schools closed to staff and students)
  • December 24-January 3: Central Services closed
  • January 5: Early dismissal

Thank you Knights' Nation!

Thank you to the many families that donated to our Reverse Advent Calendar Food Bank Event during the month of November. We managed to collect 762 items to be donated to our local food bank. These donations will help support families in our communities who are struggling and will be very appreciated!!

Clover Bar Junior High Ski Trip

Clover Bar Junior High is planning an overnight ski trip to Jasper, AB. This awesome experience is booked with MagicBus touring company and is scheduled to take place Wednesday March 2 to Thursday, March 3, 2022. Friday, March 4 is a PD day for students.

This trip will be accessing services (bus, restaurants, ski hill) that are participating in the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) and as such, all staff and students who wish to participate, will be required to be fully vaccinated and to bring proof of vaccination.

The approximate cost of the trip is based upon the confirmed number of students who attend.

Rates include:

  • Round trip luxury 56 passenger motorcoach transportation with bottled water on-board

  • 1 night accommodation at Lobstick Lodge.

  • 2 days skiing at Marmot Basin.

  • A mandatory 1 hour lesson on the 1st day for every student (mandated by the ski hill for school groups)

  • All taxes

This preliminary information has already been sent home with students. If your child is interested in participating, a deposit of $100.00 will be required on January 5, 2022. Please watch for more information to be sent home. Feel free to contact Mrs. Blush or Mr. Burback for more information.

Student Advisory Committee

Over the next couple of months the Principal, Mrs. Alpern, will be meeting with representative groups from each grade and homeroom to discuss Clover Bar Junior High School. She is looking to engage students in thinking about how to maintain the great things happening at our school and also to think about how we can improve on our already great programs. Grade 9 students will meet with her in January and grade 8s and 7s in the months after that. We are looking forward to some great conversations!

Write to the Troops

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the many Clover Bar Junior High students who participated in the “Write to the Troops” program this past week. This program encourages students to write to Canadian Armed Forces members during the holiday season in order to send a little holiday cheer to those who are deployed. Our students wrote and sent over 160 cards with personal messages to our troops. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Strathcona County Solutions Navigator

Strathcona County Solutions Navigation

Social Supports Direct Contact: 780-464-4044

Counselling Information and contacts and Safe.Supported.Connected

Family and Community Services- Here you will find links to community supports such as counseling, mental health, grants and funding and crisis contacts.

Strathcona Youth Resources: Services and connections for teens

Family Resource Network:This page is FULL of great information including events for families and teens

Upcoming Events for teens and families

Dec 8: 6pm, online

Straight Talk About Teens - For Parents and caregivers of youth ages 12 to 18 years

Dec 9: 1:30 pm, online

Newcomer Connector Event - Families new to Canada or new to Strathcona County, all ages welcome!

Dec 10: 6pm, Ardrossan Recreation Centre

Gingerbread Build-Off - For Youth grades 7 to 9

Dec 17: 6 pm, BGC Canteen Youth Hub

Gingerbread Build-Off - For Youth grades 7 to 9

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2022-23 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. The 2022-23 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2022.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2022. Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-2295

Christmas Break

Clover Bar Junior High will be closed for Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours

Open December 22 and 23; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Dec. 23, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022

Open January 4; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*for location and contact information visit

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

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Research Study on Parenting Adolescent Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The University of Alberta LEAP Lab is conducting a research study on parenting adolescent children during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are currently recruiting parent-adolescent pairs to participate. Participating in this study can offer you a chance to learn about you and your adolescent!

How long will this study take?

Parent-adolescent pairs will each complete a survey and an optional interview. The survey will take about 30-40 minutes, and the interview portion would be about 45 minutes should you opt to participate in it. In exchange for your participation, you will be provided with a $25 Chapters e-gift card!

How to get involved?

If you are interested in participating in this study with your teenager, please send an email to

For more information, please visit:

This study is being conducted at the University of Alberta and has been approved by a Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta [Study ID:Pro00112378].

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