AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

October 2, 2020

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 5 - World Teacher's Day
  • October 5-8 - Read in Week
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2:14 pm - Early Dismissal
  • Thursday, October 8, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Grateful Gala
  • Thursday, October 8, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - PST Interviews (By Phone)
  • Friday, October 9 - Professional Learning Day - No School
  • Monday, October 12 - Thanksgiving Day - No School
  • Tuesday, October 13, 8:45-10:00 am - School Picture Retakes (in and out-of-school learners)
  • October 18-24: School Bus Safety Week


Stay at Home Guide: When do I keep my child home?

Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return.

important: Student Absences, School Attendance, Parking—Drop off

Please contact the school in advance (when possible) if your child will be late, absent or picked up early from school. Students need to check in with the office when they are leaving for an appointment and check in once they return from their appointment.

Please park in the visitors parking when fetching your child. Student transportation will have the front drop‐off/ pick‐up area closed from 8:15 a.m.—8:45 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m.—3:25 p.m. If picking up after school, please go to the back parking lot.

Correction and Verification Form

Required for all families. It’s important we have correct information on file in the student record. This is the standard form all families review and update annually.

Please review all information, paying particular attention to phone numbers and email addresses as well as the emergency contacts and all associated information on file. If your child will be attending in-person classes and becomes ill at school, we need to be able to contact someone who can come to the school within one hour to pick him or her up.

Access this form through the Parent Portal by clicking the Correction and Verification Form tab in the left-hand menu. If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school.

Thank you for your ongoing co-operation as we gather all the required information for students.

Grateful Gala!

AJS Commercial Foods, AJS Band and AJS Art will be hosting a 'Grateful Gala' on October 8 in the cafeteria at lunch. We will be serving a special turkey feast to students for $6.50. There will also be an art show and lively music to enjoy.

The cafeteria will be closed for all other meal purchases other than for the turkey feast.

Gobble Gobble!

Read In Week 2020 - October 5-9

Read In Week returns on October 5. The theme for this year is “Read Around the World.” Through various activities, students—both in-school and out-of-school learners—will spend the week reading and learning how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives and foster empathy.

We are encouraging students to participate by borrowing books from the school library. Our library staff have created a reading service called Your Next Read where students can fill out answers to a few questions and in return, they will offer three book suggestions based on the their preferences.

Read In Week is a Division wide initiative held annually to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to enhance literacy awareness among students, staff, parents and community members.

We invite all our families to participate in Read In Week with us by reading yourself, with your child or with someone in the community.

Don’t forget to share what you’ve learned throughout the week using the hashtag #eipsreads. We hope you discover some amazing stories.

For more information visit eips.ca and La Semaine de Read In.

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day: October 5

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Launched in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world to recognize teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all of its students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for their teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.

To honour the day, EIPS is running its World Teachers’ Day contest inviting friends, family, students and staff to share a story about how a teacher inspired them. Thank you to all those who have shared stories to date. Collectively they tell a story about the vital role teachers play in shaping the minds of youth and supporting their journey of success.

EIPS extends a heartfelt thank you to all its teachers for their dedication, hard work and commitment in guiding and educating our students through their kindergarten to Grade 12 years.

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Improving Home-School Communication

To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a how-to guide entitled, “Communication Protocol for Schools.” Topics include appropriate channels to use, standard formats and structures, timing and sequencing for regular and ongoing home-school communication, and ways to bring forward questions or concerns. The manual also offers useful tools and resources schools and families can use to enhance face-to-face meetings, email communication and various social media efforts.

Communication Protocol for Schools

Most email communication from the Division will come from communications@eips.ca. From the school level, messages will often come from colette.pietsch@eips.ca. We encourage families to add these email addresses to your address book or safe senders list to help prevent Division and school messages from filtering to a junk, spam or other folder in your email inbox.

Weekly Lunch Menu

Weekly Lunch menu - Oct 5-9

Community Workshops and information

Caregiver Education Series

Alberta Health Services is hosting a series of virtual caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. Session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, communication, resiliency, and more

Visit the Division calendar or Caregiver Education to see the monthly caregiver sessions.

Its okay to not be okay

In the spotlight - Orange Shirt Day