AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

March 25, 2021

Important Dates

  • March 26 - Day-in-lieu of Parent-Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • March 29 to April 2 - Spring Break (school closed)
  • April 5 - Easter Monday (school closed)
  • April 6 - First Day Back after Spring Break
  • April 6 - Chicken and Arty Chocolate Handout (courtesy of Student Council)
  • April 6-9 - Healthcare Recognition Week
  • April 8, 6:30 p.m. - DELF - AJS French Immersion Grade 12 (Virtual Meeting)
  • April 7, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting
  • April 7 - World Health Day
  • April 20 - End of Quarter 3
  • April 20 - Scavenger Hunt Submissions
  • April 21 - Start of Quarter 4
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 23 - Jersey Day


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Reminder: High School Registration

A reminder to Grade 9, 10 and 11 students to submit their high school planners as soon as possible (Deadline March 25, but we will still accept late submissions). Contact Student Services if you have any questions. Email ann.boake@eips.ca (grades 7, 9, 11) or tamia.richardson@eips.ca (8,10, 12).

March Madness: A Tournament of Books

March Madness Tournament of Books – with a record breaking number of votes our Final 4 bracket is:

  • The Outsider by Stephen King vs The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Stay tuned on Instagram to decide who will compete in the semi-final and visit the library to checkout any of our competing books!

Watch for Thin Ice

Remember, be aware of thin ice this time of year. Depending on changing temperatures, ice can form and melt to varying degrees on outdoor bodies of water. Please remind your child about the dangers of thin ice, obey all posted signs, take the proper care and remain a safe distance from the ice. For more information about ice safety, visit the Canadian Red Cross.

Did you know?
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength. Clear blue ice is the strongest. White opaque is half as strong as blue ice. And, grey ice is unsafe—the greyness indicates the presence of water.

Reminder to Grads!!

In-House Awards and Scholarships

Reminder to all Grade 12s: In-House Awards & Scholarship application packages are due April 6, 2021. Be sure to ask for your reference letters asap.

Grad Cap and Gown

You can now complete your AJS Grad 2021 cap and gown order. Go to https://forms.gle/EbcwQUvqbhbh4Roi9. Remember to submit only one form per student and include the height of the student's shoes that will be worn at convocation in the height box. We hope to submit all orders to Herff-Jones by April 13, 2021.

Grad Write-Ups and Baby Pictures

Calling all GRADS! Please submit your baby picture and grad write-ups before the deadline of April 9. You can download a copy of the grad-write up form and submit your baby picture through the links below.

Grad Write-Up Form (Word Doc)

Submit Your Baby Picture

High School Youth Researcher Summer Program (HYRS)

The University of Alberta invites Grade 11 students to apply for the High school Youth Researcher Program (HYRS). The purpose of the program is to provide students with hands-on experience in biomedical and health-related research. This is a paid summer position and successful applicants, aside from academic achievement, demonstrate scientific curiosity and aptitude for research. Visit Student Services or contact Mrs. Boake at ann.boake@eips.ca for information about how to apply. The deadline is May 1, 2021.

HYRS Info Letter

EIPS Parent Survey

Have your say! The 2021 EIPS Parent Survey is Now Open

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2021 EIPS Parent Survey—open from April 6-20.

Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.

Plus, new this year, the survey includes a Part B, featuring questions about the Division’s priorities, goals and outcomes. As you know, in fall 2021, EIPS welcomes a new locally elected Board of Trustees. Your feedback will help the incoming Board develop a new EIPS Four-Year Education Plan—one that’s responsive to student and community needs and focused on continuous improvement.

Survey closes April 20, 2021.

The survey is anonymous and doesn't take long to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.

National Volunteer Week

A big THANK YOU to all EIPS families

National Volunteer Week takes place April 18-24. Most years, we celebrate the week in schools by thanking the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who offer their knowledge and time to help enhance learning within the Division. This year is a little different because of COVID-19. While different, schools are thanking their families in new and creative ways.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to every one of our EIPS school families for your support over the last 12 months. Collectively, we’ve created a relationship that allows us to rally behind one clear vision: To provide exceptional education for all students. As we navigate the pandemic, it’s critical we continue to work together to support student learning. Through this, we’ll inspire learners and ensure they gain the skills they need to transition to the next grade or the world of work.

So, again, thank-you for your time, for your efforts, for your kindness and for your understanding as we work together to ensure all students succeed.

Trina Boymook

Chair, EIPS Board of Trustees

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Community Resources

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Strathcona County News and Events

Visual Arts Spring Break Camp

Explore the myths, legends and origins of mythological creatures in the Mythical Creatures Art Camp. With a new activity each day, participants in the four-day camp will create their own enchanting interpretations of fantastic beings while mastering art techniques like drawing, abstract painting, mixed media and sculpture. All art supplies and additional self-guided activities are included and will be available for pick up at Smeltzer House Visual Arts Centre.

Mythical Creatures (8Y-12Y) runs from March 29 to April 1, 1-2:30 p.m. $75 with supply kit included. Registration closes on March 26 at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Visual Art Programmers Ruta Nichol at 780-464-2023 or Victoria Sanchez at 780-449-1139.

Waste in our World

Are you teaching the Waste in our World unit? Contact Erin Wildeboer for your free presentation and resources.

Plug in to your Creativity

Creativity helps us express ourselves and improves our mental health. Sign up for three fun days and try something new during spring break!

  • Tuesday, March 30 – Make a Mess
  • Wednesday, March 31 – Expressive Art
  • Thursday, April 1 – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Morning sessions are for youth in grades 4-6. Afternoon sessions are for teens in grades 8-9. Register

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