AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

June 4, 2021

Important Dates

  • June 7-11 - Ardrossan Virtual Art Show (Gr. 10)
  • June 7 - Student Council Ice Cream Sunshine Day
  • June 7 - DELF Partie Ecrite (a.m.) and DELF Partie Orale (p.m.)
  • June 8 - DELF Partie Orale (a.m.)
  • June 14-18 - Ardrossan Virtual Art Show (Gr. 11)
  • June 14-20 - Pride Week
  • June 16 - Student Council Beach Day
  • June 21-25 - Ardrossan Virtual Art Show (Gr. 12)
  • June 21 - National Indigenous People's Day
  • June 23 - Last Day of Classes
  • June 24 & 25 - 2021 Convocation Red Carpet Recognition
  • June 28 - Last Operational Day
  • August 25 - EIPS school offices reopen


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EIPS STATEMENT: Graves found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School

On May 27, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced it located the remains of 215 children who were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our hearts are with the families of each child whose death at the school went unacknowledged. The loss of these young lives is a tragedy beyond words.

To honour the 215 children, and every child whose life was taken, schools throughout EIPS organized ceremonies, including a moment of silence and encouraged staff and students to wear orange on Wednesday, June 2. As well, all EIPS buildings lowered their flags at half-mast for 215 hours—an hour for each child—from May 31 to June 8.

As a Division, we stand in solidarity with everyone who suffered, and continues to suffer, because of trauma inflicted by the Canadian residential school system. Elk Island Public Schools has undertaken programs and initiatives based on respect, co-operation and partnership that embrace Indigenous teachings, heritage and contributions to enhance our understanding. But this news is a solemn reminder there remains much work ahead to comprehend the full truth of what occurred at residential schools so we can move forward with meaningful reconciliation—and a positive future.

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Grad News

We are pleased to announce the following: Emmaline Gulde has been selected to provide the AJS Convocation/Red Carpet Recognition 2021 tribute to the parents speech, and her mother, Ms. Heather Normandeau, will provide the AJS Convocation/Red Carpet Recognition 2021 tribute to the students speech. The speakers were selected by the grad class, and their speeches will be included in the AJS Convocation/Red Carpet Recognition video that will be created on June 24 and 25.

Also, we are happy to inform you that Julia Redinger and Kyle Alexander have been selected as Co-Valedictorians for the AJS 2021 Graduation Class.


School Boundary Map for Students

Reminder to junior high students that the store, the front of the school, the baseball diamonds and the dugouts are considered out-of-bounds. Walking paths are the boundaries.

Senior high students, once you are in the parking lot, you are to leave or go to a grassy area to eat your lunch. There is no sitting in cars or idling cars.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Grade 9 Recognition Event

Today we recognized our Grade 9 students who will be progressing on to high school next year. Congratulations to all of our grade 9 students. We are so proud of all the hard work and effort you put in. #bisonpride

If your child received a certicate and you would like a picture of them, please fill out the following google form. Deadline to submit your request is Wednesday, June 9.

Request Picture Form

Parent Action Item- Feedback on School Goals and Strategy ideas

As we continue our work together in moving into next year, we will be focusing on the 3 below goals. Please email Principal Miss MJ Nam with any strategy ideas at mj.nam@eips.ca. We appreciate your feedback.

EIPS PRIORITY: Promote Growth and Success for All Students


1-For all students to experience growth and success in the areas of literacy and numeracy by continuing to build a culture of school-wide collaboration.

EIPS PRIORITY: Enhance High Quality Learning and Working Environments


2-Building teacher capacity to improve student learning experiences, engagement, and differentiation through a variety of innovative instructional practices over the course of a school year.

EIPS PRIORITY: Enhance Public Education through effective engagement


3-Enhance public education by increasing community involvement, encouraging a culture of social responsibility, and developing empathetic citizens.

Grade 12 Students: MyPass Accounts

Grade 12 students: if you do not have a myPass account set up, please see Mrs. Richardson asap so you will have access to your marks after you graduate.

Accessing User Accounts: Students Leaving EIPS

Is your child graduating from or leaving EIPS at the end of the school year? If so, they must ensure any information they want to retain from their school cloud accounts is downloaded onto a personal device before leaving.

  • Google account – Students must download any wanted content before September 1—download files individually or in bulk using Google Takeout.
  • Microsoft account – Students must download any wanted content from their OneDrive account before September 1.

After Sept. 1, 2021, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files.

For more information, contact the school at 780-922-2228.

Updating Your Contact Information

Have you recently moved, or has your contact information changed throughout the past year? EIPS encourages families to review the information it has on file to ensure it’s up to date. Using the Correction and Verification Form, available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families can review the current information on file for each student—addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts, medical details and other related information—and submit any updates needed.

Reviewing and updating the form ensures the Division has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. Your review is especially important if there’s any communication the Division or school needs to send out over the summer months related to classes next year.

All EIPS families are asked to review their child’s Correction and Verification Form by Monday, June 14 at noon. After this time, the form will be turned off for the remainder of the school year and not available again to families until the start of the 2021-22 school year.

NOTE: Only submit updates for the changes that have already taken place. If you’re moving this summer, you’ll submit the necessary updates to your address through the Correction and Verification Form at the start of next school year after you’ve moved.

If you have questions about the form or are having trouble with your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact the school at 780-922-2228.

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High is closed. We will reopen on August 25 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2021-22 school year. Students return to school on September 1.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 28 to August 24

Open: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 780-464-3477
Address: 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed July 1 Canada Day
Closed August 2 Heritage Day

NOTE: Student Transportation also remains open during the summer months—operating during the same hours as EIPS Central Services.

Cafeteria Menu

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Community Resources

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Strathcona County Library Summer Reading Challenge

Young readers in Strathcona County can earn digital badges and win prizes for reading and completing activity challenges over the summer through the Strathcona County Library Summer Reading Challenge, June 26 to August 29! The program is open to residents of Strathcona County only. Non-residents may participate but are not eligible to win prizes.
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Strathcona County Pride Festival

The third annual Strathcona County Pride Festival will take place June 14-20. The centrepiece of the festival will be a drive-thru parade where vendors will have pavilions that residents will drive past. Vendors are encouraged to have fun with their space and use options like QR codes to direct residents to websites, activities and other online content that people participating in Pride will be interested in.

Additional Pride events include:

  • Decorate your space (doors, storefronts, websites, social media) for Pride
  • Host an event of your own! If you or your organization has an activity, event or opportunity you want to share, let us know so we can help you promote it! We’re going to be featuring educational workshops, a flag raising, a trivia night and a youth arts event, but we would love to see your ideas and energy enrich the festival!
  • Sponsor an event or activity (if you’re interested in potentially sponsoring, contact the altView Foundation for more details).
  • Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Volunteer with LGBTQ+ programs.
  • Follow Strathcona County Pride Festival on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest details and opportunities to get involved and share information about activities.
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