AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

January 15, 2021

Important Dates

  • January 20, 6:00 pm - EIPS Secondary French Immersion Information Night
  • January 27 - Family Literacy Day
  • January 28 - Last day of Quarter 2
  • January 29 - PD Day - No School
  • February 1 - Start of Quarter 3
  • February 3, 2:14 pm - Early Dismissal
  • February 4 & 5 - Teacher's Convention - No School
  • February 9, 6:00 pm - Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High School Open House
  • February 15 - Stat Holiday - No School



For students in 30-level classes, here is the "optional" Alberta Education diploma exam schedule. Classes will proceed for all students until Thursday, January 28. February 1 is the start of Quarter 3.

AJS Final Sitting - 2nd Quarter

Here is the AJS Final Sitting - 2nd Quarter for January not including diploma exams. Please note that there is no exam break.

*Note: 30-level students who do not write the Alberta Education Diploma Exam, will participate in the AJS Final Sitting.

Graduation and Beyond Virtual Classroom

There is a new counselling virtual classroom in the Students/Grad Information section of our website. Students can access links and information to the Graduation and Beyond presentation, ApplyAlberta, myPass, post-secondary institutions in Alberta, scholarships, student aid and more.

Visit https://www.ardrossan.ca/students/grad-information.

2020-2021 Yearbook

This year's yearbook (2020-2021) is available for you to purchase on the PowerSchool Parent Portal website. To order a copy, click on Fees and add the 2020/2021 Yearbook. You must pay the fee in full to submit your order. Don't miss out!


The First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team is offering two online parent information and engagement series for EIPS families.

Series #1: Developing Foundational Knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, histories and contemporary contexts.

This three part series is designed for EIPS parents and families who are curious to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, perspectives and histories. These sessions are designed as entry points to understanding as we work toward learning our collective truth on the path of reconciliation.

Sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams Meetings, Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting

  • Session 1 (virtual): February 2, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

    • Who we are and why this work is needed

    • What reconciliation looks like in EIPS

  • Session 2 (virtual) February 23, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

    • Addressing common roadblocks to understanding and relationship

    • Terminology; bridging the gap between what language parents may be used to hearing and what children are learning in schools

  • Session 3 (virtual) March 16, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

    • Language of this land- The importance of highlighting Indigenous languages; deepening understanding of relationship to land through language; what exploration of Indigenous languages can look like in schools

Series #2: Virtual gathering of First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents and families.

This series is designed for First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents and families who are curious to learn more about the supports offered throughout EIPS. It is an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit parents to gather together and engage in conversation in partnership with the EIPS First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team.

Sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams Meetings, Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting

  • Initial Gathering (virtual): January 26, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

  • Introduction to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team

    • What self-identification is and what it means

    • What supports are in place for self-identified students

Future sessions will be discussed and decided upon with input from participating parents and families.

Returning Student Registration for 2021-22

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2021-22 school year. Families of all returning students must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2021-22 school year. 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 2021-22 returning student registration takes place between Feb. 1-28, 2021.

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, 2021.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information contact the school directly.

MacEwan University Information Sessions

MacEwan University is happy to host virtual Information Session weeks February 1-6 and March 1-6, 2021. Attend a virtual information session to learn about what you need to get into your program and what you’ll study while you’re here.

This is a great opportunity to connect with faculty and advisors, engage in discussions and be inspired by where your MacEwan University education can take you.

If you want to learn more about MacEwan’s City Centre Campus and all the services available there, be sure to take a virtual tour.

MacEwan University Virtual Information Session

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Community Resources

Survive and Thrive: Move ahead financially after losing your job

Date: Thursday, January 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Registration: free, register https://www.sclibrary.ca/calendar

Strathcona County Library - Virtual Program

Learn how to move ahead financially after the loss of a job. This session is facilitated by a Chartered Professional Accountant Canada volunteer.

If you are Zoom shy, feel free to contact us for a quick intro. Call 780-410-8600

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Winter Walk Day

Winter Walk Day will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter. More than 800 organizations and 100,000 Albertans took part last year. Visit the Winter Walk Day site to register for the 2021 event.
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