AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

June 24, 2022

Important Dates

  • June 28 - Last Instructional Day
  • June 28, 4:30 p.m. - Graduation Program and Commencement Ceremony
  • June 29 - Last Operational Day
  • August 22 - School Office Re-Opens
  • August 22-26 - Course Change Requests Sent via Google Doc
  • August 22-26 - AJS Volleyball Camp - Registration is required.
  • August 26 - Professional Learning Day
  • August 29 - Operational Day
  • August 29, 5:00 p.m. - Grade 7 Orientation
  • August 30 - Classes Begin, Day 1
  • September 5 - Labour Day (Stat. Holiday)
  • September 7, 2:16 p.m. - Early Dismissal


Welcome and Farewell

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following staff who will be joining the Bison family in August.

  • M. Eric Croistiere - Social FI and French Language Arts
  • Mrs. Joanne Langford - Secretary
  • Ms. Breanna Sorotsky - English Language Arts
  • Ms. Kristy Wiebe-Marsh - Counsellor Gr. 8, 10, 12
  • Mrs. Trudi Williamson - Assistant Principal Gr. 7, 9, 11

Fond farewell and thank you to Mr. Brian Cable – Teacher and Mrs. Glenda Ewanovich – Registrar for their many years of service to AJS and EIPS. Enjoy your retirement!

Congratulations to Mrs. Tamia Richardson-Counsellor who is off to EIPS Supports for Students, Mme Patricia Reddy-Teacher to Alberta Education Curriculum, Mrs. Carolyn Powell-Teacher to Next Step and Mme Isabelle Mclean-Teacher to Ardrossan Elementary.

Best wishes on their new adventures to Mr. Dylan Shott-Teacher, Mrs. Lorraine Hallock, Mrs. Kristen Shertenka, Mrs. Debra Payne – Educational Assistants, and Mrs. Kim Walsh- Business Manager.

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found items on the tables under the ramp. Any items that remain at the end of the day, Tuesday, June 28, will be bagged and donated to the Community Clothes Line.

Return Your Books!

Just a reminder to students to please return your textbooks and reading materials to the library as soon as possible. School will remain open until June 29 from 8:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Thank you!

Department News

  • The math 9 French Immersion class learned some coding with a Jupyter notebook and Turtles.

  • The Esthetics class practiced their theatrical makeup skills and painting nails.

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

After Aug. 1, 2022, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files.

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

Student Transportation: 2022-23 registration

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2022-23 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student or new student registration processes are now registered. Those families have also received tentative route schedules and invoices—fees are due June 30, 2022.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation services during the registration process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca.

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation, visit www.eips.ca/transportation.

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person, contact Student Transportation to make an appointment.

REMINDER: 2021-22 school fees

School fees for the 2021-22 school year are posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.

To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly before the summer break.

NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before Aug. 31, 2022.

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High is closed. We will reopen on August 22 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 2022-23 school year. Students return to school on August 30.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 29 to August 19

Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone 780-464-3477

Address 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed July 1 Canada Day

Closed August 1 Heritage Day

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

Kayak Kids' Illustrated History Challenge

Students ages 7 to 14 are invited to write a short, illustrated story about a person, place or event in Canadian history. Stories should be 500-1,200 words and include one to three illustrations or archival photographs—comic format is also accepted. The deadline to enter is June 30. Two winners, one in English and one in French, will each receive an RESP worth $1,000. Learn more | Enter


WordsWorth is a week-long sleepover creative writing residency for young writers who believe in the power of words. Writers will be completely immersed in the creative and diverse world of writing. Guided by established and respected artist-instructors, writers will experience writing through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, spoken word, music and more. But the experiences don’t begin and end with the classes; WordsWorth is a place where young writers come together to celebrate writing through friendship, campfires, concerts, open mic sessions, hikes, haiku and semi-competitive games outside of class.
Week 1 (ages 11-14): July 10-15
Week 2 (ages 15-19): July 17-22
Location: Red Deer Polytechnic
Cost: $570 (bursaries available)

Experiences Canada Career Choices

As youth prepare for life after high school, it can be overwhelming to search for career information and navigate between the many resources that are available to support youth. Our Career choices program aims to create online resources to support youth in planning for post-secondary – whether that is continuing in school, or venturing out to the workplace. The virtual series will cover a broad range of possibilities, both traditional and non-traditional, reflecting the diversity of opportunities in the marketplace. The goal of this program is to help high school students navigate the many possibilities that are available to them after high school, help them sort through online resources, and to build youth’s awareness and confidence in the skills that they already possess.


Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada Youth Employment Strategy designed help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and keep quality jobs. More than 6,500 Alberta jobs open to youth ages 15 to 30 are currently posted on the online job bank—hundreds in the local EIPS area.

STudents for Hire

The Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for members to post summer jobs for students ages 13 and older. Students interested in job opportunities for the summer months can review the list of jobs. Available jobs may be a few hours, days or months in length.

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards

The ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program recognizes Indigenous students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their school and communities.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit awards ($500) – for students completing grades 10-12, including upgrading.
  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs.
  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs.

The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2022.

Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program

Canadian Imperial College, in collaboration with non-profit Canadian Imperial Advantage, is offering the Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program (YEMP) this summer. YEMP is a 12-week long empowerment program for youth and budding entrepreneurs ages 15-35 years who’re interested in starting a business or learning the basics of entrepreneurship. At completion, youth will gain basic knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs. Participants will be paired with mentors for guidance, to move forward in their business or career, and develop their networks in the community. The program runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 16, 2022.
Letter of introduction | Register

Storwell Bursary for Foster Children

Storwell Self Storage has re-launched its Foster Children Bursary. Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to support foster children as they pursue their post-secondary education and to help them as they progress into a new and exciting stage of their lives. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2022.