AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

April 30, 2021

Important Dates

  • May 3 - Driver Appreciation Day
  • May 3-6 - Poster Poacher Mystery
  • May 3-9 - Mental Health Week
  • May 5 - Hats On for Mental Health Day
  • May 5, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • May 7 - PL Day for staff (no classes)
  • May 10, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting (Virtual)
  • May 21 - School Closure Day
  • May 24 - Victoria Day (Stat Holiday)
  • June 2, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • June 21 - National Indigenous People's Day
  • June 21 - Last Instructional Day


In remembrance of Cathy Rudnisky

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of one of our very own Bison family members, Cathy Rudnisky, on April 19, 2021. Cathy was an integral member of Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High and she will be dearly missed by her work family and students. Although we are heartbroken to have to say goodbye, we take solace in the knowledge that she will forever be in the hearts of all the many individuals whose lives she touched. If you wish to make a tribute to Cathy, you can include an electronic message at the link below.


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Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High will be hosting our regularly scheduled School Council meeting (Virtual) on Monday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to michelle.hothem-bumbry@eips.ca by no later than Monday, May 10 at noon. A meeting link will be emailed out by 6:00 p.m. on May 10. We hope that you can join us.

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is May 3-9, 2021. A focus on positive mental health for students, families, schools and communities contributes to building a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. Students who are mentally healthy are resilient and better able to learn, achieve success and build healthy relationships. Learn more about supporting positive mental health in schools.

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On May 5, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Participating schools will relax their hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Information is available at canwetalk.ca.

Student Transportation: 2021-22 registration is now open

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2021-22 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 registration process are now registered. Families registered will received tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 30, 2021.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment 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.

Keep Safe in Cyberspace

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It's back! Our AJS Spirit Wear online store is now live. Order now and don’t miss out. Deadline to order is Sunday, May 2, 2021. Please note any late orders will not be accepted to ensure delivery deadlines are met. All orders will be placed at the close of the sale.

Expected order delivery date is approximately 4 weeks from the end of the sale, not from date of purchase. This is subject to change if the sale is extended.


*Please note: All sales are final, please use the “size charts” tool above the size selection to ensure correct size.

2020-2021 Yearbooks - Order yours today!

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. Deadline to order will close soon so don't miss out!

THANK YOU! Driver Appreciation Day is May 3

Join us on May 3 as we recognize and thank our school bus operators for keeping the safety of our students their first priority. We encourage you, and your children, to take a moment to say thanks to our bus operators—who go above and beyond to provide safe and timely transportation to our students.

On behalf of Ardrossan Jr Sr High THANK YOU to all of our school bus operators for a job well done.

EIPS Launches new Blog: tawâw, miyoonakishkatoohk, welcome!

The Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team has launched a new blog entitled, tawâw, miyoonakishkatoohk, welcome! The monthly blog offers readers information and resources about Indigenous education and related events taking place throughout the Division.

During the recent parent engagement sessions, families of both Indigenous students and those who attended the general foundational knowledge series said they wanted more information about the projects, activities and initiatives happening at schools across EIPS. So, the Division delivered and created tawâw, miyoonakishkatoohk, welcome! Make sure to visit the blog often for the latest news and information about what’s happening throughout the Division.

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Community Resources

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