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October 25 BUZZ

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This year's first book fair was a great success! Thank you to all our students, parents, and staff who supported the book fair both in-person and online. The school was a buzz with energy throughout the week and I saw many smiles as students browsed and shopped the many books, posters, journals, pens, and eraser selections.

This Friday we invite students to wear their Halloween costumes. We have some fun things planned for the day. Information related to costume guidelines and requests to refrain from sending class treats is included below.

A reminder if you are planning to travel outside of Canada for November break or Christmas break please ensure you review the mandatory requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order. More information related to the requirements can be found below and in the email sent from EIPS last week.

It's a good week to have good week!

Jen Ference

In this week's BUZZ

Week at a Glance 


  • Halloween Friday Fun
  • Staff Contact Information


  • Book Fair Success!
  • Community Education Service Webinars


  • School Bus Safety Week
  • Mandatory Requirements upon Return From Travelling Outside of Canada 

Week at a Glance

  • A great day for learning
  • Bus Evacuation Drill (Grades 1-6)
  • Little Elk Island Adventure Bus Evacuation (Kindergarten B) 
  • Little Elk Island Adventure Bus Evacuation (Kindergarten A) 
  • Explaining our thinking and building connections to our learning
  • Halloween Dress Up Day


Halloween Friday Fun

This year we will be celebrating Halloween on October 29! Students are invited to wear a costume to school for a day of spooky fun! Please remember that students will need to wear masks, even when in costume. We were impressed with how people incorporated their masks into their costumes last year! We can't wait to see what you come up with this year!

Please remember that we are a family focused school and that any costumes that are particularly gory or scary are best used for trick or treating at home. We have students who are very little at our school that may become scared of gruesome costumes. Weapons of any type and overly scary full-faced masks are prohibited as well as inflatable costumes as they take up too much space in the classroom.

Similar to last year, due to COVID protocols in place at school, there will be no school-wide parade and we will not be able to accept any party food or treats sent from home. Within each class, teachers will still make Halloween special for their students.

Staff Contact Information

We recently made changes to how families can contact Glen Allan Elementary staff.

If you’d like to reach out to your child’s teacher directly, simply log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. From the Grades and Attendance page, you can click on the name of any of your child’s teachers to email them directly as needed.

To connect with school administration and main office staff, refer to the online contact form to send an email to the applicable person directly. From the online contact form, you can also send an email to report your child’s absence.

If you’re having trouble with your PowerSchool account, contact the school office. And, of course, we’re always just a phone call away if you have questions or need assistance, 780-467-5519.


Book Fair

This year's first book fair was a great success! Thank you to all our students, parents, and staff who supported the book fair both in-person and online. The energy in the library and throughout the school was incredible. It was fun to watch students as they browsed the books and created their wish lists, their love for reading evident. The two days of shopping was busy for Ms. G and her parent volunteers but I know they wouldn't have wanted it any other way! 

The funds raised go to both the library and Glen Allan School Council who distributes the money to various initiatives at the school. The second book fair will be held in February and we will be asking for interested parents who'd like to help in planning and organizing the event as well as volunteers to help during the event. Watch for more details in the new year.

Community Education Service Webinars

Community Education Service (CES), a program within Alberta Health Services, provides the public with free, evidence-based information sessions and resource materials to address child, youth and family health and mental health needs. Webinars are open to both parents and educators. Schools can also consider sharing this information with their school council members. For more information refer to the CES website and upcoming webinars listings.


School Bus Safety Week

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) celebrated School Bus Safety Week October 17-23. The theme: Bus Rules Rock!, which focused on the importance of being a responsible rider. Throughout the week, various activities are planned, including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills.

Our bus evacuation drills are being held this week, Tuesday, October 26 for Kindergarten B and Grades 1 - 6 students and on Wednesday, October 27 for Kindergarten A students.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, Glen Allan Elementary reminds students and families all Division school buses are equipped with a bus-pass scanner, GPS technology, the Child Check-Mate system and surveillance equipment, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 160 buses. Families and students also have access to the Traversa Ride 360 app, a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child is scanned onto a bus.

For more information visit EIPS Student Transportation or contact 780- 417-8151.

Mandatory Requirements upon Return From Travelling Outside of Canada 

As November break approaches, we have received a number of inquiries asking when students are able to return to school after travelling outside of Canada.

Unvaccinated students under 12 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians cannot return to school or daycare for 14 days following their return to Canada, and must follow the mandatory requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.

Fully vaccinated students 12 years and older who travelled out of the country can return to school without delay so long as they are asymptomatic. If unvaccinated, these students are subject to the Government of Canada’s required 14-day quarantine, whether or not they are accompanied by a parents or guardian who qualifies as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Additional information on travel restrictions and public health requirements can be found at the Government of Canada’s website.


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