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April 8 BUZZ

Happy Monday!

Our first week in April included many great activities:

  • Return of Glen and Glenda
  • Learning and Planning with Connie Kulhavey
  • Junior High Presentation from FR Haythorne
  • Track and Badminton Tryouts
  • FitKids Yoga and Stretching
  • Animal Theme Day - The dinosaurs were roaming the school!
  • And of course, the Welcome to the Jungle Family Dance!!

A huge thank you to our Glen Allan School Council for organizing and hosting an amazing family dance! The evening was full of wonderfully wild energy, lots of dancing, lots of candy, and huge smiles!!

Photo galleries of last week’s activities can be found below.

We have a lot going on this week with a couple whole school presentations, continuation of badminton and track tryouts, and of course Glenda watch!

It's a great week for a great week!

Please read through the following blog post articles for important Glen Allan information. 

Week-at-a-Glance 

Action 

Opportunity

Information 

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Information

Photo Galleries

  • Kicking off April
  • Welcome to the Jungle Family Dance

WEEK AT A GLANCE - April 8 - 12

Monday

  • Indoor lunch recess due to partial solar eclipse - all classes will have time to be outside before lunch eating
  • Badminton Tryouts
  • Grade 5 Track Team Try-outs

Tuesday

  • Sigmond Brower Assembly and Grade 6 Writing Workshop
  • Grade 6 Track Team Try-outs

Wednesday

  • Shelter in Place Emergency Drill
  • Badminton Team Practice
  • Clover Bar Junior High Open House 5 - 6 pm 

Thursday

  • FitKids Little Sweatshop Bootcamp
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club

Friday

  • Sal Drama 10 Performance - The Trial of Goldilocks
  • Badminton Team Practice
  • Grade 3 Teacher's Pet - Earth's Hidden Secrets
  • David A. Robertson Virtual Event for some classes

ACTION

Hot Lunch - April 19

On Friday April 19 GASC will be hosting hot lunch from Nitza's Pizza. Log on to gln.hotlunches.net to order. The Access Code is GLEN if anyone has not yet set up their account this year. Orders will open close Tuesday April 16 at noon. All orders must be paid through the website. Unpaid items as of the cut-off time will not be ordered. We are unable to take late orders.

We are looking for volunteers to come help the day of. You can sign up to volunteer on the website at the time of purchase. If you run into any problems please contact Drie @ amsuelzle@gmail.com

Update regarding Grade 6 PATs

Alberta Education has provided an update that they will not be administering the Grade 6 English Language Arts and Literature (ELAL) and Mathematics Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) this school year. As the government works to update these standard tests to align with the new curriculum, Grade 6 students will not have PATs for these two subjects this May and June.

Grade 6 students will still write Social Studies and Science PATs in June 2024. The specific dates for these PATs are listed on our school website calendar.

If you have any questions about upcoming PATs, contact your child’s teacher or the school office.

OPPORTUNITY

Junior High Information Nights: Running April and May

Junior high schools across EIPS are hosting information nights for all Grade 6 students and their families—taking place in April and May. Make sure to attend to learn everything you need to know about the junior high programs at your child’s school. Those who attend will also have a chance to:

  •         meet the teachers;
  •         tour the school and classrooms;
  •         learn about the upcoming curriculum; and
  •         ask questions.

For specific dates and times, see: EIPS Junior High Information Sessions 2024

Caregiver Series: April sessions

Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include understanding autism, parenting teens in the 21st century, and supporting children and youth with ADHD. The list of April 2024 sessions is now available.

INFORMATION

Literacy Corner

Literacy skills are something that students use and practice long after they leave the classroom. Reading Rockets has some fun ways you can support students with their literacy skills at home. From something as simple and powerful as reading aloud to building reading adventure packs, there’s lots of great ideas to help literacy at home be practical and engaging. 

Start With A Book can help you find books and activities based on your child’s passions and interests. Whether their obsessed with dinosaurs or are a budding artist, you’ll find all sorts of interesting topics to explore along with books and activities to bring these topics to life.

Numeracy Corner

The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium is hosting a session for parents called, "Understanding the New K-6 Science Curriculum. It takes place on April 11 from 7:15-8:15pm. If you are interested, you can Register.

EIPS Annual Education Results Report

Every year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) publishes an Annual Education Results Report, which outlines the Division’s Four-Year Education Plan, opportunities for growth and how it’s supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes. Read through this year’s EIPS Annual Education Results Report 2022-23 and discover how EIPS fosters learning environments for all students to learn, grow and thrive—and why it matters.

April Spotlight: enhancing public education through effective engagement

  • Rules of Engagement: Using a collaborative approach to improve student achievement and success
  • Driving change: Strengthening public education through Board advocacy

RELATED INFORMATION
EIPS Four-Year Education Plan: 2022-26
EIPS Three-Year Capital Plan: 2024-27

Did you know?

Alberta Reserves are accumulated surplus funds that may be designated to a school, department or priority. The Board of Trustees approves the transfer of funds to and from reserves and has a yearly plan on how those reserves are used—to the benefit of students. EIPS identifies high-demand areas and uses its operating reserves for initiatives like student learning, new curriculum work, consultant support, mental health initiatives, technology upgrades, public-health best practices and other one-time projects. Operating reserves are also used to furnish and equip new schools and classrooms. With its capital reserves, EIPS replaces ageing equipment, purchases technology, modernizes and expands student learning spaces, and funds emergent capital needs.

Learn more:

FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS, AND INUIT INFORMATION

There are exciting plans in the works after teachers spent time with Knowledge Holder, Connie Kulhavey, on Thursday and Friday last week. Each grade has something different planned, from Inuit Games to Wetlands art projects, bringing these ideas to life will be incredible to see starting on April 22. We are so grateful to be able to learn alongside Connie and to continue to build relationship with her. You may recognize her name from last year, as she was the brilliant artist who brought our Courtyard Mural to life!

PHOTO GALLERIES

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