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December 18 BUZZ

Happy Monday!

We have an exciting week ahead of us prior to the Winter break. The Winter Showcase that students have been busy preparing for is happening Wednesday. And, good news, there is no need to prep lunches after the Winter Showcase as GASC is hosting hot lunch Thursday. Monday is the deadline to order hot lunch. 

It's a great week for a great week!

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





First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Information

Photo Galleries

  • Festive Fun
  • Kindergarten Adventures
  • Grade 2 Science
  • Buddy Time

WEEK AT A GLANCE - December 18 - December 22


  • Last day to order Hot Lunch - Deadline is 6 pm


  • Students and Mrs. Delainey busy rehearsing for Wednesday's performances


  • Winter Showcase Performances
    • 2:15 Kindergarten
    • 6:00 Grades 1 & 2
    • 7:00 Grades 3 & 4
    • 8:00 Grades 5 & 6


  • Hot Lunch
  • D & D Club at Lunch in the Library


  • PJ Day


Winter Showcase and Best Seats in the House Raffle

GASC Fund Development Committee would like to thank all families who purchased "Best Seats in the House" raffle tickets for Wednesday's Winter Showcase performances. $780.00 was raised, half will go towards the playground fundraiser and the other half to the Strathcona Food Bank.

The Playground Fundraising Team will also be accepting donations for the playground replacement project at the Winter Showcase performances. 


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2024-25 Fee Consultation Process

Under Alberta Education’s School Fee Regulation, schools must consult with parents prior to setting school fees for the upcoming school year.

Our next school council meeting will be taking place on January 18, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. During that time, we’ll be sharing information about our current fee structure, posing specific questions about priorities, and asking you to provide your feedback as we plan for the next school year. While many of these activities and services enhance students’ educational experience, we want to ensure these fees aren’t cost prohibitive for families.

Specifically, we will be asking for input on the following:

  • Noon hour supervision
  • Field trips and associated fees
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Non-curricular goods and services (for example, student union and yearbooks)

We understand not all families will be available to attend the meeting but it’s still important we get as much input from the school community as possible. Following the meeting, materials will be shared on our website for your review, and an email address provided so you can submit a written response.

School administration will use feedback provided to help determine fees for next year, which will then be shared at the February school council meeting, posted to our website and shared via link through email.

I look forward to hearing from you on January 18.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon! 

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2024? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.  

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2024-25 school year on Feb. 1, 2024. 

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online EIPS Kindergarten Tool kit to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more. 

Additional information regarding Glen Allan Elementary's kindergarten program is available at

Returning Student Registration: 2024-25

Mark your calendars! Returning student registration for the 2024-25 school year will take place Feb. 8-21, 2024.

Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2024-25 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. 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. Watch for more details in the new year.


Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health Newsletter

The December edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on smoking and vaping. Newsletter

Themes include:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Board of Trustees 

I want to extend warm holiday wishes to all students, staff and families on behalf of the Elk Island Public Schools Board of Trustees.  

We’re grateful to have school communities full of hard-working families committed to the success of their children. Education doesn’t just happen in school, it happens at home too—in every homework assignment completed, every textbook chapter read and every test reviewed. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to cultivate learning at home, so that students are eager to strive for their best at school the next day. We also appreciate the countless hours school councils put into planning events and appreciate all the people who volunteer at and attend them. Your support is invaluable. 

We hope you enjoy all the holiday concerts and festivities happening at your schools, and that you get some well-deserved rest during the break. To each and every person, have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year. 

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Jan. 8, 2024. 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, 

Cathy Allen 
EIPS Board Chair 

Christmas Break 

Glen Allan Elementary will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023. The school will reopen on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.  

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours  

Closed Dec. 25, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2024 

Open Jan. 2, 2024; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

*for location and contact information visit 

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year. 


First Nations, Métis and Inuit Family Gathering

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team has planned a series of in-person gatherings for families of self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who are curious to learn more about the supports offered throughout EIPS. It's an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families to gather together and engage in conversation in partnership with the EIPS First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team. Self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and their allies are invited—all ages are welcome. Dinner will be provided.
     Métis Kitchen Party
     Wednesday, January 10
     5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
     Glen Allan Elementary
     Music with professional Métis fiddlers Alex Kusturok and Brianna Lizotte
     See the full invitation



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