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December 4 BUZZ

Happy Monday!

Congratulations to the Glen Allan girls and boys volleyball teams who played in the EIPS Elementary Volleyball tournament Saturday. A big thank you to Miss Botterill, Mr. Bush, Mrs. Lastiwka, Mrs. Robinson, and Mrs. Westergaard for coaching our school teams. Many lunch hour practices were held to practice and refine volleyball skills which were on display this weekend! Check out the photo galleries below for pictures of the weekend tournament play.

A reminder that Term 1 report cards are available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal—simply log in to your account and click on the “Report Card” button in the left hand sidebar. If you have any questions about your child's progress, at any time of the year, please contact the teacher directly. Your child's success is important to all of us. Check out the Report Card FAQs from last week's BUZZ blog post for more information about report cards.

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

  • Grade 5 & 6 Volleyball Tournament
  • Fun Times at Glen Allan
  • Grade 5 Fish Scale Art

WEEK AT A GLANCE - December 4 - 8



  • A great day for learning!


  • Early Dismissal -  Students dismissed at 2:08 


  • Dungeons and Dragons Club at lunch (Grades 4-6)


  • Students practicing their winter showcase performances 


Winter Showcase Information

Classes are preparing their songs for the concert! While the concert will look different this year as we were unable to book Park Church, we are excited to host our families in our school gym.

Due to fire regulations that dictate the gym's capacity, we will be holding 4 separate showcases on Wednesday, December 20. Four tickets will be provided for each family, for each show that your child(ren) are performing in. If you do not need all 4 tickets, you can send the extras back to school. (If you have a child performing in one showcase but they have a sibling in another showcase, you will need to use one of your four tickets for them when they aren't performing). Tickets will be sent home with students next week.

Showtimes for Winter Showcase Wednesday, December 20

2:15 – 2:45

Kindergarten Showcase

6:00 – 6:30

Grade 1 & 2 Showcase

7:00 – 7:30

Grade 3 & 4 Showcase

8:00 – 8:30

Grade 5 & 6 Showcase

Students will be expected to arrive to their classrooms 15 minutes before their showcase and doors will open to parents 15 minutes before showcase begins

Best Seats in the House Raffle

The GASC Playground Fundraising Team are Raffling off Front-Row seats for the Winter Showcase performances. The "Best Seats in the House" is totally optional, and the money will be divided between the school's new Playground Fund and the Strathcona Food Bank.

Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased by completing the Best Seats in the House form and returning it to the school with your payment (cash only please). Please indicate the number of raffle tickets you would like.

All ticket orders and money must be in school by Friday December 15th. Draw will take place on December 18th.

Each winner will receive 4 front row tickets. Winners will be contacted via phone.

Glen Allan Spirit Wear - Farewell 2024 Logo available!

A perfect Christmas gift for a loved one might be a piece of Glen Allan Spirit Wear! 

Our Glen Allan Entripy Shop is open and ready to take orders. - 

There are great customizable features when designing your spirit wear. You get to choose your logo, the placement of the logo, and can even add your child's name....(so we know who the item belongs to when it is in the lost and found bin!) Sizing charts are also available online. 

Thank you for your continued support. Glen Allan Elementary receives 10% of your Entripy Shop orders!

Below are a couple examples of how you can custom design your spirit wear!

Volunteers with Trucks!

We will be borrowing some chairs from Wes Hosford School to be used at our Winter Showcase. We are hoping to have some volunteers with trucks to help us transport about 100 chairs on Monday, December 18th at 9am and again on Thursday, December 21st at 9am. 

If you are able to help us with this big task, please email and indicate which date(s) you are able to help!

Has your contact information recently changed? 

Have you recently moved or has your contact information changed? Glen Allan Elementary encourages families to review the information the Division has on file to ensure it’s up to date. Using the Student Information Update available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families can review the current information on file for each student—including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts, medical details and other related information—and submit any updates needed.  

Reviewing and updating the form ensures the school and Division have the most up-to-date information regarding your child. Your review is especially important as the Division prepares for 2024-25 registration processes beginning in the new year.  

NOTE: Only submit updates for the changes that have already taken place. If you’re moving later this school year, you’ll submit the necessary updates to your information through the Student Information Update after you’ve moved.  

If you have questions about the form or any trouble with your Parent Portal account, contact the school office at 780-922-2228 


Spread the Word: EIPS is Hiring Substitute Educational Assistants 

Do you know someone who may be interested in part-time, flexible work as a substitute educational assistant (EA)? Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is hiring—spread the word! 

EAs are integral to the school team, assisting teachers with instructional and non-instructional tasks in the classroom and other school activities. Whether it’s working one-on-one with individual students or with a small group of students in a class or special program, EAs provide support and assistance to help students achieve success.  

Substitutes are needed to fill positions at all school locations until the end of the school year. The application deadline is December 8. If you know someone who’d be great in this role, encourage them to apply today. 

Share Your Thoughts on Budget Planning for 2024-25 

Alberta Education allocates funds to school boards to fulfill their delegated responsibilities of providing education programs for students in kindergarten to Grade 12. As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) commitment to stakeholder engagement and to continue allocating resources according to local priorities, the Division conducts an annual budget planning survey to seek input from staff, families Grade 12 students and community partners. 

The survey is voluntary, anonymous and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey questions suggest possible budget areas for EIPS to focus its resources, which align with the Division’s current Four-Year Education Plan. If you believe there are other areas where the Division should concentrate its resources, you can also indicate what these are. EIPS will consider all budget planning input to guide future decision-making. 

Survey closes Dec 20, 2023 
Grade 12 students will complete the survey at school. 

Thank you for sharing your input to help inform Division planning.  


Fee Waiver Application Deadline 

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay school or transportation fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2023. If you’re new to the Division, the deadline is the latter of Dec. 15, 2023, or 45 days after registration. 

To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. 

Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, extracurricular activities and more. 

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit and Alternatively, contact Shauna Delainey at Glen Allan Elementary at 780-467-5519.

EIPS 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. 


Fish Scale Art

This week, our Grade 5 students created Fish Scale art with Cheryl Devin, our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Consultant from EIPS. See the photo gallery for some awesome pictures!

Clothing Edukit

Tomorrow, we will be receiving another Edukit, full of resources for teachers and students to engage in to learn about the role clothing played, and continues to play in the lives of Indigenous people. 

Save the Date! Metis Kitchen Party!

Our EIPS First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team will be hosting a Metis Kitchen Party at Glen Allan on Wednesday, January 10th from 5:30-8pm. The party will include a meal and an opportunity to hear Métis fiddle champions Alex Kusturok and Brianna Lizotte, and there will surely be dancing! An RSVP form will be sent soon, but mark your calendars so you don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity!


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