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January 9 BUZZ

Happy Monday!

This week's Math Mashup quote comes from Jo Boaler, "Many parents have asked me: What is the point of my child explaining their work if they can get the answer right? My answer is always the same: Explaining your work is what, in mathematics, we call reasoning, and reasoning is central to the discipline of mathematics" 

The next time you're in our building check out the new interactive bulletin board. The pictures of our cute pets have come down and have been replaced with some "Which One Doesn't Belong" challenges for students to engage with. Which One Doesn't Belong is a fun way for students to explain their reasoning and build their numeracy skills. Creating Which One Doesn't Belong problems at home can be a fun way to work on numeracy skills and reasoning at home. Below is Mrs. Marks Which One Doesn't Belong.

You will also see some other numeracy resources from our EIPS Numeracy Consultants in this week's Numeracy At Home article.

It's a great week to have a great week!

Jen Ference



  • Invitation to be involved! Come to our School Council Meeting January 19
  • Let's Talk About 2023-2024 School Fees
  • Returning Student Registration for 2023-24
  • Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!


  • Numeracy At Home
  • Caregiver Education Series: January


  • Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter


  • Welcome to the first full week of January! 
  • Grade 5 and 6 Drama Club
  • A great day for learning with engaged students and staff!
  • Fit Kids Grades 1-6
  • It’s Friday the 13th today!



Invitation to be involved! Come to our School Council Meeting January 19

We are grateful to have a strong Glenn Allan School Council (GASC) who are committed to learning about the school, providing support to our programs and resources for students, and sharing input and feedback to the school for growth and improvement. It is a wonderful to be involved in decisions about your child's school.

GASC is open to all parents and guardians of children who attend Glen Allan Elementary. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 pm. 

Let's Talk About 2023-2024 School Fees

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 19, 2023 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 2023-24 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.

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 

We look forward to hearing from you on January 19. 

Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2023-24 school year. 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 2023-24 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. The 2023-24 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2023.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2023.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-5519.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2023? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2023-24 school year on Feb. 1, 2023.

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's kindergarten program is available at



Numeracy At Home

Looking for engaging ways to incorporate math at home? This website has interactive activities that you can do at home (or in the classroom).

You can pick the grade and concept and work your way through the different math activities!

Caregiver Education Series: January

Alberta Health Services hosts a series of virtual caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. Session topics include anxiety, depression and technology, while teaching leadership skills, communication, resiliency and more. Learn more



Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

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

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