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March 18 BUZZ

Happy Monday!

I have some bittersweet news to share as we begin this week: With mixed emotions, I've made the decision to take a Leave-of-Absence from Glen Allan Elementary next year. We've been given a unique opportunity for my husband to work remotely from Prince Edward Island, where I'm originally from and where my parents, brother and his family all live. Though sad to be leaving an incredible school community, I'm excited to be able to spend more time with family after 16 years living away.

I know our school community will be just as supportive and excited for me as the Glen Allan Staff have been, which will make this big move just a little bit easier on my heart! And on that note, It's a great week for a great week! 

-Chrissy Appleby

PS: Be sure to check out the many photo galleries at the bottom of this week's blog certainly was a great week last week!!

PPS: Don't forget to buy your 50/50 Playground Fundraiser Tickets and Family Dance tickets - both on sale now!

PPPS: Thank you to families who have completed the EIPS Annual Feedback Survey. Typically, we have between 80-100 parent responses, at this point in time, only 29 responses have been collected. Here is the link to the survey: EIPS Annual Parent Feedback Survey

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





First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Information

Photo Galleries

  • Pi Day Assembly
  • St. Patrick's Day Fun
  • Elementary Basketball Tournament
  • Grade 5 Curling Field Trip
  • Grade 3 Ukrainian Village Field Trip
  • Lunch Helpers and Announcement Club

WEEK AT A GLANCE - March 18 - 22


  • Congratulations Glen Allan Elementary Basketball teams!
  • Report cards available on PowerSchool Parent Portal
  • March Madness Matchup 
    • Rescue & Jessica vs. My Pet Feet





  • No School Today - Spring Break Starts
  • Students return to classes Tuesday, April 2


Report Cards

Reports are now published and ready for parents to access through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Teachers spent countless hours to document student achievement. Report cards include Learner Attribute marks, Academic marks and comments to capture students’ strengths and skills as learners and citizens in their classroom and our school. Additionally, there is a Next Steps comment, providing strategies students can practice or enhance to move their learning forward.

GASC Playground Fundraisers

Thank you for your support of the Glen Allan School Council’s (GASC) Playground Fundraisers!

The Grade 1-4 playground areas (behind the school) are slated for replacement in 2025/26 as per Strathcona County’s equipment lifecycle policy.

As a non-profit organization, GASC has the ability to fundraise and apply for grant funding to increase the available budget that the county has allotted for the playground replacement.

The next two fundraisers are the GASC 50/50 sale and the family dance. Net funds raised by the 50/50 sale and family dance will contribute to our overall fundraising goal of $25,000. With $12,300 raised to date, we are nearly halfway to our goal with less than three months to go before the May 31 deadline.

These projects provide GASC with a great opportunity to act in its fundraising capacity to get the best playground possible--not only for our kids, but as a wonderful enhancement to the Glen Allan community.

We are grateful for your support!

50/50 Fundraiser - win up to $10 000!

GASC's 5050 raffle is live!  Here is the link:

The 50/50 Sales will run from Tuesday, March 12 until Friday, April 5. The winner will be drawn on Monday, April 8. 

Glen Allan Family Dance - Welcome to the Jungle!

We are happy to announce the return of the Glen Allan Elementary Annual Family Dance!  It will take place in the school gym on Friday April 5, 2024.  Tickets will be available starting on March 15 at

Single tickets are $5 and a family (up to 6 people) is $20. 

There will be a 50/50 draw, photo booth, concessions, face painting, temporary tattoos, games, prizes and some super wild tunes!  Please bring cash as there will be no debit or credit accepted. 

To make the night an extraordinary experience for the students we will need a lot of help.  If anyone is able to volunteer a little of their time, please contact Sheila Connolly at for more information. 

We encourage everyone to dress as their favorite jungle animal or in anything with a jungle animal print.  Best dressed will get a special treat from the Queen of the Jungle.  Keep in mind that the black lights will make anything neon glow!


Counsellor Corner - Circle of Security Training for Caregivers

I am very excited to announce that parents will have an opportunity to sign up for Circle of Security Training for Caregivers. I have taken this training twice and have learned something new each time. I cannot recommend it enough. Please see the information below for further details and instructions on how to register. If you have any questions you are also welcome to contact me at

Circle of Security® Training for Caregivers Spring 2024

Strong relationships are the foundation of wellness and learning. This session will be focused on the caregiver/child relationship and be most applicable to your family setting with young children (grade 2 and younger). However, there will be opportunities to gain insight into how you might better understand your family/work/partner relationships as well.

About the Program:

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what their child might need from them. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Using the COSP™ model developed by the Circle of Security originators, a facilitator will help parents:

  • Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
  • Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
  • Enhance the development of their child's self-esteem
  • Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure

EIPS will be offering this training for caregivers this spring. Join us for 6 sessions on Mondays in April/May. 

Session Dates/Time: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 from 6:15-7:30 PM

All sessions are at Glen Allan School in the library. Space is limited. To register, please click here:


Literacy at Home

Executive function and self-regulation are the skills that children need to learn in order to be successful in many areas. Imagine your brain is like a busy airport and executive function is the air traffic control tower that helps planes take off and land safely. Without executive function, students may struggle with things like decoding words or organizing their ideas when writing. While we’re not born with executive function skills, our brains are ready to learn these skills. Some are modeled to us and we pick them up. Others need more explicit instruction and practice. Check out this article for some great activities that help children from infancy to adolescence develop their executive function skills. 


Métis Edukit

Teachers and students will have the opportunity to utilize the Edukit provided by EIPS this week. In the kit, classes will be utilizing a variety of texts, looking at beading samples, the Métis flag and sash, discussing the Red River Cart, as well as family and genealogy. Be sure to ask your child about any activities or lessons they did this week, and maybe they'll even be able to share some words they've learned in Michif!


Pi Day Assembly

Thank you to everyone for participating in this year’s Math-a-Thon, the fundraiser was a huge success, raising over $3,380.00 for the new playground. We are halfway to our fundraising goal of $25,000.00!!!

Prizes were awarded and winners participated in the Pi Day Assembly on Thursday. The event was full of laughter and excitement. Prizes were based on the Top Fundraisers of each class:

  • Top Fundraisers per class got to pie their teacher of choice and Family Admission to Strathcona County Recreation.
  • Participants in each class received a Single Admission to Strathcona County Recreation.

Elementary Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to our Grade 5 Girls team and both Boys teams for their awesome play on Saturday. All players worked hard, demonstrated strong sportsmanship and looked like they had a blast!!

A huge than you to our coaches for the time they dedicated to lunch time practices, club time, and for the tournament. Mrs. Westergaard, Mrs. Foley, Mrs. Robinson, Miss. Botterill and Mr. Bush, we appreciate you!

Lunch Helpers and Announcement Club

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