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October 10 BUZZ

Glen Allan's First PAWS-itive Referral Pizza Lunch

Happy Tuesday!

Throughout the month of September students and staff have been focused on our third School Education Plan goal of "working collaboratively to foster a positive school culture of collective responsibility." This was the focus on our staff August and last Friday's Professionals Learning Days as well.

This year Glen Allan implemented the BE PAWS: character traits that students and staff identified as foundational for respectful interactions and active citizenship expected from Glen Allan students and staff. 

The four BE PAWS are: 

  • BE Kind
  • BE Respectful
  • BE Responsible
  • BE Helpful

We encourage each student to embody those character traits with the overarching message being BE YOU! 

A PAWS-itive referral initiative was also introduced this year. When students are "caught" demonstrating the BE PAWS, they can be recognized with a PAWS-itive referral. Along with the written certificate, students are entered into a draw for a pizza lunch, and have their photo taken to be displayed for the month. Last week we hosted our first Paws-itive Referral Pizza lunch for the draw recipients. It's been wonderful to celebrate all the kind, helpful, responsible, and respectful students at our school! 

Last week we also celebrated reading with Read-In-Week. We are going to keep the focus on reading going as we kick off our Indigo For Love of Reading Campaign and our Glen Allan School Council Read-a-Thon this week. These are two awesome initiatives to continue our focus on reading at Glen Allan and build great literacy habits at home. More information can be found about both these items in the blog post articles below.

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

  • Read-In-Week Classroom Activities
  • Read My Shirt: Read-In-Week
  • Bev Facey Readers: Read-In-Week

WEEK AT A GLANCE - October 10 - October 13


  • Happy Thanksgiving - We hope all our families had a wonderful holiday Monday!


  • Deadline to order hot lunch for Friday is 6pm today.
  • Indigo Love of Reading Campaign begins!


  • Jersey Day - Go Oilers Go!


  • Read-a-Thon Kick Off - Fundraising packages home today
  • Kids Have Stress Too! Parent Information Night hosted by Wes Hosford Elementary School, October 12 from 6-8 pm Presented by Strathcona County Family Resource Network 


  • Hot Lunch
  • Glen Allan students continue to BE Responsible, Respectful, Kind, and Helpful


Read-a-Thon GASC Fundraiser

The Glen Allan School Council, together with Glen Allan Elementary School staff, will have a Read-A-Thon starting Thursday, October 12, 2023! All students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be included in this fundraising event to support Fit Kids, school equipment, school clubs, field trips, and cultural programs.

The Read-a-Thon will run from October 16 - 27. Students are encouraged to read daily and seek sponsorship from family and friends. Students will set a reading goal which could be a number of books read over the two week period or a number of minutes read each night. Reading can include reading to self, reading with someone else, listening to someone reading, and even listening to an audio book. 

Thank you in advance for your support by helping your child meet their reading goals and encouraging participation in this special fundraising event!

More information and specific details will be sent home with students on Thursday, along with a school messenger that will also have links to the Read-a-Thon fundraising package. 

Indigo For Love of Reading Campaign

Glen Allan Elementary was selected to as part of the "Adopt a School" Love of Reading Campaign. We will be partnered with Sherwood Park Indigo from October 10-31. During this time, Indigo will collect donations from customers in store. We have sent over lots of hand-made book marks to give as a 'Thank You' to customers who donate. In addition, there will be "Wanted" Posters that you may see displayed in the store if you visit this month. On these posters, students shared the books they are hoping we can add to our school library using the donations we receive. 

Have family and friends who aren't local to Sherwood Park? No problem! You can share this link to encourage donations from anywhere. Feel free to share on your social media, as well!

Pay School Fees Online!

School fee information for the 2023-24 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. 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.

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 fees and more.

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay your fees, you can apply to have certain fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2023.

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


From Alexa to Algorithms: Parenting in the era of AI

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School Bus Safety Week: October 15-21

Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week October 15-21. The theme: ‘Stand Back From Yellow and Black,’ which focuses on proper school bus safety behaviour. Throughout the week, various activities are planned, including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, Glen Allan Elementary reminds students and families all Division school buses are equipped with a Tyler Drive tablet, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than . Families and students also have access to the , a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child is scanned onto a bus.

For more information, visit EIPS Student Transportation or contact 780-417-8151.


Teacher Professional Learning

Our teachers will be engaging in Professional Learning with our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Learning Team this week. They will each spend a half day developing lessons, units, and deepening their understanding of how to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing into their everyday teaching practice. 

Giant Floor Map Arriving Soon!

Next week, we will be receiving the Edukit with the Giant Floor Map of Turtle Island. Stay tuned to see and hear about the ways our students will be interacting with the Floor Map!


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