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October 16 BUZZ

Happy Monday!

As you will see in this week's blog articles, there is a lot happening in the last half of October. Wednesday is picture retake day. Retakes will be taken in the morning, there is not need to bring a form to get retakes. This week we will also be holding our Glen Allan School Council meeting on Thursday at 6:30pm in the library. We invite and welcome all parents to attend. This is a wonderful way to be involved in our school community. You can find the meeting agenda here.

Our Read-a-Thon fundraiser has officially started. This in an important fundraiser hosted by GASC, encouraging great literacy habits at home. More information about the Read-a-Thon and our Indigo Love of Reading campaign can be found in the BUZZ blog articles.

This week the booking system for Grades 1-6 parent teacher conferences will also open. Parent teacher conferences will be held on the evenings of October 25th and 26th. Book fair will also be held next week. More information related to book fair and conferences can also be found in the BUZZ blog articles.

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

  • Jersey Day
  • Fall Art





  • AM - Picture Retakes 



  • Happy Friday! A great day for engaged learning!


Grades 1-6 Parent Teacher Conferences 

Parent teacher conferences for families with students in grades 1-6 will be held October 25 and 26. 

Parents are invited to book a 10-minute conference. Please visit the Glen Allan Elementary website to choose an available time with your child’s homeroom teacher.

The booking system will open today at 4:00 pm and will close end-of-day Monday, October 23.

  • Step 1: Go to
  • Step 2: Click on the Menu Tab then click on Bookings OR in Quick Links- Conference Bookings
  • Step 3: “Register Now” for the Class your child is in
  • Step 4: Enter your details
  • Step 5: Choose your class and teacher
  • Step 6: Choose a time that works for you

If you have any trouble with the booking system or you wish to book an appointment with any other staff members besides your child’s homeroom teacher, please contact the school at 780-467-5519.

**Please note that the appointment times are scheduled 12 minutes apart, but the duration of each appointment is 10 minutes. This provides teachers time between appointments to prepare for their next interview.

** Kindergarten conferences will take place at the end of November. Kindergarten families will receive an email with booking information closer to the date.

Book Fair and Call for Volunteers

From October 23-27, we will have Scholastic Book Fair happening in our library. 

We are still in need volunteers for our evening shop times:

  • Wednesday, October 25: 4 - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 26: 4 - 6:30 pm 

Volunteers would be helping students find what they're looking for, restocking items, and being a cashier for purchases. If you are interested in volunteering to help out during Book Fair, please email your availability to Mrs. Appleby (Assistant Principal and Library Teacher)

The book fair will be open to parents from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm on both conference evenings, October 25 and 26. This is an opportunity for parents to give the gift of reading!

Thanks you in advance for supporting the Glen Allan Library book fair. This is an important fundraiser for our library program.

Glen Allan School Council Meeting this Thursday!

The Glen Allan School Council is a wonderful way to be involved in your child's school community. We invite all our parents and caregivers to be involved in our Glen Allan School Council.

We would like to welcome and encourage you to join us for our October Glen Allan School Council (GASC) meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are in-person, in our school library. If you are unable to join us in-person, you can also join us through a Microsoft Teams Meet. The link to the meeting along with the meeting agenda can be found with here.

For more information about the Glen Allan School Council, check out the GASC pages on our website for an overviewexecutive membersmeeting datesagendas and past minutes.


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

This fundraising event supports Glen Allan’s School Education Plan, Goal 2 which focusses on literacy, specifically reading. 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. The goal set will help enhance strong literacy habits and routines at home, which supports learning at school. 

Students are encouraged to read daily and seek sponsorship from family and friends. Students can begin seeking sponsorship starting today. The Read-a-Thon will run from October 16 - 27.  

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

The student fundraising package with an information letter, Sponsor Sheet, and Goal Sheet & Tracker will be sent home with students today. Here is a link to the student package if you need more tracking sheets or sponsor sheets, or if the original package gets lost in transit today. Glen Allan Read-a-Thon Fundraiser Student Package 

Indigo Love of Reading

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!


Alberta Education Focus Group Invitation

On October 30, Alberta Education will host a focus group to collect insight from parents about updates to the old My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource website into a brand new space hosted on  

The focus group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Alberta School Councils Association (ASCA) has been asked to identify 10-12 parents from metro, urban and rural school divisions, representing students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to participate in this focus group.  

Complete this application form if you’d like to be considered for the group. 


Halloween at Glen Allan

Halloween is only two weeks away! In order to make sure that this event is safe and fun for all here is what you can expect at Glen Allan.

Halloween Assembly

We are hard at work preparing for our Halloween assembly that will be held during a portion of afternoon on October 31. During the assembly, students will have an opportunity to show off their costumes if they choose to do so.

Halloween Costumes

Students are welcome to come dressed in their costumes for the day. Please help us out by making sure that costumes are not too scary/grotesque for our youngest students and that students leave weapons at home for their evening Trick-or-Treating! 

We ask that student costumes allow students to be able to sit in their desks or at their tables as this exciting day will still be a day of learning. We also ask that all inflatable costumes stay at home for trick-or-treating as they do not fit well in desks and unfortunately there have been incidents in the past when those delicate costumes spring a leak and end up getting damaged.

Halloween Treats - Staying Safe

While students may bring a treat or two to school on Halloween for themselves, we ask they they not bring treats for their whole class. We will ensure students have a fun day at school and know they will likely get many treats if they go trick-or-treating in the evening. 

Please remember that we are a Nut Aware school and we request that students not bring food items that contain nuts to school. This is make sure that all of our students are safe! We have Glen Allan students with severe nut allergies. Thank you for your cooperation in making sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

Fee Waiver Applications

For the 2023-24 year, the deadline for receiving fee waiver applications is Dec. 15, 2023. The application form and more information can be found on the EIPS website. The only applications accepted after that date will be from families new to Elk Island Public Schools.


Teacher Professional Learning

This past week, each of our teachers had a chance to sit with members of our EIPS FIrst Nations, Metis, and Inuit learning team. Our K-3 Grade teams focused on Science and ways to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into their lessons. Grade 4 and 5 teachers learned more about Metis Week (coming up in November) and our Grade 6 teachers examined the history and formation of the Metis Nation of Alberta, as it relates to the Social Studies focus on democracy. Students will have rich learning experiences that result from the Professional Learning their teachers were involved in. We look forward to seeing their lessons come to life in the coming weeks!




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