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September 13 Update

Important Dates

Swimming Lessons

Our K-5 students will be going for swimming lessons starting at the beginning of October.  More details to follow.

One of Our Own

Bella Morrisseau Whiskeyjack (Grade 5) shared her speech with us during our speech competition last year which ended up winning at the district level.  Since then, Bella has won the silver award for the 2019 Indigenous Child Author Competition through UNESCO Voices for Future Generations Children's Initiative.  We are so proud of Bella!  Watch her story here on CBC Kids News. 

Shane Peacock - Author Visit

Shane Peacock will be presenting to our Grade 3 - 6 students.  A list of books and prices are available since students often like to have an opportunity to purchased autographed copies. This list can either be used to order ahead of time or so students or teachers can bring payment on the day of the presentations.

Improving Home-School Communication

To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a how-to guide entitled, “Communication Protocol for Schools.” Topics include appropriate channels to use, standard formats and structures, timing and sequencing for regular and ongoing home-school communication, and ways to bring forward questions or concerns. The manual also offers useful tools and resources schools and families can use to enhance face-to-face meetings, email communication and various social media efforts.

 Communication Protocol for Schools

Pay School Fees Online!

School fee information for the 2019-20 school year is expected to be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal by late September. 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 online using Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to 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, athletic-team fees and more. 

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your student fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2019.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit Alternatively, contact Christa Gawron at Davidson Creek Elementary at 780-467-5557.

Wellness Committee

A reminder that Orange shirts are available for purchase for $12 online until Friday the 13th at 11:59 pm. "Every Child Matters" so let's remember those affected by residential schools and work towards creating a kind and caring community.

Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 23 at 6:30 at the school library. Please come out and share your ideas! Everyone is welcome! 

For more information or feedback, please email

Quick Facts: Video surveillance

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
  • discourage destructive acts.

On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.

Caregiver Education Series

The Division, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools, is hosting a series of 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. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more.

Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.

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