School News

December Monthly News

Principal Notes

The Summary Report for the Community Engagement is posted on the EIPS website.  The next meeting is set for February 20, 2018.  The tentative time is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The summary report will be presented and discussed at this time.  All interested stakeholders are welcome to attend.

We had a wonderful kick off to the holidays on December 5.   Festive clothing was worn and students decorated stockings at lunch.   We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 13th.   The elementary students are performing the Grinch.   Junior high students have helped with props and decorations.   There will be a door prize draw for a beautiful poinsettia and two mixed baskets.   Thank you to Sheree Cholak, our custodial contractor, for donating these items.   Santa is also going to make an appearance at the end of the concert.

I would also like to thank the parent volunteers for their time and effort in creating a magical Christmas store on December 10 and 11th.

Please note that I will be away the week of December 17-21 as I have a knee surgery scheduled for December 17th.  This timing will allow me to use the Winter Break to recover.   Mr. Cruickshank will be Acting Principal in my absence.  

I wish that you all have a wonderful winter break filled with the creation of good memories, good friends, family and good food.

Important Dates

Dec 10/11  Andrew Christmas Store (Please see the School Council Facebook Page)

Dec 13  Christmas Concert   Doors Open 6 p.m.   Bring food bank donations

Dec 13-15  Boys Basketball EIPS Tournament

Dec 20   Skating Field Trips

Dec 21   PJ Day /  Movie in p.m.

Dec 22-Jan 6  Winter Break

Jan 7  Classes Resume

Jan 9  Early Dismissal

Jan 10  January Monthly News Published 

Jan 17  Andrew School Council Meeting

Jan 18  Last Day of Classes - Sr. High.  Exam Period Begins

Jan 31  Semester 2 Begins

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Board of Trustees

As the holiday season approaches and we prepare for the winter break, I want to take the opportunity to extend warm wishes to all our students, staff and families on behalf of the Elk Island Public Schools Board of Trustees. We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful and safe Christmas season, and a new year filled with joy.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Thank you and best wishes,

Trina Boymook, EIPS Board Chair

Winter Break

Andrew School will close for the winter break at the end of the day on Dec. 21, 2018 and will reopen on Jan. 7, 2019. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Central Services at Elk Island Public Schools.

EIPS Central Services Winter Break Hours

Closed                  December 22-January 1

Open                     January 2-4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*for location and contact information visit www.eips.ca.

First Nations Metis and Inuit School Project

Andrew School is currently working on Year 2 of its project around First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) teachings. This is a project related to the calls to action formed from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) findings. The TRC was formed in response to the need to address the legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Andrew’s FNMI project has focused on teaching and learning about the diverse indigenous cultures in Canada. This includes language, traditions, food, clothing, and spiritual understandings. Elder Wilson Bearhead from Sherwood Park travels to Andrew to visit with staff and students on a scheduled basis to help facilitate these teachings. In addition Andrew School staff teach lessons in their classes and use the FNMI kits supplied by EIPS to teach and share about this important topic. Starting in 2019, it will be the law that FNMI teachings and knowledge are applied in classrooms by teachers and administrators in all schools in Alberta.

Andrew the village is of course named after a Metis man, Andrew Whitford. Andrew and area was once home to a large Metis population in addition to being a traditional hunting and gathering area of the Cree and Blackfoot. Over the last century, the First Nation’s and Metis history and stories of this area has been neglected in favour of the brave and remarkable stories of European homesteaders and settlers, particularly Ukrainian, who descended upon the area at the turn of the 20th century. However, part of the mission of our current project is to preserve the rich history from the times prior to the arrival of large groups of homestead seekers. Last year our Grade 5/6 class engaged in this project by learning about history and archeology during their one week USCHOOL program at the University of Alberta. There is a Metis cemetery with at least 100 graves just south of the town site in the north east corner of a field. This site saw some attention in the mid 2000’s and was fenced off and protected with the consent of the Blashko family. However, last year we were able to conduct ground penetrating radar tests outside of the fenced area and it was determined that there are at least 6 more grave sites outside the current boundary, with one site showing features of a mass grave. This year’s Grade Seven Social Studies class is working diligently to connect the stories to be told with that gravesite. Students are currently conducting primary source research as it relates to the names of those buried and the records of Metis Scrip from the Library and Archives Canada. Names will be then be compared to historical land ownership records the students are hoping for a picture to emerge of Andrew’s Metis past that has more details and organization than its current form. Students will be also be collecting photos and documents, with the long term goal of having something to preserve in the Andrew Museum. The last part of this project is to have the Andrew Whitford Metis Cemetery protected and recognized with a historical place marker. Currently, only 3 headstones have survived the last 100 years of this grave sites existence. The names of those known or suspected to have been buried in the gravesite must be preserved on a permanent monument. Of significance, thanks to the work of our FNMI project, this grave site was officially recognized and recorded by the Province of Alberta Director of Cemeteries last January. Prior to that, there was no official record of this cemetery in the province, other than a caveat on the land title. For more information please contact Greg Cruickshank at the school.    

Christmas Concert - Dec. 13  Our elementary students have been working very hard over the last few months, preparing for the Christmas Concert. Andrew School Christmas Concert presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas on December 13th at 6:30pm.
Doors will open at 6:00pm.
If you have any questions, please contact Miss Shulko at bria.shulko@eips.ca

Skating PE Trip - Dec. 20

Andrew School Council is providing ice time for the students to explore an alternate PE environment and have fun too.  Field trip forms will be going home soon.  The schedule is as follows:

K-2 10:30-12:00

3-6 12:00-1:30

7-12 1:30-2:15 skating, 2:15-3:00 shinny

The parent foundation will be providing hot chocolate and hot dogs. For skating, all students must wear a CSA helmet, skates, and gloves / mittens. For shinny, all students must wear a CSA helmet and cage, hockey gloves, elbow pads, and a neck guard.

Students that are not participating in the field trip will remain at the school for an alternate activity.

PJ Day / Movie - Dec. 21

Students are encouraged to wear their pj's to school.   They may also bring a plushed animal, cushion or pillow to sit on for the movie in the afternoon.   There will be a movie in the gym for elementary students and a movie in the Fine Arts Room for jr/sr high students.   Thank you to Andrew School Council for funds to provide snacks in the afternoon.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2019? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2019-20 school year on Feb. 1, 2019.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at www.eips.ca/kindergarten—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 kindergarten can be found on our school website at www.andrewschool.ca

Elk Island Public Schools 2019-20 Registration Drive

All student registrations for the 2019-20 school year—including kindergarten registration, returning student registration and new student registration—will take place online commencing on Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Kindergarten: Your child is eligible to enrol in kindergarten if he/she will be five years old on or before December 31, 2019.
  • Returning Students: If your child will be returning to an EIPS school next fall, this is when you will confirm that registration and select your requested school—whether your child will attend your designated school or will request a non-designated school, your family will complete this process.
  • New Students: Students new to EIPS for the 2019-20 school year will also complete their registration at this time.

All registration forms will be online for families to complete. Additional information, including a list of schools with open and closed boundaries, will be posted on the Division website in the new year.