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May Monthly News

Principal Notes

It sure hasn't felt very spring-like and it is hard to believe we are into May.  The next two months are extremely busy with lots of events happening.  Please make sure to visit the school calendar on the website for updates as events may change or be added, such as track meets depending on the weather.

Please make sure to come to the Town Hall Meeting on May 9th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Make sure to attend to learn more about the possible grade reconfiguration, talk to EIPS representatives, ask questions and offer feedback.

Our Grade 6 and 9 students begin writing Provincial Achievement Tests this month with the English Language Arts written exams and then they finish all core subject PAT's the final two weeks in June.  It is important for all students to be in attendance on the designated dates for writing.  

The PAT and Final Exam Schedule is posted on the website and will be sent home attached to the paper copy of this newsletter.  June 14 is the final instructional day for Senior High students.  Junior High students are expected to attend school daily until the last K-9 instructional day on June 27.  During the exam period, junior high students will have supervised study sessions and tutorials when they are not writing a final exam or Provincial Achievement Test.

Thank you very much to the staff, students, parents and community members that volunteered their Saturday to help with the Highway Clean Up.   It was a very successful day.  We appreciate your efforts to contribute to the school.

We are looking forward to hosting the Mother's Day Tea and hope to see you there and at all the various events listed below.

Important Dates

May 6  Bus Driver Appreciation Day

May 7  Grade 9 ELA Part A  PAT

May 9  Mustard Seed Trip - Junior High

May 9  Andrew Town Hall 6:30-8:30 p.m

May 10  Mother's Day Tea  1:30-3:15

May 13   Spring School Photos

May 14   Junior High Track Meet Vegreville

May 16   Grade 7-10 Millenium Place Trip

May 17   Professional Learning Day - No School

May 20   Victoria Day Holiday - No School

May 22  High School Track Meet    EIPS Jr. High Division Track Meet (for qualifiers)

May 27   Farm Safety Presentation K-6

May 29   Jump Rope For Heart Wrap Up - Pledge Forms Due

June 3    Grade 3/4 Swimming Lessons

June 4   Grade 1 - 4 Swimming Lessons

June 6   Grade 1/2 Swimming Lessons 

June 6   Alberta Opera  2:00 p.m.

June 7    Elementary Track Day

June 12  Father's Day BBQ  3:30 p.m.

June 13  Grade 1-4 Swimming Lessons

June 14   Last Instructional Day Senior High   

June 14  Jr/Sr High Recognition Assembly  11:00 a.m.

June 14  Jr/Sr High Lunch 12:00 p.m.

June 17-27  Provincial Achievement Tests and Final Exams  

June 21  National Indigenous People's Day   Metis Crossing Field Trip

June 24  Elementary Elk Island Park Field Trip

June 27  Final Day of School   Elementary Assembly  10:30 a.m.  Barbeque  12:00 p.m.


THANK YOU! Driver Appreciation Day is May 6

Join us on May 6 as we recognize and thank our school bus operators for keeping the safety of our students their first priority. We encourage you, and your children, to take a moment to say thanks to our bus operators—who go above and beyond to provide safe and timely transportation to our students.

On behalf of Andrew School, THANK YOU to all of our school bus operators for a job well done.

2018-19 EIPS Parent Survey Results Report 

The results are now available for the 2018-19 EIPS Parent Survey conducted in March. Thank you to all families who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. The survey included 21 questions related to the three priorities outlined in the EIPS 2018-22 Four-Year Education Plan:

  • Priority 1: Promote growth and success for all students
  • Priority 2: Enhance high-quality learning and working environments
  • Priority 3: Enhance public education through effective engagement, partnerships, and communication

The overall Division results represent 3,713 responses from parents and guardians across the Division. This was an increase in responses from 2,918 in the previous year.

The feedback gathered will help our school and the Division measure its progress toward meeting the priorities and goals outlined in the EIPS 2018-22 Four-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve students and the wider community moving forward. 

Complete Parent Survey results for the Division are available by visiting

Andrew’s Parent Survey results are available by visiting our website.

Student Transportation: 2019-20 registration is now open

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2019-20 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the pre-enrollment process are now registered. Families registered will receive tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 30, 2019.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrollment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit

NOTE: Fees can be paid online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal or in-person at the Student Transportation office—683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park. The office will remain open during the summer months operating during the same hours as the EIPS Central Services office.


Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration

Elk Island Public Schools is once again running Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders.

Annually, Student Transportation offers the Little Elk Island Adventure to new riders and their parents. The program’s aim is to help ease any anxieties a family may have about riding the bus before even starting school. Through a series of activities, riders learn about school bus safety, danger zones, tips for onboarding and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both the children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned and then venture out on a short ride.

The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2019-20 school year. Sessions and times are available at these locations:


Location                                              Date                                        Time

A.L. Horton Elementary                      August 20                                6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 20                                6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 21                                6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 22                                2 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 22                                6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 26                                9 a.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 26                                6 p.m.

EIPS Central Services                          August 28                                6 p.m.

SouthPointe School                             August 27                                2:30 p.m.

SouthPointe School                             August 27                                6 p.m.


A.L. Horton Elementary is located at 5037 48 Ave, Vegreville

EIPS Central Services is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

SouthPointe School is located at 11 SouthPointe Blvd., Fort Saskatchewan

Register Now

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

More information regarding busing for kindergarten students is available at:

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