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April Bulletin

Important Dates:

April 12 7 p.m.  Bruderheim School Council Meeting - Zoom Meeting

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April 16, 2:30 p.m.   Evacuation drill

April 20  EIPS Parent Survey Deadline

April 21   6:30 p.m.  Kindergarten orientation night

April 23  Grade 4,5,6 Alberta Education Parent Survey Deadline

April 26 11:30  Shelter-in-place severe weather drill


Action Items:

May Nutrition Program - Order Form  Deadline is April 26


Gearing Up for Kindergarten

Do you have a child registered in kindergarten next year? If so, make sure to attend our upcoming virtual Kindergarten Information Night on April 21, 2021. Make sure to attend to virtually tour the school, meet the teachers; gain insight on play-based learning, and see what a typical day looks like.

Kindergarten Information Night 2021:
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Join the information session via a link sent out closer to the date!

To make the transition to school as smooth as possible, Elk Island Public Schools has also put together a toolkit for families. The kit includes information about registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more. Find it by visiting

Have your say! The 2021 EIPS Parent Survey is Now Open

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2021 EIPS Parent Survey—open from April 6-20.

Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.

Plus, new this year, the survey includes a Part B, featuring questions about the Division’s priorities, goals and outcomes. As you know, in fall 2021, EIPS welcomes a new locally elected Board of Trustees. Your feedback will help the incoming Board develop a new EIPS Four-Year Education Plan—one that’s responsive to student and community needs and focused on continuous improvement.

The survey closes April 20, 2021.


Emergency Drills

It is important that we continue to practice COVID-safe drills. With the warmer weather returning, our students and staff will be practicing an evacuation drill, a severe weather shelter-in-place drill and a lockdown drill.  Teachers practice how to complete the drill with the class, and drills are not a surprise for students.  

Watch for Thin Ice

Remember, be aware of thin ice this time of year. Depending on changing temperatures, ice can form and melt to varying degrees on outdoor bodies of water. Please remind your child about the dangers of thin ice, obey all posted signs, take the proper care and remain a safe distance from the ice. For more information about ice safety, visit the Canadian Red Cross.

Did you know?
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength. Clear blue ice is the strongest. White opaque is half as strong as blue ice. And, grey ice is unsafe—the greyness indicates the presence of water.


THANK YOU to all EIPS families

National Volunteer Week takes place April 18-24. Most years, we celebrate the week in schools by thanking the hundreds of volunteers across EIPS who offer their knowledge and time to help enhance learning within the Division. This year is a little different because of COVID-19. While different, schools are thanking their families in new and creative ways.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to every one of our EIPS school families for your support over the last 12 months. Collectively, we’ve created a relationship that allows us to rally behind one clear vision: To provide an exceptional education for all students. As we navigate the pandemic, it’s critical we continue to work together to support student learning. Through this, we’ll inspire learners and ensure they gain the skills they need to transition to the next grade or the world of work.

So, again, thank you for your time, for your efforts, for your kindness and for your understanding as we work together to ensure all students succeed.

Trina Boymook

Chair, EIPS Board of Trustees


Third Gathering (virtual) for families of self-identified students:  April 20, 2021 (7 - 8 PM)

Sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams Meetings. Join on your computer or mobile app  Click here to join the meeting

We thank all families for joining us in our gatherings and sharing their stories.  For our final virtual gathering of the school year, we hope to discuss:

1.    Looking back: highlights from around EIPS

2.    Looking forward: What are your hopes for your child/ren? What do success and achievement look like as part of our EIPS family?

For more information, please call Ashley Michalchuk (780)796-3936

Parents Night with Dr. Alex Russell

Knowing when and how to support our children at school is never easy. The dangers presented by a pandemic only add to the challenge of balancing the need to protect our children, on the one hand, while continuing to support their emotional growth on the other. This workshop offers clear and helpful guidelines to help parents navigate these challenges while maintaining close, supportive relationships with their children.

The workshop asks whether we are doing our kids a disservice by removing obstacles and doing our best to eradicate all stress and anxiety from their lives?

During the evening, Dr. Russell will offer a fresh perspective on raising self-reliant, motivated children, ready to take on the world. This session will give parents the tools to:

  • Understand parent-child dynamics
  • Resist the pressure to over-parent
  • Build trusting relationships with teachers and school administration so they can play an effective role in your child’s life
  • Understand problems such as ADHD, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • Embrace failing as learning, not parental incompetence
  • Enact common-sense strategies for parents worn out from worrying about their kids and their future.

Date: April 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams Live Event using this link:

Topic: Keeping them Safe while Helping them Grow: Supporting children’s emotional growth in challenging times


CYF April 2021 Newsletter

Child, Youth and Family information and opportunities.




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