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June is a busy month with field trips and final assessments taking place in the various grades in addition to provincial examinations for Grade Six students.  The longer hours of evening sunlight are so welcome, and yet at the same time, make it harder to fall asleep. There is still much to be accomplished and we appreciate your support in the home to help little ones remain focused.   

The replacement school construction is progressing very well with walls up and windows soon to be installed.  Thank you to our students and families for being patient with the muddy playground maze behind the school and the construction traffic as together we look forward with excitement and anticipation to our new facility - it will be so worth it!  

For staff, June is also a time to say goodbye. We congratulate Mme Maria Banerjee, French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher, on a well-earned retirement. She has been on staff at AEL for 28 years. She shall be dearly missed! M. Jean-Paul, French Immersion Grade 5 Teacher, and Ms. Adena Wise, English Grade 6 Teacher, will be completing their teaching contracts at the end of June. Mr. Karson Campbell will be teaching Grade 6 commencing the 2017-18 school year. Mme Sylvie Zah and Mrs. Shirene Surgeson will also be completing their Educational Assistant contracts at the end of June.  We know you join with us in extending best wishes to them all as they embrace new adventures.

The recent Maker Faire celebrated student innovation and creativity through the creation of inclusive playgrounds. The craft sale, organized by Katherine G. and Ryan H. both Grade 5 students,  raised over $470.00.  Thanks to their dedicated efforts (along with Mme Hewitt's crochet stitching talents, Mrs. Klippenstein's baking skills and the artists in PALS), the school will be purchasing an electronic EV3 - Lego Mindstorm for Makerspace.

It is with excitement that we launch our social media account.  Please follow us at Twitter@EcoleAEL. We are delighted to share with you the many wonderful learning opportunities that your children experience daily. 

Finally, thank you to our parent community for their continuing support of positive learning and for being caring role models to others in the community. The countdown to summer is upon us. 

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  • CPF Year End BBQ - Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Order by June 8th
  • Celebrate Canada's 150 with us on Red & White Day - June 15th
  • Student Transportation: 2017-18 registration is now open
  • Planning for 2017-18
  • Provincial Achievement Tests (PATS)
  • Grade 6 DARE Celebration and Grade 6 Moving on Up Assembly
  • Meet the Staff and School Council/AEPSA Meetings- Save the Date 


  • Transition to Junior High? Check out KEYS
  • Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration for upcoming ECS students


  • Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools
  • Library Books Due!
  • Who Is My Teacher Next Year?
  • Staffing 2017-18
  • Math Fun Night - Save the Date - Thursday, September 21st
  • Play and Learn in School (PALS)
  • Healthy Initiatives
  • Summer Reading
  • Lost and Found


CPF (Canadian Parents for French)  Year End BBQ      Thursday, June 29th   11:30 a.m. 

This day is always a fabulous event for everyone. Come out and celebrate the last day of school! If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please see the order form available on the Lunchbox website:

The final day to order for the BBQ is June 8th. Don't delay, order today!

Celebrate Canada's 150 with us on Red & White Day - June 15th

Our school is celebrating the 150th birthday of our nation! Each class is collecting items to include in our school time capsule as a way of commemorating this event. We are also celebrating by having a Red & White Day. On June 15th, students, staff and community members are invited to wear red and white and to join us at 1:30 p.m. where we will gather outside and a photographer will take a whole school picture from the roof! We will be sure to include this picture in our school time capsule. We hope to see you there!

2017-18 Student Transportation Services: Registration Is Now Open

Planning to use EIPS Student Transportation in the 2017-18 school year? If so, please make sure to register your child as soon as possible.

Families currently using Student Transportation Services have received their tentative route schedules and invoice(s). If you haven’t, contact Student Transportation. All transportation fees are due by June 30, 2017. After that date, a late fee will be applied.

If you have any questions about registration, invoicing or accessing transportation for the 2017-18 school year, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780.417.8151 or email

NOTE: Student Transportation will remain open during the summer months and operate during the same hours as Central Office. Student Transportation can’t accept in-person transportation payments on the days it’s closed.

Planning for 2017-18

Planning for the next school year is underway.  Please let us know if your child(ren) will not be enrolled at AEL for September 2017. If you know of families who are moving into the AEL attendance area, please encourage them to register as soon as possible. Please Note: Students can only be registered at ONE school for the upcoming school year. 

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATS)

All Grade Six students are continuing to write Provincial Achievement Tests in all four subject areas:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and for our French Immersion students French Language Arts.  Statistics have shown that students who are well rested and eat breakfast in the morning perform better in testing situations. Please refer to the Calendar for specific dates. To ensure maximum performance we suggest you encourage your child to:

  1. Get plenty of rest the night before;
  2. Have a nutritious breakfast in the morning; and
  3. Bring a snack for recess.

Grade 6 DARE Celebration and Moving On Up Assembly

Please save Monday, June 19th from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. for the Grade 6 DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Graduation.

Please join us on Thursday, June 29th from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. in the Gym to recognize our Grade Six leaders as they take the important step to Junior High School.  We are so proud of you!   Moving on up!

Meet the Staff and School Council Meeting - September 12 - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 12th we gather together to meet and greet staff for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. 

School Council and AEPSA (Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association - Fundraising Group) meetings will follow immediately after Meet the Staff from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Transition to Junior High: KEYS Information Sessions for Youth and Parents EIPS

Strathcona County is offering information sessions for youth (and parents of youth) entering junior high next year. Check out the free KEYS information sessions and workshops for parents and youth on August 2 or 9: Sweet Success (an information evening for parents), and August 14 or 16: Junior High Jitters (a workshop for students entering Jr. High). Learn more

Little Elk Island Adventure: Registration

Elk Island Public Schools is once again offering its 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 on boarding 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 adventure out on a short ride.

The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2017-18 school year. Sessions and times are available in these locations: 

Location                                             Date                                        Time

EIPS Central Office                            August 22                                5:00 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                            August 22                                6:30 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                            August 24                                5:00 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                            August 24                                6:30 p.m.
EIPS Central Office                            September 1                            10:30 a.m.

Fort Christian/Fort Elementary            August 23                               6:00 p.m.

EIPS Central Office is located at 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park
Fort Christian School is located at 9806 101 St., Fort Saskatchewan

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for a Little Elk Island Adventure, please visit
More information regarding busing for kindergarten students can be found at:


Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ecole Ardrossan Elementary will be closed and will reopen on August 22 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns during this time, contact the Central Office at Elk Island Public School—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2017-18 school year.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours (July and August)

Open: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 780.464.3477
Address: 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park 

Statutory Holidays

Closed                  Monday, July 3                Canada Day
Closed                  Monday, August 7           Heritage Day

NOTE: Student Transportation is also open during the summer months and operates during the same hours as Central Office. Student Transportation can’t accept in-person transportation payments on the days it’s closed.

Library Books Due - June 16th

As the headquarters for Makerspace and the spot to read with buddies, the Library has been such a busy place. During the last week of June, a wall will be installed on the table side of the library to accommodate an additional classroom. We are certainly outgrowing our current building! A reminder to all students that library books are to be returned to the library by Friday, June 16th.

Who Is My Teacher Next Year?

Parents and students will be informed of class placements in the student report card. Student report cards can be accessed through the Parent Portal in Powerschool on June 28th followed by a hard copy.

Staffing 2017-18 

Please note the following staff assignments are preliminary. Due to increasing or decreasing student enrollments, these grade and class configurations may change over the course of the summer. Based upon current enrollment and budget information, tentative staffing, grade and class configurations are as follows:

French Immersion Classes (Student #)

ECS  Mme Bouchard 23
1O  Mme Olsen 18
1J  Mme Jordan 18
2P  Mme Proulx 22
3K  Mme Kulmatycki 28
4K  Mme Krys 21
5C  M. Castle 29
6S  Mme Staub 17


English Classes

KMT Mrs. Belcourt 21
KTF Mrs. Belcourt 18
1G Mrs. Gilliland 24
1S Mrs. Samaratunga 24
2H Mrs. Hill 23
2R Mrs. Reimer 22
3F Mr. Frederickson 27
3R Mrs. Ruptash 26
4H Mr. Halbert 31
4K Mrs. Klippenstein 31
5G Mrs. Grauman 27
5M Mrs. McBride 27
5 TBA 27
6C Mr. Campbell 24
6K Ms. Kammerer 24
PALS Mrs. Talaga & Mrs. Robinson  
Music Mrs. Harding  
Counsellor Mme Mitchell  
Assistant Principal Mme Hewitt  
Principal Mrs. Whetstone  


Play and Learn in School (PALS)

Ecole Ardrossan Elementary is fortunate to have our school as the designated site for the Play And Learn at School Program (PALS) for rural Strathcona County.  This program is a PreKindergarten program for children, ages 3-5, who may benefit from some extra support in one of more areas of development (e.g. speech/language, fine/gross motor, emotional/social development).  There is information on the general program that can be found here.  Staff also welcome questions regarding program set up and can be reached at or  You can see some of the happenings in our classroom by following @playatpals on Instagram.  Learning through play everyday!

2nd Annual Math Family Fun Night!

Back by popular demand, AEL is thrilled to once again offer a night of math games and prizes on Thursday, Sept. 21st. Once again, John Felling from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks will lead the evening with math games and fun for all. Stay tuned for more details in September.

Healthy Initiatives

As the months of summer are upon us, intake of healthy drinks help to quench thirsty. Check out the following information about the best drinks for children.

Summer Reading

Your child's tremendous reading gains over the past year can be maintained when they continue to read over the summer months. Do check out Strathcona County's Library summer Reading Program. Here are some tips to encourage the joy of Summer Reading

Lost and Found

All lost and found items remaining after June 29th, are bagged and taken for donation. Students have been reminded throughout the months of May and June. This includes any shoes or school supplies left behind after the last day of school. 

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