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Farewells, Welcome, & a Peek at 2023-2024

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support with end of year field trips and activities, with nutritious lunches and snacks for learning and June assessments, and for your kind words at the end of another successful year!

Report cards for term three will go live on the Parent Portal at 4 PM on June 27.

We say farewell to our Grade 6 students on June 27 and wish them well on their learning journey in Grade 7.

We also say farewell and best wishes to these staff members for now:

  • Miss Leclair 
  • Miss Kozicki 
  • Mr. Miller
  • Miss Graham
  • Mrs. Roberts
  • Miss Cappelle
  • Mrs. Cook
  • Mrs. Zelenko
  • Mrs. Cave
  • Mrs. Stefiuk
  • Ms. Rodriguez
  • Mrs. Lal - We wish her all the best in her new role as Assistant Principal of Fort Saskatchewan High School



We welcome to our amazing team the following new (or returning) staff members:

  • Mrs. Horon joins us from Andrew
  • Mrs. Hayduk is returning
  • Mrs. Kawyuk joins us from Andrew
  • Mrs. Hammond joins us from Northlands School Division
  • Ms. Rice joins us from Davidson Creek Elementary (and was a teacher at A.L. Horton Elementary from 2010-2013)


Here is our staff list for next year:

PALS Team - Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Dinwoodie, Mrs. Kawyuk, Mrs. Dytiuk

Kindergarten Team - Mrs. Bortnick, Ms. Giebelhaus

Grade 1 Team - Mrs. Horon, Mrs. Kozak/Mrs. Bortnick

Grade 2 Team - Mrs. Barlott, Ms. Reid

Grade 3 Team - Mrs. Palamarek, Mrs. Semeniuk

Grade 4 Team - Mrs. Kuhn, Mrs. Miller

Grade 5 Team - Miss Billingsley, Mrs. Hayduk

Grade 6 Team - Mr. Barkwell, Mr. Maskal/Ms. Rice

LINKS Team - Mrs. Hammond, Ms. Morgana

LINKS EA Team - Mrs. Saint, Mrs. Wortel, Miss Annie, Mrs. Bodnar

EA Grade 1-6 Team - Ms. Duk, Mrs. Granger, Mrs. Wakaruk, Mrs. Fedorouk

Ukrainian Team - Panni Fedorouk/Mrs. Horon, Pan Maskal

Library - Mrs. Shell

MHCB - Miss Konieczny

KinderCare & Out of School Care - Mrs. Powley, Mrs. Nahnieieva

Counsellor - Ms. Giebelhaus

Office Team - Mrs. Bay, Mrs. Golka

Assistant Principal - Ms. Rice

Principal - Mrs. Busenius



See the emailed posters for more information about July and August programs here in town.



Our Ukrainian Language & Cultural Program students are singing at the opening ceremonies of this year’s 50th Pysanka Festival on July 7. Hope we see you there!

The annual Vegreville Country Fair will be August 9-13. Search for the Exhibit Hall Book at and you’ll see a list of creative and crafty items that can be entered by elementary school aged children. The deadline to enter is July 21 so remember to fill in the entry form and be eligible for prizes!



Elk Island Public Schools is running the Little Elk Island Adventure, a fun and informative program for first-time school bus riders. Riders learn about school bus safety, danger zones, tips on boarding and how to sit properly on the bus. After that, both children and parents hop on the bus to practice what they’ve learned by venturing out on a short ride.

The Little Elk Island Adventure is for first-time school bus riders entering the 2023-24 school year. The tentative session dates and times are as follows:

Location                                          Date*                              Time*

A.L. Horton Elementary                  August 23                            5 p.m.


Register Now

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

More information about busing for kindergarten children is available at:



June 26 - Last day of school for Kindergarten A class

June 26 - Grade 6 Social Studies PAT in AM

June 26 - Grade 4 Bowling

June 27 - Grade 6 Science PAT in AM

June 27 - Grade 1-2 and 3-4 classes swim in AM; Grade 5-6 classes swim in PM

June 27 - Last day of classes for Grades 1-6; report cards online at 4 PM


August 30 - Emails coming from students’ new teachers to say hello and welcome!

August 31 - Back to school for Grades 1-6!

August 31 - Sept 6 - staggered start for Kindergarten (more info coming in August)

September 5 - Meet the Staff evening 3:30 - 5:00 PM


Keri Busenius                Chloe Giebelhaus

Principal                        Assistant Principal

Connecting to foster the minds and hearts of leaders.


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