General Information

Out of School Care

A.L. Horton Elementary School is proud to provide a valuable and affordable before and after school care service for parents and students. We have an excellent before/after school care program run by qualified and energetic staff members. Parents must pre-register students. For more information or to inquire about current rates, availability, or programming, please contact the office.

Kinder Care Programming

In collaboration with the kindergarten teacher our goal is to support and build a strong foundation of continuity and enhanced learning through play.  We believe children learn best through hands on experiences.  This program will motivate, stimulate, and support children in their development of kindergarten skills and concepts.  Through a variety of structured and unstructured activities, social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional needs will be fostered.

This program will be operational on instructional days (as per EIPS calendar) at a cost of $275.00 a month. 

The Kinder Care program, as well as the Out of School Care program, is staffed by Elk Island Public School Employees.  As we are a licensed facility, families may qualify for subsidy as administered through Alberta Children’s Services Child Care Subsidy at www.

Bussing arrangements may also be made through Student Transportation Services for everyday transportation at an additional cost.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 780.632.3113 and speak with Mr. Spronk, Principal.

Bell Schedule

Students who arrive at the school before 8:15 are to wait quietly outside their assigned entrance. Students are not allowed in the school until 8:15, when supervisors are on duty.  We ask that ALL students enter the building from their assigned entrance.

School doors are locked at 3:30 PM. The school is open on a limited basis in the evenings for community events, clubs and meetings.

Regular Schedule

Early Dismissal Schedule

School Opens (First Bell)

8:15 (Bell 8:30)

School Opens (First Bell)

8:15 (Bell 8:30)

Registration (Second Bell)


Registration (Second Bell)


First Recess

A:  10:06-10:16

B:  10:38-10:48

First Recess

A:  9:48-9:58

B:  10:14-10:24

Lunch (Recess Included)

11:52 - 12:52

Lunch (Recess Included)

11:16 - 12:16

Agenda (Homeroom)

2:50 - 2:55

Agenda (Homeroom) 1:50 - 1:55





Bus Departure


 Bus Departure


Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club at A. L. Horton wants to ensure that every child attends school well nourished and ready to learn. CALS ( the Community Association for Lasting Success ) is the organization responsible for organizing the Breakfast Program. A. L. Horton School is very thankful for the service CALS provides making our students successful and healthy learners.

Hot Lunch

A hot lunch program is run in our school approximately twice a month. Children have the option to participate. Money from the hot lunch program goes directly toward special projects funded by the School Society or clubs within the school.

Inclement Weather

Should we experience severe weather conditions during the course of the day, district schools could be closed to ensure the safety of students. This decision will be made by the Superintendent of EIPS and the information will be broadcast over CFRN, CFCW, CHED, and CISN. Parents are asked to listen to one of these radio stations for announcements regarding school bus and school closures. These will be announced early in the morning. Inclement weather may also necessitate an early dismissal should a storm come up during the day.  Parents are encouraged to have a contingency plan in place for the care of their children when it becomes necessary to close the schools during adverse weather conditions during the day. For the safety of students who ride busses, it is it the responsibilities of parents to ensure that their child is suitably dressed for coping with the weather - should busses become unserviceable while transporting students, or should students have to wait for the bus. The bus driver has the right to refuse any child not properly dressed (weather-wise) in the morning.

Inclement Weather Policy

Nut Policy

Many students in our care suffer from life-threatening allergies. This extreme form of allergy is called anaphylaxis and results in an individual going into respiratory arrest after contact with a known allergen. As per EIPS Policy, we are bound to provide a safe environment for all students. Since this is a life threatening allergy and our school is home to many small children, we must comply with EIPS Policy and not send peanuts and nuts of any kind to the school. This includes products with trace amounts in them. If you are not sure if it contains nuts, please have your child wash their hands after eating any unknown items.

For more information about anaphylaxis, please see the administration of the school. We appreciate your support, empathy and compassion for all of our students.

Parent Volunteers

Volunteers are always welcomed and needed at A. L. Horton Elementary School for various duties. If you have a few extra minutes to spare, please contact your child's teacher or the office to see in what capacity you could help.  We sincerely thank you for your assistance. We consider our volunteers to be colleagues and see your position in our school as very important. Volunteers must observe all school policies and regulations, and be aware that teachers have the ultimate responsibility in the classroom. Volunteers must hold all matters connected with the school in confidence. Volunteers should respect the professional role and judgment of the teachers and school administration. All volunteers must first complete the EIPS Confidentiality Undertaking for Volunteers form before they assist at the school. This form must be completed every year. We look forward to working with you in our unique school setting.

The Power of 3!

Interesting article about the positive effects parent volunteering has on the child, classroom, and school community. Do you have 3 hours a school year to spare?  We love have parents in the building!

Here are some ways in which you can participate in the school community:

  • assist teachers in the classroom
  • read to individuals or small groups of children
  • assisting with one or more Hot Lunch days (twice a month, afternoon of prepping or 10 - 1pm for packaging and delivery)
  • participating in one or more Parent Council or ALH Friends Society meetings (once a month for an hour)

Privacy Policy

Elk Island Public Schools treats student information with respect and confidentiality. At the same time, we strive to make as much information as possible available to all members of the public. How we handle information is directed by the School Act, the Student Record Regulation, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), other legislation, protocols, and our district polices and regulations. View our Privacy and Security Statement.  

Privacy Policy

Student Transportation

Bus driver routes are assigned by Central Services in Sherwood Park according to rural land description. If you are a new family to the Vegreville area, please bring your land location or address to the school when registering your children. The bus driver will notify you directly concerning pick up times. Any problems arising on the bus should be directed to the bus driver first. It is our desire to have a safe and pleasant ride as possible for all of our students by having an orderly and respectful environment on our buses. Questions about transportation should be directed to Student Transportation at 1-800-905-3477.

Bussing and Transportation

Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests

Information taken from the Alberta Education Website.  For further details, please click here.


Tips and Guidelines for Home-School Communication

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a Communication Protocol for Schools to provide a framework for communication between schools and our families. The purpose of this document is to guide, manage, and improve school-home communication by offering a standard format, structure, and sequence for regular, ongoing communication.

This document outlines how EIPS’ schools use a variety of communication formats, such as face-to-face meetings, email, Synrevoice, and social media. It also provides a process for parents/guardians to use if they need to bring forward a question or concern. We encourage families to review this information so they know what to expect and what we expect of families.

As communication changes, this document may also evolve. We will work to keep parents informed as any processes evolve and change.

 The full EIPS Communication Protocol for Schools document is available at

The Leader in Me

For more information please visit the Leadership Tab on the top menu bar.
A.L. Horton is pleased to be engaging in a new program at the school, called "The Leader in Me".  This is a school based program designed using "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" from the Franklin Covey group.

You should already be hearing "The Leader in Me" language at home.  In September, October and November we focused on habit 1 - 'Being Proactive' - being in charge of our moods, attitudes, and actions.  You may have heard, "you filled my bucket" as well.  Ask your child about what Habit 1 is all about. 


We spent December and January focusing on habit 2 - 'Begin with the End in Mind' - setting goals and planning ahead, choosing to do things that have meaning and make a difference.  You may have heard of your child working on personal and classroom mission statements.

During the months of February and March, we worked on habit 3 - 'Putting First Things First' - deciding what's most important and  taking care of that first (our "big rocks").  Our assembly focused on "Don't Flip Flop", ask your child about it.

April will focus on habit 4 - 'Think Win -Win'.

There are activities in the student agenda that can help you know the questions to ask your child.

The link below is a Parent Guide to "The Leader in Me".  Please take some time to look through the document and please contact the school if you have any questions.


The Leader in Me Parent Guide