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MONTHLY UPDATE: Year End June 2018

As the dust settles on another incredibly productive year, we are so proud to see our Ardrossan students successfully complete a year of learning and growth.

You don't have to look far to see evidence of an amazing year filled with family events, student clubs, partnerships with guests such as Elder Wilson Bearhead and artist Adrian LaChance, and a variety of classroom projects and activities. If you have not yet had the chance, we encourage you to read our AEL Year-End Review for a glimpse of the many amazing things that happen here.

In speaking of amazing events, we would be remiss if we did not take a moment to thank our incredible parent volunteers for organizing another successful CPF Annual Family BBQ! With the leadership of Connie Hamelin, Allison Usher, Alisha Spence, Jenny March, Vania Lloyd, Ady Arbuckle, Terri-Ann Trohubiak and a virtual army of volunteers, our families were able to enjoy fun, food and fellowship on our last day of school. Our community sends a heart-felt thank you to all those who made the BBQ a memorable event.

As you get ready to enjoy your summer, we want to remind you that next year's class placement information is located in your child's report card published yesterday. Please be aware that there may be changes over the summer depending on enrollment, staffing, budgets, and so on. As a consequence, student placement is tentative and subject to change. Log in to your Powerschool Portal to access the report cards. Contact Mrs. Shackleton should you require assistance. 

We are looking forward to seeing old and new bison friends on September 4th as we begin a fresh year in our new school. As you arrive on the first day, look for staff members in their bright pink shirts who are there to help you find your new teachers and new classrooms.

As we say goodbye to another school year, we share one final thought inspired by Meister Eckhart: "And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."

We wish you a great summer and we will see you when the magic begins in September.


  • Student Registration 2018-19
  • Save the Date - Meet the Staff /School Council and AEPSA Meeting - September 12th
  • Math Is Marvelous! - Join us for the 2nd Annual Family Math Games Night - September 19th


  • Whetstone Wisdom
  • Student Class Placement
  • Our Little Friends/Les Petits Amis Preschool
  • Student First Day of School
  • Be Sun Safe
  • Staffing Update


  • Junior High Journey (for parents/caregivers)


Student Registration 2018-19

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students for 2018-19. New registrations will be accepted 8:30 – 3:00 from Tuesday August 27 onward. Please complete the online registration process and upload a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residency. Please browse through our website for registration, programs, calendar and other information to help you plan for next year including the supply list. For general information about Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and back to school you may also visit the division website at:   

Save the Date: September 11, 2018

Meet the Staff is the best time to meet your child's teachers. Join us between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. say hello and see your child's classroom. Immediately after Meet the Staff, School Council and Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association fundraising group (AEPSA) has an annual general meeting in the Gathering Area at 7:00 p.m. All are invited!

Math is Marvelous!

Join us on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 for an evening of fun and math games. Free popcorn for the first 100 students! John Felling along with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks will once again lead the activities with lots of fabulous prizes to win!


Whetstone Wisdom

Heartfelt thanks to Ardrossan Elementary students - your thoughtful messages and best wishes for good health inspire me. I wish you a wonderful summer complete with family, friends and fun. Summer is also an opportunity to discover new adventures in books! Read and rock on! 

I can hardly wait to see all of you in our new school! 

Love, Mrs. Whetstone  

To the Ardrossan Parent Council and Bision Community

The wonderful basket of warm socks, delicious teas, the softest blanket and all the messages of support and caring humbles me. 

I am excited to explore a new look at Concrete Blonde. I hope you recognize me when I return.... hmmmm..... brunette? Redhead? I look forward to returning to the bison family as soon as I can.

Love, Judy 

Student Class Placement

We thank you for trusting in our expertise, experience and professionalism as we determine the classroom lists for the upcoming school year. We consider many factors when creating classroom configurations. Please note, movement of students from one class to another will not be considered after September 14th and then, only in extenuating circumstances.

Our Little Friends/Les Petits Amis Preschool

Our Little Friends/Les Petits Amis preschool is a not for profit preschool in Ardrossan that offers both classes in English, as well as classes with a gently introduction to French. Registrations are accepted for the fall. Contact Kari at 780.922.4447 or check out the website at Ardrossan French Playschool

Student First Day of Class

Grades 1 to 6 classes will commence on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. Kindergarten orientation will also begin this week.  Kindergarten classes will begin student orientation on a staggered schedule beginning Tuesday, September 4th. Please check the letter mailed in June for your Kindergarten child’s scheduled orientation time. As well, please visit the EIPS' system calendar for a complete list of holidays and school closure days throughout 2018-2019: EIPS Welcome Back 18-19

Be Sun Safe

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it’s also one of the most preventable. In Canada, sunlight is strong enough to cause skin cancer, premature aging of the skin and harm to the eyes. Check out these articles to learn how and why it’s so important to protect your skin and your eyes. Enjoy the summer break!

Staffing Update

Parents and students will be informed of class placements in the June 27 report cards. Class lists will not be posted in August in compliance with FOIP regulations. Student report cards can be accessed through the Parent Portal in Powerschool as well as in a paper copy sent home.

This is preliminary staffing and class sizes information only. Due to increasing or decreasing enrollments, these configurations may change over the course of the summer. We are continuing to work on staffing positions and will share more information in the final year end update. Based upon the current information we have, staffing and class configurations for the 2018-2019 school year will be as follows:

French Immersion Classes (student #)

  • ECS Mme Bouchard (28)
  • Grade 1 M. Viau - until Mme Olsen returns (27)
  • Grade 2 Mme Proulx (17)
  • Grade 2 M.Tomaszewicz (16)
  • Grade 3 Mme. Fafard (20)
  • Grade 4 Mme Krys (26)
  • Grade 5 M. Castle (23)
  • Grade 6 M. Wandji Diekeu (25)

 English Classes (student #)

  • ECS Mrs. Belcourt  (25 & 25)
  • Grade 1  Mrs. Samaratunga (21)
  • Grade 1  Mrs. Butler-Dunn (3)
  • Grade 1  Ms. Podoborozny (19)
  • Grade 2  Mrs. Hill (24)
  • Grade 2  Ms. Wilson (24)
  • Grade 3  Mr. Frederickson (23)
  • Grade 3  Mrs. Eremenko - until Mrs. Ruptash returns (23)
  • Grade 4  Mrs. Klippenstein (27)
  • Grade 4  Mrs. Kent (26)
  • Grade 5  Mrs. Grauman  (26)
  • Grade 5  Mrs. McBride  (26)
  • Grade 6  Mr. Campbell (27)
  • Grade 6  Mr. Halbert  (27)
  • Grade 6  Ms. Munsterman  (27)
  • Literacy Support - Mrs. Kulmatycki 
  • Music Mrs. Harding & Mrs. Pretzlaff 
  • PALS Mrs. Talaga & Mrs. Robinson
  • Counsellor Mme Mitchell 
  • Assistant Principal Mme Hewitt
  • Principal Mrs. Whetstone


Junior High Journey (for parents/caregivers)

Over the summer, KEYS is offering a free educational opportunity for parents/caregivers to support their children transitioning to junior high. Like adults, teenagers experiences stress from significant life changes like transitioning from elementary to junior high school. Join other parents/caregivers to discuss, share and learn about:

  • How to support the transition from elementary to junior high school
  • Healthy adolescent brain development
  • Promoting social and emotional learning
  • Developing healthy relationships

When: Tuesday, July 24  |  6:30-8:30 p.m.
           Tuesday, August 14  |  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Strathcona County Community Centre, Meeting Room 1
             401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

Cost:  Free

Registration: Sign up through the Strathcona County Community Calendar Poster


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