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Bison Tales - October 15, 2021

Looking good on Hat Day!

This week the Grade 1 students treated us to an adorable virtual assembly all about Habit !: Be Proactive. It's no secret that this is my favourite habit out of the seven we practice!

Being proactive is like a hidden superpower. This habit teaches us that we are responsible for what we say, do, and think. Ummm, superpower?? How is this a superpower, you ask? 

Here's the scoop. Life is full of stuff that happens that is completely out of our control. Things will happen to us that we don't like and don't see coming. (I'm looking at you Covid-19!) Habit 1 tells us to focus on the stuff we have control over. We decide how we will react to things that happen to us. We decide if we will get angry and hit someone or if we will take a breath and talk about it instead. We choose our actions and we must accept the consequences that come with them.

What's even better is that we get to decide our mood. Everyone has days when they think they should have stayed in bed, right? On those days, I make a decision that I'm going to smile at people, even if I don't feel like it. I make a choice to cheer up, even if it is only my face pretending. After a few minutes of faking it, something amazing happens. I actually start to feel happier! Before you know it, I'm happy I got out of bed and my day turns out to be pretty great. Does it work 100% of the time? Of course not! Bad days happen to us all! But sometimes, my choices in how I think about things can make a bad day a lot better!

We decide on what gets our focus. We can choose to see all the horrible stuff and live in that dark place. We can also chose to notice that bad stuff, face it head on, and then let it go. We can choose to look at mistakes as learning opportunities. We can decide to pay more attention to what is going well than what isn't. The point is, we actually have a lot more control over how we feel about things than we realize.

So, Habit 1 really can be a superpower. We hope you wield it well!

Great Happens Here!

Helene Hewitt & Kyla Harding

Principal & Assistant Principal

Table of Contents

Week At a Glance


  • Parent/Student/Teacher Virtual Conferences
  • Boo! Halloween is Coming!
  • Nut Aware School
  • Family Handbook
  • Lost and Found


  • Let's Shop at the Virtual Book Fair!
  • Buy Some Ardrossan Swag!


  • Leader in Me & Habit 1: Be Proactive
  • Ardrossan Students are Readers!
  • Parents Make the Difference 


  • Professional Learning Day - no school for students!
  • Virtual Scholastic Book Fair is Open!
  • Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Bison Tales posted online


Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 

We will be conducting 10 minute parent/student/teacher online conferences for students in Grades 1 to 6 on October 19, 20 and 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. to discuss your child's progress in school before report cards are posted online on November 26.

You can book a time slot by visiting School Interviews and using this code: Jnnpv 

Kindergarten students will have virtual conferences later in November! Keep your eye on the calendar and the Bison Tales for more information!

Boo! Halloween is Coming! 

This year we will be celebrating Halloween on October 29! Students are invited to wear a costume to school for a day of spooky fun! Please remember that students will need to wear masks, even when in costume. We were impressed with how people incorporated their masks into their costumes last year! We can't wait to see what you come up with this year! 

Please remember that we are a family focused school and that any costumes that are particularly gory or scary are best used for trick or treating at home. We have students who are very little at our school that may become scared of gruesome costumes. Please keep our costumes G-rated! We also request that weapons stay at home for the same reason!

Since the pandemic limits our ability to have large volumes of visitors in the school at one time, we will not be having our traditional Halloween parade this year. However, we will make sure to film or take pictures of our classes and post a video of the Halloween fun in the Bison Tales!

Nut Aware School

Thank you for remembering that we are a nut aware facility. We have several students who are severely allergic to nuts. We kindly ask that there are no peanuts or products containing peanuts sent to school in lunches or snacks. This is also important when sending Halloween candy to school! Leave your nuts at home!

Family Handbook

Did you know that Ardrossan Elementary has a Family Handbook? This document outlines our policies, procedures and other helpful information to ensure that everyone is on the same page. What is our policy on electronic devices? What is our student code of conduct? What is our school philosophy? Find the answers to these questions and more by reading our handbook here.

Lost and Found

Winter is not yet upon us and yet our Lost and Found bins are starting to fill up! We encourage all families to clearly label clothing and other items sent to school. We sort through the Lost and Found three times a year and labelled items are returned to their owners. Anything that is unclaimed is collected and donated to a local charity throughout the school year!


Shop at Our Virtual Book Fair

Dear families, 

It’s here! Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair has begun! Our very own shopping site will be open until October 25, 2021

Experience the joy of a Book Fair online by joining us! 

Remember, all purchases benefit our school and earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.  

Pick-up will be once the book fair is over, I will deliver the books to your child at the school. I will have further pick-up instructions on next week’s Bison Tales. Keep an eye out! 

Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair! 

Happy reading! 

Ms. Thompson, Library Technician AEL 

Buy Some Ardrossan Swag!

Did you know that Ardrossan has a clothing shop? 

Order some nice clothing with our school logo through our Ardrossan Elementary Entripy shop.

If you want to order items from an Entripy shop that are not on our AEL shop, you can enter our member code and it will go towards our school's 10% rebate.

Member code: AEB044C7


Leader In Me & Habit 1 Assembly

The 7 Habits is a combination of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are common to all people and cultures. See Leader in Me for further information. For the past eight years, we as a school are committed to learning, teaching and living the 7 Habits with our students. Building "Success for All" by being the best we can be, is what we strive for.

This month our Grade 1 students taught us all about Habit 1: Be Proactive during our virtual assembly. You can watch the virtual assembly here.

You can also learn more about how to practice the 7 Habits at home by reading the Leader in Me Parent Handbook!

Ardrossan Elementary Students are Readers!

Did you know that our students are amazing readers? Last week we managed to read for over 90,000 minutes as a school! We earned five extra minutes of recess, a ten minute whole school dance party, Hat Day and Pajama Day! 

Let's keep it going! Research shows that students who read regularly or who have parents/guardians who read to them regularly develop strong language skills. They have larger vocabularies and have much more background knowledge about a large variety of topics which helps them to become even better readers!

Research also shows that if you read high quality and interesting books to your kids, that they could not read on their own, they gain even larger vocabularies and more sophisticated background knowledge. You also get to feel closer and more connected by spending quality time together! Get out those books for family reading time! 

Parents Make the Difference

Each month we will include some articles with some great tips and strategies for parents. Here is this month's featured article:

Use conversations to boost your child’s thinking skills

In elementary school, teachers expect students to think about what they’ve read and then draw conclusions. To give your child the practice she needs to develop this ability:

  • Ask questions that require her to think. If you watch a TV show together, talk about it afterward. “Why do you think the character did that?” or “Do you think things like that happen in real life?”
  • Share your thoughts when you are making up your mind. You might say, “I am still not sure who I’ll vote for in the mayoral election.” Then talk about the strengths of the people running for that office. Your child may have some great insights.
  • Set aside time to read together— and then talk about what you’ve read. Some families make one meal a week their “reading dinner.” Everyone brings a book to the table. After a few minutes of reading, family members talk about what they’ve read and ask questions about what everyone else has read.
  • Make the most of car time. Parents know that the best talks often take place in the car. So ask your child about what’s going on in her life. Listen to her answers.
  • Keep a shared journal. Try reading the same book. Take turns writing notes to each other about your reactions to what you’ve read.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2021 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2021 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

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