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Bison Tales, October 28, 2022

Hello Bison Families,

We had a great week filled with some fieldtrips, lots of learning and a grade 6 handball tournament to end things off. Next week is busy as well with Halloween, our bottle drive and our Remembrance Day Assembly. Before you know it we will be back from fall break and it will be mid November.

We wish you all a great week, and have a safe Halloween.


Enjoy your weekend!

Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison

Principal & Assistant Principal



October 31 - November 4, 2022


  • Division 1 and 2 Halloween Parades
  • Bottle Drive Begins
  • Bottle Drive
  • Early Dismissal 2:16 p.m.
  • Bottle Drive
  • Bottle Drive
  • Little Caesar's Pizza Kit Pickup
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Bottle Drive - last day


Upcoming Dates

November 7 - 11 - Fall Break - Schools closed

November 14 - School Resumes

November 15 - School Council/AEPSA 6:30 p.m.

November 18 - School Spirit Day - Twin/Triplet... Day


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.


Tidbits from the Lunchbox

This is a reminder that Little Caesar's Pizza Kit pickup is next week Thursday, November 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Please ensure you pick up your order in a timely manner as we will not have anywhere to properly store any forgotten kits. Anything that is leftover at 6 p.m. will be brought and donated to the local food bank so please ensure you make arrangements for pickup of your items. 

The winners of the Hot Lunch Credits for the most kits sold are:

Tennesy Brown - 1st place - 36 Kits $100

Thomas Petrie- 2nd place - 31 Kits $50

Hunter Chatelain- 3rd place - 28 Kits $25

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser! 


Halloween Fun!

Halloween Parades - A Spooky Good Time

Come and see all of the little ghouls and goblins prowl through the hallways for our Halloween parades on October 31.

K - 3 classes will gather in the gym at 12:35 p.m. 

4 - 6 classes will gather in the gym immediately after division 1, we are guessing around 1 p.m. 

Parents are invited to join us in the gym to watch the fun! Boo!

Halloween Treats - Staying Safe

Trick-or-Treating provides students with many delicious treats. Please remember that we are a Nut Aware school and that students may not bring food items that contain nuts to school. This is to ensure that all of our students have a safe Halloween. Many of our classes have students with various other allergies, thank you for your cooperation when deciding on treats to send with your child.

Halloween Costumes

Students are welcome to arrive at school fully dressed in their costume for the day. Please help us out by ensuring that costumes are not too scary/grotesque for our youngest students, and are weapon free. If a costume has a mask, students will be able to wear it for the parade.


Bottle Drive Week is Here

Hey Bisons! Save those bottles for our upcoming bottle drive in the first week of November. Bring in a bag or two of bottles and place them in the trailer parked in front of the school from October 31 - November 4! 

All proceeds from our bottle drives go to the Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA) which are then used to for our supporting events or resources for students at the school. 


Gift Card Fundraiser - Fundscrip

Plan ahead and purchase Christmas presents, corporate rewards, incentives and teacher thank-you gifts through Fundscrip Gift Cards. Orders can be made until November 18 through the online ordering platform at (Click on the fundraising tab). 

Once your order is placed please e-transfer with your order payment.

Orders are open from October 24 through to November 18, 2022.

Orders will be ready for pick up the first week of December.  Watch the Bison Tales or aeslunchbox emails for pick up details. Thank you!


Music News

Well Done Norman Foote Singers!

Wow Ardrossan! When we do something, we go all the way! On Wednesday night we packed Festival Place with their first full house since before the pandemic! Several of the volunteers ushers asked us questions about which community we were from and how we had such a big turnout. That’s the Bison Way! What a great night with so much joy and lasting memories.  Thanks to all the students who practiced at home, came to rehearsals, and performed like pros!

Save the dates

Dec 13 – Concert One: Grade 1-2

              Concert Two: Grade 3-4

Dec 14 – Concert One: Kindergarten

              Concert Two: Grade 5-6 Musical Theatre Show


Musical Theatre Christmas Show

We still need décor and prop items for our set. Can you help us by loaning us these props for the show? You can have them back after the show on Dec 14.

If you would like your item returned please label it clearly.  Please send them in asap, we are ready to work on the set!


Snowman costume or large white adult hoodie (graphics are okay we can turn it inside out)

Several stockings in different sizes

Red metallic wrapping paper (pattern ok)

wrapping paper tubes (lots)

Multi-coloured Christmas lights that turn on and off easily

One large light/lamp

A Large manual that can be decorated or painted

3-4 Christmas trees (undecorated) You can have them back on Dec 14!

Small Tool Belt or Bag

Small Tools and crafty things like paint brushes or clamps

Selfie Stick (doesn’t need to work)


Parents Make the Difference

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

Show your child how to become a more confident test-taker

Test anxiety often comes from self-doubt. When students don’t think they will succeed on a test, they often don’t.

To help your child become more confident before a test:

  • Take off the pressure. Tell your child that tests just show the teacher what students have learned so far, and what they need help with.
  • Find out what the test will cover. Encourage your child to listen carefully when the teacher talks about the test—and to ask questions if needed.
  • Avoid last-minute panic. Your child should begin to study several days before the test. Cramming the night before a test rarely works.
  • Teach efficient studying. Tell your child to focus on the not-yet mastered material first.
  • Help connect new material to information your child already knows. These connections improve students’ recall ability.
  • Encourage positive self-talk. When stuck during a test, your child can say, “I am prepared and I know this. The answer will come to me.”
  • Talk about your child’s strengths. Confidence in one area can lead to success in other areas.
  • Visualize success. With eyes closed, have your child picture all of the test questions answered correctly.


Reprinted with permission from the November 2022 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2022 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: S.M. DeBroff, The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School, Free Press.

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