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Bison Blurb November 4, 2022

Hello Bison Families,

We had another wonderful week of school. Halloween activities were enjoyed by all, and the weather cooperated as we took our parade outside. 

Our first bottle drive of the school year was held, a huge thank you to all the families who donated, we appreciate you and your empties! We would also like to thank Three Seasons Landscaping Ltd. for the use of your trailer.

While we were looking forward to having our Remembrance Day assembly in person, our committee, MC's, colour guard and staff banded together to put together a virtual assembly in a very short amount of time. As a school, we watched this today in our classes and took time to really remember the importance of November 11, and how we can all be peacemakers everyday. Due to the short notice, we were not able to ensure all students in the video had FOIP consent. As a result, this was not live streamed, though there will be a link shared on your child's Brightspace for you to view, please ensure you are signed in as your child to access this. If you or your child do not know the login credentials, please contact your child's teacher.

Welcome winter! We all knew it was coming, but perhaps we didn't expect so much snow all at once. Thank you for ensuring your children are dressed for all sorts of weather. Also keep in mind that students are still required to line up outside until they are let in by their teachers. Our inclement weather policy states that indoor recesses will occur if the temperature with wind chill drops to or below -22 degrees Celcius.

We wish all our families a very enjoyable fall break, stay healthy and we will see you November 14.


Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison

Principal & Assistant Principal



November 14 - 18, 2022


  • School Resumes - Welcome Back!
  • PALS Conferences
  • Bully Awareness Week
  • French Immersion survey closes
  • School Council/AEPSA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • School Spirit Day - Twin Day


Upcoming Dates

November 21 - 23 and 25 - Ivan Touko Residency

November 23 - Elk Island Junior Choir Presentation 10 a.m.

November 28 - 29 - Kindergarten Parent Teacher Interviews - stay tuned for more information


Ivan Touko Residency

We are excited to have Ivan Touko working with our students during the week of November 21 - 25. 

Born and raised in Cameroon, Ivan cultivated his passion for African dances through Coupé Décalé, Ndombolo, Bensikin, Bikutsi and other contemporary dance styles from West Africa. Since then, he has trained and/or been introduced to other styles of dance from all over the globe including but not limited to: Dancehall, Bachata, Salsa, and Bhangra. Ivan is passionate about using dance as a vehicle to connect with one's body and relieve stress while bringing people together in joyful and empowering environments. 

Ivan currently teaches at the University of Alberta as part of their recreation program, as well as, with La Connexional, a social enterprise and leadership platform building vibrant communities while helping BIPOC doers and dreamers unleash their full potential.


October 19 French Immersion Public Consultation

Thank you to everyone the public consultation about French Immersion programming and how to best improve program retention at the junior high and senior high levels. As you know, the Division is currently consulting with school families to determine possible solutions.

If you couldn’t make the meeting, that’s OK. You can still submit input by completing the online survey. The survey is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Take the Survey Now!

Survey closes November 14

The survey is also available at

To help with providing feedback, below are some background documents:

For more information, or to subscribe for updates, visit

Once all the feedback’s submitted, Western Management Consultants, the contracted public consultation company, will use the feedback gathered from the session and survey to inform Phase 2 of its public consultation efforts, expected early in the new year.

As always, EIPS will keep school families updated as the process progresses.


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

December menu ordering is currently ongoing now through to Thursday, November 10, 2022.  All orders and payments are due end of day Thursday. There are lots of extra order in days next month for Booster Juice, Cinnamon Buns, and Nitza's Pizza & Pasta orders! 

Don't forget your cutlery!  We have been trying reduce the use of single use plastics for quite sometime now and AES LunchBox is unable to provide any cutlery.


Spread the Word: EIPS is Hiring Substitute Educational Assistants and CTS/CTF Teachers

Do you know someone who may be interested in part-time, flexible work as a substitute educational assistant (EA) or substitute teacher specializing in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)? Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is hiring—spread the word!

EAs are integral to the school team, assisting teachers with instructional and non-instructional tasks in the classroom and other school activities. Whether it’s working one-on-one with individual students or with a small group of students in a class or special program, EAs provide support and assistance to help students achieve success.

Substitute teachers are needed every day across the Division, and vacancies in CTF and CTS classrooms require a specific skillset. Applicants must have or be eligible for an Alberta Teaching Certificate and have related CTS/CTF training or experience.

Substitutes are needed to fill positions at all school locations until the end of the school year. The application deadline is November 18. If you know someone who’d be great in one of these roles, encourage them to apply today.


Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

The November edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on talking to your kids about alcohol. Newsletter

Themes include:


Caregiver Series: November Sessions

Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include understanding depression and self-injury, substance use and building executive functioning skills.

The list of November 2022 sessions is now available.


Career Pathways Newsletter

The November 2022 Career Pathways Newsletter is now available.

Events include:

  • November 1: Try A Trade in the Heartland field trip
  • November 2: Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work Day
  • November 17: Get Ahead of Your Future
  • November 26: Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) sponsored field trip to the Northern Alberta institute of Technology (NAIT)
  • November 29: Strathcona County Youth Employment and Job Fair
  • December 6: Skills Exploration Days (deadline to submit on November 23)


For more information, contact the Career Pathways Team at


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


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:


Research links nutrition quality to academic performance

Have you heard of the expression “food for thought”? Well, it turns out to be, quite literally, the truth. 

Good nutrition really does feed the brain. And it starts with breakfast. Research shows that eating breakfast helps students stay on task and recall information. Eating breakfast regularly is even linked to improved overall school performance.

If your child gets breakfast at school, discuss the importance of eating it. If your child eats at home, keep low-sugar, unprocessed foods on hand. And be prepared for a rushed morning with a healthy breakfast that your child can eat on the way out the door.

Whether you’re packing lunch or your child is eating a school lunch, discourage eating high-calorie and high-fat foods. When students eat a meal that is high in fat and sugar, their bodies tend to become very tired—which makes it difficult to concentrate.

Children are typically hungry when they get home from school, so be sure to keep a variety of healthy snacks on hand—fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurt and whole grain crackers.

Try to buy only the food you want your child to eat. Your child can’t eat unhealthy food if it’s not there.

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: C. St John, M.P.H., R.D.N., “Proof Positive: Breakfast Improves Kids’ Grades, Mood and Weight,” Healthy Eating.Org.


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