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Bison Tales November 18, 2022

Hello Bison Families,

Next week all of our students are going to have the opportunity to work with Ivan Touko and dance, dance, dance! We are happy to welcome Ivan to Ardrossan for the week and are excited to see what magic he works with our students.

It is already time for our first term report card to be published on Friday, November 25. Please see the information below on how to access your parent portal.

We want to send out a huge thank you to all of our families who use the pick up and drop off area each day. It is like a well oiled machine. We know there can be a bit of a wait, but everyone has been so considerate, and keeping our student's safety at the forefront. Thank you!

Have an amazing weekend everyone.

Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison

Principal & Assistant Principal



November 21 - 25, 2022


  • Elk Island Junior Choir Presentation 10 a.m.
  • Grades 1 - 6 Report Cards Posted
  • Ivan Touko Residency


Upcoming Dates

November 28 - 29 - Kindergarten Parent Teacher Interviews 

December 13 – Concert One: Grade 1-2

                       Concert Two: Grade 3-4

December 14 – Concert One: Kindergarten

                       Concert Two: Grade 5-6 Musical Theatre Show

Playground Survey

As you may know, we are planning for a new replacement playground to be built. Our students have had an opportunity to give their feedback regarding what they love about playgrounds, and what their favourite activities are. Now it's your turn. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey, your feedback is most welcome and appreciated.

Report Cards for Grades 1 - 6

Term 1 report cards will be posted online Friday, November 25. Learn all about how your child is doing in reading, writing, math and all of the other important subjects.

Click on the Parent Portal to view your child's report card. Don't have a parental portal access? See the link. Contact Lisa McNeely at 780-922-2066 if you need your access code or if you'd like some help in logging in. As always, if you have questions about your child's progress, please contact your classroom teacher. 

Métis Week at Ardrossan

Take a look at some learning that our grade 3 students did during métis week! 

Giving Tree - Citizenship in Action!

Mahatma Ghandi once said, "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." Please help us demonstrate compassion for those less fortunate through our annual Giving Tree event beginning this month. Each grade collects and donates key items during the weeks leading up to the holidays to support Strathcona families who might need a little extra help. The items being collected include:

  • Nov. 28 Kindergarten -  bring socks
  • Nov. 29 Kindergarten - bring socks and Grade 1 - bring mittens
  • Nov. 30  Grade 2 -  bring mittens & gloves
  • Dec. 1 Grade 3 -  bring hats
  • Dec. 2 Grade 4 -  bring non-perishable food items
  • Grade 5 & 6 - Dec. 6 and 7 bring personal care items (toiletries, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant...)

These items will be used to decorate the Giving Tree. The donations will be be boxed up and delivered to the Strathcona County Food Bank on Friday, December 9. Thank you in advance for your support of those in need. We are always amazed by the generosity of our community members. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate citizenship.

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.

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:

Regular exercise boosts your child’s health and academics

Physical fitness provides many benefits for children. Studies show that regular physical activity is linked to higher self-confidence and attentiveness in school. It also lowers the chance of health problems such as type 2 diabetes.


To increase your child’s activity level:

  • Plan family outings. Pick activities your family enjoys and create some new healthy traditions. You might bundle up and go for a short walk after dinner or head to a park every Sunday afternoon.
  • Make suggestions. When your child has a friend over, suggest they play games that involve movement, such as tag, soccer and jumping rope. Indoors, try games such as Simon Says and Red Light, Green Light.
  • Add movement to screen time. Have your child take breaks that involve activity when watching TV or playing video games. For example, see how many sit-ups your child can do during commercial breaks.
  • Be creative. During chore time, play music or race to finish a job. While doing errands, park a few blocks away from a store and walk. Or, make a quick stop at a playground on the way home.
  • Set an example. Children are more likely to be active when they see family members staying fit. Let your child see you stretching, biking, walking with a friend, etc.


Reprinted with permission from the December 2022 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2022 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: A. McPherson and others, “Physical activity, cognition and academic performance: An analysis of mediating and confounding relationships in primary school children,” BMC Public Health, BioMed Central.

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