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Bison Tales January 6, 2023

Happy New Year!

Welcome back. We hope everyone had a wonderful and healthy break. Here we are in 2023, a new year filled with new opportunities!

We are thankful for the beautiful weather, and if anyone saw this morning, the moon was gorgeous, little things to notice and appreciate in our busy lives.

Thank you for taking the time to read the Bison Tales, as you know this is our main way of communicating with our families.

Have an amazing weekend.


Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison

Principal and Assistant Principal



January 9 - 13, 2023


  • Bookmobile will be at Ardrossan Elementary for Gr. 1's
  • Virtual Farm Safety Presentations K - 6
  • School Council and AEPSA meetings 6:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Farm Safety Presentations K - 6
  • February Hot Lunch order and payment deadline
  • Grade 3 Assembly - 9:30 a.m.


Upcoming Dates

  • January 16 - 20 - Colour Week!

Monday - Blue day

Tuesday - Purple day

Wednesday - Green day

Thursday - Yellow day

Friday - Red day

  • January 17 - Ski Trip payment deadline - payment must be received by this date to attend the trip
  • January 23 - Division 2 Ski Trip
  • January 23 - CPF meeting 6:00 p.m. at AJS
  • January 27 - Grade 6 classes to AJS for lunch
  • January 30 - Professional Learning Day - School Closed


Ardrossan Spirit Wear

We have a new spirit wear store! Shop for T-Shirts, hoodies and more until January 29, 2023.


Tidbits from the LunchBox

Ordering for the February 2023 Schedule is on NOW! 

Menu Orders and Payments are due by Thursday, January 12, 2023.


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. 


Inclement Weather

With the winter season well underway, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS’ Administrative Procedure 131: Inclement Weather, which states: “school bus service may be suspended … when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C including wind chill, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions.

When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on they feel is safest during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.


Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2023-24 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2023-24 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. The 2023-24 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2023.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2023.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-922-2066.


Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2023? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2023-24 school year on Feb. 1, 2023.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online EIPS Kindergarten Tool kit to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

Additional information regarding Ardrossan Elementary's kindergarten program is available at Ardrossan Elementary Kindergarten Registration Information.


Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

The January edition of the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter focuses on vaping. Newsletter

Themes include:


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:


Responsibility helps students have success in the classroom

Children who learn to be responsible do better in school. They get along better with teachers and peers. They make better decisions. They’re more apt to try, follow through and succeed.

To strengthen your child’s sense of responsibility:

  • Match chores to abilities. Are you still packing your child’s lunch? How about making the bed? If so, pass the torch. Most elementary schoolers are capable of handling such tasks. Don’t overload your child with too many chores, but work toward giving meaningful responsibilities.
  • Teach lessons about money. Consider giving your child a small allowance. When children manage their own money, they tend to develop more respect for it. Include your child when you’re working on your budget. You don’t have to share specific financial details, but demonstrate what budgeting looks like. Say things like, “I’d love to order pizza tonight, too, but it’ll have to wait. Payday isn’t until Friday.”
  • Use consequences to teach. When children experience the consequences of their actions, they are more likely to learn not to make the same mistake again. If you’re always running to the rescue, your child won’t learn how to take responsibility for anything.


Reprinted with permission from the January 2023 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2023 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


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