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Bison Tales May 5, 2023

Good afternoon Bison families,

We are please to share that the The Ardrossan Running Team participated in the EIPS Invitational Relay event on Thursday, May 4th. This event hosted 16 schools and 2 events; the 4x200m Relay and the Medley Relay (200mx100mx100mx400m). It was a great opportunity for our athletes to demonstrate their effort and hard work! The Grade 4-6 runners ran 12 races total and placed 1st in one race, 2nd in six races, and 4th in one race. We are very proud of our athletes and how well they represented our school community!

Final Reminder: Ardrossan Elementary yearbook sales close on May 16. The cost per yearbook is $18.00.  No late orders or payments can be accepted. Orders and payment are done in your Parent Portal: the fee is not immediately visible when you log into your parent portal account. You will need to add this “Optional Fee” to your account. Here are some instructions to help you place your order in the Parent Portal.  

We hope this weekend brings some much needed rain to our province.

Thank you everyone, 


Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison 

Principal and Assistant Principal



May 8 - 12, 2023

  • June Hot Lunch orders open
  • CPF meeting 6 p.m.
  • June Hot Lunch orders open
  • June Hot Lunch orders open
  • Flower Orders close - AEPSA (see ordering info below)
  • June Hot Lunch orders close
  • Fire Drill at 9:45
  • Grade 1 Mother's Day event


Upcoming Dates

May 15 - School Council and AEPSA meetings 6:30 p.m.

May 15 - Grade 6 French Language Arts PAT

May 16 - Yearbook Orders close

May 17 - Grade 6 English Language Arts PAT

May 18 - 5A and 6A Field Trip to Rundle Park

May 19 - School Closure Day - no school

May 22 - Victoria Day - no school

May 24 - School Spirit Day - Anything but a Backpack Day


Flower Orders - AEPSA


WHAT: Growing Smiles


PICK - UP DATE: MAY 26TH, 2023 at Three Seasons Landscaping


PAYMENT: E-transfer to or credit card on website

Paper order forms will not be sent home as we are trying to be more environmental!


Bikes, Scooters, Rollerblades and Helmets

The beautiful weather is upon us, and with this comes bikes, scooters, rollerblades, and helmets.  We'd like to remind all of our students choosing one of these methods of transportation to do so in a safe manner when around large gatherings of people.  Please descend from your bike or scooter and walk.  Please also remember that Strathcona County requires people under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when cycling.  


Bison Bravo a Staff Member

Did you know that the Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association has started a staff bravo initiative?  As you might know, Ardrossan staff regularly give out Bison Bravos to students to acknowledge acts of citizenship, kindness or excellence.  

AEPSA is offering the chance for students and families to Bravo a staff member!  All you have to do is click on the the Bravo a Staff Member box on the right side of the school webpage to fill out an electronic Bravo form.  Then our amazing AEPSA parents write you message on a note which is delivered to that staff member along with a sweet treat!  


Parents Make the Difference


Teach your child these healthy stress-management techniques


In one recent national survey conducted by Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 70% of youth rated their ability to cope with challenges as medium to very low. And 71% said that when something important goes wrong in their life, they can’t stop worrying about it.

As student stress and anxiety continue to rise, it’s important to share coping strategies with your child. Offer ideas such as:

  • Deep breathing. When anxiety strikes, have your child breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth several times.
  • Physical activity. Ride bikes, shoot baskets and visit the playground as a family. Encourage your child to take up a sport or another active hobby. Suggest your child play outside with friends. They might play catch, kick a ball around or enjoy a game of hopscotch or tag.
  • Spend time outdoors appreciating the sights, sounds and scents of nature. Go for hikes, explore parks or camp out in the backyard.
  • Creative pursuits. Drawing, writing, painting, singing or playing a musical instrument can all reduce stress.


Reprinted with permission from the May 2023 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2023 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: The State of Youth Mental Health, Boys and Girls Clubs of America.


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