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Bison Tales - October 18, 2019

Our fabulous Grade 5 MCs for the Habit 2 Assembly

This month we are focused on Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. This habit is all about setting a long term goal or vision that guides your day to day choices and helps you to focus your resources on what you want to achieve.

Beginning With the End in Mind is a habit that reminds us to stop working on mindless tasks day in and day out that may not lead to anything important. Instead, we can choose tasks that will help us to become the person we have always dreamed we can be.

It sounds so very simple, doesn't it? Just pick a goal and then do stuff to make that goal happen. Like any habit, beginning with the end in mind requires conscious thought and practice. 

In this recent article posted in Forbes, leadership consultant, Carley Sime, suggests that there are a few reasons why this habit can be hard to accomplish. In particular, she describes challenges such as: struggling to turn our backs on alternatives, finding conflict between commitment and flexibility, as well as self-protection as a few reasons why we may not succeed in Habit 2. 

So how can we move past these challenges? 

Staying focused on a growth mindset and finding the courage to self-reflect on why you may struggle to identify a long term goal may be the first step to succeeding at Habit 2. 

At Ardrossan Elementary, we encourage our students to set goals for their learning and to pick strategies to help them to become the best learners that they can be. When you have a spare moment, perhaps you might want to ask your child what their goals are for this school year and then help them plan the steps and timelines they might need to accomplish them. If you are feeling extra ambitious, perhaps you can even set a family mission statement and family goals!

Together we are all leaders, one goal at a time!

Helene Hewitt

Acting Principal

Great Happens Here! 


  • Election Day! Our school is a polling station so be prepared for higher volume in the school all day!
  • Bus Safety Week
  • ECS Little Elk Island Adventures Bus Safety Presentation
  • Bus Evacuation practice at 9:30 a.m.
  • ECS Little Elk Island Adventures Bus Safety Presentation
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Scholastics Book Fair open in the evening
  • Bring your bottles for the Bottle Drive
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Scholastics Book Fair open in the evening
  • Bring your bottles for the Bottle Drive
  • Bison Tales posted


  • Join us for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - October 23 & 24
  • Bottle Drive at Conferences - Raise Money for our School!
  • Picture Retake Day:  October 28 & 29


  • Calling All Parents - Join Canadian Parents for French!
  • COBS Dough Raiser for Adrossan Elementary
  • Parents Make the Difference


  • Parking at Ardrossan Elementary
  • Safe and Caring Schools
  • School Bus Safety Week


Join us for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 

Don't forget to book a 10 minute slot for our parent/student/teacher conferences! Grades 1 to 6 conferencesare being held on October 23 and 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Kindergarten conferences take place on November 4 and 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

To book your interview times, please click on this link and use the code: abufr 

As is our tradition, we will also have a Scholastics Book Fair open in the Gathering Area on October 23 and 24. We hope to see you there!   

Bottle Drive at Conferences - Raise Money for our School!

The Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA) is once again collecting bottles during our Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences this week. Bring a bag of bottles when you come for your conference. Our magnificent parent volunteers will take your donation to the bottle depot and the money that is collected will go towards our many school initiatives such as saving money for the playground replacement or for supporting school clubs and activities.

Picture Retake Day - October 29

Did your child miss their school picture day? Do you need a do-over? You are in luck! Our whole school picture retakes are on October 29 and our alternate ECS retakes are on October 28. Save your best smile for your retakes!


Calling All Parents - Join Canadian Parents for French!

When you hear Canadian Parents for French (CPF) you might be thinking, that is only for parents of French Immersion students! Would you be surprised to know that non-French Immersion parents can also buy a membership to CPF?

What does CPF do? 

Our CPF chapter is responsible for organizing, sponsoring, and hosting several important events at our school for ALL students. Did you know that they are responsible for the amazing Carnaval event that we have each March? They are also the organizers of our very popular Family BBQ at the end of each year. This parent group is devoted to providing meaningful cultural events for our Ardrossan community for all students in both English and French.

Why buy a membership?

Our school gets money back on each membership that is sold. Those funds go towards the many events sponsored by CPF as well as for scholarships and funding for cultural activities. You will also be able to access special community events for a discounted rate if you have a membership. 

Buy a membership and win Oil Kings tickets!

If you buy a membership between October 18 and November 30, you will be entered into a draw to win a four pack of Oil King tickets! Don't delay! Get those memberships!

How can I get one? 

Memberships are inexpensive and easy to purchase online. You can buy an Ardrossan Canadian Parents for French membership by clicking here. Make sure to choose SJ#670 Ardrossan in the School Jurisdiction drop down menu so that our school gets the membership benefits.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of membership, speak to a CPF representative during our Parent/Student/Teacher conferences this week!

Cobs Dough Raiser for Ardrossan Elementary

Did you know that Ardrossan Elementary is signed up for the Cobs Dough Raiser program at the Sherwood Centre (Wye Road) COBS bakery? 

Next time you go to purchase something from COBS, mention Ardrossan Elementary School and they will donate 5% of the sale back to our school! 

Check out this flyer for more details!

Parents Make the Difference

Check out this week's article to support parents in helping their child to learn and grow:

Making the Most of Parent Student Teacher Conferences


Parking at Ardrossan Elementary

We understand that parking can be a challenge at the school. We have many wonderful volunteers and visitors throughout the day and our visitor parking can quickly fill up! Sometimes parents choose to park in the drop off lanes at the front of the school when the visitor parking is full which may result in a conversation with our bylaw officer.

We are working with our facilities department to find some solutions for the parking shortage. We are hoping to put up signs that indicate times when parking in the drop off lane is prohibited such as at the start of the day from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. or at the pick up time at the end of the day between 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

We will keep you posted when we have more detailed information. In the meantime, we ask that you not park any cars in the spot directly in front of the school (where there is a dip in the pavement). This space is the fire lane and needs to stay empty so that a fire truck has space in an emergency. 

Parking in the drop off lane is permitted provided it is between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through these hiccups!

Safe and Caring Schools

Did you know that we have a teacher who is designated as our Safe and Caring lead teacher? Mr. Karson Campbell, one of our amazing Grade 6 teachers, is the point person who can help students and their families with topics that connect to a safe and caring school community. He is also our staff leader of the Bison Pride club. If you need access to information, feel free to contact him by email at

School Bus Safety Week: October 21-25

Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week October 21-25. The theme: Ready to Ride, which focuses on being a responsible rider. Throughout the week, various activities are planned, including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, we’d like to remind students and families all of the Division’s school buses are equipped with a bus-pass scanner and GPS technology, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 156 buses and 594 bus routes. Thanks to this technology, parents and students also have access to the Versatrans My Stop app, a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child is scanned onto a bus.

For more information about School Bus Safety Week and EIPS Student Transportation services visit or contact Student Transportation (780-417-8151, directly.

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