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Bison Tales - December 4, 2020

The Leader on the Ledge is bringing holiday treats to classes all month!

We have made it to December! Congratulations everyone!

This week we enjoyed the beginning of the holiday season with Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, preparation for our virtual Christmas concert, and the return of the Leader on the Ledge. If you are not familiar with the Leader on the Ledge, he is little gnome who visits classes to remind us about the Habits and to spread a little Christmas cheer! This month he is popping up in classrooms with individually wrapped candy canes and a Christmas storybook! 

This week was also special because it was our first virtual student-led assembly presented by our talented Grade 1 students! They taught us about how to be proactive by keeping our spaces clean and taking responsibility for our materials. They even taught us the 12 Days of Christmas action song! Who can resist watching our adorable students in their little elf hats? Well done, Grade 1 leaders!

As we count down the days leading up to the break, we know that people are likely feeling the pressure of getting ready for a holiday season like no other! We encourage everyone to take a deep breath, to drop your shoulders, and to lean into the people you love. It is through our connection to each other, through laughter and those small moments of feeling like you are not alone, that we get through the most challenging times!

Helene Hewitt & Kyla Harding

Principal & Assistant Principal

Great Happens Here


Week At a Glance


  • Watch the Grade 1 Assembly!
  • Read Your Child's Report Card on the Parent Portal
  • Important Items to Send to School
  • School and Transportation Fee Waiver Applications


  • Counselor Corner
  • EIPS Brightspace Parent Information Session Recording
  • Discounted Software
  • No Child Without: Free MedicAlert for students


  • Christmas Break
  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit Foundations 
  • Parents Make the Difference


  • Fundscrip orders due today!
  • Library closed this week 
  • Great day of learning!
  • More learning!
  • Even more learning!
  • Last day to order NED yo-yos!
  • Bison Tales posted online


Watch the Grade 1 Assembly!

The Grade 1 students dazzled us with their mad skills for our first virtual Habit 1 assembly! Dressed up as little elves, the Grade Ones showed us how to be great proactive leaders! They also introduced all of the staff in the school! Click here to watch the amazing Grade 1 assembly!

Read Your Child's Report Card on Parent Portal

Term 1 report cards are now posted online! 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. 

Important Items to Send to School

Calling all parents and caregivers! We need your help! In order to minimize the volume of students in the office as well as the chance of spreading germs, we would like your help in sending some key items to school with your child. Please ensure that your child comes to school with a water bottle, cutlery, snacks and at least three or four masks.

Wearing a mask all day can make you thirsty and dehydrated. When students are missing a water bottle, we give them a disposable cup in the office. However, we have given out many many cups! It is better for the environment and our bottom line, if students bring a water bottle. 

Also, now that it is colder outside, the vapors from our mouths can make our masks wet more quickly. Dr. Hinshaw recommends changing out masks when they get wet. If you can send 3 or 4 masks a day, your child is then prepared to switch out masks when necessary! 

Finally, some students come to the office because they are missing snacks or lunch. If your family is in need of a little support for nutritious lunches or snacks, contact us at the school. We can make arrangements to support you while respecting your privacy! While Hot Lunch does provide us with some snacks for emergencies, they are not as good as a full hot lunch. Families in need can be supported confidentially if you contact Helene Hewitt in the office! We are all in this together!

School and Transportation Fee Waiver Applications: Deadline extended

Elk Island Public Schools recognizes the global pandemic has put a strain on some families’ finances and available income can change quickly in the current situation. As such, the Division has extended the deadline for requesting a waiver of your 2020-21 school and transportation fees. If you encounter circumstances where you’re unable to pay your fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. Because of the pandemic, the new deadline is Feb. 15, 2021—if you’re new to EIPS, the deadline is the latter of Feb. 15, 2021, or 45 days after registration.  

Each quarter—or trimester, as applicable—you’ll receive an email notification letting you know fees are posted on the PowerSchool Parent PortalTo access your fee information, go to “Student Fees” on PowerSchool. There you can view your fees and pay online using Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online—when available from your financial institution. All fees are due within 14 days of being posted. NOTE: School Fees apply to in-school learners only. 

For more information about school feestransportation fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit or, contact Coleen Pearson at the school at 780-922-2066.


Counselor Corner

We recently hosted an all school live stream event called NED’s Mindset Mission. We trust your child was encouraged by the show which taught about having a positive Mindset for learning and life!

Here are a couple of our favorite follow up home resources from the Mindset Mission website.  You may want to use these with your child as they are designed to go hand in hand with the program.

NED Coloring Face Masks
Parent Encouragement Notes

If you'd like additional resources, they are available here.

If you’d like to purchase a NED messaged item for your child they are still available at school until December 11.

And don’t forget to ask your student what they learned in the show about having a growth mindset from YET the Yeti, Captain Kindly and during NED’s visit on the spaceship!

Brightspace Parent Information Session Recording

Did you want to attend the EIPS Brightspace Parent Information session but life got in the way? Don't worry! You can watch the recording of the session by clicking here! This session will walk you through how to navigate Brightspace so that you feel prepared for the online learning taking place from January 6 - 8, 2021!

Discounted Software for EIPS Students

All Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) students now have access to discounted software through the new EIPS OnTheHub webstore, available at Through OnTheHub, students can purchase software at significant discounts off standard retail prices. Users must sign in using their EIPS email address and password to access the product selection and take advantage of discount pricing. Included in the discounts is student-only access to Windows 10 for Education completely free! More information is available through the Help menu within OnTheHub.

No Child Without: Free MedicAlert for students

In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for our students, Ardrossan Elementary is registered in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. The program is a national initiative that provides no-cost MedicAlert services to children—between the ages four of 14 years—who have chronic health conditions. The goal is twofold: to help children with severe allergies, medical conditions or special needs and to assist schools with medical-emergency plans for students.

Once a child is registered, the school is provided with advice on a medical-emergency plan for that student and given a list of medications, allergies and medical conditions the student has. If your child has a serious medical condition or allergy and could benefit from MedicAlert services, contact the school office at 780-922-2066. To learn more about the No Child Without program, visit


Christmas Break

Ardrossan Elementary will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours
Closed                   December 23–25
Open                     December 28–31; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed                   January 1
Open                     January 4–5; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*For location and contact information, visit

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year

First Nations, Métis & Inuit Foundations

Have you heard of Notorious Cree?

I would like to introduce you to James Jones. He is a professional hoop dancer living in Edmonton with a great sense of humour! Since Covid began, he has put his art and humour on display through Tik-tok under the name Notorious Cree.

He has numerous educational and YouTube videos, here are a few!

Parents Make the Difference

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

Simple strategies can help your child master math vocabulary

When children learn math, they also need to learn a whole new vocabulary. If they have to stop to think about words like product or quotient, they won’t be focused on doing the math.

Just as your child needs to commit basic math facts to memory, she also needs to know many math terms. So make a game of learning them.

Here are a few activities to try:

  • Play Math Concentration. Write a math term on an index card. Write its definition on another card. Then place five or six pairs of cards face down. Your child can only turn over two cards at a time. The goal is to make a match by turning over a math term and its correct definition.
  • Link math symbols to math words. Have your child create flash cards with a symbol on one side and the word it represents on the other. Use the flash cards to help your child review.
  • Create visual aids that show a term doing the thing it represents. The math term circumference, for example, is the distance around the edge of a circle. So your child could write the word circumference around the edge of a circle.
  • Make connections. Help your child connect new terms to concepts she is already familiar with. Is she learning about centimeters? Talk about how there are 100 cents in a dollar, 100 years in a century, and 100 centimeters in a meter.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


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