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Bison Tales February 17, 2023

Random Acts of Kindness Hearts!

Happy Friday Bison Families,

This week we put the spotlight on recognizing the great acts of kindness that we all do for each other.  Our Gathering Area is now filled with hearts that students gave to each other in appreciation of their acts of kindness. On the note of kindness, we encourage everyone to wear pink on Wednesday, February 22 to recognize Pink Shirt day. Pink Shirt Day was initiated with the mission to create a more kind, inclusive world. 

We hope all of our families have a great Family Day long weekend!  

Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison

Principal and Assistant Principal



February 20 - 24, 2023


  • Family Day - School Closure Day
  • Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to promote kindness
  • Grade 6's to AJS for lunch


Upcoming Dates

  • February 27 - Gr. 5 In-school Field Trip 
  • February 28 - Returning Student Registration Closes
  • February 28 - Jump Rope for Heart Event Day - in PE classes
  • March 1 - Assembly 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • March 1 - The month of Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie begins
  • March 1 - Early Dismissal - 2:16 p.m. 
  • March 2 - Carnaval: Div. 1 in the morning, Div. 2 in the afternoon - more info to follow
  • March 2 - Wear Blue and White Spirit day - to celebrate Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie
  • March 3 - Professional Learning Day - School closed for students


Grade 6 Computer Club

Ardrossan will be starting a computer club for grade 6 students! The club is looking for donations of computer towers (working or not). The students will be taking these computers apart and learning about their components. If you have a computer tower to donate, please contact the office, at 780-922-2066, before sending anything in.  

Thank you in advance from your Gr. 6 Computer Club members!

Jump Rope For Heart

Our school is excited to be participating in Jump Rope for Heart this year for the month of February! Join Ardrossan elementary and help Heart & Stroke save lives by jump-starting your fundraising. Here’s how: 

Visit and click “Register” and search for Ardrossan Elementary or copy and paste the school link to register right from our school page. Help your child set up their fundraising page online. 

Jump Rope for Heart is more than a fundraiser. It teaches students 4 EASY Healthy Habits to help protect their heart and brain health – for a lifetime! Check out the EASY Online Challenge at – it’s full of fun activities that you can even do as a family at home!


Measuring Success: Complete this year’s Alberta Education Assurance Survey

Once again, Alberta Education is surveying teachers, students and families through its annual Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey. The survey acts as an annual check-up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as education quality, citizenship, family involvement, engagement levels, school climate and student wellness.

The AEA survey is sent to

· Small schools (fewer than 120 students in grades 4-12)—based on jurisdiction requests for more reportable survey data at the school level, the survey is expanded to include all students in grades 4 and above and their parents and guardians.

· Large schools (120 or more students in grades 4-12)—only students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and their parents and guardians are included in the survey. These grades are considered to be a reasonably representative sample of students.

Throughout February, Grade four students at Ardrossan Elementary are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey doesn’t take long to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.

Additionally, parents and guardians of students in these grades are also asked to take a survey, either online or by mail. Alberta Education will send families information about the survey directly. As with the student and teacher survey, it’s anonymous and asks questions about your school experiences. If you have a child in these grades, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is March 3, 2023.

Results from the AEA Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each spring. The Division then uses the data to inform its four-year education plan, school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. Each fall, the results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities in the Division’s Annual Education Results Report.


Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2023? If so, it’s now time to register for kindergarten. To register, simply complete the online registration form at

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.


Complete your Returning Student Registration: February 1-28

Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is now open. All current students, except Grade 12, must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. 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. All current EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2023.

To access the Returning Student Registration Form, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you do need to set one up. For help see: Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information contact the school directly.


Returning Student Registration Process
Frequently Asked Questions
EIPS School Boundary Maps
Closed Boundaries 2023-24
Find my designated school
Applying to a non-designated school


Fee Survey

It is that time of year where we start planning for school fees for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Please take a moment to respond to our Fee Survey. We will be looking at the results and feedback to help inform our decision making process. 


Strathcona County Events

Family Fun Night

Come spend some quality time with your family as you connect with others in the community. There’ll be a light meal provided, exciting activities and opportunities to learn about local resources. There’s something for everyone! For more information, contact or visit

     Friday, February 24
     5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
     Child and Youth Community Centre


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:

Is My Child's Anger Normal?






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Ardrossan , AB T8E 2M8

Phone: 780-922-2066