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Bison Tales January 27, 2023

Such a great jersey day!

Happy Friday Bison Families,

Another beautiful week weather wise we have had, and so lucky as we know how cold January can be. This said, it does look like we have colder weather approaching next week. Thank you for ensuring your children are prepared for the weather. We will continue to have outdoor recess unless the temperature, including wind-chill, is -21 degrees or colder.

Time seems to always fly by, as we can say farewell to January and welcome February. The days are getting longer which makes us happy! We are looking forward to seeing our families during parent teacher interviews on February 6 and 7.

A sincere thank you to all of you for reading the Bison Tales, as you know we always have lots going on!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison

Principal and Assistant Principal



January 30 - February 3, 2023


  • Professional Learning Day - school closed for students
  • March hot lunch orders open
  • March hot lunch orders open
  • Early Dismissal - 2:16 p.m.
  • 2023-24 returning student registration opens
  • 2023-24 kindergarten registration opens
  • 2023-24 new student registration opens
  • Parent Teacher Interview Booking Site closes
  • March hot lunch orders open
  • March hot lunch orders open
  • Grade 2 Assembly at 9:30 a.m.
  • Bison Tales published
  • March hot lunch orders open


Upcoming Dates

  • February 1 - 2023-24 returning student registration opens
  • February 1 - 2023-24 kindergarten registration opens
  • February 1 - 2023-24 new student registration opens
  • February 6 and 7 - Parent Teacher Interviews/Demonstration of Learning and Book Fair
  • February 7 - French Immersion public consultation session 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Hills Elementary School
  • February 8 - Grade 6 mini handball tournament
  • February 9 - Hot lunch orders close
  • February 9 and 10 - Teacher's Convention - schools closed for students


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!


Tidbits from the LunchBox

The Hot Lunch menu for March opens on Monday, January 30, 2023 for ordering at 9 a.m.  Please have all orders and payments submitted by end of day Thursday, February 9, 2023. 


Book Fair Countdown! 

Our school’s Scholastic Book Fair starts soon! 

Join us during parent teacher interviews/demonstration of learning February 6 and 7, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Let’s continue to give our students access to the books they want to read. Again, during this fair we will have the classroom wish list bins for our teachers. If you would like to purchase a book for your child's class, you can grab a book out of their wish list bin. Please watch for the Book Fair flyers coming out next week to give you a preview of what's coming to our fair. 

We love and appreciate you coming out to support our wonderful school. I hope to see you during our fair!  

Happy reading!  Sarah Thompson, Library Technician AEL 


Parent-Teacher Interviews/Demonstration of Learning

On February 6 and 7 Ardrossan Elementary will host its next round of Parent-Teacher Interviews/Demonstration of Learning. 

Book and appointment with this link: Parent-Teacher Interviews/Demonstration of Learning 

Our Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 classes will be hosting Parent-Teacher Interviews and our Grades 3 to 6 classes and music will be hosting Demonstration of Learning sessions.  

PALS students - Ms. Kotyk will have an Open House on Monday, February 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Feel free to stop by at your leisure. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Our booking site is open from January 20 - February 1, 2023. If you have not had an opportunity to make an appointment and the site has closed, please call the school at 780-922-2066 for assistance. 


Ardrossan Spirit Wear - closes Sunday!

We have a new spirit wear store! Shop for T-Shirts, hoodies and more until January 29, 2023. Orders will be shipped to the school, and we will organize the orders and send them home with students once they arrive.


School Messenger App

Ardrossan elementary school and the Division use the SchoolMessenger platform to communicate with families—through both phone and email. Be sure to add and to your safe sender list to avoid having important messages funneled into your junk mail folder.  

The easiest way to stay connected is to download the SchoolMessenger app. Get the latest updates from both the Division and your child’s school direct to your mobile device and enable push notifications to never miss a message. Families can also check back on past messages—for up to 30 days—directly in the app rather than searching to find an old message buried in their inbox. Download the SchoolMessenger app from the App Store or Google Play today.


Community Programs and Events

Budgeting Workshop

Family Fun Night

Programs for Children and Youth

Programs for Parents and Caregivers


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. 


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.


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:


Four ways to strengthen your child’s character

Values help students make good choices, develop self-esteem, and become responsible individuals. Teaching values at home supports what schools are doing to create a positive school culture that helps all students learn.

Here are four strategies to build your child’s character:

  1. Think about the values that are important to you and your family. Talk about them openly with your child.
  2. Teach by example. Your example is the most powerful teacher of all. Ask yourself, “If my child watched my behavior all day, what lessons would it teach?”
  3. Set high standards. Expect your child to act responsibly, to be kind to others and to tell the truth. Some families make it a point of family pride. “In the Smith family, we tell the truth.”
  4. Talk about the Golden Rule. Teaching kids to treat others the way they would like to be treated helps them make better choices. Ask your child, “Would you want someone to talk to you that way?”


Reprinted with permission from the February 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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Ardrossan , AB T8E 2M8

Phone: 780-922-2066