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Bison Tales June 2, 2023

Good afternoon Bison families,

June? When did that happen? We have had an incredible year so far and it has flown by. The students, staff and greater community of Ardrossan are truly incredible.

Thank you so much to our Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association for treating all of us to delicious snacks and lunch today. We are so lucky to have your support, it takes a village!

It is with mixed emotions that both Tandy and myself announce that we have been appointed to new positions for the 2023 - 2024 school year. I will be heading to FR Haythorne Junior High in Sherwood Park as the principal, and Tandy has been appointed principal of École Parc Élémentaire in Fort Saskatchewan. Even though we have both been here a short time, it is a difficult place to leave. This community has welcomed us with open arms, and we will miss you.

We are excited to announce that Daniel Verhoeff will be joining the herd as the new principal. Here is a message from Mr. Verhoeff for us:

Hello everyone, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself.  As a former Ardrossan student, I am thrilled at the opportunity to return to the community.  Through the course of my career I have also taught Outdoor Education in the high school next door.  In the past five years I have worked at École Parc Élémentaire, and prior to that I served as an Assistant Principal at Salisbury Composite High School, and before that I was Principal and Assistant Principal of Andrew School.  I am originally trained as a Jr/Sr High teacher, but have fallen in love with the little kiddos during my time in elementary. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the school, student, staff, and parents.  I am really looking forward to getting to know your kids and our school family this upcoming fall.  I hope that everyone has an amazing last month of school, and an even better summer to follow!


Have a great weekend, 

Lana Lastiwka and Tandy Atchison 

Principal and Assistant Principal



June 5 - 9, 2023

  • Grade 6 Rocket Club Launch - Weather Depending
  • Grade 1 In School Field Trip 
  • Grade 6 Rocket Club Rain Out Day
  • Early Dismissal 2:16 p.m.
  • 5A and 6A trip to Rundle Park
  • Grade 6 Farewell Celebration 9 a.m.


Upcoming Dates


June 12 - Sports Day: Division 1 in the morning, Division 2 in the afternoon

June 13 - Sports Day Rainout Day

June 14 - Grade 3 Farm Field Trip

June 15 - Grade 6 Fit Set Ninja In School Field Trip

June 15 - Grade 4 Field Trip to Fort Edmonton Park

June 16 - Grade 6 French Language Arts Part B PAT

June 16 - Grade 6 to AJS for lunch

June 19 - Kindergarten Celebration

June 20 - Grade 6 English Language Arts Part B PAT

June 21 - Grade 1 Strathcona Wilderness Center Field Trip

June 21 - National Indigenous People's Day

June 22 - Last Day of PALS

June 22 - Grade 6 Math Part A PAT

June 23 - Grade 6 Math Part B PAT

June 26 - Grade 6 Social Studies PAT

June 27 - Grade 6 Science PAT

June 27 - Year-End BBQ (beginning at 11:15 a.m.)


Grade 6 Farewell June 9

The Grade 6 Farewell Celebration that will be held in the gymnasium on Friday, June 9. Parents you are invited to come join for the event.  The celebration will begin around 9:00 a.m. This is an important Ardrossan Elementary tradition that we are all very much looking forward to. See you there!


Year-End BBQ - Parent Volunteers Needed!

Canadian Parents for French Ardrossan Chapter will be hosting the Ardrossan Elementary Year-End Family BBQ on Tuesday, June 27 at 11:15 a.m. This event is for all students and families to enjoy. Orders can be made for parents and siblings under student hot lunch account, and extras will be for sale the day of the BBQ.

In order to make this event possible we rely on the help of volunteers. Sign up for a position here and if you have any questions please contact


Thanks for your support.

I wanted to give you the construction timeline for the playground (weather dependent), if you have any questions please let me know


Year End BBQ Ordering Information

The year end CPF BBQ is back. Stations will be set up outside in the school yard for students/ family members to collect their items and have a picnic together to celebrate the successful school year! 

BBQ to start at 11:15 a.m. Food Items will be available for pick up from 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Please Note: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on school grounds.

CPF BBQ Orders and Payments are due by Thursday , June 14th!

Let's begin!!

Regular users? Using your normal Hot Lunch UserID and password, log on to the site.  (If you have forgotten your UserID and /or password, please click on the 'Forgot Password' and enter the UserID or email that was used to register.  You will receive an email with login information.)

To place orders for your children, click on the 'STUDENTS' button and place their order. Add your parent / sibling/ family order to your students order, please do not create a new acct for each person ordering.

How do I pay for my order? Once all of your orders have been placed, etransfer order/payment deadline Thursday June 14.

Please do not use your Hot Lunch Credits to pay for the BBQ. This is a fundraiser for CPF Ardrossan. Your HL credits will be added back to your acct next school year.

How can I volunteer to help? Further information will be sent out as a sign-up genius through the bison tales.

Get your orders in now!!

​If you have any questions or problems with the on-line order system, please contact

If you have questions regarding the Year End BBQ and its processes etc., please email us at

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on June 27.

CPF Ardrossan


Grade 3 Incubation Program

Our grade 3 students have worked very hard and had an incredible experience learning about how to care for chicks, what they eat and much more. Please click on this link Incubation Program for more 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:


Support your child as the end of the school year approaches


By May, some students act like summer vacation has already started. They “forget” to do turn in schoolwork. They stop giving their best effort and start avoiding anything that seems difficult or challenging.

But the school year isn’t over yet. Students need to stay focused on learning until the last day of school. Here’s how to help your child:

  • Review past schoolwork papers, quizzes and tests. Use them to talk about how much your child has learned this year. Having these papers close at hand will also be useful when studying for end-of-year tests.
  • Shape year-end learning around your child’s interests. If there is one more book project due, suggest choosing a book on a favorite topic. If there is a social studies report, suggest focusing it on something your child is interested in learning more about.
  • Help your child manage big end-of-year projects. Long-range assignments can be overwhelming. So, in addition to helping your child break the assignment down into smaller steps, encourage this rule of thumb: Move the deadline for finishing the project earlier by two days. If a report is due on Wednesday, your child should plan to get it finished by Monday. That way, your child will have a cushion if something comes up.


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.

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