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Bison Tales - Year End June 2021


Beautiful weather, year-end celebrations and smiling kids made for a wonderful last day of school! You could hear the laughter and joy throughout the school as classes had fun together.

Thank you to our amazing parent volunteers who worked up until the very last day to support our students! Thanks to Mr. Wright for leading our bottle drive with his trailer each morning! Thanks to Hot Lunch for providing treats and decorations for our Grade 6 student celebration today!

This year, although different from the norm, had many great moments. Cohorting, while sometimes annoying, gave our kids a chance to really build a close classroom community this year. Being assigned certain playground areas helped our students to learn new games to play together. The increased hand washing and cough etiquette dramatically reduced the amount of colds, flus and other regular illnesses we see at school each year.

We have much to celebrate in terms of the incredible strides our students have made in their reading throughout this year. In spite of the pandemic and the challenges of switching to and from online learning throughout the year, our students in Grades 1 to 6 showed between a year and three years of growth on average across 10 months! We are very proud!

We encourage you to celebrate the positives from this year by reading our Year-End Review. We have much of which to proud! Go, Bisons!

Enjoy your summer and here's hoping that school feels more normal in the fall!

Great Happens Here!

Helene Hewitt & Kyla Harding

Principal & Assistant Principal


  • Classroom Placements & Report Cards
  • Student Registration 2021-2022


  • Grade 6 Celebrations
  • Year-End Review
  • Counsellor's Corner


  • Tidbits from the Lunchbox
  • Staffing Update
  • Summer Hours
  • Student First Day of School & Guidelines for 2021-22
  • Stay Sun Safe
  • Avoid Heatstroke


Classroom Placements & Report Cards

As families get ready to enjoy the summer, we want to remind you that next year's class placement information is located in your child's report card published today and accessible through Powerschool Parent Portal. For instructions on how to access the Parent Portal, click here

As shared in previous Bison Tales, we are no longer accepting requests for student placement in particular classrooms. Thank you for your support for our school. We know that next year will be an even better school year as long as we all work together!

Student Registration  2021-2022

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students for 2021-2022. New families that have moved into our area are invited to submit new registrations from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, August 25 and onward. Please complete the online registration process and upload a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residency. Please browse through our website for registration, programs, calendar and other information to help you plan for next year including the supply lists. For general information about Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and back to school you may also visit the division website at:


Grade 6 Celebrations

Today we enjoyed a special farewell ceremonies for each of our Grade 6 classes. Each class entered the gym and listened to speeches, received certificates, and watched special videos to commemorate this important milestone! We cannot believe that our little darlings are now officially in Grade 7! 

You can watch videos of each ceremony here:

Year End Review

Learn all about our many accomplishments throughout the 2020-2021 school year in the Ardrossan Year-End Review! Read about the incredible growth our students had in reading, despite the switches in and out of school! Find out how we prioritized mental health and ways our parent community continued to contribute to our school!

Click here to read more!

Counsellor's Corner

Hello AEL Families,

How exciting we’ve made it to the last day of such a challenging school year! Families and students have so much to be proud of! With that being said, I know that summertime can bring some additional pressures and that support is still needed for many families in these summer months. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our local community support agencies this summer (listed below) as they are still very much in operation and happy to help!

I am also sharing some local/online summer programming options you may find interesting for your child. There is actually a fair bit being offered in Strathcona County this summer and with things reopening, lots more to take advantage of this year. 

Wishing you a wonderful, restful summer and looking forward to seeing you in September!

~ Madison Bashaw, AEL School Counsellor

Family and Community Services 

If you’re stressed about money, groceries, relationships, parenting or you just need to talk, call us at 780-464-4044. Family and Community Services staff will support you and connect you to free resources in the County.

Our services include:

  • Navigation
  • Counselling
  • Family Resource Network (Info on child and youth development, discussing challenges and individualized parenting plans, referrals to other agencies, connecting to community resources, in-home parenting support)
  • Family Justice Navigator (Guidance regarding parenting/custody and other family court applications and court processes)

Call-in hours:

  • Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

AB Works

For general information on Income Support benefits, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre: 

Hours: 7:30 am to 8:00 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays) 

Toll free: 1-877-644-9992 


If an emergency occurs outside regular hours, one can call the 24-hour Contact Centre toll free at 1-866-644-5135.  

Strathcona County Food Bank

*Special process during Covid – please contact for most up to date information at 780-449-6413 or (general inquires, no food requests) or 

Emergency food for individuals and families. Can receive once every 30 days (people can visit more often for extra bread/baking). Check website for application process. 

WECAN Food Basket Society of Alberta  

Bulk food buying program can be contacted at 780-416-6730 or   

Literacy/Reading Focused Summer Programming in Strathcona County or Online

It also may be worth checking out the Center for Literacy Services if you’re interested in accessing one on one intervention/ tutoring for reading and writing. 

General Summer Programming in Strathcona County


Tidbits from the Lunchbox

Thank you to all our school families that supported us through one of the most challenging years AES Lunchbox has faced! You all rose to the occasion when fundraising looked a little different and we had to dream up new ways to host Treat Days and no matter what, you guys were there to support us! 

We want to give a huge thank you to our special Kitchen Staff; without Denise, Shawna and Allison on our team, hot lunch wouldn't have been possible! Thank you so much ladies for maintaining your enthusiasm with the students behind those masks and shields! 

A massive thank you to our President Ady Arbuckle who worked at any given moment crediting accounts when classes and staff were unexpectedly sent home. Ady organized the Little Caesar fundraisers, coordinated Confetti Sweets and kept our board of volunteers informed and organized at all times! She along with Mme Hewitt and Mrs. Harding were big advocates of trying to preserve the program for this year and we thank both of them and the staff at Ardrossan Elementary for their support! 

Each year we like to remind parents that legally we have to reset our hot lunch system before starting up again in the fall as we need new permissions from parents to access emails and information. We like to send out one last email to all accounts checking in before the school year starts and to remind you all of this. After that you will need to re-register in September and start a new account. Please use your same email address from this year and any credits remaining on account will automatically transfer to your new account. 

All outgoing Grade 6 students (with no returning younger siblings), if you have any credits remaining on your account, they will be refunded back to you in due time. As well if you wish to donate your credits back to the program it would be greatly appreciated and put to good use for next year's operation. Please send an email to letting us know if that's what you would like to do. 

AES Lunchbox wishes all families and safe and fun summer vacation! 

Staffing Update

We would like to welcome our newest addition to the herd, Tanya Suprovich, who will be taking over the role of business manager at Ardrossan Elementary. Mrs. Suprovich comes to us with much experience from Mundare Elementary where she previously worked with our very own Mrs. McNeely! We are happy to see the dynamic duo working together as a team once again.

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools 

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Elementary is closed. It reopens on August 25 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2021-22 school year.  Students return to school on September 1. 

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 28 to August 24 

Open:  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Phone: 780-464-3477 
Address: 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park 

Statutory Holidays 

Closed July 1 Canada Day 
Closed August 2 Heritage Day 

NOTE: Student Transportation also remains open during the summer months—operating during the same hours as EIPS Central Services.  

Student First Day of School & Safety Guidelines for 2021-2022

Grades 1 to 6 classes will commence on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Kindergarten orientation will also begin this week. Kindergarten classes will begin student orientation on a staggered schedule beginning Wednesday, September 1. Please check the letter mailed in June for your Kindergarten child’s scheduled orientation time. The first full day of kindergarten will be on September 8 or 9 depending on your schedule. Please visit the EIPS 2021-2022 calendar for a complete list of holidays and school closure days throughout 2021-22.

We are still waiting to see what kinds of health and safety guidelines may be in place in the Fall. Keep your eyes on our website and your email as we will communicate all updates through those communication channels. We cannot wait to see everyone in September!

Be Sun Safe

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it’s also one of the most preventable. In Canada, sunlight is strong enough to cause skin cancer, premature aging of the skin and harm to the eyes. Check out this website to learn how and why it’s so important to protect your skin and your eyes. Enjoy the summer break!

Avoid Heatstroke

Summer is also a great time for being active. Even if you live where it gets hot or humid, there are ways you can stay in shape year-round. But make sure to take precautions when you are active outside:  Keeping healthy in the heat.


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