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Bison Tales - October 4, 2019

The incomparable Mr. Frederickson...gone too soon but never forgotten.

This has been a very difficult week for our Bison community. No one could have predicted that we would experience the loss of a cherished teacher so unexpectedly. 

Mr. Frederickson was a beloved colleague, mentor, and friend to so many people in our community. Having spent 20 years as a teacher at our school, Mr. Frederickson played an important role in nurturing, educating and helping to raise a generation of Ardrossan children. 

He touched our lives in many ways. He was the heart behind our Gardening Club and he was responsible for getting the first gardening boxes from a school grant with Salisbury Greenhouse many years ago. Each year, he would use his famous gardening pun, "Lettuce invite you to our club" when soliciting student members.

His talents at making things grow was not limited to plants. Mr. Frederickson was also passionate about helping children to grow. He understood that he could make kids feel like they belonged by investing in their interests. When Pokemon cards were all the rage (and they were causing many arguments between students), Mr. Frederickson decided to start a Card Club so that students could learn the rules of the game as well as the skills of winning and losing gracefully.

Ever a class act, Mr. Frederickson taught us the importance of building relationships. No matter how busy he might be, he made time for people. He was a prankster and would tease his students and colleagues with a gentle playfulness that made us feel special. 

Although we are still in a state of disbelief that he is gone, we are slowly moving forward to heal as a community one day at a time.

We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love, kindness and compassion from the Ardrossan community. Thank you to the many parent groups who have provided us with coffee, snacks, baking and a delicious lunch. Thank you to the Hot Lunch parents and Nitza's Pizza for organizing a pizza dinner for us after our staff meeting. 

We do not have the words to express our gratitude for the hugs, cards, flowers and encouragement from the Bison family. 

For families who wish to attend, a Memorial Service for Mr. Frederickson will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church (10815-76 Avenue). To send condolences or to share a memory, tribute, or photo, please visit this link.

Our school is planning a memorial tribute at a point in the near future that families, students, staff and community members are welcome to attend. We will share details when they are available. 

Mr. Frederickson was a man who connected people. He loved helping others and valued time spent together. At this difficult time, we hope to live his values by continuing to come together as a community with love and compassion.


Helene Hewitt (on behalf of the Ardrossan Elementary Students and Staff)

Acting Principal


  • Read In Week Begins
  • "Poppin" Hot Reads Contest begins - students submit book ratings of books they read into a draw for prizes
  • Mrs. Mischuk reading to Grade 2 English classes
  • School Council meeting at 9:30 a..m.
  • Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA - fundraising) meeting at 10:30 a.m. in Gathering Area
  • Guest author, Robert Feagan, presenting to students in the gym:
    • 9 to 10 a.m. Grades 1 - 3
    • 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. Grades 4-6
  • Emergency Drill at some point in the afternoon
  • Family Read Together at lunch (11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.) - come to the school and read a book with your child(ren)
  • Bison Tales posted by 3 p.m.
  • Professional Learning Day - no school for students


  • Getting Ready for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
  • Save the Date: October 8 
  • Habit 2 Assembly:  October 18 - Hosted by Grade 5
  • Pay School Fees Online!


  • Tidbits from the LunchBox
  • No Child Without - Free MedicAlert for Students
  • Leadership Ledger - Habit 2 Begin With the End in Mind
  • Parents Make the Difference
  • Did you know?


  • Read In Week:  October 7 - 10
  • Celebrating World Teachers' Day: October 5
  • School Bus Safety Week
  • Literacy at Home


Getting Ready for Parent/Student/Teacher Conference - Bookings Open October 16

We are pleased to invite families to join us for parent/student/teacher conferences on October 23 and 24. In order to accommodate as many families as possible, each session is 10 minutes long. Teachers will adhere to the timelines so that families are able to attend multiple appointments without problems. Should your conference require more than the available time, a separate meeting will be established. 

Parent/Student/Teacher conferences for Grades 1 to 6 are being held on October 23 and 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Kindergarten conferences will take place on November 4 and 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

To book your interview times, please click on this link and use the code: abufr 

As is our tradition, we will also have a Scholastics Book Fair open in the Gathering Area on October 23 and 24. We hope to see you there!    

Save the Date: October 8 

Join us! All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our School Council meeting at 9:30 a.m. followed by our Ardrossan Elementary Parent Support Association (AEPSA - fundraising group) at 10:30 a.m. The meetings will be held in the Gathering Area. We hope to see you there!

Habit 2 Assembly - Hosted by Grade 5

We continue to highlight the Leader in Me Habits throughout the year. This month, the Grade 5 students are planning, organizing and running the Habit 2 Assembly: Begin with the End in Mind. These students share the importance of setting goals and planning ahead. Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 18 in the gym.

Pay School Fees Online!

School fee information for the 2019-20 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more.

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2019.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit and Alternatively, contact Leanne Tachuk, Business Manager at Ardrossan Elementary at 780-922-2066.


Tidbits from the LunchBox

November Menu ordering opens October 8th and Closes Oct 17th at midnight.

Booster Juice Smoothie treat day is on November 22! There are 3 flavours to choose from. 

It is Little Caeser's Pizza Kit Fundraiser time! Order forms are heading home this week. Ordering closes October 17. Pick up date November 5 after school. 

Thank you to those families  who are sending in reusable cutlery for your child's Hot Lunch orders. Please help us to reduce single use plastic waste by including reusable utensils in your child's lunch bags.

The LunchBox Team

No Child Without: Free MedicAlert for students

In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for our students, Ardrossan Elementary continues to be 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—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, their 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

Leadership Ledger - Habit 2: Begin With The End in Mind

This month we are focused on Habit 2. Begin With the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out before getting started.

Think of something your child has been trying to learn. Help him or her write it out what it would look like, sound like or feel like if he or she mastered that skill. You could start with: "My End in Mind would feel...."

Parents Make the Difference

Have a gander at this week's article to support healthy home and school relationships.

Make Sure Your Child is on the Road to Reading Success

Did You Know?

If you have emergent concerns regarding the progress of your child, be they academic, behavioral, social or medical, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. In keeping with a safe and respectful learning environment, parents are encouraged to privately and confidentially speak directly to your child’s teacher who is in the best position to provide assistance to your child.  

Please arrange a time to meet and share information so that, dependent upon the concern, a school team may be assembled early in the learning process. The concern may require a school team approach involving teacher, school support staff, counselor, administration and educational partners (mental health, speech and language, RCMP, Social Services, etc.). The supports provided, whether the school team or education partners, are confidential. Home and school, working together, are in the best position to assist each child in experiencing success!


Read In Week takes place October 7-11

Read In Week 2019 returns, marking its 30th anniversary, on October 7-11. The theme this year is “30 Years of Read In: Celebrate with Stories/Célébrons avec des Histoires 30 Anniversaire de Read In.” Through various activities, students will spend the week learning how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives and foster empathy. Some of the activities planned for Read In Week include:

  • Poppin Hot Reads Contest: students complete book reviews of the books they have read throughout the week. Each book review is an entry into a prize draw.
  • Guest Readers: Mrs. Shirley Mischuk, Mrs. Cathy Allan, Ardrossan Junior/Senior High French Immersion students
  • Visit from guest author Robert Feagan 
  • Family Read Together - come and read with your child over the lunch hour while eating lunch together anywhere in the school. 

Read In Week is a Divisionwide initiative held annually to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to enhance literacy awareness among students, staff, parents and community members. We invite all our families to participate in Read In Week with us by reading yourself, with your child or with someone in the community.

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day: October 5

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Launched in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world to recognize teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all of its students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for their teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.

New this year, to honour the day, EIPS kick-started a new contest inviting friends, family, students and staff to share a story about how a teacher inspired them. Thank you to all those who have shared stories to date. Collectively they tell a story about the vital role teachers play in shaping the minds of youth and supporting their journey of success.

EIPS extends a heartfelt thank you to all its teachers for their dedication, hard work and commitment in guiding and educating our students through their kindergarten to Grade 12 years.

School Bus Safety Week: October 21-25

Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week October 21-25. The theme: Ready to Ride, which focuses on being a responsible rider. Throughout the week, various activities are planned, including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, we’d like to remind students and families all of the Division’s school buses are equipped with a bus-pass scanner and GPS technology, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 156 buses and 594 bus routes. Thanks to this technology, parents and students also have access to the Versatrans My Stop app, a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child is scanned onto a bus.

For more information about School Bus Safety Week and EIPS Student Transportation services visit or contact Student Transportation (780-417-8151, directly.

Literacy At Home

It’s All About Being on the Same Page

Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews are just around the corner and you will want to discuss your child’s reading progress. There are many literary terms out there and sometimes it can feel like the teacher is speaking an alien language. When it comes to your child’s education, we all want to be on the same page. Here is a list of some terms you may hear during the discussion with your child’s teacher.

  • Reading Level – the approach to reading is no longer “one size fits all”. Learning to read occurs along a continuum and each child reads at the point in the continuum that is the best fit to develop strong reading skills.
  • Guided Reading – small group reading where the teacher coaches the students on the use of reading strategies and comprehension strategies.
  • Textthe general term for any piece of writing.
  • Tracking Print or Text – the reader points to each word while reading aloud.
  • Reading Stamina - how long a child can stay actively engaged while reading.
  • Decoding – reading a word sound by sound.
  • Encoding – hearing a sound and using it to spell a word.
  • Accuracy – reading words correctly the first time.
  • Fluency – to be able to read with accuracy, speed, and expression.
  • Sight Words/High Frequency Words/Dolch Words – these are the words that cannot necessarily be sounded out and must be learnt through recognition. This group of words makes up 50 to 75% of the words in a text.
  • Phonological Awareness – understanding that words are made up of sounds.
  • Phonemic Awareness – understanding the individual sounds that make up words.
  • Phonics – the ability to know which letters make which sounds.
  • Pre-reading Skills – this term is used to refer to both phonological and phonemic awareness.
  • Print Awareness – understanding the basics of print such as reading left to right and differentiating between upper and lower case letters.
  • Self-correction – going back and correcting an error in reading.
  • Self-Monitor Reading – asking yourself questions as you read to check for fluency and comprehension.
  • Retell – a summary of the story.
  • Text Structure – how a piece of writing is organized.

Everyone is a reader, some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.


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