Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hello Lakeland Ridge Families,

We hope all of you have a chance to rest and relax this next week as we enjoy Spring Break and get ready for the Easter holiday. While we know this Easter will be different, due to the restrictions in place, we hope you have a chance to connect with loved ones in some form or another. Have a "Hoppy" Easter!

Upcoming Dates and Events

March 26 - No Classes (schools closed)

March 29 - April 5 - Spring Break & Easter

April 6 - Classes resume

April 6 and 7 - School administration visits grade 6, 7 and 8 classes to discuss option selections

April 7 - Early Dismissal (Wacky Hair/Hat Day)

April 8 - Junior High Option Information sent to grade 6, 7 and 8 students via School Messenger

April 13 - School Council @ 6:30pm

April 14 - Junior High Option Forms Deadline (Completed through PowerSchool)

Report Cards

Just a reminder that report cards for our In-School Learners were published on March 19 and are available online on the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Staffing Update

Mrs. MacNutt will be returning to Lakeland Ridge in her position as counselor following Spring Break. Mrs. Smith will be with us on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 6 and 7) and will be working with Mrs. MacNutt to ensure a smooth transition. We want to thank Mrs. Smith. She has done a tremendous job working with staff, students and Lakeland Ridge families. We wish her all the best!

Gender Neutral Washrooms

We have converted two single stall staff washrooms to gender neutral washrooms. This means that these washrooms can now be used by all students and staff. One washroom is on the main floor near the grade one classrooms and the other is located upstairs near the grade six classrooms.

Update to School Policy Regarding Hats

We have decided to change our school rule regarding hats. Up until now, students were permitted to only wear hats on Early Dismissal days or days when we had special events. Moving forward, students will be permitted to wear hats or headwear any day of the week. Students, however, will be expected to remove their hats when we sing O' Canada at the beginning of each week.

Write-On Stationary

The 2021-2022 School Supply sheets were sent home with your child this week. If you choose to participate and order your child’s school supplies through Write On Stationery, 10% of your total order will be returned to Lakeland Ridge School as a fundraiser.

Yearbook Reminder

A reminder the final day to purchase a 2020-2021 yearbook is April 15 (if you have not yet done so). The yearbook will celebrate all of the events and accomplishments 2020-2021. In addition, we will be featuring academic award recipients. To order, go to the Parent Portal on PowerSchool, your child Student Account and Optional Fees tab and add “yearbook” to your cart. No late orders will be accepted.

Changes to the Accountability Pillar Survey

In the spring of 2021 Alberta Education introduced a replacement to the traditional Accountability Pillar Survey for schools. New this year is the Alberta Education Assurance Survey. Similar in nature to the accountability pillar, this survey is designed to collect data from school families to help inform the province, school board, and school as they make decisions for the future of education. Information on the survey may already be in your mailbox or is on its way. Families in grades 4 and 7 at Lakeland Ridge are asked to participate. The survey provides an excellent opportunity for families, teachers, and students to provide input. The survey closes on April 23, 2021.


Elk Island Public Schools will also be releasing its annual parent survey after spring break. This survey provides EIPS with another opportunity to engage all school families and gather their input on Lakeland Ridge and Elk Island Public Schools. We encourage all our families to fill out this survey when it comes out. The information in both surveys helps shape and guide future planning for our school.

Registration 2021-22

Grade 10 Registration


On Thursday, March 18th both Salisbury Composite High school and Bev Facey High School met with our grade 9's to begin the registration process. The kids were excited and looking forward to next year.


Students attending Salisbury will bring home their course selection sheets to review with parents and return them on or before Thursday, March 25. At this time counselors from Sal will collect the forms and begin scheduling for the fall.


Students attending Bev Facey have reviewed course selection and after spring break will meet again with the counselors from Bev Facey to complete the registration process.


If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact either school directly or Mr. McKay in the office.



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Registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!


To register for kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year, your child must be five years old on or before Dec. 31, 2021.


For full instructions and tips on filling out the form, refer to How to Register a New Student.


For more information about the EIPS kindergarten program, see the EIPS Kindergarten Toolkit or contact the school.


Virtual Information Nights

ECS – Tuesday, May 25 @ 6:30

Junior High – Wednesday, May 26 @ 6:30

EIPS Summer School: Registrations

Family Resources- Mental Health for Youth

Alberta COVID_19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub. Alberta’s government partnered with the Kids Help Phone and Jack.org to create this hub where youth, educators and parents can find easy-to-access tools and supports.

Additionally, the youth-focused resources on this hub include:

· Jack Chapters – Youth-led, community-driven mental health advocacy clubs at schools or in the community.

· Jack Talks – Mental health presentations delivered to young people by young people.

· Jack Summits – Mental health conferences developed by youth, where young people within a region connect, strategize and learn from one another.

· Do Something – Tools to take small, simple steps that make a big difference to youth mental health and the mental health of others.

· Be There – Tools to support someone who may be struggling with their mental health.

Additional mental health resources available to support students, families and school staff:

New Metis Puppets

We are so excited about the arrival of our new Granny and Grandpa Metis Puppets. They are hand-made by Laura Asham and will be a wonderful addition to our school.
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Parents Night with Dr. Alex Russell

Topic: Keeping them Safe while Helping them Grow:

Supporting children’s emotional growth in challenging times


Date: April 21


Time: 7 - 8:30 pm


Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams Live Event


Description:

Knowing when and how to support our children at school is never easy. The dangers presented by a pandemic only add to the challenge of balancing the need to protect our children, on the one hand, while continuing to support their emotional growth on the other. This workshop offers clear and helpful guidelines to help parents navigate these challenges while maintaining close, supportive relationships with their children.


The workshop asks whether we are doing our kids a disservice by removing obstacles and doing our best to eradicate all stress and anxiety from their lives?


During the evening, Dr. Russell will offer a fresh perspective on raising self-reliant, motivated children, ready to take on the world. This session will give parents the tools to:


• Understand parent-child dynamics


• Resist the pressure to over-parent


• Build trusting relationships with teachers and school administration so they can play an effective role in your child’s life


• Understand problems such as ADHD, anxiety, and substance abuse


• Embrace failing as learning, not parental incompetence


• Enact common-sense strategies for parents worn out from worrying about their kids and their future.


Teams Link

https://bit.ly/3vfw0Ed

Visitors in School

We want to thank all parents, students, and staff for doing their part to ensure everyone is safe and healthy. Every morning before coming to school all students must complete the daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire. Parents are reminded that they need to make an appointment to enter the school, as non-essential visitors and contractors are not permitted in the school or workplace without an appointment. Please call or email the school ahead of time to book an appointment. Individuals should not enter an EIPS building if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, nausea, pink-eye. Visitors must sign in at the office (after having made an appointment), practice physical distancing while here and wear mask. The Stay_at_Home_Guide_for_Parents.pdf is a good resources that provides parents with information on what to do when children exhibit COVID symptom.

Attendance

K-9

If you know your child will be absent, late, or leaving early from school, please send a note in their agenda, email or phone the school explaining the reason for that day.

School Education Plan & Results Report 2019-2022 Year 3

Brightspace

Brightspace platform

All staff and students will be using the Brightspace online platform. Students will require a digital device with a camera and should have received instructions from teachers on how to log on and navigate the learning platform.

Brightspace Support Videos

Please see the links below for both student and parent guides.


Student Brightspace page:

https://eips.brightspace.com/

Username: Use the EIPS student email address

Password: Use the EIPS student password

If a student needs help with a password reset, contact the school for assistance.

Watch this video to learn how to navigate the Brightspace environment


Parent/Guardian Brightspace page: This is GREAT information to help your children.

https://eips.brightspace.com/d2l/local

Brightspace Parent/Guardian guide Click here