Weekly Update Newsletter

Friday, January 20, 2023

Upcoming Dates and Events


Jan 23 - Hot Lunch Opa

Jan 24 - Field Trip Sunridge Ski Area Grades 4 to 7

Jan 26 - Advanced Placement Information Session: 6pm @ Bev Facey, Linking Generations Visit

Jan 30 - PL Day - No School


Feb 1 - Early Dismissal (Red/White/Pink Day), International Baccalaureate Information Session: 6pm @ Sal Comp

Feb 2 - Linking Generations Visit, K-6 Family Math Games Night

Feb 3 - Gr. 9 Immunizations

Feb 9 & 10 - North Central Teacher's Convention - No School

Feb 13 - Saffron Presentations 71/72/91/93

Feb 14- Saffron Presentations 92/94

Feb 13 - Feb 17 - LLR Book Fair

Feb 15 & 16 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Feb 16 - Saffron Presentations 73/74

Feb 17 - Saffron Presentations 81, 82 and 83

Feb 20 - Family Day - No School

Feb 21 - School Council Meeting @ 6:30PM

Feb 22 - Gr. 9 Field Trip- Citadel Theatre

Feb 22 - Saffron Presentations 71/73

Feb 23 - Saffron Presentations 74/82/91/94

Feb 27 - Hot Lunch Nitza's

Feb 28 - Saffron Presentations 81/83


Mar 1 - Saffron Presentations 72

Mar 2 - Saffron Presentations 92/93

LLR Wolves Theatre Production Cast/Crew Hoodies

Attention Cast and Crew - High School Musical hoodies will be on sale starting Monday, Jan 23!

High School Musical Tickets - On Sale Next Week!!

The tickets for our High School Musical performances will go on sale next week!

There is a limited amount available so stay tuned!!

Download the SchoolMessenger App

Lakeland Ridge and the Division use the SchoolMessenger platform to communicate with families—through both phone and email. Be sure to add communications@eips.ca and amy.desaulniers@eips.ca and sherry.janke@eips.ca 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.

Junior High Honours Program: 2023-24 applications

Is your child considering the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Junior High Honours program for the coming school year? The EIPS Junior High Honours program is designed for students in grades 8 and 9 with high achievement in their core courses and who enjoy a challenging academic environment. Students enrolled in Junior High Honours are expected to complete 25 hours of community service in an area of passion and will be automatically enrolled in the “CTF: Enterprise and Innovation” option course. Students must have a minimum 80 percent average in each of the four core subjects to be eligible to apply to the Junior High Honours program.

On January 9, the parent/guardian No. 1 on file in PowerSchool for all current grades 7 and 8 families will receive direct communication from EIPS outlining the application process for the EIPS Junior High Honours program—including a link to the application form. Applications for the 2023-24 EIPS Junior High Honours program are due Jan. 18, 2023.

EIPS will confirm conditional acceptance in the 2023-24 Junior High Honours program in late January—based on a student’s marks as of January 18. Students must maintain their honours standing on the year-end report card in June to receive final acceptance in the Honours program for the upcoming year.



Sherwood Park, AB. — As a provider of choice in education, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) consistently delivers a broad range of programming options for students of varied backgrounds and interests. From specialized languages and faith-based programs to advanced academic opportunities and competitive sports, students within the Division have the chance to push past their limits and find meaningful ways to contribute to and grow their communities.

Two EIPS programs focus on enriching academics for students—the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme and the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Both are offered to students in grades 10-12. “If you’re a high-achieving student, an academic program is for you,” says Jonathan Ho, a Grade 12 student at Salisbury Composite High. “The material is challenging, and the teachers are great—the best part is having a community of peers who think alike.”

Delivered at Salisbury Composite High, the IB programme is an academically and creatively challenging course of studies for students. IB is an excellent choice for those who are seeking a heightened level of preparation for post-secondary education and beyond.

“IB gives students the opportunity to be creative,” says Brad Duxbury, an IB chemistry teacher at Salisbury Composite High. “In my class, they get to design and carry out their own experiments rather than following the cookbook—there’s a big difference between having an idea in your head and making it happen in the lab. We also cover a few topics in IB that the Alberta program doesn’t.”

Meanwhile, the AP program is currently offered at Bev Facey Community High. AP is an internationally recognized and academically rigorous program that allows high school students to receive credit and advanced placement at every English-speaking university within Canada and nearly all colleges and universities in the United States. AP can be used for admissions, credit or both in 450 institutions across 75 other countries and regions around the world.

“I’d especially recommend AP for students if they plan on pursuing post-secondary,” says Roshan Hassan, an alumnus of Bev Facey Community High. “The program introduced me to high level material I’d eventually come across in university. I was pushed outside my comfort zone and encouraged to flex my mental and cognitive muscles.”

Interested students and families are invited to attend upcoming AP and IB information sessions:

Advanced Placement Information Session:
Date: Jan. 26, 2023
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bev Facey Community High; gymnasium
99 Colwill Blvd., Sherwood Park, AB

International Baccalaureate Information Session:
Date: Feb. 1, 2023
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Salisbury Composite High; gymnasium
20 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB

New and returning students may apply to the IB or AP program during the registration process beginning February 1.

High School Information Session

All EIPS students in grades 8 and 9 and their families are invited to attend to learn more about the senior high program. The session will provide information about senior high courses, instruction, programming and extracurricular opportunities throughout the Division, as well as details about diploma requirements and various career path options. All the presentation materials will be available online after the session.

Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Park Church,
1 Brower Dr., Sherwood Park, AB

Individual High School Open Houses

In addition to the Division-level information, each EIPS senior high school is hosting an open house in February. The open houses provide opportunities for Grade 9 students and families to meet staff, tour the school, learn about the curriculum, gain insight about specific programming available and so much more. Refer to the event calendar on each school website for details in the coming weeks.

Additional information about planning for senior high is available at eips.ca/registration/senior-high.

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2023? If so, it’s now time to register for kindergarten. To register, simply complete the online registration form at eips.ca/kindergarten.

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 Lakeland Ridge’s kindergarten program is available at https://www.lakelandridge.ca/.

Returning Student Registration for 2023-24

Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is now open. All returning students must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. 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. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2023.

To access the Returning Student Registration Form, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you do need to set one up. For help see: Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information contact the school directly.

Returning Student Registration Process
Frequently Asked Questions
EIPS School Boundary Maps
Closed Boundaries 2023-24
Find my designated school
Applying to a non-designated school

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Math at Home

Looking for engaging ways to incorporate math at home? This website has interactive activities that you can do at home (or in the classroom). https://mathathome.mathlearningcenter.org/ You can pick the grade and concept and work your way through the different math activities!

LLR Athletics!

Want to know when things are happening? We have an athletics calendar on the LLR school website. https://www.lakelandridge.ca/athletics/athletics-calendar. Please visit often as our Athletics staff will update as often as they can. Please feel free to contact Mr. Fisher (our Athletics Director) if you have any questions or require more information.

Caregiver Resources

Confident Kids Program

Confident Kids is an interactive program that helps students in grades 1-3 develop confidence and strong social-emotional skills through peer interactions in a safe and encouraging environment. The program runs from January to March.
Wednesday, January 25
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Strathcona County Family and Community Services, Second Floor
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