Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Hello LLR families,

As the school year wraps up, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a wonderful summer. The year started with some uncertainties as we adjusted and adhered to changing Covid protocols. As the year progressed, it has been fantastic to see a return to many regular activities such as field trips, athletics, and our school production.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all our Lakeland Ridge students, staff, and caregivers for their support and understanding this year. We would also like to thank our School Council and Parent Action Society for their ongoing support.

Best wishes to our staff that will be moving on to different positions next year. Thank you for your dedication. To our grade 9s – Best of luck as you move on to high school. Remember, once a wolf, always a wolf!

The first day of classes is Tuesday, August 30. We look forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students and families. Have a terrific summer!

Upcoming Dates and Events

June 28: Last day of school for all students

June 29: Last operational day for STAFF


August 22 - School Office Re-Opens

August 26 - Professional Learning day for staff

August 29 - Operational Day for staff

August 30 - First Day of Classes

September 5 - Labour Day (No School)

September 7 - Early Dismissal 2:10pm

Staff updates

We have several staff members moving to new positions and others coming to join us at LLR. We want to take a moment to thank the following staff for their support and hard work over the last year.

Farewell to:

  • Crystal Brownlee - Pine Street Elementary
  • Stephanie MacNutt - Bev Facey HIgh School
  • Erin Breen - Davidson Creek Elementary
  • Amanda Sheridan - SouthPointe School
  • Dustin Helwig - James Mowat Elementary
  • Chelsea Kowalchuk - Glen Allan Elementary
  • Kass Roberts - Pembina Hills School Division

  • Britt Davis - Returning to the University of Alberta
  • Kayla King - Returning to the University of Alberta
  • Taylin Janke - Returning to Grant MacEwan

Best wishes to:

  • Kim Hamel
  • Anna Korzeniewski
  • Leanne Strong
  • Megan Barnes

We are excited to be welcoming the following staff to our wolf pack:

  • Chantel Bella - covering for Ms. Chapman who is on maternity leave
  • Chantal Harry - Counselor
  • Ryan Jap - Grade 6
  • Jillian Molyneaux - Grade 1/2 Combined
  • Tahn Rypstra - Jr. High Phys Ed. and Social
  • Kris Szydlowski - Grade 5
  • Chelsea Orlecki - Educational Assistant
  • Karen Petras - Educational Assistant

Class Configurations

Prior to the start of the school year, teachers will be contacting parents to let them know which class their child will be in. Junior high students will receive their timetables on or before the first day of school.

Tentative Class Configurations are as follows:

Kindergarten Groups A & B - Mrs. Biermann

Grade 1 - Mrs. Cohn

Grade 1 - Mrs. Hale

Grades 1/2 Combined - Mrs. Molyneaux

Grade 2 - Mrs. Wlos

Grade 3 - Mrs. Deatcher

Grade 3 - Mr. Mackney

Grade 4 - Mrs. Travis

Grade 4 - Mr. Baker

Grade 5 - Mr. Szydlowski

Grade 5 - Mrs. Verbitsky

Grade 6 - Mr. Jap

Grade 6 - Mrs. Beecroft

Grade 6 - Mrs. Cutforth

Elementary Music - Mrs. Rice

Jr. High - Ms. Bella, Mrs. Moravec, Mrs. Troup, Mrs. Rypstra, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Fisher, Mrs. McKay, Mrs. Kugler, Ms. Panchuk, Ms. Newnham, Mr. Bachor, Mrs. Robertson, Ms. Dahl

Outstanding School Fees

A reminder to log into the Power School Parent Portal for any outstanding school fees for the 2021-22 school year. Any unpaid fees will be sent to collections on August 31, 2022.

Summer hours

Throughout the summer break, Lakeland Ridge School is closed. It reopens on August 22 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 2022-23 school year.

Students return to school on August 30, 2022.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 29 to August 19, 2022

Open: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 780-464-3477

Address: 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed - July 1 (Canada Day)

Closed - August 1 (Heritage Day)

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

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YouthWrite Society Canada

is once again hosting its annual summer camp for kids who love to write about anything. The River Valley Experience—for ages 8-13—takes place at the Bennett Centre in Edmonton, July 3-8. Additional camps take place in Calgary for ages 12-14 and 15-19 in early July.

Indigenous News

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Staffing Update

We are thankful for the wonderful and impactful heart-work Harlee McArthur has provided to EIPS staff, students and families for the 2021-22 school year as our Family and School Liaison Worker. Harlee is embarking on a new adventure and will be deeply missed. We wish her all the best and are grateful for the time she has given EIPS. We’d like to welcome Leaha Atcheynum to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team and look forward to each of our families getting to know her and work with her in the coming school year.

Direct Student Support

MNA Scholarships Applications

Each year, the Métis Nation of Alberta provides scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are open to Métis students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients receive both monetary reward and recognition during the November Métis Week celebration.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Oct. 31, 2022. Submit application packages to Kaylee Townend.

Nelson Canada Scholarship Applications

The 2022 Nelson Scholarship Program is now open! Do you know a Grade 12 student who’s doing exceptional work in the classroom as well as in their community? This year, we’re once again offering $10,000 for each scholarship opportunity: the Civic Leadership Scholarship and the Indigenous Student Scholarship, in partnership with Indspire. Recipients of the awards are young leaders of tomorrow, showcasing a commitment to community stewardship and academic achievement.

To learn more about the scholarship program and how to apply, visit the Nelson Canada website. Applications close Aug. 1, 2022.

MNA Youth Services and Events

The Métis Nation of Alberta Youth has many opportunities for young people to get involved with the community, build friendships and deepen their cultural understandings. Follow their facebook page for all of the opportunities available over the summer, including summer camp!

Message from the MNA: “Have a child going into preschool, kindergarten, Grade 1, or Grade 2?

We have you covered for back-to-school! Early learning and literacy are top priorities for our Children and Family Services Department. Education is the key to creating thriving Métis families and we want to help however we can. We are once again offering FREE school supplies to assist Métis families for the 2021-22 school year, AND we’re delivering them right to your door! The Gear Up For School program supports children and families in all scenarios of learning, both in the classroom and at home. We aim to prepare early learners with the tools they need to begin a successful learning journey while reducing financial stress on Métis families.

Supplies are limited, so register today! To apply, complete the form!


Children enrolled in preschool, kindergarten, Grade 1, or Grade 2 beginning September 2021

Residents of Alberta (Applicants must provide an Alberta mailing address.)

Parent/Guardian or child must be an MNA citizen

Have questions or need more information? Please email

Honouring the Spirit Award EIPS Recipients

The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students across Alberta who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential. Further, the awards provide the opportunity to celebrate the unique qualities of students who inspire their peers, teachers, education leaders and community members. The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards is sponsored by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) and supported by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) and Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). We’re excited to share the three EIPS students who each received an Honourable Mention for the 2021-22 school year. Congratulations to Esme Chouinard, Pine Street Elementary; Mackenize Osmond, Salisbury Composite High; and Camden Spiderwick, Win Ferguson Elementary.

Woodbridge Farms Elementary Culture Camp

Woodbridge Farms Elementary continued its relationship with Strathcona Wilderness Centre to host the second annual culture camp for Indigenous students and their families. The weekend camp invited students to learn drum teachings, make dry meat, flesh a moosehide, learn Métis beading techniques, try birch bark painting, work with diamond willow, learn the sacredness of tobacco, taste traditional Inuit foods and much more. Many thanks to knowledge holders Connie Kulhavy, Goota Desmarias and Lloyd Cardinal, as well as Elders Julliette Auger, Gilman Cardinal and Bert Auger for generously sharing their teachings with families. EIPS looks forward to expanding the culture camp experience to include more families at more locations across the Division.

Thank you to all Elders, Knowledge Holders and Families

EIPS would like to thank all of the Elders, knowledge holders and families who shared with our students and staff throughout the year. We’re thankful for your friendship and grateful for your generosity. We look forward to renewing these important relationships in the new school year.

Resources of Interest

  • Explore these interactive maps of Treaty 6 territory.

  • The Downie-Wenjack Foundation is hosting virtual events across the country for the month of June. Find out more and register for one or more of the events through the event website.

Book signing with authors Charlene and Wilson Bearhead

Saturday, July 9, 2022

10 a.m.

Western Varieties Wholesale, 7003 Roper Rd., Edmonton

Celebrating their eight series set of Siha Tooskin Knows:

  • The Best Medicine

  • The Catcher of Dreams

  • The Gifts of His People

  • The Love of the Dance

  • The Nature of Life

  • The Offering of Tobacco

  • The Sacred Eagle Feather

  • The Strength of His Hair

This series is on the list of recommended resources from Alberta Education for Grade 3 English Language Arts. Bring a friend and enjoy a special series discount as well as tea and bannock.