## Upcoming Dates and Events

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 29 - Orange Shirt Day at LLR

Sept. 30 - No School: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

OCTOBER

Oct. 5 - World Teachers' Day & Early Dismissal 2:10pm & Pajama Day

Oct. 7 - No School: Staff Professional Learning Day

Oct. 10 - No School: Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 11 - Parent Action Society (PAS) Meeting @ 6:30 in the school library

Oct. 17 - ICON Kinder retakes (Group A)

Oct. 18 - ICON Picture retakes

## LLR School Council and Parent Action Society

Thank you to the families who joined us for our September School Council meeting. Congratulations to our school executive members who were elected to our parent group positions for the 2022-23 school year:

April Childs - School Council Chair

Kerri and Joel Holmes - Secretaries

A reminder that everyone is always welcome and invited to attend our School Council and Parent Action Society (PAS) meetings. Our next PAS meeting is on Tuesday, October 11 in the school library at 6:30PM. We hope to see you there!

## Reminders from the Office

With the return of school, it is important students remember their utensils for their lunches and water bottles. Also, with the weather getting cooler, please ensure your child is dressed for the weather.

## Numeracy News

Have you signed up for https://mathbeforebed.com/ ? You can download a free sample e-book to spark math conversations at home!

“Games help to lift math off the textbook pages, and they support students’ learning about Numbers and Operation.” (Marilyn Burns)

• Play Shake & Spill: fill a container or cup (that you cannot see through) with items such as beads, goldfish, mini marshmallows, etc. Determine how many items you have in your cup (start with small numbers) shake the cup, flip it over onto a surface and “spill” some of the items out. Count how many you have spilled and figure out how many are under the cup!
• Play “Who Am I?” This game is great for developing mental math and math vocabulary! Example: “I am an even number. I am greater than 12 but less than 20. The sum of my digits is 7. Who am I?
• Grab a classic deck of cards and access the free e-book ‘Acing Math One Deck At A Time’ for instruction and game ideas for you and your student.

## Student Medication

If your student requires medication to be accessible at the school such as Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, Reactine, and Tums, please fill out the Medication Management Plan and return it with the medication to Mrs. Desaulniers in the office or email return the form to general.LLR@eips.ca.

Students are not permitted to administer their own medication at school. All medication should be provided in its original packaging and labelled with student’s name. All medication will be stored in the office with administering recorded.

## 2nd Harvest Program

Shout out to Sobeys on Baseline for their 2nd Harvest Program; in partnership with EIPS which provides snacks and food for schools. Currently LLR collects donations every four weeks! Thanks Sobeys!

## Hot Lunch Order

Welcome to a brand new school year! A special welcome to those families who have just joined our Wolf Pack! We hope you have started to settle in comfortably and feel welcomed in our school!

To start off the school year on the right note, the Lakeland Ridge Parent Action Society (a.k.a. PAS, the fundraising branch of the school) is very excited to be able to bring back our hot lunch program to our students, starting on Monday, October 24th, and then occurring approximately once a month throughout the school year.

This program has proven to be our school’s LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDRAISING year after year, so we strongly encourage all of you to participate! It not only benefits our school directly but it takes a little bit of pressure off you parents from packing lunches day after day! Also, remember that you only have to order for the hot lunch dates that you want your kids to enjoy, not every date! AND we split the year into 4 ordering periods so if you miss a period you can join in again at the next order period.

Starting this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022, we will be opening the Hot Lunch website (lakelandridge.hotlunches.net) for online orders. We will be accepting orders until the end of day on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2022. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any late orders, as it is crucial that we get the hot lunch orders into the vendors with enough time for them to prepare for them.

For those parents with child(ren) in the Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten (K2) class,

NOT TO WORRY – WE HAVE YOUR BACKS TOO!!

You still order for our Monday hot lunches, however we have made special arrangements for those lunches to be prepared and distributed to your kiddos on Tuesday

If you have any questions please contact our Hot Lunch Coordinator, Kathi Engel via email at lakelandridgehotlunch@gmail.com

## For the Love of Reading

This week our Grade 1's were treated with a special reading session by the Grade 9 students in Mrs. Troup's class. This was a great experience for both grades!

## 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.

## Counsellors Corner

We would like to highlight the Boys and Girls Club's new Teen Hub. It is located behind the building where Franklin’s Inn used to be. They offer a lot of activity programs. Check out the link for more information.

The "Raise the Grade" program may also be another beneficial activity for our students who are looking for more support after school. They also have a Dungeons and Dragons club every second Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m..

If you have a child who could benefit from these programs we encourage you to check it out.

## School and Division Forms - Permission Click

EIPS has begun migrating school and Division forms to the online Permission Click platform. The system makes the form submission process for families simple and straightforward. Forms are also easily accessible and fillable from your mobile device. Families will generally receive forms in one of two ways—sent as a link within a SchoolMessenger email or in a direct email from Permission Click sent to the first parent or guardian on record in PowerSchool. Be sure to add notifications@permissionclick.com to your safe sender list to ensure required forms aren’t mistakenly directed to your junk mail folder.

## Pay School Fees Online

School fee information for the 2022-23 school year will be posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal in late September. 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 online using a credit card.

Don’t forget to 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 certain school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.

If you’re unable to pay your school fees, you can apply to have certain fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2022.

## National Truth & Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with the purpose of honouring the children who never returned home as well as Survivors of residential schools. This day is an opportunity for public commemoration of these tragic events and painful history as well as an acknowledgment of the ongoing impacts of residential schools.

As September 30 is a federal statutory holiday, our school will participate in Orange Shirt Day on September 29. Students and community members are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school on this day. If you don't own an orange shirt, you can still be part of this event by wearing an orange ribbon or another items of clothing in orange.

What is Orange Shirt Day and why do we acknowledge it?

Orange Shirt Day is a day of remembrance and and act of reconciliation that takes place annually across Canada. This is an opportunity to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools. It grew out of a gathering of survivors held in Williams Lake, British Columbia in 2013, where Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph Mission residential school, shared her experience of having her new orange shirt taken on her first day. If you would like to learn more about Phyllis' story, click here to watch a short video. September 30 was picked as the date because it is the time children had to leave their homes and return to the schools.

What help is available to former residential school students?

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available for former residential school students and includes emotional and crisis referral services. Services are available around the clock and can be accessed by calling 1-866 925-4419.

## Caregiver Series: September Sessions

Alberta Health Services, in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation, offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include strategies for positive mental health, resiliency and understanding depression. The list of September 2022 sessions is now available.

The September edition of the AHS Addiction & Mental Health School Newsletter is also available and focuses on using connection to build resilience.