Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, December 10, 2021

Hello Lakeland Ridge families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding this week as we navigated the icy conditions. We are hoping some snow falls or the sun shines to add some traction to the outdoor fields and playground areas this weekend.

Next week we are kicking off the holiday season and encouraging students and staff to dress in festive attire throughout the week. The following week students can wear their ugliest festive sweaters on Monday and comfy pajamas on Tuesday. Please refer to the upcoming events outlined below for the specific dates.

The last day before the Christmas break is on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Please note that the first day back following the Christmas break is early dismissal and school will end at 1:55 PM. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 780-416-9018 or reference the EIPS Division Calendar.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and find time to connect with family and friends.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Dec. 13-17: Dress Up Week - Dress in festive clothing to celebrate the season.

Dec 20: Hot Lunch - Nitza's Pizza

Dec. 20: Ugly Sweater Day - Wear your tackiest, ugliest sweater today!

Dec. 21: PJ Day - Roll out of bed and dress for comfort for the last day before the break.

Dec 22- Jan 4: Christmas Break

Jan. 5: Classes Resume - Early Dismissal - 1:55 PM - First Day back after the break.

Jan. 11: School Council 6:30-7:30 PM & PAS Meeting 7:30pm-8:30PM

Staffing Updates

We wish to extend a warm wolf welcome to Mr. David Basisty and Mrs. Lorraine McTurk.

Mr. Basisty will be teaching part-time in Grade 5-1 beginning on Tuesday, December 14. Mr. Basisty has a wealth of teaching experience and is looking forward to joining our wolf pack.

Mrs. McTurk will be helping in the school office until Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

Student Dismissal Changes

Please be advised that on Monday, December 13, 2021 we will no longer be staggering dismissal for our junior high students. All K-9 students will be dismissed at 2:55 PM on a regular school day and at 1:55 PM on the early dismissal days.

Holiday Theme Days

Theme/Dress Up Days: Let's spread some Christmas Cheer and celebrate the season.

Lakeland’s upcoming Theme Days are as follows:

  • December 13 - 17 - Christmas dress up WEEK. Pull out your sweaters, Santa hats or anything Christmassy to wear.
  • Monday, December 20 - Ugly Sweater Day. Find the most tacky, ugliest sweater you can to wear to school.
  • Tuesday, December 21 - Christmas PJ Day. Roll out of bed and dress for comfort for the last day of school before the Christmas break.

Hot Lunch Deadline

The website is open for placing hot lunch orders. Orders will be accepted until the end of day on Sunday, December 12, 2021. If you have any questions please email our hot lunch coordinator at

Holiday Travel Reminders

As the Christmas break approaches, we wish to remind you of federal public health regulations related to when students are permitted to return to school after travelling outside of Canada.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students under 12 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians cannot return to school or daycare for 14 days following their return to Canada, and must follow the mandatory requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.

Fully vaccinated students 12 years and older who travelled out of the country can return to school without delay so long as they are asymptomatic. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, these students are subject to the Government of Canada’s required 14-day quarantine, regardless of whether they are accompanied by a parents or guardian who qualifies as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Additional information on travel restrictions and public health regulations can be found at the Government of Canada’s website. Any questions or concerns about these restrictions should be directed to the Government of Canada, through their website.

Volunteer Update

All Elk Island Public Schools require proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result, from volunteers and visitors. Please note proof of vaccination is not required for those visiting for a short time and not interacting with students—parents, school council members, external delivery or service vendors.

Parent volunteers (field trips, classroom visits, etc.) can either come to the office and show their ID and vaccination card to school administration for scanning, or they can email their QR code to Jeff Huculak at Volunteers may also be required to show their ID and QR code at field trip venues.

Fee Waiver Application Deadline

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay school or transportation fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. If you’re new to the Division, the deadline is the latter of Dec. 15, 2021, or 45 days after registration.

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 or MasterCard. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted.

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, extracurricular activities and more.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit and LLR fees.

Alternatively, contact Cathy Eyben at Lakeland Ridge School at 780-416-9018.

Christmas Break

Lakeland Ridge School will close for the Christmas break at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The school will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. During this time, if you have any school-related questions or concerns, contact Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Central Services at 780-464-3477.

EIPS Central Services Christmas Break Hours

Open December 22 and 23: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Dec. 23, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022

Open January 4: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*for location and contact information visit

From everyone at Elk Island Public Schools, we wish all of you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

2022-23 School Fees Parental Input

Our next school council meeting will take place on January 11, 2022 at 6:30 PM. During that time school administration will be sharing information about our current fee structure, posing specific questions about priorities, and asking participants to provide your feedback as we plan for the 2022-23 school year. Updates and information will be shared on our school website and through email following the meeting. After this date, instructions will be provided outlining ways to provide additional input or feedback. We look forward to hearing from you on January 11.

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2022-23 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. 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. The 2022-23 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2022.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided throughthrough the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-416-9018.

Literacy at Home

A fun way to engage in literacy learning at home is to use open-ended writing or discussion prompts. The example below and other prompts can be found in Chuck Klosterman's book, But What If We're Wrong.

You have won a prize. The prize has two options, and you can choose either but not both. The first is a year in Europe with a monthly stipend of $2000. The second question is 10 minutes to the moon. Discuss or write about which option would you select?

Math Resources

The following link provides a variety of websites for you to help your child at home with math. The websites included have basic fact practice, games, worksheets, and videos. Click on the picture for access to the website. We hope you enjoy the resources.

Math Resources for Parents

Welcome to Our New School Resource Officer

We are excited to be working with Constable Hani Sawan this year as our School Resource Officer. Constable Sawan is a wonderful support to our school and community and we look forward to working with him. If you have any questions about how he can be of assistance please contact the school office.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

No Child Without: Free MedicAlert for students

In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for students, Lakeland Ridge School is 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 of four and 14 years—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, the 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 780-416-9018.

To learn more about the No Child Without program, visit