Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, April 9, 2021

Upcoming Dates and Events

April 13 - School Council @ 6:30pm via Google Meet

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

April 19-23 - Administrative Professional Week

May 5 - Early Dismissal (Crazy Socks & Sandals Day)

May 7 - No Classes (PD Day)

May 11 - School Council @6:30pm Agenda Here

Junior High Option Selection

This week school administration visited all grade 6, 7 and 8 classes to discuss our option selection process for the 2021-22 school year. The course catalogues have been published on the Lakeland Ridge school website. This catalogue contains all the information students and parents will need to choose options and a few cool videos to watch. Parents should have also received a School Messenger yesterday with this information. All option selections are completed through the PowerSchool Parent Portal and need to be completed by Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Placement in options is not on a first-come / first-served basis, so please take your time and speak with your kids to discuss their option choices. If you have any questions please contact the school.

2021 EIPS Parent Survey - Now Open

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you about your experience with the Division and your school. Make sure to share your thoughts by completing the 2021 EIPS Parent Survey—open from April 6-20.


Survey closes April 20, 2021.

NOTE: The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete in full. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete Part A of the survey again.

Wolf Spirit Wear Store - Now Open

The spring sale for our Wolf Spirit Wear is Now Open! This is the last time this year the store will be open. Store closes Wednesday, April 21st at 11:59pm.

Visit the store here

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.

Parents Night with Dr. Alex Russell - Free for All Parents

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


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

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.

Write-On Stationary

The 2021-2022 School Supply sheets were sent home with your child. 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.

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 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:

Wacky Hair Day

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.

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.

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 masks properly.



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 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:

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.

Brightspace Parent/Guardian guide Click here