Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, April 23, 2021

We hope all of our Lakeland Ridge families are doing well and are staying healthy. Over the past while, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise. On Thursday, the province reported another 1857 COVID-19 cases, with 1326 being variant cases. Some school divisions in the province have moved to temporary on-line learning for students in grades 7-12. EIPS continues to monitor COVID-19 numbers in schools and is working closely with school administration. As our superintendent, Mark Liguori, stated in his letter to parents on April 14, EIPS continues to work closely with Alberta Health Services. There is always the possibility that the Division will need to transition students in specific schools or grades to temporary on-line learning. While Lakeland Ridge has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 since before Christmas, families need to be prepared to have their child move temporarily to online learning if we get a confirmed case and their child is considered a close contact.


Lakeland Ridge staff continue to work with students to ensure they are up to date on Brightspace. For now, it is business as usual and we are planning to continue with in-school classes unless we hear otherwise from the province and/or school division. We continue to remind students about our health measures in place and students have been doing an absolutely fantastic job.


Thank you for continuing to follow the public-health measures in place and for your patience and understanding. This year has presented us with a number of challenges, and we will need to continue to adapt as needed. Please continue to monitor your child for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 by completing the verbal COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire every day before coming to school. If individuals are feeling unwell, we ask that they please stay home.

Transitioning to online learning

Upcoming Dates and Events

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

May 7 - No Classes (PD Day)

May 11 - School Council Meeting @6:30pm via Google Meet (Final Meeting of the Year)

May 21 - No Classes - School Closure Day

May 24 - No Classes - Victoria Day

May 25 - ECS Virtual Information Night @ 6:30pm

May 26 - Junior High Virtual Information Night @6:30pm

Visitors in School

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.

Attendance

K-9

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.

Virtual Information Nights

Our Kindergarten and Junior High information evenings will be held on the following dates:

Kindergarten - May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Junior High - May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

More information will be shared, including links to the event, as we near the events.

Administrative Professional Week

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*Picture was taken prior to Covid protocols

Class 3-3 Showing the admin ladies some love

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Library Display Case Designed by our Student Librarian Ms. Tkach

Photo credits to two of our Grade 8 Photography students, Samantha and Ainsley.
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Wolf Spirit Wear has been extended!

Great News!! The spring sale for our Wolf Spirit Wear has been extended! This is the last time this year the store will be open. The store closes Sunday, April 25 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.

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.

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 Jack.org 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:

Brightspace

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:

https://eips.brightspace.com/

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.

https://eips.brightspace.com/d2l/local

Brightspace Parent/Guardian guide Click here