Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!
Friday, January 28, 2022
Dear LLR families,
Today is the final day of Semester 1 for our junior high students. Please remember there is no school on Monday, January 31. When students return on Tuesday, February 1, it will mark the halfway point of the school year. Our junior high students will begin their new option classes on Tuesday.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate students absences and ensure students have the course work they need. If your child is absent, please have them check Brightspace as work will be shared using this platform as quickly as possible.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Upcoming Dates and Events
Jan. 31: Professional Learning Day: No School
Feb. 1: Semester 2 Begins and Registration Opens for 2022-23
Feb. 2: Early Out; Cash for Care; Red, Pink & White Day
Feb 8: PAS Meeting 6:30PM/School Council Meeting 7:00PM
Feb 10 & 11: Teacher's Convention: No School
Feb. 15: National Flag Day
Feb. 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
Feb 16 & 17: Parent Teacher Interviews
Feb 21: Family Day: No School
Feb. 23: Pink Shirt Day
Feb. 28: Returning student registration closes today.
EIPS 2022-23 Division Calendar: Now available!
The official 2022-23 EIPS calendar is now available. The calendar includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more.
Highlights from the 2022-23 EIPS calendar include:
First day of school – Aug. 30, 2022
November break – November 7-11
Christmas break – December 21 to January 3
Second semester starts – January 31
Teachers’ Convention – February 9-10
Spring break – March 24-31
Last day of classes – June 27, 2023
To view the 2022-23 calendar, visit eips.ca. You can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar by visiting www.eips.ca/calendar and clicking on “subscribe to calendar.”
Round 2 - Provincially Provided COVID Supplies for Students
We are expecting another two week supply of rapid test kits and medical masks to arrive shortly from the government. We will send the items home with students once we receive the supplies and are able to organize the materials for distribution.
The Alberta government recommends that rapid tests be used twice per week, 72 hours apart (e.g. Sunday and Wednesday or Monday and Thursday). Here is a how-to video for parents and a rapid test program fact sheet offering tips on how to use the rapid test kits. Both are available online at https://www.alberta.ca/k-12-learning-during-covid-19.aspx.
Thank you for your continued diligence in monitoring symptoms and following the updated Alberta Health Daily Checklist.
Students Returning to School After Illness
As per the updated COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, children who are fully immunized are required to isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. If a child is not fully immunized, the child must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer.
"Fully vaccinated" individuals that return after 5 days after being ill must continue to wear a mask for up to 5 days after their isolation period in the following situations:
- when outside of the home in a public place
- when participating in physical activities (i.e. Phys. Ed or outside at recess)
- when in the company of others not within their household.
Therefore, students returning to school from a 5 day isolation period have two options for eating at morning break and at lunch.
Morning Break - During the morning break, elementary students will eat their snacks in the breakout rooms within their classroom or outside the class. Junior high students can eat in the Kona gym where they will be supervised and socially distanced from one another. After eating, students can wear their masks and return to their regular school routine.
Lunch - Students will have two options at lunch.
- Students can eat in the Kona gym where they will be supervised and socially distanced from one another. After eating, students can wear their masks and return to their regular school routine.
- Students can eat lunch at home for the 5-day period.
Families may also choose to keep their child home from school for the additional 5 days and access schoolwork using the Brightspace platform. It is the responsibility of the parent/student to inform the school if an alternate eating arrangement is required. Please email Amy.Desaulniers@eips.ca or call 780-416-9018.
Tracking Shifts to Temporary Online Learning
Families whose children will transition to temporary online learning are notified by the school and sent detailed information outlining duration, scheduling, important links and resources.
To view the number of classes or grade groups that have or currently transitioned to temporary online learning, visit:
EIPS updates the information at the end of each school day
Hot Lunch Info
The hot lunch program continues to be something that our Wolfpack looks forward to and we are happy to announce that round 3 ordering for March and April will open up on Friday, February 4th.
With that said, we would like to remind you that, should your child(ren) be absent on hot lunch day, we are NOT able to refund the cost of pre-paid lunches or to reassign them to another student.
While the administration staff are always willing to take your calls and emails, the program is run by volunteers and not the school. We ask that should your child(ren) be absent on hot lunch day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10:30am that day to arrange to pick up your child's lunch that day or you may choose to donate it. Please include the full name of your child and the class that they are in so we can locate their lunch on the day and handle it appropriately. After 10:30 on the day of hot hunch, you can contact the school and they will let us know as we will be busy getting the lunches ready and not checking our e-mail.
Finally, we would like to remind everyone that without our volunteers this program would not exist. A VERY heartfelt thank you to all who have volunteered so far. If you would like to volunteer, we require about an hour of your time on the day of hot lunch to help sort and distribute the lunches to our students. You can sign up while placing your child's order or after ordering closes by contacting Kathi Engel at email@example.com.
Lakeland Ridge Hot Lunch Program
Elementary Valentine Day Celebrations
Classroom teachers will be sending specific information for Valentine activities in their classrooms as the date approaches. As a Division, the exchange of valentine cards and notes is permitted this year providing proper hand hygiene is followed. As an additional precaution, students are asked to bring their cards to the school the day before to allow for a 24 hour quarantine period. Snacks if provided, are permitted providing they are individually packaged or served by a designated staff member and are eaten only during designated eating times.
Sun Ridge Ski Trip - Canceled
Grade 9 Families: High School Registration Information
To help you make an informed decision about high school, senior high schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are hosting information sessions for all Grade 9 students and their families. The sessions allow students and families to meet the staff; tour the school; learn about the curriculum, course offerings and alternative programming available; discuss diploma requirements and various career paths; plus, more. Decisions about whether each event will take place virtually or in-person will be made closer to each date. Refer to the event calendar on each school website for details in the coming weeks. Make sure to take part to learn everything you need to know about the Division’s senior high programs and courses. Senior High Information Nights: Dates and times EIPS senior high programming
International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session
EIPS offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Salisbury Composite High. Founded on the IB mission, the program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Courses are challenging and include an international education focus and rigorous assessments. In addition, students have the flexibility to choose to enrol in the full IB programme or from a selection of IB courses.
Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the IB Programme are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and what’s needed to qualify. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more
Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
Time: 6 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams
Book Fair February 15 – 24
Caregiver Education Series
Literacy at Home
Please see the link to the January 2022 CP News
Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.
Each month Career Pathways distributes relevant planning material, presentation sessions, occupational spotlights, and other helpful information meant to support students and families. It is our hope students in Junior High begin to understand opportunities available to them and explore and reflect on a variety of experiences to help them plan their next steps. High School students continue to set goals and further develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that increase their readiness to successfully transition beyond high school.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Update
EIPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit team invite you to join their upcoming virtual gatherings. It is a grea tway to make connections, create a supportive environment for dialogue, share hopes and ideas, and learn what’s happening around the Division. We’re grateful to Elder Wilson Bearhead for attending the virtual gatherings last school year and agreeing to open each gathering again this year.
Feb. 15, 2022; 7–8 p.m.
· words from Elder Wilson
· special presentation by Rupertsland Institute for Métis Education: supports for Métis students and their families
March 15, 2022; 7–8 p.m.
· words from Elder Wilson
· topics to be determined based on wishes, hopes and interests expressed in previous gatherings
Sessions will take place online using Microsoft Teams Meetings. For more information visit our Division website or reach out to the school at 780-416-9018.