Weekly Update Newsletter

Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

Hello LLR Families,

There is a lot happening in and around the school. As you know, volleyball and cross country are now underway. In addition, Ms. Dahl has had a couple of information meetings and will be holding rehearsals for this year's musical production this week. You can view information about Wolves Drama by going to the "Programs" tab on our school website. The direct link to the Wolves Drama Page can be found here as well.

We ask that all visitors please obey traffic signs in and around the school. Please watch for students and pedestrians.

Picture Day is coming up this week as well. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information.

It looks like we are in for some beautiful weather this weekend once again. Enjoy!

Upcoming Dates and Events

Sept. 12 - 16 - Auditions: Lakeland Ridge Wolves Drama presents: High School Musical Jr.

Sept. 13 - School Council Meeting 6:30 pm - View Agenda Here

Sept. 14 - ICON School Pictures (Entire School)

Sept. 15 - ICON School Pictures (Kinder Group B)

Sept. 21 - Meet the Staff Event 3:30pm-5:30pm (More information to follow)

Sept. 23 - Terry Fox School Run Day (More information to come)

Sept. 29 - Orange Shirt Day at LLR

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

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

School Council Meeting

Our first School Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 pm. Parents/Caregivers will have the option to attend in person in our Learning Commons (library) or virtually using "Microsoft Teams". School Council is a collective association of parents, teachers, and administrators who work together for the betterment of the school community. Among other important roles, the School Council dialogues with the principal on a variety of school matters. We will be selecting our School Council Executive for the 2022-23 school year at our first meeting. The agenda and link for the meeting can be found on our school website.

School and Division Forms

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.

Update your PowerSchool information

The EIPS Correction and Verification Form is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Use the form to access and update your child’s records information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and medical information. Reviewing the form and submitting updates ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child.

When reviewing the form, pay close attention to all listed phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. Also, if you recently moved, now is the time to ensure the Division has your updated address. Throughout the year, the Division and school uses the listed information to communicate with families about important information, including updates, the latest news and event.

EIPS Correction and Verification Form

Review and update the form by Sept. 22, 2022.

For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact the school office at 780-416-9018.

Linking Generation

Linking Generations (LG) is a charitable organization that offers an intergenerational program intended to create caring partnerships between teens and seniors, living in a senior's facility. Staff from LG visited all the junior high classes this week to explain their program. All interested junior high students are asked to submit their completed applications to the office Monday morning. If you or your child requires additional information, please contact the school office at 780-416-9018.

Hello from 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.

Jr. High Agendas

Elementary agendas were sent home today. If you DO NOT want the agenda, return the agenda to the office and submit an email to cathy.eyben@eips.ca with the following:

  • Student's first and last name
  • Students grade
  • Include “no LLR agenda, remove fee”

We have a limited amount of Jr High Agendas, available on a first-come, first-served basis until our supply has been depleted. The cost is $4.50 per agenda and will be available to order through PowerSchool Parent Portal on September 1, 2022, after 3:30 pm.

Counselor’s Corner

Hi there!

My name is Chantal Harry and I am your new school counsellor this year! I’ve very excited to be at Lakeland Ridge seeing as I have experience counselling in both the Elementary and Jr High settings. This year I am available Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as alternating Fridays. You may want to reach out to me for several reasons, here are some ways that I can support you!

  • Support studying skills/time management strategies
  • Help with friendship/peer conflicts
  • Listen and support with family issues
  • Connect with outside services and providers
  • Provide consultation to school teams (including parents/guardians) on issues related to school (learning, behaviour, social/emotional development)
  • Assisting with High School planning
  • Various mental health supports

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education here at Lakeland Ridge, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to help!

Chantal Harry, M.Ed. in Counselling

School Counsellor

Sherwood Heights Junior High / Lakeland Ridge

Elk Island Public Schools


Students in Grades 4-9 will be able to use microwaves to heat up their lunch. Students in Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 will not have access to microwaves. We encourage students to bring lunches that do not require heating up as much as possible. Please be mindful that if your child is bringing a microwavable lunch, the containers should be microwave-safe and the time required to heat the items is reasonable.

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.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit eips.ca. Alternatively, contact Cathy Eyben at Lakeland Ridge School at 780-416-9018.

Download the SchoolMessenger App

Lakeland Ridge School and the Division use the SchoolMessenger platform for communicating with families—through both phone and email. Be sure to add communications@eips.ca and amy.desaulniers@eips.ca to your safe sender list to avoid having important messages funneled into your junk mail folder.

The easiest way to stay connected is to download the SchoolMessenger app. Get the latest updates direct to your mobile device and enable push notifications to never miss a message. Families can also check back on past messages—for up to 30 days—directly in the app rather than searching to find an old message buried in your inbox. Download the SchoolMessenger app from the App Store or Google Play today.

Coming soon—the Safe Arrivals absence reporting tool will be rolled out within the SchoolMessenger app later this school year. Families will be able to quickly and easily report a child’s absence directly in the app. No more phone calls or emails required. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

Improving home-school communication

To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) created a how-to guide entitled, Communication Protocol for Schools. Topics include:

· appropriate channels to use;

· standard formats and structures;

· timing and sequencing for regular and ongoing home-school communication; and

· ways to bring forward questions or concerns.

The guide also offers useful tools and resources schools, and families can use to enhance face-to-face meetings, email communication and various social media efforts. EIPS encourages all families and schools to review the guide at:

Communication Protocol for Schools

Video surveillance on buses

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance?

Video surveillance and equipment help:

· ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and

· discourage destructive acts.

Regularly basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.