Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Hello Lakeland Ridge families,


It is hard to believe it is already December!


We have lots to look forward to over the next few weeks as we approach winter break. Students will be participating in a number of theme days and classroom activities to get into the holiday spirit. The hallways and classrooms are starting to be decorated with beautiful art and we have enjoyed some carols over the announcements in the morning.


Have a fantastic weekend! We hope you stay safe with all the ice and are able to enjoy some rest.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Dec 6: Hot Lunch - Popeye's

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: Winter Break

Jan. 5: Classes Resume - Early Dismissal - 1:55 p.m.

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.

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 lakelandridgehotlunch@gmail.com.

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 www.eips.ca/schools/fees 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 www.eips.ca.


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

Learning Disruption Funding for Grades 2-3

The Government of Alberta announced 2021-22 funding for school divisions to help address learning disruptions for grades 1 to 3 students caused by the pandemic. Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has received $791,840 in learning disruption funding to support students in grades 2 and 3, a portion of which has been allocated to Lakeland Ridge School.


The funding will provide targeted programming for specific students identified as requiring additional support in literacy and numeracy. At Lakeland Ridge School, grades 2 and 3 students participated in the Star Reading Assessment and the Numeracy Assessment Screener earlier this year to assess students’ literacy and numeracy levels. Those below the 25th percentile were identified as needing additional supports and eligible for funding. The Government of Alberta learning disruption funding received—at a per-student funding rate of $490—will support targeted intervention programming for these students.


Intervention programming for identified students will begin in mid-December. If your child was identified as needing additional supports, you’ll receive more information directly from the school shortly.


If you have questions about the intervention programming, contact the school office at 780-416-9018.

Literacy at Home

Periodically we will share a thought provoking image, reading or writing tip, multimodal texts, or book recommendations. The thought-provoking image below is aimed to generate interesting discussions at home. Feel free to discuss as a family what this image suggests about the role of technology in our lives? Have fun!
Big picture

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.

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

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 www.eips.ca 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 www.eips.ca 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 www.nochildwithout.ca.