Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Hello LLR families,


It is hard to believe that next week we are entering the last full week of school. Staff and students have been working extremely hard these last few weeks in June. All the hard work was evident as we presented many awards this week at the Junior High Awards Assembly. Thank you to all the families that were able to join us in celebrating our student accomplishments. We are so proud of all the students!


The students have been representing Lakeland positively both here at the school and while out in the public attending field trips. Keep up the great work wolves!


Next week, many students are writing exams. With the anticipation of multiple exams, this can be a stressful time for students. Below is some helpful advice from Alberta Health Services on how to help students prepare for any upcoming tests.


We want to thank all our Lakeland Ridge families for a terrific school year.

Upcoming Dates and Events

June 19

  • Happy Father's Day!

June 21

  • National Indigenous Day
  • Fun Day Grades 1-2
  • Grade 3 Field Trip: Vertically Inclined
  • Grade 3-6 LAST DAY of Running Club
June 24
  • Grades 1-5: Numeracy Day
June 27
  • Grade 6 Field Trip: Bowling
  • Grade 3 Field Trip Edmonton Zoo
  • Kinder Group A Field Trip: Telus World of Science
June 28
  • Last Instructional Day for Students
  • Kinder Group B Field Trip: Telus World of Science
  • Final Report Cards available online at 2:55PM

June Final Exam Dates: Grades 6-9

Common Exams - Grade 7 and 8

June 23: Grade 7 Science & Grade 8 Math Part B

June 24: Grade 7 Social Studies & Grade 8 Science

June 27: Grade 7 Math Part B & Grade 8 ELA Part B

June 28: Grade 7 ELA Part B & Grade 8 Social Studies


Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) - Grade 6 and 9

June 20: Grade 6 Math Part B; Grade 9 Math Part B

June 22: Grade 6 Science, Grade 9 Science

June 23: Grade 6 Social Studies, Grade 9 Social Studies

June 24: Grade 6 ELA Part B, Grade 9 ELA Part B


Our PATs and Junior High Common Exam schedule is available on our school website.

Exam Preparation Information

Feeling anxious about exams is common. Please refer to this informative resource to help you manage exam stress: Alberta Health Services: Are you stressed about exams?
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Provincial COVID-19 Mandatory Isolation Requirement Update

The Government of Alberta announced that effective Wednesday, June 15, mandatory isolation for individuals who have tested positive with COVID-19 is no longer required. Instead, isolation remains recommended for those with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.


As per EIPS’ standard practice, students who exhibit symptoms of any illness while at school will be kept in the infirmary, and their parents or guardians asked to pick them up. If your child feels unwell or is exhibiting symptoms, EIPS strongly recommends you keep them at home until symptoms resolve—to avoid spreading illness to students and staff.


Hand sanitizer remains available in all EIPS schools, and the Division continues to encourage good hand hygiene practices.


Thank you for your ongoing consideration in this regard.

Library Return Information

ELEMENTARY LIBRARY BOOKS

Library books are overdue. Please return any items you have at home to help Ms. Lake prepare the library for the end of the school year.


JUNIOR HIGH TEXTBOOKS

For our junior high students, textbooks are due on the date of each final exam.


The fee for any lost or damaged books is the replacement cost of the book. Charges for these items will be added to your student account in the fall if not returned prior to the end of the school year.

Junior High Locker Clean Out

In the afternoon on Friday, June 24 Junior High students will be cleaning out their lockers. Students should be prepared to carry their belongings home on Friday or begin taking a few items home each day. On Tuesday, June 28 all locks will be turned in after exams.

Tools For School

EIPS has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2022-23 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks and school supplies to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. If you’re a parent or know a parent who needs access to the program, contact the school directly. Staff will discretely provide the backpack to the child at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.


Alternatively, if you’d like to donate to the program, you can pick up a few extra supplies when you’re out shopping for back to school. Drop-off boxes are located at the EIPS Central Services office, all Staples locations and various businesses in the community. Any supplies donated within the community are invested back into the region.

Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge

Students ages 7 to 14 are invited to write a short, illustrated story about a person, place or event in Canadian history. Stories should be 500-1,200 words and include one to three illustrations or archival photographs—comic format is also accepted. The deadline to enter is June 30. Two winners, one in English and one in French, will each receive an RESP worth $1,000. Learn more | Enter

Student Transportation: 2022-23 registration is now open

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2022-23 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.


All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student registration process are now registered. Families registered will received tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 30, 2022.


For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca.


For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit www.eips.ca/transportation.


NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person contact Student Transportation to make an appointment.

Little Elk Island Adventure

Dates are now set for Little Elk Island Adventure 2022. These events provide first-time riders and their parents with an opportunity to learn more about riding the bus. Sessions will take place in Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan August 16-20. Details and the registration link are available on the Division website. Elementary schools are encouraged to share this information with families at their kindergarten information nights this spring. Information will also be shared on the Division Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming months.

Resources for Families

Caregivers Series

SEEDS Registration (cyfcaregivereducation.ca)

Caregiver Series Registration (cyfcaregivereducation.ca)

Lunch & Learn Registration (cyfcaregivereducation.ca)


Community Supports

Family and Community Service

(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044

Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress Line 780-482-4357

Together all https://togetherall.com/en-ca/

Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Indigenous News

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Virtual Family Gatherings

Many thanks to the families who joined us for our virtual gatherings this winter. It was a pleasure to reconnect with those who were part of the gatherings last year and to welcome new families to our virtual circle. We’re grateful for the conversation, the ideas shared and the feedback on work that’s happening throughout the Division. We look forward to seeing you all again next school year—hopefully in person at some point!

If there’s anything stemming from the gatherings you wish to discuss, please reach out to the lead teacher at your child’s school or someone from the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team directly:


Opening of Central Services Land-based Learning Space | June 21

EIPS has been working closely with Elder WIlson Bearhead to design and build a land-based learning space at EIPS Central Services. With spring on its way, construction will resume on the space. As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21, EIPS will officially open the space, honour our ongoing relationship with Elder Wilson and affirm our commitment to deepen our relationship with the land that sustains us. We’ll share details of the opening event as the date draws closer.

2021-22 EIPS Survey Results

The results are now available for the 2021-22 EIPS Parent Survey conducted in March.


Thank you to all families who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. The survey included a series of questions related to the three priorities outlined in the EIPS Four-Year Education Plan: 2018-22 (Year 4).

  • Priority 1: Promote growth and success for all students
  • Priority 2: Enhance high-quality learning and working environments
  • Priority 3: Enhance public education through effective engagement


The overall Division results represent 3,450 responses from parents and guardians across the Division.


The survey results for Lakeland Ridge School have helped us identify the following areas of strength and opportunities for growth.


Areas of Strength

  • School staff care about students, encourage children to do their best, and work to promote responsible, respectful, and engaged future citizens.
  • Caregivers are considered partners in education and appreciate the open and honest communication provided by Lakeland Ridge staff and school administration.

Areas of Growth

  • Respondents identified attaining educational resources to support student learning as an area for growth.
  • Families feel the quality of education has declined in the past 3 years due to learning disruptions and the global health circumstances.


The feedback gathered in the survey will help our school and the Division measure its progress toward meeting the priorities and goals outlined in the EIPS Four-Year Education Plan and develop strategies to better serve students and the wider community moving forward.

Parent Survey Results: Division