Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, June 10, 2022

Hello LLR families,


We look forward to celebrating with our Grade 9 students at the farewell this evening. It was a fun-filled week as many of our Grade 9s participated in the Farewell Week dress up days and were involved in preparing for the event.


Next week, our Grade 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) and our Grade 7 and 8 Common Exams begin. We emailed information to families of those grade levels about your child's exam date and the exam process. The schedule is also available in the smore for your reference.


Just a reminder that our last hot lunch of the year is on Monday, June 13 - Nitza's Pizza. We will also be having our Junior High Awards assembly on Monday at 1:30pm and will be live-streaming the event if you would like to attend virtually. Our Grade 3-6 Track and Field event will be occurring on Thursday, June 16.


We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Dates and Events

June 13

  • Hot Lunch: Nitza's Pizza
  • Junior High Awards at 1:30PM - This event will be live streamed.
June 14
  • Grade 4 Field Trip: Telus World of Science
June 15
  • Class 5-1 Field Trip: Fort Museum
June 16
  • Grade 3-6 Track Day
June 17
  • Grade 2 Field Trip: Ukrainian Village
  • Class 5-3 Field Trip: Fort Museum

June 19

  • Happy Father's Day!

June 21
  • Fun Day Grades 1-2
  • Grade 3 Field Trip: Vertically Inclined
June 24
  • Grades 1-5: Numeracy Day
June 27
  • Grade 6 Field Trip: Bowling
  • 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 16: Grade 7 Math Part A & Grade 8 Math Part A

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 13: Grade 9 Math Part A

June 15: Grade 6 Math Part A

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.

Junior High Preparation Sessions

Junior High Jitters

This is a free caregiver education session hosted by Alberta Health Services in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation. Is your child going into Grade 7 and feeling nervous about it? This session will provide information about developmental changes teens experience, as well as the challenges they may face in this school transition. Strategies for managing these changes and boosting wellness will be discussed. The session is designed for caregivers and pre-teens (grades 6-8) to attend together.
Wednesday, June 15
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Register


Junior High Journey

This is a free, online session hosted by Strathcona County Family and Community Services. Transitioning from elementary to junior high is exciting and can be stressful. Learn strategies to support your teenager at this free workshop for parents and caregivers of youth transitioning from Grade 6 to Grade 7.
Tuesday, June 14
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Sign up

Junior High Awards

Monday, June 13th, 1:30pm

Lakeland Ridge School, Crimson Drive, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada and Livestreamed on YouTube

Our Junior High Awards will be held on Monday, June 13. Students in Grades 7, 8, and 9 are eligible to receive several awards for academics, electives, and athletics. Families were notified if their child will be receiving an award.


The ceremony will also be livestreamed on our YouTube page. Award descriptions and eligibility requirements are available on our school website under the About tab and then select Junior High Awards. Please contact the school office at 780-416-9018 if you have any questions.

Grade 3 - 6 Track and Field Day

Our Grade 3 to 6 Track Meet is on Thursday, June 16 and the school will be offering an optional BBQ lunch. All food must be pre-ordered - we are unable to accept orders at the event. If you are interested in ordering a BBQ hotdog lunch for your child, please sign into the ParentPortal, select your child’s student fees, and then select and complete the LLR Gr. 3-6 BBQ form.


The BBQ form is available to accept orders until Sunday, June 12 at 10:00PM. No late orders will be accepted. We are unable to meet any individual dietary preferences. In the event students are absent from the Track Meet, no refunds for food orders will be issued and no alternate arrangements for BBQ food pick-up will be accommodated. In the event the Track Meet is cancelled due to inclement weather, Grade 3 to 6 students will receive their BBQ lunch order in their classroom.


Adult volunteers are still needed, please contact your child's teacher if you are able to help out.

Library Return Information

ELEMENTARY LIBRARY BOOKS

Library books are to be returned on Monday, June 13 to allow Ms. Lake time to 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 and turning in their locks. Students should be prepared to carry their belongings home on Friday or begin taking a few items home each day.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Please refer to the Lakeland Ridge Traffic Management Map when dropping off and picking up students. When using the designated drop off and pick up areas, drivers should remain in their vehicles. Bus zones and staff parking lots are not intended for student drop off and pick up. Thank you for your diligence and keeping our students safe coming to and from school.
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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

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

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.

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.

Updating Your Contact Information

Have you recently moved or has your contact information changed throughout the past year?


Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages families to review their information the Division has on file to ensure it’s up to date. Using the Correction and Verification Form available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families can review their information on file for each student—including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts, medical details and other related information—and submit any updates needed.


Reviewing and updating the form ensures the Division has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. Your review is especially important in case there’s any communication the Division or school needs to send out over the summer months related to classes next year. All EIPS families are asked to review their child’s Correction and Verification Form by June 13 at noon. After this time, EIPS will turn the form off for the remainder of the school year—available again at the start of the 2022-23 school year.


NOTE: Only submit updates for the changes that have already taken place. If you’re moving this summer, you’ll submit the necessary updates to your address through the Correction and Verification Form at the start of next school year after you’ve moved.


If you have questions about the Correction and Verification Form or are having trouble with your Parent Portal account, contact the school at 780-416-9018.

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:


Treaty 6 and Métis Nation Flag Raising | June 13

If you’ve driven by EIPS Central Services recently, you may have noticed the addition of two new flag poles. As a further commitment on the path of truth telling toward reconciliation, and as an affirmation as Treaty partners, EIPS will be raising the Treaty 6 and Métis Nation flag on June 13. Each school in the Division will also display the two flags and are busy planning staff professional development and student learning experiences to understand the significance of each flag. More information on the Central Services ceremony and the specific events at each school will be shared in the near future.


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.

Stay-At-Home Guide for Families

Updated March 3, 2022