Weekly Update Newsletter

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

Upcoming Dates and Events


Oct. 7 - No School: Staff Professional Learning Day

Oct. 10 - No School: Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 11 - Parent Action Society (PAS) Meeting @ 6:30 in the school library

Oct. 17 - ICON Kinder retakes (Group A)

Oct. 18 - ICON Picture retakes

Read In Week 2022 taking place October 3-7.

Read In Week returns on October 3. This year’s theme: “Choose Your Own Adventure.” Through various activities, students will spend the week learning tips on choosing the right book; the art of storytelling; and how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives and foster empathy. Some of the activities planned for Read In Week include:

  • ​Virtual classroom visits by librarians from the Strathcona County Library.
  • Daily Mystery Reader videos - students can guess the identity of the mystery voice to enter to win a prize.
  • Teacher Swaps - classes will switch teachers for a special read-aloud time.
  • Dramatic Reading - students from our junior high performing arts (drama) classes will visit elementary classes to share stories.
  • Dress Up as Your Favourite Book Character day is on Thursday, October 6th.
  • October 5th will be the day that staff and students are reading in their pajamas!
  • Students will share their reading journeys and pathways by recording book titles on an interactive game board called "What's Your Adventure?"
  • Visit our library display case to play the "Litera-sea Scrabble Adventure Challenge" - students and classes will find scattered Scrabble tiles amongst an 'under the sea' display and create words for chances to win prizes
  • Many classroom-based activities will occur including buddy reading with other classes, read to a stuffy events, other guest readers, and more!

Read In Week is a divisionwide initiative held annually to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to enhance literacy awareness among students, staff, families and community members. Lakeland Ridge School invites all families to participate in Read In Week by reading yourself, with your child or with someone in the community.

Don’t forget to share what you’ve learned. Throughout the week, you can post your own stories about Read In Week using the hashtag #eipsreads.

For more information visit readin.ca.

Sunridge Ski Area - Grade 4, 5 ,6 & 7

As part of the physical education program, all Lakeland Ridge grade 4, 5, 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to spend a day at Sunridge Ski Area in Edmonton. This winter, students will board a bus on January 24, 2023 at 8:45 am for Sunridge Ski Area and return to the school at 3:00 pm. Please sign into ParentPortal, select your Gr 4, 5, 6, 7 student and scroll down to School Items, select Sunridge Ski Fieldtrip – January 24, 2023 and complete.

In order to provide Sunridge Ski Area with our fieldtrip details this form needs to be completed by October 31, 2022.

Please contact the school office at 780.416.9018 if you have any questions.

Wolf Wear is now on Sale!

Visit https://lakelandstudent2022.itemorder.com/shop/home/ to purchase Lakeland Ridges latest Wolf Wear. The store closes mid-October.

Pay School Fees Online!

Lakeland Ridge School fees have now been applied to your child’s student account. Please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account to view and pay these fees. If your child does not stay for lunch at all during the school year contact the office at 780.416.9018 by October 14, 2022, to have the fee removed. If you have already made a payment, please check your account again for any changes/updates.

If a yearbook is desired, please add it to your cart when you pay your school fees.

Fees are due 30 days following assessment as per Administrative Procedure 505 – School and Administrative Fees.

If you are experiencing difficulty in meeting this commitment to pay fees, please contact our Business Manager, Cathy Eyben to arrange installments or review the Division’s fee waiver process on the EIPS website. The deadline for receipt of a Waiver Application is December 15, 2022. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Please check your child’s student account throughout the year for any changes, and/or additions (i.e., Optional Fieldtrips, Athletic Team Fees).

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees and Lakeland Ridge Fees. Alternatively, contact Cathy Eyben, Business Manager at Lakeland Ridge at 780-416-9018.

School Bus Safety Week: October 16-22

Schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week October 16-22. The theme: ‘Make the World Green, Ride Yellow,’ which focuses on transportation choice and the environment. Throughout the week, various activities are planned, including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills.

As part of School Bus Safety Week, Lakeland Ridge reminds students and families all Division school buses are equipped with a bus-pass scanner, GPS technology, the Child Check-Mate system and surveillance equipment, which allows Student Transportation to better monitor and manage its more than 170 buses. Families and students also have access to the Traversa Ride 360 app, a mobile tool to help determine the location of a bus, projected arrival times and when a child is scanned onto a bus.

For more information visit EIPS Student Transportation or contact 780-417-8151.

LLR School Council and Parent Action Society

Thank you to the families who joined us for our September School Council meeting. Congratulations to our school executive members who were elected to our parent group positions for the 2022-23 school year:

April Childs - School Council Chair

Teresa Bladon - Vice Chair

Kerri and Joel Holmes - Secretaries

A reminder that everyone is always welcome and invited to attend our School Council and Parent Action Society (PAS) meetings. Our next PAS meeting is on Tuesday, October 11 in the school library at 6:30PM. We hope to see you there!

Enhancing literacy and numeracy

As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again administering the Star Early Literacy and Star Reading assessment tools in the 2022-23 school year. The Division’s also launching a new assessment, called Star Math. These tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: To provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and identify student learning needs.

Three times a year, EIPS students in Grade 1 complete the Star Early Literacy assessment and students in grades 2-12 complete the Star Reading assessment. Both assessments are administered electronically and take about 20 minutes. Students in grades 2 through 10 also complete the Star Math, a mathematic screening tool. It, too, is administered electronically and takes about 30 minutes for students to complete. The results offer teachers a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required. NOTE: Semester students, complete the Star Math twice, at the start and end of the course.

In addition to the Star assessments, Alberta Education now mandates all students in grades 1-3 complete additional literacy and numeracy assessments. Students in Grade 2 and Grade 3 completed these provincial assessments in September. Grade 1 students will complete the assessments in January 2023. EIPS also administers the assessments to all Grade 4 students to gauge learning loss from the pandemic, which the Division is now analyzing.

The scores of the assessments aren’t used toward a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. The tools simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.

For more information about the Division’s Star and MIPI assessment tools, contact EIPS Supports for Students at 780-464-3477.

Student Medication

If your student requires medication to be accessible at the school such as Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, Reactine, and Tums, please fill out the Medication Management Plan and return it with the medication to Mrs. Desaulniers in the office or email return the form to general.LLR@eips.ca.

Students are not permitted to administer their own medication at school. All medication should be provided in its original packaging and labelled with student’s name. All medication will be stored in the office with administering recorded.

Hot Lunch Order

Welcome to a brand new school year! A special welcome to those families who have just joined our Wolf Pack! We hope you have started to settle in comfortably and feel welcomed in our school!

To start off the school year on the right note, the Lakeland Ridge Parent Action Society (a.k.a. PAS, the fundraising branch of the school) is very excited to be able to bring back our hot lunch program to our students, starting on Monday, October 24th, and then occurring approximately once a month throughout the school year.

This program has proven to be our school’s LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDRAISING year after year, so we strongly encourage all of you to participate! It not only benefits our school directly but it takes a little bit of pressure off you parents from packing lunches day after day! Also, remember that you only have to order for the hot lunch dates that you want your kids to enjoy, not every date! AND we split the year into 4 ordering periods so if you miss a period you can join in again at the next order period.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022, we will be opening the Hot Lunch website (lakelandridge.hotlunches.net) for online orders. We will be accepting orders until the end of day on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2022. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any late orders, as it is crucial that we get the hot lunch orders into the vendors with enough time for them to prepare for them.

For those parents with child(ren) in the Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten (K2) class,


You still order for our Monday hot lunches, however we have made special arrangements for those lunches to be prepared and distributed to your kiddos on Tuesday

If you have any questions please contact our Hot Lunch Coordinator, Kathi Engel via email at lakelandridgehotlunch@gmail.com

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.

School and Division Forms - Permission Click

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.

Counsellors Corner

We would like to highlight the Boys and Girls Club's new Teen Hub. It is located behind the building where Franklin’s Inn used to be. They offer a lot of activity programs. Check out the link for more information.

The "Raise the Grade" program may also be another beneficial activity for our students who are looking for more support after school. They also have a Dungeons and Dragons club every second Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m..

If you have a child who could benefit from these programs we encourage you to check it out.

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