Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!
Friday, October 8, 2021
Hello Lakeland Ridge families,
Just a reminder that there are no classes Monday, October 11, as schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you all have an opportunity to celebrate with your loved ones (however that may look this year). Wishing everyone a great and safe long weekend!
Upcoming Dates and Events
Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day & Hot Lunch Orders deadline
Oct. 11: Thanksgiving Day (schools and Central Services closed to staff and students)
Oct 12: School Council 6:30 p.m. / PAS Meeting (AGM) 7:30 p.m.
School Council Agenda here
Oct. 18: Election Day
Oct. 18: Professional Learning Day (No School)
Oct. 21: Grade 6 Immunizations
Oct 26: ICON Picture Retakes (Entire School)
Oct 26, 27 & 28: Parent-Teacher Interviews (More information to follow soon)
Oct. 27: - ICON Picture Retakes (ECS Group A)
Oct. 27: - Gr. 9 Spell-a-thon - Blocks 5&6 Mukluk Gym
Nov. 3 - Early Dismissal & Take Our Kids to Work Day
Hot Lunch Orders - Extended
Great News! LLR Hot Lunch Program deadline has been extended. It will remain open until this Sunday, October 10 at 11:59pm.
Please see the attachment for instructions on how to order. If you have any questions, please email our Hot Lunch Coordinator, Kathi Engel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students have made posters with positive messages which they will show the seniors during their visit. Please ensure your child packs a lunch on Tuesday and dresses appropriately, as they will be outside the entire visit, approximately 30 minutes. We believe the seniors will enjoy seeing the faces of their students.
- Maks are mandatory for all staff and students in kindergarten through Grade 12.
- Any and all visitors to EIPS schools and buildings must adhere to EIPS’ mandatory masking requirement.
Updated COVID Health Checklist
The government has updated the daily health checklist. Please review the new checklist and print a copy for yourself to keep at home.
The main change relates to household contacts of COVID-19 cases.
If you are not fully immunized and are a household contact of a COVID-19 case, you should stay home for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms.
A household contact is a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, someone who is a caregiver or an intimate or sexual partner of a COVID-19 case. For children, it also includes siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.
If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of sense of taste or smell you are required to isolate for 10 days as per the current CMOH Order OR receive a negative COVID-19 test and feel better before returning to work or activities.
Visitors in Schools
All visitors, couriers, and contractors must sign in at the front main doors and check-in at the office, complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and be wearing a mask properly.
If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” DO NOT enter the school or workplace.
Similarly, if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye, nausea —DO NOT enter an EIPS-operated school or workplace.
Proof of vaccinations and negative tests for volunteers
Please be advised the requirements for proof of vaccination and testing in the EIPS Operations Guidelines have been changed, effective today:
Proof of Vaccination:
Unvaccinated staff may be required, under occupational health and safety requirements, to take additional precautions. Additionally, all EIPS schools require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result, from volunteers. The negative COVID-19 test must be a privately paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid test and completed within 72 hours. No school will accept a test result from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
Visitors, Volunteers and Service Providers Entering EIPS:
Visitors, volunteers and contractors are permitted in the school or workplace as long as they have a specific reason for being there and follow the site-visitor protocol—appointments are recommended. As well, anyone entering an EIPS school or building must complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, sign the visitor log and sanitize hands. Masks are mandatory in all schools, buses and EIPS-operated buildings. For deliveries, offload at the designated location.
All EIPS schools require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result, from volunteers. The negative COVID-19 test must be a privately paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid test and completed within 72 hours. No school will accept a test result from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
Pay School Fees Online!
School fee information for the 2021-22 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. 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 them online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.
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 fees and more.
If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees and Lakeland Ridge Fees. Alternatively, contact Cathy Eyben at Lakeland Ridge School at 780-416-9018.
LAKELAND RIDGE LOCAL LOYALTY FUNDRAISER
Hello Lakeland Ridge Families!
We just wanted to send an update for all of the families regarding The Local Loyalty Card Fundraiser. All sales need to be in by October 15, end of day,
Queen of Hearts Presents The Local Loyalty Royal Flush! Want to have a chance of winning a $500 gift card of your choice? Queen of Hearts will do a draw for any family that sells over 10 loyalty cards!!! The top selling 5 students will also receive a lower denomination gift card of their choice for all their hard work! And remember, your child’s school will receive $15 back for each card sold to go towards their fundraising program!! It’s a win win!! You’re supporting local, saving at places you already frequent and help your child’s school fundraise for the items they need!!
School Council and PAS (Parent Action Society) Update
School Council Executive for the 2021-22 School Year
- Chair - April Childs
- Vice-Chair - Teresa Bladon
- Secretary - Kerri Holmes
Our next School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting virtually using Microsoft Teams. Following our School Council meeting, we will hold our first PAS meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. We will be selecting our new PAS Executive at this time. We hope to see you there!
Meet the Staff
To avoid gathering in large groups due to the rising numbers of COVID-19, we decided to create a virtual Meet the Staff presentation. All staff members have created a short video introducing themselves. The videos have been collated on Google Slides and can be accessed using this link. The slideshow works best in “Present” mode. You can utilize “Present” mode by clicking “Present” on the upper right-hand corner. We hope you enjoy the videos and getting to know our staff.
ATHLETICS UPDATE FOR 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Our Athletics Schedule is constantly being updated, please reference our athletics calendar for upcoming information.
All home games and select away games will be broadcast via Livestream by the host school. Our home games will be live on our YouTube channel.
In order to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 during EIPS athletic events, spectators are not permitted at practices and games at this time. We ask that when dropping off or picking up student athletes outside the school, parents and guardians maintain a 2-metre distance from other families.
This will be consistent in all EIPS buildings as we follow the Metro Athletics guide.
Lakeland Ridge Jr High Agendas
The agenda is an important classroom tool in school as it helps with communication between the school and home and assists students with organization and preparation. We have a limited amount of Jr High LLR agendas. The agendas are available on a first-come, first-served basis until our supply has been depleted. A form went home with each Jr High student, if you wish to have an agenda for your Jr High student, complete and return to the office.
Improving Home-School Communication
Municipal Election 2021: Vote October 18
The next municipal election, which includes the election of local school board trustees, takes place on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. It’s your opportunity to get involved in public education by casting your vote for a public school trustee.
EIPS Trustee Election information
Electors can cast their votes for municipal candidates—mayors, reeves, councillors, as applicable—and school board trustee candidates—public or separate. Voting stations are typically open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each municipality conducts the election for its residents and establishes formal voting station hours and procedures.
To learn more about election day procedures in your area, including opportunities for advance voting and voting by special ballot, visit: