Lakeland Ridge Weekly Update!

Friday, September 24, 2021

Hello Lakeland Ridge families,


We have had a lot of great activities going on at Lakeland Ridge School. We had a busy week with the Terry Fox Run, several volleyball games and have started working on our musical.


This upcoming week, there will be no school on Thursday, September 30th in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation. Creating a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation fulfills Call to Action #80 that states, “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” This day is commemorative and solemn in nature. It is not like the celebratory nature of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21. It is closer to Remembrance Day in its focus and feeling.


At school, we will be honoring Orange Shirt Day on September 29th. A whole school program will be done over announcements, students will be creating art work and will engage in an outdoor story walk.


Good luck to all the volleyball teams playing this upcoming week. Go Wolves go!


Have a great weekend.

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.

Mask Reminder

  • 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.


Please carefully read the EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22 and EIPS Operations Frequently Asked Questions documents that were sent out to families.

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.

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 pm. 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 pm. We will be selecting our new PAS Executive at this time. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates and Events

Sept 28. - Sr. Girls Volleyball Game 4pm & Sr. Boys Volleyball Game 5pm

Sept. 29 - Orange Shirt Day; Jr. Boys Volleyball Game 4pm & Jr. Girs Volleyball game 5pm

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Schools closed)

Oct. 4-8 - Read-In Week

Oct. 5 - World Teacher's Day

Oct. 6 - Early Dismissal (dismissal 1:55 p.m.)

Oct. 21 - Grade 6 Immunizations

Oct 26 - ICON Picture Retakes (Entire School)

Oct 26-28 - Parent-Teacher Interviews

Lost & Found

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.

Volleyball Game LLR vs RHJ

Yearbooks

For the students who graduated Grade 9, their yearbooks have been forwarded on to their corresponding High School. There are still a couple of yearbooks available to purchase for $30. Please contact the office to purchase one.

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.

Indigenous News

September 2021

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation | Deadline to register October 3

Experiences Canada is hosting a virtual Youth Leadership Forum October 13-17. The event will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, ages 14-25, from across the country to develop Reconciliation projects to undertake in their own communities. Registrations are being accepted until October 3. Please connect with your school’s lead teacher for details on supports for students if their registration is accepted. For youth who feel internet connectivity issues might be a barrier, please email forums@experiencescanada.ca so we can discuss ways we can support your participation. Further information and registration can be found on Experiences Canada website.

Strathcona County Family and Community Services have been reaching out to different community groups, organizations and businesses in Strathcona County with respect to understanding their experience with COVID over the past year. Some of the groups they’re looking to hear from are newcomer families/individuals, seniors, LGBTQ2+, persons with disabilities and Indigenous Peoples. Specifically, they’re looking to hear about their experiences with COVID and the impact it has had on their lives. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in sharing your experience as part of this project, contact Audra.Holm@strathcona.ca.

Direct Student Support

Métis Nation of Alberta Gear up for School Program Is your child Métis? Is your child attending preschool, kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 2 this school year? The MNA is once again offering free school supply kits. Click on the link to read more about the program and access the registration form.

Successful applicants for the Gear Up for School 2021 program will meet the following criteria:

  • All children receiving school supplies through this program must be entering preschool, kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 2 in the 2021-22 school year.

  • Successful applicants and their children must currently reside in Alberta and provide an Alberta mailing address on the application form.

  • Either the parent/guardian applicant or the child receiving a backpack must be an MNA citizen (or citizens).

From skills courses to wellness kits, discover all the MNA Youth Services has to offer free to all Métis ages 12-29.


Jordan’s Principle Learn more about Jordan’s Principle and the funding supports available for First Nations children—visit the Assembly of First Nations and Government of Canada resources.


Resources of Interest

Edmonton Indigenous Relations Bulletin Stay up-to-date on events and initiatives in the Edmonton area—subscribe to the City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Relations Community Bulletin.


Indigenous Art Adventures Cree artist Lance Cardinal is continuing his online art and language show, Indigenous Art Adventures, for young people and their families. His latest show will be live on Saturday, September 11 at 2 p.m., when he’ll share the Cree word for fall and will lead children on a fall leaf art project. The show, as well as previous episodes, is available on the Aboriginal Congress of Alberta Association’s Facebook page.


Virtual Family Gatherings We’re grateful to Elder Wilson Bearhead and the family members who attended our virtual parent gatherings last school year. We look forward to continuing the conversation and welcoming new families to our virtual circle. We’ll share this year’s schedule in our next newsletter.

Bell Schedule

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Lakeland Ridge 2021-25 School Education Plan