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Maple Ridge Weekly Update | May 20

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To the students and families of MRS,   
This week was filled with excitement as we hosted our first ever MRS Science Olympics. The day began with a virtual assembly where Piggy and Gerald reminded all the students that the goal for the day was focused on our Pillars of Care: 
Taking Care of this Place 
Taking Care of Self 
​Taking Care of Each other 
This assembly was followed by a schoolwide parade where classes proudly showed off their created flags and represented their team by wearing either green, yellow, red, black, or blue representing the Olympic Rings.  During the day, students from K-2 and Grade 3-4 were mixed and participated in three separate STEM challenges. The engagement levels in these tasks were unbelievable. For our closing ceremonies, we had our first ever in-person assembly in the gym. For some of our students, this was the first time they have experienced this. After watching a slideshow of pictures from throughout the day, students got to watch as science was put into action. What was this science in action you ask? Well, check out our Scientific Interest section below as you could also complete the elephant toothpaste demonstration with your children.  Yours in science, David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil  Upcoming Important Dates  May 20  Non-instruction Day (no school for students)  May 23  Victoria Day (School Closed)  May 26  School Council @ 6:30  May 30  Healthy Hunger - Subway  June 9  Kindergarten Orientation (New Date)  June 10  Healthy Hunger - Just Around the Bend  June 20  Healthy Hunger -Little Caesar  June 24 Sports Day June 28  Grade 4 Farewell | Last Day of School  Bus Registration 2022-2023 
If your child will be riding the bus to school for the 2022-2023 school year, you must pre-register by June 8 in order to ensure service starts on the first day of school. More information on how to pre-register, service levels and fees can be found here.  
Scientific Insert 
During our closing ceremony 5 students, representing each colour team, joined Ms.McNeil on stage to demonstrate the making of Elephant Toothpaste. Using household ingredients students watched a chemical reaction occur when a catalyst (yeast and warm water) reacted with 3% hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Each student was responsible for adding the catalyst to each bottle and the only variable that was different was the colour of the food colouring added to the solution.  
How might you turn this demo into an experiment? 
What would happen if you used 6% hydrogen peroxide or different shaped containers? 
What variable could you change?  
Ms.McNeil and Mr.Laidlaw would love to hear about your experimental ideas!  
Indigenous Ways of Being 
Timelines in the Western way are linear and move between BCE & CE. In the Blackfoot way, timelines move circular with major events dictated by terms such as the Dog Days, Horse Days and would be maintained by the War Chief of each clan. A buffalo robe or large boulder would be used for the pictographs and referred to as a Winter Count. There is a book written about the Winter Count by Paul Raczka.

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Maple Ridge Students and Families - we miss you! Have a safe and relaxing summer. See you in the fall.

If you are planning on coming to the school on Wednesday to pick up personal belongings, here are some things you should know. Assigned pick up times, are by last name: A-F 8:30-10:30 G-M 10:30-12:30 N-S 12:30-2:30 T-Z 2:30-4:30

Thank you to those families who came out to the grade 1 celebration of learning today. They have been learning all about cause and effect by designing Rube Goldberg machines. They are then transferring their learning to what cause and effect looks like in an ecosystem.

Learning the science of wetlands and ecosystems today through drama. Thanks to @Evergreen_Th for inspiring our thinking and your creative story telling.

It was a #pinkshirt kind of day. Many of our students were engaged in fantastic conversations about the power of collective kindness. Way to go Maple Ridge!

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10203 Maplemont Rd SE Calgary, AB, T2J 1W3
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David Laidlaw
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Sandra McNeil
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Ann Ard
Nancy Close

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