To the students and families of MRS,
On Tuesday, October 5th, the students and staff of Maple Ridge School participated in the annual Terry Fox Run. We could not have asked for a more beautiful fall day to honour one of Canada's greatest heroes.
Prior to completing the running portion, students took to the outdoor learning space for both a physical and mental warm-up. As they warmed up their bodies for the physical run, students were encouraged to walk along the fence to read about the many accomplishments of Terry Fox and mentally prepare for their adventure ahead. Students then took to the south soccer field during their scheduled gym blocks, where they were given the option of two running courses.
Thank you for the generous donations that came in to support cancer research and quest in finding a cure. The students and staff at Maple Ridge School should be extremely proud of all their efforts. We certainly did 'Try Like Terry."
David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil
Upcoming Important Dates
Motor Lab: Ready Bodies, Learning Minds
We are excited to announce that through a partnership with our school physical and occupational therapists (PT/OT), Maple Ridge School is in the process of designing and implementing a Motor Lab for our students. A Motor Lab gives students the experiences they need to build skills for more complex learning activities. Motor Lab promotes self-organization of the sensory and motor foundations that lead to the learning of academics. Additionally, think of all the scientific learning that can come from this opportunity!
What are the goals of the Motor Lab? Why is Motor Lab important?
This leads to better performances in tasks such as sitting still, printing, paying attention, speaking, and behavior
Stimulate their sensory systems
Enable better control of themselves to attain attention to task, and accomplish tasks by making students aware of their environment
Learn about the sensations of their own movements
Create a foundational base for the skill building of physical education
Build a foundational structure for the acquisition of academic skills
PT/OT collaborate and coach alongside the classroom team to help students learn the routine and to do the activities correctly
Our school will be participating in an online school perception survey for students called the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. This student survey allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, school environment, and school improvement programs. Based on their feedback, students can be involved in action plans fostering increased student engagement
Participation in the survey is voluntary, however, all students are encouraged to participate.
If you have questions or would like to request more information about the upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact David Laidlaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)