Oct 08
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Oct 8

School Update 

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." 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Oct 11 

Thanksgiving Day (No School) 

Oct 13 

Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars)  

Oct 20 

Picture Re-takes (Lifetouch) 

Oct 21 

School Council (Virtual) 

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? 

  • Help students develop the sensory and motor skills necessary for learning readiness and for mastery of the environment 

  • Improve student’s ability to maneuver and function in their environment 

  • 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 

  • This is supported via modeling, and by physically prompting and facilitating students to acquire the skill  

Student Survey 

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 (drlaidlaw@cbe.ab.ca


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