May 13
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | May 14

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,   

With our first week completed in our return to online learning, we can certainly say that we are missing students and staff in our building.  

With this lack of connection, we have reached out to your teachers to arrange a time for us to come to your classroom next week. We are excited to share a little science, some movement, and one of our favorite stories. 

Parents, to help guide our planning for next year, we are asking our families to please engage in a quick survey.  The deadline for this survey will be Wednesday, May 19.  We appreciate that this is a very short timeline, but it will enable us to have accurate and meaningful information to complete our planning by the end of the month. 

Parent Survey for 2021-2022 School Year 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates  

May 7 – May 24 

·         MRS At-Home Learning 

May 21 

·         Non-instructional Day  

May 24 

·         Vicotria Day (No School)  

May 25 

·         Return to In-Person Learning 

May 27 

·         School Council @ 6:30 

                              

Pre-Registration for 2021-22 Transportation 

Yellow school bus service levels and proposed fees for the 2021-22 school year are now available. Service levels will remain the same as the current school year. The proposed fees are lower than last year and have been subsidized by the transportation surplus from the current school year. For our school, the fees are as follows: 

·         Kindergarten ($232.50) one-way transportation 

·         Grade 1-4 ($465)  

Pre-registration is available using MyCBE / PowerSchool. Families must register by June 6 for students to be added to routes for the start of the school year. Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline; however, students are added to the closest existing stop with available space. Processing times could be up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume.  

As a reminder, the Z-Pass card is a multi-year card. Please keep it in a safe place over the summer so it is ready to use the first day of school.  

Next Year Planning 

As we prepare for the year ahead, we are entering the early stages of planning for our classroom configurations.  If there are specific learning considerations we should know about your child when planning class lists, we would appreciate your input.  Requests for specific teachers should not be made, as honoring these requests is often difficult.  Staffing changes can vary from year to year in terms of who is teaching at our school and what grades they are assigned to teach.  

Please put your requests in writing and email them to drlaidlaw@cbe.ab.ca no later than Thursday, May 20th, 2021.  While no guarantees can be made, we will make every effort to consider your request.  Please be assured that we put many hours into ensuring classes have the best possible configurations to support the learning of all students. 

May 07
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | May 7

  • School Update 

    To the students and families of MRS,  

    Today marks the first day of our return to an online learning environment.  With this change, we want to support our families and minimize any stress that you may be feeling. What we have heard from many of our families is that creating a schedule is helpful in terms of being able to support your child in completing the assigned tasks. 

    From a technical perspective, more information about the Google Classroom and Google Meets can be found here CBE Technical Support for Students and Parents.  If you are struggling with connection and login issues, you can connect with Parent Technical Support.  

    With most staff members working from home, the best way to connect with teachers will be through email.  Our administrative team will be working from school and can be contacted via phone or email.  The school office will be open between 8:30am and 4:00pm (Monday – Thursday) and 8:30am and 2:00pm (Friday) 

    We thank you again for your continued support and we hope all families are staying well and staying safe. 

    Kind regards, 

    David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

    Upcoming Important Dates 

    May 7 – May 24 

    • MRS At-Home Learning 

    May 21 

    • Non-instructional Day  

    May 24 

    • Vicotria Day (No School)  

    May 25 

    • Return to In-Person Learning 

    May 27 

    • School Council @ 6:30 

    Access to Technology 

    Families who require access to technology, we have a limited number of iPad’s available to be signed out for the duration of online learning. If your student requires a loaner device, please email Sandy McNeil as soon as possible. samcneil@cbe.ab.ca.   

    Scientific Insert 

    Have you ever wondered how water from the ground gets to the leaves on a tree? Do you love rainbows? Do you love experiments? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the perfect experiment for you to try at home.  

    The Science Behind a Walking Rainbow 

    For this experiment, you would need the following: 

    • 6 cups 

    • Water 

    • Paper Towel 

    • Scissors (optional) 

    • Spoon 

    • Food Coloring ​

Apr 30
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | April 30

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

We want to begin our weekly update with a thank-you to all families. This past week, families have been responsive to our requests around traffic and student safety and have been patient and understanding as we have had to navigate recent cases of COVID-19. 

We also want to share that Earth Day on April 22nd served as a kickoff to a variety of school-wide initiatives including Tomatosphere, a beautification project, tracking our walking kilometers per grade and outdoor iLab experiences.  

We look forward to sharing these experiences with you in the coming weeks. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

May 5 

  • Hats on for Awareness 

May 21 

  • Non-instructional Day  

May 24 

  • Vicotria Day (No School)  

May 27 

  • School Council @ 6:30 

Lockdown Practice 

The safety of all students and staff of Maple Ridge School is of great importance. To that end, we have been working to establish appropriate safety measures for the various situations that may occur and affect our staff and students. 

As a school, we are required to have a minimum of six fire drills each school year and two practice lockdowns.  The practice lockdown we completed this morning was with the support of the Calgary Police Service. Staff instruct students regarding their role during a drill of this kind, and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building during a lockdown procedure. 

Teachers are trained in first aid and have thoroughly reviewed emergency plans with the children. We appreciate your support on these very important matters. 

Tomatosphere 

Tomatosphere is a nationwide experiment involving tomato seeds that have been on the International Space Station and Tomato seeds that have remained on Earth in search of an answer to the question:  

HOW DOES EXPOSURE TO THE SPACE ENVIRONMENT AFFECT THE NUMBER OF TOMATO SEEDS THAT GERMINATE? 

Classrooms will be planting their seeds next week and will begin looking for signs of germination and documenting their observations.  

For more information about Tomatosphere check out their site: http://tomatosphere.letstalkscience.ca/. This is also the site where we will enter our results. 

Hats on for Awareness  

On Wednesday May 5th, students are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. We will work in our learning communities to help students name, express, and deal with emotions. Together, we will normalize embracing all our emotions – whether they feel good or challenging or difficult because it is all part of being human! 

Lost and Found 

If your child is missing any personal belongings, please click our virtual Lost and Found to search for any items you might recognize and email the school at mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca to have the items returned to your child. ​

Apr 23
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | April 23

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

At the beginning of this week, we had our second confirmed positive case of Covid-19. While we were truly fortunate to have made it until April without a confirmed case, we recognize that this is a reminder as to why we have our protocols in place. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that a follow-up inspection by AHS has confirmed our protocols are in line with AHS Guidelines and Recommendations and are being followed correctly. 

With these confirmed cases of COVID-19, we would like to take this opportunity to support student safety and to decrease the mixing of cohorts by reminding our families that the playground equipment is off limits before and after school. As we are working hard to maintain the integrity of the cohorts during school hours, we ask that you help us to maintain social distancing between cohorts and refrain from using the playground before and after school. 

We are also asking for our families to support us by ensuring that parent conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment as identified in Section 32 of the Education Act. 

Conduct is also important to consider in high traffic locations during pick up and drop off times. We have been receiving messages from our families that express concern with speed, illegal U-turns, not yielding at the crosswalk, and stopping in no stopping zone. As the safety of our students is of utmost importance, we remind all families to follow the rules of the road and encourage anyone who notices behavior that is not complying with these rules to connect with the proper authorities. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

April 26 

  • Non-instructional Day  

May 21 

  • Non-instructional Day  

May 24 

  • Vicotria Day (No School)  

No School Monday, April 26th (CBE System PD Day) 

This is a friendly reminder that there is no school for our students (in-person or online) on Monday, April 26, as it is a System Professional Development Day. Students will return to learning on Tuesday, April 27. 

Fire Drills and Lockdown  

Fire drills are a long-standing expectation of everyone who congregates in a setting such as a school. We are required to have a minimum of six fire drills each school year. So far this year we have practiced four fire drills. Our students and staff treat each drill as though it was the real thing and we are very proud of their performance during those drills. Teachers keep class lists with them during all drills and attendance is always taken.  

Another important safety procedure we need to practice is known as a “lockdown”. We are going to practice our second lockdown of the year at 9:30am on Friday April 30th, 2021. The teachers will be instructing students regarding their role during this drill. No one is allowed to enter or leave the building during a lockdown procedure.  

Practicing is an opportunity for us to learn so we are prepared for any circumstance that may arise.  

School Budget and Fee Engagement Opportunity 

Last week we sent out a link for a parent engagement survey regarding our school budget and fees for the upcoming 2021-2022 year. If you haven’t yet, we ask that you please consider taking a few minutes to provide your input on the allocation of funding. 

The survey itself takes an average of seven minutes to complete. Please click here to begin the survey and provide your feedback.

Apr 16
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | April 16

School Update

To the students and families of MRS,  

We sure have missed the constant buzz of students attending field studies and engaging in learning beyond the walls of the school. With the warm weather upon us, teachers have been tirelessly planning upcoming walking trips for students to experience. Stay tuned for more information about your child’s upcoming experiences.  

On-site, grade teams have continued to bring science to life each day. The kindergarten students have been investigating dinosaurs, learning to draw scientific sketches including specific labels. 

Bird watching in our naturalization area is where you will find some of our grade 1 students. They have been creating homes for birds in order to draw more species to our front yard. Moving from sky to sea, in preparation for the Yellow Fish Road program, the grade 2 students have been exploring water filtration systems, by creating their own filters to clean polluted water.  

This past week Grade 3 classrooms prepared for the addition of their pet Praying Mantids to their classrooms. On Wednesday, we welcomed Neil Armstrong, Pickles and Hunter to the Maple Ridge School community. Keen observation will allow these students to witness the life cycle of this fascinating invertebrate.  

While the grade three students were researching and observing their new pets, the grade 4 students have been immersed in the design thinking process as they set their sights on designing a vehicle that will travel the greatest distance with only the momentum of a ramp. After numerous prototypes, modifications and tests the students have been honing their designs to make their vehicles more effective each time.  

We are looking forward to watching these little scientists continue to imagine, inquire, innovate and inspire!  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

April 22 

  • School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (Virtual) 

  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm Virtual 

April 22 

  • Earth Day 

April 26 

  • Non-instructional Day  

May 24 

  • Vicotria Day (No School)  

Covid-19 Update 

Thank you to our students, families and teachers who experienced their first quarantine period due to a positive case in our school. Our thoughts are with the family directly affected. We will welcome students and teachers back next week to in-person learning.  

We continue to remind families to follow the guidance of AHS by administering the check list each morning prior to attending school, reminding students to wear their masks properly and wash their hands diligently. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.                             

School Budge and Fee Engagement Opportunity 

The purpose of this online engagement is to gather feedback from parents on school budgets and school fees to help inform the decisions we make while complying with legislated and operational expectations. When students, staff and parents work closely together, students experience greater success in achieving their goals. 

The survey itself takes an average of seven minutes to complete. Please click here to begin the survey and provide your feedback. 

Earth Day – April 22 

Teachers and students are planning a variety of activities in honour of Earth Day. 

This is an opportunity for students to learn about environmental stewardship as they consider how we care for this place. More information about the Earth Day initiative in Candad can be found here: https://earthday.ca/ 

Scientific Interest  

Did you know Praying Mantids can swivel their head 180 degrees? The Praying Mantis gets its name from how it holds its forearms.  

Check out these interesting facts about the newest residents of Maple Ridge School. 


Apr 09
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | April 9

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all families for their support as we have had to navigate our first positive case of Covid-19. We are thankful that we were able to make it to April without any cases of Covid-19 and we hope to use our weekly update to provide some clarity around the multiple emails that you have received.  

With the notification from a parent/guardian of a positive case, our school sends out a Calgary Board of Education Pre-Alert Notification to all families of students who, with the support of our CBE Covid Team, have been identified as a close contact. A General Community Pre-Alert letter is then sent out to all other families that were not identified as a close contact. The close contact list that the school creates is shared with AHS who reviews the information and confirms the dates of exposure and the lift date of isolation. Once this is confirmed by AHS, we send out another letter on behalf of AHS confirming the previous letter. 

In summary, this means that for one positive case, there are 2 to 3 letters that the families will receive depending on whether your child was a close contact or not.   

We remain vigilant in our efforts to keep everyone safe in our schools and want to thank everyone again for their support. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

April 22 
  • School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (Virtual) 
  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm Virtual 
April 22 
  • Earth Day 
April 26 
  • Non-instructional Day  ​


Mar 26
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | March 26

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

Spring has arrived and the energy in the building today was the epitome of spring fever. The etymological root of the word spring comes from Old English springan “to leap, burst forth, fly up; spread, grow” which is what we are seeing from the students everyday as they grow both in their learning and in their height!  An example of this is the underground newspaper that has "burst forth” from students in grade 4.  The pages are full of breaking news stories, comics and engaging activities. Just today the publication of the first issue prompted additional newspaper companies to compete for readership. We are excited to see this student initiative evolve after spring break.  

Our wish for all the families of MRS is a week full of family time in the outdoors as you observe and embrace the signs of spring.  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

March 26 

  • Last Day of Classes/ Spring Break Begins 

April 6 

  • Classes Resume 

April 22 

  • School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (Virtual) 

  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm Virtual 

April 22 

  • Earth Day 

April 26 

  • Non-instructional Day  


CBE CARES (Collaboration for Anti-Racism and Equity)  

The importance of the work being undertaken by CBE CARES and the entire CBE organization cannot be understated. Christopher Usih has shared a recent update about the work happening and the responsibility we have as staff in schools to take up the work in a good way with generosity and a commitment to providing a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe environment for our students.  

Scientific Interest  

Check out this time-lapse video titled Spring. 

Mar 19
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Mar 19

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

As we approach spring break, it is difficult not to be reminded that we have been living with the pandemic fora year. Spring break last year was full of uncertainty about the future of face-to-face learning. After a year of learning and navigating within our COVID-19 re-entry plan, we could not be more thankful to all of you for entrusting us with your students. There is a feeling of hopefulness and excitement about the spring weather which also means more opportunities for learning outdoors.  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

March 20 

  • Spring Equinox  

March 26 

  • Last Day of Classes/ Spring Break Begins 

April 6 

  • Classes Resume 

April 22 

  • School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (Virtual) 

  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm Virtual 

April 22 

  • Earth Day 

Be Active, Be Strong, Be Ready to Learn 

Our School Development Plan for 2020-2021 has both a Wellness Goal, and a Literacy Goal.  For our Wellness Goal, the theory of action states that if students are self-regulated, then they will feel safe at school.  As part of our learning resource strategy, we have been working with OT and PT professionals to better understand and incorporate ‘Be Active, Be Strong, Be Ready to Learn’.  This work has led to the creation of floor tape movement courses that weave through our hallways and can be used by small groups or individual students. With a sense of purpose as they navigate the hallways, students can build strength, endurance, coordination, and body awareness through purposeful movement in a structured framework.  

Spring Equinox 

This Saturday, March 20th at 3:37am, marks the first day of spring.  Spring equinox is the event when the tilt in the earth makes it so that the sun is now crossing into the Nothern Hemisphere. For us, this will lead to longer periods of daylight and warming temperatures. 

Alberta Education Assurance Survey 2021 

Every year Alberta Education sends an important survey to all parents and legal guardians of our students in Grade 4.  This survey replaced the former Accountability Survey and will be available for parents/legal guardians March 25 to April 23, 2021. 

Grade 4 students and certificated staff at Maple Ridge will have the chance to complete this survey online at school. 

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Next Year | Thinking of Online Learning? Survey: Please help us prepare 

To help CBE prepare for next year, please complete a short survey about whether you are planning to transfer your student to CBe-learn for the 2021-22 school year. The survey is about your current intention only (not a commitment). It does not determine where your child will attend school; however, your responses are very helpful. 
Please complete the online survey by March 25, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. 

Mar 12
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | March 12

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

With the beautiful weather that is upon us, we hope that this email finds you outside enjoying the sunshine. We are optimistic that this warm weather will help reduce the icy areas that surround our building.  In the meantime, we will continue to gravel and salt these slippery areas and we remind everyone to stay safe and remain cautious. 

We also want to take this opportunity to thank our MRS families for being a part of their child's learning by participating in the Parent/Teacher Conferences yesterday and today.  A big part of the success for our students is when our families show interest in their learning and celebrate their successes. 

If you were unable to book an appointment or were unable to attend the one that you had, we encourage you to email your child's teacher to create another virtual meeting. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

March 14 
March 18 
  • School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (Virtual) 
  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm Virtual 
March 20 
  • Spring Equinox  
March 26  
  • Last Day of Classes/ Spring Break Begins 

Pi Day  

03/14 has emerged as a special day for mathematicians and those that love the beautiful ratio of Pi. This Sunday is a great day to eat pizza or pie with your families and maybe watch this quick video: Pi for Kids | What is Pi | Pi Day March 14th | 22/7  

Happy Pi Day!!  

Spring Equinox: A Time for New Beginnings 

Below is a beautiful excerpt from our Indigenous Education Team that speaks to Spring Equinox. 

The upcoming spring equinox on March 20th marks an important passage of time. As shared by Elder saa'kokoto, soon the snow will melt, the ice will break, and the first thunder will be heard, bringing songs and ceremony to Blackfoot Territory. Circle teachings often connect the colour yellow to the East and the season of spring.  

These teachings differ between Indigenous cultures, but one thing remains constant, that the bright yellow of the sun rises in the East each morning, bringing with it a new day and new possibilities. The season of spring is much the same - a time of new beginnings as life begins again for the plants and animals who have rested through the winter and are just awakening, and for the new babies who will be welcomed into the natural world. For us two legged beings, perhaps it is a time of awakening as well. The new season is an opportunity to move on from any darkness in our lives, and to embrace the light and new possibilities surrounding us. 

Masks 

Please make sure that your child is sent to school with one mask and one back-up mask every day.  Unfortunately, we do not have an endless supply of masks for students who forget, soil, or damage their masks during the day.  

Mar 05
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | March 5

School Update 

 

To the students and families of MRS,  

 

We would like to take this opportunity to share a friendly reminder with our families about the importance of beginning the school day on time. What we have noticed is that some of our students are consistently arriving late for school in the morning.  While 5-10 minutes may not seem like a significant amount of time, this can add up to the equivalent of a week worth of instruction by the end of the year. Additionally, arriving late to the classroom can lead to missing initial instructions for activities and for the context being established for the day. We encourage our families who are finding getting to school on time to be a challenge to consider what adjustments need to be made to arrive on time.  

 

As a reminder: 

  • Doors Open for Staggered Entrance at 8:45am 

  • Classes begin at 8:53am 

 

We thank you for your support with this and wish you a wonderful weekend with the warm weather we have been promised. 

 

Kind regards, 

 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

 

Upcoming Important Dates 

 

March 11, 12 

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences  

March 14 

March 18 

  • School Council Meeting 6:30 pm (Virtual) 

  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm Virtual 

March 26  

  • Last Day of Classes/ Spring Break Begins  

                                

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

As our students move further into their learning, we would like to invite all parents to join us for upcoming virtual conferences. 

 

  • Thursday, March 11 (3:30pm - 7:30pm) 

  • Early Dismissal for Students (8:53am – 12:30pm) 

  • Friday, March 12 (8:00am – 12:00pm) 

  • No School for Students 

 

Online registration for meeting times became available through MyCBE/PowerSchool as of Thursday, March 4 at 4:00pm. 

 

To join the online conference, open the conference confirmation email or the calendar invitation. Scroll to the connection link and click the link Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. If the conference confirmation email has been misplaced, parents can obtain all conference details by logging into School Conferences via their MyCBE/PowerSchool account. 

 

Note: The “Start Meeting” link for joining the conference will only appear 5 minutes before the conference scheduled start time. 

 

Masks 

Please make sure that your child is sent to school with one mask and one back-up mask every day.  Unfortunately, we do not have an endless supply of masks for students who forget, soil, or damage their masks during the day.  

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Maple Ridge Students and Families - we miss you! Have a safe and relaxing summer. See you in the fall. https://t.co/3BcyLlMUzs

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 https://t.co/KlcRUBqHKC

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. https://t.co/vIasS9Wo8I

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! https://t.co/beX1EgXCyV