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Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Oct 22

​School Update 
To the students and families of MRS,  
The measure of effective teacher professional learning is the impact it has on student learning and experiences. The impact of our system-wide professional learning dedicated to Indigenous Education was evident on Thursday when the grade 4’s ventured to Carburn park for the afternoon. The students started their time in a good way with a land acknowledgement followed by engaging in a sit spot. These experiences created space for students to use their keen observations skills as scientists in the field and simultaneously connect with Indigenous ways of knowing. The grade 3 team is planning a similar experience next week.  
We invite you to spend some time on the land this weekend and ask your child to share why they think we acknowledge the land before gatherings.  
Kind regards, 
David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 
Upcoming Important Dates 
Oct 29 
Costume/PJ Day 
Nov 4 
Healthy Hunger – Extreme Pita 
Nov 11 
Remembrance Day (No School) 
Nov 18 
Virtual School Council 
Nov 19 
Healthy Hunger – Just Around the Bend  
Kindergarten Included 
Nov 25-26 
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Nov 29 
Healthy Hunger- Boston Pizza 
Dairy and Gluten Free Options 
Lunchroom Registration 
As a friendly reminder, all parents will need to register their students for lunch supervision through Power School.  If you have not done so yet, this needs to be completed by Oct 29th, 2021.To do this, click on Student Fees and Service Registration. From here, click on your child(s) name and scroll to the bottom to Register for the 4 Day Lunch Program. 
Science Alternative Program Fee (Update) 
Prior to the pandemic, Maple Ridge School was to charge a flat science fee rate of $200 for Gr 1-4, and $100 for kindergarten. This flat fee allows us to take advantage of trips that we may not have predicted prior to the start of the year. Also, when calculating field trip costs, teachers take the price of the trip and the price of the bus, dividing it against the number of students. The school is still charged for the trip, even if students do not attend.  
Last year we were unable to participate in field trips in a traditional sense, and as a response, we temporarily reduced the Science Alternative Fee to $75 (Grade 1-4) and $40 (Kindergarten).  
With our current situation, and through conversation at our school council meeting, we have decided that we will continue with our temporary rates from last year. 
(Temporary Flat Rate of $40)  
$10 from the fee is for the Science Alternative Program Fee 
Grade 1-4   
(Temporary Flat Rate of $75)  
$20 from the fee is for the Science Alternative Program Fee 
If things significantly change early enough in the year, we will revisit the idea of returning to our regular fees. 
With October 31st falling on a Sunday, we will be having a Costume/PJ Day on Friday, October 29th. As students will still be engaged in regular classroom activities, we encourage costumes that allow students to safely participate in the learning. We ask our students to please refrain from any costumes with costume masks or props (ie) knives, bats, guns etc. Students also must continue to use a face covering (mask) with their costume and are unable to bring in any homemade or store-bought goods/treats.  As an added resource, we have included a Halloween Tip Sheet for our families. 
Terry Fox 
As an update, our school raised a total of $558.50 for the Terry Fox Foundation.  Thank you to all students for their participation in this event and for the contribution our school made to a valued organization. 
Lost and Found 
As the weather appears to be turning, it is important that we get many of our lost and found items back to our students. When you have a chance, please email to claim items from our most recent Lost and Found Video. 

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10203 Maplemont Rd SE Calgary, AB, T2J 1W3
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David Laidlaw
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