Dec 03
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Dec 3

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

Snowy days bring significant excitement here at Maple Ridge School. Many classes engaged in outdoor walks and adventures through the snow around the school yard this morning. The relatively warm weather and fresh snow were the perfect combination to promote a sense of unabashed play from children and adults alike.  

Our school wants to send a huge shout out to all volunteers who braved the late nights and long days as chip runners and floor managers at the Casino Fundraising event this past week. Our school benefits greatly from this opportunity and we can't thank you enough for your dedication and support.  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Dec 10 Healthy Hunger –Cobs Bread (Snack) 
Dec 13 Healthy Hunger -Subway 
Dec 21 Winter Solstice  
Dec 18 – Jan 3 Winter Break (School Closed) 
Jan 4 Classes Resume 


North Doors Re-Open Monday 

We are excited to announce that the North doors have been completed and we will return to regular entrance and exit routines on Monday morning. As an update, our main entrance is the only area left to have the exterior doors replaced and this work will be completed over winter break.  By completing this work over the break, we should not have any further disruption for our staff and students. 

December 10 Calendar Update 

Parents, this is a friendly reminder that Friday, December 10 is a school day for students with a regular Friday dismissal time of 12:35. This will also be an afternoon kindergarten day.  This was a change from the originally published calendar and was made when the CBE decided to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a non-operational day on September 30th. Our website has been updated to reflect this calendar change. 

​​​Parent Society Update 

Thank you so very much to the 34 volunteers who worked tirelessly over the past two days to put on a successful Casino Fundraising event!  

Combined you have donated over 257 hours of your time in support of Maple Ridge School. We can't thank you enough for making the time to volunteer and for your dedication to Maple Ridge School.  

We also want to say a heartfelt thank you to Cara Polujan, our Casino Coordinator. This event would not have been possible without you. Thank you! 

MRS Parent Teacher Association

Nov 26
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 26

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents that were able to virtually connect for parent / teacher conferences. If you were unable to connect, we encourage you to reach out to the classroom teacher to arrange an alternative time to discuss the ongoing learning of your child. These conversations are an excellent opportunity for parents and students to better understand areas of celebration and areas of growth. 

As we approach December, we are starting to experience a crisper morning and chillier days. Cooler weather has us all thinking about how we can stay warm outside. The grade 1’s have been learning about how animals stay warm in the winter. Do they migrate? Do they hibernate? How do animals adapt to the cold weather? Check out this cool experiment that simulates blubber, and experience firsthand an animal adaptation.  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Nov 29 

Healthy Hunger- Boston Pizza 

  • Dairy and Gluten Free Options 

Dec 1 – 2 

Casino Fundraiser (Volunteers still needed) 

Sign Up Here 

Dec 18 – Jan 3 

Winter Break (School Closed) 

Jan 4 

Classes Resume 

Kindergarten Calendar Update 

With our school closure on September 30th to honor National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our calendar has been updated to reflect a removal of a non-instruction day on Friday, December 10th.  

As a result, PM Kindergarten students will now attend in-person learning on December 10 and this has been updated on our school calendar

In making this decision, we reviewed our school declaration and noted that our PM Kindergarten class, while still meeting the required instructional hours set by Alberta Education, had fewer instructional hours in comparison with our AM Kindergarten class. 

School Development Plan and Annual Report 

In collaboration with teachers, students, parents and staff members, Maple Ridge School has established a School Development Plan (SDP) for the 2021-2022 school year, and it can be accessed here. In establishing this plan, many sources of data were considered including report cards and school surveys. While our SDP is not meant to represent all our work and focus as a school, it highlights key goals and instructional actions that we are focusing on to improve.  

For MRS, the 2021-2022 SDP focuses on the following core student goals: 

  • Literacy- Student achievement in writing will improve. 

  • Numeracy- Student fluency and reasoning with number and number operations will improve 

  • Well-Being- Students will demonstrate improved readiness for learning through self-regulation (care for self) and care for others and place. 

Our School Improvement Results Report for 2020-2021 has also been shared with our families and can be accessed here. This report highlights student achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by CBE (Calgary Board of Education) and Alberta Education.  

Indigenous Community Connections 

At Maple Ridge School, we remain committed to building the capacity of our school staff and students to gain further knowledge and understanding of, and respect for, the histories, cultures, languages, and contributions of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.  

As part of this work, we are sharing a story from the Glenbow Museum of Makoyoohsokoyi (The Wolf Trail): 

Makoyiwa, the wolves, were some of the first Earth Beings to help us. 
 
One winter, when our people were starving, a young man and his family were camped by themselves as they searched for food. The wolves found the family and appeared to them as young men bringing fresh meat to the lodge. The wolves took this family with them, showing the man how to cooperate with other people when he hunted buffalo and other animals. The wolves introduced the people to the other animals in their world. Human beings learned that animals with hooves and horns were all right to eat, but that animals with paws and claws should be left alone. 
 
The wolves disappeared in the spring, but we still see them in the sky as makoiyohsokoyi, the Wolf Trail (the Milky Way). These stars constantly remind us of how we should live together. 

Lost and Found 

If you have a moment, please view our Lost and Found Video to see if you notice any items that belong to your child. To have any of these items returned, please email mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child’s classroom. As a suggestion, the best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all belongings as we can then return them directly to your child. 

Nov 22
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 19

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

Our school has received additional funding from Alberta Education for students in Grades 1-3 who may require extra support in reading and mathematics. All Grade 2 and 3 students were assessed in September and this has helped inform where support is most needed. In January 2022, we will assess all Grade 1 students and determine who else will benefit from this support. 

In the coming weeks there will be some changes as we look to welcome Courtney Dolan as new temporary staff at our school. Courtney will be a familiar face to many of our students as she has been a regular substitute at MRS. Courtney will be working collaboratively with teachers to provide this support. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Nov 25 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • Kindergarten (No School) 

  • Grade 1-4 (Regular Day of Instruction) 

Nov 26 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • No School for all students 

Nov 29 

Healthy Hunger- Boston Pizza 

  • Dairy and Gluten Free Options 

Dec 1 – 2 

Casino Fundraiser (Volunteers still needed) 

Dec 18 – Jan 3 

Winter Break (School Closed) 

Jan 4 

Classes Resume 

Casino Fundraiser (Dec 1 & 2) 

The Maple Ridge PTA's Casino fundraiser event is coming soon! 

Held on Wednesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 2nd at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino, volunteers can lend their time to raise funds for additional learning enrichment opportunities for students at MRS.  Casino events are a significant portion of dollars raised, bringing in over $50,000 in past years, so you can be sure the time you share will be a significant benefit to our children at MRS. 

We are still in need of 6 volunteers for the overnight shifts on Wednesday, December 1. No experience is necessary; volunteers must be 18 years or older.   

Shifts available are: 

December 1 @ 7:00pm-3:45am: 2 volunteers required for 'chiprunner' position (this position can be filled by parents/guardians or any members of the community - feel free to ask family and friends!) 

December 1 @ 11:00pm-3:45am: 4 volunteers required for 'countroom staff' position (this position can be filled by parents/guardians or any members of the community - feel free to ask family and friends!) 

If you have not yet signed up and are available on the evening of December 1st, please consider volunteering your time. Backup volunteer spots are also available for all shifts and will only be called upon to volunteer if another volunteer is unable to make their shift due to illness.   

To view available shifts and to sign up, please click on the link below: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044AA4A92DAAFC1-maple 


Any questions about casino may be directed to Cara Polujan at mapleridgecouncil@gmail.com.  

A big thank you to all those who have signed up to volunteer - the time you donate is greatly appreciated! 

Virtual Conferences 

The Virtual Conferences are set up for Grade 1-4 and Kindergarten separately. You will have to select each schedule separately if you have a child in kindergarten and in Grade 1-4. 

Select the teachers with whom you want to book conferences. You will see each teacher’s schedule. After booking your appointments, you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email confirming your bookings. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule appointments. 

Extra Masks 

We ask that your child please come to school with an extra mask as we are noticing an increased number of students requiring a mask during the day and our supply is running low. 

CBE Flames Fundraiser 
Students and their families can enjoy a Flames game and support CBE students. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.flamesgroups.com/CBE for $41 each. 

$10 from every ticket purchased goes to support Education Matters, Calgary’s public education trust. 

  • Tuesday December 21, 2021 at 7:00pm - Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks  
  • Thursday January 13, 2022 at 7:00pm - Flames vs. Ottawa Senators 
  • Friday March 18, 2022 at 7:00pm - Flames vs. Buffalo Sabers 
Nov 12
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 12

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

This past week, MRS students and staff hosted a virtual Remembrance Day Assembly to honor and reflect on the actions of those who died in service to their country. 

While we are sad that our community outside the building was unable to attend and share in this experience, we want you to know that the students at MRS participated in a respectful manner that would make you all very proud. 

We hope that our MRS families were able to put time aside yesterday to reflect and honour Canada’s Armed Forces Veterans. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Nov 18 

Virtual School Council @ 6:30 

Nov 18 

Parent/Teacher Conference Booking Opens (4pm) 

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 

West Doors- Kindergarten 

We are pleased to announce that our Kindergarten students and families can use their regular doors again starting next Monday morning. We thank you again for your flexibility and patience. 

Virtual School Conferences- November 25 & 26 

We will continue to use the My CBE Power School online booking system and will open the booking process to parents on Thursday, November 18th at 4:00pm

A Parent Account is required to login to “My Conferences” through Power School. However, you only need to create an account the first time you use the system. If you have never registered in the booking system, use the link above. There is “Help” at the bottom of the page.  

If you have already created an Account and you can't remember your password, click on the link above, select “Password Reset Tool” found under the “Help” section of the main page. 

Book your Virtual Conferences (no in-person conferences) 

The Virtual Conferences are set up for Grade 1-4 and Kindergarten separately. You will have to select each schedule separately if you have a child in kindergarten and in grades 1-4.  

Select the teachers with whom you want to book conferences. You will see each teacher’s schedule. After booking your appointments, you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email confirming your bookings. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule appointments. 

Kindergarten Conference Times  

Thursday, November 25 

  • Conferences from 9:00 – 12:00 PM, 1:00PM – 3:30 PM and 4:30 – 8:00 PM  

  • No School for Kindergarten Students  

Friday, November 26 

  • Conferences from 8:30 – 1:00 PM  

  • No School for all Students 

Grades 1-4 Conference Times  

Thursday, November 25 

  • Conferences from 4:30 – 8:00 PM  

  • Regular day of instruction for Grade 1-4 students 

Friday, November 26 

  • Conferences from 8:30 – 1:00 PM  

  • No School for all Students 

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 MyCBE/PowerSchool account.   

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

School Council Meeting  

You are invited to attend our School Council Meeting on Thursday, November 18th  at 6:30pm.  

Click here to join the meeting 

We look forward to connecting with our parent community.

Nov 05
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 5
 

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

As we continue to partner with our school’s physical and occupational therapists (PT/OT), we were excited this week as our staff was in-serviced to better understand how they can help students learn the routine and to do the activities correctly. 

For those interested, we have included a Motor Lab Overview that is specific to our school.  Additionally, this Ready Bodies, Learning Minds video helps showcase the Motor Lab activities and the purpose behind the program. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Nov 10 

School Assembly @ 10:30 (Remembrance Day) 

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 

Exterior Door Update 

Starting at dismissal on Tuesday, November 9, the North doors (Grade 1 & 2) will be unavailable for entrance and exit.  As a temporary entrance and exit, we ask all Grade 1 & 2 students to use the exterior doors of our gym which is located on the Northeast corner of our school. To help provide a landmark, these doors are located near our green garbage and recycling bins, and we have arranged for the bins to be moved during the day on Tuesday to provide room for our students.. We will continue to provide a staggered entrance starting at 8:47am and appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work through having all exterior doors replaced. 

Volunteer Clearance 

As a Science Alternative Program, volunteers are a crucial part of ensuring all students can participate in field studies. As a CBE volunteer, you are placed in a position of trust with students, staff or property. All adult volunteers require a valid security clearance – no exceptions. We ask our families to email mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca to begin the CBE Volunteer Clearance Process to ensure they can participate. 

Free Parent Seminars through CES 

Community Education Services, in conjunction with Alberta Health Services, offers many free online information sessions for parents. There are a variety of topics including Stress and Healthy Coping, Bully-Proofing Your Child, and Screen Time: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Sessions are HERE. Under each program description, you will see a link to the poster, and you can register using that link. 

Lockdown 

Twice a year, our students and staff participate in an important safety procedure known as a “lockdown”. We are going to practice our first lockdown of the year at 9:15am on Tuesday, November 9.  The teachers will be instructing students regarding their role during this drill, and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building during the procedure. Practicing is an opportunity for us to learn so we are prepared for any circumstance that may arise. ​

Oct 29
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Oct 29

To the students and families of MRS,  

Students, teachers and support staff donned their finest PJ’s and costumes today, there was spooky, hilarious and downright adorable beings moving through the hallways and in classrooms. This was an excellent reason to have another virtual assembly as we continue to build our community. Donald Duck (Ms.McNeil) and Green Alien (Mr. Laidlaw) shared some photos of each class and some music. Instead of a video of a Grade 3 Halloween performance, the grand finale was watching Donald Duck teach us all how to take deep breaths when something isn’t going your way (the video would not play). We all saw self-regulation strategies and flexible thinking in action.  

We want to wish you all a Happy Halloween and if you are trick-or-treating, please be safe and try not to stay up too late on Sunday night.  

We will be here ready for you on Monday morning! 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

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 

Science Alternative Program Fee   

Student fees will be visible on MyCBE/PowerSchool November 1st, 2021 

Kindergarten   

  • (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 

FinS program  

Beginning in January, the Grade 3 classes are excited to be participating in the FinS program through Bow Habitat Station. The FinS program is a unique opportunity for Alberta’s students to raise trout in the classroom! For a period of 5 months, students and teachers work together to maintain and monitor the development of rainbow trout – from egg to fry – in an iLab aquarium for all Maple Ridge classes to observe and explore. Students will learn about healthy aquatic ecosystems, life cycles, environmental stewardship and fisheries stocking before releasing their fry into a provincially approved waterbody. 

We are beginning to collect the materials necessary to run this project. Please check out the Aquarium Equipment List to see if you have items you might be interested in loaning or donating for this awesome learning opportunity.  

Please connect directly with Elaine Hordo at kehordo@cbe.ab.ca – many thanks in advance for your help with this FIN-tastic project! 

Maple Ridge PTA Casino  

The Maple Ridge School Parent Teacher Association is still seeking additional volunteers for the AGLC Casino fundraising event on Wednesday, December 1st and Thursday December 2nd at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino (114 Avenue and Barlow Trail SE).  

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please click here to view the list of available shifts and sign-up.  

If you have any questions, please contact Cara Polujan, Casino Coordinator, at mapleridgecouncil@gmail.com.  

Fundraising Survey 

Hello Parents/Guardians: 

We are looking for your input as we plan fundraising for this school year.  Please take a moment to complete this TWO QUESTION survey.  The results will help us understand how families are feeling about fundraising this year.  Please complete by November 5. 

The survey can be found here.  

Oct 22
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. 

Kindergarten   

  • (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. 

Halloween 

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 mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca to claim items from our most recent Lost and Found Video. 

Oct 15
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Oct 15

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

Maple Ridge School is excited to be participating in Indigenous Professional Learning Day on Monday, October 18.  This professional learning has been designed for staff to participate in developing foundational knowledge of Indigenous ways of being, belonging, doing and knowing. 

As a school, we remain committed to connecting the pedagogical lens of science with Indigenous ways of knowing through a focus on land-based learning experiences and “Walking Together”. 

This work will complement the professional learning staff have already engaged in this year with the Blanket Exercise

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Oct 18 

Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students) 

Oct 20 

Picture Re-takes (Lifetouch) 

Oct 21 

School Council (Virtual) 

Nov 4 

Healthy Hunger – Extreme Pita 

Nov 19 

Healthy Hunger – Just Around the Bend  

  • Kindergarten Included 

Fire Drill 

The safety of all students and staff at 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 we completed our second one on Wednesday. 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 taken. 

For any of you that are interested,  Fire Safety and Prevention further explores fire safety equipment and home fire safety.  With most fires occurring at home, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family. 

Maple Ridge PTA Casino  

Dear Families of Maple Ridge,  

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected for an AGLC Casino fundraising event on Wednesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 2nd at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino (114 Avenue and Barlow Trail SE). 

Casino fundraising events are a large part of the fundraising done through the Parent Teacher Association, with money raised going to curriculum-enriching activities for the students at Maple Ridge School. 

We are seeking several volunteers for this Casino opportunity.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and will be required to present picture I.D. at the Casino check-in. No experience is required to volunteer for these shifts, and you may work more than one shift across the two days.  

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044AA4A92DAAFC1-maple to view the list of available shifts and sign-up.   

If you have any questions, please contact Cara Polujan, Casino Coordinator, at mapleridgecouncil@gmail.com.   

On behalf of the Maple Ridge School Parent Teacher Association, thank you for your support. 

Traffic  

It is never an easy feat when you have 10 school buses involved to ensure students arrive safely at school and make it home at the end of the day.  That said, we greatly appreciate that our families do not stop or park in the bus zone on Mapleton Drive. We also appreciate that our parents take the time to walk their children across the road using the crosswalk. Ensuring that students arrive at school safely is a top priority.   

One thing we have noticed this year is that the alleyway on the North corner has been more congested than usual. As a friendly suggestion, we are encouraging all families to use this alleyway travelling in the South direction. We are hopeful that this will ease the flow of traffic. 

Picture Retakes 

Lifetouch will be here on Wednesday, October 20th for picture retakes. 

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

Oct 01
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Oct 1

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

Students engaged in rich discussion and reflection regarding Truth and Reconciliation as we acknowledged Orange Shirt Day this week. Classes shared stories from Indigenous authors and artists, explored cultural practices and symbols, practiced Cree and Blackfoot words, and shared traditional music and dance.  

We came together with an assembly to acknowledge the land, learn the history of Orange Shirt Day, and our Grade 3’s shared a beautiful performance of a traditional Blackfoot song. As a school, we also shared in a “Story Walk” of the book We All Learn from the Sun where students were able to connect with the land and exploring an Indigenous story while moving around our outdoor classroom. 

As a school, we are proud of the work that took place during Truth and Reconciliation Week as this work will continue the conversation from Every Child Matters. 

Wishing you a wonderful and well-deserved weekend. 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Oct 5 

Terry Fox Run 

Oct 8 

Non-instructional Day (No School for Students) 

Oct 11 

Thanksgiving Day (No School) 

Oct 13 

Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars)  

Oct 20 

Picture Re-takes (Lifetouch) 

Terry Fox Run 

We will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on Tuesday, October 5th. Classes will be running outside within their cohorts throughout the day (weather permitting). Information about the Terry Fox Foundation can be found on the following website. Donations can be made by bringing a "Toonie for Terry" on or before the day, or online here. Go Maple Ridge! 

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.   

Lost and Found 

For the first time this year, our lost and found has grown to the point where we have quite a few belongings that need to be claimed.  Please view our Lost and Found Video for any items you might recognize and email the school at mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca to have the item returned to your child. ​

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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