Jun 25
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | June 25

​School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

As we write our final message to all of you until the start of the 2021-22 school year, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for your support. You have entrusted your students with us during one of the most challenging times we have all experienced. School had to be re-imagined, and our teachers took up this challenge with incredible flexibility and fortitude. The teachers deserve a standing ovation for their ability to bring learning alive amidst never travelled before and ever-changing terrain.  

The end of the school year is always an invitation for reflection and one thing we have learned this year is that our students are resilient and will always rise to a challenge. Many strong relationships were formed this year as we all learned to communicate with each other in a new way. In many ways, the pandemic has made our relationships even stronger.  

With the year coming to a close, we long to begin anew in September and welcome our students back to a bold and exciting new year. We look forward to a year where we can gather for events such as assemblies and clubs, field studies and opportunities to learn on the land, and more than anything, to welcome parents back into the school to join as volunteers and guests!  

We wish you a happy and safe summer where the playful and inquisitive nature of the students guides you to new discoveries.  

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

June 28 

  • Last Day of School Grade 1-4 

  • Early Dismissal (12:30)  

June 29 

  • Appeals Day 

June 30 

  • Non-Instruction Day 

August 25 

  • Office Opens (8:30am – 4:00pm) 

September 1 

  • First day of school 

Virtual Farewell 

The end of a school year provides us with the opportunity to celebrate and showcase student learning and other memorable moments. For our grade 4’s, this marks the beginning of a new journey as they will no longer be with us at Maple Ridge School. To celebrate the accomplishments of our grade 4 students and to honor the school year for all students, we will have a virtual celebration on our final day of instruction on Monday, June 28th. As our Kindergarten student's final day has already passed, Ms. McNeil and Mr. Laidlaw were able to connect with each class on their final day to say goodbye and to read them a story.  

Staff Changes 

While June is an exciting time of year for many, it can also be difficult as we have to say goodbye to some of our staff members. We are sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Bowers (teacher) as she will be taking her talents to Richmond School, and to Ms. Julie Kim (lunchroom supervisor) as she has accepted a job at Buffalo Rubbing Stone School. We would like to wish them all the best in their future endeavors.  

Office Hours and First Day of Class 

Our first day of school for the 2021-2022 year will be Wednesday, September 1st. The office will open on Wednesday, August 25th from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and can be reached at 403-777-6280 or mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca

Lost and Found 

Despite our efforts to remind students to check our Lost and Found for any missing items, we have still managed to collect a clothing rack full of items ready to be returned to their rightful owner. Please take a moment to view our Lost and Found Video and email us at maplereidge@cbe.ab.ca if you notice anything that needs to be returned. 

Report Cards 

This is a reminder that all report cards remain only available online. All families will have access to their child’s report card through the MYCBE Account on Saturday, June 26, 2021. 

School Council 

School Council continues to make a big difference in the learning of our students. The support they provide has allowed for many items to be purchased at our school for student use that may not have been possible with our school decentralized account. We would also like to express our sincere thanks on behalf of all staff from MRS for the much-appreciated end of year gift each staff member received. We strongly encourage all families to consider joining our school council team next year. 

Jun 18
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | June 18

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

We can’t believe we are entering our final week of school. In an unprecedented year, we know many families are ready for a return of summer and time to take a breath, connect with family and friends, and to look hopefully into the future. We want to take a moment to commend the resiliency of staff, students and family as we encountered many new and challenging experiences this year.  

June 21st marks National Indigenous Peoples Day and as a school we are going to take time to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous People to Canada. One of our grade 3 classes has been working this past week to prepare a land acknowledgement for our school-wide assembly. Through this work, students explored what it means to acknowledge the land and why it is important to acknowledge the land. We are looking forward to hearing their reflections on Monday.  

We wish you a wonderful weekend and the first day of summer.  

With gratitude,  

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

June 20 

  • Summer Solstice 

  June 21  

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day  

June 24 

  • AM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 25 

  • PM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 28 

  • Last Day of School Grade 1-4 

  • Early Dismissal (12:30)  ​

Jun 11
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | June 11

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it becomes that time of year where we need to start looking forward to next September. With that in mind, we would like to share with our families the following approved and published school calendars: 

Please note with this calendar that we have had a slight change with both our start and end times, and these have been addressed at the bottom of the calendar. We would also like to mention that as a system, all CBE schools have aligned non-instruction days, and this will help mitigate any confusion when our families hear of other schools having a non-instruction day when our school is offering in-person learning. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful and well-deserved weekend. 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

June 20 

  • Summer Solstice 

June 21  

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day  

June 24 

  • AM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 25 

  • PM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 28 

  • Last Day of School Grade 1-4 

  • Early Dismissal (12:30)  

Thank You from our Lunchroom Staff! 

This message below is from our wonderful lunchroom staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure our students are safe during the lunch period. We can’t thank them enough for all that they do for our school. 

Hello! 

It has been our absolute pleasure to have worked at the school this past year. Every day we are so impressed with the dedication of the teachers and staff and feel very lucky to have been part of their learning environments. While we spend just a few hours each day with the students, the lunchroom team has thoroughly enjoyed the time in our assigned classrooms, and we love being part of the extraordinary school spirit at Maple Ridge School.  

Have a wonderful summer everyone! 

Mrs. Wiebe, Miss Brenda, Ms. Shaunna, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Julie, Miss P and Mrs. Williams 

Maple Ridge School Lunchroom Team 

Jun 04
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | June 4

​School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

There has been a buzz in our school this past week about a Robin family and their eggs.  

A Maple Ridge School family has a nest on their front door and they have set up a live stream of the nest on You Tube for everyone to enjoy. Yesterday two of the five eggs hatched which added to the excitement. As we visited classrooms this week, we were sure to find the video up for students to view at their leisure. The family will also be setting up a new stream for when the fledglings begin flying from the nest. 

We wish all families a wonderful weekend.  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

June 20 

  • Summer Solstice 

  June 21  

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day  

June 24 

  • AM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 25 

  • PM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 28 

  • Last Day of School Grade 1-4 

  • Early Dismissal (12:30)  

Scientific Interest  

The American Robin’s scientific name is Turdis Migratorius. Check out Kids National Geographic for more information about the most common bird found in North America. Thank you to Grade 2 for teaching us this interesting fact.  

Finalizing IPP’s  

If your child is supported through an Individual Program Plan, this is the time of year when teachers are finalizing the document with current learning notes, conditions for success and transition plans. Please note that your child’s teacher will be connecting with you during the week of June 21-25 to review the contents of the IPP and transition plan. We recognize how valuable parent perspective is with this process and want to thank you for working with us. ​

May 28
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | May 28

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

With the completion of our first week back with in-person learning, you can feel the energy and excitement back in our building. Students and staff have been taking advantage of the nice weather as we have had grades walking to Carburn Park on a field study and classes making use of our outdoor naturalization area.  

We also want to say a thank you to the students that have shared with us the results of their at home science experiments that they completed after our last Weekly Update.  It is great to hear that our community is filled with inquisitive scientists that have made observations with their ‘Colour Changing Milk’ and ‘Mystery Message’ experiments. 

The recent announcement by our Alberta government has unveiled its three-stage plan that could see all public health restrictions lifted by the start of summer.  With this announcement, we are asking our parents to continue to report any positive cases to our school. At this point, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has not changed its process regarding isolation and quarantine expectations. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

June 1 

  • Kindergarten Orientation (Virtual) @ 6:30 

June 20 

  • Summer Solstice 

  June 21  

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day  

June 24 

  • AM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 25 

  • PM Kindergarten Last Day of School 

June 28 

  • Last Day of School Grade 1-4 

  • Early Dismissal (12:30)  

School Council 

Last night was the final school council meeting for the 2020-201 school year. This meeting gave us a chance to share some of the ongoings at our school and to review our School Development Plan (SDP). On behalf of Maple Ridge School, we want to thank members of our School Council for their continued support and effort. To get an early start for next year, please note the following dates for our 2021-2022 School Council Meetings. 

September 16 October 21 November 18 January 20  February 24 April 21 May 26 

Kindergarten Orientation 

We are excited to welcome new families to Maple Ridge School for the 2021-2022 school year. To best support this transition for our incoming Kindergarten students, we would like to welcome parents and students to attend our Kindergarten Orientation on June 1 @ 6:30pm.  Due to current restrictions, this orientation will be virtual and can be accessed with the following link. 

Click here to join the meeting 

June 1st @ 6:30pm (Kindergarten Orientation) 

Pre-Registration for 2021-22 Transportation 

As a friendly reminder, 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. 

Scientific Interest  

The warm weather has arrived and may be an excellent time to engage in some more science experiments. Water Science with Everyday Objects has a collection of activities that can be done outdoors that are sure to cause your student to notice and wonder.    ​

May 21
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | May 21

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

It was with great pleasure that we spent time online with every grade this past week. To be honest, our time with your students was the highlight of our week. Piggie and Gerald shared that while waiting is not easy, it will be worth the wait when we welcome students back to in-person learning on May 25th, 2021.  

With the return to in-person learning that has been announced by the Alberta Government, we can certainly appreciate the variety of pressures families might be feeling. Considering the government’s decision, we want to remind our families that teachers will not be providing dual instruction in-person and online. That said, we will continue to provide access to learning resources on Google Classroom and maintain our commitment to supporting our families to the best of our abilities. 

With our return to in-person learning, we ask for parents to return any loaned technology devices to the school as soon as possible. We strongly encourage that devices are returned by an adult to ensure safe transportation and no costly surprises to families. All returns can be brought to the front door of the building, and we will come and get if from you. 

Lastly, we encourage our families to continue to report any positive cases of our students to our school.  This ensures we can send out CBE Pre-Alerts to our impacted classes and do not have to wait for AHS to ensure our students are quarantined if it is necessary. 

We wish you a wonderful long weekend and look forward to seeing student faces on Tuesday. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

May 24 

  • Vicotria Day (No School)  

May 25 

  • Return to In-Person Learning 

May 27 

  • School Council @ 6:30 

June 1 

  • Kindergarten Orientation (Virtual) @ 6:30 

Kindergarten Orientation 

We are excited to welcome new families to Maple Ridge School for the 2021-2022 school year. To best support this transition for our incoming Kindergarten students, we would like to welcome parents and students to attend our Kindergarten Orientation on June 1 @ 6:30pm.  Due to current restrictions, this orientation will be virtual and can be accessed with the following link. 

Click here to join the meeting 

June 1st @ 6:30pm (Kindergarten Orientation) 

Pre-Registration for 2021-22 Transportation 

As a friendly reminder, 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. 

Scientific Interest 

In addition to a costume change, read aloud, and movement break paired with the perfect songs, we also shared some scientific demos that hopefully caused students to notice, wonder and even think of an experiment.  

Experiments always start with a wonder and a question that we are trying answer. Some of the questions we heard from students include:  

  • Vinegar is an acid, would it reveal the invisible ink too instead of the grape juice?  

  • Would cream work better than milk? (colour changing milk demo)  

  • Is Dawn really the best dish soap? Why?  

If you would like to try these demos at home please see below. If you create your own experiment and test one of your theories, please be sure to share your results with Mr. Laidlaw and Ms. McNeil. 

Mystery Message 

Materials: Baking soda, water, white paper, cotton swab, paint brush and grape juice  

Check out this link for the procedure and demo video.  

Colour Changing Milk  

Materials: milk, plate, cotton swab, food colouring, dish soap  

Check out this link for the procedure and demo video.

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.

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