Jan 27
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Jan 27

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

MRS families will be able to view online student report cards on Jan. 30 by logging in to MyCBE. The report card is one of the ways our teachers communicate how your child is progressing in their learning. Teachers also communicate learning progress through parent/teacher conferences, daily work and assignments, and other ongoing communication methods. 

If you need support accessing your child's report card, please follow this link for a video tutorial. We also want to remind our Kindergarten families that there will only be one report card in June. Other forms of assessment in Kindergarten that are taking place will continue to be shared with our families as they occur. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning or academic progress, please connect with their teacher

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw & Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Jan 30 Report Card Digitally Available (MyCBE) 
Feb 3 Non-instruction day (No classes for students) 
Feb 14 Registration closes at noon 
Feb 16-17 Teacher's Convention (No classes for students)  
Feb 20 Family Day (No School)  

Communication for Absences   

There are times when changes may occur with a family's daily schedule, whether it be an absence or a change in the end of day routine; we want to streamline our communication to make it easier for parents and to ensure that valuable information is shared with the right people at the right time.    

There are two options:  

  • Call Maple Ridge School (403) 777-6280 and press 1 for the absent line to communicate if your child will be absent.   
  • E-mail mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca and cc your child's teacher   

    Early/different pick-up:    

    The day of   
  • Call Maple Ridge School (403) 777-6280 and press “0" to speak with someone directly about the change   
At least a day's notice   
  • Call Maple Ridge School (403) 777-6280 and press “0" to speak with someone directly about the change, or   
E-mail mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca and cc your child's teacher 

Indigenous Education Community Newsletter 

We encourage our families to check out the Winter 2023 issue of the Indigenous Education Community Newsletter. The Winter 2023 issue features Indigenous teachings, upcoming community events, community resources and more. 

School Council and Parent Society Update:  

Thank you to all who attended our virtual Annual General Meetings earlier this week and a big thank you to everyone who volunteered for positions. We look forward to working together over the next year in support of Maple Ridge School!  

We still need to fill 2 vacant positions! Please consider joining us. Being a member of School Council and Parent Society can be a fun and fulfilling way to be a part of your child's school.   

School Council 

Chair: Nicole S.  

Vice Chair: Jenifer L.  

Treasurer(s): Jennifer P. and Robert W.  

Casino Coordinator: Cara P.    

Secretary: vacant  

Key Communiqué: vacant   

Parent Association 

Chair: Nicole S.  

Vice Chair: Jenifer L.  

Secretary: vacant  

Treasurers: Jennifer P. and Robert W.  

Fundraising Coordinator: Katherine L.  

Fun Lunch Coordinator: Kelsey W.  

Open Positions:  

• Secretary - attend monthly meetings, take meeting minutes, send out agendas and meeting minutes each month. ~2 hours per month in addition to attending the monthly meetings.  

• Special Events Coordinator - attend monthly meetings, help to plan and organize any non-fundraising events held at the school such as parent socials in the i-Lab, dances, movie nights etc... Time varies depending on events planned.  

• Key Communicator - works to build community between parents and the school, liaison between our School Council and other CBE School Councils, attend virtual Council of School Council (COSC) Meetings held every two months, relay information to the School Council at monthly meetings. ~2 hours every other month in addition to attending monthly meetings. Next COSC meetings are Jan. 26, 2023, March 22, 2023 and June 1, 2023.  

We also want to take this time to thank our previous School Council and PTA members. Thank you for your time and dedication over the years. You have helped to build a strong school community.    

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer for a position or be added to our mailing list please send us an email to mapleridgecouncil@gmail.com. You can also visit our Mapleridge School Parent Teacher Association Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MapleRidgeSchoolPTA for information and details about upcoming events, activities and fundraisers.   

Thank you,  

Jennifer L. and Nicole S.  

on behalf of the School Council and Parent Society  

Upcoming Important Dates:  

  • ​February 23, 2023 - Monthly School Council and PTA Meetings (virtual)  
  • ​April 20, 2023 - Monthly School Council and PTA Meetings (virtual)  
  • ​May 25, 2023 - Monthly School Council and PTA Meetings (virtual)
Jan 20
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Jan 20

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

Science is alive  as we are once again excited to partner with the Fish in School Program at Bow Habitat Station to welcome 65 Rainbow Trout eggs to Maple Ridge School. Our student scientists will care for these fish and observe them as they move through their lifecycle from eggs to alevin to fry. In late spring they will be released into a natural water body in either Calgary or Kananaskis. We are of-Fish-ally excited! 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 

Maple Ridge Staff 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Jan 26 Healthy Hunger (Lunch) -Subway 
Jan 30 Report Card Digitally Available (MyCBE) 
Feb 3 Non-instruction day (No classes for students) 
Feb 14 Registration closes at noon 
Feb 16-17 Teacher's Convention (No classes for students)  
Feb 20 Family Day (No School)  

Cody the Roadie | CJ92 

The Grade 3 students were excited to welcome local CJ92 radio personality, JD Lewis to Maple Ridge School to read his new picture book “Cody the Roadie". He shared his experiences working in radio and answered many questions to enrich our study of Hearing and Sound. Our students were delighted with JD's generosity in autographing and gifting each student with their own copy! Check out “Cody the Roadie" here with all proceeds benefiting the CJ92 Kids Fund. 

Literacy | Family Fun Phonemic Awareness Activity 

Check out the weekly calendar below to find a quick and easy way to practice phonemic awareness at home. We also want to share that the CBE Literacy Team is celebrating Family Literacy Day by sharing out a week's worth of information and activities to support literacy development at home and school. 

Monday- Segment: slim, plum, clog, flip, clap

Tuesday- Blending: s-l-I-m, p-l-u-m, c-l-o-g, f-l-I-p

Wednesday- Deleting first sound: slow, plug, clog, flip

Thursday- Substituting: The /t/ indicates sounds, do not use letter names

The /s/ in slow for /f/, the /p/ in plug for /s/, the /g/ in clog for /p/

Friday- Segmenting and Blending: Segment -glad, flag, slam, block, flip

Numeracy | Red or Black    
A great math card game for practicing addition and subtraction. 

Set Up: 

As well as your deck of cards you will need a piece of paper and a pencil. 

To play: 

This can be played as an independent practice task or a competitive game. When playing with more than one player, split the deck evenly between players. Play begins with each player's deck stacked face down and a beginning score of 10 written at the top of their paper. 

Each player flips their top card. If it is a red card the number is added to the player's score, if it is a black card the number is subtracted from the score. The player writes the equation and new total score on their paper and draws another card. Play continues in this manner for 20 rounds. If playing competitively, the winner of the game is the person with the highest score at the end of the game. 

Check out additional kid math games here.  

RT Alderman Open House 

Grade 4 families, please note that on Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-7:45pm, RT Alderman will be having an open house. From 6:00-6:45pm, a presentation will be shared that helps families understand what makes a science program. This will be information that many of our families are already familiar with. During the second half of the evening from 6:45-7:45pm, families can take a self-directed tour throughout the building. Click here for more information.  

School Council and Parent Society Update: 

Thank you to all who attended our virtual Annual General Meetings earlier this week and a big thank you to everyone who volunteered for positions. We look forward to working together over the next year in support of Maple Ridge School!  

We still need to fill 2 vacant positions! Please consider joining us. Being a member of School Council and Parent Society can be a fun and fulfilling way to be a part of your child's school.  

School Council 

Chair: Nicole S. 

Vice Chair: Jenifer L. 

Treasurer(s): Jennifer P. and Robert W. 

Casino Coordinator: Cara P.   

Secretary: vacant 

Key Communiqué: vacant ​

Parent Association 

Chair: Nicole S. 

Vice Chair: Jenifer L. 

Secretary: vacant 

Treasurers: Jennifer P. and Robert W. 

Fundraising Coordinator: Katherine L. 

Fun Lunch Coordinator: Kelsey W. 

Open Positions: 

 • Secretary - attend monthly meetings, take meeting minutes, send out agendas and meeting minutes each month. ~2 hours per month in addition to attending the monthly meetings. 

 • Special Events Coordinator - attend monthly meetings, help to plan and organize any non-fundraising events held at the school such as parent socials in the i-Lab, dances, movie nights etc... Time varies depending on events planned. 

 • Key Communicator - works to build community between parents and the school, liaison between our School Council and other CBE School Councils, attend virtual Council of School Council (COSC) Meetings held every two months, relay information to the School Council at monthly meetings. ~2 hours every other month in addition to attending monthly meetings. Next COSC meetings are Jan. 26, 2023, March 22, 2023 and June 1, 2023. 

 We also want to take this time to thank our previous School Council and PTA members. Thank you for your time and dedication over the years. You have helped to build a strong school community.   

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer for a position or be added to our mailing list please send us an email to mapleridgecouncil@gmail.com. You can also visit our Mapleridge School Parent Teacher Association Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MapleRidgeSchoolPTA for information and details about upcoming events, activities and fundraisers.  

Thank you, 

Jennifer L. and Nicole S. 

on behalf of the School Council and Parent Society 

Upcoming Important Dates: 

February 23, 2023 - Monthly School Council and PTA Meetings (virtual) 

April 20, 2023  - Monthly School Council and PTA Meetings (virtual)  

May 25, 2023 - Monthly School Council and PTA Meetings (virtual) 

Jan 19
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Jan 13

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a belated Happy New Year to our families. When we look back at the weather prior to the break, we are excited to see that it is warm enough now for our students to get back to learning outdoors and experiencing the fresh air during lunch and recess. 

With these warmer temperatures, we have noticed many of our students' leaving articles of clothing outside. These ultimately end up in our Lost and Found and it has grown quickly over the past week. Please be sure to stop by before or after school to check for any items that your child is missing. 

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing summer. 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Jan 15 Registration opens (not for current MRS students) 
Jan 19 School Council Meeting @ 6:30 
Jan 20 Healthy Hunger (Snack) -Around the Bend 
Jan 26 Healthy Hunger (Lunch) -Subway 
Jan 30 Report Card Digitally Available (MyCBE) 
Feb 3 Non-instruction day (No classes for students) 

Maple Ridge School Virtual Open House 

Maple Ridge School hosted a Virtual Open House on Tuesday, January 10. The Open House provided an overview of the Science Alternative Program and the registration/application process. 

The PowerPoint presentation is available on our school website and registration packages will be accepted beginning on Monday, January 16, 2023. 

School Fees | MyCBE

All school fees have been added to your PowerSchool account and these fees are to be paid online. This link can be used to help guide you through the steps. Your PowerSchool account is an important tool that will be used until your child graduates with the CBE. 

You will use your PowerSchool account to: 

  • View and print your students report card  (available January 30-Feb 4) 
  • Check student attendance 
  • Book Parent/Teacher Conferences (March 9/10) 
  • View Tax Receipts for Lunchroom Fees
Should you require any assistance with your PowerSchool account please contact the office 403-777-6280 or email us at mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca.  

RT Alderman Open House 

Grade 4 families, please note that on Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-7:45pm, RT Alderman will be having an open house. From 6:00-6:45pm, a presentation will be shared that helps families understand what makes a science program. This will be information that many of our families are already familiar with. During the second half of the evening from 6:45-7:45pm, families can take a self-directed tour throughout the building. Click here for more information.  

2023-2024 Instructional Calendar 

The CBE recently the instructional calendar for the 2023-24 school year. The first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year will be Thursday, August 31st, 2023.

Dec 23
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Dec 22

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

Our first annual Winter Solstice Celebration was a tremendous success. It was wonderful to see so many of our community join us as we celebrated student learning and watched phenomenal performances at every grade level. We could not be any prouder of the students and their energy and determination leading up to Winter Solstice and during the actual day.  

We were fortunate to celebrate winter solstice on the day with truly the least amount of daylight hours. On their way to the school, a parent captured an incredible image of the Sun and Snow Dog at high noon. What is a Sun Dog? Check out this video that explains the phenomenon. At Maple Ridge, science is what drives us!  

We wish you all a wonderful holiday and we will see you on January 9th, 2023. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Jan 9 
Classes Resume 
Jan 10 

Virtual Open House (Link will be provided on website Jan 9) 

  • Kindergarten (6pm-7pm) 
  • Grade 1-4 (7pm-8pm) 
Jan 12 Healthy Hunger (Lunch) 
Jan 19 School Council Meeting @ 6:30 
Jan 20 Healthy Hunger (Snack) 
Jan 26 Healthy Hunger (Lunch) 
Jan 30 Report Card Digitally Available (MyCBE) 

Maple Ridge School Virtual Open House 

Maple Ridge School will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 10. The Open House will provide an overview of the Science Alternative Program and the registration/application process. 

The PowerPoint presentation will be posted to the school website after January 10, 2023. Registration packages will be accepted beginning on Monday, January 16, 2023. 

A meeting link will be provided on our school website on January 9. 

Parking during drop-off and pick-up 

Our students' safety is a priority for our school community, as is our relationship with the Maple Ridge Community. We are asking families to please ensure that they are following all traffic by-laws during drop-off and pick-up of their students. 

RT Alderman Open House 

Grade 4 families, please note that on Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-7:45pm, RT Alderman will be having an open house. From 6:00-6:45pm, a presentation will be shared that helps families understand what makes a science program. This will be information that many of our families are already familiar with. During the second half of the evening from 6:45-7:45pm, families can take a self-directed tour throughout the building. Click here for more information.  

2023-2024 Instructional Calendar 

The CBE recently the instructional calendar for the 2023-24 school year. The first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year will be Thursday, August 31st, 2023.  

Dec 16
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Dec 16

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

As we move into our last week of instruction for the 2022 year, we want to thank all students, staff, and families for what they do to make Maple Ridge School a special place. 

Knowing that we are moving into the final week, our Winter Solstice Celebration on Dec 21st has nearly arrived. We want families to know that this is still a regular school day and students are to attend during normal school hours.  

Lastly, we are trying our best not to limit the number of members attending from each family; however, we do ask you to keep in mind that we have limited space in our gym and classrooms and would prefer families to keep it as close as possible to 2 members per family. For those attending, we encourage you to bring a non-perishable item to donate to our Calgary Food Bank collection. 

December 21st - Winter Solstice Schedule 

9:00-9:30  Grade 3 Perform @ 9:15, Classrooms 9:30-10:00  
10:00-10:30  K AM Perform @10:15, Classrooms 10:30-11:00 
11:00-11:30  Grade 1 Perform @ 11:15, Classrooms 11:30-12:00 
12:30-1:00  Grade 4 Perform @ 12:45, Classrooms 1:00-1:30 
1:15-1:45  K PM Perform @ 1:30, Classrooms 1:45-2:15  
2:15-2:45  Grade 2 Perform @ 2:30, Classrooms 2:45-3:15 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Dec 19 Winter Hat Day 
Dec 20 Winter Sock Day 
Dec 20 Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars) 
Dec 21 Winter Solstice Celebration of Learning  
Dec 22 Comfy Cozy Day 
Dec 22 Last Day of Classes 
Jan 9 Classes Resume 
Jan 19 School Council Meeting @ 6:30 
Jan 30 Report Card Digitally Available (MyCBE) 

RT Alderman Open House 

Grade 4 families, please note that on Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-7:45pm, RT Alderman will be having an open house. From 6:00-6:45pm, a presentation will be shared that helps families understand what makes a science program. This will be information that many of our families are already familiar with. During the second half of the evening from 6:45-7:45pm, families can take a self-directed tour throughout the building. Click here for more information.  

Drop-In Items Update 

Drop-In items can be brought to school until the end of the day on Monday, December 19th. 

Food Bank Update 

Food Bank items will continue to be collected until the morning of Thursday, December 22nd. Families attending the Winter Solstice are encouraged to bring some items to support a worthy cause. 

2023-2024 Instructional Calendar 

The CBE recently the instructional calendar for the 2023-24 school year. The first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year will be Thursday, August 31st, 2023.

Dec 09
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Dec 9

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

It is hard to believe that we have only 2 more weeks left before classes dismiss for winter break. With the limited time remaining, our staff and students have been hard at work preparing for our upcoming Winter Solstice Learning Celebration. 

Performances are staggered throughout the day for each grade to accommodate an audience. There will also be an opportunity for adults to socialize in the iLab over hot chocolate after the performance. We are trying our best not to limit the number of members attending from each family; however, we do ask you to keep in mind that we have limited space in our gym for the performance. 

December 21st - Winter Solstice Schedule 

9:00-9:30  Grade 3 Perform @ 9:15, Classrooms 9:30-10:00  
10:00-10:30  K AM Perform @10:15, Classrooms 10:30-11:00 
11:00-11:30  Grade 1 Perform @ 11:15, Classrooms 11:30-12:00 
12:30-1:00  Grade 4 Perform @ 12:45, Classrooms 1:00-1:30 
1:15-1:45  K PM Perform @ 1:30, Classrooms 1:45-2:15  
2:15-2:45  Grade 2 Perform @ 2:30, Classrooms 2:45-3:15 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Dec 16 Healthy Hunger (Booster Juice) 
Dec 20 Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars) 
Dec 21 Winter Solstice Celebration of Learning  
Dec 22 Last Day of Classes 
Jan 9 Classes Resume 
Jan 19 School Council Meeting 

Literacy | Family Fun Phonemic Awareness Activity 

Check out the weekly calendar below to find a quick and easy way to practice phonemic awareness at home.  

Monday 

Count the number of syllables 

Tuesday 

Do they rhyme?                   

Wednesday 

Count the words in the sentence 

Thursday 

Same beginning sound 

Friday 

Segmenting and Blending 

In these words: soccer, football,

gymnastics, tennis, baseball 

said/bed 

crash/cup 

sip/sing 

My teacher taught me numbers

and letters! 

Name words that start like break.  

 

Segment skip, snug, scott, staff,stuff 

Numeracy | Make 25 with 5  
Set-up:  

Cards are face value. Jacks are 11, Queens 12 and Kings 13. Aces are worth 1.  

To play:  

Players are dealt five cards each and the remaining cards are stacked face down in a pile in the middle of the table. Players must use all five cards to create a sum of exactly 25. Players go around in a circle and on each turn, they pick up a new card either from the face-down pile or from the discard pile. Players discard one card per turn. First player to create a sum of 25 wins. 

The Season to Give | MRS Community Initiative 

This holiday season, our school is supporting two community efforts to aid our Calgary neighbors. The first is our annual school Food Bank drive. The second is the "Fill-A-Sock" program at the Drop-In Centre. The items collected will be used to fill stockings for unhoused Calgarians and distributed at Christmas. Each class has been assigned one type of food item and one stocking stuffer item to collect, but donations of anything on the list are always welcome. Please ensure the clothing and toiletry items are new. Thank you for your contributions!  

Class Item to Collect 
Lee 

DI: Travel Sized Toiletries 

Food Bank: Canned meat (tuna, turkey, chicken, pop top preferred) 

Villaroman 

DI: Mini Toothbrush/Toothpaste 

Food Bank: Canned tomatoes 

Hildebrand 

DI: Socks and Underwear (adult sized) 

Food Bank: Canned beans 

Schaming 

DI: Mittens and Gloves (adult sized) 

Food Bank: Box baking mix 

McCaw 

DI: Winter Hats (adult sized) 

Food Bank: Pasta 

Potts 

DI: Chocolate and Candies 

Food Bank: Canned vegetables 

Brandley 

DI: Handwarmers 

Food Bank: Cereal 

Giborski 

DI: Travel Mugs 

Food Bank: Canned fruit 

van Ellenberg 

DI: Disposable Razors 

Food Bank: Juice 

Wilpert/Hordo 

DI: Calgary Transit tickets 

Food Bank: KD/Mac and Cheese 

Lackie 

DI: Hand lotions (mini) 

Food Bank: Baby food (stage 3 most needed) 

Watts 

DI: Lip Balms, Deodorant (non-alcohol based) 

Food Bank: Pasta sauce 

Dolan/Kennedy 

DI: Scarves or Neck Warmers 

Food Bank: Rice 

Pittman 

DI: Tim Horton's Gift Cards ($5 or $10) 

Food Bank: Soup 

Giffen 

DI: Cloth Face Masks 

Food Bank: Peanut butter ​


Dec 02
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Dec 2

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

Well, that officially ends a full week of freezing weather that forced staff and students to remain indoors! We are happy to see that an end to the cold is near and encourage everyone to get outside as much as possible this weekend. 

We also want to share our thanks for the donations we have received for our iLab. The iLab is now fully stocked and we are no longer accepting donations at this time. 

Lastly, we want to thank our volunteers who braved the cold yesterday for the Cookie, Cinnamon Buns and Coffee fundraiser pick up day. We are very appreciative of the funds they have raised for our school. 

Wishing everyone a warm weekend, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Dec 6 Healthy Hunger (Edo) 
Dec 9 AM Kindergarten 
Dec 16 Healthy Hunger (Booster Juice) 
Dec 20 Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars) 
Dec 21 Winter Solstice Celebration of Learning  
Dec 22 Last Day of Classes 
Jan 9 Classes Resume 

The Season to Give | MRS Community Initiative 

This holiday season, our school is supporting two community efforts to aid our Calgary neighbors. The first is our annual school Food Bank drive. The second is the "Fill-A-Sock" program at the Drop-In Centre. The items collected will be used to fill stockings for unhoused Calgarians and distributed at Christmas. Each class has been assigned one type of food item and one stocking stuffer item to collect, but donations of anything not on the list are always welcome. Please ensure the clothing and toiletry items are new. Thank you for your contributions!  

Class Item to Collect 
Lee 

DI: Travel Sized Toiletries 

Food Bank: Canned meat (tuna, turkey, chicken, pop top preferred) 

Villaroman 

DI: Mini Toothbrush/Toothpaste 

Food Bank: Canned tomatoes 

Hildebrand 

DI: Socks and Underwear (adult sized) 

Food Bank: Canned beans 

Schaming 

DI: Mittens and Gloves (adult sized) 

Food Bank: Box baking mix 

McCaw 

DI: Winter Hats (adult sized) 

Food Bank: Pasta 

Potts 

DI: Chocolate and Candies 

Food Bank: Canned vegetables 

Brandley 

DI: Handwarmers 

Food Bank: Cereal 

Giborski 

DI: Travel Mugs 

Food Bank: Canned fruit 

van Ellenberg 

DI: Disposable Razors 

Food Bank: Juice 

Wilpert/Hordo 

DI: Calgary Transit tickets 

Food Bank: KD/Mac and Cheese 

Lackie 

DI: Hand lotions (mini) 

Food Bank: Baby food (stage 3 most needed) 

Watts 

DI: Lip Balms, Deodorant (non-alcohol based) 

Food Bank: Pasta sauce 

Dolan/Kennedy 

DI: Scarves or Neck Warmers 

Food Bank: Rice 

Pittman 

DI: Tim Horton's Gift Cards ($5 or $10) 

Food Bank: Soup 

Giffen 

DI: Cloth Face Masks 

Food Bank: Peanut butter 

Winter Solstice Schedule | Dec 21 

Our school community is invited to view a performance component in the gym, followed by a celebration of learning in the classroom. Performances are staggered throughout the day for each grade to accommodate an audience. Please see schedule below. There will also be an opportunity for adults to socialize in the iLab over hot chocolate after the performance.  

9:00-9:30  Grade 3 Perform @ 9:15, Classrooms 9:30-10:00  
10:00-10:30  K AM Perform @10:15, Classrooms 10:30-11:00 
11:00-11:30  Grade 1 Perform @ 11:15, Classrooms 11:30-12:00 
12:30-1:00  Grade 4 Perform @ 12:45, Classrooms 1:00-1:30 
1:15-1:45  K PM Perform @ 1:30, Classrooms 1:45-2:15  
2:15-2:45  Grade 2 Perform @ 2:30, Classrooms 2:45-3:15 

Literacy | Family Fun Phonemic Awareness Activity 

Check out the weekly calendar below to find a quick and easy way to practice phonemic awareness at home.  

Monday 

Count the number of syllables 

Tuesday 

Do they rhyme? 

Wednesday 

Count the words in the sentence 

Thursday 

Same beginning sound 

Friday 

Segmenting and Blending 

In these words:

winter, snowflake,

hibernate, mittens,

freezing 

cat/mat 

hat/dog 

leg/beg 

I love to eat lettuce

and cucumbers 

Same beginning sound?  

winter/wash 

pond/lake 

stop/snip 

 

blend:  

s-l-i-p 

s-n-a-p 

s-t-o-p 

s-c-a-n 

s-l-u-g 

Numeracy | Add and Double  
Set-up:  

Remove all face cards and divide into two piles. Give one pile to each player.  

Aces count as 1s. 

To play:  

Players turn over the card from the top of their pile simultaneously and place in the centre of the table. 

The first to add the numbers together, double them and shout out the answer wins that round and gets to keep both cards. The winner is the player with most cards at the end. 

Example: Players turn over a 3 and a 5 

3 + 5 = 8 

8 x 2  =  16 

The player who shouts out '16' first wins that round. 

Scientific Interest 

Where do snowflakes come from? | Weather Science 

Grade 2 students have begun studying snowflakes. One class braved the cold with black paper, magnifying glasses and sharp eyes to see if they could catch and examine snowflake formations. They were even able to catch some photos of these beautiful works of art.  

Check out this video about snowflakes.  

offer | Family Series | Well-Being 

In CBE, we believe that you can inspire your kids to make healthy lifestyle choices and increase protective factors. However, in order to do so, the right tools and information are needed. That is why we are launching a new five-part web series.  

On Dec. 6, the CBE's Well-Being team will host a free online session with the Community Health Promotion Services Team from Alberta Health Services on the topic of student mental health.  

You are invited to join us at the virtual session from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  

Sign Up Here 

Understanding and Promoting Youth Mental Health for Families and Caregivers  
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 

You will be able to ask questions, hear from others with similar and different experiences and resources will be shared. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. You are a key partner in your child's education and student well-being is critically linked to student achievement. 

Nov 25
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 25

​​​School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

We are excited to announce a save the date on December 21st for our first inaugural Winter Solstice Celebration of Learning. Our school community will be invited to view a performance component in the gym, followed by a celebration of learning in the classroom. Performances will be staggered throughout the day for each grade to accommodate an audience. There will also be an opportunity for adults to socialize in the iLab over hot chocolate.  

We are excited to bring our community together and to share the incredible work students have been engaging in this year. Stay tuned for further information. 

We also want to thank our families that were able to attend either in-person or virtually during conferences this week. This is an important chance for the school and families to celebrate successes and to set new goals as we move further into the school year. For those that were unable to make a conference, we encourage you to reach out to the classroom teacher to find a time to connect. 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Dec 1 Self-Esteem Matters Zoom Workshop 
Dec 2 PM Kindergarten 
Dec 6 Healthy Hunger (Edo) 
Dec 16 Healthy Hunger (Booster Juice) 
Dec 20 Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars) 
Dec 21 Winter Solstice Celebration of Learning  
Dec 22 Last Day of Classes 
Jan 9 Classes Resume 

Author Presentation – Wonder Pup Series 

This week we had author Angela Murphy come to present books from the Wonder Pup Series to our K-2 students. This series is an excellent opportunity for our students to better understand strategies for self-regulation and to talk themself up. We also thank Angela as she is sharing a list of learning activities that can be used by our teachers in the classroom. She also shared 5 books from the series that are available for student use in our library. 

Self-Esteem MATTERS– Dec 1 @ 6pm 

Child Safe Canada will be presenting a one hour ZOOM based ADULT workshop that introduces the essentials to developing self-esteem in children and youth. Specialists from Child Safe Canada and Calgary Mental Health and Wellness will discuss topics such as attachment, self-regulation, self-talk, naming, and affirmations. There will be a Q and A following the presentation through the chat. 

Please watch for a School Messenger on Nov 28 for the link. 

Literacy | Family Fun Phonemic Awareness Activity 

Check out the weekly calendar below to find a quick and easy way to practice phonemic awareness at home.  

Monday 

Count the number of syllables 

Tuesday 

Do they rhyme? 

Wednesday 

Count the words in the sentence 

Thursday 

Same beginning sound 

Friday 

Segmenting and Blending 

In these words: eggs, pancakes,

butter, syrup, nourishment 

chair/stare 

car/far 

start/ finish 

A tiger has large claws. 

Name 3 words that

start like winter 

Segment:  

slip,snap, 

stop, scan, slug 

Numeracy | Lucky 25 Math Game 

Set Up: Remove Jokers and place all 52 cards face down in a grid on the table. Aces count as 1s, Jacks as 11s, Queens as 12s and Kings as 13s. 

To play:  

Players take turns to flip over three cards. If the card values add up to 25 (eg King + 4 + 8 = 25), they get to keep all three cards and have another go. If not, they turn the cards back face down and the next player takes their turn. The player with the most cards at the end wins. 

Scientific Interest 

What is Winter Solstice?  

“On December 21st, here in the northern hemisphere, we experience the shortest day of the year and inevitably the darkest day of the year. This is called the winter solstice. After the winter solstice, we start to get back our sunlight little by little until we make it to the summer solstice." (Little Bins, Little Hands

Check out this cool 3D virtual manipulative for illustrating the solstices and equinoxes.  

iLab Update 

We are very grateful for all the donations we have received. Our iLab is now fully stocked and students are excited to engage with the wide variety of materials.  At this time, we are no longer accepting donations as we have run out of space. We will likely send another request later in the year. Thank you to our Maple Ridge families for supporting our students as they Imagine, Inquire, Innovate, and Inspire! 

Scholastic Book Fair  

Thank you to those students who visited our Scholastic Book Fair this past week. For parents, family and friends that were not able to make it, please visit our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Orders will ship to our school for free, and more information will follow regarding the pickup of your order. 

Visit our school's Virtual Book Fair Extension site using this link: 

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5195616 

The link will be open until Sunday, November 27th.  Please be sure to fill out the teacher field on online orders. 

Happy Reading! 

Nov 18
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 18

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

As you may be aware, we have noticed an increase in student and staff absence at Maple Ridge School that began in early November. While we have remained below the CBE average for absenteeism due to illness, we will continue to monitor the situation. For those interested, you can visit the CBE website to view daily absence rates from the previous day. 

We also ask that when you have a chance, please look at the items below as we have quite a lengthy list of important items to share. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. 

Take care, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Nov 18 Parent Teacher Conference Booking Opens @ 8:00am 
Nov 18 Healthy Hunger (Kernels) 
Nov 18 AM Kindergarten 
Nov 22 Healthy Hunger (Little Cesars) 
Nov 24 No School for AM or PM Kindergarten (due to conferences) 
Nov 24/25 Parent Teacher Conferences  
Dec 2 PM Kindergarten 
Dec 6 Healthy Hunger (Edo) 
Dec 16 Healthy Hunger (Booster Juice) 
Dec 22 Last Day of Classes 

Self-Esteem MATTERS– Dec 1 @ 6pm 

Child Safe Canada will be presenting a one hour ZOOM based ADULT workshop that introduces the essentials to developing self-esteem in children and youth. Specialists from Child Safe Canada and Calgary Mental Health and Wellness will discuss topics such as attachment, self-regulation, self-talk, naming, and affirmations. There will be a Q and A following the presentation through the chat. 

Please watch for a School Messenger on Nov 28 for the link. 

School Conferences (Nov 24 & 25) 

We will continue to use the My CBE Power School online booking system. The booking system is now open.  

Literacy | Getting to Know Decodable Books 

An exciting new addition of decodable books are now available in many CBE schools including Maple Ridge! Decodable books are a great resource that bring new learning opportunities to literacy programming. These books help teach students decoding skills, enabling them to practice phonics patterns and high frequency words in a fun way. 

Please take a look at this video to learn more about what decodable books are and how they are being used with students.   

Numeracy | Family Fun Activity to Support Fluency 

As we continue to support students become more fluent with mathematics, we wanted to share an activity you can do at home. Below is a quick activity to support estimation and measurement:  

“Invite your child to estimate the length of objects around the house. For example, ask your child to predict how many footsteps it will take to measure the length of a room or how many hands it will take to measure the length of a table. Use the language of estimation to describe the estimate, for example, the table is about 17 hands long"  

Scientific Interest 

What is math? Is it invented, or discovered? Check out this fantastic article that was inspired by a Tik Tok post and “re-ignited a very ancient and unresolved debate in the philosophy of science."  

iLab Update 

We are very grateful for all the donations we have received. Our iLab is now fully stocked and students are excited to engage with the wide variety of materials.  At this time, we are no longer accepting donations as we have run out of space. We will likely send another request later in the year. Thank you to our Maple Ridge families for supporting our students as they Imagine, Inquire, Innovate, and Inspire! 

Scholastic Book Fair Countdown! 

Our school's Scholastic Book Fair starts next week! It will be open from Tuesday, November 22nd to Friday, November 25th. 

Your investment in your reader also helps our whole school. All purchases earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school's library. 

Students will be able to bring money to shop at school on Thursday or parents can shop with their students Thursday evening or Friday morning at conferences.  Credit and Debit are accepted.  For parents, family and friends that cannot enter our school, don't forget to visit our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Orders will ship to our school for free, and more information will follow regarding the pickup of your order. 

Visit our school's Virtual Book Fair Extension site using this link: 

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5195616 

The link will be open until Sunday, November 27th.  Please be sure to fill out the teacher field on online orders. 

Happy Reading! ​

Nov 10
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Nov 10

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS, 

We are so proud of how our students respectfully participated in today's assembly as they gathered to reflect and honor those that have served their country.  

We also want to thank the many families who participated in our Wall of Heroes. The response to this was amazing as we have many students that shared their connection to this day. 

We hope that our MRS families can put time aside tomorrow to reflect and honour Canada's Armed Forces Veteran's 

With appreciation, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No School) 
Nov 17 School Council Meeting @ 6:30 
Nov 17 Parent Teacher Conference Booking Opens @ 4:00pm 
Nov 18 Healthy Hunger (Kernels) 
Nov 18 AM Kindergarten 
Nov 22 Healthy Hunger (Little Cesars) 
Nov 24/25 Parent Teacher Conferences  
Dec 2 PM Kindergarten 
Dec 6 Healthy Hunger (Edo) 
Dec 16 Healthy Hunger (Booster Juice) 
Dec 22 Last Day of Classes 

School Conferences (Nov 24 & 25) 

We will continue to use the My CBE Power School online booking system and will open the booking process to parents on Nov 17 @ 4pm.  

More information will be shared prior to opening the booking process. 

Outdoor Breaks at School 

We recognize the value of outdoor breaks such as recess and lunch during the school day, however, when the weather is cold, outdoor breaks may not be a viable option. We call this a BLUE day. 

When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder, including the wind-chill factor, it is recommended that students be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada.  

Note | this temperature is provided as a guideline and may be adjusted for the school/activity. 

Transportation Delays 

During the winter, roads may also be congested and slippery resulting in traffic and bus delays. Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may also occur more frequently at this time of year. We ask that all children are dressed appropriately for the colder weather as buses cool off very quickly. 

If you are looking for real time route information, Southland Transportation uses MyBusStop App and My School Bus Monitor for messages on delays.  

The specific code for Maple Ridge School is CBEVZBKH46 

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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

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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