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. ​

Sep 24
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Sept 24

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

It was a true pleasure to virtually meet the parents of MRS these past two days.  While it would be ideal for our families to be able to come into our school to visit the classroom and observe student work, we are pleased that our virtual meetings allow for some form of face-to-face interaction. 

As an important reminder, next week the Government of Canada has proclaimed Sept. 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The intention of the day is to recognize and honour residential school survivors, their families and communities. It will also ensure that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. 

As part of Truth and Reconciliation week, Maple Ridge School will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on September 29th with an early morning assembly to acknowledge the land and there will be an outdoor visual story walk for classes to access throughout the day on Wednesday. 

We are excited to continue moving this important work forward alongside our students. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Sept 29 Orange Shirt Day 
Sept 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (No School) 
Oct 1 Healthy Hunger (Booster Juice) 
Oct 5 Terry Fox Run 
Oct 11 Thanksgiving Day (No School) 
Oct 13 Healthy Hunger (Little Caesars) 

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. 

Lunchroom Registration 

Any student that stays at school for lunch is required to be registered for Lunch Supervision.  If you have yet to register your child, please do so by Friday, October 1.  For information related to the Lunch Supervision Program click here.  Registration is completed within your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. 

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! 

Diagnostic Assessments  

The Government of Alberta announced one time funding for additional supports for Grade 1 to Grade 3 students focused on literacy and math. This initiative is intended to help school districts and educators measure how classroom disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting student learning and to provide some additional supports.  

Assessing students early in the school year to determine their educational needs and to plan for instruction is a regular part of every school year. Much like a diagnostic assessment your doctor gives you during a visit (like checking your blood pressure, or taking your temperature), for educators, the diagnostic assessments that we traditionally use are designed to offer a quick “temperature check" several weeks after the start of classes to prioritize instructional content and identify students for whom more personalized learning may be required. This year is no different, except that instead of using some of the tools we may have used in the past, we will be using available diagnostic tools provided by Alberta Education as part of this initiative.   

Our Grade 2 and 3 classes have been collecting information about students and assessing their literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. These assessments are activities that will be done by your child's teacher, during school time, before the end of September. Grade 1 students will be assessed in January 2022. 

At the individual school level, diagnostic assessment results can be used by teachers to help identify and address gaps in student foundational understanding of numbers and skills required for reading. Given the nature of diagnostic assessments, these inform planning for next steps. Diagnostic assessment information is not used when determining report card grades.   

Healthy Hunger  

Healthy Hunger is a way for interested parents to provide their child with a snack or lunch at school.  As an added benefit, a portion of the money raised comes back to the school and be used to benefit student learning.  On behalf of our School Council, we would like to take this opportunity to share the following message: 

Simple Online Ordering for Maple Ridge's School lunch program. 

Help Maple Ridge fundraise and take a day off from making lunches!  

Register your child at: https://healthyhunger.ca/parent-register 

Upcoming dates:  

October 1- Booster Juice  

October 13- Little Caesars 

*Kindergarten can order when it falls on a Friday for a snack* 

Sep 10
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Sept 10

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

With our second week of school complete, we have noticed that our students have developed a strong understanding of school routines and expectations, and that they are adjusting well in their return to learning. 

As a school, we unfortunately still are not able to gather in our gym for what would be a typical start of year assembly. To continue our focus on building a sense of community and belonging, we will be having a virtual welcome assembly on Tuesday morning, September 14th. We have heard rumors that Piggie and Gerald might be making a return to Maple Ridge... 

Stay tuned, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Sept 16 

Virtual School Council Meeting (6:30pm) 

Sept 23 – 24 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference 

Sept 30 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (No School) 

Oct 11 

Thanksgiving Day (No School) 

Opening Package 

The opening package for all students has been sent home and we are asking for these forms to please be returned no later than next Friday, September 17th.  As a friendly reminder, the Demographic Form must be signed and returned by a Parent/Guardian regardless of whether changes are required. Once completed, please have the students return the forms to their classroom teacher. 

Exterior Doors 

After a couple of conversations with families, it has come to our attention that we have not shared an update regarding some of the work that is being done at our school. The exciting news is that our school is in the process of receiving new exterior doors and it is anticipated that this work will be completed by winter break.  As this work will cause some disruptions to our entrances at different points of the project, we commit to providing clear and timely communication with our families to ensure there is a minimal impact on our students, staff and families. 

Bussing 

If your child rides the bus and you decide they are not to take the bus home on a particular day, we ask that you do the following: 

  • Same day notice - please call the school for confirmation so that we can update our attendance records 403-777-6280 

  • At least one day's notice - please email classroom teacher and mapleridge@cbe.ab.ca  

School Council Meeting 

You are invited to attend our first School Council Meeting on Thursday, September 16 at 6:30pm. 

Click here to join the meeting 

We look forward to connecting with our parent community. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

We would like to invite all parents to join us for upcoming virtual conferences.  

Thursday, September 23 (4:00pm – 8:00pm)  

  • Regular day of instruction for students 

Friday, September 24 (8:00am – 12:00pm)  

  • No School for Students  

Online registration for meeting times is available through MyCBE/PowerSchool as of Thursday, September 16 at 4:00pm.  

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

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

Scientific Interest 

Science is alive and well in all classrooms this week. One class in particular conducted the “walking water” experiments. This afternoon grade 1 students were excitedly remarking on what happened and how “cool” it was.  

Check out the experiment here!  

Sep 03
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | Sept 3


 

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

With our first week of school officially complete, we are excited to share that it was a success.  Having experience from last year with implementing covid guidelines and learning new protocols, we have been able to start the year with a strong focus on learning.  While we recognize that our families may have differing opinions on the safety protocols and guidelines that the CBE has implemented for all CBE schools, we greatly appreciate the support and understanding from all of you as we continue to move forward.  

We had the great fortune of spending time in each classroom over these first three days and it was incredible to see the learning begin right from day one. We saw students engaged in experiments, using their observation skills, playing math games and getting to know their classmates as they worked through various design challenges. Learning is alive at Maple Ridge School and we look forward to the upcoming experiences your students will engage in.  

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Sept 6 

No School – Labour Day 

Sept 9 

School Picture Day 

Sept 16 

Virtual School Council Meeting 

Sept 23 – 24 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference 

Sept 30 

No School (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) 

Relaxed Entry & Bell Times 

For the first week, teachers and staff met the students outside in the morning to ensure that students knew where to go when they entered the building.  Starting Tuesday, September 7th, we will resume with a staggered entry approach.   

  • 8:47am (Exterior doors open) 

  • Kindergarten (West doors) 

  • Grade 1-2 (North doors) 

  • Grade 3-4 (South doors- main office entrance) 

  • 8:55am (Bell rings) 

  • All students entered by this point 

For more information, please view the following updated calendars from our school website: 

Lifetouch 

School photos will be on Thursday, September 9th and like last year, only individual photos will be taken, and no props will be used. The photos will take place in our gymnasium, and to manage traffic flow, we will use separate entrance and exit doors.  Retakes will be on Wednesday, October 20th. 

Opening Package 

At the beginning of every school year, a package containing several important forms for you to fill out is sent home. This package will be sent home early next week. 

School Council 

The role of school council is to provide parents with an opportunity to become involved in and discuss issues that impact their children’s education. The following message is from our council chair, Dan Langlois. 

Welcome back to all our families, and welcome to the new families joining our school community. I trust everyone has enjoyed their summer, even though it does seem to have been shorter than normal! We will be having our first parent council meetings of the year on Thursday September 16 starting at 6:00 pm. It will be an online format again in which an invite will be sent out closer to the day. We are still looking to have a few positions filled on the council and PTA and as always, we welcome everyone to attend and help in any way they can. We look forward to a great school year as we slowly return to some normalcy and hope to see you at the meeting. 

Dan Langlois 

Chair 

On behalf of Maple Ridge School, we want to thank our School Council for the support we receive, and we look forward to working together again this year.  

Meeting Dates  

September 16

October 21

November 18

January 20 

February 24

April 21

May 26 

Bussing 

Southland Transportation has an app called MyBusStop. This app allows families to track where their child’s bus is located. For more information, go to MyBusStop. In order to register you will need our school bus code and your child’s bus route. The bus code for our school is CBEBEKBA30

Scientific Interest 

While sitting outside with a grade one student with a sharp eye for grasshoppers, we noticed how far a grasshopper jumped and that it had wings. This led to a beautiful discussion about how grasshoppers jump. Check out this slow motion video describing the science behind the jump. ​


Aug 27
Maple Ridge Weekly Update | August 27

School Update 

To the students and families of MRS,  

We are excited to welcome everyone back and to meet our new families that will be joining us.  Over the last little bit, our staff have been busy working to get everything ready for our first day of school on Wednesday, September 1st.   

We recognize that in our current COVID-19 reality, and with a continuation of in-person learning, many of our families may have questions that still linger.  To help mitigate any of these, please note that student and staff well-being will continue to be a top priority. We will begin the year with many of the same precautions as we ended the school year with. These include handwashing, face mask guidelines, physical distancing (where possible) and enhanced cleaning protocols. 

As a friendly reminder, it is necessary that students continue to be assessed using the self-screening form daily before school. The following link will allow you to download the most current Alberta Health daily checklist. Please print a copy of the Self-screening Questionnaire. Students showing symptoms as described on the Self-screening Questionnaire must remain home. Visit this link for up-to-date CBE COVID-19 information and you access the CBE Re-Entry planning information for more details. 

We hope everyone makes the most of the final days before school is back. 

To all students, we can’t wait to see you! 

Kind regards, 

David Laidlaw and Sandy McNeil 

Upcoming Important Dates 

Aug 27 – 31 

School Office Open (8:30am – 2:00pm) 

Sept 1 

Classes Resume (Grade 1-4) 

  • 8:55am – 3:40pm 

Sept 1-2 

Classes Resume (Kindergarten) 

  • AM Students 

  • Surname A-L 9:00am - 10:00 am 

  • Surname M-Z 10:30am - 11:30 am 

  • PM Students 

  • Surname A-L 1:00pm - 2:00 pm 

  • Surname M-Z 2:30pm - 3:30 pm 

  • No Bussing for K Students 

More detailed information for kindergarten students will be shared on Monday, Aug 30th  

Sept 6 

No School – Labour Day 

Sept 9 

School Picture Day 

Sept 23 – 24 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference 

Sept 30 

No School (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) 

Welcome Email 

All families will receive an email from their classroom teacher by Tuesday, August 31 to help facilitate a smooth start to the year. For the first week of school, teachers will meet the students outside near their entrance door with a sign with their name and grade on it. 

Student Entry 

We will continue to minimize occasions of large gatherings of students and manage movement of students in hallways. 

Entrances and Exits: All students will have assigned doors for entry and exit and directed movement in the building. 

  • Kindergarten AM/PM: West Doors 

  • Grade 1 and 2: North Doors (closest to park) 

  • Grade 3 and 4: South Doors (Main Entrance to office) 

  • Late students: after 8:55 am use South Doors 

Lunch 

  • Students will continue to eat in their classrooms 

  • Each classroom will be assigned a lunch supervisor 

  • There will be two lunch periods: 

  • 11:16am-12:00pm Grade 3&4 

  • 12:16pm-1:00pm Grade 1&2 

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized both before and after students eat. 

Lunch Registration 

Students in grade 1-4 may stay at school over the lunch break to eat their lunch and to have an active living break. Effective September 1, 2021, you will be able to register for Lunch Supervision and this can be done by signing into your MyCBE account, Student Fees, Lunch Supervision Application form. The lunch supervision fee will be assigned to your account around mid-October.  

All fees are paid online using your MyCBE account.    

Transportation 

If you have not yet registered for Transportation, please do so as soon as possible.  The process can take up to 6 weeks and during this time your child will not have access to this service.  You can register by signing in to your MyCBE account, Student Fees, Transportation Application. 

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 

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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