Thanks to the generous donations of our LLR families, during our May Cash for Care philanthropy we raised more than $3200 for the Red Cross to help Edmonton Emergency Relief efforts for Fort McMurray residents who have been displaced. Our families have also donated numerous items to aide these efforts and last Friday, one of our parents drove her vehicle filled with your donations to Northlands.  Tools for School, an effort between the United Way and Staples, is delivering backpacks with school supplies for our new students from Fort McMurray.

 As of today, 12 students from Fort McMurray schools have registered at LLR. Fort McMurray parents have been overwhelmed by the tangible evidence in the form of donations coming in to assist displaced and burned out families.  Several teared up when they witnessed this generosity from our Lakeland Ridge families as we are still receiving items for evacuatees.  We are humbled by the outpouring of kindness from our LLR families. Some of you are accommodating relatives, others are hosting friends, and some are housing people you didn't even know because you had a spare bedroom and believed it was the right thing to do.  You make us all proud.

 On our Professional Development Day this Friday, May 13, we are inviting our Fort McMurray families to join our teachers for lunch so we can connect residents of Fort McMurray with each other and with our teaching staff. The wellbeing of these families and their children and the stamina to start over in a new community, even if only temporarily, has certainly been aided by knowing that they are not in this alone.


Karla Satchwell


Kindergarten Information Night - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

 Families who have a child registered for 2016-2017 school year, are invited to attend our Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. to take a tour of the school; meet the teachers and learn about the typical day in Kindergarten and the importance of play-based learning. To help families prepare even more, Elk Island Public Schools has compiled a wealth of information on its website ( Additional information regarding Lakeland Ridge’s Kindergarten program, can be found on our school website at


Next Steps- Continuing Education Summer Youth Camps

Please click on the link Summer Youth Camps for more information!

EIPS Division Calendars

The Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees has approved the division calendar for the 2016 2017 school year.

Click here for the 2015 2016 school year.

2015 EIPS Parent Survey Results

The Fall 2015 EIPS Parent Survey was drafted based on key Accountability Pillar Survey questions and a System Satisfaction Survey that was administered across EIPS from 1999 to 2005.   The survey was concise and gathered parent feedback on key educational quality characteristics: the quality of teaching, the quality of school leadership, communication and parent involvement, citizenship and discipline.   The survey results will improve EIPS’ overall accountability structure and provide valuable data for school and division planning.  3,173 surveys were completed by parents. This is approximately a 19% response rate.

Survey Results:

LLR Results

EIPS Results


Obituary- Kellie Smith

McGhan-Smith, Kellie Gretchen April 22, 1973 – March 9, 2016 On March 9, 2016, Kellie passed after a heroic battle with cancer.  Lovingly remembered by her husband, Stefan; children, Jackson, Hudson, Griffin; brother, Michael (Danielle); brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Shauna; mother, Chris; father, Eric; mother and father-in-laws, Carole and Bob; grandmother, Margarete Jeske; and grandfather, Rae McGhan (Dorthea). Kellie will also be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and special friends.  Kellie was predeceased by her grandmother, Jean McGhan and grandfather, Bruno Jeske.

Kellie began working for Elk Island Public School in 1996 working as a substitute teacher, then teaching at Chipman, Westboro, and finally Lakeland Ridge.  She also worked as a consultant for Alberta Initiatives for School Improvement project.  Kellie was nominated for the Edwin Parr Award, an award recognizing excellent first year teachers for their outstanding teaching and service.  As those of you who knew her can attest, she was kind, thoughtful, full of energy, and displayed a sensitivity to others which endeared her to staff and students alike.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kellie’s memory may be made to The Lakeland Ridge Public School for memorial benches to be placed in the playground for the grade three buddies program.

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