Bus Drop-Off Changes
Please see the attached information that went home regarding school bus and dismissal changes for our students.
September 27th: Terry Fox Run - with Special Guest: Fred Fox!
This year we have a special guest coming to make a presentation at our Terry Fox Run, Mr. Fred Fox! Fred is Terry's brother and will be making a special appearance at our Super Hero themed event. Family members are encouraged to join in our run for this very important Cancer-fighting cause!
Assembly at 9 am; Run at 10 am
Sept. 30th: Orange Shirt Day Residential Schools Assembly and Smudging Room Grand Opening
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day which is a national day set aside to learn about Residential Schools in Canada. We have chosen this day to hold an assembly in remembrance of the devastating legacy of residential schools and to officially open the new smudging room at Lakedell School. We will be sharing together with student drumming, dancing, stories, and speeches in our first annual Orange Shirt Day Assembly. Please join us on this special day starting at 1:30 pm.
Smudging Open House and Community Information Night with Jerry Saddleback - September 30th 6:00 pm.
With the addition of our new smudging room to our re-modeled front entryway, we are offering a Community Information Night and Smudging Open House with special guest Jerry Saddleback. Coffee, Tea and Snacks will be provided for everyone; please feel free to come listen, learn, and ask questions!
2016-2017 Kickoff Assembly and Activities September 12th
We will be "Kicking Off" our school year with our Welcome Assembly at 10:10 am in the gymnasium. The afternoon will feature a series of fun activities with the students in mixed grade family groups. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun as we Kick Off another year of fun at Lakedell School!
2016-2017 School Year Information: Calendars, Supply Lists, Office Hours
The first day for students is September 6, 2016.
**ECS supplies are provided collectively through the school through a $20 fee assigned to parents. Students will still require running shoes, a backpack, lunch kit, and headphones.**
The school office will be open August 31st, Sept. 1, and Sept. 2.
Smudging Information for 2016-2017 School Year
We recently sent home the following information regarding Smudging at Lakedell School.
Exciting Changes Coming to Our Front Entryway this Summer!
As advertised during our Student Led Conferences in March, we are excited to announce that Lakedell School is receiving a renovation over this coming summer break!
Our front entryway will look significantly different when the 2016-2017 school year commences; with new Administrative Offices for Mrs. Peters and Mr. Van Someren, a new office added for Mrs. Hill, a ventilated smudging room, new front entry doors to the school, new gym doors and hallway doors, a welcoming area by the gymnasium, as well as new flooring, lighting and drop ceilings.
To help prepare our school for the addition of the wisdom tradition of smudging, Grade 4-6 student volunteers from our Smudging Leadership Group are learning about the significance and importance of smudging to the Maskwacis Cree Community and will be sharing with the other classrooms towards the end of this school year and again in the fall.
As cited in the WRPS Admin Procedure 164 – Smudging in Schools:
“The focus of school is to be a place of learning. The inclusion of relevant cultural, spiritual and traditional knowledge and practices in schools can positively impact student success. Smudging is a relevant Aboriginal practice.”
“4. Smudging is used to begin ceremonies, meetings or other gatherings, though it can also be performed on its own. Smudging is used to commence a new day. The smudge is lit and the resulting smoke is regarded as a purifying agent for the mind, body and spirit.
“9. Smudging is a voluntary informed act.”
“10. Communication about smudging will occur with students, staff and families. They will be informed about why people smudge, what smudging is, when it will occur and where it will take place. This will be an ongoing process.”
“14. The School Principal will ensure teaching about smudging in the school to students, staff and families through classroom instruction, student assemblies and school council meetings.”
Families that are interested in learning more about smudging or why Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools are including smudging rooms into their schools are encouraged to reference our Admin Procedure 164 (http://www.wrps.ab.ca/download/27392) and/or contact the Principal who would be happy to discuss this exciting change to our school.
The project is funded through Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) funds from the Provincial Government, it should be noted that these funds are specifically designated for school upgrading, the IMR funds allocated for this project are not able to be used for staffing, programming materials, resources etc.
If you have any questions or concerns about our Front Entryway Upgrade please contact the Principal at the school for clarification.
Mr. Van Someren
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