Muir Lake School Leadership Teams

To the Muir Lake School Community … From Your Leadership Teams

Stride Goudie KarenIt has been a privilege to serve the students, staff and parents at Muir Lake School for the past four years. This leadership experience has provided me with powerful opportunities to foster a culture of trust, collaboration, innovation, creativity, risk-taking, shared leadership and transparency.  We have worked together through a team-oriented, collaborative approach to fulfill Parkland’s mission of preparing, engaging and inspiring our students to be their best in a quickly changing global community. At Muir Lake School … the world has opened up … and I leave you with this challenge … Continue on your innovative learning journey of creating opportunities for our 21 Century digital learners with passion, perseverance and resiliency. Thank you!

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Dickson for serving our Muir Lake School Community as Acting Assistant Principal with such excellence!

Karen Stride-Goudie – Principal

 I have had a fantastic year as your Acting Assistant Principal! The experience I have gained is invaluable to me as both an educator and a learner. Having the opportunity to work closely with students, staff and parents to continue delivering the best possible education to our students and future leaders at Muir Lake School has been tremendously rewarding! I am looking forward to all that the future holds, and  I am excited to welcome our new Admin team to Muir Lake School!

 Nealle Dickson – Acting Assistant Principal


Gail Ferguson-2015-2016 photo (2)Hello!  I would like to send out a special thanks to Mrs. Stride-Goudie, Mrs. Dickson, Mrs. Garley, Mrs. Williams and Muir Lake staff members and Muir Lake School Council for the warm welcome I have received to your school.  What a great place for learning! I look forward to getting to know students, staff and parents as we begin the 2015-2016 school year together.  “Oh, the places we’ll go!”  I wish you all a wonderful summer that includes lots of reading, exploring, and time for you and your family.

Gail Ferguson – Principal


Shireen MohammedHello Muir Lake Students and Parents! I am very excited to be joining Muir Lake School for the 2015-2016 school year. I have been with Parkland School Division for 25 years, in which I have had the good fortune of participating in numerous roles, including teaching special education, early and middle years , programming support, inclusive education, counselling  and Assistant Principal. I look forward to an incredible year ahead of   continued learning and growing with students, staff and parents. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Shireen Mohammed –  Assistant Principal


We officially WELCOME Mrs. Ferguson & Ms. Mohammed to Muir Lake School as your new Leadership Team!


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Just a quick blog post … to wish our Muir Lake School Community a FANTASTIC summer!

THANK YOU for the privilege of working with your children and teenagers!  We are truly BLESSED!

George Whitman stated, “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher”.


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May you enjoy AMAZING time with family and friends this summer!                       Relax … Refresh … Rejuvenate … Connect … 

Muir Lake School Staff

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Fun Day Tomorrow (Grades 1-5)

Tomorrow is Fun Day!! Yeah!! Big thanks in advance to all of our volunteers who are coming out tomorrow. It couldn’t happen without you.

Please make sure that your child has sunscreen on prior to coming to school. If they bring their sunscreen with them teachers and volunteers will remind them to reapply at lunch time. Please send a water bottle as well. We will have cold water outside so students can refill their bottles when needed. A sun hat and light clothes are also necessary as the temperature is supposed to reach 27 tomorrow.

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Identity Day Schedule

We are so excited for our grade 1-5 students to celebrate who they are! The following is a schedule to let you know when your child’s class will be hosting visitors for their Identity Fair project.

Grade 1: 8:45am-9:30am

Grade 2: 10:00am – 10:45am

Grade 3: 10:45am – 11:30am

Grade 4: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Grade 5: 1:15pm – 2:00pm

*Please come during the allotted times to ensure that the students are in their classrooms to show off who they are :).

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CTF Week – June 22nd-26th


CTF Week is happening at Muir Lake School next week!  

CTF (Career & Technology Foundations) supports flexible, interdisciplinary learning where students explore interests and passions while making personal connections to career possibilities and technologies associated with various Career and Technology Studies (CTS) occupational areas. CTF is designed to be a unique curriculum that allows students to learn about occupational areas. Students will develop skills in the areas of business, communication, human services, resources, and technology while working through engaging challenges.

Our students have spent time prior to CTF Week brainstorming, peer interviewing, planning and developing their own individual or group challenges to work through during CTF Week.

This is an exciting introduction to the CTF Curriculum that will be in place next year throughout Alberta. We are really looking forward to this engaging week of student centered learning that will be occurring.

Please join us on Friday, June 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am  as the students showcase their learning.

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Identity Fair- June 23rd

Here follows a copy of the parent letter that was sent home last week. The letter gives extra information regarding the upcoming Identity Fair.


How could you effectively share a part of your identity with your friends at Muir Lake School?


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like you and your child  to prepare a display that demonstrates one of their interests, pastimes, hobbies, or family history.  Everyone, staff and students, will share a display on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. You will complete one sentence (I chose to share ________________________________ because_____________________ ) to be displayed on your desk  with your objects.  Then we will have a chance to tour through the school to see everyone else’s.  Your display can be nice and simple, or as complicated as you would like to make it.


Example of simpler display:


I chose to share my love of baseball because I am a player and I’m also a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays.   I will bring in my baseball glove, photos of me playing, a poster of the Blue Jays, and my baseball cap.


Example of a more complex display:


I chose to share my family’s Ukrainian heritage because I love my Bab and all the cultural things she does with me.  We make perogies, we do needlework, we paint eggs, and I am now taking Ukrainian dancing lessons.    I will bring some Ukrainian Easter eggs, family photos, map of the Ukraine, a display board with interesting facts about the Ukraine, some pioneer photos of Ukrainian immigrants to Alberta, the history of my family name, and my dancing clothes.


So get planning!!!! This is a chance to share a little something about yourself.  Check the Muir Lake School blog.

Picture Grades 1 to 5  setting up their displays on their desks, and then taking turns “hosting” everyone else, as we snake our way through the classrooms.  What a great way to get to know each other better!! So, parents, we ask that you help your child think about what identity project they’d like to consider.  Parents please help your child gather their information and materials and remember the area of display is the size of their desk.   This is meant to be a school-home project.  We invite you to come in and enjoy the Fair, too.  


We’re looking forward to Tuesday when we can learn more about each other!

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