Accountability Pillar Survey

Information for parents:Survey

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 (change to grades 4-12 if applicable) will receive a survey from Alberta Education.  In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 (change to grades 4-12 if applicable) and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.

Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2016, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.

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MCHS Open House

Memorial Composite High School be hosting an evening event for “First-Time Parents” on Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 pm.  This evening is meant for parents seeing their first child through high school.  This will provide an opportunity for parents to become familiar with the school and to meet the school administration and counsellors.  Students are not to attend.

The “First Choice Open House” evening will be held at Memorial Composite High School on Thursday, March 3rd starting at 7:00 pm.  Open House will start with a welcoming address in the large gym.  There will be an Advanced Placement English meeting from 6:30 to 7:00 pm on the same evening for anybody interested in learning more about this program.  All Grade 9 students are encouraged to attend the Open House evening together with their parents in order to make their final course selections for high school.

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Choir Update

Feb. 3, 2016

Just a quick update for the 3-6 choir.

I apologize if I have created any confusion, but I sent home a new choir form today that must be signed.  Because we will be travelling by bus to the choral celebration, I need to obtain written permission for this and had forgotten that in the initial form.  Please discard the first form and sign the new one sent home today.  :)

Also, if your child already purchased a T-shirt last term, you DO NOT need to buy another.  This is just meant for those who are new to choir this term.

Thank you!

Mrs. Gottenbos

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Funeral Service – John Garley


Funeral Services for John will take place on Tuesday February 9th at the Spruce Grove Alliance Church at 250 Century Road in Spruce Grove AB.  Viewing will commence at 1:00 pm and the service will be at 2:00 p.m.  There will be a light lunch after the service.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Garley’s husband, John. As you may have heard, John Garley was one of the victims of the avalanche in McBride, B.C. on Friday, January 29th, 2016.

Thank you to those of you who have come to the school or phoned in with gestures of kindness and support.  We are sure Mrs. Garley and her family will be comforted by your kind words. We are blessed to work in such a caring school community.

Many of our students coming into the school today were aware of this very sad news and have been supported by staff and each other.  We are aware that students process loss in different ways and we would encourage you to talk and listen to your children to assist them in understanding this loss.  

Condolences on behalf of the Muir Lake School have been sent to the family.  They have been assured that our thoughts and prayers are with them now and in the coming days and weeks.  

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for anyone wishing to support the Garley family at 

If families desire to send condolences they may use Mrs. Garley’s email address:  Any cards brought in to the office will be delivered to the family.

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Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Feelin Groovy

Book Fair is coming!  We will be setting up on Monday February 1st in the morning and it will run through until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday February 3rd at which time we will take down the displays. You can even visit the Fair during the Parent/Teacher Interviews which will take place on the 1st & 2nd.

Many of you have faithfully volunteered for this event and we have appreciated you so very much.  We need volunteers to help once again.  If you can help students choose books, handle the cash desk, or supervise during class visits, please let us know. Anything you choose to do would be appreciated.

If you are able to help, please complete the form that is linked HERE and return it to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible.  Without your support we would not be able to have this event – we require approximately 10-12 people to run for the three days.

We look forward to working with you to make our book fair an exciting reading event for everyone!

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Rafiki Fundraiser for Free the Children

Did you know that rafiki means “friend”? Well you can now buy some friendship bracelets at our school. The We Care team is selling rafiki bracelets to raise money for the Free the Children Foundation. The women who make these rafiki bracelets are the Kenyan Mamas, they do this to get money to support themselves and their families(sustainable income). 50% of the money is given to the kenyan mamas who make them and their family, and the other 50% goes to Free the Children Foundation. Free the children then uses that portion of the funds to provide food, education, water, sustainable income projects and health care to children in many countries around the world. Each Rafiki Bracelet will only cost 10$ and will be sold at the Muir Lake School Book Fair on February 1st to February 3rd. The more bracelets sold, the more money is donated. These are truly cool bracelets.

handmade by a mama


Using traditional art forms, each piece is handcrafted by a mama in Kenya who is empowered through earning a fair wage for her work.


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Casino Volunteers Needed

The next big fundraising that the School Fundraising Committee has set out to do is to work at the Casino in St. Albert on January 29th and 30th. The Foundation requires the assistance of one more volunteer for the Saturday daytime shift.

The Volunteer shifts on each of these two days are as follows:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Provided that we have enough volunteers we have the potential to raise upward of $15,000. If you require more information or are able to volunteer please contact Joanne Trochymchuk at 780 909 2035 ASAP.


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