School Yearbooks

yearbook20142015If you have not already ordered a 2014 2015 School Yearbook and would like to have one, please do so by Friday May 15th; the cost is $18 each.  If you are unsure as to whether or not you have already ordered one when you paid your school fees for this year, there are lists posted outside the office and outside the Collaboration Center. To order one please print off this form and send it in with your $18 payment. Please make cheques payable to Parkland School Division #70.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Garley in the office at 780-963-3535 or by email at muirlake@psd70.ab.ca

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School Logo Contest

The deadline for the school logo entries is coming up soon. Please get your entries in by May 1.

Students are invited to participate in designing a new logo for Muir Lake School.  This is a critical thinking challenge for students from K-9. The new logo will replace the old logo once our supplies have been used. This is an opportunity for students to work independently on their own time. It is a chance for students to show their creative ability and contribute to the enrichment of our school.

For entries to be considered it must include:

  • School name
  • School colour ( Royal blue)
  • Not to include more than four colours
  • Can be a digital submission (beware of copyright regulations)
  • Due May 1, 2015

Criteria

  • Simple
  • Memorable/recognizable
  • Representative of our school community
  • Appropriate

This project is to be completed at home.

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Identity Fair

Coming soon to Muir Lake School, a K-5 Identity Fair. Your child will have the opportunity in June to share a part of their identity with the rest of the school. Children will be invited to set up a display of one of their interests, pastimes, hobbies or family history.

The Identity Fair is scheduled for 23rd June. There will be more information to follow.

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Congratulations Mrs. Stride-Goudie

It is with very mixed emotions that we report that Mrs. Stride-Goudie will be leaving Muir Lake School. However, we are VERY excited to announce that the new school in Spruce Grove will have an amazing first principal.

Construction of the new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school in the Prescott subdivision in Spruce Grove is about to shift into high gear. Extensive planning, hiring and logistical decisions continue and will now require the leadership from its first principal.  Karen Stride-Goudie will be tasked with bringing to life the vision for the new school as an exemplar of a student-centered, innovative, digital learning center that will continually create authentic opportunities for all learners to succeed.  You can read the full announcement on the PSD70 Website.

KSGHardHat“The opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with our dynamic Senior Executive Team to create and design a learning space for our new school in Spruce Grove is exciting, engaging and inspiring. It 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 and risk-taking.  I look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.”

We are also very pleased to have Gail Ferguson who is currently the principal at Millgrove School in Spruce Grove join our admin team and lead us into the new school year.  Welcome Mrs. Ferguson!

Gail Ferguson“I have loved being an early years principal at Millgrove School and am so thankful to our students, parents and staff for all the wonderful learning we have experienced together. I now look forward to joining the Muir Lake School community to continue creating opportunities for success for all students.”

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Staff Appreciation

Thank You

Posted on behalf of School Council . . .

We hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break!  Just a quick reminder to please return your staff Appreciation forms to the school by next Friday April 17, 2015 in an envelope marked “Staff Appreciation”.

Required forms include: Volunteer Sign-up Sheet, All About My Teacher (GradesK-3) and the My Teacher is a Star (Grades K-9).  All of these forms are available under the “files” tab on the “Muir Lake Staff Appreciation” Facebook page or if you require copies or information please email us at thankyoumuirlake@gmail.com.

Thank you, Josie Person

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School Logo Contest

The deadline for entries has been extended.

Students are invited to participate in designing a new logo for Muir Lake School.  This is a critical thinking challenge for students from K-9. The new logo will replace the old logo once our supplies have been used. This is an opportunity for students to work independently on their own time. It is a chance for students to show their creative ability and contribute to the enrichment of our school.

For entries to be considered the Logo must include:

  • School name
  • School colour ( Royal blue)
  • Not to include more than four colours
  • Can be a digital submission (beware of copyright regulations)
  • Due May 1, 2015

Criteria

  • Simple
  • Memorable/recognizable
  • Representative of our school community
  • Appropriate

This project is to be completed at home.

Students are invited to participate in designing a new logo for Muir Lake School.  This is a critical thinking challenge for students from K-9. The new logo will replace the old logo once our supplies have been used. This is an opportunity for students to work independently on their own time. It is a chance for students to show their creative ability and contribute to the enrichment of our school.

For entries to be considered the Logo must include:

 

 

 

Criteria

  • Simple
  • Memorable/recognizable
  • Representative of our school community
  • Appropriate

This project is to be completed at home.

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Calahoo Meats Fundraiser

REMINDER – Orders are DUE!

The Muir Lake School Grade 5 classes have taken on the Calahoo Meat Fundraiser in hopes of raising enough money to go on their annual camping trip.

Click the link for an Order Form  or a product brochure that you can share with your family and friends. Please condense your family & friends’ orders on to one order form.  These forms have gone home with the students and extra order forms are also available at the school office.

The order form along with payment will be accepted until the end of the school day on Friday April 10th. Please keep a copy of the order form for your records and to help you distribute your order. Late orders will not be accepted as this will delay the pick-up date.  Please make cheques payable to Muir Lake Community School Foundation (MLCSF).

A pick-up date has been set for the afternoon of Friday, May 1st 1:30 to 4:00 at the Muir Lake School.  You are responsible to pick up your total order from the school and distribute to your family and friends. It is important to pick up your orders at this time as unfortunately we do not have the freezer space to store the boxes for any length of time.

Should you have any questions about this fundraiser please contact Maureena Goerz @ 780-655-0755.

Thank you in advance for supporting Muir Lake School and helping to make this fundraiser a success!

Muir Lake School Fundraising Committee

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Provincial Budget Impacts On PSD Schools

We appreciate that many of our stakeholders have questions regarding the impact of the recently announced 2015 Provincial Budget on Parkland School’s Division’s operations. Without having time to analyze the budget, we can say that we are in a difficult situation and we will face significant challenges.  The announced budget will hurt school jurisdictions experiencing growth the most and that includes Parkland School Division.

Parents and students need to know that the ripple down effect of this budget will be felt in our classrooms.

  • The Division will be challenged but will strive to reach our own high expectations when it comes to delivering on the Division’s Ultimate Goal of Student Success & Well-being for all students.
  • Costs will increase every year while at the same time, funding will not keep pace with growing enrolment.
  • Parkland School Division welcomed 274 new students to the system in 2014-15 and long-term Strategic Planning and Capital planning points to growth trends continuing.
  • With no growth funded, this is a significant change from the past and a significant concern for Parkland School Division as an area experiencing such high growth.
  • We’re anticipating approximately 400 new students in 2015-16 alone.
  • We will operate with less than our 2014-15 level of resources by approximately $2 million dollars.
  • We will follow Alberta Government’s direction and will not be reducing classroom teachers but all these new students we’re expecting in the very near future will need teachers and support staff too.
  • The new budget will increase our class sizes and reduce other supports that Parkland School Division students currently access.

Our Division priority ‘Stewardship of Resources’ will be a focus.  We will engage our staff, students and community to find our way forward despite these new challenges and are committed to an education system that’s proven to be one of the best in the country and worldwide.

Key Take-Aways

  • PSD will receive close to $866,000  in revenue to assist with the costs associated with the previously negotiated contractual obligations for teacher salaries and benefits.  That includes a $1.23 million in a 2% salary increase as well as a 1% lump sum payment of approximately $555,000.     This creates a $919,000 shortfall.
  • In 2014-15, PSD accessed close to $1 million dollars from its Operating Reserves.  This funding will not be available moving forward as Ministerial approval is required to access accumulated operating reserves.  The government has provided the direction that using reserves should be viewed as a transition measure to bridge to a new financial/cost structure.
  • We will not be receiving funding for projected enrolment growth of approximately 400 students. This could equate to approximately a $2 million dollar shortfall of incoming revenue required to cover growing costs of educational delivery.

For more information contact:
Claire Jonsson
Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance
Email: cjonsson@psd70.ab.ca

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