T2 Options Open For Registration!

All grade 6 to 9 students are required to sign up for their Term 2 Options online by Tuesday December 3rd.  Course Information is available by clicking HERE and then students are able to sign up by clicking this REGISTRATION link. These links are also available on the left hand side of this Blog Page or by going to  http://bit.ly/T2OptionsReg.  Paper copies of the courses being offered this term are also available in the office.

If you have already taken Foods, Sports Exposure or have been a Classroom Assistant this year please select a different option as these classes are in high demand and this would allow for other students to register for them as well.  Class registration must be done by the end of the school day on Tuesday December 3rd in order to process all of the requests in time for term 2 option classes to begin on December 10th. If you require any assistance please see Mrs. Garley in the office – “Thank You” for your co-operation in getting this done as quickly as possible.

Lamontagne Fundraiser Orders

The Fundraiser Lamontagne Catalog orders have arrived and have been delivered to your child’s classroom!  Some of the boxes may be a bit large to send home with the students, so you may need to pick it up.  Thank you for your continued support of all of our fundraising efforts – it is truly appreciated!

November School Council Meeting

Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to snow us out last night we had a great school council meeting. Among other things, we discussed Muir Lake Foundation report, Community League activities, fundraising, Board highlights, and our Muir Lake School AERR Report and Education Plan. Mrs. Matsuba also attended and gave a report on our student WE Day experience, as well as some of the future plans our students who are on the WE Care team have to make our school and world a better place. Thanks to all who braved the snow to be there.

We invite you to attend the next School Council meeting on December 9. There will be opportunity for some socializing over Christmas baking and coffee. Mrs. Paulson, the School Council Chairperson, will also be having a draw for a door prize for those in attendance. After the meeting we are hosting a parent workshop called Twitter for Parents: Engaged In Education for those who are interested in learning to tweet, as well as how and why social media is utilized in education. Feel free to bring some delicious Christmas baking and hope to see you there!

School Council Admin Report 

We Day Video

Remembrance Day Slideshow

For those who were not able to attend our school Remembrance Day Ceremony this year, here is a brief slideshow recapping the event. We are proud of the work, effort and honour are students displayed during this excellent ceremony.

Operation Christmas Child

A big thank you to everybody who participated in Operation Christmas Child by filling a shoe box for less fortunate children across the world. Together with Muir Lake Church we filled 215 shoe boxes!! An amazing achievement. We have such a wonderful heart-felt community and we thank you very much for making such a difference in the lives of hurting children.

Innovation Week: Dream and Discover

This week, all grade 6-9 students were given an introduction to “Innovation Week”.  This is an opportunity for students to follow their own passions and direct their own learning about something that interests them. We encourage you to go through the presentation that the students participated in and view the videos that are in the presentation.

Innovation week is more than a “science fair” or “invention fair”, as it is not limited to only science-based projects.  Students are encouraged to pursue any area that is important to them – something they feel passionate about, or wonder about, or want to learn about.  It might be in the area of science, computers, drama, design, history, media, social justice, music, art, writing…the possibilities really are endless.

Last year, the staff and students at Greystone Centennial Middle School launched “Innovation Week”.  This year, Muir Lake is geared up to initiate the process here for our own middle years staff and students.

What is Innovation Week?

Innovation Week is an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful learning experiences, to pursue their own learning interests, and to develop the skills and thought processes to become lifelong, passionate learners.  This is not a traditional “stand and deliver” classroom environment.  Teachers are facilitators in the process.  They are there to guide, to question, to encourage and to focus, but the students are the “innovators” and will take the lead in their learning.

How will it work?

Students from grades 6-9 will be given the option to participate in this learning opportunity.  Those that choose to participate will be given the time and space to plan, research and create their projects at school during the week of December 16, before eventually sharing with the school and community at the Showcase on the morning of December 20.  Please be our guest on the 20th to share in our learning.

We can’t wait to see what our students will dream and I’m sure we’ll be in awe of what they will discover!

We Day 2013

On October 24, 20 students and supervisors travelled to the Calgary Saddledome to participate in We Day. We Day is a youth rally that is dedicated to inspiring and motivating students to learn about the world and strive to make a difference. We Day is hosted by Marc and Craig Kielburger and their charitable organization “Free the Children”. Craig Kielburger began this charity when he was 12 years old and has been working ever since on helping children around the world. Craig and his brother have both received the Order of Canada and have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. On the 24th, the Kielburgers were joined on stage by numerous entertainment acts, inspirational speakers, and motivational individuals. Our group was thrilled to participate and excited to have the opportunity to see and hear people such as Spencer West, Amanda Lindout, Magic Johnson, the Kenyan Boys Choir, Martin Luther King III, and Nelly Furtado. In exchange for the free tickets, our 20 students that make up our We Care Team will be organizing and running events in our school to raise awareness and funds for those in need, both locally and globally.

Waiting for the doors to open.

Special thanks to Chris Hansen Marketing, in Stony Plain, for helping us with our awesome team building t-shirts.

Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass

The snow is beginning to fall and winter is just around the corner. Get a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass for your nine and ten year olds and get them out on the slopes this winter! Pick up a SnowPass for your 4th or 5th grader and save this winter.

Snowstorms are already starting to hit parts of Canada and with all this snow comes all sorts of fun! Don’t let your kids spend the winter indoors, get them out and active; try skiing and snowboarding this winter with the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass.

Your kids have never skied or snowboarded before? No problem! With all the snow we are expecting this season, it’s the perfect time to get them started. The Canadian Ski Council has everything you need to make it easy and affordable for your children to learn. Just register for a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass for your child and receive three free lift tickets at each and every participating ski area, all across Canada. With over 150 locations participating in the program, there are hundreds of opportunities for your kids to ski and snowboard this winter!

Registering your child for a SnowPass is easy and open to any child in grade 4 or 5 (born in 2003 or 2004). Application forms are being distributed at most elementary schools across Canada and can also be found online at: www.snowpass.ca. Online registration is fast and easy, just visit www.snowpass.ca, upload your child’s picture and proof of age, enter your method of payment and presto, your child’s personalized SnowPass will me mailed directly to your home in days.

The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is a national program and is valid at over 150 ski areas across Canada including 32 ski areas in British Columbia, 19 ski areas in Alberta, 1 ski area in Saskatchewan, 2 ski areas in Manitoba, 33 ski areas in Ontario, 57 ski areas in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada and 1 in the Yukon.  With ski areas participating across Canada, families will not have to travel far to put the SnowPass to use. Kids can easily track how many lift passes they have left by visiting www.snowpass.ca.

No matter where you live, everyone can take advantage of this fantastic offer. The only cost is a small administration/postage fee of $29.95 including taxes.

If this is your child’s first time skiing or snowboarding, the Canadian Ski Council has it covered.  Sign up for a Discover Learn to Ski or Snowboard lesson package, which includes a lesson with a certified ski or snowboard instructor, lift ticket and equipment rental, all for a very low price. Check out www.skicanada.org for a full list of ski areas that offer Discover lesson packages and their package prices.

For more information on the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass program, contact the Canadian Ski Council, tel: 705-445-9140, e-mail: info@skicanada.org, web: www.skicanada.org

The Canadian Ski Council is a national, not-for-profit ski and snowboard organization whose mandate is to increase participation in recreational skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing in Canada. The Canadian Ski Council was founded in 1977.