The Little Extra Goes A Long Way

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” 
― Jimmy Johnson 

I walked into the school this morning and was blown away with the makeover our early years hallway had received. I knew today was fairy tale day but was still not prepared, nor expecting to see such a transformation. It was like walking into a castle. After wandering around checking out all of the decorations and costumes, visiting the classrooms and seeing the excitement in our students, I came back to my office and started thinking (after getting a coffee of course). It truly is all of the extra that makes our school an extraordinary place. And sometimes I think it is important to recognize that and say thank-you.

Thank-you to the teachers and parents who were here until 9:30 pm last night decorating for Fairy Tale Day after student led conferences. Thank-you to the students, staff and volunteers for dressing up, all the planning and work that went into making today an amazing day for our students.

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Are you ready to BBQ?

CalahooMeatsWith May long weekend just around the corner, now is a good time to plan your barbeque season! It’s also time for the Calahoo Meats fundraiser!

The Muir Lake School Student Tech Team has taken on the Calahoo Meat Fundraiser in hopes of raising enough money to bring in some much needed Audio/Video equipment for the school. The student tech team is involved in setting up all of the audio and video equipment for assemblies and concerts, as well as helping other students and staff with tech issues.

An order form is available by clicking HERE or go to and the product brochure that you can share with your family and friends is available HERE or by going to condense your family & friends’ orders on to one order form. Should you need extra order forms, they are also available at the Muir Lake School office. Order forms and payments are due back to Muir Lake School by Wednesday, April 23rd with cheques made payable to Parkland School Division No 70 (PSD #70). Late orders cannot be accepted as this delays the pick up date.

A pick up date has been set for the afternoon of Friday, May 9th 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 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 Myrna Sayers @ 780-963-0330. Thank you in advance for supporting Muir Lake School and helping to make this fundraiser a success!

STUDENT ADVISORY in Parkland School Division

Muir Lake School is privileged to have two student advisors representing our school this year: Ethan Maze (Grade 8) and Megan Smith (Grade 9). These students exemplify the 7 Habits and are role models and leaders in our school. Thank you so much Ethan and Megan for your valuable contributions!

Let’s hear from Ethan and Megan …

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During the course of our February student advisory meeting we discussed student success in the classroom and why students may be struggling. First of all what is student advisory? Student Advisory is where two or three students from all over Parkland School Division in grade eight and nine come together and discuss with the trustees and superintendents issues concerning schools and students today. When we discussed student success some of the factors that came up were the teacher, the subject, and the personal problems in the home. Some of the keys to student success are having an interesting subject, being open to learning a new subject and having the confidence to participate in class. … (Ethan)

My name is Megan Smith and I am talking to you about March student advisory. It is a meeting that I was recommended to attend and I am glad to say that I am enjoying it very much. In our latest session we were talking about school health. We had a group discussion for what other schools are doing to help keep their schools healthy. … We were then temporary health detectives to find a way to improve our school. A few of the ways that were recommended was for the students to be more involved in the school, like doing announcements and assemblies. Our school is already into that but I think we can do even more. We can have the students help the younger grades to strengthen the bond between the schools kids.  The reason we go to this meeting, the students, is because no one knows a student like a student. I am at the advisory to give a voice to my school and the students in it.  (Megan)

Fairy Tale Day

imageOn Thursday, March 27, students in grades K-5 will enjoy “Fairy Tale Day”. Students will be put into multi-grade groupings and will rotate around to different classes to participate in Fairy Tale themed activities. Any parents who would like to volunteer can contact their child’s teacher. We are also planning, as a surprise, to decorate our hallways. We could definitely use some parent help. If interested, decorating will begin a 6:00pm on Wednesday, after student led conferences.

Student Led Conferences

onlineREMINDER: If you haven’t already booked your SL Conference . . . . .

Student Led Conferences are set for Tuesday March 25 from 4-7 pm and Wednesday March 26 from 3-6 pm.  K – 6 will be 30 min conference blocks with 3 families scheduled per block of time.  As this is a “Student Led Conference” you are encouraged to bring your children. Please go online to to book your appointment. Grade 7-9 teachers will be in the gym where students will demonstrate their learning at different stations and teachers will also be available on a drop-in basis at these same times.  If you have any questions please feel free to call the school office at 780-963-3535.