Student Led Conferences

onlinePlease go online to SchoolAppointments.com to book your Spring Student Led Conference. Dates have been set for Tuesday March 24th and Wednesday March 25th.

At the Student Led Conferences, students will be demonstrating their learning and sharing their online learning portfolios. Some teachers will have centers set up in the art room or the multipurpose room for this purpose. Student Led Conferences will also have a private interview time component with your child’s teacher.

All grade 4 to 9 students are asked to bring their device to the conference so that they can share the “Google Drive” & “Google Classroom” with you.

The grade 7 & 8 teachers will be in Mrs. Rich’s classroom (room 164) holding conferences on a “Drop In” basis and the two grade 9 teachers will be together in Mrs. Arnold’s classroom (room 155), also available on a “Drop In” basis.

The Parent Instruction Guide for SchoolAppointments.com can be viewed here.

We will also be running the Scholastic Book Fair during the week of interviews, so if you are able to help or just want to do some shopping, please feel free to stop in to the Collaboration Center.

Under The Sea

Parents-We Want to Hear From You

Thought Exchange – We Want To Hear From You

Please take a minute before Thursday, February 26th to fill in your thoughts…..

Everyone Can Make A Difference

On behalf of the students we serve, I would like to invite you to please contribute your thoughts regarding Parkland School Division. We want to know what you think we do well and where we can improve. At Parkland School Division, we embrace open and honest communication. Our Ultimate Goal, Success for All Students, is dependent upon engagement with our community and that’s where you come in. Everyone can make a meaningful contribution to public education.

Please take some time to respond to a few important, open-ended questions.

For more information and to participate, please click here to share your thoughts

This activity does not require a login or password and can take as little as five minutes to complete.

Phase 2 Coming

In a few weeks, you will be invited to join the second step in this process – to review and help prioritize the thoughts that are most important to you. This will help us get a sense of shared values and priorities of our school and our community. This process is an important tool in our education planning and will help guide important decisions in the future that will allow us to deliver the best possible education to our children.

Your time spent engaged in this process is very much appreciated!

Participation Is Easy

1. Click here to share your thoughts

2. You can complete questions at your own pace, and come back to change, add or delete your answers at any time until this date.

3. This the first of three steps: Share – Star – Discover. More information can be found by clicking the following link.

March Marmot Trip Cancelled

Due to low registration numbers, the ski trip to Marmot on Friday March 6th has been cancelled.

Marmot Basin

A group of volunteer parents have arranged to take a group of grade 7 to 9 students skiing to Marmot Basin in Jasper on Friday March 6th which is a PD Day. This is a COMPLETELY PARENT RUN PROGRAM AND IS NOT ORGANIZED BY MUIR LAKE SCHOOL. Click this LINK for more information and to find out how to secure your spot.  Space is limited!  For more info contact Joanne at muirlakefoundation@gmail.com

RCMP Presence at Muir Lake School This Morning

We just wanted to provide an update on the situation that played itself out prior to the start of school this morning. As many of you are aware, RCMP were on site as our busses were pulling up for the day. At the time, they were conducting a search in the area for a person of interest and made it very clear that there was minimal risk to our students and staff.

To take extra precaution and to ensure the safety of all those at the school, RCMP asked us to lock down the school and we were told that the need for a lockdown would be for a very short time.

As predicted by the RCMP, the lockdown was lifted a short time later.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our students and staff who did a terrific job following our school’s Emergency Response Procedure. As a reminder, in situations like this, we are to take direction from the local authorities to ensure the safety of students and staff at all times. We’re happy to report we all passed with flying colours.

RCMP members were also available for class visits during the day to alleviate any anxiety that may have been caused by the situation. As always, our school support services are also available for any students that may need them.

It’s also a great time to refresh our memory on emergency procedures.

In The Event Of An Emergency:

Do not call the school or your child’s cell phone.

We understand and respect your concern, but it is essential that the phone systems be available for emergency communications. If you call the school you will tie up lines and systems required for communicating with emergency responders and may inhibit our ability to send or receive critical information.

By calling your child’s cell phone, you could potentially put them in harms way, depending on the nature of the crisis. Please do not call, we will ensure that you get the information you need by contacting you.

Note: It is imperative that the information on your child’s Emergency Information Card is current.

What happens during a Lock-Down or Shelter-in-Place?

In the event of a lock-down or shelter-in-place, the school will be locked with NO arrivals or departures of anyone including staff, students or parents. You will not be allowed to pick-up your child until after an “all-clear” is given and established student release procedures are in order. This procedure will be strictly adhered to under all circumstances. Please do not go to the school until instructed to do so.

For more information, contact:

Karen Stride­-Goudie
Principal, Muir Lake School
Phone: 780­-963­-3535
kstridegoudie@psd70.ab.ca

PD Day Ski Trip to Marmot

Marmot BasinA group of volunteer parents have arranged to take a group of grade 7 to 9 students skiing to Marmot Basin in Jasper on Friday March 6th which is a PD Day. This is a COMPLETELY PARENT RUN PROGRAM AND IS NOT ORGANIZED BY MUIR LAKE SCHOOL. Click this LINK for more information and to find out how to secure your spot.  Space is limited!  For more info contact Joanne at muirlakefoundation@gmail.com

MLCS Foundation Meeting

Foundation Logo in ColourThe Muir Lake Community School Foundation is a sub group of the Muir Lake School Council and was founded to take on the reconstruction of the outside grounds of the school.  In years past the Foundation spent MANY hours fundraising and applying for grants and was able to build our beautiful playground and more recently the running track, the soccer pitch in the center of the track, and the long jump pits.  With all that being said, the Foundation still needs your help.  We are looking for people that are willing to step up and volunteer their time to work on the MLCS Foundation.  Each year at a School Council meeting elections are held for the Foundation.  All positions become available even though some of our volunteers stay on from year to year – we are looking for new people with new ideas of how to get the job done.

So . . .  if you have a little extra time and you would like to help with the School Foundation, there will be an information meeting for the School Foundation at 6:15 on Monday March 9th, but the voting will take place at the School Council Meeting at 7 pm.  If you are not able to make it but would still like to help out or perhaps you would just like some more information, please email Joanne at muirlakefoundation@gmail.com  Thank you!

MCHS Open House

Memorialtorch2010Grade 9 Students & Parents Mark Your Calendars!

Memorial Composite High School will be hosting an evening event for “First-Time Parents” on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00pm at the High School.  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 5th starting at 7:00pm.  Open House will start with a welcoming address in the large gym.  There will be an Advanced Placement English meeting from 6:30 to 7:00pm 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.

Gr 3 Winter Camp Rescheduled

YoWoChAs logoDue to unforeseen circumstances the date for the grade 3 winter camp at Camp YoWoChAs has to be changed! We will be switching our February date (February 10th) to March 26th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you signed up as a volunteer, we are hoping that you can still help us out in March, but understand if you are unable to do so.  

Lunch Recess Tobogganing Supervisors Needed…

Great News!
One of our parents has generously offered to organize sledding for our grade 1-3 students on the small hill on the north side of the school.  However, in order to make sledding available for our students, we will need your help as a parent to help supervise the hill during the lunch hour. If you are able to help with this please contact Deidre (Didi) Beaudoin (780.968.7678)

The expectations for the students who will participate in tobogganing are as follows:
Following the Alberta Safety Guidelines as well as the Alberta Health Services’ Provincial Injury Prevention Team (2010), your son/daughter will be expected to understand and adhere to the following considerations:
• All students on toboggans must wear an approved outdoor activity helmet.
• Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn for outdoor activities.
• Toboggans must be in good repair with no jagged edges.
• Snow saucers, tubes, crazy carpets, and GT racers are not be used at any time.
• Students are only permitted to kneel or sit on the toboggan.
• Students must not proceed until the run-out area is clear providing for a safe distance between toboggans.
• The supervisor will ensure that an appropriate number of children are on each toboggan.
Students may be removed from participating in this activity if the supervisor identifies inappropriate behaviour.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please feel free to contact the school. We thank you in advance for your co-operation in helping to keep our children safe on and off of the sliding hill.  Once adequate supervision has been organized, we will send out a blog post informing parents of the days that students will be permitted to toboggan.