Just a quick blog post … to wish our Muir Lake School Community a FANTASTIC summer!

THANK YOU for the privilege of working with your children and teenagers!  We are truly BLESSED!

George Whitman stated, “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher”.


STAFF 2 June 2015 KSG 227 (2)

May you enjoy AMAZING time with family and friends this summer!                       Relax … Refresh … Rejuvenate … Connect … 

Muir Lake School Staff

Fun Day Tomorrow (Grades 1-5)

Tomorrow is Fun Day!! Yeah!! Big thanks in advance to all of our volunteers who are coming out tomorrow. It couldn’t happen without you.

Please make sure that your child has sunscreen on prior to coming to school. If they bring their sunscreen with them teachers and volunteers will remind them to reapply at lunch time. Please send a water bottle as well. We will have cold water outside so students can refill their bottles when needed. A sun hat and light clothes are also necessary as the temperature is supposed to reach 27 tomorrow.

Identity Day Schedule

We are so excited for our grade 1-5 students to celebrate who they are! The following is a schedule to let you know when your child’s class will be hosting visitors for their Identity Fair project.

Grade 1: 8:45am-9:30am

Grade 2: 10:00am – 10:45am

Grade 3: 10:45am – 11:30am

Grade 4: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Grade 5: 1:15pm – 2:00pm

*Please come during the allotted times to ensure that the students are in their classrooms to show off who they are :).

CTF Week – June 22nd-26th


CTF Week is happening at Muir Lake School next week!  

CTF (Career & Technology Foundations) supports flexible, interdisciplinary learning where students explore interests and passions while making personal connections to career possibilities and technologies associated with various Career and Technology Studies (CTS) occupational areas. CTF is designed to be a unique curriculum that allows students to learn about occupational areas. Students will develop skills in the areas of business, communication, human services, resources, and technology while working through engaging challenges.

Our students have spent time prior to CTF Week brainstorming, peer interviewing, planning and developing their own individual or group challenges to work through during CTF Week.

This is an exciting introduction to the CTF Curriculum that will be in place next year throughout Alberta. We are really looking forward to this engaging week of student centered learning that will be occurring.

Please join us on Friday, June 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am  as the students showcase their learning.

Identity Fair- June 23rd

Here follows a copy of the parent letter that was sent home last week. The letter gives extra information regarding the upcoming Identity Fair.


How could you effectively share a part of your identity with your friends at Muir Lake School?


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like you and your child  to prepare a display that demonstrates one of their interests, pastimes, hobbies, or family history.  Everyone, staff and students, will share a display on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. You will complete one sentence (I chose to share ________________________________ because_____________________ ) to be displayed on your desk  with your objects.  Then we will have a chance to tour through the school to see everyone else’s.  Your display can be nice and simple, or as complicated as you would like to make it.


Example of simpler display:


I chose to share my love of baseball because I am a player and I’m also a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays.   I will bring in my baseball glove, photos of me playing, a poster of the Blue Jays, and my baseball cap.


Example of a more complex display:


I chose to share my family’s Ukrainian heritage because I love my Bab and all the cultural things she does with me.  We make perogies, we do needlework, we paint eggs, and I am now taking Ukrainian dancing lessons.    I will bring some Ukrainian Easter eggs, family photos, map of the Ukraine, a display board with interesting facts about the Ukraine, some pioneer photos of Ukrainian immigrants to Alberta, the history of my family name, and my dancing clothes.


So get planning!!!! This is a chance to share a little something about yourself.  Check the Muir Lake School blog.

Picture Grades 1 to 5  setting up their displays on their desks, and then taking turns “hosting” everyone else, as we snake our way through the classrooms.  What a great way to get to know each other better!! So, parents, we ask that you help your child think about what identity project they’d like to consider.  Parents please help your child gather their information and materials and remember the area of display is the size of their desk.   This is meant to be a school-home project.  We invite you to come in and enjoy the Fair, too.  


We’re looking forward to Tuesday when we can learn more about each other!

Grade 1-5 Fun Day

Fun Day 2014 will be held next Thursday(grades 1-5). I sent home a newsletter and volunteer sign up late last week. I have received a handful of responses but need many more volunteers to make this event happen. This day involves 200 students and we need about 30 volunteers to make it happen. If you did not receive a newsletter I have included it here. If you are able to volunteer please send me an email and let me(Shannon Matsuba — smatsuba@psd70.ab.ca) know how you are able to help out. Of course most important are volunteers who can run a station or be a group leader. If you can donate your whole day that would be great!!! Thank you in advance.

June 9, 2015
Dear Parents;

The grade 1-5 Fun Day is fast approaching. We are still in the early stages of planning and are beginning to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that the students have a successful and fun day. The date of this year’s Fun Day will be Thursday, June 25th. Times have not been set, yet, but activities will begin between 8:30 and 9:00 and will conclude around 2:15. Please note that if the weather makes it impossible to proceed as planned then Fun Day will be cancelled. With so many volunteers needed and involved it cannot easily be moved to another day. In my 9 years here we have not yet had to cancel, keep your fingers crossed.
The Parent Council has offered to donate a free hotdog lunch for the children. Each child will receive a juice, one hotdog, a cookie, and a piece of watermelon. If your child needs more than what is being provided then you are welcome to send extra lunch or snacks with your child.
The students will be outside for many hours. It is important that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. A hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and bug repellent will be needed. Please apply sunscreen in the morning before school. If you send the sunscreen with your child then a teacher or parent helper can help, if needed, to reapply at lunch time.
As usual we are looking for many parent volunteers to come out and give us a hand. If you are able to help out, please fill in the reverse side of this page and return it to your child’s teacher.
Most volunteers will need to be at the school by 8:00 to begin working with the groups or in order to receive instructions before the events begin.
If you have any questions or concerns you may call me at the school or direct them to your child’s classroom teacher.
Our theme this year is “Jungle Adventure”. Students and parents are welcome to dress for the theme if possible.

Also please find attached a list of items that we will need. Please let me know which items you are able to donate. It is important that these items be sent in as early as possible. This is so that I am 1)able to know what needs to be purchased 2)let people know when we have enough of any item.

Thank you
Shannon Matsuba

Please let me know if you are able to take on one or more of the jobs listed below.

______ I can help to prepare materials ahead of time (This will be for an hour or two on the morning of June 23)

_____ I can help out with morning preparations and set up. 7:45 – 8:30

_____ I can run one of the stations or be a group leader. (includes end of the day clean up)

Name _______________________________

Phone # __________________________________

Child’s Teacher(s)_____________________________

It is always best when volunteers do not bring younger siblings. When possible please make arrangements to have your younger ones at home. Parents with younger children are often not able to be fully responsible for their assigned role for the day.

Please indicate if you are able to send in any of the following items. Please send them in as soon as possible and no later than June 19th.

______bubble blowing soap
______ large freezies