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Our Muir Lake School Community Foundation has kicked off the annual school Spell-A-Thon. All spell-a-thon money raised this year will be put toward the purchase & installation of new hydraulic basketball hoops. The school uses them all year by all classes and they need to be replaced. Approximately $34,000 will be needed for this project.

Each student from kindergarten to grade 6 will be bringing home alist of words, chosen by their teacher, and a pledge form. They will then practice their word list and go out and collect pledges from family and friends for the spell-a-thon. They may collect money for each word that they spell correctly or may collect a flat amount. The information letter, word lists & pledge form is also available by clicking HERE.

Tests will be administered by the teachers the week of April 3 to 10 and pledge forms and money will then be collected by the students and are due in to the office by April 21st. The final totals and all grand prize winners will be announced and handed out at an assembly on April 27. Other prizes will be distributed to students in their classrooms.

As the Muir Lake Community School Foundation is a registered charity, tax receipts can be issued for a donation over $20 so please be sure to include your email address on the pledge form in order to receive your tax receipt.

If you have questions please contact the School Foundation via email at

Good luck and Thank You for supporting our Fundraiser!

Muir Lake Community School Foundation

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Volunteer celebration is coming April 27


Volunteer Celebration

You’re an Important Piece of the Puzzle

You are Invited to our Annual

Volunteer Celebration Invitation

April 27th from 1 – 2 pm in the Library Learning Commons

You are an Important Piece of the Puzzle and we are looking forward to having you be our guest so that we can say “THANK-YOU” for all time, effort and support you have given to our students and school.

Please R.S.V.P. by clicking on this link to our invitation and RSVP by Thursday April 20th

Light snacks and entertainment will be provided.

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Thank you


Thank you to everyone that helped with swimming on Friday morning! It was very appreciated. Have a good weekend.

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April News


No school on March 24 to April 2 spring break holiday.

We will do our spell-a-thon words on Friday, April 7. We will not have new spelling words that week.

No school April 14-17 Good Friday and Easter Holiday

Friday, April 21 My World in school field trip in the afternoon.

Friday, April 28 PD day no school for students.


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Dear Parents,

A writing sample will be coming home on Monday, January 23. We have been writing in our journals daily with help from the teacher to spell words, use of spelling dictionaries, and sounding out words. In January we started writing with more length in our journals. In the future we are working toward having at least 5 sentences altogether:

  • 1 introduction sentence
  • 3 detail sentences (minimum)
  • 1 closing sentence

We always discuss and come up with ideas before writing. Students can choose their own idea or topic. Here is two examples below:

I have a dog. He is white and brown. His name is Spot. He is a German Shepard. I like to play with him. He is a good dog.

My friend’s name is Sarah. She has brown hair. We sit together on the bus. Sarah is the same age as me. She is my best friend.

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spelling words/spell-a-thon words


Some spelling words will be repeated on weekly tests due to sounds we are working on. Test will be on Thursday, March 23 this week because Friday is the beginning of Spring Break and no school that day.

1 at  2 ate  3 slat  4 slate  5 plan  6 plane  7 sham  8 shame  9 blam  10 blame

We will not have new spelling words the week of April 3-7 due to the spell-a-thon. Our test for the spell-a-thon will be on Friday, April 7. The list of the 25 words:

1 on  2 the  3 go  4 me  5 here  6 for  7 sit  8 so  9 of  10 jam  11 hot

12 cup  13 van  14 lost  15 plan  16 mud  17 beg  18 are  19 do  20 who

21 ship  22 food  23 fire  24 thin  25 date

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words their way


The grade ones have started a new spelling program called “Words Their Way.” This is a word study program in which students learn by sorting words into categories. Each week your child will be bringing home new spelling words in the form of categories. We will be doing activities during the week to practice making and spelling these words. The test will be every Friday(Thurs. if no school on Fri.) Below are some activities you may want to use to help them study during the week.

Use letter cards to construct and deconstruct words, making it a guessing game with clue.

Hinks Pinks –

Word Hunts – using actual paper!

Apples to Apples – game that builds vocabulary

Boggle – for the iPad too!

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Winter clothes


Tis’ the season to be labeling!!

The children do their best to put their boots on the correct boot rack but often boots are taken by mistake.

PLEASE! Please, label all jackets, mitts, boots. We have a few sad little people as they do not have their own boots for recess time.  Thanks!!!…

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Hot lunch


Go to the Lunch Program tab at the top of the MLS Blog and follow the instructions accordingly.  You will need to RE-CREATE  your user name and password for the lunch program.

Simply go to and go from there.

Lunch Order Due Dates are as follows:

  • October Menus are due Sept 18
  • November Menus are due Oct 16
  • December Menus are due Nov 20
  • January Menus are due Dec 18
  • February Menus are due Jan 22
  • March Menus are due Feb 19
  • April Menus are due Mar 19
  • May Menus are due Apr 16
  • June Menus are due May 14

Thank you for your continued support of our lunch program. And if you are interested in helping out please contact Jennifer at 780-983-1316 or email to or call Gerri-Lou at 780-266-0899.

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We have a nut allergy in our classroom. You may send snacks with nuts or peanut butter sandwiches with your child but we can not share any snacks/lunches. If you are sending a treat for birthday or holiday celebration that the class is sharing, please do not send anything containing any type of nuts or peanut butter. Thank you

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