Leadership Corner May 2012

Time flies when you are having fun! We can hardly believe we are in our final weeks of school, approximately 38 days of classes to go until the last exam is written. With so few days of classes remaining it is imperative that our students be in school. Please continue to make every effort to minimize absences.

As you can see by our calendar dates, we have a lot of things going on before school is out. We would like to thank all the volunteers that have been in the school this year.  Without you many of the extra activities would not have run so smoothly. Without a doubt all of our volunteers play an essential role at Muir Lake School. On this note, our volunteer appreciation celebration is tentatively scheduled for May 25th. Be looking for your personal invitation soon!

Our junior and senior badminton teams’ season is underway. Congratulations to the Muir Lake team for their first place finish in the Muir Lake Badminton Tournament that was held at Broxton Park School on April 20th.  Once again our athletes competed well and represented our school with pride. We wish the team luck in the County Tournament that will take place May 2 – 5. Thank-you to Mrs. Gadoury and Mr. Rowse for coaching and to the parents that were able to transport and rearrange schedules to fit this short season in.

Special thanks to Cheryl Williamson and Kelly Williamson for painting the beautiful “Leader in Me Mural” in our main entrance.  Check it out!!

 

 Reminders …

  • Just a reminder for the parents of our grades 3, 6 and 9 students, that English Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) will be written during the week of May 14 – 17, 2012. Please note that there are regular classes in the afternoon and students are expected to be here at school. All of the PAT dates have been put on our Muir Lake School Calendar.
  • The grade 4, 5 and 6 track meet is scheduled for May11th. We invite you to come and join us on this day and cheer on our athletes. We wish all of our qualifying athletes good luck at the Division Track Meet on May 23rd followed by the grade 7-9 Zone Track Meet on May 25th. Good luck to everyone!
  • The next School Council meeting will be on May 14th in the art room. All parents are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.
  • We have a Professional Development Day on May 18th … so enjoy the long weekend with your friends and families!
To view a full and printable version of the May Mustang News click here.

 

Mustang News May 2012

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REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE

  • Students are not able to come to school before 7:30 am as the staff is not here before this time.
  • Please let your child’s teacher and/or the office know if your child is going to be away from school or late in the morning.
  • Anytime that your child is dropped off or picked up from school – regardless of the time – they must be signed in or out at the office.
  • All visitors must check in at the office.
  • When coming to pick up your child, please have the secretaries call their classroom and have them sent to the office to meet you.
  • Volunteers – please sign in and out at the office.
  • The 4 pm transfer buses are NOT intended for use by the Muir Lake School students. If your child is staying past the regular bus times, for whatever reason, arrangements must be made to either pick up your child or call transportation (780-963-8425) ahead of time to get permission for your child to ride the 4 pm bus.

When dropping off or picking up your child

 Please do so in the Muir Lake Hall parking lot; this is a serious safety concern.

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May’s Habit Of The Month: Sharpen The Saw

 

The Habit of the Month for May is “Sharpen the Saw”.  “Sharpen the Saw” means to have balance in your life.   There is a story of a man who was sawing down a tree and not making a lot of progress.  When a passerby asked him why he didn’t stop sawing to sharpen his saw, he remarked that he was too busy sawing.   Habit 7 reminds us that we are more productive when we are in balance—body, brain, heart and soul.   Just like the four tires on a car, if one area is being ignored or overused, the rest will feel the results.   For young children, the car analogy is one they understand; a car could not go on fewer than all four tires.  Explain the four parts of each person (body, brain, heart, and soul) and how important it is to take care of each part to make them all work better.  Remember;  Balance is Best.

Some “Sharpen the Saw” Activities:

  • Develop a Sharpen the Saw activity center in your home. Include arts-and-crafts supplies,
  • Play learning games, puzzles.
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Globalization of Assessment Parent Invitation

The economy has drastically changed and now the education system needs to change how it is preparing students for the world outside the walls of the classroom. Traditional assessment and instructional techniques are preparing students for the traditional world not the current one. Education cannot keep doing what it has always been doing and expect a different outcome.

To read more about the presenter David Martin and about the session on Globalization of Assessment you can click this link.

At the Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:00-8:15
Doors open at 6:45
No ticket required

cc licensed (BY) flickr photo shared by Bastien Vaucher

 

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Get Involved! Volunteers For Foundation Needed

The School Foundation is still looking for people to fill the vacant positions of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary.  Volunteer and make a difference!  Everyone welcome!

Park and Playground Redevelopment Project

The Muir Lake School has provided our rural neighborhood with a community focus for over twenty-five years.  Our school building has been continually modernized and expanded to meet the increasing enrollment of the growing Community.

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Term 4 Gr. 7-9 Options Registration Time!

It is time to register for grade 7-9 options. The option registration information will be sent home by Aril 12, 2012. Registration is again online. Please click the Term 4 Gr. 7-9 Options Registration link to complete registration by April 16, 2012. You can also find the registration form under links on the right side menu on the home page of this blog. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

April’s Habit Of The Month

This month we will be focusing on Habit #5.  Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood means that it is better to listen first and talk second.  By taking the time to listen to another person, you reach a higher level of communication.  Teaching Habit 5 to children is done by first considering their age and development.   Children find it difficult to understand another’s paradigm (point of view).  This habit is best approached by introducing listening as a skill that should be practiced.  Learning to listen without interrupting and learning to listen with your ears, your eyes, and your heart will help children build a foundation for Habit 5.  Simply put, we have two ears and one mouth so that we can spend more time listening with the intent to understand. Continue reading