OCTOBER 31 was a BUZZ of activity at Muir Lake School …

Our K – 3 students were excited to attend a “Kids Carnival”, which was planned, organized and run by students in our Leadership Option and Students’ Council.  Mrs. Arnold and I are very proud of the excellent choice of activities, positive attitudes and enthusiasm displayed by the organizing students.  Thank you for your leadership. Way to go!

A special treat … Carmen and David arrived this morning with their “mini-donut” machine, and our kitchen quickly became a factory for “yummy” treats.  Thank you very much!

This afternoon was filled with a costume parade, celebrations, food, games, dance etc.

Many parents and guests were in our building today enjoying the festivities, helping with costumes, providing food etc. Thank you for partnering with us in building a strong sense of community at Muir Lake School!

It was indeed a FUN-filled day!


The Library at Muir Lake School was a HUB of activity this week.  It was fantastic to have parents come and visit our Scholastic Book Fair with their children. Your purchases contribute to building literacy skills in your children and increasing resources in our library. Thank  you!

Special thanks to the following moms who organized, set up, and served our students and staff at our Book Fair:  Josie Person, Nicole Simcoe, Teresa Sokalski, Debbie Stachniak, Dana Page, Shannon Rudko, Tracey Kalmback and Nadele Erickson. Thank you for your investment in promoting literacy in the lives of our students – we appreciate your time and commitment!

Casino Volunteer Needed!!

The Muir Lake Community School Foundation is a group of MLS parent volunteers that was formed a number of years ago.  Their primary focus is to Re-Develop the school grounds – some of this has included but certainly limited to our amazing playground and the rubber-surface running track. However . . . it does not stop there . . . More help is needed; both in volunteering as part of the Foundation AND in their fundraising endeavours.

Currently, the Foundation is scheduled to supply workers for a Casino on October 24th & 25th at Apex Casino in St. Albert. One more worker is required for Thurs evening 6:45 pm – 2:00 am. Remember Friday is a PD Day – so you will not need to be up early to get the kids to school.   🙂   Please call  Joanne Trochymchuk at 780 909 2035 or email tchukhomes@gmail.com if you are able to help out.

We Day

In 1996 a 12 year old boy from Thornhills, Ontario began a charitable organization that was focused on bringing awareness to and help to children around the world who were being used as child labourers. Since then Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc have been working through that organization, “Free the Children”, to provide education, health care, alternative income, and clean water to children around the world.
Free The Children was founded on the understanding that by awakening the spirit of activism in young people, anything is possible – injustices can be stopped, our local and global communities can be transformed for the better, and hope for the future can be sustained.
Based on the belief that young people can create change, the We Day movement was born. They now host the We Day event in major cities across Canada. We Day brings youth together to celebrate the positive actions they are taking and to build the momentum of the movement of young people making a difference in their communities and around the world. Through We Day, youth learn that it is cool to care. We Day has become the movement of our time, inspiring thousands of youth and building a community of young people dedicated to social change.
To learn more about We Day, Free the Children, Schools in Action, or Marc and Craig Kielburger (both of whom are Order of Canada Recipients) please visit the Web site www.weday.com.
Tonight 20 students will travel to Calgary to participate in Alberta’s second We Day Event. So Excited.

Toonies for Tanzania

In two days we have collected $160 in donations. We are very pleased and thankful to all that have donated so far. That money will be used to send four children to school for the year. Muir Lake is changing lives! There are still two days left for donating. Just bring your toonies or any amount to the donation table in front of the library. The video below shows Sharmala Buell, the leader of “Hope for the Future”, with some of the children that she has been helping.

MLS Reminders

We have a busy calendar coming up at Muir Lake School – so here are a few reminders of what is going on:

  • School Council Meeting – tonight, Monday October 21st at 7 pm – all parents are invited to attend
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Tuesday October 22nd through to Thursday October 24th
  • Axe Capoeira Cultural Presentation – Tuesday October 22nd at 1 p.m.
  • PD Day – Friday October 25th – NO SCHOOL for students
  • K to 3 Kids Halloween Carnival – Thursday October 31st
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection – November 4th – November 14th
  • Monday November 4th – Lifetouch Picture Retakes for all students
  • Tuesday November 5th – Lifetouch Picture Retakes for the Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten class and anyone that was absent on Monday
  • Take Our Kids to Work Day – Wednesday November 6th – for all grade 9 students
  • Remembrance Day Service – Wednesday November 6th @ 10:15 a.m. – all parents and guests are invited

Toonies for Tanzania

Toonies for Tanzania

Last year our school was fortunate to have a visit from a very special lady, Sharmala Beull. She came to us to speak about her journey to help children in Tanzania. She personally cares for 7 orphan boys, providing them with a home, food, clothing and education. She also runs a program to help other children receive an education so that they can better their lives. This program is called “Hope for the Future”. We were touched by her presentation and her commitment to these children. She was able to return again this year and took some time to speak to our students who are involved in our We Care school team. Our We Care Team is now asking for our school family to synergize and work together to help these children. For 40 dollars one child will receive a uniform, haircuts, a daily meal, medical care and school fees for a year. We are hoping that we can work together to help as many children as possible.
During the week of October 21-24, students are encouraged to bring in “Toonies for Tanzania”. The We Care Team will have a table set up outside the library where students can come and “deposit” their toonies and other coins for Hope to the future. Look also in that spot to see a running total of money collected and Tanzanian children that will be helped by our school.
For more information feel free to visit the following website.

School Council Meeting

School Council is a great opportunity to stay informed of what is going on behind the scenes at your child’s school and within the Division. All parents are reminded and invited to attend the monthly School Council Meetings on the second teaching Monday of the month.  Our next meeting is Monday, October 21st at 7 pm.

At the September meeting a new council was voted in and the names & positions are listed below. We are still looking  to fill the positions of Vice-Chair as well as kindergarten and grade 8 parent rep.  If you are interested or know someone that is, please join us.

Chair – Brenda Paulson Gr 1 Rep – Theresa Sokalski Gr 6 Rep – Lynn Lauf
Vice Chair – vacant Gr 2 Rep – Paige Reiten Gr 7 Rep – Joanne Trochymchuk
Secretary – Pat Harrish Gr 3 Rep – Dana Page Gr 8 Rep – vacant
Past Chair – Tracey Gerrard Gr 4 Rep – Jennifer Buchan Gr 9 Rep – Edwina Baker
Kindergarten Rep – vacant Gr 5 Rep – Teri McCulloch  

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

We will be setting up in the morning of October 21st and the Book Fair will run from Tuesday October 22nd through until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday the 24th at which time we will take down the displays.

Many of you have faithfully volunteered for this event and we have appreciated you so very much.  We need volunteers to help once again.  If you can help students choose books, handle the cash desk, or supervise during class visits, please let us know. Anything you choose to do would be appreciated.

If you are able to help, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible.  Without your support we would not be able to have this event – we require 12-15 people to run for the three days.

We look forward to working with you to make our book fair an exciting reading event for everyone