Wed Feb 27 is Pink Shirt Day

 

February 27th is Pink Shirt Day!Pink Shirt Day started when a young boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

This year on Wednesday February 27th we will be participating in annual Pink Shirt Day.

Wear a pink shirt to show support for those who have experienced bullying.

Remember, kindness is contagious!

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Muir Lake School Leadership Teams

To the Muir Lake School Community … From Your Leadership Teams

Stride Goudie KarenIt has been a privilege to serve the students, staff and parents at Muir Lake School for the past four years. This leadership experience has provided me with powerful opportunities to foster a culture of trust, collaboration, innovation, creativity, risk-taking, shared leadership and transparency.  We have worked together through a team-oriented, collaborative approach to fulfill Parkland’s mission of preparing, engaging and inspiring our students to be their best in a quickly changing global community. At Muir Lake School … the world has opened up … and I leave you with this challenge … Continue on your innovative learning journey of creating opportunities for our 21 Century digital learners with passion, perseverance and resiliency. Thank you!

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Dickson for serving our Muir Lake School Community as Acting Assistant Principal with such excellence!

Karen Stride-Goudie – Principal

 I have had a fantastic year as your Acting Assistant Principal! The experience I have gained is invaluable to me as both an educator and a learner. Having the opportunity to work closely with students, staff and parents to continue delivering the best possible education to our students and future leaders at Muir Lake School has been tremendously rewarding! I am looking forward to all that the future holds, and  I am excited to welcome our new Admin team to Muir Lake School!

 Nealle Dickson – Acting Assistant Principal

 

Gail Ferguson-2015-2016 photo (2)Hello!  I would like to send out a special thanks to Mrs. Stride-Goudie, Mrs. Dickson, Mrs. Garley, Mrs. Williams and Muir Lake staff members and Muir Lake School Council for the warm welcome I have received to your school.  What a great place for learning! I look forward to getting to know students, staff and parents as we begin the 2015-2016 school year together.  “Oh, the places we’ll go!”  I wish you all a wonderful summer that includes lots of reading, exploring, and time for you and your family.

Gail Ferguson – Principal

 

Shireen MohammedHello Muir Lake Students and Parents! I am very excited to be joining Muir Lake School for the 2015-2016 school year. I have been with Parkland School Division for 25 years, in which I have had the good fortune of participating in numerous roles, including teaching special education, early and middle years , programming support, inclusive education, counselling  and Assistant Principal. I look forward to an incredible year ahead of   continued learning and growing with students, staff and parents. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Shireen Mohammed –  Assistant Principal

 

We officially WELCOME Mrs. Ferguson & Ms. Mohammed to Muir Lake School as your new Leadership Team!

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“Leader in Me” Presentation – Board Of Trustees Meeting November 25, 2014

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We were privileged to bring students and parents from Muir Lake School to the November Board of Trustees Meeting – November 25, 2014 to do a presentation on “Leader In Me”.  Three schools in Parkland School Division shared how “Leader in Me” embraces the vision, mission, and Priorities of Parkland School Division.  Graminia School focused on Engaging our Community; Ecole Meridian Heights focused on Engaging Our Staff and Muir Lake School focused on Engaging Our Students.

Mrs. Matsuba spoke about “Leader in Me” and the culture it brings to the school.  She was very proud to introduce our students to the Board of Trustees & Senior Executive in Parkland School Division. Students from Muir Lake School spoke with confidence on how the “Leader in Me” is impacting their lives, their school, their community, and their world.

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Hannah & Carter represented our WE CARE Team and talked about WE Day, Social Innovation Workshop and helping people in their community & around the globe. They also highlighted their fundraising efforts and social justice actions over the past two – three years evidencing their leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and ethical citizenship.

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Cole & Veronica spoke about our “Leader in Me” Assemblies and how they have had opportunities to MC and be involved. They also shared about our Leadership awards and how the “7 Habits” are helping them become better people.

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Jacey, Victoria, Gabi & McKenna shared how the “7 Habits” are impacting their daily lives.  It has taught them valuable life lessons, helps keep them balanced, is preparing them for their future, and has built a strong sense of community in our school.

The Board of Trustees, Superintendent Tim Monds & the Senior Executive Team of Parkland School Division were very pleased to have our students share today. Our students evidenced the beauty of Student Leadership & Citizenship through the “7 Habits”.

Students … Mrs. Matsuba, Mrs. Dickson and I are VERY PROUD of you!

THANK YOU for your leadership at Muir Lake School!

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Grade 1’s Lego-ing, Rainbow Looming & Board Gaming with Grade 9 Leaders!

The grade one students had their first opportunity to spend time in the Collaboration Center with the Grade 9’s leading activities for them to enjoy during lunch recess… and both the grade 1 and grade 9 students LOVED IT! It was busy and fantastic!
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Collaboration Center at its Finest!

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We are so excited to be opening up our Collaboration Center to our grades 1-5 students as well as our grades 6-9 students at lunch recess.  On Monday, Wednesday & Friday, the grade 9’s will work with groups of students as they participate in Lego, Rainbow Loom, Board Games or Reading activities.

The classroom teachers have been given their class’ schedule and a schedule has also been posted.  As well, we will update our MLS Weekly Activities page on the school blog to help you know when it is your child’s day in the Collaboration Center.

It is important to note that students will have the option to attend or not, they can still go out and play on their day if they would be prefer.

*If your child wants to Rainbow Loom, they will need to bring their own Loom and elastics.  We will provide, Lego, Books and Board Games for the students.

This is exciting for us at Muir Lake School, as it is another fantastic opportunity to build community and leadership throughout our K-9 School!

Monday will be our first day, and Grade 1’s will be welcome to participate in these activities in the Collaboration Center.

Please refer to our MLS Weekly Events page or the Calendar page for other dates.

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A Hiking We Will Go!

Our grade 7-9 students braved the wintry weather to get to the top of Jasper’s Sulphur Mountain.  A trek that was then rewarded by a nice dip in Miette Hotsprings!  The students were excellent leaders as they demonstrated what we believe here at Muir Lake School.  

  1. Excellence – The hike up past the “Big Rock” is difficult in good weather, however our students braved the conditions and made it anyway.  
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  2. Respect & Integrity- As we headed back down the mountain, our students respected the environment and picked up stray pieces of garbage as well.  (garbage not left by us).  As well, each of the 3 busses were left in perfect condition upon rreturningto the school. The students were sure to thank the bus drivers and supervisors as well.  We are proud of the leadership shown by this group of students!

  3. Community – It wasn’t an easy hike up or down this year.  Students who were having a difficult time down the mountain were given assistance and encouragement from their peers.  As a result, all got down safely:).

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First Leader in Me Assembly

We were VERY EXCITED to host our FIRST “Leader in Me” Assembly for this school year! It was a FANTASTIC way to end our first week together and officially welcome everyone to an exciting year at Muir Lake School!

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Student MCs – Parker & Hannah and our Student Tech Team kept the excitement and energy high throughout the assembly.

Several students shared their Class Mission Statements as a way to showcase leadership in our school.  Noah in 2 Matsuba talked about how their class will focus on …“being leaders by being nice, friendly and caring … we will do our best to use the 7 habits …”

Throughout the year, we will have the pleasure of hearing all class mission statements in our various assemblies, and we are very excited for this opportunity!

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Leadership at its Finest!

Picnics, games, laughter and fun was had by all during our Family Group picnic at Muir Lake School! The students enjoyed eating in their mixed grade groupings and then took some time to play together. Our school community is close, and the leadership fostered by family groups is AMAZING! Muir Lake School is the place to be!
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Have a FANTASTIC summer!

Just a quick blog post to wish all of our Muir Lake students and families a FANTASTIC summer!

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“All the really great things in life are expressed in the simplest words: friends and family; purpose and meaning; love and work; caring and community; appreciation and gratitude.” Dan Zadra

We appreciate the privilege of working with your children! Have a BLESSED summer with family and friends!

Muir Lake School Staff

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Assistant Principal @ MLS

We have EXCITING news to share with our Muir Lake School Community!

Please join me in welcoming Treena Neumann as the Assistant Principal at Muir Lake School.

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Treena Neumann, Assistant Principal
Muir Lake School (Gr. K – 9)

Ms. Neumann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, with a major focus of Drama. In 2004, Treena earned her Bachelor of Education with Distinction – after degree, both from the University of Alberta. Ms. Neumann’s teaching career began in 2004, working with various school divisions in Alberta, with a focus on Middle Years. Treena started with Parkland School Division in 2006 at Woodhaven Middle School, where she has taught Grade 8/9 English, Social and Drama. She began her administrative career as an Assistant Principal at Woodhaven Middle School in 2011.

“I am excited to meet and learn from the students, staff and community at Muir Lake.” said Neumann. “This is a great opportunity to learn about a new community and Muir Lake offers great opportunities and has amazing programs. Although, I will miss the relationships I have built at Woodhaven Middle School. I am looking forward to building new relationships and growing my leadership experiences.”

Muir Lake Grade 8 teacher Nealle Dickson will assume the role of Acting Assistant Principal while Mrs. Neumann is on maternity leave.

Please join me in welcoming Nealle Dickson in her new role as the Acting Assistant Principal at Muir Lake School.
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“I am really excited to have the opportunity to continue working with the staff, students and parents of Muir Lake School in this new role. As a community, we have worked hard to advance initiatives within the school that support the development of 21st century literacy skills within our students. I am truly looking forward to continuing as a member of this great team, providing support in any way I can. Muir Lake School truly feels like home to me and now my kids as well. We have a school environment that all students including my own children are excited and happy to come to, and that is why I am so grateful for this awesome opportunity!”

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