Leaders, We Are!

Again our students are proving to be ‘top notch’ in the leadership category! Thank you to Mrs. Burns’ grade 2 class and Mrs. Daub’s grade 4 class for preparing and hosting this month’s leadership assembly for “Synergy”.
At Muir Lake we are continuing to ‘lead’ the way! Thank you to all of our grade K-5 students for continuing to demonstrate the 7 Habits on a daily basis; you make our school a wonderful place to be!

SYNERGIZE!

Choral Choir

Mrs. Montgomery’s Grade 1’s performing, “Doubles”

Mrs. Wagner’s “Health Champions”

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.
  • Listen to music (new types as well as favourites) Continue reading

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

Technology Innovation Plan

We are very excited about this Google Apps and student e-portfolio initiative that will empower students to increase collaboration, develop technology and digital citizenship skills, and demonstrate and showcase their learning through creating personal learning e-portfolios. You can read in detail about the initiative below; however, we just wanted to qualify that this plan will be implemented in stages. We wanted to take the opportunity to make you aware of this project; however, prior to your child participating in this, you will recieve a paper copy explaining the initiative and letting you know that your child will be starting to create their own e-portfolio.

The Vision of Muir Lake School and Parkland School Division

Our students use technology to learn. Technology is essential to facilitate the creative problem solving, information fluency, critical thinking skills, and collaboration that we see in today’s world. While we want our students to be active contributors in our connected world, we also want them to be safe, legal, and responsible.

About The Parkland School Division Initiative

Based on the idea of “Collaborate. Create. Learn.” as created by the Future Planning Team, and the Alberta Education Competency Wheel, we believe it will be extremely beneficial to Parkland School Division to look at moving towards creating digital portfolios for all students. Continue reading