Grades 4-6 Division Track Meet

volunteerMuir Lake School will be hosting the Division Grade 4- 6 Track Meet on June 4th with the rain out day as June 5.  Our Parent Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteers to help run the concession for the day.  If you are able to volunteer for this event please e-mail Josie Person by May 27th at jsperson@xplornet.ca. Thank you.

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Just over 3 Weeks Away
Invite Your Friends
Muir Lake School & Graminia School have reserved the Waterpark for a PRIVATE
WEM Waterpark Fundraiser Night
Friday May 22nd 7:30-10:30 pm
Tickets are ONLY $12 ea
Print off this ORDER FORM and send in your request for tickets or get them from Mrs. Garley in the School Office
Get them NOW while they are still available!

Provincial Budget Impacts On PSD Schools

We appreciate that many of our stakeholders have questions regarding the impact of the recently announced 2015 Provincial Budget on Parkland School’s Division’s operations. Without having time to analyze the budget, we can say that we are in a difficult situation and we will face significant challenges.  The announced budget will hurt school jurisdictions experiencing growth the most and that includes Parkland School Division.

Parents and students need to know that the ripple down effect of this budget will be felt in our classrooms.

  • The Division will be challenged but will strive to reach our own high expectations when it comes to delivering on the Division’s Ultimate Goal of Student Success & Well-being for all students.
  • Costs will increase every year while at the same time, funding will not keep pace with growing enrolment.
  • Parkland School Division welcomed 274 new students to the system in 2014-15 and long-term Strategic Planning and Capital planning points to growth trends continuing.
  • With no growth funded, this is a significant change from the past and a significant concern for Parkland School Division as an area experiencing such high growth.
  • We’re anticipating approximately 400 new students in 2015-16 alone.
  • We will operate with less than our 2014-15 level of resources by approximately $2 million dollars.
  • We will follow Alberta Government’s direction and will not be reducing classroom teachers but all these new students we’re expecting in the very near future will need teachers and support staff too.
  • The new budget will increase our class sizes and reduce other supports that Parkland School Division students currently access.

Our Division priority ‘Stewardship of Resources’ will be a focus.  We will engage our staff, students and community to find our way forward despite these new challenges and are committed to an education system that’s proven to be one of the best in the country and worldwide.

Key Take-Aways

  • PSD will receive close to $866,000  in revenue to assist with the costs associated with the previously negotiated contractual obligations for teacher salaries and benefits.  That includes a $1.23 million in a 2% salary increase as well as a 1% lump sum payment of approximately $555,000.     This creates a $919,000 shortfall.
  • In 2014-15, PSD accessed close to $1 million dollars from its Operating Reserves.  This funding will not be available moving forward as Ministerial approval is required to access accumulated operating reserves.  The government has provided the direction that using reserves should be viewed as a transition measure to bridge to a new financial/cost structure.
  • We will not be receiving funding for projected enrolment growth of approximately 400 students. This could equate to approximately a $2 million dollar shortfall of incoming revenue required to cover growing costs of educational delivery.

For more information contact:
Claire Jonsson
Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance
Email: cjonsson@psd70.ab.ca

Fundraising & School Council

Foundation Logo in ColourJust a reminder that the School Council meeting is tonight at 7 pm in the Collaboration Center. Elections for the School Foundation/Fundraising Association will also take place tonight, but this will take place ahead of time at 6:15 pm.  Without a team to run the Foundation, the casino and fundraising for the school cannot take place – please come out and volunteer to help out with this.meeting

You Are Invited!

Searching for VolunteersSince its inception the MLCS Foundation has raised money via various fundraisers and matching government grants and with the continuing dedication of our volunteers and corporate donations we have been able to improve our school grounds to include a dynamic $125,000 playground area and a quarter of a million dollar rubberized running track, and soccer pitch.

The MLCSF is made up of various volunteers and executive officers.  These positions include, but are not limited to Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors.  The committee gets together once every couple of months or so, depending on the need at that time and we encourage any and all parents to get involved with the school Foundation. With this being said we invite you to the February 10th School Council meeting where elections for the Foundation will be held; and if you or someone that you know is interested in helping out with the Foundation or should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 780-963-3535.

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