December 2017 Merlin Area Public School

21184 Erie Street North, Merlin, Ontario, N0P 1W0


Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche

School Zone 7

November Update

We've had a very busy month!! We started November with a moving Remembrance Day ceremony hosted by our Grade 5 class. Thank you Mr. Rankin for organizing a respectful presentation.

Loads of fun was had as we enjoyed performances by Respect Revolution and Michael Mitchell. We also recognized Anti-Bullying Day by wearing pink and creating a number of posters and participating in learning opportunities focused on bullying awareness.

Remembrance day

respect revolution

We recently hosted a talented group of students and young adults from an organization run by Mike Neuts called "Make Children Better Now". The musical presentation teaches kids about respect and inclusiveness. We were treated to a morning filled with familiar songs that students could sing along to while receiving positive messages about acceptance and kindness. We all really enjoyed this fun morning.

Michael Mitchell Concert

anti-bullying week

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Temperatures are supposed to drop later this week and that means the kiddos will need to come to school dressed appropriately for the weather. The forecasters are predicting a typical Canadian winter with very cold temperatures and lots and lots of snow! We have a few winter coats, snowpants, hats and mittens in the office that have been generously donated to us, so please contact the office should need arise. We’re happy to help!

Outdoor equipment succombs to overnight frost and gets very slippery. As a result, equipment will be off limits in the morning before school and beginning on Wednesday when the temperatures are expected to change, all outdoor equipment will be off limits until temperatures warm up in the spring. Please be sure to have a conversation with your students about this. Thank you!

Dan Edwards

On Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 12:00 noon, MAPS welcomes motivational speaker Dan Edwards who will share his tragic yet inspirational story with our students in Grades 5 through 8. We would like to invite families of those students to attend as well so that a conversation around perseverance can be initiated. To learn more about Dan and his story, check out the video below.

Muskoka Woods Parent & Grade 8 Student Information Night

On Monday, December 11th, family members of our graduating students are invited to an information night to learn about the Muskoka Woods trip. Our session will begin at 5:00 and will include pictures, packing lists and sample activity schedules. We will have ample time for a Q & A session as well. We hope you can join us!

A Holiday Extravaganza

On Monday, December 18th, staff and students at MAPS invite you to a special evening concert to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Each class will do a special presentation so get your camera apps ready! Mark your calendars for 7:00pm on December 18th!

Girls Volleyball

This year, the girls Volleyball Team had an outstanding season! We have many returning players as well as new teammates! The girls played very well together and refined their skills throughout the season. The girls also showed compassion and always cheered for each other. They made the Colts and their coaches, Mrs. VanderPryt and Mme. DeNure very proud!

We would like to thank all the girls for their hard work this year!

Breakfast Program

A Charity BBQ was held earlier this year at the Merlin General Store which raised $1,076.75 for our Breakfast Program! Thank you to parents , volunteers, the Merlin Seniors and of course Dia at the Merlin General Store who organized and donated the food and drinks. On behalf of MAPS staff and students, a great big thank you for helping our kids start their days off with full bellies which helps them be ready to learn for the day.

Canada Learning Bond

Apply today for the Canada Learning Bond(CLB). You may receive up to $2000 for each child born on or after Jan 1, 2004. Eligibility is based on the family income – but if you have received NCBS (National Child Benefit Supplement) in the past or have income under $45,917 starting in July 2017, your child may qualify for some or all of the money.

Open an RESP and apply for the Canada Learning Bond at the same time. You will need the following information:


  • 2 pieces of Government ID (one photo/not health card)
  • SIN#


  • Birth Certificate
  • SIN#

If you have any questions, call your financial institution or visit www.learnck.ca

Milk Sales Are Up!

Mrs. Oliphant is running a weekly contest for any students who purchase milk. All purchasers receive a ticket to enter a weekly Friday draw for prizes provided by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. We have had great response and milk sales are up by a whopping 50%! Mrs. Oliphant keeps having to increase her weekly milk orders so keep buying milk!

Food & Toy Drive

Once again, students and staff at MAPS will participate in the "No Child Without A Toy" and "No Family Without Food" program this year. Our Food & Toy Drive for the Merlin Community Assistance Group began on November 29th and will continue until December 12th. Please send in non-perishable food items along with toys for the age group assigned to your student(s)' class. Please check with their teacher if you're not sure of the age group to buy for. The Merlin Community Assistance Group distributes toys and food baskets to those in need in the communities of Raleigh and Tilbury East Townships. Our school has always been able to serve our community with overwhelming response from our families and we know that this year will be no different. Thank you in advance for your support!

Spirit Week ~ Last Week of School

Veggie Booster Program

Our school is fortunate to receive a grant from CKSuperkids to hold 5 Salad Bar days for our entire school! Last week, dieticians from the Public Health Unit were at the school to train our staff and students in safe food preparation. We also received all of our supplies to be able to offer these special food days to our staff and students. Our Colts in the Kitchen members along with a few other Grade 7/8 students under the guidance of PHU staff, prepared a trial salad bar for their own lunch. It was a huge success and was very tasty! We have a few pictures below for you to see.


Mark you calendars!

Winter Is Coming! Download the MySBI app!

Student Transportation Services is pleased to offer the MySBI mobile app to receive instant notifications of school bus delays, and cancellations. Just download the free app from Android/Apple app stores, and subscribe to Weather Notifications, as well as to your school bus(es). Please visit the link below for additional details.

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A reminder that Merlin Area Public School in is in Zone 7. Please listen to local radio stations, or visit www.schoolbusinfo.com with updates on bus delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. Don't forget that if the buses are cancelled, our Breakfast Program is cancelled as well.

What's happening in December?

Be sure to check out our online calendar which is available on our school website and updated regularly. Check it out using the link below.

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