November 2017 Merlin Area Public School

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


Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche

School Zone 7

October Recap

It's been a busy month! Be sure to check out all our social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see everything that happens at the school on any given day. Links to those are above. You'll find information about The Big Crunch, our Leadership Program, Halloween, Orange Shirt Day, our Fall Fundraiser, Fire Prevention Week & visits from the Merlin Volunteer Fire Department, Bus Evacuation Practice, Litterless Lunch Day, our new Snack Program and more! Whew! We have been busy!


FDK and Primary students & staff enjoying their Halloween Parade!

Lunch Days

Thank you for your patience as our Home & School Association take over our Lunch Days. With time, our system will become more streamlined. In the meantime, we hope the kids are enjoying the new food options!


Milk Sales

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.

A sample of prizes for our weekly Milk draw

Nutrition Program

Thanks to a successful grant application offered by CK Superkids, we are now running a daily snack program of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Colts in the Kitchen group made up of students in Grades 6-8 prepare snacks daily and 2 of our Grade 2 students deliver the bins to classrooms during first block! We have noticed that our students are hungry around 10-10:30 so that's when daily snacks are offered. Each student is offered one serving of fruits or vegetables, many they've never tried before!

Special thanks to Mrs. Salmon for overseeing the grant applications along with our daily Colts in the Kitchen program. She also buys all the food too!

Our funding for this program will eventually run out, so we will gratefully accept any donations from our school community. Thank you!

Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser

Thank you to all students and families who participated in our first fundraiser of the year! It was a huge success with almost $1,000 earned to supplement year end field trips. Orders can be picked up between 8:30 and 4:00 on Wednesday, November 8th.

Student Congress

Our first leadership assembly took place last week to introduce The 7 habits. Our Assembly/Tech Committee explained our first focus which is Habit #1 ~ Be Proactive. We're using this kind of language with our kiddos at school, so feel free to augment student learning by using the same things at home.

Break Buddies

Thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Abraham, an orthodontist from Leamington, our Break Buddy committee was able to purchase some items for their program. This group of Grade 7 and 8 students organize and run games and activities at break time for our primary students. They were very excited to learn that all this equipment will be solely used for Break Buddies!

Mrs. Keillor and Mrs. Mills are staff facilitators for our Break Buddies. Pictured on the far right is Dr. Abraham.

Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 9th this year beginning at 10:30. Families are invited to attend and are asked to wear red.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be going home on Friday, November 17th. The following week, Student Led Conferences will be held in the evening on Thursday, November 23rd and the morning of Friday, November 24th ~ a PA Day. Online signup for Student Led Conferences or Interviews is available now using the link below.

2nd Annual Craft Fair

The 2nd Annual Craft & Vendor sale will be held on Saturday, December 2nd in the school gym. This event will be hosted by the Graduating class and parents. All proceeds from the event will go to the graduates, as they depart for Muskoka Woods in April. The event runs from 9am - 2pm.

If you're interested in having a table at the event, please call the school at 519-689-4812.

Math at M.A.P.S.

Our current academic focus is mathematics and as a staff, we noticed that our students needed more exposure to a variety of math tools (manipulatives). Problem solving can be challenging for many students and often the use of math tools provides students with the opportunity to manipulate the numbers they use with something concrete. They can 'see' the math easier. We also recognized as a staff, that we needed to better learn how to implement these math tools into our teaching! We didn't learn math using them, so we're all learning alongside the kids. It's been a great experience so far as we continue to explore the vast array of math tools available to us all.

So far we've learned about Pentominoes and Pattern Blocks. Our current focus is on square coloured tiles.

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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 November?

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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