January/February 2018 Merlin Area Public School

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


Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche

School Zone 7

MAPS Activity Update

Dan edwards

Dan Edwards, a motivational speaker from Sarnia, came to speak to our Junior and Intermediate students before Christmas. He shared his story about how he was an athlete in high school with hopes of playing football in University, when as the result of a wrestling accident with a childhood friend, he ended up paralyzed from the neck down. In the 10+ years since his accident, and after much physical therapy, Dan has regained some movement in his upper torso. He uses a powered wheelchair to get around and his modified van is what he uses to drive himself to and from his many speaking engagements.

It was a real treat to hear how he persevered, never lost faith, relied on his friends and family and found a new life purpose after the accident derailed his dreams of being a star athlete. Our students were engaged, respectful and had loads of questions for Dan.

christmas Lunch

Once again, our entire school community had the chance to come together to eat a Christmas lunch courtesy of our anonymous donor. Thanks to our Home & School volunteers who served us lunch ~ we really appreciate your help! The gym was decorated with student artwork and hung with the help of our Student Congress leaders. It was a wonderful afternoon of community, good food and good conversation.

food & toy drive

Thank you to the community of Merlin and parents & families of our students for donating so many items to our annual Food & Toy Drive for The Merlin Community Assistance Program. As you can see from the photos, our front foyer was filled to the brim with amazing items. Thank you to our Student Congress members for packing up the items for delivery.

christmas concert

We had an amazing turnout for our Christmas Concert with standing room only! Families enjoyed seeing their students sing, dance, jingle and perform a variety of entertaining holiday activities. Thanks to MAPS staff for all your hard work preparing for the concert, with a special shoutout to Madame DeNure and Mrs. VanderPryt for organizing the event. Our Student Congress leaders entertained us as MCs with their funny jokes and introductions. Well done Colts!

It was a packed house with standing room only!

Tilbury Tots

Tilbury Tots will be opening a brand new Family Grouping Daycare at our school beginning on Monday, January 22nd! Work began back in October to renovate one of our old Kindergarten rooms into a new space equipped for Infant to School Aged children. Have a look at the new space and meet Miss Jo and Miss Patty who will be working at the new Daycare!

Miss Jo and Miss Patty are getting the room ready for Monday!

Habit #2 - Begin with the End in Mind

Our current school-wide focus around the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids is Habit #2 - Begin with the End in Mind. Below is a picture of one of our hallway bulletin boards that indicates what this habit teaches us. Ask your students how they are putting this habit into practice at home and at school.

Salad Bar Lunches

Our first of five school wide Salad Bars was held on January 17th with great success! Feedback from the kids was awesome and many came back for 2nd and even 3rd helpings! Our next school wide Salad Bar will be on January 31st. Our Intermediate students are away on a field trip that day, so they will have their Salad Bar lunch the following day, February 1st. Special thanks to our Home & School members and parent volunteers for pitching in to help with preparation of all the food items. Our Colts in the Kitchen students gave up many of their recesses to help prepare food as well! They are a dedicated bunch of kids. If you haven't yet returned the yellow permission form, please do so in order for your child to participate. If you need the forms again, please click on the button below to download at home.


Our Kindergarten Registration event is approaching fast. We've heard from many of our students that they have younger siblings who will be registering for next year so we're anxious to meet all our new Colts! If you know of any families with young children not yet in school, please be sure to share this information with them.

Mark you calendars!

TELP Program

We want to hear from parents/guardians of students in Grades 6-8 regarding the future of TELP and the iPad program. Please click on the "TELP Survey" button below to complete a short survey and share your thoughts. Your input will help inform LKDSB Senior Administration on its decisions regarding the future of this program. Thank you!

MAPS Social Media

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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.


Please check your child for head lice weekly. If you find evidence of head lice, please contact the school immediately. This will allow us to notify other parents in the classrooms affected so that they may check their child. Children who are suspected of having head lice will be excused until appropriate treatment has been administered.

Infestation by head lice is an unpleasant nuisance, but not a health problem. Head lice do not carry or spread disease. By working together we can control the spread of head lice in our community. Pictures below are Fact Sheets with helpful information for parents provided by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit.

What's happening at MAPS?

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