Merlin Area PS February 2017

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


Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche

School Zone 7

February is water does wonders month!

Pretty cool water bottles!

As part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Merlin Area Public School was one of 10 schools that enrolled to participate in Water does Wonders Month! This month, students received a Water does Wonders Month launch presentation and will take part in classroom activities and a School Water Bottle Challenge that will teach them about the benefits of drinking water and the importance of limiting sugar-sweetened beverages. Each student has been given a reusable water bottle with a space for their name! Students will be allowed to keep these water bottles on their desks during the school day.

Researchers say that sugar-sweetened drinks are the single largest source of sugar in kids' diets. As a result, we want to encourage children to limit sugar-sweetened beverages and to drink more water. Drinking water is important for good health. Water does Wonders Month is a great time to make sure your child is drinking enough water. Water makes up more than half of a child’s body weight, and is important for almost all bodily functions. That means water is essential to keep children’s bodies working at their best. When your child starts to feel thirsty, they are actually in the first stages of dehydration! Encourage your child to sip water throughout the day before they feel thirsty. You should also try to do the same!

Help us make water the GO-to drink at school and at home. Water does Wonders! For more information, ask your child for the Water does Wonders fact sheet that was sent home with them.

Staffing Change

Please join the MAPS Family in welcoming Mrs. Carolyn Oliphant as our new school secretary. Mrs. Oliphant has settled into her new role nicely so be sure to say hello when you stop into the school office.

Mrs. Oliphant is already busy!

Milk sales & Food Orders

Chocolate and White milk are sold in the office at both nutrition breaks.

Small sells for $1.00 and Large for $1.50.

Our next Food Order Forms will be going home at the beginning of March.

inclusive education at lkdsb

The Lambton Kent District School Board believes a safe and caring learning environment is strengthened by embracing diversity, and respecting self, others and the world around us. As one of our belief statements, this is at the core of our values as an organization and informs the decisions and practices of our Trustees, administration and staff, as well as foundational to the learning environment in our schools, and directs our engagement with students, parents and the community.

Breakfast Program

If buses are cancelled, just a reminder that our Breakfast Program does not operate. We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who help make this program available to our students so they can start their school day ready to learn.

contact information

Please ensure you share up to date contact information particularly phone numbers (home/cell/work) with Mrs. Oliphant. Some of the numbers we have on file from September are now not in service, or unable to take messages. In the event of an emergency, illness or injury, it is important that we have contact information for a parent or guardian. Thank-you for providing this information to the school at your earliest convenience.

Bonhomme carvival!

Bonhomme Carnaval will be visiting Merlin Area Public school during the week of February 27th ~ March 3rd! The grade 7 and 8 class will be organizing a Carnaval with Mme DeNure. Carnaval is one of the largest winter festivals in the world! A variety of events will be scheduled during this week, including:

  • Opening Ceremony where a king and queen will be chosen
  • Snow Sculpture making
  • Eating Beaver Tails
  • Get your picture taken with Bonhomme in front of the ice castle
  • A parade
  • And much more!
Please stay tuned for further information coming soon!

Parenting seminars

Muskoka Woods

Our Grade 8 students will be joining many other LKDSB elementary and secondary students, teachers, and Principals from April 24th to 26th at Muskoka Woods Leadership Camp. Students are looking forward to meeting other Grade 8 students who will join them in high school!


Our KinderSTARt event is planned for Monday, February 13th. Families with children who will be 4 years old by December 31st, 2017 are invited to register their students for Junior Kindergarten at our special one day event. Come visit the school, meet Kindergarten staff, our school secretary and principal. Special activities and giveaways will be provided to all students who attend. Feel free to bring younger siblings as well. Please note that Proof of Residency will be required in the form of either a utility or property tax bill. Thank you for your help with this.

report cards

Term 1 Report Cards will be going home with students on Friday, February 17th. Information will be shared on your student's progress to date as well as next steps for growth in student learning for the remainder of the school year. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher for additional information throughout the school year.

Inclement weather

Merlin Area Public School in is in Zone 7. Please listen to local radio stations, or visit with updates on bus delays or cancellations due to inclement weather.

Home & School

Our Home & School Association members meet regularly to plan activities and fundraiser for the school. Our next meeting is planned for Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:00pm. New members are always welcome to attend.

important dates

Please be sure to regularly check our Google Calendar online. The calendar can be found on our school website at the following link.

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