October 2017 Merlin Area Public School

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


Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche

School Zone 7

What happened to September??

It went by in a flash! That's what happened. We had a terrific start to the school year and our staff enjoyed meeting all those families who came to our Meet the Staff Night! We had a terrific turnout!

Our staff are happy to serve you & your students! Top Row L to - R Mrs. VanDenBossche, Ms. Robbins, Mr. Sanders, Mrs. Thomas; 2nd Row L to R - Mrs. Mifflin, Mrs. Leavoy, Mrs. Keillor, Mrs. VanderPryt; 3rd Row L to R - Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Ryersee, Mrs. Salmon, Mr. Rankin; 4th Row L to R - Ms. Bombardier, Madame DeNure, Mrs. Gram; Bottom Row L to R - Mrs. Oliphant and Mr. Malott

With the advent of October, we hope to see some cooler temperatures. September definitely gave us a run for our money. To stay current with the happenings at MAPS, be sure to check out the calendar on our school website. Click on the button below!

Changes to OHIP Coverage

Lunch Days

Beginning this year our Home & School Association will be taking over weekly lunch orders as an ongoing fundraiser for the school. Order forms will be coming home shortly with a variety of new providers and food options. We're excited for the change and look forward to being able to offer a wider variety of healthy lunch options to our students.

Milk Sales

Milk is for sale every day in the office during both breaks. We have both Chocolate and White milk available for $1.00.

Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser

Our fundraiser is currently on the go, with orders and payment due back to the school on Friday, October 6th. We hope your sales are going well! We are happy to support Ontario farmers through this fundraiser.

Student Congress

Our Student Congress is up and running and we are delighted to welcome 20 Grade 7 and 8 students to our leadership program this year. We've changed things up a bit and have 4 Committees this year, each with 2 staff advisors, a student Chairperson, a student Vice-Chairperson and student members. Our focus for this year will be The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids. Beginning in November, each month for the remainder of the school year will focus on one of the 7 Habits. Our committees include The Media & Events Committee, The Assembly & Tech Committee, The 7 Habits Committee, and the Break Buddy Committee. This last committee includes students who have volunteered to organize games and activities on the Primary Yard during outdoor recesses.

New Basketball Nets

Over the summer months, the LKDSB maintenance department installed new Basketball posts, backboards and hoops for our Intermediate students to enjoy. Thank you LKDSB!

Grade 5 VIP

Grade 5 students will begin the VIP program on October 12th. The VIP stands for Values, Influences and Peers, and the program will be presented by Special Constable Koldyk who some of you may have met at our Meet the Staff event!

Terry Fox Walk/Run

Thank you to our Grade 7/8 students for organizing this year's Terry Fox Walk/Run for Cancer Research. They also sold Ice Cream bars to add to our donation this year. With your support, we raised just under $400! Thank you!!

School Bus Info App

Getting information about school bus cancellations and delays just got a little bit easier. CLASS has launched a new mobile app that will provide subscribers with real-time notifications whenever buses are delayed by 10 minutes or more. The notifications will come in the form of alerts, which will also include service cancellations due to adverse weather conditions. The app allows subscribers to quickly select the morning and afternoon buses for which they wish to receive updates from a simple drop down menu. For additional information about using the mobile app, please visit the link below.

Bus delay and weather cancellation information will also continue to be posted on the CLASS website at www.schoolbusinfo.com.

Provincial government changes to drinking water regulations for schools, effective July 1

The Ontario government has made amendments to Ontario Regulation 243, which came into effect for schools in 2007 and is intended to reduce children's exposure to lead in drinking water. Effective July 1, 2017, amendments to the regulation make it necessary for samples to be collected and tested for lead content at every drinking water fountain and every tap that is used in the preparation of food or drink or to provide drinking water for consumption by children under 18 years of age by 2020 in elementary schools and 2022 in secondary schools. Prior to July 1, the regulation required school boards to sample and test water for lead annually at only one location in the building.

We were fortunate to be the recipients of a grant from CK Superkids for the purchase and installation of a new refillable water bottle station which was installed over the summer. It's getting a lot of use from both staff and students, so be sure to send in a refillable water bottle if your student doesn't already have one. They love that the water is super cold and tastes even better!

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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.

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