21184 Erie Street North, Merlin, Ontario, N0P 1W0
Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche
School Zone 7
April was a busy month!
We've had a busy month at MAPS with loads of activities and projects on the go. Please read through this online newsletter to see all the wonderful things happening at the school. We'd like to thank our community members and volunteers for helping make Merlin Area Public School an awesome place to be.
Pitch in event
Thank you to Mrs. Gram for organizing our Pitch In event to clean up the school yard and surrounding areas. Our students are encouraged to be mindful of littering and what that does to our environment. This is a good way for them to see what kinds of garbage is being tossed daily. In recognition of Earth Day, this annual event is supported by the CK Municipality with free supplies to do the clean up.
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Thank you to Eric Authier who helped arrange a Helping Hands Grant from Enbridge Energy to purchase furniture for our new Exploration Station! The $1,000 grant was used to purchase shelving for our new space.
Grade 8 Graduation
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Our new student tutor, Mr. Pittuck recently began working with our students with a focus on improving achievement in literacy and numeracy. Mr. P will be with us until mid June and students have welcomed the opportunity to work with him. Mr. P is a University of Windsor student and just completed his 3rd year in Kinesiology.
lkdsb Parent involvement committee
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new website coming
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼All schools in the LKDSB will be unveiling new websites soon! Our new site goes live on May 17th and will feature a new streamlined look. The site will be mobile friendly so will adapt to whichever device you view it on. The site address remains the same and can be found at http://merlin.lkdsb.net
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Thanks to Mr. Sanders for a great season. The boys played hard each and every game and represented Merlin well! They showed incredible sportsmanlike qualities and respected one another and every team that we faced.
The Ministry of Education declared the week of May 1 to May 5 as Education Week across Ontario. In light of the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario, this year the Lambton Kent District School Board selected a theme to recognize and celebrate diversity. This year's theme was:
LKDSB Celebrates Respectful and Inclusive Education
At MAPS, a variety of special activities took place. Descriptions are listed below.
Monday/Friday - Maker Days
Maker Days occurred in the new Exploration Station on May 1 and May 5. Staff and students in all grades were able to choose from a variety of STEM activities to break in the new room, which was renovated over March Break.
Tuesday - Black History Symposium
On May 2, students from Grades 6, 7 and 8 accompanied staff members to the Black History Symposium to learn about the role of African-Canadians in our history and society.
Wednesday - Jump Rope for Heart
On May 3, Merlin hosted its school-wide Jump Rope for Heart event in support of The Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation and their research efforts.
Wednesday/Thursday - Merlin Friendship Club
Beginning Education Week and continuing throughout the remainder of 2017, Merlin Area P.S. will partner with the Merlin Friendship Club to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. A variety of activities are planned, including visits with seniors in Merlin to view displays about life in the community and in school when they were elementary students. Key parts of the interactions include the evolution of technology, diversity and inclusion. Members of the Friendship Club will visit the school to observe classrooms and share learning experiences.
earthplay for earth day
Thank you to Mrs. Salmon for organizing a very successful EarthPLAY for Earth Day event. Our students enjoyed an afternoon outside playing and creating with a wide variety of recycled items collected by staff and families. As you can see from the photos, loads of fun was had and all students were actively engaged in play.
jump rope for heart
Thank you to all staff, students, and families for supporting our Jump Rope for Heart event. We are a relatively small school and yet your efforts to support this project proved that we have a lot of heart. Our $2,000 goal was easily surpassed as more than $3,200 was raised in support of The Heart & Stroke Foundation. We'd like to thank you for helping your students to fundraise for this very important cause.
As mentioned to our students in the kick-off assembly, prizes will be awarded to recognize exceptional fundraising efforts. Stay tuned for more information regarding our prize-winning students.
Spring flower fundraiser
For our Spring Fundraiser, we've partnered with The Flowerbed Nursery to offer a variety of geraniums, hanging baskets, planters and a variety of accent plants. Money and forms are due back to the school on Monday, May 8th. Flowers will be available for pickup from the school gym all day on Friday, May 19th. Our Grade 8 students will receive their order forms once they return from Muskoka Woods.
visit from italian principal
Mrs. Massucco arrived from Savigliano, Italy on April 22 and was immediately whisked off to a day in Niagara Falls before heading to Muskoka Woods with our Grade 8 students. She marvelled at the adventure opportunities provided to Ontario students with the trip. Mrs. Massucco enjoyed visiting MAPS and meeting all the students. She was immediately struck by how 'kid focused' our school is which confirmed that we are moving in the right direction. Classroom visits were observed as being welcoming and active with students enjoying hands on activities including technology. Mrs. Massucco noted that our students are provided with the tools to learn how to access information rather than too much focus on content. We want our student to be aware of their own learning and how they learn best. Our PA Day spent at CKSS offered an insight into Indigenous Education and hearing a testimonial from a survivor of residential schools was enlightening.
Mrs. Massucco's second weekend in Canada was spent in Toronto with a visit up the CN Tower, a photo op in Nathan Phillips square and of course a Blue Jays game (they won!). It was a busy 10 days, and she left full of ideas to take back to her staff and students at both of her schools in Italy.