Merlin Area PS January 2017

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


Principal: Tracy VanDenBossche

School Zone 7

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a brand new year full of possibilities and potential! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends and that you're ready to get back to the business of learning! Our staff are all excited to welcome back students this week and have been busy planning engaging and fun activities to enhance learning at MAPS.

Staffing Changes

On our final day before the holidays we said goodbye to two wonderful staff members. Kaitlin Davidson, an amazing Educational Assistant, said farewell after 4 months on staff working with our younger students. We appreciated her calm, kind and patient demeanour and wish her well in her new endeavours. Replacing Ms Davidson and returning to work after a maternity leave will be Robin Mills. We're all looking forward to working with Ms Mills and wish her luck on this new chapter in her career.

We also said goodbye to our wonderful secretary Margo Omstead. Mrs. Omstead was a familiar face at MAPS for 9 years and her absence in the office and school will be felt for some time to come. Mrs Omstead always had a kind word and a caring manner with all students who will miss her greatly. Her position has yet to be filled so stay tuned for more updates!

Holiday Dinner

Holiday Dinner provided by our Anonymous Donor

On December 16th, the entire staff and student body were treated to a wonderful Holiday Dinner provided by an anonymous donor. Our amazing Student Congress wanted to make this a very special event and decided that we should all eat together and dress up! We had a Formal Friday spirit day as well and once the gym was decorated, the tables set, and the holiday music playing, it was definitely as they envisioned ~ a very special event. Special thanks to parent volunteers for serving the dinner and to the Knights of Columbus for preparing and delivering the meal to us as well. It was definitely a memorable afternoon.

Toy & Food Drive

Members of Student Congress and Merlin Community Help Volunteers

For two weeks prior to the holiday break, our Student Congress organized a toy and food drive to help provide a wonderful Christmas to families in our area. With the help of our very generous families and staff, Congress surpassed their 1,000 item goal and collected over 1,200 food items to donate. In addition, each class collected items for the toy drive with the help of family members. Thank you to all who helped to make this Drive such a huge success!

Volleball Season

Our Girls and Boys team represented Merlin very well at a variety of games and tournaments. Congratulations to our girls team for a valiant effort and great sportsmanship which was noted by many spectators! Well done! Our Boys played extremely well this season and won both tournaments they entered at BDHS and TDHS. Congratulations boys! Thank you to our dedicated coaching staff this year ~ Madame DeNure and Mrs. VanderPryt worked tirelessly with our girls team and Mr. Rankin with our boys. Your efforts are so appreciated.

Basketball Season

Practices and now being held and teams selected for our upcoming basketball season. Thanks to coaches Mrs. Salmon (girls) and Mr. Sanders (boys) for all your efforts! Good luck teams!

High School Tours

Our Grade 8 students are invited to attend Open Houses at various Secondary Schools in preparation for entering Grade 9. Here is the link to information regarding dates and times at LKDSB schools.  Tilbury District High School welcomes Grade 8 students and parents to attend their Open House on Thursday, January 12th from 6:45 to 8:30. Students sign up for workshops in the Main Hall. John McGregor Secondary School is having their Grade 8 Open House for students and parents on Wednesday, January 18th. It runs from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m. Students will meet in the Larry Lahey Athletic Centre and parents convene in the Fergie Jenkins auditorium at 6:30 sharp. January 18th is also Grade 8 Information Night at Blenheim District High School. Students and parents are invited to attend from 6:30 - 8:30 (parents in the John Gilchrist Auditorium; Grade 8 students please assemble in the Library).


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.

Kindergarten Registration Information

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.

International education

In July, 2015, 20 students from grade 6, 7, and 8 and 2 staff members from LKDSB schools experienced a 13 day educational and cultural adventure in Busan, South Korea. Students were billeted with a Korean family that allowed them an authentic insight into home life in this foreign country. Students attended school with their host family “buddies” and also found time to visit many of the historical tourist attractions that Korea has to offer. For most of our students this was their first trip without a parent and they were referring to it as “the trip of a lifetime”.

Plans are now underway for the July, 2017 excursion. Please contact your Principal for additional information We are planning a Family Information Night in January where you will be able to meet staff who have accompanied our students to Korea, a detailed overview will be provided and the opportunity for you to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you.

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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