We need your help! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Attention Muir Families,

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We can’t run our FUN FAIR without VOLUNTEERS like you!

Our annual Community FUN FAIR is past approaching. Our fun fair will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Volunteering begins at 4:00 p.m. We can’t do it without the help of many Alexander Muir volunteers! We are hoping that you can sign up to help us out! Over 600+ school community member usually attend our FUN FAIR and it requires a great deal of volunteer support to ensure that it runs smoothly. We need you to help out by volunteering your time.  Please complete the following Volunvolunteersteer Form We will contact all volunteers in late May/early June with scheduled times and locations. We thank you in advance for your support!

At the moment we do not have enough volunteers to hold this event. If we do not get more volunteers (high school students, community members) we may need to cancel this event.  Please consider volunteering your time (even for 1 hour!).

We appreciate and thank you in advance for your help and support.


Alexander Muir School Council Fundraising Committee



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Viva Next Update- Newmarket

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Class Placement Parent/Guardian Input

Dear Muir Families:

Parent/Guardian Input Regarding Class Placements for 2018-2019

Class Placement InputMuch of the planning for a new school year is underway! We will be discussing organizational structures, special education delivery models, teaching assignments and timetabling very soon. One of the most important tasks that usually begins in late May is the placement of students into new classes for September. Homeroom teachers in consultation with receiving teachers, appropriate support staff and school administration devote much discussion time to the generation of classes that strive to best meet the needs of all of our students.

Class placement is a complex process that takes many hours of thought and discussion. Decisions are made following careful consideration of a number of criteria: balance of student abilities, interests and talents, gender balance, class size (consistent with Board and Ministry guidelines), learning style, learning partners and social factors. While friendship issues can play a role in the comfort level of some students, at particular developmental stages many friends learn best in separate classes. Often parents have new and/or important information to share about their child which lends assistance to class placement decisions. Recent medical diagnoses, significant negative peer relationships that exist outside the school’s awareness or significant individual/family issues that may impact learning, are items of information which are appreciated prior to the placement process.

Parent input that is received via the Class Placement Input FORM (see link below) by FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 2018 will be considered (and shared) during placement meetings. Please note that we do not accept specific teacher requests. Unfortunately input after May 18th may not be considered.

Please be advised that while such input is valued, it cannot drive class placement decisions since school-wide limitations and a variety of other factors will, at times, take precedence. Final decisions regarding student placements remain the responsibility of the administration and the school staff. Ministry mandates on class size will impact class placements into September. As a result, we will, regretfully, be unable to share class placement information with families until just prior to the beginning of the new school year. Thank you for partnering with us in this very important task.

Access the Class Placement Input form by clicking here http://bit.do/classplacementinput2018

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

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Student Led DIVERSITY FAIR Coming Soon!

You are invited to attend!  Mark your calendars!

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AMPS Field Conditions Update

Dear Muir Families:

A concern  was raised at our April School Council meeting in regards to the poor conditions of our field. It was noted that there were many divots and damaged areas that could be unsafe for our students. We contacted Plant Services and officials came promptly and agreed that repairs are needed. We are very fortunate that the Board is in agreement to begin work on repairing our field! In order for them to do this, they will need to begin in the next few weeks. We have confirmed that 2/3’s of the field will be repaired this year. Throughout this process, the 2/3’s will be fenced off for the remainder of the school year (mid May to Dec) to allow time for the grass to take root and grow. This will mean that most of the field will not be available for student use during this time. Students will have access to the tarmac and the open field area by the outdoor classroom for this duration. We understand that this may impact various outdoor endeavours but feel that we, collectively, can come up with alternate plans in support of all during this time.   Please see the map below for specific details.


We will keep you posted on the timelines as they become available.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

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Maple Leaf Forever Pen awarded to Alexander Muir Public School

Limited edition pens celebrating local residents’ contributions to the community were awarded by MPP Chris Ballard to Wes Playter, David and Dierdre Tomlinson and Alexander Muir Public School. The pens are among a limited number created by Aurora resident Ron Coe, Aurora Seniors’ Association, from wood of the historic Maple Leaf Forever tree. The tree is believed to be the inspiration for composer Alexander Muir’s Maple Leaf Forever, written in 1867, the year of Canada’s confederation, and long viewed as Canada’s unofficial anthem. The Maple Leaf Forever tree was felled during a violent windstorm in 2013 and its wood has been shared with artisans across the country to create objects that celebrate Canada’s history and culture.

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Article & photos by SNapd Aurora.

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Dear Muir Families:

Please note that our school parking lot still has not been plowed. It will be closed to traffic at the end of the school day. No cars will be permitted to enter this area as it remains slippery. We would encourage you to walk to school to pick up your child/ren.

All students will exit the building through the front doors or bus loop door area. Please pick up your children through the main doors of the school as the kindergarten and back tarmac area has not yet been plowed. Kindergarten families can come to their child’s classroom to pick up their child. Teachers will be located in the main hallway at the end of the school day to help with dismissal.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to support safety for all.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

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Coding Lives At Alexander Muir!

Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 12.38.04 PMOver the past several months, Mrs. Gordon and I have been running a coding club for students to develop their computer programming skills. We will continue to run our clubs until June. In the Learning Commons, I have had the opportunity to work with many classes on coding. If your child or you are interested in coding please visit Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/ on the web (grades 3-8) or add the app Scratch Jr. to your family tablet (grades K-2). Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Happy coding!

Mr. Glashan, Teacher Librarian, AMPS

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10th Anniversary R.S.V.P.

Hello Muir Students, Staff & Families (Past & Present):

Our 10th Anniversary celebration is coming soon!  We look forward to seeing past students and staff at this event, along with our current students and staff. We need to hear from you!  Please R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend. Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Monday, April 16th.

Our student FRENCH CAFE will also be open during our 10th anniversary celebration. Our intermediate students will transform our staff room into a French cafe with a variety of treats & drinks available for purchase. All funds will go towards their grade 8 end of year trip and our graduation. We hope that you will stop by to purchase a treat!

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Alexander Muir Students Helping Students; An Eye Opening Journey

When our AMPS grade 7 class first started learning about the Syrian War and the Syrian Refugee Crisis the range of awareness went from full understanding of this humanitarian crisis to having never heard of the country of Syria before. We began our journey by investigating where Syria is, how the conflict started and how the refugee crisis has developed over the past several years. We read articles, picture books, novels, watched media clips and had lengthy discussions about how the Syrian people are struggling to survive and how those who have managed to escape have had a dangerous and often deadly journey to their new land.  

We also investigated the challenges Syrian Refugees face once they arrive in Canada; a new language to learn, complete culture shock, needing to acclimate to the Canadian weather, lack of money, shelter and personal belongings, etc. We read stories of refugees being helped, but also discriminated against in their new countries. We had a guest speaker, who works with a Syrian refugee family of 12 in Bradford, come in and speak to our class about how difficult it has been for this particular family to assimilate into their new life in Canada. This realization of how hard life is for Syrian refugees is what inspired my grade 7s to take action.  We originally tried to hold a clothing drive to help new refugees get through the cold Canadian winter, but we could not find an organization to take the clothing as they had enough at the time.

Then we read an online article about a Newmarket Syrian refugee who was trying to “pay it forward” to customers at the gas station he worked at. This man has three children right around the age of our classmates and so we reached out to the author, Tim Kelly, to see if he could ask the family if they need any clothing.  The parents let Tim know that what they really need for their sons are computers so they can try to catch up and keep up with their new education here in Canada. My students immediately decided to take on the challenge of raising enough money to purchase Chromebooks for these boys. We are so fortunate at Alexander Muir to have ample technology, the students fully understand how important it is to get these boys computers to use at home as quickly as possible.

I reached out to James Bradley, the General Manager of Staples Newmarket, and he quickly agreed to help our class with a discount on Chromebooks for these boys. He also offered to provide them with laptop bags and USB keys should they need them.

Screen Shot 2018-04-08 at 4.44.07 PMWe brainstormed several different ways that we could host a fundraiser and decided on a Spring Plant Fundraiser. I contacted several local greenhouses and decided to partner with Anthony Bajar Greenhouses here in Newmarket. We decided to sell three different plants for our fundraiser which lines up perfectly for delivery for Mother’s Day. Our goal is to raise $1500 profit, which means we will need to sell 305 plants.

In the meantime, the students continued to raise money on their own for our special cause. They shovelled snow for money, traded in gift certificates, and donated their allowances. With every dollar we raised the excitement grew. As we got closer to our April 6 fundraiser launch, the students were buzzing with the realization that they were actually doing something to make a difference in the lives of these boys who had been through so much.

To spread the word about our fundraiser, we created a media campaign. The students have created posters and wrote announcements to promote our initiative. They helped put together the information and order forms and deliver these to classes. They have signed up for shifts on May 10th and 11th, which will be the pick up dates for our flowers. Next week Tim Kelly will be visiting our classroom to write a follow up story about our fundraiser and our goals.

These grade 7 students are learning that they can make a difference in the lives of others. They are learning that even though we are just one class, we can be the one class that reaches out to help . We are so lucky to live where we do and have the opportunities that we have with our education, it’s time to pay it forward. #ampscares

Mrs. O’Donnell, Grade 7 teacher at Alexander Muir P.S.


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