School Council Updates

Dance-A-Thon Pledge Forms Coming Home THURSDAY

DanceOur School Council Dance-a-thon is fast approaching! We will be sending home pledge forms with all AMPS students next week. Just in time for the four day weekend. We hope that you can start to collect pledges right away! Please be sure to check your child’s backpack on Thursday, April 18th.

We look forward to a fun day of dancing * on Friday, May 3rd. Remember that all funds raised will help support our Outdoor Play Space and other school initiatives.  A schedule of when your child’s class will be dancing will be sent out closer to this event. * Alternate activity will be available for students that are unable to participate for religious reasons.

Would you like to make an ONLINE pledge through School Cash Online instead?

See instructions below.

Go to SCHOOL CASH ONLINE and follow ‘donation’ instructions.  Please consider making a donation to our dance-a-thon. You can donate any amount. Please indicate that your donation is to go towards our school dance-a-thon.

Our annual JUNE FUN FAIR is fast approaching!

Donations for upcoming FUN FAIR Needed!

We are looking for donations of sports event tickets, gift cards , larger ticket items or other items to raffle off at our upcoming AMPS FUN FAIR in June. If you have a business contact or can secure any of these items we would welcome the donations.

Please send them in to the school office.  Coming Soon – Classroom Gift Basket Themes. We thank you for your help in making our FUN FAIR a great school fundraiser.

Volunteers  for FUN FAIR Needed!

Our AMPS school council is looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming AMPS Fun Fair in June. If you are available to help out, please register at We need lots of volunteers to make this event happen!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

AMPS School Council Fundraising Committee


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YR- Vaping Information Sessions

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New iNFORM Attendance

Dear Muir Families:

Starting on Wednesday, April 10th, families will have another option to report your child’s absence and/or lates. Please note that EDSBY remains the preferred option.

If you are not yet on EDSBY and need help, please contact our office and we will send you out an registration sheet.

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We thank you for keeping us informed about your child(ren) on a daily basis to ensure that our Safe Arrival Program is accurate and efficient.

AMPS Office Team



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Reporting Student Absences & Lates

Dear Muir Families,

Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students.  Safe Arrivals ensures all students are accounted for twice daily, once in the morning and once after lunch.  For your convenience, listed below are the options parents/guardians may use when reporting daily student attendance instances (lates and absences).  

Please remember it is your responsibility to notify the school of any student late or absence before the start of school at 8:00 a.m   

Attendance Reporting Options:

1)  EDSBY – The online 24/7 Attendance platform allowing parents/guardians to report daily lates and absences, as well as ‘planned’ (future absences).  Please contact the school if you have not created an account. If you have forgotten your Edsby password, please contact Edsby directly at: 1-877-337-0070 or click on ‘Forgot my Password’ in the app.

More Edsby information can be found at (Parent Edsby Resources)

2)  iNFORM – The automated phone reporting tool used when calling the school before 8:00 a.m. and pressing ‘1’ to report student lates and absences.  Please follow the prompts provided. You can report more than one child absent by following the prompts. A confirmation email of the reported late or absence will be sent to all parents/guardians who have access to the student’s records. iNFORM will be launched at our school as of April 10th.

3)  After the bell (8:00 a.m.) –  If you are reporting a student absence after the start of school you may still use Edsby or call the school directly at 905-895-9466 or email us at   

 When to use Attendance Options:

  • Before 8:00 a.m. – Edsby, iNFORM (automated phone system)
  • After the 8:00 a.m. morning bell – Edsby or call the school directly
  • Pre-planned Absences – Edsby, iNFORM or calling the school directly.

*Note:  If your child will miss more than 5 consecutive days of school, you must contact the school directly and may be required to complete attendance forms in the school office.  

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to ensure the safety of our students. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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International & Indigenous Languages

International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Program Registration for 2019-2020

Elementary International and Indigenous Languages Program Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on Thursday, April 11, 2019. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering online registration for our elementary program. Registering online will eliminate wait times and long line-ups.  To facilitate registration, on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm, online registration will be available for the first time through Edsby on our webpage:

Families can still register in person at the language site starting April 11 and in September. Please contact our office at  if you would like to register in person before September.

Did you know that the IIL Program has over 20 languages to choose from? Currently we have approximately 15,000 students registered in our programs across the Board.  Students from SK to Grade 8 are eligible to take language classes that run once a week during weekday evenings (from Tuesday to Friday) or Saturday mornings for 2.5 hours. There are many new and exciting things in store for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year, such as the opportunity to learn the Indigenous languages Ojibwe and Cree.

Please note that due to space limitations, registration applications will take place on a first-come-first-serve basis. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrolment or lack of teacher availability.

For more information about registration, courses, dates and locations, please visit or e-mail us at

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Adult Lunch Monitors Needed

Dear Muir Families,

We are once again looking for adult lunch monitors to help supervise students during the lunch hour both inside and outside the school between 11:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.

We are looking for full time (5 days a week), part time and on call adult (as needed) lunch monitors at this time. This is a paid position (one hour a day).

A VSS is required prior to working. If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the main office at (905) 895-9466.  We thank you for your consideration.

Adult Lunch Monitors

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A Message from our Trustee

Message From Our Trustee

 I hope everyone has had a great start to the second half of the school year. Over the past few months, I have had an opportunity to connect with families, students, staff members and with our broader community. I have seen a lot of exciting opportunities for students to explore their interests, celebrate their identities, and develop skills and knowledge that will benefit them in the future.

Many students are participating in skills competitions or other events where they problem-solve, innovate, collaborate and further develop their technical skills. Students compete in robotics, construction, hairdressing, transportation, 3D animation and much more. These events are among the many options available to help students explore different careers and pathways, and gain valuable experience. We are grateful for the support of community partners in helping to provide these great learning opportunities to our students.

I also want to express my appreciation to our broader school community. One of the priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to build collaborative relationships. The relationships that our schools have with families is so important. There are many different ways you can be involved – talking to your child’s teacher, asking your child about homework, or volunteering on a field trip or the school council. Your contributions make a difference to your child’s success and to the success of our schools.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable March Break.

Linda Gilbert, Newmarket Trustee

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Voices for Africa Concert- POSTPONED

Dear Muir Families:

Due to the potential for inclement weather this evening, we are going to postpone tonight’s Voices for Africa Concert.

The concert will be rescheduled to Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.  People who have purchased tickets for tonight’s show will have their tickets transferred to the new date. There is no need to contact the theatre to make this transfer, as it will be automatic.

If the new date is not convenient, tickets can be refunded by calling Newmarket Theatre at 905-953-5122.

For those who have not yet purchased tickets, some are still available by phoning 905-953-5122 or by purchasing online at .

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

Voices for Africa Planning Team

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Online donations for our SCHOOL PLAYSCAPE pathway!

Dear Muir Families:

Did you know that you can go to SCHOOL CASH ONLINE and make a tax deductible donation to our school to help support our PLAY SCAPE pathway. We are hoping to have it completed this summer if we raise enough funds!

Online Donations

We still need $10 000 to make this happen!  We accept any donations! Suggested amounts include $10. $25. $50. $100 or more!  Please consider a donation. All donations welcome.We thank you in advance!

SCHOOL CASH ONLINE instructions below.

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Food Distribution @ Muir REMINDER

Dear Muir Families,

Birthday/Halloween/Valentine Celebrations

These are some celebratory days for many of our families and often includes tokens of friendship such as candy (e.g., chocolate, cupcakes, suckers) to distribute to all classmates. To help ensure safety of all and support parental preferences our staff will only distribute non-edible items (e.g., erasers, pencils, bubbles etc.). We appreciate the intention of giving and sharing with others and will continue to do so with non-edibles only. Any edible items sent in for distribution will be returned home with a notification.

We are providing clarification regarding food during classroom celebrations and treat distributions. There have been a few situations since the beginning of the school year where we have had to refuse food donations (e.g., cookies for classrooms) due to possible allergens. We need to ensure the safety of all our students, staff and families at Muir.

Classroom Celebrations

Food Distribution @ MuirWe appreciate and value time spent with peers. Staff may choose to host a classroom celebration for a portion of the day. We prefer to not have foods brought in for celebrations but if deemed appropriate, the following foods will be acceptable: There may be slight modifications that are responsive to specific classroom allergies (e.g., no kiwi). Fruit (pre-packaged), Vegetables (pre-packaged) , Popcorn/Veggie chips (NO MAY CONTAIN), Crackers & Cheese (NO MAY CONTAIN), Goldfish crackers, 100% Juice

Unfortunately Any other items that we cannot accept will be returned home with a notification. Celebrations are a time of socialization with peers and students engage in fun activities. Our classrooms will welcome board games or crafts that can be shared and used by all. These actions and precautions will help to improve safety for all of our learners and eliminate possible barriers (e.g., parental preferences).

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continue to support all of our Alexander Muir P.S. families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or queries.


Richard Erdmann , Principal            Karen Mahoney, Vice-Principal

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