10th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Current & Former Staff & Students:

We invite you to join us for our upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration. Please R.S.V.P. at

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Happy New Year!

Dear Muir Families:

We wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, January 8th. Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

Happy New Year!

The staff at Alexander Muir P.S.

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School Grounds – Winter Months

Dear Muir Families:

Even though winter does not officially begin until tomorrow, it’s presence has been felt already for sure. Our school grounds can become quite icy. One of the challenges when the temperature fluctuates between freezing and non freezing conditions is the state of our school grounds varies throughout the day and sometimes even hourly. As such, we continue to monitor conditions throughout the day. Some general reminders for everyone include:

  • snow-shovelPlease ensure you walk on the shovelled and cleared walkways. Generally this means a walkway that will circle the school building, our walkway connecting to the bus loop area, and the kiss and ride area, and the walkway that extends from the daycare to the back of the school and entrance areas. No other part of the pavement is sanded. We often receive questions as to why this is and the reasons can be found in this board policy and procedure.
  • For our students and staff recess access outside is determined on a daily basis. While we do not want to keep students inside for extended days, so
    metimes it is unavoidable due to slippery conditions, rain or extreme heat or cold. Typically, we careful planning and  diligence we can get outside on most days. We use this resource to help us determine our course of action in these conditions. Sometimes, we will stay indoors but other options we use include: reducing recess times outdoors, reducing the number of students out at any given time, restricting access to areas that are more suitable for outdoor play (ex. a pavement/tarmac only recess)
  • It is important that all staff, students & Alexander Muir community members wear appropriate winter footwear while on school property to avoid and/or reduce the chance of a slip, trip or fall.winter boots
  • As always, if you note an area of concern please let the office know. Again as conditions changes often, it helps when our whole community monitors our grounds for safety. Please note that when the field area is icy we may call for a pavement only recess.

Our caretaking team work very hard each morning and throughout the day to ensure that our school grounds are safe for all students, staff & community members.  We thank them for all they do each day, early in the morning and throughout the school day to ensure safety.

We thank everyone for their support and look forward to safe and fun winter season.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

Portions of this blog post courtesy of Mr. Collins, Principal @ Robert Munsch P.S.

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School Spirit Day! P.J. Day

Dear Muir Families,

pj'sWe invite you to get into the holiday spirit with us!  On Friday, December 22nd students and staff will be invited to wear P.J.’s to school for Pajama Day at Alexander Muir. Come to school in your best, most comfortable P.J.’s!

We will also have a Holiday Sing-A-Long in the gym starting at 9:15 a.m. 

 

Although we appreciate the thought, we would like to remind families not to bring in any special food treats for students next week unless arranged & approved by your child’s teacher. We have a number of students and staff that have severe allergies. Teachers and staff will communicate items that are needed for any class parties or special events next week. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s teacher.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

 

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Winter Weather Reminders

Dear Muir Families:

We would like to remind our Alexander Muir families that students and staff go outside for 30 minutes at morning recess and 40 minutes at lunch recess each day. It is important that students come dressed appropriately for the winter weather.

Dressing for Winter includes:

  • warm winter bootsSnowflake
  • winter jacket & snow/ski pants
  • long underwear
  • warm hat, neck warmer or scarf
  • waterproof (nylon) mittens/gloves
  • socks (wool if possible; bring an extra pair)
  • consider hand/foot warmers
  • dress in layers!!

Extreme Weather Conditions

When weather conditions are questionable, administration and/or office staff can consult Environment Canada for information, as well as Weather Network for their local forecast information. Weather conditions and temperatures can fluctuate from location to location and at different times during the school day. Decisions are made on a daily basis regarding whether or not students and staff will go outside for a full, partial recess or not at all for that day (indoor recess).  If the local temperature with windchill goes below -25 degrees the office will make an announcement to either shorten or have an indoor recess. Students should however come prepared to go outside each day.

We use the following Environment Canada Wind Chill Chart as our guide to support our decision making.

Weather Chart

We try to balance the need for students to have opportunities to enjoy a healthy active recess, with chances to play, run and socialize with others and the need to ensure students are safe from extreme weather conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at (905) 895-9466.

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

 

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Holiday Concert- DATE CHANGE

Dear Muir Families:

Please note the following EVENING HOLIDAY CONCERT date change.

Hello Alexander Muir Families,EVENING HOLIDAY CONCERT DATE CHANGEPlease note that our EVENING HOLIDAY CONCERT has changed to TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19th from 6_30-7_30 p.m. This concert will

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Letter from the Chair of the Board

New Director

 

 

Letter to Families – Nov 2017

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French Immersion Information

French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

Information sessions for the French Immersion (F.I.) program will take place at French Immersion schools on January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2018 (http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/fi/Pages/Program-Locations.aspx) to find the FI program location for your elementary school location. FI registration will begin January 19, 2018. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2018, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call the school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. The Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register between January 19 and February 9, 2018. This eliminates the need to provide duplicate enrollment information or to pre-register.

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.

More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca.

Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

 

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Kindergarten Registration 2018

Kindergarten Registration to Commence January 19, 2018

welcome_to_kindergarten-300x116Kindergarten registration will commence on January 19, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Children who turn four or five years old during 2018, live within the school boundary and whose parents are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten. A kindergarten information session for parents is being planned for this spring. For more information please visit the YRDSB website or contact your local school.

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Annual GIVING TREE

Dear Muir Families,

We invite you to make a donation to our annual GIVING TREE. We are collecting non-perishable food items, new hats, new mittens, new scarves and toiletry items. We thank you in advance. #ampscares #community #giving

Holiday Gift Exchange (3)

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