Summer Dress Code Reminders

sunDear Muir Families:

As the weather gets warmer, we would like to remind our students and families of our school dress code expectations. We would ask that you please review them with your child/ren:

Alexander Muir Dress Code

Respect for self and others are evident when students dress in a suitable and proper manner for all school activities. The dress code applies to all students at all grade levels.

 Clothing/Jewellery that portrays the following is not permitted:

  • alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances or products through words, pictures, symbols or mascots
  • profanity or sexually explicit words or pictures (implied or blatant)
  • pictures, symbols or writing that directly or indirectly demean the ethnicity, race, culture, religion, national origin, gender or disability of an individual or group or make reference to any gang or gang language
  • please avoid excessive perfumes/cologne or scents at school

 The following clothing is not permitted:

  • head coverings (caps, hats, bandanas) in the school (except for religious or medical reasons)
  • shirts that reveal the stomach, have straps thinner than the width of 2 fingers or are low-cut
  • pants that are worn below the waist (display/show visible undergarments); pajama pants
  • shorts, skirts, skorts that are shorter than mid-thigh (these items should extend to finger tips when arms are hanging at sides)

Students need to be prepared for inclement weather by:

  • wearing boots, gloves, hats and proper coats during winter days
  • dressing appropriately for rainy days
  • wearing hats and sunscreen during warm, sunny days
  • having a pair of indoor shoes at school

Appropriate Footwear for School

  • Running Shoes with non-marking soles are required for physical education classes
  • For safety reasons – high heels or shoes with rolling wheels are NOT permitted

                                               – flip-flops / beach shoes / sandals are strongly discouraged

 Possible Consequences:

  • Wear replacement clothing item/change into articles that meets dress code standards
  • Warning/Reminder and/or Parent/Guardian contact
  • Removal of cap/hat/bandana/jewellery item for the remainder of the day
  • Cover up item/turn inside out
  • Write our Dress Code
  • Serve a detention/suspension (for persistent refusal to follow Dress Code)

If you have any questions please contact the school at (905) 895-9466

Mr. Erdmann & Mrs. Mott

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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.

Sincerely,

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.

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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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SPECIAL END OF DAY PROCEDURES for INCLEMENT WEATHER DAY

SPECIAL END OF DAY PROCEDURES for INCLEMENT WEATHER DAY

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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