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Millarville Community School Blue Newsletter Tel: (403) 938-7832/ http://millarville.fsd38.ab.ca

March 24, 2014

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WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

March 25 Deadline for registration for MSA Baseball & Soccer. Zero Gravity Dance Group @ 12:30

March 26 Taco/Booster Juice Lunch

March 27 Pizza Day

March 31 Hot Lunch -pre-ordering for April ends at midnight. Full payment due tomorrow.

April 1 School Council Mtg -7pm in the LC

April 2 No Hot Lunch

April 3 Pizza Day

April 7 Next Blue Newsletter

April 8

April 14

FRIDAY March 28

Kinder Day Grade 5 Snowshoeing in K-Country

April 4 Staff Learning Day (no school for students) Grade 6 Band Camp & Sleepover @ Oilfields

-Grade 6 Snowshoeing in K-Country

April 15

April 9 Subway & Booster Juice Day

April 16 Don’t forget to support Hotdog Day the school by purchasing Sobeys Gift Cards at the office

April 10 Pizza Day

April 11

April 17

April 18

Easter Assembly 10:45 a.m. -all are welcome! Pizza Day - If you have already ordered, pizza will be sent home. Early Dismissal 11:50

Easter Break April 18-25

The Blue Newsletter is produced every two weeks. If you have information you would like to include in the newsletter, please e-mail the school at gregsonw@fsd38.ab.ca The next newsletter will be available on-line Monday, April 7th, 2014 Cut-off for submissions is 10:00 a.m.


Mr. Gibson’s Desk: Principal Notes St. Patrick’s Day Assembly On Monday, March 17th we encouraged students to come dressed in green and we had a short assembly to celebrate both the arrival of spring and that famous Irish holiday. During the assembly our students were treated to a performance from a group of former and current students of Irish dancing. Thank-you again to Shona, Elizabeth, Cassie and Kaiden for your awesome performance! We also took a few minutes to celebrate with our three basketball teams. It is amazing to note that a small school the size of MCS not only supports three basketball teams, but can also unveil a league banner! Our junior high girls team came first in their league this year and our grade 7/8 boys and grade 6 teams were also highly successful. Thank-you to all of our teachers who have taken time from their busy school and personal schedules to dedicate to our students. A second big thanks goes out to our parents who have been instrumental in supporting our teams both in driving and coordinating fundraising initiatives. And finally, last but not least, thank-you to our students for never giving up and showing Foothills schools that MCS knows how to play Bball!

MCS Junior High Thank-you to all of our parents who were able to come out to our school last week to learn a little more about our junior high program. Here at MCS we are proud of our junior high students and the opportunities available to them and encourage feedback from both our students and families to help meet their young adult needs as learners. During this meeting we were able to share some of the success stories and goals of our program in addition to letting our families know the rigorous standards we strive to achieve through our grade 6-8 program.

Hot Lunch Coordinators We are still looking for two hot lunch coordinators to start shadowing during the month of May this year and to carry on next year. Parent council has approved an honorarium of $100 per month for these new coordinators to offset the driving costs associated. If we do not find some coordinators soon, this program may not be sustainable, so please contact the office as soon as possible.

Math in Millarville-Mark your calendars! Cheryl Schaub, the mathematics consultant and coordinator with the Calgary Regional Consortium will be running a math workshop for parents of students in the west end FSD schools here at MCS on May 21 st from 7:00 until 8:30. Watch for more information coming soon.


Okotoks Skating Club presents ‌ 'A Trip around the World' Ice Show April 6th 1 pm Centennial Arena Showcasing many FSD School Students! Tickets available at OK Tire or by calling 403-483- 0056 $5 a ticket or $20 Family Ticket

Girl Guides Girl Guides is coming to Millarville! Please plan to attend an information meeting on; Monday March 31st 7:00pm Ranchers Hall If you have a daughter aged 5-10, that might be interested in Sparks, Brownies, or Guides for the 2014/2015 school year. For further information contact Alana Bates at 403-809-7905.


got sobey’s? Our Sobey’s Gift Cards are overstocked and we need your help in clearing them out before the school year is over. On sale at clearance prices at the office; $100.00 Gift Card for $100.00 or 5 for $500.00 It’s a great deal & fundraiser! Grocery’s for Field Trips. Hurry and get yours today!

Online pre-ordering for April opened March 17th and closes March 31st at midnight. Full payment is due April 1st (…no fooling! ) *IMPORTANT NOTE* While this was initiated as a fundraiser, the greatest reward of the program is seeing the smiling faces of the students when items such as Booster Juice and Subway are brought in for their lunch. To keep them smiling, we are continually trying new items and suppliers and we welcome feedback and suggestions to improve our menu options. Please do not hesitate to contact Tracy Foley at rtfoley5@gmail.com /403-931-1600 or Mrs. Gregson at the office to do so. Thank you to everyone for signing up to volunteer for Hot Lunch by checking the volunteer box on the online order form. We couldn’t do it without you! Haven’t registered yet? Sign up is easy and our menu items include many great options from Lasagna to Quesadillas! Don’t forget, all pizza ordering is now online.

https://millarville.hotlunches.net School access code is: MSHL


…& Thank yous

 On March 19th, in celebration of international women’s day a group of students from Millarville and Red Deer Lake Schools went to the Cisco building in Downtown Calgary to view a screening of a video called Girls Rising. It was about the stories of girls in unfortunate countries standing up for themselves and girls around the world by standing up for what’s right for example schooling, even though actions can take place around the world from standing up and speaking their mind, but it can change history forever. This screening is a global action campaign for girl’s education and the breakthrough of education for girls. We would like to thank Cisco for letting us watch a screening of Girls Rising and for donating 6 copies of “I am Malala” to our Library. It was a great learning experience, to see what it’s like for girls in other countries and what they live through each day. Sometimes we underestimate the power of education that it has on a child and how it can change their life. If you would like to help these girls get the education they deserve go to www.girlsrising.com – By Shannon & Paula  The Grade Fives have been participating in a Business Basics program delivered by Linda MacDonald from Junior Achievement. The students will be putting their new knowledge to use when we address mini-mall later in the spring.  Grade Ones built amazing houses for the Three Little Pigs. You can see them in the Learning Commons.  The Grade 7/8’s and Mr. Beacom would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Smith for joining us out at North Fork, Kananaskis for our snowshoeing day. We had beautiful weather and a great opportunity for learning and camaraderie.  We’ve been busy in Kinder, producing art during our How We Express Ourselves unit. Last Thursday, the children had a wonderful evening sharing their amazing work with family and friends. Please visit the Learning Commons this week to take a look!


The Priddis Community Association is having a

Jelly Bean Dance! We would like to invite Grades 1 thur 6 to join us at the Priddis Community Association Hall March 28, 2014 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per person and a concession will be available for treats. We will have an EMT on site, along with some of our wonderful Volunteer Fire Fighters. Chaperones will be placed at each exit to ensure that no child may exit the building once they have entered. Parents must come into the hall to pick up their children. No Child will be allowed to leave without an adult, no exceptions will be made. For further information contact Kim Carlin (403) 931-3711


~ A message from School Council ~

We are very fortunate at MCS to have a committed and dynamic fundraising team. This group plans and executes a number of worthwhile, enjoyable and fun fundraising events. One of our most successful and well-received fundraisers this year has been: Thanks for going online and ordering Hot Lunch!! Special thanks to Tracy Foley, Fundraising President and Hot Lunch coordinator this year, Teresa Klotz, our Treasurer, and those parents who have helped prepare and deliver lunches.

1. This year’s Fundraising Committee has a goal to raise over $30,000 for our school. 2. To date, our school has raised over $22,000 so far!! A little more to go. 3. This year we will spend $55,000 of our fundraising funds. We can ONLY do this as a result of school fundraising initiatives and casino proceeds earned in 2012. 4. This year $55,000 goes to:        5.

New basketball mats in the gym Cross-country skis for Outdoor Pursuits (OP) Field trip costs for all grades All sports tournament fees All OP costs like camping fees, food and fuel Bus transportation costs to all events In-school special presentations like Teacher’s Pet

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Music and art supplies Camp Caroline band camp for Gr 7/8 School agendas Laptop maintenance costs Grade 8 graduation Christmas concert And much more!

Biggest single fundraiser so far this year: Millarville Telephone Directory, raising $9000 for MCS. Watch for it in your mail soon. Thanks to Twila Collyer for coordinating this great publication, and to businesses that advertise here.

6. Biggest expenditure categories for fundraising money:  

Transportation – about $8000 per year Field trips - about $3000 - $4500 per year with planned increases.

7. MCS gets a portion of funds raised by the Millarville Community Foundation Casino event. MCS provided 25% of the volunteers for their casino in January 2014. Thanks to casino volunteers!

8. Teachers and staff are a big help with fundraising – Thank-you!! 9. The next and final fundraiser for MCS this year:

, Friday May 30, 2014.

Students, staff, parents & community are invited to walk our 5-km Millarville-area route. We hope to raise $5000 through pledges.

10. The PURPOSE of the Fundraising Committee is to keep costs down for MCS families. Without these fundraising initiatives, many of the costs associated with these programs, events, and learning materials would be passed on to families or they would not be offered. A big THANK-YOU to everyone who contributes TIME and RESOURCES to fundraising and other school initiatives. Together we will continue to make Millarville Community School a rich and rewarding learning environment for our children.


Hot Lunch Coordinators The Fundraising Society is looking for two Hot Lunch Coordinators to take on the following duties:  order and pick up lunches from suppliers  keep hot lunch supplies stocked  coordinate volunteers and disbursement of hot lunches to students once a week  manage the hot lunch website The successful candidates will receive a $1000/school year honorarium for their commitment and leadership. A great way to get involved with the school, provide a fabulous service to our children, and assist the fundraising society make the money that pays for things like field trips, phys-ed and outdoor pursuits equipment and much more. If interested, please contact the office at (403) 9387832.

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