Marysville Memo



Dear Marysville Families,

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be part of your community.

I understand that Marysville is the sweetest little best kept secret in the Limestone DSB! Last week I had an opportunity to do my first visit and the welcome from your children and the staff was incredible (see pic!).

I'm coming from Joyceville PS/Glenburnie PS so I come with a love of little country schools. These are such special places, with community-minded families, and the greatest kids. I also come with a love of the arts (being a musician myself - saxophone is my jam, but I also sang in a 50's band for a while - nothing better than being a Doo Wop girl!), and I've heard Marysville can put on some pretty good little shows!

Please don't hesitate to call if you have questions, concerns or need to chat. I'd love to hear from you - tell me what you love about your school, what you wish for, what I need to know about your children.

All the best!

Mrs. Dawn Diamond

Happy to be back at school!


Please complete each day prior to coming to school or getting on the bus.

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The Government of Ontario is providing one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each student up to age 12
  • $250 for each student or youth up to age 21, with special needs
  • NEW $200 for student age 13 to Grade 12, including students who are in secondary school that are over age 18

The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.

Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage


All parents/guardians are asked to report their student’s absence regardless of the reason, including during bus cancellations. Often, bused students find alternative ways to school and we want to ensure we know the whereabouts of every student to ensure their safety and well-being. Knowing who is supposed to be at school will allow school office staff to best ensure all students are accounted for.

To record a student absence in Safe Arrival on an Inclement Weather Day, select:

  • Bus cancellation as the reason for absence if your student is bused
  • Inclement weather as the reason for the absence if your student walks but chooses not to attend

If your student is marked absent and the absence hasn’t been reported in advance, our SafeArrival system will attempt to reach the student’s priority contact (parents/guardians) by telephone to confirm the absence. The SafeArrival system makes it easier for you to report your student’s absence, reduces the time it takes for our school staff to verify student attendance, and responds to unexpected or unplanned student absences. This time savings makes it faster and more efficient to account for all students and their safety.

On inclement weather days, sometimes the daily plan is amended but learning continues as many students can, and do find alternative ways to school (family drop off, walking). In schools where there are significant walk-to populations, an inclement weather day doesn’t usually affect the curriculum plan. In others, almost all students might be (school) bused. In these cases, educators make the necessary adjustment to adjust their lesson plans for who is in attendance.

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A very special THANK YOU to Mrs. Marg Stevenson for the bag of hand knit mittens! Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.

100th Day!

On February 9th we celebrate the 100th day of this school year!



This will be a virtual meeting via Google Meet. Please notify the school if you are interested in attending the meeting, and a link will be sent to your email.


Show your school spirit and wear RED, WHITE & PINK on the 12th to celebrate Valentine's Day.

In order to limit items from home, we ask that students NOT bring in Valentine's cards or treats this year. Classes will find alternative, Covid-safe ways to share kindness and friendship messages with others.




Marysville is pleased to welcome the return of, Anishinaabe Knowledge Keeper, Judi Montgomery, on February 16th. Judy will be providing a series of workshops of traditional knowledge and teachings that will consist of Circle protocol and talking sticks, as well as, music, songs, stories and language. The workshops will continue on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.


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Students were asked to do procedural writing on how to make their favourite dish.

Which one will you try?


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, by Teagen

First - smoosh the strawberries

Second - take the smoosh

Third - put strawberries in the pan

Fourth - put rhubarb in [the] pan

Fifth - put it in the oven

Orange Peko Tea, by Tala

First - put water in tea cup or mug

Second - put tea bag in cup

Third - put in microwave for 1 [minute]

Fourth - take out, squeeze tea bag

Fifth - add sugar and milk if wanted

Turkey, by Scout

First - kill it

Second - bake it

Third - put some flavour

Fourth - serve it

Fifth - eat it

Noodles, by Leah

First - put the noodles in the pot

Second - put sauce in

Third - cook it

Perogies, by Autumn

First - unfrost the perogies with a microwave

Second - take the perogies out of the microwave

Third - let the perogies cool for 10 minutes

Meatballs, by Anneliese

1. put noodles

2. put sauce on top

3. let it boil

4. put it on a plate

5. eat it

Waffles, by Maeve

First - put it [in] the oven

Second - put on a timer and shake it around when it is done

Third - drop an egg on it

Nutella Hot Chocolate, by Tala

Things you need: coffee cup, milk, Nutella, spoon and a microwave.

1. put milk in a coffee cup

2. add Nutella to milk

3. stir milk and Nutella

4. put in microwave for 1 min

5. take it out and stir again


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Over the last few weeks during read-aloud, the 4-8 class read Dictionary for a Better World. Students guessed what uplifting and inspiring words could be represented by each letter. Ms. E. read the accompanying poem and had them guess the word. There was also a "Try This" activity for each word.

We will be doing more work around this book. Students will pick their own inspiring word, write a poem or quote to go along with it and a try an activity that connects to it.

This would make a great book for any family's collection!


During our three weeks of online learning, students in Ms. Etmanskie's class created their very own superhero - costume, strengths, special effects, etc. They drew a picture of their superhero (see below) and then wrote a paragraph describing them.

My super hero's name is Super Bee. When he gets hugged he gets super stronger. His weakness is when he gets hit on his Super bee symbol. He has a water and grass cape.

He can shoot water out of his hands, his right arm is lava and his left arm is rock. One of his legs is gold and the other leg is made up of purple gems. He can see underwater with his goggles and under grass. His ears can shoot lasers when he wants to get his powerful attack he needs to say super Bee Turbo. And when he gets home he turns back into a stuffy and gets hugged by his human.

- Se

My superhero is called Aqua Seal. I chose Aqua Seal because I have always been curious and interested about the sea and the unknown discoveries we will face in the future. Aqua Seal is a shapeshifter of the sea, he can turn into any animal that lives in water. He can also talk to sea animals. When Aqua Seal turns into an animal he has to stay the same three shades of blue. Aqua Seal was not born a shapeshifter, he was born a human and then cursed by the evil Witch of the 7 Seas. The so-called “curse” was apparently a burden to his parents, so when he was 14 the boy's parents kicked him out of their life. Over the years he has learned to control his curse and now thinks of it as a blessing. He has helped many endangered water species and is now friends with many of the animals. Human beings have recognized his doings and have given him the name of Aqua Seal.

- Celia

Super Ethan is a goalie that is a superhero. Super Ethan's strength is stopping hockey pucks and balls and can catch the balls and pucks and whack it back at the Villain with its hockey sticks. His weakness is heat, it will make him melt and the next weakness is water because it will make his gear wet. One of his greatest strengths is skating because his skates have the power to make him skate very fast. Super Ethan is one of the best superheroes.

- Ethan

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Mental Health and Wellness Support

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVID-19.

At Maltby, Children and youth from ages 0 - 18 and their families or caregivers can receive free access to evidence-based resources including counseling, therapy and intensive services.

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Marysville P.S. continues to accept expired alkaline and rechargeable batteries for recycling. The collection pail is located in the office and batteries will continue to be collected throughout the school year. The expired batteries are taken to the LDSB Education Centre where they are weighed and then sent to RMC (Raw Materials Company Inc.) for proper disposal.

Batteries can be dropped off at the school during school hours, OR at the Wolfe Island Recycling Centre.


Through LDSB, Marysville has partnered with STAPLES and will continue to accept and recycle the following writing instruments:

  • Pens and pen caps
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Markers and marker caps
  • Highlighters and caps
  • Permanent markers and caps

Families are encouraged to save and send in their expired pens and markers.

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