Marysville Memo

October 2020

Dear MPS Families,

This Autumn quote seems particularly apt for this year, when we have all had to adapt, adjust, create new ways of being safely together and let go of some of the ways we used to do things, before the global Covid-19 pandemic hit us. Indeed we are finding new ways of doing things, creating new routines, and feeling much gratitude for how fortunate we are to be able to return to school. It has been so fulfilling to welcome the children back to school and to benefit from their positive energy and joy.

The students are showing much resilience and adaptability as they are learning to wear their masks in class, practice physical distancing, and clean their hands several times throughout the day. It truly does take a village to raise our children and we thank our parent community, the educational staff, our office administrator, and our caretaking staff for the outpouring of support and dedicated work to get our school safely up and running this year!

As most of you know, Mr. Beers will be teaching virtually this school year and we wish him the very best at the new LDSB elementary virtual school.

Marysville would like to welcome Mme Lajoie to our teaching team. Having graduated from Queen's University, she taught for nearly 20 years in England as a Mathematics Specialist Teacher before returning to Ontario as a French Immersion teacher in Toronto. Mme Lajoie is new to LDSB and is looking forward to her new role as the Core French, Primary Mathematics and Planning Time teacher. Please feel free to contact her via email at:

Please Screen Your Child Every Morning

New Covid Screening Guidelines

On October 1, the Ontario Government released revised screening guidelines for schools. The new guidelines are available through our school and Board websites. The new screening protocol has some significant changes, and will result in fewer COVID tests and school days missed due to a single minor symptom such as a runny nose. Please review the new screener carefully and continue to screen students every day before school! Thank you for your cooperation.

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Fire Prevention Week: Oct 4-10

The school will be holding its first fire drill during Fire Prevention Week. Wolfe Island Fire Chief, Tim Hawkins, will join us.

World Teachers' Day - Oct 5

Everyone who remembers [their] own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.

– Sidney Hook

MPS School Council Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 3-4pm

This is an online event.

Google meet invite sent via email to all families.

Terry Fox Run Update

We did it! Congratulations MPS on another successful Terry Fox run. As Terry said, "...anything is possible if you try".

This year's recipients of the 40th Anniversary Terry Fox t-shirt draw are: Raine, Esther & Elvis!

If you haven't had an opportunity to do so, it's not too late to make a donation to our school's Terry Fox fundraising page here. Thank you for support in the fight against cancer!

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School bus Safety Week: Oct 19-23

The school bus safety presentations that take place in the fall will be conducted online in each classroom this year.

The Safe Rider Program for JK-Gr 3, focuses on bus safety and behaviour using Buster the Bus, a robotic host. The program includes:

  • how to walk to the bus
  • riding behaviour
  • crossing in front of the bus
  • a take-home activity book

The Rider Role Model Program for Grades 4-8, focuses on bus safety and behaviour using gameshow-like interactions. The program includes:
  • basic bus safety
  • respecting the bus, driver, and other riders
  • anti-bullying
  • how to be a role model to other students

This years presentations will also include:

  • COVID-19 guidelines for riding the school bus
  • New crossing signal and procedure for crossing in front of the school bus
  • New evacuation helper names and positions


Students are encouraged to wear orange & black to school on Friday, October 30th. We will not be wearing costumes as in previous years. Classes will be participating in a game of Marysville Mission Impossible that will lead them throughout the village, followed by classroom Halloween themed activities.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 31 - Halloween
  • Nov 1 - Daylight Savings
  • Nov 2 - Gould Lake program @ MPS
  • Nov 11- Remembrance Day
  • Nov 16-20 - School Spirit Week
  • Nov 20 - Progress Reports home
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