Saturday, February 27, 2010

Key Communiqué

Please read the most recent edition of the Key Communiqué for information on the upcoming CBE system meeting being held on March 10th at Western 
Canada High School. Topics covered at this meeting will include budget, curriculum changes, role of trustees and more. 
Trustees will be answering questions at this meeting, so if there is anything you'd like to ask our trustee, Carol Bazinet, 
please send us an email through this website and we'll pass it on.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Last Call for Playground Donations!

Hi Everyone,

It is an exciting yet busy time for the Playground and Fundraising Committees. We have scheduled a date for the playground build: Sept 9 - 11th and we are doing everything possible to make it happen. We are currently wrapping up the fundraising portion of the project as it is time to apply for the CFEP grant. This grant could provide us with up to half the cost of the project! The total project cost has increased to $200,000 and we hope to receive $100,000. Since this is a matching grant, we need to have $100,000 in order to apply and we are only $6,000 away from achieving this! At this time we are asking you to help us come up with this final outstanding amount in any of the following ways:

1. In-kind Donation
The following professional (licensed) services/materials are required for the playground build:
*Dumpster - needed Sept. 8th – 17th, to be emptied once on the 13th
*Security - need 2 nights: Sept 9 & 10, from 9pm- 7am
*Concrete - need 4 cubic meters
*Construction Fencing - need 300 ft
*Bobcat with 12” Auger - need 40 holes, up to a depth of 36 inches
*Welder - approximately 10 hours needed
*Sod - need 1600 sq ft
If you/your company can donate any of the above services or materials for the build please email, by March 1st.

2. Personal Donation
If you haven’t already made a donation/pledge to the playground, please consider doing so at this time. Kindly make cheque payable to: Parks Foundation–McKenzie Towne School. Any donation over $25 will be issued a tax receipt, so please ensure a return address is also enclosed with the cheque. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at McKenzie Towne School (c/o MTS Playground Project).

3. Employer Donation
Many companies have donation programs available to the community. If you haven’t already done so, it would be greatly appreciated if you could check with your place of employment for any donations they may be willing to provide. Remember to tell your employer that their donation will be matched! If you need a donation request letter to submit to your employer please email

We appreciate your prompt attention. All funds received by March 13th will be incorporated into the grant application and eligible for matching.

Annika C.
Playground Committee Chair

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Key Communiqué

Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable long weekend and Family Day.  Please click here to review the most recent edition of the Key Communique.  This edition focuses on the provincial budget for 2010 and how it will affect the CBE.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Key Communiqué

The latest Key Communique contains information about the system wide information meeting in March as well as the area meetings being held over the next couple of months.  You can read the latest edition by clicking here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

MTS Flight 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out to tonight's MTS Flight 2010 and purchased tickets for the raffles.  The print donated by Mr. Snashel and the package of dinners around the world were claimed at this evening's performance.  The winning ticket for the handpainted suitcases was sold at the afternoon performance and has the number 0872165.  If you have the winning ticket, you can bring it with you to the school and see Mrs. Wilmott to claim your prize.

The total funds raised at tonight's raffles was $775.  Thanks again to everyone who came out to support our school.

We Need You - Mini Olympics!

Thank you to those who responded to our request for volunteers to sell raffle tickets at this week's winter celebration.  We have the volunteers we need for this event.  A big thank you goes out to the four volunteers that will be helping out.

The MTSPA will be holding a fundraising event in early March to achieve our school playground parent fundraising goal (needed by the middle of March) and other MTSPA sponsored projects.  Keeping in mind the input we received from parents that family/community events are preferred, we are hoping to host a mini olympics at the school on Saturday March 13th, from 11am-3pm.  McKenzie Towne School students and their families will be invited to participate along with the wider community.  We are hoping to have an opening ceremonies , 'olympic' events and activities, a silent auction and/or raffle as well as food for you to enjoy. 

In order to make an event such as this fun and successful, we need the help of volunteers.  We will be looking for people to help with sporting events, both indoor and out, selling tickets, managing an auction and/or raffle,
food sales and other needs.  We anticipate needing approximately 30 volunteers, working 2 hour shifts.  If you can volunteer your time, we need to hear from you.  Please email letting us know how you can help (i.e. what you'd like to do, how long you are available etc.).  Sign up sheets will also be available at the winter celebration.

The Mini-Olympics promises to be a fun filled afternoon the whole family will enjoy.  Please sign up to volunteer today.  We need a preliminary volunteer count by Feb 11 to see / ensure there is sufficient interest and help to go forward with this event.

Thank you!
Volunteer Coordinators

Monday, February 1, 2010

MTS Flight 2010 Raffle!

The MTS Flight 2010 winter celebration is only a few days away.  The MTSPA, along with the school, will be holding a raffle at the event.  The school will be raffling a set of hand painted suitcases and a framed print, both created and generously donated by Mr. Snashel.  Funds raised from these raffle items will go to music resources.  Please take a moment to look at these beautiful items.

Keeping in tune with the travel theme of the winter celebration, the MTSPA is raffling a package of 'dinners around the world', with funds raised going towards our playground and other MTSPA projects.  A number of local restaurants have generously donated towards this raffle to represent a variety of countries, including:

England - Sea
India - Karma
Ireland - Muldoons
Scotland -Kilt and Caber
Japan - Ichizen
USA - Montanas
Alberta - Tony Roma's
China - Wok Box
Italy - Chianti
Mexico - Mucho Burrito
Canada - McDonalds

This prize is valued at an estimated $400.00  The school items and the MTSPA package will be raffled separately with tickets selling for $5 each.  You can purchase tickets at either the afternoon or evening performance.  The draw will be made following the evening concert and the winning ticket numbers will be announced and posted on  We will also have some remaining SUTP books for sale for anyone who is interested.  The cost is $20 per book, with full proceeds going to the MTSPA.

We are excited about the first performance in our new school and look forward to seeing everyone come out to support our children!