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Caden Robinson was one of 17 Morinville Public Elementary School students to have his hair pinked for the annual Hair Massacure campaign, an initiative that originated in Morinville 2002. The Pink Campaign runs until Feb. 14 and concludes with a head-shaving event at West Edmonton Mall.

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Sarah Caron was busy concentrating on her Olympic memory book at the Notre Dame Family Literacy Day held Tuesday night in the school gym. The theme was Literacy Olympics with numerous activities for family members to participate in.

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Author, poet and speaker Tyler Enfield visited Morinville Public Elementary School on Thursday. His presentation included three stories. Students had to pick out the similarities between them leading into his lesson on choices and the power everyone has to make them. The presentation drew from his award-winning children’s novel series Wrush, Volumes One and Two for ages 7-12. Wrush is the story of Tabetha Bright, an eight-year-old in a wheelchair who uses creativity to overcome obstacles. Wrush was awarded the 2010 Moonbeam Award, the 2010 ForeWord Review Book of the Year, the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick Literary Prize and was nominated for the ALA Schneider Family Book Award. The two books featured at his presentation were titled Wrush: The Secret Worlds of Tabetha Bright and Wrush: Tabetha’s Last Task.

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Maya Manz was proud of the information package she received at the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Kindergarten and Preschool Expo at MCHS Thursday night. The Expo included information tables on bus transportation, religion, nutrition from the school nurse, Morinville Library, Legal School, Notre Dame School, Vision Care, Sturgeon Family Literacy and Early Childhood Development. Information sessions were held on Getting Ready for Kindergarten, French Immersion, Preschool Programming and Tips on Reading to Your Child.

Introductory remarks were presented by District Principal Lydia Yeomans. Also in attendance were trustees Cathy Proulx, Legal Ward, Noreen Radford, Morinville Ward, Louis Kloster, Learning Consultant Religious Education, David Quick Assistant Superintendent Learning Services, Lauri-Ann Turnbull Transportation and Carol Bruineman Communications Manager.

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Joanne Amyotte, ECS Family Support Worker, Amanda Marghella, Jr Kindergarten teacher,Kristen Fair, Junior Kindergarten teacher, Shauna Bozak, Junior Kindergarten teacher, Claire Hyland Sturgeon School Division psychologist and Bev Sagert Early Childhood Development Director spoke at the parents assembled for the session on Headstart also known as Junior Kindergarten. The MPES Open House was held Thursday night with information sessions on Headstart, Kindergarten and Enrichment Programs for Preschool and Kindergarten. The event included a video portraying the day in the life of a student in Headstart, childcare, tour of the classrooms, Book Fair in the library and refreshments. Introductory remarks by Principal Wayne Rufiange included that next year MPES will include Grade 7.

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Morinville Public School students Berlyn Troake and Natasha Brown were dressed for Twin Day on Thursday morning. Twin Day is when the students and staff pair up with a friend and dress the same.

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On Thursday MPES teachers Roger Magnus and Chris Layton were dressed alike for Twin Day.

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