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At Bruce Middle School we've decided to go paperless with our newsletter.

There are two advantages to this:

- The saving of paper is a savings in costs and more importantly another step in our ongoing commitment to sustainability.

- By offering news in this format, we can now provide our community with real-time news as it happens, instead of waiting until the end of the month to send out information.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch pictures will take place on Friday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m.

Terry Fox Barbeque

Our Terry Fox barbeque is on Thursday, September 29th. We are looking for assistance from 10:45- 12:30 in cooking the hotdogs for the students. Please call the school at (204) 888-1990 if you are available to assist. Thank you!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Bruce Grade 6 Band First Lesson Night
Wednesday, September 21st

For all Grade 6 Band students!

Friday, 16 September 2016


Spirit Week next week and we have a bunch of fun activities planned. Each day next week we will have a theme

Monday-PJ day wear your best pjs and don’t forget your stuffies

Tuesday-backwards day

Wednesday-wacky Wednesday  anything goes be as silly as you want to be

Thursday future day

Friday blast day dress up in blast colours to help support your team in the gym blast


Each day we will have prizes for students who dress up. There will be best costume, most original, and many more. There will also be a draw you can enter for each day that you participate. The draw will be done on Friday during our first gym Blast. We encourage all students to participate


There will be other events throughout the week so ensure you listen to announcements.


Thanks from the leadership team
Spirit Week:  September 19-23!

Get into the Bearcat state of mind!!  Next week is our school spirit week and we are encouraging ALL students to participate as much as possible... There will be prizes!

Monday:  Pajama Day - wear your fun p.j.'s or comfy lounge wear to school
Tuesday:  Backwards Day- wear everything backwards today
Wednesday:  Wacky Wednesday-  wear your wackiest hair and clothes today
Thursday:  Future Day- wear how you see yourself in the future- either as a career, or future fashion
Friday:  BLAST Colour Day- wear as much as you can that corresponds to your BLAST colours
Hurricanes:  Blue & White
Mustangs:  Red & White
Spitfires:  Orange & White
Vampires:  Black & White

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Bruce Bearcat Clothing

Bruce Bearcat Clothing

We are happy to announce that once again Bruce Middle School will be offering Bruce clothing to our students and staff. These items will be used for phys.ed classes as well as options for students to wear during our many extra-curricular activities such as volleyball, basketball, badminton, rugby, track etc. We are offering a new and exciting way to order your child’s clothing this year. If you are choosing to order clothes you can now go online at and order directly from Homerun Sports. Delivery will still be to Bruce and hopefully we will receive these items by mid-October. You will be able to size your child at school to ensure you are ordering the correct items. If you prefer to order at the school with a cheque that is also an option as well. This year everyone will have the choice of Dri-fit or cotton shirts in both long and short sleeve options. All short and long sleeve shirts will have your child’s last name on the back. Sweaters are also available however no last names can be put on the back.  There are two colour options this year, black and grey. We will be taking orders until September 23rd. If you are interested in purchasing Bruce clothing there will be a table set up during triads, once triads are over you can order clothing from Mrs. Goetz. Please check out our online store to see all the items available this year!



Ski Trip

Tentative plans for the school ski trip is a day excursion to Holiday Mtn on March 10. More details to follow.

Winter Camp

Winter Camp this school year is planned for Feb 8-10, Wednesday to Friday.  The cost will be about $225 and the camp is geared towards grade sevens. Final cost and more details to come.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Bruce Band Parents and Students,

Bruce Band Parents and Students,

Welcome back to school! I really hope you've enjoyed time with your family and friends over the summer. Now that the school year is upon us, I'm so excited to begin creating new music together with you!

      I have been busy preparing the materials and resources you will be using in band class to help you learn. Fees for method books, band shirts and instrument rentals should be taken care of when you come for triad conferences. Please come to the band room to pay (cheque or cash) for any item(s) that you need:

      Gr. 6 students - method book ($12), uniform shirt ($12), and instrument ($120, if you've made arrangements to rent from the school)

      Gr. 7 students - method book ($12) and instrument ($120, if you've made arrangements to rent from the school)

      Gr. 8 students - instrument ($120, if renting from the school)

      Grade 7 & 8 students should still have their music shirts from last year. If your shirt is lost, please purchase another. Grade 8 students will use their method books from last year which they should still have. If your book is lost, another will need to be purchased.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

      Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday or Wednesday at triad conferences!

              Kind regards,

                Mrs. Tara Johnson, Band Director
                Bruce Middle School
                Band Website:

                Thursday, 30 June 2016


                Congratulations to all of our students on a successful school year. You have made it through another school year; assessments are over, lockers are cleaned out, and ipads have been handed in. The friendships you have developed over the year will remain even though everyone goes their own way during the summer. Some of you will be returning to Bruce Middle School next year and we look forward to another great year together. Others will be moving on to other schools and we wish you well in your new adventure. Bruce Middle School students and staff should be proud of the accomplishments you have all made during the 2015-2016 school year. The spirit of caring and teamwork has taken us far along the journey of personal growth. You have fortified our "Tradition of Excellence". The staff at Bruce hopes that everyone has a safe and happy summer.

                Staff Changes for 2016-2017

                Bruce Middle School will be going through a few staff changes for next year. We say farewell to some familiar faces who have helped us a great deal over the years, and wish them well in their new endeavors.

                Congratulations and good luck to:
                Mrs. Cordova has been appointed Vice Principal at Westwood Collegiate

                Mrs. Muldrew will be moving to Lincoln Middle School

                Mr. McCallum will be moving to Hedges Middle School

                Mrs. Arsenault will be going to Ness Middle School

                Ms Bramadat will be going to Sansome School

                Farewell and good luck to:
                Mrs. Bergeron, Ms Ames, Mr. Arnason, Mrs. Bobby, Mr. Cabal, Ms Hamilton, Mrs. Hyde, Mrs. M. Johnson, Mrs. Jones, Ms Richter, Ms Scott as they move to new positions.

                Welcome and good luck to:
                Mrs. Matthewman will be returning to Bruce as Vice Principal

                Ms Wold will be teaching grade 6

                Mrs. Ostermann will be our Resource teacher

                Mrs. Lloyd will be teaching grade 6

                Mrs. Ingram will be teaching Home Ec, Language Arts and Social Studies

                Important Dates 2016-17

                September 5 Labour Day – No School

                September 6 Inservice – No classes

                September 7 & 8 Parent-Student-Teacher Triad Conferences

                September 9 First Day of Regular Classes

                September 13 Meet the Teacher B.B.Q. 5:00-6:30 p.m.

                September 13 Parent Council AGM 6:30 p.m.

                September 20 Professional Development Meeting - Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                September 21 Grade 6 Band First Lesson Night
                September 29 Terry Fox National Event
                October 4 Staff Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                October 7 Picture Day – 9:00 a.m.
                October 10 Thanksgiving (no classes)
                October 18 PD Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                October 21 Inservice – no classes
                November 1 Staff Mtg. - Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                November 8 Picture Day Retakes 9:00 a.m.
                November 9 Remembrance Day Service
                November 10 Inservice – no classes
                November 11 Remembrance Day – no classes
                November 15 P.D. Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                November 15 Portfolio Night 4:30-7:30p.m.
                November 25 Admin/Inservice – no classes
                December 6 Staff Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                December 7 Winter Concert
                December 7 Middle Years Report Cards Issued
                December 20 P.D. Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
                December 22 Last Day of School – Winter Break
                January 9 School Re-opens

                School pictures will be on Friday, October 7th. Have a safe and relaxing summer.

                Thursday, 23 June 2016

                Grade 6 field trip to the Zoo

                Reminder to grade 6 students that they are required to bring a lunch to the Zoo on Friday, June 24th.

                Tuesday, 21 June 2016


                Bruce Middle School will be holding its Sports Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to approximately 12:30 PM.  This Awards Breakfast is used to celebrate the participation and achievements of students who took part in athletic events over the past school year.  Students participating have purchased a breakfast ticket during the past two weeks.  Tickets are still available.


                Regular classes will begin with homeroom attendance at 1:25 PM.  Students who are NOT participating in the Sports Award Breakfast are required to attend school as usual with attendance being taken at 8:45 AM.  These students will be provided with a choice of supervised educational learning movies from Discovery Education and will have the opportunity to complete assignments/ projects, prepare for final assessments.


                If you choose not to send your child to school until 1:25 PM, please call the school at 888-1990 and leave a message with the office or send a note indicating your intention prior to June 22, 2016.  These notes should be submitted to your child’s B.L.A.S.T. teacher.


                Also please note, Parent Council Grade 8 Farewell Dance tickets will be available to purchase at the Sports Breakfast. 


                If you have any questions, please contact the school at 888-1990. 
                We are promoting CONSCIOUS KINDNESS tomorrow with our community!   Spread some kindness and use the hashtag #kindwpg on social media!

                Monday, 20 June 2016

                Day of Silence

                Bruce held a very successful day of Silence on May 27. In total, we had 37 students and 2 staff participate. Together, we raised 32 food items and $64. The We Day team also held a chocolate chip cookie bake sale in June and raised $69.

                On Thursday, June 16, the We Day team visited Siloam Mission to make our food donation and also to buy artwork from the art program there. We purchased 3 beautiful works of art from local artists who will receive the full purchase amount for each work.

                The art work will be displayed in the school.

                Thank you to all who helped make this initiative a success!

                Bike to School Month

                Thank you to everyone who participated in Bike to School Month! The Green Team worked hard all month to promote and tally student transportation methods to school. Our results are displayed on a map c/o Green Action Centre (outside guidance office) and our school completed the course using only active transportation! Our results were submitted to Green Action Centre and Bruce won for "Best Run School Event" and received a great prize pack from the Winnipeg Jets. Way to go Bruce Bear Cats and congrats to our Bruce Green Team on a job well done!

                Friday, 17 June 2016

                Triad Conferences September 7th and 8th, 2016

                Bruce Middle School is once again offering parents and students an opportunity to meet with teachers on September 7th & 8th before fall classes begin.  The purpose of these meetings is to promote open and ongoing communication between home and school.

                Letters will be going home on Monday, June 20th indicating the B.L.A.S.T. teacher for next year.


                Beginning Wednesday, June 22nd at 8:30 AM to Tuesday, September 6th 4:00 PM, an interview can be booked on line using the Bruce Middle School Conference Manager. This application allows you, as a parent, to use the Internet to check our teachers’ conference schedules and book an appointment quickly and easily.  Please book an appointment with your child’s B.L.A.S.T. teacher only.


                The first time you use the Bruce Middle School Conference Manager you will be required to register and create a parent account, which only takes a minute or two. You can continue to use this same account for the duration of the time you have children in this school, so please record your password where you can reference it later.  Please note that although parents can register at any time, the booking of conferences can only begin at or after 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016


                Interview Schedule and Procedures for September 7th & 8th 2016

                The interviews will take place on the following dates and times:


                September 7th 2016                                                           September 8th 2016

                • 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.                                                            • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.    


                Steps to registering and booking conferences:

                1.Go to our school’s website  Click on the link to Triad Conference registration.  

                2.Register for a parent account.  To register, click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration page.  Once registered you will be able to log in to the Conference Manager right away.  An email will also be sent to the address you specified.  This email restates your user name and password and is a good email to retain, as you will use the same email and password when booking future rounds of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you forget your password you can reset it using the FORGOT PASSWORD link under the login button. Once registered you can log in to the Conference Manager any time

                3.Click the BOOK NOW button.  Select conference date in the date drop-down that appears and then select the B.L.A.S.T. teacher you wish to meet with and click the NEXT button.

                4.Click on an available time slot for each teacher you selected and complete the booking form that appears. You should see the booking appear in the summary list on the right hand side of the screen.  A confirmation email is sent for the booking you make or subsequently cancel. You will also receive a reminder and conference itinerary by email.

                5.Confirm your appointment has been booked by looking at the “CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES” box on the right of the screen or click on the MY CONFERENCES tab.  Only appointments that appear in the CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES box or on the MY CONFERENCES page are confirmed bookings.

                6.When finished booking, click the log off button located at the top right of the browser window.  You will have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the use of the Conference Manager to the school administration through a user survey before completely exiting. We appreciate you completing the survey as this helps guide our decision-making regarding how conferences are booked in the future.

                We greatly appreciate parents booking their own appointments, but know this is not always possible.  If you are unable to book your own appointment due to limited computer access or for any other reason, please phone the school at 888-1990 during regular office hours.  Mrs. Lelieveld would be happy to assist you either by phone or by email at


                Objectives for the conferences will be: 

                • To provide an opportunity for students and their parents to meet the B.L.A.S.T. teacher (homeroom teacher) prior to school opening to share needs of the student.
                  (*B.L.A.S.T. stands for “Bruce Links All Students Together”)
                • To determine the best form of communication between home and school
                • To enable the student to set goals for the term with parent and teacher support and encouragement
                • To enable the student to:
                      • bring supplies to school
                      • receive his/her locker & lock
                      • verify the accuracy of registration form (from February)
                      • pay student fees
                      • tour the school



                We are looking forward to this opportunity to meet with you prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year. 







                Mr. W. Lipinski                                                                                    Mrs. Cordova

                Principal                                                                                                Vice Principal