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Thursday, 30 June 2016

BRUCE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEAR END NEWSLETTER



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

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS


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 http://bruce.sjsd.net  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 llelieveld@sjsd.net.

                                                               

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. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Mr. W. Lipinski                                                                                    Mrs. Cordova

Principal                                                                                                Vice Principal

 

 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Hello Grade 8 BMS Students and Families.




 The Grade 8 Farewell Dance is taking place Monday, June 27th, from 7pm-11pm, at the Heritage Victoria Community Centre (950 Sturgeon Road). Tickets will be available to purchase this Wednesday, June 15, at lunch, as well as every day next week at lunch or in the office at any time. The cost is $5.00 per student and is available to every grade 8 student who attends Bruce Middle School. Your ticket gives you access to all the evenings festivities, including the dance, a photo booth, pizza, drinks and snacks. Snacks and drinks will be available throughout the night, pizza around 9 pm. There is no real dress code….Anything from dressy to casual goes!

 

In order for the evening to be a success, the parent council is looking for some help for the following things:

 

- DECORATING: We are looking for a few student volunteers who would like to join us at HVCC Sunday, June 26th, at 7pm for a couple hours to begin decorating. We are also looking for a couple of adults who might be free in the afternoon (likely around 12:30 pm) on the 27th to finish things off last minute decorating etc. If you’re available for either of these, please contact either Tara or Tiina.

 

- CHAPERONES: We are still in need of a few parent chaperones for the evening of the dance. A schedule is being made for various chaperone duties. Please email Tara at tnb@mymts.net if you are willing or able to assist with this ASAP and you will be added to the schedule. 

 

- DONATIONS: We are looking for any donations. This could include canned drinks, bottled water, peanut free baking, a cake or cupcakes, fruit or veggie platters, snacks, props for the photo booth, or anything else you feel could add to the festivities. The deadline for donations is June 22nd. Please contact Tara or Tiina by this date to make any necessary arrangements.

 

A Bit of business:

 

***  DROP OFF / PICK UP INFO: Please let us know if anyone other than a parent will be dropping off or picking up your child by June 24th. We will have a list of every grade 8 student. They will need to be both signed in and signed out by either their parent or the person they previously let us know about. No child will be permitted to leave without this designated person at any time throughout the night. You will also be required to leave a contact number at drop off time in case a chaperone needs to get in contact with you.

 

- Since things come up, you can reach your child or get ahold of us at 204-612-3962 or at the HVCC number 204-837-9653 at anytime during the evening.

 

- If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either Tara or Tiina prior to June 27th. 

 

CONTACT INFO: Tara - tnb@mymts.net or 204-896-7201

Tiina - tcwin@shaw.ca or 204-885-2320 

 

Thanks in advance for your assistance and cooperation in making this night successful and fun for the kids!

 

BMS Parent Council

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

A Page from the Library

                    








                       A PAGE FROM THE LIBRARY



All library books and magazines must be

Returned by Thursday, June 16.

Students who do not return their materials

will be responsible for their cost.

 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sports Breakfast

Now that it is June, everything is starting to wind down including athletic programs. That means it's the time of year for our annual sports breakfast! The awards and breakfast will take place on June 22, 9:00 am at St. Basil's Church (202 Harcourt Street). Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 6 in the office for $5. The cost of the ticket pays for the venue, and a pancake breakfast with juice and coffee. Athletic awards will be given out during this time as well. Any student receiving an individual award will receive a letter late next week in the mail. Families are welcome to attend the event with their child at a $5 per ticket cost. There is limited seating in the venue, so don't delay your ticket purchase.

If you have any questions regarding the sports breakfast please contact Mrs. Sproll at the school at 204-888-1990 or ksproll@sjsd.net

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Bruce Day of Silence - May 27th














      Bruce Day of Silence- May 27

          • We Day students have organized a Day of Silence at Bruce. Day of silence is a day to raise awareness for a cause that is important to each individual who participates. Causes can include: Women's rights, Children's rights, Mental Health, Sustainability, LGBT Rights, etc. We are silent in support of the many people around the globe, whose voices are silenced by such causes. This quiet but powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of rights that aren't being respected.



            • To participate, you need to make a $2 donation or bring in a non-perishable food item, and you will get a sign to be worn on May 27- The Bruce Day of Silence. Donations can be made between May 17-26 in the front office at lunch. All donations collected will support Siloam Mission, including art work to be purchased.



            • Strength in numbers. Solidarity in silence. Let our silence be heard!!!








                http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/

                Thursday, 12 May 2016

                Bruce Spring Concert



                  Just a reminder that the Bruce Spring Concert is next Wednesday, May 18th. All students in the Band program (Grade 6, 7, & 8) are expected to attend and should arrive at 6:40 pm (6:20 pm for Jazz Band students). Students should be dressed in their uniform (music shirt/black pants/socks/shoes). Out of respect for the performers, all audience members are asked to stay until the end of the concert, approximately 8:15 pm


                  The Spring Concert showcases the incredible progress each Band and Choir has made since September. It is very important that ALL students participate. Please make sure that if you have any Wednesday evening commitments that you inform your coach/instructor/teacher ahead of time that you will be missing to attend this concert. Also, we are looking for parents willing to supervise students in the warm-up rooms. If you are available, please let Mrs. Johnson know.



                    Kind regards,
                    Mrs. Tara Johnson, Band Director
                    Bruce Middle School


                    Band Website: www.sjsd.net/~tjohnson

                       


                    Wednesday, 11 May 2016

                    THE 2016 GRADE 8 PARENT COUNCIL FAREWELL


                    Hello Parents of the Grade 8 Class,

                     

                    For the past few years, Bruce Middle School Parent Council with assistance from the Grade 8 students, have been having a Grade 8 Farewell Party to Celebrate the completion of their years at Bruce. The 2016 Bruce Grade 8 Farewell will be held on Monday, June 27 at the Heritage Victoria Community Centre from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost will be $5 per student.

                     

                    There will be a parent meeting to discuss the farewell event on Monday, May 23 at 8:30 pm at the Heritage Victoria Community Centre. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the event and chaperone the night of. We are in need of a DJ (music and sound system), snacks, drinks and pizza (discounts or donations) and decorations.

                     

                    We look forward to seeing you at the May 23 meeting. If you are unable to attend but you are willing to volunteer, would like to make a donation or have a contact that may be able to assist us, please contact Tara Davidson at tara.davidson75@gmail.com or 896-7201 or Tiina Winton at tcwin@shaw.ca or 885-2320 prior to the meeting.

                     

                    Thank you for your help in making the 2016 Grade 8 Farewell at great success!

                    Bruce Parent Council

                    Spring Concert Raffle

                     
                     
                     

                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Parent Council will once again be holding a raffle at the Spring Concert for 3 mystery boxes. Parent Council are looking for cash, gift cards, or any other donations. Please drop off donations by Monday, May 16th, to the office attention of the Parent Council.

                    Tickets for the raffle will available for purchase starting Friday, May 13th at the office over the lunch hour.  Tickets will be 1 for $2, 3 for $5 and 10 for $10. The draw for the mystery boxes will take place at the Spring Concert.  You do not have to be present to claim your prize.


                     

                     
                    Attention Parents!

                    All grade 7 and 8 students have been given a permission form for a Career Exploration Day on Monday, May 16, 2016.  The tours on each of the five optional career sites hold a maximum of 40 students, therefore the first 40 students to return permission forms for each tour will be granted their first choice.  Please ensure your child is returning the GREEN permission form, filled out on BOTH sides and NOT the yellow form!

                    If you did not receive the form, and would like to print it off at home to send in, please see the image below to print off your own copies.

                    Tuesday, 10 May 2016

                    Bruce's Grade 8 Famine

                    47 Bruce students either raised money for charity or donated their time to a charity and May 6th participated in an over night famine event at the school.

                    Resitution for Parents & Caregivers


                    Thursday, 5 May 2016

                    May 9-June 8 is Bike to School Month





                    May 9-June 8 is Bike to School Month. Starting on Monday, students and staff are encouraged to use sustainable forms of transportation to get to school- bike, scooter, rollerblade, skateboard, walk, run, dance, carpool, bus, etc. Each morning, BLAST teachers will be taking a tally of transportation used to get to school. Weekly results will be tracked on a large map in the front hallway. The more students who participate, the greater our chances are for winning great prizes from Green Action Centre, including prizes from MPI, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Winnipeg Jets, and some grand prizes including free ice cream for the whole class from BDI, and one of 2 bikes we’re giving away!

                    Check out the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kf33yKDOtI


                    There will also be daily Clean-Air trivia for prizes from May 9-13, as well as weekly noon hour walks.

                    Enjoy some fresh air and exercise this weekend, May 6 and 7, and check out Winnipeg neighborhoods in Jane's Walks. More info can be found here http://janeswalk.org/canada/Winnipeg




                    Wednesday, 4 May 2016

                    Sports Scholarships!!!

                    Applications for sports scholarships are pouring in and we are excited to see the wide variety of camps that students will be attending this summer! There are still some funds available to support students going to summer camp. The scholarship money is primarily available for Bruce students currently in grade 6 & 7. All other students will be considered once all applications have been received. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 30, so please contact Mrs. Sproll as soon as possible! Proof of camp registration is required in order to qualify. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sproll at 204-888-1990 or ksproll@sjsd.net.

                    Some popular camps are listed below:
                    http://athletesinaction.com/summer-sport-camps/
                    http://www.legionathleticcamp.com/article/july-17--august-13-2016-1.asp
                    http://www.gobisons.ca/sports/2015/1/10/summerhpcamp2016.aspx
                    http://www.providenceuc.ca/athletics/sports_camps/

                    Monday, 2 May 2016

                    Rafiki Chain

                    Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8. Do you have the perfect gift for mom? Why not give her the gift of health... The We Day team will be selling the Red Health Rafiki Chain Tues-Fri at break. Cost is only $10 each. Your mom is sure to love not only the gift of jewellery, but also the gift of health care for needy children in countries overseas.