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Friday, 20 December 2013

Basketball News

The basketball season officially kicked off this week with the season opener for the tier 1 teams. Both the girls and boys teams played the Ness Knights on Wednesday. The tier 1 girls (coached by Mrs. Sproll) dominated the game early, focusing on their communication skills, and various plays to take a big win in the end. The tier 1 boys team (coached by Mr. Dempster & Mr. Sherk) came back from a deficit by working together and sinking some baskets to also win the game. Congratulations to both teams with their big wins to start the season! 

Tier 2 basketball officially starts in January with the girls being coached by Ms. McDonald, and the boys being coached by Mr. Weber and Mr. Fisher-Smith. Atomic basketball will start up in January as well for any student not participating on a tier 1 or tier 2 team.

Holiday practices will run on December 30 from 11-1 (tier 2 girls), 1-2 (open to tier 1 girls and boys), and on January 2 from 1-2 (tier 1 girls). Enjoy your holidays!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Jets Skills Competition!

Thanks to the True North Foundation for sending 35 students and staff to the Jets Skills Competition. The kids had a blast!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Staff Students Volleyball

After getting out to a large lead, the teachers eventually gave up a late game lead to the boys volleyball team. Girls play the teachers tomorrow!

Winter Band Concert

Thank you to all parents and family members who came out to support our arts programming on the evening of December 11th. A special thank you to Ms. Johnson and Ms. Neufeld for the countless hours they've put in working with our students to get them to a superior level which was evident in the performances of the evening.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Jets Open Practice

Friday December 13th, our entire grade 6 class, SIL program and our Special O volunteers spent the morning at a an open Practice with the Winnipeg Jets! Next week our Hockey Academy Kids will get to attend the skills competition.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Band News

Congratulations to the Grade 8 Concert Band who did a fine job at the Remembrance Day ceremony.  Thank you to Grade 8 trumpet players James D. and Connor M. for playing the Last Post and Reveille at both Bruce and Heritage schools.

Information about our upcoming Grade 8 IMC Band Trip May 28-May 31, 2013 will be handed out to students shortly and will also be available on the Band Website.

The Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11 is almost upon us. Students in the Grade 6, 7, 8 and Jazz Bands will be performing.  All students in the band program are expected to attend and should arrive at 6:40 p.m. dressed in their uniform (music shirt/black pants/socks/shoes).  The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., but there will also be preconcert entertainment provided by the Grade 8 Jazz Band.  Grade 8 Jazz Band members are to be at Bruce by 6:20 p.m.  Out of respect for the performers, all audience members are asked to stay until the end of the concert, approximately 8:15 pm.  A silver collection will be taken at the door with all proceeds going to buy new instruments.

The Winter Concert showcases the incredible progress each Band has made since September.  It is very important that ALL students participate.  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 (

Would you like to be part of the Provincial Junior Honour Band?  The Junior Honour Band is for highly motivated Grade 7 & 8 Band students from across the province who get together to rehearse and perform in May.  Students interested in auditioning can get information at  Click on the Honour Band link on the left.  Audition deadline is March 3.

Calling euphonium and tuba players of all ages and abilities!  It’s the Christmas Tuba Festival at the WSO Saturday, December 14 from 5:45 – 7:45 pm.  For more details and/or to register, go to and click on the Tuba Christmas Festival link on the left.  Those who register by December 6 will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to a WSO concert.

Important Dates to Remember:

December 11, 2012 - Winter Concert (All Bands)

December 14, 2013 – Christmas Tuba Festival (Tuba and Euphonium players)

February 18-21, 2014 - Optimist Band Festival (Grade 7 & 8 Band) – one day TBA

March 20, 2014 - Brandon Jazz Festival (Jazz Band)

April 29-May 2, 2014 - Level One Band Festival (Grade 6 Band) – one day TBA

May 21, 2014 - Spring Concert (All Bands)

May 29-June 1, 2013 - IMC Band Camp (Grade 8 Band)

Congratulations Vocal Vibe

Congratulations to singers in Vocal Vibe for an amazing performance at the St. James-Asiniboia Trustees Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 5th! You sounded amazing, and everyone enjoyed our holiday songs.

Vocal Vibe students will also be spreading some holiday cheer to residents at the Grace Hospital on Monday, December 16th. We will walk over during the lunch hour, and our performance starts at 12:45. We should be back in time for afternoon classes at 1:25.

A reminder to all choral students about our upcoming Winter Concert here at the school on Wednesday, December 11th. Singers are asked to wear their green Bruce Music shirt and black pants or skirt. Please be at the school by 6:40 p.m. that evening.


Protective Cases For iPads

We've just received word that in an effort to reduce incidents of breakage across all middle schools, our division will be issuing each student a military-grade protective case. Cases will be installed by our school technicians when we return from the holiday break as they are three-piece cases that take 3-5 minutes to assemble.

Students will not have the option of using a non-school issued case after this point so that we can ensure maximum protection of all iPads. If you have questions or concerns please contact us at the school.

Actual case may be different than how it appears above :)


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Rock Paper Scissors Finals!

From 75 students down to 5 finalists, the Bruce Rock, Paper Scissors finals were held at our December assembly with our final 5 students advancing to the divisional event on Friday December 6th and College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate. All proceeds from the event including food donations go to support Sam's Christmas.

Hot Dog Day - December 19th

We will hold a fun lunch on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19th. Forms are being sent home today for hotdogs and a cookie. Forms and money are due back on Thursday, Dec 12. See your blast teacher if you did not get a form.

Drinks will be on sale for $1 from our Green team at the Hotdog lunch.

Bruce Success Awards - Nominate Someone Today!

Congratulations to all of our December Success Award Winners! If you'd like to nominate someone for an award, please download the nomination form and return to the office. Those completed electronically can be emailed to

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

If you Love to read BOOKS

Please plan to attend the John Taylor Family of Schools
Used Book Sale!!

Dates: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
and Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Voyageur School, 37 Voyageur Ave.
Everyone is Welcome!

There will be books available for all ages in a variety of genres.
We look forward to your support of the
Mission to Mexico Literacy Project


Grade 7 Winter Camp

If your son or daughter is attending grade 7 winter camp this year make sure to visit Mr. Weber's website for handouts and information.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Bus Cancellation

    Please be advised that with the cold winter weather upon us, there exists the possibility of school buses being canceled for safety reasons. In the event of extremely cold weather (a wind chill hazard of -45°C or greater) buses will be canceled and students will need alternate transportation.

    The School Division will contact all parents to advise them of bus cancellations. The news media is also alerted to cancellations and Division websites are updated to reflect any announcements.
    Please ensure that the school is notified if your phone number changes so that we will be able to contact you.