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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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Friday, 18 December 2015

WeDay Team

The WeDay team is proud to announce that we raised $142.00 for the Christmas Cheer Board with our Candy Gram initiative this year. We are also thrilled to announce that every student at Bruce received a Candy Gram and special message to help spread some holiday cheer.

On behalf of the WeDay Team, we wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

St. Charles Soccer Association

The St Charles Soccer Association invites you to
our open house information night.
Where: Sturgeon Heights Community Center (210 Rita St.)
When: Sunday January 24th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Why: Inform Parents about the program’s structure, philosophy,
and to meet the Technical Director and his staff.
Who: Any families with children between 9-12 years of age who
love to play soccer! (Birth year: 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007)
This is for children wanting to play developmental soccer and expand their skills and love for the game in a safe, enjoyable, and player centered environment.
*Free Force giveaways to the first 50 kids in the door!

Website: Twitter: @StCharlesSA

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Thank You

The Parent Council would just like to thank all the students and their families for both donating as well as purchasing ballots for the holiday fundraiser.

The three winners were as follows:

Prize #1 W. Johnston

Prize #2 Kim Argue

Prize #3 Ricky Arnold

The fundraiser was a great success, raising over $450 for parent council and various Bruce activities

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Ski Trip

Ski/Snowboard Trip

A ski/snowboard trip is planned for Friday, March 11, 2016. We will start arriving at school at 7:00 am and will leave by 7:30, returning around 5:30 the same day. We will be travelling by bus and going to Holiday Mountain at LaRiviere.
The trip is planned for students who wish to learn to ski and for students who are already seasoned skiers.
The cost of bus transportation, lessons, and lift tickets is $60.00. We will only be taking full bus loads and it is on a first come, first served basis. $30.00 of the deposit is used to advance book the bus so it is non-refundable. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch and water, but may also purchase food and drink at the ski lodge.
For those wishing to rent, arrangements have been made with Holiday Mountain for the school to rent at the hill. CSA approved Ski/Snowboard helmets must be worn by every student skier/snowboarder in Manitoba. 

Prices, tax included, for those who wish to rent at the school rate from Holiday Mtn.
Skis or Snowboard                                         $15.00
Helmet                                                            $  5.00

            Those interested in going will need to hand in their form to Mr. Harland during B.L.A.S.T. on a first come, first served basis.  Cheques should be made payable to Bruce Middle School. $60.00 if the student has equipment, $80.00 if the student is renting skis/snowboard and helmet from the ski hill. If weather cancels the trip, it will be a regular school day and we will attempt to reschedule. Full refunds will be available if the original date is cancelled.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

St. Charles Soccer Association

The St. Charles Soccer Association will be holding a "Feel the Force" soccer information evening at Sturgeon Heights School on January 24, 2016 from 6 – 9 p.m. This information evening is to provide information to students ages 9 – 12 on how to become part of the St. Charles Soccer Association development league known as the Force.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Junior Achievement

During Grade 8 enrichment time on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, Bruce was thrilled to have Junior Achievement Manitoba come out to present students with a two part workshop titled 'Dollars with Sense'. This interactive program was designed to encourage students to develop the financial literacy necessary to make informed decisions about their financial futures. Students participated in a bartering type activity, BINGO, and knowledge quizzes to name a few. It was a great experience for all participants.
Grade 8 students can look forward to another workshop from Junior Achievement Manitoba in the spring.


Green Team

Green Team

The Green Team is proud to announce that through the endangered species cookie bake sale held mid November, we raised enough money to help support the Red Panda through World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The Green team will be purchasing an adoption kit in support of this animal. Here are some fun facts about Red Pandas from China/Himalayas:

Red Pandas are endangered because their natural habitats are being destroyed by loggers.

Red Pandas have a sweet tooth and love fake sugar.

Red Pandas are great at escaping zoos and other places.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more exciting events brought to you by your Bruce Green Team.

You can find out more about the adoption kit here:

Candy Grams

Hello! We are the WeDay team and we will be raising money for the Christmas Cheer Board.  We will be selling Candy Grams from De. 9-14 at break and at lunch.  Each Candy Gram costs 50 cents and will be delivered on Dec. 16.  Send your friends a candy cane treat (with special holiday message) and spread some Christmas Cheer!  Thanks you!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Bridge Closure

Important Notice

          The bridge on Ness crossing over Sturgeon Creek will soon be closed in both directions for approximately one year. This will effect some of our bus routes and those busses will be re-routed to either Portage Ave or Saskatchewan Ave.
          The scheduled closure date is Monday – December 7, 2015
If changes in pick-up or drop-off times are necessary, parents will be informed by telephone.
Please make adjustments to your personal route if you use the bridge to drive your child to school or if they use the bridge as a pedestrian.


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Important Notice: Update to Allerject Voluntary Recall Replacement Procedures

Following the October 28, 2015 voluntary recall by Sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. (Sanofi Canada) of all lots of Allerject epinephrine auto-injectors of both the 0.15 mg/0.15ml and 0.30 mg/0.3 ml strengths, and given the recent announcement that stock of alternative epinephrine auto-injectors is now sufficient to replace all Allerject devices in Canada, Sanofi Canada is notifying the public of the following:

1.  Canadian customers are instructed to immediately return all Allerject devices to their local pharmacy.

2.  Previous recommendations to limit the number of devices that can be replaced for an alternative auto-injector are now removed as a result of the announcement that supply of the alternative product is sufficient to satisfy the demand.

3.  All Allerject epinephrine auto-injectors returned by patients to their pharmacist with an expiry date between October 2015 and December 2016 inclusively continue to be eligible for replacement at no cost to the patient.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015


Dear Bruce Band Parents,

Just a reminder that the Bruce Winter Concert is next Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm. The Grade 7 & 8 Jazz Bands will be providing some preconcert entertainment starting at 6:40 pm. 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 Winter 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 (
Looking forward to a magical evening of music making!
Kind regards,
Mrs. Tara Johnson, Band Director
Bruce Middle School
Band Website:

Manitoba Eco-Awareness Day

Manitoba Eco-Awareness Day
Recycled Material Fashion Fest

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Parenting Today

Workshops will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Educational Support Services – Jameswood School, 1 Braintree Crescent (off Olive & Ness).  Free pizza supper will be offered from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. and session will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  To register, please call Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 -  Teens
Facilitated by: Jeff Kerr B.S.W. and Hayley Plesh B.S.W., St. James Assiniboia School Division Social Workers


Parents of teens have to strike a delicate balance between encouraging growth and independence on the one hand, and protecting teens from the hazards of risky situations and establishing boundaries for acceptable behavior on the other. In this evening session, presenters Hayley and Jeff will discuss some of the challenges for parents of teens, including promoting emotional self-regulation, managing inappropriate behaviour, and planning around risky behaviors and situations.
Once registered for any session, IF YOU CANNOT attend, please be sure to cancel by contacting Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email at

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Green Team


Hello! We are the green team. We are fundraising money to support endangered species through World Wildlife Fund. We are selling chocolate chip cookies starting Tuesday, November 24 at break and at lunch, and on Wednesday, November 25 at break, at lunch, and we are even selling during portfolio night. Cost is only 25 cents for the small ones, 50 cents for the medium ones, and 75 cents for the large ones. When you buy a cookie, you can vote for the animal you would like to support. The endangered species with the most votes, is the one that the money will support. Thanks!

More information about adopting an endangered species is found in the link below.

Friday, 20 November 2015


Pancakes & Portfolios

November 25th 2015

Session 1:  4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Session 2:  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
On November 25th 2015, Bruce Middle School will be hosting a Pancakes & Portfolios Evening! Your child will lead you through a portfolio collection of their learning. They will present artifacts that represent their learning and they will also perform some live tasks, including making pancakes for you to enjoy! This will be done in the place of traditional parent-teacher interviews to place a greater emphasis on student learning. Teachers will also be available in the gym during this time to speak with you about your child's learning.
We hope that you will find this casual format both inviting and informative, as your child leads you through examples of their learning. Should there be a reason that you need a private face-to-face conversation with any teacher or administrator, we will have meeting rooms available upon request.
Please indicate which session you will be attending.  Registration is available on the links indicated below. 
Click here for Session 1
Click here for Session 2
If you have questions about this evening, please contact us at the school and we will be happy to help.
Walt Lipinski
Bruce Middle School


Holiday Fundraiser

BMS Parent Council will be holding a holiday fundraiser at the Holiday Concert on December 9th. For every $2.00 donation at the door prior to the start of the concert, and from students and staff though out the day on concert day, you will receive an entry ballot into the prize draw. Draw will take place during the concert and winners will be notified by phone. We are asking families to please donate prize items and /or a loonie or toonie that can be put towards the purchase of prizes. Blast teachers will accept these donations up until December 4th. Thanks in advance for your support. Monies raised will help to fund school programs and activities throughout the year.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

White Elephant Sale

Bruce Middle School will once again be hosting a White Elephant Sale.  We are asking parents/students to start collecting the following items for the sale.

- Gently used/or new books, toys, games, things for moms, dads, grandparents.
- Regular / large size candy canes
- Stuffed toys, gingerbread houses, gift/treat baskets

Donations will be accepted starting December 7th.  The sale takes place Thursday & Friday, December 17th & 18th in the school library.  Raffle draw will take place during the afternoon attendance on Friday, December 18th.

All proceeds from the sale go towards the Bruce Middle School breakfast program

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

U R invited 2 the ALLERGY LOUNGE"


Bruce was proud to have 34 fantastic students represent our school at WE Day 2015 at the MTS Centre on Monday, Nov. 16. Bruce was joined by over 12 000 staff and students from across the province to share in the WE Day message of acting together and collaborating to make change in the world- both locally and globally. Our WE Day participants spent the day listening to a variety of speakers and musicians (local and celebrity) share their stories of leadership and change, and empowering students to take action by becoming compassionate and active leaders. The Bruce WE Day team looks forward to a number of local and global initiatives we will implement this year.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Rock-Paper-Scissor Championships

Be one of 5 Bruce Champions in Rock-Paper-Scissors. 
The 5 Bruce Champions 
go on to compete in the Divisional Championship on Dec 4. 
Bruce Championship is on Dec 1. 
One life granted for every dollar-
nonperishable food item brought in
by Nov. 30. 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Farm to School Veggie Pick-up

Farm to School Veggie Pick-up

Bruce Parent Council would like to thank students and parents for your tremendous support of this fundraiser! $1140 was raised and will be used to enhance student activities and programs. In addition, 34 bundles of vegetables were purchased to support food banks and will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest.

The vegetables will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19 from 8:00 to 8:30 am and 3:15 to 3:45 pm. If orders are small enough, they will be sent home with your child.

Please ensure all vegetables are picked up by 3:45 pm. Nov. 19.

Thanks again!

Monday, 9 November 2015


Congratulations to Shanaya for her role as ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ride for a Cure Fundraiser. Way to go Shanaya!

Scholastic Book Fair

            Scholastic Book Fair
            November 23rd - 26th

    November 23rd & 24th
    9:00 am – 3:45 pm (closed during the lunch hour)

    November 25th
    9:00 am – 7:30 pm (closed during the lunch hour)

    November 26th
    9:00 am - 12:30 – Last chance shopping!

    Location: BMS Library

    Available at the book fair: Posters, erasers, pencils, picture books, novels, including a selection of cookbooks, etc that may be of interest to parents. Your child may win $25 worth of books and $25 worth of material for their LA Teacher. Enter the draw during the book fair. One entry per child please.

    Dear Parents,

    When you visit the Scholastic Book Fair, please consider donating a book to your child’s classroom library. Such books will enrich the education of children for years to come. We’ve asked teachers to fill out a Classroom Wish List so you’ll know which books they think will add to their student’s knowledge and imagination.

    Books you give will become a permanent part of the classroom library. Every gift will be recognized with a bookplate identifying your family or child as the donor.

    Please look for the Classroom Wish List display at the Book Fair. Your generosity can make a classroom more exciting and stimulating to young minds.


    Wednesday, 4 November 2015


    Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
    Making Math Meaningful

    Facilitated by: Antonia Hasey, Simone Kirwan, Lisa Page and Dayna Quinn-LaFleche: The Numeracy Itinerant Resource Teachers;

    Parents - you are your child's first teacher. You have the ability to help your child discover the importance of math in everyday life. Come and discover activities, resources, and games designed for you and your child to do together to help instill a love of math and a feeling of “I can do it!"
    Workshops will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Educational Support Services – Jameswood School, 1 Braintree Crescent (off Olive & Ness).  Free pizza supper will be offered from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. and session will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  To register, please call Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email

    Tuesday, 3 November 2015

    Lifetouch Retakes

    Lifetouch retakes will take place this Friday in the morning.  If you had your picture taken, but would like a retake please return your picture package to the photographer on Friday.

    Remembrance Day Service

    Remembrance Day Service


    We will be having our Remembrance Day Service on Tuesday,  November 10th, at 9:00 am.  All parents are welcome to attend.  Poppies will be handed out to every  student on Friday morning.  Any poppy donations you would like to send with your child that day are greatly appreciated and will be collected by their B.L.A.S.T. teacher.