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Friday, 27 February 2015

Parenting Workshops

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, April 14, 2015

     Assistive Tools for Students with Autism that    
                        Foster Engagement

Presented by: Linda Stuart & Mia Safiniuk
The following workshop will include a personal perspective on inclusion that focuses on: challenges, triumph, change(s), roadblocks, systemic implications, relationships, teamwork, and the power of positive advocacy.  The speakers will bring forth practical connections and understanding between: systems, parental perspectives, and best practices.

Once registered for any session, if you cannot attend, please contact Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email

Thursday, April, 23, 2015

Facilitated by:  Tina Holland, Director of Education, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Tina Holland is the Director of Education for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. Tina is an entertaining and informative speaker, who loves to share her story. Tina has lived with Bipolar illness all of her life yet she has had a successful career in Real estate, as an international artist, and now as an Educator. Her story of empowerment and recovery is one of hope.
She has spoken to large groups about Depression, Bipolar Illness, Suicide Prevention, Borderline Personality and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder always from self-help and lived experience point a view. Tina’s aim is not only to educate the public about these treatable illnesses but also to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness in our society.
Tina has written and delivers a Cognitive Behavior course for people living with Depression and Mental Illness. Recently Tina completed a workbook for Parents “Challenges, Changes and Choices”, directed at parents who are dealing with difficult kids.  As well, Tina Holland has spoken at over 500 schools, businesses and organizations. 

Tina encourages teens to attend this workshop with their parents.

Once registered for any session, if you cannot attend, please contact Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email

Safe Schools Forum 2015

Click here to view the Safe Schools Forum 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Portfolios & Panini's!

We have limited the number of spots for each session to ensure that our teachers will have ample time to spend with each family.

If for some reason you can only make one session and it is already full, please contact Ms. Lelieveld in the office and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Friday, 20 February 2015

A Huge Thank You from the Bruce Staff

Staff Appreciation week was held on February 9th-13th.  Thank you to the many parent volunteers who contributed towards the daily dinner draws for the staff, and to the Parent Council for their wonderful luncheon, it was appreciated by all. A special thank you to the following parents: Shannon Bisson, Deidre Sagert, Holly Arnason, Anne Bennett, Jeff and
Heather Howie, Janet McLeod,  Cheryl Cronshaw, Tracey Miller,Tiina Winton, 
Tara Davidson, Sharon Stewner 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Tier 1 Girls Basketball Playoff Schedule

Click here to find the  final rankings and a slight change in schedule. Changes are highlighted in GREEN.

Good luck to all teams next week!

Festival Du Voyageur! Hé Ho!

Grade 8 students went to an exciting field trip on Wednesday Feb. 18 to Festival du Voyageur. 
The trip was designed to provide students with an experience rich in Franco-Manitoban culture and heritage.The following is a list of activities in which students participated: 
  • Winter maze, outdoor activities, and ice-sculpture viewing 
  • Sugar Shack food tasting, table games and crafts
  • Voyageur Games 
  • Fort Gibraltar tour
  • Music concert from the group Bon Debarras
The festival runs until February 22 at Voyageur Park in St. Boniface.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Maeengan Linklater Comes to Visit

Bruce was lucky enough to have Maeengan Linklater, the former Aboriginal Program Coordinator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, local author and "One Great Guy" come to talk to the students about the history of indigenous people in Canada and the need to find a welcoming space for all of us in this great country.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

BMS Open House - February 12th @ 7pm

Come out and join us on Thursday February 12th @ 7pm for the "Bruce Middle School Experience!"

Meet our staff, check out our school programs and enjoy performances from our Jazz Band, Vocal Vibe Choir and Drama Group!

Remember, registration opens on Friday, so don't miss your chance to see what we have going on at Bruce!

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High School Registration Process for Grade 8's

Grade 8’s…
It’s High School Registration Time!

It is that time of the year to start thinking about where you would like to go to High School in
St. James.  This information letter will help you started in the registration process, but if you’re not sure about something, be sure to stop in and ask Mrs. Sparrow!  Please visit the school division senior years website to download the course handbook at: 

Registration Process

Feb 9-12, 2015:            Students and parents are encouraged to visit the open houses to gather information and make a decision about which school they would like to attend.

*All school and registration information is available on the school websites below

Open Houses:                         Monday, February 9                                 St. James Collegiate (AS Tec)

Tuesday, February 10                               Sturgeon Heights Collegiate

Wednesday, February 11                          Westwood Collegiate

Thursday, February 12                             John Taylor Collegiate

All open houses start at 7pm.

Feb 13, Friday:              Students will receive registration forms for ONE high school.  These forms are to be filled out and returned to Bruce Middle School.  We will forward them on to the appropriate school. 

 Feb 20, Friday:           Final deadline for Grade 9 registration. 

Grade 9 registrations must be returned to Bruce Middle School at this time.  Please return registrations to your BLAST teacher or Mrs. Sparrow. 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Special Olympics

The Bruce Middle School Special Olympics team will be competing in a snowshoe tournament on Wednesday, February 11th at Grant Park High School.  In the event that the windchill is below -24 the activity will be cancelled.  

Project Runway Call For Participants!

Attention All NON-ART Bruce Students (All Grades),  and Any ART Students:

Do you want to participate in the Recycled Runway Project?  This year, YOU are invited to create a recycled outfit at home and enter it in our Recycled Runway Fashion Show Open Category Competition.  You will need to provide your own model (friend at school), or be the model, yourself.  Please see Mrs. Nowosad (art teacher) for an entry form.  The outfit must be ready for our PHOTO SHOOT on March 10th.  Your outfit will be modeled on the Bearcat-walk on March 26th at 7 P.M.  at our 5th annual Wear It Out Recycled Runway Fashion Show and Competition.  Note:  If you are in Grade 7 Art, then you are already participating, but you can enter your own “Open Category Outfit”. 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Winter Camp 2015!

Three fantastic days at Camp WannaKumbac with an amazing group of students and chaperones! Students had the opportunity to ice fish, snowshoe, cross country ski, hike, bake bannock over a fire, learn survival techniques, create friendship bracelets and navigate with a compass.

Friday, 6 February 2015

WJHA Outdoor Classic!

For a change of pace the WJHA took a break from the IcePlex and enjoyed a fun outdoor game experience at Heritage Victoria Community Centre on Friday February 6th, 2015. The temperature was a balmy -22 but the kids had a great time!

Reading Takes Flight at Bruce

Our challenges have been off to a great start this week at Bruce!  Students earned ballots for correctly identifying staff members hidden behind their books as well as correctly identifying the voices of our Mystery Readers each morning.  Next week will bring more opportunities to earn ballots by participating in book-themed attire each day!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Monday, 2 February 2015

Kindness Certified School!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the activities we planned as part of our Great Kindness Challenge Week! As a result of our efforts we have been deemed a Kindness Certified School.

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge Click Here

Keep Calm & Kind On!

Ski Trip

Click here for  complete details about this year's ski trip.

Sunday, 1 February 2015