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Monday, 29 June 2015

End of Year News

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 2014-2015 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 2015-2016

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:

Mr. Lister will be moving to Golden Gate (Vice Principal)
Mr. Bults will be moving to Ness Middle School
Mrs. Matthewman will be moving to a Coordinator position
Mrs. Carlson will be moving to Literacy Academics (language teacher)
Ms. St. Mars will be moving to Seven Oaks School Division
Ms. Wold will be moving to Golden Gate
Mrs Wall will be moving to St. James Collegiate
Mr. Christie on leave

Farewell and good luck to

Mrs. Smitke and Mrs. Counanes, we wish you well in your retirement.
Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Slywchuk and Mrs. Hailley, we wish you well as you pursue your careers elsewhere.

Welcome and good luck to:

Mrs. Cordova will be joining us as Vice Principal
Mr. McCallum will be teaching grade 7
Ms deGroot will be teaching grade 6
Ms. Birk will be teaching grade 6
Mr. Johnstone will be teaching grade 6

Important Dates 2015-2016

September 7 Labour Day – No School
September 8 Inservice – No School
September 9 & 10 Parent-Student-Teacher Triad Conferences
September 11 First Day of Regular Classes
September 15 Meet the Teacher B.B.Q. 5:00-6:30 p.m.
September 15 Parent Council AGM 6:30 p.m.
September 22 Professional Development Meeting - Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
September 23 Grade 6 Band First Lesson Night
September 30 Terry Fox National Event
October 6 Staff Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
October 9 Picture Day – 9:00 a.m.
October 12 Thanksgiving (no classes)
October 20 PD Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
October 23 Inservice – no classes
November 3 Staff Mtg. - Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
November 6 Picture Day Retakes 9:00 a.m.
November 10 Remembrance Day Service
November 11 Remembrance Day – no classes
November 13 Admin/Inservice – no classes
November 17 P.D. Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
November 25 Portfolio Night 4:30-7:30p.m.
November 27 Admin/Inservice – no classes
December 1 Staff Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
December 9 Winter Concert
December 9 Middle Years Report Cards Issued
December 15 P.D. Mtg. – Early Dismissal (3:00 p.m.)
December 18 Last Day of School – Winter Break
January 4 School Re-opens
School pictures will be on Friday, October 9th. Please ensure you attend Triad Conferences to receive
your order form. Have a safe and relaxing summer.

Special Note from Parent Council

A huge thank you to all the parents and families that volunteered their time to help out with Celebr8, 2015, I could not have done it without your help and it was greatly appreciated. Celebr8 was a huge success and all the kids had a great time. The photographer was kind enough to provide a copy of the pictures taken at Celebr8 to all the students in attendance, if you would like a copy please contact Cheryl @204 8977351 or 204 2182884 and I will make sure you receive one. Good luck to all the grade 8 students moving on to high school in the fall, I hope you enjoyed your time here at Bruce and we wish you all the best in high school. Have a safe and happy summer! 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are fast approaching and many of us are looking forward to a fun filled summer break.  Some families will begin to leave for holidays before the official end of school. Therefore, a written note indicating your child's final day of attendance must be submitted to the office in advance.  Remember that if your child is unable to pick up their report card on June 29th, a self      addressed stamped envelope (large manila suggested) must be left with the office for the report card to be mailed out on the final day.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Web-Based Scheduler For September Triad Conference

Bruce Middle School is once again offering parents and students an opportunity to meet with their child’s B.L.A.S.T. teacher on September 9th & 10th before fall classes begin.  The purpose of this meeting is to promote open and ongoing communication between home and school. 

Letters have been mailed out indicating the B.L.A.S.T. teacher assignment for next year.
Beginning Monday, June 22nd at 8:30 AM to Tuesday, September 8th at 4:00 PM, interviews 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 appointments quickly and easily.

Click here to access the Conference Manager Site. 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 Monday, June 22nd 2015.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

To all Grade 8 Parents/Students

Celebr8, 2015 will be held at Woodhaven CC on Thursday, June 25th 2015 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5.00 and are now on sale for grade 8 students only at the school.  We are asking all parents that when you drop off your child you must sign them in and leave a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.  You will also need to sign them out at the end of the night.  If your child is carpooling with another student please notify Cheryl @ 897-7351 so we know who will be signing your child in and out the night of the event.  There will be music, a photographer, as well as snacks and drinks available throughout the night.  There will also be pizza delivered at 9:00 p.m. all of which is free of charge for everyone.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Cheryl and I will help as best I can.  Thank you to all the parents who are helping make this event possible it's going to be a fun night for students to celebrate their time here at Bruce as they look forward to high school next year.

Public Meeting: Proposed Middle School Reorganization

Public Meeting: Proposed Middle School Reorganization
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate

The Board of Trustees of the St. James-Assiniboia School Division has reviewed the most recent enrollment projections provided by the senior administration. The projections indicate that the current trend of increased enrollment in French Immersion will continue into the future.

The Senior Administration has recommended that the Board re-organize Ness Middle School and
École Golden Gate School to accommodate a French milieu School at the Ness Middle School site. This would mean that Golden Gate would become an English track Middle School. The Board has asked the senior administration to prepare a full report providing the rationale for such a re-organization and the implications for student programs. The Board would like to consult with the public before making a decision regarding this proposed reorganization and share the administrative report with you.

Please come out to the public meeting to express your support or concerns for such an initiative.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A Page from the Library

After June 12th, students will no longer be permitted to sign out library books.  All books must be returned by June 17th.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Track Meet Is On!

The track meet for today has not been cancelled. Good luck to all athletes today!

Monday, 8 June 2015

TRACK 2015

All athletes are to meet at John Taylor track (in behind John Taylor school) for 8:30am UNLESS you are running the 1600m (grade 7 or 8 ONLY), then you must be there for 8:10am.  Please ensure you have adequate sunscreen, water and snacks for the day (there will be a canteen on site)

IF THE TRACK MEET IS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN, we will post on the blog by 6:30am, and it will also be announced on CJOB and Energy 106 by 6am.