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Wednesday, 30 September 2015


The next Bruce Parent Council Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 1st at 7pm in the Library.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Parents of Children in Grade 7

If you would like to meet Mrs. Bergeron who has recently joined our staff, we will be holding an informal meet and greet evening in our school library on Tuesday, September 29th, from 7:00 PM to 7:45.  This is an opportunity to put a face to the name and make an initial contact with your child’s teacher.  We look forward to seeing all who can attend. 

My Child in the Middle Years: A Parent Resource (Website)

Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning is pleased to announce the online release of My Child in the Middle Years:  A Parent Resource.  The department created this online resource to meet an expressed need for provincial resources for parents/guardians of children in their Middle Years (Grades 5 to 8) in school.  The website offers information and resources to help parents and educators understand the developmental changes and situations adolescent children may experience at school, at home, and in the community.  It also addresses questions and concerns parents of Middle Years students may have, and provides explanations and suggestions on how to handle a variety of challenging situations.

This resource will be available on the department's website at:


Thank you to all the athletes in grade 6-8 who came out for volleyball the past 2 weeks. The girls and boys tier 1 and 2 teams have been made. Congratulations to all those athletes who made the team. The schedules for tier 1 and 2 can be found on the Bruce calendar.

Any student in grade 6-8 who still wishes to play volleyball, but is not a part of the tier 1 or 2 team, is welcome to join the atomic teams. The boys will begin practice on Monday at lunch and the girls will begin practice on Tuesday at lunch. Atomic practices are held during the lunch hour and there are two tournaments that are held during the school day. Practice times and tournaments are available on the school calendar. All students who are currently not on a team are encouraged to attend!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Cross-Country Update


Congratulations to the Bruce cross country runners, all who run gain the school valuable points. Bruce students have had some excellent results, we just need a few more runners on the starting line to win a banner. Come out if you are fast or slow.
Bruce runners in the top 5 are; 
Grade 6 Boys-Andrew B, 2nd
Grade 7 Boys-Justin J 2nd,Spencer R 3rd, and Josh S in 5th  
Grade 7 Girls-Mariah A finished a strong 4th, 
Grade 8 Girls- Kaitlyn D, 2nd  
Grade 8 Boys- Noah in 4th, Owen P 3rd, and Palmer in 2nd.

Next meet is Monday, make a practice Tuesday morning OR Tuesday at lunch OR Tuesday after school.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

First Lesson Night

First Lesson Night for all Grade 6 Band students is this Wednesday, September 23rd from 6:45-8pm. All Grade 6 Band students need to be at Bruce at 6:40pm with their instruments. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

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Friday, 18 September 2015


In recognition of her expertise and leadership, Ms. Toth has been hired as a Curriculum Coordinator for the St. James Assiniboia School Division.  This will be a great benefit for a large number of children across the school division as she will be working with teachers and schools in the area of numeracy.  Unfortunately, that means she will not be teaching at Bruce Middle School this year.  We wish Ms. Toth all the best in her new position.

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Mrs. Bergeron to join the team at Bruce effective Monday, September 21, 2015.  Mrs. Bergeron will be teaching class 7A Language Arts, Math and Science and she will teaching class 7D Math and 7C French.  Mrs. Bergeron brings 13 years of experience with her and has done a significant amount of work here at Bruce over the years.

We are confident that this transition will be smooth and that the teaching and learning process will continue in a very positive way.


Our Terry Fox Run takes place on September 30th during periods 4 and 5. Make sure you get your consent form in to your teacher and try to do a little fundraising. At the very least, a donation of $2.00 will get you a hot dog and drink on the day of the run. Last year, Bruce Middle School raised over $8000.00 for cancer research. Only one other school in Manitoba raised more money. Over the years of the Terry Fox Run, Bruce Middle School has raised over one hundred thousand dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation. Let's put forth our best effort again. You can bring donations in to your Blast teacher or donate online at
Bruce Middle School is also proud to announce that on Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:15, Fred Fox, Terry Fox's brother will address the entire school.


      Wednesday, 16 September 2015

      Spirit Week

      Fall Spirit Week!
      September 21-25, 2015

      Monday: Fall out of Sleep! “PJ Day”

      Tuesday: “Me in the Future Day”: Dress up as your vision of who you might be in the future
      Wednesday: “Black & White Day”: Dress up in your best Black and White gear
      Thursday: “Sports Day”: Dress up in your favourite sports team gear, or uniform
      Friday: BLAST Day: Wear your BLAST colours- ask your BLAST teacher if you aren’t sure!


      Bruce Clothing Update

      Bruce clothing samples are now in! Come and check out the sizes and samples prior to ordering your clothing. Samples will be available during the lunch hour. Please see Mrs. Sproll for extra order forms and payment. Orders are due on Friday, September 25.

      Tuesday, 15 September 2015

      Meet the Teacher BBQ and Parent Council AGM

      Please join us for the Bruce Middle School Meet the Teacher BBQ today from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m..  The Parent Council AGM with take place @ 6:30 p.m.

      Wednesday, 9 September 2015

      Winter Camp, Grade 7

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      Winter Camp

      Winter Camp Permission Form Click Link to the left or see Mr. Harland


      Tuesday Feb 2nd to Thursday Feb 4th this year (Friday is an inservice). Always one of the most memorable activities for Bruce students. Click the link above for the permission form and stay in tune for upcoming announcements for more information. Below is the schedule for the event. 
      Camp Schedule
      Tuesday, Feb 2nd
      Leave Bruce
      Arrive, tour Camp and settle into cabins

      LUNCH (Bring your own bag lunch!!) 
      Activity: ____________________
      FREE TIME (warm up)
      3:30 – 5:30
                             Activity: ____________________
      5:30 – 6:00
      Free Time

      6:00 – 7:00
         7:00 - 7:30
      Free Time
        7:30 – 9:30
      Park Naturalist presentation and snack
      9:30 – 10:00
      Return to cabins and prepare for bed. 
      Good Night.  

      Wednesday, Feb 3rd

      Activity: ____________________
      11:30 - 12:30

      Activity: ____________________
      Prepare for Bonfire
      5:30 – 6:00

      Night Hike, Bonfire and snack
      9:30 – 10:00
      Return to cabins & prepare for bed. In cabins by 10:00.  

      Good Night

      Thursday, Feb 4th

      CAMP WANAKUMBAC Olympic Games 2015
      Cabin clean up

      Lunch and Camp Awards
      Cabin check & load Luggage on Bus.
      Leave Camp. Good Bye!!!




      Meet by the door facing Athlone School. 

      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Before School (8am Sharp), Lunch and After School. Make AT LEAST 4 practices a week to attend the Meets Meets on Sept 21, 24, 28 and Oct 1.

      Friday, 4 September 2015

      Choral News

      Greetings from the Choral Department! I am looking forward to another exciting year of singing at Bruce.  The choirs at Bruce give students the opportunity to meet new people, develop their voices, learn new songs and have fun.
      If you love to sing, and meet new people, there are three great options to get involved.
      CONCERT CHOIR is a choir for girls and guys in Grades 6 through 8.  We will perform at several festivals throughout the year including Choralfest, Music Celebration, the Winnipeg Music Festival, as well as the Remembrance Day Service, Winter and Spring concerts at Bruce. We will rehearse every Monday and Wednesday during the lunch hour.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 16th in the theatre.  Bring your lunch and come ready to meet new friends, sing and have fun!
      VOCAL VIBE is a smaller, auditioned group for girls and guys in Grades 7 & 8.  We will be learning fun songs in the jazz style and will rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday during the lunch hour. Auditions for this group were held in June. Once again, bring your lunch and come ready to learn some exciting new music.
      BEARCAT BOYS is a boys only group for guys in Grades 6 through 8.  We will perform at both the Winter and Spring Concerts. Auditions and start time are TBA. Please let Mrs. Neufeld know if you are interested in auditioning for this group.
      I am looking forward to an exciting year of singing!
      Musically yours,
      Mrs. H. Neufeld, Choral Director


      Wednesday, 2 September 2015

      Parenting Today 2015-16

      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 contact Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email
      Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Parenting Strategies
      Presented by: Dr. Gary Altman MD, FRCPC, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Maria Kerkinos, Behavior Intervention Resource Teacher, St. James-Assiniboia Sch901 Division.
      Dr. Altman will be available to answer questions as they relate to understanding and parenting children and adolescents. Questions may relate to children that are engaging in at risk behaviours, experiencing school related problem and situations in general where parents are feeling that they are struggling with parenting their child or adolescent. If parents would like to ask questions anonymously, questions can be forwarded to and Dr. Altman can answer those questions that evening.
      Tuesday, October 20, 2015
                      Triple P- Seminar 1: 'The Power of Positive Parenting'
      Presented by Kristy Wake, Behavior Intervention Resource Teacher, Educational Support Services, St. James-Assiniboia School Division
      This seminar will introduce parents to the 5 core principles of positive parenting:
      • ensuring a safe, engaging environment for children
      • creating a positive learning environment
      • using assertive discipline
      • having realistic expectations
      • taking care of yourself as a parent
      Tuesday, October 27, 2015
            Triple P- Seminar 2: 'Raising confident, competent children'
      Presented by: Kristy Wake, Behavior Intervention Resource Teacher, Educational Support Services St. James-Assiniboia School Division.
      This seminar will show parents how they can use positive parenting principles to teach children
      important values and skills, such as:           .
      ·         encouraging respect and cooperation
      ·         learning to be independent
      ·         learning how to develop healthy self-esteem
      ·         learning how to become good problem-solvers
      Tuesday, November 3, 2015
       Triple P- Seminar 3:'Raising Resilient Children'
      Presented by Kristy Wake, Behaviour Intervention Resource Teacher, Educational Support Services, St. James-Assiniboia School Division
      This seminar will focus on how parents can help children learn how to:
      • recognize and accept feelings
      • express their feelings appropriately
      • build positive feelings
      • deal with negative feelings
      • deal with upsetting or stressful life events 
      Tuesday, November 24, 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!"
                                                 Tuesday, December 8, 2015
      Presented by: Jeff Kerr B.S.W. and Hayley Plesh B.S.W., Educational Support Services, St. James Assiniboia School Division
      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 behaviour 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 behavior's and situations.
      Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
      Sensory Processing
      Facilitated by Monica Desgagnes & Robin Jewers, Occupational Therapists, Educational Support Services, St. James Assiniboia  School Division.
      The division Occupational Therapist will talk about the common senses of touch, smell, vision, hearing and taste as well as the “hidden” senses of balance and body position.  Come out to learn to understand how these senses contribute to social and academic learning.  The presentation will provide you with tips for children to encourage sensory engagement at home and at school.
      Tuesday, February 2, 2016
      Coaching For Confidence
      “How to help your worried, fearful or shy child: a practical approach for parents.”
      Facilitated by: D. John Walker
      Shyness and anxiety are normal human emotions.  Some children, however, are much more shy or fearful than the average child.  For these children, anxiety may interfere with their enjoyment of school, activities with other children, new experiences (swimming lessons, birthday parties, etc.), and their development of independence and confidence.  In this session, parents will learn about anxiety in children.
      Tuesday, March 8, 2016
      Trafficking and Human Exploitation

      Facilitated by: TBA
      This session will look at the root causes of what makes our youth so vulnerable, as well as the laws, policies and programs that are currently in place to combat this issue. Community-based advocates who are on the 'front lines' on a daily basis will join the presentation to give their perspectives and expertise.
      Tuesday, April 19, 2016
      "Supporting Speech an~ Language Development at Home"

      Presented by: Speech-Language Pathologists, Educational Support Services, St. James­Assiniboia School Division

      Students who receive speech and language support at school benefit from practice at home. The purpose of this presentation is to provide parents with simple, quick and easy activities that can be done as a part of the daily routine. We will provide suggestions for helping your child practice speech sounds and language skills at home.
      Tuesday, May 10, 2016
      The Science of the Developing Brain
      Presented by: Dr. Maria Phelps, School Psychologist, Educational Support Services, St. James­Assiniboia School Division
      In recent years, our understanding of the brain in children and teens has been helped through the use of brain-imaging technology. This research can help parents understand why kids behave the way they do, as well as how best to help children with ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and a Learning Disability.

      FREE CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED FOR SESSIONS. When registering please indicate for how many children and their ages.
      Once registered for any session, IF YOU CANNOT A TTEND  please be sure to cancel by contacting Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or