Your News... In Real-Time!

At Bruce Middle School we've decided to go paperless with our newsletter.

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.

Want to get regular updates as items are posted? Follow Us On Twitter!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Rafiki Chains for sale

The We Day team are selling Rafiki Chains. $10 each. They will be for sale Thursday, Feb. 25 at break and lunch, or directly from Ms. McGowan after Feb. 25

What is a Rafiki you ask? In Swahili, the word friend is 'rafiki'. Each of these hand made pieces is lovingly crafted by a mama in Kenya. Cost is $10 each, and there are two varieties to choose from, each supporting a noble cause.
The Health Rafiki is Red. This Empower Collection Health Rafiki Friend Chain supports a health program in a Free the Children community overseas. By purchasing it, you give one year of health care to one child. This rafifki enables children to live active, full lives by providing then with health education and preventative care.

This Food Rafiki is Green. This Empower Collection Food Rafiki Friend Chain supports a an agriculture and food security program in a Free the Children community overseas. By purchasing it, you give one month of healthy meals to one child. This rafiki supports innovative farming techniques and water management projects to help developing communities access self-sustaining food sources.

Thank you for your support from the We Day team.

                                              Bruce Middle School

                                              Camp Manitou Spring Break Camp

                                              Are you looking for activities for your child while they are off school for a week?  Do you want them to have fun and stay active?  Camp Manitou is excited to offer a Spring Break Camp for children 6-12 years of age, March 28-April 1!  Visit  to register them for a week of adventure and outdoor fun at Camp Manitou!

                                              Summer Camp dates have been announced!

                                              New Summer, New Adventures! Visit our website to register today.

                                              Tuesday, 23 February 2016

                                              Leisure Guide

                                              City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide

                                              The City of Winnipeg is proud to provide a wide variety of recreation and leisure opportunities that contribute to the overall well-being of our community.  The Leisure Guide is published three times per year and is filled with fun and exciting programs for everyone.  The Spring/Summer 2016 edition features spring skating lessons and a number of exciting camps to keep the kids busy this summer, including a new full-day format for our “L’il Critters” preschool camps! 


                                              For more information on leisure, sport and fitness programs, please pick up a copy of the Leisure Guide, call 311 or visit  Guides are available for pick up at civic pools, libraries and leisure centres, and at a number of retail locations including Safeway, 7-Eleven and Mac’s. 


                                              Watch for the Spring/Summer 2016 Leisure Guide at the beginning of March!  Registration for swimming lessons only will begin on March 15 at 8:00 am.  Registration for all other programs will begin on March 16 at 8:00 am. 


                                              Register for any 2016 City of Winnipeg summer camp by April 22 and you could win your camp for FREE!



                                              City of Winnipeg Priceless Fun


                                              Winnipeggers now have easy access to information about free recreation, leisure and library programs with the free programming guide, Priceless Fun.

                                              The Spring/Summer edition of Priceless Fun, available in March, provides information about the free programs for children and youth being offered by the City of Winnipeg throughout the city, all in one convenient guide.

                                              Hard copies of Priceless Fun are available for pick up at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres. Click here to view the current edition of Priceless Fun Information about programs.  Information is also available by calling 311.

                                              Optimist Band Festival

                                              Hello, Band Parents.

                                              The Optimist Band Festival is this Wednesday, February 24th. Please make sure your child has his/her instrument and music. As well, your child needs to wear his/her band uniform (band shirt, black pants, dark socks and shoes) to school that day and bring money for lunch at Polo Park or a bag lunch. We load the bus at 8:35am and leave the school at 8:45am. We are in need of a parent to transport some instruments to the Convention Centre and back. Please let me know if you are able to help in this way. 

                                              The students have been working hard in preparation for this event and would love to have a supportive audience there to cheer them on! The Bruce Band plays at 9:50am at the Convention Centre, Main Floor, Room 4.

                                              Hope to see you Wednesday! :)

                                              Musically yours,

                                              Mrs. Tara Johnson, Band Director
                                              Bruce Middle School
                                              Band Website:

                                              Monday, 22 February 2016

                                              NOTICE to Grade 7 Parents:

                                              This week, our grade 7 students will be taking part in the ADSI survey to support students at-risk.  Please see the attached letter, a copy is being sent home on Monday, February 22, 2016 as well.  Please contact the school as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns, or if you DO NOT wish for your child to participate in the longitudinal study.

                                              Trafficking and Human Exploitation

                                              Tuesday, March 8, 2016
                                              Trafficking and Human Exploitation


                                              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.
                                              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, 16 February 2016

                                              Thank you to The Parent Council

                                                The staff would like to send out a huge thank you to the Bruce Middle School Parent Council and all of the families that contributed towards a fabulous week of treats. Thank you to the following families that donated towards the daily dinner draws, the Wednesday soup luncheon, coffee, candy bar and gift certificates. 

                                                  Deidre Sagert
                                                  Tiina Winton
                                                  Paula Ellis Hunt
                                                  Correna Peck
                                                  The Howie Family
                                                  Janet McLeod
                                                  Tara Davidson
                                                  Di Beggs
                                                  Roxanne Burton
                                                  Alanna Wharf
                                                  Amy McGregor
                                                  Amanda Wylie

                                                Tuesday, 9 February 2016

                                                Grade 8 parents:
                                                All grade 8 students received their high school registration forms on Friday, February 12th.  THESE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OVERDUE!   Please get your registration in to Bruce as soon as possible.

                                                Friday, 5 February 2016

                                                Grade 8 Field Trip to Manitoba Museum

                                                On January 29, the grade 8's went to the Manitoba Museum where they explored various components of museum's vast offerings. Students took part in a hands-on Mummies Workshop where they learned about and explored the history and process of ancient Egyptian Mummification rituals. They also explored the National Geographic Earth Explorers Exhibit, complete with interactive App on their iPads to enhance their understanding of the jobs scientists and photographers experience while researching animals within their natural habitats around the globe.

                                                Any field trip to the museum would not be complete without a tour of the galleries, including Earth History, Boreal Forest, Nonsuch, Parklands/Grasslands, M├ętis, and Urban galleries. Students participated in a scavenger hunt activity as they explored on a self-guided tour.

                                                The next Grade 8 filed trip will be on February 19 to the Festival du Voyageur.


                                                IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE BRUCE PARENT COUNCIL


                                                Hello Bruce Families. Bruce Staff Appreciation Week is February 8-12. We are looking for families to contribute something to help celebrate the great staff at Bruce!

                                                There is a daily dinner draw. We ask that a complete meal be donated. Each day the dinner is raffled off and a lucky staff goes home that night with a meal that only requires heating up. We are looking for two more dinners. 

                                                Also, Wednesday, a soup lunch will be provided for the Bruce staff along with dessert. We have enough soup but are still looking for dessert donations. They will either be served at the lunch on Wednesday or they will be added to the daily dinner draws (if we get too many.) 

                                                If you are able to contribute to this staff appreciation in any way, please contact Janet McLeod at or Tara Davidson at


                                                Thanks so much!

                                                Bruce Parent Council

                                                Tuesday, 2 February 2016

                                                Congratulations to Mr.Harland!!!

                                                Congratulations to Mr. Harland who was recently inducted into the Manitoba Rugby Hall of Fame!  

                                                Thank you Mr. Harland for bringing your expertise to Bruce Middle School and providing the opportunity for our students to learn the game.