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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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Monday, 20 March 2017

2016/2017 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey

Our school has been invited to participate in the 2016/2017 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey. This is the only survey conducted nationally to monitor smoking, alcohol and drug use behaviours of Canadian youth and also asks questions about bullying, mental health and school connectedness. CSTADS is funded by Health Canada and in Manitoba will be implemented by CancerCare Manitoba.

On April 13, 2017, students in grades 7 and 8 with parental permission will be asked to take part in the survey.

This is a paper survey and will be conducted in period 1 on April 13, 2017. The survey takes approx 30 minutes to complete. Information will be provided to classroom teachers in advance to prepare for survey administration.

If you do not wish your child to participate please call the project coordinator, Cyndi Fraser, at 1-888-827-9702 by April 12, 2017.

For more information about the project and access to copies of the questionnaires

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Grade 7 & 8 Optimist Jazz Festival

 Grade 7 Optimist Jazz band performance on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Grade 8 Optimist Jazz band performance on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Optimist Festival

Ms. Johnson and Bill Kristjanson, 
Chairman of the Optimist Clubs of Winnipeg International Band Festival

Congratulations Bruce Middle school band students and Ms. Johnson on receiving the George Douglas Award at the 2017 Optimist Festival! The award is presented in recognition of exemplary performance, mature on and off stage presence, responsiveness to the clinic, commitment to the festival through longevity of participation, and the development of an outstanding band program. 

Ski Trip

We leave Friday, March 10th, at 7:30. More details by clicking here

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Student Led Conferences

Student-Led Conference

March 7th 2017

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
On March 7th 2017, Bruce Middle School will be hosting a Student-Led Conference! You will have the opportunity to meet each of your child’s classroom teachers, on a drop-in basis in their classroom (no appointments necessary).  In each classroom, your child will demonstrate their learning through samples of their work and/or performance activities.

We hope that you will find this 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 beyond this meeting, please talk to the

  teacher to schedule a follow up meeting.


A Special Presentation will take place in the library from 6:00 – 7:00.

Social Media Awareness for Parents presented by Constable Orlando Buduhan,

Winnipeg Police Service – Community Relations School Education Section.

Topics covered:  Dangerous Apps, Social Media Scam, Viruses/Malware, Laws/Sexting and Cyber Bullying. Please drop in!


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



Mumps in Manitoba

Health, Seniors and Active Living

Active Living, Population and Public Health Branch Communicable Disease Control
4th Floor – 300 Carlton, Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9 T  204-788-6737   F 204-948-2190

24 February 2017
Attention: Parents and Guardians

RE: Mumps in Manitoba

Since September 2016, Manitoba has been experiencing an outbreak of Mumps. As of February 10, 2017 there have been 162 confirmed cases. In recent weeks the spread of mumps has expanded throughout Manitoba and now includes cases in pre-school and school aged populations. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) would like to ensure that all parents and guardians are aware of the situation and know how to recognize the symptoms of mumps, understand how to prevent its spread and know what to do if they suspect they or their child(ren) may be infected with the mumps virus.
The mumps virus can be spread to others from two to three days before symptoms appear until four to five days after symptoms appear. Some people infected with mumps may not have any symptoms at all, but can still spread the virus to other people.

What are the signs and symptoms of mumps?

Mumps often starts with cold-like symptoms, including:
·         Swollen and tender glands at the jaw line on one or both sides of the face;
·         Fever; and,
·         Headache and muscle aches.
Although there can be rare complications from mumps, such as hearing loss and sterility, the vast majority of cases are mild, with full recovery in one to two weeks.

How is mumps spread?

Mumps is spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person, such as through coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks (e.g. water bottles, straws) or kissing.
A person with no symptoms can transmit infection. Individuals with mumps will be asked to restrict their contact with others to reduce the possible spread of mumps.

Mumps prevention

To reduce the spread of mumps, people should:
·         wash their hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
·         avoid sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils;
·         cover coughs and sneezes with the forearm or a tissue; and,
·         STAY HOME when sick.
Immunization against mumps using a mumps-containing vaccine is available free-of-charge to Manitobans as part of Manitoba’s Routine Immunization Schedule with the following Vaccine Eligibility Criteria:
·         All children 12 months of age or older are eligible to receive 2 doses of MMRV vaccine. Doses are administered at 12 months and 4-6 years of age.

    • Those born during or after 1985 are eligible for 2 doses of MMR vaccine;
    • Those born between 1970 and 1984 who have not received a vaccine containing measles or mumps or have not had natural measles or mumps infection are eligible for one dose of MMR vaccine;
    • Non-immune health care workers, regardless of age, are eligible for 2 doses of MMR vaccine; and,
    • Non-immune students born before 1970 are eligible for 1 dose; students born in 1970 or later are eligible for 2 doses of MMR vaccine.


Contact your health care provider to determine if you need to be immunized against mumps.


What to do if you think you or your child(ren) have mumps

People who think they might have mumps, or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with mumps, should phone their health care provider or phone Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788- 8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) for more information.


If visiting a physician or health care provider, it is best to call ahead and make an appointment so health care staff can take steps to reduce the exposure of other people to the virus.


For more information about mumps, visit the MHSAL mumps disease webpage at:




“Original Signed By”                                                                         “Original Signed By”

Richard Baydack, PhD                                                               Richard Rusk, DVM, MD, CCFP, MPH Director, Communicable Disease Control              Medical Officer of Health, CDC