Middle School Update
September 21, 2023
Monday, September 25: Yom Kippur - no classes for Grades K to 12, Ped day for staff.
Friday, September 29: Orange Shirt Day during Truth & Reconciliation Week.
Friday, September 29: Attestation day, official attendance verification day.
Monday, October 2-Thursday, October 5: Intensives courses for Middle School
Friday, October 6: No school for Grade 7&8 students. (Special MS Ped day post-Intensives)
Monday, October 9: Thanksgiving - School Closed
Wednesday, Oct 11-Thursday, Oct 12: Class 7-1 overnight Outdoor Ed Trip
Monday, Oct 16-Tuesday, Oct 17: Class 7-2 overnight Outdoor Ed Trip
Tuesday, Oct 17-Saturday, Oct 21: U13 CAIS soccer tournament in Halifax
Thursday, Oct 19-Friday, Oct 20: Class 7-3 overnight Outdoor Ed Trip
Need to Know
Middle School Parent Information Evening took place last night. If you were unable to attend, feel free to review the Grade 7 Course Descriptions and Grade 8 Course Descriptions and reach out to teachers with any questions. Your son’s course schedule and teacher email addresses are available in your mySelwyn parent profile, by selecting your son's name and viewing his courses under the Progress tab. Please contact Ms. Poulin if you need assistance logging in to your mySelwyn account.
Intensives Oct 2-5: Students met with their Intensives groups this week for the first time. Excitement is growing for the upcoming week of experiential education! If you’d like a reminder, click here to check out the MS Intensives. Look for consent forms and other important course information that will be shared by Intensives course leaders in the coming days such as appropriate clothing, modes of transportation, spending money required, and parent volunteer requests.
Phys. Ed. changes Oct 2-5: Due to the “intensity” of Intensives week, phys. ed. classes for badminton, rock climbing, pickleball and cross country running will be cancelled that week. Those students will be dismissed at 2:45pm Monday-Thursday, Oct 2-5. Soccer and football games, and some practices, will still take place as scheduled. Coaches will provide details to their respective teams.
Truth & Reconciliation Week Sept. 26-29: Next week we will engage in learning opportunities based on the theme: Honouring the Survivors, inspired by programming from the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation. Students and staff will honour the lives lost from Canada’s residential school system on September 29 by wearing orange shirts. Students may wear ANY orange shirt on Sept. 29 with their uniform pants and proper school shoes. Our orange shirt design is the same as last year, featuring a two row wampum. Last chance to order your shirts via this Google Form and they will be delivered to your son’s classroom by Sept. 22. Also, these orange shirts may be worn throughout the year as part of the SHS physical education uniform. All proceeds will go towards family support programs at Step by Step in Kahnawake. If you have any questions, please contact Eden Schwartz.
Tablée des Chefs: Are you Selwyn’s next best Middle School chef? Do you love to eat and want to know how to make your favourite foods? La Tablée des Chefs is the extracurricular activity for you! Sign Up Here by October 6th! Tuesdays after school (3:00-4:30 p.m.) from October 17th through April.
Clubs and Activities for Middle School Students: We are excited to start offering clubs and tutorials to the Middle School students. View the list of School Life Opportunities and calendar overview that are available now. Most clubs are optional and require no long-term commitment. We encourage all students to try new activities and get involved in the activities that interest or intrigue them. More opportunities will be added throughout the school year.
Trip Brochure: All overnight trips for Middle and Senior School students (including Grade 12) for the year are posted in this brochure. Please take a detailed look at the offerings for grade-level trips, theme-based trips, March break trips and athletic trips. Please note that dates for several athletic trips are subject to change and families should be in contact with their coaches directly for more detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact the trip leader listed under each trip.
Spirit Day 2023! Highlighting school spirit and adding to the special fabric that is the Selwyn community was our goal at the first edition of the PVA-led Spirit Day in partnership with Selwyn’s Senior School student leaders. What an afternoon it was as the sun shined and kids and families milled about enjoying carnival games, food, music and entertainment! A special shout out to the dunkees, Mr. Downey, Ms. Faulkner, Mr. Lajoie, Mr.Banerjee, Mr. Maurovich, Mr. Watson and Mr. McCarney. Congratulations to the Candy Guessing Game winners Ms Corbie, Achilles Papagiannis and Terry Liu! Thank you for attending and especially for your generosity as we raised $2760 for Sarah’s Fund for Cedars! We’ll see you next year! Joyce & Laura PVA Co-Chairs
Contactivity: We are looking for students to join our Contactivity Programs this fall. If you enjoy connecting with senior citizens, please fill out this sign-up form by September 29. Middle and Senior School students can be paired with a Senior buddy for the fall term to chat weekly in person or on Zoom. Middle School students can also join our Crafting Club to learn how to knit, make jewelry, and more from Seniors.
PVA Invitation: The PVA invites all SHS new parents to join them on Wednesday 27th September @ 8:15am for a coffee morning meetup. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other new parents.
Meeting will be at Mouton Noir cafe at Westmount Rec Centre - 4675 St-Catherine Street West in Westmount, H3Z 1S4. Please sign up here.