Middle School Update

January 23, 2020

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 26: Volunteering at Christ Church Cathedral. Volunteers needed! Please email Ms. Beech (beechv@selwyn.ca).

Thursday, January 30: Middle School Science Fair - Judging from 8:30 - 10:30 am; public viewing and award presentations from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in Coristine Hall

Friday, January 31: Middle School Winter Activity Day

Monday, February 3: Mid-Term Break - SCHOOL CLOSED

Wednesday, February 5: Math Olympics with ECS (selected Grade 8 students) from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in Rossy Agora

Friday, February 7: Friday Night Ski Club (Saint-Sauveur) 2:50 - 9:45 pm

Friday, February 14: Friday Night Ski Club (Bromont) 2:50 pm - 9:45 pm

Friday, February 14: End of Trimester 2

Thursday, February 27: Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews from 1:30 - 8:00 pm: students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm

Friday, February 28: Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews from 8:00 am - noon: no classes for students

Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 13: Spring Break - no classes for students

Monday, March 16: Ped Day - no classes for students

Need to Know

Selwyn's Senior School Players present The Hobbit - TONIGHT, January 23, and TOMORROW, January 24 at 7:00pm in Coristine Hall. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $5 (student) and $10 (adult). Free for current students and Old Boys. Middle School students will view the dress rehearsal performance in the afternoon of Wed, Jan 22.

Grade 8 Science Fair will take place on Thursday, January 30. Here is the schedule of the day:

8:00 AM - Set up boards in classrooms MS 1-4

8:30-10:30 AM - Judging

3:00-4:00 PM - Public Viewing & Awards Ceremony in Coristine Hall

* Please Note: Students will attend regular classes for periods 3 & 4 and Interest Courses.

The Argyle Shop will be closed for inventory the week of February 3rd, 2020. Regular shop hours will resume on Monday, February 10, 2020. Mondays and Wednesdays 8 - 9:30am; Thursdays 1:30 - 3:30pm.

The Known and Loved Gala on May 1, 2020 will be an incredible evening dedicated to honouring Hal Hannaford and Susan Doherty. We are very excited to announce that advance tickets (click to Reserve) for the Known and Loved Gala are now available for purchase by current Selwyn House parents! Get ready to CELEBRATE! A limited number of tickets are available. In February we will be opening up ticket sales to past Selwyn parents and Old Boys, so register as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

(Note that you don't have to organize who you'd like to sit with just yet; this can be arranged later. It's most important to get tickets now!)

Winter Carnival Week - special dress and activities are planned for each day next week. We encourage our students to show their school spirit!

Monday: Sports Jersey Day: Wear your sport jersey in place of a sweater or blazer. The rest is usual uniform. There is a D-1 Senior BB game vs. staff in the Speirs Gym at 1:00 Spectators are welcome.

Tuesday: Wacky Tie Day: Replace your school tie with one that is perhaps a little more out there than a uniform tie. The rest of the uniform is as usual. At 1:00, there will be mini sticks for MS students in the Macaulay Gym.

Wednesday: Pajama Day:Wear a top and bottom for pajamas for a onesie if you have a preference for onesies. From 11:00 to 12:30, there will be a Photo Booth for ES and MS. At 1:00, there will be a Kahoot in Coristine for SS.

Thursday: Spirit Day! Wear black and gold clothing to show your school spirit. No uniform items required! 12:30-1:30 there will be a candy sale to benefit the Jewish General Hospital Mindstrong program

Friday: Winter Activity Day! No uniform required. Wear what will keep you safe and warm on the hills.

Lights, Camera, Appreciation! It's Teacher Appreciation at the Oscars!

From February 4 - 7 we'll be hosting Teacher Appreciation Week at Selwyn House where we show teachers and staff that they're known and loved - so we need your help! Any questions, message me and thanks so much for your help in advance!! Karen Anderson, parent volunteer karen.anne.anderson@gmail.com

Below is the lineup for our Oscars-themed week. There are 2 links to "Meal Train", an organizer that lists what we're looking for (including volunteers, food, drink and prizes), and when. There are 2 days we are looking for help (Feb 5 and 6; the other activities are all set up). Meal Train requires you to set up an account - takes 2 seconds to provide your email.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday February 4, 7:30-9:30am - California Breakfast Bar - offering healthy yogurt, granola and fruit as well as avocado toast!

Wednesday February 5, 2-4pm - Hollywood Mocktail Lounge - mixing up some delicious (no-alcohol) cocktails in a cool Hollywood lounge atmosphere! Meal train sign up February 5 cocktails

Thursday February 6, 11-2pm - Gourmet Oscars Lunch - complete with an incredible buffet of delicacies, an Oscars "swag" table and even paparazzi! Meal train sign up February 6 lunch

Friday February 7 - Backlot canteen - a cornucopia of candy to finish off the week with your favourite movie treats!


Visit previous Weekly Mailbags for details about the following:

From the Student Counselor: Connecte Psychology Montreal is offering this 12 week Anxiety Management Workshop to teens ages 12-16 beginning in February.

MUHC Pain Management Study: In assembly on Tuesday, Don Ocay, research assistant for the "Study on Pain Assessment in Children and Adolescents," came to speak to the Middle School boys. The researchers are looking for 500 children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18. They are needed to test the sensory parameters related to touch, vibration, pressure, cold, heat and pain. They need the data of healthy children and adolescents to better understand the children and adolescents who experience chronic pain. It could be very interesting for the boys to take part in this study, and it would certainly be helpful for the study. Please follow the link to our Weekly Mailbag page to learn more about the study and complete a consent form.

As in the past, the After School Program will be offering a chess program for any interested Middle School students. In this program, students will learn chess techniques and strategies, as well as compete against other students. This club will take place at dismissal on Fridays, beginning Feb. 7th and ending on May 8th (the program will not be offered on February 28th, March 6th, 13th, April 10th, and May 15th). The cost of this program is $195 for the session. If you would be interested in registering your son, please send an email to asp@selwyn.ca.


Upcoming parent education opportunities:

Selwyn House Parent Workshops: with Ms. Montgomery and Ms. Rath in the Rossy Agora. Please RSVP if possible. Next one in the series will be Tuesday, February 11 from 12:30–13:30pm and Wednesday, February 12 from 8:15–9:15am: Supporting Communication: Challenging conversations with your child or teen.

Wednesday, February 19: Dr. Lynn Lyons will be offering a free parent workshop at Loyola High School for QAIS parents at 7pm on the topic "Emotionally Equipping Our Kids: Skills to Teach & Why Prevention Works." Attached is a flyer with a link to register. Space will be limited - be sure to register early.

Community engagement

Don't forget to visit the Community Engagement webpage for valuable information on volunteer opportunities for our students.

Grade 8 Parents: Every year, each Grade 8 student (with one parent) is asked to serve at one lunch for the homeless and others who are less fortunate. We need volunteers for the 2020 dates: January 26, February 23, March 29, April 26, and May 31. Click here for dates, details and to sign up with Ms. Beech.

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