Middle School Update

February 13, 2020

Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday, March 31: Parent Academic Information Evening for senior school options for 2020-21 at 7:00 pm in Rossy Agora

Need to Know

Parent-Teacher Interviews: appointments can be made using pickAtime, our online system for booking parent-student-teacher interviews. pickAtime will open on Thursday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m. and close on Wednesday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The instructions for booking appointments are attached to this mailbag. Please note that interviews are not mandatory and you are always welcome to contact a teacher to arrange a phone call or alternate meeting time if that is preferable. Students are expected to attend interviews with their parents. They should be in uniform. On Thursday, February 27, please be advised that the Elementary School is in session until 2:30. Please do not park in front of the school or on Argyle prior to 2:30 p.m. as we need that area for pick up for the Elementary School.

All Parents: The second trimester ends on Friday, and the third trimester begins on Monday. Please underscore the importance of getting off to a great start in the third trimester. It is very tempting for the boys to think that once the second trimester is over they can coast to the March break. The third trimester is 60% of the final grade, so coasting in the first two weeks of the trimester is not wise. Please cheer your son on to make the best of those two weeks and move into the break for a well-deserved rest.

The re-enrollment form is due Friday, February 28. To secure your son’s enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year please check off the appropriate box on the re-enrollment form and return this form to Ms. D. Dragone in the Business Office. It is crucial for the school’s planning that we have accurate and complete re-registration figures. The re-enrollment fee secures your son’s place for next year.

Public Health Update ~ February 7: The latest information and recommendations regarding the new coronavirus may be found at the Santé Montréal web site.

Information Session for Global Round of World Scholar's Cup Monday, February 17 @ 5:00 p.m. Meeting for families interested in attending the Global Round of the World Scholar's Cup in Prague, July 26-30, 2020. Students must have participated in a local round of the Scholar's Cup competition. For more information, contact Ms. Montgomery (montgomeryb@selwyn.ca or 514-931-9481 x2281)

Historica Canada is offering a video contest this month called Me, Moi + Canada that we are encouraging our Middle School students to enter. Create a 30-60 second video expressing why Canada's two official languages are important to you. The deadline is February 29, 2020 and the online submission is simple. Rules and regulations, the judging rubric and ideas on what to include in the video are all available on the Me, Moi + Canada contest webpage. Prizes include a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, an all-expenses paid week in Ottawa at Encounter with Canada, a Visa Pre-Paid Gift Card for $650 and much more!

On Thursday, February 20, Grade 8 students will be competing in a Scholastic Challenge, an online quiz testing general knowledge of Grade 8 students nation-wide. Students are expected in their period 1 classrooms by 8:10 a.m. that day with their computer and charger.Top scorers will be announced at the graduation in June. Check out the website for demo questions and more info. A practice quiz will be made available to students via E-nouncements next week.

THANK YOU and Congratulations

Message from the Parent Volunteer Association: Thanks for an epic teacher appreciation week Selwyn Parents! With your help we offered 4 successful events, including a breakfast, a “speakeasy” complete with mocktails and bartenders, an Oscar-themed lunch and finally the backlot canteen (postponed to Monday due to the snow day!). I think it’s safe to say the teachers and staff feel known and loved! Remember to pick up your dishes in the after school office across from reception. See the photo gallery below for images from the week.

Message from Selwyn House teachers and staff: Thank you to all the parents who helped make our Staff Appreciation Week such a wonderful experience! We are truly spoiled with the treats, healthy breakfasts, speakeasy, beautiful staff luncheon and so many lovely raffle prizes. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated!


Visit previous Weekly Mailbags for details about the following:

Red Cross Babysitting Courses offered this spring: Once again we’ve partnered with ECS (Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School) to host this certification course on two separate occasions during the month of April 2020. This 8-hour course for students in Grades 7-9 teaches first aid skills, leadership and professional conduct as a leader of young people in any capacity (babysitting, day camps, sports teams, etc.), and is also a great addition to a young person’s CV. The cost to attend either course is $70 (non-refundable after March 23), which will be billed to you. The deadline to register is Friday, March 23. For more details regarding the course content, please review the attached information and consult this website. To register your son, please email Ms. Beech with the course date you prefer:

Option 1: 1 x 8 hour session on Saturday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Selwyn House School

Option 2: 1 x 8 hour session on Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at ECS

2020-2021 Parent Academic Information Evening on Tuesday, March 31 @ 7:00 pm in Rossy Agora. This presentation is for parents of students currently in Grade 8. Parents will hear about Grade 9 course option selections for 2020-2021. Students are not required to attend - we have organized student presentations during the school week. For more information contact Ms. Brenda Montgomery (montgomeryb@selwyn.ca).


Upcoming parent education opportunities:

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.

Parenting in the Digital Age - a workshop series offered at McGill University beginning April 14.

April 18, 2020: Workshop for PARENTS of children/adolescents with LD, ADHD & Mild ASD on Strategies for developing executive function skills in children & adolescents. More information and registration link HERE.

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: March 29, April 26, and May 31. Click here for dates, details and to sign up with Ms. Beech.

Selwyn House School

An independent English boys' school, Selwyn House School provides students with an education of exceptional depth and scope.