Clearspring Middle School

January 2017

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Administrative Message

December treated us with some amazing displays of our students’ learning and talent! Our Christmas season featured THREE different “concerts”. The band concert gave our Grade 7 and 8 students an opportunity to shine, followed by our Grade 5 Christmas concert, and the finale was the school talent show. Our students amaze me with their attitude, their ability, and their talent! Thanks to parents, who support all the practicing, to our teachers who create the opportunities to learn and perform, and to our our students, who are amazing!

PINK Week

This week, Jan 16 - 20, our school will be participating in Pink Week. The focus of Pink Week is on the importance of kindness in our relationships. We spend time throughout the year on this important idea, but this week will have a particular focus. One feature of the week will have students creating posters with an emphasis on kindness that will adorn our school walls. Check them out next time you are in school!


Kindness to others is just one character trait that we hope to help our students grow. One of the core competencies that our school wants every student to learn is to be a person of character. Defining character can be difficult. One website I read had what I consider a great definition.


Character is a pattern of behavior, thoughts and feelings based on universal principles, moral strength, and integrity – plus the guts to live by those principles every day. Character is evidenced by your life’s virtues and the “line you never cross.” Character is the most valuable thing you have, and nobody can ever take it away. (http://www.citrs.org/what-is-character/why-is-character-so-important/)


We teach about character in our classes, in our hallways and offices, and as role models. Most of our students are wonderful role models of what it means to be a person of good character. We are grateful to the parents of our students with whom we are partners in helping the students of CMS build lives of good character.

School Closures

Regarding Inclement Weather Closures

In the event that schools are closed due to inclement weather or hazardous driving conditions, announcements will be made on CHSM (AM1250), MIX 96.7, and CJOB (AM680) as well as steinbachonline.com. Hanover School Division will also phone home by 7:00 a.m. If you do not want to receive these early morning phone calls, please contact the school office and we can request to have your name removed from the calling list.

Regarding Cold Weather Closures

Schools will be closed when the temperature reaches –35 degrees COMBINED with a windchill of –45 degrees.

SRSS Open House

The annual SRSS Open House for students registering for September 2017 will be on March 9/2017 for incoming grade 8 and 9's.


The evening Open House for parents will be on the same day from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

January Events

Monday, January 16th - Friday January 20th - PINK Week

Thursday, January 19th - PINK Day

Tuesday, January 31st - Options Day

Looking Into The Future - FEBRUARY

I LOVE TO READ MONTH

Friday, February 3rd - PD Day NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 6th - February 10th - BOOK FAIR

Monday, February 20th - Louis Riel Day, NO SCHOOL

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2017 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

The 2017 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is quickly approaching and is scheduled for Brandon’s Keystone Centre Monday, March 27th – Saturday, April 1st, 2017. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair features international caliber equestrian competitions, cattle shows, an amazing interactive Ag Education Area, a trade show, top notch entertainment and a terrific Petting Zoo! It’s a wonderful place for a family to spend time during Spring Break.


Due to the generous support of sponsors, the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is able to provide FREE children’s admission tickets to students ages 6 to 12. You can choose to let your students know that these tickets can be downloaded from the Provincial Exhibition website, until March 26th, 2017, at www.provincialexhibition.com

Wise Kid-Netic Energy Presents

ALL GIRLS ROBOT FIGHT CLUB

Who: Grade 7-12 girls

Where: U of M, Faculty of Engineering

When: Saturdays, 12-4 pm, January 21-March 11, 2017

Membership: $275

Membership includes:

*Seven 4-hour sessions with U of M undergraduate student instructors.

*Registration fee for the 22nd Manitoba Robot Games (TBD March 2017).

*The use of WISE Kid-Netic Energy's EV3 Lego Mindstorms to train for and compete at the Manitoba Robot Games.

Register online: www.wisekidneticenergy.ca

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