Clearspring Middle School

October 2017

Principal's Message

As I write this, we have just completed the Terry Fox/Colour Me Rad run. This run is always a highlight for us at school. The focus on supporting cancer research, the outdoor time for everyone, staff included, the walking and running together, and this year, the festive colour run, all add up to a day of building community. We really do have an amazing group of students that know how to have fun, can play games with all ages, and know when to take things a little more seriously.

Our chocolate fundraiser has begun. I am always amazed at the enthusiasm our students demonstrate for this fundraiser. Our goal for this fundraiser is to enhance our playground. We are looking at some options, and will be working with our school allies and Parent Advisory Council to make a final decision. I think it will be an exciting project.

One thing I am most excited about is the plan for deeper learning in our school. Deeper learning is intended to increase levels of student engagement, and therefore help students to learn more than just surface facts. Instead, we hope that students will become (or remain) curious to learn about the world. To pursue dreams, to follow our curiosity, requires math and language skills, it requires that we have good interpersonal skills, it requires critical thinking, and it requires that we are people of good character. This is a complex task, and we are thrilled to be partners with parents to help grow citizens of the world.

Thanks for your continued support, and your willingness to talk with us when things are not going well. When we face our problems together, we have a much better chance of finding great solutions. We are fortunate to have a community of parents who trust us, and work with us.

October Dates

Monday, October 2nd - Orange Shirt Day

Monday, October 9th - Thanksgiving - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 12th - Gr. 6&8 Immunizations @ 1:00pm

Friday, October 20th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 24th - Gr. 6 Parent Meeting

Friday, October 27th - Theme Day

Monday, October 30th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 31st - Gr. 6 Learning Trip

November Dates

Wednesday, November 1st - Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 2nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 10th - Remembrance Day Assembly

Monday, November 13th - NO SCHOOL

NEW Grass at CMS

As you know, we began the process of renewing the grass on our playground last year. We have now moved our play onto the north side of the playground and work has begun on the south side of the playground. We love the soft, full grass, and are looking forward to when our whole playground has healthy grass!
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