Middle School Update

January 30, 2020

Upcoming Events

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

Winter Activity Day is tomorrow - Friday, January 31. Students need to be at Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (ECS) - 525 Mount Pleasant, Westmount, H3Y 3H6 - at 7:30 a.m. Buses are scheduled to return to ECS between 4:30-4:45 p.m. Bus lists can be viewed here.

The Argyle Shop will be open next week (Wednesday 8 - 9:30am; Thursday 1:30 - 3:30pm); inventory has been postponed until further notice.

Winter Gryphon Sale Tally – A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated items and who joined us at the January Gryphon sale this year. We successfully raised $2952.50 for the Nancy Pitfield Endowment fund and ensured that very good uniform items were recycled into a new home. We’ll see you at the next Gryphon Sale on May 13, 2020. Until then please drop off any gently used uniform articles you may have with Kim at the front desk.

Selwyn House presents a screening of "Selma" in honour of Black History Month. This movie night will be Friday, February 7 for Grades 6 - 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rossy Agora.

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 - Selwyn House Speakeasy - 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 - Red Carpet 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!

THANK YOU and Congratulations

Thank you to the students and parents who gave their time to serve at a lunch for the less fortunate at Christ Church this past Sunday: Max Depatie and his parents, Brenda and Serge, and brother, Adam; Ethan Kimmel and his sisters, Jamie and Olivia; Mathieu Graham and his mother, Julia; Laurent Groleau and his father, Jean; Kaiden Brassard and his father, Derek; Matisse Brosseau and his father, Pierre; and Zachary Chomsky and his mother, Debra.

Congratulations to all who participated in the Grade 8 Science Fair for your hard work and personal bests! A special congratulations to those who earned a medal. Many thanks to Ms. Corbie and Ms. Jones for their excellent organization, as well as to all the judges who gave of their time to support our students.


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: Middle School was visited by Don Ocay, research assistant for the "Study on Pain Assessment in Children and Adolescents." 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.

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!)


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.

Volunteers Wanted: Looking for up to 10 student volunteers plus any parent volunteer drivers for a fundraising event in support of Summit School (a school for kids with special needs) on Friday, February 14. Students will be asked to help pack food boxes and/or deliver them to various locations. Please click here for more details about the event, and contact Angela Lehrer Vineberg at 514-983-4978 if interested.

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