Clearspring Middle School

February 2018

Principal's Message

Hardly a day goes by without me exclaiming how wonderful the students at CMS are! While there will always be problems associated with 600 adolescents in one building, our students’ willingness and ability to engage in solving problems is remarkable and commendable - they truly are wonderful.

In January, we had a one week “pink” focus. During that week, students worked with their peers to search for kindness quotes (or make up their own), some students created anti-bullying banners, and we sold pink lemonade to support our school Kindness Fund. That fund is used to support families who are struggling in particularly difficult circumstances. We want our students to remember to be kind to one another throughout the year, and the one week focus provides a boost toward meeting that goal.

Each year, at about the mid-year point, our school runs Options Day. Students choose learning activities that are outside of their classroom for ½ day, and work in small groups with their teachers for the other ½ day. Students could choose from a wide variety of art activities, physical education, baking, and service opportunities. Comments from the community organizations where our students volunteered were incredibly positive about our students and the way they managed their service work. Options Day provides our students with the enjoyment of learning, and some great learning conversations with their parents.

Our February calendar is full. Many classes will be going on learning trips, our bands are participating in Optimist Festival, and our basketball teams will continue their league play. WE believe taking learning outside the walls of the school helps deepen the learning, and we work hard to ensure that our trips truly extend the learning. In some cases, trips are expensive and teachers organize fundraising opportunities. In all cases, if a family finds it difficult to pay for an event, please let the teachers know so that we can ensure that ALL students can participate.

At our recent Professional Learning Day, our staff reviewed the promise we make to our community. We think it is as relevant today as it was when we opened the school. Thanks for entrusting your children to us every day. We take that responsibility seriously, and expect that we will be able to help every child learn, every day.


To teach students, not subjects

To believe the best, hope for the best, and cheer for the best in every person

To make learning meaningful

To be proactive rather than reactive

To teach in ways that respond to our students’ needs

To meet students where they are

To keep in mind that learning is a process that takes time and commitment

To keep relationships at the core of how we work together

To help each student feel valued

To create an atmosphere that welcomes every student to belong

To dream big and to work hard

To challenge all students to learn at high levels

The Clearspring Middle School Staff

February Dates

Thursday, February 1st - Jigging presentation in the a.m for Gr. 5's

Friday, February 2nd - PD DAY - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, February 8th - Gr. 6 Pizza Fundraiser Pick-Up

Friday, February 9th - Gr. 6's go Flippers Gymnastics

Monday, February 12th - Friday, February 16th - BOOK FAIR

Thursday, February 16th - Gr. 8 Ski Trip

Monday, February 19th - LOUIS RIEL DAY - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, February 22nd - Gr. 5 Voyageur Winter Fun Day

Thursday, February 22nd - Optimist Festival

Friday, February 23rd - NO SCHOOL

March Dates

Friday, March 9th - PD DAY - NO SCHOOL

Sunday, March 11th - Turn clock ahead 1 hour

Thursday, March 15th - Term 2 Report Cards

Tuesday, March 20th - Portfolio Evening (More info. to follow)

Friday, March 23rd - MAC Dance

Monday, March 26th - Friday March 30th - SPRING BREAK

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

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February 12th - February 16th

Wednesday, February 14th Book Fair will be open from 8:30am - 8:30pm

While the book fair is on, the library will be closed during the lunch hour unless you are purchasing books. Remember if you have certificates from chocolate sales - please bring them in and use them.

Portfolio Evening

We will soon begin promoting our Portfolio Learning Evening. On March 20, we will invite ALL our parents and students to come to school in the evening. Students will share their learning with parents, and teachers will be available for short conversations with interested parents. This was a wonderful evening last year, and we look forward to another fantastic Portfolio Learning Evening this year!
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Perfect Attendance

For the month of December we had 256 students with perfect attendance.

Ours winners for the month are:

Claudia W.

Gabriel K.

Caleb K.

Hailey K.

For the month of January we had 227 students with perfect attendance.

Our winners for the month are:

Maddison B.

Aiyanee W.

Ty A.

William S.

Steinbach Girls Softball

STEINBACH GIRLS SOFTBALL is excited to announce our registration dates for the 2018 season as well as a PITCHING and SKILLS CLINIC!


@ Elmdale School
@ Woodlawn School

Monday, February 26
Thursday, March 1

Monday, March 5
Thursday, March 8

Monday, March 12
Thursday, March 15

Clinic times: 7pm - 8pm for ages 9 & 10 8pm – 9pm for ages 11 & 12

Space is limited for these clinics and the fee is $20 per girl per clinic.

Please fill out a registration form at or call Kim @ 204-346-0997.


Registration for the 2018 softball season will be held on Monday, March 5 from 7 pm – 9 pm at Elmdale School and Thursday, March 8 from 7 pm – 9 pm at Woodlawn School.

All girls born from 2000 to 2010 are welcome to register!

Find a registration form at