Clearspring Middle School

May 2017

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Principal's Message

May has arrived, and with it the beautiful weather that Manitobans so eagerly await. We are hoping for a great growing season to help the newly sodded north side of our playground to take root and grow. For the spring and summer, we will continue to use only the south side of the playground, and then look forward to switching that in the fall when the south side will be getting sod.

This year, we are looking forward to installing vegetable gardens on the south side of the school. This area gets ample sunlight, so we anticipate a very successful garden. The seeds have been started, and we will be building the garden beds this month. All of this is part of our commitment to helping our students learn to live in a sustainable way. We have only one earth, and we need to look after it.

One other feature of April was fundraising. It seems that our students were inspired by all the fundraising that happened in March, and many wanted to continue into April. In particular, Grade 5 students who had a presentation by Siloam Mission were inspired to raise some money to help that work. For me, this is one aspect of deep learning at work. In HSD, we are working to help students be good citizens, people who are willing to become involved to make a positive contribution to society. When these students came to ask about another fundraiser, it was easy to say yes - they were connecting their learning to taking action. They were being good citizens.

We had two wonderful music events in April. First, our Grade 7 band students attended the beginning band festival and received high praise from the adjudicators who recognized that this band plays with a mature sound beyond what many beginner bands produce. Well done. At the end of April, we welcomed family and friends of Grade 6 students who put on the musical Oliver Twist. The singing was super, the sets were special, and the acting was awesome. Congratulations to all the students and staff who worked hard to put on this wonderful production!

HSD Track Meets

Tuesday, June 6th - CMS/SMS Grade 5/6 Track Meet (Rain Date: June 13th)

  • 9:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Food and Drinks available in the outdoor classroom
  • Parents Welcome
  • All Grade 5 and 6 students will be participating

Wednesday, June 7th - 1500 m run Grade 5-8, 4:30 pm (Rain Date: June 14th)

Friday, June 9th - HSD Track and Field Day Grade 7/8 (Rain Date: June 12th)

  • 9:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Food and Drinks available in the outdoor classroom
  • Parents Welcome
  • Only students participating in Track and Field events will be outside; others will have regularly scheduled classes.

13 Reasons Why !

One final note that is somewhat cautionary. We have heard media reports about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and some concerns about youth watching it without parental connection. The National Association of School Psychologists has provided schools with a position paper, which you can read here “The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.” The best suicide prevention involves open communication. We are offering this information to parents so that you can guide your children in conversations if 13 Reasons Why comes up for discussion at your house.

Important Dates

Friday, May 12th - Gr. 8 Medieval Feast

Wednesday, May 17th - Gr. 6 Art/Band Selection Forms Due

Thursday, May 18th - Immunizations (a.m)

Thursday, May 18th - Incoming Gr. 5 Parent Meeting @ 7:00pm

Monday, May 22nd - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 24th - Dragon Boat Practice

Looking Ahead:

June 2nd - 4th - Some Grade 8 students participating in International Music Camp

Tuesday, June 6th - CMS/SMS Grade 5/6 Track Meet (Rain Date: June 13th)

Wednesday, June 7th - 1500 m run Grade 5-8, 4:30 pm (Rain Date: June 14th)

Friday, June 9th - HSD Track and Field Day Grade 7/8 (Rain Date: June 12th)

Monday, June 19th - Gr. 5 Learning Trip

Friday, June 23rd - PAC BBQ

Monday, June 26th - HSD Soccer day Gr. 7&8's

Tuesday, June 27th - Gr. 7 Learning Trip

Wednesday, June 28th - Last day of regular classes

Grade 8 Farewell

A group of parents is planning a Grade 8 Farewell evening of activities at Neufeld Garage (Randolph) on Saturday, June 10th. Tickets are $10.00, and will be sold on May 16 and 17 at noon hour at school. VOLUNTEERS are needed. Please contact either Shannon Hildebrand OR Marcella Friesen for information and to volunteer.


it is time to remind you...


If you bring a bike to school, remember to keep it locked in the bike racks provided so there is less chance of someone stealing it! Also, don't forget that it is law that anyone under the age of 18 should be wearing a bike helmet.

Dress Code:

The expectation at CMS is that all students and staff will dress in a way that is representative of a workplace where there is a focus on learning. While there are many clothes that may be appropriate at various places (ex: on the beach, working in the backyard, or at a party, etc…) these same clothes may not be appropriate for the CMS school, classroom and office environment. Our CMS expectations on dress help to protect the safety, self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem, of students. Please respect the following:

  • clothing and accessories which promote alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, profanity, gangs, sexism or racism are not acceptable.
  • Revealing clothing should not be worn. Exposed undergarments are not acceptable. Footwear must be worn at all times. Staff may ask students to change clothes accordingly.

What is GETT camp?

Girls Exploring Trades and Technology introduces girls ages 12-14 to applied skills and technology careers and encourages them to consider a variety of career choices. The Girls Exploring Trades and Technology summer camp reinforces the importance of taking science, advanced math subjects and industrial arts in high school by stressing the impact those subjects have on career decisions.

This age is an important time for girls because they begin to make course decisions that affect future career choices. Girls Exploring Trades and Technology offers participants a unique opportunity to consider a variety of careers in an active, enjoyable summer camp program. There is no cost for participants.

The Girls Exploring Trades and Technology camp program intends to:

  • Introduce girls to technical/non-technical career choices in a fun-filled and supportive camp.
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of course choices at the high school level.
  • Promote the importance of career awareness and participation.
  • Foster an appreciation of physical fitness and strength needed in all occupations.
  • Introduce participants to women actively engaged in a variety of occupations.

Please note that potential applicants MUST be 12 years of age or older as of June 1, 2017, in order to be considered for camp.

When and where is the camp?

Date Options

  • July 4-7, 2017 (Note: Due to the July 3 Canada Day holiday, the first week of camp will be four days only)
  • July 10-14, 2017

Time: Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

For more information please visit the website!

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