Middle School Update

November 24, 2022


Thursday, November 24: Founder's Day Cocktail Reception 6pm and Awards Ceremony, 6:45pm in Coristine Hall.

Friday, November 25: Founder’s Day Holiday - school is closed

Wednesday, November 30: Beach Day - themed dress down day. Details to follow.

Monday, December 5: Pre-University (Grade 12) Information Evening at 7pm in Coristine Hall. Registration link and details below.

Tuesday, December 6: Grade 7&8 Jazz Band Concert during MS Assembly 9:30-10am in Coristine Hall

Friday, December 16: MS Trivia Night from 4-6pm in Coristine Hall with Villa Sainte-Marcelline

Wednesday, December 21: Last day of classes before winter break, dismissal at 2:45pm

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Founder’s Festivities - Theme: The 1980s at Selwyn House: This week, the school celebrated its 114th anniversary! The theme was “The 1980s at Selwyn House.” Since this year’s Speirs medalist, Ms. Carol Manning, began her career at Selwyn House in the 1980s and the Speirs medal itself was first awarded in the same decade, we brought students back in time to connect them to our history! Through an interactive 80s exhibit, slideshows of photos from 80s yearbooks, trivia and our annual Founder’s Day assembly, we hope the boys enjoyed a taste of what SHS was like back then!

Founder's Day Reception Tonight! We look forward to seeing SHS parents at tonight's Founder's Day celebration at 6pm. RSVP here.

Beach Day - November 30: Students are encouraged to wear their best beach attire to school on Wednesday, November 30th to celebrate Beach Day -- a day to chill out and have some fun! Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge, a dunk into a kiddie pool in Guzzo Yard, to earn points for their house. Students must bring a towel and a change of clothes and show the teacher supervisor or they will not be allowed to participate. Any Middle School student wishing to participate must have his parents’ permission in advance. Parents can fill out this SIGN UP FORM to give their child permission to do the Polar Bear Plunge.

Rapid Tests for Students: Two boxes of 5 rapid tests were distributed to each Grade 7&8 student this past week (between Nov 17-24). Please ensure that your son has brought his boxes home. Students who were absent this week can pick up their box of rapid tests from Ms. Beech upon their return to school.

Covid (or not!) Corner Updates: On November 14, 2022, Montreal Regional Public Health provided a flowchart (in English and in French) that will help you to determine when to keep a child home from daycare or school. Parents can use this guideline, in addition to the guideline for limiting the spread of upper-respiratory infections, when making the decision to keep a child home. Public Health still advises anyone with symptoms to wear a mask and anyone who has tested positive for Covid to wear a mask for 10 days after the test result. At Selwyn House, we encourage our staff and students to take the extra precaution of wearing a mask at school in the days following a positive Covid test result, even if you are non-symptomatic.

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Pre-University (Grade 12) Program Preparations: join us for our information evening on December 5! Since our announcement in late September, we have been working on all facets of our Pre-University program beginning next academic year. Renovations for the new Grade 12 space and classrooms will begin this winter and you can see sketches at our Pre-University information evening! To learn more about the unique strengths of the Pre-U program in all its facets, join us at the school on Monday, December 5 at 7pm. Click here for more details. This session is open to all. Register here.

Holiday Music Video: Selwyn House and the Contactivity Centre have partnered up again to put together our annual holiday music video. This year's song will be "Frosty The Snowman". We are looking for students and teachers to participate in this year's video through singing, dancing, playing instruments, etc. Click here to sign up and if you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Segal.


Visit MS Updates from the previous weeks for news you may have missed such as:

  • Visit our Covid Corner for the latest health & safety guidelines
  • 2022-23 Trip Opportunities are listed in this trip brochure
  • School Life Opportunities for MS Students (including tutorials, clubs and athletics)
  • Looking for volunteering opportunities? Click here to see how you can make a difference!
  • MS Gryphon Podcasts are posted HERE.

PVA hosts Parent Trivia Night! Middle and Senior School parents are invited to join us Thursday, December 8th for a Parent Trivia Night at Selwyn House. It will be a fun evening filled with trivia, food, and festive holiday attire. Pick a team captain and form a team of six. Not to worry if you don’t have a team, individuals will be placed on teams. Each adult needs to sign up via the google form by December 1st. Questions? Please reach out to Krista or Amanda at kristaplank@gmail.com or amandajelowicki@hotmail.com.

Presentation for Parents: On December 5th at 7pm, The Priory will be hosting an informative in-person talk about all things Emotions and Behaviour with Dr. Cindy Hovington, Ph.D., Founder of Curious Neuron. This event is open to all QAIS parents, faculty and staff. Please click here to register for the event.

Friday Night Ski Club: Our ski club has once again organized ski/snowboard trips for Selwyn House students. The only requirement is that participants have skied/boarded a minimum of 3 times in the past. If you are interested in having your son participate, please carefully read all the information included in this consent form and submit the form by December 16. Act fast - these trips fill up quickly! For any additional questions, please contact Ms. Segal.

We have 4 ski nights scheduled for the 2023 season:

  • Friday, January 13 to Bromont
  • Friday, January 20 to Mont Olympia
  • Friday, January 27 to Bromont
  • Friday, February 10 to Mont Saint Sauveur

Middle School Trivia Night: MS students are invited to this inter-school event taking place on Friday, December 16 from 4-6pm at SHS. $5 admission fee covers the cost of snacks and prizes. Teams can sign up using this form; registration is complete once all team members have submitted payment to Ms. Beech.

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