Middle School Update

March 25, 2021

Message from the Head of Middle School

Spring has sprung, and some warm weather is finally upon us! After making it through the long Canadian winter, and with the rollout of the vaccine, now is a time for us to look forward to the future with a renewed sense of optimism. Although we can all be very proud of what we have managed to accomplish so far, we must also acknowledge that we are not yet at the finish line and therefore it is still not the time to let down our guard. So we ask everyone to continue to wear their masks, maintain good hygiene, remain in their bubbles, and to stay socially distanced.

By respecting these measures, we hope to be able to stay in school for the entirety of the rest of the year, which amounts to less than three months!. When here, we can sustain our efforts to provide the students with great opportunities, and indeed, to deliver for them an ending to this very unusual school year that is as normal as possible.

Over this time period, we will wrap up our academic curriculum and continue to look at and adapt our athletics options. We will unflinchingly promote the Veritas value of kindness. We will get the boys prepared to practise their exam taking skills. We will assist all the boys in their transition to next year. We will consult with them to determine who the student leaders for next year might be. Finally, we will take stock of what we've learned this year and determine how best to apply this new knowledge.

Mr. Sebastien Lajoie ~ lajoies@selwyn.ca


Friday, March 26: PED Day - no classes for students

Friday, April 2: School Closed for Easter holiday weekend

Monday, April 5: School Closed for Easter holiday weekend

Wednesday, April 7: Introduction to the SHS Indigenization Process - Town Hall event for all members of the SHS community (see details below)

Thursday, April 8: Parent Academic Information Evening at 7:00 pm for 2021-22 Senior School options (see details below)

Friday, April 30: Wellness Day - school closed

Need to know

PVA Pub Trivia Night: Sign up here to join other SHS families for this virtual event hosted by the Parent Volunteer Association. See details below.

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Message from the Headmaster: If you haven't already done so, CLICK HERE to access the survey that was emailed to parents last week. Please provide your input by Monday, March 29 and help us shape the future of Selwyn House.

Argyle Shop: The Argyle Shop is closed for all in person shopping. Appointments have been suspended until further notice. All purchases must be made on-line through the website.

Leadership Opportunities in Middle School: Ms. Corbie shared links with students this week for virtual conferences and events that Grade 7&8 students can participate in.

  • Global Citizen Middle School Conference - Submit this Google Form by March 26
  • Leadership Program out on my CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools) - Read these details and reply to Ms. Corbie by April 1.

Congratulations to Julian Harroch (Class 8-3), who took First Prize in the Secondary Cycle 1 category of the Write for Justice competition, which is organized by the Bar of Montreal to encourage students on the Island of Montreal to write essays on a legal theme. An essay about the Black Lives Matter movement won the competition for Selwyn House for the third year in a row. Grade 8 students Owen Kugler, Jake Benchetrit-Morrison, Richard Li and Nathan Twik received honourable mentions, as did Grade 7 student Jerry Han.

Feeding the Less Fortunate: Thanks to the donations of students this past week, we’ve raised over $300 for Christchurch Cathedral to support their Sunday lunch program, providing boxed lunches to the less fortunate in downtown Montreal on the last Sunday of each month. As a Middle School, we committed to providing money to fund two lunches this year; our first donation was in December and we'll donate again for their April end-of-the-month lunch. Thank you for helping us to reach our goal!

2021-2022 Parent Academic Information Evening on Thursday, April 8 @ 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents of students currently in Grade 8. Zoom link will be provided. Parents will hear about Grade 9 course option selections for 2021-2022. Students are welcome but not required to attend; presentations will be made to students at school. For more information contact Ms. Brenda Montgomery.

Space Club hosts Minister Garneau: On April 1, the Space Club is hosting Minister Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut! Minister Garneau will be attending the meeting from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. He will be talking about his time in space and how he became an astronaut. Then, there will be a period where students and faculty can ask him questions. Click here for the Zoom link Please RSVP to George Adamopoulos ('21) if you would like to attend.

1000 Acts of Kindness ~ Week 2: For detailed information about this initiative, please visit this slide presentation on how to participate in the “1000 Acts of Kindness” challenge.

  • Week 2 - (March 27 - April 2) - The “Montrealers for Montrealers Sandwich” challenge If you would like to take part in this challenge, students can bring their sandwiches to school on Thursday, April 1 and leave them with Ms. Beech. The individual sandwiches need to be wrapped and placed inside the bread bag the bread was purchased in. We ask that each bread bag be labeled with the type of sandwich contained within. There are no dietary restrictions. Each regular sized loaf of bread can make between 8 to 10 sandwiches. When making the sandwiches, be sure to respect proper hygiene and all necessary Covid 19 health related protocols.

SHS Indigenization Process: Selwyn House is excited to announce its commitment to indigenization. To learn more about what this means, click here and join us at our Town Hall event on April 7 (see details in the attached flyer).


Visit previous Weekly Mailbags for details about the following:

Inside and Outside shoes required! The slushy, muddy season is close at hand! Students need a pair of inside shoes that are only worn inside the school. Outside shoes or boots are required and are left in the lockers after each recess to prevent tracking mud and slush into the classrooms.

Water Bottle and Labeling Reminders: Students need to have a reusable water bottle at school with them every day as drinking spouts at water fountains are off-limits for health reasons. Please label your son’s water bottle and any clothing, shoes, coats or school supplies that your son brings to school.

Earth Week (April 19-23): Matthew Homa (Grade 11) has brought together a committee of students and staff to create a fantastic week of events for the boys of Selwyn to recognize Earth Week. Along with guest speakers and an adapted Climate March, there will be a series of environmental challenges (and prizes) throughout the week. If you are a staff member, or student in Grade 5-11, and would like to join the committee - please contact Matthew Homa directly (homam@selwyn.ca) for information about the meeting dates/times.

Weekly Gryphon Podcasts continue with hosts Philip Baltuch and Adam Freedin from class 8-1. The latest episode is now available. Listeners are invited to fill out this form to submit what you’re working on and be included in an upcoming podcast.

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