Thursday, 28 November 2013

LINKages Program at Midsun

26 Students are participating this year in our LINKages program.  Once every two weeks they head over to the McKenzie Towne Centre and visit with a senior.  They play cards, listen to music, have conversations and share a laugh or two.  It is interesting to see them interact and realize that we have so much more that brings us together than what separates us.  This is one of the ways our students demonstrate strength in character and citizenship.  Congratulations to Nicky Amirault and her LINKages students: Alissa B, Kiana B, Pierce B, Trinity C, Sophia C, Cherise C, Lauren E, Shae E, Jessamie F, Natalie H, Samuel H, Jillian H, Jordan H, Mitchell M, Mikayla M, Kaylee N, Jordan P, Nicole R, Karen R, Caitlin S, Joseph T, Danielle T, Lyndsie T, Miranda W, Justin Y and Logan Y


More information on LINKages can be found at:

Lifetouch Photo Order Information

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

School Fees Reminder

The second reminder of unpaid school fees will be sent home with students this week.  Payment of fees can be made by cheque, debit, Visa, Mastercard or cash. Payments by  Debit/Visa/Mastercard can be made on-line, in person, or over the phone.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our bookkeeper, Edwina Ewart. We are happy to discuss payment options as well.  Telephone number 403 777 6430 ext 2377.

You can check the status of your fees at any time by going on-line:



Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Volleyball Wrap Up

We have wrapped up the 2013 Volleyball Season with a respectful standing from all our teams.

Gr 8 girls – 3rd place
Gr 8 boys – 3rd place
Gr 9 boys – 3rd place
Gr 9 girls – 2nd place

Congratulations to all the players & coaches
Our grade 7 Volleyball club had a great season as well, and we look forward to cheering them on in League Play next year.

A big Thank You to all the parents who came out to cheer on and support our teams this year.

Grade 8 Boys (no photo)
Coach Mr. Pratt
Hassan H, Carson S, Landan R, Matt J, Matt R, Luke E, Ethan O, Dean P, Kaiman S, Blaze L, Drew D,
Blake E,

Grade 8 Girls
Coaches Miss Miles and Miss Hill
Carly A, Tavia D, Ashlyn D, Shae E, Maddy F, Emma G, Natalie H, Kim H, Shaelyn K, Victoria L, Brooke T, Sydney W
Grade 9 Girls
Coach Mr. Rae  Assistant Coach Miss Arnold
Bria B, Brooklyn S, Danielle T, Jaden B, Jessamie F, Kayla B, Kaylee N, Kalena P, Kate T, Maeve M, Rebecca L, Skye G, Samara W
Grade 9 Boys
Coach Mr. Johnston
Parks L, Nathan S, Kai S, Kevin H, Konnor Y, Gabe W, Chris B, Chris D, Garrett B, Kyle S, Luis V

Monday, 25 November 2013

Peer Math Tutoring is Back!

We are happy to announce that peer tutoring with Centennial students will be back up and running beginning Wednesday, December 11.  We will run two sessions in December and will start again on February 5, the beginning of Semester 2.  Students from Centennial, who excel in math, come work with MidSun students on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45.  If your son or daughter is in need of extra math support, please direct them to the library where they will be connected with a tutor from Centennial.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Ms. Norcross at:

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Reminder Purdys Fundraiser

Reminder that Tuesday, November 26th is the last day to order your Christmas Purdys Chocolate in support of MidSun Education Enhancement! Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Great learning resource!

Digital Resources in AlbertaCORE -

We are excited to share that students and teachers now have the unprecedented opportunity to access, share, and remix digital resources, including those that they create through the  new, secure, digital repository called Collaborative Online Resource Environment (CORE). Your child can access CORE through any Internet enabled device by logging in with their CBE username and password at

Students and teachers can safely rate and comment on resources in diverse formats that come from a wide range of service providers including Discovery Education and CBC Learning. In instances where students access such third-party resources, only sufficient information to authenticate their student account is shared, which includes first name and CBE email address. To get a better sense of what CORE offers users, you can watch the brief video: How I Use CORE at (Note the interface has been upgraded since the video was created – but functionality is the same).

Accessing and contributing resources to CORE does require that students understand the importance of Digital Citizenship and are able to make appropriate decisions about posting content and comments in CORE.  For more information on Digital Citizenship, please visit and for more information about CORE please visit the CORE FAQ page at

If you have any questions or comments about CORE, please do not hesitate to contact the CORE Team at:

Friday, 15 November 2013

Healthy Hunger Lunches ARE BACK!

The Healthy Hunger Program is Back at Midsun.  Please read all the details and instructions.  If you do not have a credit card, you can use Prepaid Visa card that you can buy at most stores.  Payments will NOT be accepted at the school this year.

Home Logic Open

Home Logic access will be open to parents today, November 15, 2013.  Using this program, you will be able to view current marks and attendance.  It closes again on November 19, 2013.
Please go to  and register if you have not done so already.  
For more information about Home Logic, please go to and click on HomeLogic introduction for parents

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Upcoming Open House Information for Grade 9's

Centennial High School Grade 9 Open House
55 Sun Valley Blvd S.E
November 21 (7:00-9:00pm)
We will be hosting a program that will cover Academics, Complementary Courses and Sports/Clubs.  The evening will begin in the gym at 7:00 with the Principal’s Welcome followed by a presentation by Guidance. In the Library at 7:45 the Career Centre/Work Experience and RAP department will be presenting.  Lastly, there will be an information session about our Advanced Placement program.

Central Memorial High School Open House
5111 - 21 Street S.W.
November 21 (7:00-8:30pm)
Join us for an informative and entertaining evening where we will share out facility and the many innovative programs and opportunities that Central offers.  A short presentation will take place in the theatre at 7:05 pm followed by an opportunity to visit and talk with our staff. 
Advanced Placement, Performing and Visual Arts, Career and Technology Studies, Knowledge and Employability, Athletics and Extracurricular, Awards and Recognition, National Sports Academy, Student Leadership, TASC

Area V International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
Open House
Henry Wise Wood Senior High
910-75 Ave S.W.
December 4, 2013 (6:30)
  A program of academic excellence currently offered to over 1,121,000 students in 3,647 schools in 146 countries, the IB Programme provides a comprehensive, balanced and challenging curriculum with a strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.
Interested Area V Grade 9 students can obtain more information on the IB Programme and the application process by:

Contacting the counsellor or principal at their junior high school

Calling the Area V IB Senior High School
Henry Wise Wood Senior High School
Scott Garen, IB Coordinator
253-2261, ex. 2142

Visiting the Henry Wise Wood High School website: and clicking on Programs/Specialty/IB

Attending the open house/information evening.

Alternative High School Open House  
5003 – 20 Street S.W
December 5, 2013 (8:30-11:00)
Come get a tour of Alternative High School.  Hear from students and staff of Alternative about what makes us “alternative.” You’ll be able ask questions and get clarification regarding our program and our philosophy.  Consider if you have students who may find Alternative High School a good fit for their high school education.  Hear about our two satellite sites – AARC and Hera.  Find out how students can apply.  Coffee and snacks 8:30-9:00 followed by an Info session and tour 9:00-11:00.
For more information – call Alternative at 403-777-7730 or check our website at
Please RSVP to Ginette Morin ( )

Customer Number for Purdys Order

The Customer Number you need to use when placing Purdys orders online is 24054.

Orders will be into the school for pickup, the week of Dec 13th.

Thank you for your support

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Purdy's make great Christmas gifts!

It is that time of year again, the snow is drifting down and we begin to dream of Christmas holidays.  One of our traditions is to sell Purdy's Chocolates to enjoy over the holidays.  They make great gifts too!  Our School Council is generously supporting this event and has made it easy to participate:

  • Go to:
  • enter your contact information
  • Click: Register
  • Click: Continue
  • Enter customer number and click search
  • MidSun School comes up.  scroll down and click: Join this group
  • Click: Go to group home page
  • Place your order and submit payment online
  • All orders must be prepaid
  • Click: Invite to email link to Friends & Family
  • Make Cheques payable to: MSEES
  • ordering support:
Ordering Deadline: Tuesday November 26, 2013

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Remembrance Day Assembly

Our students proudly participated in a moving Remembrance Day Assembly today that featured student MC's and readers.  Our Drama Department presented a movement piece and our band played several selections, including The Last Post and Reveille.  Mr. Howie's grade eight social studies classes created a video called "Time to Pause" and Mr. Reynard shared his PowerPoint, "Each Flag".  We were very fortunate to have Master Corporal Kevin Fensom share his experiences of his two deployments in Afghanistan and helped us have a deeper understanding of Canada's role in that country. Mr. Joey Bleviss, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Calgary Poppy fund and veteran of the Canadian Forces, also spoke. Many parents joined us for this act of remembrance.  It was a wonderful way for MidSun staff and students to gather together with our community to reflect and be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy today.  We would like to thank the many people who made the event so special with their kind contributions and especially to Mr. Scott Campbell for organizing us all.

Tomorrow is a professional development day for our staff who will be gathering to take a closer look at the learning outcomes in their respective programs of studies. This is part of the process for our teachers as we look to moving to an outcomes based report card for the 2014-2015 school year.  More information about the new reporting methods will be discussed at our school council meeting in January.

Have a good weekend!

MidSun Parent Council Agenda for November 13th 2013

MidSun School Council


Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 7:00 p.m. MidSun School Library

Item No.
Minutes allotted
Chair's welcome
Reg Curren
Chair report
·         Renewal of MidSun Council Web domain
Reg Curren
Principal's report
  • Feedback from Assessment document and Parent/Student/teacher interviews
·         Outdoor classroom update/costs
Veronica Saretsky
Curriculum report                 
  • Learning leader in charge of Language Arts and Social Studies will be at the meeting to answer any questions about that program or about out New Literacy class
Jennifer Black
Treasurer's report
Michelle Den Hoed
Volunteer/room parent report
Kim Bender
Approval of minutes of previous meeting(s)
Patricia Vercuiel
·         New requests


MidSun School Education Enhancement Society


Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 9 p.m. MidSun School Library
Item No.
Minutes allotted
Chair's welcome & report
Reg Curren
Treasurer's report
Michelle Den Hoed
Approval of minutes of previous meeting(s)
Patricia Vercuiel
·         Grocery store gift card report
·         Update on CBE tax deductible donations
·         Scholastic book fair report
·         Purdy’s Chocolates fundraising
·         New Ideas
Michelle Den Hoed
Other business


Wednesday, 6 November 2013


This is a reminder to all parents and students that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday Nov 8th or Monday Nov 11th.  Classes resume with a Day 1 on Tuesday Nov 12th.

Have a great weekend.

Midsun Mustache Fundrazor

Midsun Mustache Fundrazor to raise funds to find a cure for Pediatric cancers.

Several male teachers at Midsun (Mr. Pratt, Mr. Deighton, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Sherin and Mr. Woods) have carefully selected two or three particularly embarrassing mustache ‘alignments’ and posted their pictures around the school (see sample pictures below!). They will be growing out their beards and collecting donations for the first three weeks of November.

Whichever mustache alignment generates the most donations will be shaved into the unlucky faces for the final week of November.

As an added bonus, if we generate $4000 in total donations, Mr. McKnight will shave the mustache he has been growing since he was 19!

Please consider contributing to the cause—or growing your own mustache!

Cross Country Update

A Congratulations to all cross country runners on a successful season.  An extra big 
congratulations to the boys with their first place aggregate standing. 

Aaron Y, Bethanie L, Brodie G, Carson P, Carter C, Carter G, Cole G, Emma F, Emma I, Erin G, Ethan Q,
 Grace M, Hannah D, Holt T, Ian W, Isabelle S, Jaeden W, Jason B, Jenna B, Juleah G, Kaitlyn H,
Katie M, Kayla M, Marshall W, Matt N, Matthew K, Michael R, Nikayla H, Oliver C, Olivia P, Owen D,
 Parker B, Rachel L, Robyn P, Sam W, Sarah B, Seth L, Taylor E, Zoe H, Alex R, Blake E, Blaze L,
Brooke T, Carson L, Cole P, Cole H, Daniel K, Jacob K, Kaitlyn M, Kim H, Matthew J, Natalie H, 
Tianna R, Cameron R, Kai S, Kaylee N, Koi M, Lucas D, Mitchell B, Parks L, Pierson M, Taylor S

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

MidSun Remembrance Assembly- Thursday, November 7th, 11:10 am

Parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends are all welcome to attend

MidSun Remembrance Week Activities
Calgary Veterans Food Bank food drive- all week- all students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food donations
Wear All Black  on Thursday- in honor of the soldiers that have lost their lives for our freedom and those still fighting.
Calgary Poppy Fund- all students and staff will receive a poppy on Thursday and are encouraged to make a donation to the Calgary Poppy fund (suggested donation $2)

Friday, 1 November 2013

Book Club Update

The next Book Club meeting will be postponed until Wednesday, November 13th, due to the November 6th grade 9 “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

The next book you’ll be reading is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.”  See Mrs. Bergh in the Library if you want to get a head-start on your reading.

Midsun School Council Reminders

MSEES and MidSun Council would like to thank all the staff members and MidSun families who participated in the Grocery Gift Card fundraising program in October. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

If you had not had a chance to order Grocery Gift Cards (GGC) for November, and you would like to do so, the next order deadline is Thursday, November 7th.  Order forms are available in the office or online at  Grocery Gift Card purchases can be made by CREDIT/DEBIT CARD at the school office on the following dates/times:  Tuesday, November 5th (3:30pm to 4:30 pm) and Wednesday, November 6th (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm).

The staff, students and administration at MidSun School, along with School Council, would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families who have kindly made a CBE School Donation throughout the months of September and October.  To date, your generosity has raised $2,310.00.

If you have not had the opportunity to do so, and are still interested in making a donation to the school that is eligible for a 2013 Tax Receipt (if $25 or more), please submit your donation to the office before November 15th.  The donation cheques that have been received already will be forwarded to the CBE downtown at the end of November to be deposited into the school’s Decentralized Budget Account and individual tax receipts will be issued before the end of February 2014.

The next MSEES/School Council fundraising campaign will be our annual Purdy’s Chocolate campaign which will take place mid-November.  More information on our Purdy’s campaign will be coming home soon!

Lastly, the next MidSun School Council & MSEES Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th, at 7:00 pm, in the Library Learning Commons.