Friday, 28 February 2014

Parent Teacher Interview Info


Parent Teacher Interview Booking Opens March 17th!


 This is a reminder to go online and book for our upcoming parent student teacher conferences using Conference Manager. These are scheduled for Thursday March 20, 2014 from 5:30-8:00 PM and Friday March 21, 2014 from 9:00-12:00 PM.

Teachers have been contacting parents of students that they believe need some extra support and booking appointments this week.

The site opens for booking by parents at 8:00 AM on Monday March 17, 2014 and closes at 4:00 on Wednesday March 19, 2014.  Each time slot is 5 minutes. Core teachers recommend booking two consecutive sessions. You may add any comments to let the teacher know if you have a particular concern you would like to talk about. Be sure to put travel time between interviews.

You are able to view marks and attendance records on HomeLogic on a consistent basis now. Please check your child’s information prior to your appointment so you can have the most up to date information available to you as you discuss your concerns. http://www.midsunschool.blogspot.ca/2013/12/midsun-homelogic-news-update.html  For more information about Home Logic, please go to http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b691/parents.htm and click on HomeLogic introduction for parents. You can log in to HomeLogic by going to https://sirswebapps.cbe.ab.ca/homelogic/

We hope that this will allow our teachers to be prepared for your interviews and make the time more productive for everyone. Please call our office at 403-777-6430 if you have any concerns.

Parent-Teacher Conferences- March 20 & 21, 2014

 The link for the Conference Manager is: https://midsun.schoolsoft.ca

A Parent Account is required to use the Conference Manager. However, you only need to go through the registration process the first time you use the system. If you have never registered in the Conference Manager use the link above and click the “Register Now” button.

Can’t remember your password?

If you already have a Parent Account, click on the link above, select “Forgot your password” and enter the email address you used to register in the system. You will then receive an email containing instructions for resetting your password. If you do not receive an email, you might have entered an email address the system does not recognize. Please also add appointments@schoolsoft.ca to your address book in your computer mail. This will override any spam filters that might be blocking the email. If the problem persists, please contact the office and ask them to access your Parent Account, confirm your email address and reset your password.
 
Step 1 - Conference Manager Opens to Parents – 8:00 AM March 17, 2014

If you used the Conference Manager in the past, your email and password are still in the system. You can simply access the Conference Manager using the link above.

 
Step 2 – Book your Parent-Teacher interviews

Select the teachers with whom you want to book interviews. You will see each teacher’s schedule. Select one session for a 5 minute interview or two consecutive sessions for a ten minute interview. Be sure to leave travel time in between your interviews. After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email confirming your bookings. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule appointments.
 
If you do not have Internet access, you are welcome to contact the office and we will schedule your conferences on your behalf.

We recommend adding


to your address book
 
Important Dates:

March 17 – Start scheduling your interviews at 8:00 AM

March 20 – 5:30 - 8:00 PM Parent Teacher Interviews

March 21 – 9:00 – 12:00 PM Parent Teacher Interviews

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the school at 403-777-6430. Please let us know if you like this system! Special thanks to the School Council for purchasing the conference manager!

 

Basketball Windup


BASKETBALL TEAMS

 
As we wind down the basketball season, there are many people who need to be recognized: 

Parents for all of your support throughout the season – the players would never make it to a game if it weren’t for your help;)  Thank you for being their # 1 fan! 

Coaches – for taking the time to help teach our players and by modeling sportsmanship, fair play & and teamwork. 

Players for being hard working (on and off the court) and for your contributions to the MidSun legacy – Always playing with heart and class!

 
Our teams were very successful this season with all 4 heading to semi-final matches.

Grade 7 Club attended the Strathcona Tweedsmuir Tournament and finished in first place.  They developed their skills and were very enthusiastiv.  There is a lot of future talent to represent MidSun in the upcoming years.

Junior boys and girls both had a great finish to their season coming away with a silver medal.

Senior girls and Senior boys both had very hard fought matches against Fairview and both teams came away with a division championship!   
 
Congratulations to players and coaches for their hard work this season!  Go Lakers!
 
Jr. Girls
Carly A, Jessica A, Trinity C, Tavia D, Shae E, Emma G, Natalie H, Kim H, Shay K, Sydney W
Coaches:  Miss Miles and Mr. Carson
Jr. Boys
Connor C, Jordan M, Sepher S, Soroosh S, Nathan T, Jared M, Luke E, Carson S, Landon R, Drew D, Nathan I, Joel B
Coaches: Mr. Riddell and Mr. Woods
Sr. Boys
Parks L, Chase S, Garrett B, Chris D, Kevin H, Cameron R, James H, Aidan G, Migs M,
Jackson S, Josh C, Jason L
Coaches: Mr. Slaughter and Mr. Sherin
Sr. Girls
Jessamie F, Brooklyn S, Maleah G, Danielle T, Hallie G, Nicole S, Bria B, Kaylee N, Janai G, Alissa B, Sara B
Coaches:  Mrs. Slaughter and Ms. Amirault


 

 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Grade 9 Band brings "Most Outstanding Junior High Band" Trophy home


 
Congrats to the MidSun Gr. 9 band for their amazing performance last Friday at the AIBF, earning them the Floyd Williamson trophy for most outstanding junior high band at festival! Way to go!
 
 
 
 
 

Alberta Health Services Anxious Children/Teen Workshop


Friday, 21 February 2014

Golden Week for the Midsun Band Program

Dear Parents,

I am beaming with pride over the success of our band program this week.  We not only had phenomenal musical performances this week from our Sr. Jazz group on Wednesday, grade 8’s on Thursday, and grade 9’s this morning, but everywhere we went, YOUR KIDS were mature, respectful, young citizens that represented you, themselves and our school proudly!
Our Sr. Jazz Band received a double “Excellent” standing.  
Our Grade 8 Band received a double “Superior” rating, thus rewarding them a Gold Award!!!
Our Grade 9 Band also received a double “Superior” rating, thus rewarding them a Gold Award!!!  I am very proud of their accomplishments as this is the first group to receive Gold Awards in grades 7, 8, and 9 in my 8 years at MidSun! 

MORNING REHEARSALS- there will be no morning rehearsals next week for gr. 8, 9 and Sr. Jazz.  Junior Jazz WILL rehearse Monday.

Grade 8 band- no morning rehearsals until after spring break!!!
Grade 9 Band- we will have one morning rehearsal on Thursday, March 6th.
Sr. Jazz band will resume on Wednesday, March 5th.

 
Have a great weekend!

Mr. Campbell

Science 9 Zoo Trips


Grade 9 zoo trip dates have been adjusted from the beginning of the year to accommodate the Band trips.  Students will need to catch up on missed work. They are aware of this.  We are also looking for parents with valid CBE issued police clearances to assit in these trips.  2 Parents per trip.

Students need to meet at the school at 8:40 AM the day of their field trip and meet their teacher in their Science Classroom for attendance. Students will return to the school at approximately 3:20 PM and upon return to the school, they will meet in the Library/or Science Classroom to discuss the information gained on their trip.

The classes have been scheduled as follows:

two classes: (Day 4) THURS, Feb 27, 2014
(9H)
 (9B)
two classes: (Day 1) MON, March 3, 2014
(9I)
(9A)
One classes: (Day 2) TUES, March 4, 2014
(9F)
two classes: (Day 1) MON, March 10, 2014
(9E)
(9C)
two classes: (Day 2) TUES, March 11, 2014
(9G)
 (9D)

 
Itinerary 8:45-9:15 AM –Chartered Bus Ride from MidSun School to the Calgary Zoo

9:15-9:30 AM – walk from bus to classroom at the Zoo

9:30-11:45 AM – Introductory Activities regarding Biodiversity in the Zoo Classroom

                                                  –One or more of: Skull activity/or“Animal Encounter”or Tour of the Canadian Wilds

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch at Kitamba CafĂ© (either brought from home or purchased)

12:30 – 12:50 PM – Skull activity/or“Animal Encounter”or Tour of the Canadian Wilds

12:50 – 2:30 PM – Skull activity/or“Animal Encounter”or Tour of the Canadian Wilds

                          – Africa Savanna/Eurasia (dependent on weather)

             – Concluding Activities regarding Biodiversity

2:30 – 3:00 PM – Tour of other parts of the zoo/Bathroom break

2:45 – 3:30 PM – Chartered bus ride from the Calgary Zoo to MidSun School

Grade 9 Farewell Retake Photos

 

 On Saturday March 8th from 11 am - 2 pm we will be holding a Retake Day for all Grade 9 farewell programs in our Calgary Lifetouch Studio.  These photos will be put on the composites that are displayed in the schools. 

 

To schedule a sitting time, please contact the Calgary Lifetouch office at 403-255-5440 or qwterritory@lifetouch.ca.  Our address is 3628 Burnsland Road S.E.

 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Term 1 Awards Assemblies Monday Feb 24


Parents, Guardians, and Extended MidSun Family,

Please know you are welcome to attend out Spirit, Heart and Legacy assembly on Monday, February 24th.  Each grade level will be hosting independent assemblies at the times listed below.  This is a time to recognize all the participation of students in various activities throughout the school.  There will be 2 Powerpoint presentations that will include our honour roll and fun activities we’ve been involved with so far this year.  If you choose to come, please note it may be advisable to arrive a couple minutes early before we load the gym to ensure a good seat.
 

Per 3 –10:45 – 11:33 - Grade 9 assembly

Per 4 – 11:35-12:23 Grade 8 assembly

Lunch

Per 5 –1:02-1:50pm Grade 7 assembly 

 
Our major awards assembly will be held in June.

 
Thank you.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Friday, 7 February 2014

Next year Complementary Subject Selection for grade 7 & 8 Students

The start of our semester has had a fine kick off with MidSun hosting basketball games all week. On Thursday, Mount Royal University Cougars played off against our MidSun Laker Senior teams in a Harlem Globetrotter style game and raised money for The Children's Hospital.  It marked the 9th year of this annual event and many of our students enjoyed cheering on as we watched some great slam dunks and alley oops! Today, we were treated to some high school basketball as Centennial High School's Howler Tournament used our gym as an alternative site. 

Look for our report cards going home on Wednesday February 12, 2014.  We have disabled teacher logic at this time to allow teachers the opportunity to enter and edit marks and comments.  With the start of the new semester brings us to planning for next year.  Grade 7 & 8 students will be receiving complementary subject selection sheets on February 24, 2014 and we ask that they are filled in, signed and returned by February 28, 2014.  If parents of grade 7 & 8 students have any special placement requests for certain teachers for their child for next year, they can send their requests in writing to vrsaretsky@cbe.ab.ca by March 1, 2014.  Please let us know what learning needs your child has that prompt the request. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to place your child with the teacher you have requested, each request will be given consideration.  At MidSun School, a team of teachers who know your child place them into their instructional group. All classes are balanced for a variety of ability levels, sex, and leadership. Consideration is given to offer students the best class placement that allows for the most of their top complementary subject selections. It is a long and complicated process but an important one that sets up your child for the most successful year possible.  

Have a great weekend!

Grocery Gift Card Update


Thank you to all who have got your February orders in, your cheques will be cashed next Wednesday.  For those of you who would like to purchase Grocery Gift Cards on your Debit or Credit Card, the MidSun School office will be open on:

Monday, February 10, 2014 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

There are additional forms in the office or you can print off the form found on our website http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b691/parents.htm and send it in with a cheque to the box in the office.

 
Thanks again for your support!

Midsun Book Club update


Students gave a solid thumbs up to the novel Gone by Michael Grant. A story about a town where everyone over the age of 15 vanishes and some kids are developing supernatural powers. This is the first book in the popular series.

This month we are reading Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, an author whose work we all loved from last year’s reading. If you have a student who has read and enjoyed Hunger Games and Divergent, they would enjoy Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done. Book Club meets again on Wed. February 26 and we are always happy to welcome new members.