Friday, 28 November 2014

Band News

MidSun Christmas Band Concert

Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 pm in the MidSun gym

Special Guests: Salvation Army Brass Band from 6:30-7:00

Grade 7 students are to arrive by 6:30, grade 8 and 9 at 6:45

All band students are to wear white dress shirt, black dress pants or skirt, black socks and shoes

$1 admission, proceeds donated to the Salvation Army


SUTP Coupon Books

We still have a limited number of SUTP Books remaining for $20 each.  Please contact Jennie in the band office at ext. 2004 or at if you would like to purchase a book.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Parent Teacher Conferences Dec 4 & 5

Parent Teacher Conference Booking Opens December 1!

 This is a reminder to go online and book for our upcoming parent student teacher conferences using Conference Manager. These are scheduled for Thursday December 4, from 5:30-8:00 PM, and Friday December 5, 2014 from 9:00 AM-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 6:00 AM on Monday December 1, 2014 and closes at 12:00 PM on Friday December 5, 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.  For more information about Home Logic, please go to and click on HomeLogic introduction for parents. You can log in to HomeLogic by going to  
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- December 4 & 5 2014

The link for the Conference Manager is:   
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 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 – 6:00 AM October 20, 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 Conference
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:
December 1 – Start scheduling your interviews at 6:00 AM
December 4 – 5:30 - 8:00 PM Parent Teacher Interviews
December 5 – 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!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Health Initiative continues December 1-3

As part of our on going healthy learners initiative we will be focusing on Active Living on December 1-3 with some great support from our community.

In October, we hosted a day to focus on hydration and healthy eating. We gave out water bottles, encouraged students to use our new hydration station and to eat a good breakfast.  More students are now bringing water bottles from home, filling them up and hydrating during class to keep their stress down and their brain activity up!  In December, we turn our thoughts to Active Living.

To help us celebrate the benefits of fitness to learning, we are extending our lunch time by ten minutes on December 1 & 2 and offering some great classes taught by fitness leaders in our community.

Monday Dec 1, 2014 12:30-1:00PM:

Yoga in the Fitness Centre : Bring your yoga mat and get stretching with Kelly Saunders, She has been teaching yoga for about 10 years now ( to children, seniors, at studios, corporate clients and for cancer survivors). She loves to  help others get in tune with their bodies and feel strong and healthy.

Zumba in the Main Gym: Try the Latin dance fitness craze with Bogi, local personal trainer and fitness instructor.  She works for the YMCA, Trico Fitness and offers classes in the community.  Check out her website at:

Tuesday Dec 2, 2014 12:30-1:00PM

Kickboxing in the Main Gym: We are excited to have Maeghen Cotterill, 6th time world kickboxing and karate champion & 4th degree black belt, here to teach a Kickboxing fitness class.  Maeghen is from 5 Elements Martial Arts. Check out their website at: 

Wednesday Dec 3, 2014 12:00- 12:30 PM

Dance party TA Challenge: Ms Hayden-Isaak's TA has challenged the school to show off their dance moves in the main gym!  Get ready to bust a move Lakers!

RTI Dec 3, 2014

INSANITY WORKOUT: Fitness instructor, Janay Wilson, will lead our students in fast paced, fun filled Plyometrics insane workout!  This is sure to keep our brains turned on all day long!

MidSun is grateful for such wonderful community support to help us instill healthy choices values in our youth!
Please encourage your child to participate by sending a water bottle and bag lunch with extra snacks.
Veronica Saretsky 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Grade 9 Field Trip Deadline and Info

This is a message for all parents and guardians of Grade 9 students from MidSun to inform you that all Grade 9 students will attend a theatre production of “1949” at Centennial on Tuesday, December 9th. Students will walk to Centennial so proper footwear and outdoor clothing is needed. The fee for the show is five dollars. The fee and medical form must be filled out and returned to homeroom teachers by Thursday December 4th. Students will be called out of their fourth morning class and given only fifteen minutes to have their lunch before walking; this is why students are required to bring a cold, ready-to-eat bagged lunch as there will not be enough time to buy or heat-up lunch that day.
Thank you!
Ms. Smith

Basketball Tryouts 2014

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Mathletics is supporting students in Math

This year we asked our parents to help us offer Mathletics to our students by paying for part of the subscription costs.  Our students have been working on the program and it is helping them improve their math skills. Thanks to all parents and our MSEES for helping us offer this resource to our students!
Visiting the School
When parents need to visit the school to pick up your children, we ask that you report to the office.   MidSun is a closed campus and we have to account for everyone who is in the building.  For the safety and security of all of our students, we ask that parents wait in the office when visiting the school. If parents need to speak with teachers, then we ask that you contact the teacher ahead of time and make an appointment.  Thank you for supporting us!

Need help with school work?
We want to make sure that ALL students at MidSun achieve academic success.  We are pleased to offer extra help Monday to Thursday after school in room 10 for an hour in our completion room.  Ms. Hepburn is there to support students with their work.  We also offer a great program with Centennial High School, where trained high school students come to MidSun to volunteer tutor our students.  It helps the high school students get volunteer credit for their resumes and it supports MidSun students learn. It happens each Wednesday in the Library until December and starts up again in February.

Short Day November 20 & PD Day November 21
Teachers will be meeting in their professional learning groups on Thursday to review results from common formative assessments and plan the next two RTI classes.  They will continue this work on Friday with teachers from Wilma Hansen and Woodman schools. The other schools are joining us on Friday's professional development day to discuss ways to identify and support students' understanding of curricular outcomes. In the afternoon teachers will take classes on google aps for education to learn how it can be used to engage students in upcoming lessons.  We have a culture of learning at MidSun and we are all moving forward!

Curriculum Learning Leaders working on engaging task design
Our four curriculum learning leaders are working with leaders throughout Area V on the Teaching Effectiveness Framework and improving task design.  Ms. Severin, Ms. Hayden-Isaak, Ms. Amirault and Mr. Tailor are all participating in this initiative and working with teachers in their departments to enrich classroom activities.  They will be meeting for six half days throughout the year with experts from the University of Calgary's Education Department to learn new ways to deliver the program of studies to our students. November 26th will be the second instalment of these sessions and we are excited to see how they help our teachers design effective lessons.

Student Advisory Group
Seven students representing grade 7, 8 and 9 met with Principal Saretsky last week to discuss ways to improve our school.  Some of the ideas that surfaced was the desire to participate in The Calgary Science Fair, acquiring another hydration station for upstairs, overcrowding in the locker room, and putting the day's schedule on each slide of our TV's so students didn't have to wait until the schedule slide comes up.  We are working to support these requests and I am happy to say that Ms. Severin and Mr. Stretch are offering RTI sessions to support students for Science Fair, the schedule is now appearing on each slide of our TV's, and we are working with school council on the addition of another hydration station.  The staff had a presentation from a number of students who are wanting some adjustments to the dress code.  Our staff has agreed to a trial run of the changes provided that School Council approves of them.  Please join us for the next School Council meeting on December 11th, when students will present their ideas for your approval.  Kaushik Tailor will also be on hand to discuss complementary subjects and technology. Mark your calendars and plan to be there. Make your voice heard.

Stay warm MidSun!
Veronica Saretsky

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MidSun Wrestling Update

Laker Wrestling At Its Finest

Well, the MidSun Wrestling Season is at about the halfway mark.  We’ve had two great quad meets, and last Friday, November 14th the Novice Team was invited to participate in the Coyote Classic Tournament held at the far away Arbour Lake School in the NW.  MidSun athletes did very well in their matches.  We congratulate those who participated in this tournament including:
·         Brad R
·         Dana F
·         Natasha D
·         Tyler W
·         Madison B
·         Bentley C
·         Heath A
·         Carson P
·         Max K
·         Micheal B
·         Ameria T

A special congratulations goes out to these athletes who brought home gold medals in their division:
v  Brad R
v  Heath A
v  Max K

Way to go wrestlers!  We look forward to lots of action next week as we host a quad meet at MidSun and some of our Seniors attend the Phoenix Tournament at Niccola Goddard School.  Go Lakers!


Sunday, 16 November 2014

November activities

LINKages has started up for another year with 25 MidSun grade 8 and 9 students heading over to McKenzie Towne Care Centre to visit with 12 of the residents.  Our students are making great connections with these seniors and are learning how much we have in common.  More information about this great program is available at:

Our students made us very proud when they participated in our school's Remembrance Day Assembly.  Under the direction of Scott Campbell, our band played moving selections of "Pax" by Catherine McMichael, "Rain" by Brian Balmages and "Tipperary March" Arr. by John Edmondson.  Heart R., Kimberly H. and Claire H. did a fantastic job of playing the last post.  Ms. Smith and her drama students presented an original tableau story entitled "What I'm Fighting For", that reminded us that the life we enjoy today was bought through the efforts of brave men and women who fought on our behalf. 

Tianna R., Kailyn E.,Kydia L., and Camryn. A. read poems and our student emcee's, Jordan H., Jessica A, and Kathryn R. did a wonderful job of telling the story of Remembrance.  Mr. Hornburg, the father of fallen soldier, Nathan Hornburg, shared with us how important it is to thank vetrans when we see them.  He spoke of the recent events in Ottawa and how it has impacted all of us as Canadians.  Lt. Arlen Peterson and our own Captain N. Mellish layed the wreath with Mr. Hornburg at our ceremony.  Over 700 food items were brought in and donated to the Vetran's Food Bank and over $750 was raised for the Poppy Fund.  It was very touching to have many of our parents and family members join with us in our Act of Remembrance.  We are truly lucky to have such strong support and solidarity as we teach our students the importance of Remembrance Day to our Canadian culture.

Only 23 school days until Christmas Holidays!
We are excited to order some new Chromebooks for our students and hope you will consider supporting our Chocolates for Chromebooks Fundraiser. The deadline to order is Monday November 17, 2014. 
Go to:
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  • ¨     Select Returning or New Customer
  • ¨     Enter your Contact Information if New Customer
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Our volleyball teams had a great season! 
Congratulations to our Junior Boys and Junior Girls Volleyball teams who both won gold in their divisions for volleyball.  The exciting play-off games were played on November 12 and 13, 2014.  Our Senior Girls had a wonderful season and placed forth overall and Senior Boys finished seventh.  Both teams showed amazing growth over the season and by their final season game the Senior Boys were able to beat the team who finished in first place!  

A big thank you goes out to coaches, Mr. Stretch, Ms. Hennebury, Ms. Miles, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Rae, and Ms. Arnold who supported the athletes throughout the season.  Thanks also go out to our grade seven coaches, Ms. Bailey and Mr. Moulton who have continued to run a great development program for our grade seven students. They will be ready to try out for the junior teams next year.

Congratulations MidSun Lakers! You make us proud!
Junior Girls:
Jada A., Sarah B., Sienna B., Jessah C., Sara C., Kaileigh F., Erin G., Anna Lisa G., Sarah M., Marge P., Nicole S., Sarah S.
Coaches: Ms. Hennebury & Ms. Miles

Junior Boys:
Mitchell D., Dean P., Holt T.,Matthew N., Kaiman S., Taylor E., Blaze L., Hes san H., Damon F., Parker B., Isaac M., Cody R.
Coach: Mr. Stretch

Senior Girls:
Carly A., Tavia D., Ashlyn D., Shae E., Madi F., Emma G., Kim H.,Claire H., Natalie H., Shaylene K., Abby R., Brooke T.,Sydney W.
Coaches: Mr. Rae & Ms. Arnold

Senior Boys:
Luke E., Drew D., Kale R., Nathan T., Matt J., Jared M., Carson S., Matthew R., Cody R., Cole P., Ethan O., Sam M., Blake E.
Team Manager: Andrew M.
Coach: Mr. Johnston


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tutoring Begins this Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday we will be hosting a tutoring session led by Centennial Students in our Library Commons.  Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 3:45-4:45.  The focus will be on Math, however the Centennial students are pretty good with all curriculum and are willing to help where needed. 

These sessions will run until Christmas Break and then will start up again in February.

Please encourage your child to attend if you see an area where they could use the support.