Thursday, 18 December 2014

Grade 9 Farewell Event Update

The Grade 9 class has voted to go to Calaway Park for their farewell event on June 22, 2015.  The students made the choice between Calaway Park, a day at Lynnwood Ranch and a formal event here at the school.  Additional information will be distributed in the coming months.

New Volunteer Police Clearance Procedure (ePICs)

CBE and Calgary Police Service transition to ePICs

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) transitioned to electronic police information check (ePICs) this month. The change from a paper application to an online process impacts the CBE in a two different ways: how we process new employee checks, and how we process volunteer checks. 

New volunteers will still report to the school office for identity verification. Once school administrative staff has verified the prospective volunteer’s identity, they will provide them with a volunteer ePIC letter.

A prospective volunteer can then proceed with their online volunteer check at their convenience, from their own computer. There will continue to be no cost for volunteers to apply for an ePIC, as this is covered by Volunteer Alberta.

Some new hires or volunteers may not have access to the necessary computer equipment at home to complete the online process. CPS has several locations where candidates can obtain PICs in person. Additionally, the Calgary Police Service’s ePIC website has instructional manuals and tutorials to assist candidates through the ePIC process if needed.

Merry Christmas from MidSun Staff

Friday, 12 December 2014

Last day before holidays is December 19, Return Jan 5

December 12, 2014

Our school celebrated Active Living on December 1-3, 2014 and encouraged our students to keep their brains in shape by keeping their bodies in shape!  We enjoyed some fantastic support from our community and would like to extend our sincere thanks to Kelly Saunders for teaching a yoga session (, Bogi, local personal trainer and fitness instructor ( for teaching a fun filled Zumba class, Maeghen Cotterill, 6th time world kickboxing and karate champion from for leading us in a kick boxing class and fitness instructor, Janay Wilson, for leading an Insanity workout! Our students also enjoyed a Dance-Off TA challenge and a fun time was had by all who came out!

Our Parent Student Teacher Conferences went smoothly and we are continuing to have conversations with our parents about our new assessment and reporting methods.  These were discussed at our School Council meeting on December 11th and a short question and answer period occurred.  One of our struggles has been finding a way to provide parents mark updates that inform them how their child is doing in a way that is logical and easy to understand.  The current use of Home Logic is much more difficult for teachers to display achievement and very time consuming.  As such, parents agreed that the only mark update that will be provided for the second semester will be on March 13.  This is just prior to the next set of Parent Student Teacher Conferences and will help parents decide which teachers they will want to speak with. Updates scheduled for January 15, May 1 and June 5 are cancelled.  Teacher will continue to inform parents when students are falling behind and will work together with parents to support students.

Several students presented to the school council a proposal for amendments to our dress code.  They had already made a presentation to staff earlier this school year.  Parents and staff agreed to a trial of the proposed changes.  The changes will be announced at a school celebration of learning assembly on January 28, 2015.

Our band held their annual Christmas concert on December 10, 2014.  The Salvation Army Band was on hand to warm up our sold out audience.  The dollar admission was donated to their cause.  All three of our concert bands played as well as our Jazz band.  It was a great way to get us into the Christmas spirit!

Our classrooms have been very active with engaging learning tasks.  I have seen worm dissections, bridges and towers being built, The Great Canadian Mail Race in grade seven, knot tying in ENVOE, kids dancing in physical education, paper bag book report presentations and many more fun ways to learn.

I have received some concerns from parents of Grade 9 students who wish to apply for IB and/or AP applications for high school since the published date for submissions is prior to our report card timeline.  I have been assured by the principals of Centennial and Henry Wise Wood High Schools that they will accept applications from our students for those programs into the first week of February.

As the holidays approach, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all families a wonderful, fun filled, time off.  May there be peace in each home and lots of rest and relaxation for all.

Merry Christmas,
Veronica Saretsky


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Laker Wrestling Update


A big congratulations goes our to those who were entered in the competition on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Junior Olympics Tournament at the University of Calgary.  We had a good number of our athletes come out and show the Laker spirit, heart and legacy. 

With us were such wrestling greats as Olympic gold medalist Carol Huynh, and   MidSun alumni Temi O.  Temi  has gone on to win gold at last year’s Canadian Championship.  After that she went on to compete in Worlds’ in Croatia.  Temi is now a carded athlete, meaning the Canadian government actually pays her to wrestle!  She is now wrestling as part of Team Canada as well as the U of C Dinos and we at MidSun are so proud of her!  Look for her at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics!  As for our athletes.  We’d like to congratulate the following medal winners!

Novice Girls: 
Madison B – Bronze
America T – Bronze

Novice Boys:
Michael B – Bronze
Isaac B– Bronze
Tyler W– Bronze
Adam N– Bronze
Matias A– Bronze

Senior Boys:
Owen D – Bronze
Nikita G – Bronze
Ian W – Bronze
Cole P – Silver
Andrew M - Gold

Way to go Lakers!

We await the results of our Divisional Tournament and when the ribbons have been received we’ll have our final wrap up pizza party!


Buy COBS Christmas Baking and Support MidSun Parent Council

As you are hosting friends and family this holiday season, COBS can help you out with baking.  When making a purchase at COBS 130th Ave location, BEFORE you pay say "It's for MidSun" and the school receives 5% cash back
Thanks for your support

Basketball Game Schedule

Monday, 8 December 2014

Important Band info for Dec 8-11

Dear Parents!

It’s concert week, here is what you need to know:

Wednesday       -grade 7 students arrive at 6:30, dressed in white top, black from the waist down,                              assemble instruments in red pod
                         -grade 8 & 9 students arrive at 6:45, dressed in black & whites
                             assemble instruments in gold (8) or blue (9) pods.
                        -concert starts at 7, grade 7 band is on first, followed by 8, Sr. Jazz, then 9.
                        -The Salvation Army Brass Band will be performing from 6:30 to 7 in the gym
                        -$1 admission, proceeds donated to Salvation Army
                        -students are expected to attend the remainder of the concert

Thursday- Cookie Dough pickup after school in room 20.
Thank you for your support

Friday, 5 December 2014

Grade 9 Band in Edmonton

Our Grade 9 Band, led by Mr. Campbell along with Miss Mellish, Mrs. Shipley and Mr. Woods, travelled to Edmonton on Thursday for an action packed 2 days.  They performed at an elementary school in Edmonton when they arrived, then later in the day they took centre stage at the Alberta Legislative Building to perform several Christmas classics.
The students will be participating in a workshop today, before returning to Calgary this evening.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

MidSun Wrestling update

Congratulations to these awesome medal winners at our Senior Phoenix Tournament held last Friday, November 28th  at Niccola Goddard School in the far north.  It was a very scary blustery day to be out driving and lots of our team and their parents were willing to brave the drive to support MidSun Wrestling.  It was a great night for our athletes.  Here are the results
Andrew M– 1st Place
Max K – 2nd Place
Parker B – 2nd Place
Joey B-R – 2nd PlaceIan W – 3rd Place
Drew D – 3rd Place
Cole P – 4th Place (impressive, as this weight class had higher numbers, and highly aggressive opponents.)

MIDSUN SCHOOL placed 3rd overall out of 12 highly competitive teams in attendance!!

We are so proud of you!

Go Lakers!!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

MidSun Winter Carnival December 17th

CBE Family Fun Night with the Hitmen

The CBE is hosting a Family Night with the Hitmen on Friday January 30, 2015. 
This is another opportunity to do some Christmas Shopping!  Tickets to the game for the sports lover on your list.
$2 from each tickets goes to support the CBE's Fuel for School Breakfast program.