Friday, 20 February 2015

Turning over to semester two!

The second semester is off to a great start with our band participating in Festival and basketball playoffs just around the corner.

Our students have performed very well in the first semester and we were proud to share many great examples of learning at our Celebration of Learning Assembly held on January 27, 2015.  37 students were also recognised on February 13, 2015 at our first Spirit Heart Legacy Breakfast.  These students were invited by their teachers and recognised for excellence in a variety of categories.  The CBE web page also featured our school with an on line article about our Fine Arts Evening also held in January.  Many student projects were displayed and students shared tasty treats from Foods and Fashion and French.  Other students gave live performances. It was a great night.  We are looking forward to seeing how students grow and learn in second semester.

Our first report card came home and it is our hope that it helped to inform students and parents about the strengths and areas of growth for each child. We have appreciated the comments that parents have shared with us about the new format and they will help us continue to improve our aim of supporting student learning. Our midterm exams have helped us identify some target areas that teachers will be supporting students with.  We will be doing more targeted instruction on source based questions and pushing students to think critically.  We are noticing that many students are struggling in the area of mental math and any support at home that would help them learn their timetables would be helpful.  Mathletics is a great tool for this.

We welcome Sam Cruz who is replacing our art teacher, Donna Kaminiski, while she is on leave.  Ms. Cruz was a student teacher of Ms. Kaminski's and is very familiar with our program and our students.

There are some great field trips coming up this semester and we will be needing parent volunteers to help make them happen.  Please consider coming along for a great learning experience.

A special thank you to those of you who are supporting MidSun Education Enhancement Society's (MSEES) with the purchase of grocery gift cards.  We are looking to purchase updated technology and PE equipment with the funds that are raised. School council generously funded 35 new white boards for use in grade 7 classes, the anual fee for our parent teacher interview program, and is looking at applying for a CIP grant that would allow us to match the casino funds from our recent casino to purchase much needed computers.  You are making a big difference in the lives of our students, thank you!

Keep your eyes on our blog for more info about great school happenings!

Stay warm,
Veronica Saretsky

Thursday, 19 February 2015

First Annual Calgary Junior High Improv Tournament!

Love Drama class? Love to improvise onstage? Introducing…

The First Annual Calgary Junior High Improv Tournament!

If you want to play improvisation theatre games on a Midsun team, and compete against other schools in Calgary, come to the first information meeting in the Drama room on Monday, Feb. 23rd at lunch!

The tournament will take place between 6 and 9 pm on: Tuesday March 10th, 11th and 12th at Lord Beaverbrook High School.

Tickets will be sold to your family and friends, who can come out and watch the show! Rehearsal and practice will be scheduled after (or before) school, based on every student’s availability. The Improv games played will be: Hitchhiker, Evil Twin, Lines In Your Pocket, The Dating Game, Helping Hands, Puppet Master, Park Bench, and a few new games!

MidSun represented at the Southern Alberta Jr. High Honour Band

Congratulations to Jillian H., Cole H., Tara C., Sydney W., Abigail W., Lauren E., Natalie H., and Fabian C. who represented MidSun at the Southern Alberta Jr. High Honour Band.  They gave up their entire Teachers’ Convention to rehearse intensely Wednesday night, all day Thursday and Friday, putting on a magnificent concert of very challenging music on Friday night at Glenmore Christian Academy.  MidSun Bands were well represented by this fine group of musicians!  Way to go!

Our musicians backstage with Mr. David Grimstead, our guest conductor from Ladysmith, BC and former CBE band teacher, and Mr. Campbell before the concert.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Schedule for MidSun Participation at the Alberta International Band Festival

Gr. 8     Thursday, February 19
            Depart MidSun               1:00PM 
               Performance                     3:00PM
            Return to MidSun            5:00PM

Gr. 9     Friday, February 20
            Depart MidSun               8:30AM 
               Performance                     10:30AM
            Return to MidSun            2:00PM

Sr. Jazz Wednesday, March 11
             Depart MidSun               8:30AM 
                Performance                     10:30AM
            Return to MidSun            2:00PM

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Grocery Gift Card Deadline Time again

Dear Parents,

It's Grocery Gift Card Order time again!  This month's orders are due on Tuesday February 10th. Credit & debit orders will be processed at the school office  Monday February 9th & Tuesday February 10th between 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Orders by cheque can be handed in by yourself/student to the office anytime.

This month we are trying to get our order numbers up for Safeway & Sobey's.

You can download the newest order form the Midsun Website.  It will be found under School Council news.  We will also have copies ready in the office for credit/debit orders.

The parent council appreciates all your support.  All money raised goes towards the teacher's classroom/school  wish lists.
Thank you

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Message for Grade 7 Band Students

Grade 7 Band Clinicians
The experts are back- Friday, February 6th
Please have students arrive by 7:20 am, but not before 7:10 am.
Class will run 7:30 am to 8:45 am.

Thanks for your support!
Mr. Campbell