Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Almost Winter Break!

Tomorrow (Thursday, December 20) is the last day of school before the winter break. Classes resume on Monday, January 7.

Don't forget to bring in your gift exchange gifts for tomorrow morning!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Important Reminders

Remember to bring in your pennies for the "We Create Change" penny drive activities happening next week!

Remember to purchase and wrap your $10 (or less) gift for the homeroom gift exchanges happening next Thursday. Any families unable but wanting to participate please email

A notice went home this week regarding the fun lunches happening in 2013. They are organizing this digitally, so please read the notice carefully for details. (It was on green paper.) If you lost or missed the notice, here is a digital version of it:

Skating forms were due last Monday. Anyone hoping to skate or play on the ice this season MUST return a skating form. 8.2 and 8.4 will be skating on Tuesday for Peace Festival. Please ensure the form is in if you want to skate that day. Proper ski or skate helmets only; no bicycle helmets that do not wrap around the back of the head allowed.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bring your Pennies and Loonies tomorrow!!!!

 The Grade 9's and some Me to We students are trying to put on a Carnival at lunch tomorrow to raise money for KidSport and the Penny Drive. Students be sure to bring pennies and loonies to the gym at lunch to participate in various games and raise some money!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

8.2/8.4 ONLY - Skating Next Week

One of the activities 8.2 and 8.4 will be taking part in for Peace Festival next week is skating. This will happen on Tuesday, periods 3 and 4. Please ensure you have the proper gear (skating/skiing helmet, skates, sticks if you want) and your skating permission form in. If you do not, you will not be able to join us on the ice. Either way, come dressed for the weather, as all 8.2 and 8.4 students will be coming with us to the rink area, and the forecast at this point is for a cold week like this one has been.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Gift Exchange Information

An email was sent out to all students and parents with the following information today:

Dear Grade 8 Parents and Students,

On Thursday, December 20, all grade 8 students can take part in a holiday gift exchange in their respective home rooms. Instead of Secret Santa we are asking all students who would like to participate to bring in a wrapped gift to contribute to the gift pool. We will then play a game where students can open and steal presents, known to some as a "White Elephant" gift exchange. Students can begin bringing in gifts as early as tomorrow, as long as they are wrapped!

It is VERY important that the rules of this game are followed. Presents must NOT exceed a value of $10. In the past, families have been generous and provided larger gifts. This is kind, but ends up causing quite a bit of difficulty and a feeling of "unfairness." Furthermore, if there are any students/families with financial concerns who are unable to provide a gift, but are interested in participating, please contact your homeroom teacher via email to maintain anonymity.

Please note that the gift exchange is NOT mandatory, but only those that contribute to the gift pool can participate.

Please contact your child's HOMEROOM teacher with questions or concerns.


The Grade 8 Team

Monday, December 10, 2012

We Create Change Campaign Penny Drive

The Me to We elective is running Free the Children's "We Create Change" campaign here in the school as a school-wide initiative. Instead of having a classroom competition as we did for the "We Scare Hunger" food drive, we are asking the school to come together as a large community and fill up the penny container that is outside of the office. This initiative directly benefits those in the world without access to clean water, and by participating CSS is fulfilling its promise as a "We School." 

The campaign ends December 21, so we only have 11 more days to collect and deposit our pennies! We raised 720 pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank, and we know CSS can come through again for those without access to clean, safe drinking water. 

For more information on the campaign, please visit or email Miss Groeller at


The Me to We Elective

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lakeview Community Skating Rink - CONSENT FORM

It is that time! The rink is frozen, and we are all ready to get out on the ice.

This CONSENT FORM was sent home today, and should be returned by Monday December 10th.

Remember that all students need to have a CSA approved helmet to go on the ice, and that skates must be in a bag (or equipped with blade covers) if they are brought on the bus.

Looking forward to some ice time!