Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bamfield 2013 Handbook

Hello All!

Sorry for this late posting, but in case you missed the Bamfield information meeting last week, here is The Handbook.

Please note that consent forms (second last page, and last page IF your child has any special meal considerations) are due back this week! 

Thanks so much, please let us know if you have any questions!

The Team

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Final Film Study Notice - The Last Samurai

Hello All,

We wanted to send a note home to let you know that for our final look at the Edo period in Japan we have chosen to show the film The Last Samurai. This film will provide a cinematic look at the fall of the Samurai class, something we have been discussing when considering the transition from the Edo period into the Meiji restoration.

This film is rated 14A in Canada, and does contain scenes of realistic violence, something that was inherent in the Samurai lifestyle and important to understanding their worldview. You can access more detailed information on the content of the film at the following links:

Kids in Mind Parent Information http://www.kids-in-mind.com/l/lastsamurai.htm

Thanks so much,

Ivy & Jaime

Monday, June 17, 2013

Year-end Tech News Notice from Mr. Petronech

This was emailed out to all parents and students. Please read carefully and make note of the required action on your part.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

All Library Items DUE June 26th

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and our wonderful librarian would like to remind everyone that all items are DUE no later than Wednesday June 26th. The time has come to look under beds, in lockers, and all around the house for anything that should be sent back to the library.

Thank you!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bamfield 2013 Parent Information Meeting! Wednesday June 19th @ 6:30pm

It is our pleasure to invite you to our upcoming parent information meeting for the Bamfield 2013 trip. We will be heading to the coast on Sunday, September 22nd, and returning on Friday September 27th. 

We will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 19th to discuss the details of the trip, distribute information booklets and consent forms, and answer any questions you may have. It is very important that you attend this meeting!

Due to the nature of this trip and because the beginning of grade 9 is extremely busy, we are looking forward to starting this process early. 

Forms will be due back at the school no later than June 26th, 2013, and will be posted here once finalized. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Human Sexuality

We have begun our lessons on human sexuality in all grade 8 classrooms. Each homeroom will be covering similar topics, but the speed and amount covered in each class may vary as required.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Forms for the Cross trip next week

Here is the informed consent form [needs to be returned to the school signed]

Here is the letter:

Note that 8.1 and 8.2 will be going on Tuesday next week and 8.3/8.4 will be going on the trip on Wednesday.

We are still looking for volunteers, so ask your parents and have them contact Mr. Kutcher [garett.k@calgaryscienceschool.com] if they would like to volunteer for either trip.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rocky Mountain Tour!

****The bus leaves at 7:30 on Tuesday morning! Please make sure you are at the school in time to catch the bus!***

Hello All!

We are getting very excited for our upcoming trips, and wanted to send out a couple of reminders!

1. Please ensure that you have paid for this trip through the CSS website!

2. Take some time to review the packing list and forecast for your trip. Being prepared is an essential part of having a great time!

3. Remind your child that they may NOT bring any electronics with them on the trip, with the exception of a digital camera. If the only camera they have is a phone, we suggest picking up a disposable camera for the week.

4. All medications must be handed in to Mrs. Waite or Miss Groeller on Tuesday morning before departure. They will make sure that meds are taken when needed.

Thank you once again for your support!

The Grade 8 Team :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Call for Volunteers & May 27th Field Trip to the HPL at the UofC

We would like to announce our next field trip.  Information and consent forms can be found below:
Letter home
Consent form

Please sign and return these as soon as possible.

The Grade 8 teachers would like to once again request volunteers to accompany us on a field trip at the Human Performance Laboratory at University of Calgary from 10am until 12:00. We require 4 parents to meet us at the University [space on the busses is quite limited]. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mr. Kutcher at garett.k@calgaryscienceschool.com 
Thank you again for your time and efforts.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Don't forget about the Spectrum!

Mr. Dittman has been doing such a fantastic job on the Spectrum this year, and many are not seeing it because it is digital. Bookmark this link on the homepage for access to the current, and past, issues of the Spectrum!


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ConnectEd Conference Tech Support Team Needed!

The time has come to begin assembling our technical support team for the 2013 ConnectEd Conference, being held on Saturday May 26 (10:00-4:00) and Sunday May 27 (10:00-2:15).

This is a chance for 15 very lucky students to demonstrate leadership, show off their technical skills, and have some free food!

All interested students are invited to attend a mandatory information meeting on Thursday May 2nd in Mrs. Waite's room. 

See you there!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Human Sexuality Topic Permission Forms

The link to the permission form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bycg3t0i3LtBUm0tdWE0MEs2dkk/edit?usp=sharing

Note also that this version lists some of the materials we will be using. You can view this material at
http://www.teachingsexualhealth.ca/ . If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your child's homeroom teacher. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser

Today, students received some information and a pledge package for the Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser the school is participating in. The assembly today was an interesting and inspiring hour that will hopefully get us towards raising our school goal of $4000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Check out the information package or the website for more information. Please forward all queries to Mr. Schmeichel or Mrs. Berry!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Forms! Forms! Forms! (and the Rocky Mountain Tour Booklet)

Hello students and parents!

The grade 8 Rocky Mountain Tour information night (Presentation found here) was last Thursday, and booklets were made available to each family at that time. All of the leftover booklets for families that could not attend last week were distributed today to students. Included in the booklet are 2 forms that need to be filled out. A third form is going out today for rafting.  In addition, as in past years we are requesting that each student bring between 6 - 12 snacks (cookies, bars, etc).  Please ensure that these are NUT FREE.  If you are looking to contribute something healthier, consider looking through these recipes.  All home baked items should include an ingredients list.  Thank you!

Forms that need to be returned ASAP!

1. Human Sexuality permission form (distributed last week)

2. Rocky Mountain Tour permission form (included in booklet Page 1 & 2, Page 3 & 4)

3. Health Form for Rocky Mountain Tour (included in booklets)

4. Rafting Waiver for Rocky Mountain Tour (distributed separately from booklet, today, April 22)

Please return these forms completely filled out ASAP!


The Grade 8 Team!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Camp Parent Meeting

Hello Students and Parents,

As per our grade wide calendar, our Rocky Mountain Tour Parent Meeting is next week on Thursday, April 18th at 18:30 in our IAC.  All parents are invited to attend as useful information will be given, such as (but not limited to):
-trip overview
-packing list
-a review of mountain weather
-a review of behaviour in national parks and general public areas
-a review on wildlife concerns
-acceptable and non-acceptable items to bring
-menu overview
-a description of our accommodations and amenities
-curricular objectives
-information for parent volunteers
-safety and emergency plans
-how you can contact us

This will also be the unveiling of our much anticipated camp booklet.  If you are unable to attend, these will be given to students after specific instructions are given to them.  There are many safety aspects when going on a multi-day trip such as this, and it is important that this information is relayed to parents and students alike. All forms (Health form, Informed consent, and whitewater rafting waiver) are due April 26th. This is important as our coordinators for whitewater rafting need this faxed in to be processed well before our excursion.

We hope to see you on April 18th at 18:30,

Your grade 8 team

Monday, March 4, 2013

Term 2 Report Cards

Term 2 report cards went home today (Monday, March 4). Please return the folder WITH the signed parent feedback form as soon as possible to your homeroom teacher.

On a related note, student-led conferences are this Thursday evening (4-8) and Friday (8am-1pm). As with the term 1 conference, the teachers have designed this conference in order to support completion at home, as well as at school. We understand the constraints of modern life, but would really like every family to complete a student-led conference form. If you cannot make it to the school during the allotted time, that is fine! Your child will bring home a form, or you can print it yourself (see below), and complete it together at your leisure. We would like ALL student-led conference forms returned by no later than March 18, 2013.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Field Trip Tomorrow

The field trip to the Reel Fun Film festival is tomorrow. Please ensure, if you are not on a bus, that you arrive on time for school! We are taking attendance on the bus, and leaving as soon as the second bell rings!

Monday, February 25, 2013



Raise awareness and speak out against bullying by wearing ANY pink shirt, on Wednesday February 27th.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Reel Fun Film Festival

Just a reminder to please bring in your permission forms for the Reel Fun Film Festival!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Reminder! Tomorrow we will be having a double block of DPA to get outside and enjoy some ice time.

Bring your skates, or come prepared to play for 80 minutes!

Monday, February 4, 2013

March 1 Field Trip & Science Fair Info

Here is the letter and permission form that was sent home today for the field trip on March 1. Please sign and return this form to your homeroom teacher no later than February 22. If you lose your copy, please print a second copy on your own.


Hello All,

Please note that this coming Wednesday CSS will be hosting our annual science fair in the gym.  Public viewings for family will be between 12:45pm and 3:00pm.  It is an exciting time for many of our students and as our grade 8 students continue to progress through virtual science fair, this will be an opportunity for students to add to their presentation portion of their website.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

8.2/8.4 Skating January 28

Please remember to bring your skating gear for next Monday, January 28! We will spend periods 5 & 6 skating outside. If you are not planning on skating, ensure you have appropriate clothing as we will be outside for over an hour!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Science Fair Judges Needed!

CSS will be holding our annual Science Fair on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, and we are still looking for more volunteers to help judge this event.  There is no experience necessary and it is a lot of fun. This is an important CSS event as it provides a forum for students to showcase their understanding and passion for science.  In addition, volunteers are inspired and amazed by the quality of work and the interest that students have in their selected topics.  Registration begins at 8 am on February 6th and judges will be finished around 12:30.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If interested, please email Kevin Sonico at kevin.s@calgaryscienceschool.com.  Thank you in advance for your continued support of this event.

Friday, January 11, 2013

8.2/8.4 SKATING!!!

Attention 8.2 and 8.4! Next week we will be going skating on Thursday January 17th, during periods 7 and 8.

Come prepared to have some fun!

Remember, if you are not going to be skating, you will still be outside with us. Dress appropriately!