GATO RLAN D N EWS December/decembre 2011
ÉCO LE GO LDEN GATE MIDDLE SCHO O L
P RI N C I P A L: M R. S . TH O M SO N
V I C E- P R I N C I P A L: M RS. T. B A YD O C K
V I C E– P RI N C I P A L/ D I REC TEU R A D JO I N T: M . M . G O M ES
Congratulations to all volleyball teams on a great season. Special congratula-
tions to the Junior girls volleyball team who capped off their amazing season
Dates to Remember: with a win over Bruce to capture the Divisional Championship Currently indoor
track practices are in full swing. Activities and special events at École Golden
Thurs., Dec. 1—Parent/Teacher Gate Middle School continue to provide excellent learning experiences and en-
conferences in p.m. joyment to our students. Our grade 8 band played extremely well at the Re-
membrance Day service, our choir sang wholeheartedly and the drama stu-
Fri., Dec. 2—ParentTeacher con dents read some amazing poems with wonderful expression. The choir also
impressed us with their participation at choral fest! Grade 7 Band students had
ferences in a.m. their first overnight band camp and by all accounts it was fantastic! The French
Fri., Dec. 2—No School - Inser- Immersion camp students are packing their bags to head out to Red Rock
Camp in a few days!
It looks like winter has finally arrived. At this time of year, we would like to send
Fri., Dec. 3—Flying M Fall indoor a reminder to ensure students dress appropriately for the weather. Boots, jack-
Track ets, mitts and toques are all necessities for winter in Manitoba. Unless students
have a specified activity or a meeting scheduled with a teacher for extra help
Tues., Dec. 6—Early dismissal @ please remember that the cafeteria opens at 8:00 a.m., before 8:00 a.m. there
is no supervision for students. Students are also required to go outside for lunch
3:05 p.m. unless the temperature drops below -25°C. Students need to dress appropri-
ately and be prepared for up to twenty minutes outside.
Wed., Dec. 7—Fri., Dec. 9—
French Camp Recently École Golden Gate Middle School students participated in the Mani-
toba We Day event. We Day was a day-long event that helped ignite students to
Tues., Dec. 13—Canspell Spelling look at the positive change they can have on the world. Our leadership students
are taking part in a number of activities to show their commitment to improving
Bee @ 6 p.m.
the world. Many students signed up for the November 30th We Day Vow of Si-
Wed., Dec. 14—Winter Band and lence challenge. The Vow of Silence, was Free the Children’s, annual fundrais-
ing and awareness-raising campaign that engages tens of thousands of partici-
Choir Concert @ 7 p.m. pants to stand up for children whose rights are not being upheld, like child sol-
diers and child labourers. Students have also chosen to create 8 Hampers for
Tues., Dec. 20—Early dismissal @ families in our community. Students are creating hampers for needy families by
3:05 p.m. collecting food items and a small monetary donation to buy one turkey per fam-
ily. In the spirit of the season, please be generous in helping those less fortu-
Fri., Dec. 23—Winter Break starts nate. Whatever you wish to donate will be greatly appreciated!
Mon., Jan 9—School re-opens We hope that you enjoyed seeing your child’s first term Report card and that
you find our parent-teacher conferences enlightening. The school is also excited
Term 2 will begin on November about the new Parent Portal which recently opened up. If you have not had the
28th, 2011 and all students will opportunity yet to log into the parent portal, please take a few minutes to look it
over. If you need any assistance in setting up your parent portal account please
move to the next section as fol- feel free to contact the office so we can help. Please remember that you may
lows - Tech to Shops, Shops to contact your child‘s teachers at any time. Email is most convenient for the
Home Ec. and Home Ec. to Tech. teachers and if you are not sure of the email, please contact your child‘s home-
room teacher advisor and s/he will be happy to pass on the email to the appro-
330 Bruce Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 0V8 We now turn our thoughts to the holidays which are a mere 16 school days
away! We are all looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Enjoy a
Phone: 837-5808 Fax: 889-9598
wonderful December as well as restful break!
www.sjsd.net Scott Thomson
January 11, 2011
A showcase for the arts at Golden Gate
Band * Choral * Drama * Improv * Visual arts
Tickets on sale December 7th from the office!
This event always sells out so get your tickets
Notes from the Office
If your child is ill or has an appointment please call the school office at 837-5808. Please feel free to
leave a message on the school answering machine.
Please ensure that your child is arriving to school on time. When your child is late, learning is inter-
rupted for the whole classroom as your child must settle in and teachers must repeat the lesson in order
to catch them up.
Students should not be dropped off at the school before 8:00 a.m. There is no supervision for students
before this time.
All visitors need to report to the office when entering the school. Please do not go to your child’s class-
room without reporting to the office first. All children need to be signed out before they leave the school
for an appointment or if they are going home sick. We are concerned for the safety of all our children
and appreciate knowing who is in the building.
Our office is a busy place. Often, messages are called in to the office with the hope that we will deliver
these to your children. We are asking for your co-operation in giving your children important messages
for the day before they arrive at school. We prefer not to interrupt classes with messages. Please write a
note to your child in their agenda or in their backpack; this is an easy and effective reminder for such
Students are not called out of the classroom for telephone calls. If you have an emergency please call
the school office . Students are also not allowed to use the school phone during class time. These types
of arrangements need to be made outside of school hours.
It is nice to see that so many parents pick up their children after school. However, please be reminded
that there is no stopping in front of the school on Bruce Avenue. Despite warnings in our news-
letters, cars are still stopping in the no stopping zones. Tickets have been issued. Please obey the City
of Winnipeg signs in front of the school. The parking police are monitoring the building closely. Parents
are also reminded that the bus loop must be kept clear in the morning and at the end of the day for the
busses that arrive and depart at various times. You are also reminded that the staff parking lot is re-
served for staff who have paid for their stalls. Please do not use this lot for parking. Thank you for your
cooperation in this regard.
Your cooperation in keeping these things in mind will help us contribute to a safe and productive learning
environment for your child.
November was an exciting month for our choirs! The first performance of the year for “Vocal
Express” was at Golden Gate’s Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10. The music pro-
vided by the choir and band provided a lovely backdrop for the ceremony. On November 15,
this choir had a performance at Choralfest at Sturgeon Creek United Church. It was great to
sing together and to have the opportunity to work with two great clinicians. On November 18,
“Enerjazz”, had its first performance at Jazz Choralfest at the Canadian Mennonite University.
We had a great time performing on stage and working with the adjudicators. Both choirs look
forward to performing at the Winter Concert on December 14, held in the Sturgeon Heights
gym. The boys’ choir, “The Golden Boys”, is made up of some awesome guys who love to sing!
They have started working on some Beatles’ selections! Any students wishing to join one of our
choirs should contact Ms. Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s math contest will be held in April 2012. A group of students from each grade, both
French and English track will be challenging this year’s event. “Contest Club” will begin in
January to give students an opportunity to see past contests, try out some the problems and
work along side other math minded students towards a common goal!! If you are interested in
taking part in this year’s contest please talk to your math teacher and listen to announcements
for the start of the club times on Mondays at 12:20 in Room #23 with Mrs. Jones.
Have you been to your local YMCA-YWCA of
Winnipeg lately? The West Portage Y at 3550
Portage Avenue has many exciting programs to
The Spelling Bee will be held December 13th, offer your family this winter! Youth age 6-12
at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. can join us throughout the week for a variety
activities such as basketball, Boot Camp and
gymnastics. Or how about teens? Among other
great programs, the YMCA-YWCA offers a
Leadership Development program every Satur-
day afternoon bringing teens together for
physical activity and community awareness op-
We are looking for some parents to help out portunities. Don't forget to bring the whole
family out for Breakfast with Santa on Decem-
with the Staff Appreciation Week which ber 10th! For membership, membership assis-
tance, or drop-in information please go to
usually takes place in February. If you would www.ywinnipeg.ca or call 889-8052. For gen-
eral information regarding opportunities at the
like to assist with this, please contact the West Portage YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, please
contact Ashleigh Maryk, Community Initiatives
school office at 837-5808. Thanks. Director, at email@example.com. See
Students and staff of École Golden Gate Middle School will once again be
supporting Christmas Cheer Board’s Feed-A-Family program by putting
together Christmas Hampers for 8 less-fortunate Winnipeg families.
In order to fill each hamper, we are asking every student to bring in one,
non-perishable grocery item and a monetary donation of $1.00 to
purchase the necessary perishable food items to make each hamper complete. All
students are also more than welcome to bring in new unwrapped toys, gifts and warm
clothing to add to the hampers.
Information about Christmas hampers went home with students on November 28 and the
"Hamper Drive" will run until Wednesday, December 14th.
The Christmas Cheerboard team is also looking for student and parent volunteers to help
with the sorting, organizing and delivery of hampers. The food sort will happen on
Wednesday, December 16 starting at 4:00 p.m. and hamper delivery will be on Tuesday,
December 20th begininng at 3:00pm. Please contact the school at 837-5808 or Mme A.
Careen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your child is interested in helping out.
Thank you in advance for your generous support!
The Grade 6 students were introduced to the element of Value and
the photographs of Ansel Adams. They are working on creating an
abstract monochromatic painting. Our Grade 7 students have been
introduced to the street art of Keith Haring. They will be building
tunnel books that feature Haring’s characters. The Grade 8
students have finished their Landscape Art project. They are now studying the artwork of
Surrealist artist Rene Magritte and will be creating a painting based on Magritte’s piece A
Please check out the art website at http://www.sjsd.net/~kspalding/. Projects and due
dates for each grade will be updated on a weekly basis. Please help ensure that your child
is remaining current in their artwork.
Our higher art students have started working towards completing the centrepieces for our
Caboto – A Celebration of the Arts – production in January. All of the wire sculptures have
been started and they will be covered with nylon, tissue paper, or cellophane.
**ART CAMP 2012**
The planning for art camp is continuing behind the scenes. Once again, art camp will be
held in the springtime, April 2012 at Winkler Bible Camp. If you are a parent/guardian and
are interested in being a supervisor for the trip, please contact me immediately
(email@example.com). There will be a parent meeting in January.
Volleyball season has sadly come to an end. This year’s season has brought much success to
our teams. Congratulations to the intermediate boys and girls for their 4th place finish in this
year’s divisional tournament. Great job Junior boys volleyball team who saw much improve-
ment over the course of the year. Congratulations to the Junior Girls team who won the
divisional championship in quite a convincing fashion! We would like to thank Ms. Obrien,
Mme Champagne, M. Holland, Mme Samborski, Ms. Bernhard, M. Boughton, M. Wenzel,
Mme Gonzales and M. d’Auteuil. These coaches have put in many volunteer hours into the
development of our athletes. The Junior girls were also lucky enough to receive a skills clinic
with members of the Women’s Canadian volleyball team.
Basketball practices will be starting in December until the Christmas holidays. The basketball
season as well as the grade 6 club program (lunch hour) will commence around the second
week back from holidays. It will be important for kids to listen to announcements in the
morning for more information. You can also check our PE web site at gatorsathletics.com for
all practice schedules, league schedules and tournaments.
November and December intramurals have started and a few new sports and games have
been included. We started our Dodgeball tournament in late November. We will be continu-
ing until the end of December. This year is exciting because we have approximately 130
students participating. Dodgeball will be alternating with Volleyball as there are 50 students
signed up for this activity. A schedule as been posted outside the PE offices and can also be
viewed on the gatorsathletics.com web page. Whenever the gym is used by another activity
intramurals will continue with the latter rounds of the Ultimate Ninja Competition. Please
ensure that your child listens to morning announcements for changes to the schedule.
Golden Gate students rock a new look in
support of Prostate Cancer!
On Monday, November 28 Golden Gate students
looked very distinguished sporting moustaches and
hats for the school's very first Movember Monday.
Moray Park For a $1 donation, students received a moustache
We have students that are leaving school to wear for the day and had the choice of complet-
grounds at lunch and are heading to the park ing their look by wearing their own hat. This great
looking group of students (and staff) raised
on the corner of Moray and Bruce Ave. This
$140.00 which will be donated to Prostate Cancer
is an unsupervised area so students need to Research.
be careful when they choose to go there.
Please chat with your child about this and how École Golden Gate Middle School
they need to make safe choices when leaving
Celebration of the Arts
Recently we have also had students trespass- Cabaret
ing on neighbouring properties. This is not an Wed., Jan. 11, 2012
acceptable behaviour for our students. Please Centro Caboto Center
encourage your child to remain on school
grounds to avoid any of these issues. 1055 Wilkes Avenue
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Social studies enables students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to understand Canada and
the world in which they live, to engage in active democratic citizenship, and to contribute to the betterment of
The goals of social studies learning in Manitoba from Kindergarten to Senior 4 are divided into the following cate-
gories: Canada, The World, The Environment, Democracy, and General Skills and Competencies.
With respect to Canada, social studies enables students to:
• acquire knowledge and understanding of Canadian history and geography
• appreciate the achievements of previous generations whose efforts contributed to the building of Canada
• critically understand Canadian political structures and processes and the institutions of Canadian society
• fulfill their responsibilities and understand their rights as Canadian citizens
• understand and respect the principles of Canadian democracy, including social justice, federalism, bilin-
gualism, and pluralism
• analyze Canadian public issues and take rationally and morally defensible positions
• develop a sense of belonging to their communities and to Canadian society
• respect Aboriginal perspectives, francophone perspectives, and the perspectives of the many cultural
groups that have shaped Canada, past and present
With respect to the world, social studies enables students to:
• acquire knowledge and understanding of world history and geography
• respect the world’s peoples and cultures through a commitment to human rights, equity, and the dignity
of all persons
• develop global awareness and a sense of global citizenship
• understand and appreciate the role of international organizations
• analyze global issues and take rationally and morally defensible positions
• develop a commitment to social justice and quality of life for all the world’s peoples
• assess questions of national self-interest and the interests of other countries and the world as a whole
With respect to the environment, social studies enables students to:
• acquire and apply geographic skills, knowledge, and understanding
• recognize that a sustainable natural environment is essential to human life
• assess the impact of human interaction with the environment
• propose possible solutions to environmental problems
• live in ways that respect principles of environmental stewardship and sustainability
With respect to democracy, social studies enables students to:
• critically understand the history, nature, and implications of democracy
• assess alternatives to democracy, past and present
• understand the history and foundations of parliamentary democracy in Canada
• demonstrate a commitment to democratic ideals and principles, including respect for human rights, prin-
ciples of social justice, equity, freedom, dissent, and differences, and willingness to take action for the
• participate in public affairs in accordance with democratic principles
• critically understand the role of various institutions in civil society
• recognize that democracy involves negotiation and that political and social problems do not always have
• identify ways in which Canadian democracy could be improved, and work to improve it
• participate as informed citizens in the ongoing debates that characterize democracy in Canada and the
• take a stand on matters of fundamental principle or individual conscience
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Early Dis- French Camp
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Canspell Winter Band
Spelling Bee and Choir
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