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Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

February 23, 2024

Dear Eagle Families,

This week, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to our teachers and staff for their unwavering commitment to providing a nurturing and enriching environment for our students. Their passion shines through in everything they do, and it's their support that empowers our students to be so successful.

 

On Tuesday we are excited to have the BC Lions “not just a bystander” presentation. I encourage our students to embrace the message of doing what we know is right, overcoming obstacles, and making choices to not only help others, but ourselves…

 

As always, communication between home and school is key to supporting our students' success. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you'd like to share, please don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team as we work towards creating the best possible growth opportunities for our students.

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child's education. I'm excited to see all that our students will achieve this week and beyond.

 

Warm regards,

 

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School

Important Dates:

February 28 - Pink Shirt Day
February 29 - PAC parent info session - 7:00 PM - DRMS
March 6 - PAC parent info session - 7:00 PM - DRMS
March 7 - Early Dismissal 2:00 pm; parent teacher conferences
March 13 - PAC meeting - 7:00 PM - ZOOM
March 18 - March 29 - Spring Break - no school
April 1 - Easter Monday (Stat) - no school


**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office so we can update their attendance.

Parent Corner:

  • Purdys orders are opened: 
    The PAC fundraiser is open now until March 3rd for ordering.
    To purchase please click HERE or copy and paste the link below:
    https://fundraising.purdys.com/1921672-115051
  • The next Don Ross PAC parent series - Feb 29th 7:00 PM - tickets are available here
    Save the date - March 6th 7:00 PM - parent series with the RCMP
  • ‘In the Know’ Free events in March for families and adults who are parenting a child or youth with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Register here. See attachment for more info.
  • Ministry of Education and Childcare Information - Parent Sessions on Youth Substance Use - see attachment for more information and to register.

Councellor’s Corner:

Deep breathing is a commonly used technique for relief from anxiety. However, some people find it actually makes things worse. Here are a few tips to make deep breathing more helpful. 1) Practice continuous deep breathing for 2 minutes minimum. Any less than 2 minutes and it won’t have the desired calming effect. 2) Instead of breathing into your stomach, imagine your ribs expanding. Send your breath there and keep your shoulders relaxed. 3) Your exhale must be longer than your inhale. Try to breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds and out through your nose for 6 seconds. 4) Finally, any breathing you practice in times of stress will be more effective if you practice it in calm moments first. This way, your body remembers the peace you felt at those times and can return to it more quickly.

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

February 15, 2024

Dear Eagle Families,

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope this message finds you all safe and well as we find a minute to celebrate love, friendship, and kindness today and every day. Valentine's Day is not just about romantic love, but also about showing appreciation for the wonderful people in our lives. It's a day to spread joy and positivity, whether it's through small acts of kindness, heartfelt gestures, or simply spending time with loved ones.

 

At Don Ross, we believe in fostering a culture of inclusivity and compassion. Let's take this opportunity to reach out to those around us, offering smiles, compliments, and support. Let's celebrate our friendships and the bonds that bring us together as a school community. If you are with friends, family, or enjoying some time alone this weekend, remember that you are valued and loved just as you are.

 

Have a great (long) weekend.

 

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School

Important Dates:

February 15 - Making sense of SOGI in schools - parent info night 6:30 - Squamish Elementary
February 16 - Pro D Day - no school
February 19 - Family Day (Stat) - no school
February 21 - PAC meeting - 7:00 PM - DRMS Library
February 21 - French immersion parent info meeting - 6:00 PM - DRMS Library
February 21 - Grade 9 immunizations make-up date
February 22 - Grade 9 Howe Sound Secondary parent info night - 6:00 pm - Eagle Eye Theatre
February 28 - Pink Shirt Day
February 28 - PAC parent info session - 7:00 PM - DRMS

**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office so we can update their attendance.

Parent Corner:

  • Purdys orders are opened: 
    The PAC fundraiser is open now until March 3rd for ordering.
    To purchase please click HERE or copy and paste the link below:
    https://fundraising.purdys.com/1921672-115051
  • The next Don Ross PAC parent series - tickets are available here
  • February 22nd at 6:00 pm: Parent information session for all incoming parents to HSS (all grade 9 families) at the Eagle Eye Theatre. This session will provide parents with valuable insights into course selection and requirements for their students. Students will be attending a session on February 20th
  • ‘In the Know’ Free events in March for families and adults who are parenting a child or youth with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Register here. See attachment for more info.
  • Ministry of Education and Child Care Information - Parent Sessions on Youth Substance Use  - see attachment for more information and to register

Coaches Corner: 


Councellor’s Corner:

“Only in still waters can we see our reflection”- William D. Parham

Taking time for stillness can be really challenging but it is an essential part of wellness. If we keep our schedule so busy that our waters are always turbulent, we will not be able to notice how we are feeling, whether we need rest, or if we need to take the time to consider an important decision before making it. Finding the time for stillness could look like bringing a book instead of your phone while you wait for gymnastics pickup. It could also look like taking 20 seconds to look out the window and away from your screen to allow your eyes to focus on something in the distance. Moments of stillness are small yet the impact can be great. 

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

January 19, 2024

Dear Eagle Families,

First of all, some thank yous; thank you to our PAC for another enriching meeting (we are so grateful for your support for our school). Thank you to our French Immersion families that tried to join our meeting on Wednesday (we will set up another one, that works for everyone this time…). Thank you for the tireless efforts of our parents working with us as partners to grow these amazing humans that make this beautiful space, we call Don Ross Middle School.

As we look ahead, I wanted to share with you some highlights and initiatives related to social-emotional learning (SEL) and the sense of belonging that we are fostering at our home at Don Ross. 

Our school is not just a place of learning; it's a community that values and embraces each student for who they are. We take immense pride in the caring environment that our students, parents, and educators contribute to every day. Together, we are building a school culture where kindness, empathy, and inclusivity are at the forefront.

Our teachers are dedicated to weaving social-emotional learning into the fabric of daily lessons. From fostering effective communication skills to nurturing resilience in the face of challenges, our goal is to equip students with the emotional intelligence necessary for success not only academically but also in their personal lives. We believe that a strong foundation in SEL skills empowers our students to navigate the complexities of the world around them.

A special focus for this year has been continuing to create a belonging beyond the classroom walls. Our extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports teams are designed not only to develop skills but also to provide a space where every student feels valued and accepted. We encourage students to explore their interests and passions, fostering a sense of identity and community that goes beyond academic achievement.

We recognize the crucial role you as parent/guardian play in nurturing the social-emotional well-being of our students. We invite you to engage in conversations with your children about their experiences at school, their challenges, and their triumphs. By working together, we can provide the support and guidance necessary for our students to flourish both academically and emotionally. Thank you for trusting us with the education and well-being of your child. Together, we are shaping not only successful learners but also compassionate individuals who will make a positive impact on the world.

Happy Friday! 

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School





Important Dates:

January 26 - Pro D Day - no school
February 2 - Indoor Track Meet 2024
February 5 - Beginning of Quarter 3
February 8 - Virtual Parent Session - Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities Parent 
        presentation- 6:00 PM (see attachment to register)
February 16 - Pro D Day - no school
February 19 - Family Day (Stat) - no school
February 21 - PAC meeting - 7:00 PM

**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office so we can update their attendance.

Parent Corner:


  • We will have a limited number of Don Ross Eagles T-shirts available for purchase for $15. Wear your team color & represent your school! Information for where, when and how to purchase to follow.
  • A reminder that grade 8 students will be doing the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) project from February 5-9. 
  • Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities Parent presentation - Free virtual event, 6:00 PM, February 8. See attachment for more details.

Coaches Corner: 

Our basketball teams are going great guns this week. The grade 8 boys lost narrowly to Sentinel in the North Shore league with an excellent comeback with some fantastic play pressing the court. The grade 8 girls won against Argyle in the North Shore Championship 30 points to 16 in a physical game. The players played extremely well and continued their route to the provincials. The grade 9 boys lost narrowly in Whistler in their first game by 46 points to 34. Go Eagles.

Grade 7 volleyball - you have a tournament coming up this Wednesday, January 24th afterschool. Go Eagles.

 

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

January 12, 2024

Dear Eagle Families and Students,

Happy New Year! We hope this message finds you refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for an amazing start to the remainder of the school year. Welcoming everyone back, we're excited about the opportunities and adventures that await us in 2024. The start of a new year is a chance for fresh beginnings. Whether it's setting new academic goals, making new friends, or exploring new interests, let's embrace the opportunities that come our way!

As you may have noticed, there has been a temperature drop and the feeling of winter has very quickly settled in. Just a few friendly reminders to ensure a safe and successful winter season for all. Layering is a good strategy to stay warm, don't forget hats, scarves, and gloves, hydration is essential in cold weather, check the forecast, and good health habits like handwashing can help prevent the spread of germs.

Remember, staying warm is not just about the temperature—it's about the warmth we share as a community. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you'd like to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Your feedback is crucial in keeping Don Ross the amazing school it is, let's make 2024 extraordinary!

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School

Important Dates:

January 17 - Virtual PAC Meeting 7:00 pm 

January 17 - Virtual French Immersion Information Session 6:00 pm

January 17 - Grade 9 Immunizations

January 18 - Early Dismissal 2:00pm - Teacher Collaboration

January 26 - Pro D Day - no school


**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office so we can update their attendance.

Parent Corner:


  • We will have a limited number of Don Ross Eagles T-shirts available for purchase for $15. Wear your team color & represent your school! Information for where, when and how to purchase to follow.
  • A reminder that grade 8 students will be doing the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) project from February 5-9. See attachment for more information.
  • Safe, Caring and Respectful Digital Communities Parent presentation - Free virtual event, 6:00 PM, February 8. See attachment for more details.
  • The next PAC meeting is Wednesday Jan 17th on zoom at 7:00 pm
  •  The next PAC parent information series is available on eventbrite now! It will be held on Zoom, January 24th, from 7-8:30 pm. Poster attached and link here: eventbrite
  • PAC will be having a Purdys fundraiser in the spring! Stay tuned for details.
  • A reminder to order your 2023-2024 yearbook. We have a limited number available at the reduced cost of $50. Prices will increase on February 14. See School Cash Online to order. See attached photo as a sneak peak!
  • Don Ross Hockey Academy - New Parent Zoom Meeting - February 7th at 7:00 pm
    Topic: Don Ross New Parent Meeting
    Time: Feb 7, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89742718097?pwd=HllElRneXlmHH3tDWHBx9I6b2SOYlY.1
    Meeting ID: 897 4271 8097
    Passcode: 143424

 

Counsellor’s Corner:

We have the opportunity to welcome Bekah Jones from Child and Youth Programs and PEACE Counselling at PearlSpace (formerly Women’s Centre) to grade 8 classes at the end of the month. Bekah will present to grade 8 classes on internet safety, social media, and consent. This content is particularly relevant for youth today and also provides a good opportunity to continue the discussion at home. Please reach out to the counselling team if you have any questions. 

Coaches Corner: 

Congratulations to the grade 8 boys basketball team who beat Rockridge on Wednesday 60-54, coming from being 18 points behind in the first half. The team is playing great basketball and performing really well in the North Shore League.
Come and support your grade 8 boys and girls and grade 9 boys basketball team. Check the athletics page on the Don Ross website for the schedules.


Hot Lunch:

Hot Lunch is back up and running, with our first lunches starting next week. We thank you for your patience as we switched ordering platforms.

Hot Lunch Program

We are happy to announce that you will now place your hot lunch orders online using MunchaLunch.com!

You can pay for your orders online by credit card (Visa/Mastercard). We have had to increase pricing by a small margin to cover credit card transaction fees.

HOW TO REGISTER:

 1)  Go To:  https://munchalunch.com/schools/donross

2)      Click the “Register Here” button (as shown below). The system will guide you through. If you already use MunchaLunch for another school, click on “Transfer Schools” 

3)      After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order

4)      Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

 ORDERING INFORMATION:

Online ordering will be OPEN from December 21, 2023.
Please ensure you are only purchasing lunch for the correct grade dates. Your student will not get their lunch if it is purchased for the wrong day

  1.       Tuesday, Grade 7 – all orders in pink
  2.       Wednesday, grade 8 – all orders in green
  3.       Thursday, grade 9 – all orders in blue

If you need assistance with ordering please contact the office: [email protected]
Our thanks to the Don Ross Middle School Parent Volunteers who help make this program a success!

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

December 22, 2023

 A Festive Farewell and Holiday Wishes!

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we've had so far this school year. It's been a joy to see our students grow, learn, and build lasting friendships within our Don Ross community. As we bid farewell to the classrooms and halls for a well-deserved break, I want to express my gratitude to our dedicated students, passionate teachers, and supportive parents who make our school the vibrant and nurturing learning environment it is.

It's a time to appreciate the moments we've shared and the achievements we've celebrated. May the holiday season bring warmth to your homes and hearts, filling them with love, laughter, and beautiful memories. During this break, I encourage all of us to take a moment to relax, recharge, and spend quality time with family and friends. Whether you're snuggled up with a good book, enjoying the winter wonderland outdoors, or simply savoring some well-deserved downtime, I hope this break provides you with the rejuvenation needed for a fantastic start to the new year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a joyful New Year!

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School


Upcoming Dates

Winter Break - Dec 25 - Jan 5 


**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office.


Parents Corner: 

Hot Lunch Program

We are happy to announce that you will now place your hot lunch orders online using MunchaLunch.com!

You can pay for your orders online by credit card (Visa/Mastercard). We have had to increase pricing by a small margin to cover credit card transaction fees.

HOW TO REGISTER:

 1)  Go To:  https://munchalunch.com/schools/donross

2)      Click the “Register Here” button (as shown below). The system will guide you through. If you already use MunchaLunch for another school, click on “Transfer Schools” *make sure you search Brackendale, not Squamish.

3)      After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order

4)      Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

 ORDERING INFORMATION:

 Online ordering will be OPEN from December 21, 2023. The first hot lunch date is the week of January 16, 17, 18
Please ensure you are only purchasing lunch for the correct grade dates. Your student will not get their lunch if it is purchased for the wrong day

  1.       Tuesday, Grade 7 – all orders in pink
  2.       Wednesday, grade 8 – all orders in green
  3.       Thursday, grade 9 – all orders in blue

If you need assistance with ordering, please contact the office: [email protected]
Our thanks to the Don Ross Middle School Parent Volunteers who help make this program a success! 


Counsellor’s Corner:

The counselling team at Don Ross wishes you a very wonderful holiday and a period of rest for your friends and family during the transition to the new year. Below are listed some resources to pass on to the young people in your life. We suggest adding these numbers to their contacts in case of an emergency. Take care and see you soon.  

 Kids Help Phone: +1 800-688-6868

24 Hour Crisis Line: 9-8-8 

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/suicide-prevention/warning-signs.html

Coaches Corner: 

Congratulations go to the grade8 boys basketball team who beat Whistler Secondary School 60-31 with a convincing performance with all players playing a great game. Check out the Athletics page on the school website for future games after the Xmas break. Go Eagles!

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

December 15, 2023

Dear Families,

Embracing the Festive Spirit:

As we approach the final week before the much-anticipated holiday break, I want to extend a warm hello to each member of our wonderful middle school community. This time of year is special, filled with joy, celebration, and a sense of togetherness.

Congratulations to our talented band students and Mr. Flynn and his team. Last night was a wonderful showcase of their musical prowess. Thanks to those of you who were able to be a part of this memorable event. Thanks to staff, students and family for making our passion for music shine! 

 As you know, the holiday spirit has taken hold of our school, and you'll notice the festive cheer radiating from every corner. Our Door Decorating Contest is in full swing, with each classroom transforming into a winter wonderland. Winners will be announced next week! As a final note, as we immerse ourselves in these festivities, let's also take a moment to reflect on the importance of kindness, gratitude, and the joy of giving. The holiday season is not just about decorations and concerts but about coming together as a community and appreciating the bonds that make our school special.

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School


Upcoming Dates

December 22 - last day of school before winter break

Winter Break - Dec 25 - Jan 5 


**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office.

 

Affordability Fund:

 

We are mindful that many families in our community struggle with the increased cost of living. We want every family to know that they are eligible for financial assistance through the Food Security Affordability Fund, no questions asked. If you require access to the affordability fund, please reach out to the office - [email protected] 


Parents Corner:

Social Media Awareness - see attached document for event info and to register online


Counsellor’s Corner:

Many families will have heard reports of sextortion in the media recently. Remember that online abuse is never the victim’s fault. An open conversation about consent and sharing intimate images digitally can sometimes be awkward but it is an important part of learning how to navigate social media for young people. Please reach out to the counselling team at Don Ross if you are interested in learning more or accessing some recommended resources. 

Coaches Corner: 

The grade 8 girls had their first basketball game on Monday beating Whistler Secondary convincingly by 67-10. The team played well linking up for some excellent passing plays scoring convincingly from around the key. On Tuesday they played their first North Shore game against Collingwood losing to a strong team but putting on a proud performance. They play next week on Wednesday 19th at Handsworth School.

 The grade 8 boys played their first game of the season on Wednesday 13th beating St. Thomas Acquinas school by 50-41 putting in an all-round impressive performance. You can come and see them play their first game at DRMS at 4pm on Monday 18th against Whistler. Go Eagles!

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

December 8, 2023

Dear Don Ross Families,

We hope this message finds you well as things are starting to ramp up for Christmas. We are, once again, so proud of the progress of our student academics, athletics and citizenship this term.  Just a reminder to families who may be looking for some financial support and help over the holidays please let us know and we will do what we can to help out! 

We are excited to announce an upcoming event that promises to add a festive touch to the holiday season! Starting December 5th, we are hosting a door decorating activity for our students. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their creativity and spread some holiday cheer throughout the school. We encourage your child to participate and get involved in the festive spirit by decorating their classroom door. We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful door decorations on December 20th. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Warm regards,


Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School


Upcoming Dates

December 14 - DRMS Winter Band Concert

December 22 - last day of school before winter break

Winter Break - Dec 25 - Jan 5 



**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office.

Affordability Fund:

 

We are mindful that many families in our community struggle with the increased cost of living. We want every family to know that they are eligible for financial assistance through the Food Security Affordability Fund, no questions asked. If you require access to the affordability fund, please reach out to the office - [email protected] 



Parents Corner: 


Band Concert: We will be holding our concert on Thursday December 14th at Don Ross Middle School between 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 5:45 pm for families and friends to watch our wonderful musicians. Both the Junior and Senior concert bands will be performing a selection of pieces that we have been preparing this term. All are welcome to come out and see the show! At the beginning of the concert, we will also be collecting donations for the foodbank, we look forward to seeing you at the concert and bringing our community together!

Concert Date: Thursday December 14th, 2023, 6:00 pm
Where: Don Ross Middle School MPR Stage
(Performers to arrive at 4:30 pm to warm up and set up)


Counsellor’s Corner:

We are in the darkest days of the year and nearing the holiday season. This is both a very exciting and sometimes challenging time for many families. Remember to go gently with yourself and others as expectations and emotions can run high during the transition between scheduled time at school and less scheduled time during the holidays. It can be helpful to use the refrain: Recognize, Accept, Reconnect, to reset during stressful moments. Recognize the challenge at hand, Accept the things we can’t change, and Reconnect with the purpose of the holiday which is to spend time resting and celebrating with family and friends. 

Coaches Corner: 

Next week sees the start of our basketball season at Don Ross Middle School with the grade 8 girls playing their first game at home on Monday 11th December at 4pm followed by a game at Collingwood School in North Vancouver. The grade 8 boys travel to St Thomas Acquinas on Wednesday 13th December in North Vancouver. All games start at 4pm so players and drivers should be ready to leave the school at 2:15.

Please consult the school website Athletics page for the games’ schedule and list of cancelled practices this season. Go Eagles!

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

December 1, 2023

Dear Don Ross Families,

I hope this message finds you well as we enter the festive month of December. As we embrace the holiday season, it's inspiring to witness our student’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and I encourage parents to continue fostering a love for education at home. It's hard to believe that we're already nearing the end of the calendar year, and what a remarkable journey it has been at the home of the Eagles.

This month marks a special occasion for me as your principal. It has been my second December since I joined this incredible community (I often think of my school year from Christmas to Christmas :). Reflecting back, I am immensely grateful for the warm welcome and support I have received from students, parents, teachers, and staff. The collaborative spirit within our school truly makes Don Ross a beautiful and nurturing environment for academic and personal growth for your young people.

We know that sometimes the Christmas season can be complicated, and in the spirit of caring and compassion, Don Ross can help. Please reach out to me or my team to see what we can do to help out. As always, my door is open for any questions, concerns, or feedback you may have. Communication between home and school is vital, and I value your input as we work together to ensure the success and well-being of every student at Don Ross.

Warm regards,

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School

 

Upcoming Dates

December 14 - DRMS Winter Band Concert

December 22 - last day of school before winter break

Winter Break - Dec 25 - Jan 5

**Reminders**

Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office.

 

Affordability Fund:

 

We are mindful that many families in our community struggle with the increased cost of living. We want every family to know that they are eligible for financial assistance through the Food Security Affordability Fund, no questions asked. If you require access to the affordability fund, please reach out to the office - [email protected] 



Parents Corner: 

Parent Advocacy Training – Level One

 Are you compassionate and willing to help people? Do you know how to find accurate information? Do you understand how policies, procedures and processes are implemented? Do you feel the need to speak up when others don’t? These are just a few of the skills needed to be a parent advocate. Parent advocates are parents in the district that have been trained to assist other parents navigate an issue or situation at school that may require additional support. Parent advocates volunteer their time to help ensure our children and youth are treated fairly with dignity and respect, allowed to express their views, and participate in decisions that affect them.

 Parent Advocacy Training – Level One will provide an overview of what Advocacy is, and isn’t, as well as review the code of conduct and confidentiality clause. We will also work through a few common scenarios often affecting families in your school district.

Date of training: Monday, January 29th from 9:30-12:30. Please email [email protected] if you are interested.

  • December PAC meeting cancelled

 

Counsellor’s Corner:

Resilience is something young people are developing every day. While we never wish for difficult experiences in our youth, we know that challenges are an inevitable part of life. Having a toolbox of phrases you can practice with your child or teen when things are tough can be helpful. Recently Harvard psychologist Dr. Cortney Warren identified 9 phrases that emotionally resilient people use daily. For example: “I can get through this”, “What can I learn from this?”, “I’m letting this go”, and “This, too, shall pass” are phrases that can be practiced at home, school, or anytime we face obstacles. Although they seem simple, the underlying tone of all these phrases is the sentiment of resilience and the capacity of the speaker to successfully cope with whatever comes their way.

Coaches Corner: 

Can all grade 8 boys and girls basketball teams and the grader 9 boys basketball team please check the school website for their playing schedules this season.

Athletics – Departments & Programs – Don Ross Middle School (sd48donross.org)

The following grade 7 practices are cancelled:

  • Tuesday, 19th December
  • Tuesday, 9th January
  • Tuesday, 16th January

Don Ross Middle School Weekly Bulletin

Friday, November 24, 2023

Dear Eagle families,

I hope this message finds you well as we approach the end of November. As we head into the holiday season, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the wonderful students, dedicated staff, and supportive community that make our school a special place. With the winter weather settling in, I want to emphasize the importance of dressing for the weather and safe bus travel. Please remind your children to be cautious when getting on and off the buses, especially in slippery conditions. 

We are also once again actively reminding our students about the importance of appropriate conduct in the school bathrooms. This includes using facilities responsibly, disposing of garbage in designated bins, and respecting the privacy of others. By instilling these values, we continue to contribute to a positive atmosphere for all students.

If you ever have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated staff or myself. Thank you so much once again for your partnership as we grow our young people together. 

Have a great weekend! 

Graham Jackson
Principal, Don Ross Middle School

 

**Reminders**

- Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to learn each day. If they arrive late, they need to check in at the office.

Parents Corner: 

 

Unfortunately, hot lunches have been canceled until the end of December.
Processing of refunds for those who have paid is underway; contact the office if you have any questions.

 

Counsellor’s Corner:

 “You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.”- Pema Chödrön

This image reminds us that our emotions are temporary visitors, not permanent parts of our personality and character. Instead of asking the young people in your life, “How are you feeling right now?” try out, “If you were a type of weather today, what type of weather would you be?” The image of a storm cloud, a rainbow, misty rain, or a clear cold sky can often give more insight into the inner world of a teen than basic emotional descriptors. This may also welcome a conversation about how emotions come and go, just like the weather. Sunny days can turn to rain, and clouds can fade just as easily. The sky, however, always remains constant. 

 

Coaches Corner: 

Congratulations to our grade 7 girl's teams who played in the grade 7 district wide tournament this past Wednesday. The DRMS blue team tied for first place winning all their games, while the DRMS red team won two of their four games with convincing performances all around.

 We look forward to our next grade 7 tournament on Wednesday 24th January – a date for your calendar.

The basketball schedules will be up on the Athletics noticeboard in the gym and on the school athletics web page by the end of the week, with loads of games planned for all grades. Watch this space for more news. Go Eagles!