Number 6, November 21, 2013

Hi, everyone.  

It is snowing out!!!

Firstly, I would like to begin by thanking all parents and caregivers who took the time this week to participate in the Parent-Teacher conferences.  We had a very good turnout both nights.  The staff certainly appreciates the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your childís/childrenís education.  If anyone of you were unable to attend and would still like the opportunity to talk with any of the teachers simply contact the office and we will make sure to pass on the message.

Next, I would like to thank everyone involved with the organization of the Remembrance Day service on November 7th at the school.  Also, I would like to commend the students of Souris School for the respectful behaviour they displayed during the service.  Great job, everyone.

Congratulations to the players, coaches, and managers of the Varsity Football team.  You had a very successful season.  Unfortunately you did not get the result in the final that you had hoped for but each of you acted with class and dignity in defeat.  We are all very proud of you.

Volleyball is just about wrapped up, but basketball has begun.  Thank you to all of the coaches that put in countless hours to support our student-athletes.

Have a great long weekend everyone.

To be yourself
In a world that is constantly trying to
make yor something else is the greatest

                             Ralph Waldo Emerson


For this year's Christmas Concert we are excited to present our “Christmas Caroling Extravaganza”. It is a combination of audience sung Christmas Carols and student/class performances and includes all Early Years grades from Kindergarten to Grade 6.  We cannot wait to share and sing our favorite Christmas classics with everyone.  Since we are paying tribute to the Classics of Christmas I was hoping that someone would have an electric fireplace to lend to the School for the performance.

Thanks for your involvement and canít wait to see you there!
ïMrs. Tide


Congratulations to Cassie Rekken and Alex Harasymchuk who joined the Brandon University Band to perform two songs.  Well done!

Concert Information:
Winter Concert is quickly approaching.  The Souris Concert is on Tuesday, December 3rd with a start time of 7:00 p.m.

Grade 7 students help with setting up the gym and are asked to arrive at 6:10 p.m.  They will set up and then proceed with a quick warm-up.

Students and family members in grades 8-12 are asked to help with tear down whose last names begin with A-K.

Senior Band and volunteers from grade 8/9 will also be performing in Hartney on Monday, December 2nd.  Bus will be leaving the school at 3:40 go to Hartney for an after-school rehearsal.  The Senior Band rehearsal will last from about 4:20 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  The 8/9s that are volunteering will also have an 8/9 rehearsal at 5:45 p.m.  Reminders to bring your Band uniform and pack a supper or bring money to purchase a supper.  There are microwaves available in the canteen.

As always, feel free to use the Band website for updates and downloads:

See you at the Winter Concert!

ïPaul Cwir

The Souris School Middle Year's Leadership will be holding a movie night December 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Tickets, popcorn, and a drink will be sold for five dollars, or you could purchase just a ticket for three dollars. Any children under the age of five will get in for free! Our leadership group will be announcing the movie next week, but we promise it will be a good one that is suitable for all ages! All of our profits will be donated to help families whose lives were affected by Typhoons in the Philippines. So come out on December 6th for a night of fun and help raise money for a good cause!

MS. OíBrien is looking for a used couch for her classroom.  She would come and pick it up.  Please call her at 204-483-0550 or at the school at 204-483-2161.  Thanks.

is where we find it,
but rarely where
we seek it.
                             J. Petit Senn

Microwaves Needed
We are in need of additional microwaves in our canteen area for student use at noon hours.  If you have a used microwave that you would be willing to donate to the school, please contact Mrs. Rolfe at 483-6233.

Tell Them From Me
Our grades 4-12 students will be participating in an on-line survey that provides students an opportunity to provide valuable, anonymous input and feedback towards our continued effort of increasing our schoolís effectiveness.  Letters have been sent home to all parents with additional information.  If you have not yet received your letter, please feel free to contact Mrs. Rolfe if you have any questions.

K-8 News
A huge thank you to all parents and students who attended our parent/teacher/student conferences.  We value this opportunity to share student progress and touch base with you.  

Christmas Caroling Extravaganza
Our practices are now in full swing for our Christmas Caroling Extravaganza that will be performed on Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m.  Please see the schedule below for the remaining practices for each of the performing groups.  We encourage parents to promote attendance of all students participating, as our performance date is quickly approaching!  In order for all students to be prepared for this event, we do need them to attend these practices.
Grade 1/2 ñ November 27, December 3, 9, 13, 18
Grade 3/4  - November 28, December 4, 10, 16, 18
Grade 5-12 ñ November 26, December 2, 6, 12, 18
All practices will take place during the students noon hour.

Thank You To Our Coaches!
A huge “thank you” to Mrs. Sobry and Miss Zadorozny for their hours of time that they dedicated to our Middle Years Girls and Boys Volleyball season.  The players made great progress in the development of their skills throughout the season.  Without our coaches generously offering their time and support, this extra-curricular sport would not be available to our students.  Thanks, again!

We have had quite the busy month!  For Halloween, we had a costume contest as well as a pumpkin carving contest.  The winners of the costume contest were Jessie Robbins and Matt Williams for ëthe best coupleí as Woody and Jessie, Kristen Leverington and Kaylee Butterfield for ëcutestí as Coke and Diet Coke, Zach Miner for ëfunniestí as a princess.  Leyna Murphy and Alix Sabeski for ëmost creativeí as a bra, and ëbest overallí went to Sarah Palson as a marshmallow man.  

The best pumpkin was carved by Brendan Roberts, Kelvin Wright, Tyler Laursen and Scott McLaughlin.

We also have a lot of upcoming news this month.  We are having Mustache Monday on November 25th in support of prostrate cancer.  We encourage everyone to paint a mustache on to raise awareness.  We are asking Middle Years and Senior Years to donate $1.00.  We will have tables set up at 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. so that you can come and get your face painted or make a donation!  We will also be selling candy canes that will be delivered on December 16th.  You can get 1 candy cane for $1.00, or 3 candy canes for $2.00.  Sales start on December 2nd.  Also, we will be raffling off 3 spots from the staff parking to students again.  You can buy one ticket for $2.00 or 4 tickets for $3.00. Make sure to get your tickets so you can stay warm this winter!  

In December, we are also looking forward to a Spirit Week, as well as the highschool hockey team hosting the Christmas Classic on December 20th at 12:30.
        Student Council Media Rep.
        Alissa Swaenepoel

The Student Council has a box set up in front of the office for Coats for Kids.  Please bring in any coats your kids may have outgrown and we will see they get to some kids who could use a warm coat.  Please make sure they are clean.  Thank you in advance for helping us with this project.

It is only November and already we have two large Tupperware containers, of mostly clothing, turned into the Lost and Found.   This is just the Middle and Senior Years end, although the odd piece from Early Years may have been thrown in also.   Please feel free to stop by and check through the containers to see if you can find any articles your family may be missing.  The clothing will be washed and sent away to the Samaritan House soon, as we are running out of room.
New View and Course books have arrived for many colleges and universities.  Stop at the Career Center to pick one up.

Interesting notes:  80% of the students enrolled in Booth University College are enrolled in Social Work.  Winnipeg Technical College has the shortest waiting list for the trades programs in Manitoba. Brandon University now offers a Combined Honors Major where students can pursue different interests and combine them into a major.

Scholarships approaching their deadlines are:
        Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship
        TD Scholarships for Community Leaders
Please see me for further information.  ïMrs. Cynthia Delaurier
Pencils of Promise works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children,  no matter where they were born or what resources they have.  Pencils of Promise has broken ground on over 150 schools throughout the world.
Education is a cause thatís truly important to us, so we are excited to join the Pencils of Promise movement that empowers lives around the world by increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $500.00. For every $25 that Pencils of Promise receives a child has access to education for one year.  There will be a draw to win a Pencils of Promise T-shirt for your class!  For every dollar your class donates you get your classroomís name entered into the draw.  First collection day will be Wednesday, November 27th.  Thank you for your support.  Everyone has promise.  Education unlocks it.
Unfortunately, our Tassimo collection must come to an end this week. We are currently on a waiting list for a shipping location. We look forward to starting this most worthwhile cause as soon as one becomes available.  Thank you for your support. We will be in touch!

        ïSocial Justice Fighters


Still looking for any grade 6, 7, or 8-level books you might like to donate to the school.~~Specifically, the Percy Jackson series, the Wrush series, Maximum Ride, The Hardy Boys, and/or Scott Westerfeld and Gary Paulson.
ïThanks, Miss Birch!

For information on Souris PAC:
call Mandy at 204-483-2595
Families are busier than ever these days, so brief monthly meetings and a few group activities through the year make the Parent Advisory Council a great way to stay connected to the school community.
Anyone looking for more information can:
ïcall Mandy at 204-483-2595

Varsity Girls
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls who finished league play on November 5th with a 3-1 victory over Boissevain.  Leading the way offensively was Kristen Leverington with 11 kills and 7 aces.  Niamh McKenna had 10 kills while Sarah Paulson added 6.

The girls travelled to Portage last weekend for their last regularly scheduled tournament.  On Friday they faced tough competition from Elton, Virden and Steinbach and dropped to the consolation side.  On Saturday they lost to Kenora in 3 then defeated Neepawa and Rossburn to finish out the day.
        ïRhonda Young

Junior Varsity Boys
The Junior Varsity Boysí volleyball team travelled to Killarney November 13th to compete for the zone and league banner.  They battled off Reston quickly in the first game.  They faced feisty Killarney in the final.  They lost the first set 25-18.  The Sabres came out on fire but unfortunately could not hold the lead and lost 30-28 in the second.  After being down 10-1 in the third set, the boys battled back but unfortunately lost a close, nail biting set 30-28.  The boys showed determination and fight through the entire match but ended coming up a bit short.  Great season boys, you have so much to be proud of.
        ïCoach Sara Grona

Varsity Boys
The Varsity Boys Volleyball Team travelled to Brandon on November 1st to compete in the Neelin Tournament.  The boys started off strong defeating the Crocus Plainsmen to open tournament play.  The boys continued to play well, as they took teams from Hamiota and Thompson to three sets.  On Saturday, the boys started off strong again, defeating a team from The Pas in an exciting match.  Unfortunately, they could not continue with their momentum, and lost to teams from Dauphin and Forrest.   All Sabres played well on the weekend, and leading the way was Matt Williams, with 4 stuff blocks and 10 digs.
        ïCoach Rachel Prevost

is not in things;
it is in us
                         Richard Wagner

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Congratulations to the Sabres Football team for an awesome season!  The team came in first in their division with 6 wins and 2 losses.  They won the semi-final game against Neepawa 22-21 advancing them to the final.  They dropped their final game to the Dauphin Clippers.  The team played a hard game but lost by a score of 39-7.  


Graduating players are Brett King, Sebastian Goal, Aaron Turnbull, Nathan Greig, Danny Peaslee, Michael Goal and Andrew Davis.

Good Luck boys in the future.

                ïMs. Theresa OíBrien


22      Neepawa at Souris ñ 8:00 p.m.
23      Dauphin at Souris ñ 4:30 p.m.

1       at Dauphin ñ 2:15 p.m.
7/8     Killarney Tournament


22      Admin Day ñ NO CLASSES

2       Hartney Band Concert ñ 7:00 p.m.
3       Souris Band Concert ñ 7:00 p.m.
18      Christmas Carolling Extravaganza  7:00 p.m.
20      Last day of classes
Jan. 3  Christmas Holidays ñ NO CLASSES

6       First day of classes

17      Louis Riel Day ñ NO CLASSES
18      Optimist Festival somewhere within 18-21
24      Divisional PD Day ñ NO CLASSES

14      Admin. Day ñ NO CLASSES
28      Admin. Day ñ NO CLASSES
April 4 Spring Break ñ NO CLASSES
7       First day of classes
18      Good Friday ñ NO CLASSES
21      PD Day ñ NO CLASSES

151     SY Band Tour somewhere within 11-15ish
19      Victoria Day ñ NO CLASSES

3       Band Concert at Souris School
4       Band Concert at Hartney School
23      Souris School Grad
26      Report Card Pick Up and Early Dismissal
27      Admin. Day ñ NO CLASSES

Palliative Care Memory Tree
In memory of loved ones lost, please consider the purchase of a light for our memory tree.

All funds go to assist with items required by Palliative Care Clients in hospital, at home or in the Personal Care Home.

The memory tree will be lit December 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and will be located between Kowalchuks and the Post Office.  There will be a short program and everyone is welcome to attend.

Donations accepted at Souris Health Centre or Town of Souris Office.  Receipts supplied for donations over $20.
Students, are you looking for work??
The Co-op is looking for a couple of students to work after school and Saturdays.~This will be for inside work so you only need to be 15.
Contact:  Debbie Eshpeter
Pembina Consumer Co-op, Souris Home Centre  Phone:~ (204) 483-2137
Fax:~~~~~~ (204) 483-2351

The Souris/Glenwood Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring SANTAíS WORKSHOP

WHEN: Wednesday  December 4th 2013
WHERE: Souris Friendship Centre (Formally the Drop In) Crescent Avenue, Souris
TIME: 5:30PM to 7:30PM
COST: $10.00 per gift, there is no limit on the number of gifts each child can purchase. ie: Mom, Dad, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, special friend.

For those of you unfamiliar with Santaís Workshop I will try to explain. Local merchants will bring in gifts suitable for children & adults which have a value of $10.00 plus, which they are willing to sell to the children for $10.00 tax included. An adult will meet your child and collect the appropriate money, give your child a coupon(s) to purchase gift(s).

If you desire, an adult will accompany your child to assist in choosing a suitable gift.  The child will then proceed into the room where the gifts are displayed, they will hand in their coupon, receive their chosen gift then proceed to a table where several volunteers will be on hand to assist in wrapping and labeling the chosen gift(s). The parents(s), guardian(s) are not allowed in the gift room, they can either stay & visit or go shop for a period of time. We have been doing this for several years as it has proven to be very popular with children & adults. If you have any further questions donít hesitate to call Sheila Kirkup 204-483-3116.


We are excited to announce that has now launched the Find Me ID app.~ The app replaces traditional child identification programs with a new tool that parents can rely on to access their childís vital information anywhere, anytime.~~

Right in the palm of their hand, parents can access their childís electronic ID card, which includes a current photo as well as vital information about their child. The app allows parents to quickly disseminate their childís pertinent information in the event of an emergency to their local law enforcement agency, or other emergency contacts, as well as to for additional support. ~The app also features a direct link to caseworkers for additional support in a crisis situation.~

The Find Me ID app is equipped with prevention and safety information for parents as well as a list of immediate steps to take should their child go missing.~ Parents can rely on built in prompts to update their childís photo or a parent can update as they wish, for example, prior to attending a day camp or going shopping at the mall. Having updated photographs on hand can be an invaluable tool should any child go missing. The Find Me ID app is free, password protected and available on most models of iPhone and Android.

To download the app for Iphone or Android, please visit the Istore or googleplay.~

To sign up to be notified when the Find Me ID app is available for Blackberry, please visit the site

Lindsay Lobb, Supervisor
Canadian Centre for Child~Protection
tel: 204 945.7502~fax: 204 948.2461

Photos Wanted
Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba invite residents of Westman to submit a digital or photograph for use by the Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba Foundation Inc. in their “Cash Calendar”.  Images should reflect the people, life and landscapes of Westman.  Photographs should be taken horizontally.  All entries must be received on or before January 6, 2014.  A set of rules and entry form are available in the office or with Miss Hannah if you are interested.

SOURIS SKATING CLUB Labels for the Stuff Kids Lose!  “Mabelís Labels” are dishwasher and laundry safe personalized labels.  Shop and order at:

Great for school supplies, lunch boxes, sports equipment and clothing.  This fundraiser runs September 4/13 to March 31/14 in support of the Souris Skating Club.
English Language Class
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 ñ 9:00 p.m.
Souris School Business Ed Lab
No Cost.  Please join us.  Please bring your immigration papers for registration.  If you have questions, please contact Deanna at 204-858-2646 or Bruce at 204-573-0970.

November 22nd-24th
Enderís Game ñ Rated PG
114 min. Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Stars:  Harrison /ford Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld  The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack.  Ender Wiggk a brilliant young mind is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth

November 29th ñ December 1st
Thor:  The Dark World     Rated:  PG 13
112 min.  Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Stars:  Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Movie Times:  
Friday, Saturday, Sunday ñ 7:30 pm
Admission Prices:  Adults - $6.00,
Students - $5:00, Children (under 4) - $4.00

Wrinkles should
merely indicate where
Smiles have been.
          Mark Twain
Upcoming Community Programs
483-5214 or

Zumba - Mondays and Thursday  
September 16 - December 2
No Classes on Holidays
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Souris Community Hall
10 punch pass $100
20 punch pass $170

Adult Community Badminton
Wednesdays and Sundays - starting September 18
7:30pm - 10pm
Subject to school availability
Bring your own racquet

Adult Community Volleyball
Thursday - starting September 19
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Subject to School Availability

Children's Recreational Hockey
Saturdays  8am - 10am
November 2 - March 16
Souris & Glenwood Memorial Complex
Cost:  $85.00

Walking in the Complex
The Complex is open during the day for walking.  Pedometers available at the recreation office

Daily soup & 1 pkg crackers                     2.75
Hot Dog~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~            2.75
Hamburger~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                       3.75
Cheeseburger~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                       4.00
Pizza Pops~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~            2.00
Sandwiches: Ham, Chicken, Cheese~       ~~~~~~~~~3.25~~                       
Caesar salad with 1 dressing                    3.50
Chicken Caesar Salad with 1 dressing            4.25                     
Chicken Wraps ñ with 1 dressing~                4.00~
Extra salad dressings ~ ~~~~~~                    .25
Extra crackers~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~~~~                        ~.25

Specials ñ Daily specials are 4.25
Monday-Grilled Cheese & Bag of Veggies~~~~~~~~~~
Tuesday ñ Taco in a Bag
Wednesday ñ Peroghies (6) & sour cream
Thursday ñ Chili & a bun
Friday ñ Pizza
Monday ñ Chicken Burger
Tuesday ñ Taco in a Bag
Wednesday ñ Mac & Cheese
Thursday ñ Pulled Beef
Friday ñ Pizza
Veggie bag & dip~~~~~~~~~~      1.75~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Old Dutch Chips~~~~~~~~~~~      1.00
Long Johnís~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    1.50~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hot rod~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~          1.25
Rice krispie cake~~~~~~~~~      1.00~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Beef Jerky~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    1.75
Puffed wheat cake~~~~~~~        1.00~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Apple fritters~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    1.50
Cookies~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~         .75~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Muffins~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~         .75
Donuts~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  1.25
Twister~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~       1.50~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Fruit ( in season)~~~~~~~~      1.00

Apple juice or orange juice 300ml bottles - 1.50
White or chocolate milk - small 1.50, large 1.75

No Classes November  22nd

your long weekend.

Stay Warm