The Gr. 8s have been investigating life in the Middle Ages including understanding life within the Medieval Castle. The Castle Showcase allowed the boys to share their understanding of all aspects of their Social Studies Middle Ages unit, including political structures, the role of religion, military defence systems and other unique aspects of life in the Middle Ages. The boys showcased their learning with a wide variety of creative castles and displayed their knowledge on the subject matter when explaining their learning to the K-7 visitors to the classroom. The Grade 8 class would like to thank all the students and staff who visited their showcase.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
FRI. DEC. 3 – Ornament Ceremony
FRI. DEC. 3 – ACTION FRIDAY: Altruistic Activities (see below)
MON. DEC. 6 – Healthy Hunger: Subway (Richmond Campus); OPA! (Currie Campus)
FRI. DEC. 10 – Non-instructional Day; NO CLASSES
NORTH POINT GIVES BACK
Altruistic Action Friday – December 3rd
- K-2 Class – Ms. Jenn’s class will be coordinating our Food Bank donations as well as a special gift box activity within their classroom.
- Grades 3-5 – Ms. Glowa and Ms. Bjornson’s boys will be spreading cheer throughout our neighbourhood with our annual Candy Cane Walk. Boys leave Candy Canes with NP best wishes in mailboxes and on doorsteps.
- Grade 6 – Annually the Grade 6 cohort supports giving to the Children’s Cottage. They will again be collecting gifts/donations and then delivering them.
- Grades 7-8 – In addition to spearheading the delivery of filled backpacks to Stephen’s Backpacks, the Grade 7-8’s will spend two hours at the Magic of Christmas Warehouse picking gifts for families and setting up packages for delivery.
- Grade 9 – Our Grade 9 boys will undertake a neighbourhood shovelling (or deliver Candy Canes if there is no snow to shovel) and clean-up project. They will be walking through our surrounding neighbourhoods helping to make our community a better and safer place to be.
- Grades 10-12 – Our oldest boys will have a unique opportunity to help sort and organize all the donations that have been dropped off at the Mustard Seed and prepare the items for distribution at the Foothills Shelter’s clothing & hygiene rooms. We’ve done this in the past and will continue the tradition this year.
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
On Tuesday, December 14th, there will be two performances of the play that our Theatre Lunch Club has been hard at work on for the past several months. At 2:00 pm they will put on a show for the student body and at 6:00 pm parents and siblings are invited to enjoy the performance in the elementary/middle school gym.
Ms. Edna is much more to our school community than being an amazing custodian. She is an integral part of keeping things running smoothly here at North Point. She had a big hand in decorating our halls and here she is with the Gr. 1/2s and the Christmas creations she showed them how to make.
A Good Start!
Thank you to those who have sent items in for the Food Bank and Stephan’s Backpacks (what can be included in a backpack?). We will continue to collect items up until December 14th so keep those donations coming!
The 4th Annual Financial Academy Meme Contest is underway. The challenge is to take a photo and make a meme on a financial topic like Managing Money, Banking, Business, Marketing, Economics or Investing. The contest is open to all students from grades 3-11. It should relate to the student’s everyday life in a fun and creative way. Winners receive a $20 gift card. There will be 1 winner chosen from the grade from each of the grades 3/4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10/11 classes.
Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and clarity of the message. The deadline for submitting memes is Friday, December 10. Prizes are awarded Monday, December 13. Selected memes will be published in an upcoming edition of the newsletter and possibly on our social media channels.
Contest details and highlights from previous years can be found here.
THE INVESTMENT COMPETITION HAS BEGUN!
North Point School has entered The Stock Market Game competition for the sixth year! All students from grades 6-11 are participating. To support the students, we have a Stock Market Game Resource Page with information packages, video tutorials, lessons, and portfolio-ranking leaderboard. To see how students start their investing expedition, watch our 7 Things To Know Before You Start video on YouTube. Beginning with a $100,000 opening account balance, students work together to create and manage a virtual investment portfolio of real-world stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The Stock Market Game runs from December 1 to April 15. There is a $250 prize for the team with the highest equity on April 15, 2022. Competition details can be found here. Visit SMG website for more information here.
Info Regarding Travel Outside of Canada
As winter break approaches and travel plans are being made, we wanted to ensure families are aware of current federal requirements for travel. For families considering travelling outside of Canada, please be aware that under federal travel requirements unvaccinated children under 12 (including those who have had their first of two vaccine doses) are not to return to school for 14 days once they return to Canada. Please see the full requirements outlined by the Government of Canada:
Master Chocolat Update
1,617 chocolate bars have been sold. Thank you for your generous support. We will keep the order form active for any last minute orders. Chocolate bars should arrive next week. We will be looking for volunteers to help organize orders once they arrive.
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What a brilliant and busy month December is turning out to be for North Point athletics. We continue to learn, explore and re-visit athletic skills and the 5R’s through Physical Education. In various classes we have introduced 4 corner soccer, dino-tag, lava run, and we have even reassembled the 9- square set to reintroduce volleying.
Mr Qureshi once again ran Monday morning basketball practice at the Currie Campus for the athletes in grade 9, 10, 11 and 12. If the interest and commitment remains high, after school practices will be added and games will be worked into their schedule as well.
In grade 7/8, the boys had their first off campus basketball practice at the Visions Sports Centre this week. It was a great way for the players to get a sense of a game court as they work toward league play. On that note, the 7/8 Boys basketball team will have the opportunity to take part in an exhibition match next week (Tuesday, Dec 7th). We look forward to this opportunity to help with development and complete the plan for team play! More details to come!
Intramural basketball has begun for the 6’s and sign up for the grade 5’s opens today. The opportunity to play in this setting will help build the skill within the sport and we are continually looking for opportunities to have these athletes take part in extended after school experiences and opportunities.
Wrestling (6, 7, 8)
Our Grade 6,7 and 8 student athletes have really taken to the push and shove of wrestling, and they have gained knowledge and refined their technique with the help of Spartan’s coach, Cody Fariburn. He will be here to help once again next week and this timing is perfect.
With the groundwork in, North Point athletes in grade 6, 7 and 8 are invited to compete for the school in a CISAA FInal Wrestling Tournament next Wednesday. This is open to all North Point students in grade 6, 7, and 8 who have already had the in-class practices and next week we will finalize preparation with a final few in class sessions! This is a novice tournament and a great place for athletes to try it out, test themselves and learn more about things they can do!
Related to this, several of these North Point athletes had an off-campus wrestling session at Rundle College this past Monday. This included training, learning new moves as well as mini-matches. The performance, both on and off the mat impressed the coaches and helped set the stage for this week of training and the final competition.
If your son is available and interested in sign up for the CISAA Wrestling Tournament please read the following details and click the link to confirm attendance:
CISAA Wrestling Tournament
Date: Wednesday, December 8th
Location: Westmount Charter School (2215 Uxbridge Drive NW Calgary)
Time: 3:15PM – 6:30PM
Division: Grade 6,7, & 8
Students will be driven to the tournament. Parents are to pick up their son at the venue once their event is complete.
CONFIRM ATTENDANCE LINK: https://forms.gle/gM42ZCVWiDKmubh17
North Point Soccer Academy – Winter Camp!
North Point Soccer Academy continues to run until December 15th. The growth amongst the players and opportunity to improve has been fun to watch and a positive experience. Several athletes who had not been involved in community soccer have even decided to join the City FC club to get even more touches and a higher level of competition.
City FC is providing another opportunity for those families looking for something active for their boys over the winter break. Calgary City FC will be hosting a 3 day soccer camp:
Calgary City FC – Winter Soccer Development Camp
When: December 27th, 28th, 29th
Where: Viper Dome: 2221 Crowchild Tr.
U5 to U7: 9AM – NOON
U7 to U13: 9AM – 3PM
tele: 403 819-2333
Please contact Coach Comacho directly for a discount code for all North Point families.