Thursday, 22 December 2016

Principal's Message for December

To our families of École Golden Gate Middle School,

I would like to thank Mme Buchanan for her 27 years of teaching at École Golden Gate Middle School. Mme Buchanan recently announced her retirement and we wish her all the very best as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. Thank you Mme Buchanan for your commitment and dedication to teaching and to the students of Golden Gate over your career.

Our Great Gator Celebration took place on December 21st! Congratulations to all the students who were recognized for their contributions to the academics, arts, athletics, and/or special achievements. Monthly, students are nominated as Great Gators “Student of the Month” in the areas of band, choir, art and athletics. We had a special awards winner in the area of athletics, academics and special achievement in recognizing a former student, Kienan LaFrance. Kienan, who attended Golden Gate and later Sturgeon Heights, is a member of the Ottawa Red Blacks of the CFL who recently won the Grey Cup! There is Nothing Greater than Being a Gator!

This past week we had lots of fun enjoying Spirit Week! Unfortunately, due to the cold weather we had to cancel our Ice Bucket Challenge but had lots of fun with other activities. We did a great job in raising food items for the Christmas Cheer Board! We were able to provide a “huge” hamper for three families! Way to go Gators for your spirit of giving! Thank you to our Student Leadership team for organizing the week for all of us to enjoy and to help families this holiday season!

In athletics, basketball season is underway. Atomic basketball will begin after the winter break and we encourage students still interested in the game to come out. Just a reminder that we appreciate parental support in driving our students to games, but please ensure that you have completed the Driver’s Authorization Consent Form in advance of transporting any students. Yoga has turned out to be popular amongst students and staff, and is offered Friday mornings at 8 am.  Morning Track and Field will start following the holidays, with sprints, relays, hurdles, jumps and throws.

It is important to review and remind our students of the expectations with regards to snowballs. As this has been a practice since the early years in elementary school, students should understand for safety reasons that snow must be left on the ground at all times. There is no place for throwing snowballs as someone will potentially get hurt, and it is not permitted on or off school property. Students who are not cooperative in following the rule may face disciplinary action.

We are still accepting the Student Self-Assessment/Parent Comment forms that accompanied each student's report card on December 6th.  We appreciate our students and parents taking the time to relay their thoughts, both positive and otherwise.

Our Open House for prospective students will take place on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm in the gym.  If you currently have children attending Golden Gate, and have a child in grade 5, we look forward to seeing you out! Next year as a result of the reorganization phase-in, Golden Gate will have English programming for grades 6 to 8, and French Immersion programming for grade 8’s.

Pre-printed student registration forms, which will include student information for our current grade 6 and 7 students, will be going home with the students early in January and we would expect them to be returned as soon as possible. All registration forms must be handed in to the student’s homeroom teacher by January 27th. Prospective incoming new students will be provided a registration form on January 27th. These registration forms will be made available at your child’s elementary school. Registration forms will also be made available online as of January 27th for our new students.

Here are the Open Houses that will be taking place at the High Schools for our grade 8 students for next year……

John Taylor Collegiate, 470 Hamilton Ave. Thursday, February 16

St. James Collegiate, 1900 Portage Ave. Monday, February 13

Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, 2665 Ness Ave. Tuesday, February 14

Westwood Collegiate, 360 Rouge Rd., Wednesday, February 15

**All Information Evenings for the High Schools begin at 7:00 p.m.

Important dates to remember:

December 23 - Winter break begins

Monday, January 9 - Students return to class Day 5

January 18 - 7 pm Open House

January 10 and 24 - Early dismissals

January 10 - 6 pm Ski Trip Parent/Student Meeting in the Gym

January 26 - 7 pm Grade 6 Band Concert

February 7 and 21 - Early dismissals


I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Merry Christmas!

Yours respectfully,

Mr. D. Kalynchuk



Friday, 16 December 2016

Spirit Days December 19-22

Torture the Teacher ballots may be submitted up until Thursday, Dec.22nd. Collections will be outside the office during lunch.

Monday is Colour Day- grade 6 wear green, grade 7 wear red and grade 8 wear white.

Tuesday is Santa Hat/Hat Day

Wednesday is Ugly Sweater Day- if you don't have one, make your own!

Thursday is PJ Day

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, December 20:  Early dismissal at 3:05
Thursday, December 22: Last day of classes before winter break
Friday, December 23: Winter break begins
Monday, January 9: Happy New Year - classes resume
Tuesday, January 10:  Early dismissal at 3:05
Wednesday, January 18: Golden Gate Open House for grade 5 students
Tuesday, January 24: Early dismissal at 3:05

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Principal's Message - November

To our families of École Golden Gate Middle School,


On behalf of my teachers and administration, I would like to thank our school community for their tremendous support in the turnout of our Student-Led Conferences. The Passport to Learning theme allows parents to visit each of the subject areas and see what their child is learning. It was a busy evening and our teachers enjoyed seeing so many parents out. It was a great opportunity for parents to bond with their child and support their learning.


As we move into December, there are some important events taking place. December 8th at 7:30 pm is our Winter Concert which is being held at Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate. The concert will feature our grade 7 & 8 Concert Bands, grade 7 & 8 Jazz Bands and Choral groups. A concert featuring our grade 6 students will be held on January 26 at Golden Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Our next Great Gator Celebration will take place on December 21st! We look forward to the opportunity to recognize students who have been nominated by teachers or by their fellow students. Students nominated must meet the criteria in two of the following areas of academics, athletics, arts, or citizenship. The submissions must provide information relevant to those specific areas and the Great Gators committee meets to review the submissions in determining the students. Monthly students are nominated as Great Gators “Student of the Month” in the areas of band, choir, art and athletics.


Report cards will be distributed in homerooms on December 7th.  Every student will participate in their own self-assessment reflection and students will be expected to take the reflection home with their report card envelope to be signed. Please return the assessment sheet along with the envelope by Monday, December 12 to their homeroom teachers. All returned forms and envelopes will be entered into a draw for an iTunes gift card that will be drawn and announced during our GatorBytes.


In athletics, volleyball seasons have all been completed. I would like to thank the coaches for providing our students with this opportunity to play a great game, and also to our players for their dedication and commitment to each other as teammates, their coaches, and to the game!  Thank you to our parents for driving our students and for completing the Driver’s Authorization Consent Form. Basketball tryouts are now under way! Please see the gym calendar for practice schedules as well as for the intramural schedule. Yoga will be added to the schedule on Fridays!

Thank you in advance to our student leadership team for planning Spirit Week later in December. The activities planned are also a great way to contribute towards the Christmas Cheerboard. 


Now that we have had our first snowfall, it is important to review and remind our students of the expectations with regards to snowballs. As this has been a practice since the early years in elementary school, students should understand for safety reasons that snow must be left on the ground. I enjoy watching students build snow forts and “snowmen”, but there is no place for throwing snowballs as someone will get hurt, and it is not permitted on or off school property. Students who are not cooperative in following the rule may face disciplinary action.


Cell Phone Policy

Students are aware of our cell phone policy - that they are not permitted out during class time. Students have time to access their phone before the school day, during their 5 minute breaks and during the lunch hour. Students not respecting the cell phone policy will have their cell phone confiscated and may face disciplinary action. Just a friendly reminder that this is also our workplace.


Our Open House for prospective students will take place on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm in the gym.  If you currently have children attending Golden Gate, and have a child in grade 5, we look forward to seeing you out!


Important dates to remember:

  • December 6 and 20 are divisional early dismissal days. Students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m.
  • December 7 Report Cards
  • December 22 Last Day of School before Winter break
  • Monday, January 9 Students return to class
  • January 18 7 pm Open House
  • January 10 and 24 Early dismissal at 3:05 p.m.
    Let us have a great month of December! Go Gators!  
    Yours respectfully,
    Mr. D. Kalynchuk

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sturgeon Heights presents Les Miz

The musical theatre students of École Sturgeon Heights Collegiate present "Les Miserables" from November 30 - December 3!  Shows are 7pm at the Sturgeon Heights Theatre. Tickets are available through the school website:

Friday, 4 November 2016

Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day assembly will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, and will
begin at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.  Parents are invited to attend, however seating is limited. 
Our local Legion has provided poppies, and ask that everyone donate whatever they
are able.  Donations may be given to homeroom teachers or to the office.  Thank you.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Important School Dates

School Photo Orders are due Monday, October 17th.
Early Dismissal Tuesday, October 18th at 3:05.
No School Friday, October 21st due to Inservice.
School Photo Re-Takes Tuesday, November 1st.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wake-Up Breakfast at Golden Gate

Our "WAKE-UP" free breakfast program will begin Monday, September 19th at 8:15 a.m. This free and nutritious program is open to all students, and takes place every morning. Meet us in room 9 (next to the Art room).  See you there.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Principal's Welcome Message

New Information for Remind Setup

"Remind" is a simple way to stay informed about what's happening in your child's class.  By joining the teacher's class on Remind, you are choosing to receive class messages via push notifications, SMS or e-mail.  Your phone number will not be shared with the teacher or anyone else in the class.  The instructions below will replace the sheet given at the Triad Conferences.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Welcome Golden Gate Families

École Golden Gate Middle School Family Barbeque

Tuesday, September 12th  4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Meet your child's teachers

Staff will be on hand to assist parents in setting up
their PowerSchool Parent Portal accounts between 5:30-6:00.

Celebrate Gator spirit with students and staff!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Welcome Back!

Our first regular day of classes is Friday, September 9th, at 8:58 a.m. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Happy Summer Everyone!

The office is open June 30th, 8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. for late report card pickup and will re-open Thursday, August 18th at 8:15 a.m.

Parents may book Triad Conference appointments on Conference Manager beginning August 29th at 8:30 a.m.  Please enjoy a safe and happy summer break.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

TD Summer Reading Club

TD Summer Reading Club is a FREE library program that encourages children to continue their reading efforts over the summer months, while having fun and preventing learning loss at the same time!  Children ages 0-12 are welcome to join the club, simply by dropping in to any of our 20 library branches across the city, and registering for the program. 
Registration for the TD Summer Reading Club opens on Monday, June20th.  All club members receive an official reading kit that includes a notebook, stickers, activity book, and log sheet to track all the great books they read over the summer.  Throughout the summer, young readers will have the opportunity to participate in exciting programs and enter draws for great prizes, including tickets to a Goldeyes baseball game, swim passes, books and more.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Online Safety Information

Dear Golden Gate Families,

Cst. Orlando Buduhan of the Winnipeg Police service has provided some summer online safety tips for our parents/guardians. Please click on the link below if you are interested.
Online Safety Information Link

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Last Day of Cafeteria

The last day to purchase food from the Cafeteria will be this Friday, June 24th.  Many thanks to the Cafeteria staff and student volunteers for preparing and serving hundreds of yummy breakfasts and lunches this year.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Here Comes The Sun

It's time to put away the parkas and bring out the hats, sunglasses and water bottles.  Please remember to stay hydrated when running around outside during lunch and P.E.  The cooler in front of the office is there for students to fill up their water bottles anytime.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Middle Years Reorganization Information

The link below will lead to a new web page dedicated to sharing Middle Years Reorganization information.  You can also find it by going to the St.James-Assiniboia School Division home page, and on the right hand side there is a tab labelled Mid Years Reorganization, click to learn more!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Important GG Dates

  • Tuesday, March 15th     - early dismissal at 3:05                                                                                                                                                                       - Student-Led Conferences from 4:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 18th        - no school (inservice day)
  • March 25th-April 3rd    - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 4th         - school resumes
  • Tuesday, April 5th         - early dismissal at 3:05
  • Wednesday, April 6th   - report cards will be issued
  • Wednesday, April 20th - Parent Advisory Group meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Bus Applications for 2016-2017

Bus applications are now available in the office as well as on the school website.  For students in grades 7 & 8, busing is on a purchase seat basis. Payment of 10 post-dated cheques  for $44.00/month(2-way transportation) or $22.00/month(1-way), dated for the first  of each month and made payable to Ecole Golden Gate Middle School is to accompany the application. If there is more than one child riding, the second child (and all subsequent children)  will ride for half the amount that the first child is paying.  If payment is not received, then the application for transportation will not be processed by the Transportation Department.
It is of the utmost importance that the busing application and post-dated cheques are received before the end of March.  Applications received after April 30th or at the beginning of the new school year may not be processed until later September or early October.  If you have any questions, please call the school at 204-837-5808.
*Purchase seat applications do not guarantee a seat on the bus.
*Please note the price change in next year's fee.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Kids Kamp 2016

The Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology department at Red River College is once again pleased to offer a free workshop for grades 6-8 students.  

We are offering Saturday sessions at the Roblin Centre on Princess St., between February 27th and April 2nd, from 10a.m.-1p.m.  Each Kamp is a stand-alone, 1-day session.  Experienced instructors will introduce basic theory and lead students in developing practical skills, all in a fun learning environment. Registration is first come first served, and is limited to 16 students per session.

For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact Ms T. Presley at

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Recycling at GG

In an effort to reduce the amount of harmful waste in the landfills, we continue to recycle batteries, cell phones and ALL brands of markers, including dry erase and highlighters. We invite our GG families to bring used markers and batteries to the office. Thanks for thinking green!