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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Message from the Principal


Message from the Principal Cont’ Counsellor’s Notes


Society Office Grade 9 Celebration Grade 12 Graduation


Grade 12 Graduation - Map


In Their Own Words Jump Rope for Heart


Buddies Program Egg Baby


Fine Arts - Drama


Fine Arts - Music Notes


Food Sciences


Track and Field


Track and Field Cont’d


Senior High Badminton Soccer


Exam Schedule


Activities for May


As we move into May and June, it is interesting to look back and consider all the things that have gone by. We have spent about 160 days or 1280 hours learning, sharing, growing and celebrating together. I am sure each and every person in our school has had an individual mark of success and will find others before the end of June. In the coming 40 school days, we can fully expect more of the same! We hope to see parents join us at many events in May and June. Please watch the updates for the details on our Academy Awards Days, Grade 12 Graduation, Grade 6 and 9 Celebrations, Drama Production, Spring Musical, Sporting Events, Volunteer Day and the final Parent/ Teacher IPP Sign Off Day. To close, this past week we had the opportunity to celebrate with 37 of our students at our 3rd annual Moves Mountains Breakfast. Even though there were 37 in attendance, the sentiment shared could easily be relayed to all of our Academy students and I hope that in the coming 40 days we will find ways to celebrate with them. Below are my closing comments at the Moves Mountains Breakfast. I hope that you appreciate the ‘secret ingredients’ for a successful community of people who are moving their own mountains. Principal’s Moves Mountains Speech When considering how to close this morning’s event, I thought it would be appropriate to answer the question, “How do you move a mountain?” Knowing this mountain is not made of rock – but of individual challenges in learning.

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The simple answer is, it takes a community... and in this case that community

includes parents, board members, staff and students. I then thought, if it was that simple, everybody would be moving mountains, everyday, everywhere, all the time, and we all know, this is just not the case. So I suppose the real question is, “What is so special about our community that allows our kids to Move Those Mountains?” To answer this question, I had no choice but to consult the history books and see what others have told us about Moving Mountains. I quickly found that this idea is so powerful that it was first recorded in the bestselling book of all time, The Bible. In Corinthians, Chapter 13, Verse 2, it is stated: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can Move Mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” Students, I think we’ve found our first secret ingredient, LOVE. Let’s take a moment and thank the parents for the unconditional love they always display. Shortly after discovering the Bible quote, I came across a quote from another prophet, Celine Dion. In one of her songs, she proclaims, “With a little faith, just a little trust, if you believe in love, you can move mountains.” We can thank Mrs. Dion for our next two secret ingredients, FAITH and TRUST. All the success celebrated here today would not be possible without a trusting board and a group of teachers and support staff that show endless faith in each student’s potential. To get our last secret ingredient, I de-

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P R I N C I PA L ’ S M E S S A G E C O N T ’ D cided it might be best to consult a doctor... Dr. Seuss. In his seminal work, “Oh the places you’ll go,” the good doctor says, “So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed. (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed). Kid you’ll move mountains.” Ah ha! From the Doctor we get our final secret ingredient, BALANCE. The students who sit here with us today have found balance in their academic and extra-curricular lives. They have persevered, performed, competed and led – all the while finding a life balance that has helped them move their own mountains, and for that, students, congratulations. So to answer the question, “What is so special about our community that allows our students to move those mountains?” We can say that it is a community that exudes love, faith, trust and balance. To close, I believe the staff, students, board members and parents here at Rundle Academy – more than any aforementioned author – truly understand what it takes to move a mountain.

Guest Speaker Rosemary Breton

I believe that we, through academics, the arts, athletics, leadership, post secondary and life beyond have the potential to take the “dis out of learning disability,” (Grayson Klimek, 2012) and to show the world, what it takes to move a mountain!

Joey Gardner and Ms. Davidson

Dr. Miller, Bette Bradley, Soren Bradley

COUNSELLOR’S NOTES We can see the end of the tunnel! Grade twelve students have, for the most part, received acceptances at university/college, and are gearing up for one last push towards their last series of diploma examinations. Grade eleven students are aware of what high school courses are needed to not only graduate from high school, but what courses they need to apply for colleges and universities. We will be offering Spanish 10 next year and so many are excited about taking a new academic course at the Academy. Junior High grade nine students have all chosen their courses for their grade ten year, and are looking forward

to experiencing all that high school has to offer. Grade seven and eight students are realizing how important grade nine marks are, as these marks will determine what choices students have in high school course selection . . . the better the grades, the more options available! The elementary grade students have been exceptional this year; we have seen great strides in their academic and emotional growth. Let us hope that the warm weather will bring a renewed vigour and that they will finish off the year with excitement and great expectations for next year. Dr. Miller, School Counsellor

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Uniform Store Hours All Year Monday to Thursday - 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Friday - 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. (store closed daily)

GRADE 9 CELEBRATION The Grade 9 Celebration for students in grade 9 and their families will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at the Al Azhar Shrine Centre. This is a beautiful location by the river in Northwest Calgary and the event is a chance for students and their families to celebrate their junior high achievements and say farewell to the last of their junior high years. The evening begins with a buffet-style dinner and is followed by a short program with brief speeches given by the administration, teachers and representatives of the grade 9 class. There will be a video featuring each student and we will end the evening with a group picture. Parents of grade 9 students, please watch for email invitations to arrive soon. Please RSVP via email to by Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Please note: dinner tickets must be purchased for the grade 9 student and other guests that attend.

G R A D E 1 2 G R A D UA T I O N Academy Students in Grades 6, 9, 10, 11 

The Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013.


Full dress uniform (blazer) is required.


Busses will take students and teachers to the Eckhardt-Gramatte Theatre in the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary for the ceremony. The busses will leave at 10:30 a.m. Students will not have a lunch hour this day.


The ceremony should end at approximately 12:15 p.m.


Students will be brought back to Rundle Academy for regular school dismissal.

Grade 12 Students


Once the busses arrive at the Rozsa Centre, teachers will help show students to their seats.


Must be at the Rozsa Centre by 9:00 a.m. to get into their robes and do a run-through.


Grade 12 gentlemen need to wear dress pants and a collared shirt (preferably white) and tie. Grade 12 ladies may wear an open neck or collared shirt and skirt or pants.

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G R A D E 1 2 G R A D UA T I O N All Grades 6, 9, 10 and 11 Rundle Academy students will be in attendance at the 2013 Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony, which will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013. The busses that will be taking the students to the Eckert-Gramatte Theatre in the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary for the ceremony will be leaving the

Academy at 10:30 a.m. (students will not be given time to eat lunch this day). Once the busses arrive at the Rozsa Centre, students will be directed to the Eckert-Gramatte Theatre. Staff will be there to give directions. Students will be brought back to Rundle Academy for regular school dismissal.

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS How Our Alumni Continue to Move Mountains Danielle Cook ’05 Since Graduating from Rundle Academy, I attended Mount Royal University and I completed a general arts degree. Soon after, I started working in the insurance industry. I am currently working at Wawanesa Insurance, where I have worked as a receptionist to senior administration assistant. Rundle to me is always going to be the first place that I really felt supported and encouraged to go after what I wanted in life. The Academy built up my confidence in myself and made me realize my potential!




On Monday, May 6th the Elementary students had their kick-off assembly for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart. Six students from the Elementary practiced for only 45 minutes with our guest speaker, Karla, to learn several skipping routines and activities. Amanda Petti and Charlotte Warme, grade 4, Soleil Huck and Jaxson Rogers, grade 5, and Elisabeth Faircloth-Nunn and Ryan Campbell, grade 6, were all chosen to represent their school in the assembly. They did an excellent job skipping and even got the crowd excited by their amazing skills! The Elementary students are very excited and pumped up for the upcoming Skip-a-thon later in the month.

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BUDDIES PROGRAM The Grade 6 and 12 Buddies Program has been extremely successful this year and the activities are feeding this experience. On May 2nd, the students had the opportunity to play together in a Bounce House, dunk one of the grade 12's in the Dunk Tank and play some team building games. This will definitely be one of the highlights of the program this year!

EGG BABY Responsibility is, by all definitions, a rather weighty word in the English vernacular. While the goal of any teenager is to gain their independence at school, home and in life, the anchor of responsibility serves to stymie the satisfaction sensationalized by this seemingly freeing engagement. For a week in April, during CORE, all Junior High students had taken on the challenge of being responsible for another life. On April 22nd each grade 7, 8 and 9 student became the proud parent of an egg baby. This required a great deal of selflessness and accountability as these infants needed a delicate touch and a lot of attention. Some students rose to the challenge, admired by all as they exhibited parenting skills they never knew they had. Other students learned valuable lessons as their children were seen abandoned in parking lots, bouncing down staircases, suffering fates so dire it could bring the hardest man to tears. The Dalai Lama once said, “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” Even though their babies may have been an “other form of life”, we hope this project helped to further “anchor” the student race to independence as there may be more valuable lessons yet to learn.

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FINE ARTS - DRAMA Rundle Academy Drama Club Presents

May 14 – 17, 2013 7:30 p.m. email to reserve tickets Adults $10 - Children/Students $5

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FINE ARTS - MUSIC NOTES Elementary Spring Musical - Dreamcatcher The Elementary Spring Musical is on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and are available for purchase from Ms. Pumphrey. Elementary students must be at the school by 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Music Monday For the fourth year in a row, Rundle Academy music students joined Rundle College Primary to participate in "Music Monday." It is a celebration of music that occurs on the first Monday in May each year. This year was extremely special, as there was a connection to the International Space Station. The official song, "Is Somebody Singing" was written by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. He performed it from the International Space Station on Monday May 6th, while a million students across Canada also performed it at the same time. It was the very first space-earth concert! After performing the official song, students from the Academy entertained the Primary students with a variety of music. Some of the crowd favourites were "Twist and Shout" and "Kick Drum Heart." All of the Academy students did a fantastic job!

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FOOD SCIENCES Food for Thought. Here is a nice, quick and easy recipe for Middle Eastern Gyros. This recipe can be done in the oven or on the BBQ. The trick to this recipe is to be generous with the spices, and to make your own homemade Tzatziki Sauce. Middle Eastern Gyros Ingredients Chicken Tomato Garlic Cucumbers Lettuce Onion Salt Pepper Seasoning Yogurt Garlic Powder Onion Powder Italian Seasoning Gyros Seasoning Dill Pita Bread Preparation             

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and place in bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of Gyros seasoning. Add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Add 3 tablespoons of yogurt. Add 1 tablespoon of dill. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Add 1 teaspoon of onion powder. Mix together and coat chicken. Put chicken on baking pan and bake meat until done. Cut tomatoes and lettuce. Cut onions and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Microwave for two minutes. Use to garnish Gyros.

Tzatziki  Peel, de-seed and cut cucumber.  Add 4 tablespoons of yogurt to cucumbers.  Smash 2 cloves of garlic and add to cucumber mixture.  Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.  Add 1 teaspoon of oregano.  Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mix together and put on Gyros.

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On Friday, May 3rd, 2013, all of Rundle Academy participated in our annual Track and Field Day at Glenmore Athletic Park. All students and teachers were involved in this event, and the day went off without a hitch. The weather was beautiful, and it made the day even that much better! The morning started with the 800m Elementary race and 800m Junior/Senior High race. The students all competed very well in these events. We then broke off into groups based on grade, and spent the rest of the morning participating in other events, including discus, shot-put, long jump, high jump, and 100m sprints. At lunch time, we enjoyed a delicious hot dog lunch, prepared by Ms. Scott and Mr. Palmer, and supplied by the PAC. The food was appreciated by all staff and students. The afternoon ended with the always entertaining Staff versus Students 4x100m relays! Of course, the students bested the staff in both races, but everyone involved had a good strong showing. Thank you to all who helped out, and I look forward to another great Track and Field Day again next year! Mr. Waterbury

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SENIOR HIGH BADMINTON Congratulations to the following members of the Senior High Badminton team for a great effort and successful tournament as they won their second straight CISAA badminton banner for 1J schools. Thank you to all who came out to practice but could not go to the tournament. Tournament Team: Mia Berloni, Stephanie Berry, Jonathon Boland, Jason Buckley, Jesse Buker, Gabe Colpitts, Taylor Evans, Natalie Heaton, Curtis Holloway, Taylor Quantz, Ashley Yee Jason Buckley

Curtis Holloway

Intermediate Boys Singles Gold Medalist

Junior Boys Singles Silver Medalist

Senior Boys Singles Gold Medalist

One Time Calgary High School Boys Badminton Zone Challenger

Two Time Calgary High School Boys Badminton Zone Challenger

SOCCER Rundle is happy to have a soccer team return to the Academy this spring. We had a ton of interest and are happy to be able to join the Grade 8/9 co-ed league for the season. The team has had a great start to their sea-

son so far with a great group of keen, committed players, and have really impressed the coaches. Here's to a fun, successful season!

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EXAM SCHEDULE Rundle Academy June 2013 Exam Schedule Date May 13 May 15 June 4 June 5 June 12 June 13 June 17 June 17 June 17 June 17 June 17 June 17 June 18 June 18 June 18 June 19 June 19 June 19 June 19 June 20 June 20 June 20 June 20 June 21 June 21 June 21 June 24 June 24 June 24 June 24 June 24 June 25 June 25 June 25 June 25 June 25 June 26 June 26 June 26 June 26 June 27 June 27 June 27

Exam ELA 9 Part A ELA 6 Part A ELA 7 Part A ELA 8 Part A ELA 30 Part A Social 30 Part A ELA 30 Part B ELA 6 Part B Biology 20 Chemistry 20 ELA 20 Part B for students in Math 10C Science 10 Social 30 Part B Math 6 ELA 20 Part A ELA 20 Part B for students in Bio 30 Science 6 Social 10 Part A Math 20 Biology 30 Social 6 ELA 20 Part B Math 10C Social 10 Part B Social 20 Part A Math 31 Science 9 Chem 30 Social 20 Part B Math 7 Science 8 Math 30 Social 20 Part B for students in Chem 30 Math 9 ELA 7 Part B Social 8 ELA 9 Part B Physics 30 Science 7 Math 8 Social 9 Social 7 ELA 8 Part B

Times 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 2:30 9:00 - 2:30 9:00 - 2:30 9:00 - 11:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 12:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 11:30 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 11:30 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 12:00 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 2:30 9:00 - 2:00 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:00 9:00 - 1:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:10 9:00 - 12:30 9:00 - 12:30

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May 13

ELA 9 - PAT - Part A

May 14-17

Drama Club Production - Aladdin (7:30 P.M.)

May 15

ELA 6 - PAT - Part A PARTY Program - Grade 9 Students

May 17

Rally (Not a Dress Down Day) Senior High Track and Field

May 20

Victoria Day (No School)

May 24

Volunteer Day Dress Down Day

May 28

Elementary Spring Musical - Dream Catcher (7:00 P.M.)

May 29

Junior High Zone Track and Field

May 31

Grade 12 Graduation - Full Uniform Grade 12 Students, Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall in the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (9:00 A.M.) Ceremony - Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall in the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (11:00 A.M.)

June 3

PAC Meeting (7:00 P.M.)

June 4

Grade 9 - Celebration Cocktails (5:30 P.M.) Dinner (6:30 P.M.)

June 6

Academy Awards Day - Full Uniform (1:00 P.M.)

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