End of Semester 1 and Winter Celebration Activities

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Dear Parents/Guardians of Middle School students,

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of Semester 1 in the 2021-22 school year.  And what a semester it has been!  We are so proud of our students and what they have accomplished despite challenges.

Semester 1 Grades and Comments:

Teachers will be submitting final grades on December 14.  Semester 1 report cards will be emailed to parents on December 16.

Celebrating the End of the Semester:

We have worked very hard this semester to ensure a rich program for your children.  This has included a wide range of activities, speakers, assemblies, and even a health and wellness conference for students.  The end of the semester will be no different!  We are planning on a very strong, exciting end to the semester filled with enriching activities that your child – and you – can participate in.  This will start on December 15 with our morning assembly and advisory and will conclude on December 16 with a Winter Celebration consisting of interactive and enrichment activities. This short video that I made for the students explains the day more in detail: 2021 Winter Celebration

Winter Celebration – 6th Annual Gingerbread House Challenge:

We are continuing our tradition of hosting a Gingerbread House building challenge for our students. We hope that you can help support your child by purchasing a few items for them to use to build their gingerbread house on Thursday, December 16.  Below, you will find a list of recommended items.  These can be purchased at Citimart, Co-op Mart, or Annam Gourmet.

We want to thank you for the tremendous support you have given SSIS, our teachers, and your children during this semester. Our community certainly has come together to support each other during virtual school.  We hope that your child enjoys this celebratory end of the semester.

Happy Holidays,

Molly Burger
Middle School Principal


What you need to make a Gingerbread House

For the structure of the house:

  • 1-2 boxes of flat, rectangular-shaped crackers/cookies (coconut crackers,) 
  • The “glue” – royal icing or frosting ( to hold the crackers together). This can be homemade or purchased.  

If you want to make the “glue”, here is what you need-

  • 1 ½ Cup (180g) powdered sugar (or take regular sugar and grind it up until it is super fine)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) warm water 
  • ½ Tablespoon (10g) light-colored corn syrup
  1. Combine the warm water and corn syrup in a small bowl and stir.
  2. Put the powdered sugar in a bowl.
  3. Slowly add the water and corn syrup mixture to the sugar, stirring as you go.
  4. Check how thick the frosting is.  If it is too thick, you can add more water (but just a few drops at a time).

Decorations for your house: 

Anything fun and colorful! For example:

  • Small candies
  • Dry noodles (different shapes, colors)
  • Dry beans (different  shapes, colors)
  • Small shaped crackers and cookies
  • Marshmallows
  • Pretzels
  • Seaweed sheets
  • Use your imagination – but it must be edible