TRIP CANCELLED **Optimist Update** No trip tomorrow :(


The bus depot has been in further contact with the drivers and ourselves this evening.  Unfortunately with a Winter Storm Warning and a recommendation that all non-essential travel be postponed the joint decision has been made to cancel tomorrows Optimist Festival Trip.

We are incredibly disappointed not to be able to highlight the students hard work. As a teaching team we will sit down and discuss some different options to replace this trip that we can present to students and parents next Wednesday at the Allan division rehearsal. All parent and student ideas are always welcome.

Thank you for your understanding.



Optimist Festival Trip tomorrow


Just a quick note in reference to potential bad weather tomorrow. In consultation with the bus depot we will be updated at 5:30am if weather conditions are too bad to drive.

I will update the blog with any changes if there are any straight after being notified.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow

6am            @ Aberdeen       and    Colonsay

6:20am                                              Allan

6:30am    Stonebridge Walmart

6:50am                Dundurn Gas Station

Optimist Festival Senior East and West Performance this Friday

Just a reminder regarding Friday:

  • Students come in concert dress but bring a change of clothes for laser tag.
  • Bring packed lunch and money for a gas station stop on the return if you want.
  • Bring Music (Turkish March/Rippling Watercolors) your instruments and accessories.
  • Bus Pick ups:                                                                                                                       – Bus 1:  Aberdeen 6:00am  Stonebridge Walmart (Clavet students) 6:30am           – Bus 2: Colonsay 6:00am  Allan: 6:20am  Dundurn Gas Station: 6:50am
  • Return:                                                                                                                  Bus 1: (Walter Martens, Bus 324) Saskatoon – 6:15p.m.; Aberdeen – 6:45p.m.
    Bus 2: (Gary Grady, Bus 400) 5:50p.m Dundurn; 6:20p.m. Allan; 6:45-Colonsay

Turkish March – Beethoven

Rippling Watercolors – Brian Balmages

Week Ahead

  • Congratulations to the students that took part in the latest fundraiser performing at this past Fridays Saskatoon Blade’s game. Pictures to follow.
  • Grade 5’s and 6’s working on Stormchasing this week for personal practice (all students aiming to be able to perform the first 23 measures and last 8 measures)
  • Division Hub Rehearsal this Wednesday for grade 7-12 – Last Allan Rehearsal before the Regina Optimist Trip:
  • Division Band Trip – March 23rd – Optimist Festival Regina – Please see the attached details for permission forms: Regina Optimist 2018


Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The annual Regina Optimist Festival is again upon us and the Prairie Spirit West and East Senior Bands will be combining to perform. All students will travel down together to take part in the music festival on Friday March 23rd. Following the performance and clinic students will listen to a lunchtime concert with the University of Regina Wind Orchestra then wind down playing Laser Tag before heading back home. (only students that have paid band fees can take part in Laser Tag)

We are seeking parent Chaperones to join us for the day. Please consider helping if you can.

Students will be bussed to Regina and returned back to their home schools (Clavet students meet at the Clarence Ave Walmart (Stonebridge) in Saskatoon. See next page for bus pick up and drop off times.

  • Where: Conexus Arts Centre, Regina
  • When: Friday March 23rd performing at 10:30am
  • What to Bring: Packed lunch, Snack/money for return ride, Instruments, Music (Rippling Watercolors, Turkish March), Uniform, Pencil, Homework for the bus
  • Uniform: Black pants and shirts (polo shirts –East), black shoes and socks.



Senior Band

Friday, March 23rd Senior Performance at Optimist Festival

  • 6:00 am Pickup in Colonsay (bus 1)/Aberdeen (bus 2) 6:20 Allan
  • 6:30am Pick up at Stonebridge Walmart parking lot (bus 2)
  • 6:50am – Pick up at Dundurn Gas station (bus 1/2)
  • 9:30am – Arrive at Conexus Arts Center and warm up
  • 10:30am -11:45am – Performance/ clinic
  • 12:00 pm – Lunchtime concert/Eat lunch at the Conexus Arts Center
  • 1:30 pm- Laser Tag at Laser Quest
  • 3:30pm – Depart for Saskatoon
  • 6:15pm Arrive in Saskatoon (5:50-Dundurn 6:20-Allan, 6:45-Colonsay/Aberdeen

Performance Pieces

Rippling Watercolors…………….Brian Balmages

Turkish March……………………Ludwig Van Beethoven

Saskatoon Blades performance tomorrow! Friday March 9th

Saskatoon Blades Fundraiser Performance

For students playing O’Canada at the Saskatoon Blades game tomorrow night here are the details:

  • Meet at 5:45pm in the arena at section W or in the Affinity entrance if you don’t have a ticket.
  • There is a short rehearsal on the ice at 6pm
  • Wear all black (smart dress) The band polo shirts will be there
  • Bring your music:O Canada
  • We perform at 7pm on the ice then we return to our seating area for the game.

If there is anyone else that wants to play tomorrow night it is still not to late. Just meet at 5:45pm and you can get your tickets upon arrival. Please let Mr. Martin or Ms. Thompson know if this is the case so we are expecting you.

See you all tomorrow night!

Division Hub Rehearsal Tomorrow – Feb 28th

Just a reminder for grade 7-12 there is a Division Rehearsal tomorrow. We have two more before our trip to Regina to take part in Optimist Festival on March 23rd. Please be in attendance.

  • Repertoire for Optimist Festival :  Turkish March                    Rippling Watercolors

Grade 5/6- Both Groups should be rehearsing Stormchasing.

Last chance to play at Blades game/Concert review opportunity this weekend

Hello, Hope you are having a great break.

Two very quick important messages

Last chance to get tickets for Blades

Just a last call for anyone that wants tickets to watch the Saskatoon Blades play The Calgary Hitmen on March 9th or wants to play O’Canada on centre ice before the game.

Please contact Melissa Andrade as soon as possible to let her know how many tickets you want as she is picking them up tomorrow.   

Saskatoon Brass Band: Showcase – Saturday Feb 24th, 7:30pm at Broadway Theatre

For any seniors wanting an opportunity to do their Term 2 concert review or anyone looking for a great concert this weekend, please consider coming out to the Saskatoon Brass Band Showcase concert this Saturday evening.

This concert will showcase every member of the band that helped our division performing for our fundraiser at the start of the year. Also featuring fantastic solos from Ms. Wist (percussion) and Principle Trumpet of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Terry Heckman with Mr. Martin Conducting.

Adults: $20  Students/Seniors: $15

IMPORTANT: Prairie Pulse Day 1 completed Day 2 Bus Changes


We are unfortunately and unexpectedly down a bus driver for tomorrow. As such the pick up times have to be adjusted to combine students to one bus. Please accept our apologies for the earlier start for Clavet. (no Dundurn/Hanley pick up)

New pick up times. 
Clavet – 7:50a.m.              Drop off 4:00pm
Aberdeen – 8:25a.m.                      3:30pm

Any students from other schools attending need to get to one of those pick up spots.

Day 1 was a fantastic success for the students in Grade 7-12 in our school division. Over 400 students worked through a brand new piece and split down to work with guest clinicians, including a fantastic lunchtime performance from a University of Saskatchewan Brass Quintet featuring members of the Saskatoon Symphony.

*Fundraiser Reminder* anyone purchasing Saskatoon Blades tickets please remember to return your fundraising sheet tomorrow. *

Saskatoon Blades game Fundraiser and performance

The next Band Parents Association Fundraiser due date is coming up next week on Wednesday.

On Friday March 9th the Division Band and any younger students that want to play will be performing O’Canada on centre ice prior to the Blades game against the Calgary Hitmen

This is also a student fundraiser where students sell tickets to the game and receive a proportion of the ticket cost back into their family account.

Full information here: Blades Fundraiser information   Blades ticket Order form

Please hand in your ticket forms at Pulse next week.

Please ask Mr. Martin or Ms. Thompson for the parts to O Canada if you need them or use the link below:

O Canada  Instrument Parts


Prairie Pulse Festival next week – Grade 7-12 Tuesday and 5/6 Wednesday

Hope everyone is staying warm as the weekend approaches. Just a reminder that next week is the first ever Prairie Pulse Festival at Martensville High School. This is a Prairie Spirit School Division event that will for the first time ever bring all 20 schools that teach instrumental music together for a day of rehearsals, clinics and an informal performance at the end with guest clinicians.

All division band students will attend on Tuesday, Wednesday is optional for grades 5/6 as students will need to leave before and return after regular school hours.

Tuesday Feb 13thAll Division Band Members are attending

  • Please see letter here: Pulse Division Band Tues 13th
  • Meet at Clavet for 8:30am (Dundurn gas station at 8:00am) returning at 3:30pm
  • Bring Packed lunch, instrument, informal/casual dress

Wednesday Feb 14th – Grade 5/6 students have the option of coming. Any interested colonsay/allan/scp students need to meet at Clavet.

  1.  Aberdeen 8:30 depart, 3:30 return
  2. Hanley 7:40am/4:10 return. Dundurn 8:00am/3:50  Clavet 8:30am/3:30
  • Bring Packed Lunch, Instrument, casual dress not smart.