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Another school year comes to a close and the staff of Journey want to thank you for sharing your children with us. We have enjoyed teaching them and learning from them. This week we say goodbye to our grade 8 students as they leave to attend the final leg of their public school education. We wish them well and know they are ready for this next adventure – high school! To all our students who will be returning next year, and those who will travel to other schools in other parts of the country, we hope you have a wonderful summer. Remember to celebrate Canada Day and enjoy living in one of the absolute best countries in the world.

Monday

Field Trips: Divisions 1, 2 & 4 are going to Thetis Lake for the day

All library books, textbooks and class novels need to be handed in by today. Invoices for lost or damaged books will be processed and sent home for any items not returned and/or damaged. Look in all those favourite hiding places and save $$$.

Tuesday

Athletic/Club Recognition Assembly 10:30-12

All school supplies, clothing, personal items should go home today – bring extra bags for hauling it all bag home if needed! Look in Lost and Found for any missing items as well.

Wednesday -Last Day of School

Divs. 17 & 19 at Thetis Lake all day

Grade 8 Activities/Leaving Ceremony:

Block 1 – rehearsal

Blocks 2/3 – outside front field + food trucks

Blocks – 4/5 – Ceremony in gym – families welcome to attend

Thursday

Report Card Day – your child’s final report card will be available online. This is the first time we are offering report cards this way and an email was sent out by the School District about report cards being available through the Parent Portal on MyEd. The office staff is available to assist you should you need it. Other updates are still only available on paper. These will be available for pick up today. A hard copy of the report card is available upon request.

Friday

All lost and found items donated to charity at the end of today

The office is open from 8-4 p.m. and next week Tuesday-Friday

Happy Canada Day – July 1

 

 

 

 

 
 

Today yearbooks were given out to students who purchased one this year. Students have been reminded to only write words that a parent would be happy to read and to only ask friends to write in their yearbooks. We have approximately 30 that can be purchased for $45 in the office.  Thanks to Ms. Wiens and her team of creative students for producing this memory for us!

 
 

The following message is from our superintendent, Mr. Scott Stinson:

You may be hearing of an incident in Otter Point involving students.  I want you to know that the incident does not involve students from a Sooke School District school.  At this point we are not able to share any more details about the incident, but thought you might want to know that it does not involve our students.

 

 
 

Staffing Update for 2019-2020 School year continued . . . Welcome back to Mr. Vine working Monday-Wednesday in grade 6 sharing with Ms. Johnston and on Fridays sharing with Mrs. Barnes. Welcome Back to Ms. Troke who will be moving from her role as ESD teacher to sharing a class with Mr. Donegani Monday-Wednesday. Ms. Macgregor will return as our Aboriginal Classroom Program Assistant working with Ms. Young. We welcome Ms. Wallace who will be job sharing with Mrs. Fader in the Learning Commons on Fridays.  Goodbye and best wishes to Ms. Schnarr who will be teaching grade 6 at Dunsmuir next year.

Monday

Today we welcome Peer Helper from Poirier to our fire pit

Tuesday

Field Trips:

Div. 12 Kemp Lake

Div. 16 & 19 Observatory

Grade 8 classes – Playland in Vancouver

Tea @ recess in foyer – bring your own cup

Wednesday

Lunch – we are finished for the year, but remember your munch card is good to use next year too. Remember to bring something to eat and drink!

Litter clean up – whole school helps keep Journey clean!

Joro Begins – whole school soccer tournament begins with a Complimentary Pancake Breakfast – @ 9 am sponsored by Sooke Lions Club. All classes will play today (info about your class colours etc. has been sent home separately). Bring money for the dunk tank, freezies etc.

Thursday

Joro Finals

Freezies on sale by Div. 14

Friday – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Ms., Wiens, Ms. Schnarr, Mrs. Federici, and Mrs. Maragh’s classes off to National Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations at Royal Roads

Last Friday of the School year!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Staffing Update for 2019-2020 School year continued . . . We welcome Ms. Danica Robirtis who will be teaching grade 7 with Ms. Gitzel next year and say farewell Mr. Chris Pelley who will be heading to EMCS along with Mr. Hart next year.  Ms. Millen has had to extend her medical leave and Mrs. Katrina Abell will officially take on the role of Vice-Principal a little earlier than first announced.  She will begin on Tuesday, June 11.

Congratulations to all our amazing students who blew audiences away with their performances of Mama Mia this past week. Hollywood is calling! Thanks to Mrs. Fader for producing the show and making this opportunity possible!

Monday

Used Book Fair – 12-1 pm & 2:45-3:30 Come check out great books for summer reading at fantastic prices

Concert – Band & Drumline 7:30pm Gym Everyone welcome to hear our award winning Band!

Book Fair also open before & after Concert

Div. 17 Sour Key and Moo Water Balloon Face Fundraiser @ lunch Bring your loonies and twoonies!

Tuesday

Tea @ recess in foyer – bring your own cup

Field Trip – Camp Barnard Divs. 10,12,15

Used Book Fair Continues – 12-1 pm & 2:45-3:30

Concert – 7:30pm Strings, District 62 Orchestra, and Harmony Project.   Book Fair before & after Concert

Wednesday

Lunch – we are finished for the year, but remember your munch card is good to use next year too. Remember to bring something to eat and drink!

Garbage Divs. 19 & 20 help keep Journey clean!

Div. 8 Smoking Candied Salmon today

Div. 7 Broomhill Park with Poirier Little Buddies Recess-End of day

Overnight Field Trip – Horne Lake Caves Divs. 9,11, 14

Thursday

“Students from Ms. Nadeau and Ms. Birtwistle have been working very hard over the past 7-weeks on their Personal Passion Projects. They will have an open house showcasing their creative projects on today during block 2 & 3 (10:30-12) in Utopia. Stop by to be inspired and educated by these great students. Hear musical presentations, see mountain biking videos, learn about sports like soccer, ballet and hockey, touch handmade clothing creations, sample homemade goodies and so much more!”

Friday

Students and staff home from Horne Lake Adventure Divs. 9,11, 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

I wanted to follow up with our school community regarding concerns expressed about staffing for Journey Middle School, specifically the band program. District staff have spent time investigating further into the issue and have determined that it would be appropriate to fund the additional staffing for the next school year in order to allow time for a more fulsome dialogue with the school community.

The District will be providing one-time staffing for the next school as we determine the best way for programming to occur in the future and ensure that parents have ample notice of any potential changes for the following year. We love our band program and the support the students, parents and staff have for it.

The Band Program at Journey will continue as it has this year, which allows students to partake in the FAST Rotation and Band classes. We are thankful to the District for their commitment and time in finding this additional funding for the 2019/2020 school year.

Thank you,

Laurie Szadkowski
Principal
Journey Middle School

 
 

Staffing Update for 2019-2020 School year continued . . . We welcome Michaeline Yarchuk to our counselling staff and say thank you and goodbye to Ms. Campbell who will be staying in the community of Sooke in some of our local elementary schools. Also new to our school will be Mr. Nathan Gates who will be teaching grade 7.

Congratulations to all our families who proudly watched their child(ren) cross the stage at the EMCS graduation ceremony on Saturday. We too our proud of our former students and wish them well as they move on to their next adventure!

“Momma Mia” EMCS and Journey Musical Theater present “Momma Mia” June 5, 6, and 7 at 7 pm and June 8 at 2 pm. All shows are at EMCS. The $12 Tickets are available at Journey, EMCS and Shopper’s.

Monday

Floor Hockey – 5th Place (Flames) vs. 6th Place (Maple Leafs) @ lunch

Div. 8 $2 Creamsicle sale at lunch outside Kitchen

Track & Field practice after school (3:15 – 4:45), students will be jogging over to the Sooke Soccer field and back

Mamma Mia dress rehearsal Monday at EMCS till 7 pm.

Tuesday – Twonie Tuesday (please bring a twonie for the Food Bank)

Tea @ recess in foyer – bring your own cup

Floor Hockey – Bronze Game (3rd vs. 4th) @ lunch

Div. 17 @ firepit 1 p.m.

EMCS Grad Walk Through 2-2:15 (Journey Students line the neighbourhood centres and clap and cheer on our former students

PAC Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome

Wednesday

Lunch – Subway $3.50 per sandwich (munch cards $20 in office – good for next year too)

Garbage Divs. 17 & 18 help keep Journey clean!

SK8 Park @ lunch for students with permission forms

Floor Hockey – Bronze Game (3rd vs. 4th) @ lunch

Div. 17 @ Firepit 1 p.m.

EMCS Grad Walk Through 2-2:15 (Journey Students line the neighbourhood centres and clap and cheer on our former students

Thursday

Last Exploratory for the year!

Freeze Sales Div. 14 @ lunch $1 each

Mama Mia School Performance- pre-registered classes are off to watch the EMCS/Journey production today! Hoping all of our performers, “Break a Leg”!

Friday

Grade 8 permission forms for Playland due today

Floor Hockey – Championship Game (1st vs. 2nd) @ lunch

Floor Hockey- 4th block: Golden Ticket Game: Grade 8 All Stars vs. Journey Staff Stars

EMCS Class Visits: Barnes & Abell

8:45 am Meet in foyer, paper attendance and load for a 9:00 am arrival at EMCS

12:00 Noon load bus for return to Journey

School Info:

Band – There has been a change in how the District is staffing our Band Program next year. Band students will now be part of the FAST rotation fulltime. For the last six years we have had the Band come out for one block of FAST and a mutually agreed upon block at another time. Next year, students will have the opportunity to go to Band three times per week; however, they will NOT be able to schedule: Foods; Wood; Music; Drama; Technology or Art. This is a significant change in scheduling and students/families need to know that they will be required to stay in Band for the school year if they choose Band. To recap – Band will continue at Journey, but students in Band will not be in the FAST rotation as it was scheduled this year.

Social Media – please remind your child to be respectful and safe when using their electronic devices. We have had a surge in students reporting mean and bullying behaviour and we need your support to help young minds navigate this form of communication. Several classes have “no phone policies” in place and the topic of a “no phone/electronic devices for the school” is on the agenda for the next PAC meeting.

 

 

 

 

Community Info:

One of the local Scout groups is having a paint night fundraiser at the Community Hall and would love you to attend. Please see the link below to this fun event.

https://www.yaymaker.com/ca/bc/sooke/29694/events/sooke-community-hall/july-06/37th-milnes-landing-scout-group-fundraiser-10164178?fbclid=IwAR3XLqZnUFhctXa1VCExWoRka-pmd0lzqCeGfQfyksdlJ2ME0pY-hbrCmO8

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Staffing Update for 2019-2020 School year – Journey will have some changes to our staff for the upcoming year. What we know so far: Ms. Millen, who is our Vice-Principal, and Principal for six months, is pleased to be moving to one of our SPEDLA (Student Support) positions.  Journey welcomes Ms. K. Abell, currently grade 8 teacher and acting VP for six months, to her new position as Vice-Principal for 2019-20.  We welcome Mr. J. Shorey and Ms. J. Crow to the SPEDLA team as well. We are thankful for the time and expertise Ms. Murphy, Mr. Hart and Mr. Pelley have spent in that position and wish them well in their new schools. We also are saying Merci and Goodbye to Ms. Birtwistle who joined us this year teaching grade 8, and Ms. Campbell, our school counsellor, who will be working at different schools in our District next year. New to our school in French Immersion is Ms. S. Munro. Staffing is not yet complete and we will keep you updated over the next several weeks.

Band – There has been a change in how the District is staffing our Band Program next year. Band students will now be part of the FAST rotation fulltime. For the last six years we have had the Band come out for one block of FAST and a mutually agreed upon block at another time. Next year, students will have the opportunity to go to Band three times per week; however, they will NOT be able to schedule: Foods; Wood; Music; Drama; or Art. This is a significant change in scheduling and students/families need to know that they will be required to stay in Band for the school year if they choose Band. To recap – Band will continue at Journey, but students in Band will not be in the FAST rotation.

Social Media – please remind your child to be respectful and safe when using their electronic devices. We have had a surge in students reporting mean and bullying behaviour and we need your support to help young minds navigate this form of communication. Several classes have “no phone policies” in place and the topic of a “no phone/electronic devices for the school” is on the agenda for the next PAC Meeting.

Ball Gloves? – Thank you for the donations so far! We are still collecting donations of ball gloves for our PE program. All donations gratefully accepted.

“Momma Mia” EMCS and Journey Musical Theater present “Momma Mia” June 5, 6, and 7 at 7 pm and June 8 at 2 pm. All shows are at EMCS. The $12 Tickets are available at Journey, EMCS and Shopper’s.

Monday

Track and Field Meet at UVic – students excused at 2:25

Tuesday

Tea @ recess in foyer – bring your own cup

Floor Hockey – Whalers vs. Islanders @ lunch

Ms. Fish/Ms. Snarr’s class selling Freezies $1 each @ lunch outside Kitchen

Divs. 12 & 15 off to the IMAX today

Wednesday

Lunch – Pizza $3 per slice (munch cards $20 in office – good for next year too)

Garbage Divs. 15 & 16 help keep Journey clean!

SK8 Park @ lunch for students with permission forms

Track & Field practice @ lunch

Thursday

Welcome Future Journey Dragons from Saseenos this afternoon

Freeze Sales Div. 14 @ lunch $1 each

Dress Rehearsal for Mama Mia – afterschool – 7 ish

Friday

EMCS Transition visits – Mme. Croft & Mr. Donegani EMCS 9-12 Meet in foyer at 8:45 after attendance

Floor Hockey – Dragons vs. Oilers @ lunch

Chocolate Sales – Grade 8 students selling chocolates for Playland need to hand in all money today.

 

 

Community Info:

One of the local Scout groups is having a paint night fundraiser at the Community Hall and would love you to attend. Please see the link below to this fun event.

https://www.yaymaker.com/ca/bc/sooke/29694/events/sooke-community-hall/july-06/37th-milnes-landing-scout-group-fundraiser-10164178?fbclid=IwAR3XLqZnUFhctXa1VCExWoRka-pmd0lzqCeGfQfyksdlJ2ME0pY-hbrCmO8

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Ball Gloves? – Fastball season is well underway at Journey and we are looking for donations of ball gloves for our PE program. All donations gratefully accepted

“Momma Mia” EMCS and Journey Musical Theater present “Momma Mia” June 5, 6, and 7 at 7 pm and June 8 at 2 pm. All shows are at EMCS. The $12 Tickets are available at Journey, EMCS and Shopper’s.

Community Info:

One of the local Scout groups is having a paint night fundraiser at the Community Hall and would love you to attend. Please see the link below to this fun event.

https://www.yaymaker.com/ca/bc/sooke/29694/events/sooke-community-hall/july-06/37th-milnes-landing-scout-group-fundraiser-10164178?fbclid=IwAR3XLqZnUFhctXa1VCExWoRka-pmd0lzqCeGfQfyksdlJ2ME0pY-hbrCmO8

Monday – Happy 200th Queen Victoria and thanks for the holiday

Tuesday

Tea @ recess in foyer – bring your own cup

Wednesday

Lunch – Burgers $3 each

Garbage Divs. 13 & 14 help keep Journey clean!

SK8 Park @ lunch for students with permission forms

Track & Field Meet at UVic – Students excused at 2:30

Thursday

Welcome Future Journey Dragons from Poirier this afternoon

Freeze Sales Div. 14 @ lunch $1 each

Friday

Pit Cook-today we welcome Crystal View Elementary Grade 4/5 to share our knowledge of the tradtion of Pit Cook at Journey

Intramural Ball Hockey @ Lunch – semi finals

EMCS Transition visitis – Ms. Nadeau & Ms. Birtwistle EMCS 9-12 Meet in foyer at 8:45 after attendance

 

 

 

 

 
 

Volunteers needed – Our public health nurses will be at Journey on Wednesday morning to immunize our grade six students. Parent volunteers are needed to help guide students to and from the nurses. Please contact Sandy at shull@sd62.bc.ca or 250-642-5881 if you could help us for three hours on May 15.

“Momma Mia” EMCS and Journey Musical Theater present “Momma Mia” June 5, 6, and 7 at 7 pm and June 8 at 2 pm. All shows are at EMCS. The $12 Tickets are available at Journey, EMCS and Shopper’s.

Thank you to the parents who attended the Parent Information Session on Vaping last week and Parenting in the Digital Age the week before.  The presentations were informative, but there is still a lot of information parents need to know and share with their children about the health effects on our young children.

Monday

Track & Field Meet at UVic – Students excused at 2:30

Tuesday

Tea @ recess in foyer – bring your own cup

Boys’ Rugby Jamboree after school

Intramural Ball Hockey at lunch Maple Leafs VS S=Whalers

Wednesday

Lunch – Subway $3.50 per sandwich

Immunizations – gr.6 & some 7s (multi-purpose room all morning)

Garbage Divs. 11 & 12 help keep Journey clean!

Pit Cook Grade 7 Students (see previous info from Kara and Shannon) Back field all day

Mme. Croft – Field Trip

Track & Field practice @ lunch

Girls’ 6/7 Rugby Team JAMBOREE afterschool

Thursday

Welcome Future Journey Dragons from Poirier this afternoon

Freeze Sales Div. 14 @ lunch $1 each

Track & Field practice after school (3:15 – 4:45), students will be jogging over to the Sooke Soccer field and back.

Boys’ 7/8 Rugby Team Jamboree afterschool

Ms. Kelly Dvorak and Ms.  Johnston are getting ready to start planning our JOURNEY to JAPAN trip 2020.  This trip is open to students who are in grade 7, 8, & 9 during  the 2019/2020 school year, and first priority is given to students who have already hosted a Japanese student.  If you are interested in having your child go on this trip or even if you would like more information, we are hosting our first parent & child informational meeting for  JOURNEY to JAPAN 2020 on MAY tonight at 6 pm. Journey to Japan is a 10 day trip to Tokyo (3 days) and Natori (5 days)  with a homestay family for a cultural exchange.  At that time we will have the estimated price, dates and proposed itinerary for our trip, sign up will be available for families that want to either start a payment plan or pay out right. PLEASE RSVP  this email (kdvorak@sd62.bc.ca) if you are interested in the trip.  Only those people who email me will continue to receive these group emails.

Friday

Intramural Ball Hockey @ Lunch – Flames vs. Dragons

Mr. Sulzen & Ms. Lennox transition visits to EMCS 8:45-12

Happy Long Weekend!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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