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Please click on the link for more information on the Blended Learning Opportunity for students in grades 6-8

http://www.westshorecentre.com/grade-6-8-blended-learning-program/

 
 

We’ve made it to our last full week!  There are activities planned for individual classes and our Grade 8 Leaving Celebration takes place on June 29 with a drive through.  Families can drive into the parking lot or bus lane (yes, this is the one time of year you can do that) and staff will hand out certificates, gifts etc. and cheer them   to high school!  Grade 8 families have received more detail information.

Moving?  If your family is moving and your child will not be returning next year, please let the office know so we can plan classes for next year.

EMCS is offering their virtual yearend performance for classes to share. https://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/.  It’s an opportunity to see some of our former students and show current students one of the opportunities available when they go to EMCS.  The actual show runs June 18-27 for you to view when it works for you.

Report Cards will be published to MyEd on June 29.  No paper copies will be going home.  If you do not have access to a computer or have difficulty with the program,  please let the office know.

Monday – National Indigenous Day

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Roller Skating:

Session #1: 9-11am: Wiens & van Hooydonk

Session #2: 11:30-1: Quint & Gautam

Session #3: 1:30-3pm: Nadeau & Sims

Tuesday 

Roller Skating: 

Session #1: 9-11am: Jones & McClintock

Session #2: 11:30-1: Dvorak & Elm

Session #3: 1:30-3pm: Robirtis & Croft & Winser 

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.

Wednesday 

Ms.  Federici’s class  to sweet shop and forest games – morning

Mrs. Walker and Mr. Vine’s classes  off to Thetis Lake – all day 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.

Thursday 

Jouro Kickball Tournament begins today.  Each grade will play each other for the trophy.  Remember to wear your team colours. 

Friday 

Jouro Kickball Tournament continues today.  Each grade will play each other for the trophy.  Remember to wear your team colours.

Mrs. Federici and Mrs. Maragh’s classes water tag in the back woods!

Mrs. Abell, Ms. Fraser and Mr. Schorer visiting Pacheedaht to celebrate learning and honour our Elder Bill.

 

Thank you to the families who helped us keep students and staff safe as we followed the advice of the PHO this year.  It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fun, but we’re almost there and appreciate your support.

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Flags at Half-Mast: As a show of continued respect and support for those who suffered, or are suffering, trauma or harm due to the events at the former residential school in Kamloops, flags remain at half-mast at schools until further notice. We are taking our direction from the federal and provincial governments. 

Congratulations to our students and Staff as we celebrate the results from Musicfest Nationals:

2 concert bands…both from Journey…Gold conducted by L. Bjorklund

1 concert band EMCS…conducted by L Bjorklund…Silver

Orchestra….Bronze…Maria Wang

String quartet …silver…Maria Wang

Junior Drumline…Silver…Alex Mold, Chris Rivollier

Senior Drumline…Gold…Alex Mold, Chris Rivollier

Learning Commons Update: We had a wonderful year in library! You’ll be happy to know that our students read a lot this year. Since September our library lent out a total of 6,599 books!  We are asking that students return any remaining books no later than June 15th. Any books that remain overdue beyond June 15th will be marked as “lost” and an emailed invoice for the cost of the book will be sent to home. We appreciate your diligence in making sure all our precious books make their way home safely.

Grade 8 Leaving Celebration :

As the school year comes to end, it is once again time to celebrate our Grade 8 students as they wrap up their time at Journey Middle School. We truly are so proud of our students and wish them all the best as they head onto the next chapter of their education.  On Tuesday June 29th, from 11am-1pm, we will be hosting a “Drive By Leaving Ceremony”. Students are encouraged to decorate their vehicles for this event but also have the option to come through on their bikes, scooters, roller skates and skate boards to make this a memorable farewell event that is inclusive to everyone. Remember, the more ribbons, sparkles and noise makers coming through the better!

Teachers and staff will be positioned in the bus and drop off/parking lot lanes where students will drive by, pick up their certificates & gifts and take a final photo with their favourite teachers!  This day is also our last regular school day for all students at Journey.  Buses will run as usual and grade 8 students may attend for the full day or, with the permission of their parents, may choose just to attend for the leaving ceremony.

Remember students and parents we will all be following all Covid safety protocols during this time so please wear your masks.  We hope to see you all there!

Monday

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Thank you to our PAC who has supported us throughout the year with numerous activities and projects.  Please join us for our final PAC Meeting of the school year tonight at 7 p.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Tuesday

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

All library books are due back by today.  Invoices will be sent for lost or damaged books.

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Ms.

Robirtis’ class field trip to the Fire Pit!

Thursday 

Field Trips:

Flying Squirrel – Mme Croft’s class – all day

Mr. Donegani and Ms. Gitzel’s classes to Sooke River via Sunriver p.m.

Mr. Vine and Mrs. Walker’s classes off to Thetis Lake – all day

Mrs. Federici and Mrs. Maragh’s classes heading to Mystic Beach 

Friday Wear your Pride Today 

Robin Stevenson author – Pride; whole school virtual assembly” 11am-12pm.

Today we welcome our Future Journey Dragons from Ecole Poirier at 9:30-10:30 and 10:30-11:30 for an outdoor tour and s’mores by the fire. 

Our students have been truly amazing during this pandemic and deserve our thanks and admiration.

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

First Day of School.  An email was also sent to all 6-8 families for the 2021-22 school year.  The routine is similar to this year’s start up with the exception that grade 6 come in the afternoon instead of the morning. 

Tuesday- September 7 – 1:00-3:00- Grade 6 students ONLY– check the class list on the windows at the front doors to see who their teacher for the 2021-22 year will be.  Students can then proceed to the Gym to meet their teacher and classmates.  Students will be welcomed by Principal, Pam Gerrits and Vice-Principal, Katrina Abell and then be guided to their neighbourhood and classroom.  Students will not attend Sept. 8.

 

Wednesday- September 8- 9:00-11:00 – Grade 7 Students ONLY – students will arrive to the school and check the posted class lists on the windows by the front door for their name and teacher. Once they know whose class they are in and the room #, they will make their way to their neighbourhood and classroom once the bell rings. Students will not attend Sept. 7.

Wednesday- September 8- 1:00-3:00 – Grade 8 Students ONLY– students will arrive to the school and check the posted class lists on the windows by the front door for their name and teacher. Once they know whose class they are in and the room #, they will make their way to their neighbourhood and classroom once the bell rings.  Students will not attend Sept. 7. 

Learning Commons Update: We had a wonderful year in library! You’ll be happy to know that our students read a lot this year. Since September our library lent out a total of 6,599 books!  We are asking that students return any remaining books no later than June 15th. Any books that remain overdue beyond June 15th will be marked as “lost” and an emailed invoice for the cost of the book will be sent to home. We appreciate your diligence in making sure all our precious books make their way home safely.

Monday

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Tuesday

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Flags will be raised today at the end of the day after 215 hours at half-mast to honour the lives of the 215 children found buried at a former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

PAC Update:  Our PAC is doing a short fundraiser for Father’s Day with Island beef jerky and Stick in the Mud coffee. Orders are due TODAY cash, cheque (Journey Middle School PAC) or etransfers are accepted (journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com)

Today we welcome our Future Journey Dragons  from Saseenos at 9:30-10:30 and John Muir Future Journey Dragons at 1:30-2:30 for an outdoor tour and s’mores by the fire.

Thursday 

Last fire drill of the year – 2:30 p.m. 

Popcorn Day!  Popcorn will be delivered to classrooms for all pre-orders.

M. Tran & Ms. Lovette’s classes track and field day

Mme. Croft, M. Winser, &  Ms. Johnson’s classes Boardwalk

SD62 Pride rainbow shirts: If you are interested in ordering a pride t-shirt here is the link to order and pay: https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/10348/137/False/True Orders must be in by today. 

Friday 

Today we welcome our Future Journey Dragons  from Sooke Elementary at 9:30-10:30 and 10:30-11:30 for an outdoor tour and s’mores by the fire.

Mme. Croft,  M. Winser,  Ms. Johnson’s classes Sooke River Walk/Picnic 

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic – we are almost there!

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Our flags will fly at half-mast, and students and staff are encouraged to wear orange this week, as our Journey community honours the lives of the 215 children found buried in a mass grave at the site of a former residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.  In 2015, a National Center for Truth and Reconciliation report estimated that more than 150,000 children attended residential schools and more than 6,000 died, never returning home.

“We should never forget it’s part of who we are as a nation.  And this nation must never forget what if once did to its most vulnerable people” Senator Murry Sinclair

Our hearts hurt for the families who, for generations, continue to so deeply mourn the loss of their children.

  

Learning Commons Update: As we enter June, we look towards the end of year processes in the library learning commons.  Students will have 2 more weeks to sign out books from the library and then we will switch our focus to getting all books returned.  Books will be available in classrooms for reading for the last couple weeks of school.  Please start looking in your house for any school library books that are hiding and send them back to school!  We appreciate all your help, thank you!

PAC Update:  Our PAC is doing a short fundraiser for Father’s Day with Island beef jerky and Stick in the Mud coffee. Orders are due June 9th cash, cheque (Journey Middle School PAC) or etransfers are accepted (journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com)

Monday

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Tuesday

Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth:

  • Free Community Webinar Alert from MentalHealthLiteracy.org! Please join Tammy Plunkett & Kiersten Mohr on June 1st at 6:30pm as they candidly discuss, and inform on, Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth. Learn more here: https://t.co/EGhfqaSEpv

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Wednesday

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Thursday

Camosun College Workshops @ Amphitheatre:

Vine/Walker – block one

Barnes – block two

Sulzen – block three

Federici – block four

Maragh – block five

Planned Road Closure for Port Renfrew.  No bus service from that community only.

Last Exploratory Afternoon

Division 11&13 Golf Exploratory is going to DeMamiel Creek Golf Course

Friday

Camosun College Workshops @ Amphitheatre:

Van Hooydonk – block one

Wiens – block two

Croft – block three

Sims/Nadeau – block four

Popcorn order due today – no late orders taken because we have to pre-order!

 Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Congratulations to Mme Munroe and her family welcomed Lily Grace Munroe on May 17 at 3:33pm.  She weighed 8lbs 8ounces and pleasantly surprised her mother by being born the day before her due date!  We at Journey are pleased to welcome our newest little Dragon.

Congratulations also to student teacher Mr. Nic Schofield. He completes his practicum this week and becomes a full-fledged teacher!  We want to thank him for his dedication to Journey and wish him well in his career!

Welcome former student Tia Helfrich who will be doing her Educational Assistant Practicum at Journey.  We are happy to have you back!

Learning Commons Update:  Do you struggle to get your middle school student engaged in reading?  Are you looking for something new to try?  If so, check out the following articles for tips 17 Ways to Keep Your Middle Schooler Interested in Reading, How to Motivate a Middle School Reader, and 13 Read Alouds to Help You Connect with Your Middle Schooler.  Don’t forget, you are never too old to listen to a book be read to you!  Happy reading!

Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth:

  • Free Community Webinar Alert from MentalHealthLiteracy.org! Please join Tammy Plunkett & Kiersten Mohr on June 1st at 6:30pm as they candidly discuss, and inform on, Trans & Parent Perspectives: How to support transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth. Learn more here: https://t.co/EGhfqaSEpv

Monday

Happy Victoria Day!

Tuesday

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Band Clinics today – Band students and teachers have been notified of times. 

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Grade 6 boosters – Our public health nurse will be at school today to give grade 6 booster shots to our students.   These are the annual booster shots students receive from public health.  Parents have received emails with more detailed information.  These are  NOT COVID19 VACCINES

Thursday 

Class photo day.  Students and staff will have class photos taken today.

Exploratory Afternoon

Division 11&13 Golf Exploratory is going to DeMamiel Creek Golf Course 

Friday 

School Spirit Day – Dress as your favourite musician or TV personality

Divisions 3 & 4 are off to play horseshoes @ Fred Milne Park 

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Please click on the link for more information on Help for the Hard Times Workshops.

 
 

Mark your calendarsClass photos will be taken Thursday, May 27 in the morning.  All students and staff will be masked.

 Learning Commons Update:  We are very excited to be hosting the Salish Weave art collection (box sets 1-3) in the library learning commons this month.  “Salish Weave is a large private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art that weaves together the distinctive art form, designs and style of established and emerging artists. The collection stems from and mostly resides on traditional Coast Salish territories of British Columbia.” (https://salishweave.com/about-salish-weave/)  Students and classes will be invited to the LLC to view the collection, explore the themes, and learn about the artists.  If you would like to join in the learning you can view the collection and learn more at https://salishweave.com/.

We are celebrating reading in all forms this month in the Journey LLC!  We are hoping to help all students see themselves as readers whether they read novels, graphic novels, news, closed captioning, video game narrative, audiobooks, eBooks, magazines, comics, etc!  All reading is reading and should be celebrated.  We encourage you to have a conversation with your student about how they read and celebrate that by spending some time reading with them!

Monday 

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Tuesday 

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Educational Support Staff Appreciation Day!

Fire Drill @ 8:45

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Thursday 

Mrs. Walker and Mr. Vine’s classes to Witty’s Lagoon today.

Mrs. Federici and Mrs. Maragh’s classes to East Sooke

Exploratory Afternoon

 Friday 

School Spirit Day – Dress in your over the top Formal Attire! 

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Please click on the link for the recording of the Journey Grade 5 Student and Family Info Night.

 
 

Thank you to all the families who dropped off bottles for Mr. Sulzen’s bottle drive on the weekend at EMCS.  Your donations were very much appreciated.

Learning Commons Update:  We are very excited to be hosting the Salish Weave art collection (box sets 1-3) in the library learning commons this month.  “Salish Weave is a large private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art that weaves together the distinctive art form, designs and style of established and emerging artists. The collection stems from and mostly resides on traditional Coast Salish territories of British Columbia.” (https://salishweave.com/about-salish-weave/)  Students and classes will be invited to the LLC to view the collection, explore the themes, and learn about the artists.  If you would like to join in the learning you can view the collection and learn more at https://salishweave.com/.

Monday 

Cohort Zone rotation change for recess and lunch

Parent Advisory Council – Join us this evening for our Annual General Meeting.  We will elect a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.  Everyone is welcome to attend our virtual meeting at 7 p.m.

Microsoft Teams meeting  Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Tuesday 

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Wednesday

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

Thursday 

Popcorn Day – over 500 bags of popcorn will be delivered to classrooms today to all the students and staff who pre-ordered.  Thanks to Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Crocker for organizing this delicious event. 

Friday – Professional Development Day (no school for students)

 

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic – even more staff were vaccinated this week than last so hopefully the end is in sight!

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 
 
 
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