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Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This month we are focusing on reducing our waste at Please do your best to send a Litterless lunch to for your child each day.  Each Monday morning, we will draw names for amazing prizes. Prizes are being provided by BC Parks, the CRD and Journey’s PAC. 

Important health and safety information – we continue to follow the direction of Island Public Health and thank you for your support in reminding your child to follow the protocols.  We are aware of recent reports of exposures of schools in our District.  Should an exposure occur at Journey you will be contacted by the school and VIHA.

Learning Commons Update Did you know that in a study it was shown that “the same cognitive and emotional areas of the brain were stimulated” when listening to an audiobook and reading the same book in print format?  There is no need to feel guilty about listening to an audiobook instead of picking up a paperback and we should encourage our students to as well.  The most important thing is that they are interacting with books and view themselves as readers!  Read more at https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=audiobooks-increase-in-popularity-as-science-supports-their-value.

  • Audiobooks can be accessed for free via the public library (https://virl.overdrive.com/) or through Audible Stories (https://stories.audible.com/start-listen).
  • There are tablets available at school for students to use during silent reading to access eBooks and audiobooks, talk to your student to see if this interests them and to encourage them to contact Mrs. Wallace in the library for more information.

Flags at Half Mast – Our flags will fly at half mast until sunset of the day of Prince Philip’s funeral which is scheduled for Saturday.

Check out our Parent Workshop links on this website!

Monday

Zone rotation change for all students.

PAC Meeting tonight at 7 p.m.  Microsoft Teams meeting CANCELED

 

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 

Parent/Teacher Communication and Celebrating Student Learning – today students will be dismissed early at 11:58 a.m. to provide staff time to connect with families.  Individual teachers are setting up appointments.  If you are unable to meet today, please contact your child’s teacher for a date and time that work for you. 

Friday – school is open.  Pro-D day is Monday, April 19/21

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic – your support and patience is appreciated as we strive to educate your child and keep them safe 

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 Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This month we are focusing on reducing our waste at school.  Beginning on Tuesday we are working toward a Litterless lunch.  This means bringing as many items in reusable containers as we can.  We will continue to follow our pack in, pack out practice, but step it up a level by producing as little garbage as possible.  Did you know that if every Journey student brings one packaged granola bar to school for lunch every day, our school produces over 100,000 pieces of garbage in one school year?  Every day for the month of April that a student has a “Litterless Lunch”, the class’ Earth Ambassador will enter the student’s name in a draw. On Monday morning of the following week, we will draw names for amazing prizes. Prizes are being provided by BC Parks, the CRD and Journey’s PAC. 

Parent/Teacher Communication – April 15 students will be dismissed early at 11:58 a.m. to provide staff time to connect with families.  Individual teachers are setting up appointments.

Important health and safety information – for all families, students and staff regarding masks as we continue to do our part to reduce the spread of Covid19.  If using a reusable non-medical mask, it must not be a mouth shield, have valves, or be a gator/buff style.   We continue to receive updated information from Island Health and our District and thank them for their support.

Welcome EA practicum student, Jessica Kuyper.  Jessica will be with us from April 6 – 30 and we are happy to have her at Journey.  Welcome Mark Blackman who will begin as our Student Engagement Facilitator (SEF) while Murielle Lagace is away.  Thanks again to Alex Saddington for her support in this role over the last several months.

Best Wishes to Grade six French Immersion teacher Ms. Sarah Munroe.  Ms. Munroe begins her maternity leave on Tuesday. She will be missed at Journey, but what a lovely reason to leave!  We should know on Thursday who is taking over for her for the rest of the year.

Learning Commons Update

New audiobook pilot project!  Is your student reluctant to pick up a book?  Have you/they tried listening to audiobooks?  We are starting a pilot project to explore whether listening to audiobooks will affect reading attitudes and engagement for students who don’t currently love reading.  All they need to participate is a public library card and you can sign up for a card online at https://virl.bc.ca/get-help/get-a-card/ if you/your student don’t already have one.  We have 10 tablets that will be available at school to listen to audiobooks during silent reading (in both French and English).  Encourage your student to see Mrs. Wallace in the library about this project.

April is poetry month!  We will be sharing many kinds of poetry in the library.  We would also love to create a display of poetry that is made from words found in a book.  We challenge you to create some poetry together and send it to school with your student for display in the library this month.  Thanks for your support!

Monday

Zone rotation change for all students.

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 

Friday 

Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) will be working along side some of our PE classes today.  Thanks to Mr. Zac Vine for arranging these workshops.

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic – it is appreciated.

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 note:  Journey students will continue to be required to wear masks outside when moving between cohort zones, in the morning, and afterschool.

March 31, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

During an announcement this past Monday by Dr. Bonnie Henry, new health and safety guidelines and regulations for schools were released. This update to the health and safety measures is being introduced as an extra layer of protection in response to recent increases in COVID-19 cases across the province, including Vancouver Island. Read the full release here. A summary of the changes is provided below.  We are currently updating our School Safety Plans and these updates will be available on our District Website.

Masks

Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:

  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors

This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work stations.

Please remember to send a reusable mask with your child to school each day.

Exceptions

Masks are required to be worn unless:

  • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
  • A person is eating or drinking;
  • A person is behind a barrier;
  • A person is communicating to another person who has a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important.

On the school bus

Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

Exceptions

The recommendation above should not apply as follows:

  • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
  • While eating or drinking.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 students

Primary students are encouraged to wear a mask at school and on buses, but are not required to do so.

Please remember to send a reusable mask with your child to school each day.

Implementing this new requirement

For some of our schools, mostly elementary schools, where students are not used to wearing masks indoors, staff will spend the next few days helping students to adjust to this change. Please have a conversation about these new guidelines with your children.

Places masks are not required

Students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers will continue to look for opportunities to move their classes outside.

 

Teachers will go through these updates and changes with your children and we encourage you to do the same at home.

 

Families and students can find up-to-date information about K-12 schools at: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools

 

Thank you again for helping us adapt to these changes.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Stinson

 

 

 

 
 

Please select link for Youth Art Exhibition call for submissions for “Mindfulness in May” The Art of Kindness.

 
 

Welcome Back from Spring Break – We hope everyone had time to do some fun activities and enjoy sleeping in! 

Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This week we are focusing on being good community citizens and providing input into Sooke’s new Official Community Plan (OCP).  The District of Sooke is looking for everyone’s ideas, but especially for the opinions of 12-14-year-old students.  Please go on with your family to picturesooke.ca and let the mayor and council know what you’d like Sooke to look like as we grow over the next 10 years.

Several Cohort Changes beginning Monday, March 29:

The following cohort groups will be together after spring break. Cohort groups spend recess and lunch times together and share the same zones during these times. It is up to the teachers involved if they wish to collaborate and spend more time together outside of these times. This is done following all COVID-19 protocols put out by the Ministry of Health.

Divisions 1 (Sulzen) & 2 (Barnes), Divisions 3 (Vine) & 4 (Walker), Divisions 5 (Nadeau) & 6 (Sims), Divisions 7 (Croft), 8 (Winser), & 9 (Robirtis/Johnston), Divisions 10 (Federici) & 12 (Maragh), Divisions 13 (Gitzel/McClintock) & 11 (Donegani/Jones/Archer), Divisions 14 (Gautam) & 18 (Quint), Divisions 15 (Tran) & 16 (Munroe), Divisions 17 (Dvorak) & 20 (Elm), Divisions 19 (Van Hooydonk) & 21 (Wiens). Zone 4 will not be in use and zone 2 will be put back into use.

Shout out to our PAC for always supporting our requests for funding and always putting students first.  Your hard work and dedication is appreciated! 

Registration Date: Hockey Academy sign-up for the 2021-22 school year in some age groups.  Students may still register and be placed on a waitlist.

Parent/Teacher Communication – April 15 would usually be our Celebration of Learning Event; however, we will be not having any open house again this year.  Students will be dismissed at 11:58 a.m. and staff will use the afternoon and evening to connect with parents.  Staff may use other times than this to connect and will be putting out information to families over the next few weeks.

Monday

Cohort (gr. 6 & 7) change and  Zone rotation change for all students.

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 

Good Friday –School not in session.  We will see you Tuesday, April 6

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic – it is appreciated. 

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.

 

 
 

Happy Spring Break to all our students and families.  We are going into this Spring Break much more hopeful than last year, happy to know vaccines are rolling out and Dr. Henry has given us permission to meet safety with our group of 10 bubble!

We are part of a pilot for communicating student learning in different ways.  This year you would have been receiving Points of Progress and/or Report Cards (teacher choice) with information of your child’s academic progress. Because they are final assessments, Fine Arts, Applied Skills, Technology ( F.A.S.T. ) rotation marks are inputted into your child’s MyEd account at the end of each rotation.  You should be able to see FAST 2 and FAST 3 marks now.  If you have not received information about your child’s progress in all subject areas (except for Careers) please contact your child’s teacher.

In September Journey will be welcoming a new principal, Ms. Pam Gerrits.  Ms. Gerrits is currently the Vice-Principal at Dunsmuir Middle School and brings with her a wealth of middle school knowledge and experience.  She is a musician and music teacher and plays in the Island Big Band and often with the Greater Victoria Concert Band.  She will be transitioning into her new role for September and meeting with some of our students and staff over the next few months.  Mrs. Abell will continue to be our vice-principal.

Again, enjoy the sunshine and the break and we will see everyone Monday, March 29.

 
 

Journey Middle School is holding it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Parent Advisory Committee on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The AGM this year will held virtually.

The AGM is where the new PAC Executive is elected. We are currently looking to find parents interested in the following roles:

 

  1. Vice President
  2. Treasurer
  3. SPEAC Representative (Sooke Parents Education Advisory Council – https://www.sd62.bc.ca/parents-students/dpac-speac/about-speac)

The Journey PAC is also looking for parent volunteers to assist with the running of the PAC who may not be able to take on an Executive role. The AGM requires 15 attendees to form a quorum.

PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. PACs, with strong participation from parents, have an important influence on life at the school and the feelings the community has toward the school and education. (https://bccpac.bc.ca/index.php/members/pac-dpac/what-is-a-pac)

A PAC Executive is required for Journey to receive its yearly Community Gaming Grant from the Government of British Columbia. The grant is intended to benefit students at Journey by enhancing extracurricular opportunities and promoting parent and community involvement. For 2020/21 Journey Middle School received a gaming grant of just over $10,000. Some of the activities the PAC has supported using the grant are:

 

  1. Funding for social/emotional learning support equipment
  2. Funding for outdoor cooking project
  3. Funding for an outdoor classroom
  4. Funding for supplies for the Counselling Department
  5. Funding for sports equipment for the Bounce Back Program
  6. Funding for supplies for the Skills Canada competitions

It is CRITICAL that we receive enough volunteers to ensure that a PAC Executive is in place for the 2021/22 school year. 

If you would like to attend the AGM and/or put your name forward as a volunteer or for an Executive position please contact the PAC at journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com

 

Thank you,

Journey Middle School PAC

 
 

Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This week we are focusing on our last week before Spring and recognizing as we come to what feels like our one year anniversary of adapting to living with Covid 19.  This time last year information was coming at us fast and furiously as we left for Spring Break.  Most of us were unaware at that time that schools would still adjusting safety protocols a year later.  Enjoy your Spring Break with your children.  We are fortunate to live in such a naturally beautiful place that provides us the space to be active and somewhat social in the great outdoors!   

On Friday we bid our longtime custodian, Steve Hill goodbye as he moved on to the head custodian position at Willway Elementary.  Mr. Hill has worked on and off for the la.st twenty years at Journey and we will miss him terribly, but wish him well in his new position.  He always had time to listen and help students and staff while taking pride in his work.

This Wednesday we say thank you and farewell to Ms. Lovett who has been teaching in Division 20 while Mr. Elm has been coaching hockey academy.  With hockey wrapping up we are grateful for her dedication to Journey and hope to see her back on staff again soon!

PAC Fundraiser: DFS fundraiser will be running for the month of March. To check out the fundraiser go www.shopdfscanada.com our 4 digit school code is 7617. Everything will be labeled when shipped so make sure you put your child’s name when ordering. They are Canadian and have some great springtime products.

The West Coast Seed order has arrived and should be to all families who ordered this week.

Mrs. Wallace’s Learning Commons Update:

  • March Madness: Battle of the Books has moved into the finals!  It is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins versus Wonder by R.J. Palacio, competing to be Journey’s favourite book of 2021.  Voting is open and will be available until Thursday, March 11 at http://bit.ly/3rnIYNX.  Please encourage your student to vote.  Munro Books generously donated book prizes and there will be 1 prize winner drawn each week from participants.
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library Spring Break Challenge for Journey students!!  Nathalie Jones from VIRL has created a spring break read, listen, and learn challenge just for Journey students, there will even be prizes up for grabs!  The challenge is available here: http://bit.ly/38etST6 and students will also be given an opportunity to take a paper copy home.  Every category tried will earn an entry into the draw for prizes.
  • Spring Break Jokes for Folks: VIRL has also created two other spring break challenges available to everyone running from March 6 – April 6, 2021.  There are children’s and family programs such as story times, laughter yoga and a family watch party, take home crafts, a silly scavenger hunt and a teen book challenge.  All details can be found at https://virl.bc.ca/read-watch-listen/audience/kids/spring-break-kids/ and https://virl.bc.ca/read-watch-listen/audience/teens/spring-break-teen-reading-club/.  Happy reading and listening!

 

Registration Date: Hockey Academy sign-up for the 2021-22 school year begins on March 8.  Please sign up online (see this website for information)

Monday

Zone rotation change.

Registration Date: Hockey Academy sign-up for the 2021-22 school year begins on today at 6 a.m.  Please sign up online (see this website for information) if you are interested in joining for next year’s academy.

PAC Meeting tonight virtually on MSTeams.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Join on your computer or mobile app

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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 

A&W Burger Day – all pre-ordered lunches will be delivered to the classrooms

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

March Madness Theme continues – Events for all students and staff to be involved in at school.  The school will be divided into morning and afternoon events and all activities will have health and safety protocols in place.   Students stay tuned to announcements for more info.

Friday 

All students should have received a Point of Progress from their teacher on every subject (exception Careers), and FAST assessments for #2 and #3 by today.  If you have not received an assessment by this date, please contact your child’s teacher.  This may not look like a formal report card.  You may have been getting assessments as the year has gone along – many teachers have been communicating with parents at different times of the year; however, some classes may be receiving teacher generated assessments today.  Teachers will inform parents how they communicate student learning. 

Enjoy your Spring Break, stay safe, have fun and we will see you back at school on March 29.  We will ease you in gently because we are off for Good Friday and Easter Monday on your first weekend back.

Thanks for doing your part during the pandemic – it is appreciated.

 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.

 

 
 

Message from the Ministry of Education

 

Dear Parents and Guardians/Caregivers:

During the next two months Journey Middle School, SD#62 is participating in the 2021 Ministry of Education Electronic Anonymous Student Learning Survey Project.  This is in cooperation with all other school districts throughout B.C.

Parents/Guardians/Caregivers can complete the online Anonymous Student Learning Surveys any time before 11:59 pm April 30th, 2021, providing immediate results to the school and the district.

Surveys are available for:

Students in Grades 7 (student PEN number required – found on MyEd)

Parents/Guardians/Caregivers of Grade 7 Students (no logon code necessary)

To complete the surveys:

  1. Go to any computer that has an up-to-date internet browser access at home, work, or school.
  2. Go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm
  3. Under the section Direct Access – no logon number required select:
    • District: 62
    • School: Journey Middle School
    • Language: the language of your choice
  4. Complete the survey by clicking on the appropriate circle to answer each question.  Move to the next set of questions by clicking on the right arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on the left arrow to navigate backwards.
  5. When you are finished the survey, you will get a message “Thank you for sharing your views”.

 

Please print your child’s name and sign and date the bottom of this letter indicating that you have completed the survey. Please remember to return only the bottom section to the school.

 

Thank you for participating in this innovative project.  If you need more information or would like to see the results for the District or your school, consult with your school principal.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

All students who complete the survey, and return this portion of this form, will be entered to win one of 5 Munch Cards (value $20).

 

 

Student Name: _______________________________

 

Parent//Guardians/Caregivers Signature: ________________________________________

 

Date: _________________________________________________

 

 
 

Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This week we are focusing on one of our three Values: Safety.  We’re not just talking Covid 19 safety which does take up a lot of our time right now.  We want our students to be safe physically and emotionally.  This is a commitment of all our staff and something we work on every day with support from families and the community as well. 

New mask rules:  Students must now wear masks in their classrooms unless sitting at their desk or eating/drinking.  They must now also wear them in the gym during P.E. 

PAC Fundraiser: DFS fundraiser will be running for the month of March. To check out the fundraiser go www.shopdfscanada.com our 4 digit school code is 7617. Everything will be labeled when shipped so make sure you put your child’s name when ordering. They are Canadian and have some great springtime products.  The West Coast Seed order has been shipped.  We will notify you as soon as they arrive.  Next Virtual PAC meeting March 8 at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Wallace’s Learning Commons Update: March Madness: Battle of the Books has moved into the semi-finals!  Voting is open and will be available until Thursday, March 4 at https://bit.ly/37QkIfk.  Please encourage your student to vote.  Munro Books generously donated book prizes and there will be 1 prize winner drawn each week from participants.

  • Freedom to Read week, an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was Feb. 21-27, 2021.  Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.  Check out this interactive map of where 35 written works have been challenged across Canada and talk to your student about intellectual freedom.
  • February 17 was I Read Canadian day – a National day of celebration of Canadian books for young people!  We celebrated the day by highlighting many of our Canadian books from the school library and we still have them on display.  How many Canadian books do you read?  There are lots of lists of great Canadian literature available, check out: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Forest of Reading Awards, and BC’s Red Cedar Book Awards just to name a few.  Happy Reading!

March Madness Theme continues – March 11 we are planning events for all students and staff to be involved in at school.  The school will be divided into morning and afternoon events and all activities will have health and safety protocols in place.   More info coming out next week!

Registration Date: Hockey Academy sign-up for the 2021-22 school year begins on March 8.  Please sign up online (see this website for information)

Monday

Zone rotation.

FAST rotation #4 begins today.  Students will begin go their new classes.  Assessments for FAST #3 are available on the parent portal of MyEd on March 12.

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 

Friday

School Spirit Day – Tropical Thunder!

Last Day to order Burger Lunch for March 10.  Order forms are in the office.

Run to be Here/Wear your Mask/Be Safe 

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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