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                          GRATEFUL for you. We’re simply thankful to be part of a community

                                   where we can learn from and lean on each otherBrene Brown

 

Community News: Homestay West has asked us to pass on the following information. (Contact Ayla Seyedmortazavi, Manager, Homestay West.  aseyedmortazavi@mliesl.com or 778-229-2547. We are bringing a group of 118 Japanese International Highschool students to the Sooke/Langford area within Greater Victoria and we are in an urgent need of families who could host the students for 5 nights.  Students will be coming October 25 to 30th, and each requires his/her own homestay experience for 5 sleeps.  So, we are in urgent need of host families. Half of the group will attend Belmont Secondary School in Langford and the others will attend Edward Milne Community School in Sooke.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FIND HOSTS FOR THE EDWARD MILNE SCHOOL GROUP OF 60: 

  • Families are paid an honorarium of $225 for hosting 1 student for 5 nights – October 25 – 30, 2019
  • Each host will be their “home away from home” for this special trip to Canada.
  • Families are encouraged to share their “typical daily life” and invite their Japanese students to join into simple family activities – walking the dog, grocery shopping, playing soccer in the back yard, attending hockey practises, watching the stars from the beach at night, making cookies, playing cards….and enjoying meals together. 
  • Families will be invited to join into a Welcome Ceremony at school on the arrival day as well as a Farewell Gathering on October 29th: The students from Japan will share some presentations, dances and songs in appreciation of their special days in our community.

We do greatly appreciate your help.  Journey Middle School will receive a $40 fundraiser for every family who is secured through this campaign from Today until October 10th.  We have a 2 week runway to find our families and raise some needed dollars for the school. 

PAC News:

Currently PAC has a Jerky Fundraiser happening. Your child should have brought home a form for this delicious fundraiser for our school. All proceeds go toward funding activities and/or purchasing items to enhance the learning opportunities for all students. Thank you for your support.  More forms are available in the office. 

School News:

Robotics Clubs:  New members new to robotics, and non-competitive club members are meeting on Monday’s from 3:15-430 in Ms. Dvorak’ room 1133 (except this week because of Thanksgiving). Experienced and competitive members are meeting in Wednesday’s 3:15-4:30 also in Ms Dvorak’s room 1133 

Monday – Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the day with your family.

Tuesday  

On the QT – Voices Room (#2250 in Narnia) at lunch for students who like a quiet place to hang out at lunch.

Calling all students who like/love to sing 🎶! Are you a singer or want to learn how to sing? Are you interested in performing? If so, we would love to have you join the Journey Choir!  Mme Munroe and Mrs. Bjorklund are starting a school choir, that will practice on Tuesdays during lunch recess. Our first meeting is today in the Band Room.  No experience necessary! We look forward to singing with you!

Starting Today, join Ms. MacGregor in the foyer at recess for a cup of herbal tea. Students encouraged to bring their own mugs to keep in their locker to use on Tuesdays

Athletics: 

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice in the morning

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice after school

Wednesday  

Subway Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per sandwich. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Province Wide Earthquake Drill 10:17 a.m. today. Join in on the Great BC Shakeout – drop, cover, and hang on!

Robotics Club: Experienced and competitive members are meeting today at 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room 1133 (Mystical Main).

Athletics:

Cross Country Meet at Juan De Fuca Centre @ 3:45

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice in the morning

Grade 8 Girls Basketball practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball practice after school 

Thursday

Exploratories – Bring your equipment, clothing etc. needed to participate.

Freezies on sale at lunch $1 each outside kitchen door

Athletics:

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball practice after school

Friday  

Student Vote Day – all Journey students will have the opportunity to vote for a candidate in our riding in the upcoming federal election. The result of the student vote will be revealed on Wednesday, October 23 as required by the rules from Elections Canada. 

Athletics:

Basketball Intramurals: Mystical Main vs Journey Staff at lunch

 

 
 

Extra Fire Drill at Journey today! We had our local fire department visit the school today because of a false alarm. There definitely was no fire and students and staff did an excellent job of evacuating the school safely.

 
 

Thank you – Huge help and positive participation in our staff amazing race team building:

Wayne Smith from Sooke Power Supply; Karen Stones from Sea of Bloom; David Evans and the staff at the Stick in the Mud; The incredible librarians and staff at our Library; and Marcus and the amazing staff of Shopper’s Drug Mart. Also to Brian Boizard and the Belmont Thrifty’s for the donation of our pies which were used in our Terry Fox fundraiser! Our fun adventure wouldn’t have been the same without their help!!

New to Journey – Calling all students who like/love to sing 🎶! Are you a singer or want to learn how to sing? Are you interested in performing? If so, we would love to have you join the Journey Choir!  Mme Munroe and Mrs Bjorklund are starting a school choir, that will practice on Tuesdays during lunch recess. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15th in the Band Room.  No experience necessary! We look forward to singing with you! 

Monday  

Four classes off to Camp Qwanoes. Mr. Winsor stays at school for students not attending. Wishing you a fun time and good weather. See you when you return Wednesday! 

Walk & Wheel to School Week – students and staff are encouraged to walk and ride their bikes to school this week. 

Cross Country practice at lunch

Touch Rugby practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice in the morning (7:30-8:30)

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Team practice after school (3:15-4:30) 

PAC Meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Room – everyone welcome

Tuesday  

On the QT – Voices Room (#2250 in Narnia) at lunch for students who like a quiet place to hang out at lunch.

Athletics:

Touch Rugby Game at John Stubbs @ 3:45

Ultimate Frisbee practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice in the morning

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice after school

Wednesday  

Pizza Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per slice. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Athletics:

Ultimate Frisbee Game at Royal Oak MS @ 3:45 (note change in location)

Cross Country Team practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice in the morning

Grade 8 Girls Basketball practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball practice after school 

Thursday

Exploratories – Bring your equipment, clothing etc. needed to participate.

Freezies on sale at lunch $1 each outside kitchen door

Athletics:

Cross Country Meet at Cedar Hill @ 3:45

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball practice after school

Friday  

Athletics:

Cross Country practice at lunch

Basketball Intramurals: Narnia vs Journey Staff at lunch

 

 

Thanksgiving Weekend begins afterschool today! We are thankful your family is part of our Journey Family.

 
 

Peanuts/Nuts – Journey has several students who have an severe allergy to nuts. Although it would be impossible to be able to claim we are completely nut free, we do ask that you are sensitive to the food you send in your child’s lunch/snacks. All classes that have students with this allergy have been notified by the classroom teacher. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Reminders:  Please remind your child not to use their phones between our morning and school leaving bell. Staff and parents have been reporting positive results and most students are finding it easier than they thought!

Also a reminder that taking pictures or videoing students is not permitted. This is especially important regarding altercations and then sharing with others. Students should not be subjected to further humiliation and we always report incidents to our Safer Schools Coordinator and we work closely with our local RCMP.

Terry Fox Run – Congratulations to all of our runners and walkers. Terry would be very proud. 

Overall Liv R., Cedar T., and Javin G.

Top Girls Liv R., Willow D., and Olive I.

Top Boys Cedar T., Javin G. and Kohen P.

PAC Update: We have a new PAC Executive Team for this year. Thank you to: President, Trudy Fraser; Vice Presidents Laura Black and Jessica Alford; Treasurer, Chasthylyn Kanealii; Secretary, Greg Reaney; and Emergency Preparedness, Brent Halliday.  We look forward to another amazing year with such dedicated volunteers who help make us Run to Be Here! 

Monday  

Today is Orange Shirt Day, a day to commemorate Residential School survivors and show every child matters.  Journey is marking Orange Shirt Day in several ways:

  • flying an orange flag, signed by staff and students
  • participating in Kindness Rocks, where students have written kind and welcoming messages on orange rocks that are placed around the school and community.
  • students and staff are invited to wear orange shirts
  • Aboriginal Education staff have visited 10 classes, sharing the message of Orange Shirt Day

Individual Photo Day – every student will have their photo taken and the option to purchase a variety of packages (these have gone home with students last week). Students will have the opportunity to change for their picture if they are wearing orange shirts.

All donations from the Terry Fox Run/Fox Fest Activities will be totalled today and announced. Students can hand in all donations into their classroom teacher.

Exploratories get posted on the wall in the foyer today. Some need waivers so get those handed in asap. If you haven’t signed up, please see Ms. Yarchuk immediately.

Athletics:

Cross Country practice at lunch

Touch Rugby practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice in the morning (7:30-8:30)

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Team practice after school (3:15-4:30)

Tuesday  

Athletics:

Touch Rugby Game at Shoreline @ 3:45

Ultimate Frisbee practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice in the morning

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice after school 

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

On the Q.T. in the Voices Room @ lunch

Wednesday  

Subway Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per sandwich. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Athletics:

Ultimate Frisbee Game at Glanford @ 3:45

Cross Country Team practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice in the morning

Grade 8 Girls Basketball practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball practice after school 

Thursday

Exploratories Begin! Bring your equipment, clothing etc. needed to participate.

Freezies on sale at lunch $1 each outside kitchen door

Athletics:

Cross Country Meet at Beaver Lake @ 3:45

Ultimate Frisbee practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball practice after school

Friday  

Athletics:

Cross Country practice at lunch

Basketball Intramurals begin! Utopia vs Journey Staff at lunch 

 

 
 

“People Run to Be Here” – thank you the numerous families who came out to our Meet the Journey Family Evening last Thursday. It was wonderful getting to know you better and I hope you also know the staff at JMS a little better too.

Community Info: Harmony Project Sooke is beginning its fall classes now. Two classes in Drumline and 3 classes in strings are offered.  Modeled after the Harmony Project in Los Angeles, Harmony Project Sooke is a non-profit society that provides musical instruments and instruction to children and youth in the Sooke area.  Classes take place outside of school time and meet at Journey Middle School.  Students not only learn in classes but they also perform in ensembles and orchestras throughout the year both in school concerts and at other community events.  HPS is keen to invite students in grade six and up to join drumline. Strings start lessons for students in Grade 2-3 and progress up from there.  For info, please contact Lorna Bjorklund at sookeharmonyproject@shaw.ca or telephone 250-642-6681.

MondayNo School for Students/Professional Development Day

Canadian Blood Services will be at Journey’s gym Noon- 6 p.m. Book online at blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE. Blood, it’s in you to give!

Tuesday

Exploratory Forms went home Friday and will be collected today in Foyer beginning at 7:45 a.m. If your child was absent, they are available on this website under FORMS. Students will receive a number when they drop off their form (with fee if applicable) which indicates the order in which we received the form. DO NOT HAND INTO YOUR TEACHER.   COMPLETE THE ENTIRE FORM.

Touch Rugby Game at John Stubbs @ 3:45

Ultimate Frisbee Practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice in the morning (7:30-8:30)

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice after school (3:15-4:30)

Skatepark @ lunch with Mr. Donegani and Mr. van Hooydonk. Students must have a waiver on file to participant. Waivers are available in the office.

“On the Q.T. in the Voices Room.” If your child would like a quiet place to hang out they are welcome in room #2250 (Narnia). Students will need to bring their own materials for quiet occupation–reading, writing, drawing, etc. Ms. Archer will supply the space and the supervision.

Wednesday

Pizza Lunch –$3.50 per slice (Peperoni, Hawaiian and Cheese available). Chips $1 and juice boxes $.50 will also be available for sale. Line up in the foyer at lunch with your money or your munch card ready!

Lunchtime Skatepark – must have waiver and equipment to participate

Cross Country Team Practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Practice in the morning

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Practice after school

Band Parents’ Meeting 6:30 Learning Commons/Library

Canadian Hero Thursday – Terry Fox Day

Ultimate Fox Fest!  Ultimate Frisbee Tournament during Blocks 1, 4 & 5. Annual Terry Fox Run and Terry Fox BBQ during Blocks 2 & 3. Students are encouraged to donate a Toonie for Terry and keep the Marathon of Hope alive.

Fundraising Activities today include hotdogs $2, hamburger $3, freezie $1, candy bags $1, water $1, buying tickets for the pie eating contest, Bake Sale, Request a song from DJ Mr. Rehman $1, and tape your teacher to the wall $1 per meter of duct tape.

Friday

Ultimate Championship matches during Block 4

Terry Fox donations totaled and winning class announced. Pie Eating Contest in Gym @ lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Thank you to our families and staff today for making arrangements for students who usually walk home to get picked up or make other arrangements. It was a little hectic, but everyone did their part and it is greatly appreciated.   

After consulting with both the Conservation Officer and RCMP regarding the sightings of the cougar, Poirier and Journey followed their expert advice.  Our superintendent, Scott Stinson happened to be in Sooke and provided support as well.   

Our Meet the Journey Family is still on for tonight (6-7:30 p.m.), but to avoid attracting the cougar, or any other large animals, we have been advised to not cook hot dogs.  Juice boxes and bottles of water will still be served! 

See you soon!

 

 
 

Meet the Journey Family night is still on tonight from 6-7:30 pm.  We are however cancelling the BBQ portion of the evening on the recommendation from the Conservation Officer.  Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

 
 

With an abundance of caution we are informing our school families that there has been a cougar sighting in the area between Journey and Poirier. All students that walk home will be held at school until someone is able to pick them up or we hear from parents regarding their wishes. Please call if you need help with this arrangement. We are currently working with students that walk home to arrange this. All bus students and pick ups will continue as a regular day. All staff including bus drivers are aware.

 

 
 

“People Run to Be Here” even on Saturday. Saturday morning Journey students and music teacher, Ms. Bjourlund, boarded a school bus and joined over 100 new and beginning band students from across the Sooke School District at Dunsmuir Middle School for their first lesson and first concert with their brand new instruments. The organizers reported that all students represented their schools exceptionally well making for some very proud music teachers. This is the fourth year of this event and such large numbers are always encouraging and speak volumes about the success of the music in SD62.

Monday

Robotics Club Monday at Lunch – robotics sign up in Ms DVORAK’s room (room 1133).  Robotics club is for all grades and experience level, from those that wish to compete, to those trying out robots and programming for the first time. Join in and try out this amazing club experience.   Practices will be after school on days that will be determined.

Cross Country Team Practice at lunch

Touch Rugby Team Practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Practice after school

Tuesday

Skatepark @ lunch with Mr. Donegani and Mr. van Hooydonk. Students must have a waiver on file to participant. Waivers are available in the office.

Tuesdays at lunch will be “On the Q.T. in the Voices Room.” If your child would like a quiet place to hang out they are welcome in room #2250 (Narnia). Students will need to bring their own materials for quiet occupation–reading, writing, drawing, etc. Ms. Archer will supply the space and the supervision. Those who are not abiding by the Quietness Code will be asked to leave so others can continue to enjoy the space.

Ultimate Frisbee Practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Team practice after school

Wednesday

Subway Lunch –$3.50 each. Chips $1 and juice boxes $.50 will also be available for sale. Line up in the foyer at lunch with your money or your munch card ready!

Lunchtime Skatepark – must have waiver and equipment to participate

Cross Country Team Practice at lunch

Grade 8 Girls Basketball Practice at lunch

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Practice after school

***New Date – Now Next Wednesday**** Band Meeting for Parents 6:30-7:30 pm in the band room. Info sent home with students.  Plans to be made for trip to the Nationals in Calgary in May…and other items with respect to band.

PAC Meeting – Art Room @ 6:30 p.m. All parents/guardians welcome

What to know more about Children using Cell Phones? – You’re invited to a presentation at John Stubbs Middle School.Dr. Paul Mohapel: September 18th at 6:00-7:00 in the John Stubbs Middle School gym. All parents/guardians (no matter what grade their children are in!) are invited to this amazing opportunity to learn about the research on the effects of cell phone use and over dependence. Mohapel holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. He also holds a masters of science and a bachelor of science in psychology from Carleton University.  All parents/guardians (no matter what grade their children are in!) are welcome. The effects of cell phones on very young children will also be discussed. Please note: the subject matter is mature, we are not able to provide child care.

Thursday

Grade 6 Assembly 1:30 gym – It’s our third week and we will be checking in with our grade six students. This is a good time for them to ask questions too!

Div. 10 Freezie Sales @ lunch – back of school

Ultimate Frisbee Practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Team practice at lunch

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team practice after school

Meet the Journey Family – 6-7:30 p.m. Journey staff will be in classrooms/learning area 6-6:45 (a little more formal) and BBQ 6:45-7:30 (somewhat less formal). We look forward to getting to know all our families and you finding out a little more about us!

Friday

Exploratory Forms go home with students. Please read over the choices and information with your child and fill in ALL of the required information. We will begin accepting them on Tuesday, September 24 beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the blue tables in the foyer. DO NOT HAND INTO YOUR TEACHER. We collect them on a first come, first served basis (all students will be told their number when they hand in their COMPLETED form.

Dismissal 1:58 p.m. – Please remind your child that as much as they are loved by their elementary schools, they need to wait until they are dismissed before going on their school grounds or in their schools. Students are welcome to stay at the blue tables in the foyer or on our school grounds while they wait.

Reminder – Monday, September 23 is a Pro-D day and classes are not in session.

 

 

 

 

 
 

You’re invited to a presentation at John Stubbs Middle School.

Dr. Paul Mohapel: September 18th at 6:00-7:00 in the John Stubbs Middle School gym. All parents/guardians (no matter what grade their children are in!) are invited to this amazing opportunity to learn about the research on the effects of cell phone use and over dependence. Mohapel holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. He also holds a masters of science and a bachelor of science in psychology from Carleton University.  All parents/guardians (no matter what grade their children are in!) are welcome. The effects of cell phones on very young children will also be discussed. Please note: the subject matter is mature, we are not able to provide child care.

 
 
 
 
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