Hello Journey Families,
We hope that this email finds you and your family well. This week we are in the process of preparing for the opportunity for our students to come to school on a voluntary, part time basis. It is important for families to know what this new normal for June will look like when making your decision for your child to return. Teachers will continue to support the Continuity of Learning at home, but will not be available on the day they are providing the Continuity of Learning at school.
Registration – Students must be registered through the online survey sent home Friday, (this will stay open until Wednesday, May 27 at 4 p.m.). OR by contacting our head secretary, Gina Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Health and Safety protocols created at the district level and adapted for each school site are in place to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Your child must be REGISTERED to attend as we need to plan in advance to ensure we have space and teaching staff to meet the regulations. We CANNOT accept students on a drop-in basis.
Continuity of Learning at school is offered on the following days and will follow regular school hours:
Grade 6 – Monday Grade 7- Wednesday Grade 8 – Friday
Students must arrive as close to 8:40 a.m. as possible and leave at the end of the day. There will be no clubs, sports teams or extra support after 2:58 Monday/Wednesday and 1:58 p.m. on Friday. This is to allow for enhanced cleaning by our custodial staff at the end of each day.
What to expect should you decide to send your child to Journey on their assigned day. School will not look like what it did when we left in March. Students can expect support with their Continuity of Learning plan that they have been working on with their teacher(s). Please be aware, in some cases, students may not be with their regular classroom teacher to meet guidelines set out by the government.
All students will line up outside the main door keeping 2 meters between them. Once a student enters through the main door they must wash their hands immediately upon entry. A hand sanitizer station has been installed in the foyer at the front door. The student will go directly to their assigned classroom. Please review physical distancing protocols with your child before arriving.
If a student is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms, parents/guardians must keep their child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.
If you are unsure of your student’s status or if they have symptoms contact 811 for guidance.
The classroom will look very different with desk/space for only 5 or 6 students. Teachers and EAs will provide support to their existing Continuity of Learning at school. New or enhanced lessons are not planned for the one day per week your child will be attending.
Recess and lunch will also look different. The playground IS NOT open and as per COVID-19 Protocols, and students will NOT be able to play with sports equipment or other playground equipment while at school. Students should expect staggered breaks and will be under the direction of Lunch Supervisors and other staff during these times. The number of students on break at any one time will be limited.
- The content remains the same should a child return to school one day per week or continue learning at home.
- Part time, volunteer in class instruction is on Monday for grade 6, Wednesday for grade 7 or Friday for grade 8. Online learning will continue for at home learners.
- Students may not be with their classroom teacher.
- We must know in advance if your child is coming to school. We cannot accept students without prior arrangement.
- Due to safety concerns parents will not be able to enter the school, classrooms, or portable. Please talk to your child about this in advance.
- Please contact the front office if you need to make an appointment.
- If your child is sick with cold/flu like symptoms they must stay home.
- If your child becomes sick at school, they will be isolated and you will be contacted for immediate pick up. They cannot return until their symptoms are gone and they have a doctor’s note.
- Classrooms will look different than usual. Movement within the school and classroom will also be very different.
- There will not be shared supplies or materials. Teachers will let you know what specific supplies to bring to school.
- Students will line up outside the main door 2m apart.
- Students and staff will wash their hands every time they enter and exit the classroom.
- Permission to use washrooms will be in effect. One student at a time. Cleaning of washrooms is three times per day
- No personal items can be brought to school. Phones need to be out of sight and turned off.
- Students will be physically distanced in class to help ensure no physical contact.
- All food needs to be brought in and out each day including the garbage. Please make sure your child can open all containers.
- Personal water bottles only, (water fountains are closed).
- We will go outside for learning activities as much as possible! Please be prepared for the weather.
If your child is going to start or stop coming to school please let the office know by email to email@example.com ASAP, so we can be prepared.
If you are an Essential Support Worker and require childcare, please register through the SD62 website.
Dear Parents and Families,
Work is underway to collect and package up your children’s belongings. They will be ready for retrieval starting Tuesday, May 19 through to Thursday, May 21 under the following schedule:
Tuesday, May 19
Students with last names starting with A – L can pick up between 9 am and 11:30 am
Students with last names starting with M – Z can pick up between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 20
Students with last names starting with M – Z can pick up between 9 am and 11:30 am
Students with last names starting with A – L can pick up between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 21
Students with last names starting with A – L can pick up between 9 am and 11:30 am
Students with last names starting with M – Z can pick up between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm
We ask that only adults, not students, come and pick up at these times. If you wish a neighbour or friend to pick up your child’s property, please send an email to Ms. Crocker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child’s first and last name, division and who will be picking up the property.
Pick-ups will take place at the gym doors closest to the front entrance. There will be no access to the school, nor entry, and we will be observing physical distancing protocols at all times.
Along with your child’s belongings, class photos will also be handed out.
Please also return any library books at this time.
If you cannot make any of these times listed, you may contact Ms. Crocker to make alternative arrangements.
Thank you for your patience.
We miss you!
We hope you are well as we continue to work together to keep people healthy. There are some very interesting lessons being offered by staff as students continue to learn at home, but we long for our students to be here at Journey every day! After Premier Horgan’s press conference yesterday, there will be some gradual opening up of society, and we will continue learning at home for a while longer.
Band and Hockey – It seems hard to believe, and a little surreal, but we are currently creating our schedules, timetables and class configurations for next year. A large part of that process is dependent on students who want to join the Hockey Academy and/or Band. If your child is interested in registering for Hockey Academy or Concert Band the information/registration is on our website. A student can belong to both, but must register for each one if they want to join either next year. It is important to note that next year Band will be part of our FAST rotation (Art, Tech, Wood, Home Ec., Music) and students choosing Band will not be part of those subjects. We have extended the deadline to sign up until May 15 – Both Hockey Academy and Band are dependent on having sufficient enrollment numbers to run.
Pick up of Student Supplies – Following the direction from the School Board Office and adhering to health and safety protocols, staff will begin packing up supplies from lockers and classrooms next week. Bags will be labelled with the student’s name and division number and parents will be able to begin picking them up starting on May 19. FAST teachers will help get projects/work from those classrooms to the divisional teachers. If your child has something that may be in a different space in the school, please contact your child’s divisional teacher to have it place with their other items. Everything will be sent home that is in the locker, minus any lunches that may have turned into science experiments. Class photos will be in each supply bag as well. We will share the pickup times early next week.
Tech – We have lent out several Chromebooks for student to use while learning at home and we still have a supply that can be loaned to families. Please contact Gina Thompson email@example.com or Brianne Crocker firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick up.
Food – Through the many generous donations from local businesses we are able to help supply some frozen pre-made meals, Cobbs Bread, and fresh produce should you need some during these uncertain times. Each Tuesday families can stop by and pick up items. Please contact Laurie Szadkowski email@example.com to arrange a time for pick up, (we maintain social distancing practices and stagger our pick up times to eliminate lineups).
Staffing – After 27 years at Journey and a 45-year career in teaching, our teacher librarian Mrs. Jill Fader has announced her retirement. Mrs. Fader has worked at Journey since we opened our doors in 1993. She has been the driving force behind our Musical Theatre productions and has carefully archived Journey’s history along the way. She confidently states she has personally purchased every book in our library and knows every child in the school because they all come to the ‘hub of the school’.
Travel – This year we had to cancel our Band Trip to the Nationals in Calgary and postpone our Journey to Japan Friendship Exchange to Natori, Japan. The Board of Education has now declared all out of province trips, (which includes our trip to Europe, and our trip to Japan planned for March 2021) are on hold until further notice. They do this to ensure the health and safety of students and staff and they will keep us updated as we move forward.
PAC – our PAC Executive is less active right now, but they continue to support students by assisting our teachers. Equipment and supplies (some for next year) are being purchased and delivered to the school. Their greatest service is their offer of support and appreciation to all staff. This helps boost our spirits and we look forward to working with them again soon.
We continually update our website with information and meet with staff regularly about curriculum and connections. Staff have been asked to make at least two contacts per week with each student, and you may receive a phone call from the office if they have not been able to make that connection. Acknowledging an email, handing in assignments, chatting online or a phone call all count! Please remember that we are available if you have any questions, or please check the website.
Like Dr. Bonnie Henry keeps telling us, “this won’t be forever, just for now”.
During this time of increased access to sites teachers are using to provide educational opportunities for your child(ren) we are requesting you fill out the online consent form for these additional sites. If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s divisional teacher. If you have already done this last week our apologies for sending this out again.
We are wishing you and your family a wonderful; albeit very different Easter Weekend.
As we work towards setting up remote classroom learning, teachers have been looking into various educational platforms and apps. Please take the time to complete the online consent form named Online Learning Platforms Consent. For your convenience please click on this link: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca. Once your online consent is received, teachers will be able to include your child in the online learning tools chosen for the classroom.
Other sites that you may find helpful during this time are below and are also available on the Journey Website:
Counselling Online Services http://journey.web.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/04/Counselling-Online-Resources.docx
How has Coronavirus changed a teen’s world BLOG http://www.jkp.com/jkpblog/2020/04/how-has-corona-virus-changed-a-teens-world/
Community Services During COVID-19 http://journey.web.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/04/Community-Services-during-COVID19.pdf
Healthy Schools Healthy People (April) https://www.sd62.bc.ca/sites/default/files/2020-04/HSHP-March2020.pdf
Internet Access for Low Income Families http://journey.web.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/04/Internet-Access-Support-for-Low-Income-Families.docx
You can stay updated through our website and/or Journey App and if you have any questions or concerns please contact the school.
Internet programs for low income families through Telus and Shaw. See below for details.
- Internet plans starting at just $9.95 per month (plus applicable taxes) for two years
- Speeds of up to 25 megabits per second (where available) and up to 300 gigabits of data per month
- Access to a low cost refurbished computer
- Digital literacy support available at any of our TELUS Learning Centre
- Access to free TELUS Wise® training and tools to participate safely in our digital world
Internet for Good supports thousands of low-income Canadian families with children under the age of majority currently receiving income assistance under the Employment and Assistance Act or disability assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act (collectively, “BCEA”).
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for Internet for Good if you have received either:
- A letter from the British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction with a unique access code.
- If so, please call TELUS at 1-866-835-8744 to sign up.
- A letter from the Government of Canada with a unique access code.
- If so, please visit connecting-families.ca to sign up.
What if I haven’t received a letter?
If you have not received a letter, but believe you qualify, please submit your 2018 Canada Child Benefit (CCB) statement showing your family net income of less than or equal to $31,120 to TELUS at InternetForGood@telus.com. The Internet for Good account must be under the name of the individual named on page 1 of the CCB statement.
Please note that TELUS will be recording your name, address as it appears on your CCB, email address and last four digits of your SIN. We will not be recording the names of your eligible children or your family net income.
Once your application is approved we will email you back at that same address with a unique access code and instructions on how to sign up.
Here is the link to the Gov’t of Canada page:
To say that Covid-19 has changed the way we live our lives is an understatement! It may feel like the days of social gatherings, fastball games and hanging out with friends at school are gone, but they will return because we’re all trying to do our part – Wash your hands, stay at home, and social distance by 2 meters if you do go out.
Our highly creative staff has been working to find opportunities for our students to continue to learn and connect. We thank you for the feedback we have received this week as we’re finding ways to engage students and balance expectations. This week staff will have contacted each student/family. If this did not happen, it could be that we do not have your most updated information. Please contact your child’s teacher (see staff list/contact on the website) or call us at 250-642-5881. Journey is closed for in-class instruction until further notice.
Next week we will provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to pick up prescription medications stored in the office, EpiPens left at school, and/or musical instruments only. We are following the safety protocols for the health and safety of our staff and the public. Only a parent/guardian is permitted to be in the school. Students are not permitted to enter. Please email Vice-Principal, Katrina Abell for an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org. If, and when, we receive direction from the superintendent to allow additional pickups, we will let you know.
When school is open we have a lunch program for students to access each day. We are offering an opportunity for a parent/guardian to register for meal pick up. Nutritious, frozen meals can be picked up once per week at Journey for families needing some extra support during this time. You do not have to have been registered on the program to take advantage of this opportunity. Please email Principal, Laurie Szadkowski at email@example.com to arrange for an appointment between 12-12:45 pm each Tuesday.
Remember as you take care of your children to also take care of yourselves. We’re all on this whole new journey together and we are grateful to belong to such a caring community.
As much as this spring break was very different from any other, Journey staff wish you a warm welcome and we are excited to get back in contact with you!
This week, staff is collaborating and preparing for the delivery of their programs. Lessons will not start until next Monday, April 6, but staff will be in contact with you, if they haven’t already, to check in on students and their families. In this check-in, staff will be trying to assess our students needs to best accommodate the new format of lesson delivery.
The school will have minimal staffing, and will not be open for drop ins. If you require an essential item, such as medication or personal technological device, from your child’s locker or classroom, please contact Ms. Szadkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Abell (email@example.com) to arrange the item pick up.
As this is unprecedented times for us all, we will be updating you frequently as details develop. Our staff is committed to working with your families during this time. We are all a team! We are here to support and work together with you to maintain the highest level of education possible for your children. Welcome back to school :0)
Hello Journey Families,
Hoping that all of you are taking care of yourselves and your families during these complicated days. We know that there are many unanswered questions and a little worry about the days to come. Although I don’t have any concrete answers about the exact “how”, what I do know is our community will work together to ensure that we all stay safe and that our students will be connected to educational tools and resources. We have an incredible dedicated and skilled group of educators who care deeply for their students!
As we start our second week of Spring Break during these complicated times, we know there are many questions about what education will look like in the days to come. We are working with the team at the Board Office who is in turn working with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. Although things are continuing to change daily, we are hopeful that information will be coming out by the end of this week to all families.
We hope you can find time to look after yourselves, and each other, as we find ways to navigate a new way of doing things. We are thankful to live in the community of Sooke where we have space to get outdoors while still practicing social distancing! The absolute best part is belonging to a community of people who are watching out and caring for one another. There is a lot of information out there, some accurate, some not so much. Please take care to help your children navigate through the constant barrage of “facts” to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.
Please reach out by email if you have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
During these uncertain times we want to assure you that your child’s items are secure in the school and that Journey has undergone a deep clean. We wish all our families well as we take care ourselves and each other.