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Continuing to Celebrate Earth Day!

Journey BROOM BASH is underway and COMMUNITY PARTNERS ARE BEING ARRANGED. DATES to be announced shortly. Please let Liz Stannard if you are interested in helping lstannard@sd62.bc.ca Classes will be able to participate in Broom Removal and Management with volunteer experts. 

Yearbook – Many students have pre-purchased their yearbook; however, there is still time if you want to have one delivered in June. April 30 is the absolute last day to pre-purchase (we don’t order extras). $40 (cash or cheque payable to SD62) in the office. A receipt will be issued to you. 

PAC News:

Paint night at Journey – May 11th, 7pm-9pm, Please buy your ticket before April 29,  there will not be tickets at the door. Buy your ticket online at:

https://www.paintnite.com/events/coming-soon-at-journey-middle-school-10071294

Help support the Journey Middle School Band who are raising funds for band trips in 2019.   Paint night gives you everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. The artist will guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. This is a non-alcohol event.

2nd annual Journey Middle School Online Facebook auction will start May 20th and end June 3rd. The PAC raises money for emergency preparedness, field trips, fun things for our kids like the new Archery Tag equipment, and so much more!  Anyone can bid. Just click that you will be attending the “Online Auction for Journey Middle School” on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/245149302725461/?ti=icl

Bidding starts on the 20th of May.   Items will be added every day until June 3, 2017. 

We still need auction items!! Do you have a business you would like to promote or do you have new items at home that were gifts that you were planning on re-gifting anyways? We would love to auction them off to raise money for our school! If you can donate an item to the auction please email: Erika at erikas1977@shaw.ca.

We are looking for new members of the PAC for next year – Especially a President and Treasurer. If you are interested  or just want more info email the PAC at journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com.

Monday 

Quarter 4 FAST rotation begins today. Students will move into their final rotation of the year! 

Final day to get waivers in for Exploratories. Students will be placed in another exploratory that does not require a waiver. 

Tickets available at lunch in the foyer all this week for Jumanji $5 each or $10 per Family. Come and watch the movie on the big screen in our Gym. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. so come a little early and by your popcorn and goodie bags and enjoy. You’re welcome to come in your PJs and something soft to sit on! 

Rugby Practices for Girls and Boys teams after school. 

Robotics after school (LEGO) 3:15 – 4:30 is cancelled today. Ms. Dvorak is away facilitating a workshop in Port Alberni. They heard how good our club was and want to get one started there as well!

Calling all Hackergals NEW and EXPERIENCED – Meeting in Ms Dvorak’s Room on WEDNESDAY April 25th. Calling all Girls: Did you try HackerGals last December and loved it? Are you interested in what all the excitement is about? Are you interested in learning more about coding and game design with a cool platform? Come join the HackerGal initiative.

Tuesday  

Team and Whole School Photos today. Listen for announcements calling down the many teams and clubs we have at Journey. We will also gather for a whole school photo. 

Tea in the foyer at recess 

Student leadership meeting at lunch in Mme. Abell’s class today 

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 4:30 cancelled today – Ms. Dvorak is still at the Design Thinking workshop!

Wednesday 

Pizza Lunch – $3.50 per slice 

Calling all Hackergals NEW and EXPERIENCED – Meeting in Ms Dvorak’s Room on WEDNESDAY April 25th. Calling all Girls: Did you try HackerGals last December and loved it? Are you interested in what all the excitement is about? Are you interested in learning more about coding and game design with a cool platform? Come join the HackerGal initiative. 

Girls rugby game afterschool

April 25th Mandatory Meeting Regarding the Horne Lake Field Trip for Division 8 and 11

Ms. Gitzel and Ms. Dvorak are having a mandatory meeting on April 25th at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room regarding the Grade 7 Horne Lake Field Trip on June 13, 14 and 15, 2018. 

Thursday

Exploratories begin today! 

Friday

Movie Night – Jumanji doors open at 6:00 movie at 6:30

Freezie Sales today. Div. 13 is raising money for their classroom. $1 each outside the kitchen.

 

 
 

Term Two Recognition Assembly – we congratulated our many students who were recognized for their academic and effort successes for term two on Thursday. Our students proved that our values are more than just words on a banner when they showed such caring and respect in our student led assembly. MC Julianna began with a territorial welcome, Raven and Justice sang our national anthem (with the new words) and MC Brody led everyone in a moment of silence for all who have been impacted by the tragedy in Humboldt. At the end we took a picture of all students and staff wearing jerseys.

 

Earth Day Project – The Backyard Broom Bash is starting on Monday. PLEASE BRING IN YOUR EXTRA HATS, GLOVES and CLIPPERS!  Sign up in the photocopy room. The Bloom has begun, gotta beat the sun! Backgrounder: https://bcinvasives.ca/news-events/media/articles/weed-of-the-week-scotch-broom How to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OMSt0_RV08

Staff Welcome to Mrs. Caitlin Adsett who will be working as our fulltime Teacher-on Call at Journey. Ms. Adsett is bilingual in French and English and is a fantastic addition to our school. Welcome to We also welcome this week Mr. Andrew Heath and Ms. Leah McGraw who will be starting their six week practicums at Journey on Monday. Mr. Heath will be working and learning in Ms. Dvorak’s class and Ms. McGraw will be doing the same in Ms. Syme’s class.

Congratulations Journey Musicians! The results are in from the Musicfest Competition held in Ladysmith:

Grade 6 band— superior minus

Grade 7/8– superior plus

Grade 8/community— excellent plus

Orchestra— excellent

Chamber ensemble—excellent

Five invitations to the Nationals!

Ms. Bjorklund, our one-of-a-kind music teacher, reported that the students were well behaved and the chaperones were amazing. Thank you to all who made this opportunity possible.

The Westshore Skatepark Coalition is revealing the 3D images of the new Westshore skatepark design at the Juan de Fuca Kinsman Fieldhouse (across from the Q Center) on April 18th from 6pm-7:30pm. All the feedback from previous workshops and surveys has been composed into one final design. Come view the design and make your comments heard.

Monday  

Exploratory Forms went home on Friday. If you didn’t receive one they are available on this website. Completed forms will be collected in the foyer beginning at 7:45 a.m. today and are dated and numbered as they come in. Some Exploratories fill up very quickly. Fees for first choice exploratory are required at sign up. (Please email lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca for financial assistance if needed. We want all students to have the opportunity to have equal access.) We also have two mountain bikes that have been donated to be used for the Mountain Biking Exploratory if your child does not have a bike. Several choices require Waiver Forms which are due by Monday, April 23. Students without forms will be assigned a non-fee/non-waiver exploratory. Exploratories are an important part of the SD62’s vision and provides “student choice and voice” in what they are learning.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Big Bang but Were Afraid to Ask! If you have signed up for this SPEAK presentation remember to come down to the Library Black 2 

Rugby Practices for Girls and Boys teams after school. 

Robotics after school (LEGO) 3:15 – 4:30 today

Tuesday  

Tea in the foyer at recess 

Student leadership meeting at lunch in Mme. Abell’s class today

Welcome Port Renfrew Grade 5 Students Visiting today in Mr. Elm and Ms. Dvorak’s classes. 

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 4:30 today

Wednesday 

Subway Lunch – $3.50 per slice 

Divisional Class Photos today – wear your best smile

Girls rugby game at Macdonald field afterschool

Thursday

Quarter 3 FAST ends today. Students will rotate into Q4 on Monday.

Students will be dismissed at 11:58 today and buses will run on this altered timetable.

Open House tonight 4 – 7 p.m. everywhere in the school! Come and check out what your child and other students have been learning. There will be hands-on demonstrations, food (Mai Mai Food Truck and Student stations), robotics, life sized interactive game, take a peek at our Foods Room Renovation, Book Fair, Art projects, live music and more. Receive a free draw ticket for everyone who attends to be eligible for 25 different prizes as we celebrate 25 years of Journey! 

Book Fair in MP Room afterschool and during the Open House

Grade Five Families are invited to share in our Open House tonight and stay for the Grade 5 Parent Info 7-7:30 p.m. in the gym. 

Friday 

Professional Development Day – no school for students. Office will be open 8-3 pm.

 

 
 

Our hearts are with the people of

Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

 

Are you interested in going to Europe during Spring Break next year? Journey is hosting a trip with EF Tours to travel to Switzerland, France, Italy, and Spain. If you were not able to attend the parent meeting in March, but still want information, please visit www.eftours.ca/2047128PU or email Ms. Wiens at dwiens@sd62.bc.ca. You can also come by the Journey Open House on April 19 and speak to Ms. Wiens about the details of the trip.

Track and Field Season will be starting soon. Encourage your child to listen to announcements and sign up and practice times. Coaches this year are: Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Hart, and Mr. Vine and they are hoping to put together a strong team this year.

Monday  

Junior Achievement presents in Ms. Wien’s class today – block 4 

Extra Band Practice for completion on Thursday – Block 3 Gr. 8 clarinets and flutes; and Block 5  -both grade 6 and grade 7 classes, and percussion from grade 8.

Rugby Practices for Girls and Boys teams after school. 

Robotics after school (LEGO) 3:15 – 4:30 today

Tuesday  

Tea in the foyer at recess

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 4:30 today

SPEAK 10:15 in the Library: It’s a Maritime War: The Boats and Men that Protected BC and Beyond During WWII (for students who have signed up) 

Edison Robotics afterschool 3:15-4:30

PAC Meeting 7 pm – everyone welcome in the Library

ECOW Meeting 7 pm – everyone welcome to join the school board meeting hosted this evening at Journey in the Multipurpose Room

Wednesday 

Pizza Lunch – $3.50 per slice 

Health Survey – Mrs. Federici and Mrs. Bridal’s classes have been chosen to take part in a BC Health Survey 9-10 a.m. 

Rugby Canada Workshops:

Block 1: Wiens, Dvorak and Croft

Block 2:  Hart, St. Jean and Kovacik

Block 3:  Elm, Stannard and Syme

Block 4:   Federici, Maragh and Donegani

Block 5: Vine, Roy and Dunbar

Extra Band – Grades 7 & 8 –Advisory & Blk 1

Blk 5  -both grade 6 and grade 7 classes, and percussion from grade 8.

Thursday

Band and strings attend Regionals for Musicfest Canada in Ladysmith.  Bus will leave Journey at 10 am and return at 8:30pm.

Term 2 Recognition Assembly 1:30 

Rugby Practices for Girls and Boys teams after school. 

Friday the 13th! 

Exploratory Time – This a chance for students to choose what they want to learn! Term 3 Exploratory Forms go home with students today and we will begin accepting completed forms on Monday, April 16 at 7:45 a.m. in the Foyer. Please read all information carefully. Payment for first choice is required to register unless arrangements have been made with Mrs. Szadkowski prior to signing up. Waiver Forms (if required) are due Monday, April 23. Students who do not hand in a form by April 24 will be placed in an exploratory that does not require a fee. DO NOT RETURN FORMS TO CLASSROOM TEACHERS.

 

 
 

Welcome back from Spring Break. We are looking forward to the last three months of school which always seem to go by much too quickly. Report cards can be picked up in the office if your child has not picked theirs up from their teacher before Spring Break.

Thank you to the Good Samaritan who reported a fire at our shed that was purchased by our PAC to hold emergency supplies. Your quick response helped our local fire department extinguish the flames quickly. If anyone has any information regarding this fire which was set early on Saturday, March 30, please contact the school or the local RCMP

Monday

Easter Monday

Tuesday  

Tea in the foyer at recess

No Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 4:30 cancelled today

Wednesday

No lunch to purchase this week. Sales will begin again next Wednesday

Thursday

Student Band from Edmonton plays for our students and staff today 

Friday

 

 
 

Division 18 has incubated some fast growing Coho salmon. Our 150 fry are almost ready to swim free! We will be releasing our salmon into DeMamiel Creek, below the school, before Spring Break. You are welcome to visit the salmon on Monday recess and lunch in their class, room 2250. Tentative release for Wednesday. 

Band & Strings – Deposits for Ladysmith trip are overdue and need to to be in to Mrs. Bjorklund or Main Office asap.  $80 for trip which takes place on April 12.  Students will be playing in the regionals for Musicfest Canada.

Monday

Robotics after school (MINDSTORMS) 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday  

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

S.P.E.AK. Presentation on March 13 blocks 2 and 3 in the Library. Phil Duchene will present an interactive Drama workshop on Shakespeare. Sign up today. All students in grade 6, 7 and 8 welcome. Any questions see Mrs. Fader

OLSAT (gifted testing) happens in the Library from 1-3pm.

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 430 cancelled today. We will start up again after Spring Break.

Wednesday 

No Pizza Lunch today

Sayonara – our Journey to Japan Friendship Exchange leaves this morning for a 10 day tour of Tokyo, Sendai and Natori. Natori no yūjin-tachi ni kon’nichiwa! 

Composting – Mrs. Maragh’s class is building a worm bin with Kayla from the Compost Centre

Salmon – Ms. Stannard’s class has been raising salmon fry and hope to release them into DeMamiel Creek today

Thursday

Mt. Olympus is busy learning the digits of pi for our annual contest which takes place today after recess.

Thursday homework club, Div. 11 and others by appointment (this means you have to tell Ms. D. you’re coming in) Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

Field Trips- Mr. Donegani and Ms. Wien’s classes are off to bowling and mini-golf / Mrs. Maragh’s class is going to SEAPARC in the afternoon

Friday 

Report Cards go home today

Enjoy your Spring Break – We will see you again on Tuesday, April 3

 
 

Deposits for Ladysmith trip are overdue and need to to be in to Mrs. Bjorklund or Main Office asap.  $80 for trip which takes place on April 12.  Students will be playing in the regionals for Musicfest Canada.  This is for both strings and band.

Mt. Olympus is busy learning the digits of pi for our annual contest which will be on March 15th this year. We couldn’t make March 14 (3.14) work! 

It’s almost too Late for Late French Immersion: Parents and children do not have to speak French to be eligible for this opportunity. If you would like more information, please check the website and/or contact Mrs. Szadkowski for more information. We will be accepting registrations until the end of the week. 

Monday

Warriors Junior Bantam Football Demo at Lunch for all interested students

S.P.E.AK. Presentation on March 13 blocks 2 and 3 in the Library. Phil Duchene will present an interactive Drama workshop on Shakespeare. Sign up today. All students in grade 6, 7 and 8 welcome. Any questions see Mrs. Fader

Robotics after school (MINDSTORMS) 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday  

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Field Trip – Ms. Stannard, Ms. Croft/Ms. Horton classes to IMAX and Legislature

Band from Edmonton performs for Journey this morning

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 430 in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Parent Meeting for Europe 2019 Trip – All families interested in hearing about Journey’s planned trip to Europe in Spring Break 2019 are invited to attend a meeting on tonight at 7:00pm in Ms. Wiens’ Room

Wednesday 

Pizza Lunch today – $3.50 per slice. Juice boxes and chips also available for sale.

Band & Strings Parent Meeting in the library @ 6:30 pm tonight

Thursday

Exploratories – last one of Term #2

Thursday homework club, Div. 11 and others by appointment (this means you have to tell Ms. D. you’re coming in) Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

Japan Parent Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the Foods Room

Friday 

Term 2 ends – report cards go home next Friday

Reminder that the clocks “spring ahead” one hour before you go to bed on Saturday!

 

 

 

 
 

Congratulations to Grady and Logan who were chosen to race in the hamster balls at the Grizzlies Game on Sunday! The entire crowd cheered them on. Mr. Elm’s class sold the most tickets with 21 tickets sold!

Tuesday, March 6 – Parent Meeting for Europe 2019 Trip – All families interested in hearing about Journey’s planned trip to Europe in Spring Break 2019 are invited to attend a meeting on March 6 at 7:00pm. 

It’s not too Late for Late French Immersion: Parents and children do not have to speak French to be eligible for this opportunity. If you would like more information, please check the website and/or contact Mrs. Szadkowski for more information. We will be accepting registrations until the end of February. 

Monday

Carnaval de Journey! Monday, Feb. 26. All afternoon. Fun and prizes just for participating. Food truck selling poutine $5 at lunch until the end of day. We begin the day with a parade to Ecole Poirier and then come back to Journey for activities. Rumour has it that some floats are over the top! Most activities have no cost; however, all food booths will have a charge. CUPCAKE SALE–All band and string students are asked to bake 2 dozen cupcakes and bring them in Monday morning.  They will be sold for $1 each at lunch and during the carnaval! Bring baked goods to the music room in the morning.  Please mark all containers well.  This is a FUNDRAISER FOR THE LADYSMITH TRIP.

Pink Flag will be coming around for signing by all staff and students. We will host our Flag of Kindness on Wednesday to honour Pink Shirt Day.

Robotics after school (MINDSTORMS) 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday  

Tea in the foyer @ recess 

Journey Staff vs. The Journey Ball Hockey League Champions at lunch

Robotics after school (EDISON) 3:15 – 430

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 430 in Ms. Dvorak’s room today

Wednesday – Pink Shirt Day 

Today our Pink Flag will fly proudly from our flag pole! There are prizes for trivia, pink info cards being given out by our GSA Club and the class with 100% pink t-shirt participation wins a field trip bus! 

Pizza Lunch today – $3.50 per slice. Juice boxes and chips also available for sale.

Signed Grade 8 EMCS Course Selection Forms due in to classroom teachers. 

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room. Wear PE strip.

Bandfest tonight at 4:30pm for Strings students only (detailed information sent home via email from Ms. Bjorklund)

Thursday

Exploratories – bring what you need!

Thursday homework club, Div. 11 and others by appointment (this means you have to tell Ms. D. you’re coming in) Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

Volleyball athletes vs staff game @ lunch. Spectators welcome!

Friday 

Grade 8/9 Hockey Academy game 9-10 a.m. Students will be walking to the arena via the trail to SEAPARC. Students wishing to stay for the staff vs. EMCS game must be accompanied by an adult who is at the arena. The adult and child must check in with the divisional teacher. We will not be leaving any student unattended.

Deposits for MusicFest due today to the office if your child is a band student

 
 
 
 

Carnaval de Journey! Monday, Feb. 26. All afternoon. Fun and prizes just for participating. Food truck selling poutine $5 at lunch until the end of day. 

Late French Immersion: Parents and children do not have to speak French to be eligible for this opportunity. If you would like more information, please check the website and/or contact Mrs. Szadkowski for more information. We will be accepting registrations until the end of February. 

Monday

Musical Theatre Auditions begin today at lunch in Library. Any students in grade 6, 7 and 8 are encouraged to audition. If you missed the information meeting, see Mrs. Fader. This year’s performance again is a collaboration with students from EMCS. The show is “Grease”. Show dates are June 6, 7, 8 at 7 pm with a matinee on Saturday, the 9th.

EMCS course registration (Barnes, Bridal, Abell) 

Robotics after school (MINDSTORMS) 3:15 – 4:30

Volleyball – 7/8 Boys @ John Stubbs afterschool

Tuesday  

Grizzlies Hockey Team stops by to promote healthy lifestyles. The team will do two interactive presentations and play a little street hockey at recess. We will also begin selling tickets today to the Grizzlies Game on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 pm. $15 gets you a seat, burger, drink, bottomless popcorn and a souvenir. $4 from each ticket goes toward fundraising for your child’s division. Tickets are on sale in the office only. 

Bronze Medal Game for the Journey Ball Hockey League @ lunch 

Robotics after school (EDISON) 3:15 – 4:30

Volleyball – 6/7 Girls @ Colquitz. Students are responsible for arranging rides. Go Dragons, Go!

SD62 Transportation info evening tonight at 7 pm in the library. Wondering about bus routes and schedules for next year. Bring your thoughts and suggestions and share them with members from the Transportation Dept.

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room

Wednesday 

Interactive Circus Workshops are happening today for all grade seven students.  

Volleyball Drop in @ lunch in the gym

Volleyball Journey Hosts 7/8 girls. Come and cheer on our Dragons! 

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room. Wear PE strip.

Thursday

Exploratories – bring what you need!

GOLD Medal Game for the Journey Ball Hockey League at lunch

Thursday homework club, Div. 11 and others by appointment (this means you have to tell Ms. D. you’re coming in) Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

EMCS Open House 6:30 p.m. tonight. Everyone is welcome to check out the courses, sports teams, clubs and scholarships available at EMCS. This is a night for grade eights and their families to find what makes EMCS rank high on graduation rates and student satisfaction!

Friday 

Professional Development Day – no school for students. 

 

 
 

Thank you families for your support of our bottle drive on Saturday. We made approximately $650 in four hours. The PAC executive was extremely hard working!

Late French Immersion: Parents and children do not have to speak French to be eligible for this opportunity. If you would like more information, please check the website and/or contact Mrs. Szadkowski for more information. We will be accepting registrations until the end of February. 

Parking and Drop-Off – When dropping off or picking up students from school please remember to use the parking lot. Please do not use the bus lane and/or the Maintenance Parking Lot no matter how tempting. This helps keep our students safer as they are the only areas designated for students. Thank you. 

Monday

Happy Family Day

Tuesday  

Ski Trip – Our Grade 7 and 8 students are heading up to Mt. Washington today for some fun on the slopes. All parents have been emailed detailed information. Grade 7 students who are not attending the ski trip should meet in the gym during Advisory for attendance. The Grade 7 teachers have planned a fun-filled day of Science, P.E., and Art activities for you! Grade 8 students not going on the ski trip should report into the teacher your class has been assigned to with the grade teachers who are staying at school. School is in session for all students not attending.

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room

Robotics after school (EDISONS) 3:15 – 430 in Ms. Dvorak’s room is cancelled today

PAC Meeting tonight in the library 7 pm. All parents are welcome.

Wednesday – Happy Valentine’s Day 

Pink Lemonade on sale today at lunch – $1 per glass available in the foyer

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room. New members welcome and wear PE strip.

Ms. Wiens class learning at the Fire Pit today – wear appropriate clothing!

Thursday

Exploratories – bring what you need!

Thursday homework club, Div. 11 and others by appointment (this means you have to tell Ms. D. you’re coming in) Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

Ms. Wiens’ class has Elder, Earl Claxton sharing local indigenous stories

Friday 

A friendly reminder that Journey students should not be visiting and/or waiting to pick up younger siblings at the elementary schools. Journey students are welcome to wait in our foyer at the blue tables while they wait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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