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Monday  

Curriculum Implementation Day – no school for students 

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.

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

Grade 8 Need2 Suicide Education and Awareness presentations for Ms. Lennox and Ms. Nadeau’s classes today

Wednesday  

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

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

Need2 Suicide Education and Awareness presentations for Ms. Barnes’ class 

Volleyball Practice today – Grade 6/7 girls’ and grade 6/7 boys’ volleyball practice after school 3-4pm. Mr. Vine and Mr. Donegani coaches. 

Thursday

Term 2 Exploratories begin today. Remember to bring the required equipment, clothing and supplies if needed for this exploratory. Names have been posted in the foyer if you have forgotten which one you’re in.

Friday  

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

UVic B-Ball – We’ve rented a bus and we’re heading into the UVic CARSA Gym to watch the UVic Vikes play. Permission forms are due to the office by Wednesday and we are limited to 50 students.   A donation of $5 donation helps cover cost of the tickets but is completely voluntary! Thanks to Ms. Bridal and Mr. Vine for sponsoring this event!

Keep Saving those bottles for the PAC bottle drive Saturday, February 10, from 9:00-1:00 on Sooke Road under the SEAPARC sign. If you’re not sure what to do with all those empties after Superbowl Sunday, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!  If you are available to help out that day, please e-mail journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com with your contact info and availability.  Thanks!

 

Reminder Re: SPUD Fundraising

  • Go to www.spud.ca
  • Click “Victoria” as your region
  • Click the “Home” menu near the top left of the webpage
  • Click “Produce Box Fundraising”, which contains all the info you need to place an order

*Note – Sooke residents get free delivery on Thursdays with a minimum $45.00 order. Thank you, Journey families, for your support! Thanks and I’ll see you at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

 
 

Monday  

Curriculum Implementation Day – no school for students 

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.

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

Grade 8 Need2 Suicide Education and Awareness presentations for Ms. Lennox and Ms. Nadeau’s classes today

Wednesday  

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

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

Need2 Suicide Education and Awareness presentations for Ms. Barnes’ class 

Volleyball Practice today – Grade 6/7 girls’ and grade 6/7 boys’ volleyball practice after school 3-4pm. Mr. Vine and Mr. Donegani coaches. 

Thursday

Term 2 Exploratories begin today. Remember to bring the required equipment, clothing and supplies if needed for this exploratory. Names have been posted in the foyer if you have forgotten which one you’re in

Friday 

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

UVic B-Ball – We’ve rented a bus and we’re heading into the UVic CARSA Gym to watch the UVic Vikes play. Permission forms are due to the office by Wednesday and we are limited to 50 students. A donation of $5 donation helps cover cost of the tickets but is completely voluntary! Thanks to Ms. Bridal and Mr. Vine for sponsoring this event!

 

Keep Saving those bottles for the PAC bottle drive Saturday, February 10, from 9:00-1:00 on Sooke Road under the SEAPARC sign. If you’re not sure what to do with all those empties after Superbowl Sunday, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!  If you are available to help out that day, please e-mail journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com with your contact info and availability.  Thanks!

 

Reminder Re: SPUD Fundraising

  • Go to www.spud.ca
  • Click “Victoria” as your region
  • Click the “Home” menu near the top left of the webpage
  • Click “Produce Box Fundraising”, which contains all the info you need to place an order

*Note – Sooke residents get free delivery on Thursdays with a minimum $45.00 order. Thank you, Journey families, for your support! Thanks and I’ll see you at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

 

 
 

PAC Update:

Save the date, and your bottles!

The Journey Middle School PAC will be having a bottle drive on Saturday, February 10, from 9:00-1:00 on Sooke Road under the SEAPARC sign. If you’re not sure what to do with all those empties after Superbowl Sunday, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!  If you are available to help out that day, please e-mail journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com with your contact info and availability.  Thanks!

Reminder Re: SPUD Fundraising

Did you know that you can support local & organic farmers and Journey Middle School at the same time? Yes, you can, through spud.ca!  With every produce box sold through our fundraiser, Journey Middle School receives 25% of the purchase price.  Here’s how it works:

  • Go to www.spud.ca
  • Click “Victoria” as your region
  • Click the “Home” menu near the top left of the webpage
  • Click “Produce Box Fundraising”, which contains all the info you need to place an order

*Note – Sooke residents get free delivery on Thursdays with a minimum $45.00 order. Thank you, Journey families, for your support! Thanks and I’ll see you at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

Artstart Grant News from Ms. Gitzel:

Hurrah! Journey Middle School received an Artstarts grant for Trent Arterberry to be the artist in residence for the month of January and the first week in February. We are delighted that Trent Arterberry will be teaching performance art to two grade seven classes. The theme of the project is called, Innovation. Breakthrough. Transformation. Inspiration. Revolution. Trent describes the project as follows:

“Innovation is at the heart of the human spirit. Innovation is the process by which society advances, progresses and changes. Grade seven students will study the histories of great innovators and bring their stories to life on stage.

Human beings are naturally curious and creative. Through stories about imagination, persistence and problem-solving, grade seven students will explore and express the value of innovation. The theme of invention and originality runs through all aspects of human endeavor: science, art, fashion, commerce, communication, transportation and so on. Not only does innovation better people’s lives, but problem-solving can be fun!

Students will study examples of how innovation has changed the world and continues to deliver the future. The struggles of great thinkers like Albert Einstein will be studied to learn about human nature – what common qualities do innovators have? As students learn about the challenges of being a creative thinker, they will learn about the core competencies of persistence and self-awareness.

This background knowledge will inform the plays that they create and stage. Seventh graders will develop characters, memorize lines, learn choreography and present their work to elementary students, their peers and their families.”  

Monday 

Happy New Year and welcome back!

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.

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

PAC Meeting tonight in the library at 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday  

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

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

Thursday

First Term Recognition Assembly today at 1:30 pm. All grade 6-8 students are eligible to earn an Effort Certificate and grade eight students are eligible to earn an Honour Role certificate.

Friday  

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

 
 

PAC Update:

Save the date, and your bottles!

The Journey Middle School PAC will be having a bottle drive on Saturday, February 10, from 9:00-1:00 on Sooke Road under the SEAPARC sign. If you’re not sure what to do with all those empties after Superbowl Sunday, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!  If you are available to help out that day, please e-mail journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com with your contact info and availability.  Thanks!

Reminder Re: SPUD Fundraising

Did you know that you can support local & organic farmers and Journey Middle School at the same time? Yes, you can, through spud.ca!  With every produce box sold through our fundraiser, Journey Middle School receives 25% of the purchase price.  Here’s how it works:

  • Go to www.spud.ca
  • Click “Victoria” as your region
  • Click the “Home” menu near the top left of the webpage
  • Click “Produce Box Fundraising”, which contains all the info you need to place an order

*Note – Sooke residents get free delivery on Thursdays with a minimum $45.00 order. Thank you, Journey families, for your support! Thanks and I’ll see you at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

Artstart Grant News from Ms. Gitzel:

Hurrah! Journey Middle School received an Artstarts grant for Trent Arterberry to be the artist in residence for the month of January and the first week in February. We are delighted that Trent Arterberry will be teaching performance art to two grade seven classes. The theme of the project is called, Innovation. Breakthrough. Transformation. Inspiration. Revolution. Trent describes the project as follows:

“Innovation is at the heart of the human spirit. Innovation is the process by which society advances, progresses and changes. Grade seven students will study the histories of great innovators and bring their stories to life on stage.

Human beings are naturally curious and creative. Through stories about imagination, persistence and problem-solving, grade seven students will explore and express the value of innovation. The theme of invention and originality runs through all aspects of human endeavor: science, art, fashion, commerce, communication, transportation and so on. Not only does innovation better people’s lives, but problem-solving can be fun!

Students will study examples of how innovation has changed the world and continues to deliver the future. The struggles of great thinkers like Albert Einstein will be studied to learn about human nature – what common qualities do innovators have? As students learn about the challenges of being a creative thinker, they will learn about the core competencies of persistence and self-awareness.

This background knowledge will inform the plays that they create and stage. Seventh graders will develop characters, memorize lines, learn choreography and present their work to elementary students, their peers and their families.”  

Monday – Happy New Year and welcome back!

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.

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

PAC Meeting tonight in the library at 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday  

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

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

Thursday

First Term Recognition Assembly today at 1:30 pm. All grade 6-8 students are eligible to earn an Effort Certificate and grade eight students are eligible to earn an Honour Role certificate.

Friday  

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

 
 

All schools in the Sooke School District are closed today.  Late changing weather and road closures caused the closure today.  Unfortunately the Orchestra/Strings Concert is cancelled this evening.  Please listen to C-FAX 1070 am for information as this website is not always accessible.

 
 

Great Milne’s Landing Food Fight – Journey students and staff donated 1217 times in food and cash to the Sooke Food Bank in time for Christmas. Ms. Lennox’s class collect the most and Ms. Dvorak’s class was a very close second! Volunteers from the Sooke Food Bank, Marie and Glen Wilson, came by on Friday to pick up the donation and wanted to pass on their appreciation from everyone who volunteers for the program. If you would still like to donate we will drop off items Dec. 22 to be used in the new year.

Our tree has arrived and it’s a whopper! Donations of lights are greatly appreciated! Students are busy making decorations. 

Monday  

Exploratory lists posted in the foyer. All students who did not return their forms have been placed in an exploratory with no fee attached. Term two exploratory begins January 18

Field Trip – Mrs. Abell and Bridal’s classes off to Victoria for the day.

Band and Drumline Concert Everyone Welcome in the gym at 7:30 tonight

Lego Robotics Club will resume in January

Tuesday

Edison Robots will resume in January

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

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

Field Trip – our Lifeskills students and staff are on field trip to Victoria

Hackergal Meeting @ lunch in Ms Dvorak’s room

Christmas Orchestra Concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome

Wednesday  

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

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting)

Little Buddies from Port Renfrew arrive today for a visit in Ms. Dvorak’s class

Thursday

Happy Retirement – Our Library Assistant Gail Cook is retiring today! Mrs. Cook has worked in the library for 18 years and today we wish her well as she turns the page on the next chapter of her life. We will miss you!

Field Trip – Ms. Dvorak, Ms. Gitzel and Mr. Elm’s classes off to Westhills

Field Trip – Ms. Nadeau and Mr. McLeod’s classes swimming today at SEAPARC

Christmas Party – Mrs. Bridal and Mrs. Abell’s classes celebrate with a Christmas party this afternoon

Holiday Clean Up – All lockers & desks cleaned out by today. Please remind your child to bring home Gym clothes for washing all old lunches and perishable items should be removed so we don’t have any surprise “science experiments” greeting us on return in 2018.

Friday  

Talent Show – today the whole school is invited to the annual Talent Show beginning at 10:30 a.m. Families are welcome to attend

Happy Holidays to all our Journey Families. School reopens again on January 8, 2018

 

 

 

 

 
 

Great Milne’s Landing Food Fight is in full swing. Mr. Elm’s class is unofficially claiming bragging rights with a 3.2307 items per student but we’ve got it on good authority that other classes are hiding their items so he doesn’t win again this year! Each year schools in the Milne’s Landing Family of Schools do our part to fight hunger at this time of year. Each class collects non-perishable food items and the contest ends on Friday. We calculate the winning school by dividing the number of donations by the number of students in each school. The biggest winner is the Sooke Food Bank! 

Hot Chocolate by the fire – Students and staff enjoyed a cup of warm chocolate on Friday by our fire pit. We were joined by our two of the assistant-superintendents in our District, Mr. David Strange and Ms. Stephanie Hedley-Smith. Our students were appreciative and polite, and offered the feedback that we should do it again soon!

Big thank you to all staff and parents who are making coding happen at Journey. From parents making room for robotics and coding in their kids’ already busy schedules, to classroom teachers trying new things in class, supervising after school, and allowing students to participate during the hackathon, and the many hours of prepping and implementation for the hour of code. We are making a school wide movement toward embracing and encouraging coding for everyone.  It’s exciting to be a part of it!

Artwork Needed – Does your child have a drawing they would like to see the local Sooke News Mirror? Have them drop it off in the office by Thursday (don’t forget to put your name on it).

Staff update – Welcome to Stephanie Croft who will be teaching .6 with Ms. Horton until Mme. Larsen’s return. Stephanie recently completed her practicum at EMCS. Parents may recognize her from her practicum at Journey last year.  So long for now to Mrs. Martin (formerly Clarke) who is now off on maternity leave.  We wish her well  on her journey to becoming a new mother.

Monday Spirit Day – Crazy Xmas Hair day 

Exploratory sign up in foyer beginning at 7:30 a.m. DO NOT GIVE YOUR FORM TO YOUR TEACHER. Read instructions carefully (for example: fees needed for first choice)

Waivers are not due until you know if you are in your exploratory.

Hackergal meeting at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Lego Robotics Club afterschool until 4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room . (hacker girls are able to attend for extra prep session as well)

Tuesday Spirit Day – PJ day 

Hackergal meeting at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Lucky 7 starts today. Bring you cash and be eligible to win fabulous gifts. The “big” item is the giant panda this year! Lucky 7 goes all week until all the items are won. Every ticket wins something!

Edison Robots after school (hacker girls can attend for extra prep session)

Ms. Stannard’s class skating today at SEAPARC

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

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room . (hacker girls are able to attend for extra prep session as well)

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

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

Wednesday Spirit Day -all day music day (requests and played in the halls) 

Postponed from last week – Rumble between Journey Teachers…. The incredible MR. HART against Crazy MR SULZEN today at lunch 

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

Hackergal ALL DAY!  

S.P.E.A.K. presentation 1:15 in the Library for pre-registered students. Dr. Feddema, from the University of Victoria, will speak on Climate Change: Long-term and Global Modelling.

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Thursday Spirit Day – Xmas colours + Xmas socks 

Hackergal meeting for lunch celebration in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Friday Spirit Day – Santa hat day, Selfies with the Christmas dragon at lunch and random candy cane hand out 

Journey Christmas Tree Arrives! Decorations needed!

Report Cards go home with students today

 
 

Na’tsa’maht Agreement (Being of one mind, one spirit. Together, working side by side, supporting each other, walking together) is our most current agreement and replaces the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement we had been working from over the last five years. 

Monday

Great Milne’s Landing Food Fight begins today – each year schools in the Milne’s Landing Family of Schools do our part to fight hunger at this time of year. Each class collects non-perishable food items over the next two weeks. We calculate the winning school by dividing the number of donations by the number of students in each school. The biggest winner is the Sooke Food Bank!

Lego Robotics Club afterschool until 4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room 

Hackergal Codesters sign up in Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

Students sign up for SPEAK presentation on Global Climate Change on December 11 in Library today

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.

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

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

Wednesday 

Hour of Code: December 4-7th is Computer Science Education Week, and Journey is going to celebrate this event with a day of Hour of Code. Dunbar, Jean, Syme, Horton, Maragh, and Donegani’s Technology classes are participating so far. Students will partake in a coding activity for a full block, and UVic computer science masters´student Kamel Alrashedy will be joining us for the day to help encourage students to learn to code.

Hackergal during lunch

Outdoor Club @ lunch 

Rumble between Journey Teachers…. The incredible MR. HART against Crazy MR SULZEN today at lunch. Interested in learning about wrestling?  Sign up and get a waiver form to participate.  Practices will be 2 times a week at Lunch – listen to announcements for details 

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

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Sooke Dance Company 1:30-2:30 Whole School Presentation

Hackergal during lunch

Friday

Hot Chocolate at the Fire Pit to welcome students and staff to school today. “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy”

Exploratory Forms for Term #2 go home today. We will begin taking forms Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the foyer. Please read instructions carefully with your child. New this time is the opportunity to request the top four choices.

 

 
 

Monday 

Lego Robotics Club cancelled today

Hackergal meeting at lunch today in Ms. Dvorack’s room

Good Grief Presentations:  Ms. Gitzel, Mr.Kovacik and Mrs. Maragh’s classes 

S.P.E.A.K. Theatrical Sword Skills – MP Room block 3 & 4 (registration full) 

7/8 Boys B-Ball Away game at SMU. The team leaves at 2:30pm 

Tuesday  

Good Grief Presentations: Ms. Dvorak, Mrs. Federici & Mme. Abell and Mr. Hart’s 7’s 

6/7 Girls B-Ball Home games vs. Spencer and John Stubbs at Journey today 3:45 start time

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

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

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

Wednesday 

Outdoor Club @ lunch 

Good Grief Presentations: Mr. Beynon, Ms. Johnston and Ms. Wiens’ classes 

Justice Theatre Presentations on the outcomes of bullying:

Grades 7 & 8 @ 11-12 and Grade 5 (from Poirier, Sooke, John Muir and Saseenos) & Grade 6 @ 1:10-2:10 

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

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Last Day of 1st Term Exploratories today! 

6/7 Boys B-Ball Home games vs. Cedar Hill and Lansdowne. 3:45 start time

Friday – Term One officially ends

 
 

Thank you/Merci/Hych’ka to PAC families for the generous donations to our school. Each classroom is supplied with $200 for supplies and field trips, as well as the numerous special requests for activities from Band to Athletics. Merci for sponsoring the Musical Theatre Presentation – Birth of the Canadian Pacific Railway. All requests were passed at the PAC meeting Tuesday.

Parent Drivers are needed for:

Monday Nov 20: 7/8 Boys B-Ball Away game at Maria Montessori (Gordon Head Location) Team leaves at 2:30pm

Monday Nov 27: 7/8 Boys B-Ball Away game at SMU. The team leaves at 2:30pm

Monday 

Lego Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Boys’ B-Ball meeting at recess and game @ Maria Montessori afterschool (students leave at 2:30). We will know at recess if games are forfeited because of transportation.

Lost and Found – all items donated to charity after school today. 

Tuesday

Student Leadership Mtg @ lunch in Mme. Abell’s room 

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

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room

Grade 6/7 B-Ball @ Journey vs. SMUS and GNS. 3:45 start time

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

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

Wednesday 

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

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Early Dismissal @ 11:58 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences today 1-4:40 and 5:30-7 pm.

Friday 

Professional Development Day – school not in session for students

 
 
 
 
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