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School Info:

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

Explo 2019:  Students have submitted their top choices for EXPLO 2019 to their classroom teacher. For those interested in the Grade 6/7 Vancouver trip, Flying Squirrel/Imax trip and Grade 8 Ski Trip, permission forms and fee submission will be happening this week. We look forward to an amazing day of activity on February 12th.  This is a regular school day and all students are expected to be in attendance. REMINDER ALL CHEQUES NEED TO BE PAYABLE TO SCHOOL DISTRICT 62.

Term 2 Exploratories:   The weekly exploratory program for Term 2 will run  on Thursdays from January 31st-March 14th.   Forms for the Term 2 Exploratory Program went home with students on Friday, January 11th and are available on the website.  Forms will start being collected at 7:45am on Monday, January 14th.  As in previous terms, exploratory placement is done in order that the forms are received, with the exception of those exploratories with prerequisites (Yearbook and Rock n’ Roll).  Forms will need to be handed into Ms. Campbell no later than January 16th. REMINDER ALL CHEQUES NEED TO BE PAYABLE TO SCHOOL DISTRICT 62.

Grade 8 Ski Trip – The deadline for all Grade 8 ski trip forms is Wednesday January 16th. There is also a MANDATORY PARENT MEETING, the last one, on Tuesday, January 15th at 6pm. If your child would like to go and you cannot make that last meeting, send Mr. Sulzen an email at dsulzen@sd62.bc.ca as soon as possible and we will try to make other accommodations. In order to send the money to Mt. Washington in time, we need to have all money and forms complete and submitted to Mr. Sulzen by WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16TH. If your child would like to go, please don’t miss this final deadline. We look forward to seeing everyone on the slopes.

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family  (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We showcase the courses, programs, clubs, sports, and other opportunities available at EMCS. While the Open House is available to all grades, and community members, attendance is especially important for next year’s grade 9’s and their parents.  They will have an opportunity to explore the school, meet the teachers, counselors, and administrators, listen to course, club, program, and team descriptions, ask questions, and view student products from our many academic and elective courses.  The information gleaned from the Open House will help prospective grad 9’s make their very best academic, elective, and extra-curricular choices for the coming year. We look forward to seeing  all of Journey’s grade 8’s and their parents on January 24th!

Grade 8 Band Students – You are invited to the EMCS Band’s Open Rehearsal during the EMCS Open House on Thursday January 24th. Bring your instrument and get ready to play some new music, enjoy some food, and meet the EMCS band “family.” Parents welcome.  Music will be sent out in advance for students to preview.  RSVP with your name and instrument by Friday, January 18 to Band Director Laurel Parliament: lparliament@sd62.bc.ca 

Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association (SHPA) is a non-profit organization and is linked with Edward Milne Community School to provide Physical Education curriculum to students in grade 11 and 12.

Peewee division is co-ed for youth 7-12 years old. They pitch from 20 feet and throw regulation shoes.

Junior division is divided into youth male and female for ages 13-17 years old. They pitch from 27 feet and throw regulation shoes.

SHPA youth program runs April through to August and is a FREE activity. Pitching shoes can be provided, or you may purchase your own.  Competitive play for youth is free to attend.

SHPA will provide opportunities to participate in single and team versions including recreational and competitive league. Fundamentals will be presented and reinforced through fun filled training.

Check out SHPA on Facebook, drop in at the pits, or email SookeHorseshoes@shaw.ca Bring a friend, the more the merrier!

More information can be found in our general brochure and our game rules and etiquette brochure.

 

Monday

Volleyball Practice: Morning – 8-8:45am Gr. 7/8 Girls (red)

Lunch – Gr. 7/8 Girls (red)

After school – 3-5pm Gr. 7/8 Boys & Gr. 7/8 Girls (black)

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics – 3:15 in Ms. Dvorak’s room

 

Tuesday

Volleyball Practice: Morning – 8-8:45am Gr. 7/8 Boys

Lunch – Gr. 7/8 Boys

After school – 3-5pm Gr. 6 Girls & Gr. 7/8 Girls (red)

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt with Ms. Dvorak

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

PAC Meeting – 6:30pm in Art Room

 

Wednesday

Volleyball Practice: Morning – 8-8:45am Gr. 6 Girls

Lunch – Gr. 6 Girls

After school – 3-5pm Gr. 7/8 Girls (red) & Gr. 7/8 (black)

Lunch- subway @ lunch.  $3.50 per sandwich (Veggie, chicken, ham, pizza).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics – 3:15 in Ms. Dvorak’s room.

 

Thursday

Volleyball Practice: Morning – 8-8:45am Gr. 7/8 Girls (black)

Lunch – Gr. 7/8 Girls(black)

After school – 3-5pm Gr. 6 Girls & Gr. 7/8 Boys

Div 11 homework club by appointment with Ms. Dvorak

Hold & Secure Drill – drill scheduled for afternoon

PAC Emergency Preparedness Meeting – 6:30 in Conference Room

 

Friday

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room, Meet in Campbell River on Saturday – Good luck wrestlers!

Intramural Volleyball- Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals @ lunch 2 vs. 3

Culture Club – meeting in room 1172 in Mt. Olympus @ lunch

Robotics – Middle School Robotics Competition at Dunsmuir

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 22nd – Europe Trip Parent meeting 6:30

January 25th : Intramural Volleyball Championship Game, Volleyball and Wrestling Pep Rally (block 4)

February 5 – Grade 6/7 Science Assembly

February 6 – All School Brendan McLeod Assembly

February 12 – All day exploratory day EXPLO 2019

 
 

School Info:

Thank-you to Coast Capital, Browns Brothers, Jackie Jones, Cathy’s Corner Café and Barry Whiting for their donations over the holiday season!

Explo 2019:  Journey staff are planning a day of a special events day for Journey students on Tuesday, February 12th.  This Thursday, during Advisory block, students will be given the opportunity to choose between 3 different options for the day:  Choice A: a Grade 8 Ski Trip to Mount Washington,  Choice B: a Grade 6/7 Vancouver Trip (Science World and Imax), or Choice C: an all-day school-based exploratory open to ALL grades.

The costs for these activities are as follows:

A.  Grade 8 Ski Trip:  $100 (with own equipment) and $120 (if rentals are needed); Parent attendance at an information meeting (date: TBA) will also be needed for this selection

B. Grade 6/7 Vancouver Trip: $80 (To be confirmed) and a separate permission form will need to be signed

C. All-Day Exploratory:  fees range from $0-$27

 

For those students who choose Option C:  All-Day Exploratory offerings will be posted for students in the foyer from Monday, January 7th – Wednesday, January 9th so that they will be ready to indicate their top 5 choices on Thursday morning.  Please note that EXPLO 2019 forms will not be coming home, but will be collected by classroom teachers during Thursday’s advisory block.  It might be helpful to have a conversation ahead of time about what your child’s “budget” is for their selections.  Also, priority for placement will be based on grade level, with Grade 8 students having first choice of exploratory.  *Fees and waiver forms will be collected on Friday, January 18th.

 

Term 2 Exploratories:   The weekly exploratory program for Term 2 will run  on Thursdays from January 31st-March 14th.   Forms for the Term 2 Exploratory Program will be going home with students on Friday, January 11th.  Forms will start being collected at 7:45am on Monday, January 14th.  As in previous terms, exploratory placement is done in order that the forms are received, with the exception of those exploratories with prerequisites (Yearbook and Rock n’ Roll).  Forms will need to be handed into Ms. Campbell no later than January 16th.

 

Grade 8 Ski Trip – If your child is in Grade 8 and they would like to go on the Ski Trip this year, please ask your child for the permission form and sign and send it in along with payment this week. Please also make sure to read the information package that will come home after you send in your permission form and attend the mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 6pm. We may need some parent volunteers as well and please indicate if you are interested in being a volunteer. Thanks and see you on the slopes! Students not going on the ski trip will be joining in on the All-Day Exploratory planned at the school for the same day, Tuesday, Feb. 12th.

 

Journey Robotics Engineers!  Reminder to come to the next two weeks of club meetings as there will be information for the upcoming team field trip to Spencer Middle School to participate in the district meet.  ALL students are encouraged to participate in the Meet, whether you are wanting to participate competitively or recreationally.  There will be something for everyone.  Students interested in competitive robotics team activities, please let Ms. Dvorak  know during club meetings.

 

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We showcase the courses, programs, clubs, sports, and other opportunities available at EMCS. While the Open House is available to all grades, and community members, attendance is especially important for next year’s grade 9’s and their parents.  They will have an opportunity to explore the school, meet the teachers, counselors, and administrators, listen to course, club, program, and team descriptions, ask questions, and view student products from our many academic and elective courses.  The information gleaned from the Open House will help prospective grad 9’s make their very best academic, elective, and extra-curricular choices for the coming year. We look forward to seeing  all of Journey’s grade 8’s and their parents on January 24th!

 

Monday

Robotics – 3:15-4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room

 

Tuesday

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon. If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch. $3.50 per slice (Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Cheese). Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase. Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics – 3:15-4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room.

 

Thursday

 

Friday

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Intramural Volleyball- Semi-Finals 1 VS 4

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 18th : Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals… 2 vs. 3

January 22nd: EMCS Youth in Trades, Yes to It

January 25th : Intramural Volleyball Championship Game

 
 

School Info:

Sooke Food Bank Food Fight Food Drive will run from Dec. 10 – 21.  Prizes to most charitable class to be given in January. Bring food items in this week for donation to the Sooke Food Bank.

Grade 8 Ski Trip – If your child is in Grade 8 and they would like to go on the Ski Trip this year, please ask your child for the permission form and sign and send it in along with payment by this coming Thursday the 20th of December. Please also make sure to read the information package that will come home after you send in your permission form and attend the MANDATORY PARENT MEETING. Dates and times for the meeting are Tuesday, December 18th at 6pm, or Thursday, December 20th at 6pm. We may need some parent volunteers as well and please indicate if you are interested in being a volunteer. Thanks and see you on the slopes! Students not going on the ski trip will be joining in on the All-Day Exploratory planned at the school for the same day, Tuesday, Feb. 12th.

All-Day Exploratory – On Tuesday, February 12th students will be participating in an All-Day Exploratory. More information to come in early January about All-Day Exploratory offerings!

Hour of Code – Shout outs to all divisions for taking part in Hour of Code. Well done Division 8 – you really shined because as Hour of Code ambassadors. Four hundred sixteen students took part thanks to you! Well Done Journey!!

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Community Info: 

EMCS OPEN HOUSE

Our annual EMCS OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We showcase the courses, programs, clubs, sports, and other opportunities available at EMCS.  

 \While the Open House is available to all grades, and community members, attendance is especially important for next year’s grade 9’s and their parents.  They will have an opportunity to explore the school, meet the teachers, counselors, and administrators, listen to course, club, program, and team descriptions, ask questions, and view student products from our many academic and elective courses.  The information gleaned from the Open House will help prospective grad 9’s make their very best academic, elective, and extra-curricular choices for the coming year.

 We look forward to seeing  all of Journey’s grade 8’s and their parents on January 24th.

Monday

Concert Band and Drumline Christmas Concert7:30 start time. Band students should come to school with instrument, music and uniform on Monday as we have the concert in the afternoon.  In the evening, students bring the same items and are to be here at 6:50. Please drop off baked goods for Band Concert Concession to the conference room in the Journey office.

Robotics – Cancelled today. We are breaking for the holidays. See you in January

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

Tuesday

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Orchestra and Strings Concert – start time 7:30.

Ski Trip Parent meeting – 6pm in Room 1175

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 per slice (Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Cheese).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Intramural Volleyball – NARNIA vs. MYSTICAL MAIN @ lunch

Robotics – Cancelled today. We are breaking for the holidays. See you in January

 

Thursday

Div 11 homework club cancelled. See you in January!

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Ski Trip Parent meeting – 6pm in Room 1175

 

Friday

Whole School Performance– Block 2&3 Tyler Casperson

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Intramural Volleyball- UTOPIA vs. MOUNT OLYPUS @ lunch

WINTER BREAK BEGINS – Have a wonderful holiday! See everyone on Monday January 7th.

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 8thSchool Reopens

January 11th – Term 2 Exploratory Forms go home

January 12th : Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals… 1 vs. 4

January 19th : Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals… 2 vs. 3

January 26th : Intramural Volleyball Championship Game

 
 

Journey families, 

For the last three months I have been in the role of Acting District Principal for Aboriginal Education with a scheduled return to Journey in January.  Unfortunately, the principal I’m filling in for has informed the superintendent that her new return to work date is March 2019.   I’m absolutely missing the students, families, and staff at Journey, but I know everyone is in excellent hands.  With Acting Principal, Andrea Millen; Acting VP, Katrina Abell; and the staff loving Journey every bit as much as I do Journey will continue the tradition of creating a space, People Love to Run to Be!  I’m actually a little tearful everyone is getting along so well without me! 

Sincerely,  Laurie Szadkowski

 

 
 

School Info:

Congratulations to our wrestlers who wrestled in Mill Bay this weekend! If you want to try out Wrestling, come join our lunch hour practices in the multipurpose room Monday Wednesday and Friday.  The next tournament will be January 16.

Sooke Food Bank Food Fight Food Drive will run from Dec. 10 – 21.  Prizes to most charitable class to be given in January.

Hour of Code – Welcome to Journey’s second week of Hour of Code, 2018! Students will continue with what they started last week during their Hour of Code. This next block will give students another opportunity to enhance what they have created, and debug code that is not working. When they have completed students are asked to “Add” their name animations to “Hour of Code at Journey, 2018” Google Classroom. Students will also be asked to answer a quick question about their participation in Hour of Code. The groups from Division 8 will join you again in your neighbourhood through the final stage of this coding endeavour. Thank you for supporting your students in their coding adventures.

 COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale.

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

 

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Community Info

Movie Night at EMCS On Friday December 14th come to a family friendly showing of the Polar Express on the big screen of the EMCS theatre and is by donation. It is a very fun event for kids and we hope to contribute to our community by hosting it. Below is a link to the event’s Facebook page.

Monday

Volleyball Sign-up Sign up for Journey Volleyball Teams outside of the gym

Hackergal lunch meeting and practice Students who have signed up need to bring their signed permission forms and register with Codesters.  Students who don’t have signed permission forms cannot participate.  If parents have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Dvorak by email at kdvorak@sd62.bc.ca

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

Tuesday

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt

Hackergal meeting and practice at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 sandwich (Pizza, chicken, ham, veggie).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

NARNIA vs. UTOPIA – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Hackergal Hackathon:  students registered should attend Advisory for attendance and then meet in the foyer in front of the office for the days projectwork.

Robotics Club CANCELLED WEDNESDAY

 Band Parents Meeting in the band room @ 6:30

 

Thursday

Hour of Code: Divisional classes participating in Hour of Code. See ‘School Info’ for more information

Div 11 homework club by appt @ lunch with Ms. Dvorak

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

 Friday

MOUNT OLYPUS vs. MYSTICAL MAIN – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Report Cards go home

 

Upcoming Dates:

December 17 – Concert Band and Drumline Christmas Concert 7:30

December 18 – Orchestra and Strings Concert 7:30

December 21 – Last day of school before Winter Break

 
 

School Info:

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JOURNEY BASKETBALL TEAMS on very successful season! Our students represent Journey extremely well this year, and their enthusiasm and skill development was remarkable to watch this season.

HOUR OF CODE: Welcome to Journey’s Hour of Code, 2018! The Hour of Code is designed to introduce people to coding, as well as get them familiarized with coding. This is done by hosting hour-long activities that are engaging and educational. The goals of the Hour of Code are to inspire students, and prepare teachers for teaching or encountering Computer Science in their classroom.

Journey’s hour of code will run over two days, Thursday, December 6th and 13th. Each division will sign up for two blocks over those days, and will use their neighbourhood Chromebooks to participate in the activity. Our goal is to have all students at Journey take part so that we all can walk away knowing and enjoying much more about Computer Science.

FEMALE CODERS WANTED! Calling all Journey Middle School Girls of all grades and ability levels to sign up for the second year of Hackergal.   Hackergal is a day long coding event where girls are encouraged to create or design a story or card through coding on The Codester coding platform.   Hackergal is designed to encourage girls to develop an interest in the field of software design, gaming or software development by increasing ability and confidence in girls through events like these.  Hackergal is a national event and our school was featured last year.  Students who participate will have free enrolment at Codester for a year, have a chance to learn and participate with girls from journey middle school and get to make an awesome product!!  NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!   Sign up is in Ms.Dvorak’s room during lunch all next week.  Our day of programming is December 12th, see you all there, bring a friend!!

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS Society PRO-D Basketball Camp – EMCS Society is running a Pro- d Day Basketball camp on December 3rd, 9am-1pm. In Sooke, at EMCS Gym, all experience levels Welcome. This activity is suitable for kids Grade 2-7. Cost is $20/child. Please visit the EMCS Society website to register – https://www.emcsprograms.ca/programs

 

Monday

Curriculum Implementation Day – No School. Teachers will be learning about implementation of the new curriculum.

 

Tuesday

Lucky 7 – Students are welcome to purchase a ticket for the Lucky 7 Activity in the front foyer during nutrition and lunch. Tickets are 4 for $1. All proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 slice (Pepperoni, Cheese, Ham & Pineapple).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

NARNIA vs. MOUNT OLYMPUS – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room Come out and try for fun or for competition.

1st wrestling meet @ Frances Kelsey secondary.  Make sure you get a permission form and package.

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

 

Thursday

Hour of Code: Divisional classes participating in Hour of Code. See ‘School Info’ for more information

Lucky 7 – Students are welcome to purchase a ticket for the Lucky 7 Activity in the front foyer during nutrition and lunch. Tickets are 4 for $1. All proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

 

Friday

Lucky 7 – Students are welcome to purchase a ticket for the Lucky 7 Activity in the front foyer during nutrition and lunch. Tickets are 4 for $1. All proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

UTOPIA vs. MYSTICAL MAIN – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Culture Club – Meet Ms. Shannon outside ABED office at lunch recess

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room. Come out and try for fun or for competition. 1st wrestling meet @ Frances Kelsey secondary.  Make sure you get a permission form and package.

Chip sales @ lunch $1 – fundraiser for Ms. Fed’s class.

Upcoming Dates:

December 10 – Sign up for Journey Volleyball Teams

December 14 – Report Cards go home

December 17 – Concert Band and Drumline Christmas Concert 7:30

December 18 – Orchestra and Harmony Project Concert 7:30

 
 

School Info:

FEMALE CODERS WANTED! Calling all Journey Middle School Girls of all grades and ability levels to sign up for the second year of Hackergal. Hackergal is a day long coding event where girls are encouraged to create or design a story or card through coding on The Codester coding platform. Hackergal is designed to encourage girls to develop an interest in the field of software design, gaming or software development by increasing ability and confidence in girls through events like these. Hackergal is a national event and our school was featured last year. Students who participate will have free enrolment at Codester for a year, have a chance to learn and participate with girls from Journey Middle School and get to make an awesome product!! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Sign up is in Ms. Dvorak’s room during lunch all next week. Our day of programming is December 12th, see you all there, bring a friend!!

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES Thank-you to all who attended our Student Led Conferences. The school was alive with sharing and excitement!

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

Journey Spirit Wear Available for purchase through the office. Great Christmas gift idea!

 Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Purdy’s Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS Society PRO-D Basketball Camp – EMCS Society is running a Pro- d Day Basketball camp on December 3rd, 9am-1pm. In Sooke, at EMCS Gym, all experience levels Welcome. And I’m hoping that you will include it in your weekly newsletter out to parents. It is for kids Grade 2-7. Please contact Aimee at the Program office. Monday-Friday 10am-4pm to register their kids. Cost is $20/kid or they can go onto our website to register – https://www.emcsprograms.ca/programs

 

Monday

Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball – Game @ North Saanich MS @ 3:45 – Team members will be dismissed at 2:30

Intramural Volleyball sign-up sheets will be posted outside of the gym Monday.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics Club: 3:15-4:30

 

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Black Team plays @ HOME @ 3:45 & 5:15, Red Team plays at Pacific Christian School @ 3:45

PAC Meeting – 6:30 in the Art Room

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 per sandwich (Ham, Turkey, Chicken, Pizza, Veggie).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Intramural Volleyball – First game @ lunch

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

 

Thursday

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team plays @ HOME @ 3:45 & 5:15

 

Friday

Intramural Basketball Championship Game: Narnia vs. Mt. Olympus @ lunch

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball Team playing in the UVIC Future Stars Tournament hosted at UVIC. Games @ 7:05 and 8:25. Games continue on Saturday

 

Upcoming Dates:

December 3 – Curriculum Implementation Day – no school

 
 

School Info:

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES Journey Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday November 20th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.  We will no longer be running 10 minute interview times with the on-line appointment booking. This is Journey’s first year with Student Led Conference for parents.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences. The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. “In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and further guide the student to answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey & Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001)

The main purposes of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process. “When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999)

We invite all parents/guardians to accompany their students for Journey Student-Led Conferences on Tuesday, November 20th from 5-7:30pm

 

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

 

Journey Spirit Wear Available for purchase through the office. Great Christmas gift idea!

 

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

 Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Purdy’s Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Movember Journey will be holding a Movember fundraiser here at the school at the end of November. In the meantime participating male staff at Journey may look scruffier and scruffier over the next few weeks prepping to style their moustaches for the fundraiser in the last week of November. Vote for your favourite mustache style this week during lunch. Donation $1.

Monday

Gr.7/8 Boys Basketball – Game @ Spencer

Movember voting – $1 donation to pick your favourite mustache style.

Robotics- Robotics club is cancelled for Monday

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling Blub Meeting – @ lunch recess in the Multipurpose Room

Gr. 6/7 Girls Basketball – Red Team @ HOME, Black Team @ Glanford

Journey Student Led Conferences – 5-7:30 throughout the school.

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 per slice  (pepperoni, cheese, Hawaiian).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

Thursday

Safety Drill – Lockdown Drill in am

Early Dismissal – End of day bell 11:58. Buses will be running at this time.

 Friday

Pro-D Day

Upcoming Dates:

November 26 – Gr. 7/8 Boys Basketball Game @ North Saanich

November 26 – Intramural Volleyball Sign-up starts outside gym

November 27 – Gr. 6/7  Girls Basketball Game – Red Team @ Pacific Christian, Black Team @ HOME

November 29 – Gr. 6/7 Boys Basketball Game @ HOME

November 30 – Intramural Basketball Championships @ lunch

– Gr. 7/8 Boys @ UVIC Future Stars Basketball Tournament

 
 

PAC meeting is cancelled this evening. Meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 in the library.

 
 

School Info:

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES Journey Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday November 20th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.  We will no longer be running 10 minuteinterview times with the on-line appointment booking. This is Journey’s first year with Student Led Conference for parents.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences. The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. “In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and further guide the student to answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey & Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001)

The main purposes of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process. “When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999)

We invite all parents/guardians to accompany their students for Journey Student-Led Conferences on Tuesday, November 20th from 5-7:30pm.  

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

Journey Spirit Wear Available for purchase through the office. Great Christmas gift idea!

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Purdys Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Movember Journey will be holding a Movember fundraiser here at the school at the end of November. In the meantime participating male staff at Journey may look scruffier and scruffier over the next few weeks prepping to style their moustaches for the fundraiser in the last week of November. More details will be revealed through school announcements, and the blog. Please keep yourself in the loop about the fundraiser this month, and how you can donate.

Community Info:

March 2020 EMCS Rome / Paris trip. This opportunity is open to Journey’s current grade 8s who will be at EMCS next year. There will be an information parent night on November 14th at 6pm in the art room at EMCS

Monday

No School – Remembrance Day

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

DIV 11 Ms. Dvorak’s Homework club: (by appointment) at lunch

PAC MEETING – 6:30 in the library

Wednesday

Lunch- Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 per sandwich (chicken, ham, pizza or veggie).  Chips, waterand juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

Thursday

Robotics Field Trip to Dunsmuir Middle School for the 1st of 3 Middle School Robotics Jamborees.  Students will be picked up by bus at 11am at Journey and returned to Journey by 5 pm. Get your permissions in to Ms. Dvorak ASAP.

Friday

Mystical Main celebrates student Role Models at lunch with Pizza and a talk by Andy Carrier (From Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza) about community philanthropy and service.    

Upcoming Dates:

November 20Student Led Conferences (5-7:30)

November 22 – Early dismissal 11:58

November 23 – Pro-D Day

 
 
 
 
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