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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



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



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



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



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



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