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We are pleased to announce the newest staff members to Journey. Ray Lasell has joined our custodial team. Ms. Shannon Shields will be teaching Division One and Two on Wednesday and Friday (sharing with Mr. Sulzen). Teaching in Division 15 will be Mr. Chris McLeod (sharing with Mr. Donegani) and Literacy and Numeracy Support. Teaching relief on Monday and Wednesday afternoon will be Taya Murray. We happy to have all of them on Team Dragon!


It was wonderful to see so many families out for Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday. Congratulations to our door prize winners of free school supplies (parents) for next year and a tablet (student). There are a lot of events happening at Journey this week so students are encouraged to listen to announcements and check the website. 

Monday– Signed forms exploratory forms accepted in the foyer. We will not accept the forms early than 8 am Monday morning to allow all students the opportunity to go over the forms carefully with their parent/guardian.   Space is limited in some exploratories so your money will be refunded if your child is not placed in that exploratory and alternatively your child will need to bring in the funds before the first exploratory if their second or third choice has a cost.

Fire Drill 9:30 am 

Cross country meeting at lunch in gym if you are interested in participating this year. Open to all grade levels 

Terry Fox Fundraiser – Fear Factor tickets $1.00 sold at Lunch. You need to be brave to participate!

Tuesday – Guzzling and burping contest @ lunch for Terry Fox. Bring your cash and your burping skills!

Cross country run at lunch for those who signed up on Monday

Gr. 8 Yearbook Committee meets @ lunch in Main Lab

Freezies $1 all proceeds go for Terry Fox Run 

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting). Waivers must be in to Mr. Donegani or Mr. Kovacik to be eligible to participate (forms are in the office)

Wednesday – PAC Lunch today is Sushi & Hot Dogs

 Arm wrestling @ lunch. All proceeds go to our Terry Fox Run

Nipponophile Club Meets in Mrs. Bridal’s room @ lunch. For those who love everything Japanese including Anime, Manga and Yugio Cards.

Thursday – Gamers’ Club in the Main Lab @ lunch

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting). Waivers must be in to Mr. Donegani or Mr. Kovacik before students can participate

Still/Falling Presentation by Green Thumb Theatre looks at helping students understand anxiety and strategies to use. Parents are welcome to attend 1:30 – 2:30 in the gym.

Pelt the teacher with egg or spaghetti all in good fun to raise money for our Terry Fox Run

Bake Sale @ lunch. Stop by and purchase a treat and support our Terry Fox Run

Cross country run at lunch 

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting)

Friday – Our 23rd annual Terry Fox Run begins at 9 a.m. Parent volunteers are needed as students and staff wind their way through Sooke in support of our national hero, Terry Fox. Please send donations to the classroom teacher. 

Students find out their exploratory today!

Orange Shirt Day – Today staff and students are encouraged to wear orange to commemorate that effects that residential school had on many people and to remind ourselves that everyone matters.

Retirement of Art/French Teacher, Mrs. Joanna Amundrud. Today Mrs. Amundrud will wash the paint brushes, turn off the kiln and straighten the construction paper for the very last time. We know she will walk out of Journey Middle School with mixed emotions knowing she has dedicated many years to thousands of students, but also leaving the new students she has already made connections with this year. We wish her well as she begins the next chapter of her life which she tells us will be full of art, grandchildren and fun. Bon Voyage Madame!





As we announced earlier this month, our art teacher Mrs. Amundrud is retiring at the end of the month. This job will be filled by Ms. Johnston who is currently the classroom teacher for Division 11. Her job is now going to be filled by Ms. Dvorak who currently shares the Division 15 class. It’s a bit of a shuffle and both teachers are sad to be leaving their current classes, but also looking forward to their new ones. Mr. Donegani will continue to be in Division 15 and we will keep you updated as to who will be his new teaching partner.

See you tonight at our annual Meet the Teacher Evening 7-8 pm.


A reminder that Monday, September 19 is a non-instructional day for students. 

Field Trips – All grade six classes have a field trip on Tuesday and all grade eight classes on Wednesday.

Meet the Teacher Evening – Come and meet this year’s staff.  Teachers will be in their classrooms from 7-7:30 pm and then everyone is welcome to come to the gym and meet everyone from 7:30-8 pm.  Door prizes drawn at 8.

Exploratories – one of the best things about going to Journey! Exploratory sign up is an exciting and sometimes confusing time. Here is a timeline of what will be happening over the next few weeks as we try our best to get 541 students into 24 different, mixed-grade, exploratories:

  • Friday, September 23 – Exploratory Forms will be going home.  Please go over the options with your child and help them choose their top three choices. For most exploratories there is no cost involved. Some do have a cost to cover consumables (ie. Kids baking) or facility cost (ie. SEAPARC) or the cost of materials for a project the student can take home (ie. Woodwork).
  • Monday, September 26 – Signed forms, with the money to cover the cost of the first choice exploratory will be accepted beginning in the foyer. We will not accept the forms early than 8 am Monday morning to allow all students the opportunity to go over the forms carefully with their parent/guardian.   Space is limited in some exploratories so your money will be refunded if your child is not placed in that exploratory and alternatively your child will need to bring in the funds before the first exploratory if their second or third choice has a cost.
  • Friday, September 30 Students find out their exploratory
  • Monday, October 3 – signed waivers, if needed (ie. Skateboarding) need to be into the office and outstanding fees need to be into the office.
  • Thursday, October 6 – Exploratories begin! 

Weekly Update from PAC: Thank you to all who came out for our first PAC meeting of the year. It’s always great to see new faces. I would like to welcome our new council members, Justine D –President, Erika M- Secretary, Laura V- Treasurer, Neil F- Vice President, Teresa M- Past President and Ken D- Food services.

PAC Lunch: The first PAC lunch of the year is Wednesday Sept. 21. We will be serving Subway for $3.50 as well as a variety of snacks and beverages from $.50-$1.50.

We are always looking for lunch volunteers. If you have one hour a month to help out on Wednesdays please email Ken D pacdad2@gmail.com

Fundraising: Save Around coupon books will be coming home in your child backpack in a couple of weeks. There is over $5000 dollars in savings, something for everyone. They make great gifts! All funds raised go back to the students. Please return any unsold books to the school.

SPEAC: The first SPEAC meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 21st at 7:00 pm at the School Board Office on Jacklin Rd.



Today we announce the retirement of a respected and cherished member of our staff – Mrs. Amundrud. She has been at Journey for over ten years and in that time has inspired artists, coached basketball teams to victory, decorated the foyer with positive messages, filled the halls with student art, increased our French skills, and most importantly been an energizing force throughout our whole school. Mrs. Amundrud’s last day will be September 30 and we wish her well in her new endeavors!


Thank you all our Journey Families for helping to make Week One a success! We had 198 very excited grade six students meet us in the gym Tuesday morning and we were very happy to welcome them. We also had over twenty new students to our school in grades seven and eight and also two international students. We still have a few changes to make and we thank you for your patience as we get another year up and running.

A reminder that picture day is Monday. Each student will have his/her photo taken regardless if you purchase a package. This picture is for a student card and bus passes.

Fee Envelopes – please return the envelopes with all forms filled out and any fees required. The class with the all the envelopes (with forms filled out) back to the office first wins a field trip and our staff have a competitive spirit!

Journey Spirit Wear is on sale – Students can view the items for sale in the foyer and purchase them from the office at lunch or after school. T-shirts come in a choice of red, grey or black (short sleeved – $15 and long-sleeved $20), Pull-over Hoodies are $30 and Zip-up Hoodies $35, Track Pants come in grey only and are $25. Wear your Dragon Spirit!


Welcome back students, staff and parents. We hope you had a great summer. Journey is a place students run to be and parents are part of what makes Journey a great place to be.

PAC will be having their first meeting on September 13th at Journey in the Annie Acreman Library at 7pm. All parents welcome. There is PAC positions open for anyone that is interested President, Vice President, Secretary, SPEAC, and Fundraising. Please email Teresa mason92@telus.net with any questions.

PAC provides a hot lunch for purchase once a week on Wednesdays. The first lunch of the year will be September 21st. We will be selling Subway for $3.50 as well as a variety of snacks and beverages ranging from $.50-$1-.50.

Lunch Volunteers are always needed, if you have an hour on Wednesdays from 11:45-12:45 and want to help out please email Ken D pacdad2@gmail.com

Don’t always have cash? For parents convenience PAC sells $20 lunch punch cards. The card has increments from $.50-$2.00 and get punched as the student spends. You can purchase a punch card with your fee envelope or from the school office.

Buy Milk?

Did you know Village Food Market donates money to schools through their milk program? Every time you purchase milk part of the funds get donated to a school of your choice. You can sign up or update your information at Village market or pick up a form in the school office.



The first day of the new year went well and we want to compliment all of our students for their outstanding behaviour today. They were excited, respectful, enthusiastic, and polite. We do our best to make balanced classes and cohort some students who are in hockey and band. This information comes from their previous teachers and staff members. Sometimes even the best planning needs a little adjustment and we will have to do some over the next week. We will be making some changes; however, we seldom make class changes for friendships. You can help your child by reassuring your son or daughter that change is sometimes difficult, but that they have the skills to do well and have fun at school this year.  If you would like to request an appointment please email the school principal at lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca and you will be given a time for Monday, September 12.


Opening Day Procedures

We are looking forward to welcoming all Journey Middle School students. Students are expected to arrive at school before the welcoming bell at 8:40 am on Tuesday, September 6th. Names of students and their teachers will be posted on the windows on each side of the front door of the school. All students will be dismissed at 11:58 am on Tuesday, September 6th. Buses will run on these alternate hours.

All grade 6 students will be meeting in the gym. They will be asked to find the name of their Advisory Teacher posted on the gym wall, and will be directed to sit under their Advisory Teacher’s name posted on the gym wall. The teachers will introduce themselves to their students and our vice-principal Mr. Bedard and I will welcome them as well. Teachers will then walk to their classrooms with their students and spend the rest of the morning providing all the details and information needed to begin a successful year at Journey.

Students new to Journey this year will find their name on a list on the windows as well. Please come to the office and our counsellor, Ms. Ellis,  will help you find your neighbourhood and classroom.

All Grade 7 and 8 students should find their name under their Advisory Teacher’s name which will be posted on the windows beside the front door of the school. Students should make their way to their new classrooms when the bell rings.

School Supplies

School supply lists are posted on our website under the Tab Forms. These lists are the same for English and French. Students should not bring their school supplies on the first day, but something to write with would be recommended. Your teacher will let you know when to bring your supplies. All students will be issued a locker for this school year hopefully by Friday, September 9.


All bus information can be found on our School District 62 Website including scheduled times and pick up and drop off locations.  We encourage students to walk or ride bikes when possible.  Our parking lot becomes very congested before and after school and we share an access road with Ecole Poirier – approximately 1000 students come to school on this one property every day!

Student fees

On the first day of school, we will be sending home a Student Fee Envelopes with all students. Students will be asked to return this sealed envelope to their Advisory Teacher. Please make all cheques are payable to “SCHOOL DISTRICT 62”.   We are hopeful there will be an online option as well to make payments.

Class lists

Our class lists for the school year were finalized in August, so it is very important for all students and parents to note that class lists are complete and changes are very difficult to do at this time. Our staff has worked very hard to balance classes and ensure start-up runs as smoothly as possible for all students.

Journey Website

We update our website at least once per week. Please become familiar with our website and visit it regularly throughout the school year. Communication is very important and several teachers also have class websites/wikis as well. If you need further information, have questions, concerns or ideas, please call the school or drop by the office. Our front office staff will be happy to assist you. The office is open 8:00 am – 3:30 Monday to Friday. You can reach us at 250-642-5881.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing your child in September.

Laurie Szadkowski, Principal










Wednesday, June 29 is students/parents can pick up report cards from your classroom teacher any time between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  All report cards not picked up will be in the office for pick up Thursday, June 30 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the first week of July.  They will be available again the last week of August.

Our staff wishes everyone a wonderful summer and thank you for sharing your children with us over the last ten months.  Good luck to our students heading off to EMCS and/or other high schools, and those moving to other parts of the country.  It has been a pleasure to teach you.  Always stay in touch!



Our final full week at Journey is here! There is still work to hand in and activities planned over the next seven school days. Activities and field trips are as important as sitting at a desk writing so students are expected to be at school. In fact, some activities aimed at the social and emotional needs of students are often some of the most important for students to feel successful. You can better support your child if they are asking to stay home, or for a note to get out of school early, by encouraging them to stay in class. Our school counsellor is on hand to assist any students/parents who are feeling overwhelmed at this transitional time.

Congratulations to our Rock ‘n’ Roll students who performed on Friday for the whole school. That takes and talent and determination! Wow, we’ve got talent! Thanks to all the students who performed, parents who attended and Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Hopkins for making this all happen for us!

Thanks to our PAC! The last meeting of the year was filled with congratulations, delicious food and beverages. Our PAC was responsible for funding many programs, $200 toward each classroom for field trips, Year-end BBQ and moral support! The first PAC Meeting of the new school year is September 13th at 7 pm in the Journey Library.  

Staffing/Class Configuration – every year we have to say goodbye to some staff and also welcome new staff to Journey for the new school year. We wish all of our staff well at their new schools. Students have been placed in classes for next year. This of course can change right up until the first week of school.

Tentative 2016-17 Teaching Staff List (as of June 18)

Grade 8

Div. 1 – Mr. Sulzen

Div. 2 – Ms. Lennox

Div. 3 – Ms. Barnes

Div. 4. – Ms. Bridal

Div. 5 – Mme. Abell (French Immersion)

Grade 7/8

Div. 6 – Mr. Kovacik (French Immersion)

Div. 7 – Mr. Constable

Div. 8 – Ms. Wiens

Grade 7

Div. 9 – Ms. Maragh

Div. 10 – Ms. Kilpatrick

Div. 11 – Ms. Johnston

Div. 12 – Mr. Hopkins

Grade 6

Div. 13 – Ms. Harbottle

Div. 14 – Posted (TBA)

Div. 15 – Posted (TBA)

Div. 16 – Mr. Dunbar

Div. 17 – Ms. St. Jean

Div. 18 – Mr. Elm

Div. 19 – Ms. Ouldali (French Immersion)

Counsellor – Ms. L. Ellis

Integration Support – Ms. M. Murphy

Literacy Support – Ms. L. Gitzel

Behaviour Support/Relief – Mr. M. Rehman

Art/Relief – Ms. J. Amundrud

Library/Relief – Ms. J. Fader

Relief – Ms. L. Stannard


International Refugee Day – Cheque presentation by some of our Journey CARES students @ 1:30 pm for a sponsored refugee family coming to Sooke. 

Field Trip – Ms. Maragh’s class @ Kemp Lake for their year-end celebration at her family estate.

Guest Presenter – Local seaweed expert, Christine Hopkins, will be giving a hands-on workshop on how to identify local seaweeds in Kilpatrick and Kiefert’s classes –thanks to PAC for funding

Journey Fire Pit – Ms. Kilpatrick’s class are doing a little outdoor cooking and will be making something called, “melted banana extravaganza” at the fire pit in the afternoon.

Year End Showcase of Festival Concert Bands – Join us this evening as our Academy Students and Drumline perform @ 7 pm in the Journey Gym.


Field Trip – All grade 8 classes are heading off to Playland in Vancouver for the day. Students unable to attend will have a place at school to finish up outstanding work and/or alternate assignments.

Twoonie Tuesday – Help the local Food Bank and drop off your Twoonies today!

Field Trip – SN Field Trip Ella Beach today to explore, collect and build.


Field Trip – All grade 7 classes to Beach Day @ Witty’s Lagoon. Transportation by school bus

Sooke Orientation Library – Ms. Kiefert & Bouvier’s classes are off to the local library just in time for some summer reading. Each student will receive their library card so they can access our local library all summer long!


Jazz band from 8:30-9:25 in the Band Room

Flags at half-mast for National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Field Trip – Mr. Constable and Ms. Lennox’s classes are off to Thetis Lake to explore, swim and hike.


Freezies on Sale for $1 each

Grade 6 & 7 Recognition Assembly 11 a.m. – noon. Families are invited to attend this assembly as teachers hand out Effort Role certificates, team and club recognition.

Year End BBQ @ Noon – All students will be served lunch supplied by our PAC. Grade 8 students will be served burgers at front of school and Grade 6 & 7 students get to enjoy hotdogs at the back of the school. A juice box will also be given to each student. There is no cost to students for this lunch.

Next Week:

Monday – Grade 8 Fun Day and Grade 6 Beach Day (China Beach)

Tuesday –  Bon Voyage for Grade 8 students 10:30 – 3.  Parents and families of grade 8 students are welcome to attend the ceremony and pot luck luncheon.

Last Day of School for all students

Wednesday – Report Card pick up in classrooms.  The school will be open for Report Card pick up from 9-3  pm today.  They will be available from the office on Thursday and next week from 8-4.






What a week at Journey! Our Musical Theatre students brought back the ‘80s in their song and dance extravaganza all week. It brought back some memories with the neon colours, big hair and music! Thank you to parent volunteers and Mrs. Fader for making this happen. It was also an experience to work with talented EMCS students and perform in the Theatre. Thanks again to PAC for funding the buses.

Thanks to Mr. Dunbar’s organizing, hard work and energy that provided two days of friendly Jouro completion on our field. Students were out in all their team colours and our cheerleaders keep everyone’s spirits up. It came down to a shootout between Mr. Hopkins/Quint’s grade 6/7 class and Ms. Wien’s grade 8 class. It took several shots and in the end the Grade 8s pulled off the victory!

Can it really be half way through June already? With only twelve days of school remaining there are many field trips planned and work left to complete. Teachers are beginning to gather student work and look over the term for report cards. Please help your child stay focused during these last exciting and stressful days by asking about what’s due, signing permission forms, and asking them to bring home all those clothes they have stuffed in their lockers!

PAC Meeting-The last PAC meeting of the year is June 14th at 7pm in the Journey Library. Every one welcome. Snacks provided. The first PAC Meeting of the new school year is September 13th at 7 pm in the Journey Library.



Camping Trip – Ms. Barnes, Ms. Wiens, Ms. Bridal and Mme. Abell’s classes head off to French Beach for their year-end camping trip. Back for all kinds of Westcoast weather!

PAC Meeting-The last PAC meeting of the year is tonight at 7pm in the Journey Library. Every one welcome. Snacks provided. The first PAC Meeting of the new school year is September 13th at 7 pm in the Journey Library.

Culture Club – at lunch

Field Trip – Mr. Dunbar/Nadeau’s classes @ IMAX & Museum

Music Exams – Academy exams for instrumental students 3-6 at Journey

Concert for Strings Students & Parents -7:30pm in the gym at JMS


Pizza – Only pizza (Hawaiian, pepperoni or cheese) no drinks. $3 per slice.

Field Trip – Mr. Nguyen has arranged a field trip to Chinatown and IMAX.

Whole School Grounds Clean-up during Advisory – right after attendance.


Jazz band from 8:30-9:25 in the Band Room

Field Trip – Ms. Bridal, Mme. Abell, Ms. Barnes & Ms. Wien’s classes to Commonwealth

Field Trip – Ms. Maragh & Ms. Kilpatrick’s @ IMAX


Freezies on Sale for $1 each

Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert – Our Rock ‘n’ Roll Exploratory will play for us today 

Fire Pit – Ms. Johnston’s class will gather around our fire pit this afternoon for a marshmallow roast.

Concert Tonight – Come out and enjoy our Drumline and Orchestra program as they play with the Sooke Philharmonic at the Community Hall -7:30pm. Everyone welcome