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Thank you to our staff and PAC members for making our Spring Fling Dance so successful. Even the weather cooperated!

Merci to all who participated in Pink Day this year. Everyday should be a bully free day and this makes us think about it even more! Take a look at the great pictures Mr. Bedard has up on our screen in the foyer. Cassidy C. was Pink Student of the Day for going above and beyond to make the day a success.

Musical Theatre auditions start this week. Any students in Grade 6, 7, and 8 can audition. If students missed the information meetings last week, see Mrs. Fader. This year’s theme for the show is the 1980’s. Good Luck!

Journey Rugby Club is up and running. Hey – “We run to be here” AND get physical on the rugby pitch. Great turn out Thursday at Noon on the main field. 25 students, both boys and girls, from all grades participated in drills and touch (non-contact) rugby. Rugby Club meets to play each Thursday from 12:15 to 12:50 and the focus is on fun, learning the art of rugby and getting some great exercise as the weather improves. All are welcome. See Mr. Bryan for more information.

Journey Inter Mural Floor Hockey Tournament – Super turn out on Friday at lunch for the inaugural information meeting about the upcoming floor hockey tournament. 30 students – both boys and girls attended. Five teams are already in place with another 3 or 4 teams building plus the dreaded staff team. We’re off to the races. Please return your team sign-up sheets to either Ms. Johnston or Mr. Bryan as soon as possible. First games of the tournament begin as soon as we’re all back from Spring Break. First week in April is tournament lift off and the staff team of giant egos is already practicing!

PAC Info:

Thank you to all the parents who helped out at the Spring Dance. Parents are an important part of what makes Journey a great place to Run. All parents welcome to attend the next PAC meeting March 8th at 7pm in the library.

Volunteers needed: BOTTLE DRIVE!! PAC is looking for parent and student help with a bottle drive Saturday March 12th 9am-2pm. If you are able to help out please email Teresa mason92@telus.net.

Our PAC lunch program is always looking for helpers. If you have 1 hour a month on Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 please email Ken pacdad2@gmail.com.

Got Scrap Metal!! PAC will be having a scrap metal drive over spring break. The bin will be in the Sooke Elementary parking lot from March 12th-27th. All funds go back to our students!!

Monday

Mt. Olympus Neighbourhood – “Leaping neighbourhood Party”

Drumline – 3:30-5:00-7:00 pm

Auditions for JMS Musical Theatre begin today – can you act, sing and/or dance? Be a part of this year’s musical theatre program (even if you forgot to come to the information meetings last week).

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club @ lunch

Tuesday

Integrated Support Swim Program – 10 am this morning @ SEAPARC

Jr. girls’ volleyball game at John Stubbs afterschool – Go Dragons, Go!

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch.

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Wednesday

Neighbourhood meetings – Today we welcome guest speaker, Mrs. Ellen Lewers from the Sooke Fall Fair

Victoria Football Club – interested students meet @ lunch to throw around the football and learn more about joining the Seahawks.

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Sushi and Hot dogs today. Drinks and other goodies also for sale. Volunteers are needed. Please contact the school if you can lend a hand for an hour at least once per month.

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS today.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Last Exploratory of term #2 today – bring everything you need and a reminder to Babysitting Exploratory is going skating at SEAPARC and to bring your helmets and $2.

Gamer’s Club @ lunch Main Lab

Mindstorm Robotics Club – on a break

Boys’ and Girls’ Rugby Club – Interested in playing some non-contact Rugby? Join us today on the field at lunch.

EMCS soccer academy visit Journey 9:30 to 10:45. Thinking about joining EMCS soccer academy when you’re in grade 9? Check out what they have to offer.

Friday

Team Photo Day – Today Lifetouch will be at Journey to take pictures of teams you have been on this year. Jerseys will be available at the time of the picture. Listen carefully to announcements so you don’t miss your opportunity to have your team picture taken.

Remote Control Club – bring your RC and join this club who meet at lunch today.

Report Cards go home one week today!

 
 

Thank you to one of our neighbours who found and returned an ipad a student lost on her way home from school.  It’s always appreciated when someone goes out of their way to help a child.

 
 

WEDNESDAY 24th Journey to Japan Meeting – this meeting is for students. We will practice our Japanese and pick the song/dance we will perform when we meet our host families. Mrs. Stewart is driving all the way out from Dunsmuir to attend!

Congratulations to Mindstorm Robotics Club for participating and finishing 5th at their tournament recently. Coaches Mme. Bouvier and Ms. Dvorak, were full of admiration and compliments for how well they represented themselves and our school. Journey Dragon Team: Miles D., Aodhan T., Cameron B., Olivia K., Mert K., Ethan S., Matthew G., Evan N., Daniel J., and Tyson R.

A big thank you to parents Mr. Harrison, Mr. Hasset, Mrs. Lowerison for chaperoning the ski trip and to Mrs. Johnston, Mr. Elm, Mr. Kovacik, Mr. Barrie and Mr. Vriend for coming along and helping out. Your assistance was greatly appreciated. The biggest thanks to the many awesome grade 6, 7 and 8 students for representing Journey in such a positive way. Well done Journey Middle School! See you next year on the slopes.

 Konichiwa to the Sooke Lions Club for sponsoring our Journey to Japan trip with “Canadian Hoodies” for all the students and staff going on the trip during Spring Break. Your continued support is very much appreciated!

Personal Communication Devices at school – Students are welcome to bring their phones and other devices to school provided they do not take away from the learning of themselves and/or others. Students using their devices in such a manner will be asked to take them to the office where they will be stored securely until the end of the day. Please also refrain from texting, tweeting, FBing, phoning etc. your child while they are in class.

EMCS Open House – It was wonderful to see so many students and families at the Open House. Talk about outstanding results from the Provincial Exams – course after course of beating the District and Provincial results! And who knew they offered so many dual credit courses with Camosun College – free of charge!

Add to your Calendars – Open House – April 14 – see what your child has been learning @ Journey! Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-3 pm and Open House 5:30-7:30 pm

Hockey Academy – Online Registration is open. Applications must be completed online http://academies.sd62.bc.ca. If you have any questions please call or email Coach Elm at 250-642-5881 or relm@sd62.bc.ca. Registering does not guarantee a place in the academy. All registrants will be notified by Spring Break regarding acceptance.

Band Parent Info: PORT ALBERNI TRIP  $80 due Friday, Feb. 26. Krispy Kreme fundraiser, Saturday, Feb. 27 at Evergreen Mall and Home Hardware (other spots as well). Orchestra course (Tuesday evenings) now has a website.  Please check it out.  Sooke Academy lessons as usual with times designated by teachers. COMMUNITY BAND; Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm in band room.  Looking for new members.  Can be any age.  Conducted by Dr. Melissa Edwards. Contact Ms. Bjorklund for further details lbjorklund@sd62.bc.ca

Monday

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club @ lunch

Boys 6/7 volleyball practice after school

Tuesday

Dance Tickets go on sale today at lunch $5 each.

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch.

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom.

Grade 8 Square Dancing – All grade eight classes will have square dancing lessons with a pro today. This is a culmination of Dance Units many have been working on. Every class gets some private instruction during the day and all six classes will come together at 2 pm in the gym for the final Do-Si-Do.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Volleyball – Grade 6/7 boys’ volleyball team practice at lunch

Wednesday – Pink Day

All students and staff our encouraged to wear pink today as a show of support for the continued stand against bullying in our schools and community.

Drumline Neighbourhood Meetings: 10:30 Mystical Main; 10:50 Utopia; 11:10 Mt. Olympus; 11:30 Narnia – find out more about the Harmony Project initiative for Sooke children.

ANNIE – Practice for students in the exploratory, ANNIE at lunch today in the Band Room

Journey to Japan Meeting – this meeting is for students. We will practice our Japanese and pick the song/dance we will perform when we meet our host families. Mrs. Stewart is driving all the way out from Dunsmuir to attend!

Blessing of Belmont – Everyone is welcome to attend the official opening of Belmont Secondary beginning at 5:00 pm. Join in with our local First Nations’ chiefs and elders for a complimentary dinner, entertainment and tour.

Band Parents’ meeting – for Port Alberni 7 pm JMS Annie Acreman Library

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch

PAC Food Day –Pizza today. Drinks and other goodies also for sale. Volunteers are needed. Please contact the school if you can lend a hand for an hour at least once per month.

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS today.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Yearbook Staff Meeting in the Main Computer Lab @ lunch

Jr. Girls’ volleyball practice after school

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Exploratories today – bring everything you need

Gamer’s Club @ lunch Main Lab

Mindstorm Robotics Club – is taking a break after an intense competition!

School Dance – “Bring on Spring Dance” tonight from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Students should arrive on time and be picked up by a parent at 8:30. No in and out privileges allowed for safety reasons. Parents are welcome/needed to help chaperone and/or help in the concession.

Friday

Spaghetti in a Big Red Cup – Pre-order this week by Thursday. $5 gets you a big red cup of delicious spaghetti, garlic bread and cheese.

Ice Hockey Game – Today is the annual grade 8/9 Hockey Academy Game at SEAPARC. Classes have been invited to attend from 9 – 10. Participating classes will be walking to and from the arena via the Throup Road trail. Parents are welcome to attend.

“Time for Dragon Hockey” (not to be confused with Hockey Academy) “We are holding our first organizing meeting to talk about the Journey Inter Mural Floor Hockey Tournament at lunch today. Just bring your fun hockey attitude and a few of your classmates/teammates and we’ll get started. You’ll be able to size up the Teacher Team of All Stars then. They can’t wait to show off their hockey prowess!”

 

 
 

For families with students on the Ski Trip – All buses are on time and should be pulling into Journey at 7:30 pm with a group of tired and very happy children.  Please meet them in the parking lot.

 
 

Congratulations to our new Mental Health Team who went to Vancouver on Thursday. They came back inspired and excited and already have a meeting planned for Monday. Kids helping kids! Thank you to their sponsor teachers Mme. Abell and Ms. Wiens for championing this endeavor.

Reflex Math – The latest champions in our 100% Fluency in Math Facts are Dalep T.; Miles D, and Sarah W. all of whom are in grade 6. Each student wins a Journey T-Shirt and a PAC Lunch. Of course the biggest prize is knowing all their Multiplication Facts!

Monday

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club @ lunch

Glenn & Winona @ Health & Safety Meeting all day

M.H.T. (Mental Health Team) meeting @ lunch

Boys 6/7 volleyball practice after school

Tuesday

Twisted Tuesday – Join in and show off your favourite socks today. Our student council is coming up with some great ideas to inspire our Dragon Spirit.

Ski Trip – for all students and staff who have signed up. Have a great day on the hill.

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch. Today is beading and sewing – everyone is welcome.

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom.

EMCS Presentation – EMCS councellor, Mr. Al Phipps will be talking to Mrs. Bridal and Mme. Abell’s classes today about what EMCS has to offer.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Volleyball – Grade 6/7 boys’ volleyball team practice at lunch

Jr. Girls’ volleyball team at Arbutus Middle School – Go Dragons, Go!

Wednesday

Hockey Academy – Online Registration opens today at 6 a.m. Applications must be completed online http://academies.sd62.bc.ca.

Assembly – Theatre Sports presentation for the whole school at 9:15 this morning.

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch

PAC Food Day –Subway today. Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS today.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Yearbook Staff Meeting in the Main Computer Lab @ lunch

Jr. Girls’ volleyball practice after school

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Exploratories today – bring everything you need

Gamer’s Club @ lunch Main Lab

Mindstorm Robotics Club – taking a break after such and amazing fifth place finish at their first competition of the year!

Jr. Girls’ volleyball practice after school today

Boys’ 6/7 volleyball jamboree at Gordon Head Middle School 3:45pm – 6 pm Go Dragons, Go!

EMCS Open House 6:30-8:30 – Grade 8s and their families are invited to attend the Edward Milne Community School Open House tonight. Come and see all they have to offer – academics, clubs, electives and how you can get yourself on track to receive thousands of dollars in scholarships for post-secondary education.

Friday – Professional Development Day – no school for students

Dance – Feb. 25

Open House – April 14 – see what your child has been learning @ Journey!

 
 

Parents/Guardians,
We had an eventful ending to our Exploratories today.

The fire alarm bell rang  today because of a heat sensory in the woodshop. There was no fire and every student was safe and accounted for. Journey staff and students assembled in their advisory classroom outside and waited patiently as the Sooke Fire Department searched the building for the source of the alarm. As we waited the fire department used commercial fans to pull the hot air out of the wood shop so we could return to our Exploratory classes.
I would like to thank the students, staff, and the Sooke Fire Department for their quick response.

Regards,

Glenn Bedard

Vice Principal

 
 

“FOR THE LOVE OF HOCKEY” Mr. Bryan is calling all lovers of hockey at Journey! We are putting together teams soon for an inter-mural floor hockey tournament to take place after Spring Break. First games will lift off in the first week in April. There is a lot of talk already in the staff room of a “superstar” team. Rumour has it they call themselves the “Dream Catchers or Crushers” and they say they can’t be beaten! With names like:

“The Jammer” Johnston; “The Destroyer” Dunbar; “The Neutralizer” Nadeau; “The Burner” Bryan; “The Dominator” Donegani”; “The Wizard” Wiens; “The Crusher” Constable; and of course, our very own “ringer” The Equalizer” Elm, whom the staff have voted official tournament referee – and for good reason – his giant ego rarely fits into the gym at the best of times 🙂

Have you ever wanted to get even with those staff members (and you KNOW who they are) who give you that mountain of extra homework just for the fun of it? Well ….. here is your chance for PAYBACK and SWEET revenge on the floor hockey stage.

Start putting your team together now. All grades are welcome and the teams will be mixed with both boys and girls. The focus is on fun, fun, fun …. Oh ya, and beating those nasty staff members. We’ll have a general, organizing meeting of all students who are interested in enjoying this inter mural floor hockey fun in the gym in a few weeks. Keep an ear out for “The Bruiser” Bedard’s morning announcements for more details about our first meeting to talk about teams, rules, schedule, fair play and all the inter mural floor hockey crazy shenanigans we’ll have.”

Monday – Happy Family Day

Tuesday

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch. Today is beading and sewing – everyone is welcome.

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom.

EMCS Presentation – EMCS councellor, Mr. Al Phipps will be talking to Ms. Lennox and Mr. Constable’s classes today about what EMCS has to offer.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Fortune Cookies are on sale today at lunch in celebration of Chinese New Year. Only $.50 each

Volleyball – Grade 6/7 boys’ volleyball team practice at lunch

Lovey frogs go on sale today for only $2 each while supplies last! Check out the display cabinet in the foyer and choose your favourite!

PAC Meeting tonight at 7 pm in our Annie Acreman Library

Wednesday

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

PAC Food Day – Sushi and/or hotdogs today. Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS today.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Open volleyball to ALL students/staff at lunch.

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Exploratories today – bring everything you need

Mindstorm Robotics Club – after school today

Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit – If you are part of this team remember to be at the Ferry Terminal at 6:30 a.m. and thank you for representing our school.

Open volleyball to ALL students and staff today at lunch.

Friday

Ski Trip – Final Payments and waivers for the Ski Trip are due today

Happy Valentine’s Day this weekend

Upcoming Dates:

Sign up for Community Softball Tuesday, February 9 at SEAPARC 6-8 pm in the lobby

Ski Trip – Feb. 16

EMCS Open House – Feb. 18 @ EMCS 6:30-8:30 pm for all students and families in grade eight

Pro-D Day – Feb. 19

Dance – Feb. 25

Open House – April 14 – see what your child has been learning @ Journey!

 
 

These are school district paid positions, whereby adults are hired to assist schools in supervising students. Qualified candidates must be a holder of a valid Standard First Aid Certificate or willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $21.34.

If you think you might be interested in applying, please complete a nonteaching application form which you can obtain from the school district website at www.sd62.bc.ca and forward it to Dawn Coughlin at the School Board Office, 3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC, V9B 5R1, dcoughlin@sd62.bc.ca.

 
 

Congratulations – The following students represented our school well in the Remembrance Day poetry and poster contests sponsored by the Sooke Legion:

Intermediate Colour Poster: 1st – Sophia AH., 2nd – Shona T.; 3rd – Lily S.

Intermediate Poem: 1st – Mindalynn F.; 2nd – Serena H.; 3rd – Olivia C.

Junior Poem: 1st – Katerina S. (Katerina was also a winner at the Regional level)

Legion member, Mr. Ron Larsen, presented the certificates and cash awards and explained that with over 140 entries the Legion members found judging difficult and time consuming! He congratulated and thanked all who entered. Mr. Bryan would like to point out that most were in his Dragon’s Den Writing Club!

Football Fever – Merci to Scott and Nathan from the Sooke Seahawks for coming to our assembly last week. Lots of interest in joining the team and the many footballs and t-shirts given away were much appreciated. Information is available in the office or http://www.sookeseahawks.com

Royals Hockey – it was great to see so many of our students at “District Day with the Victoria Royals” on Friday evening. So many attended from SD62 they had to open up another section!

Anxiety Presentation – Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended the Anxiety presentation last Wednesday. Dr. Kristen Buhr provided practical strategies to help both parents and educators.

Thank you – Divisions 8 & 12 want to pass on a huge thank you to the staff at SEAPARC for making their Thursday afternoon swim fun and memorable.

Monday

FSA – All grade 7 students will begin writing the Foundation Skills Assessment over the next two weeks. Students may be exempt from this assessment if they have submitted a letter to the principal. More information about these assessments can be found at https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in Main Computer Lab

Spaghetti in a Big Red Cup – pre-orders for Friday’s $5 lunch go on sale today and are available until Thursday.

Volleyball Practice – Grade 6/7 boys after school from 3-4pm

Tuesday – Ground Hog Day!

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch. Today is beading and sewing – everyone is welcome.

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom.

EMCS Presentation – EMCS councellor, Mr. Al Phipps will be talking to Ms. Wiens and Ms. Barnes classes today about what EMCS has to offer.

Field Trip – Ms. Johnston’s class & students enrolled in Life Skills go to BC Museum for Box of Treasures today from 9-1:00.

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Volleyball Practice – Grade 6/7 boys practice @ lunch today

Volleyball Game – Jr. Girls’ volleyball game #2 at Arbutus after school today – good luck girls!

Wednesday

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

PAC Food Day – Pizza today. Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS today.

Jr. Girls’ Volleyball practice afterschool today until 4 pm

Homework Club for Divs. 8 & 12 @ lunch rm. # 1166

Ski Trip Parent Meeting – This is a mandatory meeting for parents of students going skiing February 16. Waiver forms can only be given out after a face-to-face meeting. The meeting should only take 15 minutes and will start promptly at 7 pm.

Harmony Project Parent Meeting – Please join us tonight at 7 pm in the library for information regarding the award winning Harmony Project that is now being offered in Sooke. Students in grades 2 & 3 are eligible to receive free Strings lessons and the use of an instrument free of charge for the next two years. Students at Journey can join Drumline and also receive free lessons. Find out more about his amazing opportunity by contacting Ms. Lorna Bjorklund at lbjorklund@sd62.bc.ca.

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Exploratories resume today

Volleyball Jamboree – Our Grade 6/7 Volleyball Team hosts several other schools today afterschool from 3-6 pm. Come out and cheer our Dragons on!

Mindstorm Robotics Club – after school today

Friday

Spaghetti in a Big Red Cup – $5 gets you a heaping cup of spaghetti and a warm piece of garlic bread. Students can choose from pasta, spaghetti sauce, butter, cheese or choose all 4! We had a few delays last time, but we’ve got it all figured out now!

Happy Family Day Long Weekend – We’ll see everyone back on Tuesday

Upcoming Dates:

Ski Trip – Feb. 16

EMCS Open House – Feb. 18 @ EMCS

Pro-D Day – Feb. 19

Open House – April 14 – see what your child has been learning @ Journey!

 
 

Royals Hockey – “District Day with the Victoria Royals” on Friday, January 29. This will be a fun event for families and friends of all SD62 staff and students to go watch a Victoria Royals hockey game for only $9, show some school/District spirit and have fun! Use promo code SD62NIGHT when ordering online at selectyourtickets.com/promo

Online registration for K-12 begins Monday. http://registrationblog.sd62.bc.ca/2016/01/21/school-change-requests-go-on-line-for-2016/

No need to register unless you are changing schools. Grade 5 students coming are automatically transferred and grade 8s going to EMCS are also automatically transferred. Registering on paper is also available at the school. If you want your child to attend a school outside of their catchment you must fill out the transfer form.

Monday

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in Main Computer Lab

Organic Herbal Tea – as part of our Aboriginal Education Program we will be serving tea in the foyer to any and all students who are interested at recess and lunch all week (while supplies last). Thanks to our AbEd Support Staff!

Tuesday

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch. Today is beading and sewing – everyone is welcome.

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom. Make a difference at Journey – share your ideas.

Presentation – Ms. Lennox’s class will have a presentation on Suicide Awareness today at 1 pm

Presentation – Box of Treasures presentation in Ms. Johnston’s class today to get them ready for their field trip to the museum.

Assembly – 11 am today. Remembrance Day poster and essay winners will be presented with their certificate and prize money. We also have a Football presentation to let students know what’s new in Sooke.

Wednesday

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

PAC Food Day – Subway today. Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club is cancelled today. The club will resume its regular schedule next week.

Jr. Girls’ Volleyball practice afterschool today until 4 pm

Journey tonight – 6:00 to 8:00 pm – free presentation Is your child struggling with anxiety? Worrying about everything? Avoiding things? Parents are invited to hear Dr. Kristin Buhr, Registered Psychologist and director at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic.  Get tips on helping your child develop a healthy foundation, deal with difficult emotions, face challenging situations, learn to tolerate uncertainty, and build resilience.

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Yes2it – Mrs. Bridal, Ms. Lennox, Mme. Abell and Mr. Constable’s grade 8s are going to EMCS today to have a hands-on experience in the Trades. Google Yes2it to find out more about this program.

Exploratories are cancelled today

Skating – Ms. Johnston and Mr. Hughes’ classes going skating at SEAPARC 1-2:30 pm

Jr. Girls’ Volleyball practice afterschool today until 4 pm

Mindstorm Robotics Club – 3:05-4:30 in the Project Room

Friday

Yes2it – Ms. Wien and Mr. Bryan’s grade 8s are going to EMCS today to have a hands-on experience in the Trades. Google Yes2it to find out more about this program.

Ski Trip – Grade 7s interested in going on the school Ski Trip Feb. 16 need to have their forms and money in to Ms. Wilkie today.

Royals Hockey Game tonight – see you there!

Saturday Night – The Harmony Project Kick-off Concert is tonight in our gym. This program originated in Las Angles and is now coming to Sooke. It offers students an opportunity to learn from world renowned musicians and is being offered to students in grades 2 & 3 for Strings and Drumline for middle school aged students.

Upcoming Dates:

FSA for Grade 7 students begin Feb. 1

Open House – April 14

 
 

Exploratory #2 – Begins Thursday. Most students have returned their forms but we have a few who still need to get them in. Some are already full and students will know which one they are in on Monday. If your child’s exploratory needs a waiver form they must be in by Wednesday or the spot will be given to the next student on the waitlist. Students are expected to attend exploratories and are given a satisfactory or unsatisfactory on their report cards. An unsatisfactory will make the student ineligible to be on the Honour and/or Effort Role for term #2.

School supplies – It’s that time of year to bring in a few more school supplies. Many students are short on pencils, pens, lined paper and duotangs. Gym strip that went home for washing also needs to be sent back to school. Students need to change clothing for safety and hygiene.

Preparedness – Staff have been hard at work improving our state of readiness for any emergency or disaster which may affect our school, especially in light of the recent earthquake December 29th. Work is completed or underway in a number of areas:

  • Updated JMS Emergency Plan (Completed)
  • Updated JMS Classroom Emergency Backpacks (Completed)
  • Updated JMS Emergency Communication procedures between staff and parents (Completed)
  • PAC championing and financial support of new emergency supplies secured for school (Completed)
  • JMS Family Emergency Preparedness Checklist prepared and posted to school website (Completed)
  • (Please visit the JMS website to review and print the checklist for your family’s disaster preparedness.)
  • JMS Emergency Container project for storage of dedicated disaster supplies on site (Ongoing)

 

These are just a few examples of the positive steps JMS is taking to enhance the safety and security of students and staff in time of ANY emergency or disaster.”

 

Student Support Services – Now that the IEP process is underway, parents who have requested an IEP meeting will be receiving a notice for the date and time this week.  For parents with IEP input, please return your child’s IEP with comments and corrections to Mr. Nguyen.  Please contact nnguyen@sd62.bc.ca for any questions and inquiries.

Grade 8 course registration – All grade eight students need to have parent permission to access Career Cruising for course selection next year. The deadline has passed to send them into Journey. If you have not signed this release (extra copies available at the office and all grade 8 families have been emailed) you must do so asap and return it to EMCS. Regardless of where you think you might be going next year, you should fill out courses selection for EMCS.

Royals Hockey – For the first time ever, SD62 will have “District Day with the Victoria Royals” on Friday, January 29. This will be a fun event for families and friends of all SD62 staff and students to go watch a Victoria Royals hockey game for only $9, show some school/District spirit and have fun! Use promo code SD62NIGHT when ordering online at selectyourtickets.com/promo

 

Monday

Exploratories – lists will be posted today at lunch in the foyer. Exploratories begin Thursday.

Gamers’ tournament begins today at lunch in the main lab. Semi-finalists will be announced on Monday am. Thanks to Trin and Bryce in Division 2 for their role in organizing this event; these students show excellent leadership potential.

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in Main Computer Lab

Gamers’ Club Tournament begins today in the Project Room at lunch

Organic Herbal Tea – as part of our Aboriginal Education Program we will be serving tea in the foyer to any and all students who are interested at recess and lunch all week (while supplies last). Thanks to our AbEd Support Staff!

Tuesday

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch. Everyone is invited to check out what we’re got planned for today.

Role Model Kevin Cranman will present the 1914 Film “Land of War Canoes ‘ in Ms. Johnston’s class today at 11 am

Student Council Meeting – today at lunch in Mme. Abell’s classroom. All divisions need to be represented and reps are needed to give their valuable input.

Presentation – Ms. Wien’s class will have a presentation on Suicide Awareness today at 10:15

PAC Meeting tonight – All parents/guardians are welcome to attend our meeting tonight at 7 pm in the Annie Acreman Library. You don’t have to join the executive or volunteer!

Wednesday

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

Gamers’ tournament – continues today at lunch.

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Pizza. Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS

Jr. Girls’ Volleyball practice afterschool today

Thursday

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Exploratories begin today – bring any equipment you need and always bring your enthusiasm!

Mindstorm Robotics Club – 3:05-4:30 in the Project Room

Journey to Japan Meeting – All students travelling to Japan this year meet tonight in the library at 6:30 pm

Friday

Upcoming Dates:

January 18 – Non-Instructional Day (this is a new one not in the original calendar) for staff to have workshops on the new BC Curriculum

January 20 – EMCS Trip to Germany, Paris and the Alps. If you are in grade 8 this year, and want to travel in 2017, attend the information meeting at 6 pm tonight in the Art Room. EMCS teacher, Mrs. Sue Garat has taken students to Europe for many years and is an expert at arranging these trips and taking students to foreign countries.

January 27 – Anxiety Workshop with quest speaker Dr. Kristin Buhr 6-8 pm in the Gym. All Sooke parents and care givers are invited to attend.