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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Halloween is nearly here! Please take a moment to read the following costume guidelines. Teachers will go through these points with students and if you could also do the same with your child, it would be very much appreciated.

In light of recent pranks and threats in school districts across Canada and the USA connected to “Creepy Clowns,” the following Halloween costumes are not allowed in all SD62 schools this year:

No Clowns

No Full face paint

No Masks

No Imitation weapons of any kind

If anyone shows up in a related costume or brandishing a fake weapon, they will be asked to change/remove item or be sent home.

Students are encouraged to:

 Report odd or suspicious behaviour to their teacher, school principal or RCMP

 Speak to an adult if they are worried or anxious about something

 Think before they post or re/post content online

While we are not aware of any issues or concerns involving our schools at this time, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and report anything that looks out of place. That, along with our emergency plans and procedures, is how we all partner together to ensure our schools continue to be safe places for our students and staff.

The safety of our students and staff is paramount to all members of our school communities. Thank you for your continued support and diligence in keeping our students safe.

Sincerely,

Jim Cambridge

Superintendent of Schools

 

 
 

Dressing for the weather – Students are expected to head outside at recess and lunch. Please remind your child to dress for the weather, the forecasted weather and the unexpected weather. Usually all three of those mean wet weather. Students may also want to bring an extra set of clothes to change into if they get too wet to learn after being outside.

Volunteers needed – if you can donate some time at the Halloween Dance on Thursday as a chaperone or helping sell food please contact Sandy Hull at 250-642-5881.

Lego Mindstorms Robotics: The club will be taking a brief break and will start up again Thursday, November 17th.  Times 3:15-4:30!

Monday

Halloween Dance Tickets on Sale today in foyer at lunch $5

Haunted house tickets on sale at lunch for 50 cents each.

Tuesday

Grade 6/7 Boys’ Basketball practice 7:30 a.m. in the gym

Jazz band 8:30 a.m. in the band room.

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)

Halloween Dance Tickets on Sale today in foyer at lunch $5 – Dance tickets are NOT available at the door. Costumes are encouraged.

Haunted house tickets on sale at lunch for 50 cents each. Come out and enjoy this fun event at Thursday’s Halloween Dance. 

Div. 9/10 Homework Club – Ms. Kilpatrick’s classroom at lunch

Wednesday – PAC Lunch today is Pizza (We’ve had a great turn out for these food days and have increased our order so there will be enough for all students)

Div. 9/10 Homework Club – Ms. Maragh’s classroom at lunch 

Grade 8 Boys’ B-Ball practice afterschool

Thursday

Halloween Dance Tonight – Come and join in the fun from 6:30-8:30 pm. Dress up and enjoy dancing and hanging out with friends. No masks and keep the gore to a minimum. Tickets will not be sold at the door and students must be in attendance all day to attend.

There will be prizes for:

  • Best make-up
  • Most scary
  • Most funny
  • Most creative
  • Most realistic
  • Cutest
  • Most traditional
  • Most original
  • Best homemade costume

Activities other than dancing:

Photo booth, haunted house, glow sticks, PAC food for sale (pizza, drinks, goodies etc.)

Pumpkin Carving Contest – Carve your pumpkin at home and bring in your Jack-o’-lanterns today and enter our annual contest. They will be on display at the dance tonight.

Spookagrams on sale today at lunch for 50 cents each. Delivery on Monday to the classroom.

Exploratories – Remember to bring everything you need and that students are expected to take this course as much as any other.  Outdoor exploratories will be outside. We live on the Wet Coast – be prepared!

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting).

Last cross country today at Juan de Fuca – afterschool

Friday

Grade 6/7 Boys’ B-ball practice 7:30 a.m.

Spookagrams on sale today at lunch for 50 cents each. Delivery on Monday to classrooms

 
 

Monday– Welcome back from the wind and rain. Hopefully everyone has their power back on! Our sever has been down all weekend and our great tech department has worked hard to get it up and running this morning.

Tuesday

Grade 6/7 Boys’ Basketball practice 7:30 a.m. in the gym

Jazz band 8:30 a.m. in the band room.  Grade 7 and 8 students are still invited to join. 

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)

Twoonie Tuesday – Help “Together Topping up Tummies on Twoonie Tuesday” by bringing a twoonie to school today and support our Local Food Bank. The Sooke Harbourside Lions have dropped off a collection tin in every classroom. We will collecting all week! 

Picture Retake Day – if your child didn’t get his/her picture taken in September, your are new to Journey, or you want them to get a retake, this your last chance to get it done (remember it goes in the yearbook, bus pass and student card). 

Div. 9/10 Homework Club – Ms. Kilpatrick’s classroom at lunch

Wednesday – PAC Lunch today is Sushi and Hotdogs

Me to We Club: We have several students who have already joined and we still have room to add a few more members in order to diversity the voices and perspectives being shared. If your child has in social issues and who might like to help out with projects to make change in the world, please tell them to meet with Ms. Wiens or Mrs. Ouldali today. Listen announcements for location.

For more information about Me to We, as well as the trip to Vancouver for We Day on November 3rd:  https://www.we.org/we-day/we-day-events/vancouver/ 

Div. 9/10 Homework Club – Ms. Maragh’s classroom at lunch

Thursday

Great BC Shake-out Drill 10:30 – Today across BC people will be practicing the Drop, Cover, Hold On Drill in case of an earthquake. They don’t call it the Ring of Fire for no reason! We are required to have a least one earthquake drill per year.

Exploratories – Remember to bring everything you need and that students are expected to take this course as much as any other.  Outdoor exploratories will be outside. We live on the Wet Coast – be prepared!

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting).

Friday – Professional Development Day – school is not in session for students

 

 

 
 

Thank you to families who donated to Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock as they rode into town on Wednesday. This cause is very close to our hearts as we have children at Journey who have battled this disease and come to school each day. We remember the children we have taught who fought this disease and are no longer with us. A huge congratulations and thank you to Tyler L., $1,451.00; Talia, W. $1220.00; and Isaac S. $100 – You took our Mission Statement “Invest in People” and helped Journey raise a total of $3315!

Monday– Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to work in a profession that allows us to interact with the children and families of this wonderful town of ours. We hope you enjoy the day.

Tuesday – Jazz band 8:30 a.m. in the band room.  Grade 7 and 8 students are still invited to join. 

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)

PAC Meeting tonight in Journey’s Annie Acreman Library 7-8 pm. Postponed until next Tuesday.

Wednesday – PAC Lunch today is Subway

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

Me to We Club – Are you interested in making a difference in your school, community, province, or the world?  Come to the main lab at lunch for the “Me to We” club to help the people around you!

Exploratories – Remember to bring everything you need. Outdoor exploratories will be outside. We live on the Wet Coast – be prepared!

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting).

FridayFreezie sales or hot chocolate sales depending on the weather!

 

 

 
 

HomeThank you to the families who donated and participated in our annual Terry Fox Run. We have almost met our/Terry’s goal of $1 per student and staff and will be accepting donations all week. Hych’ka to all families who honoured those who attended Residential schools by wearing orange on Friday. It was appreciated.

Monday– Grade 8 band students must return the cross enrolment forms to Mrs. Bjorklund or the front office. 

Tuesday – Jazz band starts today at 8:30 a.m. in the band room.  Grade 7 and 8 students are invited to join. 

Freezies $1 all proceeds go for Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock 

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)

Homework Club for Divisions 9 & 10 @ Lunch –  Ms. Kilpatrick’s – Room 1166

Wednesday Lunch – Maragh – Room 1175

Wednesday – PAC Lunch today is Pizza 

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

Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock – the riders arrive in our town at 1:17 and the community is welcome to join all of our elementary schools and Journey as we welcome this group of men and women who have been pedaling down the Island to raise funds and awareness for children with cancer. We will be walking to Sooke Elementary who is hosting this year’s event right after lunch. Our route is Throup, Church and Country Rds. Please send in a donation if you can to support this cause. This year we have two students shaving their heads: Talia W. and Tyler L have been raising money and will lose their locks for this great cause!

Homework Club for Divisions 9 & 10 @ lunch in Wednesday – Ms. Maragh – Room 1175

Thursday – Gamers’ Club in the Main Lab @ lunch

Exploratories Begin! Remember to bring everything you need. 

Sk8 Club today @ lunch (weather permitting).

Friday– Bike to School Day Staff and students are encouraged to ride their bikes to school today

Bike Rally at SEAPARC – Pump track, jump instructors, plus mechanics will be on hand. Students from each neighbourhood have signed up to participate and must have their waiver form into the office by Thursday. Thank you to SEAPARC for sponsoring this event for us.

Blk 1 Mt. Olympus = 30 students

Blk 2 Utopia = 30 students

Blk 3 Mystical Main = 30 students

Blk 4 Narnia = 30 students

 

 

 

 

 
 

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!

PAC INFO:

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.