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Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This week we are on “R” Reach for the Stars – When good enough could be a little better or trying something that’s new to you!  We encourage students and staff to REACH FOR THE STARS EVERYDAY.

Lice – nobody likes lice, but it is common this time of year so please take some time to check your child’s head/hair for nits and lice. Your child’s class will be notified if we have confirmation from a parent that their child has lice.  Thank you for keeping us updated.  We do not release the name of the child or family. 

Monday

New Zones begin each week – Morning: students may go to any zone.  They must always wear a mask and physically distance when possible.  Recess and Lunch: zones rotate today.  Masks are not required when in cohort zone but must be used when travelling to and from zone. Some zones are muddier than others so please wear, “we live in a rainforest clothes”.

Lots of Litter and Dog Poop– lately we have had an unusual amount of litter and Dog feces on our school grounds.  Staff will be reminding students that snacks and lunch will be eaten inside the school so wrappers don’t end up on the grounds.  We realize all the litter is not just from us, but it is our school and we are proud to be good stewards of the land.  If you’re one of our neighbours, please keep an eye open for dogs leaving their poop on our fields – it’s where our kids play every day.

EMCS course selection for our grade 8 students begins today.  Students must have access to their student portal in MyEd (info has been sent home to all grade 8 families) to register for courses.

Tuesday 

Ground Hog Day – Come on Wiarton Willie, do your thing and bring us an early Spring!   

Earthquake Drill @ 1:30 pm 

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities. 

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.  Listen to announcements each morning for additional opportunities.

EMCS course selection for our grade 8 students begins today.  Students must have access to their student portal in MyEd (info has been sent home to all grade 8 families) to register for courses.

Thursday 

Friday 

“Crazy Hat Day”– come wearing your favourite or craziest hat today!

Run to be Here/Wear your Mask/Reach for the Stars 

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This week we are on “I” Invest in People.  Students and staff investing in each other has always been the norm at Journey and this week we are all committed to going that extra little bit to help everyone have a safe and respectful learning environment.

Lice – nobody likes lice, but it is common this time of year so please take some time to check your child’s head/hair for nits and lice. 

Monday

New Zones begin each week – Morning: students may go to any zone.  They must always wear a mask and physically distance when possible.  Recess and Lunch: zones rotate today.  Masks are not required when in cohort zone but must be used when travelling to and from zone. Some zones are muddier than others so please wear, “we live in a rainforest clothes”.

Literacy Week Begins!  Family literacy week has arrived!  We encourage you to celebrate literacy and spend time reading and engaging in other literacy related activities with your student this week.  Information and resources can be found on ABC Life Literacy Canada’s website, as well as Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) list of 10 things you can do with your family for literacy week.  If you need a public library card, you can get one online using VIRL’s online library card registration.

Tuesday 

Skateboarding Club – First Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules. 

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club – Second Lunch students with signed waivers and proper gear. No exceptions to any of the rules.

Family Literacy Day – Do you know your child’s favourite book?  Do they know yours?

Thursday

Grade 8 Transition meetings 9:30 a.m. (virtual presentation from EMCS in each classroom)

Grade 8 parent transition 7:00pm – Live Q & A with Parents/Students over Teams (Counsellors with Clerical & VP support)

Literacy Week – Book Smack during Block 4! 

Friday 

“Sports Day”– come in your favourite jersey, uniform, t-shirt with a sports logo, etc.

Run to be Here/Wear your Mask/Invest in People

 Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Our Vision is Run to Be Here, and our Mission Statement is ASPIRE.  This week we are on the P which stands for Play, Have Fun (by far the one we’re the best at even when Covid19 tries to keep us down).  Thank you to all parents for supporting your child and the school during these times.  

PAC Fundraiser deadline January 22 –  All proceeds go to classroom/school projects.  Visit fundraising.westcoastseeds.com  to take a look at how to place your orders.  Click “Participants“.  Once you’re ready to make a purchase click “Cart“.  It will give you a drop box option to “select your organization”.  Please click “Journey Middle School PAC“. If you do not take these steps and do not click JMS PAC in the drop box we will NOT receive any donations for PAC.  Last year seeds were in high demand.  Don’t miss out on ordering your favourites!   Seeds can be picked up at the school or sent home with your child. 

Grade 8 Transition to EMCS:

  • 22 – Virtual Walk-Through video sent to Journey students (VP)
  • 28 @ 9:30 a.m. – MS Teams ‘visits’ Journey Grade 8 classes (Counsellors with Clerical & VP support)
  • 28 @ 7:00pm – Live Q & A with Parents/Students over Teams (Counsellors with Clerical & VP support)
  • 1-11 – Grade 8 Course Selection in Portal in their classes at Journey with support from Journey Clerical, EMCS Clerical & VP
  • 16 – Journey Course Selection Due 

Monday

New Zones begin each week – Morning: students may go to any zone.  Must always wear a mask and physically distance when possible.  Recess and Lunch: zones rotate today.  Masks are not required when in cohort zone but must be used when travelling to and from zone.

Tuesday 

Hold and Secure Drill 9:15 a.m. (this is the make up one for the one we missed last week) 

Wednesday

Lunch Day – Subway lunch delivered to all students who have pre-ordered.  Thanks Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Crocker for organizing!

Yearbook Cover Contest – All submissions to Ms. Wiens by today. This is your opportunity to get creative.  This year’s theme is our mission statement ASPIRE! Hand them into your teacher or to the office.  Sorry, no late submissions accepted. 

Skateboarding Club begins today.  All waiver forms must be in at the office to be eligible to attend.  Waiver 1 needs to be signed by a parent/guardian and Waiver 2 needs to be signed by a parent/guardian and student. Listen carefully to announcements about times and meeting places.  Remember we have two lunch times now – students can only go to the one that matches their lunch time.  No exceptions to any of the rules.

Thursday 

Grade 6 S’more Day by the fire. In celebration of our grade 6 students being halfway through their school careers and because we missed having them during their transition to Journey, we are inviting each class to the fire pit to enjoy some s’mores.  Teachers will sign up for today or tomorrow.  Students should wear, “sitting by a campfire” clothes. 

Friday 

Animal Day – come in your favourite animal costume or wear an animal hat or come in make-up of your favourite animal – be creative and adventurous!

Grade 6 S’more Day Continued …..

Deadline for Westcoast Seed PAC Fundraiser (see details above)

Run to be Here/Keep your distance/Play, Have Fun 

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Journey has power and school is open.  Bus routes will be affected by windstorm and updates will be coming from the District office.  Currently:

Port Renfrew:

Route 60 – cancelled due to trees blocking the Deering bridge

Sooke:

Route 39, 36, 37, and 33 – cancelled due to road closure from Grant Rd/ W Coast Rd

Route 40, 38, 34 – altered due to road closure.  Bus will turnaround at Coopermine Rd/Winslow Rd

Route 30 – altered due to Otter Pt Rd closure.  Bus will complete all but Otter Pt Rd pickups

Route 31 and 35 – run normal

 
 

 

PAC Fundraiser –  All proceeds go to classroom/school projects.  Visit fundraising.westcoastseeds.com  to take a look at how to place your orders.  Click “Participants“.  Once you’re ready to make a purchase click “Cart“.  It will give you a drop box option to “select your organization”.  Please click “Journey Middle School PAC“. If you do not take these steps and do not click JMS PAC in the drop box we will NOT receive any donations for PAC.  Last year seeds were in high demand.  Don’t miss out on ordering your favourites!   Seeds can be picked up at the school or sent home with your child.  

 Library/Learning Commons Update: Welcome back to school and welcome to a new year of reading!  Family Literacy week is January 24-31, 2021 with the theme of “Let’s Be Active!”, you can find more information here: https://www.decoda.ca/support-us/events/family-literacy-week/.   We encourage you to spend time reading with your student that week (and every week!).  We are also hosting a literacy contest at school to win a reading party for the class!

Does your student identify as female and are they interested in coding?  Check out Hackergal’s Code for Change 2020 challenge, open now until January 31, 2021.  Details can be found here: https://hackergal.org/getinvolved/codeforchange/ and interested students can connect with Mrs. Wallace for support.

Help us get our library books back into circulation!  We have many overdue books from 2020, please check at home for any books and have your student bring them to school to return.  Thank you for your support! 

Picking your child up early?  Please remind your child what time you’re coming and let their classroom teacher know as well.  Give the office a call when you are in the parking lot and we will sign them out and send them to you.  This helps teachers so they can arrange their schedules (ie: class out for a walk or at the creek etc.) and reduces PA interruptions to other classes.

Monday

New Zones begin each week – Morning: students may go to any zone.  Must always wear a mask and physically distance when possible.  Recess and Lunch: zones rotate today.  Masks are not required when in cohort zone but must be used when travelling to and from zone.

PAC Meeting tonight at 7 p.m.  For an initiation to attend virtually on MSTeams please email lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca

Tuesday 

Hold and Secure Drill 9:00 a.m. 

Wednesday 

Skateboarding Club is starting up.  Listen for announcements about waiver forms, equipment needed, and Covid protocols. Thanks in advance to Mr. Donegani, Mr. Van Hooydonk and Mr. Schorer for volunteering to get this club up and running! 

Thursday 

Friday 

Pajama Day – come in your favourite, school appropriate PJs today!

Subway Lunch order forms due today (Lunch is next Wednesday)

Run to be Here/Wear your mask/Stretch your Brains

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

 

 
 

Student Virtual Money Fair FLYER

 
 

January 20th Subway lunch ORDER FORM

 
 

NOON HOUR SUPERVISION ASSISTANTS ON-CALL

School District No.62 (Sooke) requires Noon Hour Supervision Assistants to work on-call immediately.  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 Occupation First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $24.42.

For more information about our District, please refer to our website at www.sd62.bc.ca.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit their cover letter and resume, including the names and telephone numbers of at least two references to:

Dawn Israel

Human Resources Consultant

School District No.62 (Sooke)

3143 Jacklin Road

Victoria, BC     V9B 5R1

dpisrael@sd62.bc.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

 
 

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Happy New Year Journey Dragons – Although it will not look too different coming back on Monday, we are hopeful we are moving toward and happy and healthy 2021.  We are pleased to welcome back all our students and especially those returning from remote learning.  We remind everyone that we will continue the protocols we had in place in December. 

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell, or tells us they are unwell, at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

Thank you to all our performers who participated in our Virtual Talent Show.  Not quite the same as a gym filled with 580 hand-clapping fans, but wonderful just the same!

Sooke Food Bank – Journey’s donation was $1540.00 this year.  Thank you to our students, staff and families for helping our local community.  Thank you also to the individuals who donated through the EMCS 10,000 night.

PAC Fundraiser – Thank you to all who participated in the December fundraiser.  This month PAC is sponsoring a Westcoast Seed Fundraiser.  All proceeds go to classroom/school projects.

Attention gardening guru’s and new gardeners!   JANUARY 1st to JANUARY 22nd 2021 Journey Middle School PAC is partnering again with West Coast Seeds for their Fundraiser – We will earn 40% of every packet of high quality seeds that we sell.  The company provides Canada No.1 standard seeds that are untreated, non-GMO, and suitable for sustainable organic growing. All seeds are independently tested for germination and purity, and report germination rates on our packages.”  Please keep PAC in mind this coming season when you purchase your beloved seeds. 

 

Visit fundraising.westcoastseeds.com  to take a look at how to place your orders.  Click “Participants“.  Once you’re ready to make a purchase click “Cart“.  It will give you a drop box option to “select your organization”.  Please click “Journey Middle School PAC“. If you do not take these steps and do not click JMS PAC in the drop box we will NOT receive any donations for PAC.

 

Last year seeds were in high demand.  Don’t miss out on ordering your favourites!   Seeds can be picked up at the school or sent home with your child.   

New Zones begin each week – Morning: students may go to any zone.  Must always wear a mask and physically distance when possible.  Recess and Lunch: zones rotate today.  Masks are not required when in cohort zone but must be used when travelling to and from zone.

FAST #3 begins Monday.  Students will begin their new FAST rotation beginning today and running until February 24.

Run to be Here/Wash Your Hands/Embrace 2021

 
 

Please click on the link for Pace At Home For The Holidays.

 
 

School News:

Points of Progress – December 11 was the due date for parents to receive updates of their child’s academic progress for the first term.  Most had already gone home, but if you haven’t received them, please contact your child’s teacher(s). 

Sooke Food Bank – Journey is selling candy canes for $1 each from now until December 16 at 9 a.m.  We have raised over $1000 so far.  Each candy cane gives the buyer an opportunity to also win a Nintendo Switch Lite and Mario game.  It will be given away on the morning announcements.  Cash donations to the Sooke Food Bank can be brought to school or, thanks to former student Genelle Hill, can be donated through EMCS’  alternative to their annual 10,0000 Night at sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/670/137/false/true?fundDestination=10%2C000%20Tonight%20Food%20Drive%20-%20EMCS%20Family  We are one community working to help and celebrate each other!

Crib Board Donations:  Thank you to the families who have donated crib boards to Div 5/6!  Keep them coming.  Please drop them off with your teacher, Ms. Sims, Ms. Nadeau, or in the office.  Thank you!

From Ms. Wallace in the Library -Don’t forget to spend some time curled up with a good book over the holiday – your brain will thank you for it

Daily Health Check – please remember to follow the DHC and not send your child to school if they are not well.  If a student becomes unwell or tells us they are unwell at school, they will wait for pick up in our Supervision Room which is sanitized between guests.  Up to two students can be in the room at one time (physically distanced and masked).  Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

Monday 

Zones – Morning: students may go to any zone.  Must always wear a mask and physically distance when possible.  Recess and Lunch: zones rotate today.  Masks are not required when in cohort zone but must be used when travelling to and from zone.

Food Bank Fundraiser – Candy canes on sale outside the back door of the office before and afterschool and rotating neighbourhoods. Every $1 goes to the Food Bank.

PAC Meeting tonight at 7 pm.  Please contact lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca to be added to the virtual meeting.

Tuesday 

Food Bank Fundraiser – Candy canes on sale outside the back door of the office before and afterschool and rotating neighbourhoods. 

Wednesday 

Candy Cane Draw for Nintendo Switch and Mario during morning announcements.  Thank you for supporting the Sooke Food Bank!

Thursday 

Friday 

Spirit Day – Dress up in your favourite, or ugliest, Christmas sweater!

Talent Show – The whole school will watch our pre-recorded show today on MSTeams 10-11:30 Friday.  If your child has not handed in the media release permission form they will not be in the talent show.

Happy Holidays from our Journey family to yours.  See you in 2021!