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Community Halloween Event:  You are invited to a spook-tacular evening! Hosted by the Harmony Project, our first ever Drive-In-Movie and Concert EventSaturday, October 31st – 5pm – SEAPARC Parking Lot. Admission is by invite only and we anticipate spaces to sell out fast – so hurry! Tickets are by donation (our suggested minimum is $15 per car). Bring some friends and fill up your car (safely of course)!  Please RSVP to book your slot! We will need your Name, and Contact Number when booking.  You can donate admission via the Harmony Project Website: https://www.harmonyprojectsooke.ca/ – Look under Donations on the right hand side.  E-Transfer donations are also accepted at: payments@harmonyprojectsooke.ca We look forward to seeing you there!

STUDENT VOTE – BC is having an election on October 24, and Journey is holding its own Student Vote version on Wednesday, October 21. All students will have a chance to cast a ballot for one of the four candidates running in our electoral district of Langford-Juan de Fuca. We encourage all students to talk to their families about the upcoming election and the issues that are important to them, then research the party platforms and candidate information so that students will have a better idea of who to vote for. Although our votes won’t “count” towards the official election, studies have shown that Student Vote results can be so impactful to real elections that we are sworn to secrecy about our results until after Election Day. Our vote results will be shared with all students on Monday, October 26, and we’ll see if our students’ votes match the general election results! 

Welcome to our new Aboriginal Classroom Program Assistant, Pollyanna McBain.  Ms. Bain joined us last week and is covering Shannon McGregor’s maternity leave.

Monday 

Zones – We will continue to have students in their Learning Cohorts for recess and lunch but have changed the protocol for the morning only (similar to afterschool).  All students and staff must wear their masks; however, they can go to another zone when the arrive at school.  We will monitor the success of this change and move back to zones if necessary.  Recess and Lunch Zones will rotate today.

Hockey Academy

Grade 6 & 7 Band

Tuesday 

Grade 6 & 7 Band

Wednesday 

Hockey Academy

Grade 6 & 7 Band

Student Vote (see details above)

Congratulations to our EA practicum student, Ms. Toni Davis.  Toni has been working at our school for the past few months and today she officially becomes an Educational Assistant!  We are grateful for her dedication to our school and helping students in Mystical Main.

Thursday 

Photo Retake Day – students who would like to have their photo retaken or did not have the opportunity in September, can have their photo taken today. 

Terry Fox Run – all students are encouraged to bring in a Toonie for Terry to recognize and celebrate 40 years of raising awareness and funds for cancer research.  Terry is a true Canadian hero and each year schools across the country participate in the Terry Fox Run.  Journey has hosted a run every year for all our 28 years.  All students will be running or walking the route today – dress for the weather and the activity. 

Friday 

Professional Development Day – no school for students.

BC Election Weekend!

Wash your hands, Celebrate the positives, and Remember to Vote!

 
 

Community:  Grade six students received their individual package for immunizations last week.  Although we will not be hosting the immunizations this year, we are assisting our Public Health nurses by collecting the return envelopes.  Please return them to the main office or your child’s teacher.

We live in a RAIN FOREST.  Students will be outside before school, recess, lunch, and afterschool.  They may also be out for earthquake/fire drills, PE and learning outdoors activities.  Please remind your child to dress for the weather (this includes footwear, jackets, and hats etc.) and bring a change of clothes/shoes.

Covid Protocols – thank you to all the families who are helping us follow the health and safety guidelines and keeping schools open.  We know it’s tough and we too want to get back to ‘normal’.  We are looking at ways for students to have more activities available during outside breaks.  The Covid rules are definitely changing up what we love to offer at school, but for now we must work with in the guidelines.  Please keep reminding your child that this won’t last forever, in fact this week we are opening hockey academy and band!

NEW this year in the Journey Library Learning Commons – students can now log in, using their computer (not Google) username and password, to the Journey LLC Follett website to browse our collection and put books on hold. We receive notifications and can sign out and deliver the books directly to your classroom.  Go to https://library.sd62.bc.ca/ and select “Journey Middle” then “Log in” in the top right corner.  You can search for books or browse different topics and click hold to reserve a book!

Monday – Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday 

PAC Meeting 6 p.m. online.  If you are interested in joining this year, please let the office know and we can invite you into our virtual meeting tonight. Topics for discussion: Elections, Health and Safety Protocols, Band, FAST, Field Trips and Fundraising. Everyone is welcome.

Zones – Cohort Learning Groups will rotate this week. Students should go to last week’s zone Tuesday morning and teachers will let them know their new zone this week.

Wednesday 

Hockey Academy begins today with a walk to SEAPARC to go over Return to Hockey Academy Protocols.  Hockey parents should have received an email from Coach Ross Elm.  If not, please contact him at relm@sd62.bc.ca

Band will begin for grade 6 and 7 students today.  Band Teacher, Lorna Bjorklund will be going over health and safety protocols for traveling to and from Band and while in the Band Room.  No instruments required today.  More information regarding Band 8 coming soon.

Thursday 

Great BC Shakeout – Today we will join people across BC and practice our first earthquake drill of the year at 10:15 a.m.  Find out more information for you and your family at https://www.shakeoutbc.ca/ 

Friday 

Dismissal is at 1:58 p.m.  Please remind your child not to go to elementary schools   as their schools are still in session.  They are welcome to stay on our school grounds if they are waiting to meet up with a younger sibling.

Wear your Mask, Be grateful we live on Vancouver Island,

and Remember to Dress for the Weather!

 
 

Community Message: Grade 6 parent/guardian: Watch for immunization consent packages for grade 6 students that will be sent home early in the fall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in Grade 6 will be offered immunizations through a booked appointment at the health unit. Please review the consent packages, fill out the consent forms and return to the school. Please then contact the Sooke Health Unit at 250-519-3487 to book your appointment.  Appointments now available on October 24, 2020. If you have any questions please ask to speak with a School Health Nurse.

Forms:  Online https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent?logout=1 and on paper are very overdue.  Please also ensure your child’s contact information is updated with the office.  Email addresses and emergency contact numbers are especially important.

Monday – World Teacher Day.  Today at Journey we honour all those who help educate the best students in Canada!

Tuesday  Zones – Cohort Learning Groups will rotate this week. Students should go to last week’s zone Tuesday morning and teachers will let them know their new zone this week.

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday –Fire Drill – 1:15

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Wear your Mask, Be Kind, and Remember to Dress for the Weather!

 
 

Staffing Update – We are saying farewell for now to Ms. Deirdre Warren who has been our Communication Facilitator for the last few years.  Welcome Dana Savage who will be our new CF working in Mystical Main and Utopia.  Welcome Mr. Tayler Bourne who will be teaching in Div. 5 every Wednesday in Utopia.  Ms. Marina McClintock added another day and will be teaching each Friday in Div. 16.

Monday – Non-Instructional Day

Tuesday

Zones – Cohort Learning Groups will rotate this week. Students should go to last week’s zone Tuesday morning and teachers will let them know their new zone this week.

Wednesday 

Orange Shirt Day– Every Child Matters.  Today staff and students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to honour those who survived residential school and remembering those who didn’t.

Thursday 

Friday

 

Please fill out your child’s Forms

Online https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent?logout=1 and paper-base consent forms (envelopes sent home by Monday) please fill out the consent forms as soon as possible for your child(ren).  The daily health form needs to be filled in once; however, followed each day.  Online permission is also needed for students to use technology at school.  Please also note that your child’s pictures and name will not appear in the yearbook if you do not give consent.

 

 

 

Wash your Hands, be Kind, and learn at least one new thing this week.

 

 

 
 

First Full Week Complete– Thank you to our families, and especially our students, for doing their best to follow all the new safety protocols! 

Zones – Cohort Learning Groups will rotate this week. These changes were announced Friday.  Students are encouraged to listen to announcements, watch for posters, and check with their teacher  for their new zone.

Staffing Update – We welcome Ms. Marina McClintock to our staff.  Ms. McClintock will be partner teaching Monday-Wednesday with Ms. Gitzel.  Ms. McClintock was part of our staff last year and we are delighted to have her back.  We also welcome our EA practicum student, Ms. Toni Davis.

Picture Day Friday – individual pictures will be taken by Lifetouch Photography following new safety protocols.  All student will have their picture taken.  Families can make the choice to purchase packages

Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock – We are supporting the Tour and our very own student Lily L. in her fundraising efforts by hosting a bottle drive on Thursday, September 24.  Please bring your empties and deposit in the bin provided outside.  Cash and cheques (made out to Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock) and bring to office. Students and staff will cheer riders on as they drive by our school September 30 .

Terry Fox – We remember, and honour hero, Terry Fox each year and especially this 40th anniversary year.  We will do our run later in the year. 

Forms Online https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent?logout=1 and paper-base consent forms (envelopes sent home by Monday) please fill out the consent forms as soon as possible for your child(ren).  The daily health form needs to be filled in once; however, followed each day.  Online permission is also needed for students to use technology at school.  Please also note that your child’s pictures and name will not appear in the yearbook if you do not give consent.

There are no fees at this time.  If you would like to order a yearbook, (delivered in June), you can send a cheque or cash to the school in the form envelope or refer to the instructions for online payment  https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/

Buses: you should have received information from the Transportation Department regarding bus routes. You can look at routes https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/transportation/school-bus-routes.  The school does not have busing information.  Please contact Transportation at 250-474-9845 if you have questions.

Wash your Hands, be Kind, and learn at least one new thing this week.

 
 

First Full Week Back!

We were excited to see our students last week and very impressed with their enthusiasm to return and follow safety protocols! 

Online https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent?logout=1 and paper-base consent forms (envelopes sent home by Monday, September 14)– please fill out the consent forms as soon as possible for your child(ren).  The daily health form needs to be filled in once; however, followed each day.  Online permission is also needed for students to use technology at school.  Please also note that your child’s pictures and name will not appear in the yearbook if you do not give consent.

There are no fees at this time.  If you would like to order a yearbook, (delivered in June), you can send a cheque or cash to the school in the form envelope or Please refer to the instructions for online payment  https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/

Air Quality (information sent from District)

As a result of the wildfires in Washington and Oregon, air quality ratings for the Greater Victoria have been rated as “very high risk”.  The forecast is for the rating to adjust to “high risk” later today and “low risk” for Monday morning.  In case the rating does not change, we are planning for the possibility of a continued air quality advisory into next week.  If this were to occur, we will be asking students to stay inside our schools rather than being outside during instructional and non-instructional time. 

What to Wear to School when you live in a RAINFOREST– Except when there is an extreme air quality issue, (as stated above), students will be going outside for recess and lunch breaks.  This also includes before school and learning opportunities outside, (creek, fire pit, forest, ocean etc.).  Students should be prepared for all kinds of weather – this includes outerwear and footwear.  This year, (so far), students will not be changing for PE so please wear comfortable clothes on scheduled days.

Buses: you should have received information from the Transportation Department regarding bus routes. You can look at routes https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/transportation/school-bus-routes.  The school does not have busing information.  Please contact Transportation at 250-474-9845 if you have questions.

If you have any Journey library books at home from the 2019-2020 school year please return them as soon as possible!  There are never any fines or consequences for a late book, we would just love to have them back to share with our school community.  Thank you!

Monday all FAST, (Fine Arts, Applied Skills, and Technology) will begin.  FAST teachers will be travelling to each classroom and some programs have been adapted.

Message from our Tech Teacher, Mr. Donegani, (your child may or may not have him for this rotation and more information may be coming home from other FAST teachers):  Tomorrow, your child will start their Fine Arts/Applied Skills/Technology (FAST) rotation with me, Mr. Donegani. I will be teaching the technology portion of FAST to your child through my computer science course. As you may assume access to the internet is helpful for this course. Please be sure that you have looked over the district’s internet and Google Apps for Education consent forms. Further, I use Google Classroom to deliver course material to students. In the first week I will set up this Google Classroom for the course. If you would like I will add you as a parent/guardian to receive email updates to the course. Let me know if you are interested in getting updates through email: ndonegani@sd62.bc.ca. Regardless, you may keep track of what we are doing in the course, and other classrooms by asking your child to open Google Classroom together. In doing so you will see the classroom assignments the way your child sees them, and follow your child’s progress in the course. Finally, one aspect of the course is to teach proper typing skills as these skills will only become more important as they move through school and onto employment in this digital age. I will provide a link in Google Classroom to a typing practice website – no need for an account. We do not have much classroom time to practice typing, so I ask that students take the time at home to practice. If students have access to a keyboard at home please encourage them to practice ten minutes a day, and to use proper typing skills: posture, home row, and EYES UP!

 

We are looking forward to our first full week back.

  Wash your Hands, be Kind, and don’t Chew Gum at school.

 

 

 
 

Today teachers emailed families/students to inform them who their teacher is and where to line up.  Unfortunately it looks like some hotmail accounts did not work.  We have reported this to our Tech Department and they are working on fixing the problem in MyEd.  Staff will be on hand to help students locate their teacher on Thursday and Friday.

 
 

For more information regarding Remote Learning please click on the link below.

REMOTE LEARNING

 
 

The beginning of our new school year will be like no other start up!  Staff have been working on keeping students safe while they learn.  We sent information home last week about specifics and hope you have had time to read through how the first week will look. Families will play an important role in helping their child(ren) return to school and we believe keeping you as updated as possible will help.

Return-To-School Survey – Thank you for filling out the survey, we are adjusting some class lists to rebalance classes now that we have the information.  Some families have chosen learning options other than the classroom. Most classes will remain the same and we encourage you to help your child adjust. All families will be receiving further information regarding Remote Learning by September 21.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and although we usually like to have an open-door policy, we will not be able to welcome parents/guardians/visitors without an appointment this year.  Please call the office for an appointment.

FIRST WEEK BACK TO SCHOOL:

Tuesday, September 8 – Staff only for orientation sessions.

Wednesday, September 9 – Staff only for orientation sessions.

Thursday AM, September 10 – Grade 6 students only from 9am – 11:00am.

Thursday PM, September 10 – Grade 7 students only from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Friday, September 11 – Grade 8 students only from 9am – 11:00am.

Monday, September 14 – The first full day of school for all students.

Buses will not be running the first week.  Bus schedules and information will be sent to you from the Transportation Department as soon as it is ready. Buses are scheduled to begin on September 14.  Staff will be assigning student areas to line up and wait for buses afterschool.

Vehicle Drop off – our parking lot can get very busy in the morning and at afterschool pickup times.  We encourage you to drop your child(ren) at the Fastball Fields and have them walk in on the sidewalk or trail along the field.  The reverse for afterschool.

First Day – staff will meet students outside and help them find their teacher and line up zone.  If students are unable to physically distance themselves from others, they must wear a mask.  Each divisional teacher will notify families on Wednesday, September 9 to introduce themselves as your child’s teacher.  These orientation days will be 2 hours long.    Please have your child arrive and leave as close to the bell as possible, (see times above).

Handwashing – students will be required to sanitize their hands before entering the building.  Staff will go over these procedures and your child may report back that this is the only thing they did all day.  It will become routine the more we practice!

Masks – Personal masks are required in common areas where physical distancing cannot be done (hallways), but at this time are not required in the classroom or outside.  A student may choose to wear a mask the entire time if they choose.  We will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and adjust if needed.

Recess Break – students will have a recess break; however, not at a specified time as in the past.  Teachers will take students out for recess at different times to allow for more space outside.

Lunch Break – students will be divided into two groups.  Five Learning Groups,(10 classes) will go outside for one 30 break and the other 6 Learning Groups (11 classes) will go out for the other.  Each Learning Group will also have 15 minutes to eat their lunch in the classroom with their teacher.  Students are encouraged to pack in and pack out all lunch/snacks.  Our custodians are concentrating on cleaning and your support is greatly appreciated.

School Supplies – check out supplies on our website under “links”.  Do not send supplies the first day, but something to write with and something to write on are needed.  Classroom teachers will provide more information on supplies.

Lockers – we are not opening our lockers at this time to maintain physical distancing in our hallways.  We will review at the end of September.

SD 62 Online Consent Documents: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent.

Student Fees – you will receive an envelope with fee information.  At this time the only payment needed is for a yearbook (optional).  Should our Athletic Program resume, we will notify parents.  Please refer to the instructions for online payment  https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ If you have not signed up, please go to our website http://journey.web.sd62.bc.ca .  You can also have your child bring in a cheque or cash when you return the envelope with signed paper-based permission forms.

Cell Phones and other electronic devices – Students may not use their communication devices from bell to bell.  First time – asked to put it away.  Second – comes to the office and picked up afterschool.  Third – it comes to the office and a parent/guardian picks it up afterschool.

Class Lists – Our classes are created in June and staff spend considerable time and thought creating balanced by learning styles, learning needs, and friendships.  Teachers provide information about each student and are instrumental in creating these groups.  Although we do have to make some adjustments due to some students not returning at this time, most decisions will remain.

We look forward to welcoming our students back.  Please contact me at lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca or call the school at 250-642-5881.  Remember our first week will be extremely busy and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 
 

Thank you for your patience as we worked on the Return to School Plan for the District and Journey. Our goal is to provide a safe and health learning environment for your child(ren) to return and we have followed the District Health and Safety Protocols in setting up our return. Further consolation with our Journey Healthy and Safety Team will be ongoing throughout the year. We’ve missed our students and look forward to welcoming former students, and new students, to Journey!

Today’s announcement from the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming brought some new ideas about how we might return and we are now working on incorporating these. The announcement today about schools providing remote learning options will be one of the areas we need to work on and we will provide information to you as soon as it is available.

Things will look different than last September as we start up this year. We hope that things won’t remain like this the whole year, but for now this is the outline of our plan:

  • Hand washing – students will have their hands sprayed before entering the building and wash their hands once they arrive in classroom. Staff should use sanitation station at the main entrance each morning and wash hands throughout the day
  • Cleaning – Custodians have adjusted schedules to help meet all of our needs. We have the same amount of time allotted, but have different tasks than before and we are thankful for their continued support
  • Washroom use – capacity for girls’ washroom is 2 at a time, boys’ 1 at a time, and gender neutral 1 at a time. The capacity is based on space in each of those areas. Students will line up outside the washroom 2m apart (decals will indicate distance)
  • Entrance/Exits (no exceptions except for emergency) Divisional numbers will be placed on the wall for students to line up
    • Utopia – Stairwell at back of school (chestnut tree side)
    • Mystical Main – entrance near portable parking lot
    • Narnia – Stairwell at back of school (fire pit side)
    • Mt. Olympus – entrance near b-ball court
    • FAST teachers will go to classrooms instead of students coming to them
      • Eliminates movement in the halls for FAST rotation
      • No Band, Foods, or Wood will be offered at this time with a plan to reinstate them if possible
    • Cohort/Learning Groups
      • This group may work together during academic time and must stay together for breaks:
        • Sulzen/Barnes
        • Vine/Walker
        • Nadeau/Sims
        • Croft/Winser
        • Johnson/Robirtis (only one class)
        • Federici/Hobbs
        • Archer/Donegani & Wiens
        • Maragh/Quint
        • Gitzel/Piechnik & Elm
        • Tran/Munroe
        • Dvorak/Van Hooydonk
    • MASKS and other PPE (we will follow instructions from PHO). We have been informed that two, reusable masks will be provided to each staff member and to each student
        • Used at all times when physical distancing is impossible
        • Used at all times should a staff member/ student wish to wear it
        • Does not have to be worn in the classroom and staff cannot make that a requirement
    • Inclusion Support – Our Team will meet and connect with individual families by the end of the first week of students on Individual Learning Plans (IEP). Educational Assistants will be assigned to specific cohorts.
    • Hockey Academy is on hold until review at end of September (this is the same at all middle schools in our District)
  • Breaks
    • Recess – Cohort Teachers decide when it works best for their group
      • Students stay/play in assigned zones
      • No recess bell (classroom teachers will remain with their class during this time)
    • Lunch – Two different lunch breaks using nutrition time, outside break time and literacy time
      • Group One 11:59-12:29 outside in assigned zone/eat with teacher 12:29-12:44
      • Group Two eat with teacher 12:29-12:44/outside in assigned zone 12:44-1:14
      • Bells have been adjusted to reflect these new times

 

  • Lockers – we know how important these are, however, no access to student lockers at this time.
        • Students will pack in and pack out supplies (we will see how this works and adjust if needed) Locker use will be reevaluated at end of month
  • Transportation – We encourage students to walk or wheel to school when possible.
    • Buses – students must be registered for the bus to ride the bus.
      • Sign up online through District62 website. Need assistance? Contact the Transportation at 250-474-9845 they can step you through
      • Buses will not be running the first week of school Sept. 8-11
      • Students will line up under their bus number outside gym wall (good weather) or in the gym (poor weather) and be called by a staff member to board with their masks on when the bus arrives
    • Parent Drop Off – our parking lot gets very congested before and afterschool
      • We encourage you to drop off/pick up your child(ren) at the Fastball Field to help reduce this frustration. There is a trail and sidewalk for safe walking routes
  • Class placements – the staff helped provide information for the best placement for each of our students and classes have been built given this feedback. Parent requests for specific teachers and/or friends cannot always be accommodated because of students being cohorted for hockey, band, and French.

September 2 and September 4 (9.a.m.-3 p.m.)New Orientation Tours. Grade 6 and new students grade 6-8 only. Teachers will be doing orientation tours with their students; however, if your child is especially concerned about coming to Journey we have set up 20-minute time slots. The tour will have one staff member and no more than 3 students accompanied by one parent each (total 7 people). Participants must wear a mask and social distance. Please contact Gina Thompson at 250-642-5881 for an appointment. This is not mandatory – staff will be doing ongoing orientation the first few days of school.

Week 1 – September 8-11

  • Tuesday, September 8 Staff Only
  • Wednesday, September 9 Staff Only
      • Teachers connecting with parents
  • Thursday, September 10
      • Grade 6 students only from 9-11 a.m.
        • All staff will help grade 6 students find their teacher (outside)
          • Teachers will take their students to their assigned entrance
          • Teachers will go over safety protocols/behaviour expectations
          • Entrances/Exits
          • School building orientation
          • “Fire Drill” (no bell, but all students need to know where to line up)
  • Grade 7 students only from 1-3 p.m.
    • All staff will help grade 7 students find their teacher (outside)
      • Teachers will take their students to their assigned entrance
      • Go over safety protocols/behaviour expectations
      • Entrances/Exits
      • “Fire Drill” (no bell, but all students need to know where to line up)
  • Friday, September 11
  • Grade 8 students only from 9-11
    • All staff will help grade 8 students find their teacher (outside)
      • Teachers will take their students to their assigned entrance
      • Go over safety protocols/behaviour expectations
      • Entrances/Exits
      • “Fire Drill” (no bell, but all students need to know where to line up)

 

Week Two September 14-18

  • All students attend all day/week
  • Buses running for registered riders

Week Three September 21-25

  • All students attend all day/week
  • Friday – individual picture day

Week Four September 28-Oct 2

  • All staff and students
  • Monday – Non-Instructional Day for students
  • Wednesday – Orange Shirt Day

Not all heroes wear capes – most of them are parents and the others wear Journey Middle School T-Shirts!

 
 

National Indigenous Peoples Day is today, June 21 and we are proud to be recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First NationsInuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Welcome to the last official week of school!  Thank you for your patience, support, and flexibility especially over the last three months.

Yearbooks – although we had been given assurances that we would have yearbooks ready this week, our publisher has given us the news that it looks more like the middle/end of July.  We will contact you when they arrive and have times you can stop by and pick them up.

This week we will celebrate our grade 8 students who are on their way to secondary school with a drive-through celebration and end the week with a tribute to two teachers who have dedicated most of their teaching careers to the students of Journey.  Mrs. Jill Fader, our librarian and historian has been here since the doors opened and helped create our award-winning Musical Theatre Program.  Mr. Roald Kovacik, our French Immersion stalwart and Mountain Bike Expert, has enriched us with his talent for languages and sense of humour. Both will be missed by students and staff.

We have begun planning for September and have hired three new staff members.  We welcome teachers: Ms. Amanda MacLean (partnering with Ms. Laurie Gitzel), Mr. Matthew Tran (Gr. 6/7 French), and Ms. Nicole Wallace (librarian).  Unfortunately for us we have to say goodbye to staff members: Ms. Sherri Savoie, Mr. Kyle Long, Mr. Todd Kilpatrick, Ms. Natasha Walsh, Ms. Angela Young, and Ms. Marina McClintock.  We thank them for their service and wish them well at their new schools.

Thank you to our PAC for supporting us through the entire year!  We greatly appreciate your support.

Monday

  • Last day for grade 6 students attending in-school learning
  • Chromebooks: We are asking families to return Journey Chromebooks today and tomorrow. Please arrive at the front doors/entrance on one of these days during the hours of 8:30-3:30 p.m.  If you are unable to return the Chromebook on one of these dates/times please contact gthompson@sd62.bc.ca to make alternate arrangements.  Chromebooks will be re-issued in September if needed.

Tuesday

  • Grade 8 Drive-Through Leaving Celebration Drive through any time between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students are invited to come with a parent(s) to participate in a drive-through celebration. Each student will receive their certificate(s) and a special treat.  We will be practicing social/physical distancing during our celebration.  Students will not get out of their vehicles.
  • Division 1-4 (Sulzen/Kilpatrick/Barnes) (Long/Lennox) will drive along the bus lane loop.
  • Divisions 5-8 (Sims/Nadeau/McClintock) (Croft/Winser) will drive into the parking lot loop.

Staff will be on hand to cheer you on and wish you well as you leave us for EMCS and will be dressed for the occasion.  We all look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday

  • Last day for grade 7 students attending in-school learning and online learning for all grade levels

Thursday

  • Report Cards: Will be available on the Student Portal on MyEd today. Please contact the school if you have difficulty accessing the information on June 25 – July 3 by contacting the office.  If you require a paper copy, please let your child’s classroom teacher know by Wednesday.
  • Dismissal Bell – We encourage everyone to ‘ring the bell’ at 2:58 Thursday afternoon. We of course will ring our bell and play the traditional School’s Out for Summer by Alice Cooper over the P.A. system.

From all of the 63 staff at Journey, we wish you and your family health and happiness going into the summer months.