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PAC Update:

Save the date, and your bottles!

The Journey Middle School PAC will be having a bottle drive on Saturday, February 10, from 9:00-1:00 on Sooke Road under the SEAPARC sign. If you’re not sure what to do with all those empties after Superbowl Sunday, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!  If you are available to help out that day, please e-mail journeymiddleschoolpac@gmail.com with your contact info and availability.  Thanks!

Reminder Re: SPUD Fundraising

Did you know that you can support local & organic farmers and Journey Middle School at the same time? Yes, you can, through spud.ca!  With every produce box sold through our fundraiser, Journey Middle School receives 25% of the purchase price.  Here’s how it works:

  • Go to www.spud.ca
  • Click “Victoria” as your region
  • Click the “Home” menu near the top left of the webpage
  • Click “Produce Box Fundraising”, which contains all the info you need to place an order

*Note – Sooke residents get free delivery on Thursdays with a minimum $45.00 order. Thank you, Journey families, for your support! Thanks and I’ll see you at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

Artstart Grant News from Ms. Gitzel:

Hurrah! Journey Middle School received an Artstarts grant for Trent Arterberry to be the artist in residence for the month of January and the first week in February. We are delighted that Trent Arterberry will be teaching performance art to two grade seven classes. The theme of the project is called, Innovation. Breakthrough. Transformation. Inspiration. Revolution. Trent describes the project as follows:

“Innovation is at the heart of the human spirit. Innovation is the process by which society advances, progresses and changes. Grade seven students will study the histories of great innovators and bring their stories to life on stage.

Human beings are naturally curious and creative. Through stories about imagination, persistence and problem-solving, grade seven students will explore and express the value of innovation. The theme of invention and originality runs through all aspects of human endeavor: science, art, fashion, commerce, communication, transportation and so on. Not only does innovation better people’s lives, but problem-solving can be fun!

Students will study examples of how innovation has changed the world and continues to deliver the future. The struggles of great thinkers like Albert Einstein will be studied to learn about human nature – what common qualities do innovators have? As students learn about the challenges of being a creative thinker, they will learn about the core competencies of persistence and self-awareness.

This background knowledge will inform the plays that they create and stage. Seventh graders will develop characters, memorize lines, learn choreography and present their work to elementary students, their peers and their families.”  

Monday – Happy New Year and welcome back!

Tuesday

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

PAC Meeting tonight in the library at 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday  

Pizza Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per slice. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room. New members welcome and wear PE strip. 

Thursday

First Term Recognition Assembly today at 1:30 pm. All grade 6-8 students are eligible to earn an Effort Certificate and grade eight students are eligible to earn an Honour Role certificate.

Friday  

Wrestling Club @ lunch today in the Multi-Purpose Room. New members welcome and wear PE strip.

 
 

All schools in the Sooke School District are closed today.  Late changing weather and road closures caused the closure today.  Unfortunately the Orchestra/Strings Concert is cancelled this evening.  Please listen to C-FAX 1070 am for information as this website is not always accessible.

 
 

Great Milne’s Landing Food Fight – Journey students and staff donated 1217 times in food and cash to the Sooke Food Bank in time for Christmas. Ms. Lennox’s class collect the most and Ms. Dvorak’s class was a very close second! Volunteers from the Sooke Food Bank, Marie and Glen Wilson, came by on Friday to pick up the donation and wanted to pass on their appreciation from everyone who volunteers for the program. If you would still like to donate we will drop off items Dec. 22 to be used in the new year.

Our tree has arrived and it’s a whopper! Donations of lights are greatly appreciated! Students are busy making decorations. 

Monday  

Exploratory lists posted in the foyer. All students who did not return their forms have been placed in an exploratory with no fee attached. Term two exploratory begins January 18

Field Trip – Mrs. Abell and Bridal’s classes off to Victoria for the day.

Band and Drumline Concert Everyone Welcome in the gym at 7:30 tonight

Lego Robotics Club will resume in January

Tuesday

Edison Robots will resume in January

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

Field Trip – our Lifeskills students and staff are on field trip to Victoria

Hackergal Meeting @ lunch in Ms Dvorak’s room

Christmas Orchestra Concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome

Wednesday  

Subway Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per sandwich. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20 

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting)

Little Buddies from Port Renfrew arrive today for a visit in Ms. Dvorak’s class

Thursday

Happy Retirement – Our Library Assistant Gail Cook is retiring today! Mrs. Cook has worked in the library for 18 years and today we wish her well as she turns the page on the next chapter of her life. We will miss you!

Field Trip – Ms. Dvorak, Ms. Gitzel and Mr. Elm’s classes off to Westhills

Field Trip – Ms. Nadeau and Mr. McLeod’s classes swimming today at SEAPARC

Christmas Party – Mrs. Bridal and Mrs. Abell’s classes celebrate with a Christmas party this afternoon

Holiday Clean Up – All lockers & desks cleaned out by today. Please remind your child to bring home Gym clothes for washing all old lunches and perishable items should be removed so we don’t have any surprise “science experiments” greeting us on return in 2018.

Friday  

Talent Show – today the whole school is invited to the annual Talent Show beginning at 10:30 a.m. Families are welcome to attend

Happy Holidays to all our Journey Families. School reopens again on January 8, 2018

 

 

 

 

 
 

Great Milne’s Landing Food Fight is in full swing. Mr. Elm’s class is unofficially claiming bragging rights with a 3.2307 items per student but we’ve got it on good authority that other classes are hiding their items so he doesn’t win again this year! Each year schools in the Milne’s Landing Family of Schools do our part to fight hunger at this time of year. Each class collects non-perishable food items and the contest ends on Friday. We calculate the winning school by dividing the number of donations by the number of students in each school. The biggest winner is the Sooke Food Bank! 

Hot Chocolate by the fire – Students and staff enjoyed a cup of warm chocolate on Friday by our fire pit. We were joined by our two of the assistant-superintendents in our District, Mr. David Strange and Ms. Stephanie Hedley-Smith. Our students were appreciative and polite, and offered the feedback that we should do it again soon!

Big thank you to all staff and parents who are making coding happen at Journey. From parents making room for robotics and coding in their kids’ already busy schedules, to classroom teachers trying new things in class, supervising after school, and allowing students to participate during the hackathon, and the many hours of prepping and implementation for the hour of code. We are making a school wide movement toward embracing and encouraging coding for everyone.  It’s exciting to be a part of it!

Artwork Needed – Does your child have a drawing they would like to see the local Sooke News Mirror? Have them drop it off in the office by Thursday (don’t forget to put your name on it).

Staff update – Welcome to Stephanie Croft who will be teaching .6 with Ms. Horton until Mme. Larsen’s return. Stephanie recently completed her practicum at EMCS. Parents may recognize her from her practicum at Journey last year.  So long for now to Mrs. Martin (formerly Clarke) who is now off on maternity leave.  We wish her well  on her journey to becoming a new mother.

Monday Spirit Day – Crazy Xmas Hair day 

Exploratory sign up in foyer beginning at 7:30 a.m. DO NOT GIVE YOUR FORM TO YOUR TEACHER. Read instructions carefully (for example: fees needed for first choice)

Waivers are not due until you know if you are in your exploratory.

Hackergal meeting at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Lego Robotics Club afterschool until 4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room . (hacker girls are able to attend for extra prep session as well)

Tuesday Spirit Day – PJ day 

Hackergal meeting at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Lucky 7 starts today. Bring you cash and be eligible to win fabulous gifts. The “big” item is the giant panda this year! Lucky 7 goes all week until all the items are won. Every ticket wins something!

Edison Robots after school (hacker girls can attend for extra prep session)

Ms. Stannard’s class skating today at SEAPARC

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room . (hacker girls are able to attend for extra prep session as well)

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

Wednesday Spirit Day -all day music day (requests and played in the halls) 

Postponed from last week – Rumble between Journey Teachers…. The incredible MR. HART against Crazy MR SULZEN today at lunch 

Pizza Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per slice. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Hackergal ALL DAY!  

S.P.E.A.K. presentation 1:15 in the Library for pre-registered students. Dr. Feddema, from the University of Victoria, will speak on Climate Change: Long-term and Global Modelling.

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Thursday Spirit Day – Xmas colours + Xmas socks 

Hackergal meeting for lunch celebration in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Friday Spirit Day – Santa hat day, Selfies with the Christmas dragon at lunch and random candy cane hand out 

Journey Christmas Tree Arrives! Decorations needed!

Report Cards go home with students today

 
 

Na’tsa’maht Agreement (Being of one mind, one spirit. Together, working side by side, supporting each other, walking together) is our most current agreement and replaces the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement we had been working from over the last five years. 

Monday

Great Milne’s Landing Food Fight begins today – each year schools in the Milne’s Landing Family of Schools do our part to fight hunger at this time of year. Each class collects non-perishable food items over the next two weeks. We calculate the winning school by dividing the number of donations by the number of students in each school. The biggest winner is the Sooke Food Bank!

Lego Robotics Club afterschool until 4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room 

Hackergal Codesters sign up in Ms. Dvorak’s room at lunch

Students sign up for SPEAK presentation on Global Climate Change on December 11 in Library today

Tuesday

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

Wednesday 

Hour of Code: December 4-7th is Computer Science Education Week, and Journey is going to celebrate this event with a day of Hour of Code. Dunbar, Jean, Syme, Horton, Maragh, and Donegani’s Technology classes are participating so far. Students will partake in a coding activity for a full block, and UVic computer science masters´student Kamel Alrashedy will be joining us for the day to help encourage students to learn to code.

Hackergal during lunch

Outdoor Club @ lunch 

Rumble between Journey Teachers…. The incredible MR. HART against Crazy MR SULZEN today at lunch. Interested in learning about wrestling?  Sign up and get a waiver form to participate.  Practices will be 2 times a week at Lunch – listen to announcements for details 

Hot Dog Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per slice. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Sooke Dance Company 1:30-2:30 Whole School Presentation

Hackergal during lunch

Friday

Hot Chocolate at the Fire Pit to welcome students and staff to school today. “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy”

Exploratory Forms for Term #2 go home today. We will begin taking forms Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the foyer. Please read instructions carefully with your child. New this time is the opportunity to request the top four choices.

 

 
 

Monday 

Lego Robotics Club cancelled today

Hackergal meeting at lunch today in Ms. Dvorack’s room

Good Grief Presentations:  Ms. Gitzel, Mr.Kovacik and Mrs. Maragh’s classes 

S.P.E.A.K. Theatrical Sword Skills – MP Room block 3 & 4 (registration full) 

7/8 Boys B-Ball Away game at SMU. The team leaves at 2:30pm 

Tuesday  

Good Grief Presentations: Ms. Dvorak, Mrs. Federici & Mme. Abell and Mr. Hart’s 7’s 

6/7 Girls B-Ball Home games vs. Spencer and John Stubbs at Journey today 3:45 start time

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

Wednesday 

Outdoor Club @ lunch 

Good Grief Presentations: Mr. Beynon, Ms. Johnston and Ms. Wiens’ classes 

Justice Theatre Presentations on the outcomes of bullying:

Grades 7 & 8 @ 11-12 and Grade 5 (from Poirier, Sooke, John Muir and Saseenos) & Grade 6 @ 1:10-2:10 

Pizza Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 per slice. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Last Day of 1st Term Exploratories today! 

6/7 Boys B-Ball Home games vs. Cedar Hill and Lansdowne. 3:45 start time

Friday – Term One officially ends

 
 

Thank you/Merci/Hych’ka to PAC families for the generous donations to our school. Each classroom is supplied with $200 for supplies and field trips, as well as the numerous special requests for activities from Band to Athletics. Merci for sponsoring the Musical Theatre Presentation – Birth of the Canadian Pacific Railway. All requests were passed at the PAC meeting Tuesday.

Parent Drivers are needed for:

Monday Nov 20: 7/8 Boys B-Ball Away game at Maria Montessori (Gordon Head Location) Team leaves at 2:30pm

Monday Nov 27: 7/8 Boys B-Ball Away game at SMU. The team leaves at 2:30pm

Monday 

Lego Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Boys’ B-Ball meeting at recess and game @ Maria Montessori afterschool (students leave at 2:30). We will know at recess if games are forfeited because of transportation.

Lost and Found – all items donated to charity after school today. 

Tuesday

Student Leadership Mtg @ lunch in Mme. Abell’s room 

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Edison Robotics Club 3:15-4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s Room

Grade 6/7 B-Ball @ Journey vs. SMUS and GNS. 3:45 start time

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

Wednesday 

Subway Lunch Day @ lunch $3.50 each. Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Early Dismissal @ 11:58 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences today 1-4:40 and 5:30-7 pm.

Friday 

Professional Development Day – school not in session for students

 
 

Parent/Teacher Conferences: The Appointment Booking system is now OPEN

Go to: https://journey.schoolsoft.ca

Register as a new user (green writing): Register now

Add this link to your address book: appointments@schoolsoft.ca

 

See the official letter in the link below.

Conference Manager for Parent teacher interviews Parent Notice – 2017 Term 1

 
 

Thank you/Merci/Hych’ka to all our students for honouring our military members past and present at  our Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday. Students contributed by playing in the Band and Drumline, singing songs, reading poems, and decorating the gym and foyer. Our cadets stood at attention and helped lower our flags at the end. It was a day of respect and reflection. 

Staff Update – We welcome Ms. Reisa Horton. Ms. Horton will be team teaching with Mme. Larsen in Division 21.

Lost and Found – we have a large selection of clothing and items in our lost and found boxes. Please encourage your child to stop by and take home what is theirs. All items left over on Friday, Nov. 17 will be donated to a local charity.

Christmas Bureau 2017 is inviting families to apply to Santa’s Anonymous again this year.  Families who may be in need of some assistance this year can go to the website cfaxsantas.com for more information.

Monday 

School not in session in honour of Remembrance Day 

Tuesday

New FAST Rotations begin today (FAST stands for Fine Arts, Applied Skills and Technology)

Student Leadership Mtg @ lunch in Mme. Abell’s room 

Tea in the foyer – in the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug. 

Edison Robotics Club – cancelled today. We will resume next week

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

Sk8 Park – weather permitting @ lunch for student with waiver forms.

PAC Meeting tonight in the Annie Acreman Library at Journey 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. 

Wednesday 

Canadian  usical Theatre Presentation – Birth of the Canadian Pacific Railway 9-10 a.m. in the gym

Pizza Day @ lunch $2.00 per dog! Cash and munch cards accepted. Munch cards available in the office for $20

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements about where to meet at lunch. Remember to wear clothes to suit the weather

Thursday

Conference Manager Opens for Parents today at 6 a.m. Journey uses this online booking system for our Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Thursday, November 23 1-4:30 and 5:30-7 pm. The link will be sent to you via email and posted to our website on Wednesday. Contact Glenn Bedard if you have difficulties accessing the system.

Exploratories – remember to bring your supplies, equipment and a change of clothes depending on your exploratory. We will supply the band aids.

Bake Sale – Div. 13 is hosting a bake sale @ lunch to raise money for Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs.

Calling all female students: Are you, or someone you know, interested in solving puzzles, finding solutions to challenges, and interested in learning more about coding?  I am excited to announce our first ever hackathon through a partnership with hackergal.org.   If you are interested, please meet with Ms. Dvorak in room 1133 today at lunch for more information.  NO CODING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. (Don’t worry, boys will have a similar opportunity later in the year.) “Hackergal is a not-for-profit organization that introduces young girls across Canada to coding through the experience of a hackathon. With women vastly underrepresented in the tech industry all over the world, Hackergal strives to inspire a new wave of Canadian female coders to bring equality to the booming industry.”

Youth Orchestra performs at Journey today for our music students from 11-12 in the Gym. Well behaved families are welcome to attend.

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball practice 7:30 am

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball practice @ lunch

Div. 11 Homework @ lunch by appointment

Friday 

Junior Achievement in the classroom – Andy, the Pizza Man is coming to share his experiences as coach, businessman, with Division 8 today.

Litter Pick Up – to keep our school grounds clean, the whole school will be out picking up litter this afternoon (two songs long).

S’mores and Hot Chocolate at the Fire Pit for Halloween Scary Door Contest winners (dress for the weather).

 
 

Dear Parents,

Following up from my last message, you may be aware that graffiti was found at the school yesterday.  As per community violence threat risk assessment protocol, RCMP was immediately contacted. The school, RCMP and the District’s Safe Schools Team have been working collaboratively to review the situation. This collaborative process is part of an ongoing commitment to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

After reviewing the total information received to date, RCMP and the District Team deem the situation to be “low risk”Notwithstanding this evaluation, we are committed to following up on any new information as it comes to light.

An announcement was made to students yesterday that the school was aware of the situation and reassurances were given.  A wide range of reactions is typical and can vary with each individual. I encourage you to discuss this with your child if they seem concerned.

I appreciate your assistance in reminding youth that social media is a public domain and that it may be more appropriate to discuss thoughts and feelings in person. Speculation and rumours are not helpful and in fact can make the investigative work to be done at the school and by the RCMP more complicated.

We take issues that could affect school safety seriously.  If you have any information or concerns related to this or other related incidents, please contact the school principal, Laurie Szadkowski, at (250) 642-5881.

Sincerely,

Laurie Szadkowski

Principal

Journey Middle School

 

Additional information:

 

The following class announcement was shared by teachers with students today:

 

I have some information to add to the information Mrs. Szadkowski shared with us in her announcement about the graffiti found at the school yesterday.

 

The school, RCMP and the District’s Safe Schools Team have been working together to review the situation. After reviewing the total information received to date, RCMP, and the District Team deem the situation to be “low risk”. It is the responsibility of the experts in our school and community to take steps to investigate incidents like this to ensure that you are safe.

 

Hearing this may bring up some questions or concerns for you.  Talking to your parents or adults in your life and at school may help.

 

I appreciate your assistance in remembering that social media is a public domain and that it may be more appropriate to discuss thoughts and feelings in person. Speculation and rumours are not helpful and in fact can make the investigative work to be done at the school and by the RCMP more complicated.

 

What we know now is that RCMP are working with the school to investigate any information they receive. If you have information you think may be helpful, please share it with the school principal.

Tips for parents – to assist you in these conversations, you may wish to consider the following:

Model strong coping behaviours:

  • Remember that you are important models in your child’s life and he / she will look to see how you are handling this situation. Being calm is very important.

Help your child build resilience:

  • Resilience the ability to bounce back after an unexpected event or situation in a way that makes one stronger and more confident.
  • Acknowledge their concern, but also talk about positive things that are happening in our world and ways that youth are making a difference (i.e. recycling, fund-raising, volunteering)
 
 

This morning we found messages on the side of the school written in chalk.  Of the messages found, three were inappropriate.  We followed our protocol and took pictures and removed the messages as soon as possible. All messages have been forwarded to the RCMP.  The RCMP keep messages on file and look for patterns in messages and handwriting etc.  Both the RCMP and I do not feel the threats are serious; however, there could be some students who feel anxious.  Mrs. Szadkowski made make a brief announcement to students just before the end of the day and asked for anyone with information to come forward.