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School Info:

Thank-you to Coast Capital, Browns Brothers, Jackie Jones, Cathy’s Corner Café and Barry Whiting for their donations over the holiday season!

Explo 2019:  Journey staff are planning a day of a special events day for Journey students on Tuesday, February 12th.  This Thursday, during Advisory block, students will be given the opportunity to choose between 3 different options for the day:  Choice A: a Grade 8 Ski Trip to Mount Washington,  Choice B: a Grade 6/7 Vancouver Trip (Science World and Imax), or Choice C: an all-day school-based exploratory open to ALL grades.

The costs for these activities are as follows:

A.  Grade 8 Ski Trip:  $100 (with own equipment) and $120 (if rentals are needed); Parent attendance at an information meeting (date: TBA) will also be needed for this selection

B. Grade 6/7 Vancouver Trip: $80 (To be confirmed) and a separate permission form will need to be signed

C. All-Day Exploratory:  fees range from $0-$27

 

For those students who choose Option C:  All-Day Exploratory offerings will be posted for students in the foyer from Monday, January 7th – Wednesday, January 9th so that they will be ready to indicate their top 5 choices on Thursday morning.  Please note that EXPLO 2019 forms will not be coming home, but will be collected by classroom teachers during Thursday’s advisory block.  It might be helpful to have a conversation ahead of time about what your child’s “budget” is for their selections.  Also, priority for placement will be based on grade level, with Grade 8 students having first choice of exploratory.  *Fees and waiver forms will be collected on Friday, January 18th.

 

Term 2 Exploratories:   The weekly exploratory program for Term 2 will run  on Thursdays from January 31st-March 14th.   Forms for the Term 2 Exploratory Program will be going home with students on Friday, January 11th.  Forms will start being collected at 7:45am on Monday, January 14th.  As in previous terms, exploratory placement is done in order that the forms are received, with the exception of those exploratories with prerequisites (Yearbook and Rock n’ Roll).  Forms will need to be handed into Ms. Campbell no later than January 16th.

 

Grade 8 Ski Trip – If your child is in Grade 8 and they would like to go on the Ski Trip this year, please ask your child for the permission form and sign and send it in along with payment this week. Please also make sure to read the information package that will come home after you send in your permission form and attend the mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 6pm. We may need some parent volunteers as well and please indicate if you are interested in being a volunteer. Thanks and see you on the slopes! Students not going on the ski trip will be joining in on the All-Day Exploratory planned at the school for the same day, Tuesday, Feb. 12th.

 

Journey Robotics Engineers!  Reminder to come to the next two weeks of club meetings as there will be information for the upcoming team field trip to Spencer Middle School to participate in the district meet.  ALL students are encouraged to participate in the Meet, whether you are wanting to participate competitively or recreationally.  There will be something for everyone.  Students interested in competitive robotics team activities, please let Ms. Dvorak  know during club meetings.

 

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We showcase the courses, programs, clubs, sports, and other opportunities available at EMCS. While the Open House is available to all grades, and community members, attendance is especially important for next year’s grade 9’s and their parents.  They will have an opportunity to explore the school, meet the teachers, counselors, and administrators, listen to course, club, program, and team descriptions, ask questions, and view student products from our many academic and elective courses.  The information gleaned from the Open House will help prospective grad 9’s make their very best academic, elective, and extra-curricular choices for the coming year. We look forward to seeing  all of Journey’s grade 8’s and their parents on January 24th!

 

Monday

Robotics – 3:15-4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room

 

Tuesday

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon. If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch. $3.50 per slice (Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Cheese). Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase. Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics – 3:15-4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room.

 

Thursday

 

Friday

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Intramural Volleyball- Semi-Finals 1 VS 4

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 18th : Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals… 2 vs. 3

January 22nd: EMCS Youth in Trades, Yes to It

January 25th : Intramural Volleyball Championship Game

 
 

School Info:

Sooke Food Bank Food Fight Food Drive will run from Dec. 10 – 21.  Prizes to most charitable class to be given in January. Bring food items in this week for donation to the Sooke Food Bank.

Grade 8 Ski Trip – If your child is in Grade 8 and they would like to go on the Ski Trip this year, please ask your child for the permission form and sign and send it in along with payment by this coming Thursday the 20th of December. Please also make sure to read the information package that will come home after you send in your permission form and attend the MANDATORY PARENT MEETING. Dates and times for the meeting are Tuesday, December 18th at 6pm, or Thursday, December 20th at 6pm. We may need some parent volunteers as well and please indicate if you are interested in being a volunteer. Thanks and see you on the slopes! Students not going on the ski trip will be joining in on the All-Day Exploratory planned at the school for the same day, Tuesday, Feb. 12th.

All-Day Exploratory – On Tuesday, February 12th students will be participating in an All-Day Exploratory. More information to come in early January about All-Day Exploratory offerings!

Hour of Code – Shout outs to all divisions for taking part in Hour of Code. Well done Division 8 – you really shined because as Hour of Code ambassadors. Four hundred sixteen students took part thanks to you! Well Done Journey!!

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Community Info: 

EMCS OPEN HOUSE

Our annual EMCS OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We showcase the courses, programs, clubs, sports, and other opportunities available at EMCS.  

 \While the Open House is available to all grades, and community members, attendance is especially important for next year’s grade 9’s and their parents.  They will have an opportunity to explore the school, meet the teachers, counselors, and administrators, listen to course, club, program, and team descriptions, ask questions, and view student products from our many academic and elective courses.  The information gleaned from the Open House will help prospective grad 9’s make their very best academic, elective, and extra-curricular choices for the coming year.

 We look forward to seeing  all of Journey’s grade 8’s and their parents on January 24th.

Monday

Concert Band and Drumline Christmas Concert7:30 start time. Band students should come to school with instrument, music and uniform on Monday as we have the concert in the afternoon.  In the evening, students bring the same items and are to be here at 6:50. Please drop off baked goods for Band Concert Concession to the conference room in the Journey office.

Robotics – Cancelled today. We are breaking for the holidays. See you in January

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

Tuesday

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Orchestra and Strings Concert – start time 7:30.

Ski Trip Parent meeting – 6pm in Room 1175

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 per slice (Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Cheese).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Intramural Volleyball – NARNIA vs. MYSTICAL MAIN @ lunch

Robotics – Cancelled today. We are breaking for the holidays. See you in January

 

Thursday

Div 11 homework club cancelled. See you in January!

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Ski Trip Parent meeting – 6pm in Room 1175

 

Friday

Whole School Performance– Block 2&3 Tyler Casperson

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Intramural Volleyball- UTOPIA vs. MOUNT OLYPUS @ lunch

WINTER BREAK BEGINS – Have a wonderful holiday! See everyone on Monday January 7th.

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 8thSchool Reopens

January 11th – Term 2 Exploratory Forms go home

January 12th : Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals… 1 vs. 4

January 19th : Intramural Volleyball Semi Finals… 2 vs. 3

January 26th : Intramural Volleyball Championship Game

 
 

Journey families, 

For the last three months I have been in the role of Acting District Principal for Aboriginal Education with a scheduled return to Journey in January.  Unfortunately, the principal I’m filling in for has informed the superintendent that her new return to work date is March 2019.   I’m absolutely missing the students, families, and staff at Journey, but I know everyone is in excellent hands.  With Acting Principal, Andrea Millen; Acting VP, Katrina Abell; and the staff loving Journey every bit as much as I do Journey will continue the tradition of creating a space, People Love to Run to Be!  I’m actually a little tearful everyone is getting along so well without me! 

Sincerely,  Laurie Szadkowski

 

 
 

School Info:

Congratulations to our wrestlers who wrestled in Mill Bay this weekend! If you want to try out Wrestling, come join our lunch hour practices in the multipurpose room Monday Wednesday and Friday.  The next tournament will be January 16.

Sooke Food Bank Food Fight Food Drive will run from Dec. 10 – 21.  Prizes to most charitable class to be given in January.

Hour of Code – Welcome to Journey’s second week of Hour of Code, 2018! Students will continue with what they started last week during their Hour of Code. This next block will give students another opportunity to enhance what they have created, and debug code that is not working. When they have completed students are asked to “Add” their name animations to “Hour of Code at Journey, 2018” Google Classroom. Students will also be asked to answer a quick question about their participation in Hour of Code. The groups from Division 8 will join you again in your neighbourhood through the final stage of this coding endeavour. Thank you for supporting your students in their coding adventures.

 COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale.

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

 

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Community Info

Movie Night at EMCS On Friday December 14th come to a family friendly showing of the Polar Express on the big screen of the EMCS theatre and is by donation. It is a very fun event for kids and we hope to contribute to our community by hosting it. Below is a link to the event’s Facebook page.

Monday

Volleyball Sign-up Sign up for Journey Volleyball Teams outside of the gym

Hackergal lunch meeting and practice Students who have signed up need to bring their signed permission forms and register with Codesters.  Students who don’t have signed permission forms cannot participate.  If parents have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Dvorak by email at kdvorak@sd62.bc.ca

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

Tuesday

Div 11 homework club lunchtime by appt

Hackergal meeting and practice at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 sandwich (Pizza, chicken, ham, veggie).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

NARNIA vs. UTOPIA – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Hackergal Hackathon:  students registered should attend Advisory for attendance and then meet in the foyer in front of the office for the days projectwork.

Robotics Club CANCELLED WEDNESDAY

 Band Parents Meeting in the band room @ 6:30

 

Thursday

Hour of Code: Divisional classes participating in Hour of Code. See ‘School Info’ for more information

Div 11 homework club by appt @ lunch with Ms. Dvorak

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

 

 Friday

MOUNT OLYPUS vs. MYSTICAL MAIN – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Euro Boutique Sales @ lunch in the front foyer.

Report Cards go home

 

Upcoming Dates:

December 17 – Concert Band and Drumline Christmas Concert 7:30

December 18 – Orchestra and Strings Concert 7:30

December 21 – Last day of school before Winter Break

 
 

School Info:

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JOURNEY BASKETBALL TEAMS on very successful season! Our students represent Journey extremely well this year, and their enthusiasm and skill development was remarkable to watch this season.

HOUR OF CODE: Welcome to Journey’s Hour of Code, 2018! The Hour of Code is designed to introduce people to coding, as well as get them familiarized with coding. This is done by hosting hour-long activities that are engaging and educational. The goals of the Hour of Code are to inspire students, and prepare teachers for teaching or encountering Computer Science in their classroom.

Journey’s hour of code will run over two days, Thursday, December 6th and 13th. Each division will sign up for two blocks over those days, and will use their neighbourhood Chromebooks to participate in the activity. Our goal is to have all students at Journey take part so that we all can walk away knowing and enjoying much more about Computer Science.

FEMALE CODERS WANTED! Calling all Journey Middle School Girls of all grades and ability levels to sign up for the second year of Hackergal.   Hackergal is a day long coding event where girls are encouraged to create or design a story or card through coding on The Codester coding platform.   Hackergal is designed to encourage girls to develop an interest in the field of software design, gaming or software development by increasing ability and confidence in girls through events like these.  Hackergal is a national event and our school was featured last year.  Students who participate will have free enrolment at Codester for a year, have a chance to learn and participate with girls from journey middle school and get to make an awesome product!!  NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!   Sign up is in Ms.Dvorak’s room during lunch all next week.  Our day of programming is December 12th, see you all there, bring a friend!!

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order coffee and groceries and support the Journey PAC!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Order forms available in the office.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS Society PRO-D Basketball Camp – EMCS Society is running a Pro- d Day Basketball camp on December 3rd, 9am-1pm. In Sooke, at EMCS Gym, all experience levels Welcome. This activity is suitable for kids Grade 2-7. Cost is $20/child. Please visit the EMCS Society website to register – https://www.emcsprograms.ca/programs

 

Monday

Curriculum Implementation Day – No School. Teachers will be learning about implementation of the new curriculum.

 

Tuesday

Lucky 7 – Students are welcome to purchase a ticket for the Lucky 7 Activity in the front foyer during nutrition and lunch. Tickets are 4 for $1. All proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 slice (Pepperoni, Cheese, Ham & Pineapple).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

NARNIA vs. MOUNT OLYMPUS – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room Come out and try for fun or for competition.

1st wrestling meet @ Frances Kelsey secondary.  Make sure you get a permission form and package.

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

 

Thursday

Hour of Code: Divisional classes participating in Hour of Code. See ‘School Info’ for more information

Lucky 7 – Students are welcome to purchase a ticket for the Lucky 7 Activity in the front foyer during nutrition and lunch. Tickets are 4 for $1. All proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

 

Friday

Lucky 7 – Students are welcome to purchase a ticket for the Lucky 7 Activity in the front foyer during nutrition and lunch. Tickets are 4 for $1. All proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

UTOPIA vs. MYSTICAL MAIN – intramural volleyball @ lunch

Culture Club – Meet Ms. Shannon outside ABED office at lunch recess

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room. Come out and try for fun or for competition. 1st wrestling meet @ Frances Kelsey secondary.  Make sure you get a permission form and package.

Chip sales @ lunch $1 – fundraiser for Ms. Fed’s class.

Upcoming Dates:

December 10 – Sign up for Journey Volleyball Teams

December 14 – Report Cards go home

December 17 – Concert Band and Drumline Christmas Concert 7:30

December 18 – Orchestra and Harmony Project Concert 7:30

 
 

School Info:

FEMALE CODERS WANTED! Calling all Journey Middle School Girls of all grades and ability levels to sign up for the second year of Hackergal. Hackergal is a day long coding event where girls are encouraged to create or design a story or card through coding on The Codester coding platform. Hackergal is designed to encourage girls to develop an interest in the field of software design, gaming or software development by increasing ability and confidence in girls through events like these. Hackergal is a national event and our school was featured last year. Students who participate will have free enrolment at Codester for a year, have a chance to learn and participate with girls from Journey Middle School and get to make an awesome product!! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Sign up is in Ms. Dvorak’s room during lunch all next week. Our day of programming is December 12th, see you all there, bring a friend!!

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES Thank-you to all who attended our Student Led Conferences. The school was alive with sharing and excitement!

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

Journey Spirit Wear Available for purchase through the office. Great Christmas gift idea!

 Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Purdy’s Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

 

Community Info

EMCS Society PRO-D Basketball Camp – EMCS Society is running a Pro- d Day Basketball camp on December 3rd, 9am-1pm. In Sooke, at EMCS Gym, all experience levels Welcome. And I’m hoping that you will include it in your weekly newsletter out to parents. It is for kids Grade 2-7. Please contact Aimee at the Program office. Monday-Friday 10am-4pm to register their kids. Cost is $20/kid or they can go onto our website to register – https://www.emcsprograms.ca/programs

 

Monday

Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball – Game @ North Saanich MS @ 3:45 – Team members will be dismissed at 2:30

Intramural Volleyball sign-up sheets will be posted outside of the gym Monday.

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics Club: 3:15-4:30

 

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball Black Team plays @ HOME @ 3:45 & 5:15, Red Team plays at Pacific Christian School @ 3:45

PAC Meeting – 6:30 in the Art Room

 

Wednesday

Lunch- Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 per sandwich (Ham, Turkey, Chicken, Pizza, Veggie).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Intramural Volleyball – First game @ lunch

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

 

Thursday

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball Team plays @ HOME @ 3:45 & 5:15

 

Friday

Intramural Basketball Championship Game: Narnia vs. Mt. Olympus @ lunch

Wrestling – Practice @ lunch in the Multipurpose Room

Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball Team playing in the UVIC Future Stars Tournament hosted at UVIC. Games @ 7:05 and 8:25. Games continue on Saturday

 

Upcoming Dates:

December 3 – Curriculum Implementation Day – no school

 
 

School Info:

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES Journey Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday November 20th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.  We will no longer be running 10 minute interview times with the on-line appointment booking. This is Journey’s first year with Student Led Conference for parents.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences. The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. “In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and further guide the student to answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey & Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001)

The main purposes of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process. “When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999)

We invite all parents/guardians to accompany their students for Journey Student-Led Conferences on Tuesday, November 20th from 5-7:30pm

 

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

 

Journey Spirit Wear Available for purchase through the office. Great Christmas gift idea!

 

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

 

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

 Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Purdy’s Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Movember Journey will be holding a Movember fundraiser here at the school at the end of November. In the meantime participating male staff at Journey may look scruffier and scruffier over the next few weeks prepping to style their moustaches for the fundraiser in the last week of November. Vote for your favourite mustache style this week during lunch. Donation $1.

Monday

Gr.7/8 Boys Basketball – Game @ Spencer

Movember voting – $1 donation to pick your favourite mustache style.

Robotics- Robotics club is cancelled for Monday

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Wrestling Blub Meeting – @ lunch recess in the Multipurpose Room

Gr. 6/7 Girls Basketball – Red Team @ HOME, Black Team @ Glanford

Journey Student Led Conferences – 5-7:30 throughout the school.

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 per slice  (pepperoni, cheese, Hawaiian).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

Thursday

Safety Drill – Lockdown Drill in am

Early Dismissal – End of day bell 11:58. Buses will be running at this time.

 Friday

Pro-D Day

Upcoming Dates:

November 26 – Gr. 7/8 Boys Basketball Game @ North Saanich

November 26 – Intramural Volleyball Sign-up starts outside gym

November 27 – Gr. 6/7  Girls Basketball Game – Red Team @ Pacific Christian, Black Team @ HOME

November 29 – Gr. 6/7 Boys Basketball Game @ HOME

November 30 – Intramural Basketball Championships @ lunch

– Gr. 7/8 Boys @ UVIC Future Stars Basketball Tournament

 
 

PAC meeting is cancelled this evening. Meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 in the library.

 
 

School Info:

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES Journey Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday November 20th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.  We will no longer be running 10 minuteinterview times with the on-line appointment booking. This is Journey’s first year with Student Led Conference for parents.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences. The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. “In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and further guide the student to answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey & Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001)

The main purposes of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process. “When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999)

We invite all parents/guardians to accompany their students for Journey Student-Led Conferences on Tuesday, November 20th from 5-7:30pm.  

COMMUNICATING STUDENT PROGRESS A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Journey Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning. Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been learning and planning to ensure we are providing informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

Journey Spirit Wear Available for purchase through the office. Great Christmas gift idea!

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Purdys Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Movember Journey will be holding a Movember fundraiser here at the school at the end of November. In the meantime participating male staff at Journey may look scruffier and scruffier over the next few weeks prepping to style their moustaches for the fundraiser in the last week of November. More details will be revealed through school announcements, and the blog. Please keep yourself in the loop about the fundraiser this month, and how you can donate.

Community Info:

March 2020 EMCS Rome / Paris trip. This opportunity is open to Journey’s current grade 8s who will be at EMCS next year. There will be an information parent night on November 14th at 6pm in the art room at EMCS

Monday

No School – Remembrance Day

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

DIV 11 Ms. Dvorak’s Homework club: (by appointment) at lunch

PAC MEETING – 6:30 in the library

Wednesday

Lunch- Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 per sandwich (chicken, ham, pizza or veggie).  Chips, waterand juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Robotics Club: Meet LEGO Mindstorms EV3 3:15-4:30

Thursday

Robotics Field Trip to Dunsmuir Middle School for the 1st of 3 Middle School Robotics Jamborees.  Students will be picked up by bus at 11am at Journey and returned to Journey by 5 pm. Get your permissions in to Ms. Dvorak ASAP.

Friday

Mystical Main celebrates student Role Models at lunch with Pizza and a talk by Andy Carrier (From Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza) about community philanthropy and service.    

Upcoming Dates:

November 20Student Led Conferences (5-7:30)

November 22 – Early dismissal 11:58

November 23 – Pro-D Day

 
 

School Info:

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES: Journey Student Led Conferences will be held on Tuesday November 20th from 5-7:30. This is an opportunity for students to show off what they have been learning to parents and guardians. It will be an amazing showcase of the learning happening at Journey. We look forward to seeing you there!

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca!

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Stick in the Mud Fundraising order form – Journey PAC

Purdy’s Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

Purdys Fundraising JMS

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

PAC THANK YOU! On behalf of the Journey Middle School PAC, a HUGE thank you to the community and businesses of Sooke who generously donated to replace ALL of the stolen emergency supplies!!! And not only that, but additional funds to be able to change the security of our bin. A special thank you to Chrystal at Seaside Sweets who asked all of the businesses in Sooke to donate. That was the most amazing part – as a PAC we didn’t even have to ask for these donations, they were just given freely. Thank you Sooke! What an amazing community we live in!!

Thanks goes to: Sooke Fax and Copy Centre, SFRS Community Thrift Store, Shadow West Security, BuddhaBox, Little Vienna Bakery, Delta Marine Service, Seaside Sweets, Mountain Heights Healing, Jessica Kent, Pizzability Glen Lake and Sooke, Fudge In A Round, R and L Interior Finishing,The French Family, Rooted Landscape Management, Coast Capital Savings Sooke, Royal Bank Sooke

Movember Journey will be holding a Movember fundraiser here at the school at the end of November. In the meantime participating male staff at Journey may look scruffier and scruffier over the next few weeks prepping to style their moustaches for the fundraiser in the last week of November. More details will be revealed through school announcements, and the blog. Please keep yourself in the loop about the fundraiser this month, and how you can donate.

Community Info:

SPEAC will be hosting our popular PAC 101 event on Monday November 5th, 6-9pm at Belmont. PAC 101 is round table discussions including: meeting procedures, key PAC roles, hot lunch, new curriculum, and more! A keynote on Healthy Schools talking about FOODS THAT FIT. Register at https://speacpac1012018.eventbrite.ca

March 2020 EMCS Rome / Paris trip. This opportunity is open to Journey’s current grade 8s who will be at EMCS next year. There will be an information parent night on November 14th at 6pm in the art room at EMCS

Monday

Robot Club: 3:15-4:30 Meet Edison. Meet in Ms. Dvorak’s room at 3:15 after having a snack.

PEP Rally: 2:20 start. To celebrate beginning of Basketball season.

Grade 8 Boys Basketball Team: 3:45 Home opener at Journey vs Spencer and John Stubbs

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

DIV 11 Ms. Dvorak’s Homework club: (by appointment) at lunch

Wednesday

Lunch- Pizza @ lunch.  $3.50 per slice (pepperoni, cheese, ham & pineapple).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Robot Club: 3:15-4:30 Meet LEGO’s EV-3 Robot. Meet in Ms. Dvorak’s room at 3:15 after having a snack.

Thursday

DIV 11 Ms. Dvorak’s Homework club: (by appointment) at lunch

Friday

Intramural Basketball: at lunch staff vs Neighbourhood Centre TBA

 Remembrance Day Assembly: All school assembly 10:30

Upcoming Dates:

November 12 – Remembrance Day (no school)

November 13 – PAC meeting 6:30 in Journey Library

November 20 – Student Led Conferences 5-7:30

November 22 – Early dismissal

 
 

School Info:

Journey App: Be sure to get the Journey Dragons App to stay informed about events happening at the school.

Instructions available at:  https://journey.appazur.com/help/flyer

SPECIAL THANKS AND SHOUT OUTS to all the fine students that helped with the Halloween dance decorating, ticket sales and acting as spooks in the Haunted Hallway!

PAC Fundraisers: Order chocolates and coffee for Christmas gifts and support the Journey PAC! Also order groceries through SPUD.ca! Order forms available in the office.

Stick in the Mud Coffee: Our amazing local coffee shop has roasted our very own Journey “Dragon” coffee beans that you can buy for all of your friends and family for Christmas gifts (along with their other popular roasts) at $20 per bag. Please fill out your order form that is attached here and drop off to the school by Nov. 9. Coffee orders will be ready to pick up from the school a week later.

Stick in the Mud Fundraising order form – Journey PAC

Purdy’s Order your chocolates at fundraising.purdys.com with Customer #36616 by Nov. 24 and receive your chocolates at the school office by Dec. 3.

Purdys Fundraising JMS

SPUD.ca Order your groceries from SPUD.ca. 25% is donated from every fundraising produce box, 10% donated from a mixed grocery box or 10% donated from gift cards. Head over to SPUD.ca and create an account. Once signed in, start shopping their amazing local and organic products! At checkout, enter the promotional code FUNDRAISING. Select “Journey Middle School” from the drop-down list and complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office and Journey will get a donation from SPUD. Free delivery to Sooke on Mondays and Thursdays!

Community Info:

Sooke Talks: The Sooke Harbour House and the EMCS Society is hosting “Sooke Talks” on Friday, November 2nd from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the EMCS Community Theater. Journey teacher, Zak Vine has been asked to be one of the speakers at the event, so he will be giving a 10 minute talk about the Sneaker Culture and the Fresh Soles Exploratory that he runs here at Journey. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, at Shoppers Drug Mart, or in the EMCS office.

Here is a link from Sooke Pocket News with more information about the show:

https://sooke.pocketnews.ca/sooke-talks-returns-showcasing-eight-remarkable-local-speakers/

Monday

Photo Re-take Day: Photos will be taken in the multipurpose room

Spook-o-grams on sale at lunch at the blue tables. $0.50 each.

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball: practice at lunch

Robotics Club: 3:15-4:30 Meet Edison. Meet in Ms. Dvorak’s room at 3:15 after having a snack.

Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball Team: Will be hosting an exhibition game after school (3:00-4:30) against Brookes Westshore.

 

Tuesday

Tea in the Foyer @ recess – all students are welcome to stop by with their mugs and get a cup of herbal tea compliments of Ms. Shannon.  If you forget your cup today she will have a disposable one for you!

Spook-o-grams on sale at lunch at the blue tables. $0.50 each.

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball: Practice at lunch

DIV 11 Ms. Dvorak’s Homework club: (by appointment) at lunch

 

Wednesday

Subway @ lunch.  $3.50 per 6 inch sandwich (ham, chicken, pizza or veggie).  Chips, water and juice boxes also available for $1 to purchase.  Munch Cards and cash accepted.

Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest @ lunch

Skatepark club @ lunch break – You can bring skateboards, scooters, BMX bikes (no mountain bikes) or rollerblades and join this fast paced club.

Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball: Practice at lunch

Robot Club: 3:15-4:30 Meet LEGO’s EV-3 Robot. Meet in Ms. Dvorak’s room at 3:15 after having a snack.

Grade 7/8 Boys Basketball: Practice after school 3-4:30

 

Thursday

Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball: Practice at lunch

DIV 11 Ms. Dvorak’s Homework club: (by appointment) at lunch

 

Friday

Freezie and Popsicle sales: at lunch – $1

Intramural Basketball at lunch: Narnia vs Journey Staff

Grade 7 FSA Testing – Students writing the Foundation Skills Assessment will be testing during advisory and block 1-3

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 5 – Pep rally

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly

November 12 – Remembrance Day (no school)

November 20 – Student Led Conferences 5-7:30pm