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School News:

Power Outages etc. Please watch our website/Journey App for updates about power outages, snow days, or other reasons your child might think school is closed.  School is on and open unless you hear otherwise, and we use our website/Journey app to keep you as updated as possible by relaying the info through the school board office (because we have no power).  CFAX AM 1070 is also another source of information.  This is difficult if you have no power!  If you hear, “Other students going home” it still does not mean school is closed and in all cases, we would never close the school if students are still here.  Your child will be safe, hydrated and fed if you cannot come to get them.  If we do shut down, we will follow our process that can take some time because we have over 500 students to check out.  This is a good time to update your emergency release forms.  We do not let students leave with people not on this list and phone lines to the school do not work when we have no power. 

Talent Show – Each year Journey hosts a Talent Show on the last day before winter break in the gym with the whole school watching.  This year we will record students as they perform in front of their Learning Cohort.  This will take place over the next two weeks. Interested students will sign up with Mr. Rehman and listen carefully to announcements for further details.  The whole school will then be welcome to watch the performance on MSTeams 10-11:30 Friday, December 18.  If your child has not handed in the permission form (at beginning of the year) they will not be in the talent show. 

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

Crib Board Donations: Div 5/6 are looking for Crib boards to be donated. Please drop them off with your teacher, Ms. Sims or Ms. Nadeau, or in the office.  Thank you!

From Ms. Wallace in the Library – Be a reading role model for your student this winter!  Research shows that reading can improve vocabulary, empower you to empathize, reduce stress, and fight depression symptoms.  The best way to encourage your student to become a reader is to be a reader yourself and share your reading adventures.  Check out this Scholastic article about 5 Ways to Be a Reading Role Model when you are too busy to read.

Help us find missing books!  Please check your house for any school library books (even if they belong to an elementary school) and send them back to school!  We are still missing many books from last school year.  We can also help deliver books to other schools in the district if you have any that need to be returned.  Thanks for your help!

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

Monday 

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

Journey Tree Arrives today!  Students will have the opportunity to bring down their decorations in their Learning Cohort Groups and decorate our giant tree!

Social Media Awareness Workshops – grade 8 classes, that have not participated already, will take part in a social media awareness workshop today.  Grade 6 & 7 workshops coming in January.

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Lunch Day – Pre-ordered, individual pizzas from Boston Pizza are delivered today.  Students receive their pizza, a drink, and a bag of chips.   Thank you to our clerical team of Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Crocker for going above and beyond to make this happen for our students! 

Thursday 

Friday 

Spirit Day – Dress as your favourite hero!

Points of Progress – This is the last day for parents to receive updates of their child’s academic progress for the first term.  Most have already gone home, but if you haven’t received them, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

Wash your hands, Invest in People, and always Run to be Here!

 
 

Dear Families,

Due to the ongoing power outages, parents/guardians are welcome to pick up their children. Our school will stay open and staffed for any students who may need to remain. End of day or after school bussing will run at the usual times.

Parents picking up students at school: please wait outside, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Students must sign out through office. 

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

 
 

Currently there is no power at Journey.  The School Board Office is aware and will update us as soon as possible and we will update this blog as soon as we know.  Staff continues to be on route to school,

 
 

PAC News:  November 30 is the last day to get your order in for PAC’s current fundraiser!  Canadian company with a great variety of prepackaged foods, spices, and other things.

The website is www.momspantry.ca

At checkout, enter the Order Number and Group Passcode below, along with the Seller’s Name (the students name)  GROUP NAME:  Journey Middle School PAC 

School News: 

Sooke Food Bank – Journey has a tradition of collecting thousands of items to donate to the food bank every December, but regulations prevent us from doing so this year.  The Sooke Food Bank has put out a request to each student and staff member at Journey to at least 50 cents each to help at this time.  Please send any donation to your child’s classroom teacher and we will pass on the donation.  You can also donate through EMCS sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/670/137/false/true?fundDestination=10%2C000%20Tonight%20Food%20Drive%20-%20EMCS%20Family

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

Masks – please continue to provide and remind your child to bring a mask to school each day.

Parent Resources – please check out links to parent resources on our website under Counselling.

Movember:  Mr. Vine, Mr. Donegani and Mr. Schorer have been inspiring students and staff with some pretty funny videos and throwing out a fundraising challenge.  We hear Mr. Van Hooydonk will be sporting a pretty funny design this week!  You can still donate cash or online for this great cause towards Men’s Health; “Movember” https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14433721

Intermurals:  Thank you to Mr. Vine for organizing and teachers for supervising intermural activities during their lunch break!  Listen to announcements!

Yearbook – If your child is on, or was, remote learning and missed picture day have the opportunity to submit a picture digitally to Ms. Wiens at dwiens@sd62.bc.ca.  If you have not signed the permission form or you have signed that your child does not have permission, they will be guaranteed NOT to be in the yearbook.

Donate your extra Cribbage Boards.  Students in Div. 5 & 6 are learning to play Crib. If you have an extra Crib board that you are willing to donate to our class, please have your child drop them off at the office this week.

Monday 

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

INSPIRE presentations through Camosun College

Block 1 – Div. 16 (Munroe)

Block 2 and 3 – Div. 10 (Federici)

Block 4 – Div. 21 (Wiens)

Block 5 – Div. 7 (Croft) 

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Last Day to order your pizza for next Wednesday’s delivery. Individual pizzas from Boston Pizza.  Wednesday, Dec. 9th.  Cheese, Pepperoni, or Hawaiian options with the availability of gluten free crust and/or dairy free cheese for those who need it. Order forms have gone home or order online through School Cash Online.  Thank you to our clerical team of Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Crocker for going above and beyond to make this happen for our students!

Thursday 

Friday 

Spirit Day – Dress in your Journey Spirit wear or in Journey colours (red and black) or retro colours (teal and blue)

Wash your hands, Play, have Fun,

and always Run to be Here!

 
 

Journey welcomes to our staff Ms. Rhiannon Jones who will be teaching with Mr. Donegani while Ms. Archer is away, “Getting her wing fixed”.  We wish Ms. Archer a successful and speedy recovery and look forward to having her back in the New Year.   We are also pleased to welcome Ms. Ritika Gautam who will be teaching for Ms. Hobbs beginning on November 23 as she is off awaiting the arrival of her baby girl.

Masks – most students are remembering to bring, and wear, their masks.  We have a few students who are consistently forgetting to bring them each day and we are getting low on disposal mask supplies.  Each student has been given two reusable masks and we are seeking parents help in reminding students to bring one each day.

Parent Resources – please check out links to parent resources on our website under Counselling. 

Monday 

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

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Lunch Day – Burgers, chips and a drink will be delivered to all students who pre-ordered their lunch today

Thursday

Early Dismissal @ 11:58. Buses will run according to this early dismissal time. 

Friday – Professional Development Day – no school for students 

 

Wash your hands, Accept the Challenge,

and always Run to be Here!

 
 

Please see the hyperlink for more info on a one time event for  Anxiety & Isolation 

 
 

Following Public Health Protocols:  Journey takes its direction from VIHA and will continue to follow the protocols set out by them.  VIHA will always contact individuals/families directly if there is information that needs to be shared.  The safety of our students and staff is always our priority.

Please continue to do the Daily Health Check, remind your child to bring a mask to school (each student received two reusable masks), and to wash their hands throughout the day. For more information  (https://www.sd62.bc.ca/node/1020/health-and-safety).

Early pick up – if you need to pick up your child early from school, please let your child know, child’s teacher know, and also the office.  This will help us remind your child to be in the office ready for pick up.  Phone when you are in the parking lot and we will send your child up to meet you.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Families should hear from their child’s teacher by the end of this week regarding their process for communicating with families about their progress so far this year.  If you haven’t heard, please give the teacher a call or email.   Reminder to families that Nov. 19 is early dismissal (11:58) and buses will run accordingly.  Nov. 20 is a Pro-D day.

Welcome to our staff Ms. Sinclaire Lovett.  Ms. Lovett will be teaching in Div. 20 on Monday and Wednesday mornings while Mr. Elm coaches the Hockey Academy.  We are happy to welcome her to our Dragon Team.

Info for Remembrance Day Museum: This year we cannot hold our traditional Remembrance Day assembly.  Mrs. Abell and Mrs. Wallace have created a Journey Remembrance Museum that each class will go through. 

30 minute time slots with guidance from Ms. Wallace and student volunteers.

Masks mandatory for classes because of the student volunteers and guest presenters. 

15 min in the museum (6 displays) – guest historian and donor of artifacts – Wade Berglund.

Wade is originally from Port Arthur, Ontario (Thunder Bay). He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Sonar Operator/Sonar Technician in the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 21 in 1985. He served in the RCN for 24 yrs (including militia and reserve time), being deployed all over the world, mostly on active surface ships and submarines. He retired in 2008. He worked offshore in the oil and gas industry for 8 years, but came back to the Navy in 2016 where he rejoined the submarine community in maintaining/repairing the 4 submarines that the RCN has.

  1. Acknowledgment of our First Peoples of Canada and their involvement in the pursuit of peace and Acknowledging our country with the Canadian Anthem.
  2. The unknown soldiers – who were people involved in the war.
  3. The daily needs during the war- variety of items that were used during times of war.
  4. The call to war – how were Canadians called to become involved in a war that wasn’t on their own home land?
  5. Past times – what did soldiers do to pass the time?
  6. Tools and technology – In times of war, there have always been advances made in medicine and technology. What were some of the tools that were used during times of war for communication, protection, etc.?

15 min in the front foyer (3 stations)

  1. What do you know about the Korean War? Meet a medic from the time period who will go through what it was like. – guest historian,  Don Thomas (part of the Victoria-Esquimalt Military re-enactors Association).

Don is originally from New Brunswick. He served 27 years in the Canadian Army, both in the infantry and field engineers with 13 years in the airborne ( Parachute) role. He has done 2 United Nations Peacekeeping tours on the Island of Cyprus, 1971 and 1974 during the Turkish Invasion of the Island. 

  1. Wonder wall – collection of student thoughts regarding war and how it has affected people, including their own personal experiences.
  2. A moment to honour Remembrance Day and the Canadians involved in the past, present and future. A moment of silence and reflection. Students bring the poppy they created in class to lay in lieu of a wreath. 

Monday

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

Classes attend Journey Remembrance Museum 

Tuesday 

Classes attend Journey Remembrance Museum 

PAC Meeting/Elections – Our next PAC meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. online.  If you would like to join us, please let President, Trudy Fraser hunni8205@gmail and/or Principal, Laurie Szadkowski  lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca know, and we will add your to the MSTeams event.  Please join us and find out how important PAC is in providing feedback about programs and enhancing student learning.  It’s not just about fundraising!

Wednesday 

Remembrance Day – Today is not just a “day off’”   Today Canadians take time to honour and remember all those who fought for us to live in a free and welcoming country.  Today we remember those who did not come home.  Today we remember those veterans who did come home and carried on making Sooke and Canada a place we can be proud to call home.  Today we say thank you to all our military families who continue to protect us at home and contribute to peace throughout the world.  Today is just not another “day off”.

Thursday

Today we welcome back numerous students who have been learning remotely.  Welcome back to school – we missed you.

Friday the 13th!

Crazy Hair Day – students and staff will be showing off their craziest hair today (that could mean just not combing it when you get up to spray painted, braided ponytails with flashing lights).  Prizes to be won and fun to be had!

Burger orders – today is the last day to submit your order for burger day next Wednesday.  You can do it online or bring in the paper copy.  Gluten free/meat free options available!

Wash your hands, Play and Have Fun

and always Run to be Here!

 
 

 
 

 
 

FAST Rotations:  FAST #2 begins Monday.  We know students have a better learning experience if taught FAST in their specialized rooms (Woodshop, Home Ec., Music Room, Portable, Art Room, Learning Commons, Computer Lab etc.) and today they will begin travelling to these rooms for the start of FAST #2.  This rotation ends on the last day before Winter Break.  Our protocols include classroom teachers walking their classes to and from the FAST classroom.  Students must wear masks while travelling and wash their hands upon entering, and when exiting, the room.  Students do not have to wear masks while in the because they remain with their Learning Cohort.  Staff must always wear their masks.  Some students may have to take a course twice because of scheduling and FAST teachers will adapt their lessons.  All Band students will go to Band during this time.

FAST #1 – You will be receiving a paper copy of your child’s FAST assessment in the next 2 weeks.  Please check with them for this so that you can have a read too.

PAC Meeting/Elections – Our next PAC meeting is November 10 at 6 p.m. online.  If you would like to join us, please let President, Trudy Fraser hunni8205@gmail and/or Principal, Laurie Szadkowski  lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca know, and we will add your to the MSTeams event.  Please join us and find out how important PAC is in providing feedback about programs and enhancing student learning.  It’s not just about fundraising!

Parent/Teacher Conferences -We are unable to hold our usual Student Led Conferences this year.  Teachers will be communicating with families about how they will communicate with you.  There are a few options and each teacher will be communicating this to families in the next few weeks.  Regardless of the option, November 19 will continue to be an early dismissal day for students (11:58 a.m.) 

Zones – We will continue to have students in their Learning Cohorts for recess and lunch but have changed the protocol for the morning only (like 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 each Monday.

Field Trip – Mrs. Walker and Mr. Vine’s classes are off to Langford Lanes on Monday – have fun.

Movember – some staff members have begun to grow their mustaches in support of men’s health.  Fundraising activities will take place all month and the best upper lip trophy will be awarded on November 30!

Learning on the job – This week we welcome three EA practicum students.  Candace Bowen (who began last week), April Dumont and Alexandra Saddington.  We wish them well and thank them in advance for their support of our students.

Grade 8 classes – All this week Island Sexual Health will be presenting to our grade 8 classes.

Wash your hands, Accept the Challenge

and Run to be Here!

 
 

Congratulations to Coco in Div 14 on creating this year’s winning bookmark – great job!

Thank you to all the students who participated in the bookmark contest.