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Reorganization of classes – Thank you to the families of Journey as we reconfigured our school last week. Students were informed on Thursday and Friday regarding the reconfiguration of classes. There will be no more moves unless the parent and the school have been in direct contact. Thank you for your understanding a patience through this time. We have to regrettably say au revoir to Mme Dailey who will be leaving us this week for Ecole Poirier. Mr. Hart, who currently teaches with Ms. Johnston, will be moving across the hall to teach the new grade 6/7 English class.

Thank you to all the families who came out to our Meet the Teacher Evening on Thursday. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces as parents and staff had the opportunity to meet and begin the communication that is vital in the success of our students/children.

Terry Fox Run – Thank you to all the families and students who brought in donations and ran for our hero Terry Fox. We are accepting donations until the end of Monday and will announce our grand total in next week’s blog.

Monday

Exploratory Forms – Today is the first day to bring in your exploratory forms. There will be staff members in the foyer ready to collect your forms and money (if needed). Waivers will be accepted; however, they are not due until next Monday so don’t panic.

Remember:

  • Please carefully go over the choices with your child
  • Fill in the form with the top three choices
  • Fill in student’s first and last name and all other information requested
  • One parent needs to sign the form
  • Send in the first choice exploratory fee only. If your family needs financial assistance for an exploratory please email lszadkowki@sd62.b.ca
  • Each form is numbered in the order it is received
  • Some exploratories fill up faster than others
  • Only completed forms and fees (if applicable) will be accepted
  • DO NOT HAND IN EXPLORATORY FORM TO CLASSROOM TEACHER

Cross Country Team meeting at lunch in Ms. Stannard’s room. If you are interested in being on the team (and we witnessed a lot of good runners at the Terry Fox Run) sign up. There are only four meets so don’t miss out!

Reconfiguration – Students who have not physically moved classes will be transitioned to their new ones today with the exception of students moving from M. Kovacik’s class to Mme Abell’s class (because of the grade 8 field trip).

Field Trip to Sandcut Beach – All grade 8 students are heading off to Sandcut today. Remember your lunch, snacks, water and change of clothes! This is an important day to build social connections and get some physical activity into the day. Students will travel to and from via school buses.

Tuesday  

Exploratory Forms accepted in the Foyer in the morning. Submitted to the office after the bell.

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

Cross Country practice at lunch today

Robotics Club really does begin today @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room. Learn more about programing and having fun with like-minded students.

Sk8 Park – If you’ve brought in your waiver (available in the office) you are welcome to skate/scooter at lunch today. This club is sponsored by Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Wednesday

Exploratory forms to the office until the end of the week.

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

Outdoor Club (formerly known as Culture Club) begins this week at lunch. Join students and staff for a walk to DeMamiel Creek (remember to wear clothing for the adventure).

Thursday

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mrs. Bridal’s room at lunch. If you are interested in helping make things happen at Journey bring a friend and your ideas today.

Fire Drill – 1:10 (2 of 6)

Cross Country Meet – 3:30pm at Lambrick Park. Students/families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from event.

Friday

Orange Shirt Day – students and staff are invited to wear orange today to honour and remember survivors of residential schools.

Freezie Friday – Freezies will be sold at lunch outside the kitchen. $1 each with all proceeds going to Journey to Japan Trip in March.

 
 

Reorganization of classes – This week, because of a shift in enrollment numbers, we are required to reorganize some of our classes. We have begun this process and hope to have students moved by Wednesday afternoon. Although most students/classes will not be affected, there will be some students who will move classes and/or have their class change from a straight grade to a combined grade. Thank you in advance for your understanding, we will make every effort to make these changes with care. Please email lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca if have questions regarding the process.

Monday

Non-Instructional Day for students

Tuesday 

Fire Drill (first of six this year) @ 9:30

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mme. Abell’s room at lunch. If you are interested in helping make things happen at Journey bring a friend and your ideas today (the goal is at least one rep from each class)

Robotics Club begins today @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room. Learn more about programing and having fun with like-minded students 

Wednesday

Individual School Photos will be taken today in the gym. If you would like a photo package please have your child hand it in to the photographer today (they were in the package of forms that came home the first week). All students will have their photos taken for ID regardless of purchasing a package or not. 

Thursday

Fox Fest – Every year we honour the memory and carry on the dream of one of Canada’s most impressive heroes, Terry Fox. We will have events running in the morning to help raise funds and in the afternoon students and staff will run approximately 5 km through Sooke. All donations are gratefully accepted and receipts will be given for donations over $20. Students have set a goal for the school of $1000. Remind your child to wear comfortable clothing and shoes for all the events! Parent volunteers are welcome – please contact the office and leave your name and number or email our teacher sponsor, Mrs. Lennox tlennox@sd62.bc.ca

Meet the Teacher/Staff Evening 6:30-8 pm – families are invited to classrooms from 6:30 to 7:15 pm and 7:30-8 pm in the gym to meet the entire staff and be eligible to win fantastic prizes!

Friday – Autumn arrives at 1:02 this afternoon 

Exploratory sheets go home with students

  • Please carefully go over the choices with your child
  • Fill in the form with the top three choices
  • Fill in student’s name and all other information requested
  • One parent needs to sign the form
  • Send in the first choice exploratory fee only. If your family needs financial assistance for an exploratory please email lszadkowki@sd62.b.ca
  • Exploratories are accepted beginning on Monday, September 25 in the main foyer at the blue tables
  • Each form is numbered in the order it is received
  • Some exploratories fill up faster than others
  • Only completed forms and fees (if applicable) will be accepted
  • DO NOT HAND IN EXPLORATORY FORM TO CLASSROOM TEACHER

 

 
 

 Monday

Hockey Academy begins today. Please remember to follow all the instructions Mr. Elm provided. You must have your Code of Conduct signed to be eligible to go on the ice today.

Lunch Program begins for students who have signed up (form came home in package)

PAC Meeting tonight in Journey’s Annie Acreman Library at 7:15 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend.

Tuesday  

Thanks to members of our local Fire Department for sponsoring a Fire Extinguisher Workshop for Mme. Abell, Mrs. Bridal and Mrs. Barnes’ classes during Block One today. 

Wednesday 

Sooke Fire Department will be back today teaching Mme. Abell, Mrs. Bridal and Mrs. Barnes’ classes about the science of firefighting during Blocks Two and Three today.

Thursday

Homework Club – Ms. Dvorak will host a homework club for her students in Div. 11 every Thursday at lunch

Friday

All forms (package that came home on first day) and fees due to the office. Cheques can be postdated to Oct. 1 and should be made out to SD62.

Remember every Friday is early dismissal at 1:55 p.m. Buses run on this early dismissal as well.

Upcoming Events:

September 18 Non-Instructional Day for students

September 19 Fire Drill (first of six)

September 20 Individual School Photos

September 21 Fox Fest – Events and Run

September 21 Meet the Teacher/Staff Evening 6:30-8 pm

 

 
 

Parents,

Envelopes were sent home today containing all the necessary paperwork for this year OR  you can fill out some these forms online. Here is the link to the Sooke School District online consent portal.

https://consent.sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Welcome to another school year at Journey. Tuesday we welcome all of our new students and welcome back our returning grade seven and eight students and staff .  The first bell rings at 8:42 a.m. Class lists will be posted on the windows in the foyer and on the foyer walls Tuesday morning. All grade six students please meet in the Gym and new students in grade seven and eight please meet in the office. All other students report to your new classroom when the bell rings. Tuesday students will be dismissed at Noon and buses will be running for students who have pre-registered.

Students are always full of anticipation about who will be in their class and who will be their new teacher(s). This is an exciting time and parents can help their children by assuring them they will make new friends and/or hang out with old ones at recess and lunch. Staff have worked over the summer to create classes that are balanced and have the best opportunity for student learning.

We end the week with Welcome Back Assembly and BBQ on Friday. Happy New Year!

 
 

Well, this is it! Thank you to all our families for your support over the past year. We wish all of our grade eight students good luck in their new high schools and know they will do well. To our grade six and seven students returning next year we wish you a very happy summer. For students and families moving from Sooke, we hope you remember your time here fondly and that you are happy in your new adventures. As always, it has been an honour and a privilege to work with your children this year.

Monday

Let the Games Begin – Today we kick off the day with activities around the school. Several of the activities involve water so bring a change of clothes and a towel! Remember a hat and sunscreen too. We had planned to have the Crispy Fish Truck, but they had to cancel at the last minute. Hot Dogs, juice boxes, snacks, snow cones, freezies, and cupcakes will be on sale so stuff your pockets with some extra cash! All proceeds today go to the Nicholas Watson Scholarship Fund.

Jouro – this afternoon all students and staff will go to the Jouro! Wear your team colours and help your class win the coveted trophy this year.

Mr. Elm and Ms. Dvorak’s classes off to Commonwealth Pool – Remember your bathing suits, towels and lunch!

Tuesday 

Today we begin with a pancake breakfast compliments of our generous Sooke Lions Club. Every student will receive two pancakes with lots of syrup.

Term Three Recognition Assembly – 10:30 a.m. in the gym. We will honour all Grade 6 & 7 students who earned Effort Role, Club and/or Team certificates. Families are welcome to attend. 

Jouro Finals – wear your colours again as the final teams battle it out for the ultimate prize.

Wednesday 

Last Day of School!

Grade 8 Bon Voyage today beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. This event is for grade 8 students and their families. Students will enjoy a luncheon following the ceremony (this year the students raised enough money to purchase all the food).

Thursday – Report Card Pick up Day – Report Cards will be available for pick up in the classroom 9-Noon. From 1-4 p.m. they will be available in the office. Report cards cannot be picked up early and will be available Friday and all the following week.

Happy Canada Day on Saturday! Come out to the Sooke Flats and join in the celebration and see what our finalists entered in the 150 Contest.

Table – Austin C., Evan F., and Kurtis Morrison

Woodwork pieces/essay – Hailey W.

Art -Hanna David

Essays – Katrina S., Laura V., Payton C., and Trinity S.

 

 

 
 

Monday 

Field Trip – Divs. 1,2,7 & 8 at Thetis Lake all day

Concert – Nicholas Watson Memorial Fundraiser and Band Concert in our Gym tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday  

Concert – Strings Concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in our Journey Gym

LifeSkills Field Trip – Our students are heading out this morning for some Cow Kissing and Hotdog roasting 

Wednesday

Field trip to the mainland – All Grade 8 classes @ Playland (you leave early so don’t miss the bus)

Fire Drill – Last one of the year at 9:45 a.m.

Thursday

Field Trip – Mrs. Maragh’s class at Kemp Lake

Overnight Camping Trip – Mr. Dunbar’s class is off to Camp Barnard!

Lip Sync Competition all afternoon (popcorn on sale at the event)

Friday

Rock ‘n’ Roll performances 10:15 – Gym

Mr. Dunbar’s class @ Camp Barnard all day

Field Trip to Witty’s Lagoon – All Grade 6 classes (except Mr. Dunbar’s) all day 

Freezies on sale today at lunch $1 each

Next Week: 

Monday – Let the Games Begin! Fun Day and Jouro all day (Food Truck, Snow Cones, Games, Soccer Tourney and more.

Tuesday – Grade 6/7 and Club/Team Recognition Assembly. Jouro Finals

Wednesday – Grade 8 Bon Voyage 10:30 a.m. Potluck lunch to follow

Thursday – Report Card pick up day (9-12 in classrooms/1-4 office)

 

 

 
 

Congratulations

This year’s musical Time Flies at EMCS was spectacular. Ms. Fader and all our talented students entertained us this past week. Journey students were acting and singing their way into our hearts. Thank you for all your hard work and effort. The musical was a hit. Next stop, Broadway.

Great results at the City Track and Field Championships.

Paige S. 5th in Triple jump and 4th in hurdles

Isabelle C. 5th in 800m.

Ashton F. 5th 400m, 2nd in 100m, 1st in 100m

Daisy, Fiona, Karma, and Isabelle 8th in 4X100, 6th in 4X400m

Mathieu, Aiden, William, and Ashton 2nd 4X100m, 6th 4X400m

The PAC’s Online Auction raised over $4000 for our school. Thank you.

 

Monday

 Tuesday

Jazz Band practice in the morning

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate

Wednesday

PAC Lunch – Pizza. Last PAC lunch of this school year!

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate

Thursday

EMCS Grads visit Journey.  Our former students will be coming by in their cap and gowns so we can wish them well and congratulate them for a job well done.

Fly tying in Ms. Abell’s and Ms. Bridal’s class

Friday

Freezies on sale today at lunch $1 each – All proceeds go to Journey to Japan!

Mt. Olympus to Aylard Farm for a year end field trip.

 
 

Staffing Update– We are pleased to welcome back Krista Bodo. Krista will be returning to Journey as our Youth and Family Counsellor 17.5 hours per week. Welcome to Tanya Carlson, LA/IS. Tanya is relocating from Port Hardy to work at Journey.

Journey to Japan – Thank you to all the parents and students who have registered for our trip to Natori, Sendai and Tokyo Japan next Spring Break. The trip is SOLD OUT! Students still interested can be waitlisted by calling EF Tours Customer Service 1-800-263-2806.

Congratulations – to all our former Journey students who graduated from EMCS on Saturday. We were proud to watch you cross the stage and wish you well in your future.

EMCS and Journey Musical Theatre, Art and Film present… “Time Flies’ Can we learn valuable lessons from the past? Come see how a female riveting team from the 1940’s help passengers and staff get through a sticky situation. Time Flies is an original story by EMCS and Journey Musical Theatre and runs June 7-9  at 7 PM Tickets are available at EMCS, Journey Middle School and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Monday

There’s still time to bid. The PAC’s Online Auction on Facebook ends today! Thank you to all who have been participating by bidding and to the generous businesses who donated. Anyone can bid. Just click that you will be attending the “Online Auction for Journey Middle School” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/2234649040094230). 

Tuesday

Jazz Band practice in the morning

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate

Journey Band Concert for Elementary students – Today Journey welcomes students from all of our elementary schools for a concert in the Gym in the afternoon. 

Wednesday

PAC Lunch – Hotdogs and Sushi

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate  

Field Trip to Camp Barnard – Mr. Kovacik, Mrs. Maragh, & Ms. Kilpatrick are off to the great outdoors today. 

Track Meet – good luck to all our Dragon Athletes at the Track Meet at UVic today

Thursday

“Time Flies” – Thank you to the PAC for funding the buses to the play at EMCS today.

Let’s get wet – Divisions 13, 15, & 17 swimming at SEAPARC this afternoon

Friday

Freezies on sale today at lunch $1 each

Today we welcome leadership students from Poirier up to our Fire Pit

 
 

Staffing Update –  We are pleased to welcome/welcome back Mr. Chris McLeod to our Journey Staff for next year. Mr. McLeod will be teaching grade 8. We would also like to welcome Ms. Paula Leach who will be joining our school as an Integration/Behaviour Support teacher next year. Ms. Leach is relocating from Saskatchewan to become our newest Dragon.

Wildlife Alert – It’s great to live where we do; however, sometimes we have close encounters with wildlife. A cougar was seen several times near Journey and at Poirier on the weekend. Please remind your children to be mindful as they go to and from school.

The PAC is holding an Online Auction on Facebook and you are invited! The money raised will go towards our much needed emergency preparedness preparations.

Anyone can bid. Just click that you will be attending the “Online Auction for Journey Middle School” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/2234649040094230).

Bidding starts on the 22nd of May.   Items will be added every day until June 5, 2017. If you have questions or wish to donate an item to the auction please email: Erika at erikas1977@shaw.ca.

EMCS and Journey Musical Theatre, Art and Film present… “Time Flies’

Can we learn valuable lessons from the past? Come see how a female riveting team from the 1940’s help passengers and staff get through a sticky situation. Time Flies is an original story by EMCS and Journey Musical Theatre and runs June 7-9  at 7 PM

Tickets are available at EMCS, Journey Middle School and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Monday

Reminder to all grade 7 students to bring the veggie they have been asked to bring for the Pit Cook tomorrow.

Tuesday

Jazz Band practice in the morning

Pit Cook – All students in grade 7 will participate in our annual Pit Cook today. Building the fire, cooking the veggies/salmon and rotating through stations will happen through the day concluding with a feast in the afternoon. We look forward to welcoming elders and special guests. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate 

Wednesday 

Mr. Hopkins retires today! After 20 plus years at Journey, Mr. Hopkins is retiring from the job he loves. Mr. Hooydonk will teach Division 12 with Mr. Eldridge until the end of June. 

PAC Lunch – Subway

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate 

Student Council meets today at lunch

Thursday

Exploratories – last Exploratory for this school year! Work habit marks will be reflected on your report card. Today we welcome Sooke Elementary grade 5 students for their transition visit.

Robotics Club is done for the school year. Sign up next year!

EMCS Fun Day – grade 8 students will visit EMCS today to take part in their Fun Day from 11:15-noon. Students will walk with their teachers to EMCS and return to Journey via school bus. Thanks to EMCS for the invitation!

Musical TheatreTime Flies rehearsal afterschool at EMCS until 6 p.m.

Friday

Freezies on sale today at lunch $1 each

Saturday, June 3 – congratulations to all of our former Journey students who will graduate today from EMCS. We were proud of you when you attended Journey and extremely proud of you today as you walk across the stage at UVic and into the next exciting chapter of your life.

 
 
 
 
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