We had a fantastic week with all our events: Terry Fox Run we reached our goal of $1 per person at our school. We also had record shattered – Nick H. came in at 18:19 breaking the old record by just over a minute. Close on his heals were Kolton E.C. and Ike B. Irina K. and Zoe E. held hands as they worked together to be the first female athletes over the line followed a few seconds later by Moira M. The Tour de Rock Riders pedaled past us as we lined Charters Road to cheer them into Sooke. Chris P., Tyler L. Aleksei G. and Christian Z. all shaved their heads for the cause and between them presented almost $1500 to the riders! Ms. Kiefert’s class raised the most money and will take part in a campfire celebration at our fire pit. Thanks to all the families who sent in donations for these two great causes.
Journey students will be taking part in the Canada wide Student Vote on October 16th. For more information, parents can refer to studentvote.ca. This is an opportunity to learn about our political system and to celebrate democracy. Results will be made available on election day through local media.
Report from Integration Support Teacher, Nam Nguyen:
Hello parents and guardians, October is usually the busy time for gathering and collaborating on IEP’s. All teachers have received IEPs for their students who have one and we will be communicating with parents over any changes that may be needed beginning in November. New IEPs will be completed with parent input over the next few weeks. If you would like a copy of your child’s current IEP or if you have any questions, please contact me at 250-642-5881 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation of buttons needed – Our Home Economics Department is looking for any, and all, buttons you may have that would help make student projects even more awesome! If every student brought just one we would have 477 buttons! Thank you to those who have sent some in already.
PAC Information from PAC president, Teresa Mason:
We had our first PAC meeting of the year and would like to welcome our new executive members, Neil F. as our Vice President and Greg R. as our SPEAC representative.
Our next PAC meeting is October 13th at 7pm in Journey’s Annie Acreman Library. Everyone Welcome! Our meeting nights have been changed to the second Tuesday of the month.
Volunteer Opportunities: Every Wednesdays PAC provides a lunch for students to purchase. If you have an hour once a month and would like to help out please email Ken D. email@example.com . The Journey Halloween dance is coming up on October 29th, PAC will be providing concession and glow items if you would like to help please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t always have cash! PAC Punch Lunch cards are a convenient way to pay for lunches. The cards are $20 and have increments of .50 to $2.00 and get punched as students spend. They are available for purchase in the school office. For more information please email me at email@example.com.
Exploratories Posted in Main Foyer – check out what exploratory you got into by checking the lists after recess today
Imagination Studio Club meets today in the Project room @ lunch.
Cross Country Practice @ lunch
Parent Meeting for Band Parents – postponed
Twoonie Tuesday – The Sooke Harbourside Lions are out in the community today collecting twoonies for our local Food Bank. Journey Dragons can by a Gum Pass for today only for $2. You will get a sticker to wear and you must bring your own gum. We will donated all proceeds to the Food Bank. Responsible chewing only.
Cross Country Practice @ lunch
Fire Drill @ 1:00 pm
Chess Club meets today at lunch
Student Council meets today at lunch (Student Reps are needed from each class so come to the meeting if you would like to represent your class this year)
PAC Food Day – Sushi $5 and Hotdogs $2. Drinks and other goodies also for sale
Cross Country Race today at Beaver Lake afterschool
Sumo-Bot Club meets at EMCS – for more information see or email Mr. Bedard firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploratory #1 begins – bring all your necessary equipment (ie: proper clothing, bike, helmet, sense of adventure)
Gamers’ Club meets today lunch in the Main Computer Lab
Mindstorm Robotics Club meets today after school from 3:05-4:15 in the Project Room
All the staff at Journey wish your family a happy Thanksgiving on Monday.
October 20 – Picture Retake Day
October 20th is the Power of Being a Girl conference in Colwood. Those grade 7 and 8 girls that are coming on the trip need to be at the school at 8:25 am. We will be back to Journey in time to catch the bus home.
Each year we remind parents about the dangers of allergies and anaphylaxis. To ensure the safety of students and staff, all SD62 schools are allergy awareness schools. In accordance with the British Columbia Anaphylaxis Protection Order, parents, students, all school staff and the school community must be made aware of, and comply with, the District’s C-429 Anaphylaxis Policy and Regulations.
If your child has severe allergies and/or anaphylaxis, please contact your child’s principal to fill out an action form.
Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can be caused by a number of different foods, perfumes, medications, insect stings and other environmental substances. An anaphylactic reaction can be rapid and deadly, developing within seconds of exposure.
The safety of anaphylactic children in a school setting depends on the cooperation of the entire school community. As the occurrence of serious allergies continues to increase, it is essential that schools enter into a partnership with parents and medical professionals to protect anaphylactic children from potential tragedy.
We ask that parents respect that various students attending our schools have potentially fatal reactions to numerous foods and other products, and ask that you kindly consider this when sending certain foods to school in your child/children’s lunch. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions related to the type of products to which students in your son/daughter’s class may have an anaphylactic response.
We hope to be able to strike a balance between the right and convenience of all students to eat what they like and the allergic child’s right to relative safety in the school setting. Please join us this Wednesday at an Anaphylaxis Awareness event sponsored by SPEAC.
Date: Wednesday, September 30 Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Belmont Secondary School, 3041 Langford Lake Rd.
Terry Fox Run and Cops for Cancer
September 30, 2015
Wednesday is Terry Fox National School Run Day. Over 9000 schools are participating this year and Journey Middle School is one of those schools who continue to keep Terry’s dream alive. The Tour de Rock is also coming to Sooke that day!
Schedule for the day:
Prizes will be awarded to the two fastest female and male runners, top student fundraiser, and divisional fundraiser.
9:15 a.m. – Students who want to run will be called to the bus zone first, and then classes will be called by Neighbourhood. Mr. Bedard will begin the Run with a “sound” from the megaphone. Students and staff will begin the run down Throup, Wadams Way, Otter Point, Helgesen, Church, Arranwood, by Poirier to finish at Journey (map is available under links). Staff will be placed strategically throughout the route. Please go over appropriate behaviour in a community – representing Journey and Terry Fox etc.
Students will have access to the gym and outdoor playground equipment when they finish. Students and staff should be back for the head shaving for Cops for Cancer at 11:15 a.m. We will announce the top fundraisers and runners at this assembly.
Cops for Cancer – Classes will begin to line up at 1:30 p.m. along Charters Road with Sooke Elementary to cheer on the Tour de Rock riders as they come by. Some may stop to chat. Poirier will line Throup as riders make their way to John Muir School. Donations can be given to each classroom teacher or the office. Signs and cheers are encouraged. It should be quite a welcome and families are welcome to attend.
Thank you for keeping Terry’s dream alive
and supporting the Tour de Rock!
Journey students and staff will be busy this week and just about everything seems to be happening on Wednesday!
Terry Fox Run – In the morning all students and staff will participate in the Terry Fox Run. Our goal, like Terry’s, is to raise $1 per student and staff member. Terry Fox is truly a Canadian Hero and if past years’ donations are any indication we will definitely surpass that goal. Tax receipts are available for donations over $20 and cheques can be made out to: The Terry Fox Foundation. Volunteers are needed to supervise stations along the way – please leave your name at the office or email Mr. Bedard at email@example.com.
Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock – All schools are participating in the annual Tour de Rock celebration by standing on the road with signs and cheering on the riders as they roll into Sooke. Saseenos and EMCS students will line Sooke Road and then riders will turn right up Charters at 1:53 pm to be welcomed by Journey and then Poirier along Throup and Sooke along Church. The riders will finish their Sooke visit at John Muir Elementary at 2:01 pm! We will have a head shaving event at Journey at 11:30 am before they arrive. Families are welcome to attend.
Family Fall Gathering – Families are welcome to our annual Aboriginal Family Fall Gathering at John Muir Elementary from 5-7 pm. Come and enjoy complimentary salmon dinner, traditional teas, soap berry ice-cream, friendship dance and much more.
PAC lunch – Today pizza will be for sale in the foyer for $3.00 per slice along with drinks and snacks. Line up when the lunch bell rings.
Chess Club – We welcome new staff member Mr. Bryan who started here on Wednesday and immediately began to organize a Journey Chess Club. Go to the Project Room (next to the main computer lab) during lunch if you are interested in joining.
Thursday – Competitive Mindstorm Robotics Club meets for the first time this year afterschool from 3:05-4:15 in the Project Room (next to the main computer lab).
Friday – we have a performance by local mime and motivation speaker Mr. Trent Arterberry. He will be performing for the whole school beginning at 1 pm. Well-behaved families are welcome to attend.
Donation of buttons needed – Our Home Economics Department is looking for any, and all, buttons you may have that would help make student projects even more awesome! If every student brought just one we would have 477 buttons! Thank you.
From PAC President, Teresa Mason – Hopefully everyone had great summer. We are getting back into the school routine with the first PAC meeting Thursday September 24th. All parents welcome. We will be electing a secretary, as well as looking for a SPEAC Rep. Food Service volunteers are always welcome and we are always looking for new ideas. We will be reviewing our budget for the year. Please join us in the Annie Acreman Library at Journey beginning at 7 pm.
Anyone interested in volunteering an hour of their time one Wednesday a month to help with hot lunches can email firstname.lastname@example.org The first hot lunch of the year will be Wednesday September 23.
Today approximately 75 students moved classrooms. Some classes experienced no changes and others over half the class moved. There were a few tears and a few cheers as students met new teachers and classmates. Change can be challenging and we appreciate your support as we move forward this year.
Students will continue to have their original lockers until our locksmith can change the combinations. Students in combined classes will continue to have the opportunity to participate in grade group activities as well as their own classes. The one difference may be that students in a grade 7/8 class will go to Applied Skills (Business Ed, Woodwork and Home Ec) instead of their MAD rotation (Music, Art, Drama). We are currently looking into this.
Thank you for supporting our school and students during this time.
Tomorrow is picture day at Journey. All students will have their pictures taken for their student card and some families may choose to order a package. If you are interested in ordering pictures, students must present the order form when they get their photo taken.
Due to an unexpected increase in enrollment at our school, it has become necessary to reconfigure some of our classes. Today we were informed by the School Board that this will involve moving one grade seven class to a grade 6/7 class and one grade eight class to a 7/8 class. This may or may not affect your child. This weekend we will begin looking at making these changes with the possibility of moving early next week.
We understand students have begun to bond with their teachers and teachers with their students. Today we let the students know there may be a change and we ask that you have the conversation with your child about the possibility of moving classes. Staff will look at academic and social reasoning when configuring the new classes.
Thank you for your support. We hope we see all of you at Meet the Teacher Evening, Wednesday September 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Our Vision – “People Run to be Here!”
On Tuesday, September 8 we will open our doors and welcome students from grades 6-8 from East Sooke to Port Renfrew. Staff have been busy getting ready for students. There are fresh paints in the Art Room, lumber in the Woodworking Room and turmeric in the Foods Room. There are new soccer balls, volleyball nets and basketballs in the gym. The desks are neatly arranged, the floors are shining and many field trips organized. Most importantly there is an entire staff ready to begin a new year with our students. Now all we need is the 474 students registered to begin Journey’s 22nd year!
The first day of school begins at 8:40 a.m. and students will be dismissed at 11:58 a.m.
Buses will run in the morning and for early dismissal. Regular times will begin Wednesday. If you have not registered your child please fill out the form on the Sooke School District website www.sd62.bc.ca or paper copy in our office. If you are dropping off your child please remember to use the student drop off area (parking lot) and not to enter the bus lane. For everyone’s safety, please park in designated parking spaces only.
Class lists will be posted on the windows and staff will also be available to help students locate their classrooms. All grade six students and new students to Journey will meet in the Gym. Look for your teacher’s name and your teacher will meet you there and take you to your classroom. Parents are welcome to wait in the gym until their child leaves for their new classroom.
We will have recess on the first day so please remember to send a snack (students seem to be exceptionally hungry during the first week of back to school). Students will not be eating lunch at school Tuesday.
We use our website to keep busy families as up-to-date as possible. We try to send as little paper home as possible (the exception to this rule is the many forms you need to fill out and return during the first week). Our website will be your main source of information. We will alert you that the website has been updated via School Connects using the email address you provided. If this has changed and/or you would like to add an additional email address, please send this information to our clerk, Sandy at email@example.com. Many teachers also have class websites.
We will end our week with a BBQ and Welcoming Assembly on Friday. Enjoy the last long weekend of summer!