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Reflex Math – not sure what your child’s password is for practice at home? Call our office and we will give you that information.

 Our Halloween Dance was a huge success and thank you to all the parent and staff volunteers who helped make it run smoothly. There were some amazing costumes and judges struggled to come up with only one winner for each category so there are a few ties!

  • Best make-up – Noah H. (zombie)
  • Most scary – Christian Z. (mean pig)
  • Most funny – Weston W. (baby something)
  • Most creative – Paige S. (rainbow)
  • Most realistic – Cole (nerd); Clarke M. and Olivia C. (anime characters)
  • Cutest – Reilly R. (care bear); Madison T. (magic pony)
  • Most traditional – Gemini R. (Egyptian); Shaylin S. (Mexican)
  • Most original – Maddy F. (jellyfish)
  • Best homemade costume – Jordyn C. (cupcake)

Best Jack-o’-lanterns – Emily T. and Amelia B.

Thank you to the PAC for supplying the prizes! Free PAC lunch certificates.

Book Fair – The Journey Middle School Literacy Team would appreciate help from parents to run the November Book Fair. Please contact Laurie Gitzel to volunteer during the following times and dates:

November 19 Afternoon Shift One: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

November 19 Afternoon Shift Two: 3:00 to 5:00 pm

November 19 Evening Shift One: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

November 19 Evening Shift Two: 7:00 to 8:00 pm

November 23 Morning Shift: 8:00 to 9:00 am

November 23 Lunch Shift: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

November 23 After School Shift: 3 to 4 pm

November 24 Morning Shift: 8:00 to 9:00 am

November 24 Lunch Shift: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

November 24 After School Shift:  3 to 4 pm

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Tuesday

District Swimming program starts this Tuesday, don’t forget your permission slips, bathing suit, soap and towel if you are in this group (you would have been notified).

Orchestra – 5:30-7:45 pm at Journey in the band room. For more information contact Lorna Bjorklund at lornabj@hotmail.com

Wednesday

Fire Drill – today at 10:20 am

CHESS  Club- The Journey Chess Club is up and running. It meets today at Lunch in the Project Room next to the Main Computer Lab with Mr. Bryan. The focus is on fun and learning the fine art of chess play in a calm, kind and non-competitive environment.

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Subway ($3.50) Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets at EMCS – for more information see or email Mr. Bedard gbedard@sd62.bc.ca

Thursday

Exploratory – bring all your necessary equipment (ie: proper clothing, bike, helmet, sense of adventure, change of clothing etc.)

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

Jazz Band meets today at 8:15 am in the Band Room

Friday

Field Trip – Mt. Olympus Neighbourhood to Commonwealth Pool

S’mores by the fire – Ms. Johnston has booked her class to enjoy s’mores at our very own fire pit. Students should wear clothes suitable for a campfire.

 
 

Reflex Math – so many students, so close to reaching 100% accuracy. Remember you can access this program at school and at home.

Cross Country Team – Congratulations to our team who completed at Beaver Lake. Brody, Sara, Kyra, Samy, Oli and Maddy you represented yourselves and our school well. We are proud you are Journey Dragons!

Power of Being a Girl and We Day participants also represented themselves and our school well.  Thank you for being such strong ambassadors for Journey and our community of Sooke.

Tonight – Journey is selling refreshments at the Sooke Philharmonic Concert tonight at the Community Hall 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $20 per adult and children are free. Tickets available at the door.

Monday

Halloween Dance Tickets – on sale today for $5 each – tickets will NOT be on sale on the day of the dance (Thursday).

PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST – Student Council invites individuals or divisional classes to create a jack-o-lantern to submit for our pumpkin carving contest.  Pumpkins will be due on Thursday, October 29 and will be placed on display for people to vote.  Winner will receive a prize!

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Tuesday

Halloween Dance Tickets – on sale today for $5 each – tickets will NOT be on sale on the day of the dance (Thursday).

Orchestra – 5:30-7:45 pm at Journey in the band room.  LOOKING FOR BEGINNER VIOLIN AND CELLO STUDENTS.  STILL TIME TO ENROL.  CONTACT LORNA BJORKLUND AT JOURNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL for more information contact Lorna Bjorklund at lornabj@hotmail.com

Wednesday

Halloween Dance Tickets – on sale today for $5 each – tickets will NOT be on sale on the day of the dance (tomorrow).

Spook-a-gram sale – today at recess and lunch out of the kitchen.  Just $.50 each. Send a spook-a-gram to your friends! Delivery of spook-a-grams on Friday.

“CHESS, CHESS, CHESS”  – The Journey Chess Club is up and running. It meets every Wednesday at Lunch in the Project Room next to the Main Computer Lab with Mr. Bryan. The focus is on fun and learning the fine art of chess play. New chess beginners receive lessons while student chess masters look for new ways to polish their skills. To date we have had a wonderful turn out from all grades at Journey (usually there are 20 plus students participating each Wednesday) and students play each other in a calm, kind and non-competitive environment.

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Sushi ($5.00) and Hot Dogs ($2.00). Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets at EMCS – for more information see or email Mr. Bedard gbedard@sd62.bc.ca

Thursday

Spook-a-gram sale – today at recess and lunch out of the kitchen.  Just $.50 each. Send a spook-a-gram to your friends! Delivery of spook-a-grams on Friday.

Exploratory – bring all your necessary equipment (ie: proper clothing, bike, helmet, sense of adventure, change of clothing etc.)

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

Jazz Band meets today at lunch in the Band Room

Halloween Dance Tonight – Come and join in the fun from 6:30-8:30 pm. Dress up and enjoy dancing and hanging out with friends. Tickets will not be sold today and students must be in attendance all day to attend. Students are encouraged to bring a can of food for the food bank — WE Scare Hunger food drive for the Sooke Food Bank.

There will be prizes for:

  • Best make-up
  • Most scary
  • Most funny
  • Most creative
  • Most realistic
  • Cutest
  • Most traditional
  • Most original
  • Best homemade costume

Activities during the dance:

Photo booth, using a green screen, with backgrounds being added in via Photoshop (cost $1)

Fishing booth where students fish with a magnet and there are a variety of cards with prizes listed.  Pick the card and get the prize accordingly.

Guess the item (reach in and try to figure out the item) ($0.50)

PAC Dance food is pizza- $3 per slice, ice cream, chips, cookies, drinks $.50-$2.00.  Glow items $1-$2

Friday

Spook-a-Grams (purchased on Wednesday or Thursday) delivered today

PAC information from Journey PAC President Teresa Mason

Everyone is welcome to attend the next PAC meeting on November 10th at 7pm in Journey’s Annie Acreman Library.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!

Journey’s Halloween Dance is coming up on Thursday from 6:30-8:30. PAC is looking for volunteers to help out with concession and glow sales. Anyone wanting to help out please email Teresa mason92@telus.net

If you have one hour a month on Wednesday’s at lunch and would like to help with our hot lunch please contact Ken pacdad2@gmail.com

Lunch Punch Cards are for sale in the school office for $20. The cards have increments of $.50-$2.00 and will be punched as the student spends. For more information please email Teresa at mason92@telus.net.

 

 
 

Reflex Math – Congratulations! Lindsay D. is the second student this year to reach 100% fluency in Reflex Math. That means he knows all of his multiplication facts! Lindsay wins a Journey T-Shirt and one Free PAC lunch for his academic excellence. Other students are very close to reaching this goal too. Remember you can access this program at home too.

PAC information from Journey PAC President Teresa Mason:

Everyone is welcome to attend the next PAC meeting on November 10th at 7pm in Journey’s Annie Acreman Library. Journey’s Halloween Dance is coming up on October the 29th from 6:30-8:30. PAC is looking for volunteers to help out with concession and glow sales. Anyone wanting to help out please email Teresa mason92@telus.net

Every Wednesday PAC provides the students with opportunity to purchase hot lunch on a rotation of pizza $3.00, subs $3.50 and hot dogs $2.00/sushi $5.00 as well as a variety of beverages and snack items $.50-2.00. For your convenience we do have Lunch Punch Cards for sale in the school office for $20. The cards have increments of $.50-$2.00 and will be punched as the student spends. For more information please email Teresa at mason92@telus.net. Anyone that is interested in helping out on Wednesday’s at lunch can email Ken D pacdad2@gmail.com.

Monday

Federal Elections – polls are open 7 am – 7 pm. The results of the student polling station will be revealed on Tuesday morning.

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Japan Meeting – This meeting is for students who have signed up and for all who are interested in travelling to Japan in March 2016. 7 pm library. Come find out more about the trip and enjoy some traditional tea and goodies.

Tuesday

Picture Retake Day – Students can have their pictures re-taken today or if they missed having their picture done earlier in the year. If you would like to purchase a package, forms are available in the office.

Power of Being a Girl – A group of our students are taking part today in activities that inspire and challenge girls in our community.

Orchestra – 5:30-7:45 pm at Journey in the band room.  LOOKING FOR BEGINNER VIOLIN AND CELLO STUDENTS.  STILL TIME TO ENROL.  CONTACT LORNA BJORKLUND AT JOURNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL for more information contact Lorna Bjorklund at lornabj@hotmail.com

Wednesday

Chess Club meets today at lunch

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Pizza $3.00 per slice. Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets at EMCS – for more information see or email Mr. Bedard gbedard@sd62.bc.ca

Thursday

Exploratory – bring all your necessary equipment (ie: proper clothing, bike, helmet, sense of adventure, change of clothing etc.)

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

Jazz Band meets today at lunch in the Band Room

Grade Six immunizations for students who have handed in their forms

Friday

Professional Development Day – no school for students. The office will be open 8-4.

 
 

Congratulations! Brennan H. is the first student at Journey to reach 100% fluency in Reflex Math. That means he knows all of his multiplication facts! Brennan wins a Journey T-Shirt and one Free PAC lunch for his academic excellence. Other students are very close to reaching this goal too. Remember you can access this program at home too.

Monday

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday

Student Vote – begins today and goes on all week in classrooms

Cross Country Practice @ lunch

Orchestra course starts today, 5:30-7:45 pm at Journey in the band room.  LOOKING FOR BEGINNER VIOLIN AND CELLO STUDENTS.  STILL TIME TO ENROL.  CONTACT LORNA BJORKLUND AT JOURNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL. Special classes –5 for $50 through the Sooke Academy of Music –for beginning players—for more information contact Lorna Bjorklund at lornabj@hotmail.com

Wednesday

Great BC Shake Out Earthquake Drill today at 10:15. We will be simulating an earthquake (sounds over the PA system) and having students and staff, DROP, COVER, HOLD ON and evacuate the school. Families can find out more about being prepared at home at http://shakeoutbc.ca/

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)

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Subway $3.50 Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets at EMCS – for more information see or email Mr. Bedard gbedard@sd62.bc.ca

Band Parents’ meeting – 7 pm in the library.  Discussing events, trips and getting to know one another in this new school year.

Thursday

Exploratory – bring all your necessary equipment (ie: proper clothing, bike, helmet, sense of adventure, change of clothing etc.)

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

Jazz Band meets today at lunch in the Band Room

Friday

The usual early dismissal at 1:55 pm.

 
 

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 nnguyen@sd62.bc.ca

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. pacdad2@gmail.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 mason92@telus.net

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 mason92@telus.net.

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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 gbedard@sd62.bc.ca

Thursday

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

Friday

All the staff at Journey wish your family a happy Thanksgiving on Monday.

Upcoming Events:

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.

 

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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.

RSVP

Sincerely,

Jim Cambridge

 
 

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 gbedard@sd62.bc.ca.

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 pacdad2@gmail.com 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.