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Happy New Year – From all the staff at Journey!

Royals Hockey – For the first time ever, SD62 will have “District Day with the Victoria Royals” on Friday, January 29. This will be a fun event for families and friends of all SD62 staff and students to go watch a Victoria Royals hockey game for only $9, show some school/District spirit and have fun! Use promo code SD62NIGHT when ordering online at selectyourtickets.com/promo

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in the main lab

Tuesday

Culture Club today in the Kitchen at lunch. Everyone is invited to check out what we’re all about.

Exploratory #2 – Forms go home today and should be returned by Thursday (hopefully this extension will give families time to have both custodial parents an opportunity to sign waiver forms needed on some exploratory choices)

Encourage your child to try something different from last Exploratory by going over the form with them.

Bring only money for your number one choice (not all three).

Cheques made out to SD62 (NOT JOURNEY).

All forms must come to the office – NOT the classroom teacher

Employees of SD62 cannot be witnesses

Remind your child that getting forms in on time usually translates into a greater chance of getting an Exploratory of their choice

Exploratory #2 begins Thursday, January 14

Wednesday

Chess Club – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

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

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS

Thursday

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

Mindstorm Robotics Club – 3:05-4:30 in the Project Room

Friday

Upcoming Dates:

January 18 – Non-Instructional Day (this is a new one not in the original calendar) for staff to have workshops on the new BC Curriculum

January 27 – Anxiety Workshop with quest speaker Dr. Kristin Buhr 6-8 pm in the Gym. All Sooke parents and care givers are invited to attend.

 
 

On behalf of our entire staff, we want to wish you a happy holiday season. Please help your child remember to find some time to read and practice at least one multiplication table (and not just the 1s or 2s). The most important thing is to enjoy time with family and friends. Thank you to all our families for your support of our school. Being in the “middle” is a tough age and we’re right there with you enjoying even the tough bits.

A few teachers have asked me to pass on the following message: If families are upgrading their electronics this Christmas and are finished with devices that might still connect well to the internet, that we would gladly take them off your hands for use in the classroom.  Of course you would want to make sure that the devises are clear of any important personal data and we would need a working charger to also be passed on with it.  We are having our Main Computer Lab upgraded and are always looking for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom and having more devices that can access the internet wirelessly and that can take photos and video are always a great help.

Happy Holidays.

 

 
 

Power Outage on Friday – Thank you to the parents/guardians, grandparents, neighbours and friends who came by to pick up children during our power outage. We understand how disruptive it is to your day; however, we have to take our direction from our School Board Office when they make decisions for our safety. We haven’t seen two outages in two months since the school opened and hope this is the last of them for a while. Please always remember that your children are safe at school and we will always have staff at school to care for them. The positive side of this is that we are honing our dismissal procedures to make them run efficiently each time. A few things families can do: update who you have assigned to pick your child up, update your address and/or phone numbers if they have changed since the beginning of the year, understand that it takes time to sign out 478 students, and know the name of your child’s teacher.

Good Great News! – We have received some great news from our IT Department this week – A new (to us) Computer Lab will be installed over the Winter Break! Staff and students are looking forward to trying out new ideas on newer technology.

Thank you/Merci – to the Brooks Family for their donation of our biggest tree ever! Each year they donate a tree to our school from their Christmas Tree Farm on Whiffen Spit Road and our students decorate it with homemade ornaments. Thanks Quinton L. for taking on the job of Foreman of the Lights!

Presentation – A reminder that Journey is hosting guest speaker Dr. Kristin Buhr on Anxiety and Youth January 27th. She will present information that is relevant to some of the challenges facing our children today.  Journey is opening our school to all who are interested from 6 – 7 pm for parents, caregivers and educators. Please feel free to share this information with friends and enter the date into your 2016 calendar.

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Dragon’s Den – creative writing club meets in the Main Computer Lab at lunch today

Tuesday

Culture Club – meets today in the Kitchen. Everyone is welcome to check out what we’re making at lunch today

Field Trip – Our Life Skills students have been learning the art of gingerbread making and today they head out to Laurel Point Inn for Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase to see what can be accomplished.

Wednesday

Spirt Day – Today come with your most festive holiday hair. This can be your very own hair or a wig or holiday hat or . . .

PAC Lunch – enjoy Pizza today for only $3.00 per slice. Drinks and other goodies available too.

Choir – singers invited to join in at Lunch to sing and have fun

Chess Club @ Lunch in the Project Room

Student Council @ Lunch in Mme. Abell’s room

Sumo-bots @ EMCS 3:30-5:00 pm

Concert – Tonight our concert band, community band and Poirier choir will perform in our gym beginning at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday

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

Grade 8 students – Career Cruising parent permission forms due to the office by today.  This is important for you to sign up for courses at EMCS next year.

Friday

Talent Show –10:30 a.m. today our talented students and staff will perform on stage during our annual talent show. Families are welcome to attend.

From all of the staff at Journey Middle School we wish you a safe and happy holiday season. See you Monday, January 4, 2016.

 
 

Community Choir – The Sooke Community Choir invites everyone to their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 6, 3 pm at the Anglican Church on Murray Road.

Royals Hockey – For the first time ever, SD62 will have “District Day with the Victoria Royals” on Friday, January 29. This will be a fun event for families and friends of all SD62 staff and students to go watch a Victoria Royals hockey game for only $9, show some school/District spirit and have fun! Use promo code SD62NIGHT when ordering online at selectyourtickets.com/promo

Attendance – Our autodialer system will send parents an email when their child misses all, or part, of a block at school.  You will receive this message whenever their is an unexcused absence or late.  The bell rings at 8:40 a.m.  Please call the school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or use our attendance email (see front page of our website).

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in the main lab

Mt. Olympus Neighbourhood Meeting 9 am

Tuesday

Culture Club begins today in the Kitchen. Everyone is invited to check out what we’re all about. Your ideas are welcome too.

Suicide Prevention Presentation – Ms. Wiens and Ms. Lennox’s classes

Perogies! – Mrs. Maragh’s class is selling perogies for 50 cents each today outside the kitchen.

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

Wednesday

Spirit Day – Twin/Triplet and maybe even Quadruplet day! Dress the same as your friend(s) and no one will be able to tell you apart!

“CHESS, CHESS, CHESS” – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Shushi and Dogs! Drinks and other goodies also for sale

Sumo-Bot Club meets afterschool at EMCS

Grade Six Band Concert tonight at 7 pm in the Band Room

Thursday

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

Mindstorm Robotics Club – 3:05-4:30 in the Project Room

Recognition Assembly – today at 1:30 pm in the gym. Grade 8 Honour Roll students and grade 6-8 Effort Role students will be recognized today.

Friday

Mystical Main Neighbourhood Breakfast today at 9 am. Students will enjoy a bacon and egg breakfast as they come together to each with their teachers. Ms. Gitzel is always up for an inspiring speech and this year should be no different!

Upcoming Dates:

December 16 – Band Concert 7:30 pm Gym

December 18 – Talent Show 10:30 – Noon in the Gym

 
 

Change for Diabetes Campaign Last Day Tomorrow! Check the cushions and under your bed and bring in those final donations for Juvenile Diabetes. The class that can collect the most money wins a pizza party thanks to the Sooke Harbourside Lions Club.

Reflex Math – Congratulations! Payton C. and Zoey H. for reaching 100% fluency in Reflex Math. That means they know all of his multiplication facts! Both girls receive a Journey T-Shirt and one Free PAC lunch for academic excellence. Other students are very close to reaching this goal. Remember you can access this program at home too.

Our Book Fair was a HUGE success thanks to our Literacy teacher, Ms. Gitzel, parent and student volunteers! Because of your support each class was able to receive $50 worth of books. That’s a whopping $850 of free literacy! Thank you/Merci/Hych’ka.

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in the main lab

“Guatemala Action” are collecting small toys and toiletries to send to children in Guatemala. Meet Ms. Stannard in Ms. Kiefert’s at 12:30.

Tuesday

Culture Club begins today in the Kitchen. Everyone is invited to check out what we’re all about. Your ideas are welcome too.

Suicide Prevention Presentation – Ms. Barnes class

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

Wednesday

Spirit Day – Pajama Day. No need to get dressed, just roll out of bed and come to school. Okay, you should probably brush your teeth first.

“CHESS, CHESS, CHESS” – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

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

Sumo-Bot Club meets at

Grade Six Band Concert tonight at 7 pm in the Band Room

Thursday

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

Mindstorm Robotics Club – 3:05-4:30 in the Project Room

Friday

Christmas tree arrives in foyer today. We’re trying to beat last year’s record (7.4 meters).

First Term Report Cards go home today.

Upcoming Dates:

December 16 – Band Concert 7:30 pm Gym

December 18 – Talent Show 10:30 – Noon in the Gym

 

 
 

Dear Parents and guardians,

In late September, the Ministry of Education agreed to provide for two extra non-instructional days to the 2015/2016 school year. The Sooke Teachers’ Association determined that Monday, January 18, 2016 and Monday, April 4, 2016 would be converted from days of instruction to non–instructional days (NIDs). To decrease learning disruption, these days were chosen as they take place in different semesters. These days will provide critical training to teachers and staff about the province’s curriculum redesign. The new Kindergarten–‐Grade 9 official curriculum will begin September 2016 and the new Grade 10‐12 curriculum is scheduled for the 2017/2018 school year. For more information about BC’s new curriculum, please visit curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Jim Cambridge

 
 

Thank you/Merci to our parents, grandparents and guardians for attending our Conferences on Thursday afternoon and evening. We enjoyed meeting with you and welcome you back any time. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents” Jane D. Hull

Staff vs. Students Basketball Game to raise money for the Sooke Food Bank was an entertaining event to participate in and to watch. $102 was raised from selling tickets to the event. Thanks to the students and staff who came out to play for such a worthy cause. Final score 22-8 for the staff (not that they’re bragging)

Change for Diabetes Campaign Continues: Currently Mr. Elm’s class is in the lead; however, it is rumored that Mrs. Bridal’s class is being very quiet about their donations so far. Classes will have one week left to bring in loose change (bills are accepted too) to help the Sooke Harbourside Lions Club raise money for Juvenile Diabetes. The class that can collect the most money wins a pizza party.

Student Support:  We will be starting the annual IEP renewals shortly.  Parents of students with an IEP will receive information in the mail over the next few weeks.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Nguyen at nnguyen@sd62.bc.ca

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in the main lab

Good Grief Presentation – Ms. Johnston and Ms. Maragh’s classes

“Guatemala Action” meeting at lunch in Ms. Kiefert’s at 12:30

Book Fair – Check out books, posters and writing instruments at our Fall Book Fair. It is open today and tomorrow only before school, recess, lunch and afterschool. Do some Christmas shopping!

Tuesday

Good Grief Presentation – Mr. Elm and Mme. Abell’s classes

Suicide Prevention Presentation – Mr. Constable and Ms. Lennox’s classes

PFLAG Presentation – Ms. Wiens and Mrs. Barnes’ classes

Last Day for Book Fair – Check out books, posters and writing instruments at our Fall Book Fair. Today is the absolute last day to shop at our very own Book Fair! Open before school, recess, lunch and afterschool. Thanks to our student helpers.

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

Wednesday

Spirit Day – Dress as your favourite (appropriate) literary, TV, movie or video character!

“CHESS, CHESS, CHESS” – The Journey Chess Club meets today in the Project Room at lunch with Mr. Bryan.

Student Council meets today at lunch

Vocal Group – meets today in the Band Room at lunch

PAC Food Day – Sushi and Hotdogs. 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

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

Last Day for Term #1 Exploratory. Sign up for Term #2 in January.

Mindstorm Robotics Club – 3:05-4:30 in the Project Room

Friday

Last Friday of November! Dismissal at 1:55 pm

 

 
 

Journey is open and the power is on!

 
 

Monday

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

Global Action Staff vs Students Basketball game tickets on sale @ lunch $1 each. All proceeds to Sooke Food Bank. Game at lunch on Wednesday

Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club at lunch in the main lab

Good Grief Workshop – Ms. Lennox, Mr. Hopkins and Ms. Kilpatrick’s classes

Change for Diabetes Campaign begins today – Classes will have two weeks to bring in loose change (bills are accepted too) to help the Sooke Harbourside Lions Club raise money for Juvenile Diabetes. The class that can collect the most money wins a pizza party.

Tuesday

Lockdown Drill 10:15 – 10:45 the school will be locked and phones will not be answered as we practice our lockdown drill. You will not be able to leave or enter the school during this time.

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

Wednesday

Movember – Wear your best mustache today and raise awareness for prostrate cancer!

Global Action Staff vs. students B-Ball Game today at lunch in the gym. Tickets are $1 each and all proceeds go to the Sooke Food Bank.

“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 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 –  Pizza. 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

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

Students dismissed at 11:58 am.

Parent/Teacher Conferences 1-4:30 pm and 5:30-7 pm. Book your appointment on Conference Manager (Go to links on our website)

Book Fair – 1-8 pm today. Parent helpers still needed if you can spare an hour!

Friday

Professional Development Day – school not in session for students

 
 

Parent Teacher Conferences are November 19. Book your conference time online beginning Monday.

 Presentation: In the spring of last year, our School District hosted a session on Anxiety and Youth presented by Dr. Kristin Buhr.  Parents provided us with positive feedback about this session, stating that they found the content informative and relevant to some of the challenges facing our children today.  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Buhr will be joining us again on January 27th from 3:30 to 4:45 at Happy Valley School and at Journey from 6 – 7 pm for parents, caregivers and educators. In this way, parents have the option of attending an afternoon or evening session.  Please feel free to share this information with friends and enter the date into your calendar.

 Book Fair – Thank you to the parents who have signed up to help at our Book Fair. We need a few more people to make this run smoothly and put extra books in our classrooms. Please contact Laurie Gitzel lgitzel@sd62.bc.ca 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

Parent Teacher Conferences are November 19

Book you appointment on the Journey Middle School website beginning today

  • Go to the Journey Middle School website
  • Click on Calendar November 9 OR go to Links
  • From this location, you will find instructions to book your appointment
  • Having difficulties – contact Mr. Bedard 250-642-5881

Imagination Studio –lunch in the Project Room

“Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye – Journey Middle School is pleased to announce the formation of the new and exciting – Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club!

Budding writer’s, together with those of established and formative penmanship and coupe de plume skills, come and write on a subject of the day, or their own choice of subject, for an hour then share their work with other student scribe’s that same day (if they wish) – A short story, poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction – it’s all up to the writer. ALL written genres are welcomed. Themes on the day are suggested by Mr. Bryan our Dragon’s Den champion. This last week for example, the focus was on creation of Halloween written works designed to describe All Hallow’s Eve. All grades are welcome and all students are encouraged to discover, embrace and channel their inner Shakespeare! Come one, Come All to this weekly composition adventure. The only rule is that there are  … no rules when entering the wondrous and brave new world of the Journey Dragon’s Den Creative Writing Club! The Club meets each today at Noon in the Main Computer Lab.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with sleep, Better three hours too soon than a minute too late, We know what we are, but not what we may be. William Shakespeare”

Tuesday

Remembrance Assembly – the community is welcome to attend our Remembrance Day assembly today at 10:45 am. Our assembly will be opened by T-Sou’ke elder, Ms. Shirley Alphonse. We also have veteran, Mr. Joe Danylenko as our guest speaker this year. Our choir and band will perform and several students will read selected poetry and essays.

District Swimming program remember your bathing suit, soap and towel if you are in this group.

Halloween Pictures – If you had your picture taken in our Halloween Photo Booth at the dance, those pictures are ready for pick-up in the foyer at lunch today.

Student Council – meets today at lunch

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

Wednesday – Remembrance Day

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

Essays and Posters due – If you have a poster and/or essay to enter for this year’s Sooke Legion Remembrance Day Contest, please have them to the office by noon today.

Field Trip – Ms. Kilpatrick and Ms. Maragh’s classes are going to Charters Creek Salmon Enhancement Centre today to study the spawning salmon and the ecosystem they have returned to complete their life cycle.

Field Trip – Ms. Lennox and Mr. Constable are taking their classes for PE outside of the school today to Langford Lanes.

 
 

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.