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January 11, 2019

 

Dear Panther Families,

 

Here’s hoping everyone in our community enjoyed a restful and memorable break, filled with good times reconnecting with family and friends.  We are excited to work with your children in this term of the school year.

 

Illness and School

As we have had many students away for sickness, we thought it was a time to share some health-related information.  If your child is unwell in the morning, it is important to keep them at home, so they do not spread germs to the classroom.   Please make sure you have established someone to come pick-up your child, as soon as possible, when the school calls.

 

Cold and influenza season is here. As the weather gets cooler and we move indoors, so do germs. Children need reminders to decrease the risk of colds and flu at school and home by:

Washing hands often

Coughing and sneezing into their elbow

Keeping hands away from nose and mouth

Not sharing food or drink with others

Not sharing facecloths or towels

To help limit the spread of germs, please keep your child home from school and activities if they are feverish, coughing a lot, have thick yellow or green discharge from the nose, have vomited in the last 24 hours or otherwise unwell.

 

In addition to link on Colds and Flu we’ve included useful information related to other common childhood ailments.  We hope you find this information helpful.

 

Cold and flu

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/center1046

Whooping cough

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw65653

Strep throat

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/tv7012spec

Lice

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw51114

Hand Foot and Mouth

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/ty6230

 

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten in September 2019, please note registration begins at 8am Monday, January 28th and runs through Friday, February 1st.  All registrations are completed online and the link is below.

 

http://www.sd62.bc.ca/parents/registration/

 

The Saanich Moons

Last year, our school developed the Coast Salish Moons Project (proudly displayed on our school fence) based on The Saanich Year by Earl Claxton.  As we enter a new month, we will share with you the meaning and teachings associated with each of the moons.  We thank Tricia Cooper, our Aboriginal Classroom Program Assistant, for this information.

 

IENE – Moon of the Child

Mid December – Mid January

This is the time when the Earth starts to move closer to the sun once again. Things are warming up and everything in nature is being reborn.

Some of the twine that had been made from nettles is now woven into nets to be used for the reef net fishery. Each family group had a responsibility to produce a certain amount of net for the fishery and each part would be assembled for later use.

For those that were willing to take the risk, halibut fishing was available as the halibut had now returned to their traditional spawning beds. This is the season when fawns are born, so the arrival of this moon is the signal to stop deer hunting.

During the long nights, the telling of tales to children helps pass the time and the longhouse ceremonial dances continue.

 

Things to think about:

  • What responsibilities do you have in your family?
  • What kind of traditions do you have in your family?
  • What is reef net fishing?

 

 

In the Community

Check out what is being offered, right here in Sooke during Literacy Week!

https://southislandliteracy.com/sooke-family-literacy-week/

 

Parenting Programs on the WestShore – 9 week parenting program On Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am starting January 21st. Location: Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (CPAC) or Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm starting April 8that the Wale Road Family Centre in our youth room. Please contact parentingprograms@bgcvic.org or phone 250)384-9133 ext. 222.

 

 

Important Dates

January 28th – Kindergarten Registration opens at 8am online

 
 

If you have a child or know of a child who will be heading into kindergarten this coming September, there is important information for you to know and/or please share.

Registration period  is Monday, January 28 – Friday, February 1, 2019.

Register online here:

https://registration.sd62.bc.ca/apps/SookeStudents

 

 
 

December 21, 2018

Dear Panther Families,

We hope your family fared well in Thursday’s storm.  The wind has brought down some branches in the Forest area of our playground and others are caught up in the branches.  For safety, this area will remain closed until it is checked by an arborist.

Reflecting back on the first term of our school year, I am proud of the accomplishments of our students.  Together we cooperated, problem solved, accepted challenges and learned more about each other. Whether this is your first or last child in Elementary school, we know you have many experiences to celebrate.

Today, finds us looking forward to the Holidays.  On behalf of the staff of École Poirier Elementary, I hope your family has a wonderful Winter Break and excellent start to the New Year!

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten in September 2019, please note registration begins at 8am Monday, January 28th and runs through Friday, February 1st.  All registrations are now completed online and the link is below.

http://www.sd62.bc.ca/parents/registration/

 

 Important Dates

December 24th – Winter Break begins

January 7th – School re-opens

January 28th – Kindergarten Registration opens

 
 

December 14, 2018

As we wind down for the break, the children of École Poirier have been very busy and have much to be proud of! Not only did they bring in over 3000 items of non-perishable items to help EMCS smash their goal of 10,000 items to fill the Sooke Food Bank, they also performed through four spectacular Christmas Concerts.  The hallways were filled with food and song!  Thank you to everyone who came together and supported these events.

Next week will be a little calmer with a few divisions off on skating field-trips and we end the week with pajama day on Friday.  Be sure to remind your child to bring home any items that you don’t want sitting over the break in their classrooms such as lunch boxes, thermos or gym clothes.

Lost and Found

While it has improved, there are still some important items such as winter coats sitting in the lost and found. Take an extra minute or two to please take a look before next Friday.  Whatever is left will be bagged for donation.

Goodbye and Welcome

Goodbye Madame Sheldrick!  We are sad to see Mme Sheldrick leave our school for an opportunity in the Interior.  We have enjoyed working with her this year and wish her all the best in her future adventures.

Welcome Monsieur Weinstein and Monsieur Belanger!  Monsieur Weinstein will be working in Division 10 and Monsieur Belanger will be working in a variety of classrooms.   We are excited to have these two teachers join our staff and become Panthers!

 

The Saanich Moons

Last year, our school developed the Coast Salish Moons Project (proudly displayed on our school fence) based on The Saanich Year by Earl Claxton.  As we enter a new month, we will share with you the meaning and teachings associated with each of the moons.  We thank Tricia Cooper, our Aboriginal Classroom Program Assistant, for this information.

 

SIS,ET-The Elder Moon ~ December

The Winter Solstice is approaching us on December 21, the shortest day of the year.

Traditionally, as the days were short and sea travel was unsafe and unpredictable at this time of year, most time was spent indoors; nettles that were gathered earlier in the year were stripped and twisted into twine to make nets, ropes, and cables. Roughed out canoes were brought into the longhouse to be finished. Even though sea travel was unsafe, the beach was still searched during the night tides to collect shellfish

This moon phase also brought families together in the longhouse: families would get together to share legends and stories that would teach their children valuable lessons.

Things to think about:

  • Who or what is an elder?
  • In what ways do we show respect to our elders?
  • What kind of traditions do you have with your family at this time of year?
  • Are there any stories that are passed down in your family that teach you a lesson?

 

Important Dates

December 21st – Pajama Day

December 24th – Winter Break begins

January 7th – School re-opens

 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

December 7, 2018

There are two full weeks of classes before the Break and we are going to be busy!  Please take care of yourselves so you are healthy for the holiday.  If your child has caught a bug, please keep them at home until they are completely well.

Tomorrow starts with the second annual Poirier Christmas Craft fair. There will be wonderful food, entertainment, and a wide variety of vendors, the Poirier choir will be performing (choir members and parent/ guardian, please be at school by 11:15) and there will be kids cooking lessons with Indecent Risotto and photos with Santa.

Concerts are upon us!

There will be an afternoon concert (1:15-2:00) and an evening concert (6:30-7:15) on both December 12th and 13th.  Please look at the schedule below to determine when your child is performing (not listed in performance order).

 

Choir Members will need to check in with their teachers first and then report to the music room for the evening concerts.

 

Wednesday, December 12th – Concert 1

1:15-2:00    &    6:30-7:15

 

– Mme Chalmers and Mme Adsett

– Mme Dailey

– Mme Ralph-Bruce

– Mrs Green/Mrs. Murphy

– Mme Kelly (Taylor)

– Mrs. Bridal/Mrs. Powers and Ms Ralph

– Mrs. Zinkowski

– The Choir

 

Thursday, December 13th – Concert 2

1:15-2:00    &    6:30-7:15

 

– Mme Gates and Mme Jeffries

– Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Ridewood

– Mrs. Lineham

– Mme Beattie

– Mme Sheldrick

– Mme Robertson

– Mme Pyper

– The Choir

 Important Dates

December 12th – Christmas Concert

December 13th – Christmas Concert

December 24th – Winter Break begins

January 7th – School re-opens

 

 
 

November 30, 2018

Our Annual Christmas Food Drive is in full swing! A donation of any non-perishable foods would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the foyer. All donations will be added to the tally of the EMCS initiated 10,000 Tonight and will help fill the shelves of our very own local Sooke Food Bank.  Thank you to all of you who have brought in items, next week the themes are anything Italian and the final week is anything dinner.

A reminder that Monday is a Curriculum-Implementation day for teachers and therefore a non-instructional day for students, we will see you all back first thing Tuesday morning!

 Concerts in December

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, our Christmas Concerts will be Dec.12th and 13th.  There will be an afternoon concert (1:15-2:00) and an evening concert (6:30-7:15), both days.  Please look at the schedule below to determine when your child is performing (not listed in performance order).

 

Wednesday, December 12th – Concert 1

1:15-2:00    &    6:30-7:15

 

– Mme Chalmers and Mme Adsett

– Mme Dailey

– Mme Ralph-Bruce

– Mrs Green/Mrs. Murphy

– Mme Kelly (Taylor)

– Mrs. Bridal/Mrs. Powers and Ms Ralph

– Mrs. Zinkowski

– The Choir

Thursday, December 13th – Concert 2

1:15-2:00    &    6:30-7:15

 

– Mme Gates and Mme Jeffries

– Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Ridewood

– Mrs. Lineham

– Mme Beattie

– Mme Sheldrick

– Mme Robertson

– Mme Pyper

– The Choir

  

Reminders for drivers who are dropping their children off in the middle section of the traffic circle:

  • The vehicle driver is responsible to ensure it is safe for students to exit their vehicle and that the child walks in the crosswalk area.
  • When the vehicle in front of you stops, do not pass, a child may be exiting the vehicle.
  • All children and other pedestrians use the two crosswalks to safely walk across the bus lane. Do not drop your child off anywhere but the crosswalks.  It is too dangerous!

 

Joyeux Noel Craft Fair

Saturday December 8th 10am-4pm, Poirier Gymnasium

The second annual Poirier Christmas Craft fair is quickly approaching! We hope you’ll join us for some wonderful food, entertainment, and a wide variety of vendors. The Poirier choir will be performing, there will be kids cooking lessons with Indecent Risotto and photos with Santa!  Please go to our website under the Parent tab for all PAC information and events.  http://poirier.web.sd62.bc.ca/

 

In the Community

EMCS Society Pro-D day basketball camp – 9am-1pm. Dec 3rd. EMCS gym. Cost is $20. Grades 2-7.  Please contact Aimee at the EMCS program office, 250.642.6371 or www.emcsprograms.ca

Parent Network and Support – Please join us for an opportunity to meet other parents who have children with mental health challenges. There will be Christmas treats and snacks.  Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Saanich Neighborhood Place 3100 Tillicum Road Victoria, BC V9A 6T2   FREE OF CHARGE, to secure your spot please RSVP by phone or email to: lisa.tate@familysmart.ca / 604.878.3400

Healthy Schools Healthy People Newsletter

http://www.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/11/HealthySchools-Dec2018.pdf

 

Important Dates

December 3rd – Curriculum-Implementation Day

December 12th – Christmas Concert

December 13th – Christmas Concert

December 24th – Winter Break begins

January 7th – School re-opens

 

 
 

November 22, 2018

 

It was great to see all of the families who attended parent teacher conferences today, building a relationship between home and school is a great step toward helping your child succeed in the classroom. We thank you, for all you do each day to support teaching and learning here at Ecole Poirier.

 

We have started our food drive for the end of the year.  If you are looking to participate in themed items, next week, is Mexican Food.  Olé!

 

Christmas Concerts

Christmas concerts will take place on both days in the afternoons (1:15-2:00) and evenings (6:30-7:15) of December 12th and 13th.  This year the staff has decided to mix the French and English divisions to even out the number of divisions in each concert.  The afternoon and evening concerts will be the same to help families find a time that suits their busy schedules. We do not have a venue big enough to accommodate all of our families, at once. If you have children on different nights, we thank you ahead of time for your understanding.

 

Wednesday, December 12th – Concert 1

– Mme Chalmers and Mme Adsett

– Mme Dailey

– Mme Ralph-Bruce

– Mrs Green/Mrs. Murphy

– Mme Kelly

– Mrs. Bridal/Mrs. Powers and Ms Ralph

– Mrs. Zinkowski

The choir

Thursday, December 13th – Concert 2

– Mme Gates and Mme Jeffries

– Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Ridewood

– Mrs. Lineham

– Mme Beattie

– Mme Sheldrick

– Mme Robertson

– Mme Pyper

the choir

 

Joyeux Noel Craft Fair

Saturday December 8th 10am-4pm, Poirier Gymnasium

The second annual Poirier Christmas Craft fair is quickly approaching! We hope you’ll join us for some wonderful food, entertainment, and a wide variety of vendors. The Poirier choir will be performing, there will be kids cooking lessons with Indecent Risotto and photos with Santa!  Please go to our website under the Parent tab for all PAC information and events.  http://poirier.web.sd62.bc.ca/

 

Important Dates

 

November 23rd – Non-instructional day

December 3rd – Non-instructional day

December 12th – Christmas Concert

December 13th – Christmas Concert

December 24th – Winter Break begins

January 7th – School re-opens

 

 
 

November 16, 2018

It was a short but busy week here at Ecole Poirier. One of the many highlights was guest Lorna Schultz Nicholson, a Canadian author of several children’s books who shared her background along with the process of writing with the children. Lorna’s picture books as well as some of her chapter books will soon be available in our very own library!

Toys at school
Please have your students keep toys, slime, playing cards, etc at home, unless your classroom teacher is planning an activity with them. The classroom teacher will communicate directly with their class parents if they are allowing any toys or stuffies from home.
During lunch, students have many activities to join:
• peer helper-run activities (art and games)
• Gaga ball
• the new playground
• tetherball
• basketball
• schlockey
• the forest area, etc.
With all of these choices, there are many individual or group activities to join in, everyday; everyone is welcome.
We have had a particularly difficult time with Bey Blades, Shopkins and Pokemon cards being traded and stolen. These items should not come to school. The school is not responsible for personal play items brought by students.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Information on the Thursday, November 22nd Parent-Teacher Conferences was sent home by classroom teachers last week. Please contact them if you missed that information. We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

Lost and Found
We are overwhelmed with the volume of items left in our lost and found each week. In order to keep items organized, we are bundling up items when the cupboards reach capacity and keeping the clothing in bags in our storage for a couple of weeks. Students and parents are able to come and go through the bags anytime. We try to reunite items labeled with a student’s name, so please keep marking them.

Joyeux Noel Craft Fair
Saturday December 8th 10am-4pm, Poirier Gymnasium
The second annual Poirier Christmas Craft fair is quickly approaching! We hope you’ll join us for some wonderful food, entertainment, and a wide variety of vendors. The Poirier choir will be performing, there will be kids cooking lessons with Indecent Risotto and photos with Santa!  Please check under the PARENTS menu tab and then the Parents Advisory Council for the latest PAC Newsletter.

Important Dates

November 22nd – 11:45 Early dismissal (Parent/teacher conferences)
November 23rd – Non-instructional day
December 3rd – Non-instructional day
December 12th – Christmas Concert
December 13th – Christmas Concert
December 24th – Winter Break begins
January 7th – School re-opens
November 09, 2018