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With the outbreak of measles in Vancouver, BC, families may be wondering what steps they can take to protect themselves from measles. Vaccination is the best method of protection. All school-age children and adults born in 1970 or later should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine for full protection. Most people born before 1970 are immune to measles because of past exposure or disease.

Please take some time to check your vaccination records to see if you or your children need additional vaccination. Vaccination is available from physicians, pharmacists (for adults and children over 5 years), and public health units (for children). Call ahead to your healthcare provider to ensure that MMR is available at your appointment.

If you have any questions or would like more information about measles and MMR vaccine, please visit healthlinkbc.ca and immunizebc.ca.

 

 
 

$1.50 from each ticket sold will go directly back to our school. Let’s show our Poirier pride on March 1! Get your tickets now on School Cash Online.

Poster promoting district appreciation night at Victoria Royals hockey game

 
 

February 14, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

Well, a ‘one day’ week, leads into a long weekend and we return Tuesday for JERSEY DAY!!  The Grizzlies are coming and everyone is welcome to adorn their favorite sports jersey and welcome them to Ecole Poirier!

Thank you to students who helped make the Valentine Candy-Gram Fundraiser a success in spite of the snow.  The monies raised will be used to fund Peer Helper initiatives around the school.

Keeping in the hockey theme – Let’s build some extreme Poirier spirit at District Day with the Royals on Friday, March 1st!   Tickets will be $15 each and not only is it a fundraiser for our school, but if we sell the most tickets our whole school wins a PIZZA LUNCH!!  Stay tuned for details…

 

In the Community

 

SD62 WorkshopAfter The Disaster Post-Disaster Emergency Family Reunification

Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30-7:30pm Saseenos Elementary School – 6066 Sooke Rd.

 

Vancouver Island Parent Conference

Saturday, March 2nd 8:30-4pm

vipc.ca

 

Peter and The Star Catcher – Royal Bay Secondary’s Black Wing Theatre Company March 6th, 7th, 8th at 7pm & March 9th at 2pm

Special – Starcatcher Ticket Bundle from February 4th until February 15th–buy any 4 tickets for only $30! This offer is only valid for SD62 students, families, and staff.

Tickets are available at the Royal Bay School Office, 250-474-2377.

 

Important Dates

February 15th – Non-instructional Day

February 18th – Family Day

March 7th – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 18 – 29th – Spring Break

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With the possibility of snow again this week, please take a look at our weather procedures. Schools remain open if at all possible, including during snowfalls. It is ALWAYS up to the parent to decide whether or not to send their child to school during inclement weather.  Please

Please make sure to have a back-up plan for the end of the day, in case you are not able to reach your children. This would be the perfect time to make sure your emergency contacts are up-to-date.  

Weather-Related Closures & Cancellations

For instant updates and information posts, please follow us on social media:

We will also post to the SD62 Website: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/

Thanks for taking the time to look through this,

SD62 Communications Team and the Staff at École Poirier

 
 

February 8, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

Thank you to the amazing Sooke Lions who came out once again to bring to our school community a warm welcoming breakfast. They were up early to serve pancakes and the Poirier Panthers are so lucky to have so many friends that support us.

Let’s build some extreme Poirier spirit at District Day with the Royals on Friday, March 1st!   Tickets will be $15 each and not only is it a fundraiser for our school, but if we sell the most tickets our whole school wins a PIZZA LUNCH!!  Stay tuned for details…

Your feedback is wanted: Draft SD62 calendars for 2019-2022

The school district has posted draft calendars for the next three years. Please provide any feedback you might have to info@sd62.bc.ca. Feedback will be open until Friday, February 22, 2019. The SD62 Board of Education must submit a Board-approved calendar to the government by the end of March.

Check out the calendars here: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/schools/calendar/

 

SD62 WorkshopAfter The Disaster Post-Disaster Emergency Family Reunification

Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30-7:30pm Saseenos Elementary School – 6066 Sooke Rd.

Vancouver Island Parent Conference

Saturday, March 2nd 8:30-4pm

info@vipc.ca

 

 

Important Dates

February 15th – Non-instructional Day

February 18th – Family Day

March 7th – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 18 – 29th – Spring Break

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

 

 

 

 
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With the possibility of snow this week and next, please take a look at our weather procedures. Schools remain open if at all possible, including during snowfalls. It is ALWAYS up to the parent to decide whether or not to send their child to school during inclement weather.

Weather-Related Closures & Cancellations

 

For instant updates and information posts, please follow us on social media:

We will also post to the SD62 Website: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/

Thanks for taking the time to look through this,

SD62 Communications Team

 
 

February 1, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

What a community we have, and readers too!  Thank you to our families for making our Read-A-Thon a huge success and helping our school library. Pledge forms are still coming in but our last count was over $1200!

As we enter a new month, we will share with you the meaning and teachings associated with each of the Saanich Moons.  We thank Tricia Cooper, our Aboriginal Classroom Program Assistant, for this information.

WEXES – Moon of the Frog

February – March

Mother Earth is slowly warming up and the hibernating frogs are waking up from their winter sleep. As they wake, they announce the arrival of Spring and the Sacred Season of Plenty.

This moon was also a signal that it was safe to put the canoes back in the water and to start the herring fishery. Herring were caught in reef nets and later dried, which was considered a delicacy. Cedar boughs would be placed in the water close to the shore so that the herring could lay their roe on them, and the roe were also eaten.

The arrival of the frog was a sign to end the activities of the Winter ceremonial dances and to move outdoors to prepare for the season and await the return of the Salmon People.

Things to think about:

  • What signals does nature give us to start or end things?
  • In what ways do you and your family prepare for Spring?

DID YOU KNOW…?

As the Keeper of the Sacred Season, the frog is often seen on totem poles and in artwork to mark important events.

 

Your feedback is wanted: Draft SD62 calendars for 2019-2022

The school district has posted draft calendars for the next three years. Please provide any feedback you might have to info@sd62.bc.ca. Feedback will be open until Friday, February 22, 2019. The SD62 Board of Education must submit a Board-approved calendar to the government by the end of March.

 

Check out the calendars here: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/schools/calendar/

 

In the Community

Ready, Set, Read!

Join us for pre-bedtime fun!  We will be enjoying snacks, and listening to a few delightful stories and songs.  This FREE evening is for children ages 0-5 and their parent/caregivers.  Running shoes suggested. Wear pajamas if you would like!

Important Dates

February 15th – Non-instructional Day

February 18th – Family Day

 

 
 

January 25, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

 

All Visitors Are to Report to The Main Office

All visitors, including parents, must report to the main office upon entering the school. We ask that parents do not go straight to their child’s classroom. If you are dropping something off for your child, please leave it at the office, and we will make sure he/she gets it. If you are coming to pick up your child before 245 p.m., please report to the office, and we will call your child down. If you are coming at the end of the day, please wait for your child at their outside classroom door.

 

Your feedback is wanted: Draft SD62 calendars for 2019-2022

The school district has posted draft calendars for the next three years. Please provide any feedback you might have to info@sd62.bc.ca. Feedback will be open until Friday, February 22, 2019. The SD62 Board of Education must submit a Board-approved calendar to the government by the end of March.

 

Check out the calendars here: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/schools/calendar/

 

Kindergarten Registration

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

 

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

 

Literacy Week starting January 28th

Here are some of the exciting plans we have set for Literacy Week.

 

Monday/lundi Jan. 28 Tuesday/mardi Jan. 29 Wednesday/mercredi Jan. 30

Poem in my pocket

Students bring a poem to school in their pocket and read it to staff at recess and lunch.

 

Guess Poirier Teachers’ Favorite Book

Students can guess which book matches which teacher and enter a draw.

 

Literacy Trivia

Teachers will read trivia questions and students can choose the answers to enter a draw.

Bring your favorite book to school and share

Students bring their favorite book from home to share with their class.

 

Guess Poirier Teachers’ Favorite Book-continues

 

READ-A-THON

In the afternoon, neighborhood centers will be organizing stations for students. This will be a fundraiser for books for our school library.

 

Literacy Trivia

Teachers will read trivia questions and students can choose the answers to enter a draw.

Hand in all Literacy Trivia and Guess Poirier Teachers’ Favorite Book entries to draw box by recess.

 

Closing Assembly

At 1:15 will be our literacy week assembly, including draws and a staff reader’s theatre.

Important Dates

January 28th – Kindergarten Registration opens at 8am online

February 15th – Non-instructional Day

February 18th – Family Day

 

 

 

 
 

January 18, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

As we near the end of January we also find ourselves in a busy part of the school year.  We are sending a gentle reminder to our families that our first bell is at 8:45. We understand that occasionally students are unable to arrive on time, for a variety of reasons.  We will continue to warmly welcome our students whenever they arrive.  However, it would be helpful for classrooms and the office to have fewer students arriving after the bell. Thank you for your efforts.

 

Weather Appropriate Clothing

With more seasonal weather upon us, please remember to dress your child appropriately for the conditions. In general, and weather permitting, we believe it is best for students to be outside at break times for fresh air and exercise. Having warm and waterproof clothing, boots, dry socks and gloves at school or in a backpack is very helpful and reduces the need for students calling home for these items to be brought to school by parents.

 

Reminder: No pets on school property

A friendly reminder that dogs and other pets are not allowed on school property. While we’re sure you clean up after your dog, accidents do happen. For health and sanitary reasons, pets are not allowed inside or outside on school property.

At times students and teachers might seek approval from the Principal to bring in a pet. We make sure there aren’t any allergies or specific concerns anyone in the school may have. Examples when a pet may be granted access on school property include:

  • Vision, hearing and service dogs.
  • Police dogs under the control of a police officer.
  • Pets for show-and-tell.
  • Small pets kept in classrooms under the supervision and care of a teacher.
  • A demonstration at a school assembly.

Thank you for your understanding and for adhering to the school district’s policy D-121 about this matter. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at École Poirier.

 

Kindergarten Registration

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

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

 

 

In the Community

Sooke Horseshoe Club

Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association (SHPA) is a non-profit organization.  The Peewee division is co-ed for youth 7-12 years old. They pitch from 20 feet and throw regulation shoes.

Junior division is divided into youth male and female for ages 13-17 years old. They pitch from 27 feet and throw regulation shoes.

SHPA youth program runs April through to August and is a FREE activity. Pitching shoes can be provided, or you may purchase your own.  Competitive play for youth is free to attend.

SHPA will provide opportunities to participate in single and team versions including recreational and competitive league. Fundamentals will be presented and reinforced through fun filled training.

 

http://sookehorseshoes.weebly.com/

 

Parenting Without Power Struggles

Parenting a Preteen?  Would you like to feel better prepared for adolescents?

LOCATION: Westshore Child, Youth, and Family Centre – 345 Wale Rd.
DATE:  Mondays 6:30-8:30pm starting April 8th (9 weeks)
COSTS: $60/person, $90/family – subsidies available
REGISTRATION: Please contact for more information on registration
CONTACT: Beth at (250) 384-9133 ext 222 or parentingprograms@bgcvic.org

  

Important Dates

January 28th – Kindergarten Registration opens at 8am online

February 15th – Non-instructional Day

February 18th – Family Day

 

 

 
 

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