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April 11th, 2019

 

Dear Panther Families,

As April showers start quickly at unexpected times, please ensure your child has clothes to wear in the rainy, sunny, windy weather will make for pleasant adventures on the playground.   As well, all students need to have a pair of shoes they change into for inside the school.

We are very appreciative of our Facilities staff who have rebuilt the garden boxes and paved the play area at the front of the school.  It looks wonderful!

 

The Student Learning Survey

The Satisfaction Survey is an annual province-wide census of Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12 students, their parents and staff in public schools. The questions were developed with input from partner groups, teachers and experts in educational measurement and special education.

It usually takes about 30 minutes to complete the required survey questions – it may take longer depending on the number of questions added by schools and districts.

Surveys are to be completed by parents with children in Grades 4, 7, 10, and 12. A parent may complete a survey for

each child in the targeted grades.  Please contact Terri in the office and she will give you a unique login for the website below.

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm

 

Bus Registration Opens April 12

School bus registration for the 2019/20 school year opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 12!
(This is for school bussing starting in September)

Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!

As in previous years, we will be using the School Cash Online system for school bus registration. Registration is of course, free for families.

Register here

Please note:

  • Registration will open on time
  • Parents will not be able to select bus routes.
  • Experienced Transportation staff will place your child(ren) on the best routes as per your home address and school.
  • If you register by June 1, you will be notified as to which bus routes your child(ren) will be on before the end of the school year.
  • Bus passes will be handed out to middle and secondary students prior to or during the first week of school in September
  • Bus passes only apply to middle and secondary school students. Attendance will be taken in the elementary grades.
  • Drivers will begin enforcing passes during the first week of school in September.

Questions? Please check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions near the bottom of the Transportation page or contact the Transportation Department via email or call (250) 474-9845. Due to volume of inquiries, please allow 3-4 business days to receive a response.

 

PEXSISE

The Moon of Opening Hands – April

 Just as we open our hands to say “HÍSW̱ḴE” (thank you, SENĆOŦEN) all of the plants and trees are opening their petals and leaves to say “welcome”. All of nature is blooming and the Earth is renewing its strength.

This month, there is much less rain and the weather is much warmer; this helps dry out the land and enables the drying and preservation of foods. XEL,XEL,J (Brant geese, SENĆOŦEN ) were hunted and dried during this time. Clams, oysters, and mussels are also at their best.

Cedar trees are fallen at this time to cure for making things such as canoes. The warmer weather causes the sap to run, making it easier to strip the bark to weave for things such as clothing, baskets, and mats.

Before sheep were raised for wool, the Saanich people used goat and dog hair for spinning yarn! Their primary source of wool was a white, small, woolly dog that would shed during the warmer months; the hair would be gathered for carding and later, knitting.

Things to think about:

  • What animal hair or wool is used in other countries?
  • Have you ever tried digging for clams, or harvesting mussels or oysters?
  • How do you think cedar bark would be stripped from the tree?

 

Important Information

2019-2020 School Calendar is official – The new calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has been approved by the Board and is included below.

Parenting in the Digital Age – April 30th at EMCS 6-8pm, registration is on the Pacific Centre Facebook page.

A Parent’s Guide to Elementary Math – Come and learn the new math curriculum redesign on Monday, May 13th from 6-7:30pm at the School Board Office. RSVP to jdeboice@sd62.bc.ca

 

Important Dates

April 11th – Early Dismissal

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

May 1st – Camp Thunderbird Parent Meetings 3pm and 6pm

May 10th – Non-Instructional Day

May 20th – Victoria Day

June 5th – Talent Show

June 14th – Fun Day

June 19th-21st Camp Thunderbird (Grades 4 and 5)

June 26th – Beach Day

June 27th – Last day of school and End of Year Assembly

 

 

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 62 (SOOKE)

2019 – 2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Total Days in Session 188

Days of Instruction 181

Non-instructional Days 6

Administrative Day 1

 

School Year begins (All schools in session one-half day) Tues., Sept. 3

 

Non-instructional Day (District-Wide School Planning) Mon., Sept. 23

 

Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 14

 

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development (Provincial) Fri., Oct. 25

 

Remembrance Day Mon., Nov. 11

 

*Early Dismissal (three hours for all schools) – Learning Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews/conferences) Thurs., Nov. 21

 

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development Fri., Nov. 22

 

Last day Before Winter Break Fri., Dec. 20

 

Winter Vacation (incl. Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) Mon., Dec. 23 – Fri., Jan. 3/20

 

Schools Reopen Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

 

Graduation Assessments (Gr. 10 – 12) Jan. 21 – 24

 

Second Semester Begins (Secondary Schools) Jan. 27

 

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development (Tri-District) Fri., Feb. 14

 

Family Day Mon., Feb. 17

 

Last Day before Spring Break Fri., Mar. 13

 

Spring Break Mon., Mar. 16 – Fri., Mar. 27

 

Schools Reopen Mon., Mar. 30

 

*Early Dismissal (three hours for all schools) – Learning Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews/conferences) Thurs., Apr. 9 Good Friday Fri., Apr. 10

Easter Monday Mon., Apr. 13

 

Non-Instructional Day – Professional Development Mon., Apr. 27

 

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development Fri., May 15

 

Victoria Day Mon., May 18

 

Graduation Assessments (Gr. 10 – 12) June 22 – 26

 

Last Day of School Thurs., June 25

 

Year-end Administrative Day Fri., June 26

 

 

*Nov. 21 & April 9 will remain the Early Dismissal Days; however, the elementary and middle school parent-teacher interviews/conferences may be held

at an earlier date if the local school community deems it to be beneficial for communicating student learning to parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Bus Registration Opens April 12

School bus registration for the 2019/20 school year opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 12!
(This is for school bussing starting in September)

Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!

As in previous years, we will be using the School Cash Online system for school bus registration. Registration is of course, free for families.

Register here

Please note:

  • Registration will open on time
  • Parents will not be able to select bus routes.
  • Experienced Transportation staff will place your child(ren) on the best routes as per your home address and school.
  • If you register by June 1, you will be notified as to which bus routes your child(ren) will be on before the end of the school year.
  • Bus passes will be handed out to middle and secondary students prior to or during the first week of school in September
  • Bus passes only apply to middle and secondary school students. Attendance will be taken in the elementary grades.
  • Drivers will begin enforcing passes during the first week of school in September.

Questions? Please check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions near the bottom of the Transportation page or contact the Transportation Department via email or call (250) 474-9845. Due to volume of inquiries, please allow 3-4 business days to receive a response.

 
 

April 5th, 2019

 

Dear Panther Families,

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a great break and look forward to an exciting last term. A safety reminder to use extreme caution in our school parking lot, parking and walking your child up to the front of the school is a much safer option than having them jump out into the traffic.  We have had some close calls as of late and thought this may be a good time for you to chat with your child on always looking both ways before exiting a vehicle, as well as the importance of using the crosswalks.

 

Important Information

Journey Open House – Grade 5 students and parents please come to Journey for our Open House on Thursday April 11th from 5-7. This evening will give you look into middle school life and learning at Journey. We will have a Grade 5 Parent Information Meeting from 7-7:30 in the gym. We look forward to seeing all of our Future Journey Dragons and parents at the Open House!

Hockey Academy Registration – is open. Please visit the district website for more information and for registration http://www.sd62.bc.ca/academies/

2019-2020 School Calendar is official – The new calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has been approved by the Board and is attached below.

Sidestepping the Power Struggle with Allison Rees – April 6th & 13th – go to lifeseminars.com

Get Out and Play Poirier!  Grades 3-5, April 8-Jun 10 (no classes April 22 or May 20).  $64 for 8 weeks.  250-642-8000.

A Parent’s Guide to Elementary Math – Come and learn the new math curriculum redesign on Monday, May 13th from 6-7:30pm at the School Board Office. See attachment for details.

Important Dates

April 11th – Jump Rope for Heart

April 11th – Early Dismissal

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

April 30th – Parenting in the Digital Age (6-8pm at EMCS)

 

April 5, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

We are having a special day on Thursday, April 11th when we do “Jump Rope for Heart” to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  On this day, all students will rotate through 8 stations in the morning doing fun jump rope activities that promote physical fitness and heart health!  Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing comfortable clothing and running shoes.

Your child should have already brought home an envelope to collect pledges for this event.  He/she can also collect pledges on-line by going to www.jumpropeforheart.ca and registering under our school name by clicking on “join this school”.  Please note that all pledges are due on the day of the event, April 11th.

In order for this day to be a success we are asking for parent volunteers to help out at the various stations, setting up the stations, passing out jump ropes, turning ropes, assisting and encouraging students, etc.  If you are able to offer your assistance please email me at rneilson@sd62.bc.ca or complete the form below and send it back to school with your child by Monday, April 8th.

 

Thank you,

 

Rebecca Neilson

Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator

 

I am available to help out at the Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday, April 11th    between:

 

8:45 and 10:30 a.m.__________

 

Name: ___________________________    Child’s Name:  _____________________

 

Phone #: _________________________    Email: ___________________________

 

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 62 (SOOKE)

2019 – 2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Total Days in Session 188

Days of Instruction 181

Non-instructional Days 6

Administrative Day 1

 

School Year begins (All schools in session one-half day) Tues., Sept. 3

Non-instructional Day (District-Wide School Planning) Mon., Sept. 23

Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 14

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development (Provincial) Fri., Oct. 25

Remembrance Day Mon., Nov. 11

*Early Dismissal (three hours for all schools) – Learning Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews/conferences) Thurs., Nov. 21

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development Fri., Nov. 22

Last day Before Winter Break Fri., Dec. 20

Winter Vacation (incl. Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) Mon., Dec. 23 – Fri., Jan. 3/20

Schools Reopen Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Graduation Assessments (Gr. 10 – 12) Jan. 21 – 24

Second Semester Begins (Secondary Schools) Jan. 27

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development (Tri-District) Fri., Feb. 14

 Family Day Mon., Feb. 17

 Last Day before Spring Break Fri., Mar. 13

Spring Break Mon., Mar. 16 – Fri., Mar. 27

Schools Reopen Mon., Mar. 30

*Early Dismissal (three hours for all schools) – Learning Conferences (Parent-Teacher Interviews/conferences) Thurs., Apr. 9 Good Friday Fri., Apr. 10

Easter Monday Mon., Apr. 13

Non-Instructional Day – Professional Development Mon., Apr. 27

Non-instructional Day – Professional Development Fri., May 15

Victoria Day Mon., May 18

Graduation Assessments (Gr. 10 – 12) June 22 – 26

Last Day of School Thurs., June 25

Year-end Administrative Day Fri., June 26

*Nov. 21 & April 9 will remain the Early Dismissal Days; however, the elementary and middle school parent-teacher interviews/conferences may be held

at an earlier date if the local school community deems it to be beneficial for communicating student learning to parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

March 15, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

Warmer temperatures will be embraced as we all head off for a well-deserved Break.  We want to thank our PAC for working so hard for our children and our school community for being so enthusiastic and  supportive.  We are very lucky to work with such wonderful families, students and staff!

We will see you all back happy, healthy and rested on Monday, April 1st (no joke!).

 

In the Community

Get Out and Play Poirier!  Grades 3-5 on Mondays after school April 8-10th (no classes April 22 or May 20)  Register by calling Seaparc 250-642-8000.

 

Sooke Minor Fastball Association – Registration is Open! For more info or registration visit their website at www.sookefastball.com

 

Yoga for Kids

 April 18 – May 30th – Ages 6-10 years old – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – $28/7 classes

Taught by a certified Kids Yoga Instructor:  Alysa McIntosh

Being a kid can be a busy and stressful time between sports, friends, clubs and the other activities your little ones might be involved in. Help them balance their active lives with some peace and relaxation with our certified Kids Yoga instructor. Kids will learn yoga poses in fun, playful way while developing methods for calming their minds and bodies in their everyday life.  Please Contact Aimee at the Program Office to register – 250.642.6371 or register online at www.emcsprograms.ca

 

Important Dates

March 18 – 29th – Spring Break

April 11th – Early Dismissal

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

 

 

 

 
 

Dear Parents / Guardians

The Sooke School District needs your assistance to help shape how we communicate with you. We want to be sure we are communicating with our parents in the best way possible, so please take a few minutes to voice your thoughts.

Complete this survey by Monday, March 18 for your chance to win one of four $25 gift cards to Indigo books. Click on the image or link below to start the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SD62communications

Whether it be sharing information that helps parents support a child’s learning at home or communicating progress on a school expansion, it is important that the needs of parents and residents inform the District’s and school’s communications and public engagement efforts.

Thank you for sharing!

Sincerely,

Cathy Hussey
Principal
Ecole Poirier Elementary

 
 

March 08, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

Thank you to those parents/guardians that were able to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences last night, we appreciate you taking the time to meet, and we hope that your conference was able to provide you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress in school. A continued partnership throughout the remainder of the school year is a great way to help your child succeed in the classroom.

 

March Food Drive – please help us fill the Sooke Food Bank’s shelves, Poirier will be collecting non-perishable items for the Food Bank until Friday, March 15th.

 

REMINDER!  Sooke Sing-Out 2019

The Ecole Poirier Choir will be performing at the annual Sooke Sing Out on Monday, March 11th at Edward Milne Community School in the gymnasium.           

Students should arrive at EMCS at 6:30pm.  There will be a sign in the foyer directing you to our warm-up room, where you will sign your child in with Mme Arts and Mrs. Murphy.  Coats may also be left in this room.  The concert will run from 7-8pm.  Please pick up your child from the warm-up room at the end of the concert, and be sure to sign out.  There are no tickets or admission costs.

Students are asked to please wear all black for this performance.  Our yellow choir scarves will be available in the warm-up room.

Thanks for supporting your child in their efforts with choir this season!  We also send out a big thank you to Patricia Haisell, our talented accompanist who very generously gives her time to play for the choir.  If you have any questions about choir, please contact Mme Arts at the school at 250-642-0500.

 

 

In the Community

 

Sooke Minor Fastball Association

Registration is Open! For more info or registration visit their website at www.sookefastball.com

 

Yoga for Kids

  April 18 – May 30th – Ages 6-10 years old – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – $28/7 classes

Taught by a certified Kids Yoga Instructor:  Alysa McIntosh

Being a kid can be a busy and stressful time between sports, friends, clubs and the other activities your little ones might be involved in. Help them balance their active lives with some peace and relaxation with our certified Kids Yoga instructor. Kids will learn yoga poses in fun, playful way while developing methods for calming their minds and bodies in their everyday life.  Please Contact Aimee at the Program Office to register – 250.642.6371 or register online at www.emcsprograms.ca

 

 

 

Important Dates

March 18 – 29th – Spring Break

April 11th – Early Dismissal

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

 

 

 

 
 

March 01, 2019

 

Dear Panther Families,

At Ecole Poirier, we encourage everyone to practice kindness every day– kindness to themselves and kindness to others. On February 27th, the students and staff all wore pink to symbolize that we are kind and that we stand up for each other. “Pink Shirt Day” originated in Nova Scotia in 2007, when some teenagers organized a high-school protest by wearing pink in sympathy for a boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Now this day is recognized all across Canada and beyond.

 

Construction has started outside the front of the school on the area that we consider the ‘mud pit’.  Facilities is working hard to improve this area and we ask for your patience with our temporary entrance and exit routines until this area is complete.  Thank you Facilities for helping make our school even more beautiful!

 

March Food Drive – please help us fill the Sooke Food Bank’s shelves, Poirier will be collecting non-perishable items for the Food Bank for the two weeks from March 4-15th.

 

Thursday, March 7th is Parent-Teacher Conference Night.  Your classroom teacher will send out information for their specific classroom.  We hope to see you there.

 

In the Community

Sooke Minor Fastball Association Registration is Open! For more info or registration visit their website at www.sookefastball.com

Sooke Books for Breakfast – to register your child please contact Kate Barton at sookeliteracy@gmail.com

 

 

Important Dates

March 7th – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 18 – 29th – Spring Break

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

 

 
 

February 22, 2019

Dear Panther Families,

Another busy week has drawn to a close with lots of things happening around the school.  Our fire drill, as well as our hold & secure drill went very well.  Thank you to everyone for accommodating our practice as we work through various emergency procedures throughout the school year to ensure the safety and security of all students.

Snow days (school closures) are rare in Sooke.  Thank you to everyone for being diligent and listening to the radio and watching social media for information regarding schools and weather.  This year was unusual and we are happy to once again have more appropriate weather.

 

Pink Shirt Day – February 27th

Students are invited to wear Pink on Wednesday, February 27th.  This will show their commitment to promoting inclusion, friendship and standing up for each other.

 

School District 62 Appreciation Night with the Royals! Friday, March 1st!

Get your tickets now for our 4th annual District Day with the Victoria Royals!  The Royals will take on Prince George March 1.  Featuring:  Prize Giveaways, Face Painting, Special Performances, Chuck-A-Puck and More!  Participating schools will receive $1.50 from each ticket sold and the school who sells the most wins a whole school PIZZA PARTY!!

 

Island Health – Information for Students and Families

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.

 

Important Dates

February 27th – Pink Shirt Day

March 1st – Appreciation Night with the Royals

March 7th – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 18 – 29th – Spring Break

April 12th – Non-instructional Day

April 19th – Good Friday

April 22nd – Easter Monday

 

 

 

 
 

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