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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


Whooping cough


Strep throat




Hand Foot and Mouth



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.




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!



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