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Dear Parents / Guardians

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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

 
 

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