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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

 
 

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