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Dunsmuir Office Hours:

The main office is open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm;  Fridays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.



Anyone interested in joining the robotics team, please remember, there is an afternoon session today from 3:10-4:30 in the Learning Commons.  There is no robotics session during literacy today.


Reminder that tomorrow is pizza day. Line up at nutrition break tomorrow, outside by the playground.  Pizza costs $3 a slice.


The Dunsmuir Store will be open tomorrow at lunch. The store is located in the front lobby by the gym entrance. Pop by to see new stock of clothing. We have more small and medium sized hoodies and t-shirts.


Grade 8 handballers  – today we have Cowboys vs Titans and Patriots vs Vikings. Next week we move to playoffs!!

The grade 6/7 boys’ rec team has games today at Journey Middle School.  Please ask to be excused at 2:45

The grade 7/8 boys’ rec team – there will be no practice today.

Reminder for the Grade 7/8 boys’ and girls’ competitive basketball teams, next practice is tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:30 am.


There will be no karaoke club tomorrow, Friday, due to MC Calds being away.  DJ Stew can’t run the show on her own. We will be back next Friday bigger and better than ever!  Make sure you sign up with your song choice outside Mrs. Stewart’s room #203 and let’s get this party started!


A reminder to choir members that there is a short rehearsal with Gil at lunch time today in the music room.  Please be on time!


There will be no SOGI meeting today due to absense of leaders.


Remembrance Day
Led by our leadership students, Dunsmuir will recognize Remembrance Day on Friday November 9th. Staff and students will observe Remembrance through an assembly including music, speakers, poems, and videos. Due to the capacity restrictions on the gym, the assembly will not be open to the general public. All students who are in Cadets, Boy or Girl Scouts, or other community leagues are encouraged to wear their uniform that day.


EMAIL TO PARENTS – November 7, 2018

Please visit our new website at http://dunsmuir.sd62.bc.ca/

If your child will be away, please leave a message 24 hours a day at 250-478-5548 ext 223.  The office needs to know to excuse any of these absences.  Thank you.

A reminder to all families that SD 62 and Dunsmuir Middle School is participating in a Pilot Project on Communicating Student Learning. Your child’s teacher will inform you in the near future of what you should expect in regards to how and when the teacher will be communicating student learning.
Many teachers will shift from traditional letter grades to a proficiency scale:

We are aware that change can be confusing and difficult for all involved. Please know that the shift in how we communicate student learning is supported by research and best practice.  As a staff we have been diligent in our learning and planning in this and look forward to evolve our practices as it pertains to informative and meaningful ways to communicate student learning. We appreciate your understanding and support during this important process.

If your child sold cookie dough, please make arrangements to pick it up at Dunsmuir on Wed, Dec 5th from 3:10-4:30pm in the multi-purpose room. The cookie dough will arrive that day, frozen, and needs to be picked up that day as we do not have much freezer storage space. See you then!

The end of the term is fast approaching. Last day of Term 1 is November 30. As alluded to in previous communications, your child’s teacher will inform you soon as to how they will be communicating your child’s learning. You can expect to receive your child’s Point of Progress (formerly Report Card) either on November 30, at the student led conferences, or, on December 7th. We encourage all parents/guardians to attend the student led conferences so your child can showcase their learning. Student ownership of learning and understanding of themselves as a learner is critical to student success. Thank you for supporting your child in their learning.

See attached; Also found on Community page; Parents

Hackergal is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to introduce girls in Grades 6 to 9 across Canada to computer science through the experience of a hackathon. With women vastly underrepresented in tech jobs all over the world, Hackergal strives to inspire a new wave of Canadian female coders to shake up the demographic and bring equality to the booming industry.  Dunsmuir’s Hackergal club will be starting this week, see Mrs. Wallace for more information.

Every Wednesday at lunch, we offer homework club so have your child bring any subject to work on in Mrs. Stewart’s class, room 203.

On Thursday, November 15th Dunsmuir will be holding a district wide Lego Robotics Tournament. The Tournament will take place in the Multi-Purpose room and the Open Area Picnic/Round Tables from 1:00pm until 3:45. The students will be coding Lego EV 3’s and completing tasks with their robots on a customized mat.

Dunsmuir Middle School is hosting a Purdy’s fundraiser to buy resources for our learning commons. Please support our school’s literacy goal by participating in our 2018 Purdy’s fundraiser. In the brochures, you will notice that the prices are the same as in the stores. This is because as a fundraiser, we pay the wholesale prices, so the difference is that our profit will be used to purchase resources for the learning commons.
Chocolate orders are due online (or in the learning commons) by Friday November 16th, and will be delivered on Thursday December 6th.
What you can do to help: Ask everyone you can think of to help us out! Ask your friends, family, neighbours, etc!
How to place an order: www.fundraising.purdys.com
Group code – 14028
Online Orders are preferred (reducing order errors); however, payments by cheque/cash can also be made by filling out the order form and bringing it to the CLC. **All cheques must be made payable to Sooke School District.
** Catalogues will be handed out to students tomorrow.
Please ensure that all orders have the student’s name, and their advisory number on them.
Thank you in advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Baas (sbaas@sd62.bc.ca)

We are opening our robotics team up to new members, starting this Thursday after school (3:10 to 4:30 or thereabouts). Any student who is interested in being on either the competitive robotics team, or the recreational robotics team, please meet in the Learning Commons after school this Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Baas, Danita Stewart, Nicole Wallace, or Sabrina Booth.

Fees are to be paid online.  See instructions below.
Parents, for those who are not familiar with the cash online, there are options for payment.  You can pay by credit, echeque and mywallet.  There is a 24 hour help line you can call at 1-866-961-1803.
We now have 738 Consents done!  We are so close in getting our whole school signed up.  See below for instructions on getting signed up!
Are you new to our school?  Ensure you have completed the online consent form. The consent must be completed or the school cash does not have authorization to pull student information from our database. Once the consent is done, please go to this link to pay fees:
Here are some additional instructions from our website on the consent portal: http://dunsmuir.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/09/School-Cash-Instructions.pdf.
When completing the consent forms and setting up your school cash account please make sure that you are using one of the email addresses we have on file.
Please make sure you are using your students PEN numbers which can be found on student report card or call the school at 250-478-5548.

Will take place on November 22nd from 1:30pm – 4:30pm and 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
This is also an EARLY DISMISSAL DAY.
We will no longer be running 10 minute interview times with the on-line appointment booking. This is Dunsmuir’s second year with Student Led Conference for parents.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences. The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. “In a student-led conference,students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and further guide the student to answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey & Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001)

The main purposes of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process. “When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational.  The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999)
On Nov. 22, students will be released for the day at 12:10pm and the school buses will run 3 hours early. We will begin our Student-Led Conference at 1:30pm and continue our day with the following schedule:
Afternoon Session 1:30-4:30pm
Dinner Break for Teachers 4:30-5:30pm
Evening Session 5:30-7:00pm
More information will come your way as we get closer to this date.

Student safety is very important to us at Dunsmuir Middle School. As with every school, pick up and drop off times are VERY congested and can lead to unsafe situations for pedestrians and drivers alike. Please consider the following as we try to ensure student safety:

  1. Pre arrange a pick up and drop off location a couple of blocks from the school with your child
  2. Avoid dropping your child off in the middle of the road- many cars stop in the middle of the road, in some cases, children are opening doors into traffic and oncoming cars as they get out of the vehicle
  3. Remind your children of the importance in using the crosswalk, looking both ways and if riding a bike to school, walking it across the cross walk- we will remind them of this at school as well


Monday, November 12th – Remembrance Day
Friday, November 16th – Purdy’s Chocolate fundraiser deadline
Thursday, November 22nd – Student Led Conferences, 3 hour Early Dismissal (12:10pm)
Friday, November 23rd – Non-Instructional Day
Friday, November 30th – Term 1 ends