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EMAIL TO PARENTS – April 14, 2021

Current Parent info:

GRADE 6 & 7 PARENTS
Course forms have been sent electronically to your main email address for the fall. Please complete these with your child and submit by next Thursday, April 22nd. Course form links for incoming Grade 6 students were sent to those parents by email as well.
Course Forms for Students moving into Grade 7 in Sep: https://forms.gle/ubMgjUT3Yf8BsR3y8

Course Forms for Students moving into Grade 8 in Sep: https://forms.gle/kimfHbPiiKZVQ49XA

MUSIC PROGRAM – BEGINNING BAND 6 & 7
Is your child in grade 6 and didn’t get to take Beginning Band this year? Do you have a child who wants to learn a musical instrument? Next year Dunsmuir offers both Beginning Band 6 and Beginning Band 7. I have prepared a presentation which will also be shared with the current grade 5 students but please go through this yourself or with your child. It will provide some information about opportunities available to students next year in music. Click here to see the presentation: http://bit.ly/dmsmusicprogram
Sign up for the music program takes place on the course selection forms. Please let me (Fabian Duque-Park) know if you have any questions: fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca

NATIONAL FILM MAKING CONTEST
Congratulations to Rebecca MacDonald, Lucrecia Cummings, Aaliya Samra, Kelsey Pavesic, Emma Wevers, Madison Forno, Madeline Burrows and Jennah McNabb for entering the National Film Making Contest, “Talk with our Kids about Money”.  A special congratulations to Erica Caldwell and Daryn Buckham for making it into the semi-finals. Their film, “Where Does Your Money Go” was selected to be one of 30 semi- finalist submissions from across Canada.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES – APRIL 15th (3 HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL)
The district date for student led conferences is April 15. Much like the fall sessions, some teachers will complete these on April 15th, while others will have connected with you ‘along the way.’ Please understand that most teachers will reach out to the families of students who are struggling at this time to set up an opportunity for a phone call, virtual meeting, etc. If you child’s teacher does not have any specific concerns with regards to your child’s learning, they will likely not contact you. As is always the case, if you have any specific concerns in relation to your child’s learning, you should reach out to the teacher at any time. Please see communication from your child’s teacher for more information/details on this.  Buses will run three hours early this day.  Reminder Non-instructional day on Monday, April 19th.

Previous Current Parent info:


ARTSTARTS PERFORMANCE

Thank you to the PAC for funding our first schoolwide performance yesterday from Artstarts! Stephanie Morin-Robert joined us online and shared her experiences and challenges with losing an eye to cancer, and all the fun she had going through life freaking people out with the glass eyes! It was a touching, funny, and memorable performance, and really showed us that we should embrace what makes us each unique! Thanks to the students and staff for engaging with Stephanie throughout the performance and stay tuned for our next performance in May for Grade 7 & 8 students by Kiérah, a multi-award winning violinist and Celtic fiddler.

DUNSMUIR PAC MEETING ON MS TEAMS – APRIL 27TH
DMS PAC next meeting is on April 27 @ 6:30 pm. If you interested in getting involved and perhaps considering taking on a position next school year, please feel free to attend the next meeting. All of the contact info for DMS PAC is on our school website should you be looking for more information or to attend the online meeting.  The link for this meeting will be given at a later date.  For more information, please click the link to our website: http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council/

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports.  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services

2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.

PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

STUDENT LEARNING SURVEY – DEADLINE APRIL 30TH
To take the survey, c
lick the link Student Learning Survey – Province of British Columbia (awinfosys.com)
Located on Parents; Community website page.

UPDATED MASK WEARING GUIDELINES
Letter to families: New guidelines; Located on Parents; Community website page.

  • Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:
  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors
  • This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work-stations

Exceptions

  • Masks are required to be worn unless:
    • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
    • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
    • A person is eating or drinking;
    • A person is behind a barrier;

On the school bus:
Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

Exceptions

  • The direction above does not apply as follows:
    • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
    • While eating or drinking.

As we have just received the information, more detail regarding music and PHE classes will be available soon.

Places masks are not required
When inside their learning group, students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities to move their classes outside. Masks are still to be worn outside when travelling in mixed learning groups or ‘crossing paths’ with students outside of your learning group (i.e. before, after school and while traveling to and from your assigned lunch rotation station). Protocol for wearing masks outside remains unchanged from pre spring break.

WATER BOTTLES
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.

UPCOMING DATES:
Thursday, April 15th – Student Learning Conferences, 3 Hour Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
Monday, April 19th – Non-Instructional day
Thursday, April 22nd – Earth Day
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm
Friday, April 30th – Student Learning Survey Deadline

 

 
 

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – April 7, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
I hope that you are all well. You should all have received the exposure/cluster notification letters over the weekend. Here a few things to keep in mind as we move through the next few weeks.

  • The school district takes all direction from Island Health in the event of a school exposure or any other public health concern. This includes all aspects of communication and risk assessments related to the exposure. We will continue to work with Island Health as required and communicate with you accordingly in as timely a manner as possible.
  • In an effort to keep our school as safe as possible, please remain vigilant in following all of the guidelines, completing the daily health check and ensuring that your child remains at home if experiencing any symptoms or has travelled contrary to public health orders.
  • We will continue to prioritize health and safety above all else as we move forward this school year. We will continue to remind and enforce adherence to the guidelines and protocols in place to ensure our building is as safe as is possible for both staff and students.
  • Some parents have reached out to indicate that they are going to keep their child at home for a week or two and asked if the school will be providing work or learning options at home. For clarity and to be consistent and in line with what was articulated at the beginning of the year to all families, SD 62 is not offering a “hybrid” option of learning. To this end, if you decide to keep your child home, please understand that it is not the responsibility of the teacher(s) to provide missing work or learning opportunities or run a parallel educational program to what they are doing in the classroom.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate through these times. We are all doing the best that we are able.

Thank you,
Mark

Current Parent info:

ARTSTARTS PERFORMANCE

Thank you to the PAC for funding our first schoolwide performance yesterday from Artstarts! Stephanie Morin-Robert joined us online and shared her experiences and challenges with losing an eye to cancer, and all the fun she had going through life freaking people out with the glass eyes! It was a touching, funny, and memorable performance, and really showed us that we should embrace what makes us each unique! Thanks to the students and staff for engaging with Stephanie throughout the performance and stay tuned for our next performance in May for Grade 7 & 8 students by Kiérah, a multi-award winning violinist and Celtic fiddler.


Previous Current Parent info:


DUNSMUIR PAC MEETING ON MS TEAMS – APRIL 27
TH
DMS PAC next meeting is on April 27 @ 6:30 pm. If you interested in getting involved and perhaps considering taking on a position next school year, please feel free to attend the next meeting. All of the contact info for DMS PAC is on our school website should you be looking for more information or to attend the online meeting.  The link for this meeting will be given at a later date.  For more information, please click the link to our website: http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council/

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports.  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services

2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.

PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

STUDENT LEARNING SURVEY – DEADLINE APRIL 30TH
To take the survey, c
lick the link Student Learning Survey – Province of British Columbia (awinfosys.com)
Located on Parents; Community website page.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES – APRIL 15th (3 HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL)
The district date for student led conferences is April 15. Much like the fall sessions, some teachers will complete these on April 15th, while others will have connected with you ‘along the way.’ Please understand that most teachers will reach out to the families of students who are struggling at this time to set up an opportunity for a phone call, virtual meeting, etc. If you child’s teacher does not have any specific concerns with regards to your child’s learning, they will likely not contact you. As is always the case, if you have any specific concerns in relation to your child’s learning, you should reach out to the teacher at any time. Please see communication from your child’s teacher for more information/details on this.

UPDATED MASK WEARING GUIDELINES
Letter to families: New guidelines; Located on Parents; Community website page.

  • Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:
  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors
  • This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work-stations

Exceptions

  • Masks are required to be worn unless:
    • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
    • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
    • A person is eating or drinking;
    • A person is behind a barrier;

On the school bus:
Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

Exceptions

  • The direction above does not apply as follows:
    • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
    • While eating or drinking.

As we have just received the information, more detail regarding music and PHE classes will be available soon.

Places masks are not required
When inside their learning group, students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities to move their classes outside. Masks are still to be worn outside when travelling in mixed learning groups or ‘crossing paths’ with students outside of your learning group (i.e. before, after school and while traveling to and from your assigned lunch rotation station). Protocol for wearing masks outside remains unchanged from pre spring break.

WATER BOTTLES
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.

UPCOMING DATES:
Thursday, April 15th – Student Learning Conferences, 3 Hour Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
Monday, April 19th – Non-Instructional day
Thursday, April 22nd – Earth Day
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm
Friday, April 30th – Student Learning Survey Deadline

 
 

Dear Parents, Guardians, Families and Staff,

This letter is to provide notification that an additional member of your school community has tested
positive for COVID-19.

The individuals in this cluster are isolating and are being followed by Island Health.

Dates of potential exposure in the school community occurred:

Mar 29, 30, 31, April 1, 2021

Island Health is completing contact tracing to identify any staff or students that need to self-isolate or
self-monitor for symptoms.

Receiving this letter does not mean you or your child has been exposed to COVID-19.

The intent of this letter is to share information with the school community and advise you on next
steps being taken by Island Health.

HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?

COVID-19 is primarily spread by the respiratory droplets an infected person produces when they
breathe, cough, sneeze, talk, or sing. If you are in close contact with an infected person for a prolonged
period of time, the virus can enter your body if droplets get into your throat, nose, or eyes.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

  • Phone calls or letters will be sent to staff and students that Island Health has identified as needing to
    self-isolate for 14 days from when they were exposed.
  • If you do not receive a phone call or letter, continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and
    seek testing and self-isolate if symptoms begin.
  • For privacy reasons, we cannot give out any specific details on the COVID-19 exposure other than the information provided above.

Yours in health,

Sandra Allison, MD, MPH, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC
Medical Health Officer
Island Health

Dee Hoyano, MD, FRCPC
Medical Health Officer
Island Health

Scott Stinson
Superintendent of Schools/CEO
Sooke School District

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – March 31, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,

Welcome back! It was great to see all of the students returning following spring break. We are looking forward to some warmer weather, blue skies and the next (3) months of the school year. This is the time of year when we find many students need reminders and support to stay focused and engaged in their learning as other distractions begin to mount. For some students, they begin thinking about a transition to high school, while for others it is the improved weather, a change in community sports, longer days (day light) among other things that can serve as a distraction. We are looking forward to supporting all of our students with a strong spring at school. You likely heard of the adjustments to some of our covid-19 guidelines and protocols. We take all of our direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Education and Vancouver Island Health. As I have stated previously, we continue to prioritize safety and health above all else. As such, we will continue to implement all of the guidelines as they adjust with the times. We thank you for your support and understanding as we adjust ‘on the fly’ to the changes as they arise.
Please see below for some further information:


Current Parent info:

UPDATED MASK WEARING GUIDELINES
Letter to families: New guidelines; Located on Parents; Community website page.

  • Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:
  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors
  • This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work-stations

Exceptions

  • Masks are required to be worn unless:
    • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
    • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
    • A person is eating or drinking;
    • A person is behind a barrier;

On the school bus:
Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

Exceptions

  • The direction above does not apply as follows:
    • To a bus driver while driving;
    • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
    • While eating or drinking.

As we have just received the information, more detail regarding music and PHE classes will be available soon.

Places masks are not required
When inside their learning group, students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities to move their classes outside. Masks are still to be worn outside when travelling in mixed learning groups or ‘crossing paths’ with students outside of your learning group (i.e. before, after school and while traveling to and from your assigned lunch rotation station). Protocol for wearing masks outside remains unchanged from pre spring break.

GO GIRLS ONLINE YOUTH GROUP
For more information to register, go to Parents; Community page.

STUDENT LEARNING SURVEY – DEADLINE APRIL 30TH
To take the survey, c
lick the link Student Learning Survey – Province of British Columbia (awinfosys.com)

Student Learning Survey (SLS) has been administered every year in B.C. public schools

since 2001. Prior to 2016-17 it was known as the Student Satisfaction Survey. The SLS provides feedback on the implementation of the curriculum changes, learning environment, student

wellness and satisfaction, student belonging and engagement, and career preparation. The SLS is

the only source of province-wide information about students’ learning experiences through the

perspectives of students, parents, guardians/caregivers, and school staff. Schools and districts use the SLS to make informed decisions around long-term planning and goal-setting, and in

providing individual students personalized support.

We’ve worked in collaboration with the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

(BCCPAC) to update the parent and guardian/caregiver survey in 2018/19 and make it more

useful for parent, guardians/caregivers, teachers, and schools. Your valued participation is an

important contribution to improving the educational experiences of children.

The parent and guardian/caregiver survey is now available online at

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm  and is available in 18 different languages. The

survey will be available until Friday, April 30th, and will take approximately 30 minutes to

complete. Your responses are voluntary and anonymous, and your child will not be identified as a result of your participation in the survey. Any personal or identifying information will be

deleted before results are stored. Data will be stored and accessible only within Canada.

The results of the parent and guardian/caregiver SLS survey will be available through the

Ministry of Education website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-

12/support/student-learning-survey) and on the BCCPAC website (https://bccpac.bc.ca/) in summer 2021.
See Attached; Also located on Parents; Community website page.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES
 the district date for student led conferences is April 15. Much like the fall sessions, some teachers will complete these on April 15 , while others will have connected with you ‘along the way.’ Please understand that most teachers will reach out to the families of students who are struggling at this time to set up an opportunity for a phone call, virtual meeting, etc. If you child’s teacher does not have any specific concerns in regards to your child’s learning, they will likely not contact you. As is always the case, if you have any specific concerns in relation to your child’s learning, you should reach out to the teacher at any time. Please see communication from your child’s teacher for more information/details on this.

VIRTUAL GALLERY!  DEADLINE MARCH 31ST
This Wednesday is the Deadline for the Virtual Gallery for Westshore students.
For more information, go to Parents; Community page.

YEARBOOK UPDATE!
We have 16 yearbooks left for sale.  We have extended the sale date until this THURSDAY, APRIL 1st.  After that, there will be NO MORE presales and you will have to wait and see if we have any extras left when they arrive.  Order yours TODAY so you are not disappointed when these crazy, one of a kind yearbooks, from a crazy, one of a kind year, arrive.
Any questions about ordering email ecovey@sd62.bc.ca
Any other questions email dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

Previous Current Parent info:

DUNSMUIR PAC MEETING ON MS TEAMS – APRIL 27TH
DMS PAC next meeting is on April 27 @ 6:30 pm. If you interested in getting involved and perhaps considering taking on a position next school year, please feel free to attend the next meeting. All of the contact info for DMS PAC is on our school website should you be looking for more information or to attend the online meeting.  The link for this meeting will be given at a later date.  For more information, please click the link to our website: http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council/

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports.  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services

2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.

PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

WATER BOTTLES
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.

UPCOMING DATES:
Thursday, April 1st – Yearbook deadline
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm
Friday, April 30th – Student Learning Survey Deadline

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – March 10, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
We hope that you all enjoy the spring break to the greatest extent possible. Hopefully the weather cooperates, and everyone can get out for some fun in the sun. Please see below for a few information items:

  • In the spring, each student will need to indicate whether or not they are taking Band, Choir, Jazz Band or academies for next school year. Please pay attention for this in April.
  • We look forward to welcoming students back to successful conclusion to the year following spring break. Please remind your children to follow all of COVID Protocols upon their return and remember that if your child is showing signs of illness, they should remain home until symptom free.
  • We will be visiting elementary schools in April to meet the new students and continue with the transition process.
  • For those families who are new to DMS and missed the parent info night, a video of the evening will soon be posted to our website.
    We wish you and your families the very best over the spring break.
    Take care

Current Parent info:
ACADEMY ONLINE REGISTRATIONS

DANCE ACADEMY – DEADLINE MARCH 12TH
Dance Academy online registration/completed application packages – deadline is this Friday, March 12th.  Please see attached for application package.  For more info, please click the link for website:  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

MIDDLE SCHOOL GOLF ACADEMY REGISTRATION
The Golf Academy will run after school on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays.
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

SOCCER ACADEMY – DEADLINE MARCH 12TH
The deadline for applications to the soccer academy is Friday March 12th. There are two parts to the application 1) online registration through the school district website and 2) application process submitted through the school that includes a reference from your child’s teacher. Some families have completed one but not the other. Visit the academy’s website for more information (link below) or email Mr. Vavala at dvavala@sd62.bc.ca.
http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/programs/academies/soccer-academy/

SPIRIT DAY FRIDAY
For our last spirit day before Spring Break, leadership 8 presents: ‘60s or 16th century day! Come dressed in your tie-dye or as your favourite Beatle. Maybe the Tudor Age inspires you and you want to dress like Henry the VIII or Leonardo Da Vinci. Bonus if students pull off both! Groooovy man.

 Previous Current Parent info:

DANCE ACADEMY
Is currently getting ready for their online dance recital competitions. We look forward to seeing the finished product.

DUNSMUIR DANCE MUSIC IDENTIFICATION COMPETITION

We are pumping some favorites from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s each morning as each class tries to identify the song and artist as they compete for prizes. 

DUNSMUIR PAC MEETING ON MS TEAMS – APRIL 27TH
DMS PAC next meeting is on April 27 @ 6:30 pm. If you interested in getting involved and perhaps considering taking on a position next school year, please feel free to attend the next meeting. All of the contact info for DMS PAC is on our school website should you be looking for more information or to attend the online meeting.  The link for this meeting will be given at a later date.  For more information, please click the link to our website: http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council/

FSA’s
Have been and will continue to take place up until Spring Break.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports.  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services

2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.

PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

POINTS OR PROGRESS
Will be out by March 12th and available either online, through MyEd OR as provided by your child’s classroom teacher. Each teacher should have communicated with you on how and when they will provide this.

REMOTE LEARNERS
The next opportunity for remote learners to begin attending DMS is following spring break. We hope that all remote learners are finding success.

REMOTE LEARNERS AND PHOTOS
If you ordered pictures, please contact the school (250-478-5548 ext 0) to confirm that we have them and establish a pick-up time.  If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch Photos at 1-866-457-8212.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY FOR CREATIVITY! HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS ! … VIRTUAL GALLERY – DEADLINE MARCH 31ST
See attached.  Also located on Parent; Community page

TRAFFIC SAFETY
Please be sure you are following posted speed limits and traffic laws in and around the school. With close to 900 students attending DMS, drop off and pick up times are very busy (as you can attest to) with the added congestion at these times, extra caution and patience in required to ensure the safety for all and courtesy to our neighbors. We have had the RCMP attend at these times to help ensure compliance with traffic laws and ensure safety for all. We are also actively searching for any other possible solutions.

WATER BOTTLES
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.

YEARBOOKS!!
If you would like to order a yearbook this year you will need to do so ASAP.  We will have to tell the yearbook company our order numbers by Spring Break so get your orders in soon so you don’t miss out.  We have sold out the last two years! This year will be a particularly interesting year to purchase a yearbook, with all the pictures with masks and the whole book has a Covid theme.  Hopefully there will never be another year like this one, so it will be like a little piece of history.  Get yours today for only $40.  You can purchase one on the school cash online website https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Home/SignIn
Any questions please contact Mrs. Stewart at dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

UPCOMING DATES:
Friday, March 12th – Points of Progress available online
Friday, March 12th – Dance/Soccer Academy applications Deadline
Friday, March 12th – Last day before Spring Break
Monday, March 15th – Spring Break
Friday, March 26th – Spring Break
Monday, March 29th – Reopen
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm

 
 

The Weshstore Arts Council is opening a virutal exhibition to all middle and high school students.

You may enter any form of art, such as song, dance, painting, etc with the topic of one of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Goals

The due date is Wednesday, March 31

There is a $50 prize avaliable to the winners!

More info is avaliable in the parent newsletter that went home

 
 

Are you ready for a wacky Spirit Day? Grade 8 leadership is proud to present “The 1960s or 16th Century Day” on Friday March 12th. That’s right, come dressed as your favourite person or style from the 1960s, an age of hippies and the Beatles, OR come dressed as your favourite 16th century character – Leonardo Da Vinci, the Mona Lisa and more! Bonus if you can combine both time periods! It’s weird, it’s wacky, but it will be the last day of school before Spring break!

 
 

Attention grade 6s! Did you sign up for beginning band this year but weren’t able to take it due to COVID? Did you NOT sign up for beginning band but you really wanted to?!

Next year there will be a Beginning Band 7! This is an opportunity for you to try out band. Join the music program and learn a new instrument!

Course selection starts in the Spring and you can sign up then!

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – March 3, 2021

Current Parent info:

GRADE 5 INFORMATION NIGHT – MARCH 3RD
MS Teams on March 3 @ 6:00-7:00 pm.
Here is the link to your live event:
https://jump.sd62.bc.ca/DunsmuirGrade5StudentAndFamilyInfoNight

DUNSMUIR PAC MEETING ON MS TEAMS – APRIL 27TH
DMS PAC next meeting is on April 27 @ 6:30 pm. If you interested in getting involved and perhaps considering taking on a position next school year, please feel free to attend the next meeting. All of the contact info for DMS PAC is on our school website should you be looking for more information or to attend the online meeting.  The link for this meeting will be given at a later date.  For more information, please click the link to our website: http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council/

Previous Current Parent info:

ACADEMY ONLINE REGISTRATIONS – MAR. 8TH 6:00am
****Middle School Academy Registration for Soccer and Dance will open on March 8th 6:00 am.  The Soccer and Dance Academies run in the timetable during the regular school day. See attached.
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies
****Middle School Golf Academy Registration will open February 8th 6:00 am. The Golf Academy will run after school on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays.
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

CLUE GAME

Mr. Manhas, our Learning Commons teacher has organized a school wide Clue game that is taking place.

DANCE ACADEMY
Is currently getting ready for their online dance recital competitions. We look forward to seeing the finished product.

DUNSMUIR DANCE MUSIC IDENTIFICATION COMPETITION

We are pumping some favorites from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s each morning as each class tries to identify the song and artist as they compete for prizes.

FSA’s
Have been and will continue to take place up until Spring Break.


HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports.  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services

2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.

PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

POINTS OR PROGRESS
Will be out by March 12th and available either online, through MyEd OR as provided by your child’s classroom teacher. Each teacher should have communicated with you on how and when they will provide this.

REMOTE LEARNERS
The next opportunity for remote learners to begin attending DMS is following spring break. We hope that all remote learners are finding success.

REMOTE LEARNERS AND PHOTOS
If you ordered pictures, please contact the school (250-478-5548 ext 0) to confirm that we have them and establish a pick-up time.  If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch Photos at 1-866-457-8212.

$tudent Opportunity for Creativity! HIGH School$ and MIDDLE School$ ! … VirTuaL GaLLerY – DEADLINE MARCH 31ST
See attached.  Also located on Parent; Community page


TRAFFIC SAFETY

Please be sure you are following posted speed limits and traffic laws in and around the school. With close to 900 students attending DMS, drop off and pick up times are very busy (as you can attest to) with the added congestion at these times, extra caution and patience in required to ensure the safety for all and courtesy to our neighbors. We have had the RCMP attend at these times to help ensure compliance with traffic laws and ensure safety for all. We are also actively searching for any other possible solutions.

WATER BOTTLES
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.

YEARBOOKS!!
If you would like to order a yearbook this year you will need to do so ASAP.  We will have to tell the yearbook company our order numbers by Spring Break so get your orders in soon so you don’t miss out.  We have sold out the last two years! This year will be a particularly interesting year to purchase a yearbook, with all the pictures with masks and the whole book has a Covid theme.  Hopefully there will never be another year like this one, so it will be like a little piece of history.  Get yours today for only $40.  You can purchase one on the school cash online website https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Home/SignIn
Any questions please contact Mrs. Stewart at dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

UPCOMING DATES:
Wednesday, March 3rd – Grade 5 Information evening on MS Teams, 6:00-7:00pm
Friday, March 5th – Term 2 Ends
Monday, March 8th – Online Academy Registrations open at 6:00am
Friday, March 12th – Points of Progress available online
Friday, March 12th – Last day before Spring Break
Monday, March 15th – Spring Break
Friday, March 26th – Spring Break
Monday, March 29th – Reopen
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm