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Hello Dunsmuir Families,

I hope that you are all well.

I wanted to send a quick email to inform you that the online survey as to whether or not your child is attending school on a voluntary basis for partial days closes today at 4:00pm. This survey was sent out last Friday at 2:00 pm.

Due to the extensive planning and health and safety protocols required, only students registered on this survey will be permitted in the school next week. Thank you for your understanding as we work towards planning a safe and ordered return for students and staff.

An email will come out later today with more details, but I wanted to you to be aware of the closure of the survey.

The information I provide at this moment is:

Students may or may not be in their regular classroom with their regular teacher.

Focus of the day is to support students with the same Continuity of Learning Plan that they are completing from home.

Students will have altered and staggered recess and lunch breaks (small groups) and will supervised by school staff at these times. Playgrounds remain closed and sports equipment will not be able to be used as per COVID- 19 Guidelines.

Bookends of the day will be remain the same: 9:00-3:10 Monday and Wednesday

           9:00-1:55 Friday

Grade 6s- at school on Monday

Grade 7s- at school on Wednesday

Grade 8s- at school on Friday

Thank you for your support as we work towards moving forward at this time. A regular parent email will come out later today.

Mark Kaercher

Principal

Dunsmuir Middle School

3341 Painter Rd,

Victoria, BC

V9C 2J1

250 478 5548

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – May 20, 2020

 

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

For the latest information, continue to check District website https://www.sd62.bc.ca/ and school website http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/

GAGA BALL: NEW ADDITION TO DUNSMUIR!
GAGA BALL: We are pleased to introduce the newest addition to Dunsmuir’s outdoor offerings, a Gaga Ball pit. Gaga Ball is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.  See photo below.

GRADE 6 SPRING IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Public Health Nurses will be directly contacting parents of Grade 6 students to organize the completion of their routine immunizations. Feel free to call West Shore Health unit with any questions or concerns at 250-519-3490.

LEADERSHIP 8 APPLICATION, 2020-21
Grade 7 students, are you interested in joining our Leadership 8 class next year? Leadership 8 students plan BBQs, assemblies, spirit events, assists the fine arts and athletic programs, and helps out with anyone who needs it! There are spaces for 40 students and applications are due on Thursday June 11th. If you are interested, please fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/sP5j27FTbceJbKKS9 Successful applicants will be told in September. Any questions can be sent to Mr. Duque Park (fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca) or Ms. Knoke (aknoke@sd62.bc.ca).

OLYMPIC VIEW AND GRADE 8 LEAVING CELEBRATION
Unfortunately, this event has officially been cancelled. At this point, given the changing landscape and fluidity of our current circumstances, we are not sure how we will move forward with a Grade 8 celebration. We will keep you posted. We will begin to work through the refund process for those who have paid. Thank you for your understanding.

MUSICAL THEATRE 2020-2021
Dunsmuir Musical Theatre is excited to present: Frozen Jr. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Based on the Disney Movie: Frozen (2013). Audition info will be out at the end of May and questions can be sent to Mr. Duque-Park: fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca

ONLINE BUS REGISTRATION – OPEN
To register, go to link:  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/transportation#
You will need your student’s pupil number which can be found in the Parent Portal as this link:  https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION PASSWORD RESET
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers. If you cannot access the Parent Portal and need a password reset, please email the Dunsmuir email below.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

PICK UP OF STUDENT BELONGINGS
We are currently developing a plan to collect student belongings and have them ready for parent pick up. In all likelihood, this will be done by grade level with specified pick up times for each grade level. With 875 students, this is a large task and it is very much appreciated if you are able to organize yourselves to accommodate the specific pick up date and time for your child. SPECIFIC DETAILS/DATES/TIMES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO YOU WHEN READY.

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2020-2021 – FINAL
Found also on Parents; Community page

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – May 13, 2020

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
:

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
We hope that you are all well. Please see below for some updates/general information:

CONTINUITY OF LEARNING
We would like to thank all of our families for their support and patience during this very difficult and challenging time. While we are educators, many of us are also parents and like yourselves, are experiencing this pandemic from multiple angles including having our own children continuing with at home learning. We are aware of the challenges and appreciate the patience and kindness required during these and all other times. I would like to thank staff for continuing towards meeting the diverse needs in creating learning opportunities and connections that are accessible and realistic given our current circumstances. Striking a balance that works for ALL families and learners is always one of our greatest challenges, and never more so than now. This has been and will continue to be our goal as we move forward. We encourage you to continue to have an open dialogue with your child’s teacher as we move forward together.

GAGA BALL: NEW ADDITION TO DUNSMUIR!
GAGA BALL:  is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.  See photo below.

GRADE 6 SPRING IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Public Health Nurses will be directly contacting parents of Grade 6 students to organize the completion of their routine immunizations. Feel free to call West Shore Health unit with any questions or concerns at 250-519-3490.

OLYMPIC VIEW AND GRADE 8 LEAVING CELEBRATION
Unfortunately, this event has officially been cancelled. At this point, given the changing landscape and fluidity of our current circumstances, we are not sure how we will move forward with a Grade 8 celebration. We will keep you posted. We will begin to work through the refund process for those who have paid. Thank you for your understanding.

MUSICAL THEATRE 2020-2021
Dunsmuir Musical Theatre is excited to present: Frozen Jr. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Based on the Disney Movie: Frozen (2013). Audition info will be out at the end of May and questions can be sent to Mr. Duque-Park: fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca

ONLINE BUS REGISTRATION – OPEN
To register, go to link:  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/transportation#
You will need your student’s pupil number which can be found in the Parent Portal as this link:  https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION PASSWORD RESET
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers. If you cannot access the Parent Portal and need a password reset, please email the Dunsmuir email below.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

PICK UP OF STUDENT BELONGINGS
We are currently developing a plan to collect student belongings and have them ready for parent pick up. In all likelihood, this will be done by grade level with specified pick up times for each grade level. With 875 students, this is a large task and it is very much appreciated if you are able to organize yourselves to accommodate the specific pick up date and time for your child. SPECIFIC DETAILS/DATES/TIMES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO YOU WHEN READY.

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2020-2021 – FINAL
Please see attached; found also on Parents; Community page

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – May 6, 2020

 

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

NEW DMS VIDEO FOR FAMILIES
Hello Dunsmuir Families,
We hope that you are all well. Please see the video attached from Dunsmuir Staff to our students and families. Please take care and we look forward to seeing you all again when time permits.
https://youtu.be/4MF1SYb8uHc
All the best, Mark Kaercher

DUNSMUIR SOCCER ACADEMY 2020-2021
Also found on Parents; Community page

DUNSMUIR YEARBOOK – LIMITED QUANTITIES REMAINING
Thank you to those who purchased your yearbook before April 30th deadline.  We have enough ordered!  As of today, there are approximately 25 yearbooks remaining to purchase!  If you are thinking that you want a yearbook this year then you will need to go to school cash online and order it ASAP.  After that there will be no opportunity to purchase a yearbook for this year.  The yearbook is bursting with photos and it will be a little piece of history to have a yearbook from this crazy year!
Remember that if you have a great selfie of you and your friends from this year at DMS, or a poem or drawing or pics of what you are doing during isolation, or anything else you want to submit, please send it ASAP to Mrs. Stewart at dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

GRADE 8 LEAVING
So far the Grade 8 Leaving dinner/dance at Olympic View Golf Course is still scheduled to go ahead on Thursday June 18th. Pay for your child’s ticket using the School Cash Online site: https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ Should the event be cancelled, refunds will be issued.

MUSICAL THEATRE 2020-2021
Musical Theatre returns to Dunsmuir next year! The show will be announced in the coming weeks and audition material will be made available online in late May. Musical Theatre is open to all Grades, 6-8, and no previous experience is required. Questions can be send to Mr. Duque-Park: fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca

ONLINE BUS REGISTRATION – OPEN
To register, go to link:  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/transportation#
You will need your student’s pupil number which can be found in the Parent Portal as this link:  https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION PASSWORD RESET
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers. If you cannot access the Parent Portal and need a password reset, please email the Dunsmuir email below.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

PIZZA PUNCH CARDS – REFUNDS
Pizza cards remain valid for next year and are transferable to younger siblings, so please put away somewhere safe.  For families who do not have a student attending Dunsmuir next year, pizza cards can be returned on Friday, May 8th from 10:30am-10:45am (15 mins. window) for a pro-rated refund of $3 per remaining punch. If you miss this window, you will need to leave them in the
“Canada Post “mail box which is left outside during the day.
Refunds are only available for families that do not have a child attending Dunsmuir next year.

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – APRIL 29, 2020

 

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

CASH ONLINE REFUNDS UPDATE
At this time we are in a position to begin the refund process where possible (i.e. on upcoming trips that have been cancelled and deposits were returned). In these cases, we will begin issuing these refunds as soon as possible.

DUNSMUIR SOCCER ACADEMY 2020-2021
Also found on Parents; Community page

DUNSMUIR YEARBOOK
Do you want a yearbook this year?  ORDER NOW!
If you are thinking that you want a yearbook this year then you will need to go to school cash online and order it ASAP.  By the end of April we will need to decide if we cut down on our usual order of 400 yearbooks.  After April 30th the remaining yearbooks will be first come, first served until there are no more left.  After that there will be no opportunity to purchase a yearbook for this year.  The yearbook is bursting with photos and it will be a little piece of history to have a yearbook from this crazy year!
Remember that if you have a great selfie of you and your friends from this year at DMS, or a poem or drawing or pics of what you are doing during isolation, or anything else you want to submit, please send it ASAP to Mrs. Stewart at dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

GRADE 8 LEAVING
So far the Grade 8 Leaving dinner/dance at Olympic View Golf Course is still scheduled to go ahead on Thursday June 18th. Pay for your child’s ticket using the School Cash Online site: https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ Should the event be cancelled, refunds will be issued.

MUSICAL THEATRE 2020-2021
Musical Theatre returns to Dunsmuir next year! The show will be announced in the coming weeks and audition material will be made available online in late May. Musical Theatre is open to all Grades, 6-8, and no previous experience is required. Questions can be send to Mr. Duque-Park: fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION PASSWORD RESET
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers. If you cannot access the Parent Portal and need a password reset, please email the Dunsmuir email below.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – APRIL 22, 2020

 

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

CASH ONLINE REFUNDS UPDATE
At this time we are in a position to begin the refund process where possible (i.e. on upcoming trips that have been cancelled and deposits were returned). In these cases, we will begin issuing these refunds as soon as possible.

DUNSMUIR SOCCER ACADEMY 2020-2021
Please see attached; also found on Parents; Community page

DUNSMUIR YEARBOOK
Do you want a yearbook this year?  ORDER NOW!
If you are thinking that you want a yearbook this year then you will need to go to school cash online and order it ASAP.  By the end of April we will need to decide if we cut down on our usual order of 400 yearbooks.  After April 30th the remaining yearbooks will be first come, first served until there are no more left.  After that there will be no opportunity to purchase a yearbook for this year.  The yearbook is bursting with photos and it will be a little piece of history to have a yearbook from this crazy year!
Remember that if you have a great selfie of you and your friends from this year at DMS, or a poem or drawing or pics of what you are doing during isolation, or anything else you want to submit, please send it ASAP to Mrs. Stewart at dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

GRADE 8 LEAVING
So far the Grade 8 Leaving dinner/dance at Olympic View Golf Course is still scheduled to go ahead on Thursday June 18th. Pay for your child’s ticket using the School Cash Online site: https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ Should the event be cancelled, refunds will be issued.

MUSICAL THEATRE 2020-2021
Musical Theatre returns to Dunsmuir next year! The show will be announced in the coming weeks and audition material will be made available online in late May. Musical Theatre is open to all Grades, 6-8, and no previous experience is required. Questions can be send to Mr. Duque-Park: fduquepark@sd62.bc.ca

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION PASSWORD RESET
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers. If you cannot access the Parent Portal and need a password reset, please email the Dunsmuir email below.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 
 

We are currently closed for in-class instruction.

Please check the Sooke School District 62 website for further information. Link below.

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/

We hope everyone is staying healthy, maintaining some kind of normalcy in this unprecedented time and that we get to see all our students again soon!

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – APRIL 15, 2020

 

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

APRIL HSHP NEWSLETTER
Healthy Schools/Healthy People Newsletter is available now to view!
Please go to the link below; also located on Parents; Community page
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/sites/default/files/2020-04/HSHP-March2020.pdf

CASH ONLINE REFUNDS UPDATE
At this time we are in a position to begin the refund process where possible (i.e. on upcoming trips that have been cancelled and deposits were returned). In these cases, we will begin issuing these refunds as soon as possible.

DUNSMUIR YEARBOOK
Do you want a yearbook this year?  ORDER NOW!
If you are thinking that you want a yearbook this year then you will need to go to school cash online and order it ASAP.  By the end of April we will need to decide if we cut down on our usual order of 400 yearbooks.  After April 30th the remaining yearbooks will be first come, first served until there are no more left.  After that there will be no opportunity to purchase a yearbook for this year.  The yearbook is bursting with photos and it will be a little piece of history to have a yearbook from this crazy year!
Remember that if you have a great selfie of you and your friends from this year at DMS, or a poem or drawing or pics of what you are doing during isolation, or anything else you want to submit, please send it ASAP to Mrs. Stewart at dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION PASSWORD RESET
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers. If you cannot access the Parent Portal and need a password reset, please email the Dunsmuir email below.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – APRIL 8, 2020

 

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

APRIL HSHP NEWSLETTER
Healthy Schools/Healthy People Newsletter is available now to view!
Please go to the link below; also located on Parents; Community page
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/sites/default/files/2020-04/HSHP-March2020.pdf

CASH ONLINE REFUNDS
We have been advised that no refunds will be issued until the Board of School Trustees decides what fees are eligible to be refunded.  The Board is expected to make a decision this week after a careful review of all fee items that have been set up this year.  Direction will be provided to each School/Department once a decision has been reached.

DUNSMUIR YEARBOOK UPDATE
Yearbooks are still coming out this year!  We have thousands of photos already and some amazing artwork and other fun things just waiting for you to see!  The cover and end pages have all been designed by students and they are so cool!  DMS has never had a cover like the one this year! We do have a few extra pages at the end and we were hoping students would send us photos, poems, drawings, cartoons, memes etc. about what they have been doing or feeling while in isolation.  We also want students to send us their silly selfies or family selfies, or pictures they have with friends from school to add to our yearbook this year.
If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, there is still time!  The cost is $40 and you can pay using the school cash online.  We have around 150 left so don’t miss out!  We don’t know when you will be able to get your yearbook but you WILL get it at some point we promise! Email all your yearbook photos and more to dstewart@sd62.bc.ca.

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers.  If you have any additions or changes, please do not call the office but email your changes to dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Make sure you include the student’s first name and last name.  Thank you for your cooperation.

TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENTS IN NEED
Mr. Bedard hopes to have the Permission forms completed and Chromebooks ready for handing out to students in need. This should happen next week.  Make sure that your child’s Advisory teacher is aware of this request. More information will come from your Advisory Teacher.

 
 

Return of Emergency Medication to Families

Parents are able to pick up Emergency Medications to tomorrow Thursday, April 2 from 9:00am until 10:00am.

Meet Mr. Bedard at the Outside Gym Doors.

 

  1. Access to the gym is limited to one person at a time. Parent or guardian only. Children should be left outside/in vehicles if in attendance.

 

  1. While waiting at the gym doors please maintain the minimum recommended physical distance of 2 meters from the nearest person.

 

  1. On entering identify yourself to the school staff member and confirm the child’s name for whom you are picking up medication. Your medication will be placed on a table for pick up.

 

Access to other parts of the school for this or any other reason is not permitted at this time.

 

If Thursday, April 2 is inconvenient for you please email the school for an appointment. dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca

 
 
 
 
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