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EMAIL TO PARENTS – January 20, 2021

GRADE 7 AND 8 BAND – FEB. 1st
Grade 7 and 8 band will resume at the beginning of the 3rd rotation, February 1st. Mr. Duque Park has been working diligently to prepare the room to ensure we are compliant with all of the COVID-19 guidelines. In fact, we have gone above and beyond the guidelines in a continued effort to ensure that opportunities that are offered to our students are as safe as they can be. Next year, we will offer a beginning band 7 to allow those students who missed band 6 this school year and entrance opportunity. Parents/students will have an opportunity to select beginning band 7 on the google forms that will be sent to all families in a couple of months. Band (6) cannot be offered at this time because the makeup of the class is from (5-6) different divisions and the class size is too large to allow for adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines.

GRADE 8 STUDENTS – JAN. 22
nd
Royal Bay Secondary School will be connecting with ALL Grade 8 students beginning on January 22nd to begin the orientation and transition process. Please expect your child to bring home a course selection form (will be sent home within a week) for Royal Bay. This form should be completed by the child and parents to ensure the correct/desired courses are selected. This form should be returned to DMS and handed into your child’s classroom teacher.

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

PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR

This is the time of year where we begin the planning cycle for next school year. This includes but is not limited to transitioning and “orienting” our Grade 8’s to Royal Bay and our feeder schools Grade 5’s to Dunsmuir. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, this will look different than in years past. Please stay tuned for schedules, information and opportunities relating to the transition of outgoing and incoming students for next school year.

RB VIRTUAL PARENT INFORMATION EVENING – JANUARY 26th
Please mark your calendar! This evening is meant for all Grade 8 parents and students to learn about their new school and its programs.
Please plan to attend with your son/daughter for an introduction to Gr 9 ‘Life at ‘Royal Bay’ and to meet the administration team.
Platform: Please Use this link to access our YouTube Live event
https://youtu.be/Zu2_CMD-SrU
Principal Mike Huck and VP’s Martin Lait, Mark Johnston and Mike Bobbitt
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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.

SKILLS CANADA JANUART 20th 
This Friday, teachers will be learning the three design projects for this years virtual competitions for middle schools. Grade 6 Teachers will be learning about Gravity Cars, Grade 7 Teachers will be learning about Wind Turbines, and Grade 8 Teachers will be learning about Spaghetti Bridges.

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, January 22nd – Grade 8 classes to meet Royal Bay admin online
Tuesday, January 26th – Virtual Parent Information Evening, 6:30-7:30pm, YouTube Live event
Friday, January 29th – RB Admin Visit to Dunsmuir, 9:00am, collect course selection forms
Friday, January 29th – ADST classes – Term 2 ends
Monday, February 1st – ADST classes – Term 3 begins
Friday, February 12th – Non-Instructional Day
Monday, February 15th – Family Day
Friday, March 5th – Term 2 Ends

 
 

Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school.

We have run out of paper cups to hand out and the drinking stations are all operational.

Thank you

 
 

This Friday is Western Day! Dress up as your best cowboy, cowgirl, or cowperson – get the plaid, jeans, hats, and boots out as we throw back to a dustier time! Don the bandana but leave the six-shooter behind. Yeehaw, buckaroos! Yippee doodle doo!

 
 

Its Math Mondays with Rainbow:

How did the soccer fan know before the game that the score would be 0-0

The answer will be tomorrow!

 
 

There will be a grade 8 leadership meeting on Thursday at lunch time outside of the music room. Rain or shine!

 

 
 

Yeehaw cowboys, cowgirls and cowpeoples! This Friday is Western day! Get out that plaid shirt, wear your jeans, find those cowboy boots and get ready to wrangle up a good time! Let’s get into some school spirit with Western Day – this Friday!

 

 
 

Staff is noticing that some students are wearing perfume and cologne at Dunsmuir.

Dunsmuir is a Scent Free School, these strong scents are causing headaches, nausea, coughing and dizziness when these scents are worn.

Please be respectful of others and do not wear this at school.

 

 
 

Band is returning to Dunsmuir for grade 7 & 8 students! Mr. Duque-Park will be in contact with students and band advisory teachers over the next few weeks. Grade 7 & 8 band will begin again during the first week of February!

For grade 6 students who signed up for beginning band, you will have the opportunity to do beginning band 7 next year, don’t worry!

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – January 13, 2021

 

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
We hope that you are all well. As we approach mid-January of 2021, please see some updates and general information below:

Remote Learners and Photos – If you ordered pictures, please contact the school 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.

Grade 7 and 8 Band – Grade 7 and 8 band will resume at the beginning of the 3rd rotation, February 1st. Mr. Duque Park has been working diligently to prepare the room to ensure we are compliant with all of the COVID-19 guidelines. In fact, we have gone above and beyond the guidelines in a continued effort to ensure that opportunities that are offered to our students are as safe as they can be. Next year, we will offer a beginning band 7 to allow those students who missed band 6 this school year and entrance opportunity. Parents/students will have an opportunity to select beginning band 7 on the google forms that will be sent to all families in a couple of months.

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.

Grade 8 students – Royal Bay Secondary School will be connecting with ALL Grade 8 students beginning on January 22nd to begin the orientation and transition process. Please expect your child to bring home a course selection form (will be sent home within a week) for Royal Bay. This form should be completed by the child and parents to ensure the correct/desired courses are selected. This form should be returned to DMS and handed into your child’s classroom teacher.

Pack in and Pack out – A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

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.

Planning for Next Year – This is the time of year where we begin the planning cycle for next school year. This includes but is not limited to transitioning and “orienting” our Grade 8’s to Royal Bay and our feeder schools Grade 5’s to Dunsmuir. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, this will look different than in years past. Please stay tuned for schedules, information and opportunities relating to the transition of outgoing and incoming students for next school year.

BUSSING AND MASKS
ALL bussing students MUST wear a mask before boarding the bus. This is mandatory and the drivers will not take them if they keep coming to the bus without one.
Classroom teachers and the Dunsmuir office have extra masks if your child requires one.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
As a school, we are reminding students regularly of our COVID-19 protocols. As we track cases on the island, it is a reminder that this is a time to be diligent and follow all protocols, not a time for complacency. Thank you for your continued support.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – GO GIRLS/TWEENY BUT MIGHTY
Please see information; also located on Parents; Community page

HAND SANITIZER FUNDRAISER
We still have hand sanitizer left. Beat the rush at stores and support our Leadership 8 group. Payment can be made online through the School Cash Online Portal – only $20.50 for a large bottle and two travel-sized bottles. Get yours before they run out!

MASK WEARING
A reminder to parents to please wear a mask when on school property. Thank you for your attention to this.

NOON HOUR SUPERVISION ASSISTANTS ON-CALL
School District No.62 (Sooke) requires Noon Hour Supervision Assistants to work on-call immediately.  These are school district paid positions, whereby adults are hired to assist schools in supervising students. Qualified candidates must be a holder of a valid Occupation First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $24.42.
For more information about our District, please refer to our website at www.sd62.bc.ca.
Qualified individuals are invited to submit their cover letter and resume, including the names and telephone numbers of at least two references to:
Dawn Israel
Human Resources Consultant
School District No.62 (Sooke)
3143 Jacklin Road
Victoria, BC     V9B 5R1
dpisrael@sd62.bc.ca
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

STUDENT ARRIVAL AND PICK UP AT SCHOOL
A general reminder that students should not arrive to school earlier than is necessary and need to make their way home immediately at the end of the day. This is to ensure all COVID-19 guidelines are followed and intentional or unintentional gathering is not taking place.

UPCOMING DATES:
Friday, January 29th – ADST classes – Term 2 ends
Monday, February 1st – ADST classes – Term 3 begins
Friday, February 12th – Non-Instructional Day
Monday, February 15th – Family Day
Friday, March 5th – Term 2 Ends

 
 

Middle School Academy registration will open at 6:00 am on March 8th