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EMAIL TO PARENTS – September 23, 2020

Leadership is holding a Back to School Hand Sanitizer fundraiser, and you don’t want to miss out!  Our Back to School Bundle ($20.50) includes ONE large 1L refill bottle and TWO 60mL backpack/lunch bag bottles filled with good quality Sanipur gel hand sanitizer (75% Ethyl Alcohol).  We only have 250 bundles, so get your orders in ASAP, as these will go quickly!  Help support your child’s school while keeping your family healthy at the same time…that’s a win-win!
Orders can be made through your child’s Student Cash Online account, and are filled on a first come, first served basis, until we reach 250 sold.
Orders will be fulfilled and sent home with your child on Fridays, a week following your order.

Parents are asked to make arrangements to meet students on one of the side-streets near Dunsmuir (Benhomer, Carson, Fairview, Owens) for pick-up and drop-off. There are so many families picking up and dropping off in front of the school, in addition to students from different cohorts waiting for rides. Safety and adherence to the COVID-19 protocols are a priority and we are asking parents to help us by following these guidelines. Please wait for your children off the property and encourage your child to wear a mask before and after school.  The COVID-19 Guidelines and PHO Directives are important before/after and during school – please help us with this!

To view items and price list, go to this link http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/community/

In the interest of safety, ALL parents are asked to drop their children off on a side street where it is safe to pull over without causing a significant hazard and traffic impediment for others. Students will not need to walk more than a block to get to the cross walk and into the school. Currently, dozens and dozens of families pull up to the cross walk, stop in the middle of the road, hold up traffic while their children get out of the car. This morning alone, 3 passenger doors were opened up in the lane of cyclists who were travelling LEAGALLY down the righthand side of the road. Fortunately the cyclists was alert and was able to avoid injury, but it is a matter of time before there is a significant injury. Please help us keep all students safe and drop your children off a more appropriate location. Thank you for your support!!!!

If you have late order forms for September 18th Photo day, have your student bring them to the drive thru office window.  Deadline to hand in will be Friday, September 25th.  If you miss the deadline, you will need to drop them off at Lifetouch, 1740 Island Hwy #104.

Please be sure your child comes to school with a mask. Once on school property outside of cohorts, masks are required. We appreciate the efforts that students and families have been making in this regard.

If you have not done so, please complete the online consents. This includes acknowledgement of the parental responsibility to complete HEALTH CHECK every morning BEFORE sending your child to school. This is one of the ways in which we ensure EACH child’s school experience is as safe as it can possibly be. Thank you for your immediate attention to this.

Daily Student Health Check Agreement

Internet Access- to be completed each year

Media consents – to be completed each year

Please make sure your child’s consents are complete at the following link: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent

ONLINE FEES (https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/)

To set up, you will need your child’s Pen number.  You can access it through the Parent Portal.

The online items available to purchase at this time are:
Hand Sanitizer fundraiser $20.00
SPC card $10.00
Store items (various items and prices listed)
Yearbook $40.00
Please note:  2.5% administrative fee will be added to cover costs related to the school’s online payment portal and/or associated cred card service fees.
Given the physical distancing requirements the recommended method of payment is online.

Wednesday, September 30th. Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.

We have been working on resetting passwords from the summertime.  We have updated many parent passwords but will not be able to do this on a timely basis with our daily workloads we are responsible for in the office.  So parents, please make note of your login, password, and link to the Parent Portal to reduce the need for reset passwords.  If you have already emailed the Dunsmuir email, please do not email again.  We will get to resetting passwords and Parent Portal issues hopefully next week.
For those parents who can now access the portal, if you see your information (for example, address, phone number or email address) incorrect or needs to be changed, please email our school email at: dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca. Please do not call our office as we need this email for record keeping purposes. Thank you for your assistance.

Please have your student bring a printed receipt of proof of purchase to our office window.  We have received the SPC cards and will send them home to those who have paid online only.  Thank you.

A reminder to parents we have a limited visitor parking in front of the school, close to the gym.  Parents are asked not to drop off/pick up students using the staff parking spots. Our staff have resources and equipment to carry in the school and are having to park blocks away due to parents waiting in the lot before school. Thank you!

Parents, please complete the Student handout forms that were sent home recently the first week.  These need to be returned as soon as you can.  If you are missing some, please contact the office and we can send home another form to you.
Emergency Release form (green)
BC School Fruit and Veggie form (White)
Ab Ed Self Identification form (White)

Parents, we have some backpacks and limited school supplies available on a first come first serve basis.  If your child has a need for these, please contact Christy in the office at 250-478-5448 ext 223.

Monday, September 28th – Non-Instructional day
Wednesday, September 30th – Orange Shirt day
Monday, October 12th – Thanksgiving day