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Random Acts of kindness club in room 204 at lunch today!

A reminder that there will be a short SOGI meeting today in portable 9 at lunch.



Congratulations to Olivia A. in Mrs. Turnbull’s class who won the family event draw.  She won $25 for herself and $25 for her classroom from the Book Fair.


Come to the stage in the open area today at lunch to get your Kernels Popcorn!  Only $2.50 per bag – your choice of Creamy Caramel or White Cheddar!


Intro – MONDAY 

  • Good afternoon Dunsmuir! Welcome to the Dunsmuir Daily.
  • My name is Will
  • And my name is Emma
  • Today is Monday, November 26th

Territorial Acknowledgement

  • We acknowledge the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, specifically Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation on which the school is built; as well as working with; Beecher Bay, Scia’new Nation, T’Sou-ke Nation and Nuu-cha-nulth Pacheedaht Nation to the west. We thank them for sharing this beautiful land.
  • Hych’ka   Kleco Kleco


Birthdays this past weekend were:  Mya W., Tage H., Jacob S., Kurtis G., Graeme W. and Dryden D.

Happy Birthday!!!!

Musical Theatre

A reminder to musical theatre students to check the schedule for who is needed today!


There will be a quick but important SOGI meeting tomorrow–Tuesday,  in portable 9 at lunch.  See you then.

Chess and Checkers Club

Come one … come all to the Dunsmuir Chess and Checkers Club.

Every Monday at Noon in the Chrome Lab.

No experience necessary … just the desire to have fun 🙂

Sewing  This Term…

Come in Monday and Tuesday at lunch to finish your projects.  Sew On!

Popcorn Sales

Tuesdays at lunch (YES STARTING TOMORROW!) there will be Kernels Popcorn for sale on the stage in the open area!

Bring your money to support this grade 6 camp fundraiser. There will be creamy caramel and white cheddar for $2.50/bag.


Welding Camp at EMCS starts today!

Sparks will fly, Hammers will crush, and Torches will burn…

Please excuse these students just before 1:40pm

Riley L. , Olivier C., Colin S., Leonardo J., Tyler P.

Makayla C., Mayalin T., Shanae K., Anita A., Marlene C.

“Let’s meet at the Bus stop”

Hacker Girls

Reminder to meet in room 200 at lunch recess today.

Scholastic Book Fair

The scholastic book fair is coming to the library this Thursday! The fair runs during student-led conferences, and then again next Monday and Tuesday.


  • Grade ⅞ boys Rec team you have a meeting today at lunch in room 208 and your final game today after school at North Saanich
  • Reminder to Grade 6/7 Boys Comp Bball that you have a game after school today and Thursday and practice Wednesday morning.
  • Congratulations to the Grade 7/8 Boys Comp Bball team on a great season.  Great improvements over the season.
  • Handball Semi finals and Finals tomorrow at Lunch!


  • Thursday during Literacy – we will be taking basketball and cross country team photos for the yearbook. Please remember to bring your uniform and come down to the gym during Literacy.
  • Starting on Wednesday Nov.28th and continuing every week – Athletics will be selling Royal Bay Bakery donuts for $2.00. They will be on sale in the open area at lunch recess. Come right away as they might sell out!


  • That’s all for the Dunsmuir Daily!
  • See you tomorrow
  • Bye!!!

EMAIL TO PARENTS – November 21, 2018


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


See attached; also located Parents; Community page

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 30th. 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 30th, 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.

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.

Dunsmuir’s next PAC meeting will be held Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 pm.  We are still looking for a Secretary and a Communications officer for this school year.  There are only 5 meetings left this year and usually take about an hour, so why not get involved?  No experience necessary.  PAC meetings are a great way to learn about what’s happening at Dunsmuir and support your child’s education.  All are welcome to attend.

Thursday Nov. 22; Monday Nov. 26; Tuesday Nov. 27
We are hosting a Scholastic Middle School Book Fair on Thursday Nov 22nd, Monday Nov 26th, and Tuesday Nov. 27th. The book fair will be in the Learning Commons. The book fair will be open Thursday 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday from 8:30AM-4:00PM, and Tuesday from 8:30AM-3:00PM. The selections offered focus on students in middle school, and offers a wide range of high interest, yet affordable books. There will also be other items including: bookmarks, stickers, erasers, pens, etc. Books that are sold out during the fair can be ordered, and will arrive shortly after the book fair is done!
All profits from the book fair will go towards the Learning Commons. Please support our Learning Commons as we update our current collection of both nonfiction, and fiction books!
Cash, credit/debit cards, and cheques will be accepted. If you are paying by cheque, please make it payable to Sooke School District.

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 740 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. 22nd, 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 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday, November 22nd – Student Led Conferences, 3 hour Early Dismissal (12:10pm)
Friday, November 23rd – Non-Instructional Day
Tuesday, November 27th – PAC meeting, 6:30pm, Conference room
Friday, November 30th – Term 1 ends
Wednesday, December 5th – Cookie Dough pick up, 3:10-4:30pm in the multi-purpose room


Grade 6/7 girls’ comp and rec basketball team –  don’t forget you have a practice tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 8 am.

Congratulation to our grade 6/7 girls’ comp who had a win against Spencer Middle School yesterday.


There will be no robotics club this Thursday because of student-led conferences.


The scholastic book fair is coming to the library this Thursday! The fair runs during student-led conferences, and then again next Monday and Tuesday.


Reminder that Musical Theatre is today after school and all musical theatre students are required!

Including the Oompa Loompas!


Monday, November 19

Grade 7/8 Girls’ away game  @ SMUS 3:45 pm

Grade 7/8 Boys’ competitive team away game @ SMUS 5:15 pm

Grade 7/8 Boys’ rec team away @ Spencer

 Tuesday, November 20

 Grade 7/8 Girls’ practice 7:30 am

Grade 7/8 Boys’ practice 7:30 am

Grade 6/7 Girls’ competitive team away @ Spencer

Grade 6/7 Girls’ rec team away @ North Saanich

 Wednesday, November 21

 Grade 6/7 Boys’ competitive team practice 7:30 am

Grade 7/8 Boys’ competitive team away @ Glanford 3:45 pm

Grade 7/8 Girls’ competitive team away @ Glanford 5:15 pm

Grade 7/8 Boys’ rec practice 3:15-4:30 pm

 Thursday, November 22 

Grade 6/7 Girls’ competitive practice 8:00-8:50 am

Grade 7/8 Girls’ away @ SMUS 3:45 pm

Grade 7/8 Boys’ competitive team away @ SMUS 5:15 pm

Grade 7/8 Boys’ rec team away @ Spencer


The scholastic book fair is coming to the Crompton Learning Commons (Library) this Thursday!  The fair runs during student-led conferences, and then again next Monday and Tuesday.