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Reminder to grade 7/8 Boys and Girls Rec Teams that you have practice today at lunch. Please come right away. 

  • Grade 6/7 Boys Comp – please be dismissed at 2:45 for your game at Cedar Hill
  • Grade 8 Boys comp Team – reminder you have no practice today but you will have one tomorrow (Friday) after school. 
  • Any students interested in playing rugby this season – please sign up outside the gym. Practices will start in March on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch. 
 
 

Gear Bots is cancelled today. 

Mr. Bedard is away afterschool and we will resume next week to prepare for our tournament at Camosun College

 
 

A reminder that tour choir is meeting today at lunch in the music room – it won’t be a long meeting, get to the music room quickly.

Tour band is meeting on Tuesday at lunch!

 
 

The SEWing room will be open FRIDAY at lunch to finish projects or work on your book.  ONLY a few classes left…….. Sew ON!

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – FEBRUARY 19, 2020

 

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

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
I hope that you are all well. In previous communications, I have informed you of an upcoming change in expectations and practice as it pertains to personal digital devices (cell phones) among other devices. Please see below for more information as well as an implementation schedule for these expectations.

As you are likely aware, cell phones in schools (and outside of schools) has become a growing issue for youth and adults alike. Studies reveal that the average age that a child gets a smart phone is 10.3 years old. Inevitably and understandably, these devices find their way to school. Studies consistently reveal that cell phones in schools can have a negative impact on academic performance, concentration as well as social/emotional wellbeing and self-regulation. This is not to mention the array of other challenges associated with these devices.

As a school staff we have been engaged in data collection and conversations around a Cell Phone and Digital Expectations that best support: STUDENT LEARNING, SOCIAL EMOTIONAL REGULATION, and COMMUNITY BUILDING.

To this end, we have created the following school wide expectations as it pertains to mobile and digital devices.

Students may use personal mobile devices during instructional time for educational purposes as directed by the teacher, for health or medical purposes or as assistive technology for the purpose of inclusive education as informed by the Inclusive Education Teacher. At all other times, personal mobile devices, inclusive of laptops and chrome books shall remain in student lockers for the duration of the school day- this includes recess and lunch. This policy applies to ear buds/headphones as well.

Essentially, personal mobile/digital devices can will only be used at school for the purposes of learning as facilitated by the classroom teacher.

Dunsmuir Middle School recognizes the importance of communication, collaboration, and digital citizenship. To keep the focus on learning and to reduce unnecessary distractions, the school will expect the following:

  • Unless requested by a teacher, as per above, cell phones and other mobile devices shall be TURNED OFF and stored in your locker from 8:55 am until the final bell at the end of the day.
  • Cell phones and all mobile devices are not allowed to be used in the school, unless facilitated by a teacher and can only be used for the purposes of learning. The devices must be returned to the student’s locker once the specific learning task is complete.
  • Cell phones and all mobile devices can be turned back on and used at the end of the school day
  • Cell phones and all mobile devices are not to be used during transition times or between classes, OR during recess and lunch. If not following the school wide expectation, students can expect that an adult will accompany them to the office where their cell phone will be labelled and stored until it can be picked up by a parent/guardian.
  • If a student needs to make an emergency call during the day, they are welcome to come to the office where a phone is provided for such a purpose.
  • Should a parent need to contact their child urgently, please call the office and we will facilitate this communication.

Informing Students/Implementation Schedule:

  • To assist students in adjusting to these expectations, staff are reviewing this policy in advisory over the next few days.
  • We will have grade group meetings and review the expectations.
  • Informing families of expectation shift through communications home.
  • March 2nd – school wide expectations will take effect. Students will be given warnings and reminders to store cell phones in their lockers.
  • March 30th – expectations in full effect.

FAQs:

Why is the school adjusting the expectations?

As you are likely aware, cell phones in schools (and outside of schools) has become a growing issue for youth and adults alike. Studies reveal that the average age that a child gets a smart phone is 10.3 years old. Inevitably and understandably, these devices find their way to school. Studies consistently reveal that cell phones in schools can have a negative impact on academic performance, concentration as well as social/emotional wellbeing and self-regulation. This is not to mention the array of other challenges associated with these devices.

Our goal is to create Cell Phone and Digital Expectations that best support: STUDENT LEARNING, SOCIAL EMOTIONAL REGULATION, and COMMUNITY BUILDING.

Will the school provide technology to students for the purposes of learning?

Yes- we have 8 full classroom sets of chrome books that teachers sign out for the purposes of learning, research, etc. Your child DOES NOT need a personal mobile device at school.

Is it expected that my child has a cell phone or personal mobile device at school?

No, it is not. We provide digital devices for the purposes of learning.

What will happen if my child doesn’t follow the school expectations?

To support students in following the new expectations, we will create awareness of this shift through announcements, assemblies and through advisory. Following this, if a student is not following the expectation, their phone will be labelled and stored in the office until such a time that a parent can pick up the device.

Can my child listen to music during the school day?

No. Ear buds/headphones are a part of this policy just the same as the device itself. All of these items should be stored in student’s locker and out of sight.

Should I send my child to school with their phone? If they bring it to school, where should they store it?

This is a personal choice, but a phone is not required by the school. Cell phones should be stored in lockers unless they are being used for educational purposes as supervised and requested by the teacher and only for the duration of that specific learning activity.

What if I need to contact my child in an emergency?

In the event of an emergency, you can call the office and we will get your child from class immediately. We also have a phone available at the office should your child need to contact you.

How can I get non-urgent messages to my child?

Your child will be able to check their personal mobile devices prior to 8:55 and at the end of the day. While we understand that this shift may impact the way families communicate with their child, your understanding and advanced planning is very much appreciated as we work towards implementing a policy that supports student learning and engagement at school.

I understand that this is a lot of information but it is important that families are aware of this shift so they can best support their child and the school in moving forward.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

ATTENDANCE
If you know your child will be absent (sick, holidays, doctor appointments), please call 250-478-5548 ext 223 (Attendance line) or email:  dunsmuir@sd62.bc.ca.  Please give your child’s first name, last name, teacher’s name and when your child will be away.  If you cannot come to the school to sign your child out, please leave Christy a message and she will excuse your child.  Any notes that are given to teachers do not excuse your child’s absence.  The office needs the note, message left on Attendance line or email. Please remind your child to come to the office to sign in late or sign out early.  Our Sign in/Sign out sheets allow us to know who is in the building for Emergency situations.  If you have an absence that needs to be excused, please leave a message for Christy with the date and reason.

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Please view the Parent Portal and review your emergency contact information and phone numbers.  We have had family members wanting to sign out students but the family member is not noted on the contact list.  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.

2020-21 ACADEMY REGISTRATION – MARCH 2nd
2020-21 Middle School Academy Registration will begin Monday March 2nd at 6:00 am.
SD 62 Registration Website
can be accessed at:  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies.

CABARET  – ROYAL BAY – MARCH 4-7TH

See attached.  Free Tickets for Cabaret at Royal Bay: Ms. Young, the musical director at Royal Bay, has provided us with some free tickets to the upcoming musical performance of Cabaret (see info attached). These tickets are available in the Dunsmuir office, first-come-first-served (max 4/person). Due to the mature content of the musical, parents are required to pick up the tickets at Dunsmuir. We will not reserve tickets but will send out an email once the free tickets have been given away. Tickets can also be purchased at Royal Bay. The show runs:

March 4, 5, 6 – 7pm

March 7 – 2pm

Fun information: Dunsmuir’s music teacher, Fabian Duque-Park and our Vice-Principal Pam Gerrits are playing in the pit for the show! Come watch our former students shine on stage!

PAC MEETING DATES:
February 25th

April 28th

May 26th

6:30pm in the Conference Room

NOON HOUR SUPERVISION ASSISTANTS
We are in need of filling the above position.  For more information, please see attached.

STAFF PARKING LOT
Parents and guests please DO NOT park in the staff parking lot. Have your children meet you on Painter Road or another location after school.  Recently we have had two near misses with students and cars in the Staff Parking Lot.

UPCOMING DATES:
Tuesday, February 25th – PAC meeting, 6:30pm, Conference room
Wednesday, February 26th – Anti Bullying day
Monday, March 2nd – 2020-21 Academy registration begins at 6:00am

Monday, March 2nd – Cellphone school wide policy will take effect
Friday, March 6th – End of Term 2
Monday, March 9th – Term 3 starts
Friday, March 13th – Last day before Spring break
Monday, March 30th – Schools Reopen
Monday, March 30th – Cellphone full policy in effect

 
 

Buy your punch cards for Pizza Friday.  30 dollars for 10 slices. Buy online or from Ms. Reed in the Foods Room. 

You can also buy a single slice for $3.25 at lunch. Hawaiian, Cheese, or Pepperoni is for sale every Friday.

 
 

Reminder that there is knit and crochet club in room 106 today at lunch.

 
 

The SOGI club will be meeting in Portable 9 on Thursday at lunch.  If you want to be part of making Dunsmuir a more inclusive, accepting place come on out and see what we are all about.

 
 
  • There will be sign up outside the gym for the rest of the week for Girls and Boys rugby. Please sign up if you are interested. Practices will start at the beginning of March on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch on the back field. Please see Ms.Caldwell if you have any questions. 
 
 
  • Grade 8 Girls Comp Volleyball Team are reminded of their game today at Dunsmuir. Please come down to the gym right away to get set up. 
  • Grade 7/8 Boys and Girls Rec Teams will have practice tomorrow (Thursday at lunch). Please come right away. 
  • Grade 8 Boys Comp team – you do not have practice Thursday after school but you DO have practice Friday afterschool. Please let Ms.Caldwell know if you can’t make it. 
  • Grade 6/7 Boys Comp team are reminded of your games at Cedar Hill on Thursday after school. Please ensure that you have a ride. We will be dismissed at 2:45.
 
 

BAKE SALE!!! THURSDAY! DON’T FORGET TO BRING MONEY. WE WILL BE SELLING AT BREAK AND LUNCH!