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.
Hang onto your hats, literally, it’s another spirit day announcement!
Next Friday June 4th will be Crazy Hat and Sunglasses day here at Dunsmuir. Find your wackiest hats and glasses and let’s show some school spirit! Yeehaw!
Dunsmuir Middle School has been selected to participate in the Ready Step Roll: Active School Travel Planning initiative during the 2021/22 school year. This is an excellent opportunity for us to work alongside the CRD and our municipality to identify and address safety challenges and enhance the walk-ability, bike-ability and wheel-ability (skateboard, scooter, wheelchair) to and from our school. Even if you always drop-off/pick-up your students by car or take the school bus – this survey and program has something for you.
Please complete the Baseline Travel Survey (linked) online, available from Tuesday, May 25th — June 12th 2021. This survey is a critical first step in the program that will inform the local government about the typical traffic patterns around the school and how our students get to and from school. If we can get at least a 50% response rate to the survey – we will win a new bike or scooter rack! It only takes about 10 minutes to complete – one per household.
Friday is Jersey Day! Celebrate school spirit and wear the jersey of your favourite team. Let’s keep the spirit going, Dunsmuir!
This is Dance Academy 8 performing their jazz and Bollywood dances, “Move” and “Disco Khisko”. Try to imagine lovely smiles under those masks….
Thursday is Socks and Sandals day! Don’t forget to wear your craziest socks and best sandals. Come dressed as really bad fashion statement on Thursday!
EMAIL TO PARENTS – May 5, 2021
Hello DMS families,
We hope that you are all well. As we head into our final few weeks of school, it would be very much appreciated if each family could speak to their child(ren) around the importance of finishing the year strong, maintaining focus and specific to this school year, in following the COVID-19 guidelines. Thank you for your support in this as we look to finishing the year strong.
Current Parent info:
HOMESTAY FAMILIES WANTED
For more information, please see the flyer attached.
INTERACTIVE MAP OF DUNSMUIR
Are you a new student to Dunsmuir and are you wondering about the building? Click on the link below to explore the classrooms and features of the school. When see a Camera icon, you can click on it to see a video or picture of that area! Have fun exploring the building and welcome to Dunsmuir.
POWER POINT PRESENTATION FOR GRADE 5 STUDENTS WHO HAVE A MINISTRY DESIGNATION OR ARE ON AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP)
Please see power point attached titled: Inclusion Dunsmuir Welcome
May_5_Host Families Wanted April 2021 May_5_Inclusion Dunsmuir Welcome
Previous Current Parent info:
If your child is going to be absent, you can call and leave a message at 250-478-5548 ext 223 (Attendance line). If this voicemail is full, please email our Dunsmuir email account at email@example.com. Please note your child’s first name, last name and their homeroom teacher. Thank you for your cooperation in this.
GRADE 6 & 7 PARENTS – DEADLINE APRIL 22ND
Course forms have been sent electronically to your main email address for the fall. Please complete these with your child and submit by next Thursday, April 22nd. Course form links for incoming Grade 6 students were sent to those parents by email as well.
Course Forms for Students moving into Grade 7 in Sep: https://forms.gle/ubMgjUT3Yf8BsR3y8
Course Forms for Students moving into Grade 8 in Sep: https://forms.gle/kimfHbPiiKZVQ49XA
HATS/SUNSCREEN/ WATER BOTTLES
Please send your students to school prepared for warmer days!
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports. https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services
2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.
With students returning throughout the year from Remote Learning, we want to remind parents the following online consents need to be done. If you need some assistance, please call the office at 250-478-5548 ext 0.
Please go to this link to complete any of the online consents: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent
*General Consent for School Fieldtrips/Activities
*Google Apps For Education Consent
*Internet Access Consent (needs to be completed each year)
*Media Consent (needs to be completed each year)
*School Cash Online Consent
PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.
UPDATED MASK WEARING GUIDELINES
Letter to families: New guidelines; Located on Parents; Community website page.
- Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:
- Students in Grades 4-12
- All staff
- Adult volunteers and visitors
- This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work-stations
- Masks are required to be worn unless:
- A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
- A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
- The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
- The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
- A person is eating or drinking;
- A person is behind a barrier;
On the school bus:
Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.
- The direction above does not apply as follows:
- To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
- To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
- If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
- While eating or drinking.
As we have just received the information, more detail regarding music and PHE classes will be available soon.
Places masks are not required
When inside their learning group, students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities to move their classes outside. Masks are still to be worn outside when travelling in mixed learning groups or ‘crossing paths’ with students outside of your learning group (i.e. before, after school and while traveling to and from your assigned lunch rotation station). Protocol for wearing masks outside remains unchanged from pre spring break.
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.
Friday, May 14th – Non-instructional day
Monday, May 24th – Victoria day