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EMAIL TO PARENTS – February 10, 2021

ACADEMY ONLINE REGISTRATIONS – MAR. 8TH 6:00am
****Middle School Academy Registration for Soccer and Dance will open on March 8th 6:00 am.  The Soccer and Dance Academies run in the timetable during the regular school day.
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies
****Middle School Golf Academy Registration  will open February 8th 6:00 am. The Golf Academy will run after school on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays.
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR – FEB. 20TH
To register, click the link Coldest Night of the Year 2021 – Victoria Westshore (cnoy.org)

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

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

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.

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, February 12th – Non-Instructional Day
Monday, February 15th – Family Day
Wednesday, February 24th – Pink Shirt Day
Friday, March 5th – Term 2 Ends
Monday, March 8th – Online Academy Registrations open at 6:00am

 
 

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

 
 

 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – January 27, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
It is hard to believe that we are entering into a full year under the blanket of COVID-19. While all indications are that we are in the “back half” of this pandemic, we need to remain diligent in following all of the provincial health, ministry of education and school protocols and guidlines intended to maximize safety and mitigate risk for all. We very much appreciate your efforts, commitment and support. The staff and students at DMS continue to do an exemplary job in relation to learning, following the guidelines and the building of a healthy school community that is supportive and welcoming. Please take care of yourselves, support one another and be kind to yourself and others as we all work to find our way through these times.

Please see information below for some exciting events/opportunities:

ONLINE PARENT MEETING JAN. 27th AT 4:00pm
Self Harm, how to help your child. Date: Wednesday, January 27th at 4:00 PM (Other dates available) Registration: www.familysmart.ca/itk Discussion facilitated by FamilySmart Parent in Residence. Watch a video with us and come together with other families for a facilitated discussion.

ACADEMY ONLINE REGISTRATIONS – MAR. 8TH 6:00am
Middle School Academy registration starts on March 8th @ 6:00 a.m.  Please click the link below;
https://registration.sd62.bc.ca/apps/academy?program=NODEFAULT

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR – FEB. 20TH
To register, click the link Coldest Night of the Year 2021 – Victoria Westshore (cnoy.org)
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.

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.

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
3 school wide Design Projects will be taking place at Dunsmuir over the next couple of weeks. Students will design and build a Gravity car, a Wind Turbine, and a Spaghetti Bridge.
Grade 6’s will be building a Gravity Car and launching them down a electronic track. Grade 7 students will be building a Wind Turbine to generate electrical power. Grade 8 students will be building the lightest spaghetti bridge that is able to hold a 1Kg lead ball (the same weight as a large pineapple) for 60 seconds without breaking. All these design and building projects allow students the opportunity to explore trades and technology careers in a research fashion, as well as, to experience hands on practical applications of skills.

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 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
Monday, March 8th – Online Academy Registrations open at 6:00am

 
 

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!