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MS Teams on March 3 @ 6:00-7:00 pm.

Here is the link to your live event.

https://jump.sd62.bc.ca/DunsmuirGrade5StudentAndFamilyInfoNight

 

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – February 24, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,

As we inch closer towards spring break (2 ½ weeks to go), we want to remind students of the need to continue do their best, focus, attend to and engage with the learning activities and opportunities presented. As we begin to look towards next school year we are beginning the process of orienting our new grade 5s to Dunsmuir Middle School. To this end, we will host a parent information night (for new students) on MS Teams on March 3 2021, at 6:00 pm. Parents of new students will receive the link for this information session in a subsequent email. We will also be visiting the elementary schools in the spring to meet the students and provide some information.

Some things happening now:

  • Today is Pink Shirt Day. It is always great to see the students/staff and community participate in this annual event.
  • Dunsmuir Dance Music Identification Competition. We are pumping some favorites from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s each morning as each class tries to identify the song and artist as they compete for prizes.
  • Manhas, our Learning Commons teacher has organized a school wide Clue game that is taking place.
  • Dance Academy- is currently getting ready for their online dance recital competitions. We look forward to seeing the finished product.
  • FSAs – have been and will continue to take place up until Spring Break.
  • Points or Progress- will be out by March 12th and available either online, through MyEd OR as provided by your child’s classroom teacher. Each teacher should have communicated with you on how and when they will provide this.

Previous Current Parent info:

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. See attached.
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

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

IMMUNZATIONS FOR GRADE 6 STUDENTS
Due to the ongoing pandemic and initial rollout of COVID vaccine, public health has postponed some Grade 6 immunizations originally planned for January and February. This delay is temporary and follows the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines for the school age immunization program. Immunizations will resume in the coming weeks and continue until the end of the school year, resulting in immunizations being offered to all Grade 6 students before the end of June. If you have any questions, please contact your local public health unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Nurse.

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:
Wednesday, March 3rd – Grade 5 Information evening on MS Teams, 6:00-7:00pm
Friday, March 5th – Term 2 Ends
Monday, March 8th – Online Academy Registrations open at 6:00am
Friday, March 12th – Points of Progress available online
Friday, March 12th – Last day before Spring Break
Monday, March 15th – Spring Break
Friday, March 26th – Spring Break
Monday, March 29th – Reopen

 
 

Hello future Dunsmuir families,

My name is Mark Kaercher and I am fortunate enough to be the principal of Dunsmuir Middle School. I hope that you are all well and look forward to meeting and working with you in the coming weeks and years. We are excited to meet our incoming grade 6 students and we have begun to work with the elementary schools to ensure a smooth transition for all. As part of this process, we are offering an online information session through MS Teams on March 3 @ 6:00-7:00 pm. We encourage all new families to attend virtually if possible. The event will include the following:

  1. Introductions
  2. A power point of general information about DMS
  3. Information on Special Programming (i.e. music program, Dance and Soccer Academy)**soccer is not available until grade 7 and 8.
  4. A few minutes at the end some questions

Please use the link below to attend.

Here is the link to your live event.

https://jump.sd62.bc.ca/DunsmuirGrade5StudentAndFamilyInfoNight

Thank you,

 

Mark Kaercher
Principal
Dunsmuir Middle School
3341 Painter Rd,
Victoria, BC
V9C 2J1
250 478 5548

 
 

If pink shirt day isn’t enough, on Friday we have a spirit day! What do mulletts, electronic synthesizers, and Ronald Regan have in common?! That’s right! The 1980s! It’s 80s day on Friday!

 
 

Next Wednesday is Pink Shirt & anti-bullying day! Get your pink shirts out or maybe even a pink mask.

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – February 10, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
We hope that you are well. You are likely aware that the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer recently announced some changes to the guidelines specific to COVID-19. To point, we have implemented the increased mask mandate as was communicated out last week by the board office. There may be further adjustments as we work to interpret and implement additional changes. These changes will not be major and I do not see them impacting the daily experience(s) of students in a significant way. As we have communicated from the beginning, student and staff safety continue to be our top priority. It has been fantastic to see so many classes and students participating in the STEM challenges at each grade level including: spaghetti bridges at Grade 8, wind turbines at Grade 7 and gravity cars at Grade 6. Students did a great job working together, researching, problem solving, planning and building in search of the ‘winning’ design.
Points of progress will be coming out prior to spring break. As in the past, please pay attention to communications from your child’s teacher as to the details of how they are communicating student learning. For those teachers using MyEd, points of progress will be available to parents online beginning Friday, March 12th.
Thank you,
Mark Kaercher

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

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

IMMUNZATIONS FOR GRADE 6 STUDENTS
Due to the ongoing pandemic and initial rollout of COVID vaccine, public health has postponed some Grade 6 immunizations originally planned for January and February. This delay is temporary and follows the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines for the school age immunization program. Immunizations will resume in the coming weeks and continue until the end of the school year, resulting in immunizations being offered to all Grade 6 students before the end of June. If you have any questions, please contact your local public health unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Nurse.

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
Friday, March 12th – Points of Progress available online

 
 

Yearbooks are still on sale! This year is a great year to get your yearbook! When you’re old in 10 years time you can look back at your smiling face in a mask and tell your grandchildren all the COVID19 stories. Order your yearbook, today!

 
 

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