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This week’s news:

‘Tis the season for collecting!  Division 7 has been busy collecting and organizing toy donations for their toy sale, and the entire school continues to pitch in collecting food for the Sooke Food Bank!

 

We hope you are able to come to the Joyeux Noël Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th from 10-4pm. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fifty vendors will display their crafts
  • Food truck Indecent Risotto will be giving cook kid cooking lessons at 11:00 and 2:00
  • The Poirier choir performs at 10:15
  • And so much more!

 

Last year, our school developed the Coast Salish Moons Project (proudly displayed on our school fence) based on The Saanich Year by Earl Claxton.  As we enter a new month, we will share with you the meaning and teachings associated with each of the moons.

 

At this time of the year, we are entering the SIS,ET or Elder Moon. Traditionally, more time was spent indoors with spiritual and cultural activities, including celebrating the Winter Solstice, as the days are shorter and storms made sea travel unpredictable and unsafe. Elders or Knowledge Keepers shared their teachings with youth and time is spent preparing supplies and tools for the next year.

 

What’s happening next week:

Division 10 will be heading off for an adventure at the Sooke Museum on Tuesday; and Division 7’s toy sale will be setting up shop in Space Station Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Classes will take turns visiting the toy sale, and all items will be sold for $1-$2 each.  All money raised will go to the Sooke Christmas Bureau. We will also be selling Smencils for $2 each during the toy sale for a school fundraiser.  If you have any questions please email  kgreen@sd62.bc.ca.  On Friday, Division 14 will be skating in the morning.

 

A look ahead:

Saturday, December 9th –Joyeux Noël Craft Fair 10-4:00     *Poirier Choir performs at 10:15*

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 18th-20th – Neighbourhood Centre Sing Alongs (more information to follow)

December 19th – Community Movie night in the EMCS Theatre, showing The Polar Express.  The movie starts at 6pm, admission by donation and popcorn for sale; proceeds will benefit the Sooke Food Bank and EMCS’ Leadership program.

Friday, December 22nd – last day before Winter Break and Poirier’s Pajama Day!

Monday, December 25th through Friday, January 5th – Winter Break

Monday, January 8th – Schools re-open

 

And finally,please note that Belmont Secondary School is presenting A Charlie Brown Christmas-a school play for all ages Dec 11th through December17th (except the 13th as that is the 10,000 tonight event). ShowTime is 7:00 PM for every show.  Advance tickets can be purchased at Belmont’s fabulous front office, or online: https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Index.  Tickets will also be available at the door. Ticket prices: $10 for adults and $5 for students.   Warm up a little with some unique and fun Christmas spirit and support Belmont’s Theatre on the Edge!

 

Please check out the information attached:

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What happened this week:
We lucked out on the weather on Monday, just in time for our kindergarteners to visit Goldstream park. Unfortunately our Grade 4/5 classes weren’t quite as lucky on their cougar presentation on Tuesday, but still came back happy and more knowledgeable. The candy cane sales on Wednesday were a hit – thank you PAC! And our Grade 5s enjoyed their visit to Journey for their Justice Theatre presentation on Wednesday as well. And finally, just this Friday Jungle Way turned into Jingle Way, to the amusement and delight of students.

We also had a whirlwind of handball games and jamborees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. A job well done by Mme. Beattie and Mme. Hait, as well as all of our Grade 5 handball players!!

What’s happening next week:
Only 3 weeks till Winter Break, and time is going to fly! We will continue to collect food items for the Sooke Food Bank until Christmas Break. After the first week of collection for the Sooke Food Bank Poirier has brought in an overall total of 1246 items. Division 4 is in the lead with 283 items. Fantastic work Panthers!

Division 7 is looking for donations for an upcoming Toy Sale. This is a great time of year to clean out the playroom! Please send items that are in good condition to your child’s class and we will collect them from there. Some examples are: stuffed animals, cars, dolls, puzzles, games. No McDonald’s/Subway toys or books please. All items will be sold for $1-$2 each and all money raised will go to the Sooke Christmas Bureau. If you have any questions please email kgreen@sd62.bc.ca.

Smencils will be on sale starting Monday during lunch recess for $2 per smencil, and Panther toques are available in the office as well, $15 each. These make great stocking stuffers!

Absences – Please contact the school at 250-642-3009 before 8:00 a.m. to report a child’s absence. Leave a message with the student’s name, teacher’s name with the reason for your child’s absence. The school will not call a family if a child is absent.

New Recycling Centers – We have embarked on a new adventure in recycling in the Sooke School District. New recycling centers sort waste into garbage, organics, paper and recyclables. Part of the most affective reduction in waste programs for a school is to develop litterless lunches or lunches with reusable packaging. By packing lunches in re-usable containers and not including items that have disposable packaging, we can have a very positive impact on the environment. The next best is using something that is recyclable. We have seen a reduction already in the amount of garbage, due to the sorting system alone. If there is any way you could make re-usable containers a part of your routine, we would appreciate it.

A look ahead:
Saturday, December 9th –Joyeux Noël Craft Fair 10-4:00 *Poirier Choir performs at 10:15*
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 18th-20th – Neighbourhood Centre Sing Alongs (more information to follow)
Friday, December 22nd – last day before Winter Break
Monday, December 25th through Friday, January 5th – Winter Break
Monday, January 8th – Schools re-open

Please check out the information attached:

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What happened this week:

Role models, handball games and parent teacher conferences – it has been a busy week!  Hopefully your family is able to use Friday’s ProD to rest up while we send our teachers off to school.

We appreciate the opportunity to meet with you at last night’s Parent-Teacher / Goal Setting Conferences.  It’s always a great occasion to showcase your child’s accomplishments and discuss any questions you have.  From time to time, your child may describe a situation at school that doesn’t make sense or requires some looking into. Please continue to contact your classroom teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Living in Sooke, with an average of 1200mm of precipitation, we are used to playing in wet weather.  Occasionally, when the weather is very stormy (more than just rain), the school staff may decide to let students into the building between 8:30-8:45.  Until then, all students need to wear Sooke weather appropriate clothing (boots, rain coats, hats, mitten/gloves) to ensure they are comfortable in the elements.

Here is what students do if they are allowed in between 8:30-8:45:

Students enter the main school building and go to their assigned neighbourhood centers.  Students in the Modulars go to Jungle Way, the first neighbourhood center and wait for their teacher to walk them over at the first bell.   Students find a quite activity to do.

Our students have lots of practice now and know where to go.  We have grade 5 volunteers to take them to their neighbourhood center is they are unsure.  As all of our students comfortably walk in the school hallways throughout the day for a variety of reasons, we know they can walk to the neighbourhood center without an adult escorting them.

Going forward, we ask that parents drop the students off at the front door and let them head to their assigned neighbourhood center with a grade 5 volunteer or by themselves.   If a parent does not feel their child is capable of this task, we ask them to talk to the office staff.

 

   And thank you to our Peer Helpers!  Not only for their day to day help, which has been a wonderful example to our younger students, but also to the four of our Peer Helpers who went to Ayre Manor on Wednesday to assist the seniors with bowling and serve tea/coffee and goodies.  The Peer Helpers had a wonderful time giving back to the community and we will have another group of four attend in December.

 

 

What’s happening next week:

Our kindergarten classes (Divisions 14, 15, 16, 17) will be off to Goldstream Park on Monday – please make sure they’re dressed for the weather and in comfortable walking shoes. Also on Monday Poirier will be starting our annual Milnes Landing Food Drive/Food Fight to bring in donations for the Sooke Food Bank. Our divisions will be competing against each other to see who can bring in the most donations, and then all of the divisions’ donations will be counted up in a whole school competition against the other Sooke Schools.

Tuesday our intermediate classes (divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4) will receive an education on cougar safety at the potholes, thanks to the CRD.  Also on Tuesday our Grade 5 Girls’ handball team will be at Royal Bay for their Jamboree.

   Wednesday our wonderful PAC is holding a Candy Cane Sale Fundraiser – $1 per candy cane, either mint or cherry flavoured.  Also, Grade 5 students will go to Journey Middle School to enjoy Journey’s Justice Theatre Presentation, and then we have another handball game after school at Sooke Elementary.

The Grade 5 Boys’ handball team will have their Jamboree at Royal Bay on Thursday.  Thank you Mme. Beattie and Mme. Hait for all your hard work organizing the handball teams and events!!

 

 

A look ahead:

   Monday, November 27th – Divisions 14, 15, 16, and 17 are going to Goldstream Park

   Tuesday, November 28th – Intermediate classes to the Potholes for a Cougar Presentation, and Grade 5 Girls’ Handball Jamboree at Royal Bay, 3:30-5:00pm

   Wednesday, November 29th –Candy Cane Sale! (PAC Fundraiser), Grade 5 students to Journey Justice Theatre, and then after school a Handball game at Sooke Elementary (3:15pm)

   Thursday, November 30th – Grade 5 Boys’ Handball Jamboree at Royal Bay, 3:30-5:00pm

   Saturday, December 9th –Joyeux Noël Craft Fair 10-4:00     *Poirier Choir performs at 10:15*

   Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 18th-20th – Neighbourhood Centre Sing Alongs (more information to follow)

    Friday, December 22nd – last day before Winter Break

    Monday, December 25th through Friday, January 5th – Winter Break

    Monday, January 8th – Schools re-open

 

 

 

Please check out the information attached:

 

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Registration Now OPEN - French Lessons for Parents

 
 

Please visit the school district website at http://www.sd62.bc.ca/parents/registration/ to register your student.

 
 

Please click on the link for an article on how to ease your child’s worries about starting or returning to school.

https://www.verywell.com/calming-first-day-kindergarten-anxiety-620865