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“Christmas is not a time nor a season; it is a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, is to have plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas”  – Calvin Coolidge


Dear Poirier Families/ Chers parents,

Usually at key points of the year, more so for me this year as it is my last newsletter and especially at this time of the year, reflections are in order.  As I go through with mine I cannot but be thankful to have had the opportunity to work and serve in a community so dedicated and caring, despite its challenges and intricacies. The past months have not been without its issues to sort and positives to celebrate. I look upon the faces of our kindergarteners who came in bright eyed and excited and are now well on their way, learning and perfecting routines; our grade 5 students taking on new challenges, working through difficulties and being role models as we prepare for the transition to middle school in the coming year; and all the students in the “in-between” grades embracing their learning.

As I embark upon a new stage in my life …. retirement ….. I want to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas, full of laughter and fun with family and friends.  Take the time to put the electronics away, play board games and take long walks or hikes.  Unfortunately, not all families enjoy such privileges – it can be an incredibly trying and sad period. Remember our Food Drive; the food hampers play a crucial role in supporting our local community.

My parting words ……be involved in your school community; find that way or chunk of time that you can spare and it‘ll pay in huge dividends.  I leave you in the very capable hands of Ms. Hussey and Ms. Laidlaw.

Take very good care,

Yushy Wallace, Principal

Ecole Poirier Elementary


Upcoming Events:

 December 7-14: Starting this week and until December 14th, Poirier students are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank’s annual “Food Fight.”  The schools in Milne’s Landing are competing against each other to collect the most items and become the winner of the “Food Fight.”  This year at Poirier, the class that brings in the most items will be awarded a pizza party!  Thank you ahead of time for your donations and support.

December 14: Christmas Concert, all English students – 6:30 pm

December 15: Christmas Concert, all French Immersion – 6:30 pm

December 16: Last day before winter break, and pajama day for all students!

December 19-January 2nd: Winter break

January 3: Back to school!



 Tickets on sale now for the Victoria Symphony Rink Cycle II

Winter Wonderland Tea

A Celtic Christmas, presented by the Sooke Community Choir and Celtic Reflections 


Reminder: Fresh Air and Vitamin D:

One of the things that we know about child development is that fresh air, movement breaks, play, nutrition and sleep are all crucial to set them up for success as well as enhance their ability to grow into healthy young people. To help in that, we have decided that unless it is extreme weather, we will be sending the children out for recess and lunch time breaks. As customary, there will be ample supervision. Please continue to send your child to school with the appropriate gear such as raincoat, mitts, boots, tuques ….all that they already own. Thank you so very much for your support….. you’ll love it when they have a great night ‘s sleep and wake up refreshed!


SD62 Job Posting: Noon Hour Supervision Assistant

These are school district paid positions, whereby adults are hired to assist schools in supervising students. Qualified candidates must be a holder of a valid Standard First Aid Certificate or willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $21.54.

If you think you might be interested in applying, please complete a non-teaching application form which you can obtain from the school district website at www.sd62.bc.ca and forward it to Dawn Coughlin at the School Board Office, 3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC, V9B 5R1, dcoughlin@sd62.bc.ca.


The district is working on its strategic and capital plans and needs your input! Help us plan for our students’ future by getting involved in the Sooke School District’s strategic planning process. Through engagement with parents, staff, students and stakeholders, we will create a road map that will include milestones to help chart our progress and ensure we remain on track towards achieving these goals.

We know your time is valuable so we’ve created a short five-question survey. Share your opinions with us – all responses are strictly confidential and anonymous. The survey closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 5.

Take the Survey now

If the above link doesn’t work, please copy and paste this link into your web browser: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/sd62/strategic-planning/


Please see the quick video clip from AnxietyBC for kids experiencing difficulties separating from their parents at school. It specifically looks at children entering Kindergarten, but still may be helpful for other families.

Video link: 



Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are very excited to announce that SD62 is now offering School Cash Online to all parents to pay school fees and district fees. We want to save you time when paying for school fees and this is a great way to pay without the need for cash or cheques.

To sign up to use School Cash Online, please follow these steps:

  1. Read the Instructions (parents who have already created an account during online bus registration can skip to “Step 6”)
  2. Fill out the Consent Form (https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/)

You must fill out a separate consent form for each child

Already signed up for an account during online bus registration? 


Great! Please skip to “Step 6” of the Instructions linked above.

Why do you need to fill out a consent form?

The system is designed to extract some of your student’s personal information contained in MyEdBC (Ministry school database), with School Cash Online.  This information will be shared through a secured FTP (file transfer protocol) site (similar to online banking) and will only be used for the purpose of student fees and online payments.

The information that will be extracted from MyEdBC is as follows and is contained on a Canadian site:


  • Student School Name
  • Student School Number
  • Student Legal First Name
  • Student Legal Last Name
  • Student PEN Number
  • Student Classroom/Homeroom
  • Student Grade
  • Student Parent/Guardian #1 First Name
  • Student Parent/Guardian #1 Last Name
  • Student Date of Birth



  • Student School Number
  • Course Codes
  • Course Name
  • Course Code Section
  • Course Semester
  • Semester Start Date
  • Semester End Date
  • Course School Year
  • Course Teacher ID Number
  •  Student Number

In order to have your child/ren included in the first extract upload we require your consent to be completed by Friday, November 4th at 4 p.m.

We hope to have the first information transfer complete by mid November. Once your child’s information is transferred, you will be able to sign into your school cash online account, choose your child and attach him or her to your account to pay their fees.

After November 4:

You will still be able to submit your consent after November 4, 2016.  This will simply mean that your child’s information will not be included in the first transfer but will be included in subsequent extracts.

We will send you more information closer to mid November regarding the second phase of the online program.

For inquiries about account setup and using the system, please visit the “School Fees” page of the District website or  email schoolcashschool@sd62.bc.ca

For general information about fees, please contact your child’s school.

Thank you,

School District 62