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What’s happened this week:

Thank you to the Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team for their demonstration this past Monday!  And thank you to our Poirier Choir students who participated Monday evening at the Sooke Sing Out.  Well done!!!

Tuesday was our parent-teacher conferences; if you missed that opportunity please get in touch with your student’s teacher to arrange an alternate meeting.  Our second set of report cards went out this Thursday.

And Friday divisions 8 and 10 are skating, while divisions 12 and 14 do their part for the environment and release the salmon that they’ve raised in their classroom.


What’s happening next week:

Spring Break!  Rest, relax, explore, and enjoy some extra time with your family.  Our custodial staff (Jennifer and George) will be busy cleaning our school top to bottom over the break, so please be sure to thank them for their hard work when you come back from the break to a spic and span school!


A look ahead:

Monday, April 3rd – Schools re-open!  We hope everyone will be feeling refreshed, and ready to hit the ground running after spring break!

Friday, April 7th – Jump Rope for Heart

Sunday, April 9th – Poirier Choir students to the Rink Cycle 2 with the Victoria Symphony

Monday, April 10th – Role Model, Bertha L. will be visiting divisions 12 and 14

Monday, April 10th – PAC meeting at 7pm

Tuesday, April 11th – Grade 2s go swimming, 1pm-2:30pm (Thank you Lion’s Club!)

Wednesday, April 12th – Early Dismissal (students are released at 11:45, buses will run their routes like normal – just earlier)

Thursday, April 13th – Pro D Day

Friday, April 14th & Monday April 17th – Schools closed for Good Friday and Easter holidays



Jump Rope for Heart Parent Info Letter The Force Society Anxiety Webinar



Late French Immersion Opportunity at Journey –  There are only two days left to register for  Late French Immersion which Journey is excited to offer for the 2017-18 school year.  Students currently in grade five at our elementary school are eligible to register.  More information is available on their website and/or directly from Journey.    Parents can register online or in person at Journey until 4 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017.


A note from the office:

Occasionally students wish to bring toys to play with at recess.  These toys often break or are traded leading to arguments and tears.  As we have done in the past, we are asking students to leave personal toys and games at home.


What’s happened this week:

Monday’s kindergarten hearing and vision screening was cancelled due to the weather, but has since been rescheduled for April 20th.

Thank you to Role Model Jeff Welch for your visits with our kindergarten classes this past Thursday!   And thank you to the Sooke Dance Studio as well for their performance this morning, which has since inspired some creative dancing skills among our students!


And don’t forget to set your clocks forward this coming Sunday!  Daylight Savings is on March 12th this year!


What’s happening next week:

This last week before spring break is going to be a busy one!  The Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team is coming to our school Monday morning, and several Poirier Choir members have signed up for the Sooke Sing Out, from 7pm-8pm on Monday.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place in the afternoon/evening of Tuesday, March 14th, and the 2nd set of report cards will be sent home with students on Thursday (March 16th).

Also on Thursday, everyone is invited to participate in our Safe Routes to School walkabout, from 8:15am – 9:45am.  Join the Mayor, Municipal Staff, School District 62 Trustees and so many more as we work towars Active and Safe Routes to school for our students!

Friday Divisons 12 and 14 will have a field trip to Charters Creek to release the salmon that they hatched in their classroom.


A look ahead:

Monday March 13th – Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team visiting Poirier in the morning, and our choir students will be participating in the Sooke Sing Out from 7pm-8pm.

Tuesday March 14th – Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in the afternoon/evening

Thursday, March 16th – 2nd set of report cards will be sent home

Thursday, March 16th – 8:15am – 9:45am Elementary Walkabout for Safe Routes to School

Friday, March 17th – last school day before spring break!

Monday, April 3rd – Schools re-open!  We hope everyone will be feeling refreshed, and ready to hit the ground running after spring break!

Friday, April 7th – Jump Rope for Heart Event



Ecole Poirier Walkabout Invite Legislative Assembly of BC Spring Break Program

Westshore Track Club Registration Page 2017 Westshore Track Parent Signatures_Page_1

And for Poirier Choir News sent home with our choir students today, please click the link below:




Dear parents,

We have entered the rainy and muddy season (please, no more snow!) and our playground is very wet.  Please send a change of clothing for your children, so we don’t have to interrupt your busy day with requests for dry socks or pants.

We have recently reviewed our expectations for our students who take the bus.  We want to make sure every student catches the bus, without having to search for them and delaying the other riders.  For students who have a little wait, we have encouraged them to bring a book to read, or a word search booklet or cards.  Please no electronics.

Here are our expectations:

  • Line-up at 2:45
  • Sit or stand in the line-up
  • Bring a book or puzzle or colouring to entertain you
  • Do not leave your line-up without permission (tell an adult if you need to use the washroom or to retrieve something in the classroom)
  • If you are leaving before the end of the day make sure you sign-out in th office and tell Ms.L
  • Please remember we are always Kind, Safe & Fair


What’s happened this week:

How exciting to see our students begin work on the 13 moons project!  This school art project will be mounted on the fences outside once finished, similar to the Stream of Dreams projects at several other schools in Sooke.  Thank you to the Rotary club and PAC for sponsoring this!!

Also, a big thank you to Ms. Neilson for organizing our Jump Rope for Heart Activities this week!  Our students have been enjoying showing off and learning jump rope skills all week.



What’s happening next week:

Role model Jeff Welch will be visiting divisions 15, 16, and 17 Thursday morning, and Divisions 6 and 9 will enjoy a field trip to Seaparc on Friday for a morning of skating.  Sooke Dance Studio will also be performing for our students on Friday morning.



A look at the next 2 weeks:

Monday, March 6th – Kindergarten vision and hearing screening

Tuesday, March 7th – 1st set of report cards going home; teachers in the 2nd set will send report cards home March 16th

Thursday, March 9th – Role Model Jeff Welch will be visiting Divisions 15, 16, and 17

Friday, March 10th – Divisions 6 and 9 have a skating field trip, and Sooke Dance Studio is sharing a performance with us

Monday March 13th – Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team will be visiting Poirier in the morning, and our choir students will be participating in the Sooke Sing Out from 7pm-8pm.

Tuesday March 14th – Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in the afternoon/evening

Thursday, March 16th – 2nd set of report cards will be sent home

Friday, March 17th – last school day before spring break!




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Be sure to check here for all the latest PAC news!


École Poirier Choir 2017





Hello Choir Families!  The Poirier Choir has another exciting season planned as we head into Canada’s 150th Birthday year.  Our choir includes students from grades 2-5 and we rehearse once a week during lunch recess.  Thursdays will be our regular practice day for the coming season.  We encourage regular attendance and lots of positive participation as we work towards our performance goals.  Please mark your calendars for the following events:


Monday, March 13th  – The 25th Annual Sooke Spring Sing Out hosted by the Sooke Community Choir   7 – 8 pm (6:30 arrival time) at the EMCS Gym


SUNDAY, April 9th 2:30pm – Rink Cycle II: Victoria Symphony Celebrates Canada 150 with Victoria Youth – a very special event taking place at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.


You’ll see in the information following that the Rink Cycle event is indeed a very special opportunity for our students to perform with the Victoria Symphony and over 2,000 students from Greater Victoria.  It is happening on a Sunday afternoon, and will be a unique celebration of Canadian culture and music!  Invite your extended family and friends to this special event – see ticket information on reverse.


We will be providing more details about both of these events in the weeks to come.  Please check the École Poirier Choir Blog to stay up to date and to view videos of the pieces we are working on. This is a great way for students to practice their songs! I will also try to include lyric sheets when I get a chance.   http://poirierchoir.staff.sd62.bc.ca


Please contact us at the school at 250-642-0500 if you have any questions about choir.

~ Mme Arts and Mr. Daykin, Choir Directors

Sooke Community Spring Sing-Out

École Poirier Choir 2017 with the Victoria Symphony


French Nature Camp- MARCH BREAK 2017

Have any plans for your child(ren) for March Break?

Secure your child’s spot now!
A good alternative to care during this March Break.

A great way for French Immersion Students to learn unique survival skills while developing their second language.
Two weekly camps are available and held locally at Camp Barnard in Sooke!

All details and registration information can be found on the registration link.

Registration is OPEN to all from SD62- SD61- SD63

Email CPFSooke@hotmail.com with any questions.

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqieHxdE3fqxHBwimxq4Q3RyHxEWzOYerlX6kn4GvxKDxlkQ/viewform


A few important dates for our Grade 5 students to help them (and their parents!) prepare for the transition to Journey Middle School in September 2017:

1. Late French Immersion – The Information Evening (for parents and students) is Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm in our gym.

2. Hockey Academy – our academy opens up for registration on February 1 and Coach Elm and JMS Principal Laurie Szadkowski will be visiting our school to speak with our Grade 5 students about the program on January 20th. More information for parents to follow.

3. The Grade Five Parent Meeting (for all incoming students and their parents) will be Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm at Journey.


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