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 EMAIL TO PARENTS – September 28, 2016

Please visit our new website at http://dunsmuir.sd62.bc.ca/

IMPORTANT DATES:

THANK YOU A special ‘Thank You’ to the parents and guardians who attended our Meet The Teacher Evening last night.  It was nice to see so many families in our school.  We really appreciate all the positive remarks regarding our teaching staff and our new open area.  Our next focus will be to beautify the grounds so we can create a more welcoming space for our staff and students.

TERRY FOX RUN – RED AND BLACK DAY Thursday, September 29th.  If you can help contribute to our fundraising efforts, we have suggested each student bring in $1 or $2 to support the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. We will be having a full school warm-up on the back field before the event and would encourage all staff and students to wear school colours – red and black.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY Friday, September 30 will be Orange Shirt Day.  Please see attached information sheet.

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT “RESILIENT AND FLOURISHING KIDS” on Oct. 12th, at Royal Bay (RSVP by Oct. 7th and limited participant numbers. See attached. For more information, see Community page; Parents

DUNSMUIR CLOTHING DMS Spirit Wear! Order forms for DMS clothing have been handed out to students.  ORDERS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH We have some seasonal items on the forms and online that are only available to order until October 14th – don’t miss out! There are colour pics on the Dunsmuir Store website if you wish to take a look; the link is on the Dunsmuir website main page. Feel free to order online and drop your payment off in the office if you wish. We have a limited quantity of items in the store if you wish to pop by; it’s open Mondays & Tuesdays at lunch at the gym entrance. See attached Clothing order form. Also found on Community page; Parents

NEW AND REVISED INFORMATION ON HEAD LICE/HEALTH RELATED ILLNESSES – FROM ISLAND HEALTH Community page; Parents

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK CLEARENCE LETTERS Parents, a reminder that you cannot volunteer to drive, or otherwise be alone with students, until you have received the CRC clearance letter.  It is not enough that you have applied for it.  Results can take anywhere from one week, to over a year to come back (in some cases requiring finger printing). For all the Fieldtrip forms, go to Community page; Parents

PARENT DRIVERS OR FIELDTRIP CHAPERONES Every year, parents are required to complete: Student Travel form (yellow form – in the office or Parents; Community page on website) Every three years, parents are required to complete: Criminal Record Check – Amended link under Go to Parents; Community page

Every five years, parents are required to complete: Driver’s Abstract – Go to Parents; Community page ONLINE PAYMENT FOR FEES Stay tuned for more information from our school district. UPCOMING DATES Thursday, Sep. 29th – Terry Fox run at 9:30am Friday, Sep. 30th – AbEd Orange Shirt Day Monday, Oct. 10th – Thanksgiving Day Wednesday, Oct. 12th – Resilient and Flourishing Kids,7:00-8:30pm, RBSS Tuesday, Oct. 18th – “Power of Being a Girl “, 9:00-2:30pm (Military Family Resource Centre) Thursday, Oct 20th – Photo Retakes Friday, Oct. 21st – Non-instructional Day Tuesday, Oct. 25th – PAC meeting at 6:30-7:30pm in Conference room

 
 
  • Thursday will be a school colours spirit day! Wear as much red and black as possible!! Let’s show everyone how much school spirit we all have!!
  • Dunsmuir will be having their Terry Fox Run on tomorrow and we will be collecting donations for this very worthwhile cause. Please bring your donations to your Advisory Teacher.
  • If you are interested in showing off and developing your table tennis (aka ping pong) skills, this may be the club for you. Starting today, Wednesday, table tennis club will happen after school from 3:15-3:45 on. Open to anyone who is interested. Equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Meet Mr. Treloar outside the multipurpose room at 3:15 today if you are interested.
  • Cross country practice today after school, 3:25-4pm. Meet in room 204 or see Ms Moes.
  • Grade 8 students who want to sing in choir, we’re having our first rehearsal today at lunch. Not too late to sign up! See you in the music room.
  • This week we’ve ordered even MORE pizza! Come out and support the Foods program and enjoy a tasty lunch! Pizza slices are $3.00 each and there is a limit of 2 per person. We hope to be able to serve everyone but please remember to bring a little food from home, just in case we run out!
  • Wonderful students of Dunsmuir! You are invited to come join the Dunsmuir Dragon Creative Writing Club! Students from all grades are welcome and are invited to come together once a week to write on suggested subjects or topics of the day. The emphasis is on pure creativity in a fun, free-wheeling atmosphere of inclusion. The Club lifts off today Wednesday, September 28th in the Main Computer Lab at Lunch with Mr. Bryan. Come light up the page with your creative writing ideas.”
 
 
  • Store Crew today is Rachel Swanson, Sasha Graham, Coral Leman and Aurora Donner.
  • We are looking for a few students to volunteer to run the store tonight during the Meet the Teacher event. If you think you can be free from 5:45-7:45 tonight, pop by the store at lunch and talk to Ms. G!
  • Thursday will be a school colours spirit day! Wear as much red and black as possible!! Let’s show everyone how much school spirit we all have!!
  • Dunsmuir will be having their Terry Fox Run on Thursday and we will be collecting donations for this very worthwhile cause. Please bring your donations to your Advisory Teacher.
  • Any Grade 6 boys wanting to play soccer please come to Portable 2 right away at the beginning of lunch
  • If you are interested in showing off and developing your table tennis (aka ping pong) skills, this may be the club for you. Starting this Wednesday, table tennis club will happen after school from 3:15-3:45 on Wednesdays. Open to anyone who is interested. Equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Meet Mr. Treloar outside the multipurpose room at 3:15 this Wednesday if you are interested.
  • Cross country practice tomorrow after school, Wednesday 3:25-4pm. Meet in room 204 or see Ms Moes.
 
 
  • Band 6A students, you should be in the music room with Mr. Duque-Park right now for class.
  • Any music student who has apple pie order forms, please give them to Mr. Duque-Park by the end of the day.”
  • Would all grade 7 and 8 boys’ soccer team members please meet Ms Caldwell and Ms Hood in Portable 2 at lunch to arrange rides. Please bring your permission form.
  • Don’t forget that today, is the first meeting of the Dunsmuir Chess Club at Lunch in Mr. Bryan’s Room (Room 211) … Come one come all!
  • Dunsmuir Store: Bring your loonies and twonies; the Dunsmuir Store opens again! The store is located at the entrance to the gym and will be open Mondays and Tuesdays at lunch for the rest of the year. Could the following students head down right now to the store to set up for today? Hilary Fehler, Skyler Lowe, Paige Robinson, Maya Perez
  • If you signed up to work at the store, check the list on the bulletin board across from the office, you will be on the list!
  • Thursday will be a school colours spirit day! Wear as much red and black as possible!! Let’s show everyone how much school spirit we all have!!
 
 
  • Would all Grade 8 boys’ soccer team members please meet in Ms. Caldwell’s portable at lunch today (Portable 2). Everyone who intends to play on Monday needs to be there.
  • Would all grade 6 boys interested in playing soccer please come to Ms. Caldwell’s portable (Portable 2) right away at lunch to see if we have enough players for a team.
  • Internet Forms – There are still 85 Internet Forms not handed in.  Please get your forms in ASAP. Thanks from Ms Compton.
  • Pizza Day – Pizza slices on sale beginning 12:11 in the Foods Room, $3 a slice.
  • There are pick-ups in the Library for Riley Lidstone and Coral Lemay.
  • Beginning Band 6B – you should be with Mr. Duque-Park in the music room for class right now.
  • Would all grade 7 boys soccer team members please meet in Portable 2 right away at lunch today.
  • The following grade 6 and 7 students need to see Mrs. Anderson today at lunch for uniform fitting: Shaelynn Poisson, Madisen Puritch, Keira Watson, Olivia Monaghan, Anna Saunders.

PACE Christmas Show

Rehearsals for the PACE Christmas show begin this Sunday at the Isabelle Reader Theatre at Spencer School.

New students are welcome.

Grade 4-6 from 1-2 pm

Grades 7-12 from 2-5 pm

 
 
  • International students and ambassadors please come to Room 101 for a meeting during lunch today.
  • Internet Forms – There are still 85 Internet Forms not handed in.  Please get your forms in ASAP. Thanks from Ms Compton.
  • Birthdays: Any staff and students with August or September birthdays are invited to join us in the chrome lab (open area room with tall tables, Rm 103) at the 12:11, the beginning of lunch today, for a piece of birthday cake.
  • DMS Store: The Dunsmuir Store will open for business Mondays and Tuesdays every week, starting next week. Later this week, we will be informing students who applied to be on the store crew know who is on which crew. Also, the store will be open at Meet the Teacher night – please let your parents know they can purchase items then as well
  • Clothing Order: A school-wide clothing order will be set up to start next week; more info to follow.
  • Any grade 8 students interested in singing in the Dunsmuir choir, please meet with Mr. Duque-Park at lunch time today in the music room.
  • There will be a grade 6 boys’ soccer team meeting in Portable 2 with Ms. Caldwell at lunch today. If you would like to play you need to come to this meeting.
 
 

Los Angeles Trip: Could all students going on the Los Angeles trip please meet in the chrome lab in the new open area at 12:25 today? That’s all grade 7 & 8 students going on the Los Angeles trip at 12:25 today in the chrome lab in the new open area.

Pizza Day tomorrow! We’ve ordered 8 more pizzas than last week so we hope to have enough for everyone who wants a slice this time, as well as enough for those who wanted a second slice last week but couldn’t have one! The cost is $3.00 a slice and it will be served from the Foods room. Topping choices are cheese or pepperoni.

Grade 7 boys soccer meeting THURSDAY at lunch in Ms. Hood’s class Rm. 200!

 

PACE Christmas Show

Rehearsals for the PACE Christmas show begin this Sunday at the Isabelle Reader Theatre at Spencer School.

New students are welcome.

Grade 4-6 from 1-2 pm

Grades 7-12 from 2-5 pm

See you there!!!

 
 

 EMAIL TO PARENTS – September 21, 2016

Please visit our new website at http://dunsmuir.sd62.bc.ca/

IMPORTANT DATES:

MEET THE TEACHER/PARENT ORIENTATION Please see attached invitation

WELCOME TO OUR PAC EXECUTIVE

President – Fern Smythe

Vice-President – Michelle Alexander

Treasurer – Terry Ward

Secretary – Michelle Scoville

Communications – Marie Bell

Next PAC Meeting will be Tuesday, Oct 25th at 6:30 in the Conference Room

DUNSMUIR CLOTHING Some clothing and supplies will be on sale during Meet the Teacher night, Tuesday, September 27th. A school-wide clothing order will be set up to start next week; more info to follow.

ADHD PARENT INFORMATION DAY Monday September 26, 2016

8:30am – 2:30pm Auditorium, Queen Alexandra Building 2400 Arbutus Road Victoria, British Columbia See attached for more information; Community page; parents for more information

TERRY FOX RUN Whole School Event on Thursday, September 29th

ORANGE T-SHIRT DAY Please see attached; also located; Community page; parents for more information

PARENT DRIVERS OR FIELDTRIP CHAPERONES Every year, parents are required to complete: Student Travel form (yellow form – in the office or Parents; Community page on website) Every three years, parents are required to complete: Criminal Record Check – Amended link under Go to Parents; Community page

Every five years, parents are required to complete: Driver’s Abstract – Go to Parents; Community page ONLINE PAYMENT FOR FEES Stay tuned for more information from our school district. UPCOMING DATES Monday, Sep. 26th – ADHD Parent Information Day, Queen Alexandra Building Tuesday, Sep. 27th – Meet the Teacher/Parent Orientation at 7:00pm, Gym Tuesday, Sep. 27th – LA Trip Parent Meeting at 6:00pm, Learning Commons (Library) Thursday, Sep. 29th – Terry Fox run at 9:30am Friday, Sep. 30th – AbEd Orange Shirt Day Monday, Oct. 10th – Thanksgiving Day
 

 
 

Please visit our new website at http://dunsmuir.sd62.bc.ca/

IMPORTANT DATES:

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – SAVE THE DATE – SEPT 17th 2016!
The duelling piano show live out of Las Vegas was a smash hit at the recent performance.  Overwhelming feedback from parents for more of the duellers energetic and talented interactive musical show has inspired Dunsmuir and David Cameron’s PAC to bring them back for another night of sensational entertainment!  Get some friends together and mark your calendars for September 17th.  Tickets for this event will be $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door.  Cash or cheque payable to David Cameron PAC will be accepted for payment.  No minors.  Refreshments will be available.  All proceeds from this fantastic show go towards enhancing our children’s education.  Plan to support the students by treating yourself to a terrific night out.  Tickets are for sale this week in the office.  See flyer on Parents; Community page
PLEASE HELP US WITH OUR TRAFFIC CONGESTION!
Please exercise extreme caution when picking up and dropping off students at Dunsmuir Middle School.  The front of the school is very congested during the morning and after school.    To help with these safety issues, I would recommend that you pick up and drop off students on the side streets, and remind students to use the crosswalk located at the front of the school.  Our bus loop has been an amazing addition to our school, but I would like to remind all parents that this bus loop is for school buses only.  This will help us maintain a safe environment for all our school community. Thank you,
Mr. D. Russell
MEET THE TEACHER EVENING
Save the date:  Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 7-8:30pm starting in the gym.
There will be more information to come next week.

LIFETOUCH PHOTOS
Please return the order forms to the school on photo day, September 16th and hand them into the Photograher.  If ordering online, forms do not need to be returned.  Late orders will be accepted online up to 48 hours after Picture Day.  See tips for picture day:  lifetouch.ca

PIZZA DAY
We will be starting Pizza sales again this Friday and every Friday throughout the year.  We order through My-chosen Café and will be selling for $3.00 per slice.  It may take a few weeks to order the right amount for everyone, but we will do our best to serve everyone.

ADHD PARENT INFORMATION DAY
Monday September 26, 2016
8:30am – 2:30pm
Auditorium, Queen Alexandra Building
2400 Arbutus Road
Victoria, British Columbia
See attached for more information; Community page; parents for more information
GRADE 6 IMMUNIZATIONS
Our grade 6 students will be receiving their immunizations on Wednesday, October 26th. Please return the immunization form handed out with your child’s start-up package regardless of whether or not your child is receiving vaccines at school. If parents have questions or concerns they are welcome to call the health unit (West Shore 250-519-3490; Sooke 250-642-5464), the front reception can also answer questions about vaccines the child is due for. More information can be found at www.immunizebc.ca. There is also information for parents and/or students on coping strategies, stress reduction and needle phobia etc. at www.anxietybc.ca and www.imunizebc.ca.
PARENT DRIVERS OR FIELDTRIP CHAPERONES
Every year, parents are required to complete:
Student Travel form (yellow form – in the office or Parents; Community page on website)

Every three years, parents are required to complete:
Criminal Record Check – Amended link under Go to Parents; Community page

Every five years, parents are required to complete:
Driver’s Abstract – Go to Parents; Community page

ONLINE PAYMENT FOR FEES
Stay tuned for more information from our school district.

UPCOMING DATES
Friday, Sep. 16th – Lifetouch Photo day
Saturday, Sep. 17th – Duelling Pianos
Monday, Sep. 19th – Non-Instructional day (no school)
Tuesday, Sep. 20th – PAC meeting at 6:30pm
Monday, Sep. 26th – ADHD Parent Information Day, Queen Alexandra Building
Tuesday, Sep. 27th –Meet the Teacher/Parent Orientation at 7:00pm, Gym
Tuesday, Sep. 27th –LA Trip Parent Meeting at 6:00pm, Learning Commons (Library)
Thursday, Sep. 29th – Terry Fox run at 9:30am
Friday, Sep. 30th – AbEd Orange Shirt Day

 
 

EMAIL TO PARENTS – September 7, 2016

Please visit our new website at http://dunsmuir.sd62.bc.ca/

WELCOME TO DUNSMUIR

Thank you all for a great start up. It was so good to see the students again and welcome the new grade 6 students to our school.

By the end of the week, we will be finalizing our enrolment and staffing. We had several new registrations over the last few weeks, but we have also had students move on to other schools. We may have to make some adjustments over the next few days, but we do our best to avoid and further disruption to student placement. When we organize class composition, we spend weeks placing all students in their cohort class. We spread out huge chart paper and add each individual student one at a time.  We factor in recommendations from last year’s teacher, male/female ratio, friend groups, non-friend groups, designations, band, choir, academies, academic ability, behaviours, learning styles and more.  So at this point, we are not planning on moving students, but we would be more than willing to help transition students into a new school year. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

GRADE 6 IMMUNIZATION VOLUNTEERS PLEASE! Our Grade 6 students will be receiving their immunization shots on Wednesday, October 26th. We are looking for approximately 10 parent volunteers to help out with juice distribution, recovery room, and guiding students to the immunization station. If you are able to help out, please email our Vice-Principal, Andrea Millen at amillen@sd62.bc.ca. If you have a medical background, it would be helpful for the recovery room. Please return the immunization form handed out with your child’s start-up package regardless of whether or not your child is receiving vaccines at school. If parents have questions or concerns they are welcome to call the health unit (West Shore 250-519-3490; Sooke 250-642-5464), the front reception can also answer questions about vaccines the child is due for. More information can be found at www.immunizebc.ca. There is also information for parents and/or students on coping strategies, stress reduction and needle phobia etc. at www.anxietybc.ca and www.imunizebc.ca. LIFETOUCH PHOTOS Order forms will be going home today. Please return to the school on photo day, September 16th and hand them into the Photographer. If ordering online, forms do not need to be returned. Late orders will be accepted online up to 48 hours after Picture Day. See tips for picture day: lifetouch.ca

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – SAVE THE DATE – SEPT 17th 2016! The duelling piano show live out of Las Vegas was a smash hit at the recent performance.  Overwhelming feedback from parents for more of the duellers energetic and talented interactive musical show has inspired Dunsmuir and David Cameron’s PAC to bring them back for another night of sensational entertainment!  Get some friends together and mark your calendars for September 17th.  Tickets for this event will be $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door.  Cash or cheque payable to David Cameron PAC will be accepted for payment. No minors.  Refreshments will be available.  All proceeds from this fantastic show go towards enhancing our children’s education.  Plan to support the students by treating yourself to a terrific night out.  We will be selling tickets next week, July 4 – 8th from 8:00am – 3:00pm in the office if you want to drop by to purchase them. See flyer on Parents; Community page

FIELDTRIP FORMS Every year, parents are required to complete: Student Travel form (yellow form – found in the office or Parents; Community page on website) Every three years, parents are required to complete: Criminal Record Check (See attached for more information or Parents; Community page

Every five years, parents are required to complete: Driver’s Abstract (See attached for more information or Parents; Community page

ONLINE PAYMENT FOR FEES For those parents who are choosing online payment, please continuing waiting for more instruction from the School District on when this will be up and running. PAC MEETING – TUESDAY, SEPT. 20 AT 6:30pm

All parents are welcome to attend our first PAC meeting. We will be looking for new members as well as new executive members. MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT For more information, please go to Parents; Community page on the website.

FUNDRAISER FOR DUNSMUIR MIDDLE SCHOOL Olympic View Golf Course has made fundraising very easy.  If you visit Forester’s at Olympic View, just mention to your server that you are with Dunsmuir and 10% gets reimbursed back to Dunsmuir Middle School every 3 months.  Please see the attached document.

UPCOMING DATES Friday, Sep. 16th – Lifetouch Photo day Saturday, Sep. 17th – Duelling Pianos Monday, Sep. 19th – Non-Instructional day (no school) Tuesday, Sep. 20th – PAC meeting at 6:30pm Tuesday, Sep. 27th –Meet the Teacher/Parent Orientation at 7:00pm, Gym Tuesday, Sep. 27th –LA Trip Parent Meeting at 6:00pm, Learning Commons (Library)