After a very successful show last spring we are please to welcome back, all the way from Las Vegas, The Dueling Pianos. The show will take place at Dunsmuir Middle School on Saturday, September 17th. This is a great opportunity to have some fun while raising funds for the PAC’s of both David Cameron and Dunsmuir Middle School. Please see the attached for further information and I hope to see you all on the 17th.
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EMAIL TO PARENTS – August 4, 2016
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year.
Opening Day Procedures
All Dunsmuir Middle School students will be expected to arrive at school before the warning bell at 8:55am on Tuesday, September 6th. All grade 6 students will be meeting in the gym. They will be asked to find their name and Advisory posted on the gym wall, and will be directed to sit under their Advisory number posted on the wall above the bleachers. The administration and counsellors will do an official welcome and then introduce the students to their Advisory teachers. At that point, the teachers will show their students to their classrooms and spend the rest of the morning providing all the details and information needed to begin a successful year at Dunsmuir. Our grade 7 and 8 students will find their name and Advisory number posted in the hallways. Grade 8 Advisories will be posted on the second floor and the Grade 7 Advisories posted in the multi-purpose area on the first floor. Grade 7 and 8 students will report to their Advisory when the bell rings. Please remind your grade 7 and 8 students to bring their combination lock from last year, if they had one, or they will have the option to purchase another lock from the school. Students can also bring their own lock for their locker, but it must be a combination lock. We do not accept key locks. All students will be dismissed around noon on Tuesday, September 6th. Buses will run 3 hours ahead of regular scheduled times. Please keep in mind, the buses may be delayed on the first day of school.
A school supply list is posted on our website under Students. Students will not have to bring their school supplies on the first day, but I suggest they bring something to write with. More information regarding locks and lockers will be covered on the first day of school. We are still hoping all students will have lockers this year.
The Dunsmuir School Agenda will be on sale through our Dunsmuir School Store for $8.00 each. We will not be issuing agendas to all students this year, as many students have been using other methods to organize their work.
All bus information can be found on our School District 62 Website including scheduled times and pick up and drop off locations. Buses will enter the Dunsmuir property off Benhomer Road and drive through the property and exit on to Painter Road. Students will be dropped off and picked up right on our school grounds.
Parking for staff, visitors and parents will continue to be a challenge. Some staff will be parking in reserved spots at the front of the school, but most of our staff will be parking on the tennis courts at the very back end of our property. Please be aware that parking on the tennis courts will be reserved for staff only. Eventually, we are hoping to have staff parking back on the North end of our school, just past our gym. There will be a few visitor spots along the front of the school, but if you are dropping off or picking up your child from school, please set a meeting point on one of the side streets to prevent the congestion in front of the school and at the bus location. Thank you for your cooperation.
On the first day of school, we will be sending home a Student Fees Envelope with all students. Students will be asked to return this sealed envelope to their Advisory Teachers. Three payment options will be available: Online Payments, cash and cheques. More information regarding the online option will be available in September. Please make all cheques payable to “SCHOOL DISTRICT 62”.
Our class lists for this school year were finalized in June, so it is very important for all students and parents to note that class lists are complete and changes are very difficult to do at this time. Our team works very hard to balance classes and ensure start-up runs as smooth as possible for all students. If enrolment continues to increase, we may have to make some changes in September.
We will be updating the Dunsmuir website over the next couple of weeks. Please become familiar with our website and visit it regularly throughout the school year. Communication is very important. A few dates to mark in your calendars: Photo Day – Friday, September 16; School Planning Day – Monday, September 19 (no school); Meet the Teacher Evening (all parents welcome) – Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm; Photo Re-take Day – Thursday, Oct. 20.
If you need further information, have questions, concerns or ideas, please call the school or drop by the office. Our front office staff is amazing and they will be happy to assist you in any way. They will be returning to work on Monday, August 29th. I suggest giving them a day to settle in and if you need assistance, we will be ready to help as of Tuesday, August 30th..
Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to meeting you and your child in September.
Darren Russell, Principal
250-478-5548 ext. 225