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EMAIL TO PARENTS – October 18, 2017

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IMPORTANT DATES:

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FEE DUE
Reminder to parents: If your child is playing soccer, running cross country or planning on playing basketball this season, then Athletic Fees are due. We ask that each student participating on a team at Dunsmuir Middle School pay a fee of $40.00. Please pay this fee online at School Cash Online. Instructions can be found on our website. The fee pays our membership in to LIMSSA, covers referee costs, rental facilities, uniforms, and equipment.  If you have any questions please contact the Athletic Director – Meghan Caldwell mcaldwell@sd62.bc.ca or Darren Russell drussell@sd62.bc.ca.

2017 BC JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP – NOV 11 – 13, 2017
See attached; Also located on Community page; Parents

GRADE 6 IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
The Grade 6 Immunization clinic is being held Tuesday Oct. 24 and Wednesday Oct. 25th from 9-12. If students have not yet handed in their immunization form please return this to the school as soon as possible even if your child is not planning on being immunized at school. Please see the attached parent newsletter from Public Health Nurse Anne Noseworthy for more information and support for getting ready for immunization day.

Information Notice can also be found on Community page; Parents

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Dunsmuir Middle School will continue the tradition of allowing students to wear costumes to school.  We will be talking to all of our students regarding appropriate and respectful costumes and encourage them to have fun and be creative.  If a mask or a weapon is a key component to the costume, please have your child leave these items at home.  We have not had issues in the past regarding inappropriate costumes, but if for some reason a costume may make others feel uncomfortable, the student will be asked to change.  We will be hosting some special activities throughout the day -information regarding this event will be coming home soon.  Thank you for your help and support regarding Halloween costumes.

INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL LITERACY EDUCATION 101 FOR TWEENS, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Darren Laur will be presenting to our whole student body on Thursday, October 19th from 1-3pm.  He will also be presenting to any interested parents on Thursday, October 19th from 7-9pm at Dunsmuir Middle School.  The idea behind his presentation is to help students to pro-actively understand the enabling power of digital technology and mobile communication.  He has also added how to mitigate the sometimes unintended consequences of high risk/undesirable on-line behaviour. During this presentation, Darren Laur would like to encourage all students to bring their cell phones (if they have one) as he will have students pull them out to adjust security settings during the sessions. We hope you can attend the parent presentation that evening.

PARENTING WITHOUT POWER STRUGGLES – OCT. 19TH
Found on Community page; Parents

PARENT VOLUNTEERS/DRIVERS
Found on Community page; Parents Every year, parents are required to complete: Student Travel form (yellow form – Found in the office or Parents; Community page Every three years, parents are required to complete: Criminal Record Check Every five years, parents are required to complete: Driver’s Abstract (you can now apply online; Found on Community page; Parents)

SPCA WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS ON OCT. 20th PRO-D DAY
Found on Community page; Parents

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parents can access our Student Announcements found on Students Announcements | Dunsmuir page; Daily Announcements

STUDENT- LED CONFERENCES
On Nov. 23, 2017, Dunsmuir Middle School will be holding our first Student-Led Conference for parents.  We will no longer be running 10 minute interview times with the on-line appointment booking.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences.  The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook.  Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher (or teachers) circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey &Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001) The main purpose of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process.  When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999) More information will come your way as we get closer to this date.

UPCOMING DATES:
Thursday, October 19th – Darren Laur parent presentation, at 7:00pm, Gym
Friday, October 20th – Non-Instructional Day
Tuesday, October 24th – Grade 6 Immunizations
Wednesday, October 25th – Grade 6 Immunizations
Tuesday, October 24th – PAC meeting, 6:30pm, in Conference Room
Wednesday, November 1st – Lifetouch Photo Retake day