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Dear Parents/Guardians,

We know communication between the school and families is important and we’re always looking for different opportunities to connect with you. We’re happy to share that our school now has its own app! Download the École John Stubbs Memorial app to get events, messages and notifications sent right to your phone or tablet. You can check our school calendar and even link up with your child’s class or programs.

The app is a free download on your smart phone or tablet. Just hover the camera from your phone or tablet over the QR code and you will instantly get a message to open and download the app, or find the app here: http://johnstubbs.appazur.com/help/get-the-app

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All district-wide messages and very important messages will still be sent to your email. The purpose of this app is to compliment the various means of communication we use and to let you control the type of notifications you receive.

As with all new resources, it may take some time for staff and parents to adapt to this wonderful new messaging tool. Hang in there! As we all know, learning can be ‘messy’ and a little confusing. But it is also fun!

Enjoy!

Sincerely,
Sandra Szalipszki
Principal

 
 

To enhance the level of emergency preparedness for all schools, the District will be implementing Standard Emergency Reunification Procedures to ensure the safety and well being of all students in the aftermath of a disaster. This process will start in September and include a Reunification Drill for staff, students, parents, and authorized guardians.

John Stubbs Memorial school will be practising this Emergency Reunification Drill in October. Parents and all authorized guardians listed on a Students Release Form are asked to participate. This will be an opportunity for families to exercise their emergency plan with the school’s emergency plan. Please ensure you complete the reunification forms in September!

Events leading up to the drill will include a Workshop on Family Emergency Planning on Wednesday September 12th, 2018 in our Middle School gym. We hope to see you there!

Please follow the link below to inform us of your intention to attend:

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sooke-school-district-no-62-17765845443

Sandra Szalipszki

Principal

 

 
 

Hello Parents and Guardians!

We are pleased to announce that our elementary students have moved to their new classrooms as of Thursday afternoon. This is an exciting day for some and a difficult day for others, as they say goodbye to their last year’s teacher, realize they may be with some different classmates and say hello to their new classroom teacher. It’s a wonderful and exciting time!

Please know that very careful consideration of each child’s social, emotional and academic needs are considered. Teachers have met and worked on these class groupings over several sessions in June, and again this week, in order to create a group of students whose needs and strengths are balanced socially, academically and emotionally. Please recognize that the decision was made in consideration of the best interests of your child.

As their caregivers, your role is very important in helping them to transition to their new classroom and teacher. Encouraging them to see themselves as a strong person and teaching them to say and believe the phrase “I’ve got this” is a central part of teaching children resilience. Encouraging them to look for the good things in their classroom and the good people among their new classmates is also an important thing for you all to focus on.

We encourage you to touch base with your child’s new teacher over the course of the next week.  An email or a quick hello is all it takes.

 
 

We hope everyone had a restful summer and that the children are ready for an amazing school year at École John Stubbs!

 

 

Kindergarten Gradual Entry Information:

Friday, September 7th – please send your child with a snack and meet in the upstairs library.
Groups A, B, C, D   9:00am-11:00am
Groups E, F, G, H   12:30pm-2:30pm

Monday, September 10th -please send your child with a snack and meet in the upstairs library.
Groups E, F, G, H  9:00am-11:00am
Groups A, B, C, D  12:30pm-2:30pm

Parents will be informed later on Monday, September 10th as your child’s placement.  Please check your email.  Children will then be asked to join their new class on either Tuesday, September 11 or Wednesday, September 12 for a full day with their new teacher.  Students will meet their new teacher at the exterior door to the classroom.  On Thursday, September 13th all students start school full time.

When children come to school on Tuesday or Wednesday, parents are asked to be prepared to stay for the first half hour in the classroom to fill out forms for the teacher.  Parents are asked to come prepared with information such as emergency contact names and phone numbers, after school pick up information and allergy and medical information.

 

 

 

 
 

School will start on Tuesday, September 4th, with a half-day session from 8:40am to 11:50am. Busses will run to this schedule. From Wednesday, September 5th school will follow the full day schedule.

First Day of School – Elementary Students (grade 1 to 5)

Kindergarten: Kindergarten students do not attend school in the first week of school. Instead, there will be a ‘gradual entry’ so that the children have time to become accustomed to their new school life. Letters regarding gradual entry have been mailed to parents who have registered their child. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Returning Students: For the first few days of school, returning students will return to their last year’s teacher and classroom. They will stay there until the school board announces that schools can move the students to their new classroom and teacher. All effort is made for this to be done as quickly as possible, usually in the first week of school. When the warning bell rings at 8:40, students should line up in their old classroom line. They should look for their last year’s teacher.

New Students: The warning bell will ring at 8:40. At this time, all new students go to the elementary gym. Once there, they will be brought to their temporary classroom, where they will stay until the school board announces that the schools can move the students to their new classroom and teacher. All effort is made for this to be done as quickly as possible, usually in the first week of school.

School Supplies

Kindergarten students: Teachers have purchased bulk supplies and parents are asked to pay $30 to cover these costs.  If you have not already paid this fee, payment will be taken at the main office. These supplies will be set up by teaching staff in the classrooms.

All grade 1 to 5 students are asked to bring only a pencil case and their lunch kit for the first week of school.  Full supplies should not be brought earlier than Monday, September 10th as students may not be in their forever classroom until then.

Grades 1, 2 and 3 students:  School supplies can be ordered on line through School Start.  Although not mandatory, this process will save you both time and money.  If supplies are ordered through School Start they will be delivered directly to your home.  Orders will be accepted online until October 1, 2018, although a $5 late fee will be applied after August 1, 2018.  Please click on the following link to order  schoolstart.ca/school/2812. If you wish to purchase supplies yourself, you can print the list directly off the School Start website.

Grades 4 & 5 students:  Teachers have purchased bulk supplies and parents are asked to pay $45 to cover these costs.  If you have not already paid this fee, payment will be taken at the main office. These supplies will be set up by teaching staff in the classrooms.

First day of School – Middle School Student  (grade 6 to 8)

When the warning bell rings at 8:40, all middle school students should go to the middle school gym. Once there, they should look for their name on the posted class lists and then go stand with their new teacher. There will be a short assembly before the students move on to their new classrooms.

School Supplies:

Grades 6, 7 and 8 students: School supplies can be ordered on line through School Start.  Although not mandatory, this process will save you both time and money.  If supplies are ordered through School Start they will be delivered directly to your home.  Orders will be accepted online until October 1, 2018, although a $5 late fee will be applied after August 1, 2018.  Please click on the following link to order  schoolstart.ca/school/2812.  If you wish to purchase supplies yourself, you can print the list directly off the School Start website.  Students can bring their supplies on the first day of school.

 
 

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This week….

Thursday, June 28th

– Last Day of School and Elementary School Assembly 11:00 a.m. Parents are absolutely welcome! Reminder that this is a full day of school.

Summer Office Hours….

  • The school will be open from 8am to 2:30pm from July 3rd-July 6th. The office will re-open on Monday, August 27th-31st and be open from 8am-3pm.

August 2018….

  • School will be back in session on Tuesday, September 4th and is a full day. Please check our website at the end of August for first week of school information.

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A few housekeeping items…..

-If you know that your student will be away for the start up of school in September it is extremely important that you let the office know.

-We will be sending any unclaimed report cards out in the mail beginning the week of July 2

-The lost and found bins were emptied and put in the elementary school foyer last week for the kids to look through. The unclaimed items will be bagged up and donated on Friday afternoon.

**If your child will not be attending John Stubbs in September 2018, can you please let the office staff know. You can either call 250-478-5571 or email us at johnstubbs@sd62.bc.ca.

 
 

The Week Ahead….

Monday, June 25 – Elementary Beach Day @ Witty’s Lagoon (see below for details).

Tuesday, June 26 – Middle School Fun Day @ JDF lower fields (see below for details).

Wednesday, June 27 – Middle School Assembly 10:50am  PAC will provide food for a BBQ lunch for Middle School students, as well, PAC will be serving sundaes to Grade 5’s.

Thursday, June 28 – Last day of school.  Elementary School Assembly 10:50am.  Reminder that this is a full day of school, with dismissal at 2:50pm.

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JUMP ROPE FOR HEART This year our school’s goal was to raise $700 and thanks to our amazing students and parents (grandparents, neighbors, etc.) the school raised $2861.25!!
Way to go John Stubbs!

ELEMENTARY BEACH DAY

A notice/consent form has gone home with your Elementary School child this week in regards to Elementary Beach Day on Monday, June 25th. Please take a moment to read over the information on the parent letter and then sign the permission form on the reverse. You only need to send back the permission section.

Itinerary:
9:00 a.m.             Leave John Stubbs
9:30 a.m.             Arrive at Witty’s Lagoon main parking lot on Metchosin Road
1:45 p.m.             Leave Witty’s Lagoon main parking lot on Metchosin Road
2:15 p.m.             Arrive back at John Stubbs

For the day, your son/daughter will need:

  • Appropriate walking shoes for the hike to the beach
  • Layered clothing to accommodate the changing weather
  • Backpack
  • Drink and a snack
  • Bagged lunch with extra drinks
  • Sunscreen – apply before coming to school
  • Hat
  • Shorts or bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Optional: beach games, beach toys (e.g. buckets, shovels)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FUN DAY

On Tuesday June 26, 2018 students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will walk down to Juan de Fuca for Fun Day. Students will engage in different grade group activities for the day, then return to school before the end of the day.

Where: Tuesday June 26, 2018.

When: Leave John Stubbs at 9:00 a.m. Arrive at Juan de Fuca at 9:20 a.m. Activities from 9:30-10:30.   Snack Break from 10:30-10:45. Activities from 10:45-11:45. Lunch in picnic shelter 11:45-12:45. Activities from 12:45-2:00. Leave JDF at 2:00. Return to John Stubbs for 2:30.

What: Lawn Bowling, Beach Volleyball, Kickball, Basketball, Forest Games. **The grade 7’s will be swimming from 12:30-2:00. The PAC will be providing a cold treat at lunch. J

What to Wear/Bring: water bottle, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, runners, active wear clothes, snack and lunch (if not purchasing one.) **Grade 7’s need to bring a bathing suit, goggles, towel, etc.

Transportation: Walking.

Cost: $9 if you would like to purchase a lunch for your child. **Must be paid in advance, cash only. – See below. Hot dog, juice, chips, and fruit.

$5 for organic smoothie, if desired (can be purchased on site).

Teacher Contact: Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher for more information or the school at 250-478-5571.

The grade 7’s from Spencer Middle School will also be on site in different areas of Juan de Fuca. They will be in the pool at the same time as our grade 7’s.

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Around Our Community…..

THE BATEMAN FOUNDATION NATURESKETCH.ORG

NatureSketch Art & Science Camp: In conjunction with the Royal BC Museum.

July 23 – 27, 9:00am – 4:00 pm Ages 8 -13

$280 Explore natural environments within walking distance of the Gallery & Museum including Beacon Hill Park, the Inner Harbour, Fishermans Wharf & the gardens at the Royal BC Museum.

Drop-in NatureSketch

Specific Thursdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

Ages 7 – 12 $25 per drop-in NatureSketch drop in is an outdoor nature program for kids that focuses on sketching and observing wildlife habitats in unique ecosystems.

For more info and registration visit naturesketch.org

 
 

Parents,

The website for ordering school supplies is now live. Please go to www.schoolstart.ca and select parent shop.

Click on province and the city is Victoria, look down the list for École John Stubbs. Once on that page there is a button for ordering online, it will then ask you what grade.

If there are any problems, please contact School Starts directly. The online ordering for home delivery before school starts is open until August 1st.

 
 

The weeks ahead…..

Friday, June 15th– Parent Appreciation Tea and Art Project Unveiling @2:30 pm Elementary Gym.  Please allow us to show you our appreciation and please have a look at our beautiful new art project.

Monday, June 18 –Middle School Band Concert at lunch in the Courtyard.

Thursday, June 21– Grade 8 Dinner and Dance at Olympic View.

Monday, June 25– Elementary Beach Day – see info below.

Tuesday, June 26– Middle School Fun Day@JDF.

Wednesday, June 27 – Middle School Assembly 10:50 a.m.

Thursday, June 28th  – Last Day of School and Elementary School Assembly 10:50 a.m.

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AROUND OUR SCHOOL…..

ELEMENTARY BEACH DAY

A notice/consent form has gone home with your Elementary School child this week in regards to Elementary Beach Day on Monday, June 25th.  Please take a moment to read over the information on the parent letter and then sign the permission form on the reverse.  You only need to send back the permission section.

Itinerary:
9:00 a.m.         Leave John Stubbs
9:30 a.m.         Arrive at Witty’s Lagoon main parking lot on Metchosin Road
1:45 p.m.         Leave Witty’s Lagoon main parking lot on Metchosin Road
2:15 p.m.         Arrive back at John Stubbs

For the day, your son/daughter will need:

  • Appropriate walking shoes for the hike to the beach
  • Layered clothing to accommodate the changing weather
  • Backpack
  • Drink and a snack
  • Bagged lunch with extra drinks
  • Sunscreen – apply before coming to school
  • Hat
  • Shorts or bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Optional:  beach games, beach toys (e.g. buckets, shovels)

 

 
 

The weeks ahead…..

Tuesday, June 12 – Middle School Band Concert at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Middle School Gym.
Wednesday, June 13 – PAC Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 18 – Middle School Band Concert at lunch in the Courtyard.
Friday, June 15th – Parent Appreciation Tea.  Details to follow.
Thursday, June 21– Grade 8 Dinner and Dance at Olympic View.
Monday, June 25– Elementary Beach Day.
Tuesday, June 26– Middle School Fun Day.
Wednesday, June 27 – Middle School Assembly 10:50 a.m.
Thursday, June 28
– Last Day of School and Elementary School Assembly 10:50 a.m.

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 AROUND OUR SCHOOL…..

-A notice/consent form will be going home with your Elementary School child this week in regards to Elementary Beach Day on Monday, June 25th. Please take a moment to read over the information on the parent letter and then sign the permission form on the reverse. You only need to send back the permission section, you can keep the rest of the form as it shows the itinerary, safety guidelines and what your child will need for the day.

-At this time of year when the weather is so nice, many teachers will take advantage of the blue sky and take their class outside at the end of the day. This makes it very difficult for the office to get messages to your student if plans are not made at the beginning of the day. We understand that things happen and messages are needed, but if at all possible make plans with your student before the school day begins.

-It is suggested that if at all possible, not to send your student in flip flops as we are getting many scraped toes and slivers from the wood chips. As well, please send your student with sunscreen on and water bottles, and remind them to drink lots of water throughout the day. The teachers will do so as well.

-If your child will not be attending John Stubbs in September 2018, can you please let the office staff know. You can either call 250-478-5571 or email us at johnstubbs@sd62.bc.ca.

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 AROUND OUR COMMUNITY…..

Colwood Fire Department – Open House – Fun for the whole Family!! Date: Sunday, June 10th, 2018 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Colwood Fire Station, 3215 Metchosin Road

RUGBY CANADA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

– WESTSHORE HOMESTAY PROGRAM: FAMILIES NEEDED!!

In September 2018, the Rugby Canada Development Academy will begin its second year based in the Westshore out of Belmont Secondary School.  Its goal is for young female rugby players to attain the necessary skills to become leaders in their sport, academics and the community.  However, for this program to be successful it needs to be supported by family members, friends, teachers, coaches and role models.

Adam Kleeberger (former men’s 7s and 15s national team player) is currently Rugby Canada’s Lead Skill Development, Strength and Conditioning Coach.   Charlotte Haley will be the Academy Resource Teacher, and will be overseeing the academic component of the academy. Adam and Charlotte want to ensure these young athletes have a safe and positive experience both on and off the field.

HOMESTAY FAMILY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Complete Online Host Family Application Form
  • Application reviewed by Rugby Canada Staff – Preference given for Homestay families that are able to accommodate more than one athlete, family of a current academy athlete, distance to school/training facility, and previous experience with billeting athletes.
  • In House Interview Conducted
  • Reference checks – Criminal and Vulnerable Persons
  • Attend Orientation Meeting and Complete Agreement

The homestay families will be compensated ($800/month).

There will be an information night on June 25th from 7pm-8pm at the Al Charron Centre (Rugby Canada) in the Boardroom.

For more information in regards to the academy please visit Rugby.ca https://rugby.ca/en/hq/development-academy

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like more information please contact Adam Kleeberger at akleeberger@rugby.ca

 
 
 
 
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