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  • 301 Zealous Crescent, Victoria BC V9C 1H6 Phone: 250-478-5571 Attendance Line: 250-478-0667

Join us on January 29 for District day with the Victoria Royals! Face painting, prizes and great hockey! SD62 and friends and family get tickets for only $9 – use the promo code SD62NIGHT. Visit selectyourtickets.com/promo and let’s fill that arena with our great SD62 community. Our very own John Stubbs grade 8 leadership class will be there selling chuck-a-puck tickets, so come out and support our students and the Royals!



We have just received the parts for the GaGa Ball Game, and are really excited to get it up and running at our school. If you are not aware of Gaga Ball, you may wish to click on links attached below.

We are hoping that we can get some help in order to assemble the kit and get our students started with this exciting new playground activity.

Specifically, we are looking for donations of wood plus time from a couple of people to help put it together as soon as possible, hopefully this week.

Could you please email me ASAP if you are able to help in any way? Assembly sounds fairly simple. It is in the attached link.






News from the Greater Victoria Public Library Winter/Spring 2016

Visit GVPL’s welcoming areas for kids and look for new books or your favourite series. Pull up a comfy chair and read or use the Wi-Fi and download e-books and music.

French Storytime for Kids, 11:30am-12:15pm, Friday, February 19 at Oak Bay Branch

For ages 5-8 and parents or caregivers.  Enjoy a French language storytime with the Victoria Chapter of Canadian Parents for French (CPF) and learn about French resources GVPL has to support emergent readers. Perfect for French Immersion families! Coffee and cookies will be served. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information.

Spring Break and Pro-D Day Fun!

Looking for something fun to do? The Greater Victoria Public Library offers programs for every interest including stories with author Wanda Jemly, a ‘Gruffalo’ puppet play, storytime with a Ballerina, upcycled CD weaving craft, get creative with Lego and more. Register online at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information.

Free Comic Book Day, 9am-noon, Saturday May 7 at Central Branch

Drop-in to get your free comic and more! Dress up as your favourite comic character, enter to win awesome stuff, and check out the library’s selection of comics, manga and graphic novels. A free comic for everyone, or two if you dress up – while supplies last. Registration not required.

 All programs are free. For a full listing of library programs, visit gvpl.ca and register online. Call 250-940-4875 for more information.

 Would you or a colleague like to receive this information directly? Email children@gvpl.ca to be added to our distribution list.

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Dear parents and Guardians,

Please see the attached registration form for the Intermediate Level of French Lessons for Parents which will begin on January 19th, 2016. All adults within the Sooke School District are welcomed to participate and expand their knowledge of the French Language. Please complete and submit your registration form as soon as possible if interested.

Int-French Lessons for Parents

For more information please connect with our Canadian Parents for French Sooke District Chapter.

Wishing you all a wonderful return to school and all the best in this new year.


Cendra Beaton President, CPF Sooke District Chapter

Web:   http://bc-yk.cpf.ca/chapter/sooke-district/ Email:  CPFSooke@hotmail.com  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CPFSooke Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpfsooke  BC-Yukon Branch web address is: http://bc-yk.cpf.ca/ (head office for BC) Membership link is: http://cpf.ca/en/membership/  (register under the Sooke School District-SD62)


Monday January 11- Kindie information for September 2016 at 6:30

Tuesday January 12- Grade 8’s visit Belmont

Wednesday – Shaun Booth visiting for Grade 6-8.

Basketball is starting.  Peer helpers continue at recess.


Last year the district had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Kristin Buhr speak about youth and the challenges of anxiety. She is visiting again to review the information as well as provide further explanation and tools to support children who struggle with anxiety. Dr. Buhr has provided the overview below to explain the focus of her presentation:

**Is your child struggling with anxiety? Worrying about everything? Avoiding things? Develop a better understanding of anxiety and anxiety problems in children and youth. Learn about helpful resources and effective cognitive-behavioral (CBT) strategies for managing anxiety, which include relaxation exercises for “dialing down” physical symptoms of anxiety; healthy thinking strategies to combat worries; and tools for facing feared situations. Get tips on helping your child develop a healthy foundation, deal with difficult emotions, face challenging situations, learn to tolerate uncertainty, and build resilience.

There will be two sessions open to parents, educators and the community. The first session will be hosted at Happy Valley on January 27th from 3:00 to 4:30, and then there will be a second session later that same day in Sooke at Journey Middle School from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It should be an informative session.


The Transportation Department has informed us that bus passes have been distributed to all registered paid or waived Middle school students. Each bus driver has a list of all Elementary students who have paid or been waived.

Effective Tuesday afternoon, January 19th, Middle school students without bus passes, or Elementary school students not on the bus drivers list, will be denied return rides from schools.

Any questions please call the Transportation Department at 250-474-9800.



Kindergarten Registration Information

Please find attached the District flyer for Kindergarten registration, with dates and information.

Grade 6 Late French Immersion Registration will also be offered online as well as on paper. The starting date for grade 6 LFI registration will be JANUARY 25 (The SAME as the KG registration).  Both Kindergarten and LFI registration will NOT close on a certain date.




Dear John Stubbs families,

Thank you for a lovely holiday season and beginning of the school year.   We at John Stubbs wish you all a happy and safe holiday.

We are so grateful to the PAC who hosted a lovely hot chocolate and cookie morning for all students. We are very grateful for Santa who stayed all morning to talk to students! PAC also contributed to a fabulous new game called GAGA ball. Check it out on you tube. We hope to have parents help us build this game for students to play in the New Year. If any of you are handy with directions and carpentry please e-mail the school.

Thanks to the PAC again and all parents for the very successful fundraiser, the K-2 Christmas shop, $950.00 was raised for the Goldstream food bank. Thanks to the parents for donating items, the children for shopping and the PAC for organizing.

Due to numerous safety concerns we are going to try locking the door on Zealous Crescent after 9am in the morning. All courtyard and middle school doors will remain unlocked. Our grade 4 and 5 students will now enter the school from the courtyard.

Please remember if you are visiting the school for longer than a drop off or pick up we need you to sign in at the front office.

We look forward to a wonderful 2016. Ms. Smith and Ms. Szalipszki


stuff the bus

Stuff the Bus Campaign:

On Friday Santa came for a visit, arriving in a BC transit bus! He and his elves collected the donations provided by the John Stubbs Community for the Stuff the Bus campaign. Thank you to all the families that could donate food, money or toys. It was a huge success and we collected enough food to fill the back of the transit bus! While waiting for Santa to arrive, all the elementary school students sang Christmas songs – it was fantastic to hear so many voices singing together! Bravo tout-le-monde!




On Thursday, December 17th, the PAC Elves will be serving cookies and hot chocolate to all students and staff in the middle school foyer.

Students please bring a mug for the hot chocolate.  Parents stay tuned for cookie donation and volunteer sign up sheet.