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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.


For all parents who are interested, we will be hosting the following information sessions:

For Kindergarten parents with children who were born in 2011, and starting school in September 2016, there will be an information session on Monday, January 11th, 2016, at 6:30pm at John Stubbs in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor.

For parents with children going into Grade 6 in September 2016 who are interested in Late French Immersion, there will be an information session on Thursday, January 21st, at 6:30 pm at John Stubbs in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor.



John Stubbs will be supporting a Food Drive to support vulnerable families in our community.  We are teaming up with BC Transit to try and “Stuff the Bus” full of non-perishable food items that will be dispersed to families in need over the holidays.

We would like each classroom to “adopt” a family and help to make their Christmas a little brighter. We can do this by providing non-perishable food items for the family.  Please bring your donations to the school by December 10th! Boxes will be placed in each classroom. Any family able to supply a large box in which to place food collected in the classroom, please bring it or send it in on Monday.

 Santa and some of his elves will visit the school on the morning of Friday December 11th, arriving on a BC transit bus dressed up like Rudolf.


Noon Hour Supervision Assistants:

These are school district paid positions, whereby adults are hired to assist schools in supervising students. Qualified candidates must be a holder of a valid Standard First Aid Certificate or willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $21.34.

If you think you might be interested in applying, please complete a nonteaching application form which you can obtain from the school district website at www.sd62.bc.ca and forward it to:
Dawn Coughlin at the School Board Office, 3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC, V9B 5R1, dcoughlin@sd62.bc.ca.


Middle School Concert  – December 10th  6 pm

Elementary School Concert – December 16th  1:15 & 6 pm