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Spencer Yearbooks are still for sale for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please order your yearbook soon as there are limited quantities available.  Yearbook are on sale for $40, please bring cash or a cheque (made payable to SD62) to the school office.

Dont miss out!!!

 

Grade 8 Leaving Celebration

Our Grade 8 Leaving Celebration Evening will take place on Wednesday, June 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the evening will involve a drive through event through our school’s bus loop.  To help with traffic congestions, we are respectfully asking to stagger the times parent/guardians/students plan to attend by following the schedule below:

Students Last Name                     Arrival Time

A-F                                                      6:00 – 6:30 pm

G-L                                                      6:30 – 7:00 pm

M-R                                                     7:00 – 7:30 pm

S-Z                                                       7:30 – 8:00 pm

If for any reason you are unable to make your scheduled timeframe, please choose the time that works best for you and your family. Last year, students and parents/guardians had to wait for a considerable amount of time to drive through the bus loop, and we are trying to avoid this situation from happening this year by staggering your arrival times.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the celebration evening and we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.

 

 
 

Please follow the links below if you are not a staff member and have a meeting or event at Spencer School.

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/visitor-contractor 

Appendix H – Building Access Protocol

 
 

May 17, 2021

Hello Spencer Families,

What an amazing weekend – the weather was absolutely perfect.  I hope you were able to be outside at some point enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you for your continuous support in making our school community a safe, welcoming environment.  It is unbelievable that we have 850 students attend our school each and every day and for the most part, each day is a huge success. We are not perfect by any means, but we are doing everything we can to make the middle school years a positive, safe experience for all of our students.  Thank you for your help and support.

If I had a magic wand, I would eliminate bullying at school and on social media and I would have a school that is free of drugs/vapes.  Unfortunately, these issues continue to be a challenge for all middle schools and Spencer is no exception.  Middle school students aspire to be independent, and along the way they may make poor choices.  How we deal with these mistakes is key to creating a powerful learning experience.  If they are accountable for their actions, it is easier to move forward and it is hopeful that they will not repeat these poor choices.  It is always great to be working with the parents as we navigate through some challenging times.

Vaping 

If you asked me near the beginning of the year, I would have said that we do not have any issues with vaping.  However, since Spring Break, we have had several issues with students vaping before school, after school and also trying to hide and vape in the washrooms.  Please talk to your child about the harmful effects of vaping and remind them that we will not condone vaping or any vape supplies at school.  We will also continue to educate them as best we can at school.

Carlow Park

Recently, we have had a number of students hanging out at Carlow Park before and after school.  Typically, this would not be an issue, but we have had a number of complaints from community members regarding our students vaping, using inappropriate language, using their phones to video others and leaving garbage behind at the park.  There are a number of parents and younger children at the park before and after school, so we have asked our students to model our Spencer Values of Empathy, Honesty, Kindness and Respect while at school and in our community. Many of our students meet up with parents and younger siblings and play at the park after school.  This is fine, it is just not an area to simply hang out.  We appreciate your help and support with this issue.

 

Start-Up for 2021-22

It sounds like we may be moving to stage 1 (back to normal) next year in terms of the COVID rules and expectations. Of course, nothing is confirmed at this point, and we know things can change over the summer.  At the beginning of this school year, we had to make many adjustments to our regular schedule to accommodate the mandated learning groups for middle school.  With 850 students, this seemed like an impossible task.  However, this forced us to make some decisions that we will continue to use for the coming years.

A staggered start to the year, was one of the best decisions we made.  For all students, the first day of school can be a little overwhelming, and for our new grade 6 students, the transition to middle school is always a little unnerving.  Especially when they are surrounded by 850 other students.  Last year, we were forced to stagger the start times and it actually created a calm, safe start to the year.  It allowed us to focus on the different needs of each grade level and it was the perfect way to welcome the students back to our school community.

We do not have confirmation of our bus schedule yet, but last year, the buses did not run until week 2 of the school year.  Again, many adjustments had to be made, so this year, we hope to have the buses running throughout week one.

So, for week one, we are planning to organize the following:

Tuesday, September 7 – Grade 6 students only.  Students will arrive for a 9:00am start

time and will stay at school until noon.  Bus schedule is yet to be determined, so

parents may want to arrange rides for the first day.

Wednesday morning, September 8 – Grade 7 students only.  Students will arrive for a

9:00am start time and will stay at school until 11:00am.  We are hoping to have busses

running in the morning, but transportation will not be available for an 11:00am pick

  1. Parents may want to organize rides for this pick up time.

Wednesday afternoon, September 8 – Grade 8 students only. Students will arrive for a

1:00pm start time and will stay at school until 3:00pm.  We are hoping to have the buses

running for the after school pick up, but transportation will not be available for the

1:00pm start time.  Parents may want to organize rides for the 1:00pm start time.

We realize this schedule may not be convenient for a few parents, but we feel this staggered start time is best for students of a very large middle school.  We thought if we gave plenty of notice, parents would be able to arrange rides and child care for the first two days of school.

Staff Appreciation Day

We are holding our Staff Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Throughout the year, there are designated appreciation days for teachers, administrative assistants and bus drivers, but this does not include all members of our staff.  So, we decide to appreciate all staff including our educational assistants and our custodians, on one day.  On Thursday, May 20, we will start with our bus drivers, then our regular day staff followed by our custodians.  A note of thanks goes a long way, so if your child would like to participate in this event, it would be greatly appreciated.  Just a simple card or note to their bus driver, their EA and/or their teacher would be a great way to just say, ‘Thank You’.  Our staff always looks forward to this special day.

 

Grade 8 Leaving Celebration

Save the date – evening of Wednesday, June 23, 2021.  We usually have a dinner and other fun activities at the school to send off our grade 8 students, but due to the COVID restrictions, we will not be able to run such an event.  Last year, we organized our Grade 8 Leaving Celebration as a drive by event and it was actually very successful.  Parents drove their child through the bus loop at the front of the school and the staff were there to present a small gift and wish their students the best for the future.  We will be doing something very similar on Wednesday, June 23.  More information to come regarding the details.

PAC Meetings

  • May 26, 2021 @ 6:30 through MS Teams – AGM
  • June 23, 2021 @ 6:30 through MS Teams

Important Dates

Victoria Day – Monday, May 24

 

Darren Russell, Principal

drussell@sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!
Letter to families Transportation2021-2022

School bus registration for the 2021/2022 year:

Current students: February 16-April 30
New students: March 15-April 30

  • A $25 safety fee per rider
  • In-catchment school bus service only (exceptions are French Immersion and Academy students)
  • A $100 late registration fee per family if registering after August 31st.
  • You will need to enter your child’s Student # which is 6 digits
  • Parents will not be able to select bus routes.
  • Experienced Transportation staff will place your child(ren) on the best routes as per your home address and school

Questions? Please read the letter to families attached above or contact the Transportation Department via email or call (250) 474-9845. Due to volume of inquiries, please allow 3-4 business days to receive a response.

 
 

Registration is open year around.
In-district School Change Requests for 2021-22  opens on-line on Monday, January 25, 2021

To Register your child for Spencer Middle please go to:  https://registration.sd62.bc.ca/apps/SookeStudents
Parents can request a school change on-line on this direct link: http://changereq.sd62.bc.ca

If your child is currently attending David Cameron, Lakewood, Millstream, Ruth King, Savory, Willway your child will automatically be transferred to Spencer Middle.
 

****Middle School Academy Registration for Grade 7 and 8 Hockey
will open on March 8th 6:00 am.
The Grade 7 and 8 Hockey Academy runs in the timetable during the regular school day
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

****Middle School Golf Academy Registration 
will open February 8th 6:00 am
The Golf Academy will run after school on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays
https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

Please send an email or call with any questions:
Wayne Kelly at wkelly@sd62.bc.ca or at 250-480-9976

 
 

Please follow the link below for important information regarding Grade 9 course selection and the dates and timelines for this process.

Belmont course selection letter

There are also more details in the Feb 9 Principal’s message.

 
 

Principal Message March 2

Principal Message Feb 9 2021

Principals Message Feb 1 2021

Jan 12 2021 – Principal Update

Jan 4 2021 Principal Update

Dec 16 Principal Update

Nov 30 Principal Update

 
 

The Daily Health Checklist for parents was updated to reflect new changes made by the BCCDC. Most notably, “runny nose” was removed from the list. Ultimately, it is up to you as the parent to complete the Daily Health Checklist. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick.

Please see below the link to the Daily Health Checklist for students.

Appendix N – Daily Health Check – Parents-Guardians Sept. 16, 2020_0

 
 

Ministry of Education is rolling this out to the whole province and we don’t want you to miss out on your child’s Points of Progress/Report Card.
The very first sign in must be done on a desktop or laptop computer, not a MacBook, iPad, Chromebook or cell phone.

  1. Using Chrome or Edge to open the MyEd website
  2. MyEd Production Site-
    https://myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do

Username: your e-mail *ALL lowercase
Password: sent to your e-mail *case sensitive
Pages – Top Tab
Published Reports – middle/right of the screen
Report Card PDF

 
 

Parents can now do school consents at the following link.

https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent

For detailed instructions see below attachment:

ONLINE CONSENT PORTAL