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Hello Spencer Families, March 29, 2020

I hope everyone is healthy and continuing to follow the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry.  In these uncertain times, many people are wondering what the next few weeks or months will bring and we are all concerned about the continuation of our educational programs.  

On Friday, March 27, you would have received an email from Scott Stinson, Superintendent of Schools.  If you have not read through his letter, please take the time to do so.  It is very important that all families are receiving the same information which is consistent with the information coming from the Ministry of Education.  With that in mind, the Spencer website message will encourage parents to check our district website at www.sd62.bc.ca for the latest updates related to COVID-19 and the District’s response.

All schools have been closed to in-class instruction, so parents should not plan on dropping their children off at schools this coming week.  The District has sent a message that if there is an urgent need for childcare please email the District at info@sd62.bc.ca. The school district is committed to supporting families of essential service providers.  The Government of BC has developed a list of essential services to assist in this determination.  

Our Spencer staff will be working remotely from home for the next while as we await further direction from health officials.  Spencer Middle School will not be available to the public.  However, if there are essential supplies your child has left in their locker (medical supplies or any technology left behind) you will need to set up a pre-arranged appointment with our Vice-Principal, Mr. Smyth.  We will not have students and/or parents in the building, so we will gather the essential supplies and have them available for your pre-arranged pick up time.  This will allow us to ensure that our school will remain clean and disinfected for the safety of those staff who will be required to work on site.  Please keep in mind that we do have 850 students so we will limit the pick-up arrangements for essential items only.  We very much appreciate your patience and your cooperation with this request.  

As Scott mentioned in his email, in these times of uncertainty and angst, families have many things to think about. While we want to ensure continuity of learning, we are also cognizant of overwhelming families with educational demands.  Please keep in mind that there is no intent to replicate a regular school day virtually for all students.  Teachers will be providing essential learning as well as opportunities for teachers to connect directly with students.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work our way through this difficult situation.  Please maintain physical distancing, observing proper health etiquette and stay home as much as possible. 

Take care,

Darren Russell – Principal
drussell@sd62.bc.ca

Jen Nixon – Vice-Principal
jnixon@sd62.bc.ca

Chris Smyth – Vice-Principal
csmyth@sd62.bc.ca

HSHP-March2020

 
 

Registration and in-district School Change Requests open on-line Monday, January 27, 2020.

To Register your child for Spencer Middle please go to:  http://www.sd62.bc.ca/parents/registration/
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.

2020/21 Hockey Academy – Please send an email or call with any questions:
Wayne Kelly at wkelly@sd62.bc.ca or at 250-480-9976

 
 

Please refer to the e-mail you received with your username and password to sign into the MyEducation Parent Portal, it was sent to all families in last October 2019.

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.  Click on the link below.
http://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/
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

 
 

Grade 6 & 7 Students!  Want to play Percussion? Come to the Music Room on Mondays and Wednesdays at lunch.

LOVE TO SING?  Everyone welcome on Friday’s after school from 2-3pm in the Music Room

    • Advanced Band 6/7/8 – Mondays and Wednesdays – 3:15-4:15pm
    • Regular Band 6/7/8 – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 3:15-4:15pm

**If you have any questions please e-mail the Music Director Duey Wright at duwright@sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Dear Spencer Families,

AVID is a post-secondary preparation program focusing on skills and strategies that strengthen critical reading, writing, thinking, and public speaking. Collaboration, leadership, communication, and organizational skills are also explored and developed.
Belmont’s AVID Program is accepting applications for AVID 9 in September.
Should your child be interested in participating in Belmont’s AVID program, select AVID during the course selection process and click the link to complete an application.
AVID Application Form (Google)
Should you have any questions about Belmont’s AVID Program, please do not hesitate to contact us at: avidsooke@sd62.bc.ca

Term 2 Reports and the Parent Portal
As with our Term 1 Reports, we will be posting our reports on the Parent Portal and they will be published sometime on Friday, March 13, 2020. Over the next few weeks, parents may have access to some assessments as marks and comments get posted by the teachers, but please know that the final reports will not be confirmed as ‘Final” until the afternoon of Friday, March 13, 2020. Also, please keep in mind that some of our teachers are participating in the Reporting Pilot Project and they are communicating student learning through Points of Progress, rather than posting marks through the Parent Portal. Teachers will have communicated their method of assessment earlier in the year, but if you are unsure, please contact the teacher directly.
To Sign into MyEd Parent Portal:
Make sure to do your very first sign in on a desktop or laptop computer NOT a MacBook, Chromebook, iPad or any other mobile device. Also, the username and password are case sensitive. If you are copy and pasting information, make sure there is no space left at the beginning. The link is https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/

PAC Co-op number
Spencer has their own Coop Number – If you wish to use it when making purchases at the Co-op gas station our number is #47416

 
 

This site has a wealth of information about local plants, animals, Sencoten language and stories from our Coast Salish peoples. Here is the link and I have also included a photo of our mural.

Seeing Through Watchers’ Eyes – Between The Worlds

 
 

Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!
As in previous years, we will be using the School Cash Online system for school bus registration. Registration is of course, free for families.
Register here
Please note:

  • 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 check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions near the bottom of the Transportation page 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.

 
 

Parents can now do school consents at the following link.

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

ONLINE CONSENT PORTAL – Phase 1 The parent page – This is where parents login to provide and/or review consents for their children.
• When using the system for the first time, parents must use the front page to request an access number (which acts as their password).
• Parents use the verification number to gain entry. From there, they can provide consent to the six activities. If your student is not listed, please make sure that the email address used is the same email address your students school has on file.
• This is meant to be a one-stop shop for parents to provide consent.
The URL for this page is https://consent.sd62.bc.ca Here are the consents that are available as this time to be collected online:
1. Freshgrade (online tool)
2. GAFE (Student Access to Google Apps for Education)
3. Media Release
4. KEV School Cash Online
5. Short (Walking) Field Trips
6. Internet Access – Available
When do the Consents expire?
• Some consents (namely GAFE, KEV, and FreshGrade) expire once a student leaves the district and/or graduates
• Some consents last one school year
• The system tracks the expiry of these consents. To renew a consent year to year (for Internet access, as an example) a parent simply reconnects to the system next school year.  The system will note that the consent has expired and will give parents an opportunity to renew their permission.
How do you sign up for these consents?
Step 1 – Add registration@sd62.bc.ca to your email contacts
Step 2 – Parents go to the link https://consent.sd62.bc.ca
Step 3 – Add your email address
Step 4 – Go to junk folder as the verification number may be sent to this folder. Make note of your SD62 email verification number
Step 5 – Add the verification number
Step 6 – Click on the Consents and choose, “I do give consent”.

 
 

School Fees are now available to pay online!

We have now loaded fees into our system and you are able to manage your students accounts from the convenience of your home.
Once you have done the student consent at https://consent.sd62.bc.ca and checked off the School Cash Online Consent you will be able to then set up your account.Please allow 24 hours for the consent to be updated into our system before you proceed to setting up your account.

It is important to note that you do not have to pay your fees online, you can still pay by cash or cheque.  Doing the consent will allow us to track your students account and we can still process cash/cheque payments to their account.

Thank you for your patience as we implement this new system.  Please let us know if you are experiencing any difficulties.
Online-Payment-Instructions
School-Cash-Online-Step-1-user-guide-create-account
Online Payments can be completed by going to https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/