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This week in Spencer Sports… Sept 17 – Sept 21

  • Cross-Country meeting will be September 18th, at lunch in rm 161?
  • All Athletes need to bring in Player Packages ASAP.

Monday, 17th            No School
Tuesday, 18th            All Girls Soccer Practice 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday, 19th     All Boys Soccer Pracice 3:30-4:30pm
Thursday, 20th        N/A
Friday, 21st               N/A
 

 
 

Hello to the Spencer Community,

I hope everyone had a great weekend and you are starting to settle into the school routine once again.

This past week, all of our grade 6 students had a walking field trip to Juan De Fuca.  It was nice to see them hang out with former classmates and make connections with new friends. I bet they slept well on Tuesday night.  We also had Rugby Canada Athletes visit our school to promote their sport and run our students through some skills and drills.  Special thanks to our staff for planning these events for our students.  To end the week, Lifetouch was set up in the gym for school photos.  If your child missed the photos on Friday, the re-takes are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26.

This coming week will be a short week as we have our first Non-Instructional Day on Monday.  On Thursday, Sept. 20, our grade 7 students will all be heading to Aylard Farms for a day of team building and fun.  We also have our first PAC meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 in the Spencer Learning Commons.  All parents are welcome.  Our PAC meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Please come join us.  We will end the week with our Terry Fox Run on Friday, Sept. 21.

Drop off / Pick up of students.
Many thanks to all parents who have made alternate plans with your child. It has made a world of difference and the parking lot is no longer hectic or unsafe for our students.  We are now working toward hiring a crossing guard for the 30 minutes at the end of the day. Thank you.

Meeting the Teacher / Resource Evening

Spencer’s Meet the Teachers and Family Resource Evening is happening on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6-8pm.  Come at 6pm to enjoy an extra-large slice of pizza from the Ali Baba Food Truck ($5.00 per slice) and ice cream from Softies.  Tour the school and visit some of the incredible youth and family organizations that help support our students (i.e. JDF Rec, Cadets, Westshore Basketball, FamilySmarts, Island Sexual Health, Big Brothers/Sisters, Parent Support Services, and many more).  Then at 7pm, join others in a short assembly in the gym and then go off to meet your child’s teachers.  It is bound to be a fun-filled and informative evening.  See attached poster for more details.

Student Fees
Payment for agendas, athletic fees, yearbooks, grade 8 leaving celebration, lost textbooks/library books and field trips will be done through the online payment structure. Please refer to the instructions for online payment. https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ Instructions to sign up for this if you have not yet done so are on our school website at http://spencer.web.sd62.bc.ca/

Spencer Website
We will be updating the Spencer website over the next couple of weeks. Please become familiar with our website and visit it regularly throughout the school year. We will also be introducing our communication App this year: http://spencerwildcats.appazur.com

Upcoming Dates
Mon. Sept. 17 – Non-Instructional Day
Wed. Sept. 19 – Grade 6 Fundraising Assembly at 9am
Thurs. Sept. 20 – Grade 7 students to Aylard Farms

Thurs. Sept. 20 – PAC Meeting in the Learning Commons at 6:30pm

Fri. Sept. 21 – Terry Fox Run
Thurs. Sept. 27 – Meet the Teacher/Parent Resource Evening 6-8pm (all parents welcome)
Fri. Sept. 28 – Orange Shirt Day
Mon. Oct. 8 – Thanksgiving
Fri. Oct. 19 – Non-Instructional Day
Fri, Oct. 26 – Photo Re-take Day

 
 

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  We are so excited to start a new year at Spencer Middle School and we look forward to working with this fabulous school community.

Message from your new Principal, Mr. Russell

Hello to the Spencer Community.  I felt it was important to introduce myself and tell you a little about me.  I began my teaching career at Dunsmuir Jr. High in September 1989.  I worked here for 6 years before heading off for a one year teacher exchange program in Perth, Australia.  I returned to Dunsmuir Middle School and became the Vice-Principal in September 2006.  I was given the opportunity to take on the role of Vice-Principal of Belmont Secondary School in January of 2013 before heading back to Dunsmuir as Principal in September 2014.  My last four years as principal of Dunsmuir Middle School have been very rewarding and now I am looking forward to meeting and working with a new school community.
My wife, Kim, is a Director at the Ministry of Education and I have 2 children.  Holly is 21 and currently in the Science Co-op Program at the University of Victoria and Owen is 17 and will be heading into his grade 12 year at Claremont Secondary School in September.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people.  Over the years, I have worked with many Spencer staff members and I have heard amazing stories about this community.  The staff truly care for your children and we will do our best to create a culture that is calm, safe and welcoming.  We will create the best learning environment for the whole school community.

School Supplies
A school supply list is posted on our website under “Links”.  Students will not have to bring their school supplies on the first day, but we suggest they bring something to write with.  All students will be provided with a combination lock to use on their locker, but will be expected to return the lock at the end of the school year.  More information regarding locks and lockers will be covered on the first day of school.

Agendas
The Spencer Middle School Agenda will be handed out sometime within the first week of school.  These agendas are $8.00 each.  You can pay for this online at https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ on your child’s account or send in $8 by cash or cheque to the school office to pay for this agenda.   All cheques must be made out to:  Sooke School District #62

Transportation
All bus information can be found on our School District 62 Website including scheduled times and pick up and drop off locations.  Buses will enter and exit the Spencer property off Goldstream Ave.  Students will be dropped off and picked up right on our school grounds.

Parking
Parking for parents, staff, school buses and visitors will continue to be a challenge at Spencer.  We simply have no space available for the many vehicles trying to park, drop off and/or pick up students before and after school.  For the safety of our students, please arrange for an alternate pick-up and drop-off location with your child.  The parking lot at the front of the school will be for staff and school buses only.  There are a few public parking spots along Goldstream Ave in front of the school, but Centennial Park on Carlow Road would be a good meeting point and it would help with the congestion during our busy times.  This change is new this year and we know this is not ideal, but we thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.

Student Fees
Payment for agendas, athletic fees, yearbooks, grade 8 leaving celebration, lost textbooks/library books and field trips will be done through the online payment structure.   Please refer to the instructions for online payment.      https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/  Instructions to sign up for this if you have not yet done so are on our school website at http://spencer.web.sd62.bc.ca/

Class Lists
Our class lists for this school year were finalized in June, so it is very important for all students and parents to note that class allocation is complete and changes will not be made at this time.  Our team works very hard to balance classes and ensure start-up runs as smooth as possible for all students.  However, if enrolment continues to increase, we may have to make some changes within the first few weeks of September.

Spencer Website
We will be updating the Spencer website over the next couple of weeks.  Please become familiar with our website and visit it regularly throughout the school year.  We will also be introducing our communication App this year:  http://spencerwildcats.appazur.com

Darren Russell, Principal
drussell@sd62.bc.ca
250-474-1291 ext. 304

 
 

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/

 
 

If your child is currently attending one of our feeder schools ie: David Cameron, John Stubbs(FI), Lakewood, Millstream, Ruth King, Savory or Willway you do NOT need to register for Gr 6 on-line.  Your child will automatically be transferred to Spencer unless you let us and your current school know other wise.
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

 
 

School Bus Routes are now posted for the 2018/19 school year! Find your route/stop and make a note for when registration opens in late April!

How to register:

  • Select your route and stop – 2018/19 School Bus Routes
  • Register online with your route (Registration for the 2018/19 school year will open in late April)
  • Detailed registration instructions will be communicated by mid-April, so stay tuned!
    Questions? Please email our SD62 Bussing

     
     

    Are you or your child interested in learning about our hockey academy program at Spencer?

    Please join us on Monday January 29th, at 7pm in the Isabelle Reader Theatre at Spencer to hear about next year’s hockey academy program and ask any questions you may have.

    Look forward to seeing you then.

     
     

    Spirit Wear order window is now closed as of Monday November 27th.

     
     

    2018 Seattle Trip Rehearsal Schedule
    Groups: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Percussion Ensemble A, B and C.

    No Band this week April 3, 2018.

    Thank you,
    Duey