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Hello Parents and Guardians,                                                                                       Jan. 7, 2022

Happy New Year to all.  This was not the start-up we expected to kick off 2022, but I guess we have to be ready for anything. We have certainly missed having the students at school this week and very much look forward to connecting with all of them on Monday.

Please refer to the email message Mr. Scott Stinson, our superintendent, sent early today.  As we move through the month of January, there may be more changes coming our way.  In the event of any change, the messaging to parents will come from the board office and then we will be able to add to this message if anything specific comes up regarding Spencer Middle School.

Things have a way of changing with little notice these days.  Thankfully for us here at Spencer, some of those things that we have been tasked with doing were already in place.  Due to the number of students in our school, we maintained things like staggered lunch times, entering the school by separate doors as much as possible, having “traffic directions” in hallways and walking around the outside of the building when changing classrooms.  All of these things reduce crowding, but also make for a calmer, better-regulated student group.

A strong reminder that all staff and students are required to be performing a daily self-assessment, and to seek and follow the guidance of Island Health and/or 811 as necessary.  Simply, stay home if you are sick.

Safety measures that are being reintroduced or “tightened down” are:

  • asking parents/visitors to call the office from outside the school rather than coming into the building to talk to staff in the office;
  • teachers have re-examined the layout of the furniture in their classrooms and have looked to increase spacing between desks and reduce where students are facing one another when this is possible;
  • we will be reemphasizing hand-hygiene practices, and wearing properly fitted masks.  Please ensure all masks are cleaned daily and have the proper fit;
  • with regard to masks, please provide your child with a few extra masks in their backpacks as we hand out a huge number of masks every day.  We will start to keep track more of those students who are chronically not wearing their mask.  This may lead to further discussions with the student and the parent;
  • students will continue to access lockers, but we will be limiting visits to lockers and they will always be supervised in order to limit overcrowding.  We have found that several students visit their locker regularly in order to check their phones.  Please speak with your child about the importance of not accessing phones during school time (9:05-3:10).  If you need to get a hold of them, please call the office;
  • reminder, we also ask our students to pack in and pack out their garbage, as this enables our custodial staff to focus more energy on keeping our school clean and disinfected.

As Dr. Henry stated earlier this week, there is an emphasis being placed on different sectors coming to their own contingency plans rather than all direction being province-wide.  Staff here have been working this week to create ‘At home’ learning opportunities for their students in the event of the need for school closures, as per Mr. Stinson’s message today.

Black Shirt Day

January 15th is Black Shirt Day.  I don’t believe we have anything formal planned at the school, but we encourage you and your students to wear a black shirt on Friday, Jan. 14 to make a visual statement against racism.  We will promote it on the announcements next week. More info can be found here: Antiracism Coalition

Lost and Found

Lastly, please see the attached photos of our lost and found items.  We will hang on to them next week and then will be donating items.

This weeks in Sports

This week in Sports – Jan 10-14

Permission forms must be completed prior to playing.   One-time $40 athletics fee is required. Uniforms will be distributed at the first game.  There will be NO SPECTATORS at all games, until further notice.

All volleyball players must attend skills practices this week to be placed on a team.  Teams will be posted Wednesday January 12 at Lunch. All athletes must wear clean, non-marking shoes.  Also, appropriate athletics clothing.  No jeans, metal buckles or clasps.  No jewelry is allowed during athletics participation.

We are actively seeking coaches for volleyball teams.  If parents/staff are interested in coaching, contact Mr. Banister at rbanister@sd62.bc.ca

Monday Jan 10

8:00-8:45am – All Boys Volleyball Skills Practice

3:15-4:45pm – All Girls Volleyball Skills Practice

Tuesday Jan 11

8:00-8:45am – All Girls Volleyball Skills Pratice

3:15-4:45pm – All Boys Volleyball Skills Practice

Wednesday Jan 12

Volleyball Teams Posted by Lunch on Athletics Board

Thursday  Jan 13

8:00-8:45am – Girls Volleyball Practice – Team TBD

3:15-4:45 – Boys Volleyball Practice – Team TBD

Friday Jan 14

8:00-8:45 am Girls Volleyball Practice – Team TBD

 

Previous Messages

Parent Resources for Substance Use

Please find below a link to the new Parent Handbook developed by a team of Victoria parents with Foundry which is meant to support parents who have children struggling with substance use.  This resource looks really good.

Parents like us. The unofficial survival guide to parenting a young person with a substance use disorder – Foundry – (foundrybc.ca)

Vaccines for Ages 5-11

Please see the information below from the Ministry of Education regarding information on age 5-11 vaccinations.  We have been asked to share this information with our parents.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 5-11

COVID-19 vaccination is now authorized by Health Canada for children five and older. Getting young people vaccinated helps protect them and the people around them. Principals are expected to support families to receive trusted information about vaccines by printing the BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccination for children 5-11 years old resource and distributing it to families of students aged 5-11. Please also see this week’s COVID-19 update for more information and resources on this topic.

 
 

This week in Sports – Jan 10-14

Permission forms must be completed prior to playing.   One-time $40 athletics fee is required. Uniforms will be distributed at the first game.  There will be NO SPECTATORS at all games, until further notice.

All volleyball players must attend skills practices this week to be placed on a team.  Teams will be posted Wednesday January 12 at Lunch. All athletes must wear clean, non-marking shoes.  Also, appropriate athletics clothing.  No jeans, metal buckles or clasps.  No jewelry is allowed during athletics participation.

We are actively seeking coaches for volleyball teams.  If parents/staff are interested in coaching, contact Mr. Banister at rbanister@sd62.bc.ca

 

Monday Jan 10

8:00-8:45am – All Boys Volleyball Skills Practice

3:15-4:45pm – All Girls Volleyball Skills Practice

Tuesday Jan 11

8:00-8:45am – All Girls Volleyball Skills Pratice

3:15-4:45pm – All Boys Volleyball Skills Practice

Wednesday Jan 12

Volleyball Teams Posted by Lunch on Athletics Board

Thursday  Jan 13

8:00-8:45am – Girls Volleyball Practice – Team TBD

3:15-4:45 – Boys Volleyball Practice – Team TBD

Friday Jan 14

8:00-8:45am Girls Volleyball Practice – Team TBD

 

 
 

All Visitors to Spencer Middle school must do a health check before attending any event or meeting in the school.  Please see the links below.

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

Appendix H – Building Access Protocol

 
 

Dec. 6, 2021

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We have two weeks of school before we break for the winter holiday.  Time just goes so fast.  We let our students know that this is the time to work hard and really focus on their academics.  It is a time to complete all their work and hand everything in.  It is also a time to organize their desk and lockers and be sure they do not have any clothes in the lost and found bin.
This can also be an exciting, or maybe a stressful, time for our students.  We have recently had a MS Teams assembly with our grade 6 and 7 students, and our admin team made a visit to every grade 8 class to remind our students to follow our Spencer Values:  Empathy, Honesty, Kindness and Respect.

Communicating Student Learning
If your child’s teacher completed reports on MyEd, then you should have been able to access the Parent Portal to receive a copy of these reports.
Many of our teachers are doing Points of Progress (POP) to communicate student learning.  If this is the case, you may have already received a few POPs.  This form of communicating student learning will continue throughout the year.  If your child’s teacher is not communicating student learning through POPs, you will not have received the standard report card on the parent portal.
If you have not received any communication regarding assessment, please contact the teacher directly to be sure you haven’t missed anything.
 
Parent Resources for Substance Use
Please find below a link to the new Parent Handbook developed by a team of Victoria parents with Foundry which is meant to support parents who have children struggling with substance use.  This resource looks really good.

Parents like us. The unofficial survival guide to parenting a young person with a substance use disorder – Foundry – (foundrybc.ca)
 
Spencer PAC
Congratulations and welcome to our new PAC President, Lindsay Case.  We have not had a PAC President this year until now, so I would like to thank our Vice-President, Karen Haywood, for taking on the role of President for the first part of this school year.
Our PAC meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm on MS Teams.  If you would like to be invited to this online PAC meeting, please let our PAC President, Lindsay Case,  know by sending your name and email address to spencerpacpresident@gmail.com
 
Scholastic Book Fair
As you may know, we had the Scholastic Book Fair set up in our Spencer Library over the last two weeks.  A big ‘Thank You’ to Ms. DoSouto for organizing this event – it was a huge success.  Ms. DoSouto sold $4,400.00 in books and special supplies and all proceeds will be put toward books and resources for our Spencer library.
 
Community Value Coupon Books
Many of our classrooms took on a fundraiser by selling the Community Coupon Books.  Thanks to all who contributed to our fundraising efforts.  Altogether, our students raised $16,000.00.  The money raised by each class will go toward individual classroom supplies, presentations, field trips and/or yearend events.  Our students did an amazing job.  Thanks to all.
 
Previous Message
Please see the information below from the Ministry of Education regarding information on age 5-11 vaccinations.  We have been asked to share this information with our parents.
COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 5-11
COVID-19 vaccination is now authorized by Health Canada for children five and older. Getting young people vaccinated helps protect them and the people around them. Principals are expected to support families to receive trusted information about vaccines by printing the BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccination for children 5-11 years old resource and distributing it to families of students aged 5-11. Please also see this week’s COVID-19 update for more information and resources on this topic.
 
Upcoming Dates for your calendar:
We are collecting non-perishable items for the Goldstream Food Bank this year.  Donations will be picked up on Thursday Dec 16 so students can drop off any donations to their homeroom before this date.  Thank you in advance for supporting our local Food bank 😊
Spirit week will be Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th.
Monday – crazy hat
Tuesday – crazy hair
Wednesday – festive socks
Thursday – sweater day (and parade)
Friday – PJ day
 
Winter Break:  December 20th – January 3rd, 2022.
 

 
 

Calendar 2021-22

 
 

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: https://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

 
 

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