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****Middle School Academy Registration for 2021/22 School Year

will open on March 8th 6:00 am.

 

Journey – Hockey Academy

Dunsmuir – Soccer and Dance

Spencer – Hockey

 

These Academies run in the timetable during the regular school day

 

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

 

****Middle School Golf Academy Registration for 2021/22 School Year

will open February 8th 6:00 am

Golf Academy is open to all Middle school students 6-8

 

The Golf Academy will run after school on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

 

Wayne Kelly

District Principal Sooke School District Sports Academy Programs, PACE and Percussion Programs
Canadian Sports School Principal
Sports Academy Liaison with Rugby Canada  & Golf Canada
W-250-391-9002 ext. 250
C-250-480-9976

wkelly@sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Due to COVID-19 please do not send any Christmas Cards, sweets or other items into the school with your child this Christmas.  Thank you for following the protocols that we have in place to keep everyone safe and healthy at David Cameron.

Cards and Items for Staff

Should parents wish to drop off cards or items for staff, please label the items and place in designated boxes at the entrance of the school on Friday morning.

 

 

 
 

Link to the daily health check info for SD62

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/covid-19/resources-parents/daily-health-check

 
 

Message to Parents September 25th

In some ways, hard to believe we’ve just had our last full week of September! Marshalling in the morning has been going well. We will continue this practice for the time being. After test-running the system of divisional signs on the building (See attached photo), we will be spacing out the numbers to allow for more room between classes. Stay tuned on that front. We will still ask kids to line up on the field, as best lined up with their divisional number as possible.

Our Twoonie for Terry campaign went well. Thanks to all those who could support such a good cause.

Special thanks to PAC for their amazing support of the school. The increase to classroom funds was greatly appreciated.

Remote learners! Mr. Honer invites you to send him pictures of what you are working on at home for the monthly school video! Email him at thoner@sd62.bc.ca

Walking field trips: these happen on a regular basis at DC. My expectation is that teachers will let you know where and when this is happening, as well as the office. Teachers will leave their cell phone #’s with the office should a family emergency arise and we need to get a hold of your child.

What happens if there is a case of COVID in the school?

This is a question that is on many people’s minds these days. The district has updated their website, outlining the “what happens if” scenario around COVID. The direct link to follow is

https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/exposures-schools

 

Kindergarten classes, with the exception of Ms. Guterson’s class, will dismiss from their outside doors. Ms. Guterson will continue to dismiss from the divisional sign on the back field. Reminder: physical distancing is imperative to keep us all safe.

Remote learners: Ms. Ralph has been assigned to the intermediate (4,5) for DC, Savory and Ruth King. Ms. Heather Lait, principal at Westshore, is the principal overseeing this program. We have yet to be told who the teacher for grades 1,2 and 3 are. As always, as I have more info I will be sharing with you.

What is Orange Shirt Day (September 30th)?

In 1973 six-year old Phyllis Webstad was gifted a brand new orange shirt from her grandmother and wore it to the residential (mission) school she attended in British Columbia. Upon her arrival, school officials removed and discarded the shirt from her and replaced it with a school uniform. This greatly impacted the mental and emotional well-being of Webstad and symbolized that “her feelings never mattered.” September 30 was chosen as the date to commemorate all the children that attended residential schools as it was also the time of year that children had to leave their homes and communities to attend the schools. This annual campaign began in 2013 after Webstad shared this experience at a reunion with other survivors.

Visit the Orange Shirt Day webpage for more information and to access lesson plans at www.orangeshirtday.org.

Mr. Honer and Sockie will be wearing their orange shirts on September 30!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3vUqr01kAk

The Lets’ Read program will be kicking off for all DC Eagles October 5th! Please find attached the form should you need to print one off at home.

 

Here are some dates for you to consider:

September 28                  Non-Instructional Day. School Closed

September 30                  Orange Shirt Day

October 12                       Thanksgiving. School not in session.

October 15                       Photo Day^ (all physical distancing protocols are in place)

October 23                       Non-Instructional Day. School Closed

November 11                   Remembrance Day: school not in session

November 16                   Photo re-take day

November 20                   Non-instructional Day. School Closed

December 1                     1st day of Food drive.

December 11                   Report Cards home*

December 18                   Last day of school before Christmas Break

^ For those children doing remote learning, please contact Lifetouch directly and arrange for a photo to be done at their studio.

*note: many teachers have now adopted the “point of progress” reporting regime implemented by the ministry of education. By the end of October, you should have a good idea from your child’s teacher what this will look like.

 

On behalf of the staff at DC, have a wonderful weekend.

 

Terry

 
 
Division Recess and Lunch Times
 
 

Dear Parents,

We just received word that the bus will be picking up students at David Cameron at 3:10PM, starting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Thank you,

DC Admin Team

 
 

If you child is feeling ill…

BC CDC states,

There must be an assessment by a health care professional (this includes a nurse when they call 811) to eliminate COVID or other infectious diseases.  There is no note needed for a student to return just the parent stating they were assessed (811 included).

Students may still attend school if a member of their household has cold, influenza, or COVID-19 -like symptoms, provided the student is asymptomatic.  As per public health guidance, it is expected the symptomatic household member is seeking assessment by a health care provider.

Please note that symptoms must have resolved before students return.

 
 

Dear DC Parents

Very special thank you to all of our parents who have been so patient and understanding with our start-up. I was particularly grateful for the physical distancing as you dropped your kids off at school for their first hour. I’m please to say that we only had a few situations where parents were unsure of their appointed day and time for their kids. Apparently our email system has been having a hard time with Hotmail addresses…I’m told IT is working on it!

(Please note that if you drop your child off late for any reason, they should report to the office so we can get them where they need to be!)

 

Team DC was so happy to see the kids again. We’ve really missed them. Apparently they’ve missed us too! Lots of smiling faces for sure.  We really did miss those kids who have to say home, and are anxious to hear how the remote learning will roll out from the district. As we know more, we will share!

We expect that some kids may come home concerned that their cohort is made up of a mixed grade. This was unavoidable simply due to the number of classrooms in any given grade. We tried our best. This will be a year when we focus on safety, but we will do everything in our power to promote a social aspect as well. We must follow the orders of the Medical Health Officer. We simply don’t have a choice.

 

Class rosters have been set and as per the direction of the school board office will not be changed. Thank you for your understanding with this.

As we head into a full start-up next week (gradual for Kindergarten) I would like to focus on a few things that will help us all. I heard this week something that really rang true: COVID is not in the school. It gets into the school when we come to school infected. That is why we must follow the direction of Dr. Bonnie Henry to the letter, which is attached. If your child is feeling ill, do not send them to school. A check in (by phone) with the school will be necessary, as will your child needing to be certified COVID-free before returning. This applies to staff as well. I understand the implications: wait times, appointments to be tested, wait times for results.  We simply MUST keep to this protocol to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. We can do it!  If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, please let your child’s teacher know ASAP.

Portable hand washing station: we are expecting this to arrive any day now, and will be available to students using the portables: it will be set-up outside under the overhang of the school.

 

Use of the hockey court: we are working on a way to do that safely.

 

Playground zones! On a monthly rotation staring next week.

 

Pack it in, Pack it out! Everything that comes into the school in a lunch kit will be heading home as well.

 

If your child is administered medication, this will continue to happen in the office, and only in the office (as per school board regulations).

Every day is an out day at DC!  Believe it or not, the rain is on its way. PLEASE send your child prepared. We have to send the kids out in order to sanitize the rooms at lunch.

 

Week of September 14th: We are full-on with school! Warning bell at 8:40am, class starts at 8:45. End of day is 2:38pm. All students will muster at the cones on the back field to start and finish the day. When speaking with the kids, I am reminding them that everything will take a little longer to do. Speed is not necessary. With this in mind, please do your best to drop off your kids in the parking circle and move along. With 390 students we simply don’t have the parking for everyone. Please don’t fret if it takes a little longer than you predicted to drop-off your child. We will have staff out and about to help things along. With older students, a suggestion is to drop off close to the school so that they can walk the rest of the way. This will reduce the congestion in the parking lot. Please do not drop off your children before 8:30am. Thanks in advance your cooperation. Together we are strong!

 

Here are some dates for you to consider:

September 15th, PAC MTG 6:30pm via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74699343994?pwd=WVl6cHVkdUdNdDl4UUZXNE1xN2VtQT09

 

Meeting ID: 746 9934 3994

Passcode: 4gnT3z

 

September 23rd,             PAC mtg 630pm via Zoom (Link will be sent out closer to the date.)

PAC Budget and September Meeting:

To Keep up to date on what’s happening with the PAC at DC check out our FB Page.

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=935971069786339&ref=content_filter

September 28                  Non-Instructional Day. School Closed

September 30                  Orange Shirt Day

October 12                       Thanksgiving. School not in session.

October 15                       Photo Day

October 23                       Non-Instructional Day. School Closed

November 11                   Remembrance Day: school not in session

November 16                   Photo re-take day

November 20                   Non-instructional Day. School Closed

December 1                     1st day of Food drive.

December 11                   Report Cards home

December 18                   Last day of school before Christmas Break

 

Please look for a follow-up video for your child(ren) coming out either Sunday night or Monday.

 
 

The following letter was sent out to parents on Tuesday.  If you have not received this information, please let the school know that you are not receiving email messages.

 

Dear DC Parents

First, I’d like to thank you for your patience, and your well-wishes to the start of a new school year. It truly warmed my heart when I arrived this morning to see welcome posters on the front door and a vase of flowers! Such a nice sight to see first thing “first day back”. Add to it the drop off of some individually packaged Purdy’s for staff and a couple superman masks for me, and we had a great day! Thank you!!

We spent much of the day reviewing protocols for keeping everyone safe. Every staff member was trained on COVID safety and our Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee will continue to meet regularly over the next few weeks to review our processes and make sure we are following the direction of the School Board.

We have heard from most of you re: your decision to do either remote learning, in-person learning or home schooling. (Please note that Home schooling means your child will not maintain a spot at DC for the 2020/21 school year. If you have any concerns about this, and would prefer the remote learning option that does secure a space moving forward, please contact the school at 250-478-7621.) For those of you we haven’t heard from, your child’s teacher will be calling to inquire if we don’t see your child here on their appointed day and time.

You should be receiving an email from your child’s teacher sometime today/tonight, letting you know their appointed time and place for your child’s time at DC this week. For those of you familiar with the MyEd Portal, even if you didn’t get an email, you can see whose homeroom teacher your child has and reference the schedule below. We are doing everything we can to communicate as quickly and effectively as possible, but it is not unusual for us to have an email or two that is not current or was entered incorrectly. If you haven’t heard anything by tomorrow morning, give us a call and we’ll try to sort things out for you!

Speaking of schedules, here is the schedule for Thursday and Friday of this week. Students are to attend for only one hour at their appointed time. Please unite your child with their divisional teacher (at their divisional cone) on the back field, and try not to be too early. Practicing physical distancing is critical. Once children are heading into the school, please head out and return one hour later to be re-united with your child in the same place you dropped them off.  As per COVID regulations from the school board, parents are not allowed in the school.

September 10, 2020

Time                                              Div

9-10am                                        1 Ms. Green, 2 Ms Dickinson, 3 Ms. Prette

10:30-11:30                                 4 Ms. Ralph, 5 Ms. Kilpatrick

12:45-1:45                                   6 Ms. Liew/Ms. Benner, 7 Ms. Taylor-Lee / Mr. Karleen

 

September 11, 2020

Time                                              Div

9-10am                                        8 Ms. Steacy, 10 Ms. Bell / Mr. Greggain

10:30-11:30                                 9 Ms. Holmes, 11 Ms. Lovbakke

12:45-1:45                                   12 Ms. Maggiora, 13 Ms. Tolman / Ms. Yee, 14 Ms. Pare

(Please note that these groupings are not reflective of the cohorts at this time.)

 

Kindergarten parents have already been contacted to let them know the meeting times for Friday.

 

Your children will be briefed on the following topics during their hour at school this week…

Hand washing video

What your specific schedule will be re: recess and lunch

ZONES on the playground

FIRE drills

Fountain use

Use of Masks

Physical distancing in the halls, and between cohorts

Use of the library, gym, music room and multipurpose room

Start time remains the same: No early drop-offs.

End time remains the same: head off campus straight away after School

 

EVERY DAY IS AN OUT DAY!  PREPARE FOR THE WORST SO YOU CAN STILL HAVE FUN EVEN IN THE RAIN AND SNOW!

PORTABLES: There will be a hand washing station available for use by kids in the portables. It will be outside under cover. Portables also have sanitizer.

 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Recently, the Minister of Education announced greater flexibility for school districts to support families who may not yet be ready to have their children return to in-class instruction.  In follow-up to this announcement we reached out to families through a Thought Exchange survey to determine what kinds of options families were wanting.  We appreciate the tremendous response and the challenging decisions faced by parents at this time.  We want you to know that we are listening and adjusting our plan in accordance with that feedback.  Three key themes emerged from the Thought Exchange: 1) offer a remote learning option, 2) maintain student spots in their classrooms and 3) reduce class size.

In response to that feedback we are adjusting our return-to-school plan to provide you with more information about a gradual transition option that will allow us to maintain your child’s placement in their current class and school until you are ready to have them return for in-class instruction.

PlanningPlease read the following information carefully, then proceed to the survey at the end.

In order to accurately plan for our school start in a few weeks, we require families to provide us with an indication of their plans for returning to school.  The short survey linked to this email will provide your school with information that will greatly assist in their planning.  Given that there isn’t much time before schools are scheduled to open, we ask that you complete this survey as quickly as possible and no later than Tuesday, September 1 at 9p.m.  This information is critical to our planning as we prepare for school start-up.

Options

Families will need to select from 1 of 4 instructional methods for each of their children:

  1. In-Class Learning:  Student will return to in-class learning at school (Elementary and Middle 100% attendance model; Secondary 1/8 model, with attendance every day for either am or pm and independent study for the balance of the day).
  2. Gradual Transition Through Remote Learning (Kindergarten* – Grade 8 Only):  Students will learn remotely through a teacher assigned by the district and maintain their place in their school for when they are ready to return. **Please see the information below regarding this option.
  3. Distributed Learning (DL), Grades 9-12:  Student will enrol in a Distributed Learning program. Please see the following link for more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/classroom-alternatives/online-distributed-learning.
  4. Homeschool: Student will enrol in Homeschooling. Please see the following link for more information about this option: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/classroom-alternatives/homeschooling.

Option #2: Gradual Transition Through Remote Learning

On August 26th, the Minister of Education announced that school districts will be able to provide a remote learning option to families who are not quite ready to have their children return to in-class instruction.

In SD62, the Remote Learning option for students in Grades 1 – 8 will have the following components:

  • Students will learn remotely at home with the assistance of a teacher assigned by the district (not their regular classroom teacher).
  • Teachers will connect with students periodically throughout the week.
  • The focus for all levels will be on the core academic subjects of Language Arts and Math.
  • Students in French Immersion will have their spots maintained in the program but may not be able to receive remote learning in French.  This will depend upon available staff.
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be followed and supported.
  • Parents and Caregivers must be prepared to provide the necessary support and guidance to help their children successfully keep on track with their learning.

*Students in Kindergarten will be connected to their classroom on a regular basis, but will not receive direct instruction through remote learning.  With the play-based nature of kindergarten, building a connection to their classroom and providing suggestions for activities that families can do to support their skills development, will better suit student need.

In order to maintain a stable learning environment for students learning at school and those at home, students not returning to school in September (by September 30) will be provided an opportunity to transition back at a natural break during the year (i.e., winter or spring breaks). This is to minimize changes to Student Cohorts (Learning Groups) within the school. We anticipate the Remote Learning option will begin by September 21, 2020.

Secondary students (Grades 9 – 12) will not have access to the remote learning option but will be supported through Distributed Learning while maintaining their space at their school.

Students with Complex Medical Needs (Immunocompromised)

If your child has a medical condition that prevents them from learning at school, please contact your local school directly for more information. As we have always done, schools will continue to work with families to best support your children who are medically compromised.

Next Steps

Schools will contact families directly once they receive your choice for your child(ren).

Please complete the Return To School Survey by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/sd62-return-to-school-survey

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Scott Stinson
SD62 Superintendent of Schools