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EMCS would like to acknowledge the Coast Salish Territory, specifically we would like to acknowledge T’Sou-ke Nation, who have been gracious enough to share the beautiful land on which EMCS is built. We would also like to acknowledge Scia’new Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth: Pacheedaht Nation, and Métis Nation whom EMCS and District 62 work closely with. 

HÍSW̱ḴE, Kleco Kleco,  Marce,

CENQOLEW – THE DOG SALMON RETURN TO EARTH (September)

The Dog Salmon return to the Earth Moon at this time. The people return the bones of the salmon to the sea, with thanks, in the belief that the bones will come to life and replenish the salmon stocks. The people raise their oar to show honour and respect to our relative, the salmon, who helps us survive. The rainy weather continues and the winds have become unpredictable. The creeks and rivers rise enough for the Dog Salmon to spawn and CENQOLEW is the best season and weather conditions for cod fishing. Hunting continues and this is the time for preserving food.  

VOLLEYBALL: Are you interested in playing girls’ or boys’ volleyball this fall?   Although we cannot guarantee games, we will look to have fun and focus on skill development! First, we need to check interest and gather some information!   Please fill in the short survey here.

ABORIGINAL EDUCATION (Ms. Schaefer): Aboriginal Education needs the self-identification forms back as soon as possible. Please bring back forms and give them to your teachers or have guardians go to (consent.sd62.bc.ca) and complete the Aboriginal Education consent.

Upcoming

ORANGE SHIRT DAY: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 is Orange Shirt Day. Here at EMCS we will be remembering those who attended Residential Schools, students will take part in lessons and activities that honour those who attended Residential Schools. Please Wear Orange on September 30th, 2020. http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

NEW PHOTO RETAKE DAY: Monday, October 26th, 2020

 Ongoing

STUDENT PARKING PERMITS: Students can go to https://forms-reg.sd62.bc.ca/emcs_driver_reg to register their vehicle(s).

EMCS WELLNESS CLINIC: The Wellness Clinic is open again to serve EMCS students!  Clinic hours will be Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-3:30pm.  Masks will be mandatory upon entry of the clinic space.  Even though the AM students will not be able to access the clinic at this time, we are working on protocols to allow all students to access the space.  Those protocols will be sent out ASAP.

BAND (Ms. Parliament): Do you always have a tune stuck in your head? Have you always wanted to learn an instrument or read music? Well then come check out our EMCS Band. All abilities and (almost) all instruments welcome. Come check out our first Rehearsals for more information: Mondays after school from 3:20pm – 4:30pm and Wednesdays before school from 7:35am – 8:35am in the EMCS Theatre.

Information from the Career Centre

ATTENTION CAREER LIFE EDUCATION 10 STUDENTS: Please accept the invitation from Ms. L’Heureux to join her google classroom. Also, please book an appointment to see Ms. L’Heureux to discuss your 30-hour Career Exploration and Mentorship. Use this link to book an appointment: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/career-centre/book-a-careers-appointment/  and choose the Career Life Education 10  tab to see available time slots for meeting with Ms. L’Heureux. Please book your appointment soon to confirm your registration in the course.  See you soon!

“Work Experience 12 A&B and Grade 12 students need to book an appointment with the Career Center to pick up their work experience and/or Capstone packages. (only one appointment needed if you’re picking up both).
Please book an appointment with the Career Center using this link: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/career-centre/book-a-careers-appointment/  and choose the Work Experience tab to see available time slots for meeting with Ms. Cossentine.
Please book your appointment for before the end of the month to confirm your registration in the course.  See you soon!”

“WELCOME BACK EVERYONE! The Career Center is open all day and is happy to assist you with your work experience hours, apprenticeships, graduation Capstone projects and resume/application processes. Feel free to an appointment online at  http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/career-centre/book-a-careers-appointment/. We look forward to seeing you.”

ARE YOU INTO SPORTS AND RECREATION? Would you like a free Access Pass for a year? Do you have opinions on how SEAPARC could offer more options for youth?  There is a volunteer position available as a SEAPARC Commission Youth Member. You would participate in meetings once a month to express your insights about youth programming. Please email Ms. Percival for details (spercival@sd62.bc.ca)

For Grade 12 Students

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: Students and parents/guardians wanting regular updates and reminders about scholarships and bursaries, please join the Scholarships group on the Wolverine App.

 
 

It has been another fantastic week at EMCS! Students and staff have quickly settled into new routines. Please make sure that you are reaching out to your student’s teacher so that you know how your student is progressing in their course. It will be important at that students do not fall behind. All of our staff are keen to work with you to ensure that your student has the support they need.

While we have been lucky to have many sunny days, rain is now in the forecast. With students spending more time outdoors, please make sure that your student has warm clothing, a jacket and perhaps an umbrella at school.

Great Learning at EMCS!

Our amazing Metal TASK program is up and running! We are thrilled to be partnered with Camosun on this innovative new cohort. So far students have been focused on learning fundamentals of stick electrode, gas fusion, and hard wire welding.

Parent Advisory Council

We are very grateful for the work of Glyse Clarkston (President), Laura Vowles (Treasurer) and Danielle Huber (Secretary) on our Parent Advisory Council. Meetings take place the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm on MS Teams – email emcs@sd62.bc.ca for the link.

Volleyball

Are you interested in playing girls’ or boys’ volleyball this fall?   Although we cannot guarantee games, we will look to have fun and focus on skill development!

First, we need to check interest and gather some information!   Please fill in the short survey here.

The EMCS Wellness Clinic

The Wellness Clinic is open again to serve EMCS students!  Clinic hours will be Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-3:30pm.  Masks will be mandatory upon entry of the clinic space.  Even though the AM students will not be able to access the clinic at this time, we are working on protocols to allow all students to access the space.  Those protocols will sent out ASAP.

Announcements from the Career Centre

Work Experience 12A&B and Grade 12 students need to book an appointment with the Career Center to pick up their work experience and/or Capstone packages. (only one appointment needed if you’re picking up both).  Please book an appointment with the Career Center using this link: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/career-centre/book-a-careers-appointment/  and choose the Work Experience tab to see available time slots for meeting with Ms. Cossentine.  Please book your appointment for before the end of the month to confirm your registration in the course.  See you soon!

Are you into sports and recreation? Would you like a free Access Pass for a year? Do you have opinions on how SEAPARC could offer more options for youth?  There is a volunteer position available as a SEAPARC Commission Youth Member. You would participate in meetings once a month to express your insights about youth programming. Please email Ms. Percival for details (spercival@sd62.bc.ca)

Student Parking Permits

Students can go to https://forms-reg.sd62.bc.ca/emcs_driver_reg to register their vehicle(s).

NEW Photo Retake Day Scheduled

LifeTouch will be back in the school for photo retakes October 26th (we previously had it as October 6th on our calendar).

Looking ahead

September 28th – Schools closed for District Wide Planning Day

October 12 – Thanksgiving

October 16th – Second Octa begins

October 26th – Lifetouch photo retakes

Course Dates for 2020/21:

Course/Octa 1: September 14 – October 15

Course/Octa 2: October 16 – November 18

Course/Octa 3: November 19 – December 18

Course/Octa 4: January 4 – February 1

Course/Octa 5: February 2- March 5

Course/Octa 6: March 6-April 23

Course/Octa 7: April 26-May 27

Course/Octa 8: May 28 – June 28

Report cards will be published in the MyEducation BC Portal one week after the end of each course.

Student Schedules
Students and Parents/Guardians should have now seen their course schedules in the MyEducation BC Portal, and if applicable, submitted a course change form by this past Monday (Parent-Weekly-Sept-16-2020.pdf). Counsellors are now working to try and accommodate course change requests. This work is expected to be completed by this Friday. Next week, we will begin building our learning groups for Octa 2. Please watch for messaging about this during the week of October 5-9.

Stay in the loop
You can find updates on our website http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/ and/or the Wolverines App, as well as the District website https://www.sd62.bc.ca/.

We continue to encourage parents and guardians to reach out to the school via phone (250-642-5211) and email (emcs@sd62.bc.ca) with any questions you may have!

Exciting Opportunities!

UVIC Bachelor of Commerce Info Session

For students interested in studying Business, the UVIC Bachelor of Commerce program is hosting an information session (by Zoom) for EMCS students and parents.  It is scheduled for Thursday, September 24 at 6:00pm.   Please see the attached  brochure and poster for more info.   Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate with students.

If you are interested in taking part, just send an email to Al Phipps (aphipps@sd62.bc.ca) to register and he will forward along the link for the Zoom meeting.

  

 
 

Health checks, masks, busses and air quality – what a week!  We’re once again amazed by everyone’s flexibility and understanding.  If your student needs any support please remember that we are here to help!

Student Parking Permits

Registration is now available online!  Students can go to https://forms-reg.sd62.bc.ca/emcs_driver_reg to register their vehicle(s); permits will be delivered through your teacher.

Student Schedules

Please note a correction to our previous email regarding viewing your schedule through the MyEd BC Portals  – the instructions attached were on how to view student schedules through the Parent Portal (click here).  Student Portal Instructions can be found here.

Any course change requests for the next block must be received by the office by Monday, September 21st.   The form to request changes can be found here.

Lifetouch photos

Thursday, September 17th is Photo Day!  Caught by surprise?  Don’t worry, Photo Retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th.  Students will be proceeding to the gym with their class and photographers will be distanced/masked. If your student is feeling uncomfortable, just ask them to let their teacher know and we will make sure that their photo is postponed, or that they have an opportunity to book a private appointment with Lifetouch. Order pictures online through mylifetouch.ca either by using Picture Day ID QU010510Q0 within 48 hours of photo day, or you can wait for the photo proofs to arrive before ordering.  Please email Mr. Powell (tpowell@sd62.bc.ca) with questions.

School Voicemail Problems

Please note that we had our phone system repaired yesterday. In the process, we have discovered that not all staff have been receiving their voicemail messages over the past few weeks. If you have left a message for a staff member and not heard back, please call our front office or email the staff member so that we can get back to you as soon as possible.

Bell Schedule

Workbook/Class Fees

Fees have been posted on https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/, and books ordered will be delivered to teachers to hand out in class at the start of each day. Instructions to register and view your student’s fees can be found on our website at: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/school-fees/.

Updates
Please continue to check our website http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/ and the Wolverines App, as well as the District website https://www.sd62.bc.ca/ for up-to-date information!

We continue to encourage parents and guardians to reach out to the school via phone (250-642-5211) and email (emcs@sd62.bc.ca) with any questions you may have!

 

 
 

Dear EMCS Parents and Guardians,

 

The Daily Health Student Health Assessment information has now been added to the online consent portal. All parents/guardians must carefully review this information and agree that they will perform daily health assessments as outlined in the Daily Student Health Agreement prior to the child attending school. Instructions on how to access the consent system can be found here.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the EMCS front office at 250-642-5211 or emcs@sd62.bc.ca.

 

 
 

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