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Dear Parents, Guardians, Families and Staff,

This letter is to provide notification that a member of your school community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are isolating and are being followed by Island Health.

Dates of potential exposure in the school community occurred:

April 7, 2021

Island Health is completing contact tracing to identify any staff or students that need to self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms.

Receiving this letter does not mean you or your child has been exposed to COVID-19.

The intent of this letter is to share information with the school community and advise you on next steps being taken by Island Health.

HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?

COVID-19 is primarily spread by the respiratory droplets an infected person produces when they breathe, cough, sneeze, talk, or sing. If you aWHAT HAPPENS NEXT?re in close contact with an infected person for a prolonged period of time, the virus can enter your body if droplets get into your throat, nose, or eyes.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

  • Phone calls or letters will be sent to staff and students that Island Health has identified as needing to self-isolate for 14 days from when they were exposed. The attached General Letter is sent to all staff and families. Medium-Risk letters: these may also be sent by SD62 on behalf of VIHA to certain classes or cohorts. VIHA decides who these are sent to. High-Risk letters: If VIHA decides that your child had high-risk exposure, you will receive a high-risk letter and telephone call. Subsequent letters (medium-risk and high-risk) will be sent out today. SD62 will do its best to communicate with you, but please understand that ALL direction comes from VIHA. If you have any questions, please call 8-1-1.
  • If you do not receive a phone call or letter, continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing and self-isolate if symptoms begin.
  • For privacy reasons, we cannot give out any specific details on the COVID-19 exposure other than the information provided above.

Laura Fulton
Principal
Edward Milne Community School

 
 

Today

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.

PEXSISEN – THE MOON OF OPENING HANDS THE BLOSSOMING OUT MOON

All the plants and trees are opening up their hands again and the moon meets their welcome. All of nature is blooming. At this time the Brant Geese are dried. The Earth renews its strength.
During this time, the Saanich Peoples hunted and dried XELXELJ (Brant Geese) for future use. Float nets were placed where the XELXELJ would feed along the tide line to capture the geese. Clams, Oysters and mussels were at their best that this time of year, too.
HÍSW̱E, Kleco Kleco, Marce, kinanâskomitin, Gilakas’la

 

 

New and Ongoing Information

 

 

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF: Here is a quick one question survey for a graph we are putting in the yearbook. You have to fill it out using your sd62learns.org account for access.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-06wugJGYlnDwb91GiW6YU3IFqQFVdSp3JrEUQN-MpNIqlQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

FOR THE YEARBOOK: We are looking for candid photos of students from all grades for our collage pages. You may email them vis elutze@sd62.bc.ca or download the Friesen’s UploadIt app from the Google Play store or Apple store and then use the CODE #267843-you only need to use the code the first time.

STUDENT PARKING PASSES AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION: Please fill out the online form at https://forms-reg.sd62.bc.ca/emcs_driver_reg. Once approved a decal will be sent to you through your classroom teacher.

EMCS YEARBOOKS: Buy your 2020-2021 copy now for $50! We still have 2019-2020 yearbooks available being sold at a reduced price of only $35.00. All yearbook purchases can be made here: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/

 

 

Wolverines Athletics

 

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SWEATERS HAVE ARRIVED!!! Find Lindsey Melvin in Room 1172 at break or at lunch.
Congrats again on a great season!

LOWER ISLAND SOCCER CHALLENGE: Any students grade 9-12, girls, boys, interested in participating in a Lower Island Soccer Challenge? This would be on your own time, test your skills against other students from other schools. There will be Sharp Shooting, juggling, dribble master, and Ultimate juggling master competitions. For further information please email Cari Ormiston or Glyse Clarkston at: cariormiston@hotmail.com or glyseclarkston@gmail.com.

Week 1 will be April 6-9 Juggling

Week 2 will be April 12-16 Sharp Shooting

Week 3 will be Dribble Master

Week 4 will be Ultimate Juggle Master

Prizes and bragging rights are up for grabs!

ULTIMATE FRISBEE practices will begin Thursday (April 8th) from 3:30-4:45pm at Fred Milne Park. If you’re interested in participating, please see Mr. Dudzik in the PHE office or contact edudzik@sd62.bc.ca.  Return to Sport documents are in the office and will need to be signed and returned to Mr. Lyall prior to attending. Hope to see you all out there!

RUGBY starts Wednesday April 7th!  Please visit office for new forms!

 

 

Career and Counselling News

 

 

GYPSEA TRUCKING is looking for a junior vehicle maintenance worker. Learn mechanical repair skills on heavy duty trucks and trailers. Pay depends on experience. Unlimited hours outside of your school schedule.  Please contact Sean Welters at 250-589-5442  or Stephanie Welters at 250-882-5050 or email gypseatrucking@gmail.com

PHARMASAVE in Sooke is offering two excellent opportunities for employment starting in April. They are looking for a full time Pharmacy Assistant as well as a Front Store Clerk. Please see HERE for contact information.

INTERESTED IN A FUTURE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, OR SCIENCE? Through to June 2021 HPQC College will be hosting a “Career Coaching” lecture series, via Zoom: https://hpqc.org/lectures/LectureFlyer.pdf.  Highly successful people working full-time at big-tech companies like Google, Netflix, and Instagram will be talking about how they got there and what interesting journeys they went through which they would not have anticipated when they were in high school. Check it out! For registration or more information:  info@hpqc.org

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA… NEXT STEPS VIRTUAL SERIES: The UVic Next Steps virtual series, designed for September 2021 applicants, is now live on the UVIC website and registration is available online at:   www.uvic.ca/join-us
This virtual series of events includes:

– Self-Reporting 101 information sessions
– Faculty-specific events
– Registration 101 information sessions (which will be posted online closer to the events in May)

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER HOURS? Sooke Arts Council Gallery is looking youth to volunteer at the Gallery on weekends anytime between 11am – 4pm. See this poster for more info: Sooke Arts Council Call or text Lynda at 778-350-4638.

INTERESTED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA? BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR UVIC RECRUITER… Book a private meeting with Stephanie Parker from UVIC if you have questions.  Also, and check out upcoming information sessions, student experience panels, sample lectures, parent nights, and other events offered by UVIC throughout the year. Book an appointment | Register for an upcoming event

THE CAREER CENTER is open all day and is happy to assist you with your work experience hours, apprenticeships and resume/application processes. Feel free to book an appointment online at http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/career-centre/book-a-careers-appointment/. We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

For Grade 12 Students

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S GRAD HISTORIANS: Emily Lambert, Nick Ralph, and Taya Stephens! All three of these students submitted such amazing write-ups about why they wanted to be Historian that we decided to switch up tradition and go with a trio. We look forward to hearing their speech at this year’s Graduation Ceremonies!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UVIC APPLICANTS — ACTION REQUIRED:

If you have applied to UVIC, you should have received an email recently with a request to submit transcripts using the Student Transcripts Service (STS) website.  UVIC has changed the way they access marks, so you must log on to your STS account and release your marks to UVIC (EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE SO).  Instructions are in the email that UVIC sent to applicants.

Students who aren’t offered early, conditional admission decisions based on their self-reported grades will be re-evaluated based on the transcripts sent to UVIC (through the STS). After being reconsidered, they may receive an admission offer in late April to mid-May if they are eligible.

Registration 101 webinars will be taking place throughout May and June to help students plan which courses to take in their first year and learn how course registration works at UVIC. Dates and registration information will be available on the UVIC Events website in mid-April.

And finally, here are a couple of upcoming UVIC deadlines:

  • Specific-criteria scholarship application deadline: April 30
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission: May 1. Students should reference their offer of admission to confirm, as some programs may have earlier deadlines.
  • Remember, if you have been offered a scholarship from UVIC, you must also accept the scholarship offer by the deadline stated in the offer.
  • Deadline for completing online courses required for UVIC entry:  May 31
  • First year priority housing application deadline: June 30

See your school counsellor if you have questions.

GRADS: Please complete your Grad Comment Form https://forms.gle/ASR27Y52HHKGJNFZ8 for the Graduation Ceremony by April 27th. This is DIFFERENT than the comment that you submitted for the Yearbook.  If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Williams at rwilliams@sd62.bc.ca

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES: Many major updates have been made on the scholarships section of the EMCS website. Several applications are due shortly after Spring Break.

VIDEO LESSON ON SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES:  Mr. Phipps has posted an instructional video on the scholarship and bursary application process.  Grade 12 students (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to watch. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E1bu6YuI4M

GRADE 12 STUDENTS are reminded to check the calendar on the EMCS website (Grade 12 Timeline | Edward Milne (sd62.bc.ca)) for the early scholarship and bursary deadlines. This year’s CUPE Bursary is HERE and due April 15th.

GRADS: For the yearbook we are collecting photos of you throughout the years (Gr.9-Present) if you would like to be part of this fun feature please submit your photos to Mrs. Lutze at elutze@sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Flags are flying at half-mast to recognize the passing of Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Phillip. Prince Phillip passed away on April 9. The Queen and Duke of Edingburgh were married for 74 years.

Parliament and government buildings in Victoria, BC and across Canada will be flying their flags at half-mast until sunset on the day of the Prince’s funeral. We’re not yet sure when that will be.

 
 

We are now almost half way into Octa 6. Please make sure that you remain in close contact with your student’s teacher so that you can support them in ensuring success in their learning. In addition to ongoing communication with teachers, we are also offering virtual learning conferences on Thursday, April 15th from 1:20-3:20pm.  Parents can schedule an appointment through our School Appointments online booking system:  https://emcs.schoolappointments.com/, which will remain open until Wednesday, April 14th at 9pm.  Teachers will follow-up with a Google Meet or MS Teams link for the meeting.

Class schedules will also be adjusted to allow time for the conferences.

The schedule for April 15th will be:

  • AM Cohort: 8:40 am – 10:40 am
  • PM Cohort: 11:10 am- 1:10 pm
  • Staff availability to Parents & Students for Communicating Student Learning: 1:20 pm – 3:20 pm

For bussing students, please pay careful attention to notices from Transportation.

What’s happening at EMCS

We would like to welcome Vice Principal Mr. John Mennie to the EMCS Principal/Vice Principal Team. Mr. Lyall will be filling in as term Principal at Westshore-Colwood until July 2020, returning to EMCS in September. Mr. Mennie is an experienced Vice Principal and Teacher who is very excited to be working with EMCS! Mr. Mennie will be working alongside Ms. Jesson to serve families with last names A-L. Mr. Mennie is available at jmennie@sd62.bc.ca, or at the main school phone number (250-642-5211).

 

Students experiment with Copper II Chloride in Mme Dorran’s Science 9 class. We are very excited to welcome a brand new oven to the EMCS culinary program!

Congratulations to this year’s Grad Historians – Emily Lambert, Nick Ralph, and Taya Stephens! All three of these students submitted such amazing write-ups about why they wanted to be Historian that we decided to switch up tradition and go with a trio. We look forward to hearing their speech at this year’s Graduation Ceremonies!

Ultimate Frisbee forms are now available in the office!  Stop by for your copy.

EMCS PAC will meet at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 13thClick here to join the meeting

For the yearbook we are looking for candid photos of students from all grades for our collage pages. You may email them via elutze@sd62.bc.ca or download the Friesen’s UploadIt app from the Google Play store or Apple store and then use the CODE #267843-you only need to use the code the first time.

Student Assessments

In order to graduate, students are required to write two provincial assessments in grade 10: a Literacy Assessment and a Numeracy Assessment. The Literacy Assessment 12 is postponed this year.    We strongly encourage you to look at the following link for further information and sample questions: http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/provincial-examinations-transcripts/.

We will schedule students Monday April12 – Wednesday April 14 from:

  • Mr. Clark Octa 1 Science 10
  •  Mrs. Dorran Octa 2 Sciences 10
  •  Ms. Sudlow Octa 5 Social Studies 10
  •  Ms. Mullin’s Octa 5 Science 10.

Wednesday April 14th

  • Ms. Verhoeven Science 10 class will write Numeracy in their class
  • Mr. Stephens SS 10 class will write Literacy in their class
  • Ms. Mullin’s Science 10 class will write in the CAD lab in the class time opposite their class time.

Grade 12 Updates!

GRADS: Please complete your Grad Comment Form for the Graduation Ceremony by April 27th at https://forms.gle/ASR27Y52HHKGJNFZ8. This is DIFFERENT than the comment that you submitted for the Yearbook. If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Williams at rwilliams@sd62.bc.ca

Opportunities for Everyone!

Interested in a future in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Science?

Through June 2021 HPQC College will be hosting a “Career Coaching” lecture series, via Zoom: https://hpqc.org/lectures/LectureFlyer.pdf.  Highly successful people working full-time at big-tech companies like Google, Netflix, and Instagram will be talking about how they got there and what interesting journeys they went through which they would not have anticipated when they were in high school. Check it out!

   

Exploring Post Secondary Opportunities

Scholarships & Bursaries – Several applications are due shortly!  Check them out on our website:

http://emcs.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/grade-12-information/scholarship-bursaries-student-loans/

Important Information for UVIC Applicants —  ACTION REQUIRED

If you have applied to UVIC, you should have received an email recently with a request to submit transcripts using the Student Transcripts Service (STS) website.  UVIC has changed the way they access marks, so you must log on to your STS account and release your marks to UVIC (EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE SO).  Instructions are in the email that UVIC sent to applicants.

Students who aren’t offered early, conditional admission decisions based on their self-reported grades will be re-evaluated based on the transcripts sent to UVIC (through the STS). After being reconsidered, they may receive an admission offer in late April to mid-May if they are eligible.

Registration 101 webinars will be taking place throughout May and June to help students plan which courses to take in their first year and learn how course registration works at UVIC. Dates and registration information will be available on the UVIC Events website in mid-April.

And finally, here are a couple of upcoming UVIC deadlines:

  • Specific-criteria scholarship application deadline: April 30
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission: May 1. Students should reference their offer of admission to confirm, as some programs may have earlier deadlines.
  • Remember, if you have been offered a scholarship from UVIC, you must also accept the scholarship offer by the deadline stated in the offer.
  • Deadline for completing online courses required for UVIC entry:  May 31
  • First year priority housing application deadline: June 30

See your school counsellor if you have questions.

Stay in the loop
Be sure to stay in the loop with the list of important dates in each of weekly newsletters (archived here),  on our website, the Wolverines App, and the District website.

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!

Important dates:

April 12-16 – Assessment Window

April 13 – PAC Meeting (Click here to join the meeting)

April 15 – Early dismissal for Learning Conferences

April 19 – Non Instruct Day

April 20th-21st – Capstone Project Presentations

April 30th – Octa 6 report cards published

 

*The EMCS Wellness Center is open each Wednesday, 12pm-3:30pm

 
 

March 31, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

During an announcement this past Monday by Dr. Bonnie Henry, new health and safety guidelines and regulations for schools were released. This update to the health and safety measures is being introduced as an extra layer of protection in response to recent increases in COVID-19 cases across the province, including Vancouver Island. Read the full release here. A summary of the changes is provided below.  We are currently updating our School Safety Plans and these updates will be available on our District Website.

Masks

Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:

  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors

This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work stations.

Please remember to send a reusable mask with your child to school each day.

Exceptions

Masks are required to be worn unless:

  • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
  • A person is eating or drinking;
  • A person is behind a barrier;
  • A person is communicating to another person who has a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important.

On the school bus

Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

Exceptions

The recommendation above should not apply as follows:

  • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
  • While eating or drinking.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 students

Primary students are encouraged to wear a mask at school and on buses, but are not required to do so.

Please remember to send a reusable mask with your child to school each day.

Implementing this new requirement

For some of our schools, mostly elementary schools, where students are not used to wearing masks indoors, staff will spend the next few days helping students to adjust to this change. Please have a conversation about these new guidelines with your children.

Places masks are not required

Students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers will continue to look for opportunities to move their classes outside.

Teachers will go through these updates and changes with your children and we encourage you to do the same at home.

Families and students can find up-to-date information about K-12 schools at: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools

Thank you again for helping us adapt to these changes.

Sincerely,

Scott Stinson