Tuesday November 23, 2021
Spartan Shoot-Out & Friday Night Lights
The Spartan Shootout will be held Nov 26/27. This lacrosse tourney is a rare opportunity for our guys to play at home in front of family and friends. Over the two days there will be over 40 games played. One of the highlights every year is the Friday Night Lights game that happens Friday night and is a way to honour and recognize our grade 12 guys and their parents. Also a part of this fun night is a fundraiser we do every year. Most years the contributions go to KidSport but...this year we will be contributing to Emily's Journey for Emily Cox. Emily is a 2015 Claremont grad; since graduation Emily has battled and defeated cancer twice. Part of the cost in her latest battle was unfortunately having to lose her leg to help guarantee the cancer does not return. She is a pretty amazing young lady; she has an awesome positive attitude and is moving on and pushing forward. The funds will go to help Emily buy her prosthetic leg that she is needing/wanting. She has a lot of help already, but the cost is $75,000+ so any help we can provide will help. Other ventures have occurred, and she is close to $60,000 already. You can read more about Emily’s Journey HERE.
Spartan Day & Friday Night Lights – Nov 26
Friday Night Lights is THIS FRIDAY at the UVic field!! Tickets are by donation at the gate and all money will be donated to Emily’s Journey. Dress warm and come watch some exciting lacrosse as our Spartans take on Washington State champs, Mercer Island, once again. The game starts at 7:30 pm. Staff and students, this is also Spartan Day!! Please wear RED or your Spartan gear on FRIDAY for Spartan spirit and to support our Lacrosse Boys!!
If you missed picking up your report card on Monday, they can be picked up in the office.
Parent-Teacher Interviews: November 25
Semester 1 Parent-Teacher Interview night is THURSDAY Nov.25, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Parent/guardians have the option to book online through our school website for an 8-minute appointment. All information to book is on the front page of the Claremont website, and the link for booking closes on THURSDAY Nov. 25 @ 10:00am. Conferences fill up fast so please book early.
Revised Class Schedule for THURSDAY Nov.25
Block 1 9:00-10:06
Block 2 10:10-11:18
Block 3 11:50-12:56
Block 4 1:00-2:06
School Busses – On Twitter
The SD63 school buses transport 3,000 students to/from school each school day, with 16 regular bus routes and 4 Special Needs routes. The Transportation Dept has a Twitter Account to help notify parents and schools of any transportation delays as they happen. You can stay informed with the latest Tweets from SD63 Transportation: @sd63bus. This can be found on Twitter by searching SD63bus or https://twitter.com/sd63bus
Students are advised to be vigilant around trees as the heavy rain, coupled with November winds, can weaken root systems and bring trees and limbs down. Please exercise caution in parks and on forested trails.
Crim and Psych Dual Credit Courses - URGENT
Did you sign up for a Crim 154 or Pysch 130 Dual Credit Course for this school year? You should have received an email, last June, with instructions to complete the last step of the application process. THIS APPLICATION AND FEE WILL SECURE YOUR SPOT. There are a few of you who still have not submitted your completed application and fee receipt. If this is you, your spot is not secured. Please complete this step and submit it to Mr Bussoli ASAP. Come see him if you have questions.
There are still lots of school photo packages in the office, waiting to be picked up.
There are still lots of bus cards in the office, waiting to be picked up for students who are registered to ride the bus. The bus drivers expect students to show their bus cards to ride the school bus.
Grad Diplomas for 2021 Grads
Parents: if you have an older child who graduated in June ‘21, their Dogwood Graduation Diplomas are available in the office for pickup. Younger siblings are welcome to pick them up.
ATHLETICS – GO SPARTANS!!!
Senior Girls Volleyball
The Senior Girls Volleyball team had a busy weekend, earning a berth to the Provincial Championships after capturing a Silver medal at Islands at Dover Bay! Congratulations to Maya BRODIE and Jill WALLER for being named First Team All-Stars. The girls return to Nanaimo next weekend to compete at Provincials!
All students looking to meet new people in the building and have a nice place to be at lunch, you are invited to come to the Welcomers Club TODAY and every TUESDAY at lunch in room 235. Everyone is welcome! We have great games!! Please bring your lunch and see Ms. Huber or Ms. Giese for any questions.
YCI: Winter Backpack Supply Drive
YCI's “Home is Where the Heart Is” backpack and supply drive is continuing until December 10th. We are collecting non-perishable snacks, hats, gloves, socks, toiletries and backpacks for homeless youth in the Victoria area. Collection bins are beside the main entrance.
In Search of New Homestay Families
Are you interested in becoming a Homestay family for an International student? Saanich Schools International Student Program is looking for new host families for our International student who will be joining us in February 2022, as well as host families who would like to be available on short notice for students currently here. This can be a wonderful opportunity to make life-long friendships and share the beauty of your home and community. Host families receive a generous monthly allowance of $975 to offset expenses.
Request a no-commitment consultation: https://studyinsaanich.ca/host-interest
Apply Now: https://www.studyinsaanich.ca/apply
Grad ’22 Winter Gala – Dec.6
Grads: the Winter Gala will be MONDAY Dec 6th 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets are on sale on-line and in person through the accounting office. $25 ticket includes food, photobooth, games, and music, and making memories with your grad class. Coat check is available.
There is lots of information about scholarships available throughout the school year. Three ways to access ongoing information include:
1) Follow @claremontscholarships on Instagram
2) Check out the Scholarships Tracker on the Claremont website.
3) See Ms Tong in room 323 with any questions.
Grad Portraits – Booking Dates Available
Reminder that if you have booked a grad portrait for today or Nov 26: these sessions will be held at the LIFETOUCH STUDIO at #104-1740 Island Hwy, not at Claremont. The $25 sitting fee can be paid online while booking your appointment or at the time of your sitting. For more information or to book a portrait appointment, please go to the Grad Page or this link Book A Portrait.
Student Trainee - Construction Project Management Opportunity
Architecture49 and WSP Canada have 10 openings available for individuals of the Pauquachin, Tseycum, Tsartlip, Tsawout or Malahat First Nations who are interested in hands-on training in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, or Engineering. This program will provide you the opportunity for 40-Hours on the job training. For more information, see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email Eric Pettit: Eric.Pettit@wsp.com
YMCA Summer Camp 2022 - Job and Volunteering Opportunities
Camp Thunderbird and the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has quite a few job/volunteering opportunities well suited to high school students, and are actively seeking applications for students interested in working with children and youth in outdoor settings.
Summer camp counsellors work at Camp Thunderbird with groups of up to 10 campers to lead and share fun activities such as archery, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and camping.
Students in Grades 11 and 12 are eligible to volunteer in the summer, and Grade 12 students can apply for paid positions. Both jobs are listed on the YMCA website. You can also go to the Saanich District Career Education site for more information: https://careered.sd63.bc.ca/
UBC MD Outreach Ambassador Program - Virtual Info Session: Nov 24
The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine is hosting a virtual session to help inform students about a possible future career in medicine, via their Medical Student Outreach Ambassador Program. Claremont's virtual session, with presenter Lindsay Cole is scheduled for WEDNESDAY Nov 24 at 6pm.
To join this Zoom meeting, this is the LINK.
Meeting ID: 696 9782 4278
Students interact with Lindsay via Slido.com, on "questions and answers". Your event code is # Outreach. The students are also welcome to ask questions or respond "in-person virtually" as well. No need to register - simply join the meeting the night of the presentation.
McGill University - Virtual Meeting - Nov 29
Join McGill University Admissions Supervisor, Jennifer Innes, for a virtual info meeting on MONDAY, November 29 at 6pm. Jennifer will provide a short info session in 2 parts followed by a Q & A session: 1) McGill University and Student Life and 2) Applying and Admissions.
No registration or password required; simply join the meeting via this link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/96285218683#success
If you are interested in any of these jobs, please see Mrs. Watson in room 222, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Part-time yard clean-up. One of our neighbours in the Broadmead area is looking for a student to help on weekends part-time, with yard clean-up.
The Sidney Museum is posting a job for an Archive Intern. This would be an ideal opportunity for a high school student aged 16+ to gain experience in the Archives field. The museum will be accepting resumes until the position is filled and will begin reviewing them on November 16th. 14 hours/week (9:00am to 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays). $16.60/hour.
Placement Date: November 27, 2021 to July 31, 2021 (35 weeks, with the option for additional hours during Spring Break 2022). For more information see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or visit: email@example.com
Early Childhood Education Dual Credit Option
The South Island Partnership (SIP) is excited to announce a new dual credit option for students interested in Early Childhood Education (ECE)! SIP has been awarded special funding to deliver a five-course cluster of dual credit courses that are part of Camosun's Early Learning & Care (ELC) program, running February - June 2022.
With a start date of Feb 2022, the window of time to apply is short! See Mr. Bussoli as soon as possible, for more information.
For LOTS of information about Post-Secondary and other Career Education links, check out our District site: https://careered.sd63.bc.ca/ Information is updated regularly.
NEWS FROM CLAREMONT PAC
PAC Fundraiser: Country Grocer Receipts
Here is an easy way to support your PAC. Save your Country Grocer receipts and bring them to the school front office. We appreciate your participation in this fundraiser which will benefit our school community with up to $2000 in grocery gift cards.
BC Kids and COVID-19 Presentation – TONIGHT
Our Claremont CPAC has been extended this invite for parents. Central Okanagan PAC in partnership with Vancouver DPAC and Surrey DPAC are thrilled to present BC Kids and COVID-19 with CMA president Dr Katharine Smart. This presentation will be TONIGHT @ 7pm. Attached is a YouTube link to the virtual event. No registration is necessary.
Party With The Police - A Workshop For Safe Fun (A Workshop For Youth and Guardians)
TUESDAY November 23, 6:00 -8:00pm at Royal Oak Middle School Multi Purpose Room.
Are you stuck for answers when your teen asks you the hard questions about their peer group? Are you looking for some insight about what’s going on in the world of youth? Are you seeking resources and information for how to talk to your teen about drug use, alcohol use, consent and staying safe?
Saanich Youth Services in partnership with the Saanich Police Department – Community Engagement Division – Youth & Schools Section and The Youth Outreach Team from Saanich Neighbourhood Place will host a two-hour trauma-informed and harm reduction learning opportunity for parents, caregivers and youth. In this work shop, participants will have the chance to ask all the questions they need to. Gather all of the up to date information from police officers and youth workers in our community. Caregivers and youth are encouraged to come together.
Registration of one youth holds a spot for one parent/caregiver to attend with the youth. Adults do not need to register for this course.
REGISTRATION LINK: RecOnline
Peninsula Youth Clinic
The Peninsula Youth Clinic is located at 2379 Bevan Avenue in Sidney and is open every THURSDAY from 5:30-7:30pm for help with any medical concern (physical, mental, and sexual health). Call 250-656-4143 to make an appointment with a physician or counsellor. Services are 100% free, confidential, and explicitly inclusive of all genders and sexualities!
A copy of the announcements is posted on the wall outside of the main office door.