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Friday November 26 News

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Friday November 26 News
by Andrea Martin - Friday, 26 November 2021, 10:04 AM


Friday November 26, 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 – TONIGHT

Friday Night Lights is TONIGHT 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.  It’s great to see so many students and staff wearing RED and Spartan gear for Spartan Spirit and to support our Lacrosse Boys!!


Learning Commons – Free Books

The Learning Commons shelves are full! This means the library will be removing some of our older titles to make room for new books. Our criteria for weeding: books that have never circulated, that have been on our shelves for 6 or more years, and were published before the year 2000.  These books will be available for free to any students or staff who wish to have them.  You can find them in our freebie boxes outside the main entrance to the Learning Commons. We will be adding titles to the boxes throughout December, so check back often!


Year-Long Drama: Dec. 9-11

The Year-Long Drama production of HUMBUG HIGH will be performing Dec 9-11 at 7:30pm in-person and via Livestream. This modern high-school based adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is sure to please.  Featuring the talents of our student actors and technicians, this play will put you in the spirit for Christmas!  Masks are required. Tickets are $10 at the door. Donate a non-perishable food item at the door and save $1 per item (maximum 5 items).



New in the Lost & Found today: a cell phone was left on bus #6 this morning.  It can be claimed at the school office.


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.


School Photos

There are still lots of school photo packages in the office, waiting to be picked up.


Bus Cards

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.


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



Friday Night Lights TONIGHT - 7:30pm at UVic field.



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.

Learn More: https://www.studyinsaanich.ca/homestay/info-for-host-families

Request a no-commitment consultation: https://studyinsaanich.ca/host-interest

Apply Now: https://www.studyinsaanich.ca/apply


GRAD 2022

Grad ’22 Winter Gala – Dec.6

Grads: your Winter Gala is MONDAY Dec 6th 7:00-10:00pm.  Tickets are on sale on-line and in person through the accounting office.  $25 ticket includes food, photo booth, 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 a grad portrait booked for today, that the session will be held at the LIFETOUCH STUDIO at #104-1740 Island Hwy, not at Claremont



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


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.


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/


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


University of Calgary - Virtual Info Session - Nov 30

Are you interested in the University of Calgary? There will be a virtual info session on TUESDAY, Nov 30th at 6pm. U of C programs and scholarships will be discussed, as well as campus life and the application process.  Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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.



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.



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.