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Message from the Wishart PAC,

Our next Fundraiser is here! We are doing seeds through Metchosin seeds! Please follow directions below for ordering. It is VERY important to read fully and make sure you add our school name to the “additional information” in order for the seeds to come back to you!  We are closing this fundraiser one week today Monday March 1st, 2021. No late orders will be accepted. 

We are a small, Certified Organic seed farm based out of Metchosin, BC that grows over 200 varieties of seed crops. We take pride in the fact we are NOT a reseller, and grow all of our seeds here at the farm, that are fresh when you receive them, and are adapted to grow in this unique West Coast environment. To take part in this fundraiser, please visit www.metchosinfarm.ca/fundraiser and choose from our selection of eight different Variety Packs, which are $20.00 each. and contain five packages of seeds in each.

These Packs include: The Green Party Garden, The Beginners Garden, The Heavenly Herb Garden, The Crazy Kids Garden, The Scented Flower Garden, The Veggie Garden, The Totally Tomato Garden and the Berry Delicious Garden.Please note, ONLY the Variety Packs are available for the fundraiser; no individual seed orders please). 

Once you’ve added all the Packs you want to your Cart, select Checkout, and in Additional Information (Order Notes) write “WISHART”, to identify your order as belonging to Wishart Elementary. Select Fundraising Pickup as your Shipping Option, and the choose from either E-Transfer or Credit Card Payment. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at info@metchosinfarm.ca.

Please do share this email with anyone in your family, your friends, and your local community groups.

Thank you so much for your continued support. 

Wishart PAC 

 
 

Parking remains an on-going issue for our school community and we appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter. We are working with the district to broaden the pathway by the fence along the lower parking to make it accessible for parents/care givers with strollers and siblings. Please DO NOT park along lower fence in the morning or at the end of the day as it causes traffic to back-up and is a safety issue for families using the pathway. We will request you to move your vehicle if you’re parked there. Additionally, please pull up as close to the ‘DROP and GO’ zone as possible to drop off and/or to pick-up.

BEFORE SCHOOL STUDENT ARRIVAL PROCEDURES –We need your support to ensure your children’s health and safety. It is expected that all students will arrive as close to bell time in the morning as possible. We have supervision outside should you have to leave your child/ren at school early. In this case we ask you ‘DROP and GO’ and not use a parking spot. Should you arrive late, please call the office (250 478 9528) and we will welcome your child.

END OF DAY DEPARTURE PROCEDURES –a normal year, parents and students often hang out in the playground after school, students play, parents visit, and it develops a true sense of community. Unfortunately, this year that doesn’t make sense and we need to be far more vigilant. If parents use the playground area, please know that we do not supervise that area after 2:45 pm and we encourage you to leave school grounds as soon as possible.

Lastly, we ask you to respect the coned off areas at the front and back of the school – please drop-off and pick-up your child/ren behind the cones. This has worked well, and we appreciate your continued support in helping us create safe bubble for students and staff.  As always, please reach out to the Wishart admin team with your concerns as we appreciate your thoughts and welcome your input.

 
 

As the weather is getting colder please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately; warm coat, scarf, mittens, hat, boots etc.  Please also supply an extra change of clothes for your student to keep at the school for those wetter days.

SD62 schools will do its best to be open for students and staff on all prescribed school days to provide duty of care. The safety of students and staff is our first priority. Circumstances like snow, flooding, power outage and more could cause disruption to a normal school day. During times like these, the decision to close schools or cancel school buses will be made by the Superintendent.

In all cases, announcements will be made to parents, students and staff as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible via one or more of the following:

  • School District website
  • Social media via District Twitter and Facebook
  • School Connect email
  • Telephone
  • Radio – CFAX 1070

School bus cancellation

School bus transportation may be cancelled when the Superintendent is advised by the Transportation Department that roads are in poor condition and not safe. The Superintendent will then make the decision to open schools as normal or close them. If buses are cancelled, but schools are open:

  • The choice to bring children to school is that of the parent/guardian.
  • Schools will not conduct a normal instructional day because of the decrease in students and staff.

School closure outside of school hours

Depending on the severity of the weather, the Superintendent may make a decision to close schools for students or for both staff and students. In rare circumstances, some schools may be kept open because of location and the need for a safe place for students.

School closure during school hours

If weather conditions create a concern for safety, the school principal may close the school after consulting with the Superintendent. While every effort will be made to keep schools open, parents are encouraged to establish a plan for their children in the event of early dismissal or school closure. Closure announcements will be made by the methods listed above.

Elementary and middle schools – teachers will contact parents or emergency contacts to advise of closure. Students may only leave with their parent/guardian.

Secondary schools – students will be free to leave after the closure announcement is made and it is deemed safe.

Schools will remain open until all students are picked up or transported home by school bus.

 
 

We have moved this information – Please look for PAC news, fun food and fundraisers information on the PAC page (under “Parents”/”Parent Advisory Council”)

 
 

As you know, children are organized into cohorts of one or two classes while at school. Cohorts include the people who are able to stay in closer proximity during the school day. At drop of and pick up times, we ask that parents continue to ensure children stay with their immediate family or cohort friends. We are encouraging children to have a meeting place with families that allows for some distancing at pick up times

 
 

It is School Board Policy that animals are not allowed to be on School District property. The purpose of this policy and procedure is to ensure the greatest possible level of safety for students and staff with regard to animals on School District property and in school buildings. This general prohibition includes domestic dogs, cats, birds, and other pets, and especially applies to potentially dangerous exotic animals.

Some exceptions may be allowed, only with the prior approval of the Principal, and could include:
– Vision, hearing and service dogs.
– Police dogs under the control of a police officer.
– Pets for show-and-tell.
– Small pets kept in classrooms under the supervision and care of a teacher.
– A demonstration at a school assembly.

Prior to allowing animals in schools or classrooms, steps are to be taken to ensure that students and employees are not allergic to the presence of these animals, that the animals will present no physical danger to students or employees, and that the animals are free from any disease or parasites.  Prior to introducing any animals into classrooms and using animals as part of the educational program, teachers shall make all efforts to ensure that students receive instruction in the proper care and handling of animals. Owners of animals will be responsible for the safe and sanitary removal of their pet’s excrement from buildings and grounds.

 
 

The parent portal is now open.  Any parents unable to log in – please try to re-set your password.  If you are unable to re-set your password without assistance please email the school (nolsten@sd62.bc.ca) to inform us.  Once your passwords/usernames have been set up for you you will receive an email.

“MyEdBC” is a secured online portal used by most school districts in BC. Security is guided by BC’s School Act and FoIPPA. In the Family Portal, parents can:

  • Check attendance
  • Ensure contact information is up to date
  • See assessments/grade information/transcripts
  • View report cards and summary of progress reports (not in elementary schools at this time)

How to log in and access MyEducationBC:

  • For our initial log in you must use a laptop or desktop computer. After the initial log in, you can use your phone or other devices.
  • Make sure pop‐ups are enabled for your browser
  • Please follow the instructions on the attached document  to login and change your password-  SD#62 – MyEdBC Family Portal Instructional Manual

Once inside the MyEducationBC system you can navigate around to view information for your student(s). If you have a child in middle/secondary schools in the district, you will have already gained access and will not receive and additional email.

Who has access to the Portal?

        • Teachers, Principals and Vice Principal
        • Parents/Guardians (two max per child)
        • Students – each student has their own login

     

 
 

Sooke School District has set up a electronic consent portal for parents.  If you have not already done so, please use this link https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/ to sign your student(s) up for the following consents:

  • School Health Check
  • Fresh Grade
  • General School Fieldtrips (allows for neighbourhood walks with buddies etc.)
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Internet Access
  • Media
  • School Cash Online
  • Aboriginal Education Form

Please remember once you have consented to School Cash Online it is not an immediate response and will take 48hrs to populate.  Once populated you will be able to go to the school cash online link and start adding your students.

 
 

Please ensure that your child is dressed for all weather – rain, cold, heat as students will be going outside daily.  Please provide an extra set of clothes for your students to have at the school.  This will enable them to be comfortable if they get dirty or wet during the school day; it will also prevent phone calls home during the day.

 
 

Please note this year the school office will be closed between 12:00 noon and 1:00pm and office phones will not be answered between 12:00 noon and 1:00pm

If you require your student to be picked up during this time please call and notify the office PRIOR TO NOON to arrange the pick up.