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December 5

Daily news - December 5, 2022



Toys for Teens: Dec 1-7

Our 10th annual TOYS FOR TEENS DONATION DRIVE continues TODAY and runs until December 7!! Claremont collects $10 Gift Cards for teens in need in our community. This is in support of The Zone 91.3's annual Toy Drive who give their donations to The Christmas Giving Network, an umbrella of local charities and organizations in Greater Victoria such as CFAX Santa's Anonymous, The Time Colonist Fund, St. Vincent De Paul Society and more. We will be collecting in BLOCK 3. This is a class competition (winners get a pizza party) and a school-wide Elements competition for the badge and bragging rights.

We are asking for $10 Gift Cards that Teens would like for: coffee shops, restaurants, retail locations, music, grocery stores, drug stores, bus passes, pre-paid credit cards, etc. Cash donations are also happily accepted.  Students are encouraged to bring their donations to their Block 3 class (or the front office if they do not have a Block 3 class). Every $10 = 1 point for your class/element. Thank you for your support of this great cause and for sharing the Spartan Spirit. Happy Holidays!


AP Biology

For all students registered in AP Biology: there will be an important, mandatory meeting THIS THURSDAY at lunchtime in Room 217 (Mr. Bussoli's Room). Don't forget!


Student Photo Packages

If your family ordered student photos, the first batch of photo packages has arrived.  They can be picked up at the office.


After School Homework Club

For all students who would like extra help in academic classes, help from Education Assistants is available four days a week (MONDAY-THURSDAY) for one hour after school in room 235. All academic subjects are welcome, but especially if you are struggling in Math & Science. This is open to all students in all grades.


Lost & Found

A valuable GOLD & DIAMOND ring was found in the school. Please identify and claim at the office.


Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is running on TUESDAY and THURSDAY mornings (before block 1) at the Spartan Store.  All students are welcome to come by for a bagel (with choice of spreads) and a juice box. Items are $.25 each. 



Year-Long Drama Presents: "One Stoplight Town"

The Claremont Year-Long Drama’s presentation of "One Stoplight Town" continues later this week in the Ridge Playhouse.  Shows are Dec. 8,9,10 at 7:30 pm nightly.  This show is full of vibrant characters, lots of humour, and shares a heart-felt take-away message.  All tickets are $10 at the door, cash only.  Come see the talents of our cast and crew, and thank you for supporting Year-Long Drama!

Festive Music Concerts – Dec. 8 & 15

The Claremont Music Program has two festive concerts coming up in December.  Come enjoy some seasonal joy and the talents of our music students:

Concert Band, Jazz Band & Choir:

THIS THURSDAY Dec.8 @ 6:30pm at Royal Oak Middle School Gym.

Choir Concert:

THURSDAY Dec.15 @ 7:30pm at Mary Winspear Centre.

This concert is presented by Festive Brass and showcases the choral talents of students from Claremont, Stelly’s & Parkland. This is a benefit concert for SD63 Music Programs.  *tickets $39.90, available at the door or in advance at



Sr Boys Volleyball

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Volleyball Team on winning the Silver Medal at the BCs this past weekend in Kelowna. They swept Oak Bay in the semis and played a hard-fought match against number 1 ranked KSS in the final.  Congrats to Justin PENG and Zach SAGODI on their first team all stars and to Alex COPPARD on the honorable mention.  This was a total team effort!  Go Spartans!



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¬ GRAD 2023

Grad Winter Gala – Dec.7

Grads: the deadline to purchase Winter Gala tickets is TODAY at noon. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Accounting office. Grads can pick up their Gala Tickets on TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at the Accounting office.


Grad Fundraiser: Bottle Drive – January 8

There will be a Bottle Drive at Claremont School on SUNDAY January 8.  More details to come. Heads up Grads: your help will be needed to help with delivering flyers in December and on the date of the bottle drive!!


Grad Fundraiser:  Ongoing Bottle Drive

An easy way to support the 2023 Grad Class is by donating empty bottles and beverage containers throughout the school year until June at the Bottle Depot location at Glanford/Quadra.  Account name is “Claremont Grad 2023.” Thank you for supporting the grad class of 2023.



Job Opportunity

Babysitter needed in the Cordova Bay area for 2 boys, ages 10 and 6.  A large dog and cat live in the home as well!  Own transportation preferred.  Dates and rates to be confirmed.  See Mrs. Watson in room 222 for contact information.



From COPACS (our district-wide PAC)

Our district Parent Advisory Committee (called COPACS - Council of Parent Advisory Committees of Saanich) wants to hear from district families about speakers and resources that would be helpful to support you and your child(ren) grow and learn at school.

The COPACS Parent/Guardian Resource Committee has created this SHORT SURVEY for parents and guardians - please share with others and provide your thoughts by January 3rd.  Our school PAC will hear about the results and can potentially coordinate speakers and resources with other schools.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact


Claremont Staff Appreciation

The Christmas Dessert & Tea Staff Appreciation Day will take place THIS WEDNESDAY, Dec 7th between 11:30 and 1:30 in the Learning Commons. Thank-you to all parents who have volunteered a dessert!  For questions, please email:


CPAC News Subscription

Please register your email at this link in order to receive any news from CPAC (ie. PAC meetings, School Appreciation Events, Conferences, etc.).


PAC Fundraiser: Country Grocer Receipts

Here is an easy way to support your PAC year-round. 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.