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February 1

Daily News - February 1, 2023


Wednesday, February 1, 2023



Lost & Found

A debit card and a cell phone have been found.  Please come to the office to claim them.


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.


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. 



Music Café

Last chance for any student who would like to perform some music at our Valentine’s Music Café.  Would you like to sing a song or play your instrument?  Talk to or email Ms. English before the end of TODAY.  The program is filling up fast!!




For all students who are interested in playing badminton this spring: there will be a short meeting TOMORROW (THURSDAY) at lunch in the main gym. Please see Ms. Laszlo or Mr Reisig if you can not attend.



Rugby practice is TODAY and FRIDAY after school.  We're now in season and attendance at practice is expected.  Please contact Mr Belvedere or Mr Slade if you will not be at practice. 



Math Club

If you want to add something to your resume, write a math contest!  Interested grade 9, 10 or 11 students: sign up for your grade level math contest. Deadline to sign up is TOMORROW (THURSDAY).  See Mr. Paananen in Room 133 for more details.



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¬ GRAD 2023

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.



Employment Opportunities

Island Health is hiring people aged 16-17 for part-time work, $17/hr.  As a Minor Test Shopper, you participate in conducting compliance checks for Tobacco & Vapour Prevention and Control, attempting to buy products from retailers. Go to the School District 63 Careers page for more info: HERE or see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at for more info.


Red Barn (at Mattick's and on West Saanich Road) is hiring cashiers and deli clerks for flexible part-time hours.  For more information, please see Mrs. Watson in room 222, or email her at


A garden helper is needed by a neighbour near Lochside School, on a flexible, part-time basis, mainly during Spring and Fall. Wage to be discussed.  Duties would include raking, pruning, landscaping, power washing, leaf blowing, projects, repair and maintenance, etc. If bonsai trees interest the student, they could be trained in this skill as well.  For contact info, see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at


Butchart Gardens Job Fair – Feb.9

Butchart Gardens will be holding their 2023 Job Fair on THURSDAY Feb.9, from 5:30-7:30pm.  Bring your resume and meet the hiring team. The Gardens generally hire for five departments for the summer season:

Food Services: The Gardens has several restaurants which require waitstaff, cashiers, bus persons, and counter-service persons.  We also have two kitchen facilities which produce a la carte, pastry, and industrial production.

Visitor Services: Primarily an outdoor position, responsibilities include pedestrian and vehicle traffic control, grounds maintenance, collecting admissions, and all other services provided for our international and local visitors.

Custodial Services: These positions require work both indoors and outdoors.  Responsibilities include maintenance of administrative buildings, visitor and staff washroom facilities, and garbage collection.

Seed & Gift Store: These positions require work both behind-the-scenes and with our visitors.  Responsibilities include extensive merchandise knowledge, cash transactions, unpacking, stocking and reconciling paperwork.

Gardening: Primarily outdoor positions or work in our Plant Identification Centre.  Most positions require eight hour shifts of heavy to moderate labour and require good public relations skills.


Skills Canada Competitions

Registration for this year's Regional South Island Skills Canada Competitions will be open soon!  Online or face-to-face competitions will be held, covering areas like automotive, baking, hairstyling, welding, electronics, pipe trades, job search, photography, and more...

Competitions will be in March, with the deadline for registration mid-February. Keep watching announcements for more information.  See Mr. Bussoli in room 217 if you are interested in competing. More information HERE.


Summer Employment with Saanich School District

Grade 12 Students: The Saanich School District #63 will be hiring summer staff in the Custodial Department!  Full-time, union positions will be available from the end of June until end of August, with the opportunity for continuing employment.  Earn competitive wages vs. minimum wage.  You must have your own transportation, and you must be a graduate by the end of June. For more information, see Mrs. Watson in office 222, or email her at



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.


Upcoming Family Smart online events.

To join a FamilySmart online event, register at:   

FEBRUARY - For Families: A Conversation About Eating Disorders
Families do not cause eating disorders but they can be one of the most effective influences in their child’s recovery. Listen to Rylee McKinlay, Young Adult with lived experience, Terri McKinlay, Parent with lived experience and Carmen Kauffman, Eating Disorders Therapist & Educator with Jessie’s Legacy, share their perspective and knowledge as they talk about the continuum of disordered eating, what to be aware of, the importance of connection, and strategies that help support recovery.

A Conversation for Families About Digital Wellbeing & Mental Health
As parents, we struggle with balancing our children’s time spent in the digital world and what we consider the real world. It’s not easy to know how much time spent on technology is too much and how to set boundaries that don’t create conflict. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kristy Goodwin, Digital Wellbeing and Productivity Researcher, Speaker, Author and Consultant to learn some practical solutions to our everyday concerns and challenges around our kids’ use of screens and their mental health. 



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.