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February 10

Daily News - February 10, 2023


Friday, February 10, 2023



TURKEY AND SYRIA – Upcoming Survive Drive

Following the recent devastating earthquake in Turkey, the people of Turkey and Syria are suffering deeply and need your help. 10 cities are destroyed, there are currently over 22,000 deaths, and there are countless injured. People are dying under the rubble as they wait for help, and the cold conditions are causing further suffering, as people wait for help and supplies. Most people have nothing. Lives are in danger and you can help.

Claremont will be having a Survive Drive soon. Stay tuned for details.  Our first initiative comes from the IGS Zero Café: starting today, all proceeds from purchases at the Zero Café will go to raise funds to help this important cause. Thank you for your support.


TC10K – Spartan Team

Calling all runners, walkers, joggers, students and staff for the annual TC10K!  The school team has been created.  If you are thinking about running/walking in the event, go to the TC10K website, select “Claremont Spartans” from the drop-down menu, and add yourself to the school team. Registration deadline is April 13th! Let’s go Spartans!


Iceland Trip

All students traveling to Iceland over Spring Break, please meet TODAY at lunch in room 327.


Cancer Research Internship Program – Info Feb.15

The Xavier Pelletier High School Internship Program (HSIP) is an 8-week summer program that runs from July-August each summer at the BC Cancer Agency’s Trev and Joyce Deeley Research Center in Victoria.  This program offers Grade 11 students the opportunity to explore cancer research from the front lines, learning the latest techniques in the fight against cancer today and setting the ground for the future. Any interested Grade 11 students are asked to meet THIS WEDNESDAY Feb 15 at lunch in Room 200 (Ms. McAvoy's Room) for more details on this opportunity.


Encourage kids to READ

Come to the Learning Commons, grab a bookmark, or stay, and colour them - then we'll send them to Lochside and Cordova Bay Elementary students. Choose from a variety of designs.


New: ON-LINE Report Cards – Feb. 8

New to SD63: Student report cards were distributed this week on Wednesday by way of an on-line student portal.  Students can login and access their report cards (PDF version).  A Saanich Student portal link was sent BY EMAIL to all students and their primary contacts on WEDNESDAY (and it is only accessible using student information).    


Lost & Found

A Samsung cell phone was found in the school.  Please come to the office to claim it.


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. 



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Spirit Club: “Perfect Match” Day – Feb.13

THIS MONDAY is "Perfect Match" day. Dress up in your most impressive matching outfits, whether it be with your besties or doppelgangers. Prizes and Element points for the best group outfits!


Spirit Club: Valentine Candy Grams

TODAY is the final day to buy a Valentine Candy Gram.  They are on sale at lunch in the Student Lounge for $2, and will be delivered on Valentines Day.  Come spread some love and treat a friend; all proceeds will go to the Victoria Pride Society.


Key Club – in Need of Old T-Shirts

The Key Club is making DIY dog toys for the Broken Promises Rescue Centre, and needs 100% cotton, clean T-shirts in ALL colours and sizes. Drop-off is at the front office every day until WEDNESDAY Feb. 22nd. Your help is much appreciated!



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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 – Feb.21

An Employment Recruiter from Island Health will be visiting Claremont to provide information about their casual positions in food services and housekeeping.  Positions are available on weekends and during summer break, and are open to students in Grades 10 -12.  TUESDAY, February 21 @ lunch time in the Student Lounge.


West Wind Hardwood in Sidney is looking for an after-school worker.  If you love working with wood, this job is for you.  This employer offers opportunities for skills and growth in Joinery.  For more info: see Mr. Bussoli in room 217 or email him at


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


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.


MARCH - 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.