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February 12

Daily News - February 12, 2024


Monday, February 12, 2024



NEW – Black History Month

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities.

Desmond Tutu, Human Rights Activist, said: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”


NEW – Lockdown Drill Today

Claremont will be having a lockdown drill TODAY early in block 3. Students, please ensure that you arrive to class on time!


Report Card

Term 2 report cards are available online through the SD63 student portal:


Valentine Candy Grams

The Claremont Leadership class is making Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day and TODAY is the final day to buy one. $2 each. Come by the student lounge at lunch time to buy one, and they will be delivered on Valentines Day in block 3.  Come spread some kindness and treat a friend.


Senior Social Studies Trip - Info Feb.13

Are you wanting an adventure before the end of the school year? We are excited to announce the Senior Social Studies trip from June 5th to 8th. Some destinations include Mt. St. Helens & Ape Caves Lava Tubes, Great Wolf Lodge, Seattle, Museum of Pop Culture, Climate Pledge Arena, and a Boeing Factory Tour. To learn more about this trip and to secure your spot, come to our first meeting TOMORROW (TUESDAY) at lunch in room 327 with Mr. Gardner and Ms. Turnbull. There is limited availability, and it will be popular, so don't miss out. See you on TUESDAY at lunch!  


Twin Day – Feb.14

Our next school-wide theme day is TWIN DAY on Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day.  Grab your bestie or group of friends and coordinate your outfits. There will be an Elements competition at lunch for the best outfits. Get creative!


NEW -  Course Information Evening - Feb 22

NEXT THURSDAY Feb 22nd will be an early dismissal day (ending at 2:12pm).  Our Claremont Course Information Evening will run from 5:00-8:30pm.  This evening will provide opportunities for:

  1. Gr 8-11 students & parents (Gr 8’s making the transition from ROMS to Claremont) to learn about and make informed decisions regarding course selection for the 2024-25 school year.
  1. Current Gr 9-12 parents to meet Sem 2 teachers at various points throughout the evening; most teaching staff will be present from 6:00-8:00pm in their classrooms, unless they are involved in one of our presentations.

We will be providing a wide variety of general course selection information & reminders, as well as specialty program and CSI academy information, with the following schedule:

5:00-5:30pm     Out of Catchment Registration Info (for Students/Families New to the District) in the Theatre

5:45-6:30pm     CSI Info Meeting  (general intro + split into 4 academies:  Lacrosse, Rowing, Golf, Swimming) that starts in the Theatre

6:45-7:30pm     Grade 8 Student/Parent Info Session (Theatre) 

    Grade 9-11 Student/Parent Info Session (Big Gym)

7:45-8:05pm     Specialty Program Discussion:                    

PEP (Learning Commons);  FOFA (Theatre);  IGS (Room 264)

8:10-8:30pm     Specialty Program Discussion REPEATED: 

PEP (Learning Commons);  FOFA (Theatre);  IGS (Room 264) to allow parents/students to attend up to 2 specialty program sessions )


** Note: if families have any downtime in between sessions, they are encouraged to meet & check in with members of our teaching staff who will be stationed in their regular teaching classrooms. **These meetings are designed to connect and learn about course overviews/expectations (as opposed to discussing individual student learning needs). Student-specific discussions can take place at the Parent/Teacher Conferences on April 25th.


Peer Tutoring

Work with a Peer Tutor and keep up with your work this semester!  See Mrs. Wadsworth in the Learning Commons for more information.


Regional South Island 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. See Mr. Bussoli in the Career Centre (Room 217) if you are interested in competing.



Valentine’s Music Café – Feb.14

Claremont's Valentine’s Music Cafe is THIS WEDNESDAY Feb 14 @ 7pm in the Learning Commons. Buy your tickets every day at lunch at the theatre box office to enjoy an evening of fun music, refreshments and silent auction treasures. Come support our very talented students! Tickets are $15.



Track & Field

If you are interested in joining the track and field team at Claremont this year, please come to a meeting TODAY at the start of lunch in room 321.


Girls Soccer Tryouts

Junior girls – next tryouts are TOMORROW (TUESDAY) Feb 13.  See Mr. Reisig if you have a conflict.

Senior girls – tryouts are TOMORROW (TUESDAY) Feb 13 and THURSDAY Feb 15.  Please see Ms Yager if you have a conflict.



If you are interested in playing badminton, the next drop-in session is THIS WEDNESDAY from 5.15-6.45pm in the big gym!  PE strip is mandatory and please bring your own racket, if you have one.


Indoor Soccer: Spartan Soccer Showdown

Are you interesting in playing indoor soccer and meeting new people? Then, the Leadership students who are running the "Spartan Soccer Showdown" want you to sign up. You will see the QR codes on posters around the school and the link has also been posted on the Claremont Instagram. Please see Mr. Dunlop if you have any questions.


NEW - Lacrosse – Bottle Drive – Feb.17

The Lacrosse programs will be running a bottle drive THIS SATURDAY Feb.17, 9:00-1:00 in the bus loop at the front of the school.  This is a great opportunity to get rid of your returnables, while supporting our lacrosse athletes.



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¬ GRAD 2024

Grad Fundraiser – Easter Chocolate

Who likes chocolate?? The grad class of 2024 is fundraising for grad events with a Purdy’s Chocolates campaign.  Place your Purdy’s Chocolates order by February 27, 2024. Use Account Code 73963. The LINK to the flyer and order form is HERE.  For more information, please contact Kendra using the email address noted on the flyer. Thank you for your support!



Volunteer Opportunity – Running PowerPoint

Cordova Bay United Church (next door to Claremont) is looking for 1-2 student volunteers to run the PowerPoints and to livestream, during the church services. This would be a great way to earn your volunteer hours for grad.  Please see Mrs. Watson in the Career Centre (Room 217), or email her for more info:


Camosun College – Feb. 13

A student recruitment rep from Camosun College will be visiting Claremont TOMORROW (TUESDAY) at lunch time in the Career Centre (Room 217). The info session will cover applications, programs, and student life at Camosun... Don't miss it!


Camosun Student Service Fair – Feb. 13

Camosun is hosting a Student Service Fair at the Interurban Campus TOMORROW (TUESDAY) from 5pm-7pm. This is a great chance to explore the range of services available and partake in some mini-tours of the facilities. Registration isn't required - just show up!


Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization (PEMO) – March Field Trip Alert!

PEMO is hosting an open house at the Sidney Fire Hall in March. Date is still to be determined, but it will be a day of learning what life is like working in emergency response and what career and volunteer opportunities are available. If you're interested, sign up in the Career Centre (Room 217). More info to come; stay tuned!



Planning for New PAC Exec

As we plan ahead - the AGM to vote for the new CPAC Exec for the 2024/25 school year will take place in May. This year we have 3 Exec members leaving with students in grade 12 graduating. We have begun our recruitment early!


See the link below for the CPAC Constitution which details high-level the different roles. Please reach out to if you’re interested. The team is open to discussing any details to help fulfill these roles. Please note that the time commitment is significantly less vs. Elementary or Middle School PACS, which will help with parent busy schedules.


Nominees needed:

President/2 Co-Presidents


Treasurer - key role we need to recruit



CPAC Lead Event Planner (Winter Holidays Staff Event & End of Year Staff Appreciation) with additional support from parent volunteers

Members at Large

All roles are open, as some existing Exec members may consider other roles/or become Members at Large.


We look forward to hearing from you! Please share with any parents in your network with new students entering Gr. 9 at Claremont.


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.