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February 15

Daily News - February 15, 2024


Thursday, February 15, 2024

Tomorrow is a Pro-D day, and Monday is Family Day,.

We hope you all enjoy the extra long weekend ahead.



NEW - Dance Program Clothing

The dance program is doing one last clothing order for the year.  If any past dancers would like to order something, please see Ms. Giordano or Ms. Tresidder next week.


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.


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.



NEW - Valentine’s Music Café

Congratulations to Mrs. English and all students who performed in the Music Café last night!  This was a wonderful and enjoyable evening of music, and highlighted the many talents we have here at Claremont. Bravo!



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.



Math Club

TODAY is the final day to register for the Pascal/Cayley/Fermat math contests.  Sign up on the bulletin board outside room 133 or see Mr Skanks before lunch for details.  Contests run THURSDAY, Feb 29th in block 1.



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¬ GRAD 2024

Grad Fundraiser – Victoria Royals Tickets (March 15 Game)

Help support the 2024 grads with purchasing tickets to the Victoria Royals game on March 15 vs. Prince George (at the Save On Foods Arena). Tickets are $20 each. Please contact Miki Speirs at or Paige Mashford at to get your tickets.


Grad Fundraiser – Easter Chocolate – Deadline Feb.27

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:


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!



February PAC Meeting - Feb 20

A reminder to all Claremont parents that our next CPAC meeting is set for TUESDAY Feb 20th from 7:00-8:00pm (either in person in the Learning Commons or online - using the Microsoft Teams link provided HERE. We will be voting on allocating the remaining ~$10K of PAC funds to programs & initiatives that benefit Claremont students. Thank you to all teachers and Clubs who have submitted over $23K in funding requests! Coffee, tea, & treats will be provided. Hope to see you there!


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.