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February 29, 2024

Daily News - February 29, 2024


Thursday, February 29, 2024

Happy Leap Year Day!!



Spartan Wear

Spartan Wear is on sale now!!  If you would like to buy a Claremont Spartan hoodie,     t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, sweat pants, or lanyard, please pick up an order form at the Accounting office.  Orders and payments are due to Ms. Waller in the Accounting office by TUESDAY, March 12th.  All sales are pre-order only, and clothing will arrive at school after Spring Break.


Seniors Students Trip to Seattle

For all senior students who are planning to attend the trip to Seattle: please get your application in by the end of TODAY to Mr. Gardner or Ms. Turnbull.


NEW - PEP 11 Initiative – Awareness Day for Breast Cancer – March 6

A few PEP 11 students are planning a school-wide Breast Cancer Awareness Day on WEDNESDAY March 6th. Anyone who wears pink on March 6 can go to the lounge at lunch and receive candy and be entered into a draw for a chance to win a gift card!


2024-2025 Course Selection Forms

Reminder that completed course selection forms for next year are due back in the office TOMORROW (FRIDAY) March 1. We encourage families to have thoughtful conversations about course choices before making selections.  Please be sure about your choices before submitting your form.

Application Forms for Programs of Choice (Claremont Sports Institute) and Specialty Programs (Pursuit of Excellence, Institute for Global Solutions, Pursuit of Excellence, Linear Dance and Basketball Performance) are available on the Claremont website on the Registration page (click on the Registration Quick Link). Applications for Programs of Choice/Specialty Programs) are also due by THIS FRIDAY March 1 (attached to a Course Selection Form).


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.



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NEW - Girls Soccer

For all girls soccer players: TODAY’s tryout is CANCELLED and is re-scheduled for TUESDAY March 5th after school. See Ms Yager with any questions.



The next tryouts for badminton are TODAY 3:15-5:15pm. PE strip is mandatory!


Track & Field

For all Track & Field athletes: there is a mandatory meeting TODAY at lunch in room 321. You will be given the upcoming meet information, practice dates, and clothing order forms.



NEW – Key Club

For all Key Club members: TODAY's meeting has been postponed to FRIDAY, March 1st. See you then!


Math Club

A lecturer from the University of Waterloo will be coming to Claremont to run a problem-solving workshop on MONDAY March 11th, in block 3.  Everyone is welcome, but please sign up on the list outside room 133 or see Mr. Skanks for details.


Also, the deadline to sign up for the Euclid, Fryer, Galois (GAL-wah) and Hypatia (hi-PAY-sha) contests is next week.  Sign-up sheets are also on the bulletin board outside 133


YCI Club

The YCI Club will be handing out bracelets TODAY at lunch in the student lounge to bring awareness for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. No money needed; just bring your Spartan spirit!


Best Buddies

Best Buddies is starting up again! Best Buddies helps to create friendships between individuals with or without intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our goal is to promote inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. We are looking for kind students who have an interest in spending each MONDAY at lunch having fun, gaining volunteer hours, and making memories. Contact Ms. Gordon-Cooper in room 320 before the end of this week if you would like to participate.



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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.



NEW - Volunteer Opportunity

Remax is holding their 25th annual Easter Egg Hunt supporting BC Children's Hospital!  Volunteers are needed for hiding the eggs, helping the kids find them, crafts, face painting, cupcake decorating, and set-up/take-down.

Location: Elk/Beaver Lake Park (South Shelter, Filter bed location)

Saturday, March 30th - Volunteers are to be at the park at 8:30am - runs until the early afternoon... rain or shine!  See Mrs. Watson in the Career Centre (Room 217) or email her at for more info and to sign up.


Work experience Hours

Important message for Work Experience students: if you want to log work hours over Spring Break, make sure you have met with Mr. Bussoli, and have the required paperwork! Come to the Career Centre (Room 217) for more info.


UVic English and Professional Communications Programs – Info Feb.29

UVic will be visiting Claremont for an info session about their English and Professional Communications Programs TODAY at lunch in the Career Centre (Room 217).  These programs cover essential topics such as writing for business and government sectors, persuasive communication, technical writing, web design, social media, and fashion communication. Additionally, students can explore internships, co-op placements, and practical projects, allowing them to apply their communication skills in real-world scenarios. Don't miss this important information!



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.



Support & Education for Families with Gender Diverse Children.

FamilySmart has a very informative video giving the perspective of a youth, clinicians and parents, called Supporting the Mental Health of Our Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Youth. (47 minutes long)


Tor Broughton - Transgender Youth

Constance Carrière-Prill - Parent of gender diverse children and Gender Diversity advocate.

Dr. Daniel Metzger - Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinologist at BC Children's Hospital.

Melanie Oliveira - Registered Psychologist and Co-founder of Chilliwack Trans Care Committee

Victoria Keddis - Parent of transgender youth and Manager, Facilitator with FamilySmart


YouTube video HERE.


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.