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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Weekly Communication - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
by Tammy Cowley - Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 3:21 PM


Friday, October 19th

Non-Instructional Day – Students do not attend school.

Saturday, October 20th

Municipal Elections

Sunday, October 21st

Ordering for Hot Lunch Day on Friday, October 26th closes today at 12:00 midnight.

Tuesday, October 23rd

  • Early Dismissal – Students are dismissed from school at 1:48 pm

  • Book Fair – 1:48-5:30 pm (Note:  No before school book times this year.)

  •  No before school book times this year.)

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Early Dismissal – Students are dismissed from school at 1:48 pm

  • Book Fair – 1:48-5:30 pm (Note: No before school book times this year.)

  • Policy 1100 Meeting (Parent Involvement), 7:00 pm at Bayside Middle School Multi-Purpose Room

Thursday, October 25th

  • Early Dismissal – Students are dismissed from school at 1:48 pm

  • Book Fair – 1:48-5:30 pm (Note: No before school book times this year.)

Friday, October 26th

  • Hot Lunch

  • PAC Hoot n Howl (Dance, Dinner, Games, Party), 5:30-8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 31st

Orange and Black Day

Wednesday, November 14th

PAC Guest Speaker: The White Hatter, 7:00-9:00 pm

Friday, November 23rd

Non-Instructional Day – Children do not attend school.


Policy 1100 Meeting (Parent Involvement):  October 24th,  7:00 pm at Bayside Middle School Multi-Purpose Room

Non-Instructional Day - Friday, October 19:  Children do not attend school.

Early Dismissal Days - October 23, 24, 25:  Children are dismissed early from school at 1:48 pm

Scholastic Book Fair:  Come check out the Scholastic Book Fair in the Learning Commons next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week from 1:48-5:30 pm!  Watch out for a flyer with all the details coming home soon.

Earthquake Drill

We will be participating in an earthquake drill on October 22 at 10:00 am.  "Mllions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills over the month of October. We encourage you to review your home safety plans with your children for both earthquake and fire and check fire alarms regularly. Please see below for some helpful tips from Fire Prevention Canada.


Test your smoke alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months. Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget. Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

    • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.

    • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.

    • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.

    • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing. Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.

    • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.

    • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.

    • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.

    • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it. Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.

The Power of Why:  “Do These Glasses Make Me Look Smart?”

Important Reminders....

Parking Reminder:  When parking in back of the school, along the fence, please try to park in front of one of the parking bumpers to ensure that parking spaces are fully utilized.



Hot Lunch - Friday, October 26th:   Ordering is now OPEN through and closes on Sunday, October 21st.  

Hoot n Howl - Friday, October 26, 5:30-8:00 pm:  Come join your Cordova Bay School Community for some Games, Dinner, Dancing and Gooey Gallery Fun at our Halloween Party.  

Ticket Sales ON NOW !!!!! Online at or at Office from Tammy. ($5/person or $20/family).  IMPORTANT:  OCTOBER 21ST DEADLINE FOR ONLINE TICKETS AND CONCESSION SALES.

New: Family Entered Pumpkin Carving Contest!!! (Bring Entry on Oct 26 - during the day or with you to the event - Prizes will be awarded)

Concession Pizza Dinner Pre-sales: Online at (Gluten free and Dairy Free options MUST be pre-bought in order to guarantee quantities)

WE NEED YOUR HELP !!!! Volunteers are essential in making this night a success.  Here are some ways to help out:

PAC Guest Speaker - The White Hatter:   November 14th, 7:00-9:00pm.  The White Hatter (Educates Parents and caregivers on internet safety and digital literacy) Brandon Laur will spend 2 hrs with us discussing Hardware/Software Monitoring Options, Online Slang, Emotional/Psychological/Physical challenges around online content and gaming. Things you can do to protect your child, and much more.  Tickets are free, Seats are limited, please reserve your spot as soon as possible.


Panorama Rec Centre October 19th Pro-D Programs:  See attached PDF for more information.

Western Education Adventures:  Link to fall programs.

Free Minipolo Invite for Elementary Schools Grades 3, 4, 5:  Saanich Water Polo School is pleased to invite any student in Grade 3-4-5 to try the Olympic Sport of Water Polo at Commonwealth Place Sundays this fall 5:30-6:30 in our Minipolo class.  Water Polo creates great swimmers through the fun of a team sport. Minipolo class is held in the teach pool so no special prerequisite skills are required  Try Outs are Free.  See below for more information.

FamilySmart October Programs:

(1) Sleep Tips for Kid's and Teens - Thursday October 18th

Sean Boulet, Occupational Therapist at Ledger House (Island Health), will talk about the importance of sleep for our kids, threats to getting enough sleep, and ways to help them get the sleep they need.

Join other parents to learn strategies to promote sleep and to share in the discussion.

If you have been to any of Sean's talks on Anxiety you won't want to miss this one!

  • Date & Time: Thursday October 18th , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Saanich Neighbourhood Place
  • RSVP:

(2) Social Media and Video Gaming: How it affecting our Kid's

Join us for an informative presentation on social media trends and video gaming concerns.  Shannon Husk from BC Gaming will cover:  What is problematic?  Consequences & opportunities, and Ideas, tips and strategies for home.

  • Date & Time: Monday October 22nd , 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Military Family Resource Centre
  • RSVP:

(3) Managing Screen Time in Children with AD&D

This special event features local speaker Dr. David Erickson, Ph.D.

  • Date & Time: Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Saanich Neighbourhood Place, Pearkes Rec. Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria
  • RSVP: / 1-855-887-8004

South Vancouver Island Mycological Society – Annual Mushroom Show:  Sunday, October 28th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Cordova Bay 55+ Centre, 5238 Cordova Bay Road.  

Trick or Treat at the Parliament Building – October 31st, 3:30-5:00 pm:  Children and families are invited to the Parliament Buildings for a spooky visit and festive treats.  Geared for children 12 and under.