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Looks like fall has finally hit!  Just a reminder that the children will be outside playing in most types of weather, as long as it is safe.  When it’s raining or snowing, please send your child to school in a weather-proof coat and shoes or boots.

-The Scholastic Book Fair (English) has been taking place all this week and will be running until tomorrow, October 19th.  Reminder that the book fair will be open tomorrow before school, at lunch, and at the beginning of the dance.

-The PAC Halloween Dance takes place tomorrow, Thursday, October 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Snacks will be available to purchase at the Canteen.  École John Stubbs students FREE. Adults $3, Children $2, Family’s $8.

    -The Lifetouch picture order deadline has been postponed until Thursday, October 25th.  Please have your orders in by that date.  Retakes will take place on Tuesday, November 7th.
    -Friday, October 20th is a Non Instructional Day, school is not in session.


Thank you to all families that have taken the time to complete the online consents for your students. We are almost there but have a ways to go until we have all students in the school with approval.

It is crucial that consents are given by parents or students will not be able to participate in school activities such as walking fieldtrips to Royal Roads property, computer class time and other planned activities. If you are having difficulty completing this online please do not contact the teacher but rather contact the office. The office is happy to help as it may be an I.T. problem that needs to be directed to the School Board Office.

This is a quick online activity that requires a few minutes of your time. We appreciate all that you do as busy parents.

Please go to the online consent portal using the email we use to send you school messages.  https://consent.sd62.bc.ca

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Topics: Adolescent Development, Technology, Boundaries, Communication, Family Values, among others

Thursday Mornings, 9:30am-11:30am

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This week at John Stubbs:

Wednesday, October 11th – PAC Meeting 6:30pm in the Learning Commons.

Monday, October 16th – Thursday, October 19th – Scholastic Book Fair (English) – Room 2222, times t.b.a.

Thursday, October 19th – PAC Halloween Dance 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Friday, October 20th – Non Instructional Day – school is not in session.




Please be aware, there are staff and students in our district who have life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis) to different allergens.

It is expected that school district staff, parents, and students will take responsibilities and practical steps to establish an “allergy aware” environment which minimizes the risk of potential anaphylaxis.  Please support our efforts to make this district as safe as possible.


Just a few housekeeping items:

  • We’ve had great weather so far, but it will be changing eventually.  Here at John Stubbs, we believe children need to be able to play outside in the fresh air, no matter the weather (but NOT in terrible storms or torrential rain, of course!).  When it’s raining or snowing, please send your child to school in a weather-proof coat and shoes or boots. They will be playing outside as much as possible because they need it!
  • After school arrangements should be made prior to the start of school, not during school hours.  We understand that situations arise during the day where you will need to get a message to your student.  We ask that you please try to contact our office before 2pm so that we have ample time to contact the teacher and relay the message.
  • If you need to sign your child out before dismissal, please come in to the office to sign them out.  It is important that we follow district procedure with sign outs so that we know where your child is in case of an emergency.  It is not necessary that you call the office to let us know you will be picking them up.  You can either write a note in your child’s agenda so the teacher knows to have them at the office at a certain time, or we will call your child down when you come to sign them out.

This week at John Stubbs:

Friday, October 6 – PAC Hot Lunch

Monday, October 9 – Thanksgiving Day – school is not in session.

Tuesday, October 10 – Popcorn for Peeps

Wednesday, October 11 – PAC Meeting

Thursday, October 12-19 – Scholastic Book Fair, times t.b.a.






Indigo’s Adopt a School program is up and running. Please visit https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1538 to make a donation, submit a story or vote for your favourite story.

If everyone votes for the following story, https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/stories/view/3395#.WcvoCzw2kJU posted by a John Stubbs parent, we have a very good chance of winning hundreds of dollars worth of books for the school.  This program runs until Oct. 8th.


Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.



Meet the Teacher night is Thursday September 21st.  Join us for a corn roast sponsored by our PAC from 5:30p.m.-6:00.m. Meet the teachers in their classrooms, anytime between 6:00p.m.-6:30p.m. At 6:30p.m. meet in the  Middle School gym for a short hello from Sandra Szalipszki (Principal) and Jennifer Gibson (Vice Principal). We look forward to seeing you!



Ocros countryur district is rapidly growing and there is concern for the safety of our runners at the cross country races at Juan de Fuca. To accommodate the growing numbers, cross country will now include students from Grades 2-5. At John Stubbs, we invite any Grade 1 students interested in running to attend practices and train with the team, but not attend the races.

Elementary Cross Country will have a sign up meeting today, Friday, September 15, at first recess in the elementary gym, for all students in grades 2-5 who are interested in joining the team.  If your child isn’t able to attend the sign up then they must go to the first practice at first recess on Tuesday, September 19th.  If they don’t attend either of those times they will not be able to be on the cross country team.

Practices are at first recess, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, on the top field.  Race days will be Wednesday, September 27th and Wednesday, October 4th, at the bottom field at JDF.  Permission forms will be going home on Tuesday.




As we get ready for another exciting year at school, it is also time to get the Hot Lunch Program up and running. Once again, all orders are placed on line to ensure accuracy with the orders and to make the process as easy for everyone as possible. Please remember, this is the PAC’s major source of fundraising for the year. The program is run by a terrific team of volunteers providing a treat for kids and a break for parents every Friday of the school year.

Here’s how to get started:

Click on “Click Here to Register”
 Enter Access Code JSPAC2017
 Complete the rest of the registration form. (Including your email address which will ensure you receive reminder emails about hot lunch order deadlines and your child’s hot lunch order for the upcoming week)
 Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom
 Follow the instructions to add each child in your family who attends EJSMS
 Once your child(ren) are registered, click on “Orders”
 Proceed to order hot lunch for your child(ren)

Order and Payment Deadline:

  •  Menus for September January are available now.
  •  February June menus will be available in late November.
  •  Orders and payments for the entire month are due by midnight on the Thursday EIGHT days prior to first hot lunch service of the month.
  •  Changes and cancellations to orders will be accepted up until midnight on the Thursday, eight days prior to the delivery date.
  •  If you place an order, we expect you would like your child to be fed that meal. Please pay the outstanding balance immediately so our volunteers don’t have to chase folks down for payment. We don’t like to  see kids go hungry. Emergency lunches are available; however, most kids are pretty sad when they get a cheese sandwich rather than the pizza and Booster Juice they had expected.
  • Should you require financial assistance with hot lunches, please contact a school administrator or counsellor.

Payment Method:
The preferred method of payment is through PayPal.
Cheques payable to John Stubbs PAC may also be dropped off at the main office. Cash payments will not be accepted.

**Please Note: Should you experience any issues with your PayPal account, you must contact PayPal directly to solve the issue.

Hot Lunch Delivery:

-Hot lunches will be delivered to elementary classrooms.

-Middle school students pick up their lunches from the canteen in the middle school foyer.

Questions: Please use the HELP tab on the hot lunches webpage to submit your question.

Menu date (Fridays) Menu Order and payment deadline (due by midnight)*
September 29 Hot Dogs & Booster Juice Thursday, Sept. 21
October 6 Subway & Booster Juice Thursday, Sept. 28
October 13 Pizza & Booster Juice Thursday, Sept. 28
October 20 Professional Development Day n/a
October 27 Chicken Caesar Wraps etc Thursday, Sept. 28
November 3 Samosas & Booster Juice Thursday, Oct. 23
November 10 Dad’s Homemade Lunches etc… Thursday, Oct. 23
November 17 Hot Dogs & Booster Juice Thursday, Oct. 23
November 24 Professional Development Day n/a
December 1 Sushi & Booster Juice Thursday, Nov. 23
December 8 Subway & Booster Juice Thursday, Nov. 23
December 15 Hot Dogs & Booster Juice Thursday, Nov. 23
December 22 Pizza & Booster Juice Thursday, Nov. 23
January 12 Dad’s Homemade Lunches etc… Thursday, Jan. 4
January 19 Chicken Caesar Wraps etc Thursday, Jan. 4
January 26 Samosas & Booster Juice Thursday, Jan. 4

*Cancellations must be submitted Thursday at midnight, one week prior to the delivery date using the HELP link. February thru June menus will be available on-line by December 1st.

Questions, suggestions, comments or concerns? Please use the HELP link on the HotLunches page.




Happy-First-Day-of-SchoolSchool will start on Tuesday, September 5th, with a half-day session from 8:40am to 11:48am. Busses will run to this schedule. From Wednesday, September 6th school will follow the full day schedule.

First Day of School

Kindergarten: Kindergarten students do not attend school in the first week of school. Instead, there will be a ‘gradual entry’ so that the children have time to become accustomed to their new school life. Letters regarding gradual entry have been mailed to parents who have registered their child. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Elementary School Students: (grade 1 to 5):

For the first few days of school, returning students will return to their last year’s teacher and classroom. They will stay there until the school board announces that schools can move the students to their new classroom and teacher. All effort is made for this to be done as quickly as possible, usually in the first week of school. When the warning bell rings at 8:40, students should line up in their old classroom line. They should look for their last year’s teacher.

New Students: The warning bell will ring at 8:40. At this time, all new students go to the elementary gym. Once there, they will be brought to their temporary classroom, where they will stay until the school board announces that the schools can move the students to their new classroom and teacher. All effort is made for this to be done as quickly as possible, usually in the first week of school.

Middle School Students:

When the warning bell rings at 8:40, all middle school students should go to the middle school gym. Once there, they should look for their name on the posted class lists and then go stand with their new teacher. There will be a short assembly before the students move on to their new classrooms.

School Supplies – When do we bring them to school?

Grades 1, 2 and 3:  Bring only their pencil case and lunch kit for first week.

Grades 1, 2, and 3: If you have ordered your supplies online and have not picked them up at Staples, (see School Supply List tab), the supplies will be delivered by PAC directly to your new classroom. If you have not, bring all supplies on Monday September 11th.

Grades 4 & 5: Teachers have purchased bulk supplies and parents are asked to pay $50 to cover these costs.  If you have not already paid this fee, payment will be taken at the main office. These supplies will be set up by teaching staff in the classrooms. Bring their pencil case and lunch kit for first week.

Grades 6, 7 and 8: If you have ordered your supplies online (see School Supply List tab), the supplies will be delivered by PAC directly to your new classroom. Bring your pencil case and lunch kit for first two days or until your teachers directs you when to bring in your full supplies.



color-schools-outThis year certainly feels as if it is has flown by, hard to believe that the 2016-2017 school year has come to a close.

We will be sending any unclaimed report cards out in the mail beginning the week of July 10th, unless we hear otherwise from parents.

If you know your student will be away for the start up of school in September it is extremely important that you let the office know.

Summer Office Hours: The school will be open from 8am to 2:30pm from July 4th to July 7th.  The office will re-open on Monday, August 28th and be open from 8am-3:30pm.

School will be back in session on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.  Please check our website at the end of August for first week of school information.

Enjoy your summer, see you in September!