Dates to keep in mind:
- Oct 9- Thanksgiving Day (school is closed)
- Oct 12- PAC meeting at 7:00PM @ USS Band Room
- Oct 20- Pro D Day (school is closed)
- Oct 24- School Photo day
Orange Shirt Day - hišukʷin hašaḥ (we are all valuable, precious)
As a school we participated in our first Orange Shirt Day on Sep 29th.
We would like to thank Jason Sam, our Nuu-chah-nulth Education worker, and Sarah Hagar, our SD70 First Nations Resource teacher, for taking the lead on organizing t-shirts for the entire staff and for working with students in creating a very meaningful school-wide presentation with the help of Tim Masso and the grade 9 Social Studies class.
A special thanks to Dr. Bernice Touchie for sharing with us and teaching us how to say hišukʷin hašaḥ which can be translated as "we are all valuable, precious". This was the message of the day and the statement written on all our t-shirts.
Thank you to Natalia Nybida and Tim Masso, two USS students, who stood up in front of their peers to share in their own ways why it is important for all of us to learn about and understand the history of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government policy on First Nations.
Thank you to Chris Seitcher for providing support for students and staff during and after the presentation.
It was a day for all of us to spend some time remembering our country's history and hearing messages of hope for the future.
From left to right: Natalia Nybida, Sarah Hagar, Dr. Bernice Touchie, Tim Masso, Jason Sam
We are at the halfway point of the first term and teachers have been preparing interim reports to be mailed or emailed home next week.
If you have a student in grade 8 you will receive reports from all your child's teachers in one envelope via Canada Post.
If you have a student in grade 9-12 you will only receive reports if there are any concerns with their progress in particular subjects. Most of these will come to you through email.
Teacher email addresses:
Just in case you need to contact one of us directly:
Wade Appenheimer firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique Copeland email@example.com
Alexa Klimke firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Ludy -call the front office for contact at 250-726-7796
Dave McPherson email@example.com
Shannon McWhinney firstname.lastname@example.org
John Millar email@example.com
Kevin Nixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Perkins email@example.com
Mike Rhodes- Vice-Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Sedgwick- Principal email@example.com
Chris Sylvester firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Thompson- Counsellor email@example.com
The PAC will host their first meeting of the year here at the USS Band Room on Thursday, Oct 12th starting at 7:00pm. All parents are welcom
Thursday, Oct 12th at the USS Band Room from 7-9PM.
Have you bought your raffle tickets yet? The USS Athletics program have their Annual 'Coastal Gourmet' raffle draw coming up. The draw date is Oct 30th. The prize is amazing!- over $1250 worth of dining gift certificates from some of Tofino and Ucluelet's premier restaurants. Find a USS athlete or contact us at the school if you want to get tickets.
Photo Day- Oct 24th:
Oct 24th will be our school photo day. Envelopes are available at the main office now. We will remind students to bring these home the week before the actual day.
Please remember to make cheques payable to Lifetouch or send exact change if sending cash. The students will give their sealed envelopes and payment directly to the photographer on the day of the photos.
You can also order online at www.mylifetouch.ca with our picture day ID: QO067465Q0
After School or Lunch Time Activities This Month:
Art Club- Thursdays
Ms. McWhinney has had the Art Room open on Thursdays after school for any students wanting to work on art projects. Students from any grade can participate in this club. You don't have to be in an art class to participate in this activity.
This season is in full swing. The boys team is in Nanaimo this weekend and both the girls and boys teams have played in tournaments already.
This team has been practicing with Mike Rhodes and have already been to one meet.
Chris Sylvester has been supervising any students interested in playing basketball after school when the volleyball players are not using the gym. All grades are welcome to participate. The basketball teams will get down to serious practicing in a month or so.
All students are welcome to be part of our schools Student Union. The students meet once a week to plan events for the student body such as theme days, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and school dances. Students need to listen to the announcements to hear about meetings times.
Jason Sam is offering a supervised location at the school afterschool on days the late bus runs. Students can meet him in Room 129. Snacks are provided.
Here is this month's lunch menu- all meals include a beverage, fruit, and a snack like yoghurt, homemade cookie or muffin.
2 MONDAY--------PEPPERONI PIZZA SUB
3 TUESDAY--------CHICKEN CAESAR WRAP
4 WEDNESDAY----SAUSAGES AND MASH POTATOES
5 THURSDAY-------TUNA SANDWICH
6 FRIDAY------------TURKEY NOODLE SOUP
9 MONDAY---------THANKSGIVING DAY
10 TUESDAY--------BEEF BURGER
12 THURSDAY-----CHEESE QUESIDILLA
13 FRIDAY----------HAM VEGETABLE SOUP
16 MONDAY--------SPAGHETTI/MEAT SAUCE
17 TUESDAY--------CHEESE PIZZA SUB
18 WEDNESDAY---CHICKEN FINGERS
19 THURSDAY------TURKEY/CHEESE/CUCUMBER BUNWICH
20 FRIDAY-----------PRO DAY
23 MONDAY--------CHICKEN BURGER
24 TUESDAY---------GRILLED CHEESE
25 WEDNESDAY----CHICKEN FRIED RICE
26 THURSDAY------TURKEY SWISS BUNWICH
27 FRIDAY----------- HAMBURGER SOUP
30 MONDAY--------CHICKEN FINGERS
31 TUESDAY--------HAM/CHEESE SANDWICH
Enjoy your long weekend!