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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year at Ruth King Elementary School!  We are looking forward to another exciting year filled with learning and adventure.  My first year here at Ruth King Elementary School was a great learning experience for me.  The staff, students and families were all very welcoming.  I am looking forward to another successful year and I am hopeful that your children will learn and thrive along with their peers.

Reminders for Parents:

–          Students will be returning to their teachers/classrooms from last year.  Please let your child know this and check the bulletin board in the front foyer.   If your child’s teacher is no longer here, go to their old classroom and someone will direct them to the correct place.

–          New students: please report to the office and we will direct you to the library where Mr. Dranchuk will help you find your classroom and temporary teacher for the first few days.

–          There will be an EARLY DISSMISSAL at 11:23am on Tuesday, September 3rd

–          Final Classroom placements should be announced hopefully by Friday, September 6th at the latest.

–          LUNCH PROGRAM begins on Monday, September 9th

–          AFTER SCHOOL CARE starts on Monday, September 9th

–          BEFORE SCHOOL CARE starts on Tuesday, September 3rd

–          Kindergarten students start on Friday, September 6th with a gradual entry throughout the next week.

–          Please bring school supplies on Friday, September 6th once your child knows who their new teacher will be.

 

Bell Schedule

I would like to point out that the school day has changed slightly from last year.  Here is the bell schedule which we will be following:

  • First Bell 8:25am and classes begin at 8:30am
  • Last Bell 2:23pm and classes are dismissed
  • Recess is from 10:20am to 10:35am***
  • Lunch is from 11:55pm to 12:40pm (bell rings at 12:35pm to line up)

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school.

Sincerely,

Ms. Vicki Ives

Principal

Ruth King Elementary School

Office Ph #250-478-8368

Email: vives@sd62.bc.ca

 
 

It is the last week of school for the year and I would just like to say that I have had an amazing year getting to know many families and friends here at Ruth King.  We have a few more events this week which are listed below.  Have a fantastic summer everyone and we will see you all again in the fall.  School will start up again on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Best wishes to all our grade 5 students who will be heading off to Middle School.  Happy Summer Holidays!

Monday – June 24 ·       Div 1, 8 and 9– field trip to Carlow Park
Tuesday – June 25

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       Subway lunch for those who have ordered

·       Kindergarten Celebration at School – Div. 11, 12, 13

·       Parent/Volunteer Appreciation Tea 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Library.  (childcare in the TLC room)

Wednesday – June 26 ·       Fun Day at Ruth King – sprinklers will be on in the afternoon from 1:15 to 1:45pm (Bring your bathing suits). Hot dog lunch provided by the PAC
Thursday – June 27

·       Farewell Assembly and Slide Show 9:00am in the gym

·       Grade 5 Celebration 9:00 to noon

·       Report Cards are sent home today at the end of the day.

Friday – June 28

·       NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS  –  Happy Summer Holidays Everyone!

·       School will be open in case your child forgets something at school.

Notices and Reminders:

Special Thank-you to Superstore Staff for their generous donation of a picnic table.  Check it out in the foyer of the school.  Their staff have also been donating food for our breakfast program all year long.     Hych’ka, so appreciative of their generosity.

Notice

Gordon United Church has undertaken a new community outreach program.  Each Sunday we pick up Cob’s Bakery day-old bread and baked goods.  Strict handling guidelines are followed in the process.  The baked goods are packaged and put on a table in front of the church at 935 Goldstream Ave. on Sunday mornings.  The items will be available by 10:15am, through to 11:30 or so.

Looking for gently used books – If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going!

Lost and Found Items

Please come and check out the Lost and Found for items your child may have lost. Anything left in there after Friday, June 28th will be taken to the Thrift Store.  Thank you for your help with this.

 FUN DAY – Wednesday Bring your Bathing suit and towel for the sprinklers in the afternoon. LIBRARY BOOKS need to be RETURNED – please look in your house for Ruth King library books.  Return them as soon as possible.  Thank you

Ruth King Staff who will be leaving us this year.  We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Mr. Ryan Shrieves                    Ms. Heidi Nielson

Mr. Ross Banister                     Ms. Meghan Niessen

Mr. James Walts                       Ms. Lareen Buckley

Mr. Paul Burchard                    Ms. Leigh Woodruff

Ms. Christy Chia                       Ms. Maria Soares

Ms. Jennifer Hunt                     Ms. Judy Szirmay

Ms. Kristen Spicker                   Ms. Marilyn Jane

Ms. Yra Binstead

 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

 Happy Father’s Day!  There are just 9 days of school left for this year.  It has been an exciting year for me and I look forward to another one here at Ruth King.  Georgie Walker will be our Vice Principal again next year and I will continue as Principal for the 2019-2020 school year.  There will be some staffing changes over the summer but will let you all know in the fall who our new staff members will be.  Thank you to all those who came out to the PAC meeting and volunteered your services on the executive and as members at large.  Without the parents on board, our school would not be the same.  Thank you for working together to create a positive place to work and teach your children.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a little bit of sun.

This Week:

Monday – June 17 ·       Morning Meeting in the Gym 8:45am
Tuesday – June 18

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       Subway lunch for those who have ordered

·       Div 3 & 4 – field trip to Carlow Park

Wednesday – June 19 ·       Beach Day at Witty’s Lagoon 9:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday – June 20 ·       Indigenous Day Celebration at Ruth King 8:45am to 2:00pm
Friday – June 21

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Grade 5 field trip to Camp Thunderbird

·       Outdoor Play/ Carlow Park – 11:00am – 1:45pm (Div. 11,12,13)

Notices and Reminders:

LIBRARY BOOKS need to be RETURNED – please look in your house for Ruth King library books.  Return them as soon as possible.  Thank you

 

Beach Day – please make sure to sign the permission slip that was sent home last week.  If you would like to join us for beach day, please meet us at Witty’s Lagoon.  We will be walking to the beach from the parking lot.
Looking for gently used books – If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going! Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447

Student #’s for Ruth King Sept. 2019

As June is upon us, we ask that families who know they will be moving or changing schools for September2019, to let the office know as soon as possible. We appreciate this as it allows us to estimate numbers of students for next year. Thank you for your help with this.

 

 
 

June is already upon us and the weather has been amazing!  Thank you to the PAC members who organized the “Fun Fair” for the entire school and for those of you who volunteered your time to make this event so special.  The students looked like they had a wonderful time and took home some yummy treats and fabulous prizes.  A big shout out to those who made donations and attended to support this fundraising event.  It takes a community to raise a child…  Well done everyone!

Monday – June 3

·       Monday Morning Assembly 8:45am in the gym for the whole school

·       Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

·       Sound System Workshop – Div 2 @ 11:00am

Tuesday – June 4

·       Div 5&6 – field trip bowling 9:45 to 11:15am

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       Subway lunch for those who have ordered

·       Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation – 8:30am to 11:55am in the gym, classrooms and library

·       Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

Wednesday – June 5

·       Div 12 – field trip to M’akola Centre

·       Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

·        Staff Appreciation Lunch – sponsored by PAC (Hych’ka or HÍSW̱ḴE  Kleco Kleco or ƛ̓ekoo ƛ̓ekoo!)

·       Sound System Workshop – Div 4 @ 1:15pm

Thursday – June 6

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Div 11 – field trip to M’akola Centre

·       Paddle Boarding – it’s not too late, sign up online to register your child ($15.75 each for a 50 minute lesson) – call the school if you need more information.

·       Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

Friday – June7

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Div 13 – field trip to Aria Senior Centre 10:30 to 11:45am

·       Track & Field Day – Grade 3 to 6 students involved (Bus leaves at 9:00am)

Notices and Reminders:

Student #’s for Ruth King Sept. 2019

As June is already here, we ask that families who know they will be moving or changing schools for September 2019, let the office know as soon as possible. We appreciate this as it allows us to estimate numbers of students for next year. Ruth King is growing and will will be adding a division next year.  Thank you for your help with this.

 

Looking to Declutter?          We are looking for gently used books – If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going! TOYS AT SCHOOL         Please remind students not to bring their own toys or sports equipment to school.  We have plenty of things for the students to do at school, and unfortunately their own toys/balls etc. tend to cause issues in the classroom and on the playground.  Thank you for monitoring what your child puts in their backpack.
2019 – 2020 School Calendars are attached to this email.  The only change to the school day will be the recess time.  Next year it will be from 10:20am to 10:35am. All other times and bells will remain the same.

 
 

 

Monday – May 27

·        Singing and Drumming with Brother Rick & Bernice (during PE classes)

·        Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

·        Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

Tuesday – May 28

·        Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·        School Board Meeting 7:00pm

·        Subway lunch for those who have ordered

·        Paddle Boarding – Moderate Risk field trip meeting for parents of paddle boarders                  4:30pm to 5:00pm

Wednesday – May 29

·        Singing and Drumming with Brother Rick & Bernice (during PE classes)

·        Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

·        Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

Thursday – May 30

·        Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·        Fun Fair – 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Friday – May 31

·        Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·        Crazy Sock Day – wear your craziest socks

Reminders:

Volunteers Needed for FUN FAIR on Thursday, MAY 30th

Please call the school and talk to Ms. Ives to sign up.     250-478-8368

Or on the Ruth King PAC Facebook Page

TOYS AT SCHOOL         Please remind students not to bring their own toys or sports equipment to school.  We have plenty of things for the students to do at school, and unfortunately their own toys/balls etc. tend to cause issues in the classroom and on the playground.  Thank you for monitoring what your child puts in their backpacks. Paddle Boarding will once again be happening this year with instructors Mark Kaercher and Brian Raymer.  This event will be taking place on June 6th at Thetis Lake after school hours.  A special paddle boarding meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 28th  @ 4:30pm for those interested in signing your child up. PARENTS MUST ATTEND MEETING
Looking for gently used books – If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going! Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447

Student #’s for Ruth King Sept. 2019

As June is quickly approaching, we ask that families who know they will be moving or changing schools for September2019, to let the office know as soon as possible. We appreciate this as it allows us to estimate numbers of students for next year. Thank you for your help with this.

 

 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend.  The countdown is on for the end of the school year.  Many activities are being planned for your child at school, so please check your calendars and newsletters to make sure your children come to school prepared for the specific events that are happening. Have a great week everyone!

Monday – May 20 ·       Victoria Day Holiday – no school
Tuesday – May21

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       Subway Lunch this week for those who ordered.

·       Science Venture Workshops for all classes. Thanks to the PAC for supporting this learning opportunity for students!

Wednesday – May 22

·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

·       Track & Field practise @ 12:10pm

·       Parent meeting for grade 5 students going to Camp Thunderbird 3:30-4:00pm

Thursday – May 23

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Outdoor Classroom Day for some Divisions

Friday – May 24

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Pizza Day – PAC sponsored

Reminders:

Volunteers Needed for FUN FAIR on Thursday, MAY 30th

Please call the school and talk to Ms. Ives to sign up.     250-478-8368

Or on the Ruth King PAC Facebook Page

TOYS AT SCHOOL         Please remind students not to bring their own toys or sports equipment to school.  We have plenty of things for the students to do at school, and unfortunately their own toys/balls etc. tend to cause issues in the classroom and on the playground.  Thank you for monitoring what your child puts in their backpacks. Paddle Boarding will once again be happening this year with instructors Mark Kaercher and Brian Raymer.  This event will be taking place on June 6th at Thetis Lake after school hours.  A special paddle boarding meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 28th  @ 4:30pm for those interested in signing your child up. PARENTS MUST ATTEND MEETING
Looking for gently used books – If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going! Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447

Student #’s for Ruth King Sept. 2019

As June is quickly approaching, we ask that families who know they will be moving or changing schools for September2019, to let the office know as soon as possible. We appreciate this as it allows us to estimate numbers of students for next year. Thank you for your help with this.

 

 

 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend!  The sun was shining and the rain stayed away.  We have a busy week coming up so try to get those kiddo’s in bed on time so that they are “ready to learn.”

Monday – May 13

·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

·       Singing and Drumming with Brother Rick & Bernice (during PE classes)

Tuesday – May14

·       Singing and Drumming with Brother Rick & Bernice (during PE classes)

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       Subway Lunch this week for those who ordered.

·       Division 4 &12 (Dranchuk/Chia/Hunt & Stephenson) field trip to Goldstream Park to release the salmon (9:00 to 12:00)

·       PAC meeting @ 6:30pm in the library

Wednesday – May 15 ·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)
Thursday – May 16

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Division 8 & 9 (Walker & Grimwood) field trip to Sidney Aquarium

·       Track & Field Run Off – Grade 3/4/5 in the PM

Friday – May 17

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Division 1 & 12 (van der Leeden & Stephenson) field trip to Carlow Park

Reminders:

Please call the school to update your contact information if you have a new phone number or email address.  Thank you!

SLIME RECIPES – We are asking families to be aware of how their children are making slime and please be sure they are not using borax. There are many ways to make slime without borax and recipes can be found at

https://www.funwithmama.com/make-slime-without-borax/

If you are able to, please send in children’s books in good condition for our book rack in the foyer. Students check this regularly to ‘bring a book/take a book’ and having fresh titles helps keep it going!
 
The PAC is asking for gently used smaller toy donations for the Fun Fair. A donation bin is set up outside the office. Also if any families have a home business or work for a company that have anything they’d like to donate for the “Loonie/Twoonie” auction they can email  ruthkingpac@gmail.com. Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447 TOYS AT SCHOOL         Please remind students not to bring their own toys to school.  We have plenty of things for the students to do at school, and unfortunately their own toys tend to cause issues in the classroom and on the playground.  Thank you for monitoring what your child puts in their backpacks.

 

 
 

Fun Fair Poster_May 30 2019

 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

Big shout out to Ms. Hesse and the Jump Rope for Heart volunteers.  The students and staff all had a great time on Friday! Please ensure all fundraising is returned to school. Thank you!

As the year is winding down, we are already starting to get ready for next year.  If you know that you will be moving and therefore leaving Ruth King, would you kindly let the office know so that we can start planning appropriately for our next year’s classes.  We already have 56 kindergarten students registered for next year, so Ruth King is growing along with the entire Sooke School District.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday – May 6

·       Monday, Morning Meeting in the gym for all classes. (8:40am)

·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

Tuesday – May 7

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       Subway Lunch this week for those who ordered.

·       Girls Soccer Jamboree @Royal Bay

Wednesday – May 8

·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

·       Boys Soccer Jamboree @ Royal Bay

  • Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team to visit Ruth King: workshop with intermediate students 1-2pm
Thursday – May 9

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       School and Class Photos will be taken today

Friday – May 10 ·       Professional Development Day – no school for students

Reminders:

TOYS AT SCHOOL         Please remind students not to bring their own toys to school.  We have plenty of things for the students to do at school, and unfortunately their own toys tend to cause issues in the classroom and on the playground.  Thank you for monitoring what your child puts in their backpacks. Read to or with your children every night before bed.  It is a great way to relax and wind down from a busy day.

Volunteers Needed for the PAC FUN FAIR!  Please contact them through the Facebook page.

Ruth King Elementary School PAC

 
The PAC is asking for gently used smaller toy donations for the Fun Fair. A donation bin is set up outside the office. Also if any families have a home business or work for a company that have anything they’d like to donate for the “Loonie/Twoonie” auction they can email  ruthkingpac@gmail.com. Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447  

 

 

 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians, 

Spring is definitely in the air!  Have you seen those cherry blossoms?  So beautiful, but hopefully you are not allergic to them.  It was literally raining cherry blossoms this past week.  Congratulations to all the cross-country runners who went out to run at Juan de Fuca on Wednesday after school.  Great job everyone! 

The School Board has announced the Principal and Vice Principal positions for next year in the Sooke School District.  I will be continuing as Principal of Ruth King and Ms. Georgette Walker will be our Vice Principal.   Ms. Walker was the Acting Vice Principal for this past year, as our previous VP, Ms. Jeannie DeBoice, was working at the Board Office in the Curriculum Department.  Jeannie will not be returning to Ruth King next year and therefore Ms. Walker is officially Ruth King’s Vice Principal.  Congratulations Ms. Walker! 

Have a great week everyone!

Monday – April 29

 

·       Aboriginal Singing, Drumming and Dancing with Brother Rick and Bernice

·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

Tuesday – April 30

·       Aboriginal Singing, Drumming and Dancing with Brother Rick and Bernice

·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com

·       NO Subway Lunch this week.  Subway orders will resume next week.

·       Girls Soccer Game vs Crystal View @ RK

Wednesday – May 1

·       Running Club @ 12:10pm in the gym (Grade 3,4,5)

·       Boys Soccer Game vs Millstream @ RK

Thursday – May 2

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Girls Soccer Game vs Millstream @ Millstream

Friday – May 3

·       Boot Camp (am) – in the gym

·       Jump Rope for Heart Event 12:45pm to 2:10pm

Reminders:

TOYS AT SCHOOL         Please remind students not to bring their own toys to school.  We have plenty of things for the students to do at school, and unfortunately their own toys tend to cause issues in the classroom and on the playground.  Thank you for monitoring what your child puts in their backpacks. Read to or with your children every night before bed.  It is a great way to relax and wind down from a busy day.

Volunteers Needed for the PAC FUN FAIR!  Please contact them through the Facebook page.

Ruth King Elementary School PAC

 
The PAC is asking for gently used smaller toy donations for the Fun Fair. A donation bin is set up outside the office. Also if any families have a home business or work for a company that have anything they’d like to donate for the “Loonie/Twoonie” auction they can email  ruthkingpac@gmail.com. Attendance at school is important to us.  Please try to have your children at school on time and ready for school.  If your child is late, please remember to sign them in at the office before heading to class.  If your child is going to be away, please call the safe arrivals phone line: 250-478-1447 Fun Fair will have a new event:  “Loonie/Twoonie Auction”. If you have any empty coffee cans, please bring them to the school.  Ms. Ives will collect them.

 

 
 

PACE Musical Theatre Presentation