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Hello Parents/Guardians,

This week is “Literacy Week” at Ruth King.  Many activities have been planned and are listed below.  Please remember to send back your child’s READO contest sheets when they are completed for a chance to win a book!  It is also Family Literacy Week in BC.  Here is a link to some resources that you may be interested in ( Literacy Website ). Have a great week everyone!

Monday – January 21

 

·       Basketball practise at 12:10pm in the gym

·       Grade 2’s go to swimming lessons at Juan de Fuca 8:55am-10:30am

·       Literacy Week Kick-off Assembly 12:45pm followed by a school wide read

·       Shannon Husk presentations to primary classes in the AM

Tuesday – January 22

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

·       Skipping in the gym with Ms. Hesse 12:10pm

·       Maple Man French Presentation for grade 5 students in the gym 1:00-2:00pm

Wednesday – January 23

·       Basketball practise at 12:10pm in the gym

·       School Wide Write today

·       Guest Readers: Mr.Kaercher, Ms.Deboice, Ms.Hedley-Smith, Mr.Russell and Ms. Hobbs.

Thursday – January 24

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Leadership Meeting in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom 12:10pm

·       Victoria Grizzlies Junior A Hockey Team visits Ruth King (Pick-up hockey game outside at 10:15am; Team members read with kids from 10:45 to 11:30am)

Friday – January 25

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Pizza Day

·       Basketball practise at 12:10pm

·       Dress up as your Favorite Book Character

·       Author Visit – Nikki Tate (Primary 9:00-10:00am; Intermediate 10:45-11:45am)

Reminders:

  • Please remember to drop off your child on Matson Road rather than Jacklin Road as it is less busy.
  • The hot lunch program is available to everyone. *If you need financial assistance in order for your child/children to participate in this program, please contact the school regarding our payment options.
  • Please avoid sending junk food such as pop, chips, chocolate bars and candy to school. Save those items for special occasions when your children are at home. We sometimes have parties at school too, but for the most part, we are trying to reduce the amount of sugar children eat or drink at school.  Thank you for your attention to this policy.
 
 

Welcome back everyone! Happy New Year Ruth King! It’s hard to believe it is already the middle of January.

I hope you all had an excellent holiday season and are well rested.  The days are starting to get longer already and it is very important that everyone is getting enough sleep.  It is flu season and already we have seen students heading home because of this.  Please remind your children to wash their hands on a regular basis and stay home if you are sick so that we can work together to keep people well.

I would like to welcome a couple of new staff members to Ruth King as we say good bye to Ms. Radsma (Grade 2 and Music/Drama teacher on Fridays).  Best wishes to her as she heads off to have her baby this month.  Taking her place in grade 2 is Ms. Neilsen and for Music/Drama is Mrs. Binstead.

We have recently had a lift installed to the second floor at the staircase closest to the foyer! If you should happen to see the yellow light flashing and hear a beeping sound, that indicates that the lift is in service.  For safety reasons, we ask that you wait until the lights and beeping stops before entering the staircase.

 

Monday – January 14

 

·       Basketball practise at 12:10pm in the gym

·       Grade 2’s go to swimming lessons at Juan de Fuca 8:55am-10:30am

Tuesday – January 15

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

·       Skipping in the gym with Ms. Hesse 12:10pm

Wednesday – January 16

·       Basketball practise at 12:10pm in the gym

·       Grade 5 French Immersion Talk (am)

Thursday – January 17

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Leadership Meeting in Ms. van der Leeden’s classroom 12:10pm

Friday – January 18

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Basketball practise at 12:10pm

Reminders:

  • Please remember to slow down in the school zones and drop off your child on Matson Road rather than Jacklin Road or the staff parking lot as it is incredibly busy in these areas. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
  • The hot lunch program is available to everyone. *If you need financial assistance in order for your child/children to participate in this program, please contact the school regarding our payment options.
  • Please avoid sending junk food such as pop, chips, chocolate bars and candy to school. Save those items for special occasions when your children are at home. We sometimes have parties at school too, but for the most part, we are trying to reduce the amount of sugar children eat or drink at school.
 
 

 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

It’s the last week before our winter break… hard to believe!  There are many field trips planned for this week.  Please make sure you have filled out all the appropriate forms online or in paper copy for these trips.  We will be having a Santa’s Pancake Breakfast on Friday, December 21st.  Thank you to Superstore for all the food donations and the volunteers for Friday.  If anyone has a pancake grill that we could borrow on Friday, that would be greatly appreciated.  Please just email me to let me know or just bring it in.  Thank you in advance.  Have a great week everyone!

Monday – December 17

 

·       Field Trip – Div 6 – Ms.Sidhu 10:15 – 12:40 Craigdarroch Castle

·       Girls and Boys Basketball practise at 12:10pm

Tuesday – December 18

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

·       Field Trip – Div 12 – Mr.Stephenson, Makola Centre

·       Skipping in the gym with Ms. Hesse 12:10pm

Wednesday – December 19 ·       Field Trip – Div 8 – Ms.Walker. Goldstream
Thursday – December 20

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Div 5,11,12,13. Skating 12:00 – 2:00pm

·       Div 1,2,3,4 Commonwealth Pool

Friday – December 21

·       Santa’s Pancake Breakfast 8:30am

·       PJ Day – wear your pyjamas, robes and slippers to school

Reminders:

  • Please come in to check the “Lost & Found” this week. It is all laid out in the foyer at Ruth King.  On Friday, December 21st, all items will be dropped off a Thrift Store as there are way too many items.
  • Please remember to slow down in the school zones and drop off your child on Matson Road rather than Jacklin Road or the staff parking lot as it is incredibly busy in these areas. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
  • The hot lunch program is available to everyone. *If you need financial assistance in order for your child/children to participate in this program, please contact the school regarding our payment options.
  • Please avoid sending junk food such as pop, chips, chocolate bars and candy to school. Save those items for special occasions when your children are at home. We sometimes have parties at school too, but for the most part we are trying to reduce the amount of sugar children eat or drink.
 
 

Hello Parents/Guardians,

Well, it is December already and our Winter Concert is happening this week.  Hopefully all of you who wanted tickets have requested them.  If not, please give the school a call or email the office.  There are still tickets available.  The tickets will be coming home with your child on Tuesday or Wednesday so that you will have them for the concert on Thursday.  Thank you to Ms.Walker for organizing the Movember Fundraiser.  They raised $210.00; good job everyone!   Also, thank you to all the parents who helped with the pizza lunch on Friday.  Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Monday – December 3

 

·       No School for students – Curriculum Implementation Day for Staff
Tuesday – December 4

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

·       Div. 5 to Sooke Regional Museum

Wednesday – December 5 ·       Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal – 10:40pm
Thursday – December 6

·       Winter Concert at 1:00pm and 6:30pm

·       Div. 6 to Goldstream Park

·       Div. 8 to the Legislature

Friday – December 7

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Health Hustle at 1:30pm

Reminders:

  • Please remember to slow down in the school zones and drop off your child on Matson Road rather than Jacklin Road as it is incredibly busy on this street. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
  • Please come in to check the “Lost & Found” on a regular basis as the pile of lost items grows very quickly. It would be really great if you could write your child’s name on their clothing and shoes so it would be easier to return these lost items.
  • The hot lunch program is available to everyone. *If you need financial assistance in order for your child/children to participate in this program, please contact the school regarding our payment options.

COSTUME REQUESTS

Div. 1 & 9  – Van der Leeden & Grimwood – Dark shirt and pants/skirt  (Black/Brown/Dark Grey)                                                 

Div. 2 & 10 & 12  – Banister, Shrieves, Stephenson – Warm Pyjama’s, flannels or sweaters

Div. 3 & 11  – Pinel & Morris – Party dresses and/or more formal attire

Div 4  – Chia/Dranchuk – bright clothing and sunglasses

Div 5 & 13  – Denton & Gronow – white shirt and dark pants

Div 6 & 7 & 8  – Sidhu, Verdel & Walker/Radsma – colourful sweaters and mitts

 
 

It is going to be a short week this week, so let’s try to get in as much learning as possible by making sure your child is getting enough sleep and therefore getting to school on time.  I know that mornings can be difficult for children and sometimes it’s hard to get them moving in the morning, but our best learning is done first thing when our brains are not too tired.  There is a breakfast program in the gym starting at 7:45am, so come have breakfast and play in the gym.

Christmas time is approaching and several businesses and groups of people are approaching the school to see how they can help families at this very expensive time of year.  As you know, I am new to the school and do not know which families could use extra help during this time of year.  If you would like to be put on the list to receive a hamper or other form of assistance, please email me and I will forward your name to the appropriate people who are organizing this.

Monday – November 19

·       Monday Morning Meeting for the whole school – 8:45am

·       Scholastic Book Fair starts today

·       Girls Handball Game @ Ruth King 3:00pm

Tuesday – November 20

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

·       Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday – November 21 ·       Scholastic Book Fair
Thursday – November 22

·       Early Dismissal at 11:23am

·       Parent/Teacher Interviews today

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Scholastic Book Fair

Friday – November 23 ·       Pro D Day – no school for students

 
 

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend with your families.  Thank you to those who attended our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday.  The students did a fantastic job during their performances.  Thank you to those people that were involved.

I was not able to attend the Ruth King Craft Fair this weekend, but from what I have been told it was well attended.  Thank you to the PAC for organizing this event once again this year.  Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Monday – November 12 ·       Remembrance Day Holiday: School is closed
Tuesday – November 13

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

·       PAC Meeting 6:30pm in the library – everyone welcome!

Wednesday – November 14

·       Lockdown practice 1:30 – 1:45pm

·       Boy’s Handball game at Colwood Elementary after school at 3pm

Thursday – November 15 ·       Boot Camp (am)
Friday – November 16

·       Boot Camp (am)

·       Health Hustle at 1:30pm in the Gym

Reminders:

  • Report cards will be coming out during the period of November 27th and December 7th. Please check with your child’s teacher if you would like to know the exact date that the report card will be coming out.
  • Parent/Teacher Interview notice was sent home last week with a due date of Tuesday, November 13th. Please make sure to return the notice with your preferred times for interviews with your child’s teacher.  If you did not get a notice, please contact your child’s teacher and let them know.  The schedules will be made this week and sent home on Friday, November 16th.
  • Please come in to check the “Lost & Found” on a regular basis as the pile of lost items grows very quickly. It would be really great if you could write your child’s name on their clothing and shoes so it would be easier to return these items.
 
 

Ruth King Elementary School November 5th to Nov. 9th 2018

Monday- November 5

·       Girls Handball practice at lunch

·       Arts Reach (drama workshops) in the gym (am): Div. 9 and Div. 5

Tuesday- November 6

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

·       Skipping in the Gym at Lunch with Ms. Hesse

Wednesday- November 7

·       Photo Retake Day: please let your child’s teacher know if you would like a retake

·       Girls Handball Game at Ruth King at 3pm

·       Boys Handball practise at lunch

·       Arts Reach (drama workshops) in the gym (am): Div. 4 and Div. 7

Thursday- November 8

·       Boot Camp

·       Boys Handball Game at Hans Helgesen at 3pm

Friday- November 9

·       Boot Camp

·       Remembrance Day Assembly @ 10:45am

·       Health Hustle at 1:30pm in the Gym

Reminders:

  • All parents must check in at the office and pick up a visitor pass upon entering the school. We have been noticing that parents/guardians are walking into classrooms without checking in at the office.  This is a safety concern as not all staff know all parents/guardians.  I have informed the staff to direct people without passes to sign in at the office.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
  • Report card will be coming out during the period of November 27th and December 7th. Please check with your child’s teacher if you would like to know the exact date that the report card will be coming out.

Please be watching for a notice regarding parent/teacher interviews as it is important that you return the form to the school by the deadline so that teachers can meet and make a workable schedule

 
 
Monday- October 29

·       Assembly in the gym at 8:45am

·       Girls Handball practice at lunch

·       Boys Handball Meeting at Recess and Game at David Cameron after school

Tuesday- October 30

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

·       Girls Handball Meeting at Recess and Game at Hans Helgesen after school

Wednesday- October 31 ·       Happy Halloween! To celebrate, primary students will be doing a costume parade through the school at 9am. Wear black and orange OR wear your costume! (No masks or weapons please)
Thursday- November 1

·       Boot Camp

·       Boys Handball practice at lunch

Friday- November 2

·       Boot Camp

·       Div. 1 and 10 to Goldstream Park

·       Health Hustle at 1:30pm in the Gym

Reminders:

  • All parents must check in at the office and pick up a visitor pass upon entering the school. We have been noticing that parents/guardians are walking into classrooms without checking in at the office.  This is a safety concern as not all staff know all parents/guardians.  I have informed the staff to direct people without passes to sign in at the office.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
  • Looking for Books – If you have any children’s books that you are no longer using, we have a ‘Bring a book, Take a book’ shelf in the front foyer of the school for students to access. We collect board books (for Strong Start families), chapter books and picture books and would appreciate any and all donations!
  • LOST and FOUND is building up again – please come and check it out and take your child’s belongings home. It would be helpful if you could write your child’s name on their jackets etc., this way we can identify items and return them to their classrooms.
 
 

This Week:

Monday- October 22 ·       Handball Practice in the gym at 12:10 with Mr. Stephenson and Mr. Walts (grade 4 and 5)
Tuesday- October 23

·       Pizza Orders for Friday due

·       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 @ the District Office – 7:00pm

Wednesday- October 24 ·       Handball Practice in the gym at 12:10 with Mr. Stephenson and Mr. Walts (grade 4 and 5)
Thursday- October 25

·       Leadership Meeting – grade 5 Ms.van der Leeden’s room

·       Boot Camp

·       Divisions 11, 12 and 13 go to Galey Farms

Friday- October 26

·       Pizza Day

·       Health Hustle at 1:30pm in the Gym

·       Boot Camp

·       Halloween Dance – 5:00 to 7:00pm – PAC organized event

Reminders:

  • All parents must check in at the office and pick up a visitor pass upon entering the school. We have been noticing that parents/guardians are walking into classrooms without checking in at the office.  This is a safety concern as not all staff know all parents/guardians.  I have informed the staff to direct people without passes to sign in at the office.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
  • Looking for Books – If you have any children’s books that you are no longer using, we have a ‘Bring a book, Take a book’ shelf in the front foyer of the school for students to access. We collect board books (for Strong Start families), chapter books and picture books and would appreciate any and all donations!
  • LOST and FOUND is building up again – please come and check it out and take your child’s belongings home.  It would be helpful if you could write
 
 
Monday- October 15

·       Morning Assembly at 8:40am

·       Handball Practice in the gym at 12:10 with Mr. Keaton and Mr. Walts (grade 4 and 5)

Tuesday- October 16 ·       Popcorn Day – $2 for popcorn or $2 for Smencils – PAC organized event, please email the PAC if you have questions ruthkingpac@gmail.com
Wednesday- October 17 ·       Handball Practice in the gym at 12:10 with Mr. Keaton and Mr. Walts (grade 4 and 5)
Thursday- October 18

·       Great BC Shake Out Drill – 10:05am approximately

·       Boot Camp

Friday- October 19 ·       Pro-D Day – no school for students

Reminders:

  • Matson Road is the best place to drop off your children as it is the safest place for everyone. Please do not drop off your children at the front of the school.  It is a serious safety concern as I have witnessed children and adults almost being hit by vehicles in the front parking lots.
  • Dogs are still a problem on the playground as they leave deposits on the lawn that end up on the shoes and clothing of our students. Please refrain from bringing dogs onto the playground.  Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.
  • We are experiencing high numbers of late students at school. Please try to get to school on time as every minute of learning matters.  If your child is late, please make sure they are picking up a late pass in the main office and signing in on the sign in sheet.  Thank you to our parent volunteers who are making the calls for our safe arrivals program, this is very helpful.
  • All parents must check in at the office and pick up a visitor pass upon entering the school. We have been noticing that parents/guardians are walking into classrooms without checking in at the office.  This is a safety concern as not all staff know all parents/guardians.  I have informed the staff to direct people without passes to sign in at the office.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
  • If you have any children’s books that you are no longer using, we have a ‘Bring a book, Take a book’ shelf in the front foyer of the school for students to access. We collect board books (for Strong Start families), chapter books and picture books and would appreciate any and all donations!