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Virtual Bottle Drive

Instead of one day bottle drives, this year, we are doing a virtual bottle drive. That means you can donate your bottles at your convenience!

Here’s how you do it:

  • Take your bottles to a Bottle Depot location (listed below)
  • Tell them you want to donate your refund to Sir James Douglas School


✔️Juice containers
✔️Soft drink containers
✔️Alcohol containers
✔️Milk containers (incl. soy, almond, etc) (YES!)

Bottle Depot Locations:

  • Downtown: 655 Queens Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 1L9 (hours)
  • Quadra: 3961 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8X 1J7 (hours)
  • Glanford: 4261 Glanford Ave, Victoria, BC V8Z 4B9 (hours)

Spring Fling May 26, 2023

Event Date: Friday May 26, 4-7pm
Location: Sir James Douglas Elementary School

This event is open to all students, family and friends. There will be crafts, sports, activities, and food trucks! Bring your sunscreen, bring your water bottle and be ready for some fun!


  • Half the basketball court will be turned into a dance floor with a live DJ!
  • The other half will be the Jumpshots Basketball league having fun and running drills with the kids
  • Park’s MBA Taekwondo will be breaking boards and showing off their demonstration team
  • Poppet Creative is running crafts
  • The Royal BC Museum is coming with DINOSAURS
  • UVikes is providing a TON of outdoor fun
  • Beacon Hill Little League will be there with games and prizes for the kids


Food Trucks: Greek on the Street, Yummy Food Truck, Donair Dog, the Ice Cream truck and Better with Ice Cream cart.

PAC will be selling popcorn, cotton candy and Mr. Freezies!

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help plan and run this fun event.

[Parent Ed] The Askable Adult – Talking about Sexuality & Reproduction with Your Children

Have you ever wondered how to talk about sexuality and reproduction with your children, struggled to find the right words to address tough questions surrounding sexual health, or worried about what was appropriate to share at what age?

Jesse Wollen from Shift Education presents The Askable Adult: Sexuality & Growing Up. This session is geared towards caregivers of children ages 7-12.

When: May 10, 2022 – 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Online – Zoom link –>

Workshop Details

In this practical 2-hour workshop, learn how to begin discussions and how to share information with kids in a clear and understandable way, strategies to handle questions, and what kinds of words to use. Learn how to discuss feelings, emotions, and family values and how to explore your own personal beliefs around sensitive topics.

You’re invited to come as you are, wherever you’re at. This is a serious workshop, delivered with a lot of humour. Expect both deep reflection and moments of laughter.

This workshop is for you if you’re willing to build your capacity to be an “askable adult” who kids can see as an ally. An ally that they can ask questions so that they can grow up with more information and better skills for navigating healthy relationships.

About the speaker:

Jessy Wollen is a teacher, Certified Sexual Health Educator, and founder and CEO of Shift Education.

She has worked with typical and diverse learners since 1995 and has become known for her sense of humour and ability to stimulate much-needed conversation surrounding body-science, sexual health and healthy relationships. 

More info about Jesse

[Parent Ed] Speaking about Truth & Reconciliation with our Children

Monique Gray-Smith will talk to us about speaking on Truth and Reconciliation to your children in a loving and appropriate way.

SJD parents and caregivers are joining this event hosted by the Willows Elementary PAC!

When: April 12, 2022 at 7pm Rescheduled to May 3, 2022 at 7pm
Where: Online – Get the zoom link by clicking “Add to Your Calendar”

About Monique

Monique Gray Smith is a proud mom of teenage twins, an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. Monique’s most recent novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights was long listed for Canada Reads 2021.

Monique has 7 books ranging for readers across the life span. These include Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation; My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience and recently released, When We Are Kind.

Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 30 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

More information about Monique can be found on her website at

PAC Newsletter: Feb 2022

February saw the restart of fun lunch, yay!!


SJD Face Masks

Show your spirit with SJD masks designed by one of SJD’s very own parents! Available in both child or adult size. Orders are due this Friday, Feb 25. Masks will be brought home by students.

Note: The order page works best on desktop!


Volunteer Opportunities

Class Reps Still Needed

Many teachers are still needing a parent to become their class rep.  Being a class rep is a great way to forge a relationship with your child’s teacher and get to know the other parents in your child’s class.  Contact your child’s teacher about becoming a class rep!


We’re currently looking for volunteers at the bottle drive on April 10. Signup here!

Join us at the next PAC meeting to find out about upcoming events to volunteer for!

Next PAC meeting is Tuesday March 8, 6:30pm.

Attend the meeting from your home via Zoom! Principal Murray will email out a Zoom link to everyone on the day of the meeting.

PAC Committees

After some recent research, the PAC executive discovered there is a process and structure for committees through the BC Confederation of Parents Advisory Councils and our own constitution that will help us organize our work better and involve more parents.   

BCCPAC guidance: 

SJD PAC Constitution: 

So, we are starting the process of forming committees following these guidelines and developing a framework so future PAC executives and members have an easy-to-follow guide. 

We are working to set up committees for our biggest initiatives – Fundraising, Hot Lunch, Parent Education, and Grade 5 Celebration—and more. There is also the established Active Transportation Committee which will incorporate this structure. We hope this encourages more parents to get involved in the activities they are most interested in and to contribute to the school community.