Photo Day Coming up on October 9th
Please make sure your child does not wear green or solid white on photo day.
Kindergarten Registration Time is Coming Soon
What is new and what do parents need to know?
For kindergarten entry in 2014, registration will begin on November 1, 2013. You should be aware that there are some changes this year.
- ALL children will register for kindergarten at their English catchment school – even if you do not intend to attend there. This includes students who want to go to French Immersion, Montessori or other Choice Programs – even siblings of children already in the program.
- You are encouraged to register between November 1 and January 31. If your English catchment school does not have space for all the children in the catchment, there will be a lottery in February.
- Application for all programs of choice – including French Immersion, Montessori, Mandarin Bilingual, Aboriginal Focus School, and Fine Arts – will begin online on January 10, 2014. You will need a Personal Education Number (PEN) to apply and this will only be sent to you if you register at your English catchment school.
- For more detailed information, contact your English catchment school or go to http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten.
THANKFULNESS – this month’s focus
This is a good month for us to focus on “Thankfulness”. In many cultures there is a celebration as the bulk of the harvest is brought in. This often coincides with the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. In Canada we celebrate “Thanksgiving” in October. It is usually a time for families to get together and be thankful for health, good food, safety and so many other things. Many people will say a prayer of thanks before the Thanksgiving meal. Others will just take turns to say something that they are thankful for. Being aware of the good things in life and giving proper thanks to those who provide, or remembering that we are lucky to be in a country where comparatively few people suffer hardship is an important virtue to teach our children.
October 9 – Individual Photo Day
October 14 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No school.
October 23 – Montessori Parent Education Night #1 – 7:00 pm in the Library
October 25 – Professional Development Day – No school
October 31 – Hallowe’en