What an interesting way to wrap up the week. A 4-day week! Today staff were in the building working on redesigning curriculum as per the Ministry of Education’s direction to move towards personalizing learning. Today was the second Curriculum Implementation day (March 4 and April 15) mandated by the province to give teachers a chance to get more acquainted with the curriculum before it’s mandated next year. Staff have been peeling back the layers of what’s new? What’s expected? How this works with what I presently do? How does this work for primary vs intermediate? Where does Montessori fit into this? And what will assessment and reporting look like with the new initiative.
Monday is a Professional Development day in which staff are continuing their investigation into Social Emotional Learning, part of differentiated instruction, and how to engage learners with their learning. Trevor Smitna, Behavioural Consultant for the VSB will be working with the staff along with two of his intensive behavioural support workers on programming and strategies for dealing with enabling students to engage, de-escalate, and attend to their learning. This is part 3 of a series that the staff have committed in order to improve student engagement and learning.
There are are a number of initiatives that are in various stages of completion. First and foremost is the VSB Budget Process. There have been a number of amendments to several earlier proposals- please go to the VSB website for appropriate links (www.vsb.bc.ca)
Parents of grades 4 and 7 students should have received their FSA testing results back this week. The booklet and student marks sheet are the snapshot of each students results. Mr. Evans will be reporting out on Term 2 report card achievement at the next PAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm. Students in grade 4 and 7 are busy completing their Satisfaction Surveys for the Ministry of Education. We anticipate that these will be completed this week. District and provincial reports for both these surveys/assessments will be available online later in the spring.
Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Evans will be hosting a brief information gathering session on Friday, April 29 in the library at 9:00 am. All administrators have been asked to gather information as part II of the Strategic Plan Process. Please refer to the pdf link. This is a booklet that can be printed and completed by each parent interested in providing feedback on the strategic planning process.
The Document is long (20 pages) but it really gives you, as a parent, an opportunity to express your interests in the direction and focus of Vancouver schools.
On April 29, Mr. Evans collect these documents and share next steps in the planning process.
Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)
Parents, if you haven’t taken a moment to add your input to the LRFP, please take a moment to visit the following link. The survey is available in Chinese; to access the Chinese version just click the button on the top right corner of the first page of the survey.
We appreciate your input. Please note the dates, times and locations of our open house/ public input sessions:
Public Workshop & Open House dates and locations:
April 24th River District Centre – Workshop from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm / Open House from 2:30 pm to 4 pm
April 30th SFU (downtown campus) World Art Centre – Workshop 1 pm – 2:30 pm / Open House 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Thank you in advance for your support in sharing this information with your community. Please contact me directly if you have any questions, concerns, or require further information.
Immunization Clinic at Maple Grove on April 21st.
Notices have been sent home to remind parents of the upcoming clinic on April 21st. Please note that this only impacts those students who have received a form home for immunizations. Please contact the Public Health Nurse if you have any questions.
Harj Johal, RN(C), BScN
Public Health Nurse/Children & Youth
Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
2110 West 43rd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C, V4N 2E1
Tel :604-261-6366 ( ext 3339)
Thanks so much to all those parents who have answered the call to help with Spring Fair!
If your classroom doesn’t have a volunteer listed, we are still looking for help!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer!! Many hands make light work!!!
Next PAC Meeting is April 20th at 7:00 pm in the library :)
Mark Your Calendar
April 15 – Curriculum Implementation Day – no school for students
April 18 – Professional Development Day – no school for students
April 20 – PAC Meeting
April 29- Mr. Evans collecting VSB 2021 Strategic Planning guides (9:00 am in the library)