Strikers Weekly - Week of September 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week one done.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through some of our start up procedures.  Counsellors are working hard to finalize student timetables, teachers and students are beginning to form some routines as well as classroom culture, and the office staff continue to set up for the year ahead.  We are still in the process of completing our staffing.  Hopefully by the middle of next week, all vacant positions will be filled.

Just a quick reminder of the School Photo Day.  Even if your family will not be purchasing photo packages, it is very important for students to be in attendance for these photos.  The photos taken will be used for student identification cards as well as will be used in our school administrative system.

 

Just a note about this weekly.  We are still trying to find the best way to do this.  Hopefully this format will be okay as it saves several mouse clicks (or phone taps) to access the information.  Again, we would encourage you to subscribe to our school website.  This way anything posted to the front page of our site will be sent directly to your email inbox.

 

 

Our Grade 8’s camping adventure at Camp Elphinstone.

 

 

 

Forms In Please

Just a reminder to families who have not submitted both the Blue Medical Forms as well as the SA-53 Media Release forms, we would encourage you do this as soon as possible.  Now that we will not be meeting in Homerooms, please bring these forms directly to the office.

 

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day which honours the survivors of Indian Residential Schools, and remembers the thousands of children who did not survive.  Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission School and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

 

Please Call if your Son/Daughter Will Be Late or Absent

If your son/daughter will be either late or absent, we would ask you to please call the school (604) 668-6600.  For student safety, we wish to ensure that every student who is not at school is accounted for.  Thanks in advance for your help.

 

Curriculum in Transition: B.C.'s Redesigned Curriculum

 
As you may be aware, the BC School System is in the midst of a large scale transformation.  New curriculum and practices have been introduced K to 9.  Next year we will see the final step of this implementation which will see programs, graduation requirements, and even course offerings change for students in Grades 10, 11, and 12.  Over the course of this year, the school will be working hard in preparation.  We will be included snippets of information of some of these changes in the weekly newsletters so that you may begin to understand what is changing and why.
 
 
From the Ministry Website:
 

B.C. teachers and the Ministry of Education have been working together on revisions to the current curriculum to replace the current integrated resource packages (IRPs). The goals of the revisions have included ensuring our students get the skills they need to succeed in our changing world, and making sure that teachers can deliver the curriculum efficiently and effectively. The number of learning outcomes has been reduced, providing more time and flexibility for students to explore topics in depth.

 

Below is a short video from the Ministry of Education which will give some context to some of the changes.  The first of five videos (all will be shared) talks about the importance of "Big Ideas."