Strikers Weekly - Week of December 3, 2017










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Working with your hands and creating something out of fabric, thread, and your imagination is more than a hobby, it is a life skill.  Students in Ms. Tsang's TAC and Textiles classes were hard at work limited only by their creativity.




Just in Case: Snow Day Protocol


In a Nutshell...

Richmond schools will remain open if at all possible. Any district wide closure will be decided by 6:00 a.m. at the latest and announced via CKNW AM 980 radio, News AM 1130 radio, CBC, AM 690 radio, Fairchild AM 1470 radio, CHQM FM 103.5 radio, CBC television, BCTV, City, TV and CTV BC.  Individual school closures due to unique circumstances (e.g., power outage) will be announced as early as possible in the same manner.

No announcement will be made saying that schools are open. Only closures will be announced.


More information …

Schools provide an important public service to the community. Any closure has a significant impact on tens of thousands of families. Most cannot arrange alternate child care when schools are closed unexpectedly. Consequently, schools will not be closed due to snow or other weather conditions unless conditions reach the level of civic emergency (a very rare occurrence) or there is damage or other circumstances (e.g., power outage) at a particular school that makes it impossible to operate safely.

During snow events it is common for police and other authorities to advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. These advisories do not constitute direction to close public facilities and should not be interpreted as implying school closure.

Staff, students and parents should assume that schools will be open. Should it become necessary to close schools, that decision will be made as early as possible, and no later than 6:00 a.m.  Closures will be announced via the following media outlets: CKNW AM 980 radio, News AM, 1130 radio, CHQM-FM 103.5 radio, CBC AM 690 radio, Fairchild AM 1470 radio, CBC, television, BCTV, City TV and CTV BC.  Students are encouraged to attend school on a snow day. However, it is understood that some students travel to school in ways that may not be possible or safe on a snow day. Therefore, no student will be penalized for lack of attendance. Student safety is the first priority of the District.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s safe travel to school on a snow day. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school they should make other arrangements. Schools will be kept open to provide the option of attendance for all, but the decision to attend is the responsibility of each family.

Regular and special needs school busses will attempt to operate on their normal schedule during a snow day. Significant changes to the regular bus schedule as a result of weather conditions will be reported on the district web site ( Should the condition of side streets require a change to the operation of special needs school busses, or any cancellation of service, all affected families will be informed individually by telephone.



School Clothing: Update (Sales to begin Early Next Week?)

Though we are still awaiting our order, once in, McRoberts Gear will soon be on sale (we believe we should be ready to start sales by Wednesday December 5th at lunch -- though it could be earlier by a day or later by a day).  Sold out of the store near the gym, McRoberts clothing will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.  We have ordered a small quantity of everything above but we will also take orders when stock runs out.  To ensure you get your clothing before the holidays, it is advisable to make plans to visit the stand early.  We will be selling a mid-weight Hoodie ($25), a mid-weight Crew Neck Sweatshirt ($20), and a Long Sleeve T-Shirt ($15) - all with the full chest two colour graphic as seen above.  We will also be selling a mid-weight sweat pants with the academic crest PRINTED on the top left thigh ($20) and a Lined Nylon Wind Breaker with an EMBROIDERED academic crest on the left chest ($30).  We are selling as close to cost as we can to try to get as many people wearing McRoberts colours.  Once the date is finalized, we will post information here on the website.


STUCO Candygrams



STUCO Candygrams will go on sale beginning December 4th.  This is an opportunity to share a little holiday joy with friends here at the school.  All proceeds will go to the B.C. Children's Hospital.



TAC (Textiles Arts and Crafts)

Some of the amazing projects from our talented students from their Textiles Arts and Craft Class. 



Teen Mental Health Workshop

Interested in a parent info session on Teen Mental Health?  The session will be facilitated by Larry Antrim and Gregg Loo on Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm at Richmond Secondary School.  The theatre holds 275 and will be open to interested parents from all our schools.




Grad Committee: Breakfast with Santa 


PLEASE NOTE: Date has been changed to Friday December 22nd (not the 19th as it shows in the above poster).

Grad committee is back with our yearly Breakfast with Santa event! Come out on December 22nd at 7 am to enjoy a full mouth watering breakfast with your friends, Santa, and Ms. Claus Tickets are being sold from Dec. 1st to Dec 15th in the foyer during lunch; they are $8 for students.  The first 50 who purchase a ticket will be entered into an early bird raffle with great prizes! There’ll be festive music and joy in the air with chances to take photos with a jolly Old St. Nick and Ms. Claus, so bring your friends and holiday spirit. We hope to see you there!



University Prep Conference

From the Richmond Community Foundation:

The University Prep Conference is being held at Thompson Community Centre on Sat., Dec. 9th from 10 am - 2:00 pm, with registration starting at 9:30 am.

Below is the information from our Facebook page and its link.

Stressed about the countless study options in University?  Don't know how to make your University application stand out?  Come to Richmond Youth Foundation's UP (University Prep) Conference for a chance to ask a panel of University students in Business, Science, Arts, Engineering etc. any questions you may have!  You will also have a chance to chat with these University students over lunch.

Then, we have a presentation and workshop with tips on how to make your application stand out, whether it is for a personal profile or a scholarship application. To end off this amazing conference, we have Julie, the chair of Richmond Community Foundation's Grants and Scholarships Committee providing useful insights on scholarships.

Admission is only $10 (Lunch provided), payable at the door!

If you have any questions, please contact me at



Curriculum Overview Part Five (of Six)


Redesigned Curriculum In Action

When planning, it is important to begin with a broad understanding of the curriculum being used.

  • The rationale and goals provide the context for the area of learning and make clear its contribution to the development of educated citizens
  • The rationale and goals provide a broad instructional and assessment context  for the area of learning
  • The introduction to each area of learning provides specifics about features, structure, and important considerations of the curriculum

The curriculum for each area of learning is displayed in two ways—in HTML format on the website and in PDF or Word formats.

The curriculum website will continue to evolve in ways that support planning for learning. At this point, several features are available such as:

This flexibility supports teachers to combine the learning standards in various ways. Teachers are encouraged to create courses, modules, thematic units or learning experiences that go beyond learning area borders to focus on students’ needs and interests or local contexts. The curriculum design and the website features provide the flexibility to serve the unique needs of classrooms, students, and teachers.

Flexible learning environments

Learning can take place anywhere, not just in classrooms. Many schools and teachers create learning environments that explore the use of time and space in creative ways. The integration of areas of learning and technology also have opened the door for teachers and schools to approach the use of time and space in creative ways — ways that adapt to the students’ needs and interests.

Although the learning standards are described within areas of learning, there is no requirement for teachers to organize classrooms, schools or instruction in this manner. In effect, the Ministry of Education defines the “what” to teach but not the “how to organize the time, space or methods to teach it.

The focus on personalization and the flexible structure of the curriculum support the configuration of combined grade classrooms. Classes of students of more than one grade provide opportunities for teachers to develop a mindset that sees all the students as a group of learners with a range of needs and interests. Multi-grade programs should find a comfortable fit with the curriculum.

ICT-enabled learning environments

Students need opportunities to develop the competencies required to use current and emerging technologies effectively in all aspects of their learning and life. Technology can facilitate collaboration between students, educators, parents, and classrooms while also providing schools with rich online resources. Today’s technology enables classrooms, communities, and experts around the world to share digitally in a learning experience, wherever they may be.

Inquiry and question-based approaches

Through demonstration of the core and curricular competencies, students are bound to form questions that provide teachers with insight into their thinking. Questions generated by both students and teachers are critical to encouraging a sense of wonder and curiosity among students. This dialogue can take place through many question-based approaches, including, but not limited to:

  • Inquiry
  • Project-based learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Self-assessment
  • Research skills
  • Scientific methods

Collaboration with community

Learning can often be enriched through collaborations involving members of the community. Parents or guardians and others in the community may bring expertise and perspective from their own lives and experiences to enhance students’ learning. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate these experiences into their students’ learning when possible and appropriate.

It is particularly helpful to co-operate and engage with experts from the community when learning about culture-specific contexts to avoid offence or misrepresentation or appropriation of culture. Cultural appropriation includes use of cultural motifs, themes, “voices,” images, knowledge, stories, songs, drama, and so on without permission or without appropriate context or in a way that may misrepresent the real experience of the people from whose culture they are drawn.

Collaboration with community members exemplifies many of the First Peoples Principles of Learning and nurtures cross-generational and relational learning.

When working with members of the community, teachers are encouraged to:

  • Become familiar with school and board/authority policies for involving guest instructors in the classroom (e.g., reference checks)
  • Arrange for a meeting to discuss appropriate learning expectations and to decide which areas of the curriculum are to be addressed
  • Ensure that age-appropriate material is used
  • Prepare students for the experience (e.g., discuss the expectations for process and etiquette, provide relevant background information)
  • Determine the needs of the presenters (e.g., space, technology, materials)
  • Debrief with students and guests




Another video from TED.  A topic that may be of interest to students and educators, something to consider as we continue to move forward with technology supporting the learning of our students.  From TED: Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.



From Ms. Millar (Career Information Advisor)

Week of December 4 – December 8, 2017


  Dec 4      House of Commons Page Program


University of Saskatchewan ~ Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships ‘eligibility’ deadline


  Dec 4        Discover University of Victoria Event Information Session in Burnaby NOV 27/17 The University of Toronto - Information Session in Vancouver

  Dec 5        Design Foundation Information Session at Langara

                    Education Assistant Information Session at Langara

  Dec 6       Corpus Christi College Preview Night

  Dec 9       Richmond Community Foundation’s University Prep ConferenceDEC 2/17 - National Portfolio Day


  For details and latest information, see the Career Centre District Website