Strikers Weekly - Week of January 21, 2018










Week two of this calendar year is already done.  Hopefully by now we are all back into the routine of school.  Though we are less than half way through the year, program planning for students in grades 8-11 are just around the corner.





Though technically last week (Saturday January 13th), McRoberts students shared their thoughts and ideas around the implementation of the Core Competencies (a part of the new curricular implementation) with teachers, district staff, and administrators around the province.  The insight provided by our students stimulated many thought provoking discussions.







McRoberts Lock Down Drill

Today we practiced our Lock Down emergency response as an entire school. This drill began in a “Hold & Secure” situation and was increased to a full “Lock Down” before ending with an “All Clear". We reviewed aspects of the drill and allowed staff and students to provide feedback at the conclusion. Your teenager(s) may come home this evening wanting to talk about this experience and we encourage families to have conversation and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Our next Lock Down drill will occur in March. 



Can You Be Convinced?


Should Ms. Groumoutis get a pet snake or should Mr. Whittingham (along with all the grade 12's) have a day off?  These were just two of the topics Mr. McBurney's English 12 classes were trying to use their best persuasive efforts to get people to agree with their pitch.  It is clear that many of our students know how to get others to see their viewpoints.  Not only a fun activity, but the students were given an opportunity to practive a valuable skill.  Parents, beware!



Just a Reminder - Grade 7 Parent Night and Hand's On Night - January 24th - 6pm (Repeated)


Parents of McRoberts-Bound Grade 7 Students are cordially invited to our annual Grade 7 Parent Night and Hand's On Night


Our program planning night offers parents of Grade 7 students an opportunity to visit our school, learn about course offerings for their children entering Grade 8 in September, learn about our process which supports students’ transition from elementary school to secondary school, and meet staff and administrators.


Our Annual Hands On Night taking place on the same evening.


The Hands On Night showcases the work of McRoberts students in the areas of the Fine and Performing Arts and Applied Skills.  You’ll hear music students performing, see drama students performing, and see the work done by Home Economics students and Technology Education students.  Preparations are now well underway to make this event a special one for all who are able to come by.



A Message from Vancouver Coastal Health


Cold and Flu Season is upon us and we are asking for your support to maintain the health of all children by keeping your child home when they are ill. Their recovery will be speed up when they have the opportunity to rest at home. A proper sleep and breakfast are essential to ensure children function well at school.


Students should be kept home from school when there are any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 38 degrees Centigrade
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • A rash that has not yet been diagnosed
  • Blister like sores that have not yet been diagnosed
  • Cough, runny nose and sore throat


Influenza is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by direct touching of the infected person, or by touching articles infected with mucous from the sick person’s nose or throat.  Remember to keep your kids home until they are symptom free for 48 hours. Protect yourself and your children and get a Flu Shot!


Please reinforce with your children the necessity for frequent hand washing, covering the mouth, with a tissue or their elbow, when coughing and sneezing.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact a Public Health Nurse at 604-233-3150.



Communicating Student Learning with e-Portfolios?


From the Richmond School District:

Join us for an introduction to how our teachers are using e-Portfolios to communicate student learning. Learn about the elements of e-Portfolios that help students and families know what students are learning, how they are doing, and what their next steps are for learning.

We will review the Assessment language being used, including Performance Standards, and will provide opportunities for discussion and questions. We want to hear from parents, your questions, thoughts, and input.

RSVP to Vrunda Shashikumar with number of people,

Chinese Interpreters available.




From Ms. Millar (Career Information Advisor)

Week of January 22 - 26, 2018


  January 25     University of Guelph deadline

  January 26     YVR Art Foundation First Nations Scholarships deadline



  January 24   Langara Journalism Information Session

  January 25   Langara Education Assistant Information Session

  January 28   UBC 2018 Engineering Physics High School Information Session



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