Recently, members of our Grad Class of 2019 took the opportunity to give back to their community. Helping out in the Wednesday Community Dinner organized by the Church on Five, the group was pleasantly surpirsed to find some other McRoberts students who were also volunteering their time in support of this weekly community initiative.
Cancer Awareness Club - Toy Drive
From November 26 to December 7, the Cancer Awareness Club is hosting a holiday Toy Drive! We are collecting every day at lunch in the foyer. We accept new and unopened toys to give to cancer patients at BC Children’s Hospital.
STUCO once again is starting their Candygram sales. If you wish to send a holiday wish to someone at the school, come by the Foyer any of the days (December 3-14) at lunch.
Who Says Social Studies has to be Dry?
Mr. Malchie's Social Studies Classes lived a bit of history. The rain did not dampen the spirit of the class simulating the Tennis Court Oaths (of the French Revolution).
A Glimpse of Fine Fashion
Students in Ms. Tsang's Textiles class enjoyed an opportunity to experience courture designeer Guo Pei's work at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
A Visit to UBC Chemistry
Chemistry 12 students in Ms. Miller's classes had the chance to spend some time at UBC with a visit from former students (recent grads and now first year Science students at UBC). Students also had a chance to visit the Chemistry building and even were briefly lecture to by a Chemistry Professor.
In Case of Snow: District Snow Days Protocols
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 makeother 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 (www.sd38.bc.ca). 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.
Vaping and Youth: Factsheet for Parents
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From the Interior Health Authority
The use of vapour products has been on the rise with youth. “Vaping” is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol, often called vapour, which is produced by heating a liquid with a battery-powered device known as a vape, electronic-cigarette or vapour product. The liquid is often referred to as e-juice, and comes in a variety of flavours which youth may find appealing. It can be difficult for parents to know if their child is vaping. Some liquids are odourless and devices can mimic the look of common objects such as USB flash drives, pens and flashlights. Parents - become educated on the myths and facts of adolescent vaping and share this information with your children.
MYTHS AND FACTS
MYTH The vapour exhaled from a vaping device is just water.
Vapour products do not produce smoke or steam, but rather an aerosol consisting of fine particles, containing varying amounts of propylene glycol, glycerin, flavourings and other chemicals. Some of these have been linked to cancer, respiratory and heart disease.
MYTH E-juice does not contain nicotine.
People who use vapour products may be reassured by “nicotine-free” labels on the liquids. Tests performed by Health Canada found that about half of e-juices that were labelled “nicotine-free” actually contained nicotine.
MYTH Vapour products are harmless.
Vapour products are marketed as a harmless alternative to smoking. However, Health Canada states that there are health risks linked to chemicals found in vapour products and long term effects of vaping are still unknown. Even small amounts of e-juice can be poisonous to a young child if ingested and can be toxic if spilled on the skin. HP-TE-9014 August 2018 2
FACT It is illegal to purchase vapour products for minors.
Vapour devices and liquids are readily available to buy on the internet or at local retailers. It is AGAINST THE LAW to sell, give or provide any vapour products to someone under the age of 19. If you suspect someone is providing vapour products to minors, please contact the Integrated Tobacco Team at email@example.com.
FACT More youth aged 15-19 have tried vaping than smoking tobacco.
Smoking rates have steadily declined in Canada and BC, but vaping among youth is on the rise. About one in four Canadian youth aged 15 to 19 years report having tried an electronic cigarette.
FACT Vapour devices can be used to inhale illicit substances.
Newer generations of vapour devices can be altered for use with cannabis or its components (THC, hash oil) or other substances.
FACT Youth vaping may lead to tobacco use.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Youth are more vulnerable to addiction because their brains are still developing. There are concerns that adolescent vapour product users may begin smoking tobacco products. A new study by the University of Waterloo found that teenagers who vape have double the risk of smoking tobacco cigarettes.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
- Start a conversation. Talk with your children and teens about the risks of vaping. Check out https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/takeaction.html for tips.
- Educate yourself about vapour products. See the “Find out More” section below.
- Be a positive role model. Don’t smoke or vape around children.
- Don’t buy or give vapour or tobacco products to minors.
- Keep vapour products, including their nicotine refills and empty cartridges, out of the reach of children and pets. Dispose of batteries in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
FIND OUT MORE!
- Heart and Stroke Foundation Position Statement on E-cigarettes
- National Centre on Addiction and Substance Use
- Ontario Tobacco Research Unit video To Vape or Not To Vape?
- nterior Health Vapour Products In and On School Property
- Interior Health Tobacco Reduction Page or Quit Now for information on proven quit aids and support.