Our Literacy week will be the week before Spring Break, March 13th to 17th this year. We are planning on having several guest community readers, poetry, aboriginal stories, dress-up as your favorite book character, and even a contest to match teachers to their favorite books. We certainly have a growing list of students how have continued to read over 100 nights. We encourage all families to reduce screen time and read every night with their children. We would like to recognize these students for completing 100 nights of reading: Ava M, Mason R, Jordyn R, Vivienne O, and Reese C. Congratulations to each of you!
This month’s Spirit Day is Tuesday, February 28th. The theme this month is ‘PJ & Stuffy’ day. We hope all our students and staff can show their Wishart spirit by wearing their PJ’s and bringing their favorite stuffy to school.
A few weeks ago, you were sent home a letter sharing a new approach to lunch and recess. The schedule for lunch will change so that students go outside at 12:05 for recess, and then the bell will ring at 12:35 for students to come into their classrooms to eat. There are examples of this approach throughout our district. The benefits are to improve behavior outside and inside, reduce the number of accidents during break time, less litter on the playground, more food eaten, more fluid intake, and fewer delays in getting students into class after recess. Our plan is to initiate this new schedule the first week after Spring Break.
Kindergarten and new students in Grades 1-12 may begin registering for the 2017-2018 school year during the week of January 23rd, 2017.
Registration opens at 8:00am on January 23rd and will run until January 30th. Registration on-line is encouraged at http://registration.sd62.bc.ca. Parents must present proof of child’s age and residence to the school within 14 calendar days of submitting the registration. Parents unable to register on-line may register in person at their home catchment school.
For further information, including information on new and late French Immersion and Nature Kindergarten registration please see:
Grade 5 students will learn about the Grade 6 Late French Immersion program next week. Late French Immersion students and Mme Tanner will share what Late French Immersion is all about to gauge student interest, and provide program details. A pamphlet will come home so parents are encouraged to discuss whether this is an option for their child.
Basketball for Grade 5 boys and girls is underway. Practices began this week, and games will be scheduled towards the end of January. Watch for details if your son/daughter has taken interest to play. Thank you to Mr.McLatchie (girls team) and Mrs. Brajcich/Ms. DeJongh (boys team) for coaching the students.
Parents volunteering for field trips or classroom work require a Criminal Record Check when working with our students. This needs to be completed and on file at the school office prior to volunteering.
Driving any students in a private vehicle also requires a completed Criminal Records Check as well as a driver’s abstract from ICBC and a copy of your valid driver’s license and insurance. These are now required for all volunteers when driving for field trips. Please see the links with information below. Thank you again for volunteering your time so our children can have the best educational opportunities.
Important reminder to please inform the school of any medical issues and/or allergies. We strive to provide a safe, healthy environment.
Please find attached the “How To” instructions on setting up an account for your family in order to access the online “Hotlunch” ordering application for our Fun Food and Popcorn days: “wishart-fun-food-instructions“ If you have any questions at all, please email us at – firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH- Cut off for ordering and payment – February 22nd
March 3rd – Kernels Popcorn
March 17th – Booster Juice
As the weather is getting colder please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately; warm coat, scarf, mittens, hat, boots etc. Please also supply an extra change of clothes for your student to keep at the school for those wetter days.
SD62 schools will do its best to be open for students and staff on all prescribed school days to provide duty of care. The safety of students and staff is our first priority. Circumstances like snow, flooding, power outage and more could cause disruption to a normal school day. During times like these, the decision to close schools or cancel school buses will be made by the Superintendent.
In all cases, announcements will be made to parents, students and staff as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible via one or more of the following:
- School District website
- Social media via District Twitter and Facebook
- School Connect email
- Radio – CFAX 1070
School bus cancellation
School bus transportation may be cancelled when the Superintendent is advised by the Transportation Department that roads are in poor condition and not safe. The Superintendent will then make the decision to open schools as normal or close them. If buses are cancelled, but schools are open:
- The choice to bring children to school is that of the parent/guardian.
- Schools will not conduct a normal instructional day because of the decrease in students and staff.
School closure outside of school hours
Depending on the severity of the weather, the Superintendent may make a decision to close schools for students or for both staff and students. In rare circumstances, some schools may be kept open because of location and the need for a safe place for students.
School closure during school hours
If weather conditions create a concern for safety, the school principal may close the school after consulting with the Superintendent. While every effort will be made to keep schools open, parents are encouraged to establish a plan for their children in the event of early dismissal or school closure. Closure announcements will be made by the methods listed above.
Elementary and middle schools – teachers will contact parents or emergency contacts to advise of closure. Students may only leave with their parent/guardian.
Secondary schools – students will be free to leave after the closure announcement is made and it is deemed safe.
Schools will remain open until all students are picked up or transported home by school bus.