Monthly Archives: June 2020
“Coast Mountains School District: creating opportunities for learning, opportunities for life”
June 22, 2020
Dear CMSD82 Parents and Guardians:
RE: 2020-2021 School Calendar
In late January/early February 2020, the school district’s School Calendar Committee was convened to develop a School Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar at its February 26, 2020 Regular Board Meeting with final approval received from the Ministry of Education in early May.
The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, September 8, which is subject to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from the BC Provincial Health Officer in terms of BC’s K-12 Education Restart Plan.
Please find attached a copy of the 2020-2021 School Calendar with non-instructional days (professional development days), a district in-service day, early dismissal days, spring and winter breaks, etc. A backgrounder page is also provided outlining details of the calendar for your convenience. The 2020-2021 School Calendar was also shared with the school district’s staff and partner groups.
Further information regarding the 2020-2021 School Calendar can be obtained by contacting Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401.
Superintendent of Schools
– 2020-2021 School Calendar & Backgrounder (2 pages)
Morning, Gr. 7 Year-end Celebration Today
We are starting at 11:30. Due to the weather, cloud cover and expected rain we will be going with the rainy day plan – cars will come up McLeod street and drive around the block waiting in line for their turn on Bowser street facing the highway. The cars and students will be recognized in the order they show up. Please be patient and wait your turn. Someone will cue you when its your turn.
See you all soon.
On behalf of all of us, we congratulate all our Grade 7s and wish them all the best in their educational pursuits and life.
The school has placed a hoodie order at the high school. Come September, a HSS Spartans hoodie will be awaiting your child’s arrival.
The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Janet Meyer has accepted the Board’s offer to assume the position of Superintendent of Schools on a permanent basis. Janet has been performing that role as Acting Superintendent since June 2019. Janet succeeds Katherine McIntosh, who is seconded to the Ministry of Education, and who will not be returning as Superintendent when that secondment ends.
Janet’s appointment as Superintendent is the culmination of a long and varied career with School District 82, having worked in this District as a Teacher, a Principal, a Director of Instruction and Director of Human Resources before taking on the role of Acting Superintendent of Schools.
When Janet was appointed Acting Superintendent, the Board recognized her as a widely respected effective leader, team builder and committed educator. Throughout her career, Janet has demonstrated her passion for education, and a “children first” approach to her work. She has demonstrated her skills over the last year, as she helps the Board navigate through and implement actions recommended within the Independent Consultant’s Report and works to strengthen ties with partner groups and the community. Janet has worked tirelessly as we deal with COVID-19 and ensuring our school district provides a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) from the University of Victoria and a Master of Education in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria with a focus on Indigenous Parent Participation in Schools.
The Board of Education extends congratulations to Janet on her appointment as Superintendent of Schools.
Chairperson, Board of Education
BC Summer Reading Club Goes Online
For nearly 30 years, the BC Summer Reading Club (BC SRC) has motivated kids to continue reading and learning during the summer months. Kids ages 5-14 register for this free program with their local public library. They record their reading progress, building self-confidence and developing their reading skills, while participating in fun activities.
This year, thanks in part to funding from the Ministry of Education, the BC SRC has added the option for readers to participate online, so that families have access even if they aren‘t able to visit their local public library in-person. Some of the exciting new, online features that have been added this year include:
* Kids can earn digital badges for reaching their reading goals as well as a certificate of completion (and in some communities, a medal) for finishing the program.
* A dashboard for parents/guardians to track their kids‘ reading progress and the digital badges they‘ve earned.
* Weekly stay-at-home activity packages.
* Live events and video demonstrations including hands-on crafts and experiments.
This year‘s theme is “Explore Our Universe” featuring illustrations by B.C. artist Bambi Edlund. All reading counts – kids can read whatever they want, in whatever language they feel most comfortable. They can also listen to someone else read or tell stories.
Help keep your students reading and learning this summer by sharing this information with your school families. Online registration begins June 15 at the BC Summer Reading Club website. Participants can also visit their local library to register and learn more about the BC SRC programs being offered in their community.
More information on the 2020 BC Summer Reading Club can also be found in this press release.