FYI

 

A friendly reminder that February 26 is Pink Shirt Day!  The theme for this year’s Pink Shirt Day is “Lift each other up” … a simple, but powerful message encouraging everyone to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make each and every one unique.  When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.

While bullying affects so many people physically, emotionally and mentally, we know there are many students, parents, schools and community members that want to know what they can do to help.  Every contribution, whether it’s joining in wearing pink on February 26 to show you are taking a stand, or making an effort to practice kindness and acceptance, or even giving a donation or fundraising for programs that make a difference, can change a life.

Bullying could be happening to someone you know and care about – join in taking a stand against bullying, and letting your peers know that it is not okay.  Show kindness, empathy, and compassion, and speak out!

Take your kindness to new heights on this Pink Shirt Day, and every day, let’s “Lift each other up!!

 

 

The Ministry of Education announced the 2020 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education in late January 2020. The awards were created to recognize the enormous contributions of BC’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province.

The Premier’s Awards provide students, parents, teachers and other members of the community with an opportunity to celebrate those who make a real difference in BC Schools.

The awards are presented annually to exceptional education professionals in BC’s school system working within the public, independent or First Nations school systems.

This year there are 10 categories to choose from to nominate an individual. The awards are open to all education professionals within the BC K-12 public, independent or First Nations school systems.

Winners will receive a $3,000 taxable personal bursary for professional learning, and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning. Runners up will receive a $1,000 taxable personal bursary for professional learning, and a $1,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.

Nominations are now open and are welcome from all BC citizens, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees and community organizations. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2020.

Additional information on the awards, including a downloadable poster and brochure can be found on the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education website at www.gov.bc.ca/excellenceineducation (click on link to access website).

 

 

 

Update …. kindly note as of 1:56 p.m. today, February 6, the Hold and Secure status at all Hazelton Schools
has been lifted.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  The safety of our students
and staff is paramount at all times.

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

A generalized safety concern was brought to our attention this morning.

School administration and the School District immediately contacted the RCMP and Safer Schools Together.

To ensure the safety of staff and students, a Hold and Secure procedure was put into place today at all Hazelton Schools in the event of potential community situations occurring outside the schools and not related to schools.

We wish to assure you that all staff and students are safe.  We take every precaution to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at (250) 842-5777, Ext. 3028, should you have further questions or concerns.

Sincerely yours,

Alison Campbell
Principal

 

 

The Board of Education invites all interested parties to attend the following additional public consultation forums to provide input and share their views on action planning relating to the Independent Consultant’s report and recommendations.  Members of the public who attend the public consultation forum will be asked to participate in a working session around the recommendations.

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (NTETC) – Meeting Room
(formerly the Thornhill Junior/Secondary School, 3120 Highway 16 East, Terrace)

 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School – Library
(1491 Kingfisher Avenue, Kitimat)

Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hazelton Secondary School – Library
(2725 Highway 62, Hazelton)

If you are unable to attend the consultation forum, or you prefer to submit your thoughts electronically, please email to feedback@cmsd.bc.ca.

In June 2019, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 initiated a review to address concerns that were raised by students, parents, partner groups and communities.  In order to ensure the process was objective and thorough, the Board of Education contracted Independent Consultant, Dianne Turner.

Ms. Turner was tasked to gather relevant information and provide recommendations for future actions to the Board of Education.  The intent of this process was to address concerns raised within the school district and to identify processes moving forward, with the priority being placed on the well-being and learning of students in the district.

The Board of Education received Ms. Turner’s report and recommendations on November 27, 2019.  The report is provided for your information by accessing the following link:

Independent Consultant’s Report to the Board of Education, Nov. 27, 2019

The Board of Education extends their appreciation to those who brought forward concerns and who were willing to be interviewed.   The next steps are to share the report and conduct a series of consultations.

Public participation is encouraged.  Input and feedback is welcomed and valued by the Board of Education.

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Shar McCrory
Chair, Board of Education

 

 

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CMSD82 2020-2021 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice  (click on link to open)

 

School District 82 Policy 1030 outlines student attendance/catchment area procedures in accordance with Ministry of Education policies on Schools of Choice.  It is important that parents take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the procedures listed below are followed:

  1. Students must be registered at their catchment area school.
  2. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Applications:  After registering at your catchment area school, applications must be received at your school of choice by February 14, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.
  3. Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications:  By the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations.  Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school year.  Parents/guardians applying for Cross Boundary status are advised the decisions related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.
  4. New In-Catchment Registrations:  Registrations will be received up to March 13, 2020 for new students including Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrolment.  Wait-listed students who are in catchment area may be moved as soon as space is available.
  5. Notification of In-Catchment:  Wait-listed in-catchment area students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Definitions:

  1. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students:   Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  2. In-Catchment Students:   Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.

Inquiries regarding catchment areas should be directed to the principal of the school.  

For your convenience, provided below is the 2019-2020 CMSD82 School Principals Listing with contact numbers.

CMSD82 2019-2020 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing
(click on link to open)

 

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In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child on the following dates.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

Schools are open to take registration for Kindergarten from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. between January 13, 2020 and March 13, 2020.

The School District will make every effort to place students who have registered by March 13, 2020 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after March 13, 2020 may not be granted place in their catchment area school.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2020 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2020.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

To register for Kindergarten classes, please register your child at your neighbourhood primary/elementary school as detailed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).  If you wish information on school boundaries, please contact any of the principals as listed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures.

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enrol in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at schools indicated with an * as listed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.
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Upcoming Events

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences – Nov. 28th 2:00-4:00

Book Fair – Nov. 27 & 28 – 9:00 – 4:00

Dec 20

Christmas Concert – 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Dec 20th

Last Day of School for the Christmas Break