Welcome back everyone! We are delighted to have many new students join us at VCE this year. As well, we welcome Mrs. Bourdon, Mrs. Jajic, Mrs. Lock and Mrs. Nunn. The staff has been working hard to get ready for the new school year. We spent two days in late August engaged in professional development on the topic of collaboration.
This year, we are continuing to work on the three school goals: Collaboration, Kindness, Self-regulation. We are excited to explore and participate in Project Based Learning school-wide in collaboration (staff and students). For more information on Project Based Learning, please go to http://bie.org/ As well, to be involved in on-going improvement to our practice, the staff is learning about Instructional Learning Rounds. For more information, please refer to http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb11/vol68/num05/Making-the-Most-of-Instructional-Rounds.aspx We are continuing with the social responsibility goal of promoting Kindness. Kindness in key to having an inclusive, compassionate and respectful learning environment. Finally, we are continuing to focus on Self-regulation using the strategies by Zones of Regulation and MindUp. Self-regulation is key to preparing students to learn.
We are immersed with implementing SD 48 District Strategic Plan http://sd48seatosky.org/strategic-plan/ The Competencies of the Goals are to: Learn, Create and Innovate, Think Critically, Contribute and Collaborate. The Pathways to achieving our Goals are through the Strategies using improved practices in: Assessment, Collaboration, Engagement, Play and Exploration, Purpose and Authenticity, Technology.
As you are aware, we are in the process of implementing the new curriculum from Ministry of Education. If you would like to take a look at the new curriculum, please go to https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/
At VCE, we have replaced the desk top computers in the computer lab with a second COW (Computers on Wheels) where students are able access laptops. We hope to add a few more iPADs in the near future. Using technology to help students learn is a priority at VCE.
The Library is undergoing some changes with our new librarian, Mrs. Zuckernick. We would like to make the library a more student-friendly and technology-incorporated space.
Thanks to the PAC, the Living Classroom at the back of the school is being established well. We hope to use the Living Classroom more this year to teach the children about nature, sustainability and stewardship. We also had a wonderful harvest with our class garden. We will be continuing with the garden program as well.
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We are happy to host the Strings Program again this year. The Strings Program is open to any Gr. 3 to 6 students who would like to play the violin. Melissa Braun from the Squamish Academy of Music will be the instructor again on Tues and Thurs mornings (7:50 to 8:50 am). If your child is interested, please fill and return the application form in the office. The violin rental night is on Mon, Sept 28th at SAM. The lessons start on Oct 6th.
After school program mentored by the high school students was a huge success last year. We hope to continue providing sports and arts & crafts after school a couple of times a week. We are in the process of recruiting students from HSS and DRS.
Finally, we are happy to host the welcome BBQ this year. On Wed, Sept 23rd, the students will be dismissed at 2 pm. The teachers will be available to meet you between 5 – 5:30 pm. This is not a formal parent/teacher interview. Then, the students, staff and parents will be able to mingle and enjoy dinner together between 5:30 – 7 pm. The school will provide the BBQ and we are asking the families to bring appetizers, salads and desserts to share.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward working with you this year. We hope that your children find VCE a safe, happy and fun place for learning.
Ms. Ji Ai Cho, Principal