Monday, Oct. 17th = Individual Student Photos
A reminder to all families that Individual Student Photos are Monday, Oct. 17th. Get ready to smile!
As well, coming up on the evening of Oct. 26th & 27th, PAC will again be offering families the opportunity to participate in Brantford’s annual Family Photo Shoot. Get your family portraits done in time for Christmas, and help with school fundraising at the same time. More details to come, so stay tuned.
Interim Ministerial Order on Reporting 2016/17
Effective this school year (2016/17), a new interim Ministerial Order on reporting has been put in place to support the redesigned K-9 curriculum. The new Order provides districts with guidelines on communicating student progress, as well as the flexibility needed at a more local level to continue to move ahead with new practices in student reporting.
Boards of Education will continue to provide parents with a minimum of five reports describing students’ school progress. Three of the reports will be formal written reports and two informal reports. Informal reports are an important link between home and school and can take a variety of forms such as telephone calls, student-led conferences, parent-teacher conferences, use of journals, emails, etc. Schools and teachers determine how they will informally communicate with parents.
The updated policy is posted on the Ministry site: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/legislation-policy/public-schools/student-reporting
The Burnaby School District will continue to share updated information through the school Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC).
Can you believe that the start of school is just around the corner? First day back will be this coming Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. First bell rings at 8:50 a.m., with students in session from 8:55 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Students that attended last year will be returning to last year’s teacher for the most part. Some staff have moved rooms over the summer, so there will be signage up around the school directing families where to bring their children the first day.
- New students attending Brantford for the first time will meet in the library for a quick welcome and orientation, then will join a classroom with their grade peers. Parents are welcome to accompany their children for this session.
- Parents, come join the new principal, Kurt Gurney, some of the PAC Executive, and other parents from the community in the gym at this time for some coffee and goodies.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2016 will be our first full day of classes for students in grades 1-7. We are so excited to see you all and hear about your amazing summer adventures.
On behalf of the 2016/2017 PAC Executive, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parent community for your support in granting us the opportunity to represent your collective voice at Brantford.
Despite the school year coming to a close soon, our work as a group has just begun and will continue to through summer as we prepare for a new school year in September. Every PAC Executive has its own unique set of successes, circumstances and challenges. We are excited to bring collaboration and community to the forefront of our planned activities.
At our most recent executive meeting, we reviewed the school calendar of events and have started planning in regards to some program expenditures that will directly benefit the students at Brantford and also afford teachers more latitude with field trip and consumable costs. These programs include but are not limited to the Young Actor’s Project, Dance, Sexual Health and Science.
Further to this, our team is looking forward to planning a Welcome Back BBQ Block Party in September for parents and families to come together with your PAC executive, new and returning staff and enjoy the school community that is Brantford. We will sustain existing programs such as Healthy Snack, Popcorn Day(s) as well as the Hot Lunch Program inclusive of your favorite food vendors.
We’ve decided to also host our PAC General Meetings on rotational monthly dates throughout the year. This will mean a more flexible meeting schedule which will hopefully enable more parents to attend and be involved.
Our PAC executive has been busy organizing the Sports Day concession for this Friday, June 17th. If you have a moment Friday, come by and introduce yourself to them as they will be easily distinguishable in their colorful super hero shirts and attire.
Lastly, I would like to thank the 2015/2016 PAC Executive for their invested time and energy. The community events and fundraising efforts this year have been successful and greatly appreciated.
To all of you, your families and children, we wish you a safe and adventurous summer and look forward to reconvening in September!
John Carinha – PAC Chair
Thank you for your interest in Burnaby Schools for your child’s summer learning experience. We will be resuming registration this Thursday, May 5, with a staggered schedule dependent on the grade your child will be entering in September 2016. Courses for other grades will not be available until the scheduled date (next week)
Please see the front page of the District website for the dates scheduled to register your child.