Next Few Weeks @ a Glance

The end of this week marks the End of Week 3 of 9 in Quarter 2. I was very impressed with the report cards that came out last week for Quarter 1. We had our highest percentage of “G Club” (all Gs for effort on a report card) students in the past 4 years!

I would like to remind parents to please call the office (250-836-2831) if you know that you child will be away from school. And, students, if you are late coming to school it is important that you sign in at the office.

Attendance matters – so please do you best to come to school and arrive on time.

Here are few events coming up in the next few weeks that you need to be aware of:

Monday, Nov 30th – Grad Meeting at 5 pm via Zoom (link sent to Grad parents)
Wednesday (Dec 2nd) and Thursday (Dec 3rd) – Grad Photos in Cafeteria
Wednesday, Dec 2nd – Rotary Lunch (out of Foods Room)
Thursday, Dec 3rd – Pizza Day (out of Foods Room)
Friday, Dec 4th – G Club Lunch

Monday, Dec 7-11 – Communication Week for Quarter 2
As a result of this timeframe, we will be having our Communication Week next week. This means that staff will either be emailing, calling or sending documentation home that speaks to student progress to date.

Monday, Dec 14-18th – Spirit Week – organized by Leadership class
Wednesday, Dec 16thall locks and contents out of all lockers by the of end of the school day for a ‘deep’ cleaning – lockers will be accessible after Winter Break.
Friday, Dec 18th – ‘Hall’iday Feast for all students (more details to come on this as we get closer).

Term 1 Report Cards

Dear ERS families,

Term 1 report cards will be handed out at the end of the school day tomorrow.
Parents, if a report card does not make its way home, feel free to call the school for a copy (250-836-2831).

Regards,
Mark Marino (Principal)

‘Middle Years’ (Grade 8) Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grade 8,

Once again, School District No. 83 has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC to invite Grades 5 and 8 students to take part in completing the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). The MDI is a self-report questionnaire that asks children about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in school and in the community. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.

In previous years, students in Grades 4 and 7 have completed the questionnaire but this year, our district will be inviting students in Grades 5 and 8, so there is not overlap with the Grade 4 and 7 FSA assessments.

The questionnaire will be administered between January 11th and March 5th, 2021 at your child’s school.

An informed passive consent letter will be emailed to you prior to November 30th. The MDI is voluntary; your child can choose whether they would like to complete the questionnaire.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jennifer Findlay

District Principal
jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca

New Quarter Coming Up!

Good afternoon,

As mentioned last week in a message home, we are coming to end of Quarter 1. Below is a recap of some important dates:

Friday, November 13th – End of Quarter 1. Grade 7 and 8 students will be moving into Exploration classes instead of PE and Band. They will continue with the Math/Science/English/Social Studies.

Grade 9-12 students will have 2 new classes starting on Tuesday. Updated schedules will be shared with all students on Friday.

Monday, November 16th – This is our “COURSE COMPLETION’ Day . Here is what this day will look like:

a. During COURSE COMPLETION DAY, Grade 7 and 8s will be in their regular classes with the exception of band. Students can expect to have some form of PE on Monday so please come prepared for some physical activity (they will be taking a break from PE and Band until Quarter 3 in February).

b. During COURSE COMPLETION DAY, Grade 9-12s will be able to get extra support/time in courses that they were not successful in completing. If students are not able to demonstrate the learning outcomes necessary to receive credit for a course by the last day of Term 1 (Friday, November 13), they will be required to attend school on course completion day to receive extra support in an effort to complete the course. Teachers will communicate with both students and parents if a student is required to be at school that day.

If students are not required to be at school but would still like to attend, of course they are welcome to attend their Term 1 classes that day. In this situation, we encourage students to bring something to work on or read for the day. There will not be any instruction of new material or specific activities planned for students who have already completed their
coursework. This day is intended to provide extra support to students who need to complete
the course.

Tuesday, November 17th –first day of Quarter 2. We will be starting with a B/A block order.

Friday, November 20th – Ministry Designated Day to focus on Indigenous Education. Students do not attend school this day.