Paving Trucks in Roundabout

February 27, 2020

downloadPlease be aware that the roundabout will be busy today with large trucks that are required for paving.  This means that there will be longer wait times and more congestion in our roundabout today.

We suggest you park down the street and walk to the school to pick up your child.

Thank you,

Ms. Chohan

 

Novel Coronavirus Update

 

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February 21, 2020

Novel Coronavirus Update

We are writing to give you updated information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a new virus causing respiratory illness. Yesterday, Health Minister Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the first presumptive case of novel coronavirus in Fraser Health, the 6th in British Columbia. Fraser Health Public Health is currently monitoring the patient, following up directly with all contacts of the case, and advising self-isolation.

Contacts of this case may have attended school in the region and are currently isolated. These contacts were not showing any signs or symptoms of illness while attending school, and remain well. There is no public health risk at schools in the region. There is also no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in the community.

At this time, we are not recommending testing or assessment for anyone who may have been in contact with this (or any) asymptomatic individual, regardless of travel or contact history. The risk to British Columbians remains low.

In the meantime, we are reminding everyone to follow proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:

  •  Proper hand washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  •  Alcohol-based hand rubs to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled.
  •  Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  •  Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow.
  •   Stay at home when you are sick

    At this time, the recommendations from the Ministry of Health for assessment and testing of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have not changed, although our knowledge of this virus continues to grow, and we are using new information to adjust our public health recommendations.

• Students or staff, who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should consider staying home for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever and cough.

  • Students or staff returning from Hubei Province, China consider staying home for 14 days after they left Hubei. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough. Parents should assist children as needed.
  • Students or staff who have been in other parts of China (outside Hubei Province) should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough for 14 days.

    Those who develop symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

    For more information on Coronavirus, please click here. Anyone concerned about respiratory systems should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

    Yours Truly,

    Dr. Shovita Padhi, Medical Health Officer, Medical Director

Important Boundary Consultation Update

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February 13, 2020

Dear Parents or Guardians,

 

Important Boundary Consultation Update

 

The South Surrey-White Rock area of the school district continues to experience rapid growth predominantly due to new building developments and Neighbourhood Concept Plan (NCP) approvals.

As such, the district has worked with the Ministry of Education to secure two new elementary schools that are under construction (Site 180, 17325 2nd Ave., and Site 206, 16666 23rd Ave.), and an additional elementary school (Site 207, 1960 164A St.) is expected to have Ministry approval soon.

To prepare for the opening of the new schools, new catchment boundaries need to be established for the region and include the existing catchments of East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights and Sunnyside Elementary schools.

The district’s Programming and Facilities Planning Committee (PFP) reviewed and refined five boundary and program location options and presented the options during a community engagement process in the fall of 2019. More than 150 parents, students and staff participated in this consultation. Thank you to all those who came out to the public forums, completed the survey, sent emails to the District and shared their opinions. We appreciate your feedback which has helped shape our direction.

To manage anticipated growth across the region, consideration must be given to capitalizing on the existing and projected space to balance enrolment primarily on the east side of Highway 99. The options considered the magnitude of the growth and overcrowding in the region. During the consultation process, there were many opposing community desires that were identified in the community forums, online surveys and emails. Staff considered community feedback, and, will be implementing the following changes:

Effective January 2021 (or upon inception of instruction of Site 180):

  • Existing Hall’s Prairie students will move to Site 180 in January 2021 or earlier, if construction timelines are advanced. Students that currently attend Hall’s Prairie that are out of catchment will have the option of continuing to Site 180 or returning to their neighbourhood catchment schools.
  • The Montessori Program, currently at Sunnyside Elementary will move to Site 180 in January 2021 or earlier, if construction timelines are advanced. Students in the Montessori program that are out of catchment will have the option of continuing to Site 180 or returning to their neighbourhood catchment schools. Only students in the Montessori program that are also residents in the newly defined Sunnyside catchment area will have the option of remaining at Sunnyside.
  • East Kensington will continue to host the environmental theme-based EKOLogy program and will expand, starting with grade 5 next year.
  • Students who reside in the current East Kensington catchment will be redistributed to Pacific Heights, Site 206 or Site 180 dependent on address. The catchment for the EKOLogy program will be district-wide.
  • Hall’s Prairie will continue to host education programing, and staff will work with the Board to determine optimal programming supporting the district and community.

Effective September 2021 (or upon inception of instruction of Site 206):

  • A phased transition will occur for boundary realignments for Rosemary Heights, Morgan and the northern portion of Sunnyside and will impact all new students residing in these areas, effective September 2021.

 

  • All students currently in the Pacific Heights and Sunnyside catchment that are captured in the new Site 206 catchment will report to their new school. This will be an immediate move for all students K – 7 (if September 2021) or K – 6 (if Spring 2021).

The Surrey Board of Education received staff’s report at the Public Board Meeting on Feb 12th and have had many opportunities for input and guidance as we have proceeded consistent with the Board’s direction for the district.

We wish to extend our thanks to the community and stakeholders for your input and participation in these consultations and we look forward to opening new schools and to supporting our programs in South Surrey/White Rock. We also look forward to continuing to plan for further expansion in Dart’s Hill and Redwood Heights in our long range planning.

More details regarding the catchment boundary options, public consultation, and the Report to the Board of Education can be found at bit.ly/sd36consultations.

Click on the link below for the map of boundary changes:

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Sincerely,

Lynda Reeve
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Surrey Schools – Superintendent’s Department 14033 92nd Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3V 0B7 Tel: (604) 595-6308 Fax: (604) 595-6309 http://www.surreyschools.ca

February 11, 2020

reminderImportant Dates

February 17                   Family Day Holiday (classes not in session)
February 18                    WE Bake for Change
February 19                    Canadathon Game Show
February 20                    Theme Day: Twin Day
February 21                   Pro D (classes not in session)
February 26                    Pink Shirt Day
March 5                           Reading Link Challenge (am)
March 9                           CSL reports to go home this week
March 9                           Variety Show Auditions
March 11                         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm Student Led Conferences
March 12                          Theme Day (TBD)
March 13                          Last day of classes before Spring Break

South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Current BoundariesCatchment Boundary Consultations for the South Surrey White Rock Region

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and participated in the catchment boundary consultations for Site 180, East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights, and Sunnyside.

We had approximately 150 people respond from the region and the district is ready to present the feedback and the final report to the board.  As such, the Catchment Boundary Report is on the agenda for the Surrey Board of Education Public Meeting on February 12th, 2020.   Following that meeting , information regarding catchment boundary decisions will be shared with the school community.

Coronavirus

The Ministry of Education has circulated updated information in response to the coronavirus.  Please click here to read the public document from the Provincial Health officer.

downloadFostering Mathematics at Home

Last evening, many families enjoyed participating in our first ever, Pacific Heights Family Math evening. It was a wonderful to see so much enthusiasm for math.

We began in the gym, engaging in a couple Number Routines. A favourite is “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” Take a look at the images below with your child. Consider the question, “Which One Doesn’t Belong?” There is no one correct answer. Instead, listen to your child’s ability to reason and explain their thinking.

Beyond the games shared last evening, there are many ways parents can support their child(s) mathematical learning, as well as foster a positive disposition towards the subject. These could include:

Indoors you can:

  • Play cards, dice or board games.
  • Complete dot-to-dot puzzles
  • Complete puzzles
  • Use playdough to build and make shapes
  • Estimate quantities of items in your house
  • Bake and discuss the different measurements involved
  • Sort laundry together by matching pairs of socks and/or folding towels in halves.
  • Go on a treasure hunt. Draw a map. Use directional clues such as over, under, above, below, next to and beside.
  • Talk about patterns in songs
  • Visit the library and ask the librarian to point you towards some children’s literature that is math related

Outdoors, you can:

  • Play sports and discuss timing and positioning
  • Measure the distance you can kick a soccer ball, throw a baseball, toss a Frisbee.
  • Count how many times you can skip a rope.
  • Estimate how many steps to your neighbours house, the park, or the school.
  • Draw shapes on the sidewalk.
  • Run a lemonade stand.
  • Look for shapes in clouds.
  • Estimate how many scoops of sand, leaves, or rocks will fill a container.

Additionally, some great Numeracy Websites with resources include:
https://www.mathanywhere.org/
This site has many ideas to support and build positive math experiences outside of school.

https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/
This site is based out of Stanford Graduate School of Education. It provides several articles/podcasts for parents with suggestions on how to support Mathematical learning at home.

www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/LearnPtnrs/math.html
This website is called “Learning Partners – Let’s Do Math” and is full of games and activities to do at home within everyday activities.

www.mathbrain.com
Includes games such as Math Baseball. This site allows you to select a game by age level.

https://talkingmathwithkids.com/
This website is written by a teacher and curriculum developer. He shares practical ways for families to engage in math talk with children.

chocolate-cupcakes-recipeWE Bake for Change

Every year our school supports a foundation called ME to WE. The WE foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1995 that is set to make places better in a variety of ways. They come together and tackle major problems in undeveloped countries, trying, bit by bit to make the world a better place. They focus on 5 different pillars which are water, food, health, opportunity and education. This year our leadership team is focussing on pillar of water to raise money for India.

Up to date our Student Leaders have participated in the following:
We Scare Hunger – to help our local food bank feed families in need
Sock Drive – to help keep the homeless warm during these cold months

Our next two fundraisers will be:
We Bake for Change – to raise awareness and money for water in undeveloped countries
WE Walk for Water – to raise money and awareness for water in undeveloped countries

On Tuesday, February 18th we will be selling cupcakes for $2.  All proceeds will go to the ME to WE foundation towards providing better water supply in India. Children in countries like India, cannot go to school because they need to fetch water for the family from a water source that is far from home (sometimes more than 10 km away) and most times the water source is contaminated.