March 27, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please click here  for a message for parents and students from the Surrey School District.

Firstly,  hope you are well and looking after yourselves and loved ones, following the safe health protocols and practising social distancing. I’m sure many of you are finding creative ways to connect with family and friends with the use of technology. What we are all experiencing is unprecedented territory.  Each day brings new information and many new questions.

Be assured that we are working with the Ministry of Education and District to create an educational program for our students that will take effect later next week.

Please continue to monitor your email, and/or student FreshGrade accounts, school blog, and our school/district webpages.  These will be our platforms of communication to you.  If your contact information has changed (phone number, email, etc.) please make sure you contact the school on Monday (through email or phone call) to inform us of the changes.

As the health of our students, families, and staff are our primary concern, there will be no student access to the building at this time.  We are doing all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep everyone safe.

I understand many of you have questions – please be patient and wait for additional information that will come from the school, and/or your child’s teacher later next week.  Many of your questions will be answered in that communication.  If you have questions or concerns after the information is relayed late next week, please forward your questions to us and/or your child’s classroom teacher, and we will do all we can to answer them.

We ask for you patience as we navigate this unchartered territory  with new obstacles and challenges.  We are adapting to the reality that neither staff nor students will be working together from school. Through it all, please know that we are committed to providing the best educational experience.  We will get through this together – one day at a time, working as a team.

Sincerely,

Ms. Chohan

 

 

 

 

COVID19 Parent Memo-March 17, 2020

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March 17, 2020

Dear parents, guardians, students and community members,

I want to begin by sending our thoughts to those who have family members and loved ones who are directly impacted by COVID-19, including those with symptoms, confirmations of infection, in self-isolation, and those in the Lynn Valley Care Centre. This situation is uncharted territory for us all, and we are all impacted. It is a time to come together in support of stopping the spread of the virus.

As the cases grow and the impact widens, we are acutely aware of the effects of COVID-19. Our school district has close to 12,000 employees. We not only have people with compromised immune systems, but we also have an enormous number of people who are caring for their parents and other elderly on a daily basis. We are a community and we care for each other. Part of that care is trying to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Today, in an unprecedented move, the provincial government announced that schools in British Columbia will be closed indefinitely for direct face to face instruction. Most importantly, for our school system this means that on March 30th when our doors were to be opened after spring break, they will not be open to students. While students will not be in schools, we need to provide continuity of instruction.

You will have many questions such as:

  • What does continuity of instruction actually mean?
  • Will my grade 12 child be eligible to enter post-secondary?
  • How am I going to care for my child and go to work?
  • When we return to instruction at school, will school be extended into the summer to make up time?

We do not have answers to these questions at this time, but we are working diligently to get these answers as soon as we can. There are additional conference calls scheduled today and tomorrow so that we can get more clarity. We simply wanted to take this early opportunity to let you know that our team is planning for March 30th, and we have been planning in-depth since last week in anticipation of this announcement. We are not waiting to put plans into place and are acting now.

The most important message we are trying to convey first and foremost is to stay healthy. We are planning for a more detailed communication that will answer many of your questions, and we hope to share that with you in the coming days.

Sincerely,

Jordan Tinney

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

COVID-19 Parent Memo

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March 13, 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

On Wednesday, COVID-19 was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and we’ve seen a sweeping set of societal and cultural changes that directly impact our personal and professional worlds. Today, I have sent a letter to all staff about what the implications are for us as a district. I wanted to follow up with a letter to parents and guardians so you know our planning and our communications given that spring break is upon us.

As you can imagine, our top priority is to continue to provide excellent educational programs for our community. I am proud of our district, our schools, and public education in British Columbia. Schools are, in many ways, the heart of our community and I am deeply reminded of that through the events of this week.

In the past 24 hours we’ve seen strong guidance from government and health leaders in many regions of the world to further prevent potential exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Here in British Columbia, our Provincial Health Officer (PHO) announced new directives and measures to help protect our communities. Specifically, the Public Health Officer and government are advising:

  • British Columbians should avoid all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
  • Anyone who travels outside Canada is being asked to stay away from school or work for 14 days upon return.
  • Event organizers should cancel any gathering larger than 250 people

In our letter to our staff, we have stated that for the health of our schools, students and families and for the broader role we play in our communities, it is critical that we all follow the directives of public health.

Given our proximity to the United States, many of you will have made international travel plans for spring break. If families willingly travel outside of Canada against the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, then we are urging students and parents to stay away from school for 14 days upon their return. The Provincial Health Officer is asking all British Columbians to comply with this travel ban as part of our civic duty to stem the spread of COVID-19 and we are hoping that all families will help us in our fight to stem the pandemic.

You may have also heard talk of school closures or an extended spring break. The Provincial Health Officer advises that closing schools is not appropriate or advised at this time. There currently are no plans to extend spring break. Public health officials and the Ministry of Education will be working with school districts during spring break to continue monitoring the pandemic and to consider any further measures that may be required.

The World Health Organization in declaring a pandemic has stated that it will take a collective resolve by each of us to manage through these times. We know the above messages have a substantial impact on not only ourselves, but all our families and the broader community. We also know information is changing daily. Thank you for your patience and please continue to monitor our website for additional information as it emerges.

 

In closing, please stay healthy and we hope you do indeed manage to have a restful spring break.

Thank you,

 

Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools/CEO

March 13, 2020

lightbulbUpcoming Events

March 30                         First Day back after Spring Break
March 30                         Portable Classes move into new wing!
April 3                             New Addition Open House 8 – 8:45 am
April 8                             PAC meeting 6 pm

April 7                            Parent Info Evening @ Hall’s Prairie re: Douglas Elem.
April 9                             Class and Panorama pictures
April 10                          Good Friday holiday – classes not in session
April 13                          Easter Monday holiday – classes not in session
April 20                         Parent Info Evening @ Sunnyside Elem. re: Edgewood Elem.
April 20                          Book Fair this week
April 22                          Grade 6 immunizations
May 1                              Pro D – classes not in session
May 4                              Variety Show Auditions this week at lunch
May 18                            Victoria Day holiday – classes not in session
May 21                            Variety Show at 12:45 pm for parent audience
May 25                           Pro D – classes not in session

Coronavirus

For the latest news from the school district regarding the coronavirus please visit the district website – click here.

SSD_Pres4_ChosenDear parents and guardians,

Spring break is almost upon us, and it is a fast changing and unusual time. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The Director-General of the WHO talked of a collective “resolve” to do what we can together to change the course of the pandemic. With that in mind, we are sending this letter to families who are deciding to travel internationally during spring break. It is not just your travel that you need to consider, it is the potential impact upon your return.

First and foremost, we hope that you are monitoring the Government of Canada’s Travel Health Notices. There is vital information on that site, and clear reminders about what you need to consider when travelling to different countries or embark on a cruise.

Next, we are very fortunate that spring break is near. This means that we have a two-week buffer that allows things to hopefully slow down in our community. However, the down-side is that once spring break is over, and people return from around the world, there will be no buffer on the horizon and it’s very possible that we could still be in a period of escalation.

With these things in mind, we are asking you to be vigilant on a few fronts. Once again, as always, the best ways to avoid transmission are (From Health Canada):

  • Avoid spending time in large crowds;
  • Avoid contact with sick people;
  • Follow public health advice;
  • Wash hands with soap and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm if you sneeze or cough;
  • Use tissue and dispose of it as soon as possible; and
  • If you become sick, avoid others.We look toward a time when the pandemic is behind us. Whether you travel or stay close to home, we hope that the break brings the rest and relaxation that the coming of spring signals. We also hope you don’t mind us sending you these reminders so that we can all do our collective part to stay safe and stay well.Sincerely,

         Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools/CEO

imagesCatchment Boundaries for Edgewood Elementary or Douglas Elementary

We sent home notices yesterday informing the families who will become part of the Edgewood or Douglas Elementary community in the coming school year.

On Tuesday, April 7th there will be a Parent Information Evening at the Hall’s Prairie Elementary School gym from 6 – 7:30 pm.  On Tuesday, April 20th there will be a Parent Information Evening at the Sunnyside Elementary School gym from 6 – 7:30 pm. At these sessions we will be sharing information regarding Edgewood and  Douglas Elementary, and the transition for next fall.  We will also provide an overview  of some of the work happening this spring and next fall to get ready for the school.

Click here for the Edgewood Elementary School blog and click here for the Douglas Elementary School blog.  Both blogs include an area to ask questions.  In order to help us plan for the evening, we are that you please forward any questions you may have so we can include answers to these questions in our presentation, or do our best to answer these questions during the evening.

March 2, 2020

don't forgetUpcoming Events

March 5                           Reading Link Challenge (am)
March 9                           CSL reports to go home this week
March 11                         Early Dismissal 1:27 pm Led Conferences
March 12                         Theme Day: Jersey Day
March 13                         Last day of classes before Spring Break
March 30                         First Day back after Spring Break
March 30                         Portable Classes move into new wing!
April 3                             New Addition Open House 8 – 8:45 am
April 8                             PAC meeting 6 pm
April 9                             Class and Panorama pictures
April 10                          Good Friday holiday – classes not in session
April 13                          Easter Monday holiday – classes not in session
April 20                          Book Fair this week
April 22                          Grade 6 immunizations
May 1                              Pro D – classes not in session
May 4                              Variety Show Auditions this week at lunch
May 18                            Victoria Day holiday – classes not in session
May 21                            Variety Show at 12:45 pm for parent audience
May 25                           Pro D – classes not in session

Coronavirus Update:

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

As you are aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to impact countries around the world with a rising number of confirmed cases. Given this evolving situation, we wanted to send an update to parents and staff on the current situation, including how it could potentially impact the many families who are looking forward to travelling this spring break.Understandably, there is a good deal of concern with respect to international travel,
including international field trips and personal vacations. Regarding out-of-province travel, public health officials are advising the public to reference Government of Canada travel health notices to inform decision making regarding upcoming travel. Situations are changing quickly in some regions, so please check the Government of Canada travel advisory site frequently for updates.

With respect to international field trips, we have received a number of inquiries from parents. Please be assured that the safety of our students and staff is always our first priority. There are a number of trips planned across the district and we have been carefully considering every trip on a case by case basis. We understand the concerns parents have, and we are not only coordinating our messaging with health experts, but we are also in regular communication with other school districts across the province. We are aware that there is an updated warning to avoid non-essential travel to Iran, Northern Italy and some areas in South Korea, we are aware of school closures in Japan, as well as restrictions on public gatherings in France. We are also very concerned about the situation just next door in Washington state where King County has been declared to be in a state of emergency.

We will continue to work closely and take direction from our provincial health experts at the Ministry of Health and Fraser Health to ensure the continued safety and well-being of students and staff. If there are trip cancellations by the district, we will work directly with those schools. For more information on COVID-19, including ways to reduce your risk of infection, please refer to the following resources:

  • Novel Coronavirus Q&A from HealthLinkBC: Click here
  • BC Centre for Disease Control: Click here
  • Government of Canada Travel Health Notices: click here

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school directly.

Sincerely,

Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools

downloadBasketball Season

A big congratulations to our both our boys and girls basketball team! Both teams had a successful season as they developed their skills and learned about teamwork.   A big thank you to our coaches – Mr. Henderson (boys team), Ms. Champion (girls team), Ms. Chong (parent coach for the girls team).

Our boys team won their Play Day in a thriller of a game against Sunnyside in the finals.  Pacific Heights was down by one point with 3 seconds left, and Ethan Morphy put up one last final shot that hit the front of the rim, then it hit the backboard, and sank beautifully into the net. All the boys played a pivotal part towards the victory and should be proud of themselves. This will will surely go down as one of the best comebacks in Pacific Heights history.

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The Girls Basketball team had an exciting season. There were 15 girls who signed up to learn the sport, develop their skills,  and display positive sportsmanship. Some of the girls had never played basketball before and worked hard to learn the skills and rules of the game. Each week, they had shown improvements and more confidence.   Our girls ended the season earning a solid second place. They all played with heart and determination. Our two Grade 7 girls, Kaelynn and Kianna, provided the team with leadership and support. Both Kul Chong and Ms. Champion, team coaches, were very proud of this team. They represented Pacific Heights well. Go Phoenix go!!

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Student Leadership

IMG_3143Our Grade 7 Student Leadership Team has done an  amazing job this term with paying it forward.  We started our January with a sock drive – our goal was to collect 250 pairs of socks.  We exceeded that goal and collected over 600 pairs!  A shout out to Molly G. – this was her idea and she was so passionate about helping the homeless in Surrey during these cold months.

cupcakeIn the month of February our Leadership Team participated in WE Bake for Change (we baked cupcakes).  The students had fun as they iced the cupcakes and sold them.  We raised $800.  All proceeds from our cupcake sales go to India in supporting clean water initiatives through the ME to We organization.  Below is a short movie Charlie Z. (division 1) made to promote our bake sale.

 

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We are all excited for the addition to be completed – only 3 more weeks to go and we are in!  Our teachers that are out in portables will be settling into the building on the first day back from Spring Break.  The plan is to have 7 portables removed from our school site during Spring Break.  The only remaining portables left on our school site will be the two modulars, Ms. Chamberlayne’s portable, and the two portables that are on the grass field.

We will have an open house on Friday, April 3rd from 8:00 am to 8:45 am for any parents who would like to see the new addition.