Grade 10 students will be completing the Ministry of Education’s Student Learning Survey (SLS) out of their D block classes on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. This survey is anonymous and optional. Parents are also encouraged to complete the survey.
Parents and students can access the SLS by clicking here.
The original letter home to grade 10 families and students, which contains the steps to access the SLS, is below.
Welcome back from Spring Break on Monday, April 4! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.
Just a reminder that when we all come back to school that the mask mandate has ended. SD83 is a “mask friendly” school district. You can wear a mask if you choose.
Please continue with the daily health checks and stay home if you are ill. Also, regular hand washing and sanitizing should continue. For those who choose to wear a mask, medical grade masks continue to be available for students and staff.
If you really enjoyed your time off don’t fear, there are two more school holidays on the horizon. Good Friday is on April 15 and Easter Monday is April 18.
Important federal information for those who travelled internationally over Spring Break
If you and your family travelled outside Canada over Spring Break there are important federal requirements to be aware of. This includes that for 14 days following entry into Canada, travellers must:
Some federal rules after entering Canada are different from the provincial or territorial rules. In this case, you must follow the stricter rules.
For more information: Federal requirements for out of country travellers
Close to 60 people joined an online presentation featuring Dr. Sean Larsen who discussed a Practical Approach to Managing Anxiety in Children on March 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Director of Instruction Carol-Ann Leidloff was pleased with the turnout and said this online workshop was presented to help parents and educators with some essential tools to better understand anxiety in children, recognize when it is becoming problematic, help children build the capacity to overcome it, and create environments to foster better outcomes for those struggling. She noted Dr. Larsen has agreed to allow the recording of the session to be shared so that those who couldn’t attend can watch it at their leisure.
View recording of Thursday’s presentation here
View pdf of Dr. Larsen’s slides here
Drawing on literature on brain development, emotional regulation, psychology, and years of clinical experience Dr. Larsen wants to help others better understand children’s anxiety and how to support them in more meaningful ways.
Problematic anxiety in childhood is common and disrupts opportunities for healthy experiences. Anxiety can influence a child’s ability to achieve academically, make friends, or find reward in the activities they take part in.
He notes that about one in ten Canadians will access mental health support for mood and anxiety disorders in their lives and a far larger percentage could benefit from these supports and a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it impacts their lives.
Leidloff adds the district hopes to have Dr. Larsen return in the fall with presentations on how to help children sleep better, and on digital parenting.
It is almost time to take off your mask, if you so choose, but not quite!
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced that masks are no longer required in public indoor places as of midnight March 10th, however this does not apply to certain areas including schools and medical/health facilities. This means, in accordance with the Public Health Order, SD83 students and staff continue to be required to mask indoors at school.
Henry announced B.C. students from Kindergarten until grade 12 will no longer be mandated to wear masks after their return from Spring Break which in SD83 is from March 21 to April 1, 2022.
B.C. takes next step in balanced plan to lift COVID-19 Restrictions