Kindergarten Orientation — June 8

Hi parents/guardians of future kindergarten students at South Canoe. An email was sent out today regarding the Kindergarten Orientation which is taking place June 8 from 10:30-11:30 AM. Bring your kiddo for some activities and a meet up with their teacher next year, Mrs. Janelle Danyluk.

Excited to meet the newbies.

— Jared King —

Playground, shed, and outdoor learning!

It’s official! As you’ve probably already seen, construction of our playground is underway and will take 3-4 weeks (if all goes well) for instillation. I’ll be sending out what the playground will look like via email to parents.

Thanks to those who are building our shed and to all the lumber donations!! Going to make outdoor learning for teachers so much easier 🙂

Despite all that’s going on at the school, outdoor learning continues to thrive….

PAC Hot Lunch Tomorrow!

PAC is back with their famous hot lunch tomorrow (May 6). Please pack a snack for the kiddos but lunch is covered, unless you don’t want them to have it. Hot Lunch order forms have gone home and need to be returned for tomorrow, please and thank you 🙂

We are asking that students please bring their own bowls and cutlery to save on cleaning afterwards and reduce waste.

Gonna be delish!

Great day today!

So awesome to finally have a cultural performance back at our school! Will’s Jams played for us and rocked the house. Kids were excellent spectators and rocked along with them!

And huge thanks to the gentlemen who worked on the shed today! It’s looking sturdy and sheddy… We are excited to have it completed to help make outdoor learning more efficient and easier for our teachers 🙂 Thanks again to all those who donated lumber to make this happen. We have an amazing group of parents 🙂

Welcome back to school!

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

Managing anxiety in children

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.

Masks still required at school

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