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Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46
(Sunshine Coast)
Superintendent Patrick Bocking

February 14th , 2018

1. Students
a. Kindergarten Registration Week takes place from February 19th to February 23th. During this week, district elementary schools place a particular focus on welcoming our newest students and their parents. Our radio ad this month is a, “must listen” as our current kindergarten students welcome their new friends to school.
b. The Elementary Sports Committee is planning for a Girls’ Leadership Day – designed to support and empower leadership skills in our grade 6, 7 and 8 female leaders. This exciting event will take place in September, 2018
c. The musical theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes place at Chatelech Secondary on February 23rd, and 24th and March 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 p.m. each night! Enjoy the magical show!
d. The Train-In-Trades Culinary Arts students completed their course and enjoyed a warm celebration at Elphinstone Secondary. Congratulations to the students and to the staff: Teacher Ann Allen and Chef Barry Barone.
2. Staff
a. The SCTA Professional Development Committee prepared an excellent day of professional learning on February 9th beginning with a breakfast at Chatelech Secondary. All staff and trustees were welcomed to a wide range of workshops.
b. An SD46 team participates in the SFU Public Discourse in Education Symposia. The fourth and last symposium takes place on Saturday, February 18th.
c. The district has received many applicants for the district’s leadership pool. Shortlisting and moving through the hiring process will continue over the next few weeks.
d. Our District was chosen this year for a Special Education audit by the Ministry of Education.  The audit took place from January 15-17th and was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to highlight the excellent file management and Special Education processes that we have in place.  The success of the audit was due to a huge team of staff including clerical, Educational Assistants, Principals and District Principals, all of the District Support Services staff and most of all, Support Service Teachers who put in many hours to prepare and organize for this event.  The auditors were impressed with our files and one of their main recommendations was to continue with the service level and processes we currently have in place.  Thank you to staff!
3. Community
a. Sunshine Coast Community Schools is working with staff to support out of school activities at our elementary schools using a significant grant from the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
b. The Aboriginal Advisory Circle met recently to review exciting programs and supports for our students. The committee reviewed data including the remarkable increase in our aboriginal student graduation rate.
c. Our district is being represented on the Children's Charter Committee which is working to create a Sunshine Coast Children's Charter, based on the United Nations Rights of the Child.  The committee has raised funds to bring training to interested staff who will lead students through activities that will help us prioritize which of the Rights are most important to children here on the Coast.  This activity has been completed in many communities around BC and we look forward to working on this valuable project.  (If we have time, can show the 2 minute clip from Squamish to give them the idea of what it will look like eventually?  www.seatoskykids.ca/childrens-charter

 

February 14, 2018

 

Supporting Your Children During Times of Tragic News

 

Dear Families of SD46 Students,

In light of the tragic school event on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida, we would like to offer these recommendations from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to help your child deal with this type of tragedy:

• Your child may be confused or frightened by the news of this tragic event and most likely will be looking to adults for information and guidance on how to react.
• Be sensitive to the amount that the topic is being discussed in your home - as the media bombards us with messages of instability and fear, children will need to hear a calm message that they are safe. Give facts only and allow children a chance to discuss if they need. Maintain structure, stability and routine while also allowing flexibility if needed.
• Restrict any photos, video or online footage of the incident - we know that visual footage can have a significant impact on students with anxiety. Limit the amount that footage is playing on the TV while your child is around.
• Be aware of our own reactions and sensitivity to this tragic event and reach out for support when needed.
• Observe your child's emotional state and watch for changes in eating, sleeping and mood.
• Model calm, controlled behaviour.
• Let children know it is okay to be upset.
• Encourage your child to talk about their thoughts and feelings and make time to talk to them every day.
• Spend extra time reading or playing quiet games before bedtime.
• Focus a little extra time on your child this week, give more hugs and physical contact.

If you have concerns about your child's reaction, please reach out to your school staff, family doctor and other community supports.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Bocking, Superintendent
School District No 46 (Sunshine Coast)

Attention Sunshine Coast Parents! The following classes will be offered this Winter: Circle of Security, Feeding with Love and Good Tastes, & Positive Discipline. See below for registration details.

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WE EMBRACE OUR COMMUNITY!
The SD46 Strategic Plan states: our district will actively recruit students from around the world to live and learn with us in a welcoming international student program that showcases the beautiful, natural environment of the Sunshine Coast.
SD46 was recently highlighted in an article in the ST (Study Travel) Magazine, enjoy the article below.
For more information about the SD46 International Student program, please visit the following website: http://learninbc.com/.

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