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Communication & Engagement

Something on your mind? Here’s how to connect with us.

This process will lead to a satisfactory solution efficiently.

Throughout the process, every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality.

If a student initiates an appeal, an adult may be present at any stage of the process.

These guidelines are meant to help you. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at 604-886-4489 or questions@sd46.bc.ca.

How to Communicate with Us:

Step 1: Try to resolve the issue at the source.

    • Identify the specific problem (list specific examples that illustrate the problem).
    • Make an appointment to see the person with whom you have a concern, one-on-one.
    • Respectfully express your concern.
    • Ensure mutual understanding of the concern.
    • Together, explore solutions.
    • Together, set up an action plan with times, dates and follow-up.
    • If a resolution cannot be reached, inform the other party and move to the next step.

Step 2: Principals

    • Make an appointment with your child’s Principal.
    • Identify the concern and establish what has been done to reach a solution.
    • The Principal will help explore further options to resolve the concern.
    • Together, set up an action plan with times, dates and follow-up.
    • If a resolution cannot be reached, move to the next step.

Step 3: Directors of Instruction and Superintendent of Schools

    • Contact the Superintendent’s Office. Identify the concern and what you have done to resolve it. This should be done within 30 days after the decision from Step 2 was made.
    • A Director of Instruction  will connect with you regarding your concern.
    • If you are not satisfied with the outcome, inform the Director of Instruction and contact the Superintendent of Schools.
    • If you are not satisfied with that outcome, inform the Superintendent, and move to the next step.

Step 4: The Board of Education

    • To connect with the Board of Education, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer’s Office to file your appeal within 15 school days.
    • Once a meeting date with the Board of Education has been set, you will be notified and invited to attend.  You will have an opportunity to explain your position.
    • You will be notified, in writing, within 45 days of the Board of Education’s decision.
    • Certain decisions of the Board of Education may be appealed under Section 11.1 of the School Act.

Step 5: Superintendent of Appeals Section 11.1 of the School Act.

    • The School Act states that either a student or a parent/ guardian of a student can appeal a decision of a Board of Education.
    • Not all decisions made by a Board of Education can be appealed to a Superintendent of Appeals, under Section 11.1 of the School Act. The decision must have been made by an employee of a Board of Education and significantly affect the education, health or safety of a student and fall within the allowable grounds.
    • Refer to the Ministry of Education’s Student Disputes & Appeals to check the allowable grounds and to obtain a provincial Notice of Appeal form.
    • Submit the Notice of Appeal form and a copy of the Board of Education decision, within 30 days after receiving the decision of the Board of Education, to the Office of the Registrar, Student Appeal Branch.

School Trustees are also available, as your elected representatives, to guide you in this process.

Studies show that family involvement in their child’s learning is closely related to child success in school.

Ways to Engage:

    • Read with your child.
    • Talk to your child about their day and experience at school.
    • Let’s Play! Activities Booklet for Families: These are activities for children and caregivers to play and learn together.
    • Help on school field trips. Talk to your child’s school office Admin Assistant about completing your Volunteer Driver Application. It is a simple process and the form is active for five years at the school.
    • Volunteer in the classroom. Speak to the Principal about reading programs or sharing your skills/expertise.
    • School Career Days: Talk with students about your job.
    • Help with school special events, Sports Day, and concerts.
    • Work on school fund raising projects.
    • Join the school’s PAC or DPAC!

Tips for Parents: Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference

Parent-Teacher Interviews Tip Sheet for Parents

To connect with your child’s teacher, visit your child’s school website for contact information.

 

Inclusion Technology Teacher Ann Pimentel had the opportunity to record an interview with the Sechelt Library and Gibsons Library Librarians who shared information about STEM and STEAM Kits available to borrow | Spring 2021 Recording

The Askable Adult: How to Talk to your Kids about Bodies, Babies and Boundaries | For Parents/Caregivers of Primary Aged Children | Grades K-3 | Spring 2021 Recording

The Askable Adult Intermediate Session (Grades 4-7) for Parents/Caregivers | Spring 2021 Recording

Should I be worried about Screen Time Webinar Recording with Natasha Parent | 2021

Parent/Caregiver Technology Workshop Recording: Read & Write | January 2021

Parenting Through Difficult Times – How to Thrive Rather Than Just Survive | Fall 2020 Session Recording Links

Parenting Through Difficult Times: How to Thrive Rather Than Just Survive with Sarah Joseph Resource | Spring 2020 Session Links

Additional Resources:

Safer Schools Together & BC Ministry of Education: Raising Digitally Responsible Youth – A Parent’s Guide

Social Emotional Learning at Home: 10 Things You Can Do at Home to Improve SEL

Secondary School Video Tours 2021

  • Elphinstone Secondary
  • Chatelech Secondary – Coming Soon!
  • Pender Harbour Secondary – Coming Soon!
  • Sunshine Coast Alternative School – Coming Soon!

Supporting Students’ Academic and Social Transition

The purpose of Grade 7/8 transition is to provide Grade 6/7 students with a variety of experiences to connect them to their secondary school before they begin Grade 7/8.

This connection focuses on the development of plans to support the course selection process, and determine any additional supports that may be required for individual students. Additional supports may address both academic and social/emotional needs. More importantly, transition supports every elementary student to feel a sense of welcome, belonging, and excitement about entering secondary school.

Transition Activities and Timeline

The Transition process begins in the fall of Grade 6/7 and continues into the fall of Grade 7/8. Many processes and activities occur during this transition time frame.  Activities may include visits to secondary schools, social events, tours, Grade 6/7 partnerships with older students, and Grade 6/7 sporting events hosted at the secondary school.

Events for students will vary from school to school, but will include a tour of the school (June), a course selection meeting with the high school staff (May), introduction of the principal, vice-principal and grade 7/8 counsellor (May), start of school welcoming events (September) and may include invitations to watch sports events, attend special transition events such as a school day at the secondary school (June), locker day (August), or community events at the high school. 

For transition information for your grade 6/7 student, please also feel free to contact your current grade 6/7 teacher or principal at your child’s elementary school.

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the above may not be offered or may be offered virtually. 

Family of Schools

Generally, grade 6/7 students transition to the secondary school within their Family of Schools.

Chatelech Secondary: Halfmoon Bay Elementary, West Sechelt Elementary, Kinnikinnick Elementary, Davis Bay Elementary, Ecole Pacifique and Roberts Creek Elementary – (also under Elphinstone Secondary)(RCE students must submit a cross boundary request for CSS)

Elphinstone Secondary: Langdale Elementary, Gibsons Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Roberts Creek Elementary

Pender Harbour Secondary: Madeira Park Elementary, and Halfmoon Bay Elementary (also under Chatelech Secondary)

For more on our secondary alternative school, please visit Sunshine Coast Alternative School (SCAS)

Grade 6/7 Parent/Caregiver Information Opportunities

SPARK! to Secondary Evening Sessions (February to June)

Secondary School PAC’s Family of Schools Tour and Information Evening (April /May)

Parent Night hosted by the secondary school. An opportunity to meet the principal, vice-principal, PAC, counsellor(s), Inclusive Support Team, Indigenous Learning Team for an evening of Q&A. (June)

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the above may not be offered or may be offered virtually. 

Download your Secondary School App Now!

Chatelech Secondary: Find “Chatelech 2 Go” in the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play

Elphinstone Secondary: Find “Elphinstone” in the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play

Pender Harbour Secondary: Find “My PHSS” in the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play

Parent/Caregiver Resources for a Smooth Transition

7 Tips for Creating a Smooth Transition to High School

How to Help your Kids Transition to High School

Interested in knowing more about the BC Curriculum? Asking yourself ‘What are the Core Competencies’? ‘What does my child learn at each grade level’? Visit the BC Ministry’s New Curriculum website for answers to all these questions (click on Core Competencies – Curriculum).

Ever wondered, ‘How am I supposed to help my child with their numeracy homework when I don’t know the skills myself?’ Or thought, ‘I wish I had ideas to support my child’s literacy throughout their education’. Then visit SurreySchoolsOne! Surrey Schools has created a website full of resources, ideas, and video guides for parents in BC.  

Walking and cycling to school has the double bonus of promoting children’s health while reducing carbon emissions at the same time. For more information visit transporationchoices.ca or contact TraC at coasttrac@gmail.com.

Helpful links to get you started:

The Province and BCHC have published news releases about the Active School Transportation (AST) Pilot Program, of which Langdale Elememtary PAC is proudly one of 11 recipients.  

Sunshine Coast Community Schools are committed to supporting and improving student learning and to strengthening individuals, families, and vibrant, healthy communities by providing quality programs, lifelong learning opportunities, and connections to school and community resources.

The Community Schools secure grants and external funding to provide valuable programs, services and activities in and out of school time to address nutritional, physical, social and emotional well-being.  Community Schools enhance the work of both School District 46 and our communities by offering site-specific community-based programs as well as regional programs that benefit the entire Sunshine Coast.

 

 

A Tribute to the Sunshine Coast: This video created by Dolf Vermeulen Creative, sponsored by Rachel Dempster Real Estate, and narrated by Rita Poulsen, Indigenous Education Teacher at Kinnikinnick Elementary and Chatelech Secondary, expresses beautifully how grateful and honoured we are to live, learn, play and work on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and the shíshálh Nation.

 

 

The Gibsons & District Public Library (GDPL) is ready to support you. They have databases for research, learning a new language, learning to read, and for your next science project. They have ebooks and audiobooks for every reading level. With a GDPL library card you have access to all the library has to offer.

  • Listen and watch animated storybooks with TumbleBooks
  • Compare countries, learn about animals and browse popular topics with World Book Kids
  • Enjoy unlimited streaming access to film, television, and educational resources with Kanopy Kids
  • Learn a new language with Mango
  • Find full-text, peer-reviewed articles for your research with EBSCOHost

Access a world of eBooks and audiobooks through the library catalogue. If you can’t find an eBook or audiobook you want, or are having to wait – let them know and they will do their best to get you a copy. Their doors are open Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 pm and their databases are 24/7!

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

The Restorative Justice Program of the Sunshine Coast is currently run by a volunteer board of directors comprised of representatives from the RCMP, School District 46 and the wider community. The program aims to provide alternative methods to the traditional court system by highlighting the use and importance of restorative justice practices. The goal of this program is to maximize social justice for victims, offenders and the community and to minimize further harm caused by the offending behaviour. The Restorative Justice Program of the Sunshine Coast welcomes all individuals during any stage of the criminal justice process.

 

Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre (NSMEC)

The NSMEC is a community aquarium operating under a collect-hold-release model and operates in the Gibsons Public Market. The NSMEC offers a combination of experiential and classroom learning opportunities for school age children. Many of their programs have been designed to meet science curriculum outcomes at many grade levels. Their programs are inquiry based and align strongly with core competencies. Our NSMEC partners also deliver the following programming throughout our district: the Grade 3 Biodiversity of the Salish Sea Program, the Grade 6 Human Impacts on the Salish Sea Program and the long running Salmon in the Classroom Program.

Shift Education | Jessy Wollen, Teacher & Certified Sexual Health Educator

The Askable Adult: How to Talk to your Kids about Bodies, Babies and Boundaries | For Parents/Caregivers of Primary Aged Children | Grades K-3 | Spring 2021 Recording

The Askable Adult Intermediate Session (Grades 4-7) for Parents/Caregivers | Spring 2021 Recording

Options for Sexual Health: All about the facts, care, sex ed and impact.

Ask Us: Have a sexual health question? Ask here!

Primary Books:

  • What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg
  • Who has What? by Robie H. Harris
  • It’s Not the Stork by Robie H. Harris
  • Boys, Girls and Body Science by Meg Hickling

Intermediate / Secondary Books & Sites:

  • Amaze Site: Amaze takes the awkard out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships. 
  • Scarleteen Site: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults.
  • Kids Health Site: Advice on children’s health, behaviour, and growth – from before birth through the teen years.
  • Wait, what? by James E. Ryan
  • S.E.X: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna
  • What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis

Resources by Vancouver Coastal Health:

How to feed school-aged children and youth?

  • Adults decide what foods to offer, and when and where to serve meals and snacks.
  • Kids decide how much to eat, and which foods to choose from what is provided.
  • Involve kids in growing, selecting and preparing foods so that they can build their food skills.

For more information see handouts: 

Additional Resources:

Articles

What to feed school-aged children and youth?

Offer children and youth a variety of foods. As they see foods over and over again, they will build their comfort with a wider range of foods. Involving them in some of the meal planning, shopping, and cooking can also increase their ability to eat well and make mealtimes more pleasant in the long run.

Supporting a healthy body image for children and youth

Questions? Clients looking for nutrition assessment and support from a registered dietitian can: Call Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1 

Resources provided by MDI:

Taking a Closer Look at Sleep Webinar Recording: HELP Director Kim Schonert-Reichl reviews the latest research on sleep in middle childhood and explores findings from MDI data.

Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth

Physical Health and Well-Being Quick Sheet

Build your best day: An interactive tool to help children learn about sleep and activity.

Books:

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. 

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall

 

Immunize BC: Evidence -based immunization information and tools for B.C. residents

CANImmunize: A free tool that helps you keep track of immunizations.

BC’s Training & Education Savings Grant Information: Families in British Columbia are encouraged to start planning and saving early for their children’s post-secondary education or training programs. To help, the B.C. Government will contribute $1,200 to eligible children through the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG).

Canadian Learning Bond:The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money (up to $2,000) that the Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from low-income families.

If you require assistance with claiming the bond and/or grant, connect with EFry’s Future Bright Program:

See SD46 vetted resources below!

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Grade/Content Area

 

Additional Info

 

AudibleAmazon’s audio-book collectionGrades K-12Free with no account necessary at this time
BC Libraries Summer Reading ProgramBC Libraries Summer Reading Program now on-lineGrades K-9Join and enjoy, reading challenges, games and interactive learning
activities
Canadian EncyclopediaContribute to the Canada During Covid-19 ProjectGrades 4-12Download the learning tool to develop a primary source for Historia Canada
    
 Code.orgComputer Science LearningGrades K-12Parents will be asked to create an account if coding projects are to be saved
Covid-19 LearningActivities and learning from the Ministry of EducationGrades K-12Includes from Scholastic Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus
    
Gibsons Public LibraryAccess to all library resources with free card applications here for the entire coast!Grades K-12Click on Line Resources
EpicLiteracy & Numeracy books/novelsGrades K-9Most teachers already have accounts set up and can now share with families to use at home. Check with your teacher!
ERACFocused educational resources we are licensed to use in schools

Grades K-12

Includes World Book Early Learning Kids & Students

ERAC Access from home requires login information:

Username: 46SBO

Password: 46sd46

IXL LearningMath & English Language ArtsGrades K-12District license for Math & language Arts. Students will be given a code by their teacher.
Khan AcademyLearning opportunities on any subjectGrades K-12Parents can create a free account for their child or may be given a code by their teacher
Lets talk ScienceScience Experiments and STEM projectsGrades K-12Free learning opportunities for all ages
Liberation-75A global movement to celebrate 75th anniversary of liberation from the holocaustGrades 4-12Online toolkit to access Holocaust Resources & Lessons
MediasmartsCanadian digital and media literacyGrades K-12Resources for teachers and parents
    
Northern Spotted Owl WebcamThe Northern Spotted Owl is one of our Endangered speciesGrads K-12Live webcam of the owl nest
ProdigyMath practice in a game formatGrades 1-8Requires a class code from your child’s teacher to login
RAZ-KidsLeveled reading practice for childrenGrades K-5Requires a class code from your child’s teacher to login
    
Science WorldLocal learning Activities for all areasGrades K-12While closed, they offer many online activities to explore!
Sora LibraryDigital & audio book library. Offers simultaneous use of all titles until June 30, 2020. Books can be borrowed and read on a laptop or digital device!Grades K-12Our new district license for the Overdrive links to your local library & includes hundreds of digital books! Download the Sora app, find your school (Sunshine Coast) and use your student # for login & password.
Storyline Online Videos of picture books being read aloud by guest readersGrades K-5 
Sunshine Coast MuseumOnline educational portal for all of our historical resources called Sunshine Coast Museum at Home.Grades 2-12This includes photos, audio, video, virtual tour and historical quizzes. Fantastic opportunity for local learning
    
Unite for Literacy Digital Books under many topic areasGrades 1-6Text can be read aloud in many different languages
Vancouver AquariumLocal learning Activities for all areaGrades K-12While closed, they offer many online activities to explore!
WESchools@HomeRecommended resource for our social/emotional learningGrades K-12Sign up for a free account, access to daily virtual lessons

If you have any questions on the setup of technology for distant learning for your child please send an email to: parenthelp@sd46.bc.ca. We will get back to you as quick as we can.

SD46 Student’s Digital Responsibility Guidelines & Guidelines for Virtual Classrooms and Video Conferencing

ZOOM Tips for Families

Safer Schools Together & BC Ministry of Education: Raising Digitally Responsible Youth – A Parent’s Guide

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